Thursday, September 20, 2012

Masculine Birthday Card

{Supplies: Cardstock - Recollections by Michael's, patterned paper - My Mind's Eye, stamps & die - Paper Trey Ink}

This is pretty much my standard card for guys. I make about a dozen of these at a time and tuck them away for when I need them, or for when someone asks me for cards (now that people know I make cards, I get a lot of requests for mixed bundles of cards).

My method for mass producing these cards is pretty simple. I start with a stack of 12 x 12 sheets of patterned paper. I score the sheets that will be stamped so I create a window for myself to stamp within. I stamp and emboss each sheet, and let the embossing powder cool while I start cutting and scoring the card bases from 8.5 x 11 cardstock. I also cut out the backgrounds and layered pieces at this time. I die cut the stamped cars on my Cuttlebug, and then I start assembling cards while I watch a movie on Netflix. It is definitely a good project to tackle when Trevor is on the road as it will keep me busy for several hours at a time.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Nicole's Shower - Inspired by Shimelle

{Supplies: Studio Calico's July 2012 kit, Elmwood Park & Dear Lizzie date stamp from March 2012  kit}

This layout was inspired by one of July guest designer Shimelle's layouts. I started by cutting/tearing out the tickets like Shimelle did, and I applied a bit of brown ink to the edges to give them a worn look. Next, I pulled out the grey cardstock and photos, and I realized the tickets would cover too much of the photos, so I turned the paper sideways and went from there. I added the thin blue strips of cardstock because I wanted a little more color in the page, and it perfectly matched Carrie's knit top in the upper right photo. After the thin blue strips, I started layering strips beneath the tickets to create a place for the title. I also slid the little toothpick banner beneath the tickets, too. Finally, I placed the letter stickers for the title and glued down the little veneer birds.

There's no journaling on this layout because I didn't think it would look right anywhere on the page. I think I might be adding another page, as I had a ton of photos that were taken that day (I handed off my camera, as I was sitting next to Nicole while she opened gifts).

This week, my big project is creating a card file. I'm compiling birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays in a single Word file I can easily update over time. I'll be printing it out to put in a physical file box with cards I've made in advance for these events. It's a big task, but I am going through it with the thought that it will be a lot of work this one time, and very little work in the future. 
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Stationery card

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Project Life 2012: Week 8

{Supplies: Studio Calico January 2012 kit, yellow arrow sticker by Studio Calico, airplane stamp by Martha Stewart Crafts, kraft star sticker by Stucio Calico}

This was one of those weird weeks when I found myself going back and staging a couple photos to round it out. Even though I was obviously doing things, I was too busy living to take photos. The only "live" photos are the ones of me playing ski ball and of Michael and me in Raleigh. 

The first half of the spread - Girl Scout cookies, a necklace from my parents, and boarding passes for my flights to meet Trevor in Memphis.

The second half - Michael (a dear friend of ours) was my pilot from Memphis to Raleigh-Durham, so we had to get a photo to mark the occasion! Then. we have the Easter decorations in our front entry, me playing ski ball at the local bowling alley, and our wall, post-patching and pre-painting.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Red Bull Soapbox Derby - Atlanta

On June 9, Trevor and I went to Atlanta for the Red Bull Soapbox Derby. We got their early so we could walk around the pits, which opened a couple hours before the actual race.

Top Gun inspired car

The Flintstones

Team Penguin had some fantastic dancing penguins at their pit.


Sweetwater Brewery's vehicle was quite popular...for obvious reasons.

A new take on the Ramblin' Wreck of Georgia Tech

I loved this cute little car and the nerds who went along with it.

The Goonies car was one of my favorites, for sure.

The pink high heels were another favorite.

The Atlanta roller girls were pretty awesome. The children they had at their site held adorable signs they'd drawn, urging us to "Do it for the narwhals" or "Do it for the kittens." By do it, they meant vote their vehicle for the fan favorite award.

The Monopoly car was really well done, too.

This car was done by a beer magazine's team.

My favorite grocery store, Publix, even had a miniature of their trucks entered in the race.

The Joker was even there, with the Batmobile he stole.

Monkeys and a space shuttle? What's not to love?

The view down the track - snapped quickly as we crossed it to get some food from the food trucks parked inside Piedmont Park.
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Friday, September 14, 2012

What I Made with Summer of '69

Since my Studio Calico kits have been piling up for awhile, I have decided to make more of an effort to use them while they're new. Part of that motivation means tracking what I do with them, and keeping myself accountable somehow.

I keep the newest kit in a plastic box by my desk. When the new one arrives, I usually transfer the older one into a two gallon plastic bag and put it in a pink crate with my other kits. Earlier this week, I took a couple of Becky Higgins grid cards and stuck one in each of the two newest scrapbook kits I have on hand. I'll be using those cards to write down what I make with each kit from here on out.

And then, about 5-6 weeks after I get the kits, I'll be posting here about what I made with each kit. Sometimes, I'll have photos, and sometimes, I won't - like today, because it's been grey every morning this week.

