Project Life 2015: weeks 31 to 33

Hey everyone! It’s Friday! Woohoo! And it looks like it’s going to be a stunning day here on the South Island!

Friday also means that I am back with a new Project Life process video. This week’s episode, I’m catching up on 3 weeks in one spread. As it happened, I had only one photo for week 32, and not that much more for weeks 31 and 33, so I bundled them all up onto one spread. And I’m fine with that! Sometimes, life gets so busy that you forget to take pictures and that’s cool. Also, I don’t want to start stressing about making sure I’ve got enough photos for our Project Life album. While I want to record our daily lives, I also want it to be a fun thing to sit down to do, week after week.

Tackling 3 weeks in one spread also had the unexpected side-effect of being just about caught up. I’m not sure what I’ll do when I will be just a week behind, as I like to work 2 weeks on 1 spread. I have a few ideas, but we’ll see.

Anyway, here’s the video. The links to some of the products used can be found further down the page.

* SSS Premium Dye Ink Pad SLATE Gray: http://goo.gl/ag7Xd5
* SSS Premium Dye Ink Pad MINT CANDY: http://goo.gl/q5ya29
* SSS Premium Dye Ink Pad LAVENDER Purple: http://goo.gl/rgrqb2
* SSS Premium Dye Ink Pad LEMON CHIFFON Yellow: http://goo.gl/1WdivH
* SSS Stencil TINY SPACED HEARTS: http://goo.gl/3574kv
* Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS: http://goo.gl/w4BKNx
* Tombow Adhesive Craft Stamp DISPENSER & REFILL Dot Pattern Runner: http://goo.gl/wYGAtj

Scrapbook Process #7 – Happy & Cute

Hello Monday! It’s rather cold and windy down here, perfect weather to spend some time with beautiful pictures of one of your favourite small people and pretty papers. Which is exactly what I did this morning, and I recorded my whole process for you guys to have a look!

This one came together VERY quickly! If you exclude the time I spent stitching little hearts, but even that didn’t take very long at all.
I used my little stash of Crate Paper’s Wonder collection, which made the whole process even faster as I didn’t have to guess if papers and embellishments would work together! To be fair, I had an idea of what I wanted to do before I started – I really wanted to punch some circles and stitch them on my background. So when I actually started, I just needed to figure out where I wanted my pictures and title to be (this is what took me the longest).

I REALLY love how this one turned out. It helps that Lucas was adorable on these pictures. And I love the papers (maybe I should get more, before they all disappear from the shops…)
But anyway, here’s the video!

You can find most of the Crate Paper Wonder goodness by following these links:
– Crate Paper Wonder Ephemera Pack: http://goo.gl/F9KKtN
– Crate Paper Wonder 12×12 Chipboard Stickers: http://goo.gl/8gncK0
– Crate Paper Wonder 6×6 Paper Pad: http://goo.gl/dHFfbl
– Crate Paper Wonder Die Cut Phrases: http://goo.gl/dKWk4f

I hope you enjoyed it! Have a nice week everyone! 🙂

Giveaway Winner

Hey guys! Did you think I forgot? Because I didn’t and I (well, the random generator, actually) picked a winner! Wanna know who got the bunch of goodies? Well, check this video out (possibly the fastest edit I ever did, haha!)

The winner has been contacted.
Thank you all for participating. But also for watching my videos, commenting, liking and subscribing. It means the world to me. You guys rock! 🙂

100 subscribers on Youtube – Giveaway

Hey Everyone!

It’s been a while! Sorry about that! I guess I was too busy doing videos to come and update poor ol’ blog! But anyway, I’m back here today with a giveaway! Last week, I reached the milestone of 100 subscribers, how exciting is that! So to thank you all for watching, I’m hosting a little giveaway! It’s open to all, subscribers and non-subscribers, as well as internationally.

If you want to see what you could win, check out this (crazy) little video:

And to enter, simply log into this rafflecopter widget:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck everyone!

Project Life 2015: week 4

Hey there! How is your week going? It’s pretty crazy round this part of the world but I do have something for you today, and yes, there’s a video too!

Project Life Week 4
I really loved how this week turned out. I think I mentioned all the products I used in the video: cards for Studio Calico, papers from Heidi Swapp and wood veneers from Elle’s Studio.

I’ve really been enjoying my Project Life sessions and I’m really looking forward to starting next week’s page(s). On weeks I don’t have many pictures, I’m hoping to do 2 weeks at the same time to 1) catch up and 2) keep the style coherent.
But anyway, enough chatty chat chat, here’s the video (it’s a longer one too, 25 minutes!)

Project Life 2015: week 3

Hey there! I’m back with another Project Life page and another video! Fancy!

Project Life week 3
For this week, I decided to go for a monochromatic effect, with my chosen colours being white and black with touches of gold. I have to be honest though, I am not in love with it. It feels a bit forced (to me – I’m my biggest critic, mind!), but I guess that in the whole album, it’ll be just fine.

Week 3 close-up
I didn’t use a whole lot of products or embellishments on this page. The cards with the rounded corners are from Studio Calico, the black and white patterned papers are from a 6×6 paper pad by Heidi Swapp from the Favorite Things collection. The background stamp I used for my title card was a cheap one that I picked up from one of our red big box stores here in NZ ages ago. The embossing powder were Simon Says Stamp fine detail white and Ranger enchanted gold. The very few embellishments I used were all from Studio Calico February Project Life Kit (Cirque), which is now sold out.

