Friday, November 30, 2012
I wanted to show you one of two last cards I made before officially packing up my craft room. See you on the other side of the digital world once I am moved and the computer is all set up and going!
Credits: Pattern Paper - Digital Paper from Silent Night Collection by Connie Prince; Die Cuts, Stamps, Ink, and Ribbon - Papertrey Ink; Flowers - all sorts of places and finds
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
I have a few loves in the crafting world . . . all things Papertrey Ink . . . all thing Shabby Princess! These are two things that I buy without fail. I just buy and buy and buy. Papertrey Ink is a physical product company that has the MOST adorable things. The entire team is amazing (yes, I met *stalked* them at CHA a couple of summers ago). Shabby Princess is equally amazing in the digital world. Her designs like Papertrey Ink are timeless, beautiful, and always look amazing. And the SP team is equally amazing. Although I only know them in a digital/online sense. **I feel like I live half of the time in the real world and the other half in the matrix!!**
I was looking around a few months ago for something specific that I was needing for a digital book I was going to scrapbook. I ran across something I found amazing!! Pre-made elements . . . all the hard work done for you . . . I had been under a rock. Where had this been all my life? So, I ran over to the store that was carrying the digital genius products. That is when I discovered Connie Prince Designs. She has this amazing blog where she gives out freebies and showcases her amazing stuff. Seriously, go check it out here: http://scrapinfusions.blogspot.com.
Let me show you something I made that I was super happy with:
Now let me show you how easy it is to do this for yourself in a simple graphics program like Photoshop Elements.
I bet you didn't realize that all the hard work was done for me. Amazing right??!! I have this totally amazing layout that anyone . . . and I mean anyone . . . could totally do. The best part . . . if you head over to her shop at Gingerscraps, you can get all the pieces for this layout for only $3. AND you will have enough stuff to do lots more pages. Paper scrapbooking doesn't hold a candle to the budget friendliness or the ease for the finished product.
Thanks for looking today. I have a HUGE post that I am working on all about the big move . . . coming sooner than I would want. And, I have started designing my new studio!!!!!! I am hopefully going to have the time/energy to share all about that as well.
Sunday, November 04, 2012
So, what did I come up with? Well, let me show you.
I made this little gift sack from a regular lunch sack. I cut it down and dressed it all up in Thankful, Christmasy paper crafting goodness. Both of my kids have 4 (Yes, you read correctly, FOUR) classroom teachers. Not aids, certified teachers. Then you throw in the amazing secretary (who is amazing by the way) and the PE teacher (who is my son's favorite PE teacher so far) and the music teacher . . . and I made 11 of these puppies. I still need to get some more gift cards, but I have a little time before Thanksgiving (which is my goal to have these done and delivered). Each teacher is getting a Sonic gift card. Otherwise, we are somewhat tailoring it to the teacher as to what we get. Fun!
Look at that amazing decoration. It was so super easy and relatively quick. As I cheated. It is actually a digital image that I put together and then printed 11. Yeah!! I also made the tags with the names, printed them, and then punched them out with a 1.75 inch circle punch. So, this project went a bit quicker than you would think.
Credits: Brown Lunch Sack, White Tissue Paper: Target; Digital Papers and Word Art: Connie Prince (you can get the digital kit at GingerScraps); Black Gingham Ribbon and Scallop Circle Die Cut (Limitless Layers): Papertrey Ink; Red Ribbon: Hobby Lobby.
Thanks for stopping by.
Friday, October 05, 2012
I was first of all impressed. :) But it struck me because this looks just like my 4 month old son . . . today. This was my precious daughter at 8 months old. And my son is playing in this as I type.
Thanks for joining me on my blast from the past. I wish I could tell you where the digital elements from this layout came from. Sadly, I cannot. If I figure it out, I will update this post.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Credits: Digital Papers, frame, and butterfly from Shabby Princess, Font - Some Weatz, Envelope Liner Die, Vintage Cream Card Stock and Hawaiian Shores Ribbon - Papertrey Ink
I am still loving making complete cards. (LeAnn's definition of complete = (outside + inside + envelope) designed) Yes, pull out your 6th grade math skills. You can do it! :) I love how the liner adds the perfect and sophisticated (yet totally easy) touch to the card. And hold the phone, operator . . . long, heartfelt inside sentiments . . . LOVE! I will definitely be doing this one again.
I found a new love . . . my favorite paper products, Papertrey Ink, paired with my favorite digital products, Shabby Princess. Love!
