15 June, 2014

Crazy Crafters June Blog Hop - Project Life!

Welcome to another Crazy Crafters monthly Blog Hop.

If you have come in via Sue Wdowik at Nigh Nigh Birdie then you are on the right track!  
If you're lost or have just joined us, scroll down towards the bottom of the page for the full line-up (and your next stop).

As you may have guessed this month's theme is the brand new Project Life line of kits, embellishments, stamps and accessories.  The full line wont be available until the launch of the new catalogue but a selection of products is available for order. Right Now.

So what am I going to show you?  I thought about it for a long time and everything I want to say on the topic is waaay to lengthy to include in one post.  2014 is the second year I've done Project Life (as a supplement to my 12x12 layouts) and there is a lot I wish I knew BEFORE I started, which would definitely have influenced how I did Project Life.

I'm going to show you  my process from start to finish. This post will take you through the first half of the process and another post will follow in a few days focusing on different ways to embellish your cards and photos.

There really are no rules when it comes to PL.  In its' simplest form, PL involves using divided page protectors and filling some pockets with photos printed to size, other pockets with journalling cards and the remainder with "filler" cards which come in a kit so all you need in a pen.

This style doesn't appeal to me. AT ALL. I love embellishment so I lean towards the other end of the spectrum.

I want to stress that what I'm about to show you is not the only way to do PL and as you move through the Blog Hop, I'm fairly confident you will find many styles and approaches. So here is my approach:

Step 1.  Glance over the previous week's spread to which elements can be carried over to maintain continuity and flow throughout the album and what sort of page protector has been used on the right hand side (RHS).  This will influence how  big my photos need to be for the first half of the following week since that page will become the left hand side (LHS) when it's turned.
My previous week hasn't been finished but enough has been done to help me determine which elements I can carry over.  

As you can see, much of that week used Amy Tangerine's Cut an Paste Mini Kit along with elements from the paper line. I also used a mixture of all Maggie Holmes lines (both kits and paper).  The reason they work together is besides choosing colours that are common to both collections, they are also both printed on cream based paper rather than white.  This aspect is something I really don't want to carry over to the following week given I want to work with Stampin' Up!'s new PL cards.

Some of the colours are reasonably close to the ones in the SU kit so I'll probably bring in some embellishments in the relevant colours which don't have a very vintage or distressed feel and no cream.

Step 2.  Figure out which photos relate to the week I'm working on and what size they need to be.  Pick the RHS page protector that best suits them and the amount of journalling space or memorabilia needed.  Create any collages, and re size or crop photos before printing.  

I use a Canon Selphy to print PL photos.  Since most pics are on my phone, it took so much time to upload onto my laptop or PC, re size there and then take them somewhere for printing.  It's more cost effective than using a Selphy but since I only use it for PL, the convenience and speed at which I can do this makes it well worth it.

I love that I can edit on my phone. It's always with me and when I'm waiting at the doctor's for example, I can edit a few pics.  It's not an enormous task several times a year and this is where I struggled with last year's PL. 

I didn't have a Selphy last year so I had to rely on Hubz to print for me or take them somewhere else and so I'd get behind fast.  I don't scrap my 12x12 pages chronologically, but PL is a different story for me.  I don't mind being a little behind, but I don't want to be months and months behind.  This is another area that varies according to each PL-er.

Step 3. Sometimes I do this step before #2 but it's not critical.  It mixes things up a bit!  This step is all about SUPPLIES!  Pretty paper and embellishments and...stuff!  Lots of STUFF!  Here is where my personal approach may differ to yours.

I usually (but not always) start with a kit or paper collection.  Or colour combination or something else which inspired my selection of product.  I like to bring a few elements be it a couple of cards from the previous week's kit selection or some embellishments that will also co-ordinate with the current week.  This means it's not such a harsh jump if two consecutive weeks differ greatly in terms of supplies like the two weeks I'm going to be showing you.  We'll see how successful I am in marrying the two together!

Since I like to mat EVERY photo, I go through a lot more cards and paper than the basic version of PL.  This doesn't bother me but it's not to everyone's taste.

So this week I'm using the Everyday Adventure Kit from Stampin' Up! as my jumping off point.  These cards come in various shades of the following SU colours: Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White.
I then went to my Project Life Core Kits which are mixed and sorted by colour.  This made it really quick to pull out close matches to the SU colours.  I mostly used cards from the Strawberry and Blush kits with a few from Honey as well.

I realised that some of the colours in Amy Tangerine's Plus One line matched really well too, so I pulled out the Mini Kit and a few cut apart sheets.  I didn't buy much of the pattern paper from that collection though.

Next stop are the SU paper pads in all the colours of the kit and any DSP that matches too.  Kaleidoscope was an excellent match in both style and colour.  lastly, my trusty box of scraps is always at my feet.

