Hello December & Project Life: Documenting December Daily Guide

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Hello December & Project Life: Documenting December Daily Guide

Hello December!  It’s here, it has arrived.  December is upon us.  Are you ready for Christmas?  This year we will be documenting our December favorites with a December Daily photo album using the Project Life Hello December 2015 kit of journaling cards & accessories.

To help you get started I came up with a list of 31 ideas for things you can document each day to share how you celebrate December. You can deviate from this list by all means, but it is a great starting point if this is your first round of December Daily.  I’ll give you the down low really quickly so that you know what it’s all about.

But first, I’ll show you my December Album and the first page.

 

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For the cover, I stamped Flurry of Wishes in Versamark ink and heat embossed with White powder.  I added wood cut stars and framed a Journaling Card from Hello December Project Life cards.  I used the trio corner punch for detail.  After adding a few sequins, both gold and silver, I finished the album off with a gold cording bow and Red pom pom trim.  Love it!

For the inside cover, I used my Heidi Swapp Minc to gold foil a border around the 6×8 page and our name and date.

December Daily 2015 first page at StampinFool.com

December Daily 2015 first page at StampinFool.com

December Daily 2015 first page at StampinFool.com

WHO?  You!  Document what YOU and your kids, grandkids, family, friends, & neighbors do throughout December.

WHAT?  What are your favorite things, what traditions do you have, what is your favorite Christmas movie, wrapping paper, Xmas eve routine, gift, decoration, coffee flavor?  Document it.  You will love looking back  and remembering the special things December holds.  And, the even bigger bonus is that your children and grandchildren will love looking at it too. My little is only 3 and he LOVES looking at my Project Life albums with photos of our family, vacations we took, his birthday, newborn photos- it’s so sweet to see the joy it brings!

WHERE & WHEN?  In a simple 6 x 8″ Project Life Album, right now.  Ok, I have to admit, we are really busy, so I don’t always document each day on that particular day, but each day I take time to check off a photo from the LIST I have made for what I will document.  Then when I get a chance (usually on the weekend), I can print the photo, journal on the card and slip it into the album.

WHY?  Why not! I absolutely love documenting our life.  The little things that mean so much will bring JOY for years to come.  Each time we look back we see how things have changed, how some things have stayed the same and become tradition.  For us, it is decorating the tree and house, cooking a Christmas Eve ham, and drinking fake sparking champagne. I want to remember that. I want to see it in color.  I want my little one to see it.  I want it to be a legacy after I am gone.

HOW?  It is so incredibly easy to document December.  Grab a Project Life album, journaling pens, page protectors & cards and you’re half way done. The other half is taking photos as you go and jotting down your thoughts, ideas, memories, funny quotes, favorites things and the things that make you smile.  You can follow along here for ideas.  My list of 31 things is a great place to start if you don’t know what specifically to document.  It may seem insignificant, but are memories insignificant?  No, they are priceless.

 

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FREE PRINTABLE
Here is your free December Daily 31 Prompts for 2015 printable.  To download it, right click and hit save.
This is an 8.5 x 11″ download which you can use to follow along and document December. Enjoy!
Documenting December Daily 2015 prompts at StampinFool.com
One more printable for you:
Here is the 2015 December Daily printable that you can add to your Project Life album behind the title page so that you have a record of your daily prompts.  It is 6 x 8″ and fits perfectly into the 6×8 album for December Daily and color coordinates with the Hello December journaling cards.
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I hope you enjoyed todays post & I can’t wait to see what you make.  Tell me what you think- post a comment below and let me know if you are loving the Project Life blogs as much as I am!
Documenting December Daily 2015 prompts at StampinFool.com

A sampling of Project Life & Stampin’ Up!

This morning I had a few extra minutes, while Silas was playing, to look through the photos on my iPhone and put them to use. I love the convenience of being able to take photos with my phone when a photo opportunity presents itself, but I know that it can be hard to do something with those pictures. I really hate to lose those moments, so I have started using the Project Life App to document the things I don’t ever want to forget.
Did you know:
– You can send your layouts to print straight from the Project Life App and have them delivered in just days.
– PL coordinates with all of my traditional Stampin’ Up! Project Life collection.
– You can cut the printed layouts and put them in photo pockets (GASP!)
– You can collage multiple photos into one 4×6 photo so that you fit more photos into one layout.
– You can use easy photo editing apps to add text to your photos (I use WordSwag & PicLab).
– You can make dark photos bright and clear with a few simple swipes of the finger (Snapseed is my fav photo editing app).
Are you starting to feel like this is something you can do? Well, it is. I promise. It’s quick and easy to learn. You won’t be disappointed. In fact, you’ll truly be grateful that you preserved memories that were stuck in the abyss of your iPhone or computer dumping.
Are you ready to see what I did?

