Thursday, May 19, 2016

Mixing Pocket Pages & Traditional Scrapbook Layouts + Pocket PhotoPrinting Tips

Hello! Welcome to the Stick it in a Pocket Blog Hop! You may have come from Stephanie's blog, but if not that's ok because this hop is a circle. Enjoy!

Today I have a scrapbook layout to share with you. But not your typical 2-page layout. When I had my daughter I started doing more Project Life-style scrapbooking because it's a little quicker (CTMH calls it Picture my Life - PML). But I am still a 12x12 traditional scrapper at heart. So when I realized that I can mix the 2 styles in one album I was stoked! I love the results! 

**See my tips on mixing these pages at the end of the post**
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The left page is the traditional 12x12 scrapbook page. I did lots of layering and mixed some Becky Higgins Project Life embellishments with CTMH embellishments and a rhinestone heart from Hobby Lobby.

TIP: This is the back of the above page. If you are adding layers to a page, cut out a portion of the middle so that you aren't wasting all that pretty paper that would otherwise be covered up!

And here is the right page, which is a pocket page. I LOVE the colors of this paper (I forget the manufacturer...oops!) and I love these fun pictures of my girl.

Adding wood veneer is one of my favorite things to do right now. You can color the wood any color you want...I use alcohol markers which work great! Adhere with glue dots.

I also used an alcohol Marker to color the "11 Months" title. They are canvas stickers that were originally white.


TIP #1: One of the tricks I have found for making pocket pages is to edit your photos first: crop them how you want and then print them at the size you need for your layout. Here's what I do...
  1. PicTapGo app for editing. I think its best feature is "lights on," which does a great job of lightening photos that are too dark. It also has lots of other filters, which you can use as intended or at a % of filter "strength." For example, if I have a dark photo, I can use "lights on" to lighten it, and I can even try "lights on" again to to even lighter, then bring it down 50% if the 2nd time was too light. You can add layers of different effects and even save "recipes." That way if you take a lot of photos in the same spot in your house, and say you used 5 different filters, you can edit each photo with one tap to apply the same filters. 
  2. PicFrame app for 3x4 (or smaller) photos. I like this app because it saves the collage in high resolution, which is what you want for printing. Not all of the collage apps do this because so many people use collages just for Facebook, Instagram, etc. Pocket pages typically have 4x6 and 3x4 photo spots. I don't want to waste a 4x6 print that I'm going to cut down to half its size anyway, so by putting 2 photos into a 4x6 photo collage, you are saving your paper! The app adds a border around the photos by default, but you can take the border out so that you have true 3x4 photos once you're finished.
  3. Selphy printer to print. I love the convenience of the Selphy, especially at a crop and especially if I'm doing pocket pages and am not sure what size I'll need each photo. The only downside I've found of the Selphy is that it's finished size print is slightly less than 6", so it leaves a little gap in your packets. But it doesn't bother me enough to not use it. The prints are good quality and the convenience can't be beat!

TIP #2: Picture My Life pages are just slightly larger than traditional 12" x 12" because of the seams between the photo pockets. But with CTMH's awesome D-ring albums and page protectors, you can hardly notice. They blend seamlessly and it totally works! Plus they always lay flat in your album. I LOVE the high quality of CTMH.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Back By Popular Demand: BBQ Apron Card Tutorial With Templates

It's back! The response to this Father's Day or Masculine birthday card tutorial has surpassed my wildest expectations! It includes step-by-step instructions plus templates for all of the shaped pieces. 

See this blog post for more pictures and details:

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Blog Hop: 4 Artfully Sent + Artiste Cricut Cards

Hello, and welcome to the Blog Hops with Heart blog hop featuring die cuts! We have a VERY talented group of ladies participating, I am honored to be among them. You should have come from Amy's blog, but this is hop goes in a circle so you can just keep moving forward :) Sit back and enjoy!

Today I am sharing FOUR cards that I made using my favorite Cricut cartridge: Artfully Sent, with some sentiments from the Artiste cartridge

I have been MIA from my blog lately...wanna see what I've been up to? Ok...
Tyler was born on 3/28, 2 weeks early. Proud mommy just had to share a couple of pics :) Big sis is in LOVE too!

Now back to our regularly scheduled cards...

