If you have been following me this year, then you know that I have been trying really hard to keep up and do project life or pocket page documenting. A couple of years ago, I tried it for a few months. I really enjoyed it, but it really become too much for me to keep doing. My love is really for 12×12 scrapbooking and I tried to make my pockets like mini layouts. With my style back then it wasn’t a realistic goal.
Looking back at that scrapbooking album and seeing those pocket page spreads throughout our spring that year, they have became my favorite things to look through. I love seeing the progression of our lives throughout that spring and into summer. I really wish I hadn’t stopped. And maybe one day I will go back and finish that year. Maybe I will go back and finish part of last year too. I still have tons of photos that I haven’t used mainly because we moved in the year and it was hard to actually scrap current during that time.
I am a current scrapper, I love taking a photo and scrapping it 5 minutes later. I always have been. It is way I love printing at home. I think it is part of why I love pocket page scrapbooking. You can take your current stories and share them in a fresh new way.
Anyway, onward, I was asked to join in a collaboration with Mary and Kira of createcraftrepeat on IG and Youtube. Two really close scrappy friends who joined forces and started a youtube channel together. Sounds like so much fun right. We all love our scrappy bestie and collaborating with them is pure genius!!
Of course I said yes, I have a soft spot for scrappy friends who stick together and join forces, remember Ohsnapgonzo (Sandra) and Maggie Mylow (Lisa). They were one of the first scrappy bestie I saw on Youtube grow as friends and stick together and join forces and make a podcast. And they were fun, and I tagged along and learned so much from them!! Seriously if it weren’t for them I wouldn’t be the scrapper I am today!! They encouraged me, and really let me join them on their journey of being scrappy besties far across the continent.
Since them we have seen many scrappy bestie friends join forces and do great things. But really it’s the encouragement you get from a person who loves scrapbooking the way you do. Who will chat scrappy ideas at midnight, who will listen to you ramble about how your layout sucks because it just doesn’t seem right, who will remind you you are the best mixed media scrapper, even when you know they are stretching it. These women are all over the community and help each other stoke the fire of scrapbooking!!
So Mary and Kira asked me if I would join them, and I said yes!! And of course I had a blast with this first Project Life Challenge. Our challenge was to take out about 5 extra cards then you would need for your spread. Pick all your cards randomly and then you needed to figure out a way to use them in your spread.
Well I almost picked about 5 extra cards, for each set of cards I needed. I picked about 5 4×6 cards and 5 to 7 3×4 cards. I picked as randomly as I could, though it was hard. All my cards are in different places throughout my room. My Ali Edwards Story Kits are in one place, my old cut apart pocket page cards in another, and out on my windowsill are my newer PL cards. I really feel I got a good mix of old and new cards.
Here is my process of picking and putting together my Project Life spread for March 4- March 10th.
Don’t forget to check out the other ladies joining in on the challenge and collaboration!! It is a fun line up today!
Aloha!! We are starting a new month ad it is exciting!! Today on my blog I have something super special. I am joining in with all of the new SpiegelMom Scraps Design Team for a blog hop to get to know all the Sparklers. There are so may new and talented ladies on the Team this year. I can’t wait to get to know them!!
Like all of the first of the month blog hops, make sure you check out each blog post and comment for a chance to win a store credit of $20 from Jody. At the end of my post I will have the line up so you can follow along the hop and if you lose your way you can always come back here or the first post at the SpiegelMom Scraps Blog.
I am so thankful and excited to be apart of the Sparklers team again!! This team is so amazing and it really feels like I found my tribe being among all of them. I look forward to growing this year, learning this year and pushing myself even more this year. Trying some new things and perfecting more of the things I love to do as well.
This spring I really have felt called by media again. The fun you have when you get messy is like being a kid again. Saying that though my style has changed so much since I did a bunch of media a couple of years ago. It is all about playing and experimenting. Knowing not every thing is amazing but taking that knowledge and making something better the next time. Pushing the envelope of what feels comfortable. I love this growth in mixed media. You learn so much about yourself.
This Blog Hop is all about learning more about each other. I feel like doing mixed media requires you to bare your soul and put everything on the line. When it pays off it feels so good. But you also see the beauty in the journey that you take emotional as you create as well.
For this hop I wanted to create a currently type of spread. I am always thinking to myself that I want to do one, but rarely do it. Maybe it’s because I really have a hard time picking one thing that I have to love. I love so many things and always have so many answers. There is something though for taking a moment to say, this is where my mind is at right now. The real fact is next month’s right now won’t be the same.
I decided to use a Traveler’s Notebook as my canvas today. It’s a mixed media Traveler’s Notebook that I have from past Sparkler Beth Soler’s Esty Store. It’s so nice and think, perfect far adding lots of media and heavy mediums.
I pulled out a bunch of new Shimmerz products that I have recently gotten from the SpiegelMom Scraps Store to use. I wanted to challenge myself and use sprays, paste-eez, and acri-tonez altogether.
