Friday, July 1, 2016

My scrapbook: the first pages

Hello, thank you for coming by.

I went to the Project Life kit for the pages that will start the scrapbook. At the time I only had 6 photos so the pages have blanks. I plan on filling in with pictures of family and gifts that family and friends who couldn't be present for the birth sent to Jason.  The tags all color coordinate with one another so it was hard to choose the best ones. I went with one that had lines for journaling, a heart for the baby and a camera art that I liked.

The opposite page is a matching Project Life page with horizontal pictures. I will be sure to photograph once it is completed!  I am very excited to pull out the journaling tags as it makes chronicling memories so easy. That is a big factor for me as I normally do this when the baby is watching from his bouncy seat and Jason only stays there for 20 minutes. Ease of coordination and time saving organization is a big plus for Project Life right now.

The week before last, I worked on cutting photo mats and laying out some Christmas pages. As it will be baby's first Christmas, I'm betting that I won't have a lot of time to craft.  By knowing what sizes and orientation that I laid the photo mats in the scrapbook, I hope to remember to capture photos that will fit the pages.  You may remember that I said that I'm scrapping on a budget- I am using some Christmas scrapbook supplies, 12 x 12 Espresso and 12 x 12 Real Red that Stampin'up! sent out for free one Christmas. Thanks, SU!

Christmas 1, 2 & 3

These are standard 4 x 6 photo mats and designer series paper. This would be very easy to create with current stampin' up! designer series paper. You may be asking yourself what is that black washi tape- that is to pin the elements in place while I design. It peels off of the paper without leaving a residue or harming the paper, so you can rearrange to your hearts content.  I will not adhere the mats down until I assemble them to the photos. If I change my mind, I can use the mats for another page. Make use of what you have and waste nothing is my motto.

You can see that those were very basic drop photo in here pages. For Jason's pages I have been having a little fun.  In this page I include two photos of Jason's Grandmothers, retired Lullaby paper and a current journal tag from Project life.  I use the Made with Love stamp set to add two kitty stamps and I use the single heart to make a background in Hello Honey and Coastal Cabana.

Grandma & Nana

Made with Love is a great set to play with for a scrapbook with those background stamps & sayings. I might start watercoloring on the pages.

The next page uses a full 12 x 12 page of Lullaby designer series paper. I went with simplicity by matting the photos on whisper white, coastal cabana and tempting turquoise.  Jason's first bath was photographed to send a thank you pic to the loved ones who sent the swaddler, winnie the pooh towel and bluebird lovey. I plan on the opposite page to have a journaling tag mentioning Darcy, Grandma and Samantha's gifts underneath a larger 5 x 7 photo.  I think that I'll use the same color and shape banners that were on the Grandma & Nana page to keep a cohesive look to the scrapbook.

I am currently working on matching the layout of Papa & Nana Kat to be a 2 page spread with the Grandma Kitty & Nana Genie page. Little boy is very lucky to have five grandparents who love him and I was lucky to get a pic of him with 4 grandparents.  Somehow my photographer mother is only in one picture.  To rectify that, I had my husband snap a few photos of Nana Kat holding Jason when she did a 2 month photo shoot of Jason.

I am very excited to see these 2 month photos!  Most of these pics were candid shots and I can't wait to see a few different poses in the same outfit. It makes me excited to imagine those scrapbook pages.  Thanks for coming by - I plan on making a how to of the more elaborate Nana & Papa page that I am making.  Let me know your thoughts!

Fast fuse- great for scrapbooking

I had to remind myself how to use fast fuse while scrapping the the other night and I thought that I would share the proper way to use Fast fuse

I hope that you enjoy fast fuse with your scrapbooking! If you need a refil, you still have one more month to order from me.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Scrapbook plans

 The baby has decided that he only wants to nap 20 minutes at a time, so getting snapshots of the scrapbook layouts when I'm home alone with him hasn't been working.  It is the husband's weekend so I hope to get some snapshots of the hybrid scrapbook that I am making. 

