Thursday, 26 December 2013

Project Life Progress

This is my second go at a Project Life type of page.  Can I just say I have nothing against PL at all, I think it all looks fantastic, but I just can't afford it and have so much dsp in my house, it would be insanity to go and buy some more.
So this is how I'm doing my pages.  The colour scheme for this one is Baja Breeze (good way to use up retired cardstock too, you see) and Cherry Cobbler.  There is a bit of dsp from Echo Park on the first page, which I really love.  This way I get to keep some for myself.  It's the same paper I used to make the Christmas card in my previous post.
The biggest development (and there is a pun here, much as I'd like to avoid it) is that I found a photo developing shop in town that develops photos straight from my phone with a great deal of ease.  They print off two photos on a sheet of 4"x6" paper so you can cut them in half, and that's what I've done on these pages.  I was so excited at being able to do this!
Here is the next layout:

I think this is my favourite so far, as I love the colour scheme and the winter theme.  This was all about Christmas shopping in Nottingham.  It started with the envelope in the bottom right hand corner which holds some more information about the art exhibition I went to, which is described on the previous layout.  I decided to match it with Real Red and Crumb Cake and wrote with my awesome white pen. 
This page was made after my recent visit to Hobbycraft, as I've used one of the metal paper clips on the envelope, can you see it?  I've also used my teeny tiny Tim Holtz letter stickers.  I'm very pleased with this page.  Hope you like it and it inspires you to have a go.  It's a great way of recording even the small things you do in the space of a week.  I'd be keeping a diary anyway, but this is such a fun way of doing it.
I hope you're all having a wonderful Christmas time.  If you're taking lots of photos of family and friends, this might be a great way of storing them.
Back soon I'm sure
Jane xx

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Christmas Card

I've had very little time to make Christmas cards this year, something I intend to rectify in 2014, but I thoroughly enjoyed making this one for my card swap group recipient for December, Zoe Tant.
There is a total mix of products on this card.
The card base and the ribbon are from Stampin Up, in Baja Breeze.  The dsp is called Winter Wishes by Echo Park and I absolutely love it.  I had to wait for it to come from America a few years ago and it didn't arrive until the middle of January!
I've used the Marianne doily die to cut the white shape behind the jar.  The jar itself is a Sizzix stamp and die set.  I've had it for months and this is it's first outing.  The actual snowman in the jar is from Little Claire's Designs and was the perfect size.  The sentiment and the snow in the jar are from my new magazine Get Stamping.  John has bought me a subscription for this for Christmas, which I am very excited about.  The lid of the jar and the background for the sentiment are both cherry cobbler, which I've just run out of.
I had such fun making this.  I hope Zoe likes it.
Well I'm off to wrap John's presents while he's at work!
Back soon
Jane xx

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Project Life - My Style

I've been keeping a journal since the summer.  I've always kept a diary but I've wanted to add illustrations for ages.  I've just had to wait for the perfect book to use.  This is actually a sketch book from W H Smith.
It's part smash book, part diary, part art journal.  I'm very pleased with a lot of the pages

And then occasionally one turns out to be a total disaster!

Okay, it started out well, went down hill rapidly and then I dropped a stamp on it and didn't know how to cover it up!
And all the while, I kept seeing articles and pictures on Pinterest about Project Life.  At first I didn't even understand what it was, but I've gradually put two and two together and decided I really like it.  Anyone who likes scrapbooking is bound to, really. 
Then it took ages to find out if anyone stocks the stuff in the UK (Hobbycraft as it turns out.  Probably others).  And then I looked at the price!
There's no way, with all these stamps and bits of dsp laying around, that I can possibly justify spending more money on a kit.
So I looked through my stash and developed a system of my own.  Here's my first complete two page spread:

I used the colour scheme from the Fresh Vintage dsp, Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Lucky Limeade.  I've decided that I can pick a colour bar, like the Lucky Limeade section, which stretches the whole width of the page, if I have a photo and want to write about it.  I can fill in the gaps with half width rectangles, either to write on or add an image.  Any spare space will be taken up with matching dsp etc.  The card on the bottom right is a proper journal card from October Afternoon.  There'll be a lot more of those coming soon.
The only limit is your own imagination.  So much of my stash will be used up this way.  It can be as simple or as complicated as you like. 
All the corners are rounded too, it makes a big difference to the look of the page.
Now I'm tempted to go back to the page that I think is disasterous and re-do it this way.  What do you think?  If I've whetted your appetite, there's loads more inspiration on Pinterest and even loads of free journaling cards that you can download.
Thanks for dropping in today.  I'd love to know what you think.
Back soon with a Christmas card.
Happy crafting everyone!
Jane xx