Welcome! This month’s blog hop is all about card collections that are retiring soon, so if you like what you see, grab these now while you can! I just recently ordered the Love Story card collection, and am so glad I ordered a few sets of them, since they are retiring this collection. The cards are absolutely gorgeous and I really think they can be used for many purposes besides romantic themes. I found a lot of uses for these cards when scrapbooking photos of my kids.
For the “bathtub” page above, I just stamped a small “so much fun” stamp from the “Happy Times” Stampin’ Up!- Project Life collection (also retiring) and stamped the month “January” on the calendar card. Super simple!
It’s tough finding Project Life cards with the color purple/perwinkle in them, like in my little one’s shirt in these photos…and black and white cards are a great option when you can’t find cards to match the colors in your photos. I really like the contrast of the black and white with the bright colors in her paint set.
These pages really came together very quickly. I love how easy it is to put something together with neutral colors like black and white and gray!
This poem has been a favorite of mine for a while, so I finally created a printable that I will incorporate in my scrapbooks in some way. Of course, it would also look great framed! Download it for free here. (For a UK version, click here.)
Hi everyone! This month’s challenge was to use only black and white photos. I actually use black and white photos quite a bit, but I usually mix them up with color photos. I don’t often use solely black and white photos on a page, so this was a fun challenge for me!
I’d been wanting to play around with combining one of my favorite ink colors – Calypso Coral – with black and white for quite a while, so this was a great time to do it. The great thing about using black and white photos as well as black and white cards is that you can use your favorite color to add an extra “pop” to the layout.
I used a few Stampin’ Up’ Project Life stamp sets, too. All of the cards are from the Moments Like These collection (my favorite!) except for one of the cards which was just a plain white card.
Both of these pages were very simple. All I had to do was to stamp on two cards on this first page.
On the second page, I used the calendar stamp for the month and days and then circled the day that the photos were taken. I love this stamp!
Thanks for checking out my pages! Make sure to hop around to see what the rest of the team created this month.
I like being pushed out of my comfort zone a bit. I’ve never really incorporated metallics into my scrapbooking – but I’m so glad that this month’s blog hop theme was gold and silver, because it gave me the perfect chance to start exploring the gold colors that have been sitting in my craft stash!
I had actually recently purchased some of the gold Stampin’ Up! embossing powder, after seeing gorgeous handmade cards using this powder. I love using embossing powder on Project Life cards, and this gold powder is now one of my favorites.
I used both the gold embossing powder and blushing bride pink embossing powder on this title page for my newborn daughter’s Project Life album. Gold paper was easy to use with my punches to punch out the chevron and circle shapes.
This card is my absolute favorite card from my favorite Stampin’ Up! – Project Life collection – “Moments Like These”, designed by Liz Tamanaha. The “hello” stamp is a recent new favorite from Stampin’ Up! that I LOVE using on a first page for an album.
This kit is so versatile, I’ve used it for everything from newborn photos to Disneyland photos. And speaking of Disneyland…
Here’s how I used the Moments Like These cards again, for a Disneyland page.
I used the coordinating stamp set to stamp some black and gold stars on a plain white 3×4 card. (I replicated a card that came in the collection, which had all black stars on it.)
This page is part of a 2 page spread, where the other page is a traditional 12×12 page, using other Stampin’ Up! gold washi tape, stamps and gold stickers that I used for the word “disney” from the Moments Like These accessory kit.
Finally, I used some stamps and gold embossing powder, gold vellum paper, and cards from a few different collections to create this 2 page spread of my older daughter. This vellum paper is now one of my go-to items for scrapbooking!
Now make sure to hop around to see what the rest of the team created with metallics!
Watercolor is everywhere right now, for good reason – it’s so gorgeous! I had such fun using the newest Project Life cards from Stampin’ Up! because these cards really use the watercolor theme to create some beautiful images.
I used the “Love You” stamp in the Watercolor Wonder color to stamp on top of the 4×6 card.
Similarly, I used the “Life is Good” stamp on top of the card that had the watercolor effect, and handcut a heart out of Watermelon Wonder card stock.
The only thing I did with these layouts – beside slipping the cards and photos in the photo pages – was to print out “Great America 2015” on a piece of coordinating card stock and cut out the words to adhere to the card. Simple!
These cards have definitely inspired to start playing around with watercolors myself….stay tuned for more. And make sure you check out the rest of the teams posts this month!
I was so excited when we decided that for this month’s blog hop theme, we could use our favorite kits. For me, that’s easy – “Moments Like These” is my favorite Stampin’ Up!-Project Life kit EVER! I absolutely LOVE the colors in this kit. The soft green of Mint Macaron, the bright Watermelon Wonder, and the neutral black and Tip Top Taupe colors just complement one another perfectly. Liz Tamanaha designed this kit and she did such an amazing job.
I’ve been working on a mini 6×8 album where I’m putting a variety of photos and these cards are so versatile that they are great choice for a lot of these little pages.
I think this card is my favorite one of the bunch. I adore the Mint Macaron green color along with the black and white.
Here’s where I used it.
