Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hello Beautiful Card Using a Heat Emboss Resist and Watercolor Technique - Process Video Included

I have card to share with you all today that includes a process video!

I don't make a lot of cards anymore, but I still love to make cards for my daughter, Emily. 


She turns 14 this week, so I wanted to make her a pretty card to reflect how much we love her!



I was inspired by the Hello Beautiful title and technique of this card done by Lime Doodle Design


I filmed a process video showing how I put this card together if you would like to watch.





Here are the supplies that I pulled for my card. 

I cut the hello floral die cut and beautiful sentiment from my Silhouette cameo. 

All other items are from my stash of supplies. 



The first thing that I did was heat emboss the Simon Says Stamp Drawn Heart Background stamp onto my watercolor paper using VersaMark ink and white embossing powder. 




After heat setting the embossing powder, I used my aqua pen and started water coloring on top of the embossed hearts. 




Since the hearts are embossed, they will resist the watercolor which makes for a pretty effect on the card. I love using this technique and you could do this on a layout or project life card. 




I also decided to watercolor the beautiful die cut in black so it would stand out better on the card.




I felt like the card needed something else, so I pulled this ki Memories Doily Dance transparency from my stash. I cut out three of the doily shapes from the sheet to use on my card. 



I glued everything down and this is my completed card. 



I love this card so much and am so excited to give this to Emily for her birthday!






Thank you so much for visiting me today!

Hugs, Shelly












Monday, January 25, 2016

DIY Neutral Home Decor Piece and My Winter Mantel


I want to share with you an easy DIY Neutral Home Decor piece that I made for my winter mantel. 

You can watch me put this together and get a tour of my winter mantel on the YouTube video below. 



I found all of these supplies at Michael's. 

Emily and I took a trip to a new Michael's on my birthday. 

When we walked in the door, they had a new collection called Market Alphabet Soup that they had just put out on the shelves. 


The first piece that I saw and had to have was this distressed pallet. 

I knew this would be perfect for my winter mantel, but it's also neutral enough that it would be perfect for all-year round. 

When I began walking around, I found the letter "B," mason jar lid with knob, copper burlap flower, and resin keyhole piece and just started playing with how I wanted to lay it out on the pallet. 

This project took me around 10 minutes to put together. 

The letter B has a hanger on the back, so I just hammered in a nail to the pallet and hung the letter on the top left corner. 



The next thing I did, was hot glue the mason jar lid onto the keyhole resin piece. 




Then I hot glued the resin piece to the right side of the pallet. So easy!




The last piece to go on is the copper burlap flower. This is actually a magnet, so I just added on some hot glue to the magnet and adhered it to the bottom left corner.




Here is a look at it on my winter mantel. 

I layered it on top of my faux window and picket fence. 

I draped a yarn pom-pom banner across it. 





I love how this turned out. 

You could stencil on some words to each picket or I can change up the banner going across it for each season. 




Here is a look at the entire mantel. 



Here is a look at the fireplace. I added another yarn pom-pom banner across my faux gate fireplace cover. 

I added some pine cones to my red lanterns and I also added the red ladder and wreath from my craft room. 




Here is a look at the entire view of the mantel and fireplace 



It took me a while to get my mantel decorated for winter, but I am so happy with how it turned out and I love the new neutral home decor piece. 

This will be a fun piece to decorate for the year. 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. 

Hugs, Shelly

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

2015 Project Life Album Flip Through | Pocket Style Scrapbook


Hi there! 

I filmed one of my most favorite videos to film for my Shelly's Crafty Life* YouTube channel. 

I filmed and uploaded my 2015 Project Life album. 



I love to flip through a completed album about as much as I do creating it. 

This album and video gives you a great snapshot of our year and the memories and moments that I was able to capture. 

I hope you enjoy the flip through. 

If you have any questions, just let me know!


Hugs, Shelly


*I changed the name of my scrapbooking channel to Shelly's Crafty Life and will begin sharing all DIY, home projects, decorating, and scrapbooking/memory keeping related videos on this channel. 

For all home related videos (cooking, cleaning, organizing, meal planning, recipe sharing, family vlogs, etc,) you can visit me at my Shelly's Home Life YouTube channel

Saturday, January 16, 2016

My 2016 Foxy Fix Traveler's Notebook and Inserts Plus a Journal Layout


For 2016, I will be using a Traveler's Notebook for various crafty projects. 

I purchased my traveler's notebook from Foxy Fix. 

It is the Wanderlust notebook in the color Espresso and the size is Wide. I chose the mint colored elastic. 



I added on the camera charm from this Etsy seller


For my inserts, I chose four notebooks from May Designs

This is a holiday design that I am hoping to use for monthly prompt journals such as Listersgottalist and photo a day challenges. 




