Project Life Tuesday

Happy Project Life Tuesday!

Today I am SUPER excited to share some of pages with you guys that have some cards from my Confetti Edition Project Life kit that I designed! To say the whole experience of putting cards that I designed into my album’s page protectors was a bit surreal is an understatement! Just such a cool thing and I’m happy to say that I just LOVE them even more having them in my hands and USING them! Eeeeek!

Ok, so here are a couple of pages that I made using my new Confetti Edition core kit! Yay!!

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I used DESIGN A page protectors and of course my Confetti Edition! Yay!  I also used a 4×6 card from the pack of specialty cards as well! I’ll show you a close up photo of that in a bit! ;)

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Here’s the right side. I was sure to include my Right Now card that lists things that I didn’t want to forget that happened around the time of these photos. Little things my kids say, milestones, etc. Love looking back on those.

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I really love how my little 2×2 photos that I LOVE to use fit perfectly in a lot of my journaling 3×4 cards. :) PL5

Here are a couple more cards from the kit! :) Oh, and there’s Smurple. Smurple is special because he was given to Caylin when she was in the PICU after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. We finally got him a name tag. ;)

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Ok, now this camera 4×6 card is super cool because the camera is silver foil! Hard to see here, but here’s a close up to see if you can see it a bit more. :) Oh, and yep – I used another of my friend Tracy’s photo templates! I told you I loved those! :-D

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Just LOVE it! There’s a pack of cards that include 4×6 AND 3×4 cards!

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The other week Luke chewed up this book of his. It was bittersweet because I’ve had this book since Caylin was a baby and he totally chewed and tore the cover right off. The neat thing though is that with Project Life, I can add little sweet doo-dads like this that I want to keep. So, I punched a couple of holes in the side and stuck it in my album. Voila! :)

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Here’s a close up shot! I am trying to use up some of my super old scrapbooking supplies and so I took this label sticker from October Afternoon and then stapled it on the book! :)

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Here’s the right side. :)

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This #winning card from my kit cracks me up! Here’s a little sweet tidbit – my husband helped me come up with some of the sayings in my core kit. This wasn’t one of them, but I love how he participated in my design as well. :)

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I love this simple black and white polka dotted 4×6 card in the kit. I love simple and this is just it and so versatile! I put a cute flair button that I got from my friend Finding Nana awhile back!

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Lastly, here is a little 4×6 card that I love, too. I just adore the color yellow AND this sweet photo Luke took with me. Makes ma happy!

So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed seeing some more cards from my kit! If you’re not following me on Instagram yet – you need to because I’ve posted some quick little videos of cards from the kit as well! You can find a link to my IG account in my sidebar!

Hope you all have a great day! I’ll be sharing how my edition came to be and more from it in the days ahead! Thanks to everyone for your sweet words of support and encouragement through it all! It really has been a dream come true!

XOXO!

  •  To find about more about Project Life, head on over to Becky Higgins’ blog HERE. You can purchase the Confetti Edition at Becky Higgin’s site HERE and over at Simon Says Stamp as well HERE. Also, check your local scrapbook stores, too! Yipppeeeeeeeeee!

Spotlight: Colleen Attara Studio

Happy Monday, sweet friends!

I’m super excited to introduce you to a very talented and creative woman named Colleen Attara today. I stumbled upon Colleen’s work when I was reading Ali Edwards’ blog one day and just loved her beautiful work. I knew that instant that I wanted to spotlight her on my blog to make sure that lots of other people knew about her. Colleen’s work is so amazingly cool. I knew I wanted her to make me a word (cut from salvaged and scrap plastic) and so after some thought, I decided to get the word “blessed” because I knew it would serve as an important reminder to me all day and every day to count my blessings and to focus on what truly matters.

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I decided to place my word in the shelf above my desk (where I spend a lot of time). I painted it a happy yellow (I think yellow and aqua are my most favorite colors EVER) and the word itself has really blessed me. I often glance at it and smile. I’ve even been known to see it and then pray a sweet and simple prayer thanking God for the blessings in my life. Funny how something so simple can be such a great reminder in our lives.

I love how the word is in the handwritten script. It’s beautiful and has a very whimsical look to it. I also love how Colleen wrote a sweet message on my package when it came in the mail. I asked her about it and she said that she writes a message on EVERY package using that person’s word. She said she loves writing them and she loves reaching people. How amazing is that? It’s such a sweet touch that DOES make a difference. On my package she wrote, “She was blessed in every way – her heart was wide open.” How beautiful is that? I loved it so much I wrote it down so I wouldn’t forget it. ;)

Colleen also sent me some really unique and beautiful cards and a beautiful print as well.

