Friday, August 22, 2014

Picture My Life ~ Chalk It Up ~ Part Three



Hello!

Welcome to Part Three of my series of Posts on Chalk it Up, Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program.  
I am getting some great photos scrapped and my "School Album" is filling up!! Oh how good progress feels!!! 

You can read my other posts from this series, Part One here and Part Two here.

You can join me in this School Scrapping adventure too! I would LOVE to see some of your Layouts produced with the Chalk It Up Picture My Life Scrapbooking Kit.  If you are playing along please link up your Layout in the comments for me to hop on over and take a look!

It is important to note that you do not need other products separate from the Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program to make this Layout.  The only things I used were basic tools like scissors, adhesive and 3D tape.  I also used a piece of Bakers Twine I received tied onto a present.  So don't think Picture My Life Scrapbooking is going to cost a lot of money and you need lots of extra bits and pieces.  It doesn't.  Everything you need is in the kit.  They take the hard work out of shopping for these products. To purchase yours click the image or go to Jessica's shop here.


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Picture My Life Chalk it Up Scrapbooking Program

Picture My Life™ Chalk It Up Scrapbooking Program

Item Number: Z2018

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

44 – 4" × 6" Cards (2 each of 22 designs)
78 – 3" × 4" Cards (3 each of 26 designs)
1 – 12" × 12" Designed Cover Sheet
10 – 12" × 12" Memory Protectors™(various designs)

These products are acid-free, lignin-free, and buffered.


Today I am sharing two Layouts. A more detailed, embellished Layout and a Simple and quick Layout. I have a process video showing how I put together both of these Layouts at the bottom of my post.


More Detailed Layout - Using Four Smaller Photos



First lets talk about the more detailed Layout.
I concentrated on embellishing the 4x6 cards in this Layout. You can watch exactly how I did it in the video below but here are the basic steps...


Three Easy Steps
  1. Adhere photo to 4x6 card with tape.
  2. Cut arrow, heart and globe from another 4x6 or 3x4 card.
  3. Adhere embellishments with 3D tape




Three Easy Steps

  1. Cut tag from 4x6 card. Punch a hole and tie in Baker's Twine.
  2. Adhere tag to 3x4 card and layer photo on top with 3D tape.
  3. Journal on the tag.

Three Easy Steps

  1. Adhere photo to 4x6 card with tape.
  2. Cut arrow, frame, stars and School sentiment from another 4x6 or 3x4 card.
  3. Adhere embellishments with 3D tape
It is so simple and easy!! But it does look cute and everything matches perfectly.  All the colours go effortlessly together.

Simple Layout - Using Four 4x6 Photos

Three Easy Steps
  1. Slip In Your photos.
  2. Choose your 3x4 cards. I cut one 4x6 in half to make the bottom 3x4 card. I cut out the bicycle from another 3x4 card and added it to the top 3x4 card with 3D tape.
  3. Journal. Slip the cards into the pockets.
Too easy!!


Here is my YouTube Video which shows me making these Layouts. Beautiful music from Ben again for you to enjoy xx




Here is Week One and Week Two of this series for more examples of this great product!
Dont forget the special for August as well...

The lovely Jessica over at Craftin' and Stampin' can help you with purchasing this great Picture My Life Kit.  The kit retails for $24.95 USD.  Head on over to Jessica's shop here to get your kit and take advantage of this month's special offer:


During the month of August, when you purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the 2014–2015 Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $24.95 USD / $27.50 CAD, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $3 (USD & CAD)! Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3 you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure!

Thanks for visiting my blog today!
Have a beautiful day.
Alicia xx

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

40th Birthday Card Using Heidi Swapp Products


Just popping on to share a quick little card this morning.  I made this for a lovely friend for her 40th Birthday. I was going for a layered, Heidi Swapp look with this one.  It is fun to experiment with different styles don't you think! There was lots of textures in this one!


I used the yummy inspiration from Cupcake Inspirations.
Arent these cakes to die for!!

They remind me of a Baby Shower High Tea I went to a couple of weekends back.  Here are two little pics I snapped. And in case you were wondering, I did eat all my side of the food.  The top layer I brought home and polished off later!!





Hope you have a beautiful day.

Alicia xxx

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Monday Message


Hello, and Happy Monday!

