Project 52 Cards – First Month Done

Hard to believe January has come to an end already! Here are the cards from the past couple of weeks:

P52 Cards/2012 - Week 4

You can see the Week 4 card here.

P52 Cards/2012 - Week 5

You can see the Week 5 card here.

Moving forward, I have decided I will no longer “force” my husband to pose for pictures. My Project 52 Cards continues (we both enjoy it too much to stop! ;)), but I won’t have the weekly photos here on the blog.

After the excitement of a car accident I was involved in yesterday (not fun, I tell you! – but no major damage and no injuries, so at least that’s good), I am hoping for a more quiet rest of the week. I do have a busy schedule, though, and a very long list of things I want to scrap with this week! The February BYOC is coming out this Friday at The Lilypad and it’s absolutely delicious! In the meantime, make sure to stop by tomorrow for a huge collab.

Quick Card

I made a quick card last night, inspired by my heart garland – it features lots of hearts and sewing.

Doily Hearts card

Lost Without You by Jenn Barrette

When I finished sewing the hearts to the card, it felt a bit empty, so I added some splats of paint – not sure that I love them, but it was too late to go back! 😉

And yes, that’s my Project Life album used as a backdrop – I was working on it last night. Almost done with week 4, but it’s not likely that I’ll have pictures to share for at least a day or two.

Hearts Garland

Yikes! I spent the whole morning helping out DH fixing some cabinets in the kitchen to the wall, and I was itching for some crafty time instead! I still have to begin my Project Life spread for this week… In the meantime, though, I made a heart garland with Jenn Barrette’s new kit, out today:

I printed out 8 different patterned paper on Epson double-sided matte presentation paper, cut out some hearts by hand, and sew them together with my sewing machine.

Hearts Garland

It turned out so cute!! I made 6 strands of 8 hearts each. The only problem is that they tangle easily, so you need to keep the strands separate once you’ve made them. I hung 3 to the new cabinet in the kitchen, and I will probably put the other 3 on my bulletin board.

When I have some spare time (yeah, sure…. ;)) I plan to punch out a few shapes from double sided paper and create garlands to use to decorate gifts.

With the paper leftovers, I made some confetti.. and I feel an addiction growing! I will likely find an use for them in my Project Life album.

ETA 2.4 – This project was featured in the MSA magazine.

Project Life – Week 3

I’m very excited to share week 3 of my Project Life album! Once again, though, I have to apologize for the poor quality of the photos… I have no natural light available (it’s a gloomy, rainy day here) so this is the best I could do. Unlike the previous weeks, this week I didn’t have time to work on my album on Wednesday night, but I worked on it Friday night instead, then finished up Sunday evening. The process was very smooth.

Project Life 2012 - Week 3

Here is a closer look to the two pages:

Project Life 2012 - Week 3

Unlike the past two weeks, the design of this week was not inspired from a card; I got the color scheme from the breakfast picture and went from there. It was fun to see how the yellow recurred in subsequent pictures as well – I swear I wasn’t looking for it on purpose! 🙂

Project Life 2012 - Week 3

I did however draw inspiration from a card for the little banners here. 🙂 Having barely mastered straight stitches, freehand sewing does not come too easy to me, but I think it turned out well enough! 😉 I stitched down the leftovers from the banner to embellish two cards on the right page.

Project Life 2012 - Week 3

I didn’t use any cards from the Clementine kit this week, since my color scheme was pretty unique. But that’s OK. I had some of the digital bits already printed out, and printed out more to match. I went with DH to Lowe’s yesterday and stopped to pick up a few paint chips. It was just perfect to fill up one of the pockets (top right)! 🙂 I also got all excited when I saw some bigger paint samples, because it looked like they were 4″x6″, but in fact they are more like 4″x5.5″… annoying, but I’m sure I’ll find a good use for them. 🙂

Today paper pack and Today Journal Cards by Valorie Wibbens
Good Life tag by Lauren Reid
Digital washi tape from This and Thats by The Tattered Pear
Becky Higgins Project Life blank journaling cards
Smash date stamp K&C company + Tim Holtz distress ink
Mr. Huey mist
Pens: Micron 03 + Faber Castell
Washi and fabric tape from InTheClear

Puppy Love

What a busy weekend I’ve had! Nothing major, just some shopping with DH and then finishing week 3 of my Project Life (pictures to come tomorrow, I do not have the energy to take them tonight), but I am exhausted! I am not ready for Monday to be almost here. :-/ Anyway, this weekend I also played with the new releases by Jenn Barrette:

Isn’t this kit adorable? 😉

And these cutouts are so cool! Here’s the card I made with them:

Puppy Love card, Credits: Puppy Love and Cut-Outs Everyday by Jenn Barrette

Have a good start of the week! I’ll be back soon with pictures of week 3. 🙂

Happy Birthday TLP!