This quote notebook reads "whatever you can do or dream, Begin it. Boldness has genius, power + magic in it."

I hope to use this notebook for art journaling/brush script/quotes. 


This pretty pink watercolor buds will be my journal for daily writing, reflections, notes, articles, etc. 


My last notebook is the Emily Ley Happy Stripe and I will be using this for my 2016 Ali Edward's One Little Word journal. 


I printed this quote from Pinterest and added it to the front of my journal notebook using some printed washi tape. 



For my first entry into my journal, I created this layout using a weight loss article from the Jan/Feb 2016 Shape magazine. 

I pulled product from my stash that included letter stickers, washi tape, rub-on's, stickers, roller date stamp, ink, and my Tim Holtz stapler. 


The article is called "The 10 Rules of Weight Loss That Lasts"

It really resonated with me and my One Little Word for the year. 

My word is "Change" and part of the focus with this word is my weight loss and health goals. 

This is the left side of the layout. 

I cut out my favorite part of the article and stuck it down with washi tape. 

I also used some rub-on's and a "do your best" sticker. 


This is the right side of the layout. 

For this side, I used some letter stickers, a couple of 3x4 project life cards, washi tape, and rub-on's. 


I added on my One Little Word, "change" using the letter stickers. 


I hand wrote the other elements of the article that I enjoyed reading and wanted to document for future reference. 




I enjoyed putting this layout together. 

I really wanted to keep this article and the main points of focus without having to keep the entire magazine. 




I hope to continue to share my Traveler's Notebook layouts on the blog for 2016. 

Please let me know if you use a Traveler's Notebook. I would love to see how you use your notebook too!

Thanks for looking and visiting my page. 

Hugs, Shelly

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

December 2015 December Daily via Project Life Style Plus Video


Here are my December 2015 Project Life layouts. 

I'm also calling this my December Daily via Project Life style because I made sure and captured a picture and story a day. 



Here is my YouTube video showing you everything in detail. 




For my supplies that I used , I keep a 2 gallon sized bag full of my Christmas goodies that includes paper, brads, tags, stickers, and embellishments. I also pulled stamps, inks, a roller date stamp, and my bag of frames and overlays. 




I started my December layouts with a Simple Stories 6x8 layout filled with pictures of my Christmas tree, home decor and fun pictures of store holiday decor. 



Here is the backside of the layout. 


I used some overlays over some of my pictures. I loved the pink scallop overlay for my tree picture. 




Since I captured a picture a day, I had six layouts for December. 

I hope that you enjoying seeing them all below. 








I had additional pictures for our family Christmas gatherings, so I used the Simple Stories flip pockets. 


The flip pockets are perfect for extra pictures and longer journaling. 



This layout covers that last week of December and our New Year's eve party with friends. 






For the last page of my layouts and album, I added in our family pictures that we had taken at the Fort Worth Stockyards. 

I used the Simple Stories 24/7 collection. 



I am so happy that I completed my December layouts and that my 2015 album is full of wonderful moments and memories. 

Thank you so much for looking. 

Hugs, Shelly


Friday, January 8, 2016

November 2015 Project Life Layouts Plus Video


Hi there.  Here are my November Project Life layouts. 

There will be more pictures for this month than usual. 

I had a couple of extra inserts to cover Thanksgiving with family. 


Here is the YouTube video showing you everything in detail. 



To embellish this month, I used the 24/7 paper collection from Simple Stories, some stamps and other goodies from my stash. 


Here are the layouts. 


I grabbed a picture of Emily's school picture to include in our family album. 

The speech bubbles were cut apart from a 3x4 card. 


These words strips were also cut apart from a 3x4 card. 


I lost my Grandfather this month and I wasn't sure how I was going to include it in my Project Life. 

I think it's so important to cover the hard times as well as the good times. 

We celebrated his life and legacy and I wanted to document it. 




I ran out of Design A page protectors, so I pulled the We R Memory keepers protectors that include these 4x4 slots. 

I pulled these pretty gold photo overlays from my stash and just had to use them on these layouts. 


For the card below, I love embellishing with pretty patterned paper, layering stickers, and adding a stamp phrase. 





I used the Design H page protectors for my Thanksgiving inserts. 



I added on a Simple Stories photo flip pocket for extra photo and journaling space. 







The weekend after Thanksgiving, we pulled out our Christmas tree and decor and got the house decorated for the holiday season. 



This is my extra insert that I have been including each month. 


It is just a fun way to include more pictures for the month. 



Well, that is a look at how I documented the month of November. 

Thank you so much for visiting. 

Hugs, Shelly

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