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World Scrapbooking Day

World Scrapbooking Day

Happy World Scrapbooking Day to you!

Today is a bit exciting as I have a fun  International World Scrapbooking Day Blog Hop to share with you.

World Scrapbooking Day, Stampin' Up!

You may be just starting here or have come from the amazing Ilse van Vliet blog.

Either way you can make your way around by using the list at the bottom of this blog post, so that you don’t miss a blog and a chance to be inspired by the scrap lay-outs, Project Life pages and/or scrap mini-albums our talented group of Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators have created!

Let the fun begin!

I decided I would work on an scrapbooking album for each of the kids and wanted to start with a cover page for the album.

I loved building this page and started with a clean blank slate.  I had tons of ideas when starting this layout and then it just evolved.  I LOVE when that happens.  After being in a creative rut for a bit, it felt great to find a bit of mojo.

World Scrapbooking Day, Stampin' Up!

 

Building the Page

World Scrapbooking Day, Stampin' Up!

Starting this scrapbooking layout I began with a few products on my desk and then started layering working on the left side first to showcase my photos.  Here are a few of the products I had on hand.

World Scrapbooking Day, Stampin' Up!

 

 

I uploaded my photos to the Becky Higgins Project Life App and used a template to create 2 x 2 photos.  I love how tiny and fun these photos are and they are a direct reflection of my sweet Alexis and her infectious laugh.  You can see my post from Wednesday HERE where I share how to use the Becky Higgins App to print your own photos using a Canon Selphy Printer.

 

The Shine On Designer Paper with gems speaks to my page as she truly is a gem.  I love the polka dots on the Fancy Foil Designer Vellum because it adds “fun” to the layout.  The clip and die cut you see around the photo come from the You’re So Lovely Project Kit.  <—— It’s a MUST buy.  Truly one of the best kits.

World Scrapbooking Day, Stampin' Up!

The tiny little blue triangles come from the Memories in the Making Project Life Kit.  It’s one that you will swoon over.  Think Ice Cream, Good Times, and Balloons. Perfect to capture birthdays and so much more.

 

World Scrapbooking Day, Stampin' Up!

 

Moving over to the right side of the layout, you can see I added a few more strips of designer paper and then stamped the “Life” onto Whisper White cardstock to sum up the entire page.  This will be Alexis’ life.  This stamp set comes from the Project Life This is the Life stamp set.  GREAT set for scrapbookers.

 

World Scrapbooking Day, Stampin' Up!

 

Another favorite I added was the Silver Glitter Tape that you can receive FREE with a $50 product order.  Oh this tape is a piece of heaven.  Easy to tear and add’s so much to a project.

 

World Scrapbooking Day, Stampin' Up!

Another fun piece I did for this scrapbooking layout was added a little watercoloring using Soft Suede ink and my Aqua Painter.  It was a quick brushing of color, nothing fancy.  Another favorite I added was the gold balls and stars from the You’re So Lovely Project Kit.  These are little gems in that kit. WOW!

 

Now it’s time to visit the rest of the hop and see the amazing scrapbooking talent from all over the world.  This is my favorite part.  Grab a cup of coffee or your favorite drink and take in the inspiration.  If you are not much into scrapbooking, look at it from a crafting point of view.  Take snippets and see how you can apply it to a handmade card.

 

You can see all of the products I used for this layout at the end of this post. Use the clickable links to shop online.

 

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If you get lost on the hop, just click one of the links below to follow along.

Caroline van der Straaten            

Nadine Buhl   

Nina Janssen

Angélique Nederpel  

Kylie Bertucci

Dominique Bergen     

Diana van Otterlo        

Tanja Rath      

Eveline van Heijst       

Jolanda Meurs

Constanze Wirtz          

Hélène den Breejen  

Sandra Korten

Michelle Last

Monique de Kok         

Lotte Noordzij-Walther            

Lina Landmeyer           

Carolien Boone            

Hilde Suykerbuyk        

Cornelia Janssen         

Linda den Besten        

Leoni v.d.Bas-Geertsema       

Krista Frattin  

Annette Koolmees     

Diana Besemer

Regine Semmelhaak  

Ilse van Vliet  

Kimberly Van Diepen     

Danielle Bennenk

These are the main colors I used for today’s layout.

