Jumpstart 4 with Marcy Penner

So, you all know that I love challenges, right?
Well, I couldn't pass up Marcy Penner's latest Jumpstart this week!  I frequently have the desire to create something (like every.single.day), and her challenge was perfect because a) I needed to clean up my desk and b) I already had a photo printed and ready to go.  Printing photos often gets in my way of "making stuff".  I've contemplated getting the Epson Picturemate for some time now, but haven't quite taken that leap yet.  

Here is my "clean off your desk" layout!  

I used Maggie Holmes' Styleboard collection for this page.  I had lots of bits and pieces scattered all over my desk from a project I had just finished and I knew it would good perfectly with my photo.  I started by building a paper layer base onto my background. I love paper layers and actually wonder why I don't do this method more often.  I love how you can see little bits of the patterned papers and colors, but that it's not too overwhelming or distracting from my photo.  My typical layering pattern consists of neutral-bold pattern-neutral-photo.  Using smaller scraps of paper in this combo created such a fun and playful background, I think!!

All of the embellishments were on my desk, as well and I just grabbed and placed...trying not to overthink their placement!

And that's it! My Jumpstart layout all finished and ready to be placed in an album (or maybe just placed on top of my ever-growing piles of layouts).


For the Love of White Space...

It's no surprise that I'm a big fan of white space.  I love starting with a blank white page and adding paper layers, colors, photos and embellishments.  Embellishments are my favorite and I think a white canvas lets you add as may embellishments as you would like!  

This week at Glitz Design is all about white space.  And I took this challenge very literally.  When I started my layout, I knew I wanted one photo in the center of my page with very soft embellishments at the bottom of my photo.

Here's how it turned out...

I added a small piece of mint green washi at the top of my photo just to break up the top whiteness a little.  A small sticker, heart and date stamp adorn the bottom of my photo, again to break up the white and ground my photo.

I could have added a few paper layers, or even more embellishments, but I really wanted to take a minimalistic approach to this page.  Sometimes a photo is all you need.  :)


Challenge: Using a Large Title

Thank you so much to those who played along with my last Recipe Challenge!!  Recipe challenges are my favorite!  They are easy, fun and take all of the "guesswork" about what to use out of the equation!

Check out all of the lovely projects.  I love how everyone has a different take on the recipe even though the same types of products are used!!  

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My next challenge for you is to use a large title on your project.  My layout below all came about because of the three words "Yes You Can".  I hear these words in Pure Barre all of the time and they usually resonate with me all day long.  One day when I was feeling crafty, I thought about allllll the other things I should be doing (think: laundry, cleaning, planning dinner).  My kids were in preschool and my husband was out of town.  I had the house all to myself and all I really wanted to do was create (which is all I really ever want to do).  So I thought to myself "yes you can"...and so I did!  :)

I started by cutting out my title from a few of my favorite patterned papers and then grabbed out a few photos and embellishments.  I wanted my title to be the statement of my page, with the photos more of an afterthought.  Usually my photos speak the majority of my story, but today, these words are what I wanted to convey on paper.  

I used two "crafty" photos that I had in my photo box.  Really anything could have gone here....so I just used what I had available.  A few simple embellishments, some journaling and my page was done!

Here's a look at my finished page:

Super simple page, but the words speak volumes to me.  I have this page sitting up on my desk to remind me that the little things can wait....  :)

What about you??  Can you think of a title that resonates with you or your life right now??  If you are up for a challenge, I would love for you to play along!!  Anything goes....just as long as you use a large title!  Get creative and have fun!

Please link up your projects here and tag me on Instagram .  
There isn't really a "deadline" per se....just link up when you can!!  Can't wait to see what you create!

Happy crafting!  


Two Peas: Milestones Project Life

I'm up in the Two Peas gallery today sharing a very fun and festive birthday Project Life spread and insert.  The theme this week is Milestones and celebrating my girls' 5th birthday is about as big as they get (to her, at least).  She counted down this day for months and months and just couldn't wait to be the big "5".  I knew I wanted to include something fun in our album to celebrate her birthday and as I got started, I realized one little spread or insert wouldn't do her or her big day justice!!

