Scrapping Small - Ring Bound Mini Pages

So... we are just going to pretend like it hasn't been a year since I've updated.  Life happens.  Moving on! 

I'm so happy to be making things again.  It's hard to imaging going so long without it, but things just worked out that way.  I was living with my parents while we built a little house for me and McGee and there just wasn't enough room.  But we are living in that house now and my crafting space is all set up and things are back in order.

 Felicity Jane kits mix and match so well on this new project.

Felicity Jane kits mix and match so well on this new project.

I've been trying something different and just for fun.  I love looking at all the travelers notebook documenting that people are doing right now and I've tried it myself a few times but it never seems to work for me.  This last time it went a bit better but my pages were too three dimensional.  So inspired by some of the projects I've seen on instagram, I chopped my TN up and added rings.  So the size is still that of a TN but I'm not limited on the thickness of my pages.

I'm loving it!  

Here are a few of my first few pages featuring my nieces on Easter.

Glad to be back!

Shellie

Around here... Part 1

 A picture of "the move" before things got messy.  Very messy.

A picture of "the move" before things got messy.  Very messy.

Hello friends -

I can't believe it's been so long since I've posted on here.  It hasn't been intentional, sometimes life just happens for too many days and weeks and months in a row. 

So many things have changed around for me personally and I'm very excited about the future and a little crazy in the present.  I feel like I've been in a constant desire for "reset/fresh start" for months without success.  One reason is because I've been in "wait" mode for what feels like forever with regard to my home and financial situation. 

I've been living on a rather tight budget for quite a while and to help get out of that frustrating spot, I'm actually changing my living situation.  I've been renting for a while and the place was in the right location and the perfect size for me and McGee and while it was not expensive, when added to a ridiculously high car payment (my own fault) I was living pretty tight.  But it was old and had some super duper flaws as well.

I talked it over with my parents and they helped me get a loan and after looking at a few different options, we have decided to build me a little house on the back of their property.  It's going to be small (750 sq ft) but fresh and new and cute.  Plus it will be close to them which was one of my priorities.   It will also have a flaw or two (only satellite internet - sigh), but I think overall it will be great and I'm excited.

In the meantime, however, that means I'm living in one of the bedrooms at my parents house.  I have way too much stuff for one room and even though I rented a storage unit, I brought way too much with me and it's crowded and a mess.  I'm going to have to do better and take more to storage or I'll go crazy.  I also have a very tiny crafting space so my projects are going to have to take up less space, make less mess and require less supplies.  This is something I'm going to have to work at because currently, I'm failing.  But this is only 6 months (I keep telling myself that) and I can handle it for that long. 

I'm planning to start a personal blog still on this site where I want to document what's happening with the house project.  All of the crafting will still be on this main blog, but I wanted to have a place I could talk about the house and my self improvement efforts as well as my newly diagnosed struggle with "diabeetus."  (I always call it that.  I can't help myself.  Sorry.)  You'll be able to find this blog in the sites main navigation as soon as the first post is up.

I have more to talk about with regard to what's been going on around here but I'm going to break the posts into pieces.  Thanks for sticking with us through the dry spell and I'm looking forward to getting back to the fun around here.

Shellie

Shellie: Adventure 2016 - Memories of Maine - 12x12 ROUND layout using new interactive Viewfinder cut file set

I will be honest and admit that when I cut out this latest file, I had absolutely no idea what project I was going to use it for.  I cut it out and and I was so excited about the file and the idea and then I was like.... but what am I going to use it for?  I knew I needed and wanted a project to showcase the new cut file for the shop but how to choose what to use in it?

I seriously considered using photos from our trip to Disney last year and I think I will still make one using those images.  But there are SOOOO many images to choose from that the task just felt daunting.  I remembered I had already started narrowing down some photos that I want to use on a mini book about our most recent Road Trip to Maine so I knew that folder would only have a few (relatively speaking - when compared to 3000 originals)and I decided to go there.  As I progressed through my photo selections I ended up deciding to use only pictures of us.  Either selfie's (we always take the selfie stick with us!) or shots we took of each other. 

There is one picture that doesn't have our faces, only my feet, but technically I am in the picture.  :)  Plus I just really wanted to use it.  The name of our trip written in the sand was kind of a subtitle for the project in my mind. 

