Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Coming along nicely, more December diary preparation

This page is a scraplift of a layout by lifelovepaper from my Pinterest board. This is going to be L is for lights. Ii used gold and silver on here and added some green stitching to tie in with the digital Project life card I printed off from stampin up.
This page is J is for jingle and I used a Stephanie Bryan layout as a basis for this one. I will add a list of Christmas tunes on the tag and maybe a photo of my newest Christma CD sleeve. I switched the top two red pieces of card on this one after the photo as I wanted a warmer red. I will also add more stitching or mist to this later.
This page is a variation on Shanna Noel layout from my board. Just a hint of green in the hand cut trees for my page about trimming the tree. The date tag may change nearer the time. That's why they are stapled on, in fact after these three layouts I have left the date numbers off until after I have taken each photo.
This 8.5 x 11 album is going to be different to my others and makes a change from the pocket pages I've made before, that and the monochrome pics!
Which is your favourite so far? TFL x

Monday, 24 November 2014

December Daily another 3 foundation pages

 I'm really enjoying making these foundation pages for my December album! I am putting together a skeleton page and then popping any extras in a plastic sleeve ready to add with the photograph. This date is the day we get the new puppy I know I am going to have lots of pic, but hope to pick a couple. One for this page which is H is for Happy in my Christmas alphabet. Ii used 3 Heidi Swapp gold foil project Life cards from her value kit and cut down the Pink Paislee Merry and bright 8 card to the same size and rounded the corners. I layered a watercolour paper tag, spritzed with Mister Hueys gold mist over some gold vellum and added a touch of colour in the red ribbon, which I've kept long so it looks like the puppy's new red lead. The acrylic frame will hold a monochrome picture of our newest family member and space for some journaling.
Not sure if I will add these extras or not.
Here is another page for the puppy, K is for Kiss,  This was based on a layout by Louise Nelson, from my Pinterest board here. I cut out the gold transparent You are Here from Studio Calico and layered it with a gold doily and some Martha Stewart gilding dripped onto black card. Gold thread, a chipboard frame & arrows from Crate Paper, complete the foundation.
This page was based on a layout by Scattered Confetti, using more Heidi Swapp gold foil Value Kit Project Life cards and a Pink Paislee Merry & Bright card trimmed to the same size and rounded. A snippet of Maggie Holmes gold striped vellum is also stitched on. A Heidi Swapp 3x4 file folder will hide the journaling. The wood veneer tree I bought in Germany. Space for a monochrome 3x3 photo on this one. I maybe will stitch around the edge on my machine in red to add a hint of festive colour. This page is for I is for Instagram so maybe the file folder will  hold a couple more Inst faves too! I could add extra pages in that and maybe some sort of fastening to hold it closed in the album. I will see how it develops.
Hope you are enjoying these base pages as much as I am! TFLx

Saturday, 22 November 2014

December Daily - 3 Foundation pages

I don't do many layouts at the moment and haven't done this year, so when I decided to to my December Daily a bit differently this year, I thought an album of layouts would be nice for a change rather than my pocket pages of the last two years. I also thought I would analyse what things had made me pin pages to my Inspiration board and I could incorporate that into my album.
This page is based on a page by justg from Studio Calico here. I liked it because I thought it would fit my monochrome theme with just a few pops of colour. You can see the index print of the original layout on the left and this is how I intend to do it.
My base was an 8.5x11 white cardstock that will go inside a page protector. I added 3 and a half black tags, each with a different washi tape on the 2 tag is from IKEA and the grey tag is from the Crate Paper mixed tags set. I added the '3' Merry and bright card by Pink Paislee as a mat for my black and white picture when I take it. The journaling will be on the black tags in a white pen. I think this page will be B is for Baking in my alphabet.
This page is based on a layout by Paige Evans here. I used some slide mounts I cut out with my Silhouette on gold card, patterned paper and silhouette chipboard and then layered together.

