This year I'm making monthly dividers for my Project Life album. You can see February here. I think it is a great way to use up extra supplies and play around without using photos.
For March I used a Design I page protector with 3 4x4 pockets. The patterned paper on the front is from the Studio Calico Sugar Rush Project Life kit and the Sugar Rush Paper Pad. I made the MARCH cut out with my Silhouette Cameo and piece of vellum. The blue arrow banner is also from the Sugar Rush kit.
To build the squares I simply cut strips of paper and overlapped them onto one another with a little tape. Once I had the papers chosen for the back and adhered everything together, I ran it through my sewing machine. The gold stars are also from Studio Calico.
For the back I used a mix of cards from the Seafoam Project Life kit, the Sugar Rush kit and previous Studio Calico kits.
And the gold BE WONDERFUL banner is also from the Sugar Rush kit. They need to make a bunch of these banners in gold. And silver too.
Welcome to weeks 7 and 8 of my Project Life album!
Week 7 was the week of Valentine's Day along with a dinner date with an old friend and a birthday celebration for my dad. The multi-colored card is from the Studio Calico Sugar Rush Project Life kit. The middle white card with the heart I had made a few weeks ago with a stamp from the Doodleheart Set from Purple Onion Designs.
You can click on any photo for a larger image.
I added a 12x4 page protector with 3 - 4x6 photo pockets. I had given Mr. X this card that I wanted to save.
And he gave me some beautiful roses I wanted to save. So I sewed a few petals into a pocket. The pink patterned paper is from the Sugar Rush paper pad.
For week 8 I included some photos from our trip to the orchid show on the other side of the insert. I have more that I'm planning to add on a layout that I will share when complete. The Sochi Olympic card is from Erica Hernandez. The Ordinary Day card is also from the Sugar Rush kit. And the multi-heart card I made with the Doodleheart Set from Purple Onion Designs. You can see other cards I made here.
I love sharing my excitement for things I love. So why not share them with you! Here are my current favorites from February.
Favorite Purchase I purchased the air plants above from Lazy Rs Air Plants found on Etsy and was so pleased with the quality and price. I was a little worried having them shipped from California to our frozen tundra but they shipped quickly and were perfectly fine when they got here. Definitely would order from them again.
Favorite Gift Given For my sister-in-law's birthday we bought her a Pet Rock Necklace from Field Guide Design also found on Etsy. It was so pretty - the packaging, the necklace, the design - I loved it! And thankfully she loved it as much as we did. I'm tempted to buy one for myself.
Favorite Book My goal this year is to finish one book a month. Two if they are small. February was The Book Thief and it is now one of my favorite books. I've read some bad reviews from people saying they couldn't get into it or it wasn't as good as they expected. It was definitely different but that's why I loved it. It was heart wrenching and the ending made me cry. I thought it was just a beautiful story and I hope you read it.
Favorite Scrapbooking Tool I'm constantly surprised by my Silhouette Cameo. I purchased this machine years ago and it did take me awhile to fall in love with it. I know it's pricey but every time I use it I feel like it's worth every penny.
This weekend we celebrated my sister-in-law's birthday with a trip to the Chicago Botanic Gardens for the orchid show. It was beautiful and just what I needed. The winter blues have hit hard and rooms full of colorful, fragrant flowers totally cheered me up.
I made my sister-in-law this card Friday night with my Silhouette Cameo and just LOVE it. That machine really is amazing. The font used is Telegrafico and the gold stars are from Studio Calico. I simply cut on plain white cardstock and then adhered it to a piece of gold paper I had in my stash.
My in-law's are doing some house organizing so they brought us a few goodies. I love old stuff.
And cool collections.
But this was the best. They gave Mr. X their old camera that they used on their honeymoon. Totally love that my father-in-law taped a note on the back with the date.
