Monday, September 23, 2013

Project Life Update

I am back with some more progress on my project life 2012 pages. 

Here is the YouTube video if you would like to see everything in detail.

These next few pages cover Sept. 2012 and the first week of October 2012.

These layouts cover a lot of everyday photos, fall projects and fall favorites. 

For these layouts, I pulled two fall collections from my paper stash. They are Bella Blvd. One Fall Day and Finally Fall. I also used some project life cards from the Becky Higgins Kraft Edition kit, We R Memory Keepers cards from Target, Ali Edwards and Unity Stamp company stamps, Elle Studio and Chic Tags,  and free printables from the Internet.

I had fun with this 4x6 card below. It is from the kraft PL edition but I had fun hand stitching around the arrow. I also stamped inside the arrow. It was a fun way to embellish the card. I will definitely do this to future cards. 

I am so close to being done with 2012 that I am getting excited!!

Thanks for looking and I will see you on the next post.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fall Burlap Banner

I have another fall home decor craft to share with you today. 

This is my quick and easy fall burlap banner.

Here is my YouTube video with an up close look at the banner.

I wanted to use existing supplies so I looked through my stash and found enough burlap to create a banner.

I created a pennant template using my silhouette cameo and cut out five pennant pieces from my burlap. 

It was a little lighter in color than I wanted, so I painted it with some Champagne Gold dazzling metallic paint by DecoArt and then sprayed it with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in the color Coffee Shop. 

The burlap piece on the left is the original color and the piece on the right is after I painted and sprayed it.  Just enough of a subtle color change to blend better with my fireplace cover.

Next, I grabbed my Ten Second Studios Metal sheets. I have several colors and knew they would be pretty cut into leaf shapes.  

I used my Silhouette cameo again to cut five different leaf shapes out of kraft paper. 

Then I traced those onto the metal and used my Tim Holtz scissors to cut them out. 

I then ran the metal leaf pieces through different cuttlebug folders and sanded the tops to reveal the embossing. 

I then used some Scor-Tape to adhere the leaf shapes to my banner.

I glued the pennant pieces to some jute rope and placed it across my fireplace cover.

I love the rustic look of the burlap and the shine and texture of the leaves.  

Thank you for looking and I will see you on the next post.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Fall "Wreath" Frame

Today I want to share with you my fall "wreath" frame that I made for my front door.

Here is my YouTube video showing you the project up close.

My inspiration came from this picture below. Here is the link to the project

I found this and pinned it on my door/wreath Pinterest board

Sweet Pea Pod: DIY Fall wreath

I wanted to use all existing supplies from my stash. 

I had a plain 10x13 frame from Wal-Mart. I took out the glass, backing, and prongs.  I also had some leftover yarn from the fall wreath that I made last year. Here is a link to that wreath

I had some burlap, paint, prima sprays, and Pink Paislee muslin flowers that I knew I wanted to use as well.

I just started wrapping the yarn around my frame.  This takes the longest amount of time for this project. 

The corners of the frame are the hardest part of this project. I just wrapped a bunch of yarn around the corners until it all folded over the corner and then added some FabriTac glue for extra hold. 

Once I finished wrapping the frame in yarn, I painted my muslin flowers.

While those were drying, I made a banner for my wreath. I cut a template from my Silhouette Cameo and used it to make cuts from some leftover chocolate brown burlap that I had in my stash.  I also used some fall paper from My Little Yellow Bicycle to cut the word fall from my cameo.

I glued the banner to a string of yellow yarn so that I could just tie it to each corner of the frame. I added some My Minds Eye brads between each banner piece. 

I glued everything to my frame and it was done!

Here are some pictures of it on my front door. 

The fuzzy yellow/orange pieces were pulled off of a fall flower spray that I had in my stash.

I love the texture that it adds to my project. 

This frame is so lightweight, that it looked good in other places in my home.  

I played around with it in various settings. Here are those pictures.

