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

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

Day 3 of Scrapping those 2016 Christmas Photos

Are you following along and scrapping your 2016 Christmas Photos?

I used this layout to scrap photos which I knew had a story behind them, so I included a decent sized journal card to hand write all the things about the photos. It is important to remember those little details and I like to include the basics when I journal: who is in the photo(s), what is going on, when did this happen, where is this taking place, why the photo is important to me.

Directions on how to recreate this layout:

  • 12″x12″ Cherry Cobbler card stock is the base of the layout.
  • This Christmas DSP from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog was cut to 7.5″x11″ and used for the background area of the photo mats. It is adhered 1″ from the top, bottom, and right edge.
  • Garden Green card stock was used for the photo mats.  There are 2 mats measuring 4.25″x6.25″ and 1 mat measuring 3.25″x4.25″
  • The journal card is 2.5″x4.75″ and stamped with light garland and candy cane from the Host(ess) set called Holly Jolly Layers available only during the Holiday Catalog 2016 sales period with qualifying orders.
  • The thin strips are 1/2″x12″ for the This Christmas DSP layer and 3/4″ for the Very Vanilla layer.  They intersect @ 4″ in from the left of the page and 6″ from top or bottom.
  • The embellishment is also created from the Host(ess) set called Holly Jolly Layers.  It is stamped in Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green ink on Very Vanilla card stock and the center circle is stamped a second time so it could be die cut separately. Both layers are cut out using the Layering Circles Framelits & Big Shot and dimensionals are applied to pop it off the page and also to pop the center holly off the embellishment in order to give the look of a nice layered item to the page.

If you don’t have these papers or have missed out on getting the host(ess) stamp set which I’ve used, don’t fret.  Remember, you can turn any Stampin’ Up! papers, stamps, ink, and die cuts into a page which will work with these dimensions.  It doesn’t even have to be a Christmas layout when you are done!

To do this you just need to:

  1. Choose your Designer series paper. You can use the front for the background piece and back for the strips, if you choose.  Or two different but matching papers.
  2. Choose a 12″x12″ base card stock which matches your DSP.
  3. Choose a card stock which matches your DSP for the Photo mats (1 piece of 8.5″x11″ will make these 3 photo mats).
  4. Choose a light color card stock which matches your DSP for your journal tag.  It helps if the solid strip card stock matches to tie it together.
  5. Choose a die cut or punch art item for the intersection.
  6. Choose Stamps that work with your layout subject/title.  Stamp them using colors which match the papers you chose.

Have fun scrapping!  Tomorrow will be day 4 of this mini-series of scrapping your Christmas photos.  It will be the final day in the series and then I will turn my attention and yours to our new Occasions & Sale-A-Bration catalogs which will launch January 4th.

If you have any last minute holiday catalog orders, don’t forget to place that order soon!  Many things have already sold out as the end of this holiday catalog is near.  Check out what is still available and order directly from my demonstrator business site by clicking this link HERE.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Day 1 of Scrapping those 2016 Christmas Photos

Did you take a lot of Christmas photos over the past week?  I sure did!  I have prepared some simple layouts to get those photos into your scrapbook in no time.  Now you just have to figure out where to get your photos printed. I’m pleased to say mine have already been printed and added to all of the Christmas layouts I created this year, because I got a Selphy cp1200 photo printer for Christmas. Woo-hoo!  Yes, total game changer for me.  I’ve never had ALL my Christmas photos scrapped the day after Christmas before.  In 2 hours too!  Having these layouts which I’ll be sharing this week completed ahead of time really helped too.  Just add photos & journalling…DONE!

Yes, I’ll be sharing my experience with my new Selphy next week.  I want some more time to play with it to really give you my impression and any tips I learned using it.  First impression though- I’m in love with this little machine!

Materials Used:

  • This Christmas Designer Series Paper (Annual Catalog)
  • 12″x12″ Cherry Cobbler Card stock
  • 1 piece each 8.5″x11″ Garden Green CS, Very Vanilla CS, Early Espresso CS
  • Cherry Cobbler & Crumb Cake Ink Pads
  • Size D Acrylic Stamp Block
  • Big Shot
  • Layering Ovals Framelits
  • Holly Jolly Layers Host(ess) stamp set for candy cane
  • Layered Letters Alphabet for main title
  • Christmas Greeting Thinlits Dies for “Merry” in title
  • Adhesive(s)-I used Snail, Dimensionals & the Fine Tip Glue Pen
  • Scissors-I used Stampin’ Up! Snips as I like the precision cut
  • Gold Wink of Stella

Dimensions of Paper cuts used:

  • Photo Mats are 4.5″x6.5″- I mat ALL my photos as I like the look.
  • This Christmas DSP strips: 2) 1″x12″ strips and 1) 2.5″x12″ strip

For the Title, the “merry” was die cut in both Very Vanilla & Garden Green and offset before gluing the pieces together with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

The Layered Letters Alphabet set has a rectangular background stamp which I used in Crumb Cake ink on Very Vanilla CS to create the blocks before going back and stamping each letter in Cherry Cobbler ink.  I used scissors to cut around the Crumb Cake rectangle, mounted to Early Espresso CS and trimmed with a slight border.  Since it is hand cut it is kind of rustic looking and my holiday decor (tends towards primitive country) fits perfect with this look.