And this morning I played around with some Martha Stewart jewelry enamel paints I picked up on sale at Michael's a few weeks ago. I used them on a gold pendant I found at an estate sale that was a little beat up. Unfortunately the paint has to dry for 72 hours so I won't know until Wednesday if it really worked. But if it does, my jewelry box better watch out.
Happy Wednesday! Today I'm in love with so many things on my desk. The colors, the gold, the hearts, THE WOOD VENEER TAPE ABOVE. That will definitely be a favorite and I haven't even used it yet.
I'm obviously getting ready to put together last week but I have not printed any photos yet. Too busy watching snow fall, watching snow melt and reading The Book Thief. Anyways, I plan on using the Project Life cards I made a couple weeks ago and the new Sugar Rush kit. And of course these fantastic gold hearts from Studio Calico.
I love banana bread. Mr. X....not so much. I thought if I made banana muffins with chocolate chips I would change his mind. But it didn't work. Oh well, more for me.
This recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart's Banana Bread Recipe:
1 stick of room temperature butter
1 cup of sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour (I use King Arthur brand)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
4 ripe bananas, mashed up
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350. Line muffin tin with muffin papers.
Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix well. Add flour, baking soda and salt slowly. Once everything is combined add bananas, sour cream and vanilla. Mix until all combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Divide batter into muffin cups and bake for 28-30 minutes or until a toothpick or knife inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let muffins cool on a rack.
These are delicious. I liked using the whole wheat flour but you could definitely use 1 1/2 cups of all purpose. I thought the wheat flour would make these a little dry but using 4 bananas kept these super moist. You could also use regular size chocolate chips but I love the mini's. It's just the right amount of chocolate. YUM!
Lately it seems like when I receive my monthly Studio Calico Project Life kit I get inspired to create traditional scrapbook layouts. I think it's because the kits have been so fantastic that they just inspire me to create more than just my Project Life spreads.
These two photos have been sitting on my desk since October. I knew I wanted to create 2 separate layouts and then put them in a page protector back to back. I mostly used cards and embellishments from the Sugar Rush Project Life kit, patterned paper from the Sugar Rush paper pad and other patterned paper I had on hand.
This layout is of my little sister Norah making a bracelet for me on her rainbow loom on the way to Kentucky. The photo is 5 x 5 and was taken with my iPhone. The layout measures 6.25 x 10.5. It's an unusual size but I like that. You can sew a page protector to any size so why not create different size layouts.
This one is of my little brother Mitch playing Holly Jolly Christmas through this little speaker in the car while driving around Lexington. It was hilarious. The photo is 5 x 6.25 and the layout is 5.75 x 12. The backing of this layout is an old Hambly transparency.
The star pieces are wood veneer from the Sugar Rush Project Life kit. I put black Zing! embossing powder on top and changed them into glossy black with my heat gun.
Welcome to week 6 of Project Life!
This is the first full week of February so I included my new monthly divider. Love how it looks against the photos.
Here is the backside with two Instagram photos I took this week. Once again I am doing a one page spread. This week was very mellow with more cold, snowy weather and lots of work for me and lots of school for Mr. X. We did go see my little brother play basketball on Saturday so I included a few photos from that. The cards this week are from previous Studio Calico Project Life kits. The date circle is a stamp from Purple Onion Designs. And of course some wood veneer.
This wood veneer piece I stapled further up the card so it sticks up out of the pocket.
The date flag below is actually part of a 4x6 Project Life card from Amy Tangerine. I sometimes look at cards and think I will never use it so I take out my scissors and cut out a piece I like.
I decided to start doing monthly dividers for my Project Life album this year. Mostly because I think this will be a great way to use up some of my supplies and also because it's fun to play around and add something different to my album. Here is the first one for February:
I was playing with acrylic paint last week and painted a bunch of hearts onto a piece of white cardstock. I liked it so much but didn't really know what to do with it. Then I realized it would be perfect for my February monthly divider. The page protector is Design I which has 3-4x4 pockets. The February card was created with my Silhouette Cameo and I used black Zing! on a wooden veneer heart to attach to the middle. Simple, quick and easy.
