Monday, July 8, 2013

Project Life, My Way - Week 3

This week there wasn't a lot going on. I mean, there's not a lot to do in the middle of January in the midwest. Mostly just getting fully back into work mode after the holidays. We installed some lighting (scored both sconces for a total of $6.50 for the pair on an awesome clearance deal) and my supplies for guest designing for October Afternoon came. Okay, so it's a pretty good week when you get that kind of scrappy mail!
Week 3 - left
I decided that I wasn't going to follow the 2-page spread per week format. If a week takes one page or four, then I'm just gonna roll with it. ...And this week it only took one, so that's all there is. 

I added an outline with a yellow pen to tie this otherwise, just black and white card into the other page elements.

I used an EK Success paint pen to color in part of the woodgrain.
They have a chalky texture that's kind of fun.

Don't forget, you can see detailed images of all of my Project Life spreads over on my Facebook page in my Project Life album.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Project Life, My Way - Week 2

This week was a little bit of a whirlwind, with most of my pictures coming from a trip to visit my sister for a girls (scrapbooking weekend) at her place.

My sister and I live almost exactly 180 miles in opposite directions from my parents' home. So I drove from Des Moines were I live, to the Quad Cities (Iowa/Illinois border) to join up with my mom and my aunt, and then we drove on to Chicago to spend the weekend at my sister's place.

Iowa and Illinois die cuts using shapes from the Silhouette Online Store 
and hearts backed with yellow washi tape.

During the "layover" in the Quad Cities I got to see my newest little niece and bring the baby gift that I'd forgotten to give her when I was home over Christmas. For whatever reason, when I made the journaling card for this photo I was thinking that was the first time I met her... and that's what I wrote out on the journaling card... except I had actually met her over Christmas. Oopsie!

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So in an effort to salvage the journaling card and not have to replace it (No project life card shall be wasted, right?), I added a little label sticker over the first few words. The label had a "No." printed on it that didn't work with the rest of the journaling, so I added a little red chipboard star to cover that part up. Then to balance the additions and tie it into the color scheme of the color next to it, I also added a little gray star sticker to the upper corner. The best part? I worked in the Iowa State University school colors without even realizing it. I love when happy accidents come together like that!

Tip: I tried several different white pens before finally finding one that worked well on the black journaling card. I started with my white sharpie paint pen, but it soaked right into the card and virtually disappeared. After trying a couple of others, I found the one that worked best was the tried and true Uniball Signo white pen.

...And I just so happen to have an extra Uniball Signo Pen to giveaway to one lucky reader. Leave a comment below by July 7 for a chance to win one of your very own!

I love this kit, but I'm not quite sure there are so may "perfection" themed cards in it. I mean, seriously, how many times do you need to declare something as "perfection" in your scrapbooks? Anyway... when I was looking at which kit to buy, I didn't really think I would have much use for the yellow cards, but I'm totally digging the yellow/gray/teal color combo right now so I wanted to find a way to make one of the "perfection" yellow cards work. To conceal the letters, I covered them with a couple of strips of washi tape and then started adding a variety of stickers and a punched doily to give the card lots of visual interest, without a lot of bulk.

And here are the spreads for week 2:
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Week 2 - left
Later I found a gift card and spoon from Pacuigo that I forgot to include,
so I swapped out the blue heart for those items.

Week 2 - right

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