So far, this is what I've made with my August 2012 kit, Summer of '69:

  • A two page Project Life spread
  • A single page Project Life spread
  • Four cards
Obviously, I'm not done with this kit, but it's going to be retired to its plastic bag sometime today, and Central High (September's kit) will finally move from its pizza box to the plastic box. I've actually already used it for one Project Life spread, so it might have a more extensive list when I make this post again in October.

And now, I'm off to go work on a couple projects for the wedding we'll be attending tomorrow afternoon!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

W Anniversary Card

{Supplies: November 2011 Studio Calico Kit, ribbon from Hobby Lobby, American Crafts letter sticker, Quikutz cookie cutter heart die, and assorted Bazzil Cardstock}

I made this card for our friends Mike and Brittany when they celebrated their first wedding anniversary in April. I had the pink on cream piece left over from a layout I had created about a week before, so I stuck a pink heart on top, added a W (for their last initial), and  a bit of green ribbon. I'd actually cut the ribbon to put on their wedding gift, but it didn't work, so it had been stashed away waiting for a project for nearly a year when I added it to this card. The ribbon was also leftover from our wedding invitations - Mike and Brittany had the same wedding colors as we did.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Meet Me in St. Louis - SC Sunday Sketch

This is a layout using some old pictures - pictures I took before I even owned a digital camera! In my fourth year of college, I had the opportunity to cover the NCAA Division I Men's Hockey championships for my college newspaper. UND lost their first game, like they always do, but one of our players won the Hoby Baker Award the second day of the tournament, so it wasn't a total wash.

But what was really, really awesome about that trip had nothing to do with the tournament.

The day I left for the trip, Trevor picked me up at my apartment, dropped me off at my first class, and we said goodbye for an indeterminate amount of time. He was leaving for Atlanta so he could start training at ASA. My trip was a welcome distraction from his departure. We talked a few times during the trip, but the day I left St. Louis, he called me, and said I needed to go to the hotel lobby.

And there he was!

He had spent the previous night with his aunt and uncle in one of the suburbs of St. Louis. He had a little extra time, so he decided to spend it with me. We didn't have long, since we both had 10+ hour drives that day, but it was simply magical to get that extra bit of time together.

{Supplies: SC June 2012 kit, SoCal & 1.5" circle punch}


 This page is based off the Studio Calico Sundy Sketch for July 31, 2011.

I stretched the sketch into a two page layout when I couldn't decide which of the three photos to use. Since I didn't have enough of the banner material from my SC kit, so I used a circle punch to fill in the alternating rows.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Project Life 2012: Week 7 Layouts

This week, I've got a pretty photo-heavy Project Life post for you. It was Valentine's Day, and my mom was visiting, so I ended up adding in a special insert to cover our Valentine's Day activities AND leave room for the other photos I took during the course of the week. I LOVE having the options offered by the big box of assorted page protectors from Becky Higgins' official Project Life line!

{Supplies: Studio Calico March 2012 kit, American Craft Thickers (yellow), EK Success star punch, Fiskars corner rounder, SC Stepping Stone alphabet, SC Countryside patterned papers, patterned papers by House of 3 for Pink Paislee}

This side features a couple decorative items we picked up while mom was in town and a quotation I took from Elise Blaha Cripe's Project Life posts. She always seems to find the most perfect quotations!

The first page of the Valentine's Day insert features a little explanation of our day, a photo of all of us ladies at the airport at 6 a.m. the day Mom, Grandma, and Leanne had to leave, a photo of the flowers Trevor bought for me, and a photo of the desserts that we got with our lunch at Thai Heaven.

The second page features a couple photos of us along with the Valentine's card I made for Trevor. He's a big Simpsons fan, so this is a reference to a Valentine's episode of the show.

This final page features our dinner the night after Valentine's Day (Shamrock Shakes and Publix subs), our guestroom bedding, the decorative eggs my grandma bought while she was here, and the real, fresh eggs we received from our friends, the Figuroas, after dinner at their house on Saturday night. I loved how the eggs were different in color and shape - so unlike the ones you get at Publix!

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Samantha & Craig's Wedding

On Saturday, I  shared the card I made for Craig and Samantha's wedding, so today, I'm sharing the photos from their wedding on June 2 (yes, a week after my sister's bachelorette party, so I was really a jetsetter this spring).

The archway under which the ceremony took place

These decorations were beneath each of the dozen or so rustic wooden benches for the guests.

The awesome decorations at each table

The wine bar

Cutting the cake

Samantha & me

The North Dakota Girls & and their M-state Spouses (Maine, Minnesota, Maine) - after brunch on the morning after
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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Magina Wedding Card

{Supplies: Lotus stamp - Studio G, sentiment stamp - PTI, ribbon - American Crafts, paper - Studio Calico, and cardstock - Bazzill)

I made this card for our friends Samantha and Craig, who were married in Maine on June 2. We flew up for the wedding, and I took this photo at the last minute the morning we left. You can see it was taken in my kitchen!

Obviously, this is a really simple design. The most time consuming part was stamping the lotus several time, and carefully cutting it so I had four layers. If I'll be delivering the present in person, I tend to go dimensional with cards, since it's not often I get to make a card without consideration for extra postage or the chances of the USPS destroying it in one of their postage machines.
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