30 March 2013

& the winner is...

Thanks to everyone who participated in the blog hop. All of your comments were so sweet. 
Congratulations to:
Such a sweet layout. Love your hidden journaling tag!

If you will please email me at: kathrynsellers@gmail.com with your address & I'll get your info passed along to Elle! 

29 March 2013

New Process Video

Hi everyone! I have a process video for the layout I shared yesterday!

Remember the giveaway post is still open. Don't forget to scroll down to it & leave a comment!

Giveaway Post <<   click here to go directly to the post to leave a comment. I'll announce the winner tomorrow!

28 March 2013

Elle's Studio Serendipity Blog Hop + A Giveaway [closed]!!

Elle’s Studio is excited to announce the arrival of their new line, that is perfect for spring, called Serendipity! This new collection includes 12 x 12 papers, journaling and embellishment tags, and a stamp, and we’ve put together a blog hop today to celebrate!
So for this hop I have a special project for you. These photos are very special to me. Ryan took Steph & Sue to the Daddy Daughter Dance. They had such a great time together, & it makes me especially happy to have them ask him be their date. Seriously couldn't be more happy that they love him so much. :)

I had so much to say about their night together that I used one of the great tabs inside of a vellum pocket that I made, behind the layers to slip in my journaling. I love that it looks like another layer, but because it's also a tab, it makes you want to pull it out, then the journaling is revealed. 

If you are looking for the Serendipity collection online, you can purchase the entire collection at: Two Peas in a BucketScrapbook.com, A Cherry on Top, Blue Moon Scrapbooking, and of course, at Elle’s Studio. You’ll also want to check your local scrapbook store, too!

Elle’s Studio also has a fun surprise for this launch! They have stocked a special, limited edition vellum & tags pack that includes two sheets of exclusive printed vellum and 5 fun tag designs that would make a great spring mini book and more! Once these are sold out, they will not be restocking! Also, don’t forget that for the entire month of March, Elle’s Studio is celebrating their 6th birthday and all orders ship with a free gift!

So as a fun treat in celebration of the release of Serendipity I got to pick my favorite piece of the collection to giveaway to one of you!! I selected the Serendipity Tabs for one lucky reader to win. To enter please leave a comment and then check back here on Saturday, 30 March 2013 to see if you've won. Good Luck!

Also, don’t forget the other stops of our hop today! At each stop you’ll get to see a fun project that was created just for this hop and a chance to win everyone’s favorite part of the Serendipity collection!

Katie Gordon <  You are here!!

happy hopping!!

27 March 2013

isn't she just so adorable. ok that's all.

22 March 2013

A New Video: Rawr

I've got a pretty good thing going here. I've stopped myself on many occasions from taking my filming "equipment" down. It's always there. Reminding me I need to keep this going. Make a video, edit it, & upload over night.

My next video maybe a few weeks away. But I assure you it's going to be worth the wait ;)

So I'm still trekking along in my attempt to scrapbook all of Steph & Sue's photos. So far I have 19 for Steph & 20 for Sue.... OMG I just realized that's a full scrapbook. awesome. But I'm nowhere near finished. I'm not scrapping in any particular order or anything, just using which photos speak to me at the moment. So they are all over the place chronologically speaking. That's okay though.

I have another page to share today. I made this a couple of days ago. I'm really loving the BasicGrey Hey You & Hey Boy collections. For some reason, primaries & bolder colors are my go to shades right now. So I'm sticking with what keeps me motivated & because I'm not scrapping in straight chronological order, it won't look like I went through a primary color stage once the book is put together. :)

Anyways I quit blabbering typing incessantly & show you my page. I hope you like it.

and of course, here's the video to go along:

13 March 2013

A New Project + A Process Video

I'm not the type to say I'm behind. Frankly, I'm only interested in scrapbooking a few things from my childhood & I haven't really experienced anything terribly momentous. I don't have kids, it's only me & Ryan + our 3 little kittehs ;) & sometimes my 2 cousins, who are as special to me as anybody can be to another person. So the stuff I've always been scrapbooking is our everyday life. I haven't ever put constraints on what I NEED to scrapbook. I usually just go with the flow, use photos that are inspiring me at the moment, or a story that I want to tell & I pair it with whatever photo fits. I have SOOO many photos that aren't scrapbooked, just like the majority of scrapbookers out there, but I don't let it get to me. If they make it onto a page, cool. If not, well that's okay too.

