Thursday, January 31, 2013

On Trend: A layout and free font guide

I recently bought the Trend by Latinotype set of fonts and have been having way too much fun playing with them. Mostly just adding text to photos.

Clearly it is a very edgy font. I mean, look at this promo graphic. I, on the other hand, used it to write Nandini+Bear on a layout.   Ha.

I used a couple of JBS die cut patterns to cut apart some Crate Trend papers.  I really liked the black and white paper and the sort of funky chevron (multicolored herringbone? whatever).  I even let a bit of the Navajo pattern on the back show through, even though it is not really my style. I was actually turned off by the whole collection at first because I am so not into animal print.  Turns out, no big deal.

I dabbed fountain pen paint on top of the paper layers before putting on the photo. I lined everything up down the middle. A little bit different for me, since I tend to scatter things all over the place. 
The journaling card is cut from this graphic paper. Love it for project life too. I added a little washi to the top and bottom to ground it. I'm actually amazed that I mixed this many patterns at once, it really was a lot of fun.

For an extra little touch I used a MS glue pen to add glitter along the chevron pattern. I also used the punctuation from gold glitter thickers next to the happy chipboard and stuck some loose gold thread underneath. What now rule of threes?

If you love this font too, but hate to pay for it (I hate paying for fonts too, this was a major first) here are a few free Trend font alternatives:

Kraft Nine//Neo Retro Draw//White Bold//Neo Retro Shadow//Eclipse//Bergamot Ornaments

Speaking of great free fonts, does anyone know of a free shadow marquee font? Do tell.

I am linked up with Ashli for this month's Layout linky-love, always fun to play along and see her long list of gorgeous layouts.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

In progress

 This week has been so hectic, I think I need to just stop and take a breath.  I can't believe it is only Wednesday.  Nandini is spending the week with my parents, so Avinash and I get a lot of quality time. And, I get a ton of extra time to work on projects and run errands. 
 Yesterday alone, I put together some Etsy orders, dropped Avi off at school, went to visit a friend, went to the post office, had uninterrupted phone calls, got Avi some ring pops, picked him up, did three layouts, made dinner, did laundry. Oh yes, and the tapestries and the draperies...  
Nevermind, that was Cinderella not me
I think he is starting to really miss his sister too.We have also been playing lots of games and reading books, but he talked to her lovey Bear for about an hour this afternoon after we got home from the zoo.

Here is some stuff I have in progress right now.

1.Working on a bunch of hybrid layouts for One Story Down.  Just too many fun goodies to choose from this week so I went a little overboard.

2. Making a mini book with Avinash. We painted a mini book from the Target Dollar spot with some leftover chalkboard paint. He has a lot of plans for the book, chalk, paint, stamp, pictures, using my glue runner all over the place.  And glitter. Lots of glitter.  I am so beyond excited to work on this with him.  Best idea ever.

3. Loving the stuff at the One King's Lane day of furniture event.  These wall hangings would be gorgeous for Nandini's room (if she ever gets one of her own), but I mostly have my eye on the storage furniture pieces.  I really want to get a sideboard, preferably in distressed turquoise to match my raskog, to fill up with albums.

4. Ali Edwards' Day in the Life is coming up tomorrow.  I think I'm going to play along.  Instead of doing PL inserts (inserts aren't really my thing), I think I may make a mini book and add pages every month.  Really excited about this idea. Anyone else playing along too?

Monday, January 28, 2013

Project Life: Home Again

This spread is not exactly chronological.  Spent way too long trying to get everything in order before I gave up and just filled the spread with as many pictures and cards as I could fit. 

I kind of love this picture of my spread.  I was going to crop it, but I like how half a crayon snuck in the picture. No matter how hard I try, I can never pick up every lego and/or crayon off the floor.  The little reminders of our little ones kinda makes me smile (which is especially easy right now since it is naptime).

This week: We were getting back into our routine.  Took N to the doctor to check her weight. Went to the musuem and grocery shopping and regular stuff like that.  I included a lot more Disney photos too because I can and technically our trip ended mid-week.  It does kinda make it seem like we spent two weeks at Disney, which is a fiction I can live with.

