Friday, February 28, 2014

Project Life 2014>>Week 6

Hello Project Life Week 6!

Boy the days feel like they're flying by! We're well into the 2nd month of the year and I'm still excited to be doing this project again. I must be honest though, I do usually hit a time of year where I question why I started this project but I'll stay positive and hope I stay enthusiastic the entire year. Starting the year as a member of the Stuck On U Sketches Project Life team sure helps with motivation and really the Project Life Challenges at SOUS are a great way to stay motivated with this  year long project.

Here's my week 6 spread

For this spread I used a variety of items, a filler card from the PL Midnight core kit, SN@P journal cards, MME enamel dots, a Studio Calico mailer card I cut down to 4x6 and the front cover of the program from our church service this week. I also added some word stickers from a past Scrap Shotz kit. One of the interesting things I did here was to cut a 4x6 photo into two 3x4's and place them in side by side pockets. I've seen other people do this and I really like the look.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Stuck On U Sketches Project Life Callenge

It's time for another SOUS Project Life challenge and this week's challenge is


I had an odd number of photos this week, too many to fit on one page but a little skimpy for a two page spread. That's the beauty of "filler" cards, they can fill in the space and keep the spread visually appealing.
The pocket is created from a 4x6 journal card that I folded in half and stapled around the open side and bottom.

The "do it" card is a SN@P journal card I trimmed to fit in the pocket and I punched the top edges with my WRMK envelope punch board to create the pull tab portion. I journaled some of the items from my "to do" list for the week.

That's it for week 5 and the SOUS Project Life challenge. Remember you have a chance to win a great prize from

by completing this challenge or any of the SOUS challenges from the month of February and submitting your project at the SOUS blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Scrap Shotz Kit February 2014 Kit Reveal!!

Hello and thank you for stopping by to take in my Scrap Shotz CT February Kit Reveal!

This month's kit is AWESOME, it's brand new from CHA, My Mind's Eye the Izzy line from the Here and Now Collection. There are also a number of great add on's of which I've used in some projects but others are just a great value item so I've added them to my stash for that reason :).

Let's start it off with the CT sketch project for this month, our sketch is by SSZ ambassador and CT member Jess Duerksen

and here is my take on this great sketch


The enamel dots are a kit add on as well as the button in the center of the accent.

In the following layout I fussy cut the triangles from the kit patterned paper. The title "block" is one of the kit 3x4 journal cards. I've added enamel dots and one of the brad/die cut accents along with the kit twine which I've glued down.

The heart cut out background below was cut with my Cameo out of the kit patterned paper and layered over more kit patterned paper. I've added some of the kit chipboard and stickers along with a button from the add on to the layout. The #blessed is stamped with the new Tim Holtz #Hashtags stamp.

This canvas below was a birthday present my daughter gave her friend. It's a 5x7 canvas with smaller 2x2 and 2x4 canvas's layered over patterned paper and accented with kit chipboard, patterned paper and word stickers along with add on washii and enamel dots. I also glued down a brad to the right side of the banner chipboard.

The kit die cut chipboard "Relax and Unwind" was perfect for this Spring Break photo I had from a few years ago, I misted it with Studio Calico Mr.Huey's Sunset mist and topped it with Heidi Swapp Colour Shine White.

This next layout turned out to be a bunch more complicated to create than I anticipated. It took me a few bad cuts to figure out when to work with the reverse side of the stencil but I figured it out...eventually ;)) I LOVE how it turned out, the kit die cuts in the Izzy "Mixed Bag" were the perfect addition to frame my photo.

I ordered & received the brand new Karen Burniston Pop It Ups Lots of Pops die by Elizabeth Craft Designs along with my kit and had lots of fun making this card, here is the front
and here is the showstopper, the inside

I used one the 3x4 journal cards as the base for this next layout. The "captured moments" text is printed on the card. I backed the patterned paper pieces with black cardstock to add some pop.

The Scrap Shotz Creative Team was challenged to create a non-layout project with this month's kit supplies and mine was this 8x10 canvas I plan to frame and hang in our home. I used the washii tape add on, kit chipboard and "mixed bag" die cuts. I've also misted a Heidi Swapp mask with Mr.Huey's Sunset mist and accented some portions with Viva Glitter Liner.
My starting point for this was the February sketch at the beginning of this post.

You can see what the entire CT created here and please stop by the forum and play along with our challenges for this month.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sketch It! Blog Hop


Hello and welcome to the :

so glad to join the lovely ladies of:


for this blog hop :). If you would prefer to join the hop at the very beginning, please click here, go to each blog, enjoy the abundance of inspiration and comment for a chance to win a great prize!!

February 14-16
midnight to midnight

We've all created layouts based off our February 14th sketch
and the Scraps of Darkness teams have created theirs with the awesome kits from their shop!