I went a little crazy and included two smaller page protectors and one 12x12 page protector.  For the first one, I uploaded a bunch of photos of her over the last year into Picmonkey and created several 4x4 collages.  You can see a quick little tutorial about how to create collages in Picmonkey here.  

I used a collage in each pocket, so I ended up with six picture collages.  Most of these photos are in our book from this year or last year, but I just think it's so awesome to have them all together in one insert.  Plus, I'm kind of in love with photo collages....

The next insert is a Design J page protector.  I loved that this page protector included square photos, and I wanted to continue that look from the first spread.  I kept this insert simple by using 4x4 photos and a few journaling cards.  I also created a confetti pocket by dumping in some punched confetti and sewing up the top.  I added a gold thicker "a" to the middle of the pocket for a pop of color and to break up that confetti a little.

This is a look at both the front and back of the insert together.  I love the overall "party" look of this insert.  It definitely screams birthday, right?

To finish out this birthday section, I wanted to include a few photos of her birthday party.  I thought about including them in another insert or spread, but I felt the first part of this section was already so busy that something "calmer" and "simpler" would be better.  I decided to print off (yet again) another photo collage and added it to the middle of a piece of white card stock.  I used some Dear Lizzy foam thickers to spell out "party" in the bottom right hand corner and called it done.  It's pretty simple, but I think it works perfectly with the craziness of the rest of this spread.

Happy Saturday!


My Take on Art Journaling...Part 2

This art journal is my new favorite project!  I love the look and the thought behind each page.  It remind me of my mini albums in some ways.  My take on this art journal has continues to have more of a "scrapbook" approach and I am totally fine with that.  It continues to shows my style....lots of white space with fun pops of color throughout.  It's simple and beautiful (to me) at the same time.  

Although I create many pages, Project Life spreads and mini books, this journal has a totally different feel to me.  It's a place where I can get down exactly what I'm feeling right at that moment.  I don't have to worry about the supplies I use or trying to make it a certain way.  I just create and that's very freeing and exciting.  Some days I will make a few pages in my journal...and some days I will make one that is super personal to me or for my children.  It's a little place where I can write notes to my kids, myself or my husband.  It's "my" journal and I just love it.

Today, I wanted to share a few more pages of my art journal, as well as a quick little video walking you through my book.  You can see images of the first pages in part 1 of "My Take on Art Journaling" here.

Anyone else currently taking the class at A Beautiful Mess?  If you've posted your album on your blog or in a gallery, leave me a link! I would love to check it out! 


Easter Love

I love when the Easter clothes come out and every kids starts carrying around a basket full of plastic eggs (and I secretly love stealing my kid's candy while they sleep....shhhh).  We broke out our baskets for a neighborhood Easter egg hunt this past weekend and looking back through these pages and photos just made me tear up.  Wow...kids sure do grow fast, don't they.

I have two Easter pages from last year up right now.  One is in Issue 5 of Jot Magazine and the other can be found on the Glitz Design blog.  Both pages are super simple and sweet with plenty of pastel colors and white space.

I started this page with my photo and the small text heart card from the Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic collection.  I wanted the simple heart card to be somewhere around my photo, but I wasn't quite sure how I wanted the layout to be.  And just like I do normally, I just push paper around until I like the design and layout.  Once I was satisfied with where my photo and card would be, I started building my layers around those two.  The top and bottom paper borders and little bits and pieces were the finishing touches!

For this layout, I was inspired by the blue of my son's shirt and wanted to pull coordinating papers from a few of the newer Glitz Design collection.  I trimmed the papers down to roughly 3x4  and then started creating a horizontal band across the middle of my page.  I didn't want everything to line up perfectly, so I tried to overlap the papers and have some higher/lower than the others.  I finished this page with a few paper strips, a title, some paint splatters and a cute little bunny (who also was the recipient of a few paint splatters....oops!). 

I have some new Easter related pages and Project Life spreads coming soon!  Can't wait to share more.  Until then, I will leave you with this cute little bunny of mine!!