Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Project Life Tuesdays: Week 37

It's week 37, and I love this project!

Once again, when I went to my camera Sunday night, I realized I had too many pictures I wanted to include even though I was not very snap-happy during the weekend. I did pull a few pictures that I took from the Sunday before this week that I captured after I sent the first set of pictures to the developers (a.k.a. Wal-Mart).

This week, I used a mix of Scraptastic's September This Life Noted kit and Gossamer Blue's September Life Pages Kit. I want to use up the Scraptastic kit, per what I was doing last week, but I started running out of the kinds of cards I wanted + embellies. These two kits worked really well together, so I just started pulling from Gossamer Blue, though I tried to use Scraptastic for the majority of the layout. I used a few alphas and stamps from my stash, otherwise.

Oh, and I had a fun insert this week. Indiana is phasing out a set of license plates. I loved the old ones, and am not a fan of the new one. Anyway, I thought scrapping the old plate would be a good way to keep its memory alive. Again--now I have something to do with those little bits and bobs I collect over the year that I don't want to throw out. Project Life is flipping awesome.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

What to do with scrapbooking scraps

So I've been a pretty bad blogger. Sorry! It just takes forever to edit pictures and write up posts. I've now downloaded the blogger app, and hopefully, it'll actually get me to post more often. 

Anyway, I wanted to share an idea of what to do with all your scrap booking scraps. The holidays are just around the corner, and everyone needs cards for the season. I whipped up 7 holiday cards and 3 other cards in an hour the other day!

I bought blank cards from my local craft store (Hobby Lobby or Michaels--can't remember which) when they were having a 40% off sale. Then I just went to town using washi tape and enamel dots as I pleased. They were so much fun to make.

Most people who scrapbook already realize how awesome card-making is, but it is awesome. Not only did I have fun making them, the recipients have loved the handmade touch. Win win.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Project Life Tuesdays: Week 36

It's week 36, and I love this project. Okay. I caved with the routine intro, but it's perfect.

There were so many things that happened this week, including my birthday! I forget how busy the week can get until I peruse through my pictures of the week on Sundays. I put together the layout Monday evenings and give myself a week to upload blogpost about the week. I love to have a mix of mundane things (meals with people/ walks around campus/ going to the movies) & posed pictures with friends. It's such a great way for me to quickly see what my life is like at the moment.

I used Scraptastic's This Life Noted kit for pretty much all of this layout. I'm trying to actually do what most people do--use a kit for the entire layout, because then, everything actually coordinates! I did use some veneers and washi from my stash, but I really enjoyed using up things from the coordinated kit.

The weekend was fabulous. I went out with some girlfriends to Cheesecake factory, where Sam surprised me with some flowers (sweetie). Afterwards, we went to a paint-your-own-pottery place, where I painted a chip 'n' dip. It came out really well, and I should probably take a picture of the finished object to put into the album

I put an insert in this week for a card my friend wrote me for my birthday. I used to keep my cards in a shoe-box, but rarely took them out to read them. Now, Project Life gives me a great place to keep all those little memorabilia. I love it!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

PL: Bangladesh, Pt. 3

Okay, more Project Life time, guys! 

On our last day in Bangladesh, we hopped from house to house visiting everyone we could muster the energy to see before we headed back on the long trek to the states.

The layout above is a mish-mosh of lots of people from my dad's side of the family. 

And this side of the layout contains pictures mostly of my mom's side of the family.

I put several series of pictures in a small insert, Design I, found in both the Small Variety Pack 1 & Big Variety Pack 3.

Kids always are the best at bringing the energy of a place waaay up. This little cousin insisted on everyone making funny faces (per her directions: Say "ahh!" Show your teeth! Act silly!).

I ended with a different sleeve protector I have from another variety pack by some other company. Sorry I'm being so helpful. I needed to put a couple of vertical pictures in, so I took advantage of the vertical slots in the page. I used some Midnight Edition paper and a perfect sentiment from a set of Snap Cards: "Life is pretty amazing (don't you think?)"

Thursday, September 12, 2013

FO: Scout Woven Tee

There are so many things that I sewed up at the beginning of the summer that I never got around to blogging. I'll try and remediate that situation bit-by-bit.

First up is the Scout Woven Tee. I won a giftcard for Grainline Studios from Michelle's blog back in March. (Michelle totally just made one of these tops, too.) There were several things I wanted to make from that design company, so I quickly bought the Scout Woven Tee and Tiny Pocket Tank. I really need to get around to making the Moss Mini and Maritime Shorts, but uh... I guess the summer is closing soon, huh?


I used some really cheap $1/yard fabric from WalMart. This fabric is bad. It's sticky. Real bad.

