Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Project Life: So big now.

This week: Lakshman turned one month old.  Avinash had watch day at dance class.  Nandini and I played "Hi Gudiya" a lot, a little game we made up about how we have the same family nickname.  Most of these pictures were taken with iPhone and edited with the vscocam app, except for the large photo which was part of a mini one-month photo shoot I did for Lucky.
First Page: I used a few cards from the SC Office Hours kit.  I love the Navy thickers that came with it too.  The die cut card is from a dear Lizzy pack and I added some Rifle Co. stickers from my stationery stash



Second page: Lots more navy and just a touch of pink to tie in to the previous page.  The enlarged photo was totally inspired by this spread from Ali Edwards. I do have a large format printer but I just printed this photo in sections on to 4x6 photo paper to make things easier.  This was totally my statement pocket for the week. I raised the label up on pop dots and scattered a bit of confetti. My see through card here is the pocket with two cork stickers.  I just repeated the same sticker set on the opposite side.



You can see all of my Project Life pages here.  This is my third year of doing Project Life and I love this method of memory keeping for our family.  The PL kits I am using generally are the Studio Calico kit, and Midnight kit, with mostly Design A pages this year. I am linked up with the Mom Creative this week.






Now it is your turn!  Add your link back to your Project Life pages here and try to visit and leave comments for each other as well.  Grab a button if you'd like, or just pin it to your favorite scrappy pinterest board, anything works!  Thanks to everyone who linked up last time!  I will be holding a regular weekly link up from now on.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Pin to Page: You're a Good Egg Layout

Welcome to the another installment of from Pin to Page on my blog.  I intended to make this a regular feature on my blog, so get ready for the third post in only eight months.  I know, I'm like a machine.

Seriously though, I do spend way too much time browsing Pinterest and shockingly little time doing anything at all with said pins.

I keep looking at this pin.  So I decided to do something with it.  I love the idea of decorating wooden eggs, but my god, have you seen the cost?  No way I am paying $5 per egg.  Playing with paper it is!



This is what I did with it.  I got my Studio Calico kit super early this month so I pulled all of my papers and elements from that.  I choose a neutral background patterned paper but added a little more depth to it with watercolor.  Then I couldn't stop myself and I watercolored the other patterned paper I used here.  For the eggs I used a mix of patterned paper, washi tape, watercolor, colored vellum and stamps. 

I wanted to share the cut file I made with you as well.  If you like it, I'd love it if you would share it with your friends on pinterest, twitter, etc. 
Download the free cutting file here.

You can find my other Pin to Page posts here, and my other Freebie posts here.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Project Life: Holi

This week: Nandini turned three.  We celebrated with a visit to the fairy trail. We went out to see a free kiddie concert for SXSW at the thinkery.  We played Holi at Barsana Dham.


First Side: This is a design F page, with lots of pockets.  I kept it very photo focused.  Most of these are iPhone shots, edited with Vscocam (I love that app!).  Lots of yellow, naturally, since Nandini is obsessed with this color and it is her birthday week after all.
I made a few embellishments with yellow ink and a letterpress plate. I just cut apart the sayings and placed them around the page.  Also loving these navy thickers from the SC project life kit.  They have great color.  I added a few vellum word strips too.  Love how they layer. The balloons card is from Crate Paper and cut to fit the shape of a coaster on the other side.


 Second side: Lots of color going on here from the Holi pictures, so I kept the rest of the page very minimal.  Lots of wide white borders on the photos.  A little bit of yellow from my letterpress embellishments.  I letterpressed the "3" card as well using a watercolor die cut and letterpress ink.  I inked the back off the die cut, placed it on top of this card and ran it through my press.
 

This card is my favorite! I just love it.  I have been wanting to try stitching on a photo but was waiting for the right one.  This picture is a  little overexposed but had some colorful details in the foreground.  Perfect.  I just used my regular paper piercer and embroidery floss for this.  These colors are also the major colors of the spread this week, yellow, pink and a little bit of navy as well. I am trying to make a stand out pocket every week and this one was definitely it.


You can see all of my Project Life pages here.  This is my third year of doing Project Life and I love this method of memory keeping for our family.  The PL kits I am using generally are the Studio Calico kit, and Midnight kit, with mostly Design A pages this year. I am linked up with the Mom Creative this week.





Now it is your turn!  Add your link back to your Project Life pages here and try to visit and leave comments for each other as well.  Grab a button if you'd like, or just pin it to your favorite scrappy pinterest board, anything works!  Thanks to everyone who linked up last time!  I will be holding a regular weekly link up from now on.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Nandini's third birthday: Oh joy.