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Project Life: Unique Uses for Project Life Cards

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Good Morning!  Did you see yesterday’s post about Making the Most of Pinterest? I hope so because it had some great tips and tricks to help your pinning.  Today, I have a little bit of Project Life inspiration for you.  I love Project Life scrapbooking.  It is easy, quick and gets my photos off of my phone and computer and into a scrapbook to share.

So what is Project Life scrapbooking? It is a pocket card system of storing photos and documenting everyday memories.  Usual scrapbooking pages come 12″ x 12″ with page protectors.  Project Life is the same concept but split up into smaller segments:

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In this example, the page has photos like a traditional scrapbook page and it has journaling as well.  I have journaled on two of the cards and the other two cards are decorative.  I documented a few of my favorite “mommy and me” photos with my sweet Silas.  There photos were taken with my iPhone and printed through a drugstore.

Below is another example of the Project Life cards documenting a Saturday afternoon last April 2014 where we played outside and did yard work. It was easy to crop the photos, round the corners and journal on the cards. I added the title, “Jump to Daddy’s Arms”, as well as two decorative cards.   It has all of the elements of a traditional scrapbook page except I completed an entire season’s worth of photos in about 2 hours. Project Life gardening layout
Project Life is available in a digital format created exclusively for Stampin’ Up! as well as an App that includes Stampin’ Up! cards too.  Here’s a digital layout with a few photos that were transferred from my camera documenting our Easter family gathering. I LOVE LOVE that with the digital and App version you can type the journaling instead of write it (I hate my handwriting).  I added a few gold sequin embellishments and printed it in a 12″ x 12″ format and added it to our 2014 album. PLxSU-001

I will also share two more examples using the Project Life App.  I used the App to document a single day rather than a weekend, event or holiday. I love the variety of documenting seemingly normal everyday happenings,but I know that in the future I will be so glad that I can look back at these things. Beachtrip2014Project Life 2ndBday

 

You’ve seen what you can do with Project Life, but how does it come when purchased? Here is an example of the Holiday scrapbooking options: an album, page protectors, journaling pens, corner rounder punch, and journaling cards (100 per pack).  You would combine these elements to make the pages to your liking.  You can group like colors, themes or seasons. You can make a book for each year, or month or each child, or change as you go along.  Overall, Project Life is extremely flexible and will meet your needs regardless of what they are.

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Want more?  Not only can the journaling cards be used for scrapbooking, but you can make cards with them!  When the Love Story Project life cards came out, I fell in love.  They are black, white and gray and they look stunning.  I knew I had to have them, so I ordered them as soon as I could.  When I had them in hand, I called a few of my friends and we cracked open the box and “ooohh’d and ahhh’d” over them.  I was so excited to use them!

I decided we should all make little card pockets so that we would be able to share Project Life with others.

For these cards, I used a Smoky Slate base and embossed with a Chevron embossing folder. We added a Tea Lace doily and then lined the front with a strip of Back to Black Designer Series Paper. They are adhere only on the sides and taped the bottom with washi tape, as to create a pocket. We finished the cards off with white baker’s twine tied into a bow and added two Love Story journaling cards to the pocket.

They needed a little extra somethin something, so we added rhinestones and stamped Melon Mambo hearts from Work of Art.  Now theses cards are ready to jot down a sweet note and share with a friend!  Doesn’t it make you want to get crafty with your friends?  Email me at aprilwaltrip@gmail.com to book a Project Life girls night now!  Not local, no problem, email me and I can send you a virtual party in the mail & demonstrate the projects over skype.

Love Story Project Life cards by April Waltrip at Stampin Fool

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Project Life Giveaway Winner

Alright friends, it’s time to announce the winner of the Project Life scrapbooking giveaway!  But first, THANK YOU all so much for participating, commenting, following, and subscribing.

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Everyone say a BIG congratulations to Carey!!

Carey, email me with your address and I will have it sent directly to you!!

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Project Life ‘Happiness Is’ Giveaway

Project Life was designed to be a simple day to day memory keeping (scrapbooking) style.  It consists of clear page protectors with various pocket layouts and coordinating cards to fit into the pockets.  You can add photos, journal on the cards, use the cards for detraction, store momentos in the pockets and keep track of day to day memories that would normally prove cumbersome.  It coordinates well with Instagram and printed social media photos that you have taken as you go about your day.  As you know, Stampin’ Up! has partnered with Project Life to create a new line of fully functional scrapbooking, memory keeping products.

Not only can you use Project Life for the now, but you can use it for all of those boxes of photos that you haven’t had time to scrapbook.  Organize them chronologically, or by theme, or color, or season and start filling in the pages.  Jot down nuggets of a story, a funny quote, or your favorite memory.  Simply scrapbooking.  Make it fun, make it easy and keep on keeping on. Don’t let your photos sit in boxes (or in iPhoto).  Print them and start scrapping.

Because I love Project Life so much, I am doing a giveaway for a set of 100 Happiness Is journaling cards, complete with a cut storage box.  Below is a sampling of what they look like.  Subscribe to my blog, just leave a comment, share on Facebook or retweet to enter.  The Giveaway ends August 20th, so check your email on the 21st to see if you are a winner!

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Want more ideas?

Check out my previous post on using the Digital Project Life collection for more than just scrapbooking:  Project Life Happiness Is Digital Card Collection.

Here are two adorable 12″ x 12″ digital scrapbook pages I made with the Happiness Is download, documenting this past Easter and a family vacation at the beach.  They were simple to create and look as amazing printed as they do in digital format.

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Happiness Is Project Life Card Collection

Project Life ‘Happiness Is’ Giveaway

Project Life was designed to be a simple day to day memory keeping (scrapbooking) style.  It consists of clear page protectors with various pocket layouts and coordinating cards to fit into the pockets.  You can add photos, journal on the cards, use the cards for detraction, store momentos in the pockets and keep track of day to day memories that would normally prove cumbersome.  It coordinates well with Instagram and printed social media photos that you have taken as you go about your day.  As you know, Stampin’ Up! has partnered with Project Life to create a new line of fully functional scrapbooking, memory keeping products.

Not only can you use Project Life for the now, but you can use it for all of those boxes of photos that you haven’t had time to scrapbook.  Organize them chronologically, or by theme, or color, or season and start filling in the pages.  Jot down nuggets of a story, a funny quote, or your favorite memory.  Simply scrapbooking.  Make it fun, make it easy and keep on keeping on. Don’t let your photos sit in boxes (or in iPhoto).  Print them and start scrapping.

Because I love Project Life so much, I am doing a giveaway for a set of 100 Happiness Is journaling cards, complete with a cut storage box.  Below is a sampling of what they look like.  Subscribe to my blog, just leave a comment, share on Facebook or retweet to enter.  The Giveaway ends August 20th, so check your email on the 21st to see if you are a winner!

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Want more ideas?

Check out my previous post on using the Digital Project Life collection for more than just scrapbooking:  Project Life Happiness Is Digital Card Collection.

Here are two adorable 12″ x 12″ digital scrapbook pages I made with the Happiness Is download, documenting this past Easter and a family vacation at the beach.  They were simple to create and look as amazing printed as they do in digital format.

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I also need some printed cards to have on hand to jot down things that happen throughout the week, so I added them to an 8 1/2″ x 11″ page template and positioned them so I could fit a few journaling cards onto one page and printed them out for use. I also added sequin trim circles to lunch out and add to hybrid projects since making a sequin circle can be tricky.  Check back to see what projects I used these printables on.

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Project Life & My Digital Studio

You may have  noticed the updated look to my blog.  I have been using My Digital Studio from the start of my blog to create the header, my Facebook cover photo, twitter page, and Etsy storefront.  I love that I can incorporate the elements from my cards into me social media places as well.