Monday, September 10, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
As some of you are aware (mostly because I have been blogging about it), I am a digital scrapbooker. It is a passion of mine almost as much as card making (and sometimes more than).
I love to make my own pattern papers. It is so fun. So rewarding. So freeing. I have been making my own patterns to coordinate well with the PTI colors lately. This is one of my favorite color combos. So, I am happy to share this card with you today.
Credits: Dots Paper, Ribbon, Stamps (Pretty Peonies) - Papertrey Ink; Plaid Pattern Paper - SillyLeAnn Designs (that's me!!)
I thought it might be fun for me to share my plaid paper with you. I hope this works and you enjoy.
Ok, I think I have it now. Try THIS and see if you can download the plaid paper. Thanks for stopping by today.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Here is a card that I made using my very favorite cover plate die. This card was so fun to make. It just seemed to come together effortlessly. Oh, how I wish they would all do that!
I am loving the coordinating envelope with the stamps and the lining. Such fun touches! Thanks for stopping by today!
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
I have shared a little hear and there about my digital scrapping. My blog has mainly been about my card making endeavors, but I would like to branch out from time to time. Today would be one of those days. I was applying for a blog team position with a digital scrapbook designer that I really like, and it hit me that I don't blog about my digital scrapbooking. I don't really know why except that I am, for the most part, a private person. It is like bearing my heart and my soul. But, I would like to share what divides my crafting time.
I had this idea a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to make a book for my mom about our family for each year. It is like a yearbook so to speak. She has 9 grandkids and 3 great-grandkids. So, she doesn't have room to put up that many photos. And face it, in this digital world, it seems counter-intuitive to print photos. Where do you put them once they are printed? How do you store them? If you do put them in traditional photo albums, how do you mark them for date, occasion, or faces. If you put the info on the back of the photo, you are forced with removing them from the album to find out any info. Ok, you get the point. So, I think making this for her will be genius. And, if I am already doing one, I can just print one more and give it to my mother-in-law. Brilliant! Or so I think. I'll let you know.
Here are my January, February, and March pages. Enjoy!
I used the 8.5 X 11 templates from Weeds and Wildflowers Everyday Life Series. The digital kits are from the Capture Life series by Tracie Stroud.
I would share my April, May, June, and July pages. But . . . they are not done. I will catch up eventually. Thanks for looking today at a small peek into my world - or at least the other side of my crafty world.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Thanks for taking a peek today. Happy crafting!
Friday, August 10, 2012
I made this card for my sister-in-law (who had a birthday in April and I am ashamed to admit that I am just now blogging about it). Her and I began card making together several years ago as a way to make extra money. She sadly quit about 2 years later. I couldn't give up card making for anything. :) So, it is always fun to give her one of my hand made cards. Mostly because she ALWAYS rants and raves at how amazing it is. I am more convinced she is impressed because she knows the heart and soul put into each handmade card more than she actually likes the card. But either way, I love to see her run her fingers over all the layers, examine each and every stamped image, and sometimes ask a sincere (and impressed) how did you do that. Don't you wish all your recipients would react like that? :)
Credits: It is basically all Papertrey Ink except the tag which is a chipboard tag from a set of Maya Road chipboard pieces.
I have always been an on again off again blogger. But so many things are happening right now that I cannot decide what to blog about. So, instead of fretting, I just need to start blogging. I now have a 3 month old!!! Time is flying by for sure. We are in the process of building our dream home and by extension my dream craft room. I have been doing way more digital scrapbooking than card making. It is just easier to tote around the MacBook than to tote around the craft supplies. We are gearing up to start back to school this next week. Life . . . it is such a fun and beautiful thing.
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Enter my method for storing scraps. I have using this system almost since I did my big organization post. After I had all of the initial organization out of the way, I began to tackle the smaller (or larger in my case) problems that I couldn't find an easy solution for.
Let me show you.
Let me pull one out so that you can see how this is so useful to me.
What makes this system work so well is that I can see at a glance what scraps I have available. If I need to cut a small butterfly, I can size it up before I reach in. I can also see at a glance if I have a piece that would work for a card base or not. It helps me to actually USE my scraps and keeps them under control.
I hope you can glean something from my system. Isn't that what makes this so fun? Take a bit of what I do, add it something else, mixed with your own thoughts and you can come up with an amazing solution that really works well for you.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
My son came in my craft room today asking me about the badges on my desk. He wanted to know what they were for and if they were all that important to me (I secretly think he wanted them for his scout uniform, but who knows). I paused and realized. Yes, they are important to me. I worked hard on each of my projects. I had fun in the process.
