Archive for the ‘Project 12 2011’ Category

In 2009, we were visiting Husband’s family for Thanksgiving, and on Wednesday of that week, we decorated for Christmas…

I think I’ve mentioned it on the blog before this, but I have a really hard time with Christmas pages.  Part of the reason is because I don’t have many Christmas-themed supplies (though my stash of them has grown a bit), and also because the pictures always seem to look the same to me!  But it never seems right to just leave the photos and stories out of my albums, since Christmas is one of my favorite holidays.  I decided to use one of the challenges at Shimelle’s blog (to include a Christmas memory that hasn’t made it into my albums yet)–and write more journaling on this page than I had originally planned.

Originally, when I was choosing photos to print for this layout and pre-writing my journaling, I had something like this written down: “We had a great time choosing a tree and decorating for Christmas.”  Oh yes, so full of wonderful story, that journaling.  In one sense, that does say something about the photos, after all, that’s what we’re doing!!  But I went back to my Facebook album from this trip and looked at my captions for the photos and the comments on them and was able to write a story that was a bit more interesting.  Still nothing earth-shattering or deep, but certainly a little less dry!

This layout is based on the October 2011 Project 12 sketch:

I pulled out a couple of the Christmas papers I’ve been hoarding, and I made the pattern on the red paper myself by using white ink to stamp it with a swirl and a doily stamp that looked like a snowflake.  I am pleased with its subtlety, and yet the pattern still adds some interest.

I made the title phrase die cut design myself by welding together alternating upper- and lower-case letters and layering the script letters on top.  It makes me happy!

Some snowflakes, and some rhinestones to add sparkle…and I’m pretty pleased how this Christmassy page turned out!


patterned paper: SEI Christmas Mint (Cocoa Cluster), American Crafts The Goods (Wassail)
cardstock: the Paper Company (white), Paper Reflections (green, mint), red (non-cardstock) paper from stash
stamps: Wplus9 (Mehndi Medallians), Autumn Leaves (Flourishes by Rhonna Farrer)
white pigment ink: Stampabilities
white pen: Ranger Inkssentials (opaque white)
rhinestones: the Paper Studio
snowflake embellishments: Making Memories Mistletoe (Trims & Treats)
die cuts with Silhouette SD: scalloped circles from turkey_eat_pie; title fonts Bernard MT Condensed (welded) and HoneyScript (welded)
corner rounder: the Paper Studio
journaling font: DJB Natalie Print
foam adhesive: American Crafts This to That
sketch: October 2011 Project 12 sketch

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In August, my family was visiting, and while they were here, we went in to Husband’s lab with him because he had some things to take care of that couldn’t wait.  One of those things was to transfer liquid helium (read: really, really, really cold stuff) into the dilution refrigerator (read: piece of equipment to make things really, really, really cold for research), and my brother helped him out.  I got some fun pictures of the process and decided they deserved a 2-page spread of their own (you can click the picture below to see it a bit larger).

I used the September 2011 Project 12 sketch:

and as you can see, I interpreted it pretty darn literally.  I usually make all kinds of changes to sketches, but I am battling a cold, so it was nice to have design decisions already made for me, haha!

I used some patterned paper that I’ve had around for quite some time now.  I wasn’t sure when I would use it, since it has a greenish yellow that usually doesn’t work for me– but these photos were taken in a sub-basement lab under harsh fluorescent lighting, and only serious editing (that I wasn’t really willing to do) would have helped them (well, I could have changed them to B&W, but it’s too late now!).  I was pleased with how well the papers went with the weird color cast to the photos!

I also got out my circle cutter, which has been shamefully neglected.  I do love circles on my layouts, so it’s amazing that I haven’t been using it more.  I used the B-sides of several of these papers for my embellishments. It was good to be reminded of this tool by the Two Peas Products You Love class for October.

To top it all off, I added both machine AND hand stitching, inspired by the Scrapbook Circle Challenge #18.

patterned paper: GCD Studios Canta (I think)
cardstock: American Crafts (black textured)
die cuts: GCD Studios Canta (I think)
Silhouette SD with font Wendy Medium (welded)
circle cutter: EK Success
punches: Fiskars (Apron Lace border punch), EK Success (1″ circle punch)
journaling pen: Sharpie Ultra Fine Point
embroidery floss
machine stitching
sketches/challenges: September 2011 Project 12 sketch; October 2011 Products You Love (neglected tools); Scrapbook Circle challenge #18 (stitching)

edited to add:  Thank you, Davinie, for highlighting this layout both in the Scrapbook and Cards Today Project 12 September 2011 reveal as well as in your personal blog post.  I am so flattered by your lovely comments!!

