Create snowflakes from doilies

The new  Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog contains these double-sided (very vanilla/whisper white) doilies  which are quite effective as snowflakes.  By cutting apart the doilies at different points, each of my snowflakes on this scrapbook layout became unique and helped highlight the winter scenes in the double page layout below.

Just a few snips of your scissors and your doilies will turn into various snowflake shapes to add to your winter scrapbook layouts (or cards, if you prefer).

The designer paper, which I decided could look like it is ice-laden in a snowy layout,  is also from the Occasions catalog- it is a design in the Falling In Love Designer Series pack and the 12″x12″ matching card stock is also available. I added the polka-dot print DSP from the Neutrals collection in the annual catalog and some Very Vanilla card stock for mats to complete the layout.

The stitched framelits & banners dies were also used for the oval and to cut out a current annual catalog hostess set called “Time of Year”.

In addition, I used the gold letters available in the Hello Lovely Project Life accessory pack for my title banner and to add the word “Photos” to my journal tag which will hold a numbered key to describe when and where the photos were taken on my property during this winter.

Details on my paper cuts for this double page layout:

  • Neutrals DSP stack polka dot paper: cut 2) 5″x11″, Use 1) 5″x1″ strip to create banner, and cut other to 1/2″x3″ for photo journal topper.
  • Falling In love DSP-cut 2) 4.75″x12″ strips (Make sure your trees are facing proper direction when you cut!)
  • Very Vanilla- I used all 8.5″11″ card stock and was able to get away with this as the snowflakes or mats covered the cuts on the longer strips.  Cut 4) .75″x11″,  4) .75″x1″ [This & previous will piece together on left sides of each page to form 3/4″x12″ long mat under Falling In Love DSP, 2) 4″x6″, 2) 4″x4″, 3) 3″x4″, and 2) 3″x3″  You’ll need about a 3″x4″ scrap for the Time of year & Oval to be stamped/die cut.  I stamped in Sahara Sand.
  • Cut apart doilies as you desire.  I followed each inner circle area first.  Then,  I got more creative and cut apart at different areas to create the various pointed shapes. I used 6 doilies on this layout, but do have some bits of those 6 I did not use on the layout (mostly the outermost layer) which I can later use on other projects.

While our longer season of warm temperatures were nice while they lasted,  winter seems to have settled upon us this week-just in time for Punxsutawney Phil to tell us we’ll have 6 more weeks of winter, I’m sure!

Have fun making snowflakes from these doilies!

I would love it if these stuck around. . . Just like I loved that warmer weather.

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

A Birthday Layout for a Special Dog

My Sweet Shih-tzu Annie recently turned 7 years old and this is the layout I made to memorialize that day.

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Before you ask where the cute dog photos are, I’m sorry that isn’t being shared.  Trust me, she and her Shih-tzu sister are absolutely adorable.  But I am not one to want photos of myself or my loved ones all over the internet.  So, you’ll almost always get layouts minus photos from me.  I’m a protective mama bear.  Sorry.

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The Title for this page was made by cutting 1″x1″ squares into triangles and stamping with the Brushstroke Alphabet set and cupcake from the Bella & Friends set.  I colored the cupcake with markers & gold Wink of Stella and then mounted the stamped triangles on Night of Navy cardstock triangles cut 1/8″ larger on all sides (Yes, I did hand cut them all) and strung them onto white bakers twine leaving about 3″ extra to hang freely on each side.

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Little Bella from the Bella & Friends stamp set reminds me of Annie & is the perfect little embellishment for the page. I stamped her using Night of Navy ink onto a punched 1.75″ Whisper White circle with a  2″ Night of Navy punched circle mat; she’s just the cutest with a colored red heart collar!

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A Journal tag was created from a 1.75″x4″ piece of Whisper White card stock.  Straight lines were drawn using the Cherry Cobbler Marker and hearts which were punched from the Cookie Cutter builder punch were added.  The circle with heart was created by punching again after the heart with the large circle from the Owl builder punch.

The Rest of the details for this layout page:

  • The Base Designer series paper is from the Floral Boutique collection.
  • Both photo mats are 4.25″x6.25″
  • The Cherry Cobbler Strip running down the left side is 1.25″x12″
  • The Cherry Cobbler behind the photo mats is 5.25″x9″
  • The journal tag was mounted on a 2″x4.25″ Night of Navy card stock.
  • A Project Life Black Journal Pen was used to journal.

Of course I took a lot more photos than one page would hold. So, page two of the double page layout spread follows:seventh-birthday-layout-2016-pg2

It is a rather simple complementary page. Containing the same base DSP and circle heart punched element and enough photo mats for my remaining photos of her cake, toys (Yes, if you read the journal tag that means squeeky balls!), and overall birthday experiences.