Planning a birthday party a few weeks after having a baby is not necessarily the easiest thing in the world.  Nandini really really wanted one. She even composed a song about her party surprise and her love for her family.  Who could say no to that? Well played Nandini, well played.

So, I set out to put together a party for her, but keep it easy and low key.  Cute, but low key. She had a few wants too. Yellow cake. Yellow balloons. Her family. 

We chose the wildflower center as the setting.  There is a small grove of oak trees with rope swings hanging from them.

For the decor, I got majorly lucky.  The Oh Joy collection from Target just came out so I picked up some awesome pieces from that line.  It seems that other older lines of their party decor was on clearance so I picked up a ton of plates, napkins and honeycomb balls for cheap to supplement everything.  The table cover was some kraft wrapping paper that was on clearance.

I got the Happy Day banner, party flutes, goblets and bowl from the Oh Joy collection.  Enough color to give everything just the right touch.

The most important thing was that Nandini had such a blast.  She loved swinging with her friends.  She was pretty much too excited to eat cake but I didn't think she was going to let anyone else have any donut holes. We had a pie fight, which was more amusing to Avinash, and probably better for five year olds than three year olds, but he loved it.  We had Holi colors and face painting with us, but skipped it.  The kids were having enough fun playing in the flowers, leaves and going on the swings.














Tips to keep it easy:
  • Don't cook! We ordered breakfast tacos and donut holes.  It may not have been fancy, or themed, but it was good. 
  • Find a setting with natural charm.  We knew the wildflowers would be out so we really didn't need to decorate much. In years past we have held our parties at a pretty gazebo in the park.
  • Let kids be kids.  We didn't hire a magician or clown.  Avinash made clown noses for everyone anyway and brought them along.  I had my face paint kit with me but no one was even interested.  We had rope swings and a pie fight.  Honestly, the swings held their attention longer than the pie fight anyway. 
  • Let it go. Keep crafting to a minimum.  I skipped my usual handmade invitations, banners and goodie bags this year.  We used evite.  I found a party pack of goodie bags at Target.  The whole thing was 9 dollars, princess themed and a no brainer.  I think we added gummy bears to it, but the kids may have eaten those before we handed them out.  I really didn't check. Lol.  
  • Wide washi tape for water bottles.  I think that taking off water bottle labels is such a nice touch, but printing out new labels and taping them on is a pain.  This year I just used one strip of wide washi tape on each one.  Fast, easy and cheap. Score.
  • Reuse handmade items. I had my chalkboard banner which I made a few years ago with me.  This was a great project because I can use it for each child's birthday. The clay letters on her cake were also a project I made years ago and are reusable.  The honeycomb balls came home with us and are hanging up in her room now.
 Linked up with the Idea Room. You can other parties I have planned here.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Project Life: A smallish nap or two.


This week: The baby's three week birthday.  Lots of cuddles and snuggles, naps and baths.  We took the kids to the museum for maybe thirty minutes but they loved it anyway. 
Graphically I just love how this week turned out for me as well.  There is lots of white space but somehow lots of photos and lots of color too.  I kept the embellishments pretty minimal except for the use of flair. I used some letterpress cards from a kit by KP and I edged them in pink.  I just love the subtle touch of neon it adds.  I also did some pattern making with stamps on a die cut card.  Just repeated one stamp over and over in different colors.  The see through elements are just one transparent card on each page. 

First Side: When I saw the donut flair from KP I knew I had to get it into my PL album immediately.  I interspersed the very colorful photos with white journaling cards.  Two from the midnight kit and one from KP.  The transparency is from the SC Wanderlust collection, cut in half with two Lemon Lush gilded leaves stapled on.  I also used a couple of old Ormolu family flair on these spreads.


Second Side: Oh how I love this block of photos.  The bath picture was taken at night so I converted it to black and white.  I like the mix of color photos with it anyway.  I journaled all around the photo (using a PL pen in this case, they are just a little bit thicker than my normal ultra thin black sharpie).  I also had to include a quote from Winnie the Pooh about naps.  Oh, how I love naps.

You can see all of my Project Life pages here.  This is my third year of doing Project Life and I love this method of memory keeping for our family.  The PL kits I am using generally are the Studio Calico kit, and Midnight kit, with mostly Design A pages this year. I am linked up with the Mom Creative this week.





Now it is your turn!  Add your link back to your Project Life pages here and try to visit and leave comments for each other as well.  Grab a button if you'd like, or just pin it to your favorite scrappy pinterest board, anything works!  Thanks to everyone who linked up last time!  I will be holding a regular weekly link up from now on.

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