Hey everyone and welcome to the August Gossamer Blue Blog Hop!
This month I put together a short video of a couple Project Life spreads I created with this month's kits. You can also scroll below for photos of these pages. And you can scroll all the way to the bottom for the blog hop list (next up is the lovely Laura Rahel Crosby).
Here is week 28...
And here's a look at week 29...
And on with the blog hop...
Kelly Xenos (you are here!)
Laura Rahel Crosby
Oh Sunday....you are my favorite.
Especially when I can sit and make layouts like this.
I took this photo a few weeks ago when we were up north with some friends. I was on a balcony watching Chris and our friend build a fire and it was such a beautiful night. I had it printed as 6"x12" through Persnickety Prints and it turned out so perfectly. I was thinking of just doing a 6"x12" layout because I'm not really good with 12"x12" layouts but once I laid it down on the cardstock it just seemed to work. I used the Ali Edwards Go Story kit and the gold glitter sunburst came in the Gossamer Blue August add-on kit #2. I love it.
It's SCRAPBOOK SUNDAY and I thought I would share a post I did for October Afternoon's blog a couple weeks ago. So you may have seen this over there but it's been such a long time since I've had a mini book up on my blog that I thought I would put it up here as well. I forgot how much I love to make mini's!!
This album is all about a trip to Great America with my family and I figured a mini book was the perfect way to capture this day!
To create the cover I stamped black ink on kraft cardstock with the Summer roller stamp. I simply stamped over and over and over until I had an area that was 4"x6". I am using 4"x4" and 4"x6" photos in this album so I made the entire album 4"x6". After I cut the front cover I ran it through my sewing machine and added a puffy yellow star and a label for the title and date.
Inside the album I used a mix of Summertime patterned papers and 3"x3" memory cards for my journaling. Once everything was organized in the right order I used a hole punch and metal rings to hold everything together.
Below is the entire album and you can click on each photo to see a larger image.
For the last page I used my favorite photo from the day of my two brothers on the roller coaster X-Flight, and the same patterned paper I used on the inside of the front cover. The geotag that is stamped throughout the album is from the Summertime clear stamp set and I love the size of it!
Here is the back of the album. I used the same technique as I used for the front and then ran it through my sewing machine.
Hello August! The new Gossamer Blue kits are out today and they are filled with beautiful papers, cards, and embellishments. Sometimes all I need to get me out of a scrapbooking rut (which I'm currently not in, thank goodness) is a really good kit. And this month's kits are really, really good.
I created this layout to document our 8 year wedding anniversary that was at the end of June. That little 08 card is from the life pages kit and obviously it could be used for the month of August but you could also use it to document anything with the number 8. The background wood grain paper is from the main scrapbooking kit and the cork embellishments are from the life pages kit. I haven't had cork pieces in my stash in awhile and I forgot how much I LOVE them! I can't wait to show you the Project Life pages I made with the life pages kit.
Happy Friday my friends!
Here are 5 things I think you should know about...
1. I went to Baskin Robbins the other day and they were out of peanut butter and chocolate ice cream. Like, what? How is that even possible? I've never heard of them being OUT of peanut butter and chocolate. EVER. My first real job was scooping ice cream at Baskin Robbins and I've been loyal to their peanut butter and chocolate ice cream my entire life. I'm starting to question my loyalty. And I guess I now have to call ahead to make sure they have it.
2. I'm now addicted to the tv show The Blacklist. I started watching it on Netflix and I have a feeling my entire weekend will be dedicated to this show. That James Spader.....
3. My final project is up on the October Afternoon blog today! It has been such an honor being their guest designer this month.
4. I think I've caught the knitting bug which is strange because it's 85 degrees outside and usually this doesn't happen for me until the fall season when it starts to get cold. I think what triggered it were these beautiful images I found on Pinterest.
5. And finally, the August Gossamer Blue kits come out tomorrow and I'm so excited for you to see them! I'll have a layout posted here tomorrow so come on by!
