Monday, February 29, 2016

BTF 16A - Penelope Paper Pack

Hi our Betweent the Folds challenge for  the next couple weeks is going to be using the Penelope Paper Pack it is perfect for spring.

If you have not been lucky enough to get this adorable paper pack yet then you can still play along using the colors featured in the Penelope Paper. Those colors: Crystal Blue, Honey, Pear, Pixie, Thistle & White Daisy.

I decided to make a card, I am in the process or getting my photos organized for scrapbooking and I am a little behind in my cards on hand stash. I saw a really cute sketch in an old issue of Create Magazine and thought this might be a super fun way to feature the zip strips that come in our paper packs.

I always use them for little banners or tags but this was a great idea! I love how it turned out.  I also used the cut apart PML cards and cut it down even further for the cute little birdies. Then I stamped the little saying using Finding the Words.

I found this heart in the Penelope Complements and popped it up with a pop dot. I also added all these adorable little enamel and glitter purple those.

I hope you are able to find some time to play along. All submissions must be current (no back dating) and use Close to my Heart products. If it isn't obvious what you used please let us know when you enter your project. You have until Monday, March 14, 2016 at 11:55 p.m. Eastern Standard Time to participate in this challenge.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Organize me...

So I feel like I am pretty organized but sometimes I fall off the wagon. Well this weekend I tacked the dragon and started getting my photos ready to print. I started with 2013. I should have started with 2012 cause that is where I left off but I was not really feeling it. I printed off 900 photos! Wow I am so excited though because now I can start regularly scrapbooking again. I mean I have scrapbooked a lot in the past year but I have been all over the place. I have photos here and then from 2013, 2014, and 2015 but I usually scrapbook chronologically so it will be nice to have a years worth to work on.

I mentioned that I printed them out on Facebook and that started a whole conversation about how I organize my stuff so I thought I would do a blog post about it.

First I try to upload my photos on a regular basis but that almost never happens so the first thing that usually I need to do is take all of my photos from the upload file that says for example 1/12/15 and sort by month.  I will them make a folder for the year so lets to 2014 I then add 12 new folders and call them 01 January, 02, February, 03 March. I do this because if I just did 1,2 3, it would sort it like 1, 10, 11, 2, 3.

Once my folders are named I open the upload folder (1/12/15) in a new window and have them sort of side by side. I then drag all of the January into the January folder. I do this for each month. Something new I just did this past weekend was add a print folder to each year. We will get to that in a moment. This one is still empty because I have not gotten to organize 2014 yet really.

After I get them into folders I try to then put sub folders in each month. Now I will be honest I have not done that in a long time. Even this past weekend when I did 2013 I just opened the main January folder and decided what to print. However, my life is easier if I look through the photos and get a general feel of what we did that month and then toss photos into each folder. From there I can decide what to print and copy (I copy so that I don't lose photos in a folder) into the print folder. I just put the whole year in there. 

I also make a outline of what I want to scrapbook on the computer or by hand. That way as I am off to a crop or working in my studio I have an idea of what I have coming up scrapbook wise.

Lastly I print out my photos and organize them in little file boxes. I again separate them out by month or event and then as I scrap them I just check them off. I have not been a good scrapper since 2011 which is why I don't have something more current. However you can see that I don't always scrap everything. If I don't use the photos I just put them along with the index card at the back of the file box until the end of the year. After that I put them in a photo box and store them in the closet. My kids can use these photos to scrapbook or sometimes I make gifts with them.

Well that is that. I know it sounds like a lot of work but it makes it easy to grab and go. How do you organize your photos? Do you have a similar system or something else. I am always looking for ways to find tune things.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Challenge 15A: Technique using Liquid Glass

Hello there!! Welcome to another challenge at Between The Folds!! We hope that you will participate in the challenges!  We love seeing the different takes on each project!   Now, let's get started on the fun!  
This week's challenge at Between The Folds Bi-Weekly Challenge Blog is using Close to my Heart's Liquid Glass.

I decided to make a PML card using the cut aparts from Charlotte Paper Pack. Here is a close up before I added Liquid Glass.
Added some banners and layers and then picked an element to add liquid glass to. I wanted that to pop and liquid glass is perfect for that.
Here is the liquid glass all dry. You can see if is all glossy and clear. When you first add it sometimes it looks a little cloudy.

Here is my finished card. I will be printing up some black and white photos and making some 3" x 4" cards as well. This is the first time I have beefed up my PML cards and I have to say...I loved it!


We would love to see your interpretation of this challenge, so please play along with us. All submissions must have some Close To My Heart product on it and if the CTMH product you used isn't obvious, please let us know what you used. You have until Monday, February 29, 2016 at 11:55 pm. Eastern Time to participate in this challenge.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Between the Folds Challenge 14A: Feturing Charlotte

Hello there!! Here is my first challenge at Between The Folds!! I am so excited to be on the Design Team and hope that you will participate in the challenges!  This week's challenge at Between the Folds Bi-Weekly Challenge Block is Close to  my Heart's Charlotte Paper Packet.

Here is what I came up with

This paper packet is really lovely and there are so many different ways to use it! I decided to make up a scrapbook page. I just love the soft colors in this paper pack and really enjoyed working with it.

I also enjoyed making little layered bits all around

We would love to see your interpretation of this challenge, so please play along with us. All submissions must have some Close To My Heart product on it and if the CTMH product you used isn't obvious, please let us know what you used. If you do not have the Charlotte paper packet, you can use the following color scheme from the paper packet which are Close To My Heart colors: Black, Champagne, Slate, Sorbet, Whisper and White Daisy.

You have until Monday, February 15, 2016 at 11:55 p.m. Eastern Time to participate in this challenge.

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