{12 Days} Laura’s Album

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If you’ve missed a few days on the blog hop, I’m catching you up! Go see Laura’s beautiful album she started! There’s a giveaway too!

You gotta check out One Story Down…

I’m so thrilled to be a designer at the coolest new place to hang out in digi-land…One Story Down!

 

I have been filling my shop with digital goodness and have more coming out this Friday.  You can keep up with all the OSD news by subscribing to the newsletter and liking the fan page on Facebook.

And since I’ll be working on keeping my shop full…I need some Creative Team ladies to help me spread the word.  I’m running a CT Call until April 25th.

If you’re a scrapper…digi, paper, or hybrid…and would like to work with my goodies for freeeeeeee, then apply!  All applications are reviewed and appreciated!

{memory keeping} I have a story to tell…

…lots of them actually.  Everyone does.  But I haven’t been very good at getting them down.  I once was.  About ten years ago, when my first baby was born, I was a scrapbooking maniac.  Pretty paper, stickers, decorative-edge scissors and all!  I cut the heck out of all those photos.  He has two whole books.  Twenty or so months later, I had little girl.  I did good for a while…bless her heart, she almost has a whole book.  Then it got busy around here.  I lost steam.  Our house seemed to shrink and there were always little fingers that wanted to ‘help’ with the pages.  I soon discovered digital scrapbooking.  I love it.  I recommend it.  But I got so wrapped up in making the pages pretty that I lost a little priority.  Then I was obsessed with making my own little elements and papers, because I couldn’t find just the right ones for my pages.  I still enjoy that, don’t get me wrong.  That’s how all these little printables really started.  But it still left me (and my family) without something to look at, show my grandchildren, to live on after we’re gone.

So I’m changing my attitude this year.  I will get some books made this year.  Books that can be browsed through, loved, and shared.

Let me share a personal story.  My husband’s mother passed away the summer after he graduated from high school.  It was very sudden.  I never knew her…but have gotten to know a little bit about her through the pictures she had kept for her boys.  Each album (there are several), had pictures, in chronological order, of birthdays, Christmases, trips, and sports.  Each had a hand written note on the back of dates, places, and sometimes even a quote from one of the boys.  They have been a way for my husband to share his Mom with me and the kids.

We are an Army family.  We move around a lot.  We get to see and experience places that we would not have under other circumstances.  I realized recently (just the other day) that my children do not remember as much as I thought they would about where we have lived, the people we have met, and the places we’ve seen.  It was startling.  I didn’t realize that all those memories I was storing would not necessarily stick in a 4-, 5-, 6-year old brain.  Just another reason I’ve got to do this.

Because of these, and more, I’ve decided I’m going to be joining in on Project Life by Becky Higgins.

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It’s really a simple way to document your year.  I’m not calling it scrapbooking.  It really isn’t.  It’s taking everyday photos of your life, jotting down a bit or two about it, and sticking it in a book.  Take a look at Becky’s video…


I will be using some of Becky’s products like this and these, but I’m also going to be using things I already have, the digital version of Project Life over at Jessica Sprague, and some printables that I’m working on now {wink!}.  I’m even planning on integrating this approach to the piles of school work of the kids’ that I’ve been keeping.  I’m a little late in getting my supplies, they should arrive this week from Amazon, but I have been taking pictures.  And I’ve decided that my kids are plenty old enough in helping me take some pictures (they are always taking pics on my phone anyway!).  I decided to use Instagram in conjunction with my phone, since it’s pretty much always with me.  You can follow my Instagrams by finding me…domesticatedlady.

Here are some posts to get you all revved up…

on Becky Higgin’s blog

and Mari Koegelenberg from My Digital Art Studio…love her take on it.

Will you do it with me?  It doesn’t have to be fancy.  Heck, it can be whatever you want it to be.

{etsy} A new shop and a giveaway! CLOSED

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Well I did it.  I’ve been talking about for a while now.  I opened an etsy shop.  I have my first item up now :)

It’s a kit designed to make your holiday cards fun and easy this year.  You’ll need photo editing software and a little bit of experience with it. Or, if you prefer, I can totally help you out with the whole thing.  Your photo goes in the template and you digitally ‘stache the photo!  Basically when its all said and done, you have a picture file you can send to any photo lab.  I made the template in the two most common sizes for holiday cards, 4×8 and 5×7.  I even added some extras, including a paper you can print for use as a family letter to include with your cards.

I want to give a set away!  Simply leave a comment on this blog post by midnight eastern time on Wednesday, November 9th.  I randomly choose a winner Thursday morning.  The giveaway will be for a set of DIY templates, plus if you need help inserting a photo and mustaches, I’ll do that too!

good luck!

