Remember Every Day does YouTube!

We are so excited to announce that we've started our own YouTube channel for Remember Every Day!  Gina was so kind as to set aside her very popular Gina Beth channel and team up with me to create a joint channel featuring the projects that we showcase here on the blog.  We are just getting started but have plans to update weekly!

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Shellie

Gina: It's Easter in July, Part 3/3, Easter Time

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The last Easter in July project.  Again, kept it super simple.  Used some of that wallpaper as the background and some mulberry paper from Hobby Lobby for the photo mat.  The chipboard is from that Hobby Lobby The Paper Studio holiday chipboard set, the rubbery embellishment is one of those ornaments.  I used some fabric tape and some washi and this layout was complete.

There is a video that goes through the making of this layout, if you'd like to take a peek.

Thanks for visiting and reading.  Until next time, take care of yourself.



Gina: It's Easter in July, Part 2/3, Spring Flings and Easter Things

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This is a second project I did during my Easter in July series.  Same thing as the other layout, I used a photo that had been in my to be scrapped pile for sometime.  The photo included the frame with the statement "enjoy every moment" - instant scrapbook embellishment.  The rabbits are again those ornaments for that "Easter Tree" thing that was going on and the chipboard is from the Hobby Lobby chipboard holiday set I bought.

Interesting thing about this layout is that the Easter eggs that I have layering in a row along the bottom of the layout are some of the first cuts I ever made on my silhouette.  They've just been sitting in my stash that long.  Glad I was able to use them, finally.

The flowers I got a scrapbooking de-stash sale.  The woman told me that they are actually cut out of a pair of pajamas she owned.  I thought that was awesome.  I added buttons to the center of those flowers - and this page is going in the scrapbook.  Another easy one and if you want to watch the short video on how it came together, you can head on over to our youtube channel to see.

Thanks for visiting and until next time, take care of yourself.



Gina: It's Easter in July, Part 1/3, My Little ChickaDee

So, I’m writing this in September. Just close your eyes and think back like it’s July and you’ll set the tone for this post which should have been posted then, but I’m kind of silly when it comes to writing and it takes me some time to sit at the keyboard and put some words down. It’s typically because when I sit down to write and I have too many thoughts swirling through my head, writing makes me deal with all that “stuff” and mostly, I like to put my head in the sand and ignore it, so that’s why blog posts often go up (if they ever go up) long after the video has been posted on the channel, but I’m in a writing mood now and I’m catching up….FINALLY

Now onto Easter in July

So I decided at the end of July that since everyone was working on their Christmas in July layouts, I'd work on my Easter in July layouts.  Now, a couple of things.  This was not at all planned.  These photos of my nieces were just next in my pile of printed pictures.  As you know, I'm trying not to print any more pictures until the ones that are in existence are put in the scrapbook – so that's what started this foray into Easter.  Another thing of import, I don't normally scrap any other holiday except Christmas and most of the times, not even that.  I'm so bad about this.  I like scrapping random photographs, one 4x6 to 12x12 layout, please.  When it comes to holidays and big trips I've taken, I don't know, I get overwhelmed.  But this time, I was determined to get these pictures printed.  They've only been sitting in my stash since GDH was willing to wear a dress and let me tell you, that was a long time ago.

So with the photos in my hand and sick of seeing these photos in my pile resolution, I set out to scrap them.  Now, I could have put all three of them on one layout and called it a day, but that's not really how I roll.  Besides, I had all of these cute Easter embellishments to use.

My Little ChickaDee

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To complete this layout, I used some wallpaper remnants I was able to buy at a local yard sale. 

The yard sale was held at the church by my house and they called it a "Sophisticated Junk Sale".  Loved the name and had to stop.  Of course, I wasn't expecting to buy almost 20 wallpaper sample books, but sometimes, a jackpot is a jackpot.  20 of them for 20 dollars – and it's going to the church fund for youth groups – take my $30, Stew carry these heavy things to the car – they're all mine.  Finding a place to store them in my already overcrowded scraproom was a challenge, but I prevailed.  You didn't doubt that for a minute, did you?

Anyway, back to the layout.  For the background papers I used the wallpaper samples.  Even the photo mat is from those sample books.  I love them so much because they have all of the coordinating pieces together.  Makes this girl who has a hard time matching pattern paper scream with joy. 

The chipboard is from a large chipboard set I bought that featured all of the holidays.  I got it at Hobby Lobby and it's by The Paper Studio.  I bought it when I first started scrapbooking.  Before I realized that I don't really like the cartoonish look.  It was there.  I used it.  End of story.  As old as these pictures are, if I had scrapped them in real time, I probably would have used that chipboard, so it all worked out. 