Above is the finished project.  It is not attached to a background paper and because of the way the file works, there really isn't a "top".  I used the photo template (I originally made it to make my life easier while working on this project and decided I had to include it in with the cut file!) to print my photos and then I cut them out with scissors.  Using the silhouette just seemed a bit like overkill for just cutting out the pictures so I cut them out, decided in what order I wanted them and just taped those suckers on the back of the template using washi tape. 

Next I placed the journaling template onto my background piece and used a bit of washi to hold it in place. (Washi is handy stuff but I often use it for something other than what it was meant for - you too right?)  Then I did my journaling - just write then spin, write then spin until I had each photo documented.  Finally I simply removed the template and I'm left with all of my journaling in perfect alignment.

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Next I took the top "spinner" and placed it on top.  There are tiny center holes in both the front and back pieces that you can use to put your brad into so that they line up perfectly.  I attached the piece and tested it out - I had to see how it worked and it worked beautifully!

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Finally I did my embellishing.  Not too much because with so many images, too many embellishments could make it look a little crazy I think.  But I used these number wood veneers that I think came in a December Daily kit and the adventure wood veneer from Heidi Swapp.  I decided to add the little tab as a handle of sorts to make the spinning easier and I love how it turned out. 

There are a few other nautical themed die cuts/stickers that came from a Just Jaimee digital planner sticker kit for August that I bought from the Lily-Pad online store and printed and cut with my silhouette of course.  That's it.  By the time I was finished, this had become a project I loved instead of just one I made to showcase the cut file. 

I'm already planning that second one using Disney pictures - I can picture it in my head and can't wait. 

I hope you enjoy using the file as much as I did.  You can purchase it here on our web site in the shop, or if you prefer, in our etsy store

Keep crafting!

Shellie

Shop Update! New cut file for interactive "Viewfinder" project to showcase multiple images!

I'm so excited to share the newest updates to the shop this week.

First up is a new cut file that I've had in my head for literally more than a year.  Maybe even 2.  I finally got around to finishing it up this week.  This is an interactive Viewfinder that holds 12 photos and has hidden journaling for all 12 - only revealing one story at a time.

This would be a great project to showcase highlights from a special event or vacation - maybe your twelve favorite shots of the summer or highlights from your cruise. 

The cut files comes with the back piece that holds the images and journaling - I'm calling it the Viewfinder frame.  A template for writing out your journaling in just the right spot and a top "spinning" center piece that fits over the journaling in the center allowing only one photo's journaling to be revealed at a time.  You could attach this to a background 12 x 12 sheet of paper, or leave it free like I did.  I also included a template for use with Photoshop that allows you to place your images on a single page and use the masks on the page to get your photos to the perfect size.  You can then cut these files out and place them on the back of the viewfinder frame. 

Files come in .SVG, .DXF, .PNG and .JPEG format.

I used the cut file to showcase pictures of Gina and I on our trip to Maine this past July.  Check out my next post to see my project and this cut file in action.

This cut file can be found both in the online shop on this web site or in our etsy shop.  If you use it, please share your work with us.  We'd love to see how you used the file for your own memory keeping project.

I hope you enjoy using these files as much as I did. 

Keep creating!

Shellie

Shellie: My favorite childhood Easter photo - 12x12 Layout

I actually made this layout on the Easter holiday weekend this year.  I recorded a video of it which I wanted to be my first ever youtube video but haven't gotten my act together with the editing of that video so this layout has been sitting unposted since then.  Shame on me.

I wanted to do a paper layout and double-clicked on my Photos file on my computer and just hanging out in the folder was a scan of this image.  This is me and two of my cousins from Easter at my Uncle's house about a billion years ago.  (Okay, probably like 37?)  I'm not positive how old I actually am in this picture but I'd guess between 2 and 4.  That's me on the right with the bowl cut.  That big basket in front of me was my Easter basket my entire life until I think it finally just disintegrated from old age. 

I'm not sure why exactly, but this has always been one of my favorite photos from my childhood.  I just love it.  So I decided it was the perfect time to scrap it since it was Easter weekend and all. 

I started by fussy cutting a bunch of those butterflies.  I generally enjoy fussy cutting so it wasn't an annoyance to me.  The rest of the page, being fairly simple, didn't take a long time to come together.  I think the most time consuming part was deciding where to place each individual sequin so they looked random.  Irony, right?  Haha.  The small square frame and "favorite" script word are both by Heidi Swapp and the sequins and flair came in a Scraptastic kit once upon a time and have been in my stash.

