Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Featured Posts from MightyCrafty Mondays

Hello all...It's time to see what amazing projects you posted during MightyCrafty Mondays Rounds 30. This will be last feature post I'll be doing for the near future. I have so loved seeing your projects each week. Thank you so much to everyone who participated!

In this round, Christine shared her amazing home decor project - a Home Sweet Home nail art project that is so unique and colorful...


Chrissy shared a very sweet Valentines Love Pillow project - love these...


And finally, Linda always shares amazing recipes and this is no exception - her Chocolate Cups with Carmel and Mallow Frosting look so delicious...


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Again, I want to thank you all for posting your projects at MightyCrafty Mondays over the last year. I have so enjoyed it!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Studio Calico January 2013 Layouts

I'm super excited to share these layouts - and for the first time ever, I have actually used up an entire Studio Calico kit during the actual month it was sent out. That is quite an accomplishment for me. I love those kits but I do tend to hoard them...

So the January 2013 kit from Studio Calico - Block Party - was a great one. This was the first month I got the Project Life kit in addition to the main kit, and I loved them both. They coordinate perfectly, so I used the supplies interchangeably. To see the Project Life layouts I created with this kit, see this post.

First up, I used the Block Party kit plus my Kiwi Lane designer templates to create this layout.

Studio Calico Block Party Layout - Jan. 2013 - by MightyCrafty.me

Studio Calico Block Party Layout - Jan. 2013 - by MightyCrafty.me

Since I just used one of the sides of the borders for the layout, I just turned the papers over and used the other sides to create this next layout.

Studio Calico Block Party Layout - Jan. 2013 - by MightyCrafty.me

I'm loving the look of the not-quite-completely white background. I might have to start rotating that in with the kraft backgrounds I've been using so much of lately.

Studio Calico Block Party Layout - Jan. 2013 - by MightyCrafty.me

Studio Calico Block Party Layout - Jan. 2013 - by MightyCrafty.me

I'm also loving these Elf Thickers in Natural. They go with everything. Must find more.

Lastly, I was inspired by one of Shimelle's classes to create a layout with a background of punched circles. A great way to use up scraps. I love how it turned out - I'll definitely be scrap-lifting this again.

Studio Calico Block Party Layout - Jan. 2013 - by MightyCrafty.me

Studio Calico Block Party Layout - Jan. 2013 - by MightyCrafty.me

Between these three layouts and the Project Life spreads I did this month, I used up 90% of the kit. The rest went into my Project Life bin to intermingle with my other supplies for future spreads. Only about a week until the next Studio Calico kits come out. Can't wait!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Project Life Layouts

For the last 3 months of 2012, I took Becky Higgin's Project Real Life class at Big Picture Classes. I had done Project Life in 2010 and 2011 - and loved those albums. But for 2012, I took a break to do other things for the year. And then I was sucked in to do Project Life again with Becky's class. The class itself was great - a whole new perspective on things to document in our daily lives. The class coincided with our move to Colorado, so it was a great way to detail the changes we were living through.
 
Project Real Life 2012 layout by MightyCrafty.me

These Project Life layouts are the same traditional layouts I had done in the past. I used cards from the core kits I had from 2010 and 2011 - seven photos per layout, plus a journaling card for each photo.

Project Real Life 2012 layout by MightyCrafty.me

Project Real Life 2012 layout by MightyCrafty.me

After I finished documenting the prompts from the class, I decided to get a little fancier with my Project Life layouts. I started with this one, documenting how we were getting ready for Christmas.

Project Life Christmas layout by MightyCrafty.me

I used regular Project Life core kit cards plus Christmas paper and embellishments from my stash. Love how it turned out. It made the whole process feel much more creative for me - something I had missed in my previous years of doing Project Life.

Project Life Christmas layout by MightyCrafty.me

Project Life Christmas layout by MightyCrafty.me

I've been subscribing to Studio Calico - love their kits - and they've come out with a monthly Project Life kit that coordinates with their main kit. I was able to get their very first kit with January 2013's Block Party. Love the bright colors and fun designs. They also offered a class this month called Day by Day which focused on Project Life, with exclusive printables and Silhouette cut files. It's been very fun. I used the Block Party Project Life kit items with other pieces to create this layout.

December Project Life layout by MightyCrafty.me
Studio Calico Block Party Project Life kit, printables, and cut files, Studio Calico Cut It Out printables and cut files
December Project Life layout by MightyCrafty.me

December Project Life layout by MightyCrafty.me

Next up, a layout using various cut files from Studio Calico documenting a week of family visiting us over the holidays. Another thing I like about this version of Project Life is that I'm not focused on taking a photo a day - or even seven photos per week. I'm simply documenting our life as it happens, not focused on the time frame. It works so much better for me.

December Project Life layout by MightyCrafty.me
Studio Calico Cut It Out cut files, Studio Calico Day by Day cut files, Glitz Design stickers, Studio Calico Block Party cut files and Project Life kit, Tim Holtz compass stickers
December Project Life layout by MightyCrafty.me

December Project Life layout by MightyCrafty.me

Finally, I created a Christmas Project Life layout using the Winter Wonderland collection from My Mind's Eye.

Christmas Project Life layout by MightyCrafty.me

Christmas Project Life layout by MightyCrafty.me

Christmas Project Life layout by MightyCrafty.me

I'm loving this creative approach to Project Life. It feels creative, yet I'm able to document our life as it happens. So, I've almost finished up the last few weeks of December 2012. On to 2013...thanks for looking!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Featured Posts from MightyCrafty Mondays

Hello all...It's time to see what amazing projects you posted during MightyCrafty Mondays Rounds 28 and 29. I so love seeing your projects each week. Thank you so much to everyone who participated.

Pin-up Party Round 30 is up right now, and it's going to be the last party I'll be hosting for now. We've run these parties for the last 30 weeks (wow!) and have seen so many amazing projects. But over the next few months, I have a full schedule that I need to prioritize, and I think the pin-up party will need to be put on hold until I can give it the attention it deserves. I'll be doing one more feature post next week after Round 30 closes. I want to again say thank you to everyone who has graciously participated in the parties. I so love seeing your projects!

So, with that, let's move on to the featured posts from Round 28.

Linda shared another amazing project with us - her Valentine's Wine Glass and Napkin Ring Set. Such a great project for the upcoming holiday...


Next, Two Everyday Divas shared their Shadow Box Button Art. Love this! I have a huge stash of buttons that I need to use up and this would be perfect for any room...


In Round 29, Jeanette shared a yummy recipe - Spicy Citrus Guacamole. Must make this immediately.


Last up, Midsommarflicka shared a super cute upcycle of an old drawer into a wall shelf...


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Thank you all again for participating all these weeks over the last year. I'll be back next week with one last Featured Projects post...

Sunday, January 20, 2013

MightyCrafty Mondays - Round 30

It's time for the 30th round of MightyCrafty Mondays...

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Here are the Pin-up Party rules:
  1. Share your crafty project in the linky list below. Anything goes! Recipes, home decor, scrapbooking, cards, knitting - anything you've made with your own 2 hands and want to share with us.
    • Link directly to your original post - not the homepage of your blog.
    • You *must* be the creator/owner of the project you're linking up.
    • Don't link up to a store or a giveaway.
    • Don't link up to a post that's just a collection of someone else's photos from Pinterest or Google. 
  2. Link back to this blog in your original post. Grab the link party graphic below. (I'd also love it if you'd leave me a comment here too...)
  3. Visit the projects in the linky list and pin them to your Pinterest boards. (You can also leave some comment love if you have time.)

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I'll be visiting / pinning / commenting on all the blogs who participate - and featuring the top views too. This is a fun way to share what we're working on and get lots of new ideas. I love to see all the creativity going on. Have fun and pin on!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

December Layouts

For the last few months, I have been scrapbooking a ton. (Anyone getting sick of seeing my layouts yet?) I've been super productive - and it's definitely the designer templates from Kiwi Lane that have sparked my creativity. Since finding them, I've been able to do more layouts than ever.

First up, this sweet layout of my baby boys many years ago (it seems). I know it looks like Jack is scowling at the camera, but really, it was just 150 degrees on this July day in Missouri...

Sweet Summer Boys by MightyCrafty.meThe title is cut from the Silhouette - most everything may have been from a Scrapbook Circle kit but I can't find the link for sure right now. Oh well.

Sweet Summer Boys by MightyCrafty.me

Sweet Summer Boys by MightyCrafty.me

Sweet Summer Boys by MightyCrafty.me

Next, a fun layouts about crazy, silly boys.

Silly, Crazy Boys by MightyCrafty.me

These October Afternoon papers and embellishments are vintage but perfect for boys.

Silly, Crazy Boys by MightyCrafty.me

Silly, Crazy Boys by MightyCrafty.me

This next layout is from a Scrapbook Circle kit as well, I think. Plus those great designer templates from Kiwi Lane, of course.

Fun with Grandma and Grandpa by MightyCrafty.me


Fun with Grandma and Grandpa by MightyCrafty.me

Fun with Grandma and Grandpa by MightyCrafty.me


I also created a couple of cover pages for our Christmas album. Each page will head up the section for that year.

Christmas 2003 Cover Page by www.MightyCrafty.me

The ornaments and borders are both from Kiwi Lane templates...

Christmas 2003 Cover Page by www.MightyCrafty.me


Christmas 2004 Cover Page by www.MightyCrafty.me

Christmas 2004 Cover Page by www.MightyCrafty.me

I created a few layouts based on one of Shimelle Lane's classes from True Scrap called The Perfect Collection. In the class, Shimelle showed how to cut up a pad of 12x12 paper to create a set of layouts. I used the techniques to create some Christmas pages. Love them...simple but complete.

Christmas 2004 by MightyCrafty.me

Christmas 2004 by MightyCrafty.me

Christmas 2004 by MightyCrafty.me

Tree Hunt by MightyCrafty.me

Tree Hunt by MightyCrafty.me

Lastly, I created a quick layout using a page kit I purchased a few years ago. Love using up my stash.

Just an Ordinary Day by MightyCrafty.me

Just an Ordinary Day by MightyCrafty.me

So those are the layouts I created last month. I love feeling productive and creative. Thanks for looking!
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