Artisans Celebrate Scrapbooking!

Artisans Celebrate Scrapbooking!

We are gearing up for International Scrapbooking Day and what better way to do it than share one of Stampin’ Up!’s great scrapbooking tools- Project Life.

 

With the crazy days I’ve had behind me I was a little freaked out about a few deadlines looming, my scrapbooking page being one of them.

 

How quickly I forget the purpose of Project Life!  Simplicity.

 

In fact, because I always try to over compensate for things I found myself trying to do this with my layouts.

 

It’s been a few months since I’ve touched my scrapbooking area and when I come back to it I’m always reminded why I love it so much.

 

Each time I pull my pictures out I get to relive a moment.  Sometimes those moments are not easy, but they do remind me of many things- growth being my first thought. The second is the many blessings that sit in front of me.  It’s a gentle reminder.

Project Life- Moments Like These

 

Artisan Scrapbooking Hop, Stampin' Up! Project Life

 

One of the best things I splurged on this past Christmas was a Canon Selphy that I can print my photos from home.  Time is of the essence and this gives me a little more time to figure out what photos I want to use and print them as I need.

I use the Becky Higgins Project Life app which enables me to fit 2-3 x 4 prints onto a 4 x 6 template inside her app and then print my photos. Click HERE to download a quick tutorial on how to use the Project Life app to print 3 x 4 photos.

Once I had my photos printed, I reached for my Project Life box- Moments Like These.  It was  perfect for the memories I wanted to capture.

Artisan Scrapbooking Hop, Stampin' Up! Project Life

Again, I kept everything simple making this double layout in a few short minutes.  What helps this process is the coordination.  It’s all there in front of me, I just have to figure out which card I want to use and which embellishment I want to add.

I chose to use the coordinating embellishments with the kit which included the wooden bubble element you see at the top left of the layout.  I kept my journaling to bullets and it sums up the story.

Artisan Scrapbooking Hop, Stampin' Up! Project Life

Embrace Simplicity

Just speaking those two words ” embrace simplicity”  makes me cringe because I’m a complicated girl who tends to complicate anything I touch.

Embracing the simplicity of Project Life leads to bigger things and one of them is the satisfaction that it’s done.  I have piles of photos (actually sitting on my phone) that have not been printed.  In other words…. memories just waiting to be printed and stories to be remembered.

By embracing the simplicity of this type of scrapbooking  you can get a lot done. It’s supposed to be simple and we shouldn’t complicate it.  Just enjoy the process.

 

Artisan Scrapbooking Hop, Stampin' Up! Project Life

Final Thoughts

As an avid scrapbooker of 20 years, I have scrapbooked in all kinds of sizes.  Currently and what’s been a favorite of mine over the past few years is the 6 x 8 size.  While I love 12 x 12 layouts, I love the simplicity of the 6 x 8 books and love how they sit on my shelf. Here is my favorite album to use:

Project Life Album, Stampin' Up!

I also love Black & White photos so I can use any color pattern with my photos.

 

You can see all of the great Project Life products that Stampin’ Up! carries in one place HERE.

 

Let’s see what memories Krista has scrapbooked today and don’t forget to run through the entire hop.  Lots of great things to see.

 

 

Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up!, Easter

 

PS- thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers for my friend.  She is a brave brave soul and doing remarkable during this tragedy.  Keep praying though… she is going to need them for awhile and all of those around her neighborhood.  XOXOXO

 

Project Life- Are You Getting in the Groove?

Project Life- Are You Getting in the Groove?

Over the past month I been sharing my Project Life layouts from the Heidi Swapp Capture Life Challenge.  This challenge has definitely pushed my creativity, my time and most of all given me the opportunity to capture everyday life as it’s happening. I’d say I’m getting in the groove.

Why has it pushed my creativity? 