I still want to try to get the video up for this project and if I do, I'll add it in to this post.

I've found lately that the idea of scrapping old photos from my childhood actually quite appeals to me so I will likely be doing more of it.  Those are the memories I want to keep. 

Thanks for stopping in to visit.  I believe that Gina scrap-lifted this idea and should be posting her interpretation of this layout soon.

See you soon.

Shellie

Shellie: Boots 12 x 12 Layout

I've always wanted a pair of rain boots and I've never had any.  I see them in their cute little designs and I want them... then I look at the price and my cheap cheap heart goes... no way! 

So I haven't made it home with rain boots of my own to date. 

But this little girl has had 3 pair that I know of in her young life.  And they're so. freaking. cute.  I mean seriously, one pair was pink and flashed crazy lights when you walked.  But I think these yellow ones are my favorites so far. 

When I cut out this umbrella cut file I remembered the pictures I took of these super cute rain boots and decided I wanted to try and find a way to use them in this layout.  She never stands still so the pictures were all over the place and there were so many.  I had narrowed it down to five but eventually (after much back and forth and back and forth...) settled on these three. 

I pulled out my beloved box o' Felicity Jane papers and embellishments and went to town.  Not all of these embellishments are from my FJ kits but most are. I keep all of the kits in a single box together because one of my favorite thing about them is they pretty much ALL MATCH.  And they're all "my colors" so that's super handy. 

  • The doily, puffy alphas, sequins and all of the papers backing the umbrellas are from FJ.
  • My background paper is from the FJ Note to Self Kit and that yellow strip of hearts at the bottom is actually the back of the branding strip.  It matched so perfectly I couldn't bring myself to cut it off.
  • The journaling circle is from Ali Edwards - WITL 2015 I think.
  • The flair came from Joann in a set. (I love flair.  It never gets old to me.)
  • The quote came from a 12 x 12 paper by Echo Park Paper called Border Strips from the Splendid Sunshine line by Alisha Gordon. 

I did film the making of this layout and hopefully I can figure out the editing portion of the video scenario soon and can post them online. 

I used the newest cut file in our shop, a grouping of umbrellas.  If you like it, please head on over to the shop (link at the top) and grab it.

Talk to you soon!

Shellie

Shellie: Hybrid "Celebrate" birthday card

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This card I made as part of our April Challenge.  We haven't been keeping up with out challenges very well but I do plan on going back and doing the ones that I missed.

April's challenge was to make 3 cards and give them away.

This card I made for my Sister-in-law, Miranda.  Her birthday was May 21st.  She did not get this card because I'm AWFUL at sending cards on time.  It's something I REALLY want to work on because really it's a bad habit I need to break.  But my entire family is getting together on the 28th to celebrate my mom's and my aunt's birthday so I'm going to give it to Miranda then. (I forgot again.  So it's going in the mail.)

I have always loved this cupcake image from one of the One Little Bird digital kits from a year, maybe two years ago.  I downloaded the file this month and used it to make this hybrid card. 

First I inserted several elements from the kit into Adobe Illustrator (importing them into Silhouette would work also).  In this case I did the cupcake (I duplicated it and made several sizes because I wasn't sure which size would look best on the card.), a couple of the hand written greetings and this plaid background paper because I loved the colors and how they matched the cupcake.

I did a live trace for the words and cupcakes and with a tiny bit of tweaking created an offset path so I could cut out the files and leave a little bit of a white border around the elements then I printed them and cut them out using my Silhouette.  It worked BEAUTIFULLY.

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In fact, it worked so well that the part that took me the longest was deciding where to place the two background tags.  I must have moved those two little rectangles of paper about a million times.  But I finally settled on a spot.  A little sprinkle of sequins and this super cute card was finished.

I really enjoyed using the hybrid method and my digital stash to create this card and think I may do a lot of this in the future.  My digital scrap stash is huge and so much of it has gone unused and I think this would be an awesome way to get more out of those files. 

And Happy Birthday, Miranda.

 

Shellie: Digital Scrapbook layout using One Little Bird Milestones

This is another layout I did for the One Little Bird creative team guest spot this month.  I chose the Milestones kit because I thought it would be a great kit to use now and also again and again with my new little nieces.  Currently I have an almost 2 and also an almost 1 year old.  Their birthdays are both in July.  I also have a 3rd new niece that will be arriving in September and it's been such a blessing having the little burst of baby girls in our family. 

