What I’ve Been Doing All Week!

Aloha, all!

     I had a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend, beginning with a lovely dinner hosted by a new, but already dear, friend at her home on the ocean. Oh, my what a peaceful time that was, even with 30 or 40 people milling about. All of us were delighted to be there, and we met loads of new friends whom we hope to meet again. All live not too far from us, so that should certainly be a possibility.

     But now we're seriously into the Christmas season.  My first priority is finally to get done with a project that I started back at the end of the summer that I hope to give to our 16-year old grandson for Christmas. I have been concentrating so much on that this whole week, that I've totally spaced on anything else. But rather than just telling you what I've been doing, I thought I'd share a sample of the Digital Project Life Scrapbook pages that I've been making.


     I'm sharing this particular page because this layout design is part of the Project Life by Stampin' Up! set of products. Yes, not only can you buy Project Life products through the Stampin' Up! catalog, you can buy Stampin' Up! products through the Project Life website! That's where I found this template, called Stampin' Up! 5a. Of course there are dozens of other layouts available digitally, and I have been using them throughout my project.

     The scrapbook that I'll be making will be documenting Quin's summer vacation with us for the past 3 years. At the time these photos were taken, Quin was just a few weeks shy of his 14th birthday, and it was the first time he'd come to visit us by himself. So he was definitely doing some exploring – witness the little affair with the gecko! But he also came just after we had been hit by a terrible tropical storm, and we had no electricity for the first week he was with us. So no television or much in the way of electronics, and certainly no light to do Sudoku puzzles after dark. The only candle we had in a convenient place was on our table on the lanai (porch) in front of the house. I'm sure you can tell he "loved" that!

     Even though we had cell phones, first of all the cell towers near us were out of commission, and second we had no place to charge them at home. So another "fun" activity was to go to the local community pool which had electricity and use their electrical outlets. They were kind enough to have as many power strips hooked up to their outlets as they could. All we had to bring was a chair to sit and visit with everyone else up there charging their phones and other electronics.

     So now you get an idea of what a scrapbook can do when it comes to reminiscing about life in the past – good or not so good. So this will be a great Christmas gift for Quin – he's loved every scrapbook I've given him so far, and I'm sure this will be no exception!

     I'm taking a break from this project to get a few Christmas Cards done for posting here over the next few days. If I'm really good at that, I'll get enough done to keep me going with the scrapbook until it's done and sent off to the printer!

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Posted on : Dec 03 2016
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I Love it When I Learn Something Completely New!

Aloha, all!

     I have to tell you from the start that this is not my typical blog post. Oh, it's "paper crafting" in a way, but not completely. You see, this week is a light work week for me, and I'm taking the time to catch up on some projects I've been neglecting. Most of those are scrapbooking, and all of them involve working with Project Life.

     For those of you who've never heard of Project Life, it's a way of scrapbooking things that go on all through the year using pocket pages for photos, journaling, and embellishments. I dabble in it enough to know I really like it, but I don't spend enough time on it to do it justice. Today I learned a whole new way to capture my memories with Project Life – going Digital! OK, digital Project Life has been around for a while now. But just today I jumped in to see what it's really like. Oh, man, was the ease with which I made two pages an eye-opener!


     To begin, I actually made two pages (one pocket sheet, front and back) to capture some photos and memories of two events in which my Family and Community Education (FCE) Club has been involved. But they are 12" x 12", to fit in an album that's ongoing with the group. But I really wanted to share what I've done with the group's members now rather than at the next meeting. With my light work schedule this week, I decided to find out more about the digital version.

     It. Is. So. Easy.  Now, having said that, you do have to have some rudimentary understand of how to use Photoshop Elements (the easy version of Photoshop). The good news is that the Becky Higgins websites have lots of videos to help you with this. And they helped me immensely today!


     The basic concept is that you can buy and download Photoshop templates and insert your own photos and journaling. Since I have that rudimentary knowledge of how to use Photoshop Elements, and I have a copy of the program already on my computer, I only had to go through a couple of videos. If you're starting from scratch, you may need a few more. But once you get the hang of this, the sky's the limit!