But the drape is actually pretty good, and the shape of the top lets lots of air through, so I actually wore this top a ton this summer.


The pattern uses surprisingly more fabric than I would guess. I used just over 1.5 yards of fabric, and I don't remember the width of the fabric anymore.

I mostly liked the fit of the garment. I cut a size 12 for the sides and a size 8 for the neck/armholes. I do think I need a little more shape to accentuate my waist though. The most time consuming (and fabric consuming) part was making the bias tape for this top.


Overall, this was a quick top to make, and I may return to it again for a fast sewing fix.

2.5 yards (used only 1.5) $2.68
pattern: free
sewing maintenance: $5
Total: $7.68

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

PL Tuesdays: Week 35

Okay. I know most of you expect a sewing/knitting blog. But dudes. I am in love with Project Life. I did a much better job of actually color-coordinating this week (and sticking to a green/orange scheme). I noticed that I had a mustard cardigan on in two pictures and yellow sandals in one, a friend was wearing a yellow dress, and a board game we were playing on was orange. Then I picked up the fact that I was wearing a green dress in a few places and a friend was wearing a green t-shirt. Orange and green seemed like the perfect combo to play around with.

This week was actually pretty representative of a normal week for me, but I did have a few more extra events than usual. I really love being able to look at a layout and getting a snapshot of what the week was like. I was a little short on pictures this week, though, so it was a perfect opportunity to play around with some filler cards.

I loved playing around with some techniques I've seen on other blogs. I've seen a lot of people embellish the lens of cameras they use as decoration. I used some sequins to make a flashy lens to the camera sticker I had from a 12 x 12 sticker sheet set. The amperstand woodgrain was from Two Peas in a Bucket, and I used the green background from the card from last week. It worked out perfectly. I added a piece of yellow flair to a sunshine card from the summertime Mambi pocket pages kit. I was a little unsure of what to do with the Monday-Friday Studio Calico card, and then I saw someone highlight the day of the week pertaining to the content of that particular card on a blog. Duh! I also stole the idea of outlining some cards with a thin black line from Mercy Tiara.

I played around with tons of different kinds of cards. I used some Studio Calico kit cards and some Mambi cards. I have been amassing Project Life stuffs at a ridiculous rate. I'm trying to slow down and use them up by scrapbooking old stuffs project life style.

I tried remembering adding various layers of embellishments. Labels are a necessity. Stickers are the easiest. Washi tapes are great for "grounding" a card. Enamel dots, wood veneers, flair, paperclips, and sequins add a bit of oomph, and I finish everything off with a bit of stamping. I think I may invest in some more stamp inks. That, of course, means amassing more Project Life stuff. Ah-the cycle of stashing/destashing!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Disparate Disciplines Dandelion Top Reveal

Hello sewing mojo! And hello everyone who's made it here from Mari's Dandelion dress & top blog hop.

I am so excited to share the latest design Mari let me test for her amazing sewing pattern line, Disparate Disciplines. The Dandelion Dress and Top looks deceptively simple, and is actually pretty easy to sew up, thanks to her really great illustrations in the instructions.

But my goodness--the lines on this dress/top are sooo cool! Mari is a drafting genius. I loved sewing up her Avacado Hoodie pattern, and this one is no different.

It's super hard to see in the photos that I took, but the design is so cool. I think I'm going to do a color-blocked version sometime to really show off the beautiful lines of the garment. 

Here's a courtesy lop-sided chest shot to show the darts a little more clearly. Please excuse the wrinkliness in all the photos. I wore this around all day before I got a chance to take pictures. I made the top in a rayon challis I bought on a trip to Vogue Fabrics in Chicago. The top is so easy, breezy to wear.

When I sewed up the top, I made no changes to the pattern as it was designed, though usually I need a swayback adjustment and I need to shorten tops. When I was done, I found that I just needed to sew the shoulder seams much deeper in order to fix all of my adjustments.

I didn't end up needing a zipper because I made the garment with about 1" positive ease throughout. I slightly pinched the center seam of the top of the back to help bring the collar in a little better after the shoulder adjustment.

Unfortunately, that one adjustment screwed with the gorgeous neckline that Mari had drafted (View A). I cut the neckline a bit deeper, and I just used some double fold bias tape in my stash to finish off the neckline because I didn't feel like drafting a proper facing. I had just enough bias tape to finish off the bottom so I didn't lose any length on the top, either.

Conclusion: You guys should totally try this sewing fun-ness out. I'm telling you. It's super fun to put together and didn't take much time. Drafting genius-ness.

And check out other people on the blog hop for more Dandelion inspiration!