Sale-A-Bration Countdown – 4 more days

One of the available selections for your free Sale-A-Bration item is the Memories in the Making Project Life Specialty Card Collection.  There are 30 specialty cards to supplement the memories in the Making Project Life Bundle in the Occasions Catalog.  Or one of our other Project Life card kits.  This little collection includes a selection of acetate cards with metallic ink.  There are also UV resist cards that you can color areas and reveal the resist pattern.

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Here is a little video showing you the cards in the specialty collection.

A suggestion for $50 in product would be – the Memories in the Making Project Life Bundle – that’s the card collection, accessory pack and coordinating stamp set, a 6×8 Kraft album, and a Variety Pack of 6×8 Pocket Pages.

I have a bunch a family here for Easter so keeping this short.

Enjoy your day.


More Hello December

December trots on.  So fast – we are already one week down.  Wasn’t it just December 1st?  With time going so fast that just means it won’t be long before my boys are back home.  I’m flipping my countdown calendar as the days pass by.  Today I’m sharing the next set of cards with you.

Another slide show for you.  This project uses the Hello December Project Life Accessory pack for every page. Here are a few details on these pages:

December 7 – Gold Glitter card from the accessory pack

December 8 – Perfect Pines Framelits and the Christmas Greetings Thinlits are used to dress up one of the cards from the Hello December Card Collection – each person had a different card for this page.

December 9 – I used the Holly Jolly Greetings snowflake to create an emboss resist background.

December 10 – I used a cellophane bag and the sequins from the accessory pack to create a shaker pocket.

December 11 – the wooden Snowflake Elements are a simple addition to a stamped background piece

December 12 – quick and easy one of the cards from the card collection and the number sticker from the accessory pack

December 13 – put some Designer Series paper behind a die cut window frame.  The gold glitter word COZY is part of the accessory pack

Perhaps I need to go back to my earlier post and add a little more detail – I don’t think I did that when I first posted it.  Enjoy your week.  I’ll be ending the week with several events – a Wrapping Up the Holiday class on Friday, a team meeting on Saturday and then on Sunday afternoon we will be putting together our Watercolor Wishes card kit that were purchased to help support the Engraved Orphan Ministry.

Have a great week!


Your’e Turning 8 Project Life page

Back in May as I was preparing for my Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat I wanted to make a Project Life page using pieces of the Hooray It’s Your Day Card Kit from the Occasions catalog.  About the same time was a challenge from the PLxSU Trio Challenge Facebook Group to focus on the cards and create a PL card (or cards).  It was the perfect challenge for what I was trying to do.  I used the pieces, parts, techniques, and layouts from the card kit to create the PL cards that I used in my page.

PL-page-1For the title I used one of the cards that had the embossed pattern on it – I spritzed the ink – Daffodil Delight and Wild Wasabi.  Because our cards are only 5-1/4″ long it was a bit too short for my 4×6 pocket so I added an extra piece of Daffodil Delight card stock and put some of the washi tape from the kit over the seam.  Here is a closer look:

pl-page-4For the second card – the one on the left side I used the stencil (or mask whatever you might want to call it) to get the “sunshine” background.  The rest was all from the kit and was exactly like the card.  Here is a closer look:

pl-page-3I love using those masks and can’t wait to get the new ones from the new catalog.  And if you want more balloons we have the balloon framelits that you can use to cut more of those.  I used the little file folder card and cut a piece for one pocket – it will end up with some journaling on it and the rest of the card was used on the last pocket along with all the little word window pieces and the clip.  Here is another look:

pl-page-2I had fun with the Project Life Layout – it’s my mini me – my niece at her birthday party.

Thanks for visiting today!


Happiness Is Date Cards

Happy New Year!!

I ended up taking a long break from my blog and spent time with family.  I was so lucky that I got to spend time with them.  All my boys were home (and actually still here – Kyle leaves Wednesday and Ryan on Sunday).  We visited with my parents, my brother and my niece and nephew on Christmas day.  Greg’s mom spent Christmas eve and Christmas day with us.  Then Greg’s sister and family came in the day after and Greg’s brother and family came the day after that – all 13 of use were together for family time on the 27th.  I even had some time shopping with the girls – my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and niece.  It seems I did most of the shopping though – which is normally not the case!

Anyway my hope is to blog regularly through the week now that the year has started.  I used to always use a to-do list when I worked full time and over the years I got so far away from that – now I’m trying to get back to it.  And update my blog will be one item on the list every day of the week.

For Christmas I made a gift for Greg using Project Life cards.  I used cards from the Happiness Is card kit.  I chose mostly journaling cards – the ones I could write on, with a few decorative ones in between.  I wanted 12 cards that I could write a monthly date on!  Each month we will set aside a time to have a date and each of the cards has a suggested date for the month.

PL-Date-CardsOn each card I stamped the month using the Project Life Day to Day Photopolymer stamp set.  I used the ink colors that matched the cards – for this set they are mostly the new in-colors – Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, and Tangelo Twist.  I wrote on the cards using my Project Life Journaling pen.  To finish the project I punched a hole in the corner of the cards and strung them on a book ring.  Then tied some coordinating ribbon around the handle.

PL-date-coverI wasn’t sure at first what I wanted the cover to look like – but found this NOTE card in the set and thought it would be perfect since it had boxes for TO and DATE.  Behind the cover I added two months and then a decorative card and repeated till I finished the year.  Not all the dates are things that cost money or even where we go anywhere.