     These two pages have only photos and journaling. But there are also ways to embellish your pages, including with stamps (stamp brushes in Digital talk), to make them sparkle a bit more than these fairly plain pages do.

     There are two links you'll want to follow to get more information – including this FREE introductory kits that I used for today's project! It's not a Stampin' Up! kit, but it was free, to get me started.

  • The main Becky Higgins Digital Project Life website here. Be sure to check out the "Get Educated" tutorials on this page!
  • Description of the Stampin' Up! Digital Project kits here.

     If you already have Photoshop Elements, and you're interested in digital scrapbooking, I'd advise you to try out the free started kit that the Project Life folks have on their site. Then I'd definitely go check out all the Stampin' Up! digital kits available. You'll have great fun with it!


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Posted on : Oct 12 2016
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Happy 16th Birthday to Our Grandson!

Aloha, all!

     Today is the 16th birthday of our grandson, Quin. Of course I had to make him a special birthday card. I've already made him a scrapbook page to use with pictures from this special teenage birthday. But he still definitely needed a card!

Quin BD

     For this card, I felt that his name had to be included. I wouldn't want ANYone to think that I'd made just any old card and sent it off for this birthday (I'd never do that to our kids or grandkids!). I really like the size and fun shapes of the letters in the Layered Letters Alphabet Stamp Set. So that's the set I chose for this card. The set does not include numbers, so I had to leave the numbering to the scrapbook page I made for the birthday. More about that later.

     I looked through all the papers that I have that are current Stampin' Up! products, and didn't find any that screamed birthday (Stampin' Up! has such sets, but I've not yet bought them. Gasp!)  But as I was going through what I did have, I came across this sheet from the By The Shore Designer Series Paper set. OK – that's masculine enough for a 16-year old. And the colors work. So off I went with this as the color scheme: Dapper Denim, Mint Macaron, Calypso Coral, and Pool Party.

    I'm showing off two punches in this proejct. The first is the Balloon Bouquet Punch, used to punch balloons in Dapper Denim and Calypso Coral. Then there's the new Duet Banner Punch, which I used to punch the banner for the Happy Birthday Greeting. Both the banner and the sentiment stamps are from the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set. If you are looking at this stamp set, you might note that the words are all straight-line stamps. However, it's quite easy to bend photopolymer stamps to give them a light curve, as I did with the word "Birthday." "Happy" is a  short word, so I did not need to bend it to make it look as if it was meant for this banner stamped image.


     Now for the Project Life Scrapbook Page! I made this last Spring when I first thought about Quin's 16th Birthday. So the papers are now retired. But what is a lot of fun is the page with the small 2" squares in the Project Life Variety Pack 2, 12 x 12 Pages.. How perfect are these squares for inserting year numbers to mark a particular time period – such as 2000, the year Quin was born, and 2016, the year of his 16th Birthday. I'm going to send this to his mother for her to rummage through her photo stash to find pictures of this other birthdays.

     Oh, and those numbers! These are the numbers from the Number of Years Stamp Set. New in the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog are matching letters, Letters for You. I could not use the letters from this set as well as the numbers in the first stamp set on a card because they're just too big! Yes, the "I" is thin. But the other letters and numbers are not. It would be a REALLY large card! So I've left the "16" to the scrapbook page!

     Here are the current products that I used for these projects. I hope you'll think about these when it's time for a special birthday celebration in your life – and come to my Stampin' Up! Store to buy what you need for YOUR projects!


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Posted on : Aug 27 2016
Posted under Family and Garden, Project Life, Punches, Scrapbooking, Stamping |

Using Project Life Cards for Something Sad

Aloha, all!

