Project Life: One Little Bird Birthday Spread

My sweet boy turns four in just a few short days, so I figured what better way to document his birthday than to compose a spread just for him!  

You can read more about how this spread came together over on the One Little Bird blog today!!  I used the awesome Fete journaling cards to include a bunch of thoughts/facts/info on my son at the age of 4.  And as you can see, I went big and bold with my photo!  I just love large photos in my album!


Project Life: "Hello December"

I recently had the pleasure of working with the new "Hello December" Project Life Card Collection and Project Life Accessory Pack from Stampin' Up.  I love that Stampin' Up has teamed up with Becky Higgins to develop and offer fun Project Life kits and supplies.  Stampin' Up is actually one of the very first companies I purchased supplies from.  I bought a ton of their ink pads about five years ago and they are still going strong today!  Talk about quality!!  So needless to say, I was super excited when I got the chance to play around with their new Christmas-themed kit.

With the card collection and accessory pack together, it pretty much contains everything you will need to pull your spreads together.....journaling cards, wood veneer, alpha, cork numbers, sequins, washi tape.  Basically everything except adhesive!!  

Since I don't have any December photos to document yet, I decided to go back and put a few Project Life spreads together of Christmas 2013.  I didn't really add too much Christmas related to my album last year since I put together a December Daily® album.  I kept meaning to go back and add in a few more photos (since it kind of looks like we skipped over Christmas when you flip through our books), but I never got around to it (or I just wasn't in the mood....).  But...since my brain is in complete Christmas mode right now, it was a no brainer to print out those old photos!!

Let's reminisce a little, shall we???

The photos in my spread are really in no particular order.  I wasn't really concerned with being chronological, or really even telling longer stories, since most of those memories are already documented in my December Daily® album.  

Instead, I just included my photos and any memories that came to mind when looking at the pictures. I basically did more a re-cap rather than a "real time" recount.  And I totally think either method works for Project Life.  I find that I do a mix of this in general since I'm not the best at writing everything down (I will be better next year.  I will be better next year.)

The journaling cards that are included in the kit are outstanding!  I love that they have square corners (yay!!) and that the kit offered a good variety of filler cards and unlined cards.  I'm a big fan of filler cards and find that often spend more time searching for them than anything else!!  

I also created a fun little shaker pocket from some of the sequins and wood veneer that were included in the accessory pack!  If you follow along with me, you know that I love "peek-a-boo" elements in my book, and well....you just can't beat a sequin shaker pocket!

These little pockets are so easy to make, but add such a fun visual effect to the pages.

I used my typewriter to add my journaling and then finished a few of the cards with some stitching.  Stitching seems to be the icing on the cake these days.  I just love the details and "homemade" look it adds to my pages.  

I continued with the back of the Design A page protector and put together a second spread of our Christmas.  As you can see, I continued the same theme throughout this spread...lots of photos, filler cards and journaling.  

I've found that sticking to eight 4x6 photos really is a time saver for me!  It keeps me from wasting time trying to figure out how to decorate a card, or find a filler card, or whatever....  I mean, those pockets were made for photos, right??  

Since this is the backside of the previous spread, you can see the effect that the fun little shaker pocket has.  I love that the little pieces float around and move as the pages turn.  

I used the large wood veneer "JOY" piece on the right hand side to create a similar peek-a-book effect.  It slipped right into my pocket and as soon as I saw it, I knew it was meant to be!!  Plus, I think wood elements add such a nice, homey look to pages, scrapbook and Project Life alike!!

And that's a walk down memory lane!  Thanks so much stopping by today and thank you so much to Stampin' Up for letting me play around with their fun goodies!!  


Around Here

Around here it's chiiiiiilly and brrr cold, but that hasn't stopped us from going and playing outside!  Around here we are bundling up in hats and coats and scarves.  Around here we are drinking lots of hot chocolate with mini marshmallows.  Around here we are thinking everything Christmas (and the kids may have even convinced me to pull out our playroom Christmas tree!!).  Around here there are lots of art projects, watercolor and Christmas gift makings!

Happy Friday, friends!!


Crate Paper: Love This Moment Mini Album

I sure hope you're not tired of my mini albums yet because I have two more to share with you!  First up is the delicate little book that I put together using Crate Paper's new Open Book collection.  This collection is just dreamy, which is what I had in mind when I created this album! 

Here are few pictures, but be sure to hop on over to the Crate blog to see the rest of it!!  And stop on by tomorrow for another mini album (it's totally mini album madness up in here...can't you tell?!).


Inspired By...An Online Workshop

I often get asked what inspires me, and I have a hard time answering that question because it changes all the time.  Sometimes a certain piece of artwork will inspire me; sometimes I'm inspired as I walk the Christmas aisles at Target; sometimes a photo strikes something in me.  Inspiration really is all around.  

With inspiration in mind, I teamed up with some of my favorite scrapbookers to bring you an amazing online workshop, Inspired By.  This workshop focuses on inspiration pieces and how they help formulate, or inspire, a scrapbook page.  There are TEN process videos with corresponding PDFs included as a part of this workshop and I promise you that each video will be unique and awesome. 

Join Shimelle LaineNancy DamianoPaige EvansMarcy PennerJen KinkadeWilna FurstenbergLaura Craigie, Jill Sprott and myself in this exciting INSPIRED BY... workshop! 

The cost of the class is $15 and you can register over at Shimelle's site.  By purchasing the class you'll have access to TEN videos, accompanying reference PDF, bonus printable and cut file downloads, and a private message board to discuss things with the contributors, chat with other participants, and share your own work.  T
here are also some gorgeous bonus downloads: printables and cut files designed by Wilna and Jen.

Here is a sneak of my layout:

I so hope you will join us!!  

From Shimelle about signing up:  After you sign up, you’ll be given access to the materials, generally within 24 hours. If you have made your payment and do not receive a welcome email within that time frame, please double check your message hasn’t gone to your spam folder, then email Shimelle to let her know. If you are paying from a different email address than you would like to use for the workshop access (including giving the class as a gift), leave a note in the comments of your purchase – or send me an email if you miss that step. Any questions, please do not hesitate to email Shimelle and I'm sure she will get you an answer as soon as possible.