The yellow and white striped dots I used on the flower and in other places around the layout are from Queen and Co. Those other rubbery embellishments are from either Michael's or Walmart.  At the time I bought them, they were being sold as ornaments for like Easter trees – yeah, I don't get it either, but I thought they'd make fun scrapbook embellishments and lookie here, they do.  The ribbon was from my stash.  I think it's from American Crafts.

This layout was super easy to make and in the end, it's cute – just like my niece.

If you want to see the process behind the layout, please head on over to our youtube channel.

Gina: Smile, 12x12 Layout

The flowers that I used on this layout came out of a fabric scrap bag that I purchased at a yard sale.  Obviously, someone had cut them out of a pair of pajamas or another type of clothing.  I wasn't sure at first what I was going to do with them.  In fact, I wasn't sure I was even going to keep them, but then I had an idea - I could use them on a scrapbook page.  I didn't intend to use all of them, but once I started putting them down, they just screamed at me to keep adhering them.  And between you and me, I always listen to my scrapbook supplies.  HA!

This photo is of my niece's school photo for last year.  I just love those chubby little cheeks and that sweet grin.  As you can see, I totally ignored the fact that there was blue in the picture.  I wanted to use these flowers and they dictated that I use pink and yellow, so I went with it.  The blue is a complimentary color, so it works.  

I used a Martha Stewart punch around the edges, but it didn't turn out quite like I had planned.  I failed to realize before I punched it that the punch made strips and not borders.  Oops.  So, I changed my design a bit to make that work.  There's a chipboard from Blue Fern Studios that I embossed with yellow embossing powder.  The smile and yellow leaves chipboard are from an Amy Tangerine collection.  The letters and the gems used for the center of the flowers are from skybluepink.com

Hope you like this one as much as I do and if you'd like to see it come together, the video is below.

Thanks for visiting.  I'll see you next time.

Gina

 

 

Gina: Marrying You, 12x12 Layout

Stew and I have been married for 9 years...I, maybe, have scrapbooked 9 photos from our wedding.  I have a color scheme chosen, I have all of the necessary supplies, and then some, but it seems like I never make scrapping about this a priority.  Other pretty things catch my interest, but when I saw this picture of our wedding cake in a pile of photos I've printed previously, I felt like it was time to, at least, get this one in the book.

Stew and I married in Vegas - no elopement or anything like that, every one knew we were going and most of them watched on the internet, but it was just something we decided to do.  As part of the wedding package at the chapel where we were married, we were given a small wedding cake.  It's darling, isn't it?  I can't tell you how it tastes, though.  We never got around to eating it.  Through the whirlwind that was our time in Vegas, we were over tired and without having a way to bring it home, it remained in our hotel room as we left.  At least I got a picture of it.

The color scheme for my wedding album is black, red, silver and gray.  No red on this particular layout, but I definitely am loving the black and white tones of this one.  I used some super old Prima flowers and some even older Making Memories brads as my main embellishments.  I matted the pattern paper on a piece of gray cardstock.  My intention with the pearls was to mirror the pearls that are part of the floral chandeliers that are on the pattern paper.  That didn't quite work out the way I wanted, so I let go of that idea and just draped them from the top left corner leading to the photo.  

I cut the title with my silhouette on black cardstock.  I just entered the text I wanted, lined my letters up, grouped them and then cut it.  There's a bit of an issue with the grammar in the title, but I'm doing my best to let it go.  It didn't feel right to say "Marrying you was..." and "Being married to you is" felt more like present day, than referencing our wedding - so I went with this title even with the bit of grammar faux pas.  As you can see, I'm not having an easy time letting this go.

The letters in the title looked a little flat to me after pasting them on the page, so I went in with some silver paint and highlighted portions of the letters and also used this paint on the leaves of some of the flowers and no wedding layout can be complete without some sparkle, so I took some clear glimmer mist and painted it over some flowers to give them some shine.

This one is now in the album....one down, I don't want to think of the number of wedding pictures to go....

Hope you enjoyed and as always if you want to see this layout come together, the link to the video is down below.

Hope you're well.  Much peace and well wishes, Gina

Gina: I Can See Clearly Now, 12x12 Layout

Can I just share with you how happy I am when I open my email and see a message from Shellie that includes our latest cut file?  I mean, I know they're coming.  We do discuss and plan this stuff ahead of time, but to actually receive it, to watch it cut on the Silhouette, to know that this little business of ours is coming to fruition, well, it's all so damn exciting to me.

This file is no exception.  As soon as I cut it out, I knew exactly what photo I was going to use and exactly what my title was going to be.  In the not to distant past, I found myself in a bit of a depressive funk that I couldn't seem to shake.  There were things going on that contributed to this, but honestly, at the end of the day, depression is just something that I live with.  Sometimes I do well to control it; other times, it takes me down until I can't see a way up.  This last episode was one of the worst I've been through in years, but in the last few months through working with my psychiatrist and my therapist, the awesome support of Stew and Shellie and my family - everything is back under control.

One night, Stew came home from work and he told me that I had to go outside and see the sun.  It had rained all day so the fact that there was sun out at all surprised me.  When I looked outside, the storm clouds were receding and just these small slivers of sunlight were tapping on the top of the trees.  I swear to you I had a Bob Ross moment thinking about those happy little trees.  The leaves that were once curled in due to the rain now opening up to soak up the rays. 

It kind of made me feel like what I had been going through.  The sun was finally shining again.  I grabbed my camera and took more pictures of this than I would like to admit and I knew that I would use the photo on a layout to talk about this journey that I'm on.

I've actually made this layout twice.  The first one was ruined when I knocked over a bottle of water, but, all things happen for a reason.  I'm much happier with this one.

I took some simple kitchen aluminum foil and scrunched it up to give it some texture and then I had fun adding color to it using alcohol inks.  I'm sure there's a ton I need to learn about alcohol inks, but they've been sitting my stash for awhile and I wanted to use them.  I love how this background turned out and will definitely be doing this again.

After that, I adhered the umbrellas, but thought that the white diecut got lost, so I colored it yellow using a large Pitt pen.  I liked that better.  Then, it dawned on me that most umbrellas are not transparent, so the background poking through really didn't make a lot of sense.  I pulled out some acrylic paint and painted the panels of the umbrellas.  I really like how the paint picked up some of the tint from the alcohol ink underneath which gave it a pink hue instead of just the flat white.

The picture cluster is pretty small and the embellishments minimal because: 1. There is a lot going on in the background of this layout and 2. I wanted the title to be the focus of this page.

The journaling will go on a separate page because it's personal and long.

I very much enjoyed using this cut file and hope that you will head over to the store and pick it up for your own use.  If you use it, we'd love to see how you use it, so please share.

Until next time, peace and well wishes, Gina

Gina: 12x12 Layout: Momma and Me

There are so many things I hate about social media.  Now, I know, hate is a strong word, but, seriously, there's a lot I hate.  There are also things to love, like the ability to share in the special moments that family members share.  (I also love it because it gives me the opportunity to interact with so many completely rad people in the crafting word!!)

This particular picture my sister-in-law shared and I just love it.  It shows Meli exactly as I see her.  She's so stylish and, as her son would say, "chic."  She's European - haha - she can't help it.  And the sweet little smile on my niece's face.  I just adore this picture.

(At the moment, the title on the photo is wrong - I forgot to update that.  I'm traveling right now, but I will get that fixed as soon as I get home.  I just didn't want to wait to get this project posted.)

I used the January Scraps of Darkness kit for this layout.  The lace included was gorgeous and since both of these ladies are gorgeous, I wanted to use the lace in a very predominant way on the layout.  So I used it in three columns down the page and, of course, this layout needed flowers - lots and lots of flowers.  I'm glad the add on to my kit allows me to buy all of these flowers.  I'm loving using them lately, which is funny considering when everyone was buying the Prima flowers in every color under the sun and had huge bottles of the things on their storage shelves, I didn't want anything to do with anything floral.  My, how times change.  I used some older embellishments on this layout, as well.  Some resin flowers and those small acrylic hearts that came in a Scraptastic kit (I think) eons ago.

I titled the layout "Momma and Me" because that's what my niece calls her.  I think it's great and wanted to preserve that memory.

As always, detailed pictures below if you're interested in some close ups and the video is there, as well, if you want to see the layout come together.

Thanks for looking.  Peace and good thoughts to you.

Until next time, Gina

Gina: 12x12 Layout: Happy In Love

 

Another photo from the pile of printed photos "to be scrapped" and another using the Scraps of Darkness January kit.  This was my first time using these Bo Bunny foil transfers.  They are the gold stars and the "together forever" phrase that appear on the page.  I must say at first, I wasn't a fan.  They are more delicate than rub ons if you can believe that, but by the end of the layout, I really enjoyed using them.  Afterall, foil is all the rage these days and these rub ons give you the opportunity to get the look without shelling out the money to buy the machine to do it.  Though, in all honesty, Shell owns the machine and she loves it.  So if you love foiling as much as she does, that may be a worthy investment for you.  For me, I don't see a lot of foil use in my future, so that's one machine I haven't bought.  I feel like I should say yet after that sentence, but I'm not going to.  I'm staying strong.  I don't have to have every machine that is ever put out.  At least that's what I keep telling myself.

The small dark and light purple flowers scattered around the two main embellishment clusters actually came from a hair tie.  

 

I purchased these many, many years ago when I first started scrapbooking.  I was looking for inexpensive ways to embellish my pages and I thought that the flowers on these hair ties would be perfect.  I put them in a vase then and they've looked very pretty sitting on my shelf, that is, until today.  I pulled them out and used them and I love the way that they pull this layout together.   Since re-organizing my room, it's been so much easier to find things I want to use on my layouts.  I'm loving it and I'm thoroughly enjoying getting use out of things I bought so long ago.  It feels nice to get these things put down on paper.  The white flowers are ones I bought from the floral department and the two pinkish flowers are from Prima.

