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

The First Valentines of 2017

The Lift Me Up Bundle which I discussed and shared this past Friday was the inspiration for getting me motivated to start making Valentines early.

These are the first Valentines I created for 2017:

The first of these cards is made with the heart die which is included in the Up & Away Thinlits Dies, these dies are part of the Lift Me Up Bundle if you choose to add the matching stamps. (see Occasions catalog p.10).

By simply die cutting the heart multiple times and in various colors (I chose: flirty flamingo, smoky slate, melon mambo, and cherry cobbler), using your Stampin’ Up! trimmer’s scoring blade to create embossed lines, stamping a sentiment (this one is from Teeny Tiny Wishes), and adding a bit of twine & some rhinestones, you have a finished Valentine.

Want to give a try at the new watercolor pencils on p.24 of the Occasions catalog?  The card below is a simple beginner watercolor technique.

On a piece of Whisper White card stock (3.75″x5″) scribble the Rich Razzleberry, Real Red, Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo colored pencils to the center of each side (in that order) along the 3.75″ side-overlap colors as you go for blending.  Yes, just scribble a small area of each color, like a pink rainbow meeting in the center as the lightest point.

Go back over your pencil scribbles with an Aqua painter (Mine are always filled with distilled water), whose bristles are wet but not dripping and blend out pencil marks and blend the colors together.  Do not go completely to the edge so some white areas show.

Too much water and Whisper White will pill and the water will seep thru the paper.  Slight buckling of Whisper White card stock will occur and a stronger adhesive (tear tape) is perfect for adhering it to your card mat or  base to make it flat.  If you are having excessive buckling or any paper pilling/seepage try the Shimmery White card stock or the specialty Water color paper Stampin’ Up! carries. With a light hand, however, you can make it work. Sometimes it takes a bit to figure out how much water to use on each type of card stock and your environment (humidity levels)may effect results.

Add die cuts in Flirtly Flamingo & Melon Mambo from the Swirly Scribbles dies and a few rhinestones, a Flirtly Flamingo mat (4″x5.25″) & a Blushing Bride card base (4.25″x5.5″)  and you are finished with this super simple watercolor Valentine’s card.

Now is a great time to shop Stampin’ Up!  Every $50.00 (USD) spent before shipping/tax can earn you free products from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  Click Here to see the catalogs and shop online.  Contact me if you have any questions about free items from this special sales period (January 4-March 31, 2017).

Until next time…

-Joanne

Lift Me Up: Encouragement with the New Occasions catalog launch

Who couldn’t use a little encouragement these days?!  Catalog launch day was one of those for me.  Such an exhausting day for me that I crawled in bed and called it a day at 7:00 p.m.  I had no energy to finish off my catalog launch post, which I realize should have been completed before then BUT it wasn’t.

I guess it is better late than never at posting how excited I am about the Occasions & Sale-A-Bration catalog Launch though…

I’m thrilled that Stampin’ Up! has come to the plate with uplifting words, phrases, stamps, and fun things in its new Occasions catalog, which launched three days ago.  This catalog is filled with stamps which are happy, thoughtful, and encouraging.  Way to go SU!

I bought the Lift Me Up Bundle from the new occasions catalog because I really loved the sentiments and among all the fabulous cloud & balloon dies there is a nice size a heart, which I’ll find a lot of use for with Valentine’s Day coming up.

Stampin’ Up! shows the images of this bundle (and a sample) best in their online store picture:

Of course I must show you a few ideas I created one day last week with this set:

Those two little bags are super easy box bottom bags.  I changed the dimensions to fit my needs, but this bag has many youtube and pinterest posts about it, so I’m not currently going to share the how to information. Different sizes can be perfect for little candies or gift cards too.

Making the large balloon different colors is super easy too with all those dies to cut the various areas.  Deciding the colors for your balloon is going to be the hardest part.  Yes, I made several and still want to try other color combinations!

As I stated at the beginning of the week, I’m hoping to send more cards this year- “spreading happiness with cards”- and the ones below have been made and are ready for my next round of mailings once I sit down and write a personal note and address them.

You can see all the items needed to recreate the note cards in the post above.  They are Very quick to make in quantity too.  The photo on the right shows how I stamped the inside sentiment.

The balloon dies in this bundle have a bonus feature : Shrinking your paper scrap pile!  Since balloons can be any color and there are different sizes in this set,  I used a bunch of different card stock scraps I had sitting around to make the balloons.  Any time my paper scrap pile shrinks and I haven’t wasted paper, I am extremely happy.