You can design your own or buy a pattern from the online store. I added some dotted lines for stitching too.
I arranged my frames in a similar way and added a veneer today frame and cut down the Pink Paislee merry and bright 4 card and my IKEA 4 tag. The white paper shows where I will place my 2x2 black and white pictures and journaling. I stitched it all down ready to go. This will be my D for decorations page I think. I like slide frames and think the gold card adds a little sparkle to the monochrome theme.
My third foundation page is one from Becky Novacek here. I think that I will add the large gold letters stitched over the top of the 6x4 picture.
I think this will be my E for everyone page as the 5th is hubby's birthday.
After I completed these base pages I decided not to add the numbers just make a selection of base pages for every letter of the alphabet page and a few spare. That way i can decided which layout suits which picture  I can then assemble the album by date or by alphabet depending how I feel.
These last two pages are base pages that wont be in page protectors so they are larger. I intend to stitch two back to back with a reinforcement piece down the ring binder edge. For this reason I have tried to keep my embellishing away from either the left or right hand side edge., so I can punch the holes. 
I'm really enjoying this preparation page work and putting bits together in page protectors to finish each layout. I think it will speed up the whole album process. Some days may end up with more than one page and that's fine! With having the new puppy arrive in two weeks time, I think Ill have my hands full so planning for some time saving is a great idea! TFLx

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Week 45 Project Life - Tags, tags, tags

They seem to be everywhere at the moment and I love them! 
This week was my nieces wedding and I knew Project Life would be tricky to get everything in! I did a double page spread extra.
For the LHS, I decided on an A4 collage print of photo's I had included in a black and white mini album I made for the bride (will post it tomorrow!)
Just one or two lightly coloured pink photo's elude to the wedding colour scheme, lots of tags grouped down the RHS with a few details of the day on it. A 12x12 for my album.
The RHS page for this double page spread includes the memorabillia. The wedding invitation and an envelope with the tags from the wedding favours and the new outfits we bought. A photo of all of us at the venue in our glad rags and some space for my journaling about the day.
What about the rest of that week?
Well it was our first meeting with the newest member of our family!
This was sitting opposite the 6x4 portrait page protector I used for week 44 but it was in a 12 x 12 sleeve for the wedding collage pic of my insert, so I decided on this 12 x 12 paper that looks like it is 6x4 portrait pockets (Amy Tangerine?) and I think it works rather well! I punched out some clocks from an old Studio Calico paper from the Cuppa kit Ive been hoarding and also did some stitching. It documents the items I have bought so far for our new arrival too! This will be great to look back on! I just Love Project Life! TFLx

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Update on my Daily December diary album process

I have spent a few days on album prep recently, so I thought I would update you with how I am approaching it. I am using a 8.5 x 11 album from American Crafts that I had in stock and I have collected my own items together to make a kit (see herehere.)
I have decided to switch it up a bit this year as it is year 5 for me, so i decided on an alphabet list of items ( not necessarily in date order) I want to photograph this year and intend on doing them in black and white.
I, like many people have a layout inspiration folder on Pinterest and I decided to put together a Pinterest board of Christmas Layout ideas here that would inspire me and I propose scraplifting some of them. I think scraplifting is a very good way of trying new ideas and leads to your own creative burst! Just always give credit to the original! 
I printed off index prints of the layouts and techniques I wanted to try and then made a pack of goodies for each layout inside a page protector.
So here is my box of page protectors for each layout I want to make plus a few spares! Organised or what?? TFLx

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Project Life with a different page protector orientation

This is the front and back of Week 44 and I must say I quite like this format with the horizontal format of 4x3 cards down the centre. I included a couple of postcards too.

One of the reasons I like the Studio calico Project Life cards is that they have a horizontal and vertical format on each side of most of the 3x4 cards. This just makes the whole thing more versatile. I also was able to add more photos by printing two portraits on a 4x3 card. To do this make a new canvas in Photoshop elements that is 4x3 and then resize your photos to 2x1.5 inches and place them in the doc and save. You can then make two of these and print them on a 4x6 on your Selphy. By rounding the corners you make and even feel to the whole page. I found this very useful for including a couple of pictures from Belsen that we visited. I wanted to record it but not have a huge picture that dominated the spread. TFLx

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Personal memories relating to WW1