In terms of embellishments, I have the co-ordinating embellishment kit (which matches the everyday 
 adventure) and pulled out some sticker sheets and die cuts from Plus One, Doodlebug and Simple Stories. 

They all had elements that would match well in terms of colour and style.  I'll also pull die cuts, stickers, alphas, washi, stamps and dimensional embellies as I need them.  The only reason those first few were singled out was because they had arrived over the past few weeks and had not been put away,  Ahem.
Have a few supplies from last week's spread handy and make a mental note of which items will work.  We touched on this a little in Step 1.  You'll see more of what will and wont work when we go through the embellishment process in the next part of this post.

Step 4.  Trim the photos and place them roughly in chronological order.  I just place them on top of the page protectors (PP) for now since they are likely to be moved around.  Pick out some cards and allocate them, trying to balance colours across the spread.  

Make sure photos needing more writing have a slot for a journalling card nearby.  Photos are often matted on pattern paper but not always. If using pattern paper cut it to size. 

 At this stage I don't adhere anything until I'm sure I'm happy with the position of everything and until anything being layered under the pics is finalised.

Don't be afraid to chop up PL cards for layers, photo mats or embellishments.  I manage to find a use for virtually all the scraps somewhere or other.

That's where I'm stopping for today.  I've stuffed the photo along with the card into each pocket.  It often happens that if I "sleep on it" I'll change my mind about some cards when I next work on the spread.

Meanwhile, I have several Pinterest boards related to Project Life. Right now I'm still not fully functional in either mind or body so I do rely on sketches and ideas quite heavily until this occurs.  Links to the relevant boards are below:

Thanks for hanging in there and I hope I haven't exhausted you since there are a few more stops to go on the Hop.  I hope you check back in a few days for Part 2 which is all about embellishment!

Next stop is Teena Maher at Stamping With Teena

Here is the whole line-up:
1.Kylie Bertucci at Crafty Kylie
2.Tamie Holt at Tamie Luvs Craft 2
3.Carolina Evans at  Studio Evans
4.Deborah Raymer at Debzhouse
5.Laura Britten at  Stamping with Laura Jane
6.Sue Wdowik at Nigh Nigh Birdie
7.Alex Trofimov at Pink Crafty Mama  <----You Are Here!!
8.Teena Maher at Stamping with Teena
9.Angela Lorenz at Angs Crafty Cards

14 June, 2014

Perfect Partnership! Stampin' Up! + Becky Higgins

Well I'm afraid this is old news by now but Stampin'Up! has a rangeof Project Life cards!  And the most exciting part is that this is a proper,fully legit partnership with the creator of Project Life - Becky Higgins!
What exactly is Project Life?  Lets hear it from the lady herself - Becky Higgnis who came up with the system.  Here is how she describes it.

Here's what Becky has to say about this new partnership including answers to some FAQs.

One of the PL kits is available for order NOW!

Check back tomorrow for the Crazy Crafters' monthly Blog Hop all about Project Life!

Here are the current PLxSU products available to buy now!

02 February, 2014

Crazy Crafters February Occasions Blog Hop


Hello fellow crafting fanatics! I'm pleased to be participating in this month's Crazy Crafters Blog Hop. You should have just left Michelle Mills at hello day cards but if you've just joined us, the full line up is linked below.

This month's theme is the Brand New Occasions Catalogue (which I will link up in the side bar in due course).  I'm crafting myself this month but while my infection is behind me, the arthritis is still making crafting a bit of a challenge so I thought I would do something a little different this month.

When I saw the new catalogue, the first thing that came into my head was how many embellishments I could make for both cards and layouts...and how expensive ready made embellishments are in Australia.  Making your own is both fun and saves money...which you can spend on more crafty goodness.  See where I'm going with this?

I'm not up to doing everything I wanted in one go so I'm going to pace myself and do a bit of a mini series kicking off with the blog hop and making a new type of embellishment every couple of days.

I'd love it if you wanted to craft along with me! (I'll be back with the product list a little later)

Today I focused on rosette embellishments.  I picked 2 paper collections in the new catalogue - Kaleidoscope for more feminine cards and Retro Fresh for the boys - and I'll stick to these throughout the series.

I made the rosettes in two ways - four of them were made using the Score board (scoring every 1/4 inch) and 2 were made using the Bigz XL Designer Rosette Die.

Either way, you need to cut a strip of paper HALF as wide as you'd like your finished rosette to be.

The image below shows the process.  The top left image shows the first step if you are using the score board.  The next three are the same regardless of which method you chose.
I prefer using hot glue to hold it together and adhere the first layer of paper onto the top.

