Stamp Storage

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


When I used my stamps the other night, I realized I hadn't shown you how I'm storing them now. I used to have my stamps thrown in a box. Not in sight = not used. I reused a little SN@P binder I had and love how easy it is to flip through my stamps now. Hopefully I'll get some more use out of them!I used a variety of page protectors to accommodate the different stamp sizes.


I put a piece of SN@P card stock in between each divider so I could see the stamps more easily.


A little piece of washi tape helps keep these stamps in place.


How do you store your stamps?

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Project Life Week 31

Monday, September 15, 2014


For weeks 31 and 32, I tried something different and created a monochromatic layout. The green pillow Harley's resting her head on really caught my eye when I laid out my pictures for this week. This is a new method for me and I love how much it can change the look of a collection. I used black and white cards from the Midnight and Kiwi collections. The bright green mostly came from the Kiwi collection.

Full spread:


Left side: visiting with Dad and Harley, a #throwbackthursday Instagram of me and my bff Erin at Bonnaroo (10 years ago!!) and the bridge I walk across at work. I started at a new location (same company) this week.


Right side: CKC Charlotte with Mom. I used a PL card to leave Joe a note on the bathroom mirror, Mom and I donated lots of goodies at the show, we took 2 classes, and then drove around Saturday night taking pictures of downtown. Good stuff!


The green alphas and clear black stickers from MAMBI really tie the pages together.


I like those monochromatic look and will be using it again!

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How to Create Curved Text on your Silhouette Cameo

Friday, September 12, 2014


Here's a quick tutorial on how to curve text on your Cameo. This is how I made those cute little custom banners on my Cameo for my friend's wedding board.



It's pretty simple once you get the hang of it! There's more than one way to do this, but here's the way I got it to work.



First, open up your banner. I used this one from the Silhouette Online store. I moved the background (the one I cut in black) off the mat.
 Then select the banner and duplicate it.
Select the Text box and write out your name or phase. Adjust the font and size to fit your project. Notice that little circle on the left side of my text? (double click your text to get it to appear on your screen). Drag that circle onto one of the lines of your banner.
 Now your text follows the path of the banner. Since this line is now a text path, it won't be cut.
 Over on the left side of your text, there is a line where you can move your text up and down. When I was making the banners, I couldn't get the text to go down far enough... So that's why I duplicated the banner and placed it over top of the text. That allowed me to get the text exactly where I wanted it to print.
And here's your final banner, ready to print and cut. Just print onto your paper. Then adjust your cut settings so that your Cameo blade will cut the outside of the banner.
You can place your text onto any shape - a circle, a square, whatever.

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Wedding Memory Board

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


I've been working on wedding projects! A friend asked me to create a memory board for her wedding. She wanted to honor her loved ones that have passed away and others that weren't able to travel to the wedding. She let me have free reign on what to do! It took me a while to figure out what to make, but I like how it all turned out. Of course I turned to Pinterest for inspiration. I started out by stretching some string tightly across the back of a frame and stapling into place.


And then I realized that wasn't going to work. I like how these frames look without a back on them when displayed on a wall; but this frame was going to be displayed on an easel. I removed the staples and redid it so the string was looser.


I found some silver poster board and cut it down to size. I was able to pull some strings a little tighter when needed.


Then I used the Cameo to create name tag banners. The wedding colors were light purple and black. I had some sparkly black clothespins I got on clearance last year. They were perfect for this project. (I knew I needed them when I bought them!)


I'll be back later this week to show you how to curve your text and make these banners. How did you honor your loved ones at your wedding?

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Project Life Week 30

Monday, September 8, 2014


Week 30 - This was the week we traveled to Washington, DC for a pharmacy convention. I used the new Heidi Swapp PL kit called "Dreamy" for this layout. It is gorgeous! I didn't need to add many embellishments other than gold MAMBI stickers (of course, right?)


Left side: the hotel, the Air & Space Annex museum, the U.S. Botanic Gardens, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the Capital Wheel.


Right side: a breakfast selfie with our giant name tags, Joe right after winning big at the Closing Session, the hotel atrium, and a great Mexican restaurant.


Can you see the beautiful gold on this sticker??



I kept all the museum maps and our name tag flair, but didn't incorporate them directly into the layout. I used a new (to me) technique and created an insert for these ephemera. 


This is a 4-pocket 8.5x11 insert. I slit the bottom of the top pocket so the map could go through it:


Then inserted the map into the bottom pocket. That way you can see the whole thing!


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Sunkissed Layout

Friday, September 5, 2014


Mom and I found a pad of We R Memory Keepers "Indian Summer" at Hobby Lobby the other day. I used the small square set in a PL layout a few weeks ago. I love the colors in this collection! I came home and made a layout that evening.


This picture was taken while we relaxed in our cabana in Ocho Rios. I journaled about the freedom we feel every time we step off the plane in Jamaica. We went there on our honeymoon and have been able to go every year for our anniversary. Sometimes we think about going somewhere else, but Jamaica is so beautiful and relaxing. 


I colored a wood veneer with a marker and added enamel dots and hearts, woodgrain stars, and phrase roller stamp.


And added another embellishment cluster to this corner.


I finally got to use an anchor! (I know I'm a year or two late to this trend. I'm a bit literal when it comes to embellishments and have a difficult time using unrelated items on my layouts.)


Is there a place that makes you feel free? How often do you get to go?

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Project Life Weeks 28 and 29

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Full spread: I thought I would tone it down this week. I love the bright colors in the previous couple of weeks, but I was ready for a change. I used the Jade kit for the majority of this layout. I only bought a partial kit of this and will be sad when it's gone. I love the colors.


Left side: a new lawnmower for Joe, camping, seersucker, and an Erin Condren planner.


I cut a small slit in my pocket page so this cute tab could stick out.


Right side: biking, coffee, and a little picnic at Fun Fest.


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