I learned a lot of new crafting techniques and more importantly learned a few things about me. For instance, I work SO much better under pressure. I do better when there is a set plan laid out in front of me. I know what I need to do so I can just get to work. No guess work. I learned that I should really take a little more "me" time here and there. (I currently take none. Seriously. I am a mess!!) And most importantly, I learned that despite my short comings, my exhaustion, and the feeling like I could disappear tomorrow and no one would notice because I am just the cook, maid, and nanny - my family loves me and appreciates me. Although I don't get to see a lot of the fruits of my labors right now, they really do value me as mom in this family. (But it sure would be nice to get a "thanks mom" here and there)
Wow. It is over with this post. Just like that. Gone. As fast as it came. Goodbye Stamp-a-Faire festivities. I will hopefully see you next year.
Oh, and here is my DIY card. :) I used Betsy's medallion technique. Have I mentioned how much I adore Betsy? I totally do.
Thanks again for the comments, support, and visits. It tickles me to pieces to be a part of such a fun community.
YES!!! I am so happy. Thanks for stopping by to see all my projects and things. The sweet comments put a smile on my face. Thank you.
Here is a look at what I was able to accomplish today.
All in all, I am proud of myself for all of the accomplishments. Oh how I wish I could talk my husband into an all day craft day more often. It was fun and SO VERY needed today.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope to finish up and get around to everyone else's blogs and things.
Farewell . . . it is lights out.
Here is a look at the set of notecards.
Here is a look at them all packaged up.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
I hope this may help someone. I know I love this option. It is so helpful to see some of the techniques on the big screen.
I am ready to get back to work. Friendship bracelet . . . your mine!
I only included pictures of a couple of my favorite pages. Still having a blast all by myself!!! :)
As I normally use Papertrey Ink on just about all my cards these days, I should point out that I used a digital kit by Connie Prince called Oh the Places on this album.
I am up. I am already stamping. I was up at 7am (or 6am my time). I fed my son and got to work. I am just now posting. So, here is what I have been up to.
Yes, I finished my Make-n-Take. Smart to start with a warm-up easy project. It really did my juices going. My crafting space is an utter mess. I may have to take a break and clean on it some more because it is hard for me to create among chaos.
I look forward to getting started on the Knots Badge. I have already been watching the videos. Super exciting!!
I have a 10 week old baby. Yeah! Who eats around the clock. Boo! So, this should be interesting. Dear Dad has said he would like nothing more than to keep our exclusively breast fed baby for the day and give me not only a day off but a fun day that would mean more to me than just about anything else. For the record, I have spent 8 entire days of my life over the last 10 weeks doing nothing but feeding our child. Yes, I am counting. When Apple says they have an app for that, they really mean it. My precious boy will be getting his 7th bottle in his life tomorrow. Let's just say that I am secretly excited for my DH to really get a sense of what 3 kids by yourself is all about!! Especially when one is still eating every 2 hours around the clock. Yes, that is totally true.
So, I have decided to play the day by myself. In all honesty, I don't want tomorrow to be miserable for either my husband or my son. So, I will be crafting all alone in my humble little space at the back of my house.
I look forward to the morning . . . oh, speaking of my son. His monitor is lighting up like the 4th of July altering me that I am needed. See you all soon!
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Introducing . . . my flop of a card . . . an idea gone completely wrong . . .
Where do I even begin . . . ouch. I was using a color scheme by Betsy Veldman (who happens to be my personal stamping guru. Just ask her. She'll tell you all about our friendship. Ok, maybe don't ask her. I am a fan (cough * stalker) from afar.) The idea was there . . . I'm just not sure you can see it from the ugliness. :) First, the photo is horrific. The lighting is all bad. The colors are WAY off. Second, this card is completely out of balance. Talk about color blocking gone VERY bad. I can think of like 10 things right now that would help this card.
What is so interesting is that I have saved this card. I still have it sitting on my desk. I don't know what it is about it. I guess in my heart, I kept thinking that there was something here . . . that could be great. Ok, that's it. I am going to re-do this one too. It is highly unlikely that my card will get selected, so I must come to the honor of my stamping life. I will most likely not get to it until Saturday (or later if I get caught up in all the Stamp-a-Faire activities).
Prepare your heart and soul blog readers. I am going to be posting up a storm on Saturday. I hope. It is my intention to participate in all of the challenges. I mean, after all, I do have some badges to earn.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
If you have questions or would like to see something else in Evernote, you can email me (sillyleann at gmail dot com) or leave a comment on this post. I am not an expert, but I love helping out if I can.