Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 14 (using Frosted Designs Store goodies!)

I am months behind in my Project Life album...yep, months. With the pregnancy, the move and now the holidays, I can barely find the time to scrap. But, that's what I love about Project Life. It's such a quick, easy and fun way to preserve your memories. And, no matter how far behind I fall, I still can jump right back into the project easily at any point because I write a weekly journal entry on my blog to include and organize my photos each week as well! So, no matter if it's the next week or the next year before I get around to scrapping a Project Life spread, I don't forget anything and the project remains stress free. I also turn to easy-to-use products that seem to "scrap themselves," such as all the awesome Elle's Studio products found in the Frosted Designs store. Their products are not only fabulous for Project Life but traditional layouts and other paper crafting projects as well!

Here is my Week 14 2014 spread using my Project Life core kit and some fun goodies from the Frosted Designs store. I'm sure you can tell from this spread that I love wood veneers. They are the perfect relatively flat embellishment for pocket pages and I don't think I have yet to scrap a Project Life spread without them. This spread is very photo heavy, so I relied on simple embellishing as to not make things too busy; not only are the wood veneers great for this purpose, but die-cuts as well.

Here's a closer look at the left side of the page. I gotta say, I really love the mini placemats from Jillibean Soup because they make great filler cards. Love this sentiment one here that I backed with light green cardstock and accented with orange sequins.

Now here's a better look at the right side. Both the photo of Liam and my mother-in-law vacuuming and the photo of Liam with my sister-in-law in the lower left are on Elle's Studio die-cuts. I totally love how the Everyday Moments die-cuts blend seamlessly with my Jade Edition Core Kit!

Finally, here are a couple close-ups of my spread...

This is my last post as a member of the Frosted Designs Design Team. I am stepping down in the new year to focus on Baby #2 coming in the Spring of 2015. I have loved being a part of this team and am looking forward to seeing what Barb and the rest of these talented ladies have in store for us all in the new year!

Products used from the Frosted Designs Store:

Monday, December 8, 2014

December Daily 2014: Week 1

Week one of December is gone and I completed the first week of my December Daily yesterday! Like last year, I am using the Simple Stories snap scrapbooking system with the 6x8 album and insert and their current Christmas line, Cozy Christmas. This year, I am not assembling any pages ahead of time. I found that with the Simple Stories system, pre-assembly really wasn't necessary because everything comes together so quickly. And last year, when I did try to plan ahead, I just ended up moving journaling cards around anyways. The one pre-planning thing I did do this year was make a list of the photos I want to take each day and also included a handful of "spare idea" photos just in case my original plan for any particular day doesn't happen for some reason. 

So now it's time to share the first week! And, I will start with my cover. I chose to use the gorgeous tan and red chevron burlap album this year and I didn't want to muck it up too much. I decided to keep it simple and also coordinate it with last year's album, which can be seen here, by just putting a simple embellishment in the lower right corner.  And like last year, I just added the year to the bookplate on the spine.

And here is my title page. I absolutely loved this tree made of sentiments and knew right away I wanted it for my title page. I added the year to the strip of tape printed on the side, highlighted some of the sentiments with liquid pearls, added some wood veneer stars and finished with gold stickles on the star topper and the wood veneer stars.

Day 1.
(I am using these number tags from Creativity Prompt to label each of my days this year.)

Day 2.

Day 3.
(The ornament & cookie exchange hostess took a couple photos of the event and I am hoping she posts them to FaceBook so I can use one on this page. If she doesn't, I did take a backup photo this day to use just in case.)

Day 4.

Day 5.

Day 6.

Day 7.
(I accidentally flip-flopped the two 3x4 journaling cards on this page. The star is on the right and the journaling is on the left.)

And that's week one! Check in next week for week two!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanks with a Twist Challenge!

Happy Friday all!!

It's time for another Friday Challenge at Frosted Designs and it's Joni's turn to host this week!

Joni says...
Since it's the week before we celebrate Thanksgiving here in the USA, what's more appropriate than a "Thanks" challenge? This is perfectly adaptable to anyone not celebrating Thanksgiving....at least I hope everyone has SOMETHING to be thankful for? I call this one "Thanks with a twist."

Challenge: Use the word THANKS (or THANKFUL or THANKSGIVING, THANK YOU...etc)
AND the twist....you must also use one of the following: ribbon/trim, twine or washi tape.

You have until noon central time on Wednesday, December 3rd to upload your entry to the Frosted Designs blog for your chance to win a gift card from Dies R Us!

