LOAD #7 & 8

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Well, I was going to start this blog post saying that I can’t believe I didn’t blog yesterday, but I really can!  I had such a great day playing with my new club of Croppin’ Cuties in the morning and then scrapping this layout for my THS club in the evening.  It was getting late, so I decided to post the right side of the layout since I didn’t have time to finish the title.  Unfortunately, my phone and computer weren’t playing nice, so it took me far longer to upload the photo than intended.  Needless to say, I wasn’t a happy camper and simply went to bed after posting to the LOAD Flickr group and FB.  Luckily, everything went well tonight, so I’m posting both sides of the LO.

My THS club is doing the Moonlight WOTG next week.  I always struggle with Halloween layouts, because my husband and I turn off the lights and watch a movie…we aren’t big into celebrating this holiday.  I have one layout about Halloween across the years in my album, and that’s it!  My friends find it funny, because I’ve been in a ton of plays and go to Star Trek conventions, so I really am the type of person to dress up.  Honestly, I have lots of costume ideas, but I’m far too lazy to execute them!

So, I was excited when I saw the LOAD prompt for 10/7, because it started with a quote by Marmee March from “Little Women.”  I played that character in Olympia back in 1999!  Luckily, I had just enough photos to complete the Moonlight WOTG layout.

This is what I uploaded for LOAD #7.  I  had every intention of including barn red accents, hence the sign, but I ended up changing colors midstream tonight when I finished the title page.  Once again, I was simply too lazy to fix it.  I’m not too bothered by it since I don’t know that I would have ever scrapped these photos without the prompt inspiration.  I’m pretty excited about this, though, because I really think I should scrapbook photos from all the plays I’ve been in or directed to add to my “All About Me” album.  It will be fun to have a visual theatrical resume!

I did change up the 2nd page a bit after finishing the title page.  I added tulle, journaling, sparkles, and a little black ink brushed on with the blending pen so the lamp post didn’t look like it was floating in space.

So, here’s my question…how do you adhere tulle?  This was the first time I worked with it and I did not do an awesome job.  Oh well…the layout still makes me happy.

In addition to the Moonlight WOTG, I used shapes from Artiste & Art Philosophy, Black Tulle Ribbon, and Pewter Badge Buttons.


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I’m taking a bit of a break from the vacation photos to catch up on Twelve at Big Picture Classes.  In my journaling on this layout, I discuss my fear of trying to document my boring life.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my predictably, mundane day-to-day existence.  I like that I get to spice things up once in awhile with a fun trip or Star Trek event, but the rest of the time, my life is rather dull.  So, it has actually been kind of surprising to me that the 12th of each month has had some sort of major event from my MIL being diagnosed with cancer to the power outage at school to the FBLA trip to State to my neighbor going to the hospital to the CTMH Convention in Texas.  What this is teaching me is that when I take the time to document my life, I realize how amazing it truly is!  I think this is why people are loving Project Life so much.  They get to celebrate the moments–small and large–that make life worth living.

For today’s layout, I needed one that had 12 photo slots, so I looked through each of the Studio J Express Collections.  This is layout 09 from the Year in Review collection.  The only things I changed on it was the title, added 3 photo mats, and added stitching to the sticker by the title.  This was the quickest layout yet, because the story is so vividly burned into my memory.


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I started feeling sick right after school, so I’m cutting it close with getting my layout uploaded.  Good news is that I made it and am on track for a layout a day…I will do this!  For this layout, I actually deconstructed the Year in Review Express Collection LO 5 so that I could use the Dakota kit.  The prompt today asked us to use wood grain on the layout, so Dakota was the perfect choice.  I could have spent more time with the flags in the upper right corner.  They are much more narrow in the Express LO, and I like that look better.  I just feel the need to stop messing with it and go to bed!


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Today’s LOAD prompt is very fitting as it asks me to scrap about “the journey or process.”  Clearly, I’m focused on my travel pages right now, but I think the last two days have made it clear that the journey and the company I keep are far more important than the final destination.  We loved seeing the sights, but it wouldn’t have been as meaningful without sharing it with the people I love.  This is one of the main reasons why I scrapbook.  I get to live the experience, reflect on it deeply during the scrapbooking process, and then enjoy the memories for years to come as I look through my albums.  This process is so important to me, I simply can’t understand why everyone doesn’t do it!

The prompt also mentioned weight loss journeys which reminded me of this page.  In it, I documented my 45 pound weight loss journey several years ago.  I went on to lose nearly 60 pounds and was so proud of myself for completing a cleanse and breaking my sugar addiction.  I was working out at least 5 times a week and felt amazing.  I’ve fallen off the wagon over the past few years and gained back 10 pounds.  As active as we were on our trip this summer, I have been so lazy since getting home.  I don’t really know why.

The good news is that my awesome neighbor is motivating me to walk with her daily.  I’m going to make daily exercise a habit again so that I can feel as good as I did in these photos!  I’m really thankful for Studio J, because I would not have had time to exercise and create a two-page spread each day…have I mentioned that I’m the world’s slowest scrapbooker?!


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Our trip to Italy this summer was so fantastic!  This was the first time that my husband and I got to travel alone with my sister and brother-in-law.  We had some great experiences on our vacation, but the best part of the trip was spending time together!  We celebrated my sister’s birthday in Athens and my brother-in-laws birthday in Rome.  As Neal and I called this our honeymoon, we also celebrated our 22 anniversary…even though we were married in May…LOL!  All good things come to those who wait…right?