This week's quote - Relax and Enjoy The Moment - is something I like to do.  How easy it is to go from one thing to the next, busy,busy, busy, and not stop and enjoy this moment exactly as it is now.
Right now for me, Nicky is asleep, the house is quiet, I am typing away, and its peaceful! The day promises many moments, but right now I am in this one, so I want to relax and enjoy!  Today I am going to concentrate on enjoying the moments.

By the way, this photo is taken from our balcony.  Our apartment backs onto a Golf Course and it is very pretty, especially when the sun sparkles on the water. Each time I look out at it I am grateful for the opportunity to live here.

On another topic today, you might notice a mini make over on my blog.  I read on Pinterest that blogs really do need a photo of the person writing the blog, to make it seem more personal and so the readers feel like they are connecting with the writer.  I needed a new photo of myself so Ben took this yesterday.  So now you can connect with me! Lol! Thats me! Thats what I look like on a good day, when I have done my hair and make-up!  Thats my new t-shirt I bought this weekend.  I also changed the font a little.  I will be working on my sidebar too, so stay tuned for a few more changes!

Speaking of changes...I am really interested in what you would like to read about on my blog.  I have been searching for a little direction with my posts...These are the things I have been writing about:

  • Cards I have made
  • Pocket Scrapbooking Layouts
  • Traditional Scrapbooking Layouts
  • Close to My Heart Products
  • The Monday Message
  • You Tube Process Videos (Another one coming this Friday)
Would you like to see more of this?

I am interested in writing about:
  • Ways to get your Cards Published in Magazines
  • How to make time for Crafting
  • Recipes we are currently eating
  • Photos of my family and life
  • What I am currently Learning about
  • Blogging Tips
  • My latest shopping goodies

Let me know in the comments below what you like reading about and seeing on here.  I will be very interested in your response.

Have a beautiful day,
Alicia xx




Friday, August 15, 2014

Picture My Life ~ Chalk It Up ~ Pocket Scrapbooking Part Two


Good morning!

So nice to be sharing more exciting Picture My Life Pocket Scrapbooking with you today featuring the Close To MY Heart Chalk It Up Program.

I have more Layouts today.  First up is an embellished Layout I made using a Design 4 Page Protector that comes in the kit. Everything you see used here is from the kit. I have not added any other embellishments.


Easy Steps to Embellish

  1.  Add a small photo to the 4x6 Card.
  2.  Cut the words "One Smart Cookie" and the cookie out of a 3x4 Journalling card and adhere with 3D tape.  
  3. Draw a smiley face onto the base card with black pen.


Easy Steps to Embellish

  1.  Add a small photo to the 4x6 Card.
  2.  Cut a star banner out of a 3x4 Journalling card and adhere to bottom of card.  
  3. Punch a star out of 3x4 card and outline with black pen.  Adhere with 3D tape.
  4. Cut quote out of 3x4 card and adhere with 3D tape.



For my second Layout I used only 4x6 cards from the Kit to make a Traditional Scrapbook Layout.  The only thing I added was a plain white 12x12 sheet of card and some Black card for layering and of course my photo and black pen.


I created a mat for my Photo to sit on by cutting strips from the 4x6 cards that came in the kit.  I layered them onto black card.



Then I added numbers and letters cut from 4x6 cards to spell the work Kindergarten and the year 2010.
You can see the same letters in the strips behind the Photograph.  I simply outlined them in black pen to help define them a bit more.  The numbers already had a black edge so I left them as they were.
I positioned them kind of higgledy-piggledy so it creates a "school" sort of look, where perhaps a child has written it by themselves.


Lastly I copied some doodling designs from the cards directly onto the base of my Layout in the corners with Black Pen.  I was tempted to do more, a few more swirly strands stretching out more down the sides of the paper.  I will see how it sits with me and can always add more later on if I feel like it.

You can see from these two Layouts how the Chalk It Up Scrapbooking Program really does provide everything you need to make your own School Album.  This is the contents of the kit: 

Picture My Life™ Chalk It Up Scrapbooking Program

Item Number: Z2018

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

44 – 4" × 6" Cards (2 each of 22 designs)
78 – 3" × 4" Cards (3 each of 26 designs)
1 – 12" × 12" Designed Cover Sheet
10 – 12" × 12" Memory Protectors™(various designs)

These products are acid-free, lignin-free, and buffered.

