Hello Lovely Jar of Love Scrapbook Layout

This hello lovely Jar of Love (stamps & die bundle) layout  turned out better than I imagined it in my head.  

It took a considerable amount of time stamping and die-cutting all the flowers for this page, but I am very pleased with the end results.

I’ve always liked the combination of pink & green.  The Mint Macaron & Blushing Bride card stocks are great together for this combination.  Having not been a big fan of Mint Macaron when it debuted in 2015, I can now say that I will sorely miss this color as it leaves in May after it’s 2-year stint in the In-Color family line of 2015-2017.  But as it goes, I’m sure something wonderful will take the place it has now fondly filled in my heart. Perhaps I’ll need time warming up to those 2017-2019 In-Colors too, or I may love them instantly.  I can’t wait to find out in the next few months what they’ll be!  …And perhaps some time my day will be made and all my favorite colors will return to the line-up so that I can play with them again.  …Okay, I’ll stop dreaming now!

Speaking of dreaming though, this page really gave me that dreamy-girl feeling.  Perhaps it is the color combination: In addition to the colors already mentioned, there is the Black & White bold striped paper from the Pop of Pink DSP, Wisteria Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, and Flirty Flamingo Inks, & the added touch of Gold Foil paper for the leaves & heart.

I’ve been stingy  …frugal? … cheap? in the past and didn’t used much of this foil paper.  I’m a convert!  This page would not be the same without it!  Please don’t be like I was, waiting for the perfect moment to break out the foil paper.  It really is that little something that can take your projects from okay to WOW!

The Stitched Shapes Framelits also add that extra touch to the center embellishment.  The “hello lovely” is a stamp in the Hello Lovely Project Life accessories pack.  And that bow- LOVE that cute bow which is from the Holly Berry Happiness & matching Punch which carried over from the 2016 Holiday catalog.  I find myself putting that bow on quite a few things these days.

Yes, this page took a bit of time and a few more supplies than my usual designs. But I did it in steps; While I was double stamping the Jar of Love flowers, (All done with same color per flower, just by over-stamping same color for highlight color until shading was the darkness desired-A nice stamp positioner is helpful for this process!) I just made a whole pile of them for this project and future projects before even starting the layout.  Then I could just play around as I created.

As I mentioned, May will come around and some products will retire whether we like it or not.  If there is something in the Annual catalog you want, don’t wait for the retired list to come out and things to go away.  Stock up on any out-going 2015-2017 In-Color paper, Inks, & Ink Refills now while they are still in stock.

You can shop with me thru this LINK.  And remember, every $50.00 US still earns you a FREE SAB catalog product during Sale-A-Bration (ending March 31, 2017).

And if you really like getting a deal, you can become a demonstrator yourself.  For $99.00 USD you can get up to $125.00 in products which YOU choose!  Plus, sign up before March 31, 2017 and you will be able to select your choice of TWO extra stamp sets—any price, from any catalog (with the exception of Sale-A-Bration sets and bundles)-That’s up to $104.00 in FREE stamps if you choose the most expensive 2 stamp sets! There is never any obligation to continue purchasing the products after purchasing your personalized starter kit, unless you wish to continue maintaining demonstrator status.  You can read more and if you choose, sign up HERE. It is a great way to build your supply stash even if you choose only to join only for your own supplies!   If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

I think I’m going to go play some more with the extra bits I’ve stamped & punched from the Jar of Love stamp/die bundle.

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

Day 4 of Scrapping your 2016 Christmas Photos

Today will be the last day in the 4 part series of scrapping your 2016 Christmas Photos.  If you need to check out the other layouts or find additional layouts for more photos, check out the 12″x12″ Scrapbooking Layouts Category.

This layout seems perfect for the end of the day photos as the house and those in it become tired and the day is setting.  Peace settles in the day as Christmas day is almost a thing of the past for another year. Thoughts turn again to the blessed reason for the season in this period of calm.

Directions on how to recreate this layout:

  • 12″x12″ Cherry Cobbler card stock was used for the base of the layout.
  • This Christmas DSP from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog was cut to 11″x11″ and attached to the base card stock leaving 1″ margins on all sides.
  • A piece of 1.75″x6.75″ Cherry Cobbler card stock was used for the banner.  The banner edge was hand cut-To cut a banner end: Find the center of your card stock and cut up as far as you want your inner point.  Then from each corner cut to that point at which your scissor cut stopped (two triangles, 1 from each cut-end to center-will drop out).
  • 8.5″x8.5″ Cherry Cobbler card stock was used and attached 1/4″ from both bottom & right DSP edges.
  • Four photo mats 4″x4″ were attached to the Cherry Cobbler square leaving 1/4″ margins.
  • Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Garden Green, and Very Vanilla card stocks were used with the Pretty Pines Thinlets & Big Shot to create Greenery and Very Vanilla (base), Crumb Cake (inner layer), Early Espresso (outer layer) pine cones.
  • Very Vanilla card stock was used to create the word “Peace” with the Christmas Greetings Thinlets dies & Big Shot- both from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

I used two different adhesives (Stampin’ Up! Snail & the Fine Tip Glue Pen) to assemble and adhere this pine cone peace embellishment to itself and then to the layout.  I did not completely attach each bit to the layout because I liked that it didn’t lie completely flat.  However, when placing the final project in scrapbook sleeves that means being extra careful.  You can see a small casualty in the pine sprig when I caught it in the sleeve and had a tear, losing part of one of the small tips.  No one looking at my scrapbook will notice, of course, but I just want you to be careful as you handle these delicate pieces.

