A simple paper, scissors, glue project

Today is a very quick share of a very simple paper, scissors, and glue project perfect for on the go crafting.

Sometimes I want to create, but want to do so with as few materials as possible. This is especially true if I plan to create away from home. These following creations were made with that thought in mind.

I made these two pocket cards for my scrapbook album from the A Little Foxy paper stack and a Whisper White & Smokey Slate Die cut – I always cut extras when I’m working with any of the shaped Framelits I own so I have them on hand on days I’m not feeling up to die-cutting-or when I’ll be crafting away from home.

The little foxes were so cute on the paper and cutting them out was time consuming, but it didn’t take much energy to cut them and these little cards are too cute with those tiny little foxes added.  Plus, it really is nothing to take a 6″x6″ sheet of this paper and a pair of scissors with you to create!

I also thought these little cards (3″x4″)  would easily be turned into a card front with a “congratulations” or “welcome baby” or “hello, foxy” stamp sentiment, so making multiples of these makes sense if you aren’t using them as pocket cards like I decided with these 2.

So, if you don’t have a card kit or Paper Pumpkin kit to do in a pinch and don’t want to drag a lot of materials with you, try choosing a paper which you can cut out the shapes (in this case foxes) and adhere to a matching designer paper. Add coordinating cardstock die cuts for the perfect little on the go project.

Materials needed to make the cards above:

  • A Little Foxy 6″x6″ paper stack: this has the little foxes to cut out AND provides matching paper to make the pocket cards (sized 3 15/16″x4″ to fit standard Project Life pocket pages)
  • Paper Trimmer: to Cut paper to the pocket card size you desire (you could make 4″x6″ also, I didn’t need them for my project) *Pre-cut to prep an on-the-go kit.
  • Fine tip scissors- Stampin’ Up! Snips
  • Pre-cut Die cut shapes: I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits for the Whisper White Oval and Layering Circles Framelits for the Smokey Slate Scalloped Circle
  • Your favorite adhesive: Tombo in the white/green bottle works great
  • I gathered all of these materials in an empty Paper Pumpkin box for easy grab-n-go crafting. By pre-cutting the cards & dies, I could leave the Big Shot, Framelits, & Paper Trimmer at home & just take smaller items in this box.

If you are away from home sitting at an appointment waiting room, at a child’s activity, or on vacation, remember that you can take your crafting with you.  In this example even just taking the paper with the little foxes, scissors and a baggie for your cut out foxes would give you a head start on these cute little cards for later…and perhaps save you from reading an out of date well-handled magazine at a doctor’s office!

Happy crafting!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Scrapbooking: Using Project Life® cards Day 2

Yesterday I shared how to create a 12″x12″ scrapbook layout with the Hello Lovely Project Life cards.  Today, you will see the coordinating Project life page in the hybrid layout and get a description of the printer I used (Selphy cp1200) to print all the photos in these pages.

This printer has been a game-changer for me in that I am FINALLY getting my photos printed as I design the pages.  This gets me using my Stampin’ Up! supplies and gets me to my ultimate goal of preserving memories.

The double page scrapbook spread looks like this:

The first thing you may notice about page 2 is that the bottom left photo features a horrible glare and is quite grainy.  Sadly, this is just a poor job by me in taking this photo, not a result of printing the photo. I chose to use it anyway because it was part of the narrative I wanted to tell.  I think that is often more important than a perfect photo.  Perhaps others would disagree. (Yes, as I’m about to post this I realize I cut off the top of page 2 …ugh!)

You can see how the Project Life cards on page 2 match in colors with those in my 12″x12″ layout on page 1 since I first pulled all those matching colors and knew from which cards I could then choose to make a nice cohesive color flow from page to page.

I even used the new colored pencils in the 2017 Occasions catalog to color the wood embellishment from the Hello Lovely embellishment pack so that it would match the layout and not be plain balsa wood.

As for printing the photos on my Selphy printer, here is my review of this little photo printer:

LIKES:

  1. I really like being able to print the photos when I am in the mood to scrapbook.  Not ordering a lot of photos at a time and/or waiting for another source to print them is the biggest plus to actually getting things done.
  2. I can decide on the spot which size photos I need/want and use an app to size them accordingly.  When doing a layout it is great to have the ability to get just the right size at just the right moment you are planning.
  3. The quality of the photos.  I’ve used various printers over the years and find this dye sublimation to look better than some of the local store bought prints I’ve purchased as of late.  (It isn’t as good as some online sources, however.)
  4. It is small enough that it is VERY portable and can be easily stored in a drawer when not in use.
  5. Ease of use. It was just plain simple to set up and use out of the box.
  6. Wireless prints from phone- finally gets all those photos off my phone and scrapped!

