Friday, January 16, 2015

2014 Project Life Title Page

As I'm about to wrap up my 2014 Project Life album, I've realized that I have not created a title page. Before I show you my layout, can I please just say how awesome it is to find my groove in my PL album & to be so close to completion on such a huge project? 

When I started my album last year, I started with my January spreads, not a title page. As the year went on, I decided that the title page should be an overview of photos from the entire year, not something that I created before any of our memories were documented.

When I saw the January 'This Must Be The Place' background cut file from Scraptastic, I realized that this would be the perfect background to create my title page, filling the spaces with a photo from each month of the year as well as pretty paper from the January Scraptastic Club kit.

I first decided where I wanted to put my title and before I had anything glued down, I adhered my title so that I kept those spaces open. I used a mixture of the Dear Lizzy Thickers from the kit, the wood veneer 'us' (cut from the 'all of us' wood veneer piece in the kit) which I colored with black acrylic paint and the Jillibean Soup stickers.

After the title was in place, I marked the 12 squares in which I wanted to put photos. In Photoshop Elements, I resized my photos to 1-5/8"H x 2"W and changed some of the photos to black and white if the colors in the photo didn't work with my layout. After printing the photos and cutting them out, I slid them behind my background cut file and decided which papers from the kit and add-on to use. This month was the first month that Scraptastic Club had exclusive designs in the kits, and I loved all of them! I cut them to the same size as my photos and hand-cut the ones on the edges at an angle.

Once I had all of the papers and photos in place behind my background, I adhered everything to the white cardstock background, first my paper and photos, making sure that they were straight behind the background cut file, then adhered my grey cut file. 

After all of the paper was in adhered, I added a few small embellishments from the 'This Must Be The Place' print and cut file, the kit, add-on and a few enamel dots from the January This Life Noted kit. To me, this layout is much more about the photos, so I kept my embellishment simple. 

I'm two months away from finishing my album, and this layout is the perfect overview for our memories in 2014!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the NEW, beautiful Scraptastic Club website

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A NEW Shimelle giveaway winner!

Hello there! I'm just back from CHA this week and getting back into the swing of things around here. After trying to communicate with my Shimelle glitter album giveaway winner, I've received no reply, so that means I get to choose another winner!

If you are Scrappiegirl, click on the 'email me' button on my sidebar to claim your prize! 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Elle's Studio January Reveal!

It's the 10th, and that means that it's time for a new Elle's Studio exclusive kit and add-on! As I say every month, this kit is beautiful and versatile to use on so many different projects. If you haven't checked them out yet, the price is reduced to $9.99 for the 10th ONLY. After midnight PST, the price will go up to $11.99, so take advantage of the savings and grab this lovely kit.
Since I am on the design team again, I will be creating two projects with the kit every month and sharing them here and at the design team gallery, which you'll want to check out for tons of inspiration! I started with a layout, and was so inspired by the pie-chart heart tag that I centered my entire layout around it, hand-stitching the lines to my photos. 

The heart background cut file is perfect for getting the tone-on-tone texture that I thought this layout needed to make the rest of the elements shine. The 'love' cut from the January cut file was perfect for my title, and the font is so on-trend! 

I also used the 'Bushel and a Peck' stamp to stamp 'You Love' on my journaling tag. 

Next, I created a BIG 6"x6" card based around the large 'thank you' tag in the kit. 

I used the stamp on the  'Bushel and a Peck' stamp set to stamp the background, stamping off on some of the hearts so that they were lighter than the others. A few other tags from the kit, a sheer ribbon, along with the wood veneer heart, embossed with gold embossing powder, finished the card off.

Thanks for stopping by to check out the new exclusive kit & be sure to take advantage of the reveal day savings! For more inspiration using the kit, check out the new 2015 design team gallery

Friday, January 9, 2015

Scraptastic Club Layout: Cambridge

Every once in a while I print out a stack of photos and I have one that just sits around waiting for the perfect supplies to scrap it. In 2012, on a trip back to the UK to visit family, we met our good friends who had just moved to Lakenheath with the U.S. Air Force. We wanted to introduce them to some of our favorite things about the U.K., so we went to Cambridge and spent a lovely day exploring the city. We had a Marks & Spencer picnic in the park (my favorite way to spend a nice, sunny, British day!), browsed shops, walked on cobbled streets and visited a National Trust garden nearby.

When I picked up the December Heartbeats kit (sold out) and add-on (still available!) from Scraptastic, I knew I had to finally use this photo taken in front of Cambridge University.

This is my favorite part about this layout- the 'hello adventure' banner at the top and arrows, created with bits of paper sewn to the page, Amy Tangerine Stitched die-cuts and stickers, radiating downward towards the photo.

I also added a camera die-cut from the Amy Tangerine Stitched collection on the negative space in my photo, topped with a puffy heart from Evalicious.