{Hybrid Crafting} Crafting with Echo Park!

I’ve been a fan of the Echo Park Paper Company for a while now.  Unfortunately for me, I don’t have a scrap store anywhere near me.  I have a craft store, but not a real scrapbooking store.  Poor me.  I could order all the yummy goodies from an online store, but I’m impatient and when I want something…I’d like to have it now, please. The good news?  Echo Park has a whole bunch of digital goodies!  Right up my alley, right?  I recently bought some deliciousness from their digital store.  I was antsy to make something.  Ended up making 3-somethings. :)

 

Project #1…note holder

I’ve shown you my note holders before.  I think some of you even made some for yourself!  Just a reminder…the frame is $1 at Walmart, the note pad is a 3×3 postie.  If you’re a digi-girl like me, these are really simple to design your own.  {I’m gonna start talking digital scrap now…for those of you who don’t, don’t worry, I’ll convert you sooner or later!}  I opened a blank 5×7 canvas in my photo editing software.  I like Photoshop Elements.  They even offer a 30 free trial (and maybe I should offer some beginner lessons…hmmmm).  I opened up some digital papers, borders, and elements from the ‘For the Record’ line that I bought in the EP digital store.  I arranged them all on my canvas.  I wanted my 3×3 postie to sit on the library card, so I made sure that the library card was 3 inches wide to accommodate the post it pad.  The paper, library card, and the ‘domcumented’ tab are all digital elements.  I printed the 5×7 canvas on white cardstock and slipped it into the acrylic frame.  Now, here’s the cool part.  I opened up my Silhouette Studio software and went to their store online.  Echo Park has a bunch of print and cut Silhouette files for 99 cents each!  I chose the ‘For the Record’ bracket word art. When you get it opened up, you just print the image and then run it through your Silhouette machine and the machine cuts out the image!  So I made one and slipped it inside the acrylic frame near the top.  I took the backing off the post it pad and stuck on the front of the acrylic frame and tied it off with some ribbon.  EASY! CUTE! CHEAP!  enough said.

credits…paper, library card, tab, Echo Park ‘For the Record’ (digital).  word art, Echo Park’s Silhouette store.  ribbon, Michael’s.

 

Project #2…custom framed picture

This little project is even easier than the last one. Seriously.  And it’s another digital to paper hybrid project.  {And another reason to buy the software and come play with me :) }  Inside the Playground Elements 2 pack I bought, we’re a bunch of little digital journal cards.  I picked a super cute one and resized it to a 4×6 size.  I digitally cut out the middle (but you could physically do this, too) and inserted a cute, old pic of my cutie pie son.  Printed it. Put it in a frame.  done.

credits…paper, Echo Park ‘Playground’ (digital). frame, Target.

Project #3…candy bar box

I know, I know.  I like my candy bar boxes. ;)  But they are easy and cute…and who doesn’t like to get a chocolate bar??  First, I used some digital journalling cards that came in the Playground Elements 2 pack to make a little gift card.  I overlapped two cards; the ‘my friend’ one over the asterisks one and added a 4.  I picked a darling paper from the Playground paper pack and clipped the digital paper to the template I made.  {clipping is another digital scrap term…terms you’ll learn when you take the plunge.  hehe}  Then, just like those of you who got the teacher ‘bar none’ box, you just print, cut it out, and assemble with a bit of glue stick.  I stuck a standard size Hershey bar inside, tied it with a bit of ribbon and tucked the little gift tag under the ribbon.  Perfect for gift giving…say for the last day of school, maybe?

credits…paper, journal cards, Echo Park ‘Playground’ (digital). 4 font, minya nouvelle.  candy bar box template, me. ribbon, from my stash.

 

Have I made any of you want to go digital yet?

{Marry Me Monday} A sweet little wedding favor

I know this is a little bit late since it’s Tuesday already…but too cute not to show.  I finished up the updated candy bar box template and have some to show!  I released this template a long time ago and it was formatted to fit money, too.  Well, that was just a bit too awkward.  This new box measures about 6.5″ long, almost 2.5″ tall, and a bit more than .25″ deep.  The absolute perfect size to fit a standard sized chocolate bar.  The perfect little box for a quick, easy, and inexpensive wedding favor.  Plus, use digital papers or color it to match your wedding colors and personalize it with your date and initials for a very personal favor, too.

The template comes in many different formats for all kinds of users.  The PSD file can be used with your photo editing software, the SVG and DXF files can be used with your Cricut (and additional software) or Silhouette digital die cut machine, and the PDF file can be printed and used as a pattern to use on pretty scrapbook paper.  Also included is a step by step instruction sheet with photos!  It’s here…and on sale.

