Friday, April 29, 2016

Stamping on Your Designer Series Paper- That Thing You Did Stamp set

Happy Friday!!  We made it through another work week.  I've had to open at work, so getting up at 5:30am, I've been to tired this week to work on much crafts. I'm looking forward to a nice Saturday of crafts and laundry.  Well, not the laundry part, but unless I wanna craft in my underwear, laundry will be done!  ;)
I'm posting this layout today because I often get packs of Designer Series Paper, I love most of the designs but not all of them.  Give those pages another look!  When you have some good texture stamps, you can add some dimension and interest to those pages and actually use them.  Time to get INKY!!!



This is a pretty basic layout.  The paper was left in my Designer Series paper pack, it was kinda blah for me.  But when I stamped on it with some stamps from my Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, the paper became more my style. Mixing stamping on patterned paper can be really fun and interesting.  I saw someone on pinterest that was really good at using background stamps with patterned paper.  Of course, I forgot who that talented stamper was but they inspired me!   Some good stamp sets are Gorgeous Grunge (which is STAYING with us in the new catalog out in June) and Timeless Textures,  and for some brushstrokes, Work of Art.   I have scanned the new catalog, and happy to announce there are going to be some GREAT textures stamps coming out.  I keep these type of stamps on my working table.  I use them again over and over.  










One of my favorite ways to scrapbook, use stamps themselves for your titles on your pages!!!  This one was perfect.  It reminded me of the Chips tv show.  I loved these pictures, it isn't often my son lets me take pictures of him but when he is hamming it up and being silly, I get to sneak them in!!!






I hope you try stamping on some of that designer series paper you have hoarded....wait... maybe that's just me....;)
Thanks for stopping by!
Michelle
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Project Life Pocket Pages Mini Album Update

Last week I shared with you my mini Project Life album that I started.  Today I'll share a few more pages that I got done.  I have a great time working on this album.  I've gone through my stamp sets and have them sitting on my desk.  As I work, I chose a stamp set to use somewhere on that page.  It has been a great way to get some unused stamp sets INKY!!! 

This whole album includes school pictures from events from my oldest son.  They don't really need to go in my big family albums but perfect for this mini album.


This was a great field trip that one of Kyle's middle school teachers planned.  They worked on a lesson of manners, not just please and thank you, but how it would affect their lives going forward.....dating, business meetings, all those events that you need to behave properly.  It was a great lesson that ended with a  field trip out to a restaurant, each child was pair with a partner, they had to order and pay for their own food, use good manner, and had to actually TALK with their partners during the meal.   NO CELL PHONES during the meal.  The kids all got dressed up to enjoy their lunch date.  








Unfortunately this aren't the best pictures, they are dark (better in person) but I had to include them.  Kyle had a teacher that arranged to go see the Hunger Game movies, each time a new one was released. The kids and teacher would meet at the movies on a Saturday and go see the newest movie together.  This event took place over years.  It was so great to see all the kids come back to join this teacher to see the movies.  What dedication to her students that Sally would take time out of her personal family time to join the students.  We LOVE Sally!!!!











I love this picture, it was sent my Sally to me.  Sally was Kyle's UE teacher for 3 years (for those that don't know montessori has the same teacher for three years: UE means Upper Elementary so grades 4th, 5th and 6th).  We were all so please and surprised when the school moved Sally up to middle school.  She was one of 5 teachers at the time of the move.  We were lucky to have Sally for another 2 years!  She texted me this photo: They were on the Santa's Helper field trip and these were some of her students that she had had for the last 5 years.




I love this picture, I have pictures of Kyle with Sally when he was WAY shorter than her!!!!  Time flies.....





The picture on the side was Kyle's locker on his 15th birthday.






















I'm making progress through the album.  It's been a fun project to work on.
Thanks for joining me today!
Michelle




Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Land to Sea and Sea Street Stampin' Up stamps


I love beach themed stamp sets.  I pretty much buy every set that Stampin' Up comes out with.  We take a yearly trip to the beach and rent a house with a pool and just relax.  We enjoy the beach, we enjoy the pool, we enjoy the company, we just have a great time.  Any beach stamp set always bring a smile to my face.  I use beach themed stamps for cards, they make great thank you card sets, but I love to use them on my beach trip layouts.  I even found a non beach layout to use them on today! I made a layout that included two of my favorite beach themed stamp sets:  Land to Sea and Sea Street.  One is staying in the catalog into next year and one is retiring!  If you don't have Sea Street.....it has an adorable Octopus too, you should pick it up before it is gone forever!!!!


I really liked the color of Jesse's shirt in this picture so it inspired me to keep the layout pretty simple.  This is a picture from ConExpo in Vegas, one of the booths had a turtle.  Can't remember what they were marketing.....but Jesse liked the turtle! 



I used the mini banner punch to make my banners.  I simply stamped different backgrounds onto my paper and then punched them out with the punch.  It creates a little more interest rather than plain banners, and it gets those stamps INKY!!!!  The banner punch is also retiring.  This punch is VERY handy, I often keep it on my desk to make a mini banner quickly.  Get it while it is still on the website!! The links to the products are below. 






I used the turtle from Land to Sea and the banner from Sea Street.  The paper doilies are also retiring as well.  They are coming out with some new doilies in the new catalog June 1st, but these are some of my favorites so I'm picking up a pack while I can!





I loved the way the layout came together.  Thanks for stopping by, 
Michelle!!!
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