I also have a niece and nephew who are teenagers and this isn't to detract from them.  They are awesome and I love them very much.  But it's such a new burst of baby love in our family and it's just so amazing.  You don't really know what you've been missing until you have it and it's such a treasure.  The little hands and feet and perfect little faces.  It doesn't look like I'll be having any of my own as I'm still single and my time is running out, so I'm so pleased to get to experience these little ones in my family.  (And hey, I don't have to do the dirty diapers!)

This is KK.  Her mother rides horses and they own a few so she's been around them since she was born.  This isn't the first picture of her on one but this is the first where she's really sitting up there on her own like a big girl.  The sky was so beautiful and she was so beautiful and it was just the best photo. 

I wanted to carry through the sunshine with the yellow and the feel of being outdoors with the blowing leaves.  The journaling is a bit stream of consciousness but from the heart.  I do love this sweet girl.

You can find the One Little Bird Milestones kit in her store on The Lily Pad web site.

Happy Monday and I hope you all have a great week!

Shellie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shellie: 12 x 12 Digital Scrapbook Layout using One Little Bird's #Hangry

 

I've mentioned previously that I am one of the guest digital creative team members for One Little Bird during the month of May.  One of her new releases were a set of digital brush stamps and journaling cards called #hangry.  These were actually released in physical form in the Kelly Purkey shop a while back and sold out very quickly.  So this month Peppermint released them in digital format in her shop on The Lily Pad store.

These really excited me because right away I spotted a stamp that hit near and dear to my heart.  Or I guess it hit below my heart right in the area of my stomach!  There was a stamp that said Burger Addict.  Um... yes please.  Me!  *raises hand*

I LOVE BURGERS!

This photo was taken on our last night in Las Vegas.  I can't believe it's been a year since we returned from our Vegas trip.  What fun.  I loved that trip.  It felt like a grown up vacation and I haven't had many of those yet. 

This layout was fun to make and there were so many items to use in these kits that coordinate so well together that it was actually hard holding myself back.  I had to delete a few things when I was done because they were just too much.

Besides the #Hangry stamps ( I used it that awesome burger addict stamp to create the piece of flair shown in the layout above) and Journaling cards, I also used items from her Nosh kit and also Prix Fixe kit.  I also used one of her sketch/templates called Flight Plan 28.

I posted this layout on instagram a few days ago and needed to catch up here as well.

Hope you are well and that this burger didn't make you too hungry.  Sorry.

Shellie

Shellie: "Fly" a 12 x 12 layout from Shellie and exciting news

Hello! 

I'm super excited about this post and the coming weekend.  First it's National Scrapbook Day and I plan to spend as much of it as possible scrapping like mad. 

Second, I have one of my favorite layouts to share with you today.

And finally, the creation of this layout, led to the creation of our very first product for sale and the launch of our online shop!

When I set out to make this layout I wasn't actually trying to create a cut file to sell.  I just wanted to make a beautiful page filled with hot air balloons that I'd been envisioning ever since I saw the diamond print paper that came with the Tuesday kit (February) from Felicity Jane.  It NEEDED to be hot air balloons. 

So I sat down at my computer and a bit later I said to myself... this is it!  This is going to be the first product!  We'd been striving for a while to decide on just where to start and it sort of happened on it's own.  I guess that's just the way it goes.

When I saw the balloons on screen and pictured them filled in with the pretty geometric backgrounds I could picture the photos I wanted to use in my mind.  I remembered a few weeks before when my mother and I were playing with my niece KK and a container of bubbles.  She loved them and kept holding her hands up to try and pop them.  I knew I wanted to use one of those photos and I thought she was wearing pink so it could work.

Once I found them (it took longer than it should have) I couldn't decide which photo to use and decided I wanted to use more than one.  The more I considered I eventually decided to experiment a little with the photos and my silhouette (oh, May challenge anyone??) and cut out the pictures of KK in silhouette (too many silhouettes!)

Once I backed the balloons with the paper and had KK cut out, I added a smaller cut of just the title Fly on top of the first.  It still needed something else and so... of course, out came the dots, sequins and gems. 

I really love the end result and the fun set of 5 cut files that came from it.

The background paper is also from one of my Felicity Jane kits.

This weekend we will be opening our online store (both on this web site and on etsy for the time being).  This hot air balloon cut file will be our first product.  It will come in a set with 5 files.  Look for the official shop announement and details about the cut files on the blog.

Thanks and happy scrapping!

Shellie