Repost from my blog back in June 2010 in honour of Remembrance Day and 100 years since the outbreak of WW1.
I decided to send for the medal card for my grandad. He has appeared on family tree layouts before, we have two pictures of him. One in Malta and one without a name but again in the trenches somewhere. He died when my mum was a young girl, from injuries he received during the war having been poisoned with gas. Mum has his discharge papers and she knew he was in the Army Service Corps in Salonika. She also has two medals. His medal card shows that he enlisted on the 19th of Jan 1914, before the outbreak of war and mum seems to recall he was in the Royal Army Medical Core Territorial Army. However, he ends up being a Mule Driver in the Army Service Corps and went to war on the 5th of October 1914. His medal card shows that he also won the 1914 Star, which mum never knew, and we have never seen, so that shows that he saw active service in France during 1914.
This is the other photograph of him, showing him in Malta in 1917.  He was one year and 212 days in Salonika according to his discharge papers, so I have been researching the war in Salonika. The best sites I have found are here on the Long, Long, Trail; here on the Salonika Campaign Society; and here where someone is sharing their own family research. What it appears is, that these men were gassed on the western front, probably in Ypres, and then taken to Salonika, where they were still considered fit for service!! Many of them subsequently getting Malaria and finding themselves "No No longer fit for service" paragraph 392 Kings Regulations (xvi) and eventually invalided out! Mum says her dad convalesced in a Hospital in Southport and that is where he met my grandma who was a chemist apprentice. They married, but he was never fit for work and his war pension was small and apparently constantly reviewed!! They had three children and when he died, not too long after, his war pension died with him! The Great War forum here, is another fantastic source! Must crack on with my research! TFLx

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

How to set two 3x4 cards in a 6x4 pocket securely-Project Life Week 43

Sometimes I want to use two 3x4 cards in a 6x4 pocket and I don't want them moving around. This is the best way I have found to secure them discreetly. First cut a 6x4 from scrap card and round the corners, then take your 1" circle punch and notch out the top and bottom edge with half a circle, exactly over the mid point, then secure your cards in position with double sided tape. On the finished page here, I actually decided against the pink card in the end!
And here with two small photographs.
This week we were in Germany for part of the week, visiting my sister in law, so I included a 12 x 12 pocket of maps & memorabilia too. TFLx

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

December album preparation

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was putting together my own kit for my December album again this year. I have decided to photograph this year in black and white after my summer album success and use up a red 8.5 x 11 album to make some daily layouts. Here is my album cover decoration, very simple. I used a Heidi Swapp gold acetate from her Project Life page protector set and added a simple flair that says December from Hey Little Magpie along with some wood veneer numbers from a Studio Calico kit and a chipboard speech bubble from Crate Paper. I stitched through the speech bubble to make it look as though it was stitched on the cover of the album, but its actually glued on with glossy accents!
I have cut down my papers and card to the same size as a page protector in the 8.5 x 11 album as some of the pages I don't want inside plastic sleeves. I kept the strip off the side of the paper and scored it in half and punched holes at the correct place using my Power punch, i t cuts a slightly bigger hole than the normal Cropadile, perfect for albums. You can also see I made myself a 'jig' to locate the holes like I did in my handbooks before.

I intend to stitch two pages together back to back after they are completed, for extra strength and add a folded hinge over the left side to reinforce the binder holes.
I have created a layout inspiration board over on Pinterest here, where I am adding any layouts that inspire me, or techniques I want to include. Also, don't forget my 2014 kit board here where I am adding anything I am using, including these great tags I found in IKEA. They fit in with my monochrome theme perfectly!
I have printed off some of the cards from Becky Higgins Digital Hello December kit by Stampin up! to use the neutral ones. I used light printable cardstock and I can use up the left over cards in my Project Life.
Today I have started prepping a few pages, including using an ABC list for December that I pinned to my board here
I will be designing some cut files again this year that I will share like last year. Can't wait to get started! TFLx

Monday, 3 November 2014

Using both sides of Project Life cards

Sometimes I have a difficult decision, which side of the project life card to use? My Project Life kit from Studio Calico has horizontal and vertical versions of the same card on each side and if I really like a card I sometimes use both!
I liked the tag card in this months kit and the colour scheme of coral and green so on this spread I used the back of four cards from the previous page! 
Top left I added some washi tape over the wording that was there and then added an acetate You Are Here with my October rub on and week 42 Thickers on it and slid it in the pocket.
The Really? Really! card I like in the vertical so I journalled on this.
I covered the 'Harvest' in the bottom left pocket with a photograph and then wrote on the tags in the bottom right pocket, with some tiny photo's too.
This can make your favourite cards go twice as far! TFLx

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Guten Tag! Urlaub! We're back!

(For those who don't speak German, me included, we took a short holiday in Germany!) 
Now I am working as a supply teacher, we are no longer limited to school half term, so we took advantage and sneaked off early (first time in 26years!) We went to visit hubby's sister in Bremen, northern Germany, for the Freimarkt.

 Lots of eating.......

and drinking Gluwein.... 

 family time......

 and sight seeing.
Just to be sure we go back, I had to hold the front foot of the Bremen Stadtmusikanten. Lots of pics to get scrapping! TFLx