Monday, February 29, 2016

How I Use My Everyday Life Planner

I have to be honest, I love planners, but I had been trying to go all digital the past few years, so when I got this new planner, I felt like I didn't know what I was doing.  I've always been a huge "To Do" list person and used my planners in the past strictly for keeping my schedule and lists.

When I got the Everyday Life Planner (please note that the calendar pages are all sold out now, but the binder, My Crush pages and memory protectors are still available) I wanted it to be more than that, I wanted it to become a scrapbook of my year.  I had gone on Pinterest and looked at what a lot of people were doing with their planners and loved so many different ideas.  I even tried a lot of those ideas and then would discard the ones that didn't work for me.  I have to admit that I wore down my eraser quite a bit as I would try different things then erase them. 

The pictures here are pretty much what I think that I have settled on in my planner (of course I'm always changing things, so I expect there might be a few more as the year goes on).  For the monthly view of the calendar I am putting down appointments, a little bit of journaling, quotes I like and my monthly goals.

For the week view of the calendar I am also putting down appointments on the left side of the day (where the cute paper is, still trying to decide if I want to do that every month) and my To Do list on the right side of the day.  In the bottom right hand corner of the week layout where there was some extra space, I used some washi tape to mark it off and I put my goals for the week there.

I decided that I didn't want my messy week view pages in the completed book, so I glued pretty paper to the back side of the month view to cover up the first page of the week view when the month was over and pulled the remainder of January's week view pages out of the planner.

I used some Picture My Life cards that were a special in January to create my month title page.  When you turn this page you see the month view, the week view page I covered up and after that I added a couple of the My Crush Everyday Life Pages and then a couple of the Memory Protectors.

I did reorganize how I saved my photos on my computer too.  For past years I have a folder for the year and then separate folders for the different events or layouts that I would be doing within that year. 

For 2016 I created the main folder and then month folders within that.  In the month folder I have all my pictures taken that month.  If there is enough photos to create a whole 12x12 layout I gave it its own folder within that month.  By organizing my photo folders this way, I can focus on doing my scrapbooking one month at a time.  I'm so excited to have January all done and it is in my planner for me to keep looking at, it makes me really happy!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Pocket Pages Using Our Story PML Cards

I'm having so much fun putting Taylor's Mission Scrapbook together with all the pocket pages.  I used the Our Story Picture My Life cards for these pages. 

I also had a few extra pictures so I used a 3x4 Flip Flap, love those!  I got to show Taylor how much I have done so far and she love it, but not that she is home I need to get the book finished!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Prickly Hug Card

This is a fun new stamp set that has coordinating die cuts that can go through your Big Shot, Cuttlebug, etc.  Sorry, the background looks like it is grey, but it is actually green, not sure what happened there.  The stamp set is Stuck on You with the coordinating Stuck on You Thin Cuts, really fun to use!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Best Friend's Wedding Layout

I was playing with the Charlotte papers and Complements trying to figure out what pictures to put use, I realized the pictures from my daughter's best friend's wedding several month's ago would be perfect!  For the whimsical banner title, I used the Artistry Cricut cartridge.  Everyone looks so happy in the pictures and I love how the layout turned out!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Best Day Card

This was such a fun card to make!  Clustering is an embellishing technique that is really popular and that is what I have done with this card.  You can see that I have a range of depths, sizes and colors in all the elements.  I used the Charlotte papers, Woodland Romance stamp set, Champagne ink, Hollyhock ink, Treasured Puffies and Gold Sequins.  I used the CTMH Cricut Artisty cartridge for the hearts, branch and the deer (so cool to have a cut that matches that stamp!).

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Happy When You Are Around Mini Box

This is the prize that I gave away at my Card Making Workshop this month.  It is just big enough to hold two Ghirardelli chocolate squares.  I cut it out using the CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge and the Charlotte papers.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Well Hello There Card

Here is one of the cards we made at my Card Making Workshop.  It was made using the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge and it originally had another cut out on it that was a scottie but I used the contour feature in Cricut Design Space to remove that cut. 

I used the Charlotte paper and the Share the Love stamp set (which is a special stamp set only available this month) for the card and embellished it with the Black Shimmer Trim, Black and Gold Ribbon and pink and white Enamel Gems. The Black cardstock is glued inside the card to help accentuate the cut out on the front of the card base.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Oink You Very Much Card

This is another Operation Smile card using the special stamp set, Animal Greetings (a portion of each purchase of this stamp set goes to Operation Smile).  I thought the cute little piggy would go great with the pinks in the Charlotte paper.  This card is available to be made, while supplies last, at my Paper Buffet and will be free to make for anyone who makes a donation to or purchase of anything Operation Smile.

Monday, February 1, 2016

February Specials

What a super fun stamp set and what a great cause it is going to!  This stamp set is only available this month and the cost is $17.95.  CTMH has partnered with Operation Smile for many years and $7 of each stamp set sold will go to Operation Smile!

February's Stamp of the Month is the adorable Balloon Animals.  It is $17.95 or only $5 with a $50 purchase.