Hello friends and happy scrapbook Sunday!!
I've spent the entire weekend playing with paper, catching up on Project Life, and writing blog posts for other blogs. I just couldn't end this day without posting in this space. I've been slacking lately and I have so much to share with you...I know it will all work it's way out eventually. I just need like 4 more hours a day and we would be good.
Today I want to share with you week 24 of my Project Life album which I shared on the Gossamer Blue blog last week. Everything in this spread is from the Gossamer Blue July kits. (P.S. I'm obsessed with that geotag paper.) I'm using the design F page protector which is such a simple layout to do because you can print 2 - 4"x3" photos on one 4"x6" piece of photo paper. Cut it in half and done.
I created a flip up card to add more journaling because I had more photos and not enough pockets for journaling cards.
This was so simple to do and you can check out the GB blog for more details on how to do it!
I've been working with the Gossamer Blue August kits yesterday and today and I just can't wait to share those pages with you next month. Good stuff!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!
Hey everyone and welcome to the July Gossamer Blue Blog Hop! This is my first one and I'm so excited to share with you a couple layouts I made with the July kits.
First is Afternoon Coffee which is a 6"x12" layout with a 6"x6.25" photo. I love this layout size and all the coffee related products in this months kits worked perfectly for this story!
That 'will stop for hot coffee' piece is a stamp on white cardstock then I cut it out with a circle punch. There is a foam dot underneath to lift it off the page.
Next is my You Are layout about my little sister. The layout is 8.5"x11" and the photo, which is my recent favorite, is 6.5"x5.5".
I just love that navy card from the Life Pages Kit and it perfectly held the gold 'you are' which was the jumping off point for my journlaing. I simply repeated you are to document all the wonderful things about her right now.
Both layouts above were made with the following kits that are still available at Gossamer Blue!
And on with the blog hop...
Happy Friday! Today Mr. X and I are off of work for the 4th of July holiday and it is gorgeous outside. We have finished re-screening our windows so we can open ALL of them without the chance of any mosquitos or bees coming in to bite and sting our faces while we sleep. It's a good day. And here are five things going on...
1. I'm October Afternoon's guest designer for July so I am up on their blog today and will be every Friday this month with a new project. AHHHH!!!! Crazy exciting! I have always loved their products and this month I am working with the Summertime collection which is just yummy. They always have such great colors and patterns, don't they???
2. We are now addicted to the new television show Mr. Robot. Soooooo gooooooood.
3. Having trouble getting into my next book and hoping that works itself out this weekend. I think after you finish an EXCELLENT book, nothing else can compare. I have started All The Light We Cannot See, The Cuckoo's Calling and Possible Side Effects (about 50 pages into each one) and for the life of me cannot decide what I want to read. AND I ordered three new books on Amazon yesterday. What is wrong with me?
4. I am using my Get To Work Book now that July has started and loving it! I have never really been a planner person because I use my Outlook calendar for everything. But this is going to be used for my creative stuff and so far it's working pretty well. With some of the packaging pieces I created a bookmark and tabbed divider after I saw the one Nicole Reaves created here...she is amazing.
5. And finally, don't forget to check out the July Gossamer Blue kits...they are totally awesome!!
Today I want to share with you my Project Life for week 23 using the July Gossamer Blue kits that come out today!! This is my first official month with Gossamer Blue and I am crazy in love with their kits. The product selection in each kit coordinates so well and everything is fun and colorful and I'm just super happy to be part of this team!
For this week I'm using only products from the July Bits & Pieces kit. You know I'm a big fan of cutting things up and making them work for what your doing and there were so many things in this kit that caught my attention that I thought would be perfect for a Life Pages spread.
Here is a look at the left side. I created my own journaling cards with the patterned paper pad that came in the kit...always fun to do!
The kit comes with a huge pack of ephemera from Shimelle which I'm a big fan of and I used my circle punch on this heart burst piece that I attached to a piece of patterned paper to create a journal card. The 'enjoy this life' is from the stamp set by Evalicious that also comes in the kit.