 Hybrid because half of the items are Project Life which has the neat little divided pockets that I will fill with the journal cards and half will be traditional 12 x 12 pages. Now I've never had much luck on scrapbooks- I tend to give up. so far I've been using washi tape to lay out possible layouts- its hard without having photos to use. Sadly I don't have many pictures of family. 

Here are 2 of the samples of the project life 12 x 12  that has inspired me 

I have downloaded some layout samples from Pinterest- one of the biggest compliments that I received as a Stampin' up! demo was how creative I am. Yet most of my projects were CASEd from Stampin up! samples.  I am trying to use the layouts as a jumping off point.  I am sticking to clean and simple layouts like the one below.

I challenged myself to only order three items from Stampin' up! for my scrapbook. I already possess one set of 12 x 12 Project Life pages, one set of 12 x 12 whisper white sheets, one set of 12 x 12 subtles sheets, the baby boy project life kit and various designer paper from 3 years of demonstratorship.  I chose to buy a pack of 12 x 12 page protectors, a pack of whisper white paper and Subtles Designer series paper stack.  That came to $46.00 yet due to my discount as a demo, I paid $36  (you can sign up under me to earn two free stamp sets in your starter kit for one more day!)

I ordered some prints of Jason's birth and the visit from my sister/ brother in law & niece the month after Jason's birth as the focus point of the first pages.  I ordered mostly 5x6 but also a few 4x4s to try a row of three smaller pictures alongside a larger picture. I hope to get that scrapped tomorrow- keep an eye here for pictures!
If you are interested in buying any stampin' up you can do so for one more month here
Happy stamping! 

Friday, June 24, 2016

My scrapbook is coming together


I have been working on my scrapbook twenty minutes at a time while the baby naps.  So far, I have come up with a few cute baby pages! My husband has set up my photo box so I will do my best to get some photos taken during nap time later today.  I am making a hybrid album- some stampin' up! project life pages and some that I am creating on 12 x 12 paper.  While searching for inspiration, I find that the quick day to day aspect of Project life appealed to me.  Here is the video that I am watching to pick up more tips.  As I stamp today I will snap some pictures to share my thoughts with you

Monday, June 20, 2016

Clearance Rack


Thanks for swinging by. I wanted to show you a section of Stampin' Up! that you might not be aware of- the Clearance Rack. Here you can get great deals on Stampin' Up! products.  Take up to 60% of these select products. You have to get them now as they are first come, first serve.  You can shop here To get a peek at the new Catalog, look at the publications tab for the PDF.  I want nearly everything in the catalog so good luck choosing your wish list!

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Carolyn King has created the cards up above with the new color stack that I love- Playful Palette. You can see the new colors including my favorite, the deep green Emerald.  Great for guy cards!  This set also has paint splatter and black and white designs.  I'll get you a peek at my cards asap!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Joining Stampin' Up! this month = 2 free stamp sets

That’s right! Every new demonstrator who joins  this month will get two FREE stamp sets in their Starter Kit. That’s an added value of up to $104 USD/$136 CAD, depending on which stamps your new recruit chooses. It’s a pretty big deal since that’s the same month we launch the new catalog and the new stamps inside it. Plus, anyone hosting an event with you in June can also get Extra Stampin’ Rewards, which can be used towards their Starter Kit.

  • Promotion Period: June 1–30, 2016
  • New recruits who join during the promotion period may choose two stamp sets from the new annual catalog to be included in the Starter Kit for free.
  • Bundles and kits cannot be selected as free stamp sets for this promotion.
  • Promotion Deadlines: New recruits must be submitted online or by fax by the times below in order to receive free stamps.
    • FAX: Thursday, June 30, 2016 by 6:50 PM (MT).
    • ONLINE IDA: Thursday, June 30, 2016 by 11:50 PM (MT).
  • You can join the fun here