As an avid scrapbooker for YEARS I’ve always worked with a fairly large canvas size to scrapbook and typically a clean blank piece of 12 x 12 cardstock.  When I started using Project Life cards it was SO easy to plop the cards and photos into the pockets and walk away. BUT that’s not how I roll.  I wanted to give it a little more.  Add a bit of Kimberly flare to it.  This is why I love it.  If you have NO time, Project Life can help you.  If you have time, you can still unleash your creativity and in my case it pushed it a bit.  Here are a few things new I tried using Project Life:

  • Printed directly on the pocket cards.  It took a bit of a learning curve but the internet is an open book and I’m a good listener.
  • I created my own pocket cards using Photoshop.  I even used my own handwriting.  This was a HUGE learning curve and still is.  But I did it.
  • I started using other products I had in my stash.  I have a bunch and instead of letting it collect dust I decided to play with it.  This pushed my creativity – I’m use to everything coordinating when using Stampin’ Up!.  When you are using other products it’s not always that easy.

Why has it pushed my time?

It’s simple.  I have NO time.  None.  This is the truth.  I spend most of my time during the day working on my Stampin’ Up! business.  Once the kids are home I am on the road driving and then back home to cook.  Then I’m back on the road again to pick up.  Next is guiding the kids so they can have a successful night.  This includes dinner, homework, chores … You know that drill.

Once everyone is tucked in bed I come back to work.  I have been putting these layouts together typically around midnight.  Don’t be scared.  They have taken me 5 minutes to put together.  That’s IT.  The hardest part was finding the cards, ink, stamps or embellishments I wanted to use.

Why capture everyday life?

Why NOT? Every single day I take a photo of something.  It’s now a habit.  I’ve captured some great memories since I started.  Now that they are in an album I can tell a story of my August happenings.  Come to find out we are not as boring as I thought we were.  But the real reason I capture everyday life… Life is SHORT.  I am not promised tomorrow but I can remember yesterday and many days before that.  Life can change in an instant.  We know this.  So why not keep memories alive?

 

Whether you started this journey with Heidi at the beginning or you are just starting now, it doesn’t matter.  The first big step is starting it.

 

I have a few layouts I want to share with you.  I hope you are inspired to create your own.

Project Life Day 21

This moment captured is so special.  These two can but heads better than anyone I know.  To see them quietly working on Brandon’s Algebra/Geometry was heart warming and a moment I didn’t want to forget.

 

Project Life Day 22

I look at this picture and think how can she be growing up so fast.  Over the last year alone she has grown 4″.  She is becoming a lady before my crazy eyes.

Project Life Day 23

I know many hate to take selfies, but remember… YOU have a story to tell too.  It’s important that we leave our own legacy behind.  Someone will enjoy a good laugh on us one day.

Project Life Day 24

 

This was a HUGE milestone.  HUGE.

Project Life Day 25

Selfies don’t always have to be a face.  Remember to be real with the journaling.  This story speaks volumes for me.  It’s been a crappy couple of years for me.  I’m starting to feel like myself again. Although the past has been painful, I’ve learned so much about myself and finding myself again has been just as interesting.  Being true to WHO you are is important.

Project Life Day 26

 

It was just a moment to capture.  She normally wears contacts because of gymnastics.  Her right eye was really red and inflamed so I told her she had to wear her glasses.  You could see her self confidence melting.  She doesn’t like to wear her glasses.  Her mama thinks she is gorgeous with or without them. I wanted her to see for herself.  It’s a moment she will remember.

There are not many days left with this challenge.  I am excited that I’ve kept on track for the most part.  I am 3 days behind right now but I will finish it tonight.  I’m not worried.  I have the memories.  Now to put them in their sleeves so I can admire them for the long haul.

There are two things I can accomplish by sharing this book.

  1. I created it.
  2. I inspired you to create your own.

I hope you will let me know if you have started.

Thanks for reading my friends.  I do love you!

XOXOXO

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Coming Out of the Crafting Closet

Coming Out of the Crafting Closet

 

Ut-oh!  Say what Kimberly??

Yes.  Let me confess.  I am a crafter.  A crafter who loves ALL crafts especially paper crafts.

I’m pretty sure that most of you will be able to relate to this post as crafters and I hope you will keep in mind my ginormous HEART for all things Stampin’ Up! and NOTHING changes that.  PERIOD.

BUT… I am a shopper.  I am a hoarder.  When I see pretty paper or stamps… I buy it.  It’s pretty simple.  It’s almost like a disease.  If it’s pretty I want it.