Page one: I still struggle with these vertical photo pages a little, especially because I rarely take vertical photos.  I do like to print out instagrams as 4" squares and matte them on patterned paper.  I added a Freckled Fawn speech bubble wood chip to the mickey photo.  Love them!
Nandini's photo is on top of this  yellow dot paper and has a row of repeating Studio Calico stamps.  Got this idea from my friend Viji.

I tucked a dear Lizzy tag behind a photo of Mickey, added some wide neon washi, gold letters and added a lot of journaling on the patterned paper

I included some horizontal Clementine cards and a resized Creative Bubble filler card - all printables.  It is so hard to find horizontal project life cards that I find it quicker to just print out my own.  I added paper clips and staples for dimension.  I saved the whole score card, but that was the only bit of it to make it into the album.

Page two: back to the ease of design A pages.  I printed out several paislee press cards for this side.  I half inked another FF wood chip speech bubble with gold ink.  I added some text in Picasa and some with white BG letter stickers.  I think the combination works. I also added a lot of text to pictures using the Trend font (try white block, which is similar and free).  I also included a photo Avi took and instagrammed of himself.  I love how he always includes a caption. 

I stamped with white chalk ink and cut out a circle of kraft to make my own little journaling spot. Our little spoonful of pepper.  She was so shy, but her little brother helped show her where to go in the play. Priceless.

How amaze is this paislee press card? I added black letter stickers and a couple orange enamel dots.  Just love this hint of summer in the middle of January. 

Let me know if you have any questions. Linked up with The Mom Creative for Project Life Tuesday. The PL kits I am using are the Seafoam kit and Clementine kit, with multi-pack page protectors, and grid journaling cards. Thank you so much to everyone in this wonderful community. I love all the feedback and looking at everything people do each week. It definitely keeps me motivated. Also, please include a link to your projects below so we can check them out too!

Friday, January 25, 2013

TwoPeas Sale

If you love hot products and a good deal, this post is for you!  Ready for 10 don't-miss collections right now?  Let's start off by looking at a few favorites TwoPeas just put on sale!

5th&frolic708x1981.  Dear Lizzy's 5th & Frolic with American Crafts.  This has to be one of my all time favorite collections ever.  I have used it for girly Nandini pages and even pages about Avinash's birthday.  I use bits in Project Life all the time and plan on using the rest on my Disney pages!

2.  Amy Tangerine's Ready Set Go with American Crafts.  Pie charts, cameras and chevrons - just a handful of the what's-hot-right-now motifs in Amy's line.
3.  Rhonna Farrer's All is Bright with My Mind's Eye.  Vintage and collage collide in this cozy Christmas line.
4.  Hot products like this washi tape, wood veneer, speech bubbles and more here!
5.  The fresh-on-the-shelves My Girl & Boy Crazy collections from My Minds Eye.  Gumball machines, roller skates, robots and sneakers - just a few of the playful motifs you'll find here.
6.  The Collectable collection from My Mind's Eye.  With four different color palette mixes there is something for everyone here.  The die cuts and new washi tapes are very popular.
7.  Scoot by Echo Park A line almost as adorable as the little man in your life.
8. Photo Freedom Volume 1 by Echo Park.  A perfect match for your Project Life album.
9.  True Love by Basic Grey  A great pairing of current trends and Valentines.
10.  3,000+ items that are a little easier on your wallet.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

You can dance on the breeze **JBS digital hybrid**

I am super excited to share my first Jenni Bowlin project. I would say that posting it gave me butterflies, but that would be corny so I won't.

I used a picture from our recent kite festival adventure (photo credit: my husband Ryan Hecker, who totally made me put that on here).  I used a line from Mary Poppins for the title, with a little stitching thrown in for fun.  I used old cotton thread, because I forgot about the kite string we had saved!

 I layered digital papers to matte the photo and added a butterfly (digi!) rub-on on top.  I love love love the classic Jenni Bowlin butterfly and using it digitally couldn't be easier! 

I used a MS glue pen to add little dots of glitter on the patterned paper and scattered around the page.  I love the touch of whimsy it adds and think it helps blend the digi and paper elements together. And there you have it, my first JBS project and I couldn't be happier.  Looking forward to this awesome year!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Project Life - Done is Good, Goodbye 2012!

I feel like I can breathe a sigh of relief.  I finally did it! Project Life 2012 is complete and put away in it's albums. I finished up the last of December with three pages covering roughly two weeks.  I ended my album on New Year's Day and may include a few more New Year's Day photos on 2013 cover page (still in progress).

