Saturday, November 30, 2013

Project Life: Week 26

We've reached Week 26 in my Project Life adventure which means we are halfway through the year. This spread was a ton of fun to compile because this was such a great week for us. We took Liam on his first camping trip over the weekend so I decided to include a Design J insert just for camping photos. I totally love the way it turned out! 

This photo shows the full spread with the camping trip insert...

And here is the full spread without the insert...

And here is a closer look at the left side. The QR code on the photo about the DOMA Supreme Court decision leads to a news article about it. I also love including important emails on my PL spreads!

And here's the right side. I had the photo of Andrew using the smoker for the first time but also had the photo of the chicken inside the smoker. I wanted to include both but on the same block so I thought it would be fun to show what was inside the smoker by using a circle pop-out photo, some twine and a mini-brad.

And then there's the front of the camping insert. I LOVE this page. The photo of Andrew and Liam hiking at Timberline is a favorite. I love the map that I printed from Google of the area we camped in. I used the "Here We Are" stamp to pinpoint exactly where the campground was. And how about that chipboard "Lake/Camp" sign? It worked perfectly on the photo of Ashley and Justin hiking!

And here is the back of the camping insert. So it's not the most attractive photo of me, but I love the selfie I took of me reading to Liam in the tent before bedtime. 

Project Life: Week 25

More Project Life catchup. Here is a look back on Week 25. I think this is one of my favorite spreads to date. I really like the Design C page protectors with the six 6x4 slots. I love the clean look but don't use it often because it limits the number of photos I can use on a spread. But this week, I had fewer photos and some special ones I really wanted to showcase, so the Design C protector worked well for my righthand page.

And here is a closer look at the left side. I kept this side pretty simple since it was very photo heavy. I really love the photo of Liam sitting in the toy box. It is a completely subpar photo, with him half out of the shot, blurry...but it's real. And that's what's important. The photo in the lower left with the "enjoy" definition is of a bowl of lemon-lime sorbet...the first thing Andrew made in our ice cream maker.

Time for the right side! I totally love the photo in the upper right of Liam in front of the mural at the park. When I took that photo, I knew it would be a keeper. The photo of Andrew mountain biking is another favorite. Could they have had better weather that day?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Project Life: Week 24

Still playing catchup on Project Life. I actually got the next few spreads done about a month ago, but just haven't been around to be able to update the blog. So here we go! 

Week 24. I am REALLY happy with this spread. I just love the variety of photos and details on this one. 

And here's a closer look at the left side. The plate of food is actually not my photo. We totally forgot to snap a photo when out on our date night so I went out to the restaurant's FaceBook page to see if they had a photo I could use. Luckily, they had posted a photo of that week's special which was exactly what Andrew ordered - perfect!

And now it's time to look at the right side. I am sticking with consistency and including subway art for each specific holiday on that particular weekly spread. The butterflies on my title card are actually punched from a Stella & Dot jewelry box. I love those metal letters I used for PTFC - and they are a super old. Feels great to use them. I'm a little aggravated I didn't think through the sentiments a little more and used "love this" on not only two photos on this spread (something I try hard not to do) but on two adjacent photos. Oh well. Move on.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Project Life: Week 23

Time to share Week 23! This is one of my favorites so far and I am not sure why...maybe it's the photos...or the little details...but nonetheless, I'm really happy with it.
Let's look at the left side. I love the corrugated cardboard cloud and sun on the center top card! And how about turning a super old Wild Asparagus title card into a filler card by just trimming it down a bit, rounding the corners and adding some wood veneer stars?
And now let's look at the right side. Love that"Best Part of my Week" overlay from A Vegas Girl At Heart. My hubby neglected to grab photos while at the indoor mountain bike park so I just grabbed one from their web site. I love the Tim Holtz gears on this particular rectangle too!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Project Life: Week 22

More Project Life catchup! Here is my week 22 spread...lots of bright greens of this one! Love it!
And the left side. The photo of Andrew and Liam in the upper right is an all-time favorite. That's why the only treatment I did to it was a simple frame overlay from A Vegas Girl At Heart. The card in the lower right holds fortunes from Chinese take-out night!
And the right side. The QR code with all the photos of Scout take you to the article on our vet's blog where they discuss taking photos of puppies and mention Scout. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Project Life: Week 21

I am playing some serious catchup in Project Life. But, I am bound and determined to catch up (one day) and still treat each week's spread with the time and effort deserved. Oh, and I totally forgot while on my Project Life hiatus these past few months exactly how much I LOVE this project. And I am so happy to have picked it back up again. I have finished weeks 21, 22 and 23 and will be sharing them with you over the next week. Weeks 24 through 27 and the closing page for album one and starting page for album two are all sketched out with photos printed. So I am plugging along.

But anyways, time to share week 21. It's actually a lot of fun doing these pages months late because I cannot believe how small both Liam and Scout were.

Here's a closer look at the left side. I am loving these wood hearts from Studio Calico. I really like the darker finish on them. And I really love my weekly title card this week. It was one of the "title page cards" from my Core Kit that I obviously didn't use for that purpose. But, it works great here and the weekly word art circle fit perfectly within the sentiment circle. The red Xs on the card are embroidered. 

And here's the left side. I kept it pretty simple on this one. I think my favorite thing is the adorable photo of Liam petting Scout. I love this recently found "Favorite Photo" overlay from Melissa at A Vegas Girl At Heart and the Studio Calico kraft hearts are a staple in my album.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Memorable Seasons Color Palette Challenge!

It's my day to issue a monthly challenge at Memorable Seasons! This month, we are going the "inspiration" route with color palettes. I love color palettes. They help me visualize colors together that I would never think to combine. Plus, so many of the color palettes found online have a photo to go with them, so you can visualize the color combo in use in real life. 

So, for this challenge, I want you to choose a color palette from my Color My World Pinterest board and use it as your inspiration. I have over 70 palettes for you to choose from so it should be pretty easy to find something that strikes your eye. Also, "brownie points" if you use the palette's corresponding photo as a point of inspiration as well. Be sure to show us the color scheme you used with your layout! 

Here's the color palette I picked... 

And here is my layout using my Teresa Collins Memorabilia DT kit. I focused on the yellow, dark gray and light blue-green in the color palette. I also pulled some inspiration from those awesome chevron sugar cookies by including a few pieces of the gray chevron ribbon I got in my kit as well as a piece of yellow chevron washi tape I pulled out of my stash... 

The fine print:
*Create a new layout or 2 cards for this challenge. 
*Upload your creation in the gallery and link back to this forum post by Nov 30th.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Teresa Collins "Memorabilia" is at Memorable Seasons!

I have to say, I am starting to become a pretty big fan of Teresa Collins...but not as big as Kathy, fellow Memorable Seasons community member. I don't think anyone could top her fanaticism! ;) Still, this kit had me swooning when I received it. It is full of such beautiful patterns like contemporary stripes and grids mixed with vintage and florals, all in gorgeous muted blues, yellows, tans and grays. And, this collection has just the prefect amount of the trendy chalkboard look too! I encourage you all to check it out for yourselves in the Memorable Season store! Now it's time to share my kit and creations...

Here are the papers...
And the backsides...
And the cardstock and embellishments...
 And the extras I "had" to have...

Here are a couple layouts I've created so far with this stunning collection!

Stay tuned for more later on in the month!