The embellishment for this page was placed at the intersection of the 1″x12″ DSP strips.  Layering ovals were used with dimensionals to create a raised, yet recessed image.  As you can see from the photo above, the center were removed from the Green and Gold (started Very Vanilla and used Gold Wink of Stella for Gold color) layer- the size of the Very Vanilla Candy Cane piece.  The Stamped oval image then is recessed and adhered directly to the Early Espresso base.

Stop by tomorrow for the 2nd page in the series.

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 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

How to create a Clown with the Fox & Owl builder punches

There has been a lot said about clowns in the news in 2016.  So, it seemed only appropriate to come up with a clown punch art creation .

I attempted to create a cute clown and not the creepy ones terrorizing people everywhere.  Although, I know a lot of people who think “cute clowns” can’t be uttered as a phrase.

The punched pieces and materials needed are listed on the diagram below:

Perhaps you could pair this clown with the balloon punch to make some cute birthday cards.

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to have a few short posts like this one to share some of the Punch Art I’ve created as I know many people are waiting to see new creations.

Eventually, my health will hopefully cooperate and I’ll be able to organize and create the downloads of the entire Punch Art collection I’ve created thus far.  Until then, at least I can share a few of my personal designs.  I hope you enjoy them.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Stampin’ Up! Occasions 2017 Preorder

My Stampin’ Up! Occasions 2017 Preorder has arrived!  Woo-hoo!

Now, if only I had the energy to do a lot of fun things with it.  I’m still not feeling well.  I’m happy to have all these pretty things arrive, but now I want to play and my current health status still isn’t being very cooperative.  Oh, readers…If you have good health, appreciate it!

Just bringing the box in the house required a little rest after. But a few hours later and I was able to check in my goodies and snap a photo: Look at those new products!

Just a few things you may see: Dragonfly Dreams bundle, High Tide stamps, Beautiful You stamps, watercolor pencils, and some Sale-a-Bration Items: Hey Chick stamps, Tasty Truck Stamps, and Carried Away Designer Series Paper.

Yes, I am very fond of the new Occasions catalog.  I hope once you see it and some of the products in person, that you too will find it to be a great little mini catalog which supplements the Spring season and Annual catalog nicely.

Look at these Sprinkles from the Occasions 2017 catalog:

I had to put some in the lid so that you could really see the pearls, colors, and shapes of these cute embellishments.  They are SO perfect for shaker cards.  And I am really excited to see the mini & super mini pearls (Did you notice them?) in the mix!

My absolute favorite thing in the 2017 Occasions catalog is the return of colored pencils to our product line.  Oh, how much fun these are and all the techniques which can be done with them.  At $16.00, I highly recommend you put these at the top of your wish list and request a watercolor pencil product based class from your demonstrator so that you learn how to use them with all the great sets in the Annual, Occasions, and Sale-A-Bration catalogs.  You’ll find how easy they are to use and I’d be surprised if you don’t fall in love with them too!

Since my health has kept me from visiting with many friends and customers over the past month, I’m hoping to get card samples which showcase the watercolor pencils and at least one of the bundled products (probably dragonfly dreams) in the mail  with the new catalogs to my current customers between now and the launch of the Occasions 2017 catalog, January 4, 2017.

Do you need a demonstrator?  It is always best to choose one near you so that you can attend events or hold workshops.  If you are near 15801 in Pennsylvania, I’m happy to help you with all your stamp & creativity needs. Contact me if you need a catalog or help with anything special.  You can always shop online with me by CLICKING HERE.

I am still holding my HAPPY HOLIDAYS Drawing!  Every $25.00 spent (before tax/shipping) with me as your demonstrator between November 20th & December 31st will earn a ticket/entry into a drawing for a basket (ok, it is really a cardboard box) of Stampin’ Up! items from my stash. All brand new products. *Note: This is my personal promotion/contest to celebrate the holidays. Someone is guaranteed to win a new Hostess set & Ink pad, and perhaps more if many orders are placed. Check out the original post on the Happy Holidays Drawing HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Until next time…

-Joanne