I LOVE how easy it is to make cards with the Artfully Sent cartridge. Each card base is just ONE cut! Add some paper behind the cutouts, a few embellishments, and ba-da-boom, a fancy yet easy-to-make card that is sure to impress!

These first 3 cards couldn't be easier. I simply added one patterned paper behind the card base. (Paper for all cards was from a special last year, Year>>Noted.) I then added black sentiments that were cut from the Artiste cartridge, then embellished. I love how the black really pops on this paper even though there's no black in the color scheme.

Card #1:
TIP: Save time and paper by cutting out a bunch of sentiments at once to keep on hand! I added different sentiments in Cricut Design Space from "happy birthday" to "thanks" to "congrats" and made sure they all fit and made the best use of one piece of 12x12 paper. I cut them on black cardstock since it will go with almost any card. Now I have a sentiment whenever I need one!

Card #2:
Another simple one - just backed with one patterned paper and a few embellishments. 

TIP: Save the stars that are cut out from the base!

Card #3:
This card re-uses some of the stars that were cut out of the previous card base! I have a little 3-drawer Sterilite organizer within reach on my craft desk where I keep Cricut cuts like these.

The "enjoy" sentiment was cut out of the Picture my Life (Project Life) card that is also on the Artfully Sent cartridge. A few sparkles and this card is finished.

Card #4:
This last card is still just 1 Cricut cut for the base, but I backed the cutouts with 3 different papers. I thought this design would work well with some glitter paper. I'm all about the sparkle!

Here is a look at 3 of the cards again. (Not sure why the 4th didn't make it in the pic!) I hope you enjoyed!

I am wrapping up this hop but it's a if you missed the beginning head over to Amie Kiger's blog!

Thanks for hopping with us today! Happy crafting!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Spring Critters "Thanks a Bunch" Frog Card

Hello! I am back with a fun card I made last weekend to play along with the Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge. Only problem is I waited too long to post it...they're on to a different color combo now. Oh well, I can still post my card here :)

The color combo is: Cotton Candy, Sweet Leaf, Topiary, Glacier and White Daisy. 

My starting point was to random stamp a piece of 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" white daisy paper with the One of a Kind stamp set (retired) in the challenge colors. I love this technique! I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it at that point, so I turned to a card sketch at Mojo Monday. Of course I didn't get this card posted to play along on their blog, either! But it still gave me the inspiration I needed. Challenges are a great way to get your mojo going, aren't they?

I colored this cute little froggie from the Spring Critter stamp set with watercolor pencils. To the left is what the frog looks like after coloring but before blending. The beauty of watercolor pencils is that it can be messy and imperfect... I'm totally addicted to this technique now! Add little or more color depending on how dark you want the final result. On his belly I mixed yellow and green.

Then to blend I used CTMH's blending pen. It leaves such a wonderful, smooth result...seen below! I stamped the frog in Memento black ink to be sure it didn't bleed when going over it with the pen.

TIP: To make sure your sentiment stamp fits the space on the frog perfectly, set your block over the space. Then mount your sentiment on the block as you look through to make sure it's lined up just right! I love that you can curve acrylic stamps.

The Spring Critters stamp set also has matching Thin Cuts dies. They both retire on April 30, so if you love them as much as I do you better snag them quick!

Spring Critters Stamp Set

Spring Critters Thin Cuts

Watercolor Pencils(currently out of stock)

Blending Pen

Thursday, March 24, 2016

FREE 20-page PARADISE Scrapbook Album Instructions & Photos

To go along with Stampaganza (buy 2 stamps get 1 free), CTMH has decided to offer this exclusive Hello Paradise stamp set, which is used to create the 20 scrapbook pages below! 

You are not going to believe this amazing scrapbook album! CTMH has also graciously provided photos and instructions for you to complete this album, which was originally provided only to incentive cruise earners! There are ten 2-page layouts, all using this fun, exclusive stamp set, which is only available through the end of March. 

I've compiled CTMH's 3 PDFs together into 1 PDF. It contains all of the photos, instructions, and supply lists to complete the entire album! All supplies used can be purchased on my website.

Here are photos of each of the 2-page layouts...

Amazing, right? If you'd like to complete these pages yourself, use the link below to download the supply lists, photos, and instructions, all compiled together on 1 handy PDF.


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