This brings me to my very large dilemma.

I love to share.  I am always afraid to share the “contraband” crafting pretties that I have created.  Afraid that my long time Stampin’ Up! sisters might look at me with a FREAK look on their faces and ask, “What the heck are you doing Kimberly?”

This fear is so much so, that I use my “hidden” crafting supplies and don’t share.

Two things happen with this.  1st- You don’t get to see something I think is really cute.  2nd- I feel a big lump in my throat that I’m being a bad girl.

Yes, at 44 I’m feeling shame.  FOR REALZ.

That’s going to STOP because the reality is life is short, I am enjoying it and I’m going to share that JOY with you.  PERIOD.

In this big GREAT crafting community that we all love,  we have an opportunity to share our talents, crafting disease and rejoice together in the beautiful things we make.  I shouldn’t be stuffed in a closet creating with my pretties.  I love that I can use my hoarded supplies and coordinate them with Stampin’ Up! … and GUESS WHAT? They look beautiful together.

 

I think the reason THIS POST comes to life is from working on some of my Project Life layouts.  I have Project Life coming out of my ears.  I can’t help it.  Becky Higgins has done a phenomenal job with the designers she has chosen and 100% of all the cards I’ve ever seen are a must have.  I started Project Life prior to Stampin’ Up! teaming up with Becky.  However, my poor PL cards have a very thick layer of dust on them because my heart said I shouldn’t use them and only Stampin’ Up!  Ummm… that’s not the way it should BE.

After working on this project that Heidi Swapp started a week ago…. I can’t do it anymore.  I am loving this project.  Capture Life.  If I’m going to be real about capturing LIFE then I’m going to be REAL and use all the supplies I have sitting in this big ole mess of a crafting room I have.  It’s LIFE.  My life consists of ALL kinds of paper crafts that I LOVE LOVE LOVE.  (Read more about Heidi’s Capture Life project HERE.)

Like I said in this previous post, we ALL have a story to tell. The  good, bad and even the ugly.  I love to capture these stories because it leaves me some hope.  On those particular days that I have no hope left… I look back at previous pictures and layouts I’ve created and know there is hope.  That life can be filled with many challenges but we survive.  With our without the superwoman cape on.  Let’s share it.   ALL of it.

 

So today I am here to share it.  I hope you don’t mind.

For the last 6 months I’ve been “collecting” my Ali Edwards Story Kits.  These are stamps and pocket cards and do-dad galore.  I love them.  They have sat on my desk for a long long time.

Please someone pipe up and tell me I’m not the only one???

This weekend I brushed the dust off and I fell in love with these pages I created.

 

Project Life, Heidi Swapp Capture Life, Stampin' Up!

Project Life, Heidi Swapp Capture Life, Stampin' Up!

Project Life, Heidi Swapp Capture Life, Stampin' Up!

Project Life, Heidi Swapp Capture Life, Stampin' Up!

Project Life, Heidi Swapp Capture Life, Stampin' Up!

 

All of these layouts will fit into my 6 x 8 Espresso Album using the 6 x 8 Variety Pack of Pocket Pages.  I love this album because I can decorate the front cover.  I’m excited about a new 6 x 8 Album that Stampin’ Up! will release on September 1st.  It’s ALL Kraft.  Squeal.  Perfect for making the cover personalized. (Click HERE for Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Kits!)

The biggest question I’ve received from Instagram or my Facebook Page on these layouts (I share daily there) is the printing.

I’m printing straight from my iPhone to my home printer for this particular album.  Typically I will send my prints through Walgreens or Persnickety Prints is another fantastic choice.  Both of these companies do different sizes you need.

Honestly, I’m not looking for perfect printed photos.  I’m looking to get the photos from my iPhone printed.  Then I can tell my story.

It’s another beautiful way to create.

Will you join me? Are you doing this challenge? I’d love to hear and see your story.

Of course, I pray this post didn’t ruffle any feathers.  Let me be clear… I love being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator because I absolutely know we have fantastic stamps, ink and paper.  The best… really.  BUT I’m stepping out of my crafting hiding closet because I know that Stampin’ Up! products coordinate beautifully with SO many other great products in this amazing industry.

