Scrap Sunday…

Hey all! I meant to come by yesterday and share some amazing new releases for this week, but life happens. My daughter is getting married in October, so we spent the day yesterday dress shopping. She found a beautiful one on our last stop. After I got home, I was just exhausted and didn’t accomplish anything else! So here I am today and the sales are still active if you are looking for some beautiful new goodies!!

Squeeze the Day Patterns, Solids, Elements, and Pocket Cards by ninigoesdigi at The Digital Press!
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Sweet Memories: Collection + FWP by River~Rose Designs
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This is not a new kit, but Christmas in July is happening at The Lilypad and I am hosting one of the challenges! I am not a fan of thinking about Christmas this time of year, so my challenge is to scrap a non-Christmas page using a Christmas kit. You can find it HERE if you want to play along! There’s a $3 coupon up for grabs! I used Rachel Jefferies Fa La La La La Bundle for my prom page!
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That’s it from me today! I’ll be back to share more in a day or so!! Thanks for stopping by and until next time…peace, out!

 

Scrap Saturday…

Happy Saturday, everyone!! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend!! It’s been a bit busy around the week or so, and I’m looking forward to some quiet relaxing time with my book this weekend. Probably a little scrapping as well!

Stopping by here today to share a couple of gorgeous new release with you!

First up, July Jingle | Kt by Humble & Create

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And next is Be Kind: Collection + FWP by River~Rose Designs
2020 Freebie by Crystal Livesay

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There are so many other fabulous releases and I am hoping to have a little more scrap time next week! Thanks for stopping by and until next time…peace, out.

Project Life Update…

Who out there is still doing Project Life or something similar? Are you keeping up and up to date for this year. As of right now, I am. I hope to stay that way!! I thought I’d drop by here and catch you up on some of my more recent pages. If you want to see the rest you can go to Project Life 2020 at the top of the page. All of my other years’ pages are there as well,  if you’re interested 🙂

We are officially half way through the year, and here’s to hoping that the second half is better than the first half. I could use a little peace and tranquility! I have kept up so far with my weekly spreads. From time to time I have to do a 2-3 week catch-up, but not a big deal. I am so enjoying using Stories of Life Templates by Scrapping with Liz, and Just Jaimee’s Storyteller Collections always help me get my books done with ease.

Here are the last few week’s pages 🙂

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If you are interested in some great templates that help you get your project completed quickly and easily, check these out for sure!!

Thanks for stopping by and until next time, peace, out….

Technique Tuesday – Blending papers using the gradient tool

I thought I would take some time here and there to share some tutorials and techniques that I’ve learned and shared over time.

I’ve shared this post in a couple of forums and blogs, but I thought it would be fun to share it here. You can find the original post HERE.

Have you ever wanted to use more than one of those gorgeous background papers you have in a kit but don’t want the harsh line of stacking them? Do you have two or more papers that you think would work beautifully together? Blending papers for a background is something I do fairly often and there are actually several ways you can go about it.

One way is to use the gradient tool, which is what this tutorial is all about. It’s a fairly quick and simple way to achieve and beautiful new look.

Start by layering the the two papers you want to blend:

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With the top paper layer selected, click the layer mask icon:

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Making sure the mask is selected, choose the gradient tool. Drag your gradient line from the top edge of the image to the bottom, or bottom to top, or side to side, or even diagonally, depending on the way you want the gradient to go. You can play around with different directions to see which effect you like best. You can also start in the anywhere on the paper to move the gradient closer to one edge or corner.

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For this one, I first went from bottom to top and then moved to the center of the paper and pulled up again. And just like that, your papers are beautifully blended!

You can also play around with different gradients to get different blending effects.

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If you wish, you can add more paper layers and blend them as well.

Typically, I will then take it a step further in PS and adjust the blending options (click the fx button at the bottom and choose blending options), especially on a woodgrain to bring out the texture a bit more. Adjusting the underlying layer just adds a little more blending. You can hold the alt key while sliding to separate the pieces of the triangle for different blending effects.

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And here is my final page using this technique:

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Super fun look to achieve and really easy peasy!! Hope this is helpful! I’ll be back to share some more tips and tricks next week 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!!

New week…

I’m super excited to be playing in my planner again and creating some fun pages!! For this week’s spread, I used This is Now: Misc Paperie, Miscellaneous Collage Bits and Bobs 1, and This is Now: Misc Bits and Bobs by Rachel Jefferies. I use a Happy Planner with the dashboard layout and it’s perfect for my life right now.

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I took each of the elements and created my own sticker sheets. I print them and  cut them with my Silhouette Cameo. Have you ever used digital elements to create planner stickers? I am still learning, but it’s such fun!! Thanks for stopping by!!

Sweet Sunday…

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope that you all are having a safe and happy start to July! Different times we are living in for sure! For those of you in the US, I hope you were able to enjoy some 4th of July activities!