The extra embellishment kit has some cute add ons, like this little round sticker.
Simple little pages!
Make sure to check out everyone’s favorite kits this month….
This was Sofia’s third Halloween, officially, but really the first one where she had any idea what was actually going on and what Halloween is all about. We started asking her several weeks ago what she wanted to dress up as, and every time she was clear that she wanted to be a monkey! So here she is.
I don’t think I’m the only person who feels this way. You see it everywhere in crafts now – from wrapping paper to greeting cards.
So when I opened my new box of Seasonal Snapshot Project Life – Stampin’ Up! scrapbooking cards, I was so excited to see that many of the cards were Kraft paper. The neutral colors of the cards and the cute apple and fall theme matched the photographs of a recent weekend trip. I used a mini album for this trip and I think I’m going to use these small albums more often, as they are super quick and easy!
I think this apple card is my favorite!
I had a great time using my own stash of Stampin’ Up Kraft paper to make my own cards as well. Super easy to cut the 12×12 paper to 4×6 and 3×4 cards and then I stamped as well as used my white Signo pen to draw the “Apple Hill” card freehand.
Thanks for checking out this month’s theme and make sure to hop around to the rest of the teams’s creations!
My two year old daughter and I battled 4 1/2 hours of Bay Area traffic the other day. To be perfectly honest, she slept for 3 hours of that time, so really it was just me and my lonesome enduring the gridlock.
Why did I sit in traffic for this long?
I actually had no way to know traffic would be that bad on a weekday, during non-rush hour, or I might have re-scheduled the trip. But you BET that we had a great time when the experience of spending 2 hours driving to the park, and 2 1/2 hours home, did not even phase me.
Granted, we only spent 3-4 hours at the park so it hardly was a stressful day like I imagine all day at Disneyland might be. But I’m gearing us up for what I hope will be a big family trip to Disneyland soon, so these little Great American trips are getting us used to the process.
Sofia’s first trip to Great America was a few months ago. When she saw the characters, it was love at first sight. She ran right up to Snoopy and Woodstock and gave them hugs like they were long lost friends and had to be tugged away from them so the other kids could take their turns meeting them. One ride was all that she could really enjoy, though. We initially went on the XXXX ride, which she loved. The next attempt at a ride ended with us having to get off because she was crying and they would not start the ride with her in that state of affairs! I did manage to cajole her into ride the skyway but she really did not enjoy it and I struggled to keep her seated during that ride.
This recent trip was much better than the first time. We enjoyed so many things, albeit just a small taste of what they have to offer. Here’s the top 5 suggestions I have for toddlers, based on this most recent trip.
1) Meet the characters! This will depend very much on the temperament of your child. Sofia was enamored with the characters, just like last time. The characters might vary somewhat; she saw Woodstock on her first trip but not this recent visit.
2) Snoopy’s Space Buggies. Sofia was so interested in rides this time! We went on a few new rides, and was interested in a few that I had to hold her back from just because I was a bit worried they were too much for her. But this ride has a special place in my heart as the first ride she ever went on, and she remembered it from last time! When she saw it, she RAN towards it at full speed, squealing. It’s a fairly tame ride and she loved it just like on our first visit.
3) Sally’s Love Buggies. This was a new ride for us, and a fairly tame one as well. You can control how high you go, and it really doesn’t go very far up.
4) Carousel- this is the Camp Snoopy version, not the huge carousel that you see when you enter the park. Even being a small kid carousel, Sofia did NOT want to sit on a horse, but she happily settled for one of the benches behind the horses and enjoyed going around and around.
5) Planet Snoopy Construction Zone – this is really just a large playground, but Sofia loved playing here and many other kids seemed to be be having a great time as well. Definitely a great area to let your kids run around and burn off some energy.
Bonus: At Halloween time, Great America has what seems like a super fun non-scary Halloween event for kids. We will definitely be checking this out in the next few weeks!
One of my friends and I purchased season passes last fall, which was a great deal because it allowed us access to Halloween Haunt for 2014, as well as all season access for 2015. She lives 10 minutes away from the park, so it’s a great way to spend part of a day whenever she and I have a day free. We will be returning here time and time again!
Our family had a lot of fun in June, so when it came time to start scrapbooking last month’s photos it was only fitting that this blog hop is using the “Happy Times” collection from Stampin-Up Project Life. This card collection has such fun colors (including two of my favorite colors – Island Indigo and Calypso Coral.) It’s perfect for so many photos especially kid and outdoor snapshots.
Here are a few of my layouts. We loved going to the playground every day in June. It’s about a 10 minute walk from home so it was a perfect way to spend a few hours every morning.
I love this Daily Routine stamp. I know that I’ll be using it over and over again!
And this little stamp is so cute, it’s one of my new favorites.
We had a wonderful family trip to one of the many local farms, Frog Hollow Farm, where we were able to pick peaches and had a lot of fun. Normally they aren’t open to the public but we are members of their CSA program and they had a special event for members.
These little stickers from the accessory pack were so easy to use for embellishments.
Thanks for checking out my layouts for June. Make sure to check out the rest of the team’s creations with the Happy Times collection!