Week 3 in album
And here it is in my album. On the left, you can just see the newspaper we were in back in January. I macgyvered a 6 x 12 envelope from a 12×12 scrapbook page. Did I just show my age by using a reference to Macgyver? Yes I’m a child of the 80s. I macgyver things, I do not hack or DIY things. Tangent aside, I just needed the one envelope to hold the newspaper and I didn’t want to spend NZ$25 for 5 envelopes. I really only needed one. I’d have happily paid up to NZ$10 for just ONE envelope. But they weren’t sold like that, so I made myself one. It’s working pretty well!

But enough talking, let’s get to the fun stuff! Here’s my video! I hope you enjoy it and please, Like it if you well, like it, subscribe if you want to see more and leave me a comment here or on Youtube if you have any questions! I’ll be back tomorrow (hopefully not so late!) with a new Colour Friday video! Stay tuned! 😉

Colour Friday: Breathe – Abstract Watercolours

Hello! It’s been a busy couple of days, but I’m back with a Friday treat. I’m hoping to make it a regular feature, so let me know if you enjoy it, right?

I’ve recently invested in a few tubes of artist grade watercolours (and a new palette) and I had been dying to try them out. Well, what was supposed to be a quick sampling of products turned into a full blown art session, resulting in a vibrant reminder to stop and breathe that I’m looking forward to frame and display in my own home.

Breathe - abstract watercolours
It was a lot of fun to paint this A4 sized watercolour art. And yes, I am LOVING my new paints. They are soooo nice. I need more.

But you see, I’m a generous soul, so I’ve got a couple of things for you guys. First, there’s a video for you to have a peek into my process. It has been edited, shortened and sped up: it took me about 4 hours all in all to paint this and it’s been reduced to 11 min. And I’ve put nice music on to make it even more enjoyable. No rambling voice-over on those Friday videos.

And if you like this watercolour piece as much as I do, you can own “it”! Just head over to my newly created CafePress shop to find a selection of products. I will add more if people request something that is not listed there, so let me know, ok?!

Finally, for those interested: here is a list of materials used with some links to DickBlick (Disclaimer: while I have applied to become an affiliate, at the time of writing this, I am not affiliated to them)

That’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and let me know what you think here or on Youtube!

Stationary addiction: Project Planner

At one of our weekly meetings, Amber (of Vintage Mosaics) mentioned that Typo was carrying a very cool notebook which sole purpose was to plan your project. I think we all went “Ooooooo”.

Now, cool notebook + Typo = it was meant to be mine! I took the first opportunity to go check it out (I love wandering in Typo stores… they’re just so full of pretty -useless- stuff that I have to have!). And soon enough, the precious little notebook was mine.

Project Planner

One Hundred Projects
to do when I have time

Inside, each double page spread allows you to, well, plan a project with title, description, materials list, websites links and picture(s).

Project planner spread

This is what a project page looks like

The book itself is rather small, A5 size (15 x 21 cms) or thereabouts, but there should be enough space still to document your planned projects.

Project planning

Filling it up with projects goodness


Here’s an example of how you can fill up your pages. I’ve printed some photos of things I want to paint, along with some colour swatches and I’ve glued that in the page where it tells you to, ha!

I really like the sections about website links and materials (though this one might be a bit short). The section with date started and completed is pretty good too. But I’m not so sure about the tick boxes for “complete”, “on hold” and “in progress”. Maybe if you use different colours for each tick to show progress or something? Dunno, it seems a bit redundant.

Project Planner details

Useful sections

So, my verdict?
Pros:

  • It’s pretty paper stuff. I like pretty paper stuff. From Typo. Bonus!
  • It’s good for quickly jot down project ideas so that you don’t forget them and you can always fill the pages later

Cons:

  • Really, it’s just a paper version of Pinterest, isn’t it?
  • You need to have a printer or really good at drawing things to add images
  • I’m worried I might spend too much time filling up pages, rather than actually making stuff!
  • It was NZ$25, which is not cheap for a notebook. Really, you could find a cute spiral bound notebook for half the price and do just about the same thing with it

For the moment, I like it. But we’ll see if I actually get around to using it! Oh, and I found it on Typo’s online store if you are interested and not near a Typo store.

And then there were four

Our family has grown. After nearly 5 years of us 3, we have become us 4. And it is rather awesome.

Leon

Leon Pierre, born 26 August 2014

An uneventful, even if tiring, pregnancy, lead to a dream birth and a dream baby who has been the joy of our family ever since.
His big brother is completely besotted and watching them together brings us so much happiness. We’re not sure if that will last, I’m sure they’ll fight some, but for now, those two are just adorable.

I know some people are interested in the names, especially when they are somewhat different. Now, Leon’s names are only different here in New Zealand; his are very common in France. But that was the point, we wanted something so intrinsically French. They are also family names, Leon being my great-grandfather and Pierre was my grandfather. Those 2 names are also part of my Mum’s middle names (she got the feminised version of them) so it’s also a nod to her (at least for me).
And also, if I’m completely honest, Leon is the title of one of my favourite movies, with one of my favourite characters (a hitman, at that!). HA!

Moving on…
Babies have this magical power of sucking all your available time, hence why I haven’t been doing much in the last few months. Before he was born, I was too tired, and since then, I’ve just been too busy! Well. I’ve done a few things, but no time to blog about them!!

But really, who can blame me when I get to spend my days cuddling a chubby baby?…

Leon and me

Leon and me