Here it is with some pumpkins in the background.

Here it is propped on my fireplace mantel with my canvas pumpkins.

Here is my blog post about my canvas pumpkins.

Here it is on my pantry door.

So as you can see, this project can be placed in many different settings and it will look great. 

Thank you for visiting my channel and my project. 

See you on the next post.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

I Heart Summer 12x12 Layout - From Frame to Layout

Today I want to share a layout that was created from framed pictures.

Back in June I shared a summer project below where I hung some of our vacation pictures in this fun frame.

I am getting ready to put up some fall decorations, so I took down the pictures from the frame and decided to make a layout with them. They are perfectly good pictures and I didn't want them to go to waste.

I also took the paper pinwheels off of the skewer sticks (in the mason jar above) to re-use for future projects as well.  Tip - If you use a glue gun on your projects and want to take them apart, you can use your heat gun to "heat up" the glue. It only took about 15 seconds and the glue became soft enough that I could pull apart the pinwheel without ripping the paper. Be careful if you try it. 

Here is the layout.

I pulled out a piece of Simple Stories I Heart Summer 12x12 paper called Teal Boardwalk for my background paper. I then placed everything down that was on the frame. It all fit perfectly. I didn't have to cut anything. 

I added three slider frames from Crate Paper The Pier collection and a bicycle dimensional sticker and flair badge from the I Heart Collection. Some of the collaged pictures were already backed with the I Heart Paper and the I Heart Summer 4x6 card is from the collection as well. I just backed it with a piece of striped paper from the collection to stand out more.

I also added on one of my paper pinwheels that was in the mason jar. 

I added my journaling under the pinwheel and called it complete.

This was the fastest layout that I have ever made! 

Love it!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Project Life Progress Video

Here is a video showing you my project life progress for April through August 2012.

Thank you for watching!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Project Life Update

I am back again with some more project life layouts from 2012.  

I used the Labor Day holiday weekend to do some more catching up. 
I have a lot of pictures, so let's get started.
In my last post, I ended with March. For this post, I want to show you April through August. 
April 2012
For April, I didn't even have enough pictures to fill up one page. I captured a school field trip for Emily and then right into Easter pictures.
For April and May I used a mix of Becky Higgins project life cards and an older collection by Crate Paper called Neighborhood. 

May 2012
For May,  we celebrated Easter, Emily had a school play day, art show, my husband's 40th birthday, Mother's Day, a dive meet, and Emily's 4th grade graduation. Whew, it was a busy month!!
For these layouts I used an older collection by Crate Paper called Random and some Becky Higgins PL cards. 
Throughout the entire layouts I also used products from Elle's Studio, Chic Tags, Basic Grey, My Little Shoebox, Little Yellow Bicycle, and stamps from Ali Edwards. I basically raided my stash for summer products. 

June 2012

For June, I included a picture of our first visit to the neighborhood pool, the summer mini album and activity jar that I made to capture our summer (you can see the video here), lunch with friends, a dive meet, and tennis and fishing pictures. 

For the June layouts I used a Fancy Pants collection called Summer Soiree and some Becky Higgins project life cards. 

July 2012

My July layouts included more fishing pictures, lake, grilling, family, friends, another dive meet, and our vacation to South Padre Island, TX. 

For my July and August layouts I used a Simple Stories collection called Summer Fresh and some Becky Higgins project life cards. 

August 2012

Our August consisted of watching the summer Olympics, visits to Starbucks, school supplies, fun with friends, library, sunsets/walks, picnic in the park, more pool and fishing, and meet the teacher night. 

I love seeing these layouts done and don't know what took me so long to complete them.

I am at the point where I started this project life album last year.I got the first three weeks of September 2012 done last year and then stopped. I will keep going and finish this album. 

I will make a video of these layouts and post that here on the blog once uploaded. 

I hope you are inspired to go back and finish past project life layouts. It is so worth it!!

Thanks for looking!

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