     Many of you may already have heard or read that the 16-year old son of a wonderful woman in the crafting community, whom so many people admire, has died suddenly. While I don't personally know Heidi Swapp, it's hard not to have been around crafting and not to have seen some of her work and crafting products. So when Becky Higgins of Project Life – who knows Heidi well – sent out a call for cards for the family of Cory Swapp, it was hard for me not to send something.


     In her call for cards, Becky Higgins asked us to share a quote or scripture or message of hope / encouragement / faith / whatever we feel in our hearst to share.  I decided I would write a note on one of the Stampin' Up! 4" x 4" Project Life cards in my ever-growing stash.  As I looked through them, I found the sentiment that's on the center element of this card. It exactly echoed my thoughts as I was going over this tragedy in my mind. I cut it out of the card from the This is the Life Card Collection and adhered it to the center of a white 4" x 4" card. Then I used the swish stamp from the Work of Art Stamp Set, colored it with the Razzleberry color used in the sentiment, adding some Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie, and then stamped it on the top. I added a stamped sentiment from the new Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set. For the bottom of the card, I punched a piece of Rich Razzleberry Cardstock with the Confetti Stars Border Punch. This card may not have a hand-written note, but it says what's in my heart.

     If you've come across the work of Heidi Swapp in your crafting, you may want to send a card, too. All of the information you need is in this Becky Higgins link.


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Posted on : Jul 17 2015
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Getting Ready for Easter!

Aloha, all!

     I'm 75% moved into my own home after having been away for 6 months.  Unfortunately, the 25% not unpacked and put away is what's in my Craft Room!  I decided to do that by design so that our household would be back into commission and everyone would be ready for daily activities before I started in on my crafts.  Yes, my crafts are important.  But the good news is that my Stampin' Up! business seems to be running along just fine while I'm out of commission for a time!

     Nonetheless, I still am staying active in the Stampin' Up! Only challenge Design Team work while I'm trying to make my way back to full steam craftingwise!  And so I've made a quick little card to celebrate Easter – coming up all too soon!


     As I knew I'd be moving AND traveling around Easter time this year, I did not purchase any of the new Stampin' Up! Easter products in the fun 2015 Occasions Catalog.  But I made sure I had SOMETHING Easter-y to use for my projects.  And what could say more about the fun that children have at Easter than a Bunny!  This cute little gal (yes, I'm of the opinion that the Easter Bunny is a "she"!) is a stamp from the Life in the Forest Stamp Set. This is such a simple design, but I love it for a quick and easy Easter Card!  I'm hoping that I will get some of my Craft Room unpacked before we leave on our family vacation later in the month so I can make a few more of these.

     I made the "Happy Easter" sentiment tab using the oldie-but-goodie Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set and punching the sentiment out with the Word Windows Punch.

     The dark accent color for all this white is Strawberry Slush.  The light color, including the color I used for the bunny herself, is Pink Pirouette.  When I made this card a few weeks ago, I used the Pink Pirouette Blendabilities Markers.  I love this set as I loved all the Blendabilities, and am so sorry that Stampin' Up! Has had to discontinue them. Rats!

     As always, I like a little ribbon on my cards.  But it was hard not to try the Strawberry Slush Thick Baker's Twine to go along with the accent color.  And it works quite well, don't you think?

     For the other accents on this card, I embossed the top layer with the Perfect Polks Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Then I punched all the lower corners on the card front and back with the Project Life Corner Punch.  This punch is definitely NOT only for Project Life projects.  It's for cards and any other paper crafts which you make!

     As I write this, I've been invited to a 50th Birthday Party and I have GOT TO FIND my stamps and inks so that I can make a card for the occasion.  I just cannot imagine going to a store any buying a card.  That's against my core beliefs!  If I can't make it myself, I won't use it. 

     Hmmm.  But if someone else hand made the project, maybe that would work?  Any volunteers?  Not kidding! Just send me a note below or an e-mail 🙂

     Meanwhile, I hope you'll start thinking about your own Easter projects and enter them in the current Stampin' Up! Only Challenge!  It's easy – and fun!





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Posted on : Mar 09 2015
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A Bit of Throwback Thursday!