For a little over the past year, my blog has looked like this.  And I love it, I really do.  It is bright, cheery and in the clouds like my head.  I get distracted easily daydreaming. stampinfoolblogheader.jpg

 

But, it was time for a change. I wanted to update Stampin’ Fool to reflect the new trends in card making, scrapbooking and DIY crafting.  Pinterest has opened up the crafting world to show off everyone’s unique talents through DIY projects.  I wanted this blog to show you the new colors, shapes, patterns, fonts and ways of crafting.  So, I changed the header.

I opened up My Digital Studio, ran the update (make sure you run the FREE update, it includes the New In Colors) and downloaded brand new content, Project Life Digital cards.

Specifically, I downloaded the Project Life Happiness Is digital cards (138041  $19.95)

Download includes
* 54-piece SVG stamp brush set
* 200 embellishments:
-74 filler card embellishments (3″ x 4″)
-54 journaling card embellishments (3″ x 4″)
-12 filler card embellishments (4″ x 4″)
-12 journaling card

As you can see from the list, it includes a TON of content.  I used the journaling cards as the background paper by lining up two of them side by side and grouping the objects.  I used the washi tape at the top of the banner- *Tip: add a square, recolor it white, and resize it to fit behind the washi tape and send it behind the washi tape so that you can see the washi pattern on top of the other patterned paper.  I recolored the rhinestones to coordinate with the new In Colors.

I really love the new bright patterned look of these journaling cards.  I can’t wait to get my hands on the paper copies too!

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You can download MDS here. Or try the Free trial.

Happy Crafting!

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Weekly Deals

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Weekly Deals 5-20-14

This weeks deals are for the ribbon lover.  I lover ribbon, and the ribbon chosen is perfect to stock up on, especially at this great rate!

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New Digital Downloads

These digital downloads are all about coloring in the lines.  The line drawings can be printed and colored in with Blender pens or the NEW Stampin’ Blendabilities.  You will love having this digital addition.

Baby Tees (item 138006)

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Giggle Greetings (item 138005)

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Wetlands (item 138003)

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Happy Crafting!

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Paper Pumpkin Subscription

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With  Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s a great time to take advantage of these prepaid subscriptions that can be bought as gifts. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

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How It Works

  1. Once you place your order with me, they’ll receive an e-mail with instructions on how to redeem the prepaid subscription.
  2. You’ll go to www.mypaperpumpkin.com and enter the redemption code.
  3. You will enjoy your monthly Paper Pumpkin project kit the very next month!

Weekly Deals

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My Digital Studio Downloads

Oh my cuteness!  If you love dogs, this is the download for you.  It is everything puppy related.  I can’t even begin to list all of the ideas running through my head.  I’ll be using my Silhouette e-cutter to cut out these cute pups in paper and vinyl.  I see cutouts for dog, banners, journaling tags for scrapbooking, fabric appliques, not to mention the load of stamp images to print out and use on projects.

Paw Parade ( item 138037)

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The Very Bestest Stamp Brush Download ( item 138037)138035G

 

Happy Crafting!!

MDS Monday: Free Wallpaper

Free Wallpaper Created in My Digital Studio

Happy Monday!

For this week’s My Digital Studio Monday I was in need of a desktop wallpaper with a calendar- like the free ones from Stampin’ Up! all last year.  Well, I am totally reliant on the calendar being easily accessible while working on my laptop so having gone the past three months without one has been torture.  But, MDS makes it easy to create a calendar and you can decorate it however you please.

I started out by creating a project that matched my desktop dimensions (1200 x 800 pixels).

Then I decided on a theme- Crisp Cantaloupe.  I added the card stock background.

Next I added a few rows of embellishments.  The white frame is from the Grunge download that comes preloaded on MDS.  You will have to size it down for it to fit onto your screen.

I added a calendar template for April 2014, changed the font and enlarged it to 20 pt. and used the universal search query to find the month April and decided on this little banner.  I changed the color to Pool Party to match my dots.

I went back and added a drop shadow to each row of dots, the banner and the frame.

That’s all. Simple & Sweet.  Perfect for me, April (no pun intended).

To download this wallpaper you will right click and select “Save Image As”.  Save it to your computer and go into your settings to change your wallpaper.  Tada- now you too can have a functional desktop calendar.  I think I will be doing this every month!

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In addition to this awesome FREE download, below is a sneak peek of the Undefined Stamp Carving Kit fun that I had over the weekend.  Each day I will show off a new project. You won’t want to miss it so stay tuned!

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