Friday, April 13, 2012

Pages From the Heart: Cards, Cards, Cards!

Happy Friday! It's a rainy, cold day here in Los Angeles. I am trying to get myself up from under this big pile of blankets to go scrap!

While I try to convince myself to get up, I'll share my latest project for the Pages From the Heart design team. This month we were asked to create three cards. At least one of them needed to be a masculine card. I was given the Basic Grey "Pyrus" collection as well as some embellishments from Authentique.

If you would like to read a more detailed supply list, please go to the Pages From the Heart blog. I'll also be teaching this as a class at Pages in Monrovia on April 25! Feel free to call the store at  (626) 358-5334 for more information.

I think I'll stay under the covers just a little longer...


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Getting SMASHy

When I first heard about Smash books, I didn't understand their purpose. Weren't they just like a mini-scrapbook? I chalked it up to just another scrapbook company trying to convince me that I needed this new line of products.

Every time I went to Michaels, I passed the Smash and all of their pretty embellishments. Once in awhile I would pick something up and look at it but I always put it back. I certainly did not need a new project.

Then one day I came across this video and it just clicked.

And suddenly I had to have it. It was just like this journal that I had to submit once a week in my English class in high school. It was by far my favorite assignment and I even continued the assignment once the school year was over. Except now I had pretty books to use!

So I started buying things. Every time I got a new coupon, I bought something new until I had all of the pieces that I like. I even broke down and bought two books. And then it all sat there. Until one night my BFF bought one and we sat down and Smashed together.

Being the ultra-organized person that I am, I was a bit overwhelmed by the lack of rules and structure to it all. It wasn't until I figured out what these books meant to me that I could finally begin. I've decided that I will use my books for all of those momentos that don't fit or work in a standard layout. My first "Smash" is of a wedding that my husband and I attended that was very special to us.

I haven't Smashed since but I have some ideas rolling around in my head and I will share what I come up with over the next few months.

So what do you think? Anyone else SMASH?


Monday, April 9, 2012

Lucky in Love

For the month of March, the Pages From the Heart design team was given the challenge of creating a project involving luck. I was brainstorming different lucky monikers and decided upon "Lucky in Love." I had been wanting to create something to hold some love letters my husband and I wrote to each other while he was traveling for his job. This was a challenging time for the two of us so these letters really mean a lot to us.

I began with a plain white box that I found at Michaels. Using Doodlebugs' Colorwheel and Petite Prints Collections, I covered the white box section by section, adhering the paper with Mod Podge. I let it set overnight and then started embellishing. The Cute Cuts I had leftover from my January project kit were perfect for the top of the box. The inside looked a little bare so I added some more of the Colorwheel paper. The inside of the lid will eventually have some journaling describing the situation my husband and I were in at the time.

I truly love this collection and am so glad I could squeeze another project from my scraps! You can read the supply list over on the Pages From the Heart blog.