Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sneaks | Camelot

I can't believe it's time for sneaks again. The month's seem to be flying by! Before we even get started with my personal sneaks I just wanted to share the mood board from Studio Calico for this kit, I love the mood boards because I think they give such a clear vision for the entire feel of the kits.

Isn't it dreamy?

This (above)  sneak is just for a layout, before I added anything from the kits 

I wanted to point out some of my favorite things in these dreamy kits: I love the different texture of ribbon and material we got to play with this month! Heidi Swapp Gold Glitter words? YES PLEASE!!! See those white alpha stickers in my final sneak? I could use those for ages. I love how you can slightly layer them and the font/size is PERFECTION! 

What are you loving about the kits this month?  If you aren't already signed up for the kits, make sure to do so hereMy favorite benefit is pre-sale shopping! You've got to scoop up all your must-haves before they are gone :)  Back back soon with Project Life sneaks :) 


Monday, April 14, 2014

Journaling Bible Start To Finish

Happy Monday!! Before I get started I wanted to THANK YOU AGAIN for all your KIND words surrounding my Journaling Bible series. You have brought tears to my eyes with the stories you are telling me, I just can't express enough... keep reaching out ,... keep telling your stories ... you are an amazing community and I adore you!

 Yesterday was Palm Sunday, and at our church that meant a family service complete with one of the cutest (ok ....her Mom thinks SO!) little 7 year old leading us in worship. I love family services and experiencing the service with my children. Since I had a happy little 7 year old snuggling me during the sermon I decided to soak that in and not take notes today. So I came home with an empty bible and empty sermon notes.

When this happens I usually take the overall theme, or highlight some of the word that really stood out to me. But today there was one thing that Pastor Chris said that really spoke to me. It was about perspective and how we need to look at other view points. This stood out to me because Katherine and I were just talking about this during the week. So how "odd" for those exact same words to come up during the sermon. I think looking at different situations from other's perspectives is amazingly important in relationships. It brings you to pause and think about your relationships and where you can improve. 

I decided that since I had not taken notes, I would take the main point I took away from today as a title, and use allpha stickers to make a statement on the page. I made sure to keep the sermon notes even thought I hadn't use them because the had the bible verse Chris spoke about today, and I also use it to doodle out any words I may be using in my title work. 

I wanted to use this large sticker at the bottom of my title but I didn't want the green leaf to cover the text in the bible. It is important to me that I can still read all the words. So I place a piece of cardstock just under the leaf section and then fussy cut around the sticker. This way the flower part I could use as a regular sticker but the leaf would be able to flip up and down if you needed to read the text under it. 

And that was it! I added a little splash of Mister Huey and called it done! Another week, another sermon!

Remember if you want to share your images from your bible on my blog please let me know! :) 


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Journaling Bible | Digging Deeper

Friends, words can't express the love I felt from my post last week on my journaling bible. I never could have imagined sharing something so personal and seemingly simple with make such a spark not only in our community, but beyond. As I heard YOUR stories about your bibles, and your relationship with God I felt so connected to each and every one of you so THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart for sharing that side of yourself. I can't tell you how much I appreciated it. I tried to reach out to each and every ONE of you that spoke up and shared. Thank you.

Before I start on my thoughts this week I also wanted to tell you that I would LOVE to feature your bible on my blog. If you think that would be fun too please email me at shannanoelATgmailDOTcom and we will get that figured out. I think it would be fun for people to see different styles etc. :) Also, if you post it on instagram, feel free to tag me as well and I will make sure to hop over there!

Okay! Let's dig in! I know last week we talked a lot about stamping in your bible, doodles etc. But I didn't want you to feel limited to stamps and pens! There is so much more! I really haven't found anything (outside of dimensionals) that I don't love adding to my journal. In the photo above you can see I used WATERCOLORS (who doesn't love) and gelotos

Seriously, look at those beautiful rich colors. I just added a little watercolors to highlight my text that I was reading over. I love to mix the gelatos and watercolor together to create a SUPER dreamy effect. Even though a highlighter will get the job done, isn't this a whole lot more fun? You might notice my page is a little wrinkled this photo was take pretty much right after it dried, so once you close the book it will help take care of the wrinkle-age. I aslo make sure to use the Staz-On for these pages to make sure to avoid smudging. 

One of my other favorite mediums to use is flat alpha stickers. For this page I didn't have a lot of notes for the sermon, so I made the made theme of the sermon my title and made it POP!

For those of you who have gotten started (or have been doing) your journaling bible, what are your favorite tools? I think it would be fun to do a "starter guide" for those wanting to jump in!!