I also printed out a huge Traveler’s Notebook page size picture of myself from Easter. I dressed up wearing an old dress I bought when we lived in Hawaii. It’s flowing and has tons of flowers and trebling markings on it. It’s perfect on a spring and summery day. I don’t really want to forget about Hawaii so I love that I can wear it and remember all the memories from walking on the beach with this dress on, or eating a nice dinner with my husband in it.
I started off using a 3×4 Amy Tan Stencil to draw triangles on the page. This stencil is my favorite stencil. I love to use my pen to outline the pattern and create a different look depending how I use it.
Next grabbed the Shimmerz Acri-tonez paint in Jade and painted swathes in a few different spots. This is a cool way to add something dramatic but in moderation. I add plus signs in copper acrylic paint with a silkscreen. The metallic color against the bright color of the Acri-tonez really makes the color pop off the page.
After adding more acrylic paint to the page, and a wood veneer piece I want to add to my page later, I pull out my stencil again. I use the same one and try to lie it up almost straight. I added some Shimmerz Coloringz in Pink Stilettos to some Salt of the Earth Shimmerz Paste-eez and applied it throughs the stencil. Some of the triangles in the paste-eez were right over the drawn triangles and some were slightly off of it. I really love the dimension from the paste-eez. I also added some paste-eez with my palette knife across the page.
I stamped around the page with an Ali Edwards Week In the Life Stamp and ink. The fact that it is imperfect is really fun and unique. I also added some die cut flowers and stickers from the Cocoa Vanilla Wild At Heart Collection. I am digging the colors in this collection right now. I am having a really hard problem not using that collection for everything I create on my desk right now.
I placed a bunch of Hey Kiddo Sequins throughout the spread. Those little magenta flowers are adorable. They also match perfectly with my dress.
I used a full size 3X8 size photo or so to fit the Traveler’s Notebook page. I wanted it to be all me. Adding that painted wood veneer piece really adds interest to my page. Also I really like to bulk up my pages. I really don’t let the fact that things are heavy or thick stop me.
To finish off my other side I added a die cut at the bottom of the page and a rubber charm with another die cut watercolor flower.
One of my new favorite tools is my gold mini DIY stapler. It’s gold, so that makes it awesome but also the little tiny staples add just the right amount of metal to projects. I just about use it every time I create now.
Now I did this super fun and beautiful page, but I still wanted to add a currently list of things I have been digging. I use a pocket page card from Citrus Twist, in the pocket page kits.
I did all my journaling on the card and attached it to the next page with a thin piece of washi tape. I added tape to both the front and back side so in the future I can flip the journaling card and add more journaling. I love this concept about Traveler’s Notebook and being able to keep adding things to the pages.
I also used a strip of patterned paper, a sticker and a die cut to the page to finish it. I kept it really simple but pretty.
Just in case if it’s a bit too hard to read my journaling, this is what I am currently loving!!
Loving: Mixed Media.. I have been itching to pull out my messy things and play. I also have been loving the Traveler’s Notebook size.
Reading: Rick Yancey, The Infinite Sea. This is book number 2 of the 5th Wave series. Even though it really has taken me forever to read it. I think because it is the second book it just isn’t as gripping as the first. There still is tons of character development. So I just keep reading little bits here and there. (I don’t ever have to worry about never picking up a book, so these periods where a hardly read. next month I could read 3 books in one month.) I have been enjoy the YA dystopian genre, it used to seen so far fetched.
Eating: Curries. I have been craving curries of all kinds, Thai green Curry. Tiki Masala. Peanut curry. Yum Yum. Now I am hungry and want some of that luxurious sauce and hearty potatoes and meat.
Drinking: COFFEE. This never changes. Its almost all I drink, besides water. Sometimes I will drink some coconut water when I am feeling dehydrated. I have also been thinking about Sun Tea, now that the sun is starting to come out. Being from New York and Upstate, I am a purist. Just Tea, no sugar. That is just how it is suppose to be. Though if you want to add fruit, I may be ok with that.
Where: (Geotag) Okay I am just gonna say, I am boring most of the time. I go now where and want to spend most of my time scrapping, even though I can’t because of chores and mom stuff. But I am really boring. I barley go places. LOL. Never thought that would be my life. Thank you introvert hubby, has slowly turned my into a introvert who wants to spend days at home doing nothing but reading, scrapping and watching netflix. I am however thinking about camping and hiking lately. I love that we live somewhere where I can do those things. I am hoping soon we can make a hiking or nature walk trip to Mt. Rainer or around close by.
Picture: I have been spending all weekend working on NSD stuff. I also have been finishing up WITL this past week. I haven’t actually been taking as many pictures as I would like, but then again we aren’t doing a ton of way special things so I just take pictures of things that warm my should or inspire me. I have been thinking maybe I should finish a DSLR class I bought last year. It’s never to late to keep learning.
I hope you have enjoyed getting to know me a bit more. I have enjoyed sharing a bit of myself each time I create a layout. Because really that is who I scrapbook for, telling my story. It just happens I have some amazing family members who show up a lot in my story and I love that too.