Aloha, all!

     "Aloha" is filled with just a bit of cheer for me and my husband this month, as we finally are getting our house ready for a move back in 5 or 6 weeks.  Yes, the lava is still out there and still threatens to cross the road that links us to the rest of our island and the world.  BUT the lava is moving slowly, and no one can seem to predict what it is going to do.  So we're taking our chances and moving back home – our home and OUR garden!

     To get ready for the move, we decided to take the opportunity to paint the inside of the house – what better time to do that when most of our furniture is in another house!  The sad part for me is that I have had to remove all the old Stampin' Up! Decor Elements images from our walls. 


     Were you around in the stamping community when Stampin' Up! sold its own line of Vinyl images?  I LOVED them!  I hopped right on that bandwagon, and had decorations all over my house.  I even left the Christmas hanging ornament images up all year because just a bit of a different ribbon accenting them made them work well in any season.

     But my favorite vinyl images were the Inspire, Create and Share images, with their Stampin' Up! definitions.  I accented each of them with flowers and had them where anyone who entered my Craft Room would see them.  On the fourth wall, next to a bookcase, I even accented a photo collage of me and my sister with a Decor Elements Hostess set. 

     Sigh!  But now they're gone.  Gone but not forgotten as they now appear in one of my first 2015 Project Life Pages.  What a fun Project Life project this was! 

     As you can see, there are not any specific Project Life cards or accents in this page.  Eventually there may be.  But for now I just wanted to get these pictures cropped and put in a page.  In fact, that's what I'm doing with all my pictures so far this year.  I made a "resolution" to keep track of this year as it contains a significant birthday for me, and I'd like to look back on the year to see what I've made of it.

     So first things first – get the pictures into an album, with some basic accents (the Melon Mambo mat for the smaller 3" x 4" pockets) and at least one journaling card (I made this one up myself with a picture from an old catalog).  Down the road, when I have some more free time, I'll glitz the pages up a bit!

     For now – memories are captured!


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Posted on : Jan 22 2015
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Creative Blog Hop!

Aloha, all!

     I've updated this blog post to update the photos that I included in the original. When I wrote the original blog post, I could not find my photo paper with which to print photos for my Project Life Pages.  Now I have a new supply (I never could find the original supply with all this moving from one house to another!) and I'm redoing all my pages with real photo paper!

     Have you had a chance to see any of the Creative Blog Hop posts of late?!  This is a different kind of a blog hop where a creative person is nominated by someone else to be a participant in the "hop," and then that person nominates others to continue the "hop."  I keep putting quotation marks around the word, "hop," because it doesn't happen all at once as most blog hops do.  This one started way back when (when?) and continues as we all go along week to week.

     I was nominated by my Stampin' Up! demonstrator friend, Mary Brown, and I, in turn have nominated two others to be in the hop.  Once they have their posts live, I'll come back here and edit my post to give you their links.

     So here I am this week with my own creation!


     What, not a card?!  No, not today!  As I write this, I'm enjoying the first day of 2015.  My husband and I tend to make a big deal our of our meal each year on New Year's Eve.  New Year's Day itself tends to be just another day in which we try to catch up with projects we've left behind during the Christmas holidays (don't tell me you don't have things on which to catch up after Christmas!!!).

NewYearsEve2Small     While we long ago decided what our Christmas/Christmas Eve special dinner would be, we'd not settled on what our New Year's Eve dinner would be. I think this year we finally have it!  It's home made pizza cooked on my husband's charcoal grill.  Yep, that's how we make our homemade pizzas!  We've been doing this for a long time, but never thought about making a grilled pizza on New Year's Eve.  Now that we've done this, it's an instant tradition!

     And, no it's not a card.  It's a set of two scrapbook pages made using Project Life by Stampin Up! products. So now the Creative Blog Hop information begins!  There are four questions we have to answer, and I thought I'd answer them in terms of this one New Year's Eve Project Life Scrapbook layout.