Well, something has changed. I'm still not considering myself behind in any sense of the word. But I am going back. I was looking through my box of photos... yes I only have 1 box of printed photos, most of which are before digital photos that I don't have another copy of... anyway, I was looking through the box & noticed that in one of the divided sections had over 3 inches photos in it. I flipped to the section & it was my Steph & Sue section. Needless to say I felt this overwhelming sense of guilt. I would consider myself their primary memory-keeper. I try to take note of the little things that go on in their lives, the things they say, how they are changing over time, etc. They haven't had the best childhood, but it's still had some great moments, & I want them to remember those special moments. So I challenged myself. [Sometimes I think back to that exact moment, & I think well... what was I thinking!!! haha] I made myself promise, to no one but myself, that I was going to scrapbook each & everyone of those pictures. Then I started looking through them, &  a good majority of the photos had both of them in them. Well, I had this grand idea to make a scrapbook for each of them. So that entailed a new batch of prints... to make the set I had a double set. That in and of itself was a project, let me tell you. Luckily I had a code for 101 free prints from Shutterfly. After several days of choosing, uploading, & ordering the prints I was starting to make a dint into the photos that need to printed a second time. Well, once I got the prints in the mail, I divided them up... there were so many photos it was overwhelming. I put them in their own 4x6 boxes, I think they are Iris brand & I could barely close the boxes... & that's not all of the prints, I'm still holding out for another 101 free prints to come into my email!!

It was at that moment that I decided I had to make a plan for this whole project to get it under control & create some stress relief. I decided on a few things. First, I'm doing the whole project in 8.5x11, there so much less room to worry about, I can fit about 2 4x6 photos on a page with ease & still have a little bit of room to embellish, plus if I only have 1 photo it's not going to require alot of embellishing & title work. I want this as simple as I can make it. Second, I coordinated this with a huge purge. So as I went through ALL of my supplies, which isn't much honestly, I made a giveaway pile, a keep pile, & a S&S project pile. I kept the supplies that I thought matched their personalities & preferences. This made everything so easy. It felt kind of like I made page kits & I've been able to get so many pages done since then. Third, I made the ultimate decision that I would make almost identical pages for each of them for the photos they are both in & different pages for the photos of each of them alone.

Today I'm going to share one of my most recent pages for this project. I plan on making a video sharing some of the others soon. I just want to have a nice stack under my belt before I share ;)

Anyway... here's the page I'm sharing today:

There will be at least 1 companion page that goes along with this one, so I didn't do the journaling yet, I want to see which page will have the optimal room for it.
Here's my process of making this page. It's very similar to how I've made the others in the projects.


Thanks for reading & watching :)

07 March 2013

It's March!! *Elle's Studio DT Gallery*

I can't believe we are already into March, it's almost Spring here in Georgia & I'm so excited about that. This cold weather is getting to me. I'm ready to be outside & soak up some sun without being blasted by freezing winds & seemingly constant rain. Seriously... why oh why are we plagued with downpours all winter, when its already so cold, but in the summer, there is hardly a drop of water that falls from the sky, but you can still count on the humidity. I don't get it. :)

Ok so I'm not here to bore you to death about the weather. I'm here to share my Elle's Studio March Design Team gallery. If you haven't been over to the site, you definitely need to. There are so many inspiring projects up, it's so awesome getting to be apart of such a talented group. 

So I made 3 layouts this month. All of which I love dearly. 

I used tons of Elle's Studio You & Me collection. Instead of traditional journaling, I decided to stamp a quote from one of my favorite songs of all time, Walk the Line by Johnny Cash. If you don't know me personally, you might be surprised to know that Johnny Cash is my favorite single recording artist of all time. Seriously. His music makes me think of my dad, who I love dearly. This song in particular is such a beautifully written love song. Ryan is my 1 and only & the words on this layout are truer than true. I would do anything I could for him. 

Here's some close up details:

The photobooth strip from our trip to the bowling alley is so indicative of who Ryan and I are as a couple. 

The photo on this layout makes me smile from ear to ear. Every year I take care of my 2 little cousins & to me they are like little sisters to me. I can't imagine my life without them. But that's not what this layout is about for me. This layout is about Ryan's relationship with them, he's so kind, compassionate, loving, caring, everything you could ever dream of in a male role model for 2 little girls. His relationship with them makes me realize that if we ever decide to become parents, he's going to be the best dad ever. Boy, do I love him. 

Here are the details:

This layout is a memory that I don't want Sue to ever forget. She & Ryan have a special relationship. They share a love for scary movies, zombies, & late nights. haha. Steph & I LOVE sleep, but these 2 can stay up so late. This was one of those moments, when I woke up & they were sitting together watching a movie late at night during the summer. I immediately had to snap a picture because I knew that it was going to be something that could be overlooked in the future. I hope she never forgets how awesome their relationship is. 

Here's a detail shot: