Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Project Life Week 7

Week 7 for my Project Life was a birthday week for our youngest...
(Protector Designs E & F)
Here is a close-up of the left page...
I wanted to focus a whole week on just him.  I took a few pictures of him in his kindergarten classroom.  One with his favorite things--my iPhone, playing basketball, going to a Cavs Game, 100 days of school, his siblings, the dog--usual stuff.  I also took a few tags off his clothing and saved them as memorabilia (the Superman tag was one.)  I knew I'd score cool things during his birthday week...
I used a few printables, a few elements from the BH kit, October Afternoon alphas, and stamps this week.  And since it was also Valentine's week, and our daughter's yearly performance at a Cav's halftime show, I had to include that.  So...

I used a 6x12 page protector and added all those extra pics.  Valentine's Day, his birthday afternoon lunch with me at Chuck E. Cheese...
And on the flip daughter's performance at halftime, along with a collage of pics from the Cavs game (we're big fans in our house--basketball rules my life.  Seriously.)
I'm finding that I like the challenge of the weekly theme.  It isn't getting old yet.  In fact, just the opposite!  I look forward to doing more, and have even added a few ideas to my original list.  How are you doing so far??

Enjoy your day!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Project Life 6

Playing a little catch up with my PL today...
Week 6--Designs C & B
Week 6 came together easily.  It was my daughter's suggestion to document "What we do for love" around the house, and for one another this week.  Like in weeks prior, I used die cuts, a few printed digi elements, and a bunch of photos.  Love how it turned out.

I've received so much wonderful feedback regarding the March Add-on Kit that sold out so quickly.  I know a bunch of you Project Lifers are out there, and don't have the time or energy to do the digi elements or the cutting of the die cuts.  I promise, I'm doing my best to incorporate those suggestions into upcoming kits.  (wink).

Enjoy your day!

Monday, February 27, 2012

March Card Kit

Wanted to share the finished cards I made with the March Card kit today...
Twenty cards and envelopes in this kit for a whopping $12!!  Perfect for the Irish in you on St. Patty's Day!!
You can order one of these by emailing Trish at
But don't wait--we only have 2 left!!

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Sweet hearts

For your sweethearts....
While I know we are past Valentine's Day, I couldn't resist sharing a treat I made that could be made for a sweet heart any time of the year.

I found these heart shaped tins at Papertrey Ink and decided to fill them,
I sprayed them with Pam first and then filled just over half way with cake mix and baked for about 15 minutes, once cooled I frosted and put in bags.

the tins cleaned up nicely afterwards and are ready to be filled again!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Paper Flower Tutorial

I am lovin' paper flowers these days. I make them all the time from book paper, and tissue and pattern paper. There are tons of images to be found on pinterest. Enough to keep one making flowers for a very long time.

So it's no wonder a couple of cardstock flowers found their way on one of the layouts for the February gallery. Loved how they turned out, and wanted to share a little tutorial with you.

1. gather supplies.
cardstock~preferably double sided
               ~plus a solid piece for the base
circle punch
hot glue

2. punch double sided cardstock. The above flowers were made with four circles.
Punch an additional solid circle for the base of the flower.

3. Fold circle in a cone shape with a single point. Smash flat. Repeat with remaining circles.

4. Attach folded circles to the base with points all facing the center. Don't worry about them being perfect in appearance, step 5 covers that.

5. Hot glue button to center of the points. As this is adhered it will help to flatten the 'petals' of the flower, as well as cover all manner of imperfect petals.

6. Now you have a half flower as a ready made border embellishment for the edge of paper or photo. Or complete the circle and fill your page with whole flowers.

enjoy your day!

wip siggy

Thursday, February 23, 2012

iPhone App of the Week.

My pic this week is called Frametastic.  Lots of fun collage frames for your iPhone photos--and it's FREE.  Can't beat that!

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mom.

My mom is 70 years young today. Our youngest son Griffin drew her a picture in celebration, so she could have some new refrigerator art. This is what he came up with at school.

His teacher asked him what she was holding, and held her breath, I am sure.

You see, my mom is on oxygen, and walks around with a tank a lot.  Next to her would be my dad (with his walker) and Griffin.

Get your mind outta the gutter.  What did you think it was??

I'm saving this photo for the scrapbook.  My mom got a huge laugh out of the picture, and I knew she would.

Happy Birthday, Mom.  If I grow to be half the parent you are, I'll be fortunate.  Love every little morsel of you. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Project Life Organization

Wanted to share how I organize my PL supplies. Shockingly surprised to admit--it is all contained in one spot...
I got this vintage looking wire caddy at Marshall's a few weeks back.  Perfect size for the stuff I want to organize...
This bin was a Dollar Spot find at Target.  Love that it separates a few of my favorite things.  Here aer some of the contents:
Small alphas/word stickers, flair buttons, Martha Stewart tabs and labels, and file folder stickers.
I love that the blue bin lifts off the top easily, revealing other cards below.  Looks like a mess, eh?  I know where it all is.  Promise!
My friend Amy was smart enough to introduce this idea.  Using the protectors as holders for some of the die cuts I want to use.  Genius!
Along side of the caddy are a TON (about 2" thick) of printed PL notecards and quotes, found all over the web.  Addictive.
And one other thing I'd like to share...
One of the things I love to add to my PL albums are extra sleeves.  For example, the above photo collage was taken from the my365 app, and I formatted it to a 6 x 12 and had it printed.  I had one spot left, so I included a photo of myself in the last block (since I did take all of those shots), and simply slid it into the sleeve.  It is actually housed at the front of my PL album, right behind my title page (I copied CZ's free download and printed it out.  You can find it here.)

I was all jazzed up about putting little number stickers on each and every square, knowing I had all the ones that come with PL.  Bummed to discover they only go from 1-10.  Epic fail.  So here and there, I used days of the week.  Next month when I go to format these, I'll just add the date electronically.

Please let me know if you have any questions, or want to share how you organize your own PL!
Enjoy your day!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Upcoming Crops & Bertram Inn Dates

(My friend Amy, who isn't afraid of a triple-dog dare.)

Upcoming crops at the Waterbury Community Center in N. Ridgeville, Ohio:
Saturday, March 24, 2012  noon-midnight
Saturday, April 14, 2012  noon-midnight
Saturday, May 12, 2012  noon-midnight

All Waterbury Crops are on a first-come basis, and include lunch and dinner.  To register, please email Trish at  Hope to see you there!!

Fall Retreat at the Bertram Inn 2012 announcement--Please note that the dates for the Fall Retreat have CHANGED.  I have now signed a contract and secured the weekend of November 9-11, 2012, and the rest of the information about the upcoming event will be posted this coming week.  I apologize for the inconvenience, but the entire facility was booked by one individual, so I opted to go a week later rather than the week of Halloween.  More info to follow!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Food for Thought.

Wishing you a wonderful Friday, with some of my latest favorite quotes...

Enjoy your weekend!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

March 2012 WIP Kits

March 2012 Main WIP Kit--SOLD OUT!!  Thank you!
Contents of this kit include:  20 Double Sided This and That Echo Park Papers, 2 This and That cardstock sticker element sheets, 2 This and That cardstock alphabet sheets, 2 feet of Bazzill ribbon, My Mind's Eye die cut phrase, 3 red tags (one "sold"), two black chipboard slide frames, one brown 7Gypsies slide frame, 2 vintage bingo cards, 3 white mini envelopes, 3 manila mini envelopes, and 3 vintage graph paper note pages.
Here is a close up of the kit:
March Card Kit--$12 for 20 cards and envelopes (4" square)
Contents of this kit include all the elements to finish these cards, quotes that go on or in the cards and relate to St. Patrick's Day, and 20 4" envelopes.

March Mini Project Life Kit--Add-On Kit--SOLD OUT!!  Thank you!!
Contents of this kit include:  2 This and That Element Sheets, 2 This and That patterned papers, 16 mini posters, over 60 die cuts, 6 embossed cards, specialty journaling tags which include sewn and stamped embellishments, vintage stickers, envelopes and tags.

Here is a closer look at some of the elements in this kit:
Please email Trish at to reserve your kit(s) today!!  Thanks so much!

Enjoy your day!