Thursday, January 12, 2017

January 2017 Cocoa Daisy Guest Designer

Hello again! This month I was asked to be the guest designer over at Cocoa Daisy. This month's kits were whimsical and romantic and I had so much fun working with them! I used both the Buttercup Scrapbook kit as well as the Day in the Life kit (their pocket scrapbooking kit).

Today, I wanted to share a process video for one of the layouts I created called "The Girls".

I used a technique that has kind of become a go-to for me with rub-ons, which is to create a photo mat out of them. I used almost the entire package of rub-ons and I like this for two reasons. One, it has a nice impact. I love the way they look all clustered together! And two, I actually use my rub-ons before they go bad.

I also lightly misted on the background with some Gold Color Shine using a Cocoa Daisy cut file as a mask. I think it turned out so pretty!

Like I said, I created a process video, which you can check out below. I've linked to the available products used at the end of this post.

Here's a little peek at the other two layouts I created. You can see the full projects over in my gallery at Cocoa Daisy.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Old Meets New Stash Kit: This is Us

I'm happy to bring you another layout using the Stash Kit I made in October after a holiday hiatus. This one started with two photos - one nice family photo and one silly one. I thought it would be fun to have an interactive layout, so I decided to print both at 5x7 and have the nice photo flip up to reveal the funny one. This is how it turned out...

I had to photograph it in the page protector, so pardon the glare. I cut down a page protector to fit the 5x7 photo, stitched the sides and eventually stitched it to the outside of the page protector.

I included my journaling on the flip up and I like the way it turned out. I have to admit that it felt weird not including my journaling on the main part of the layout. Just a little.

I used a mixture of stamping and hand-cut letters for my title. I love customizing things like that and it's pretty simple. I also added black stitching in various places for a bit of contrast. I added a few blue hearts to make the photo tie in with the rest of the layout.

On the flip-up with the journaling, I added another pop of blue and some black stitching to make sure it coordinated well.

When I was almost done with the layout, I really felt like it needed another pop of turquoise, so I added some stamping and called it good.

You can see the entire layout come together in the process video below.

I've linked to all available products below. As always, thanks for stopping by and spending some time with me. I truly appreciate it! Let me know if you have any questions!

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Elle's Studio January 2017 Kit Reveal

It's the tenth and that means it's kit reveal time at Elle's Studio! I am so in love with the kit + coordinating extras this month.

I really loved the heart cut file, the stickers, and the cute Olivia alphabet stamp set! Of course those puffy hearts have my heart, but I didn't get them in time to create my projects for the release. You best believe I'll be putting them on EVERYTHING from here on out, though.

I created two layouts with this kit, and will be creating a third for the blog later this month. The first is a horizontal 8.5 x 11 layout (love that orientation) with the story of how I became and love being Aunt Jen Jen. I focused on the blues and yellows in the kit and I love that you can pull out just a few colors really easily.

The second is a layout about my niece and how quickly she demolished her birthday cake! So hilarious and so cute! I used the heart cut file and saved the cut out hearts, watercolored them, and put them back into place. Love the way that turned out. I also used the large wood veneer "True Love". It seemed so fitting for a layout about cake. I heat embossed it white and it was a good reminder to me that wood is easily altered. :)

Hope these layouts have inspired you and that you'll check out the amazing products over in the Elle's Studio shop! If you want a closer look, check out my kit unboxing video below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Totally-Tiffany™ Desk Maid - 4 Piece Set Review + Giveaway

Organization is one of those conundrums that we as crafty people always seem to have. I love organizing and re-organizing my craft room. For a while now, my desktop has been a bit of a hot mess, so when Deanna from Totally-Tiffany™ asked me if I wanted to review this desk set, I was totally on board.

The set comes with (clockwise starting at the top left) the Pen & Ink Palace, Tool Tower, Stadium Arranger, and Pencil Perch. I don't have a lot of colored pencils, so I'm letting my daughter take that one. ;) You can get them all separately, or purchase them in a set which is awesome.

