Paper Layout: New Beginnings

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I created the above paper layout by following the steps from Wilna Furstenberg at Studiocalico.com.  She used gel paint in her tutorial but I don’t have gel paint so I used what was available to me, which was, gel matte medium, and acrylic paints.  The intricate die cut was created by Wilna as a freebie.  I used the Silhouette Portrait to cut it out and then gently removed it from the mat with an exacto knife and a plastic scraper.  It’s a little time consuming but it’s one gorgeous piece of die cut.

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This layout was so much fun to make.  I’ve never used paint on a scrapbook page like this so it was a really great learning experience.

 

Free 2015 Journal Card and Cut File

PL2015JC0006_800I’m very happy to be done with writing out my resolutions.  Now I just need to buy a new 3-ring binder for my 2015 Project Life.  I looked at Micheal’s collection of binders a week ago and almost bought one for 40% off but decided to wait.  I’m going to go back and get that binder because I keep thinking about it.  This year I’m changing from solid color binders to something flowery and colorful.

For my first page of the year, I made this 3×4 journal card to write resolutions on.  I decided to share the file so that you can also write resolutions or do something creative with it.  The download comes with a PNG 3×4 journal card and a SVG cut file which will look like the image above minus the writing.  To download, click HERE, or the image below.

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Remembering Moments

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The family vacationed in Seaside and Astoria, Oregon (for daughter’s national dance competition) and Victoria, British Columbia (a mini trip in Canada) last week.  More photos to come but for now these take my breath away.

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I took these with my iPhone then edited in VSCO Cam (also available for android users).  In the silhouette photos I learned that I couldn’t click at the moment my 12-year-old dancer jumped.  When I did that, I ended up missing her jumps since they happened pretty fast.  Instead, I clicked just a second before and that did it!  It’s all about timing.  It would have been easier if I had the DSLR with me but I didn’t bring it.  The family was trying to travel light since this was a road trip in the Camry.

Credit: Word art used in first photo by Karla Dudley.

My New Silhouette Portrait

Earlier this year I was looking at the Silhouette Cameo and Portrait to supplement my crafting hobby, especially the Portrait.  The Portrait costs $180, which was something I didn’t have.  I soon started to see giveaways for the Portrait on my Facebook feed and crafting blogs I follow so I would enter in these giveaways.  I never won so I pretty much gave up for awhile.  Never winning in these giveaways got depressing and I still wanted the Portrait fairly badly so I made the decision that I’d save up for it and get one on my own.

Then one morning as I was looking through my e-mails, I came across another giveaway for the Portrait.  It was through crafter/graphic designer, Lori Whitlock, whom I’ve subscribed to for some time now, and in which I’ve participated in her giveaways before but didn’t win.  I told myself that if I didn’t win this time that I’d stop doing them and just save hard.  Well, to my surprise, I won the giveaway.  A few weeks later, the Portrait arrived at my doorstep.

SIL0147_500I am still shocked that I won this.  I’ve seriously been wanting this so badly and just knew some day I’d get one.  I just didn’t know when.  I’m a believer that if you ask the universe for something you truly want, you shall receive.  You might have to wait awhile for it but it will come.  For me, the Portrait just came sooner than I had expected and I am over the moon about it!  I’m very thankful for Lori for having these giveaways (she has them quite often) and for Silhouette for their generosity.

SIL0150_640 I can’t wait to start playing with this, and when I do, I’ll be sure to share my experience here!