I got the chance to crop with some friends this weekend. Such a fun way to do Project Life (but not very efficient since we chat so much-I wouldn't have it any other way). 

 An old ormolu card in front of a whiskers yellow bag.  Had to tell the story of Avi's wish for a lot of pennies (even if it is already in my December Daily).

I cut down papers from Aspen Frost Basic Grey and Studio Calico wonderland inserts to mount my horizontal photos on.  The gold glitter numbers are a must.

Lots of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day photos, with a random meeting of Santa and snow day thrown in.  The flash cards are from October Afternoon.

Gotta love the wood veneer snowflakes. I love that they add texture without much bulk.  The tag cut is from Crate, I have used this one paper over and over again.

 Instead of saying cheese, Nandini decided to do peek-a-boo while I took her picture before Christmas dinner.  I had no idea what to do with these cute pictures until I say Smita's spread for the week.  Her idea is priceless, thanks Smita!

My last page.  Lots of photos and printed journaling cards from Paislee Press and Creative Bubble. Love them so much.  The die cut polaroid is from my own little shop

I cut the label off a journaling card, added a strip of silver glitter tape and stapled on a wood camera for good measure.  These appear on nearly every page, so it is fitting to end with one I think.

I am totally in love with the wood veneer cards.  I tried to emboss on them in white, but it just wouldn't stick over the ink for some reason!  I ended up stamping it with white chalk ink and then going over that with my trusty white poster paint sharpie.  Note to self: just add text before printing next time!

Let me know if you have any questions. Linked up with The Mom Creative for Project Life Tuesday. The PL kits I am using are the Seafoam kit and Clementine kit, with multi-pack page protectors, and grid journaling cards. Thank you so much to everyone in this wonderful community. I love all the feedback and looking at everything people do each week. It definitely keeps me motivated. Also, please include a link to your projects below so we can check them out too!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Project Life - Hello World

I was so excited when we got back from Disney World that I had to jump right in with that week.  I still have to go back and finish the end of December and my cover page, but I couldn't wait to scrap these photos.

 I made this first page using primarily new releases from One Story Down.  I think I digi stamped on almost every photo this week.  I used quite a few Kelly Purkey stamps as well. Just love the quality of them.
I made the Disney World card with some digi paper, a regular black circle and the Champagne & Limousines font.  I wanted a good sans serif, but discovered I don't have Helvetica so I just went with what I have. I used wood letters on top of that. Love the way it turned out.

I put a seafoam card, silver star washi and an OA mini album page behind this photo of Nandini.  The stamp is Dear Lizzy.  We bought her a new lovey because  it was just so cute.  She calls it bow-wow now and sleeps with it every night.  Maybe I should go back and journal that?

She does not smile much, but Ryan caught one of her on this ride.  I add the bokeh using PixlR (it's a free photo editor), then added the peeps&milo digi stamps after that.

Avi got to be the Hero of Fantasyland our first day there and pulled the sword out of the stone.  It was total luck and happenstance.  He was a bit nervous about being up there and it shows.  He tried to pull it up later and of course couldn't, so he told Ryan "I don't have any energy today", ha!

I added a few vertical prints and instagrams, printed out as 4in squares, to the second side. I don't take a ton of vertical photos, so square photos are a good way to fill those pockets.

See what I told you about Nandini not smiling?  I used a grey chevron bag to matte this Toy Story photo.  Ryan of course complained that I didn't document his high score on Buzz Lightyear, so I told him he could make his own card if he wanted. 

I don't usually go this simple, but I love how this pocket turned out. The glitter paper is from December Daily and the flair is from SC. 

I added an elephant paperclip to our safari photo (even though a giraffe is in the background).  The wish love card is a gift card holder I got from Aerie.  I love kraft and metallic, so why not?

It applies to all non-phaseout items, good until January 18th.

Let me know if you have any questions. Linked up with The Mom Creative for Project Life Tuesday. The PL kits I am using are the Seafoam kit and Clementine kit, with multi-pack page protectors, and grid journaling cards. Thank you so much to everyone in this wonderful community. I love all the feedback and looking at everything people do each week. It definitely keeps me motivated. Also, please include a link to your projects below so we can check them out too!


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