Sunday, March 29, 2015

Spring Banner

This week is Spring Break for Laura and I! Yay! We don't have any big plans. Just relaxing and going shopping. :) (and of course crafting!) I still have to work Tuesday, Thursday, and a whole day on Friday, but it will be ok. It will be so awesome knowing I don't have any college work to do! I worked my tail off last week getting things finished before Spring Break, so I'm more than ready for this time off. After I get back, though, I will only have 5 weeks left of this semester! :O My, how time flies. I'm excited.

So in celebration of Spring, I made this simple little banner to hang in our kitchen. Originally I was going to make some flowers to hang in my room somewhere, but then mom asked me to make a banner for the kitchen and, well, I couldn't tell her no. 

I used a burlap banner from Crate Paper that I got in my Craft Market prize box. Then I embellished it with some handmade flowers. I used some dies that I have had for a while along with my Cuttlebug to make each flower. I just love the dimension the hand rolled flowers gives! 

(I actually couldn't get a shot of the entire banner in one photo because I was using my 50mm fixed lens and we were on the deck. :/ Oh well, this is most of it.)


I just grabbed some papers from my stash for the flowers. Nothing too special, just some colors and patterns that I thought would be pretty made into flowers and butterflies.

I used hot glue for making and attaching the flowers and butterflies. I have decided that hot glue is my best friend when it comes to adhering something permanently. 


So there you go! A simple and fast banner. I mean, I'm pretty sure this took me, like, and hour to make. Have a fabulous week! :) I know I will!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New Card+New Video

I uploaded a new video to my YouTube channel! :) I was thinking about it, and I haven't made a card process video yet! So, I fixed that. Click HERE to watch the full video. 


I used some papers from Studio Calico's ODYSSEY kit and also some AWESOME new alphabet stamps from Kelly Purkey's "Clearly Kelly" line for Hero Arts. I love her graphic design, and I love these stamps so much. 



So yeah... I'm wrapping things up at college today so I an fully enjoy Spring Break next week. I'm ready for a break!!! :) Have a fabulous Wednesday! 



Monday, March 23, 2015

Love These Moments

Every once in a blue moon, I create a project for a challenge and then forget to post it by the deadline. Arg. Such as it was a couple of weeks ago. Guess I have other things on my mind besides getting my cards or layouts posted in the challenge time frame. This happened on TWO occasions. [sigh] Oh well. I looooove what came out of those challenges though, and I guess that is all that matters, right?

One challenge I participated in was the Elle's Studio sketch challenge. I love Stephanie Buice's style and when the sketch was based off of one of her pages, I was like "I have to do this!" Click HERE to visit the sketch post. I loved the diagonal design of the page. I just LOVE paper and the excuse to use lots of it on a layout is definitely an okay-thing for me! :)


I documented something super special in my life right now on this page. Sometimes dad and I get to eat lunch together because he works, like, ten minutes from the college. It is so much fun getting to be with just HIM. It's like having little daddy-daughter dates in the middle of the week. LOVE it. And I love that I documented it on a layout. 


Texture is my fave! Glittery frames, wood veneer, mist, stitching, ooohhh..... 


It's something how certain pages mean so much to you. And this is one of them for me. I just love my dad. :) 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Hello!

With each day, my love grows for you, oh cardmaking. ;) 

I just love cardmaking. Even when I tear a card apart 3 times to get it perfect. Such as the situation with this card! I kept messing up on the stamping of the sentiment. But I finalllllly got it right on the third try. 

It seems like re-doing is something I'm good at. LOL Lately it seems like everything I make, I redo it at least once. Ah, well. Guess it's just teaching me patience and perseverance. 


I was totally in love with the Studio Calico ODYSSEY PL kit and so I splurged and bought it. Along with the 4x6 paper pad because I love paper so much. I used the paper pad for making this card. I'm totally ga-ga over that black and white aztec pattern! 

Anywho, I need to go get some college work done on this rainy Sunday afternoon! See ya soon! :)


Thursday, March 19, 2015

mambi HAPPY PLANNER™

I have my very first planner pages to share with you today! :D These went up on the me & my BIG ideas blog yesterday, so if you're interested, click HERE to visit the whole post there.

Sometimes the thought of planning out a week and making it look pretty is, not gonna lie, kind of stressful. It's like, "What do I put on there?!" But then I think of how I can include my activities at college and the (seemingly small) things I need to do each week. My absolutely favorite item in the Create 365™ The Happy Planner™ system is the skinny paper pads that you can tear off pages and put them in your weekly spread (the striped paper in this spread). They make me super happy. :D

Something I did to help me start making this spread "pretty" was use a color combination. I used teal, red, and yellow, along with basic kraft and b/w. This helped me a lot to just START SOMEWHERE because there are so many cute items you can add into your pages. Sometimes it's hard to choose what to use! This helps narrow it down. 


Adding little bits to remind me to be happy. :) And yes, that is gold foil)!


Here you can see that the list and foil quote pages are removable and you can view the whole week at once.


Sticky notes and stickers. The puffy ones are my fave (the !). 


So there you have it! That's what my week looks like at a glance! :) I'm looking forward to sharing more Create 365™ The Happy Planner™ pages soon! 

Oh, and learn more about the system by clicking HERE. In case you're interested. 



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Pretty Much Perfect {The Cut Shoppe}

I have a new layout to share with you today! I made this using some new cutfiles from The Cut Shoppe. Check out my full blog post HERE! :)








Monday, March 16, 2015

Project Life Album Share

Hello! Happy Monday to everyone!

I am sharing the first few spreads from my 2015 Project Life album today, along with a YouTube video walkthrough of my album so far this year!

First things first, click HERE to watch the video. :)

Here are the only spreads I have actually taken photos of (oops!). It's only the first few pages, so these are from the first part of January. I will try to take pics of all the other spreads soon, but for now you can just see them in my video. ;)


(This very first spread is one of my faves. I think it's the machine stitching that I love so much.)



(I did a process video on this spread, if you want to check that out.)



I'm pretty proud of myself that I made a video of my album. Now you can see how I'm doing Project Life this year! :)