Thank you again, you are such an inspiration to me!


Friday, April 4, 2014

5 min card | quite the pear

While I can appreciate a heavily decorate card, there is always a place in my heart for a super simple, modern in design card. I love that the sentiment takes center stage. Today I wanted to share with you a simple idea that comes together with some whimsical fabric and Studio Calico metal dies. This stamp and die set was from a couple month's ago and is currently sold out. But this month there is a very similar set in the Bluegrass Farm Card kit along with a matching die (which p.s. I just added to my cart because with all the amazingness at reveal I forgot it. YIKES!). 

First get all your supplies ready. For this card I decided to use my die with some fun fabric! I have a soft spot in my heart for this bird fabric, in my opinion it's perfect for ANY project apparently because you will see it on MANY many MANY of mine!

I have a big shot that I use with my metal dies and I am still learning how to use this bad boy, but when I cut fabric, I use a couple pieces of cardstock under my fabric to help shim it a tiny bit and give it a nice solid cut. If that doesn't work for you, just keep trying different things until you find what works!

I love the immediate gratification you get from using these dies! So much fun, and very easy. It is also super simple to go ahead and cut out a dozen pears while you are at it and have some on hand!

Now this is one of the things I really love about these dies, you can EASILY place them where you would like and create a negative image as well.  So here I made a card base using solar white cardstock.  I laid it on my big shot and placed the die where I want the fabric pear to peek through. I know I am going to stamp a sentiment below this, so I am making sure to leave enough room at the bottom there to do that. 

This is the first time I have made a card like this so at this point, when I saw that my vision as going to work .. I got really excited. Do you do that to? I love how SIMPLE this card is, but special at the same time. The little peek-a-boo window helps to take it to the next level! 

Use a little adhesive of your choice on the back. Make sure to add a little to the "leaf" part as that is the most likely to get caught on the cardstock during opening and closing. 

This stamp set from the Antiquary card kit had the cutest little sentiments on it, I loved this one that says "quite the pear". I used my stazOn jet black ink pad and arcylic block and centered it below the pear. 

At the last minute I decided to add a little pink heart to really bring attention to the "pear" of love birds there. This would be perfect for an anniversary card, a card for your significant other, or even a casual wedding card! 

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Mixed Media Sneak

Hiya friends! I hope you are having a wonderful week! I wanted to share with you a quick sneak (above) of the project I have made for the mixed media class at Studio Calico. I had so much fun playing around with the cut file I created for the class, which was inspired by Jill Ricci

I also deisgned these to play with during class as well! 

What do you think? Are you exciting to try something new?!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Layout Love | April 1st Edition

Something I use to do a LONG time ago on my blog was something called "layout love" it was simple where I would take some projects that hve inspired me and give them a shining light on my blog. I thought I would pick it up again today, so much inspiration out there.. it's tough to narrow it down!

Hello Today by Meghannandrew

There are so many things I love about this layout, where do I start? First off, I love how she used the lovely stamped paper from Office Hours, that was one of my favorite papers and she makes me want to dig it out and use it! Secondly. .. that photo? COULD NOT be more adorable! Seriously how cute is she? Also, can we just talk about that gold glitter for a moment? In.love!

Friends. There are so SO so many things that steals my heart with this beautiful page. First off that photo? B&W= PERFECTION! I love that she has included her son's handwriting and the story behind it. I love that she made those beautiful banners in Office Hours SHINE shine SHINE. This page makes me want to create 1000 just like it. 

2012 Album from MarthaBonneau

For the love of all things Project Life!! First off PINK! I love all the pink paired with the black and white photos. The lovley RECORDED card at the top gives all the details in a very graphic, styled way that is LOVELY! And hello can we talk about how she ROCKED this page protector style? She makes it look to easy! This makes me want to work in my PL right now!

What have you been inspired by this week? Do you have a project you would like to nominate for layout love? If so leave a link, I would love to check it out! 


Monday, March 31, 2014

Sketchbook 2014!

I am SO so SO excited that Kelly and Studio Calico are working together to bring you another AMAZING class. SKETCHBOOK! 

Kelly has a way of bringing a page together like no other! She inspires me to think of pages and products in a whole new way! Here are a couple of my favorite projects from her! 

Amazing, right?!

While supplies last all students get this WONDERFUL stamp designed by KP!!

Here are some amazing goodies that JUST went live in the store and I am going to scoop up before the class starts,  or they sell out. 

Good Times Die (you can do SO many things with these!) 

These ADORABLE Journal Cards!

I seriously CAN NOT wait, so what do you say.. Will I see you in class?!!