PL-date-febHere is one where we will stay home and watch movies together – I didn’t specify what movie series it will be we can decide on that closer to the date – maybe even something new will be available.

PL-date-MayI love to watch the sunset but it’s not something we can see from our house.  We will have to find us a nice place where we can go.  Greg actually got me wine for Christmas from some place that he visited in Chicago this past year.  So this was kind of perfect.  Really there is one bottle of wine per month – I got 12, so we could match them up to our dates!

This would make a fun gift for Valentine’s Day too – or even adjust it to be for one of your kids – mommy and me date cards – or anyone that you’d like to spend more time with.  Just think of things that you can do together.  In case you wondered what our 12 things are here is the list –

January – Let’s enjoy our evening by the fire pit roasting s’mores.

February – Let’s plan a triology movie marathon.

March – Let’s explore the walking trails & parks in downtown Woodstock.

April – We will hit up the bowling alley … lowest score wins!

May – I’ll grab the wine you grab the cheese and let’s watch the sunset somewhere.

June – We will pack a picnic dinner and watch an outdoor movie.  (on the laptop in the backyard is ok too)

July – In honor of our anniversary month let’s get dressed up and eat in downtown Atlanta where we got engaged!

August – How about a round of mini-golf?

September – Food crawl: appetizers, then the main course, followed by dessert – all at a different place.

October – Let’s road trip up north to visit some apple orchards and see the fall leaves in the mountains.

November – Game night – we’ll enjoy our favorite board & card games and snacks.

December – Let’s enjoy a night of watching old home movies before the holiday rush.

Does that sound like a good list of dates for 2015?  I’m looking forward to it and so is Greg.  Not sure when our first one will be we will have to work it out with the weatherman.


Here is a supply list for this project.

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful 2015!


MDS Blog Hop

Look at me – I’m a guest on the MDS Blog Hop!!  Twice a month a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators join together to share their passion for digital designing with My Digital Studio.  And my friend Cindy asked me to join them for the month of November!  How cool is that?  I’m so excited!  These ladies are all very talented and have amazing digital projects.  So come hop along and see what everyone has created.  The theme for this week is PROJECT LIFE by MDS.  Everyone will share different ways that they have combined My Digital Studio and Project Life.


If you follow my blog or even my Facebook Page you’ll know that at the end of the summer Greg and I took a trip to Alaska.  It was a wonderful trip and we were gone for almost 2 weeks!  I took well over 1000 photos!  And I wanted to create a My Digital Studio photobook that would showcase our trip and all the photos.  I love the simplicity of Project Life and wanted to use the concept in my book.  I’ve played around with a few different things and think I finally found what I wanted.

Alaska 2014-007This page is from the first morning of our trip.  We arrived the evening before in Fairbanks and checked in to our hotel and met our tour guide.  I’m going to go back and make a page for our travel day.  My plan is to stay heavy on the photos and add journaling and other details on pages that precede each days photos.  It may change as I go along but this is my current plan.

The photo book template that I used is an older one that came out before Project Life by Stampin’ Up! started but it has all the feel of Project Life and made a good base for starting – even though I removed all the elements and changed all the boxes to be photo boxes – I even did a bit of resizing for this page.  Its called – The Best Year Photobook Template.  I did use some words from the Everyday Adventure Project Life Digital Kit.  I will be using more from that kit throughout my book.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to hop through and see the amazing things that everyone else has done with this weeks theme.  Next in line is Amber – click on the NEXT button below to hop over to her blog.  Also make sure to come back for the next hop which will be on November 20th.  I get to hop along for that one too!  Thank you ladies for letting me join you!

1487274_10201501101681785_1819447505219309930_nCindy and I also host a monthly MDS Virtual Digi Crop on Facebook – we have a group that you can join if you would like to participate along with us.  Our next date is November 11 – that’s next week.

Have fun on the MDS Blog Hop!!


Starting Project Life

My Project Life by Stampin’ Up! products arrived late yesterday (Friday).  I had stamp club and briefly pulled them out to show everyone.  Today (Saturday) is actually National Scrapbook Day and I am spending some time this afternoon thinking about where to start. I’ve looked at Project Life from a distance – knowing that it wasn’t Stampin’ Up! Products not our colors, etc. I didn’t want to buy any of it.  But now….that’s not the case.  And I can dive right in!

First I pulled out all my new stuff to take a look at what I got….








Now what pictures should I start with.  The concept of Project Life is documenting your life – your everyday life – the stories and happenings that I think we actually missed before we had digital cameras.  Used to it cost money to take a photo and I think we were very careful about what we took a picture of – we (or at least I did) stuck to holidays, birthdays, significant life events but not really some of the everyday stuff.  But when I think about the stories that I tell they are often the very things I didn’t ever take a picture of.  I have lots of funny stories about my boys but really no pictures to go with them.  Kyle disassembled the high chair when he was about 3, Tyler fell asleep in a bowl of spaghetti, Ryan when he broke his tooth.  These were before we had the digital cameras and I don’t have pictures!  But I wish I did now.

So I need to jump right in.  All in I think is the way to do it. And I think my life is boring and I wouldn’t have much to write about from week to week.  But I sat down and looked at my week.  There really were a bunch of note worthy things and when I look at my iPhone I have many pictures from this week and even have some on my big camera too.  That’s it.  I’m in!!

I have a Walgreen’s app on my phone that lets me send the pictures right from there to them to print in about 1 hour!  I selected 18 photos and they are printing NOW!.  We are going to dinner and I’ll pick them up on the way home.  And when I get back I plan to document this week!  I’m so excited!