     What Are You Working on?  This is the first FULL year in which Stampin' Up! has been involved in the Becky Higgins Project Life product.  Stampin' Up! began last summer with Project Life.  But one of the key types of projects on which I've seen Project Life  afficionados focus is a year – a calendar year.  And this is the first time I've had a calendar year in which to begin a new annual Project Life by Stampin' Up! (PLxSU) project. Of course I want to use Stampin' Up! products in my projects, cards and Project Life as well.  For this project, I used both digital and "real" products from the Stampin' Up! Everyday Adventures Product Line.

     One thing I've found I have to do to make my pages as I want them, using Stampin' Up! products, is to use not only  the cards that come in Stampin' Up! Project Life Cards, but also the digital version of these cards. You see, once you use a card from a Stampin' Up! kit, that's it.  If I want a duplicate, I find it in a digital file.

DigitalCard     Here is a card that I used earlier in 2014 as a piece on a greeting card. Whoops!  Now that I needed it for a "real" project life project, I no longer had it available.  Out came my digital file, using Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio, and out came a duplicate of the card already used.  Bonus!

JournalingExcerpt     Then there are times that I'd like to type out a bit of journaling rather than writing it by hand.  If I have a digital version of a journaling card, I can add digital journaling as I did in this card.  Get it ready in My Digital Studio, then print it out on some Whisper White Cardstock and, voila, there it is!






    Even as I'm using some digital cards, I'm using realy honest-to-goodness hard copy cards with embellshments provided by Stampin' Up!  In this card, I used a pre-printed Stampin' Up! card and added some self-adhesive lettering from the Everyday Adventure Accessory Pack, along with a bit of Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Marker journaling.


BestPizzaExcerptQuestion #2.  How does your work differ from others in your genre.  What I've found in online groups involved with using Project Life products, whether Stampin' Up! or not, is that there is a lot of effort to really decorate pages.  In essence, the Project Life page becomes a work of art.  I think that's wonderful for those who like to produce art work.  But I'm trying to use the Project Life set of products to help me record my every day life so that my children and grandchildren will learn more about me and how I lived my life.  My feeling is that, if the focus is on the art, the focus moves away from my life and more towards my art.  To me, that's not what this is all about.  Yes, I'll use a bit of embellishment as in the stickers in this picture.  But this is more of a way to connect two parts of my page that to show off my artistic side.

     Why do you create what you do?  For my scrapbooking, I have always wanted to have in those books a reminder of what I did.  Because traditional scrapbooks tended to be somewhat time-intensive, I tended in turn to scrapbook only "events," not every day life.  Now that there is Project Life with which to work – and especially because Stampin' Up! has products to work with this set of products, I can easily capture what I do, well, every day!  OK, not EVERY day.  But more of those happenings that are part of an every day life, not something "special" that happens only occasionally.  So Project Life it is for now.  Actually, as far as I can see, this will be my effort in scrapbooking for the foreseeable future!

     And now the toughest question – how does your creative process work?  I've decided to answer this by telling you about the steps I take to make a page (or two or more) in a Project Life album.

     To begin, Project Life has page protectors with a variety of picture holder sizes.  I tend to use those that Stampin' Up! sells, though I'm not exclusively using those.  What I do first is to figure out what I want to capture, take photos while I'm doing it, and then print out thumbnail drafts of all my pictures.  Then I grab some layout page protectors and lay the thumbnail drafts on top of the various openings for photos.  Once I see what I have, I decide which pictures I'm going to use and whether I'll have to print them landscape or portrait.  (Usually these days, I'll take pictures both landscape and protrait to give myself more flexibility at this point.)  Once I figure out the size and orientation, I print the photos out using my computer. 

     In finishing – I hope this gave you some insight into this side of my paper crafting.  If you have any comments or questions, I'd be more than happy to see/answer them!  You can do this here or on my Facebook page.