If all goes well, I’ll post again soon.  I’ve got to update you all with my thoughts on my new Selphy too.  Hint: I’m finally getting some photos off my phone and computer and thanks to Project life (so glad SU! carries this product line with all the great matching products) I’m making slow but steady progress and 2016 may actually be completed before too long into 2017- Yippee!

To check out all the new products, including the Lift Me Up Bundle shown here today, shop at my online Stampin’ Up! store-  CLICK HERE.

Until next time…

-Joanne

New Year 2017: Spreading Happiness with Cards

Does starting a new year have you reorganizing, making new goals, and looking forward to things you’d like to improve upon in 2017?

While I’ve long ago stopped making true “New Year’s Resolutions”, I still take time to think about what I’d like to see change in the year ahead and what I can do, if anything, to make those changes.

In a time where sending cards seems to be dropping off, I’ve decided to send more this year.  Why?  Because people love getting them. Which means I’m spreading happiness by sending them! Even those that say, “That was a waste of money to send” are happy you thought of them and sent them a card.  It shows them you DID think THEY were worth the money to send the card.  So, I will be sending more cards to spread joy,   because we don’t know what other people are going thru, but EVERYONE CAN USE A SMILE.

The new Sale-A-Bration 2017 set “Hey Chic” has a funny chicken which brings a smile to my face and these cards will hopefully bring joy to those who receive them. They will be my first mail outs in this new year.

I think they’ll spread some happiness, don’t you?

We know 2017 will be filled with ups & downs.  Life can be rough sometimes and so wonderful at others.  My wish for all of you in this new year is that you support others AND feel supported thru the good & bad in 2017.  Care. Share. Inspire. Spread happiness in 2017!

Until next time…

-Joanne

P.S. There were no entries and therefore no winners in the Happy Holidays Drawing.

 

The New Occasions Catalog is coming January 4, 2017

I believe the new 2017 Occasions catalog is going to ring in the New Year with a bang January 4th. As promised yesterday, I’m going to show you a few things I’ve made with products from this awesome little mini-catalog.

So, as you say good-bye to 2016…say hello to some new things Stampin’ Up! has for you in the upcoming Occasions catalog.

The new Dragonfly Dreams bundle (stamps & dies) is fabulous. Those mini dragonflies all cut together (1 die in the set), but you can easily cut apart a few singles if you’d wish. I paired them with this Cupcakes & Carousels paper (a 6″x6″ stack) because I was really in a Pool Party mood.

The large dragonfly is stunning.  I’ve cut him twice in the sample, carefully cut the body away from the wings on the soft suede layer and adhered the body to the top & wings to the bottom of the pool party layer. By just slightly curling the edges of the top layer of wings it gives the impression of flight.

I’ve teased you already in a previous post with the arrival of my box of goodies and the announcement of watercolor pencils returning to the Stampin’ Up! line up in this Occasions catalog.  I am a huge fan of the watercolor pencils.  They turn simple little note cards into easy heartfelt cards within moments. I used them for backgrounds on both the large dragonfly card (top row, left) and the dancer.

Isn’t that image and sentiment beautiful?!  That set was well named.  All the images and sentiments in the “Beautiful You” set are as lovely.

And, YES! The note cards watercolor very well without warping.  Just don’t overuse your water and you’ll be fine.  But I did a water-wash, water droplets, splatters, and used water over the pencils on various card samples I have made and had minimal warping of the note cards. So, they are perfect for all of you who hate spending a lot on watercolor paper, but love the look of watercolor. (There is nothing like water coloring on watercolor paper though!)

With the launch of the Occasions catalog also comes the launch of the Sale-A-Bration catalog too.  You have the opportunity to choose 1 item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog with every $50.00 *USD spent on any current products (including Annual Catalog items, Occasions catalog items, or online Clearance) before tax/shipping.   This time of year is perfect to buy AND earn extra fun goodies for your crafting fun.

I’ve got so much more I want to do with things from these new catalogs. I can’t wait to create and share these items with you.

Take a breath and enjoy the last moments of 2016 and remember the good things that passed your way during the year.  Cherish those memories. Cherish those in your life.  And Celebrate that you made it through all the ups & downs life gave you.

I’ll see you again in 2017!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

A Fox Punch Merry Christmas

My last daily punch art share before I take a break to enjoy the Christmas holiday is this little pine tree.

The finished tree is only a little over 1″ tall.

I made an adorable mantel scene with this tree and some other cute holiday items to adorn it (all Fox Builder Punch Art items), but due to my recent health issues I didn’t finish the tutorials or photographs for mantel scene I created.  So, the sharing of that scene will have to wait for some future date.

