Monday, September 1, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 13

I'm continuing to plug along at my 2014 Project Life album and today I am sharing Week 13. This week I was a little more cohesive with the color scheme and focused on the greens and yellows found in the Jade Core Kit. I also purposely included similar filler cards on each side of the layout to help tie the two sides together.

And here is the left side...also known as the Milwaukee side this week.

And here's a better look at the right (Portland) side of the spread.

Also, I created an insert for this spread which highlights the University of Dayton's (Andrew's and my alma mater) Men's Basketball Team's rise to the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament. This is something that UD hadn't accomplished since 1984! So it was a pretty big deal and a big part of our week was watching this Cinderella Story unfold before us. The front side of the insert is the Sweet 16 side (the one on the left) and the back side (on the right) is the Elite 8 side. The QR code takes you to a video montage of Dayton's best moments of the week that UD athletics posted on YouTube. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Stamping It Up at Frosted Designs!

Hello all! It's Friday which means we have another challenge for you over at Frosted Designs! This challenge is all about stamping! And there really is no specific rule to this challenge other than to bust out those stamps and use them somewhere on your layout, card, art journal page, altered art piece...whatever project you choose to create! Be sure to link your entry to the Frosted Designs Blog by noon Central Time on Wednesday, September 10th for your chance to win a $30 prize pack of chipboard from Scrapmatts

And here is my take on the challenge. I stamped various sentiments, hearts and stars in black ink in various places on my layout.
Products used from the Frosted Designs Store:
Glitz 77 - Collection Kit, Giant Rhinestones and Puffy Word Stickers
Elle's Studio Stamps - Everyday Moments and Good Times
Kaisercraft Mini Paper Blooms - Sea Breeze
Sakura Identi-Pen

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 12

Today I am sharing Week 12 of Project Life 2014. Again, for these weeks where Andrew is living apart from the rest of us, one side is dedicated to him and the other side is ours. This spread, the left is the Andrew/Portland side and the right is the Rest of Us/Milwaukee side.

And here is a closer look at the left side. Andrew is definitely not as good at taking photos as I am but he does try. In fact, over the course of a couple days, he took a lot of "stock" photos - things that he did almost everyday like grab coffee in the morning, going to the gym, etc - that I could use to fill in any gaps during his "light photo" weeks. I did that here with the photo of his bike locked up; as a daily bike commuter, this is a familiar scene to him everyday. The photo he took of the Portland sign at sunset wasn't very clear but I still wanted to use it. So, I ran it through one of the artistic filters in PSE and made a blurry photo into an artsy photo - perfect solution! The "lucky" filler card is my tribute to St. Patrick's Day.

So this was the infamous week when I had two big boo-boos...one was cracking my driver's side mirror on the side of the garage (center bottom photo) and the other was slicing my left thumb and needing nine stitches (center top photo). At least I remembered to keep my hospital bracelet for documentation.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 11

And here is Week 11 of Project Life 2014. Sorry the photos are so bad today; I didn't have great light for taking these. Anyways, this week continues my idea of "splitting" our Project Life album with the left side documenting Liam's, Scout's and my lives in Milwaukee and the right side documenting Andrew's life in Portland. 

And here's a closer look at the left side. Again, pretty basic. Just trying to catch up best I can. My favorite item on this side of the spread is the October Afternoon Daily Flash frame I used around Scout on the photo in the upper right. 

And here is the right side. I love both of the photos at the bottom that Andrew took. So beautiful and I because of that, I wanted to keep the embellishing minimal on them. I didn't add any embellishing or details to the Timbers photo because it's such a busy photo I thought anything I added would get lost. 

I created this spread as the example for my Memorable Seasons Members Challenge Us challenge. If you've never been over to Memorable Seasons, I definitely suggest you check it out this week for this awesome event and a chance to win prizes and RAKs!!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 10

Another week of Project Life is done. I will catch up...one day. But until then, I am slowly documenting our lives when I find the time and am still loving every minute of it. This week is the first official week of the 3.5 month separation between Andrew and the rest of us as we lived apart. At first, I struggled with how to document what was going on in our lives during this time of separation in our Project Life album. But, I came up with a solution...one side of each spread during these weeks will be the Milwaukee side and the other is the Portland side! So for this one, the left is all the Milwaukee happenings and the right is the Portland happenings.

And here's a closer look at the left (Milwaukee) side. This was a pretty basic spread. As I play catchup, I rely heavily on hybrid scrapping and keeping my embellishing to a minimum. This is the first time I used one of the cool Cosmo Cricket wood frames - love them!

And here's a better look at the right (Portland) side. Andrew was so thoughtful and kept one of the house keys from our old home so I could include it in the album. I also really like how the photo in the center row, far right turned out. It was Andrew's last view into our home as he locked up the last day he was there. I used PSE to add text right along the edge of the door saying "Bye, bye Kerby House. Thanks for the memories."