Let me tell you what I love about them. Everything! But seriously...

  • They are tiered. That means you can store more and still have everything in sight. Love that.
  • They are white. I like the sleek, clean look.
  • They come pre-assembled. I love anything that is no assembly required! All I had to do was slip the drawers into the Pen & Ink Palace. Super easy.
  • They are sturdy. They feel really strong and hold a ton of stuff. Plus they have little foam feet on the bottom to keep them from moving around.
Here is a very real-life look into how I'm putting them to work for me.

I talk all about it in the video review I did, so definitely check that out.


Totally-Tiffany™ has generously offered to give a Desk Maid - 4 Piece Set to one of you lovely people and here is what you need to do to enter to win:
  • Leave a comment on this blog post letting me know which of the four pieces gets your little organizing heart pumping.
  • Fill out the Enter to Win form here.
That's it! *The winner will be announced Friday, January 13, 2016!* I hope that you'll check out these tools for organization. I truly love them and can't recommend them enough!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

PS - Totally-Tiffany is also doing a Craft Space Clean Up Sweepstakes happening now through January 24th.

One Grand Prize winner will receive over $500 in Totally-Tiffany products. 
10 - First Place winners will receive $25.00 Totally-Tiffany Gift Certificates.
20 - Second Place winners will receive prizes from our product assortment.

You can enter to win here.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Ali Edwards Story Kits™: Review

The current Ali Edwards Story Kit™ theme is Review.  Often I focus on a specific day or moment in my storytelling, so I was glad for the prompt and opportunity to do a Year in Review layout - which I don't think I've ever done before! I went through my photos and picked one for each month. I chose the photos based on how much I loved the photo and/or how much impact a particular event or moment had in my life.

I created a grid of my photos in Photoshop using the Ali Edwards December Stories 6 x 8 Layered Templates Vol. 3, which made my photos 2 x 2. 

I added the month circles from the embellishments included in the Review Digital Story Kit™. They come as a sort of brown color, but I recolored them to black and white and added a number above each to represent the month. I added numbered journaling around the block of photos to just put a small amount of journaling about each month.

I added word strips and some chipboard and cork from the physical Review Story Kit™ and used some patterned paper from Maggie Holmes on the background.

Love this little glimpse into our year and I hope I can remember to try to do a layout like this each year. Seeing all of the photos together tells a different story than the individual layouts about each event or moment.

Thanks so much for stopping by and you can check out and purchase the Review Story Kit™ until the new kit (Numbers!) is revealed on January 15, 2017.

Friday, December 30, 2016

December Daily® 2016 | Day 05

Hey friends. Wow. Can't believe Christmas is over. It went by so quickly! I was sick for about a week and got behind in my December Daily® progress, but today I wanted to share my day five with you as well as a little tutorial.

On the fifth day of Christmas we decorated our tree. So I decided to make a full page photo of it to back the full page photo from day four. Here's the photo...

Our funny little tree, crooked on top. So, I wanted to crop this photo to 7 x 8.25, but it was going to cut off either the top of the tree, or the skirt. And I didn't want to compromise. So, I decided to crop the photo in a way that allowed me to put a pattern on the right side and I love how it turned out!

I used Ali Edwards December Daily Transparencies (a digital version of the transparencies that were included in the 2015 and 2016 main kit) to put some pattern down the side. I kind of dig it. Probably going to do it again. I made a little video tutorial showing you how easy it was. I also added a digital stamp from the Jasmine Jones December Daily® Cozy Christmas stamps.

I used the same digital files with my silhouette + some watercolor paper (love it's sturdiness) to create the facing page. I added some gold glitter embossing powder to my number five and stapled a ticket from the main kit below it. 

Kept it really simple. I think that's okay. It helps me to focus on the story and, most importantly, get it done. 

I've linked to all available products below, except for Ali's which are linked throughout the post. Look for more December Daily® share videos/blog posts from me soon as I play a little catch up. And thanks so much for sharing some time with me. Truly appreciate it. 

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