Here's my example for this challenge using lots of Bella Blvd products from the Frosted Designs Store: 
Products used from the Frosted Designs store:
Bella Blvd Snapshots Patterned Paper Pack
Bella Blvd Snapshots Alphas & Bits cardstock stickers
Bella Blvd Snapshots Paper Pieces cardstock die-cuts
Bella Blvd Snapshots Bookplates stickers
Bella Blvd Snapshots Tabs stickers
Bella Blvd Daily Chevies Arrows stickers - Gulf, Pickle Juice, Pink and Black
Elle's Studio Letter & Number stickers - Teal and Dark Gray
Queen & Co Trendy Tape - Polka Dot Pink
American Crafts textured cardstock - Surf
Sakura Identi-pen

Friday, November 14, 2014

So Suave at Frosted Designs!

Hi all! If you are looking for my Frosted Designs Blog Hop post, CLICK HERE!

I'm here today to share two layouts I created with the awesome Suave collection from Authentique which is available in the Frosted Designs store! The holiday season is upon us and for me, the holidays are all about family. So in the spirit of this, I wanted to scrap two of my favorite photos of my little guy from our family photo session back in February. I also really love scrapping these photos using this particular collection because all the masculine-themed images and sentiments are great for scrapping my toddler and I love that the blues and grays in this collection coordinate perfectly with the outfits we are wearing!

My first layout features one of my favorite photos from this shoot! I love all the different patterns in this collection, and wanted to feature several of them on this layout, so I created a grid photo mat using five different papers. I also used a sixth patterned piece of paper for my background, making sure it was an understated pattern and also leaving a bit of a cardstock border around the entire page. I added interest to the background paper by splattering some mist and liquid pearls in two corners of the page. I accented the page with one of the Suave die-cut title sentiments, a Details sticker sentiment and several of the Circles and Scallops die-cuts. Then I added some Studio Calico wood veneers covered in black Stickles. Lastly, I stitched an embroidery floss circle frame around the photo, making sure Liam was in the bullseye of the circle. 

My second layout is of Liam and I goofing around during the shoot. I again kept with a sort of grid pattern here and also matted my photo on cardstock to help it pop off all the patterned paper. I included several die-cuts and stickers from the collection and finished off the page by accenting several of the the blue polka dots on the background with buttons from my stash.

And here are some closeups for you!

I hope these layouts inspire you to document those precious family moments! Hope you have a great weekend and happy scrapping!

Products used from the Frosted Designs store:

Friday, November 7, 2014

Frosted Designs Gift of Giving Blog Hop!

Hello there fellow crafters! Welcome to the Frosted Designs "Gift of Giving" Blog Hop!

With the holiday season lurking just around the corner, we decided to give our members some ideas for fabulous handmade items that can be gifted this year! Our Design Team has been working really hard so sit back and enjoy the show as you "hop" along with us!

As you hop along, you will notice each Design Team member has a "secret" word on their blog that makes a quote. Be sure to write it down and email Brandimatos@gmail.com with your completed quote! After you've completed the hop, come back to the Frosted Designs Blog and leave us a comment letting us know. One winner will be randomly selected from the comments to win a $20.00 Gift Certificate to the Frosted Designs Store!

We also have some other fabulous prizes up for grabs!

Creative Embellishments is offering up a $20.00 Gift Certificate to their amazing online store full of chipboard, stamps, flair, and more!

Regina from The Cutting Cafe has generously offered winner's choice for three sets of their choosing to her online store full of digital stamps and cut files for every occasion!

So what are you waiting for? Let's get hopping!

Here is the line-up in case you get lost along the way:
Megan (you are here)
Joni (GO HERE NEXT!)

You have until midnight on November 14th to "hop" along with us! As you hop, be sure to write down the "secret" word from each member's blog. Once you've completed the hop, you'll have a completed quote! Email that to brandimatos@gmail.com for your chance to win one of the fabulous prizes listed above!

So, now it's finally time for me to share my "Gift of Giving" project. I created this set of four greeting cards using the awesome Heidi Swapp Hello Today collection. I could easily give these cards to four friends, but my intention is actually to gift all four cards, blank and enclosed in a cute box, to a friend for Christmas. My friends and family love the homemade cards I make and I've given away sets of greeting cards for them to use before, and they are always loved and appreciated! This is such an easy and cost-effective gift you can give to anyone! And they will know how much time, effort and love you put into making them which makes the gift that much more special!

"YOU"