Friday, September 14, 2018

Travel 3x8 Album

This summer I took a trip to Chicago for my favorite kind of vacation the quick with a full schedule. It was a 36 hour trip to tour Wrigley Field and see my first Cubs game at home.

While I do have a 6x8 album to tell baseball stories. I knew this trip would need its own mini album. So when Ali Edwards released her Travel Collection and I picked up a lot of it to put in my Europe album (still a WIP) The navy 3x8 album seemed like the perfect idea to try something new.

After my trip, I started with the photo editing process and I narrowed it down to under 100 photos. I sketched out an album plan. I knew I wanted to tell the trip in a chronological fashion and I didn't want to use the same pocket configuration next to each other. So I used that edit my photos to size. And when doing so I played with some settings on my Epson PM-400 I could print 3x8 on it. So I spent an afternoon printing all the photos for the album.

The next step was to get my journaling done. I did my writing about the tour I took on Thursday and the game on the 3x8 pages that came in the Travel kit. I used a lot of the navy word chipboard that was in the chipboard bundle to label pieces of the day. I also used a lot of word stickers to embellish the pages.

From the start of the project, I wasn't sure how I would feel about the 3x8 as it felt really small when it was empty. When I finished this album I fell in love with the size. I'm actually going to do December Daily in 3x8 this year.

I've included both a slideshow version and youtube video to see the flip through of my album.
Thanks for stopping by <3 Ann

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Fall Uniform - Details Story Kit

Today I'm sharing a layout I made using the Details story kit from August. I started this layout with the idea of using one of the divided pages that has 2 3x4 and 1 4x6, but I struggled as that photo on top is my 4x6 and I didn't like how it looked on the bottom so this is a full page all glued to a piece of cardstock.

I have a uniform so to speak when getting dressed. I reach for the same dozen items in my closet all the time. typically it's skinny jeans, boots, a striped sweater, and a jacket. I rarely change purses so I always grab the same one. This has been my fall wardrobe for 3-8 years. So it was a story I wanted to tell. So I took these photos in my apartment garage and then printed them on my Epson Picturemate on the same day. YAY for home printing!

The 3x4 title card is from an Elle's Studio grab bag I think. I used Lawn Fawn alphabets stamps.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Love - My Monthly Hero Kit Card

Happy Monday! Today I have a card I made using the January My Monthly Hero Kit (still available 1/21)

I started the card using a Hero Arts hearts stencil and distress oxides. I used the kit stamp and did a double heat emboss of the solid love in white and then white pearl to give it a nice shine. I embossed the layer stamp and the 2 corner pieces in silver I used the corner die with white cardstock and then pressed it onto my versamark pad to heat emboss the silver.  I finished off the card with some morning dew Nuvo drops. Nuvo drops react with distress oxides and changes colors; so I'd suggest testing the Nuvo color you plan to use with an oxide before committing to it, or being okay with a surprise.

That's it for today. Until next time. <3 Ann

Friday, January 19, 2018

For the Love of Baseball - New Album

TGIF! I'm starting a new themed album this year about baseball and all the stories that I've wanted to tell. The inspiration for the album came from AE Story Kits for "Give" and "For The Love"and song by Logan Mize called Somebody to Thank at first I was just going to a layout using this picture and typing a list of all the players, managers, sportscasters, teams, seasons, and so on that have inspired my love of the sport. I wrote the list out and it was long, and I didn't love the Give kit and couldn't make anything work. Then the "For the Love" kit arrived and I was going to do the layout with this kit and I still couldn't figure it out and I realized some of these great names needed their own page. So I ordered an album and decided each story deserved its own page. These moments, people, and games meant so much to me. They've shaped who I am. So that is how this page came to be.

I used the Love acyclic word as the main piece I worked with for the title. Since I get both the kit and stamp I also get the digital kit for free and used "For the love of ___" stamp file to create a cut file on my Silhouette and used a font I had on my computer to cut Baseball. I added a couple of the silver hearts from the kit.

I can't wait to tell more stories, but I promise next week I'll have a card using the January Hero Arts kit and the title page for my 2018 Project Life album :D So until then. Thanks for stopping by. <3 Ann

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Epson Picturemate PM-400 first impressions

The biggest item I put on my Christmas list was a photo printer. For my birthday I got the HP Sprocket and I enjoy it, but 2x3 image size can be rather limiting. My home printer is old and while it still works well it doesn't print photos well anymore. So I did some research and put a full-size printer and this Epson Picturemate on my list. My family gave me a gift card to help cover the cost of whichever I chose. So I spent a couple weeks weighing the pros and cons with my husband before deciding on the photo printer.

Amazon delivered my printer Saturday morning and I put it straight to work after about 45 minutes of setup time. My first impressions were WOW the images were vibrant and crisp and the weight of the Epson premium paper was great. I printed a couple pictures to play with and then I printed all the photos for my December project life album. I was excited and impressed.

The Pros: The photo quality is great, the colors are vibrant, lots of ways to print (computer, app, email, or connect to the machine), It prints quickly,

The cons: It is loud. It's not really a big deal but could be irritating to some. All the ink is in 1 cartridge. So when you run out of red you have to replace the whole thing. Its price tag $200 is a lot for a printer that can only print on 2 sizes of paper

The indifferent: I estimated that it's about 30 cents a print. Which is the same that Target charges and these photos are better than Target. It doesn't print 6x8. I knew that going in, but it's the only thing this printer is missing for me.

So the TL;DR: It's a great photo printer and does a lot really well, but it is a hefty startup price tag. If you're someone who just prints a handful of photos at a time this is a great option. If you send out 100s of photos at a time then this probably isn't for you.

I also did a test of some of the writing pens I normally use and they all performed well on the Epson paper. I did allow the Zig glitter pen and signo pen a minute to dry before trying to smudge them which I couldn't. Even my ballpoint pen did amazing so really happy about that.

Thanks for stopping by; I'll be back Friday with the start of a new album I'm starting. <3 Ann

Monday, January 15, 2018

Totally into this - Layout

Happy Monday! Today I have another layout using the For the Love Ali Edwards story kit from December. I knew I wanted to in some way document this joy of reading I recently found and expand more on this layout I shared a couple weeks ago. I ordered a stamp grab bag from Kelly Purkey for Black Friday and one of the sets I got was called I Love Big Books. I had to use a stamp from it. I used the one that says "On my shelf" as these all still need to be read or finished. I then picked out the "Totally into this" card and spent 2-3 hours trying to use more embellishments, but that card is cream and everything else in the kit is white based. 😕 Which was bugging my eye so I eventually gave up and rotated between a few of the plastic hearts add-on for the 3rd pocket.  This is a less is more type layout. It's really about the story being told here and that's what I want to do more of this year. Telling stories and documenting life. My post on Wednesday will be about a new tool I got to help with that. Until then; thanks for stopping by! <3 Ann

Friday, January 5, 2018

Love This - Layout

TGIF! Today I'm sharing a layout using the December Ali Edward's Story kit: For the Love. I really love this kit. I added on the plastic hearts and those became my favorite item of the month. I printed this photo shortly after returning from Disneyland in November. The heart sticky notes became a great way to tell the story of how much I love meeting Disney characters and how special and unique this greet was for me. How often does Goofy teach you to salsa? :D
I added some red ink and my Elle's Studio Dated Stamp to add a bit more red to the layout and each heart includes the word love in their text. The "for the love of" I cut apart from the story stamp set and stacked to fit the space better. Then I finished off the layout by underlining the journaling and I called it done before I went overboard adding things that would distract from the photo or the large journaling hearts I put along the side.

That's it for today! Hope you have a great weekend. <3 Ann