I hope you enjoyed this 4 day mini-series and got some inspiration or perhaps scrapped along with me and completed a few pages.

Something every old scrapbooker knows- these last 4 days pages are actually 2 double-sided pages in my book.  So, I really only used 2 of the 12″x12″ Cherry Cobbler base pages in this 4 day series.

If you missed any of the last 3 days or wish to see two other layouts which match this 4 day series, which  I posted some time before I decided to do a mini-series of my all my Christmas layouts for this year, look under the Categories tab for: 12″x12″ Scrapbooking Layouts.

The 6 layouts I designed with This Christmas DSP and matching card stock completed my 6 page Christmas 2016 photo spread this year.  As I stated on day 1 of this 4 day series mine are already completed and in the book.  I’ll be sharing how I did that with the help of my new Christmas toy- the Selphy cp1200 next week.

But first I want to show you a few samples & new toys Stampin’ Up! has coming up in the January 4 catalog(s).

Starting tomorrow, to end the year and kick off 2017, I’ll be posting a few samples I made using products which will be available very soon!

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 2 of Scrapping those 2016 Christmas Photos

Today we’re scrapping more Christmas photos so they aren’t sitting in a box or still on your phone without a layout to present & preserve them for generations to come.

This page allows for 4 photos and you could add a 5th by replacing the center square with a small photo.

The top left or bottom right corners are open for small journal or title areas.  Very Vanilla card stock is the perfect match the ‘This Christmas’ designer paper if you choose to add hand written journal tags.

Directions on how to recreate this layout:

  • 12″x12″ Cherry Cobbler card stock was used as the base.
  • This Christmas DSP (available in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog) was cut to 11″x11″ for the background layer.
  • A Santa hat made with the Jolly Hat Builder Punch was used to create and accent piece.  Colors used were Cherry Cobbler & Whisper White.
  • Photo mats were created from Garden Green cardstock.  There are 2 mats @ 3.25″x4.25″ for 2 vertical 3″x4″ photos AND 2 mats @ 4.25″x6.25″ for 2 horizontal 4″x6″ photos.
  • The Center image was stamped in Early Espresso ink using the host(ess) set called Holly Jolly Layers and die cut using the new Stitched shapes framelits and the Big Shot.

Stop by again tomorrow for another layout design with measurements included so you too can get all your photos scrapped for future generations to enjoy!

Remember you can always click the 12″x12″ Scrapbooking Layouts for all the past layouts too!

Thanks for looking.

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

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

Watermelon Wonder meets Peekaboo Peach Scrapbook Layout

Today I have a nice cheerful scrapbook layout to share using Stampin’ Up! Fruit Stand designer series paper, In-Color card stocks: Peekaboo Peach & Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo ink and the emboss resist technique with Versamark and White embossing Powder.

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Petite Petals & Flower Shop stamp sets & their matching punches were used to create the fantastic flower images. Punches are a very quick way to make multiples as I did in this layout. You truly won’t mind that you are making so many.

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The flowers were stamped onto Peekaboo Peach & Watermelon Wonder card stock with Versamark ink and then sprinkled with white embossing powder and heated before punching out. After the punched images were created, I used a dauber with Flirty Flamingo ink to the centers and edges of the flowers.  The embossed area resists the dauber ink and provides additional highlights and depth to the flowers without the ink covering the white stamped area-thus the “resist”.

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I also used this emboss resist technique on the journal tag “always” strip.  The word from this and the title which follows is from the Sunshine Wishes Stampset.

As you can see, I’ve already gone ahead and made lines with a Watermelon Wonder marker at 1/2″ spacing in order to write a few words with the Project Life black pen.  The words I selected highlight things which make my girls my sunshine.  I believe including my own writing is necessary for future memories. Even if I don’t like my own writing now, someone will cherish it some day.

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The Title was stamped with Watermelon Wonder ink onto Whisper White card stock and easily layered onto a Watermelon Wonder Scalloped oval both die cut from the Layering Ovals Framelits.

Most traditional 12″x12″ scrapbookers I know are always behind in getting their pictures into Layouts.  Sadly, I am very behind.  Hopefully by blogging and making layouts to share, I will slowly catch up.  I’ve challenged myself  to post a layout a week.  So, if you wish to follow along, you can do so. Perhaps you’ll catch up too, if you are behind.  I’d love to hear if these layouts are helping you scrap your memories.  So, please share in the comments.

To make things easy to recreate this or a similar layout, here are the cut instructions:

  • You need 1)  12″x12″ Sheet DSP for background of page.  All other colors should match this patterned paper.  I chose this pattern from the Fruit Stand DSP collection and used the coordinating card stock pack to match.  So easy that way!
  • Watermelon Wonder: 7.5″x7.5″, 3.25″x4.25″ for Oval die cut, 1.25″x2″ for journal card header, and approximately 1/3 sheet for stamped/punched flowers
  • Peekaboo Peach: 2) 3.25″x4.25″ photo mats, 1) 4.25″x6.25″ photo mat, 1/2″x2″ strip for journal header, & approximately 1/2 sheet for stamped/punched flowers
  • Whisper White: 1) 3.25″x4.25″ for Oval title, 2.25″x4 7/8″ for journal area.

If you like different colors, it is easy to create this layout and change up the colors by selecting different patterned paper and matching card stock.  I thought these colors really highlighted the idea of sunshine.

Remember this is the time to stock up on DSP.  The Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper I used in the layout above is part of the October 2016 Buy 3, Get 1 deal.  Stock up now!

Until next time…

-Joanne