Again on the right side of my photo, I added a die-cut tag, and stitched the 'wonderful' cut along the right side of my patterned paper. The title, created with the wood veneer letters found in the Heartbeats add-on (still available!) was colored with grey acrylic paint before adding to the layout.

Do you have photos waiting around for the perfect supplies?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Project Life Update: September

It is so exciting that I am almost complete with my 2014 Project Life album. I already love flipping through the pages and remembering special moments from our months. Since August, I have been using the This Life Noted kit from Scraptastic Kit Club (whom I design for) and it has made my process so much easier, and so fun! Today I'd like to share my September spreads with you, created using the December This Life Noted kit.

Unfortunately this kit is currently sold out, and the Scraptastic TLN kits are very popular each month, so I would highly suggest you start a subscription or pick one up on the 1st of the month if you're interested! The cards are a lovely, smooth heavy weight and the kit always comes with some great alphas, a fantastic stamp set and embellishments! (Click on the link above to see the full listing of what is included with the kit.)

The color scheme of my first spread is predominately a tomato red and minty green, with a bit of yellow thrown in for good measure. I was so drawn to the floral card on my second page that I based my color decisions around it. The large heart on my introduction card came from the December scrapbook kit, Heartbeats- the Amy Tangerine Stitched accent stickers. I also printed 'September' on my card by using Photoshop and running the card through my printer. On the 'love love love my job' card, I used the This Life Noted stamp set alpha- I loved that they were easy to color in, so I did so using a water pen and water-based markers. (Here's a tutorial showing my process for that.) 

On page two, you can see my favorite 4"x6" floral card on the top left. I topped that with a tag that I cut from another 4"x6" card, a Heidi Swapp transparent 'hello' from the TLN kit, Elle's Studio alphas from the Heartbeats kit, and a cut-apart banner. The My Mind's Eye 'moon and back' overlay in the second row is actually from the Heartbeats add-on. I love having some transparency in my album.   

On my second spread, I kept the floral pattern on the 4"x6" card, but used mostly yellow and blues on my embellished cards. The 'pumpkins are awesome' tag was created by stamping 'pumpkins' with the This Life Noted stamp set and 'are awesome' with the Heartbeats stamp set- which I LOVE

On page four, I again used a My Mind's Eye overlay on my 4"x6" card and embellished with cut-aparts, a die-cut from Amy Tangerine's Stitched collection (found in the Heartbeats add-on) and a wood veneer paperclip. On the 'BAKE' card, you can see a little black arrow that says, 'love.' Those are actually little puffy stickers by Ormolu in the Heartbeats kit and I used them often on these spreads.

I'm still plugging away at my last three months & can't wait to have 2014 'in the books'! How are you keeping up with your pocket page memory keeping?

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Shimelle giveaway winner (and the reason why it's so late!)

I apologize for my delay in posting the winner for my Shimelle album giveaway, but over the holidays, my daughter was in the ICU for RSV, a respiratory virus that is especially hard on preemies, and one that she had been vaccinated for. We keep her away from public areas at this time of year to help prevent something like this from happening, but this winter has been a tough one for respiratory viruses. (P.S.A. If you're sick- coughing, sneezing- please stay home!)

It was especially hard for us as we had spent the days leading up to Christmas in the exact same way last year, with another respiratory virus that caused Lizzy to go into respiratory failure.

Luckily, we were able to get out of the hospital on Christmas Day and spend a lovely couple of days at home with my family- days that I will cherish and share very soon in my December album!

Now, on to the winner of the Shimelle album...

Kimberly, please email me at meghann[dot]andrew[at]gmail[dot]com to provide your mailing address and claim your prize!

Thank you to everyone who left a comment about my '5 Ideas Using Shimelle Dies' guest post at Shimelle's website. They were so appreciated! 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Elle's Studio DT 2015 (EDITED with a giveaway winner!)

I am very excited to announce that after being on the contributing team for Elle's Studio for the past year, I've been chosen as a design team member for 2015, along with some amazingly talented ladies whom I've looked up to for quite some time!

Jessy Christopher

There are also four wonderful blog contributors who will be bringing you posts on the Elle's Studio blog throughout the month.


I've already finished creating my gallery projects for the month of January featuring the beautiful exclusive January kit. Here's a sneak from my gallery that will go live at 10am PST on the 10th of January at the Elle's Studio shop. I can't wait to share this with you!

For some fun today, Elle has generously allowed me to choose my four favorite ES products to give away to one of the commenters on this post! 

If you win, you will receive:

Please comment on this post for a chance to win and go to the other members' blogs as well for a chance to win everyone's favorites! Winners will be chosen on January 7th and will be posted on each individual blog.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Please email me (using the button on my sidebar) with your name & shipping address so that we can get your Elle's Studio goodies out to you!