As you know Scraps of Darkness is our sponsor for this month's
blog candy and we are so appreciative of them! 
So don't forget to join any challenge here at SOUS this month
for a chance to win that candy (click for more info)!

We are offering candy for this hop!
A collection of Basic Grey paper and embellishments! 
Blog candy winner will be announced Friday, February 21.

(sorry, North America only)

Rules for the hop
-Visit and comment on each blog
-Return to SOUS and let us know you've completed the hop!

Blog Hop Order

Charlotte Brochu Scrapsational
Karen Zueger-Brownell Lost Coast Scrapper
Mayra Duran-Hernandez Mayra's Designs
Stephanie Eaken Bits & Pieces (& Scraps)
Bente Fegerberg Paper and Glue Heaven
 Annette Gearside moment in time
 Patricia van Gelder Patricia's layout 
Laura Gilhuly AngelScraps
Tracey Gregory A lifetime of Pages
Helen Gullett Creating Joyfully 
Connie Hall Times To Cherish
Renea Harrison Renea Bouquets
Nanne Harry  Nanne's Creations
Tracey Kelly Trace-Elementz
Julie Kight Cards By Cricut
Nicolle Kramer NicolleLovesScrapbooking
Monica Lowrance  Happy Scrappn2
Neela Nalam MemorableScraps
Rosie Neustaedter As Seen In My Scrapbook
Lisa Novogrodski Living In Color
Erica Ortiz Mimi's Paper Dreams
Wendi Robinson Scrappy Day in Paradise
Sandi Smith Paper Memories
Jane Stirling  Scossie Jane
Caroleanne Wright The Pretty Paper Patisserie
Elisabetta Colavero Scrap-colors

Finish hop back at SOUS

We thank you all so much for taking the time
to join this hop and hope that you'll be provided with
a ton of incredible inspiration and lots of fun!

We would also just LOVE for you to create
a project using our sketch so if you do
make sure to come back and share that with us!

Happy Hopping friends!

Here's my layout based on the fabulous sketch:


I found a heart file in my Silhouette software and cut it out to use as a template for this heart. I laid the template on the cardstock and then filled in the stencil with Wink of Stella markers to create a watercolour look. All patterned papers are Echo Park Everday Eclectic, sequins are Teresa Collins, bow is made using the WRMK Envelope Punch Board, border punch is Martha Stewart. The patterned papers are edged with the Wink Of Stella brush markers.

Thanks for stopping in, feel free to leave any questions on the how to of this lo in your comments :) and now your next stop on the blog hop is Lisa Novogrodski Living In Color .

Monday, February 10, 2014

Stuck On U Sketches Project Life Challenge Monday

Hello and welcome to another SOUS Project Life Challenge!



There is another great prize up for grabs for playing along with ANY Stuck On U Sketches challenge this month:


So here's I approached this challenge using the negative of a heart which I cut out on my Cameo.

I embossed the card stock and then placed the week number in the center of the heart that I backed with white card stock.
For this week I did all the journaling on my computer in PSE where I edited and added journaling directly to my photos. I love to do this when the photos have areas of open space that will fit journaling and when I don't have enough photos for a two page spread but too many to accommodate more than one journal card.
I haven't used any PL specific products other than the page protector on this page so you can see how easy it is to do your own version of Project Life using what you have in your stash.

You can see how the entire Design Team interpreted this on the SOUS blog here and link us up with your take on this challenge!

Mark February 14th and...


I'll be sharing my layout in addition to a number of other SOUS ladies and the gals at Scraps of Darkness!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Project Life 2014 Weeks 1-3


Hello and welcome to my Project Life!

This is my 3rd year doing this project and I will be using the PL Midnight core kit primarily with some bits and pieces thrown in from my stash. 

You can see my title page here and view my past Project Life posts by clicking on the "Project Life" tab at the top of my blog.

Let's get the 2014 edition going with a two page spread combining weeks 1 & 2.

The numbers on this spread are Tim Holtz kraft which I rubbed with InkaGold. I added some yellow washii tape to the journal cards to keep the gold/yellow colour running through the spread and used piece of yellow/white patterned paper as a filler card on the right side of the spread to tie both sides together. 
I purposely chose not to specify which photos were from which week as I didn't take that many photos the first 2 weeks and I had not journaled the first 2 weeks daily either. This way I was able to capture the highlights of the start of January without stressing about specifics.

Week 3
PL Midnight & Clementine Core kit

I had a number of photos I wanted to include on this page so I added the journaling directly to the photos in PSE and handwrote some journaling with my Smash pen on the photo of my electric pressure cooker. The 4x6 title card is frm the PL Midnight Core Kit and the "everday life" piece is a 3x4 filler card cut down and layered over top. The heart paper clip is from a Studio Calico kit.

I hope you'll pop in next week for a look at my week 4 and a brand new Project Life Challenge from Stuck On U Sketches!