The Lilypad is turning 5, and there’s a whole weekend of fun planned to celebrate this birthday!

There are many games and challenges going on in the forum, with lots of chances to win prizes! I am hosting two challenges. The first one is the Kiss the Frog challenge, which is lots of fun and my personal favorite (I won a Kiss the Frog contest a few months back, became a Guest Polly… and the rest is history! ;)):

And then I’m also hosting the Polly Match Game, which is really fun too:

There are 12 baby pictures and you have to match them to the correct Pollys. I had DH try it last night and he only got 3 out of 12… (one was me)!!! 😀 But I’m sure you’ll do much better than that! 🙂

I also made a page for another challenge in which we have to scrap about what happened on our birth date (day or year). I scrapped about the date:

August 28

Newspaper Print Papers by Jenna Desai
Newsies papers by Jacque Larsen
News to Me Alphabet by Rachel Young
Everything else from Wicked Smart collab by The Lilypad designers
Fonts: The Serif’s Sister by Heather Hess and The First Day of School by Heather Hess

ETA: Woot!! I got a GSO today for this page!!

Do check out the birthday forum for more fun games, including Make a Wish giveaways! And there are chats and speed scraps too! But that’s not all! There’s a FREE kit for you too!

Just like TLP on Facebook and you’ll be able to download this gorgeous collab! I hope to see you around this weekend at TLP!

Today – The Collection

Mari Koegelenberg has a new collection out today and I am so excited to share it with you!

It is chock full of great bits and pieces to make your P365/Project Life come together much more easily! My favorite parts are the arrows, the days of the week, and the journaling cards. But I love it all!! 🙂 Last year I fell behind on my Prohect 365 and I have over 20 weeks that haven’t been scrapped yet. So I decided to get back to it in my spare time and get as much done as possible, and here’s my Week 33:

P365/2011 Week 33

Today collection by Mari Koegelenberg
Font: CK Noah

Here’s a closer look:

P365/2011 Week 33

This was the week we were in Alaska, and luckily I had all the photos already edited and ready to go.

P365/2011 Week 33

It feels so good to have one more week done for my P365/2011 album!

Getting Ready to Party!

Yikes, I am so late posting this! I am running a bit behind this week, getting ready for the birthday celebrations at The Lilypad! 😉

I haven’t even had a chance to work on my Project Life yet, yikes! But for today I want to show two products that are 50% off – such a great deal!

Here’s my page (only 2 pages left for my mom’s spring visit album!!!):

Mom's Visit Day 16

Best Friends by Jenna Desai

Project Life – Week 2

It’s time to share week 2 of my Project Life album! The process was very smooth for me this week as well. I worked on the spread on Wednesday night – figured out the design and printed out the first few bits. Then during the weekend I printed out the rest of the stuff. I didn’t finish on Sunday though (still had a couple of photos to print out), but I had my photos picked and edited, and was just waiting to have a couple of photos for this week ready to print out (I have a weird mania of not wasting paper 😉 ).

Project Life 2012 - Week 2

While I love how my spread turned out this week, I really hate the pictures I took of it – I didn’t have any natural light available, and this is the best I could get. It is so frustrating! Here is a look at the individual pages:

Project Life 2012 - Week 2

Like last week, the design+color scheme for the whole spread was derived from a card I made this past week. (actually, this time around I made the card after designing the PL spread) Great way to optimize my time! This week I was able to incorporate more of the Clementine kit: both of the blue journaling cards on the left page are from the kit, as well as the blue one at the top right on the right page.

Project Life 2012 - Week 2

I printed out the date with the date stamp as usual, but I used a pink Tim Holtz distress ink, to match the color scheme of the page. I like how it turned out! Here is a little scene I love:

Project Life 2012 - Week 2

This week I even included 2 inserts (just regular 8.5″x11″ protectors). I found a fun printable with a few questions about the past year and hopes for the new year (I pinned it here if you’re interested), and I thought it would be a cool thing to include in the album. It’s supposed to be for kids – there’s also an adult version, but I figured I had better chances of having DH fill in the kid version, and I was right! I didn’t even have to insist to have him fill it in! So the first protector has his questionnaire on the front and mine on the back. The second protector has an admission letter I received and on the back a character sheet.

Project Life 2012 - Week 2

Yikes, I cringe at how bad these pictures are. I hope to have better luck next week with natural light!

Vintage Poinsettia papers by Sahlin Studio and Vintage Poinsettia elements by Sahlin Studio and Precocious Papers

Smash date stamp K&C company
Becky Higgins Project Life blank journaling cards and Clementine kit cards
Bunnies and snow bubble from Snow Bunny by Jenn Barrette
Pen: Micron 03
Washi tape from InTheClear