I wanted to swing by and share some of the gorgeous new releases while they are still on sale for the weekend!

Sunshine on My Face: Collection + FWP by River~Rose Designs

Sunshine

 

This is July | Collection by Dunia Designs
Duo Templates | Vol 5 by Dunia Designs

Summer-Vibes

Summer Joy Elements by Amy Wolff
Summer Joy Papers by Amy Wolff
Summer Joy Misc by Amy Wolff
Wildflower Templates by Pink Reptile Designs

Summer

 

Storyteller 2020 July Kit by Just Jaimee
Storyteller 2020 July Pocket Cards by Just Jaimee
Storyteller 2020 July Paint, Tape, & Flair by Just Jaimee
Wildflower Templates by Pink Reptile Designs

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Wildflower Papers by Pink Reptile Designs
Wildflower Elements by Pink Reptile Designs
Wild flower Alpha by Pink Reptile Designs
Wildflower Templates by Pink Reptile Designs

Sassy

 

This is Now: Misc Paperie by Rachel Jefferies
Miscellaneous Collage Bits and Bobs 1 by Rachel Jefferies
This is Now: Misc Bits and Bobs by Rachel Jefferies
This is Now: Layered Templates by Rachel Jefferies

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So many beautiful designs and still on sale today! I’ve also gotten back to playing in my planner, so I’ll be back to share that soon!! Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for stopping by!!

 

Let’s Pretend…

Let’s pretend that it hasn’t been 2 months since I was here! Or at least I will pretend that it hasn’t been haha! It’s been a wild and crazy couple of months as well as being a couple of months where every day seems the same. I’m sure that some of you all can relate. It’s the time we are in and what we are all going through right now. I can tell you that teaching online is not something I hope to continue, but I feel sure that it will be  a part of our future in some way, shape, or form. And I have a feeling that my summer will not be as full of the typical relaxing times as we prepare for what the future will hold.

I’m keeping up with my scrapping and will get back to sharing those pages this weekend. I am up to date with my weekly spreads as well and am going to update that page. I hope to start sharing some other things as well. I am going to dive in to my planner again and work on getting myself on some sort of schedule. The world may have gone a little crazy, and probably I have as well, but I would love to be a more regular poster and share the things I love and enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by and I will be back to update soon!!

Still plugging along…

Happy Thursday!! I am so looking forward to the weekend and being able to take a step back for a couple of days. I feel like work is so much more overwhelming doing it from home. Trying to figure out lessons to do online and how to make it work for those who don’t have access to the internet, as well as trying to contact everyone is no easy task. I am working hard to make myself turn off work things at a certain time every day, but sometimes that is easier said than done.

But, I have been able to catch back up with Project Life. I’m not taking many photos myself right now because we are just inside these four walls most of the time, but fortunately the kiddos are sending me lots. I sure miss seeing those babies in person!

All of my layouts are using Stories of Life Templates by Scrapping with Liz and Just Jaimee’s Storyteller and Real Life in Pockets lines. The date titles are Week Dates 2020 by Sabrina’s Creations.

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Whew, I was a little behind posting these, huh? I do a little better at keeping up with Instagram, so feel free to follow me there! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous weekend!!

 

Ummmm, Yeah….

Wow, it’s been awhile and wow, how the world has changed since I was here last. So much going on, but so little at the same time. I am trying to document what I can, but honestly other than the world events, not much is going on here at all. They closed our schools for two weeks on March 13, and then on March 23 decided that schools would be closed for the rest of the school year. I am doing my best to provide lessons to my students online, but it’s not so easy when many of them do not have internet at home. Chance is keeping up with his assignments, but really not liking online learning at all. We both would love to be back in school. It’s a crazy time. Everything but essential businesses are closed. Going to the grocery store is scary. I am just looking forward to the day when things start to get back to normal, or at least somewhat normal.

As far as scrapping goes, I have had a little difficulty being able to focus on scrapping much, but I am getting a few layouts done here and there. For this week I was able to work with some seriously gorgeous kits:

April – TDP Designer Collab

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Home Sweet Home by Dunia Designs
Fabulously Negative v.11 by WM[squared] Designs

Hello

 

Sunshine and Rain: Collection + FWP by River~Rose Designs

Sunshine

 

I have been keeping up with PL and will back to share those pages. I hope that you all have a lovely Easter weekend and are able to celebrate with those closest to you! For now, peace, out…

Week 6…

I can’t believe we are already up to Week 6 of the new year. Time is flying by! I am still loving the more clean and simple style that I decided to go with for Project Life this year. These templates by Scrapping with Liz are fantastic and I always adore Just Jaimee’s Storyteller Collections!

Here are weeks 5 & 6:

Don’t judge the Christmas pillow still on my couch. Chance does not want me to put it away just yet haha. Maybe he will let it go by summer 🙂

Hope you all are having a fantastic week and making lots of memories!! Until next time, peace, out…