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.


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.



A Blog Tour Full of Creativity

A lovely woman who I have become friends with tagged me in a blog tour. This tour is different from other blog tours that I have participated in and it sounded like a ton of fun so of course I said YES! Cara is the lovely woman who thought of me to participate in this tour. You can find Cara here and you are not going to want to miss out on all her creative awesomeness!

Well here it goes, in this tour you will find out a little more about me:

Question #1: What am I working on?

I am actually working on two things right now. The first thing is getting another tutorial up about the picstitch app and I am working on creating a new challenge site with some fantastic ladies that I just can’t wait to share with all of you. I also just recently finished a tutorial about the big lens app. The big lens app is currently one of my absolute favorite apps and I managed to score it for free on one of my trips to Starbucks! You can watch the big lens tutorial now and for more tutorials you can subscribe to my YouTube channel by clicking here.

Question #2: How does my work differ from others in its genre?

Well that is an easy question for me as my work is different from others because I focus on teaching people how to get their photos off of their phones and into albums quickly and easily. The majority of my photos these days are taken with my iPhone and some of them come from my honey’s phone as well. My whole point is this, we all take these photos but if they just sit on our phones what good are they? That’s where I come in. I want to motivate you to get your photos off of your phones and into albums so that you can enjoy all those photos that you take on a regular basis. One of my favorite ways of collecting photos is using the collect app. I love this app because it allows me to capture my photo and journaling all in one spot. I did a tutorial on this app as well which you can find on my YouTube channel here.

Question #3: Why do I create/write what I do?

I believe that I answered some of this in question #2, which is I want to help others get their photos off of their phones and into albums. I am very passionate about this because I believe it’s important to save our memories for our family. My children love to look at the albums that I have made and I have no doubt that they will love them when I am no longer here as well. I know that may sound a little morbid but lets face it I won’t be here forever and who knows one day the Zombie apocalypse may just happen as my honey keeps warning me about. I think it’s time to cut him off from watching the Walking Dead! The other reason why I do what I do is simply because I love it. Scrapbooking and getting creative is my outlet, it is my hobby and it is my escape. If I didn’t have it I would probably go crazy especially considering I am now a stay at home mommy with three children. I manage to keep my layouts simple but creative at the same time which is a happy median for me.

mob boss layout


iscrap-n-snap march sketch challenge


Question #4: How does your writing/creating process work?

For me its pretty simple. My layouts are created by picking the photos and then picking paper and then pretty much just slapping them on the paper and finding some embellishments. Since I have joined Close To My Heart I have managed to get a little more creative because of these amazing workshops on the go that they have. Workshops on the go tell me exactly how to cut my paper and where to put the paper and my photos. I basically get sketches with the exact dimensions of all the papers that I need to cut along with all the material that I need to create the layout. Otherwise I am pretty plain Jane in my layouts. I generally print my photos in bulk through Shutterfly when they have a special and if there are layouts that I want to create right away after I have snapped a photo I use my Selphy. All in all I am simple girl just trying to teach people how to get the photos off of their phones and into albums.

get those photos off your phone

That’s it for me in this blog post next Monday 3 other creative people will share with you what they are all about. Let me introduce you to them.

Faith Wallace of Scrapbooker PhD.

You can find Faith here and you can also find her on her challenge site here. Faith started scrapbooking when there were virtually no supplies except scissors, magazines, glue and photos. She is has been amazed watching the crafting world explode with innovation.

GinaZee of Messtaken Identity

You can find Gina here. Gina is all about eco-crafting. She firmly believes in not wasting items and you wouldn’t believe some of the things that she creates with items that we would initially throw out. Gina likes to teach others how all those everyday items can be turned into something beautiful and crafty.

Jen Funk Weber of Funk & Weber Designs

You can find Jen here.  Jen is all about the embroidery and she designs and sells cross stitch patterns and teaches counted thread techniques. She also writes and makes puzzles for kids. She is exceptionally handy with a needle and some thread and can teach you some amazing tricks.


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