Couldn't resist adding my CAMP coffee packaging :) I stapled a piece from the kit to the top.
Here's a look at the right side. The Atlas Tags from Pink Paislee make perfect journaling cards. I also folded one over the top left photo and included a stamp at the bottom. Just adore that stamp set. The kit also has a super cute sticker sheet from Evalicious that I used on the bottom right photo.
And here's a couple more journaling cards I made with the patterned paper, stamps and ephemera. That 'happy & full of love' card is my favorite!
Here's my big exciting news!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!
I am now on the 2015-2016 Gossamer Blue Design Team with these AMAZING people above. Seriously, they are all so incredibly talented and inspiring and to be on this team is a dream come true for me. I am so grateful to Lori and Gossamer Blue for this opportunity.
I started scrapbooking in 2006 when I came across a scrapbooking store by my work that was closing. I went in on my lunch break and bought as much stuff as I could and about a dozen old issues of Creating Keepsakes magazine. I read those magazines as soon as I got home and I went back to that scrapbooking store every day on my lunch break until it closed. I was hooked. I fell in love with creating albums filled with stories and photos and cool paper and embellishments....it's all I wanted to do.
I jumped on the Project Life train in 2011 and I have completed an album for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and now I'm working on my 2015 story. I love creating layouts just as much as I love working on Project Life. I love it all!
So THIS. This is what I've dreamt about. Working with a great company that has great taste and I get to share all the goodness with other passionate memory keepers and hopefully inspire someone to document their story....it's truly a gift!
Thanks to everyone that has been here for awhile and thank you to the new comers! I'm really looking forward to the future. As we say at our house - LOVE & HUGS!
Welcome to week 20 of my Project Life album!
Back to a full two page spread. Weeks like this make me fall in love with Project Life all over again.
This week I am using cards from the Studio Calico Carolina Moon Project Life kit. Not too much journaling this week but I think I captured the important stuff. All photos were taken with my iPhone. I would say 99.9% of this album is iPhone photos.
Here's a look at the right side. I'm still addicted to wood veneer.
And my favorite part of this week is my little Mad Men tribute. This was the last episode of the series and I pulled these two photos off of Instagram to include in my album. The card behind it is a 4"x6" card from the Gatherings Story Kit. Great show.
Hello friends! Happy Friday!
It's been awhile. So here's 5 things going on with us right now...
1. The first strawberry of the season happened this week and it was pretty exciting. Mr. X has started our container garden and I know it's going to be awhile before anything is harvested. So a strawberry was a big deal. It was delicous and I tried to savor it in multiple bites when really, it's like a one bite strawberry. I even offered Mr. X a bite which was pretty ridiculous.
2. Big news coming on Monday and I can't wait to share it with you. I think I've said this before but July is going to be a big month and I'm filling my Get To Work Book with ideas and plans and deadlines and I can't even tell you how excited I am. Stay tuned...
3. Black coffee and these napkins from my recent trip to IKEA are making me so happy these days.
4. I'm almost finished with the book The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and I highly recommend it. Ohhh it's just so good. Up next is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and I was told by one of my sweet co-workers that it is even better than The Nightingale. Yikes.
5. And finally, if you follow me on Instagram you've seen my photos about our cat, Monster, who refused to use her new cat bed I bought for her. Well....she did it. I positioned it perfectly in the sun and she took a very short nap the other day and she hasn't been back in it since. Baby steps...
Welcome to week 19 of my Project Life album!
I am almost up to date with my album and it feels pretty good. I have some amazing things coming up in July and June is going to be busy so having all my photos printed through today is huge.
This week was my birthday week hence all the selfies. It's only a one pager and It's all about me! Ha!
Cards used are from Studio Calico's Carolina Moon Project Life kit and Ali Edwards. My favorite is the chipboard phrase sticker below from the Little Things Story Kit. A little handwriting directly on the photo and a tiny wood veneer heart and I'm in love.