Stay tuned… there will be more pages coming.  This is a journey and one I’m totally enjoying.

#truth

#feelingrelief

XOXOXO

 

Capture Life with Project Life

Capture Life with Project Life

 

Over the last couple of days I’ve been immersed with trying to be more diligent on capturing the everyday of LIFE.  We all know that life is BUSY.

This week I was reading Heidi Swapp’s blog on a new challenge.  If you have followed Heidi for any length of time you know that her family is dealing with the tragic loss of their 16 year old son. I’ve followed Heidi for a VERY long time.  Watched her kids grow up on social media.  I can’t imagine the loss or the heart ache.  Once again this beautiful woman has inspired others with her passion on capturing life.  Thankfully she has always been one to capture life through a photograph and she will always be able to see her beautiful son’s face through those photos.  Of course it’s not the same, but I know how a photo can bring a smile to anyones face.

Heidi’s post just reiterates what I’ve said here on my own blog for YEARS.  We all have a story to tell.  You don’t have to be creative or artsy fartsy to tell your story. The biggest challenge is getting those photographs off your camera and printed.

Over the years I’ve done ALL kinds of scrapbooking.  Traditional 12 x 12, 8 1/2 x 11, digital, Project Life, Mini Books.  I enjoy taking those memories and keeping them alive.  I’ve scrapbooked many books about myself so my kids can always remember WHO I am.  Not just a mother… but a girl with deep down feelings, goals, heartaches and most of all a lot of LOVE.  They will always know this about me.

Heidi’s new challenge is simple.  Take a picture every day for 30 days.  She gives you a prompt to help you.  I’ve heard many people say… “my life is nothing extraordinary.” Oh friends… mine isn’t either.  In fact as I type this I have a large load of laundry piled next to me.  The floors look like I have 50 dogs instead of 2.  Tanner chewed up a stuffed toy and the stuffing is EVERYWHERE.  The thing is… that’s a captured moment.  “That day I didn’t want to get off the couch and tackle that ginormous laundry pile!”  We ALL have a story.  I hope you will take a minute of your time to read her blog.  Pray for her and start capturing your life.

 

I wanted to share what I’m doing with this challenge.  Lord knows my time is SHORT during the day. I can use Project Life and create a simple layout with my daily photos.  Here are the first two days of the challenge and I will be sharing the others as I create them.

 

Capture Life Day 1, #hscapturelife, Project Life

I’m using the This is the Life Card Collection from Stampin’ Up! and the 6 x 8 pocket sleeves.  My goal is to have 30 pages in one sweet little book.

Capture Life Day 2, #hscapturelife, Project Life

 

As you can see, the layouts are simple enough.  Takes me under 30 minutes to complete- from the time I print my photo to putting the pockets in the sleeves.  It’s that quick.

I created a Project Life Getting Started document if you have never tried this way of scrapbooking.  It all starts with the photo.  Click HERE to download.

Day 1 Prompt: Ready.Set.Go  – Just START!!

Day 2 Prompt: It’s a Fine Day to Wander-  We will all interpret these differently.  As you can see mine was about my MIND wandering.  Again, don’t think too much into this.

AND don’t stress.

If you forgot to take a photo just look at your camera roll on your phone.  Currently there are over 6,000 pics on my phone.  Oh HELP me!

Check out the awesome Project Life by Stampin’ Up! products HERE.

My favorite Project Life products right now are below.  Just click the picture for more details.

Project Life by Stampin' Up!

Project Life by Stampin' Up! Project Life by Stampin' Up!

 

What do you think? Will you give it a try? Click HERE to read Heidi’s blog post on the challenge.  You can also follow her on Instagram to see the daily prompts by searching for @heidiswapp.  I hope you will be inspired to try it out yourself.

NOW… BIG NEWS!!!!  Here is a video of my Let’s Get Away Project Life Album.  If you are a demonstrator I shared this at convention. Demonstrators will soon see more info on the class I spoke about in the resource section under convention.  Not a demonstrator… no worries.  This video will give you an idea on how I created the album. Remember, keep it simple.  I will also be sharing photos that will give you a bit more detail.

Love to each of you.  Go capture LIFE.  Life is short.  We need to enjoy every S I N G L E day!

XOXOXOXO

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