The lovely Jessica over at Craftin' and Stampin' can help you with purchasing this great Picture My Life Kit.  The kit retails for $24.95 USD.  Head on over to Jessica's shop here to get your kit and take advantage of this month's special offer:


During the month of August, when you purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the 2014–2015 Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $24.95 USD / $27.50 CAD, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $3 (USD & CAD)! Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3 you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure!



Watch my video from last week to see the whole kit and a simple Picture My Life Layout in action.



Click here to see Part One of this series and more Picture My Life Layouts from last week.

Have a lovely Friday!
Alicia xx

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Monday Message


Happy Monday to you!

My Aunt sent me this photo when she was visiting my Mum and Dad a few weeks ago.  There is a real story behind it.  This is a photo of my Grandma's first car.  It is still on my Mum and Dad's farm today.  My Grandma did not learn to drive until my Mum (her third child) was in High School (so probably late 1960s). Her brother bought her this car and Mum says Grandma was so proud of it! 

I can only imagine my Grandma driving this ute down their tree-lined drive way and on the road into town.  It makes me smile.  Imagine the freedom she then had, her own car and licence.  I bet she would have smiled the whole way into town, her heart bursting with joy! Do you know the feeling I can imagine...an escape from everything, the possibility of amazing things!

I hope you have a fantastic day today! 

Alicia xx

Friday, August 8, 2014

Picture My Life - Chalk It Up - Pocket Scrapbooking



I am so excited to share with you today my first project using Close to My Heart's Picture My Life Chalk It up Pocket Scrapbooking Program!!

My first Page I kept very simple, photos + cards + journalling.
On the second LO I added a few embellishments by cutting out bits and pieces from the 3x4 cards and adhering with 3D tape.

I LOVE how everything matches so beautifully.  The colours are so co-ordinated and the cards are very well designed.  They make putting these Layouts together very quick and very easy.



This Kit is fantastic value for money and takes all the hard work out of shopping for supplies for Pocket Scrapbooking. Everything you need is in the kit.  This is what it looks like:


Picture My Life™ Chalk It Up Scrapbooking Program

Item Number: Z2018

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION


44 – 4" × 6" Cards (2 each of 22 designs)


78 – 3" × 4" Cards (3 each of 26 designs)

1 – 12" × 12" Designed Cover Sheet 

(Watch my video to see this 12x12 sheet and its matching Memory Protector.)

10 – 12" × 12" Memory Protectors™(various designs)

3 x Design 3 Memory Protectors
(I added cards to the protectors to photograph the designs more clearly. I found it difficult to photograph the clear plastic.)



3 x Design 4 Memory Protectors



3 x Design 5 Memory Protectors

I know you will want to purchase this kit to scrap that box of school photographs we all have!! So you need to hop on over to Jessica or over at her Craftin' and Stampin' store.  She will be happy to help you with your purchase.

August is the perfect month to buy because there is a big special happening!!!  When you purchase a Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program you can also purchase a 10 pack of Page Protectors for only $3!!! Here are the details:

During the month of August, when you purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the 2014–2015 Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $24.95 USD / $27.50 CAD, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $3 (USD & CAD)! Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3 you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure!


Please watch my video to see the what the kit is really like.  My kind husband has recorded the beautiful music on his guitar for the video!!



I will be using this kit throughout the month of August and posting a new project every Friday.  Why not play along with me. If you are using a Close to My Heart Picture My Life Kit link yours up in the comment section so I can take a look!! If you need to purchase one click here!

Click here to see Part Two of this series.

Alicia xx


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

5 Steps to a Simple Scrapbook LO using Project Life Cards



Hi there!


This Layout was so fun and quick to make I thought I would share it with you. Here is a quick 5 Step Photo Tutorial...

Step 1 ~ Gather your Resources

What you will need:
  • 12 x 12 White Card
  • your 4x6 photo
  • 1 4x6 Pocket Scrapbooking card
  • 5 3x4 Pocket Scrapbooking cards (I used Project Life Midnight Edition)
  • washi tape
  • scissors
  • adhesive tape
  • glue
  • rhinestones
  • heart shape punch (not pictured in photo)
  • rounded corner punch (not pictured in photo)
  • sewing machine with black thread (not pictured in photo)


 Step 2 ~ Add your 4x6 Card

This is as simple as it gets!  Round the corner of your photo first, then layer it onto your chosen 4x6 card.  Don't stick it down to the 12x12 card yet.



