December 7, 2016

Mini December Daily + Pinkfresh

Decorating for the holidays is one of my favorite parts of the season! I made a quick mini album to display some of my favorite ornaments we've collected through the years. The Pinkfresh Oh Joy! Collection has the perfect mix of classic Christmas icons and colors for this type of project.

To create the cover, cut a solid snowflake die cut to a 4" diameter and embellish with the gold and aqua chipboard stickers. The "merry" title is from the acrylic mirror stickers from the Oh Joy collection - it's my favorite part! 

A few die cuts and some patterned paper create the base for this page. The rubber charm sticker is from last year's Pinkfresh christmas collection and it matches perfectly!

Repeating the same shape as the cover, this snowflake features a die cut in the center, a puffy title and some simple stamping.
To make this shaker page, cut a divided page protector on three sides. Then fill with a small photo, tiny star confetti and a handful of embellishments from the Oh Joy collection. Machine sew the top to seal up he pocket.

Showcasing a favorite ornament is as easy as creating a bed of beautiful layers. Patterned paper, a few die cuts and a transparency frame out the photo.

Using a 4x4 photo as a page base is a beautiful way to highlight a favorite photo. Placing the Magic title and some sticker strips in the shape of a Christmas tree adds a nice touch without taking away from the photo.
Pinkfresh Christmas Mini by @nancydamiano
This snowflake is double sided. There is a square photo of the same size on the back. It's a clever way to add more photos and keep the shape uniform. Always think ahead about both sides!
Pinkfresh Christmas Mini by @nancydamiano

 Making simple books like this is a nice alternative to the grind that a daily December album can become. I find that if I can tackle a project I can finish in one night, just maybe I can go for an entire album!

SUPPLIES | Click on the photos for more info

Pinkfresh Studio - Oh Joy Collection - Christmas - 6 x 6 Paper Pack      Pinkfresh Studio - Oh Joy Collection - Christmas - Puffy Stickers     Pinkfresh Studio - Oh Joy Collection - Christmas - Acrylic Mirror Stickers   Pinkfresh Studio - Oh Joy Collection - Christmas - Chipboard Stickers with Foil Accents - Alphabet

Pinkfresh Studio - Oh Joy Collection - Christmas - Clear Acrylic Stamps    Pinkfresh Studio - Oh Joy Collection - Christmas - Die Cut Acetate Pieces    Pinkfresh Studio - Oh Joy Collection - Christmas - Transparency Cut Apart Sheet - Gold    Pinkfresh Studio - Oh Joy Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Advent Love

November 30, 2016

Counting Down the Snow + American Crafts

American Crafts Dear Lizzy Nancy Damiano

There's no denying it, snow season is here! This is not my favorite time of the year in the Northeast, but I go with it and can appreciate the beauty and quiet that snowstorms bring. I wanted to highlight that with this photo of my husband and son sledding behind our house. Notice that I'm taking the photo from my nice, cozy home!

American Crafts Dear Lizzy Nancy Damiano

The idea for this page came from these numbered Dear Lizzy chipboard tags. They are my favorite embellishment from the Saturday line and I wanted to highlight them. What better way to do that then to tell the story of all the blizzards we plowed through last season.

American Crafts Dear Lizzy Nancy Damiano

I love how versatile these are - you can use them to count down any theme. They also add a really nice splash of color to the crisp, white background.

American Crafts Dear Lizzy Nancy Damiano

This page design is clean and graphic. The black and white title gives it a nice clean look. By layering a script title from Dear Lizzy Hello and a smaller, plain Dear Lizzy Petals Thicker font, the title is bold and balanced. I love how the Dear Lizzy Petals Thickers look like "snow" is falling right in the letters. 

This story is a reminder to appreciate the little things that the coldest season of the year brings. Frostbite and all. 

SUPPLIES | click on the photos for more info:

American Crafts - All Wrapped Up Collection - Christmas - 3 Dimensional Stickers - Snowflakes - White American Crafts - Saturday Collection - Chipboard Tags American Crafts - Saturday Collection - Thickers - Hello - Multicolor     American Crafts - Saturday Collection - Thickers - Alpha - Petals - Black and White 

November 16, 2016

Process Video: Blended Ink Techniques + Felicity Jane

The minute I spotted the solid "now what?" stamp in the Emeline kit, I thought polka dots! And so that's exactly what I did. A beautiful burst of rainbow hues on a stark white background.