The hardest part about this layout was that bow in the lower right.  I can't tie a bow to save my life.  So, over to YouTube I went only to find a tutorial using a Bowdabra and remembering that I own one of those.  Not only do I own it, I even knew where it was.  That was a proud moment right there, let me just tell you.  With that handy little device, the bow was made.  It's not perfect, but it will do!

One other thing I've found while making this layout is that it doesn't matter how many supplies you have in your scraproom, you will never have that one supply you are looking for.  I mean, seriously, how do I not own crinkle seam binding?  I still can't believe that!  Just goes to show...I don't own everything, regardless of what Stew may think!

This photo of my brother and sister-in-law was taken on mine and Stew's fifth wedding anniversary, which was ohhh, umm, four years ago.  It's so good to not only have the photo, but to actually remember the occasion.  

We were notified that morning that my father had passed.  The news of his death didn't shock me; he had been declining for several months, but what did shock me was my reaction.  I hadn't talked to the man in twenty years, yet I was profoundly affected by his passing.  I don't miss him.  I never have.  Not when he walked out of my life when I was twelve and not since his death.  Not once do I think about him and wish for his presence, but that day, the feelings that washed over me didn't make sense.  I was devastated.  After I had time to process those feelings, it was more the loss of an ideal than the loss of him.  My dad had died many years before.  My grandfather was that person for me, not the person who fathered me.  Dad versus father - there's a difference.

None of that has to do with this photo, not directly anyway.  The loss I was feeling prompted an unplanned day with family.  I wanted to be close to them.  We headed down to my brothers, we ate steamed crabs and we didn't reminisce.  We hardly said two words about the man who is listed as father on our birth certificate and honestly, that's the way it was supposed to be.  He was never there for us, but we've always been there for each other, or at least we have tried our best to be and when I look at this photo of my brother and his wife, I'm reminded of that.  I'm reminded of the deep bonds we share and I'm even more reminded that there is a difference between a father and a dad.  The man you see in this photo is both and I'm damn proud of him for that.   

I don't know where that tangent came from, but when I share information about my layouts, I really try to express not only my thoughts about the mechanics of putting the layout together, but the memories and the feelings that are encapsulated within that 12x12 space.  It's what this hobby is all about.  It's not about pretty paper and the latest embellishments (but don't we all love that), it's about taking a moment in time, a fleeting instant, and giving it all of the love that it deserves.  Scrapbooking is a journey for me.  The multitude of pictures allow me to relive the numerous occassions when I've laughed, when I've cried, when I've been worried and when I've been so proud.  I'm so happy for this hobby and I'm so happy that I get to share all of this with all of you.

If you'd like to see how this layout came together, please take a few minutes, to check out the process video below.

 

Until next time, Gina

Gina: Poe, A 12x12 layout using Mixed Media for the Ink It Up YouTube Layout Hop

Good morning, Folks.  This layout was a series of unexpected happenings.  The layout itself took quite awhile.  A bit over 2 hours which seems like an eternity to me.  I'm normally trying to complete a page in just about an hour and well, this one didn't turn out that way.  It's funny when it comes to mixed media.  I think you have to go into using those techniques knowing that everything you do may in fact be hidden by the end of the layout process.  That certainly happened on this one.  I loved the background I created.  Unfortunately, it was too dark to allow my black birds to show up, and so I used the packaging from that Blue Fern studio chipboard to layer the main part of the layout.  

The pictures used in this layout are from the church that sits in front of the cemetery where Edgar Allan Poe's grave resides, but more on his actual grave in the companion layout that will be forthcoming.  The moon was full the night Stew and I went to check out the grave.  We were in Baltimore for a play at the Hippodrome and arrived a bit too early, so we went exploring.  For all the years I've lived in and around Baltimore (which is my whole life) and for how much I love Poe, I had never visited his grave site.  This night checked that one off of the to do list.  It was totally creepy to walk around the graveyard at night, but also something peaceful about it.  It was also super cold, so we didn't stay very long.  I definitely want to go back to explore some more, but this was a great way to spend the time we had before the show.

This layout was born out of an invitation I received from Tuesdae Hubbard for a YouTube layout hop she and other scrappers were participating in.  I was so excited to be included.  Unfortunately, things didn't go as planned.  My internet failed and then there as life, so this is the first chance I'm getting to sit down and get this posted.  If you want to follow along on the hop, you can start at my video below and then in the description box of the video, all other participants are listed.  They are some seriously talented folks and I hope you'll check them out.

Detailed photos here:

 

Until next time, much peace and love, Gina