From me to you I wanted to share my gratitude for all the support, kindness, and friendship you all have shared this year as I’ve launched this blog and then proceeded to increasingly struggle with ongoing health issues which have prevented me from making this blog everything I wanted.  Stampin’ Up! recently  had a stamp that said, “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful” and I so agree. Crafting creates happiness and meeting great people during the creative process is such a fantastic added bonus.  I appreciate each one of you!

Enjoy each moment of this week, however you may choose to celebrate the days ahead.  I’ll be back to posting after Christmas to share some layouts so you can get your Christmas photos in scrapbooks.  Plus I’ll have some cards to highlight products from the upcoming (Launching January 4, 2017) Occasions & Sale-A-Bration Catalogs.

I wish you happiness, health, & blessings.

Until next time…

-Joanne

How to make a Punch Art Walrus

Continuing along this week with my daily posts of my punch art designs using the Stampin’ Up! Fox & Owl Builder Punches, I have this walrus to share.  He’s just one of the Sea Life Creatures (you may have seen my octopus the other day) which I created with these 2 punches.  

He turned out really cute!

Yes, I really do have a whole menagerie of punch art critters which I’ve designed. If this is the first post you’ve caught, you might wish to look back over some of my other punch art designs by clicking on the Punch Art link under Categories.  There you will see some other designs and the basic blueprint on how to create them.  Most aren’t hard to make, but some take a bit more time than others to put together. Punch art does take a bit of patience.

Stop by again tomorrow as I will share another one of my punch art creations- a special daily series before Christmas.

I would love to hear from you.  Please let me know in the comments if you are enjoying my punch art and have any favorites.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

How to make a Punch Art Baby

The Fox & Owl Builder Punches are must haves for little creations like this cute little punch art baby.

While I made my baby with black hair and a pink bow, you could easily change these colors to better suit your little one’s identity.

I don’t find myself making too many baby cards anymore, so having the Fox & Owl builder punches doing double duty when I need to make one or two is quite nice.

I imagine it might be quite cute to give this little baby a diaper or onesie to wear also.  So, I might do that in the future.

Are you enjoying all the punch art creations?

Stop by again tomorrow as I continue sharing some more of my punch art designs.

Until next time…

-Joanne

How to make a Punch Art Ladybug

Today’s installment of my original punch art designs (a special daily offering before Christmas), is this little ladybug.

While winter may be in full swing here in Western Pennsylvania, these little ladies will soon be crawling & fluttering about when Spring & Summer greets us once again.

Creating multiples of this Ladybug and adding to a red, black, & white scrapbook page with the title “Cute As A Bug” is an easy way to highlight the little one in your life (whether they have 2 or 4 feet!).

I would love to see how you decide to use some of my punch art designs. Please share your thoughts or final creations in my comments.  It would be nice to hear from you.

Are you wondering what tomorrow’s punch art design will be?  I’ll let you in on the secret…it is a baby!  I hope you’ll stop by and check it out.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Three Simple Flowers From the Fox Builder Punch

Today I’m sharing how to make 3 simple flowers (Plus a bonus = 4)From the Stampin’ Up! Fox Builder Punch. 

The first of the simple flowers made from the Fox Builder Punch is a daisy.  This flower is perfect for the “(s)he loves me, (s)he loves me not” Valentines, a flower bouquet, or just because daisies are a lovely simple flower. You should have no problem making this punch art even as a beginner.

BONUS FLOWER: Turn this daisy into a sunflower!  Just change the color of your card stock.  Try Crushed Curry for the petals and Chocolate Chip for the center. If you want your center to be larger, try the larger Owl Builder Punch circle or substitute the circle punch (1″ is nice) of your choice.

For the second flower, I’m sharing a lotus flower. The simple beauty of a lotus flower floating in a body of water is a wonderful site.  I imagine the our goofy frog from the Host(ess) set “Love You Lots” hanging out in this lotus-filled pond.  While my sample is in the pink family, I believe a nice Wisteria Wonder and Sweet Sugarplum or Peekaboo Peach and Calypso Coral variety would also look nice.

 

The third flower today is just in time for last minute Christmas items!

You can always give more depth to any Punch Art creation by adding sponged edges, small pen techniques, or even a bit of sparkle with the Wink of Stella(r) clear.

These flowers are very simple and I hope you have a chance to give them a try some time soon.

Are you starting to see that Fox Builder Punch differently?

Fox Builder Punch

For $18.00 it really is a good investment piece which creates a multitude of different items.

Have fun playing with your punch.  I’d love to see your final projects in my comments!

Until next time…

-Joanne