     To keep the blog hop going, I have nominated Lisa Young and Terri Tank to be one of the next stampers in this series.  Both of these stampers are fabulously creative and I know you'll love their projects. Be sure to check here next week for a direct link to their Creative Blog Hop projects.  !

     As I am a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I thought I'd share with you the products that I used for this project.












Posted on : Jan 05 2015
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Time for Thank You Notes!

Aloha, all!

     Amazingly my Christmas holidays managed to be a lot more action-packed than I expected.  If you follow me on Facebook, you might have noticed that our senior-citizen kitty became ill on Christmas Day. But she's pretty much all recovered, which is a real blessing as we head to the New Year.

     And, no, my Christmas cards, though they are all made, are not yet in the mail. I'm really hoping that many of my family and friends celebrate the season until January 6th, which is a tradition in some cultures (add smiley face!)

     But I also want to be on time with some Thank You Notes for some really thoughtful gifts I received this holiday.  So while I'm sitting finishing up those cards, I can also finish up with the Thank Yous.  It also happens that today is the day of the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge, so I was glad to be able to put the challenge to good use with a Thank You card.


     The SUO Challenge this time is to use some of the Project Life by Stampin' Up! (PLxSU) products to make our project.  Project Life is a unique way to help people such as I to make our scrapbooks easier and more reflective of our lives as they go on during the year.  Because we don't have children at home and are not involved in any big winter holiday celebrations, I did not purchase the holiday version of the PLxSU.  I decided to spend most of my creative time during the month making greeting cards.

     But now as the new year begins, I will be doing more in the way of putting my scrap albums together, so I have purchased the soon-to-be-available, Let's Get Away Project Life Card Collection, along with the coordinating Project Life Accessory Kit.  As neither of these products is available as I publish this, I don't have any links to purchase the products. But as soon as they are available – on January 6th! – I will add them here.

     I think the main thing to notice here is that not all PLxSU cards have sayings or are journaling cards.  This floral designed card is just that – a floral design.  I didn't alter it in any way, except to cut it down to 3" x 4" (from its original 4" square size).  The two little flower stickers on the sentiment layer are from the Accessory Pack, as is the little paper clip holding the Melon Mambo Cotton Ribbon in the upper left corner.  Of course, these little clips are also available in the Basics Hodgepodge Clips collection of embellishments, which is the annual Stampin' Up! catalog.

     To complement the dotted design in the background of the Project Life card, I texturized the Bermuda Bay Cardstock background with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.

     For the little sentiment layer, I stamped Thank You using the Four You Stamp Set, then die-cut it with one of the Labels Collection Framelits. These die sets are made so that we can mat a smaller shape with a larger shape.  For this card, the next size up from the one that I used was just too large for my taste.  So I laid the same framelit that I used for the die cut down on my Melon Mambo Cardstock and traced around the outside edge.  I cut it out by hand and that made a mat that was just about the right size.

     If you've ordered any Project Life by Stampin' Up! products – even if they're a digital version! – be sure to stop by the SUO Challenge blog to get some ideas about how you might use your products in a project.  We'd love to have you enter the challenge!










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Posted on : Dec 29 2014
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Thank You for Washi Tape!

Aloha, all!

     Indeed, I have still not recovered to my regular posting schedule. We're still in a bit of a stressful situation with the lava flow in our little town of Pahoa, Hawaii.  By this time many of you have seen national news reports about what's happening.  Actually, what's happening is happening VERY slowly!  Sometimes that lava is on a roll and taking over lands and roads.  Right now, it's just sitting around trying to decide what to do next. That's fine with me as it gives me a bit of time just to chill and do some paper crafting.  And for that I am VERY thankful!

     It turns out that "Thanks" is the theme for the current SU Only Challenge.  Nice!  I really do have quite a few people to thank for their help as we try to move away from the lava flow and become comfortable in a rental home several miles away from our own home. With the slow down, I don't have to go move stuff and I can make cards and even some scrapbook pages.


