Sunday, March 13, 2011

Marieke's March Results

I wanted to use some stamping on my layout, so I went looking for ideas. I stole the idea of stamping the doilies from the Pencil Lines sketch blog. The doily stamps are My Mind's Eye Stella stamps and I got them for $1.06 after my $5 off coupon. Sweet deal! I stamped the butterflies from stamps I had.

The patterned paper I used is from a kit I bought about 6 years ago on QVC that was put out by Lisa Bearnson, the founder of Creating Keepsakes. It just happened to go really well with the colors in the letters.

I made a card and couple of boxes at one of my weekly Archiver's crops. I really like using the dies at Archiver's. They're super fun and easy to use and best of all they cost me nothing. :-)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Tammy's March Results

In all honesty, I intended to complete a scrapbook layout with this kit. I promise, you can ask Rachel and Theresa. I even had pictures picked out to match and everything. As I sat down to complete my project I couldn't find the spark to get started with the layout so I reverted to my safe zone and made several cards. Here they are together (please forgive my terrible photography skills):

And here they are one at a time. This first one is for Marieke. I used Papertrey's Turning a New Leaf stamp set (oh, and by the way, they are releasing a die set to go with the stamp set on the 15th!). Initially I tried to clear emboss the leaf image but it didn't show up on the card stock so I went with a green ink.

Next, I had to borrow from Theresa and include a butterfly image. Not as sparkly and fun but still pretty cute. After taking the picture I wish I hadn't used a green flower and stem. Oh well...

I'm not sure why but this one is my favorite of the bunch. Another Turning a New Leaf stamp used:

And, last but not least, a birthday girl card with distressed edges:

Thank you for inviting me to join your lovely group! I still have quite a bit of paper and letters and look forward to making a few more items with March's kit.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Rachel's March Results

This month I decided to test out some of my Project Life materials in making a layout about Hanna's 3rd birthday.

I still need to get the hang of photographing page protectors, but here is my layout:

A closer look:

The journaling card includes a pull tab, which was handy because I had a lot to say:

I have used page protectors with photo pockets before in my albums. For instance, for last year's January project I did a one-page layout on my own third birthday and I had a lot of extra photos from that event. I put the layout in a three-ring scrapbook album with the additional photos in an adjacent page protector for 4 x 6 photos:

But this was the first time I had incorporated other elements (journaling cards, embellishments, etc.) to make it more than just a group of photos. I have a lot of post-bound albums but I'm finding I like the versatility of being able to move pages around more easily and mix things up a little. I have been reserving my post-bound albums for two-page layouts (so I don't have the ring in the middle) and the three-ring albums for combining one page layouts with photos in page protectors of varying sizes. While I love the idea of chronicling daily life and recording the little things that don't usually make it onto a scrapbook layout, I am daunted by the idea of taking a photo everyday or doing a spread for each week. I have been using my Project Life album as a holding pen for photos and memorabilia that I can purge for future layouts, or leave as is. It gives me the illusion of being organized, and I have all of my photos in chronological order.

Marieke and I had discussed whether this style of scrapbooking was really scrapbooking at all, or if it could ever replace what we think of as scrapbooking. After having worked with the materials in the kit, I can definitely see the appeal. But I don't think it will ever turn me off of making layouts the old-fashioned way. But I really like the versatility of the product, and how I can still include 12x12 layouts (or 8x8s) in my Project Life album. The possibilities really are endless.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Theresa's March 2011 Results

Pretty simple, eh?
I was organizing some kit supplies on my table one day and these items from the January and March 2011 kits fell out of a bag together. That happening after a recent discussion with Rachael about Leeloo's birthday party - and voila! My March idea was born.
The inside - which I don't have a picture of right now - has a series of butterflies stamped up the inner seam. I like that stamp! (Thanks Marieke!)

Theresa's non-kit cards (through 3/6/2011)

Just some things I've been playing around with the last few months.
I love paper. I just do.

(Thanks for inspiring this one, below, Tammy!)