The Details/Dimensions:

  • This page layout has 6 photo mats in Night of Navy card stock.  1: 4.25″x6.25″, 2: 3.25″x4.25″, and 3: 3″x3″ mats. My photos will be 1/4″ on all sides smaller (4×6, 3×4, and 2.75×2.75)
  • The Cherry Cobbler strip running behind the 3 small 3″ squares is 1.25″x12″.
  • The Whisper White area under the photo mats on the right is 5″x10″
  • The Cherry Cobbler banner strip is 2″x11″.  I hand cut my banner ends, but Stampin’ Up! does have a fabulous banner punch for those who are uncomfortable doing so.  The trick to hand cutting is to find your center and cut up the depth you wish your banner to be and then from both points of paper cut at same angle to that center cut. I like that I can alter my banner tail sizes by just altering my depth and angle, but the banner punch is great if you don’t feel you can cut straight or on the same angle!

I know you’ll be seeing the Bella & Friends stamp set used again.  I adore the images in this set and having 2 whimsicle  shih-tzu girls I feel it was made just for me.  I can almost tell Bella’s personality based on these stamps!

If you are interested in purchasing Bella & Friends or any other items, I would love to be your demonstrator.  You can shop directly from my online Stampin’ Up! store by clicking HERE.

Until next time…

-Joanne

This Christmas DSP 2016 Scrapbook Layout

The more I use the This Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP is an SU!  term for patterned paper) out of the Stampin’ UP! Annual Catalog, the more I like it.  It is considered a specialty DSP because the weight of the paper is less than other DSP and card stock, but it is still a significant weight to hold up well.  The prints are great and I love that there are 24 sheets in the pack for $13.00 (US).  That is 4 each of the 6 double-sided designs.  I’ll be able to scrap a whole Christmas (I take A LOT of photos at Christmas time!) & still have some paper to make tags or cards.  I love that! It is item# 141628 if you are wondering.  I’m currently hoarding the music & snowflake prints for projects I have in my mind, but have started scrapbook pages with the rest.

Here is the first of my This Christmas DSP scrapbook layouts I’d like to share:

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As you can see, I only used a bit of this DSP on this page.

In addition to being pleased with this DSP, I am also VERY Happy SU! is offering larger 12″x12″ coordinating card stock packs in this holiday mini catalog.  It allows a scrapbooker more flexibility than buying multi-packs with only 2 each of the same color.  The Warmth & Cheer 12″x12″ card stock pack item # 141992 in the holiday catalog comes with 10 each of 12″x12″ Cherry Cobbler card stock & 12″x12″ Garden Green cardstock  which match the This Christmas DSP.  This Warmth & Cheer 12″x12″ pack will be gone when the holiday catalog ends- So, don’t wait to stock up if you make your layouts after the holiday season!    There is also a coordinating 8.5″x11″ card stock pack (cherry cobbler, garden green, & very vanilla) in the annual catalog, which is perfect for mats, embellishments, and card bases.

I used one of the four Seasonal Decorative Masks, also in the holiday catalog (item#141848), randomly on the Cherry Cobbler base with Versamark and Clear Embossing Powder.  This embossed look gives texture & interest to this page and is one of the reasons I got away with so little DSP on this layout.

I also made the rather large gift as an embellishment and area for hidden photos or journaling (I’ll decide that later)-Because sometimes you want to remember & document a memory, but you don’t want everyone who looks through your scrapbook album to instantly see it as part of the page.

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The Details:

  • Background card stock: Cherry Cobbler 12″x12″, embossed with Seasonal Decorative masks in 3 places (to provide texture/interest to photo mat area)
  • 1″x12″ strip of This Christmas DSP placed 1/2″ from left edge and allowing for 1″x11″ strip of coordinating This Christmas DSP to be tucked under approximately 1/8″
  • 2 photo mats in Garden Green card stock. 1: 4.25″x4.25″ and 1: 4.25″x6.25″
  • Gift Embellishment is made from a 4.25″x 9.75″ Garden Green card stock scored @4.25″&8.5″.  This Christmas DSP 4″x4″ and 1″x4″ was adhered to green base after folding to give the look of the gift.  An Early Espresso bow was created using the Sunshine wishes thinlets dies abstract flower.  A 1/2″x4.25″ Early Espresso strip finished the ribbon front and a velcro enclosure was added under this for opening and closing.
  • Below the photo mats 2 journal areas were created using Early Espresso and Very Vanilla card stock.  The Early Espresso Banners were made (both hand trimmed ends) from 5/8″x4.25″ & 5/8″x6.25″ to line up with the length of the mats.  The Very Vanilla strips were cut 3/8″x3.5″ & 3/8″x5.5″.

Of course this layout would look great for birthdays or other gift-giving celebrations too!  If any of you make this layout, I’d love to see your version in the comments. Changing up colors and patterns can make the same layout look completely different.  I frequently use layout designs I’ve made more than once in my scrapbooks and none of them look like repeats- Once I’ve gone to the trouble to make my own designs, it is nice to be able to reuse them!

Be crafty! 🙂

Until next time…

-Joanne