Here is the back side where I added two Instagram photos from the first week in February. I used another wood veneer heart because you could see a little of the heart peaking through from the front. I'll post my week 6 tomorrow so you can see how it looks in the album. I'm loving it.
I brought out my watercolor pencils last night and played around with this lovely Doodleheart stamp set from Puple Onion Desings. Or course it turned into a set of Project Life cards which will be perfect for February.
I actually forgot how much fun those pencils are with the water brush pen. I have one similar to this. You basically color with pencil and brush with the water pen. I stamped everything with red ColorBox chalk ink. The chalk ink is so soft looking on it's own and I think is pairs beautifully with the watercolor.
My favorite is the single heart below with the 'photo' sticker from Tim Holtz. I'm planning on using that stamp on my Valentine's cards.
Hello February and welcome to week 5 of my Project Life album!
I'm loving the flow of this years album so far. I'm definitely taking fewer photos right now but that always changes. Just like the seasons around here. I'm so happy with the photos I AM taking and embracing the simplicity of fewer photos, fewer embellishments, more journaling and more meaning.
In the upper right corner I included a card from my mom. I also included a polaroid I took with my Fujifilm Instax Mini. The cards in the middle are from Amy Tangerine's Project Life Mini Kit. The colors worked so well with my photos. The other two kraft cards I made with stamps from Purple Onion Designs.
And this photo is my favorite. I used Photoshop Elements to convert it to black and white and I think it is just awesome.
I had these sandwiches for the first time on New Year's Eve and Mr. X and I have made them 3 times since then. Needless to say - we love them. It's my friend Dawn's recipe and I believe she got it from her dad. We love it because it's so tasty and so easy. Only 2 ingredients. 3 if you count the rolls.
Each time we've made this we have used a different cut of beef so use whatever you like. Yesterday we used a 2 pound top sirloin roast. This size made enough for 5 large sandwiches. The other ingredient is a jar of sliced peperoncinnis. We like Mezzetta's brand. Place the roast and ENTIRE jar of peppers (including the juice) in your crockpot. Cook on high for 2-3 hours or until beef is tender enough to shred. You can of course cook low and slow all day if you have the time.
You will notice a lot of juice from the peppers but once you shred the beef and stir it all together, the beef will absorb the juice. Don't remove the juice because you think there is too much.
And that's it! Cheese would also be awesome on top.
We're super excited for the Olympics to start next week and I was even more excited when I saw Erica Hernandez updated her project life cards for Sochi. I used her cards in 2012 for the summer Olympics in London. It was fun to jot down what we were watching and who we were cheering for. Definitely going to do it again this year.
Below are a few pages from my 2012 album with the Olympic cards. It is a little crazy to see how much my pages have evolved over the last year and half.
I love sharing my excitement for things I love. So why not share them with you! Here are my current favorites from January.
Favorite Cold Weather Accessory Handmade wool mittens (above). These were a Christmas gift from my friend Laura a couple years ago. She made them with thrifted wool sweaters and lined them with fleece. This January they have gotten a ton of use and have been the only thing to keep my hands warm in these crazy negative temps. I loved them when I got them and I love them even more now.
Favorite Piece of Clothing Loft Skinny Corduroys. I love corduroys in the winter and these are awesome. I wasn't much of a skinny pants girl but these look great with boots and after reading all the reviews I had to try them. They are on sale right now and I think the quality is worth the sale price.
Favorite Television Show Suits on USA. Mr. X and I have just finished season 1 and it was fantastic. We started season 2 last night. Perfect TV series to get into during these long winter months.
Favorite Song The Stable Song by Gregory Alan Isakov. This is my absolute favorite song right now.
Favorite Purchase Small house plants from Home Depot and terra cotta pots. They were 2 for $5.00 last time we went. Grab a couple terra cotta pots and instant home decor.