Step 3 ~ Layer your 3x4 cards

Play around with your 3x4 cards and place them under your matted photo leaving little bits sticking out from under the edge of the photo.  When you are happy with your design adhere it to your 12x12 card.



Step 4 ~ Embellishments and Journalling

Add in a little bit of journalling somewhere. I added mine below the photo in the corner.  Punch some hearts out of the 3x4 cards and position on your page as embellishments.  Tear up some bits of Washi tape and stick down.  Glue down some silver and black rhinestones. 



Step 5 ~ Add some stitching

This is optional.  You can add some Machine stitching over your photo, cards and heart embellishments if you wish.



Thats it! Your done.  Do you agree it is simple? I personally like all the white space and I also like the black and white colour palette.  If you do happen to follow this process or be inspired by it please leave a comment so I can hop on over and see your work.

I'm linking up to Shimmelle's The Scrap Goes On A Weekly Round Up.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day.

Alicia xx

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Monday Message


Good morning!

Did you know that if you can hold a smile for 17 seconds you can change your energy!
Try it....smile and count to 17 slowly...you feel happier right!
I'm feeling awesome because I have been smiling while I write up this post!
If you keep smiling and last up until 68 seconds you have enough energy to affect physical manifestation.

Interested?? Read more of this amazing stuff by Abraham from Esther and Jerry Hicks here.

Smile today, and think happy thoughts.
Have a beautiful day.





Saturday, August 2, 2014

Exciting Close to My Heart Products I will be working with this Month...



Hello friends,

Do you have a folder or a box at home filled with school photographs?  If the answer is yes, then you are going to love what I will be showing this month!  Every Friday during August I will be posting a Picture My Life Layout featuring school photographs and the wonderful Picture My Life Chalk It Up Scrapbooking Program.  You will see how simple it is to get those photos into an album for everyone in the family to enjoy!!

Picture my Life is Pocket Scrapbooking.  Everything you need comes together in the kit.


Picture My Life™ Chalk It Up Scrapbooking Program

Item Number: Z2018

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

44 – 4" × 6" Cards (2 each of 22 designs)
78 – 3" × 4" Cards (3 each of 26 designs)
1 – 12" × 12" Designed Cover Sheet
10 – 12" × 12" Memory Protectors™(various designs)

These products are acid-free, lignin-free, and buffered.

The lovely Jessica over at Craftin' and Stampin' can help you with purchasing this great Picture My Life Kit.  The kit retails for $24.95 USD.  If you would like to work with me on this project, head on over to Jessica's shop here to get your kit. 

Not only is there the Chalk It Up Kit, that I will be using, there are so many other gorgeous themed kits.  See them all here.


Plus there is a special for this month too...

During the month of August, when you purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the 2014–2015 Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $24.95 USD / $27.50 CAD, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $3 (USD & CAD)! Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3 you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure!



The awesome thing about these 4x6 and 3x4 cards is that you don't just have to use them for Pocket Scrapbooking.  You can also use the products to make cards, regular layouts and other projects! I will show a few of my ideas so stay tuned!!! 

Drop back into my blog on Friday to see the first week of creations! 

Alicia xx

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Clean, Simple and Cheery Card


Good morning!

Happy Tuesday to you all!

Do you like honey? Our family LOVES it.  My uncle is a bee keeper and gives us the best, yummiest honey ever!!

I am sharing a Clean, Simple and Cheery card today I made to give to my Aunt and Uncle to remind them how much we appreciate their honey.

This card was quick and easy to make.  Here's how I did it:
  1. I added the sentiment and clip art picture in Microsoft word and printed it out onto A4 white card stock.
  2. I coloured the image with Copic Markers: Y38, Y17, YR16, E49, E35, E57, E37.
  3. I drew some little dots on the card showing where the bees have flown around with a black pen.
  4. I added Kindy Glitz to the honey
  5. I tied a big, bright, yellow bow.



I must say I am lending towards clean and simple cards at the moment.  I am appreciating more white space. Do you like the clean and simple look?

Just for fun I am linking up at Less is More
There are some gorgeous Clean and Simple cards over there if you want to take a look.

Before you go though, have you considered entering my Gratitude Link Up?  Are you a bit like me and like to practice Gratitude?


Or would you like to check out my Simple Scrapbooking Sketch?
Nobody has entered yet and there is a prize to be won, which I would love to post away to you!!!



Thanks for stopping by my blog.
I hope you have a gorgeous day.

Alicia xxx