I layered DSP and cardstock cut using dies and punches and added the final layer of embellishment using Dimensionals.
Made using Designer Rosette Die

 Made Using the Score Board



Thanks for stopping by!  I'm the last stop but if you want to do it all again, feel free to start at stop #1 Sue Wdowik at Nigh Nigh Birdie and the full line up is below

1. Sue Wdowik at Nigh Nigh Birdie
2. Carolina Evans at Studio Evans
3. Kate Benade at Stamping with Kate
4. Tamie Holt at Tamie Luvs Craft2
5. Teena Maher at Stamping with Teena
6. Barb Conroy at The Stamping Queen
7. Angela Lorenz at Angs Crafty Cards
8. Sarah Rae Oakes at Stampin' Up! with Sarah
9. Aroha Mills-Barlow at ScrapTasticMama
10. Kylie Bertucci at Crafty Kylie
11. Deb Raymer at DebzHouse
12. Michelle Mills at hello day cards
13. Alex Trofimov at Pink Crafty Mama<-----That's Me!

23 January, 2014

January Blog Hop Winner!

Im sorry it has taken me so long to get this drawn.

Ill health and hot weather have not been kind to me.

Congratulations to Pam C.  I will be emailing you to get your details and have your prize sent out.

05 January, 2014

Crazy Crafters January Blog Hop

Hello everyone!  Welcome to the Crazy Crafters January Blog Hop.  If you've just come from Angela Lorenz' Blog Angs Crafty Cards then you're on the right track!  If you've just joined us and would like to follow the blog hop in order, scroll down for the full line up!

I'm once again very pleased to take part in the monthly Blog Hop brought to you by the Crazy Crafters Stampin' Up! team.

This month is going to be a little different due to the fact that I haven't made a card at all.  I have a guest blogger this month - the very talented Andrew Trofimov (affectionately known as Hubz).  He's quite artistic in his own right but his subject matter is almost always geeky, sci fi, comic or anime in nature and today's card is no exception.

I've been meaning to have him post some of his creations from time to time but having been discharged from hospital a few days ago due to a bout of cellulitis, I wasn't up to the challenge especially as I found the black and white only theme quite difficult.  I may make up the card I had in mind in the coming days (or weeks!) depending on how I'm feeling.

So now onto Andrew's entry which requires a little background info.  Andrew is a fan of Japanese anime especially anything directed by Hayao Miyazaki and today's card is inspired by My Neighbor Totoro.

His first thought was a housewarming type card featuring the ススワタリ or  Susuwatari which are little dust bunny type creatures inhabiting empty houses.

Ain't they just the cutest little things?  Totoro is the big bunny-like creature.

After my having spent four days in hospital, Andrew thought a welcome home card could also work with the same creatures...plus they're black...and therefore fit the theme. Bonus!

The new Undefined Stamp Carving Set aroused Andrew's interest and he's one of the fortunate people who can draw (unlike myself which is why I stamp).

Due to their rather simplistic design, and the fact they they are always depicted in very large numbers, Andrew felt a Susuwatari stamp would be indispensable to every stamper's arsenal. (Natch.)

He omitted the pupils on the stamp (or should I say stampsS since he made four different susuwstaris) so they can be added in with a pen later and by doing this, their expressions can be changed just like real Susuwatari...I mean...like the ones in the film.  We all know there aren't REALLY Susuwatari hiding in dusty crevices, right?  RIGHT??? Moving right along. ahem.

Acorns are also relevant to the story.  Totoro carries a sack of them and the Gently Falling stamp set was perfect in both style and size.

Andrew used some older, retired DSP and some non SU alphabet stickers as well as hand sketched Totoro on the card.  All the other materials used are listed below.

Like last month, there will be a giveaway.  The items up for grabs are the same as last month as there were no eligible entries.  

All you have to do is sign up to receive my monthly e-newsletter HERE.  Like last time, entries are only open to AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS and come back on 10th Jan to see if you've won.  Any questions, please email me at pinkcraftymama@gmail.com

Now that's about it from Team Trofimov.  Hopefully I'll be back on deck soon but my arthritis meds are getting a bit of an overhaul further complicated by the cellulitis so not feeling like myself of late.

Now your next stop is Kate Benade at Stamping With Kate

Here is the full Blog line up:
Michelle Mills at Hello Day Cards 
Kylie Bertucci at Crafty Kylie 
Sue Wdowik at Nigh Nigh Birdie 
Carolina Evans at Studio Evans 
Tamie Holt at Tamie Luvs Craft2 
Sarah Rae Oakes at Stampin' Up with Sarah 
Teena Maher at Stamping with Teena 
Angela Lorenz at Ang's Crafty Cards
Alex Trofimov at Pink Crafty Mama  <-----------You are Here!!!
Kate Benade at Stamping with Kate
Supplies used to make this card: