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

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Love This View-Layout

Today I'm sharing a layout I made recently.

I printed this picture back in June but forgot why until I found a note sitting in my Lens kit recently. It's about a new love I've found for reading and my love of having sports on as background noise (currently I have the Rose Bowl on while writing this post)

Most of the layout uses the Lens kit and stamp from Ali Edwards. I also used an old Ali set for the month and the time story stamp to put the year. To create the journaling I used a 4x6 card and cut off the blank line on top and used the prompts to write out everything I saw in the photo and that snapshot of time. A getaway where I didn't have all the distractions of home, falling in love with reading thanks to a new baseball memoir for a player I loved Teammate by David Ross.

I'm glad I found my notes and remembered the story I wanted to tell with this photo. I could think of a couple others that I hope to do as well, and maybe one about my new stack of baseball books I can't wait to read and counting down the 85 days until MLB Opening Day. :D

Until next time. <3 Ann

Monday, January 1, 2018

You Light the Night - Card

Happy New Year!

I'm back to regular blogging! If you follow me on Instagram you'll have seen I've been posting bits and pieces of things in the last couple of weeks, but haven't had time to blog with the holidays.

For Christmas, my family got me the Distress Oxide collection and I also got a good handful of Nuvo Drop colors.

I started the card with a 5.5x4.25 piece of Bristol cardstock and covered in the Peacock Feathers ink and did a few half sprays with the Distress Sprayer. I heat set it and then layered the December (now sold out) My Monthly Hero stencil on top and bounced Seedless Preserves on top. I few more sprays on top of that. After it was dry I put Gold Nuvo drops in the middle of each star shape of the stencil.

For the focal area of the card I used black cardstock and included die in the kit to create the area for my girl to sit on the pillow. I colored those in with Zig Clean Color markers (the duo tip ones) I die cut them and placed them on the card I stamped the star in her hand and the greeting and heat embossed with Hero Arts Gold powder.   I attached it to the card base with foam tape.

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