Here are the cards:

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Each card is so beautiful and unique. The cards are a reproduction of her mixed media art, which I think is so cool. There are bits and pieces included on them, sewing, ephemera and Colleen’s original artwork as well. The inside of the cards are blank and they come with a kraft envelope.

Each card looks pieced together perfectly and contain a beautiful message on the front, too. You won’t find cards like these in the card section of your local grocery store. SO amazing! The cards are also acid-free, recyclable, biodegradable and elemental chlorine free.

The print that Colleen sent to me is just as beautiful.

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I mean, come on! Read that beautiful message! Love!

This is an 8×10 print and is also an archival reproduction of her original mixed media art. It has stitching on it, which gives it a whimsical and carefree feel.

Colleen’s work is really rare and by that I mean, it’s not too often that you see such unique, airy and beautiful bits and pieces combined to create such a beautiful piece of art. I love how she concentrates on using recycled materials that are environmental friendly and how the message of her work is also important to her. Just one more reason why I am so glad to share her and her work with all of you.

You can see so much more of Colleen’s beautiful work HERE on her website.

You can also find Colleen on Instagram HERE and Facebook HERE. Definitely reach out and see more of her work. I know I’ll be purchasing more of those salvaged words to use around my home. They are the perfect little reminder to scatter here and there.

Looking forward to having more of her beautiful artwork in my home.

Thanks so much Colleen for sharing your beautiful, creative work with us!

  • Disclosure: Colleen sent the salvaged word, print and cards to me for free, but all thoughts and opinions about her products and her shop are all my own. Her work is beautiful and I will be purchasing some more goodies from her soon. I only share products that I use and love.

Right Now Challenge: Week 13

Happy Friday, friends!

It’s Right Now Challenge day! Yay! Here’s what I wrote down this week! These make me giggle!

  • A Zulily commercial came on the other day talking about how a Mom is never just a Mom and Jack said, “Mommy’s not just a Mom, she’s an oil lady, too!” LOL! So true! ;)
  • Jack: “Hey Caylin, this pirate sword is a great back scratcher! You should try it!”
  • When Luke doesn’t get something that he wants he lets out a BIG sigh.
  • Luke calls his car that he plays in outside, “Beep Beep!” Adorable!
  • Jack pushed in my thigh and said, “Wow, that’s super bouncy!” Hahaha!

Hope you all are having a Happy Friday! Have a great weekend ahead! XOXO!

Project Life Tuesday

Happy Project Life Tuesday!

Sorry for being MIA last Tuesday. I was dealing with a sore wrist and thumb on my right hand and so I gave myself a break from all things computer. :)

Today I’m sharing the remainder of the pages from Luke’s first year baby album – Project Life style, of course! If you’d like to see previous pages that I’ve shared of Caylin’s, Jack’s and the first part of Luke’s album, you can go HERE to see them all. :)

Just as a bit of a reminder (in case you forgot or haven’t seen the previous blog posts), what I decided to do what for Jack and Luke – take ONE 12×12 Project Life album (it’s from the Seafoam edition) and put BOTH of their first year pages in it. I knew I wasn’t going to fill up the album with just Jack’s pages (since I’m a pretty simple scrapper and hate bulky albums, LOL) and so I put both boys’ first year in this album. It does two things – keeps it all super organized and nice so that I can flip through and see BOTH of their first years at a glance. LOVE THAT! And it also eliminates another album which helps because shelf space is limited, ya know? :)

I did do ONE album for Caylin because well, I did all of her pages BEFORE in the traditional scrapbooking style and so I had a TON more pages, photos and details of her and wanted to include them all. I also had SIX years of her life BEFORE I stumbled upon Project Life and so she actually had two albums that includes her first year + years 2-6. :) She’s the only girl, so I guess she’s special like that, too! ;)

The new thing that I did to this album recently is that I added two Project Life page dividers in the beginning of the album (that says JACK) on it and then one in the middle when Luke’s pages start. :)

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I like the separation it gives the album and I honestly don’t use these in my regular Project Life family albums because I don’t do monthly – I just do consecutively and so it’s great to put these to use every now and then because they are super cute! Oh, and just a little tip – when you use these – be sure to take the plastic film off of the top of them! ;)

Here’s a quick shot of one of his monthly pages. I still need to get the stats for his 11th and 12th month. Shame on me! Ha! ;)

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I took a card and just ran it through my printer and printed this little saying on it that I would say that he loved. I didn’t want to forget it. Little things like that are important to add in our albums, I believe. ;)

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I also used A LOT of my friend Tracy’s digital photo templates throughout his pages. I am SO happy that I discovered these. I really think it’s a great way to add some variety to your pages. She has SO many different sizes and designs. LOVE them! You can reuse them over and over again – super great investment. You can find them HERE.

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You can see that I used ANOTHER photo template on the bottom right of this page. I actually used one on the bottom right, too! Hahaha! Yep, I’m hooked! :-D I even added some stickers to them! Great way to embellish them a bit and still keep it simple!

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I’m all about simple embellishments and scrapbooking. That’s one of the many reasons why I love Project Life. Throughout his pages you can see that I used my tiny attacher, some flat chipboard pieces and some stickers. I also used flair every now and then, but just kept it simple.

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Here’s another photo template that I used. Love this series of photos! Hahaha! All three of my kids hated grass from the get-go? Anyone else? He loves it now, but just cracks me up!

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Here’s an example of some flair that I used. This one is from Lawn Fawn. I love them. :)

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I finally put that super cute oval flair from Freckled Fawn to use. It was hard to let it go, but fit perfectly here to go with the photo of Luke and Caylin. Love capturing those sibling photos. :)

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This is his first birthday page. I just included some pictures of him and his cupcake. I also talked a bit about how he did NOT like his cupcake (am I sure he’s related to me? LOL) and how he hated his hands messy (just like my other two kids, too)! I also included a little letter to him on his first birthday on the 4×6 journaling card.

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I wanted to include the Elmo helium balloon that he loved too so when it was deflated, I just folded it, punch a couple of holes in it with a hole punch and put it in the album. Simple. :)

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I used a 5×7 Project Life photo sleeve to put in this 5×7 picture of him that I printed at Persnickety Prints. It was his “official” 1-year photo! :-D

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I definitely wanted to include this sweet Elmo drawing. Here’s the story behind it: Caylin told me a few days before Luke’s birthday that SHE wanted to create all of his party decorations. She was so sweet about it that I totally let her and this is one of the drawings that she created and we put on the wall. :) I just slipped it into an 8.5×11 page protector.

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In the back of that above page protector I slipped in some of his birthday cards, a napkin from his party and the glitter “one” from his photo. :)

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Here are some other Elmo decorations that Caylin made that I kept. I wanted him to see just how sweet his sister was and wanted to hold onto these sweet mementos. :)

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Then on the very last page I just included another collage of his 12-month photos and some random pictures of him that I love. :)

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I also included this little card in the kit just like I did for Jack. :)

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And there you have it! Luke’s first year Project Life style. SUPER simple to do. Just worked on it here and there. Love how easy it came together and flipping through it seriously takes me back and gives me baby fever! Ha!

If you have any questions at all about my process or the album, leave me a comment and I’ll be happy to answer them! Thanks for stopping by!

Have a great day! XOXO!

  •  To find about more about Project Life, head on over to Becky Higgins’ blog HERE.

Love me some Waffle Flower

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Happy Monday, friends!

Have you guys heard about the company Waffle Flower? If not, you’re in for a real treat and if you have already then you already know just how awesome they are. :)

I was sent some Waffle Flower goodies to play with a few months back from sweet Nina of Waffle Flower and made a couple of simple cards and also have been incorporating some of their stamps in my planner, which I know a lot of you love to use nowadays.

Here are the goodies that I was sent:

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Here are the cards that I made with the stamps:

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I made this card using up some scraps that I had. I love how cheery it is and all of my cards are always SO simple, but using the talk bubble and heart die cuts with felt – gives it a pop of dimension and adds a different element to it. SUPER easy, but love the look! I also added a wooden “hello” embellishment from Freckled Fawn, too!

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Here’s a closer look at the front! ;)

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This card took me like 2 minutes. I kid you not and there may not be some elaborate techniques on it, but I love how bright it is and you can replicate this super fast and easy using this “thank you” stamp so that you can give a bunch as a gift or just send out a bunch to say “thank you!” Why not, right? I added the stamped “thank you” with a foam adhesive for some dimension, too!

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Inside the card, I used the cute round circle die to cut out this white circle and placed an epoxy heart from a past Freckled Fawn Ohdeerme embelllishment kit. It’s on a foam adhesive well for a bit of POP and just a sweet surprise when they look in the card.

Here are some other stamps in action on my planner this month:

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I just love how easy it is to add a bit of stamping to my planner and it helps organize things so much, too! Win-win for sure! The “DUE TODAY” stamp is great for us busy Mama’s who are juggling a lot of different things!

So, head on over to Waffle Flower HERE and check them out if you haven’t already! There are TONS of other super cute goodies that they have to buy! I just noticed that they have some really cool looking inkpads! I think I’m off to buy the Summer Blend one! Love!

Have a great Friday, everyone!

Make it a great day! XOXO!