As you know, I’m doing the LOAD Challenge this month, and today’s prompt took us to this color combination on The Play Date Cafe.  I really like that the Studio J Express Kits allow me to substitute color in the paper and other embellishments, because I was able to add a bit of Barn Red to my layout.  I think the muted version of these colors really make my photos pop off the page.  It makes me so happy!

I can’t wait to get these layouts printed and into my albums.  I want to share the excitement with you, too, so watch my blog for more details on how you can win a free Studio J 5-pack (including shipping and page protectors)!


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Can’t believe how easy the layout was today!  I worked on it while listening to the Project Life Webinar with Jennifer Woodbury and hosted by Lain Ehmann from Layout a Day .  You can watch the replay for a week, so be sure to check it out. My friend, Mimi, is doing PL and loving it, so I’ve been wanting to give it a try.  I’m really inspired since completing a Smash Book during our trip to Italy this summer! It was such a joy to scrap daily and collect the little bits and pieces of life along the way.  It is also making it so easy to create a LOAD about the trip, because my journaling is done.  The longest part of my process is finding/editing the photos.  Have I mentioned that I love the Express Collections?  I seriously L. O. V. E. them!

LOAD #2 is about our long trip starting with standing in security at Sea-Tac to calling mom to thank her for the Euros to meeting our driver in Rome.  We decided against getting a car while we were there which was a wise decision…those drivers are crazy!  Even so, they clearly know what they are doing, because I don’t think we saw an accident the entire time we were there.  Thanks to LOAD and Studio J, I’m going to have this entire vacation scrapbooked by month’s end!

Jeanette is giving away 20 of these stars on her website today, so be sure to leave a comment.


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Welcome to CreteHappy October! Now that I have a month of school under my belt and no travel plans in the near future, I’m ready to get back to my creative endeavors.  I’m challenging myself to create a layout a day with the ScrapHappy community.  The only time I actually completed the challenge was my first time six years ago, so I’m really determined to make it happen this time.  Luckily, it also coincides with CTMH’s Studio J special, so I’m going to create most of my layouts using Studio J to save time and money since it is buy 9, get 1 free this month.

I used layout #8 from the Travels Express Kit.  Seriously, the most time consuming part of this layout was narrowing 150 photos from our tour of Crete down to 5!  I love that these Express Kits allow me to drop in my photos and journaling without any additional fuss.  Honestly, I don’t usually use quick pages because I don’t like the lack of customization.  With this page, I was able to customize the title, add a shadow to Crete, and add a cocoa frame around the focal photo.  I’ll further bling it out when I get the final print by adding bitty sparkles…they are my not-so-secret addiction!

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Last Day for a Perfect Project Life Stamp

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I can’t believe that it is already the end of September.  I’ve neglected my blog–and creative endeavors–for far too long.  On October 1st, I’m righting this wrong by participating in the ScrapHappy members-only LOAD (layout a day) Challenge.  Yet, there is still one more day to take advantage of CTMH’s It’s Your Day special.

This stamp is perfect for card making and scrapbooking…especially if you are involved in #projectlife !  I love using our photo storage pages and Flip Flaps to create my own #projectlife style layouts.  So, if this is a must have stamp set for you, be sure to click on the image and place your order TODAY!  Sale ends at 11:59pm MT.

A Blast from the Past

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So, I was listening to the Paperclipping Roundtable while scrapbooking last night.  It is my go-to podcast for scrapbooking, by the way, so I encourage you to check it out!  Anyway, May Flaum was one of the guest hosts and she was talking about her tattoo.  It reminded me of the layout I did about Kate’s first tattoo.  You can read the original post on my old blog, but here are the photos of the layout.

I think it is a little hysterical that I had my camera poised in the hope that she would cry.  Of course, she is far too tough to cry over a little tattoo.  LOL…I really am not a mean aunt!  

Making My Own Patterned Paper

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I am a huge fan of making my own patterned paper using my scrapbooking supplies.  The quickest way to create a pattern is using stamps and ink, but I also like to layer strips of paper (either cardstock or patterned) to create a unique and colorful background.  To make this striped paper, I…

1)  Cut cardstock into 1/4″x12″ strips.
2)  Ran an 8.5″x12″ piece of cardstock through the Xyron to create a large sticker.
3)  Removed a little bit of the backing at a time to lay down my strips of paper in a random pattern.
4)  Cut off the excess cardstock by turning the piece over and cutting along the edge of both sides of the base.

I now have a fun piece of striped paper that will give my next project a pop of color!

Now, I’ve been using this technique for years with my paper supplies, but it’s also a perfect technique for customizing your Studio J layouts!  The technique is very similar in Studio J…you simply use text boxes to create your strips and then fill them with a solid color or patterned paper.

When creating small strips using text boxes in Studio J, you may see a warning symbol.  A couple ways to minimize the warning symbols is to reduce the font size in the text box and hit the space bar so the text is replaced with a blank space.  If you still see the warning symbol, never fear…it won’t print on your final layout.

On this example, I used small strips of blue paper to cover up a color that did not go well with my photos.  I love that Studio J allows us to be as flexible with our layouts as our classic supplies do.

Below you will find a video tutorial that shows you how I created this layout in Studio J.  It also gives a couple more examples of how I used strips of paper to mask or add colors using my classic supplies.

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