     As I've mentioned before (somewhere, even if not here), I bought a ton of the Color Me Autumn Suite of products to make sets of cards to give as gifts on a trip we never did take.  So I'd better start using some of it up!  The current SUO Challenge has helped me with this.  But I still had to come up with some design ideas. Going through magazines really helps with this!

     I made this set of autumn themed Thank You notes based on a design idea that I found in the latest issue of Card Maker Magazine (Winter 2014).  On page 47, there's a Note Stack using Washi Tape, and I immediately thought of the Color Me Autumn Designer Washi Tape, along with some of the other Color Me Autumn products.

     The three designer Washi Tapes that I used on these cards are all from the Color Me Autumn Set.  I loved trying to mimic the designs in the magazine with our Stampin' Up! Washi Tapes.  I didn't have to try to find at least three of the punches that were used in the magazine's designs as they used Stampin' Up! Punches.  The two current punches they used are the Scallop Oval and Modern Label Punches.  The samples used the old Corner Rounder Punch, and I just substituted the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch. And then I added in some papers punched using the Decorative Label Punch.  Both the color accent layers for each of the cards as well as the large punched elements on top of the Washi Tape designs were cut/punched from the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper.

     For the decorations on my cards, I used the Fun Fall Framelits Dies and the Autumn Wood Elements Embellishments.  It wasn't in the samples from which I CASEd these cards, but I just had to add some of the Regals Candy Dots to give a bit of another accent to each card.


     I think that I should have most of my household and crafting items moved from my permanent home to my temporary home – away from the lava flow – by next week.  I really thought I was done, but I keep finding more to do.  But I'll really try to be a bit more active on my blog as the fall of 2014 matches on!  So check back occasionally – I may have a real surprise for you!

     Here are links to some of the products I used in today's projects.  Just click on one of the pictures to learn more about – and even order! – the products!








Posted on : Nov 03 2014
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Project Life by Stampin’ Up! – Planning Ahead!

Aloha, all!

     I'm really enjoying putting my first Project Life by Stampin' Up! album together.  It will be an album for 2014, and so far includes all of our fun activities except for the time of our daughter's visit with her family in February.  That's going to take some time to organize because between the two of us we have several hundred pictures (gasp!).

     On top of this, my husband and I are planning a rather extensive trip to the U. S. Mainland in September and October.  There will be at least seven locations where we will be with family and friends and involved in a wide variety of activities.  As this is the first big trip I've taken since I learned about and began working with Project Life, I'm trying to plan what I'm going to do as far as taking photos and putting my memory pages together.  Actually, I think I have things pretty well planned, though there are still a few things that I have to buy to take with me on my trip so I can make pages as I go along.

     My problem right now is that I can hardly wait to go on this trip and see how all my planning works – and we're not leaving for another two months (well, 55 days actually).  So I decided I had to get some of this Project Life planning out of my system so I could get working on some other projects.


     I finally decided to get out some of the materials I'm planning to use on my trip and make a set of planning cards!  The one favorite part of my planning kit is the Stampin' Up! Photopolymer Stamp Set, Greetings From.  What a delightful variety of stamped images in this set.  And of course they're perfect for traveling!  I'll be using even more of the stamps in the set than those you see here.  With as much fun as I had making these pre-trip cards, I know I'm going to have fun on the trip!

     While Stampin' Up! sells 3" x 4" grid cards for Project Life projects, they do not yet sell 6" x 4" grid cards.  So I bought these from a local store that sells official Becky Higgins Project Life products.  They're WONDERFUL for journaling – and not just hand journaling!  6" x 4" cards will run right through a printer that can be set up to print 6" x 4" photos.  I have an HP 8600 all-in-one and these cards print beautifully.

     For these cards I first stamped the images and then set up my computer file to print the text so it would line up with the images.  Then I had my all-to-frequent "duh" moment, where I realized that, if I'd just done the text first, I could more easily stamp to match the text than vice versa. 

     So I got this stamp set and the project out of my system for a while at least.  Now I can move on to some other projects! 




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Posted on : Jul 23 2014
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