Happy Thursday (or Friday, for most Americans!)! Today I thought it would be fun to share some of the recent projects I designed for BasicGrey using their new Second City and Evergreen collections. So much fun!
Happy Friday! Today I have two new pages from my baby album as well as two new printables in my shop to share! First up: the baby album progress…
For the first page, I used a hot pink sheet of paper from BG’s Highline collection and then embellished it with a gold feather, a phrase die cut, candy buttons, yellow washi tape, and aqua washi tape, which I then tucked into a full-size page protector. I also used the dotted lines on my “Kindly Send To” stamp to create a textured look across the background paper.
For the second page, I used a 3 x 3″ Capture divided page protector to house my 20, 25, and 30 week bump shots. I also used my new 52 Weeks Journaling Card printables trimmed down to 3 x 3″ (I just trimmed a half inch off the top and a half inch off the bottom to make it work). You can read more about these printables below!
P.S. The jump in bump size from 25 weeks to 30 weeks? WHOA BABY. (Terrible pun intended.)
This week has been one the more productive weeks that I’ve had in awhile, and as a result, I was able to crank out printables for both scrapbooking + pregnancy alike. Here are my two latest designs:
Pregnancy Week-by-Week Printables. I’ve been meaning to design these for quite some time, but I guess 8 months in as good a time as any, right? (Ha!) This set of printables includes 39 multi-colored cards (1 for each week of pregnancy, from week 4 to week 43), sized at 4.25 x 6.75.” They are perfect for weekly bump photos or even as inserts in a scrapbook or baby album! The best part of all is that if you don’t want them to be printed in color, you can always change your printer settings to black and white for a more uniform look.
52 Weeks Journaling Card Printables. This pack of printables features 52 journaling cards: 1 for each week of the year. Each card is 3 x 4,” making it perfect for memory-keeping systems such as Capture or Project Life. These printables can also be used for documenting a pregnancy, as you can see by my baby album pages above :)
Awhile back, I made a bunch of spreads for BasicGrey’s forthcoming line, Grand Bazaar. Given my current focus in life (maybe you can guess what it is?), I used some of my favorite recent photos and went to town. I honestly can’t remember the last time I had that much fun scrapbooking…! Even though a lot of these images and topics have already been covered in my main baby album, it doesn’t bother me in the least. I’ve got more important things to worry about. Like how in the world do the dishes pile up so fast and what will the baby’s Instagram hashtag possibly be?? (2014 is officially the WEIRDEST?)
Here are some of my favorite pages that I pulled together:
I’ve been having so much fun putting this album together lately! I think it’s partly because I’m making it for me (and not for an assignment) and partly because it means I am using up all sorts of random bits + pieces buried deep in my stash.
The first page was made with one of my favorite old school Dear Lizzy papers, accented with gold triangles cut from my Cameo, a strip of phrase masking tape from Oh Hello Friend, and one of the badges I designed for Scrapbook and More.
The second page was made from a mailer that I received from Fab.com back in 2012. Given it’s hot pink hue and the cute “Hi” message, there was no way I could throw that thing out, so I turned it into an album insert instead! I used some of my favorite Highline papers from BasicGrey, white alpha stickers from Kelly Purkey, and my new favorite fine-tipped pen.
And finally, for the last page, I used a sheet of lined vellum to temper the busy color and graphics of this Highline paper for a fun muted background.
This week has been busy, busy, busy, but I did manage to crank out a single spread for my ongoing baby album (albeit, on the floor of our impossibly messy office / nursery) (lord help us).
For the first page, I designed a list of journaling prompts in Illustrator and then sized it down to fit on the backside of the previous page. When I can’t find what I’m looking for, I just design it myself! The gold heart and arrow were cut out with my Cameo onto adhesive-backed gold foil paper. (The “04″ stands for the month of April, in case you were wondering.)
P.S. Ignore the “healthy + happiness” in the last line of journaling. I promise I am grammatically proficient! ;)
You can download your own set of journaling prompts right here!
For the second page, I used a sheet of pink patterned paper from a Studio Calico add on kit as my background and then added a large photo of my 25 week striped baby bump and a handful of other papers + embellishments, including yellow and aqua washi tapes, a BasicGrey gold feather, and one of the badges I designed for Scrapbook and More.
As usual, I adhered the dimensional elements directly on top of the page protector. While it won’t make for easy photographing of the next page (ha!), it’s much easier to do it this way than to try and fit everything into the tight real estate of the plastic sleeve.
With only a few days left before I enter the third trimester (?!?!), I’ve finally decided how I want to design her “baby book.” I haven’t fleshed anything out yet, but I can tell you that it will be pretty untraditional in the sense that it won’t exactly be a book. Ahhh, I can’t wait to get started! :)
Whereas last week was full of nonsense + frustration, this week is positively brimming with possibility and victory. What does this have to do with scrapbooking, you ask? Welp, I have no idea. But it sure makes everything easier when you have a skip in your step.