DISLIKES:

  1. Not a true 4″x6″ photo size.  * This was the biggest reason I waited so long to purchase this printer. * It is my biggest dislike of the product, but the workarounds (changing photo mat size/adding photo mats) are there and easy enough to make it work.
  2. I’ve noticed a few very faint scratches on the photos (the printer moves the photo paper in/out 3x as it lays down color so I’m not surprised by intake scratches.) They can only be seen at an angle.
  3. I get communication errors frequently and must reboot the printer in a specific order: turn off, turn on before opening phone app, and turn off when a series of photos is done printing -as it sits idle it is more apt to give me the error message.
  4. Prints cost about 28 cents USD a piece.  Not a huge amount by other source comparisons, but I wish they cost less.

What I can say is that I would buy this printer again now that I have it and have tried it for a few weeks, despite my dislikes.  Yes, I really wish they were truely 4″x6″ prints and not postcard size prints. Then I wouldn’t have to work around the size issues by trimming and adding photo mats (especially annoying so that they fit & don’t fall out of the pocket pages),  BUT the fact that I can get things scrapped immediately adds so much that I can work around that issue.

I’m now using my Project Life cards and Stampin’ Up! stash more because I’m no longer waiting for that day to sit down and order a whole bunch of prints.  Happily, I’m now getting photos in finished pages and not procrastinating.  Seeing all my photos in finished pages alone makes this product worth it! Using my Stampin’ Up! stash as I intended when I purchased it is also a huge bonus.

I even purchased the online versions of some of the Stampin’ Up! Project Life cards from Becky Higgins so that I can make cute little postcards with borders and my own photos (the Santa is one of my own Christmas decorations) to send in the mail since they are perfect postcard size.  This is my Selphy & a test print when I first started playing:

Overall, I think with this printer I’ll be more apt to keep up to date with photos and may even find myself doing more traditional Project Life pages to get everyday non-event type photos in my scrapbook.  I’ll still do 12″x12″ pages regularly when I have enough photos, but with this little printer my everyday life may be easier to document and preserve with PL pages.

Happy scrapping!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Scrapbooking: Using Project Life® cards in a 12×12 Layout

Many scrapbookers I know, including myself still love the look of the 12″x12″ layout.  For this reason, I can not fully commit to using Project Life® pocket page protectors & cards 100% of the time, no matter how easily and efficiently they help me create my photo albums.  I have instead found a hybrid system which works for me.  Perhaps it will work for you too.

How I completed my Project Life® 12″x12″  hybrid layout

First, I decided upon some photos of a time I picked blueberries and turned them into preserves and mini pies.  Since I am far from super woman, events like this are quite unique and deserve being memorialized in my scrapbook.

When Stampin’ Up! paired with Becky Higgins to incorporate Project Life® into their product line, I was super excited.  I could now easily match my card stock and designer papers to the Project Life® cards I loved to create 12″x12″ layouts. I decided the cards I would use would come from the Stampin’ Up! Hello Lovely Kit and so I sorted a bunch of those with blues & greens which I thought would match well with my blueberry photos.

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By pulling colors from the cards, I know my colors in the layout are going to match and look great together.  Stampin’ Up! has already worked on all this color coordination stuff for me! So, it was easy to use, Soft Sky, Old Olive, Basic Black, & Whisper White.  I knew adding neutral colors should work well, since I already had neutrals (black & white) in the design.  So, I added Basic Grey & Smoky Slate in solid card stock and designer papers from the Neutrals DSP stack.  As a result, I came up with this design as my 12″x12″ page:su-project-life-hello-lovely-12x12-layout

To add interest and texture to the 12″x12″ page I knew I wanted to add the sequins from the Hello Lovely accessory pack which come in matching colors, of course.  Trailing across the page like this they help lead your eyes to see the entire page instead of focusing on one area or photo.

How to get started:

  1. Select photos.
  2. Choose Project Life® by Stampin’ Up! cards to match photos
  3. Choose Designer Series Paper & Card stock to match PL cards (easy to do since Stampin’ Up! tells you the colors in their PL cards and has card stock to match!)
  4. Choose Accessories from the matching Stampin’ Up! PL accessory pack
  5. Assemble as desired 🙂

Once you start playing with PL cards, you’ll find they are easy and fun to incorporate into your current scrapbook style and help you step into a new style as well. And as an added bonus, PL cards  can make simply beautiful cards fronts too. I challenge you to give the cards a go with your nest project. Stampin’ Up’s Hello Lovely PL card set, shown in examples in this post, is a great set to start.

My completed layout looks like this:

I finally finished this layout thanks to being able to print my photos at home with the Selphy cp1200 printer I got for Christmas.  As I stated previously, I wanted to share what I like and dislike about this printer, since many of you may be on the fence as to the cost and at home print quality.  I’ll be sharing that information tomorrow as I continue this post and share page 2 of this layout, a regular PL pocket page design, and the benefits and disadvantages I found in my use of the Selphy to print these photos at home.

Until next time…

-Joanne