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This layout was originally posted on the Lucky Girl Crafts blog on September 25!

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There is a huge farmer’s market in our city, and Husband and I finally made it up there to sample its goodness.  I took lots of photos the first time we went, and the patterned papers in the September Lucky Girls kit with their homey, small-scale prints were perfect to fill in sections of my photo grid.  I used my sewing machine and some butter-yellow thread to give the patterned paper sections a little border.

I used the Project 12 July sketch again because I just loved it so much–it holds so many photos!

I wanted to embellish the patterned paper blocks in the grid, so I pulled out a couple of the corrugated hearts that came in this kit, inked their edges with some brown ink, and pop-dotted them in the pink sections.  I added a couple of the foam dots from the Thickers set to tie in the aqua color from the title.

For the kraft sections, I made layered flowers by cutting three circles of increasing size out of two of the floral papers with my pinking shears, inking their edges, and crumpling them.  I punched two holes and tied the layers together with twine.  I think they are pretty cute!

A Jillibean Soup label sticker was the perfect place to add the date above my title, and I framed the journaling with a large bracket die cut with my Silhouette.

Supplies from the Lucky Girl Crafts September 2011 kit, “The Little Things That Count”
cardstock: Bazzill (White, orange peel texture)
patterned paper: Jillibean Soup Staples (White Macaroni), Jillibean Soup Sweet & Sour Soup (Sauerkraut; Crushed Tomatoes)
embellishments: hand-cut/layered paper flowers with twine from Jillibean Soup Bean Stalks Twill Polkas, Jillibean Soup Sweet & Sour Soup Labels, Jillibean Soup Corrugated Shapes
alphas: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Merry Mermaid Foam Thickers

other supplies:
alphas: October Afternoon Farm Fresh Mini Market Stickers (red & cream), Echo Park A Walk in the Park 12×12 alpha stickers
Silhouette SD: bracket_1007
brown journaling pen: American Crafts SlickWriter
brown ink for edging: Stampabilities
foam adhesive: Therm O Web
sewing machine stitching

sketch: Project 12 July 2011

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This layout was originally posted on the Lucky Girl Crafts blog on September 24!

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Husband and I have made it an unofficial goal to see as many of the waterfalls in our area as we can while we live here.  Earlier this summer, we traveled about 20 minutes from where we live to see Chittenango Falls.  It was a beautiful little hike, even if it was a grayish sort of day.

I used the August Project 12 sketch as the basis for my layout, and I took it pretty literally:

The papers in the September Lucky Girls kit were perfect for the photos I had from our afternoon at the falls.  I am a B-side kind of girl, so I immediately was attracted to the gray houndstooth side of the Bite Sized Bits paper.  And probably my absolute favorite paper in the kit as the kraft-background White Macaroni.  I cut my title and the scalloped border from that paper!

The polkadot twill tape was the perfect continuation of the circle theme… and I added the vintage buttons tied with some of the twine.  To highlight the photo of Husband and I, I traced a small plate and stitched along the pencil line with more of the twine.  As a warning if you try this yourself– make sure you pierce nice big holes ahead of time!  Stitching with twine is not for the faint of heart, haha!

Supplies from the Lucky Girl Crafts September 2011 kit, “The Little Things That Count”
patterned paper: Jillibean Soup Staples (White Macaroni), Jillibean Soup Sweet & Sour (Bite Size Bits: B-side)
embellishments: Jillibean Soup Bean Stalks Twill Polkas, Jolee’s Boutique Parcel Vintage Round Buttons, Jillibean Soup Sweet & Sour Soup Labels

other supplies:
white cardstock: American Crafts (journaling cardstock unknown origin from stash)
Silhouette SD: custom-created scalloped border design, title font: HoneyScript
photo corners: Scrapbook Adhesives, “dyed” brown with pigment ink pad by Stampabilities
brown journaling pen: American Crafts SlickWriter
lime green Sharpie for edging journaling strip

sketch: Project 12 August 2o11

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edited to add:  Thank you so much, Davinie, for spotlighting my layout for the Project 12 July reveal!

This is actually the 2nd beach vacation layout (and the third layout that day!!  that’s got to be a record for me, not being at a crop) that I made on Monday… (the first one is waiting for a piece of its title to be die cut; I’m still waiting for Silhouette mats to come in the mail… I ordered the wrong ones the first time–the listing didn’t say whether they were thin or thick media mats, and I only found out after the order had shipped that they were for thin media.  ::sigh::)

The layout design is inspired by the July 2011 sketch for Project 12.  I like this sketch so much that I am going to try to use it again in the future.