I’ve gotta mention to that it’s a great little goody for birthday parties, showers, luncheons…even a special teacher treat!

template, paper and modified alpha from the Little Bird kit

Paper from Color of Happy by Valorie Wibbens

 

{Hybrid Crafting} Wanna get crafty with me? A giveaway!

As you can tell from the previous post, I’m getting back into the digital scrapbooking gig.  And I’m loving it.  My specialty before and now again is hybrid crafting.  Basically hybrid crafting is using your computer to create something, printing it out, and ending up with a physical product.  A lot of us do this anyway.  Ever type out a note to your kids’ teacher and add a bit of clip art before printing?  I consider that hybrid.  I used to do it all the time when I taught.  Remember this?  this?  this?  All hybrid.  This is just taking it a little bit further.

I try to make all of my templates so that just about everyone can use them.  If you don’t use a photo editing software, I always include a pdf file of the templates.  You can print the template with Adobe Reader (it’s free), cut out the template and use to trace the pattern onto pretty paper.

So I’m recruiting you.  You can do this.  I promise.  And when you get the bug (’cause you will!) and want to invest in some very versatile and easy photo editing software, I highly recommend Photoshop Elements.  It’s less than $100 and once you get going, you’ll love it.  I have the big powerful Photoshop and always fall back to using the Elements…it’s easier, simpler, and you can do just about as much.  Do you see all those cute cupcake toppers and treat toppers and party circles around right now?  Want to make your child’s birthday extra special with a banner, goody bags, or super cute treat toppers. You can do all that yourself.  And I can help.  And when you get really good…digital cut files. MWHAHAHAHA! {evil laugh}

We’ve got a lot of ground to cover.  Lots of learning to do.  Fun learning, though. Who’s with me??

 

Ok, so to start up your new collection of hybrid templates, I’ll do a little giveaway from my new store!  Go take a look at the store (it’s a little bare right now, but growing) and leave me a comment on this post telling me what you’d like to try.  Like us on Facebook for another entry.  Share it on FB it for another entry.  Twitter for a fourth entry.  Just come back and leave a separate comment saying you liked, FB’ed or tweeted.  If you already ‘like’ us, that does count.  I’ll do the drawing Monday morning at 9am EST.  Whatever template the winner chooses will be our first set of tutorials.  Sound good?

And for those of you seasoned digi scrappers…take a look at my new goodies!

new kit…little bird

And thanks to Leigh {you will LOVE her} for totally rocking these using the little bird kit…

new favorite template {heart}…cupcake stand

Remember…don’t forget to leave a comment to win!

{Goody Goody Tuesday} Printable Cupcake Stand

Here’s my goody for you today.  I’m so proud of this little printable.  I worked and worked and finally came up with the design.  The base prints on one page.  The top is a 3 inch punch of one of my party tags.  It’s really sturdy and super cute to boot!  I’ve got one printable up in the new Etsy shop and I’m working on some others…maybe a plain template, as well?

 

12 Days Blog Hop: Day 11, A FREEBIE!

I can’t believe it’s almost over :(  We’ve had the best time bringing you lots of wonderfully cute, easy, and inexpensive ideas for the holidays.  Today is no exception!

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I love a treat topper.  ANYTHING looks delightful when wrapped up in some cute little paper :)  For today I’ve made you a holiday treat tent.  {I used our delightfully humongous Grab Bag, that is still available at an amazing price until December 13th}  It’s designed to hold a snack sized zipper bag.  Simply print, cut, and fold where the patterned paper changes.  Insert your candy-filled baggie, fold over the top, and punch holes through.  Tie with some cute ribbon.  Easy peasy.  I also used a punch to scallop the edges.

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I even put a little place on the back so that you can make sure they know who it’s from!

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I filled my treat tent with Hershey Kisses, but just about anything would be cute.

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And since I love you sooooo much…I’m giving it to ya as a FREEBIE!!  This free printable comes as a pdf file, so no special software is needed; you’ll just need Adobe Reader, which most of us have already.  You can grab the FREE DOWNLOAD HERE

enJOYfreebie Here are some other ideas for filling your zipper bag…

dry hot cocoa mix and directions

mini marshmallows (snowman poop!)

Chex mix…you know, Santa always ‘chex’ his list twice!

any kind of candy…who doesn’t love candy?

peppermint bark

Coming up tomorrow…Pam’s Question Jar.

12 Days Blog Hop: Day 10

You know I love Mari!  She’s made the cutest little reindeer for today’s project!  Run over to her blog and check it out!

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