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Friday, January 27, 2012

Happy Birthday! and Project Life

Today is blogger's challenge and while I have been absent the last few weeks, it's not for lacking of wanting to participating.  My mojo disappeared over the holidays and I've been trying to force it to return...it wasn't working, so I took a little break.  I finally feel like this week it's creeping back ever so slowly.
Our theme today at blogger's challenge is "Texturize It".  I won't lie, this card took me awhile to complete, but was so happy with the end results.  Do you ever start making a card, get side tracked doing something else, and then the card takes FOREVER to complete?  That's me almost all the time.  I'm easily sidetracked when I'm stamping.


For this card I texturized the edges of my cardstock using my Donna Salazar's Distrezz-it-All, which I've had for ages and barely use....now I'm wondering why I never use it...oh yeah, it's hidden under my desk where I forget about it (mental note: put OUT on desk, not UNDER it).  I sewed one of the strips of my cardstock and also used the polka dots embossing folder from Quickcutz.

My goal this year is to complete all the SFYTT sketches in 2012.  Last year I missed a month or two and gave up after that, but this year I would like to keep up with Jen's sketches.  I've been a fan of them for a LONG time!   I just had to give a HUGE laugh as I hadn't looked at Jen's post of her card closely until I just went to link and noticed we used the same designer paper.  



The balloon was paper pieced with a piece of some of my new favorite paper- Authentique Gathering. I originally bought this paper to work with my Project Life kit (see below) and love it so much, it's heavier and two-sided and I adore the blues/orange/brown combo.  Think I may need to invest in another pad of the paper.

So with Project Life mentioned above, I'm starting my 2nd year of doing this and am so happy about that.  There's a little break in my kids' lives where I stopped scrapbooking and I really wanted to get back into it, but it was always intimidating.  I've been trying the digital as well but have a LOT to learn in that regard.  I thought I would share bits and pieces of my Project Life album on here.  I'm keeping up pretty well so far in 2012, and while I got behind in 2011 I made it a goal to finish up by the first week in 2012, and I was able to do so.



I chose to work with the Clementine kit this year and while this shows the "A" style pages, I'm hoping to incorporate various pages this year.  I keep with the rounded corners on most of my stuff for it all to flow and also picked out 2 6 x 6 paper pads that would work with the colors of the album so I could cut filler spots and embellish as I wanted.  I do not usually go with the picture/day way of doing things, and more or less just photo/document when I feel like it.

The pages above document a few weeks ago, I had been traveling in PA when I saw this car off the road (bottom photo, top left), got an e-mail from Syd's teacher that she cut her hair during cut and paste centers, and our trip to Chattanooga for Syd's 2nd cheer leading competition.

Thank you if you have stuck with me through all my mumbo jumbo this post, I've been wanting to share more of my scrapbooking/Project Life so will probably do that occasionally.

Want to join us at Blogger's Challenge, link in on any of the blog hop blogs or at Lisa's blog here.

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Card details:
Stamps: Love in the Air by Our Craft Lounge
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Authentique Gathering
Inks: Dish All the Dirt Brown, copic markers
Embellishments: Memory Box Jewel Stickers-Halloween, dimensionals, Janome sewing, Quickcutz Polka Dot embossing Folder, Circle die from Spellbinders

22 comments:

Craft Owl said...

Hi from a new follower leaving some 'blog hop' love. Glad your mojo is returning. Marie x

Linda Monroe said...

I know what you mean about stopping and starting. Once I stop, that card rarely gets finished. I try to start and finish all in one session, but alas, I can't always do that. Love this card. Glad you were able to finish it. Have a great weekend.

Gayle Page-Robak said...

This is wonderful, Kim. You did a beautiful job on the distressing...really great card!

Clear and Simple Stamps said...

WOW your project life looks awesome! What a great thing to have for keepsakes. And sometimes taking a break is a good thing :) Fun take on the texture challenge - cute!

Gez said...

Fab card Kim! I love the papers you chose and what a great sketch.

It's great to see some of your scrapbooking pages.. I love your layout with the pocket pages. Good luck and enjoy.xx

Deb Neerman said...

WoW, this card is gorgeous!

Love the LO, too .. I so admire your scrappin' skills!

Ida said...

First Kim I hear you about the "Mojo" taking a vacation. That's what happened with mine and I'm just taking it one day at a time now and enjoying stamping for fun again.
Second your card is great. I love the different elements you used and they worked perfectly with the sketch you chose.

Lisa Somerville said...

Fab use of the sketch - love the vintage feel to your papers! Looks like your photo album is coming along very nicely!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHH! Super cute card--LOVE that little hot air balloon:)

Shirley-anne said...

Hi from a newbie at blog hopping .
What a great way to find fresh inspiration .
love your scapbook pages
Amazed at how you add so much and yet page does not seem packed .love your card too.
Shirley-Anne

Shelly Schmidt said...

Love your card- glad to see MoJo is back and working just fine! I really like your scrapbook pages- love the locks of hair!

Tina said...

cool distressed card Kim - Love it. I swear it must be easier to use the actual project life kit - it seems so much more uniform. May be I should invest in one...
love your Layout - come by and see my newest page when you have time. Have a great weekend
xo
tina

BarbaraW said...

Your distressed card is so awesome. I'm glad your mojo is reappearing.

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Great card Kim....side tracked!...who me, lol...and just think, it takes me days just to get something done without any side tracking! lol Glad to see you are scrapbooking again, great goals you are accomplishing....mine are different now, goals are, get outta' bed myself, get dressed myself, feed myself, sit on butt in control of the remote! Luv you GF

Anita Houston said...

That background is gorgeous...I love the embossed dots on bottom. It really balances out the card so well. And that balloon...love balloons...is magic! Great coloration as well!

*Vicki* said...

Hello my friend!! :) So great to your posts again!! Thanks for checking in and encouragement!! I love your projects here and so glad to hear about your mojo...we all go through things, don't we?! LOL!! Looking forward to seeing more posts hun!! HUGS

R.Maria Sabina ( Lollyrot) said...

aw the card is so simple and so beautiful!!!!! Kim don't worry , you re doing a great job. Mojo or not just be creative !

Monika/Buzsy said...

What a fabulous card Kim. Love the great colors, the hot air balloon... great textures too! I love your Project Life album! I've been thinking about doing it. Such a neat idea. :o)

Suzanne C said...

Love your book of mementos! So lovely. The texture on your card is wonderful! Beautiful card!

Kimberly Gajewski said...

My last post was about my missing mojo too! Apparently, mine is on vacation somewhere! I'm taking a little break! From the looks of this card and your scrapbooking, I'd say that yours is definitely back! Wonderfully done, Kim!! :D

Steph Zerbe said...

What a cool card. Love the balloon focal point and all the texture! Stitching.... I love stitching! So fab!

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

I love your card and your fabulous PL layout! It looks like a lot of fun!

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