I have found myself using my sewing machine more and more on my layouts since working on my wedding scrapbook pages… Here I just stitched lines in between the paper and photo blocks for some extra interest.

The patterned paper definitely helped perk up some rather uninspiring photos.  (The color was a bit off when they got printed, and I didn’t want to bother having them reprinted.)

I’m getting close to finishing my Myrtle Beach 2008 layouts!!  Woo!

**previous layouts for this vacation:  the house– outside and inside, the swimming pool, hibachi dinner, eat, golf, shelling, afternoon beach


cardstock: American Crafts textured (white), the Paper Studio textured cardstock (darks)
patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket Snorkel (Umbrellas, Carbonation, Current, Beach Towel)
vellum: the Paper Studio
stickers: Cosmo Cricket Snorkel cardstock stickers
alphas: Echo Park A Walk in the Park Cardstock Alphabet Stickers, October Afternoon Mini Market Stickers (Red & Cream)
brads: the Paper Studio
journaling pen: Sharpie Ultra Fine Point
embroidery floss
sewing machine stitching
foam adhesive: Therm O Web

sketch: Project 12 July 2011 sketch

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So, it’s one of my goals to get a serious chunk (if not all) of my own wedding scrapbook finished this year… and I have started (yay!)!  I have planned a whole lot of the pages, and I’ve actually started cutting and adhering paper together to make two pages so far.  I’ve never done a full-sized album quite like this before– where all the pages will coordinate, using the same paper and embellishments, etc., so I am taking my time to figure everything out.  Also, they’re my wedding photos (not the professional ones, but still!) and that means that I have a special emotional attachment to them, and so getting the album just right (so that I will love it) is taking a lot of thought!!

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But this post isn’t about my wedding!

It’s about another of my 2011 goals:  to participate (on time!) each month with the Project 12 challenge at the Scrapbook and Cards Today blog.

In January, Husband had the honor of standing up as Best Man in his friend’s wedding.  We had a wonderful time, and I took a ton of photos.  It was really hard to choose just a few for this 2-page layout, but thankfully I had the fabulous April Project 12 sketch to work with:

I haven’t been using the sketches within their original intention (to scrapbook highlights of each month in 2011), but instead, I’ve been using them to tackle those multi-photo events from my list-of-things-to-scrapbook that I have found intimidating.  I have found that these multi-photo two page sketches are PERFECT for layouts about weddings we’ve attended.  I changed the photo placement a bit (I wanted a photo-strip effect across the page), but I actually followed it pretty closely (the photos are even the sizes designated on the sketch!)

For this layout, I decided to break into the sample package of “Tie the Knot” products that I won on the Making Memories blog at the beginning of April.  Since the wedding was a winter wedding, the cool grey and silver papers and embellishments were just right.  I added some touches of royal blue (the wedding color) to highlight it in the photos.

I used one of the embossed frame to hold my journaling, which I actually wrote on some of the packaging!  I loved the packaging’s subtle print.  For my title, I used my Silhouette SD to cut out the letters from a scrap of the background paper that I cut away behind the striped paper, and then I spritzed the letters with a sheer silvery mist to give them a bit of sparkle.

paper:  Making Memories Tie the Knot (Frames (B-side), Glitter Stripe, Lace)
embellishments:  Making Memories Tie the Knot (Embossed Frames, Mixed Flowers, product packaging), Queen & Co. Brilliant Blue Rhinestones; trim from stash
spray mist: Smooch Spritz Vanilla Shimmer
foam adhesive: Therm O Web
black pen

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Wow, it’s May!!

Welcome to the May 2011 Lucky Girl Crafts Blog Party!
We’re celebrating the release of the newest kit, “Spring Soiree”!

You should have arrived here from Ruth’s blog…  If not, go ahead and start the fun at the store blog!  We’re having a blog-hop style of blog party this month, and the blog party will stay up & open from the 1st-7th!!  There will be two prizes awarded!  One $25 Lucky Bucks GC grand prize will be awarded to a winner drawn from entries on the store blog party post, plus one $10 Lucky Bucks GC awarded to one random participant from just one of the DT blogs. Be sure to comment on every Lucky Girl blog for a greater chance of winning!

