My daughter has been captivated by Pinterest as she is planning her 14th birthday party. As a result of this fetish, we are making tissue Pom-Pom flowers and fall owls for her upcoming party! I wanted to carry the theme to her card with a graphic feel owl using tissue paper flowers for the owl’s eyes. I am playing along JustRite Friday Challenge #084 – Flower Power to make a card using three flowers.
The two miniature tissue paper flowers for the owl’s eyes with a little brad in the center turned out SO CUTE! The third little flower embellishes the blue mat with a stamp using stamps from JustRite’s Times New Roman font set.
I don’t have a die set for making an owl, but I thought I love how Spellbinder’s Nestability Fancy Labels 3 Nestability served as the bones for the rest of the owl. I used Spellbinders Nestability Ovals and Scalloped ovals for the wings. The limb was made from the Doodle Parts Nestability die. The embossed background is” QuickCutz Label AZ”, inked with Memento’s Moonlight White for a misty effect. The yellow and orange matting were cut with the curved cutting tool that goes with my cutter.
Nestability dies: Oval, Circle, Oval Scallops, Doodle Parts, and Fancy Label 2, and Spellbinder’s Labels 18 for the light blue mat.
JustRite Stamps: Demi Celebrations (“Happy Birthday to You”), and Times New Roman, 15 point, and 95 point (flower, tiny corner flourishes, large flourishes at the bottom.)
Aren’t his little eyes the cutest ever? This pop right up off the card and stay fluffed no matter how many times I smush them, which is great for envelopes! I think I love owls as much as my daughter does. He’s just a hunk of cuteness.
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This is the hidden journaling referred to in a prior post. I’m still figuring out how to post from my iPod to avoid the photo upload process! I had not yet figured out how to include more than one photo per post!
This is the graduation series continued. It was a two page spread with a smaller insert stuck between. Stickers were used for “GES” and my Cricut and SCAL for “grad”. There is a silver brad from my stash on the card with small PhotoSheet photos that says “joy” that I loved finding a perfect place to use (from my stash).
I also loved getting a pic of her adjusting her first dressy party shoes (for her first dance after graduation). That’s a benefit of always having a fast point and shoot source of photo-taking. I need to get my camera purse ready again to get these candid shots that I love.
the journal sticker was from a kit I’d ordered online (Bella Rose, My Mind’s Eye).
This used the Project Life Mimthly Title card as a basis for a photo layout. I had family visiters I wanted to include, but was running low on space to fit them in around focal pics of her, so this was a perfect solution. I really can’t recommend PhotoSheet free program enough, and it’s FREE!!! I cut side two of the 4×6 spread I created and cut one small one to fit the space.
So, that wraps up the graduation series. I think I calculated an ungodly number of graduations between the three kids in the next 20 years, so I should get good at them! (My Girl also from the kit I ordered online, let’s see, it’s a My Mind’s Eye series called Stella Rose).
Comment so I can share your Project Life journey! I’m getting a lot of fresh inspiration from Pinterest as well to fill in some holes and complete pages I had only partially finished. I like to work I phases, though, placing photos first, them adding things in as I find coordinating supplies, stubs, or inspiration to finish. It’s a work in progress for me!
My daughter’s face throughout preschool and elementary was fun here. I did it with software that does face recognition. Very cool. On the back is a copy of the school prayer she was asked to do to open graduation. What an honor! She didn’t enjoy the draft in the album as much as I did, so I did it in hidden journaling on the back. I hope it makes us both happy.
I decided to do “significant events” in my album by month. It is somewhat ordered, though throughout the album, a few pics are inserted where I needed a fill. I used my Cricut and SCAL for 2010 an the graduation hat, stickers by Cloud 9 Design, and PhotoSheet for the small pic. Love this free program for small pics for this project!
This is a Shabby Chic card for the JustRite Stampers challenge for this week:
The Sentiment “demi phrases” I used are on sale at the JustRiteStampers.com website for $5! They are some of my very favorites.
This is the first Shabby Chic card I’ve made. I used a card to “case” from PaperCrafts magazine which uses the same set of demi-phrases (Mar/Apr 2010, Debbie Olson).
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I have sifted through 14 years of duplicates this week and have completed six of those years in just two weeks. This method involves 12″ X 12″ divided page protectors, doing away with the need to crop (unless you want to), tape, or glue. It also takes care of that pesky problem with most slide-in photo albums of not having the correct orientation slides for your photos. The pages come in all sorts of sizes shapes, and orientations. I lay out the photos I want to go on a page, then choose the protector that suits the need for that page.
While there is space for creativity if you desire, you don’t even need that!
This method is great for when you have bulk work to do, or older photos you do not want to scan or risk damaging.
Here’s a slide-show for larger viewing if you have time to let it load. If not, the same photos are below (click on each to see it larger.)
These particular photo protectors are NOT the protectors that come with the official “Project Life” kit, nor does it take on the “daily” most people use that kit for. I am using their ideas to accomplish my own goals of doing photo back-log with various divided page projectors. I did not use most of the journaling cards that came with the kit for this project. After I get photos I already have printed caught up, I hope to use more of the actual kids for the “daily” journaling. I will probably still only use it as I feel like taking photos rather than “week by week” as most are using it. I think it takes something away from my photography to make a “to do” list out of it. I like to follow my own impulses more. But, we’ll see. For this “back log” of photos I’m tackling, I plan to go back and add in some writing/dates/detail to my project as time allows. For now, the photos are OUT OF SHOEBOXES! Yay me!
I put in all the photos that could go together in some sort of general order in the sleeves, then am going back to fill in titles or journaling as there is space. I mounted the 3.5X5″ inch ones on 4X6″ white cardstock and used the extra white space on the mat cardstock for journaling. In some cases, I wrote with a permanent marker on the plastic sleeve (see the home remodeling pages). It just seemed to work, though it may rub off…if so, fingernail polish remover takes it off. I’ll continue to work on journaling and labeling and making it pretty as I have time and patience. In some cases, I used my nestability dies, or office sticky labels for dates on top of the protectors. My rule of thumb for this amount of bulk is “photos first”. I didn’t have a great camera in those years, and each of the baby faces is special to me. I just want them in books for this one family album to enjoy. I can always pull out special ones to traditionally scrapbook for them as I desire later. I like journaling each photo with a sticker label for this amount of bulk, plus, it seems easier for my guys to follow than a lot of writing.
Ideas for labeling individual photos:
- A banker’s label punch worked great to fold and drape over the folder. I just added a smidge of dot runner tape to the back of the photo to keep it from sliding when I pushed both into the protector.
- In some cases, I made a paperclip label, especially when the protector allowed something to stick out of the top (some brand protectors slide from the side, making this impossible, while other photo slide from the top, making it possible).
- I plan to add a few page tabs to indicate the passing of the first year as soon as I can find them at a store.
Feel free to comment or add any questions. If you are doing Purpose Life and are posting your photos with titles were I can find you or are on the gallery at Project Life, chances are, I’ve been visiting you!
Divided Page ProtectorsAC Divided Page Protectors
8.5X11″ standard Page Protectors
SCAL, Cricut, and SVG cut files
Patterned Paper (Various)