The latest pages of my album are all about two of my favorite pregnancy-related things thus far: baby bumps + miniature clothes. (Sidenote: I just compared my 13 week bump with my 23 week bump and it. was. shocking. I can only imagine what another 10 weeks is going to look like…!)
The righthand page is my 20 week bump shot from our recent trip to San Diego, printed at 6 x 9″ and tucked into a BG Capture page protector.
On this spread, I pretty much only used what supplies were already on my desk. Sometimes it’s easier to just use those pieces up then it is to put them back where they belong ;)
And finally, the righthand page features a mix of KP’s journaling cards and a fabric feather adhered to one of the tabbed pages that comes included with the Capture album.
I’ve started thinking about what kind of album I want to use to document my daughter’s life once she actually arrives and I’m definitely leaning towards photo books (something like this!) vs. scrapbooking. I’ll probably end up doing a mix of the two, but I’m still up in the air about it. Decisions, decisions.
While organizing and purging everything I possibly could from my office yesterday, I stumbled upon a handful of layouts from CHA Winter that I hadn’t shared yet! I love when free blog fodder drops into my lap. Literally ;)
Spice Market is one of my most favorite new collections to come along in quite some time. The saturated colors, the eclectic blend of patterns, and a handful of new embellishments all make it so much fun to play with! For this layout, I used a mix of patterned papers, Snippets, die cuts from the coordinating waterfall pack, and a one of the awesome new metal shapes.
For this layout, I used a combo of Capture patterned papers, element stickers, Scrabble chipboard letters, journaling + phrase cards from from the waterfall pack, and wood veneers that I painted with yellow craft paint. I love all the bright pops of colors in the latest Capture release! Totally up my alley.
Getting married and going on a honeymoon right before the tradeshow season gave me LOTS of photo options to pull from! (Heck, I’m still pulling from them!) For this page, I used more of the Capture patterned papers, die cuts from the waterfall pack, and a strip of the awesome new printed washi tape.
For this last project, I used more of the Spice Market collection, including lots of label stickers from the waterfall pack and my new favorite printed chipboard alphas. Happy photos call for happy color palettes and that’s exactly what this line provided!
P.S. In my cleaning / organizing / purging whirlwind yesterday, I filled three large flat rate boxes of scrapbooking + craft supplies that need to find new homes. You can claim yours here! (Domestic shipping only – thanks for your understanding!)
Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing another installment of my ongoing baby album. This spread was all about sharing our happy news with our parents. It was such a pivotal moment in this whole adventure, I thought it was worthy of two pages ;)
For the lefthand page, I used one of the inserts that came with the album as my background and covered the page with a handful of my favorite papers from BG’s Spice Market and new Capture collections. And those awesome sans serif white letter stickers from Kelly Purkey? Easily my favorite stickers ever.
This spread turned out to be one of my favorite layouts to date! I went heavy-handed on the pink and florals, because — spoiler alert — we’re totally having a girl. (But even if we were having a boy, there’d still be a generous pink coverage ;))
The lefthand page features a Highline paper cut into six different 3 x 3″ squares to act as the background for my photos. To break up the grid, I adhered my strip of baby bump photos directly atop the page protector and sprinkled in Spice Market die-cuts and few strips of yellow and aqua washi tapes.
For the righthand page, I took a screenshot of my Little Ones board and placed it over a mix of Highline, Spice Market, and Capture papers. As with every big life event, my pinning habits tend get slightly out of control. What can I say? I need my fix!
P.S. Here’s part one of my baby album!
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It should come as no surprise that stamping is one of my favorite techniques for customizing my paper craft projects. For this card, I used a mix of BasicGrey’s Highline collection paired with Hero Arts’ Capture Number Background cling stamp to create a bold + colorful birthday greeting.
Using the Number Background cling stamp and Bubble Gum Shadow Ink, I first stamped the numbers onto a sheet of “So Fresh” Highline paper and trimmed that out to use for layering. Without wiping off the ink from the first stamp impression, I stamped again onto the card background paper to create a subtle typographical pattern. This technique is also referred to as “ghost stamping” and is perfect for tempering a bold ink color or adding texture to any stamp-able surface.
To embellish my card, I typed out “happy birthday” by running a sheet of the Capture Weekly Notepad through my typewriter. I then adhered it atop a Highline chipboard banner and added a Capture sticker and red + pink Candy Buttons for extra details.
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I recently had the pleasure of guest designing for Cocoa Daisy’s January kit and had such a blast putting my projects together. It also marked the first time that I worked out of our new home office (setting that place up is a sloooooooow process) and it totally reinvigorated my creativity. You can check out the rest of my projects here!