Take a look a the video to see how the blended ink technique is achieved. It's a lot simpler than it looks.

Creating custom backgrounds is a great way to use stamps. The colors and pattern possibilities are endless!

Supplies Used:  Emeline Kit  |  White Puffy Alphabet  |  Emeline Stamp Set

November 10, 2016

Elle's Studio Kit + Project Life

I held off until after Halloween, but it's time - Christmas is in the air! I used the November Elle's Studio Kit to document a Six Flag holiday celebration. 

This intricate snowflake acrylic piece is my favorite from the kit add-ons. Placing it on a bold stripe card with a sentiment and enamel dot compliments the photos without overshadowing them.

I like adding a lot of small shots to my project life spreads. The easiest way that I've found is to create this 6-picture collage using the PicMonkey app. I added the Christmas joy title right in the photo and the Love This puffy sticker to add some color and draw the eye down to the collage.

Here's a very different look achieved with the same November kit. It's light and airy and matches the crafty vibe in the photos. That's versatility!

This documents all of the making that I do in the Christmas season. I used shots of my video setup, December Daily and craft room tree to tell the story.

A little pocket full of acrylic  + veneer embellishments plus a dash of words. This is my favorite way to add movement and a special something to my project life album

Check out the monthly Elle's Studio kit. There are subscriptions available now so that you're sure not to miss out!

November 9, 2016

American Crafts + The Gratitude Season

I'm getting the house ready for the big gathering next week. I love the anticipation and prep of this time of year. It's when I really think about the things that I'm grateful for, drink pumpkin spice lattes and wear boots and soft sweaters for the first time. I drink in this season - the one before the dreaded freeze.

This layout celebrate all the things that I love about right now. Things I'm grateful for, the traditions of Fall! I used a mixture of American Crafts Dear Lizzy and Shimelle collections to create this cozy layout. 

I was going for warm and cozy with a splash of color. Using these fun wood clips from the Saturday collection adds a pop of color and texture to this Autumn themed photo. I love the whimsy of the bird icon.

The chipboard title is also from the Dear LIzzySaturday collection and features this bright yellow “I love right now”. The bright color and sentiment is a great nod to the heme. I love that scripty font. I used a steel die to cut out the leaves and I love how intricate they are and how easy it was to press them out of very thick cardstock.

Combining fall patterns, colors and embellishments is a great way to tell your story and create layouts that both meaningful and easy to make. Celebrate all the things you are grateful for this season.

SUPPLIES | Click on the photo for more info:

American Crafts - Go Now Go Collection - 12 x 12 Paper Pad   American Crafts - Go Now Go Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Park  American Crafts - Saturday Collection - Icon Clothespins     American Crafts - Saturday Collection - Thickers - Hello - MulticolorAmerican Crafts - Saturday Collection - Puffy Stickers - Mini IconsAmerican Crafts - Saturday Collection - Beaded StrandsAmerican Crafts - Oh Happy Life Collection - Cardstock Stickers - Accent and PhrasesAmerican Crafts - Go Now Go Collection - Enamel Dots - Hearts, Stars, Dots

November 8, 2016

Project Life + Elle's Studio

Every time I break open one of Elle's kits, I know that I'm going to I'm going to get a beautiful palette to work with. The October kit has a beautiful mix of rich greens, golden yellows and aqua with subtle fall prints that are versatile.

I used this month's kit for a camping trip we took last year. The rustic wood veneer and deep, rich colors complimented my story + photos.

The center cluster is what I call "little pockets of goodness". I like movement and see through elements in my project life albums and this is an easy way to achieve that. Just fill a pocket with all the leftover goods.

This leaf print is my favorite pattern in this kit. Here I used it for a camping theme, but it would be great for fall, pumpkin patch, harvest festivals and around the home. I love the nod to theme without being overwhelming. 

The intricate tree is a really old Jolee's Boutique sticker that I've had for ten or more years. I knew this day would arrive and I hoarded it for good reason! Notice how some of the photos are labeled with white Elle's Studio's stickers. In the Yogi photo, the cabin and across to the boys. This one element repeated ties all of those photos (and your eye) across the page. 

If you're looking for a versatile fall themed project life, take a look at Elle's Studio. And for the first time, they are offering subscriptions!