And just for this week, there’s an awesome special available…


Just in time to celebrate Mother’s Day & National Scrapbook Month,
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In addition to guaranteeing that you get your hands on the latest & greatest Lucky Girl Crafts kit each month, subscribers also receive a special bonus kit valued at $25 at the end of their one-year term.

What are you waiting for?!
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For the blog party, I’ll be sharing two of my layouts– keep your eye on the Lucky Girls blog throughout the month to see the rest of my projects with this gorgeous kit!

This first layout is pretty straightforward.  The dreamy colors in the Afternoon Muse Floral paper reminded me of the golden twilight on the nights we wandered around the center of Indianapolis during our trip there in 2009.  I used large blocks of paper and minimal embellishments– and there is a third photo that pulls out on the right side.  I cut the title out of the Floral paper using my Silhouette.

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The colors of the papers in this kit were perfect for these photos from our recent visit to the Museum of Science and Technology in Syracuse.  Since the photos had so much black in them, I kept the background bright white and used tiny accents of black on the layout.  The frames were perfect for showcasing my title and the date.

This layout was based on the Project 12 sketch for March 2011:

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Be sure to leave me a comment, and then head on to your next stop–


has some fantastic projects to share with you!

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“Indianapolis Twilight” supplies:
from the May 2011 Lucky Girl Crafts kit “Spring Soiree”
patterned paper:  Glitz Design Afternon Muse (Floral), Pink Paislee Soiree (Words)
solid cardstock: Bazzill (Orange Peel Lemon Tart)
embellishments:  American Crafts Letterbox House Chipboard Frames; Petaloo Color Me Crazy silk flowers

white cardstock
Silhouette SD (font: CK Wellington)
photo corners: Scrapbook Adhesives
brown pen

“MoST fun” supplies:
from the May 2011 Lucky Girl Crafts kit “Spring Soiree”
patterned paper:  Glitz Design Afternon Muse (Carte Postal, Floral), Pink Paislee Soiree (Words)
alphas: Pink Paislee Sweetness Glitter Sticker Alphabet
embellishments:  American Crafts Letterbox House Chipboard Frames; 2mm black silk ribbon

border punch: Martha Stewart Bubble Bath
white cardstock
corner rounder
machine stitching
chipboard frame
black pen
ticket stubs

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This is the second-to-last layout for our trip to the Northwest in 2007!  I’m super excited that I’m almost done, and I’ve been pleased with how these last few layouts have been turning out.

On one of the days of our trip, we went hiking in the Columbia River Gorge.  It was absolutely gorgeous, and so I’ve dedicated 3 two-page spreads to that day alone.  Each of the trails we hiked had a different flavor, and I’ve been trying to capture that in the pages.  (You can see the first spread here: Multnomah Falls)

The second two trails were empty and peaceful, and I love how these papers were perfect complement to my photos.  I used the February 2011 Project 12 sketch:

All of the embellishments on the page are made from paper– from the pre-made cardstock die cuts to the Silhouette-cut leaves. I wanted to keep this layout pretty simple in terms of embellishments so that the photos would clearly stand out.

patterned paper: Lily Bee Design Three Little Birds (Double Dutch, So Sweet)
kraft cardstock: Recollections
cardstock die cuts: Lily Bee French Couture Fashion Essentials
journaling font: Schindler
Silhouette SD– title font: Garamond (bold), shapes Leaf_1033, Leaf_1034, Leaf_1035
brads: the Paper Studio
foam adhesive: Therm O Web
white pen: UniBall Signo

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I had  two layouts posted on the Lucky Girls blog today for the second day of our February blog party!  Here’s the first one… I’ll post more on the second one tomorrow!

Just because the title of the February Lucky Girls kit is “Kid at Heart” doesn’t mean that it’s only for kid layouts.  I found that there were papers and embellishments that were exactly what I’d been looking for to scrapbook photos from when we went to Husband’s friend Kevin’s wedding in the fall of 2009.

This layout is based on the January 2011 Project 12 sketch from Scrapbook and Cards Today:

Lucky Girl February kit supplies:
cardstock:  Bazzill Canvas (Hershey)
patterned paper: Imaginesce Enchanted Princess (Posies, B-side) and Bo Bunny Persuasion (Blooms, B-side, from the November kit)
alphas: American Crafts Thickers (Giggles foam)
embellishments: Prima Marketing Little Guy flowers, paper heart doily

other supplies:
white cardstock
border punch: Fiskars (Apron Lace)
brown pen: American Crafts (Slick Writer)
red ribbon
red pigment ink

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