So lately I have fallen in love with scrapbooking. I have always enjoyed scrapbooking and scrapbooked a little, but I got a little lost on what my style was, and got a little busy with kids. I have faithfully done project life since 2010, and loved every minute of it! (I'll talk more about that in another post.) But I haven't have time for traditional 12 x 12 pages. I have a million pictures of my cute little kids and couldn't find a way to stay organized and keep up.
When my mom came to visit after I had Austin she introduced me to the Two Peas in a Bucket Designer Videos. I was totally hooked and loved watching all the different designers. I felt totally inspired in a way I haven't felt for a long time. I love The Adventures of Glitter Girl with Shimelle. I love layering paper and have learned a lot from her about how to add embellishments. I also really love Wilna's painterly style. I love mixed media art and love how she uses some of these same elements and products on her scrapbook pages. Check out Wilna's blog here. Her banner is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen! I really want to take her Art Class 2. Wouldn't that be so fun!!!
I found myself immersed in this wonderfully creative world full of paper and photos that I want so much to a part of. I would love to be a scrapbook designer someday!! For now, I am so excited to dive into the scrapbooking world head first and share my work with all of you.
I have had so much fun shopping like crazy! Some of my favorite products are anything related to Project Life. I have the Honey Core kit, Bliss Core kit and a kit from We R Memory Keepers. I also have several mini kits and lots of fun stuff. I love The Polka Dot Party by Elizabeth Kartchner and Flea Market by Maggie Homes.
I also set up my profile at Studio Calico, you can see my projects and follow me by clicking here. I signed up for their Project Life kit and am totally loving it!!! This is a pic of the Copper Mountain Studio Calico Project Life kit. You can buy one here.
Now to be perfectly honest, when I opened up my kit my first thought, was this is kind of random. I loved the cut cards and wood veneer letters, but I wasn't sure were to start. There were a lot of different colors and it didn't seem to all go together at first glance. I took the few cards that weren't my style and tossed them. Then I started separating things into different piles that would be fun to put on a layout. I like using 4 x 6 cards and 2 x 3 cards in traditional project life page protectors, but I also love using them on regular layouts too.
I was immediately drown to these kinda navy/ dark grey 2 x 3 cards and put them all together for this beautiful monochromatic page. I used the "Love This" card as my title and even turned one of the grey 2 x 3 cards sidewise to do my journaling on. The one downside to this kit is it doesn't come with any 12 x 12 papers. I was a little bummed at first, but I have plenty of paper to use. I also had a blast using the fun embellishments and mini stamps ( I love those).
The sequins were such a fun finishing detail.
I though this 2 x 3 card was very fitting on a page about pregnancy. lol
The next cards I was drawn to were the cute heart 2 x 3 card and "You are Loved" card. I looked through my pictures and used them for this Project life spread about when my sister came to visit. On the left is a mini page protector with three 4 x 4 slots. It was the perfect place to add just a few more pictures.
You are Loved.
Next I was smitten with this "You are the Bread to my Butter" card. I picked out a bunch of the cards with coordinating colors and did this great Project Life Spread about the kid's grandparents.
You are the Bread to My Butter
I put the map card behind this card for some fun dimension.
I used a bunch of the blue and grey cards on the back of this spread for another quick spread about our baby boy Austin. I forgot to take pictures, but it was cute.
So let me explain, I have 2 Family Scrapbook Albums. One is my Project Life Album where I take a picture everyday and document our lives. The other is my scrapbook Album, where I mix all sorts of styles and page protectors. I love mixing different size pages and page protectors together. It gives my album the free and eclectic feel of a mini album. In my books, anything goes. I can even throw in some art if I feel like it! I'll have 12 x 12 pages, by 8 x 10 pages, by project life pages, by small 4 x 4 pages protectors, etc. So these Project Life pages here are ones that will go in my regular album. These pages are documenting an event and will go side by side with my 12 x 12 pages.
Lastly I used the pink, grey and wood grain cards to make this fun layout below. I like how it's put together with bits and pieces of paper and cards. Then I stitched a large heard over the whole page. I used my own background paper and a few embellishments, but the rest is from the kit. Next to this page is a page protector with six 4 x6 pictures of the rest of the event.
What I Love Most
So with this Studio Calico Project Life kit I easily got 5 layouts!!! You could probably even get a few more. I was so happy with how it all came together and I was able to use the cards to make layouts that look like me.