Sunday, May 4, 2014

Scrapbook Sunday

Another weekend has come and gone. Sometimes it comes and goes in a blink of eye.

For all of my crafty friends, I hope you had a fabulous National Scrapbooking Day yesterday. I had a fabulous day and I will share all about it tomorrow. I loved seeing all of the giveaways on Facebook pages and blogs of designers and companies. Yes, I tried to enter every single one that was offered. I haven't won yet but I've got my fingers and toes crossed that I see my name pop up somewhere!!

Today I am starting a new segment on the blog called Scrapbook Sunday. I have started my Project Life album for 2014. Yes, I am aware that it is now May. I'm trying to ignore the fact that I am 5 months behind and just push forward. I started with this past week and will work on current and work backwards. I'm going to try and not let it discourage me. 

I hope that you will join me in this segment by encouraging me to keep pushing on. I would love to start a Link Party every Sunday for anyone to share what they've been doing the past week. I will first have to learn how it works to get started. If you have any advice, please leave me a comment :)

Here is what my first page for the last week of April and first week of May looks like. 

Week 18 (April 28-May4)

I'm happy with it being that it's the first page I've done since last year. Once I got started, it was like second nature to me. It's so much fun to journal what the pictures are trying to say. I love plundering through all of my stuff (and believe me, it's a lot) to find that perfect sticker or embellishment. My Sihouette Cameo is my favorite tool to use for these pages. It has everything you want if you don't have it in your stash. 

Here are close-ups of each pocket and the products used:

I decided to make the top row a pirate theme. Even though the red, black and white with polka dots made me think of Mickey Mouse the entire time it also screamed pirates.

Cardstock- SU Whisper White & Basic Black
Patterned Paper- Simple Stories 6x6 Snap Color Vibe Paper Pad
Date- Dear Lizzy Rotary Stamp
Week #- My Favorite Things Calendar Components

Here I cut the 6x4 photo in half to allow it to fit in the 4x3 pockets. My youngest is a big pirate fan. Along with a snake fan. And a shark fan. You will see more pictures in the future with a shark. I am sure of it. He popped on this pirate hat while he was carrying his snake and juice around. I ran to the kitchen to grab my phone so I could snap a picture. I loved that one of his eyes are closed to make him look like a little pirate. 

Cardstock- SU Basic Black
Pen- White Uni-ball Gel Pen

I found a skull & crossbones in my Silhouette Studio that went perfectly with this layout. It didn't look too scary as some of them tend to do. I cut him out twice in white and black so I could inlay the die cut and make it look like one piece. Then I journaled in white to tell a bit of the story. 

Cardstock- SU Basic Black & Whisper White
Die- Silhouette Studio # 50523 Designed by Sweet Afton
Pen- White Uni-ball Gen Pen

The month of May happened during the middle of this week. I still can't believe it's already halfway thru the year 2014. Life just passes by way too fast. My baby sister turned 28 on the 1st. I honestly don't know how that happened. I still think she is still 12. 
I documented this pocket with less embellishments to keep the focus on the new month. 

Cardstock- SU Basic Black
Patterned Paper- Lawn Fawn
Stamp- Hello from Studio Calico Yes, Please kit
Month Die- Silhouette Studio #38866 Designed by Kolette Hall
Embellishments- SU Dolie, MMI Enamel Dots

These 2 pictures show Noah having fun at Catch Air. It's a huge building with inflatables, playgrounds with slides, and ball pits. He loved the ball pit and was in there for about an hour. 

Patterned Paper - Lawn Fawn
Label Stickers- October Afternoon
Flair Button- Lily Bee Designs
Alphabet- Thickers "Apartment"
Pen- Project Life 08 Black

The look on his face as he was coming down this side of the slide was priceless. He kept yelling "Ma, I go so fast!" I love to see excitement in his eyes!! 

Patterned Paper- Lawn Fawn
Ink- Memento Black
Dies- Wish You Were Here Lawn Fawn 
Stamps- Wish You Were Here Lawn Fawn
Silhouette Die- Fast Lane #7138 Design by Loni Stevens

Here is the back of my page. There isn't a whole lot of embellishments on this one as its showing more pictures of products than anything. I found a new scrapbook store and I was in heaven! Once Archivers closed, I thought I was out of luck with local scrapbook stores. I was so wrong. I hit the mother load yesterday! It is such a cute house with so much to offer on the inside and the lady that helped me was so nice and helpful. The store is called Impressive Ideas and if you are ever in the Roswell, Georgia area, please stop by! 

I stocked up on Lawn Fawn stamps and dies that I have been wanting for months but are always out of stock when I go to look for them. The store had all the ones I wanted except one set. I was on cloud 9!! I also picked up some embossing paste and a stencil that I've been wanting to try. New techniques coming soon to the blog! 

One of my two favorite parts of this layout is the journal card that is so cute regarding May 4th. You can find it with a few more ideas here. The other favorite is the shaker card I made at the top of the page. I made it to showcase National Scrapbooking Day and I may have also wanted to use those Lawn Fawn sequins.

Two of the key components of a shaker card is clear acetate and the thick tape to help raise the middle of the card. I didn't have any clear acetate so I compromised. I have way too many pocket pages. Yes, I freely admitted that. Hopefully, the husband isn't reading this post. I decided that it was strong enough to just cut apart and make the sizes that I needed. 

**Disclaimer- The pictures I am about to show you are not professional. In fact, far from it**
It's dark and I didn't really know of another way to show this procedure. 

I started with this pocket page. I don't know where it came from but I knew it wouldn't be one I would reach for often so I didn't feel too bad about cutting it up. 

I cut it down the middle with my trimmer.

From there, I cut the pocket on all sides that were closed to allow it to become 2 separate pieces. 

Then I cut it them down to two 4x3 sizes and one 6x4 size. They are very sturdy and definitely good enough to use when you decide on a whim to make a shaker card. 

I plan on making another one soon and I will provide a better tutorial on how to put one together. Here is a picture of the finished one from today. 

Fun, right? So cute, I know! I am in love with how it turned out! 

Hope I have inspired you to maybe try and make one as well. They are so much fun to make and really do provide entertainment shaking it around. It's like a kid with a new toy. Or a crafter with pretty sparkly sequins to shake. The fun printable is from Cathy Zielske and can be found here. She has a few more that she made that you may like better than this one. 

Leave me a comment if you do try to make one and I would love to check out yours. If you have any questions, please let me know as well. 

That's the end of another week and it wouldn't be right to close out this post without saying "May The Fourth Be with You!"

Happy Stampin, 


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