Guest Posting at Digital Scrapbooking HQ

selphy & collectWith so much going on over at Take Heart Ideas I completely forgot to share with you that I guest posted over at Digital Scrapbooking HQ yesterday. It was an honor for me to be able to guest post for Melissa who is currently on maternity leave. Melissa has wonderful classes available on her site for how to scrap digitally with Photoshop Elements. I have taken some of her classes and they are simply amazing! To learn more about Melissa and her classes pop on over to Digital Scrapbooking HQ.

I shared with Melissa and her readers how I use the Collect app and Pic Stitch app to get my photos printed from my iPhone and into my album in 20 minutes or less. It was a ton of fun creating this post especially since it is a question that I often see asked. I also created a tutorial video for you about the Pic Stitch app and how you can print your photos from your iPhone using a Canon Selphy printer.

You can watch the video here and don’t forget to pop on over to Melissa’s site and check out my tutorial about the Collect app.

Do you get your iPhone photos into your albums on a consistent basis? Let us know in the comments.


A New Challenge For Take Heart Ideas

It’s that time where the winner of the first challenge has been announced over at Take Heart Ideas and a new challenge has gone live. This time we switched it up and the challenge is to use the sketch created by Kristie Sloan and to use at least one Close To My Heart product.

Of course since I am a consultant and I get to preview all the amazing new products that are coming out and I just had to create my layout using the new paper line Chalk It Up. If you have kids in school then this paper line is perfect for you. The paper, the embellishments and the stamps are all geared towards school and they can be used all the way from elementary students to college students. I know there are some moms out their scrapping their college students!

I really enjoyed creating with this sketch as there were so many elements involved and it really took me out of my comfort zone. For that I have to thank Kristie from Artful Adventures for creating this wonderful sketch.



Here is my take on the sketch. I used the new Chalk It Up paper pack that is going to be available August 1st.

full layout take heart

This layout was a lot of fun to make and all these pictures came from my daughters Kindergarten teacher. I love the signs that she made for her to hold.

banner close up chalk it up

The banner was made with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and the coordinating stamp set. I used the Flaxen ink, Lagoon ink and Sorbet ink to stamp the design. I then used used some thread and poked some holes in the banner to stitch them together. I used small pop dots to adhere the banner to the layout.

flair close up chalk it up

The flair button was created with another coordinating stamp of the Art  Philosophy cartridge (C1575) kit and then I cut out two more circles one at 1.25 and one at 1.5 inches from the Lagoon cardstock, next I cut out another 1 inch circle and 1.25 inch circle in White Daisy cardstock to adhere to the top of the Lagoon circles. I used stickers from the Chalk It Up assortment to give them a little something. I love the admit one sticker and thought it was very fitting since my daughter is being admitted to the first grade!

title close up chalk it up

The title was simply made with some thickers and I thought that the glitter thickers went really well with the Teal Shimmer Trim that I used on the bottom of the layout.

close up of flair chalk it up

I just had to share the close up of the Teal Shimmer Trim, I absolutely love this stuff and think that everyone should have some of it. The shimmer trim just adds that extra ummphhh to a project. The paper strip above the shimmer trim was actually the little extra strip of paper cut off of my patterned paper. All Close To My Heart patterned paper has these little coordinating strips of paper attached that you just cut off and use.

journal close up chalk it up

The last thing I am sharing with you is my journaling. Normally I write on my layouts but for this layout I just did not want to hand write on it and I definitely did not feel like getting on the computer since it was late at night. What I ended up doing was using my Phonto app, I typed my journaling and printined it on my Selphy printer. I then then just trimmed it down and adhered it to my layout. I am so pleased with the way the layout turned out.

Now it’s your turn to create a layout using this sketch and one Close To My Heart product to enter the challenge. All you have to do is pop on over to the challenge post at Take Heart Ideas by clicking HERE and link up your layout. If you don’t have a website no worries you can still link up your layout just watch the video on how by clicking HERE.

If you are in need of any Close To My Heart products just go to my shop and remember this great Chalk It Up paper pack is available August 1st and is perfect for all those layouts of your kids returning to school that you are going to make.


Where Am I With Project Life?

Oh me, oh my. We are more then half way through the year already. It is so hard for me to believe how time is moving way to fast for me. The baby is already 6 months old and Summer is just about over for us. The kids only have about 3 weeks left of school.

I have shared with you many times now that I have decided to switch over to project life this year. I have also shared with you that my process is quite different from most as that whole weekly concept just drives me batty.

Here’s the thing though, I have OCD issues, which you have heard me talk about as well in the past and I might not complete my albums weekly but I do complete them monthly and when I slide my photos into their pockets guess what? They are put in chronologically. This is because I remember when the photos were taken and I just can’t put the photos into the album in the wrong order. My brain just won’t allow it.

Any who this post is all about where I am today with my album and I am proud to say that I have all of my photos printed up until this month. Yes, you read that correctly, all of my photos are currently printed. They are also all placed into the album and then this is where the good news ends. I have completed all the way up to Easter in my album meaning the layouts are complete, embellished and I am calling them done.

Here are a few of my layouts you will notice that I keep it simple just like I keep my 12×12 layouts simple, and yes I still make 12×12 layouts which I then just stick in my album.

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There are two other lovely ladies that are sharing their project life status with you today. The first one is Katina from Loving Lifes Little Blessings and the second one is Kelsey from Kelsey Is. Don’t forget to hop on over to their sites and see what their status is and how they are doing with their project life this year.

How is your album coming along this year? Let us know in the comments.


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