Tag: papercrafts

more than just packaging

Gift bags, boxes, wrapping paper…it all might just be packaging to you, but to me it’s more!  I thoroughly enjoy wrapping a gift.  Especially when I know that the person receiving it will be just as excited and will appreciate the creativity of the wrap.  Of course, not everyone feels the same way I do and that’s ok too.  This isn’t to say that occasionally I don’t just wrap a gift and be done with it!  We’ve all been there, at the last minute, shoving a present into a gift bag, or a gift certificate into a greeting card.  This is just a little glimpse at the fun that I have when I get a chance to do a little extra.

printer trays & why I love them!

Just a quick post about printer trays…and why I love them!

Way before I knew anything about Project Life, I was totally smitten with printer trays!  (Notice the similarities between the two totally different projects?)

Like the PL, I think I enjoy these because of the endless possibilities and freedom when creating all of those “little layouts” that, in the end, fit together to create a lovely image!

(Unfamiliar with Project Life?  Read my post from earlier this week.)

The Christmas one above is the only one that I have created for my own home.  I thoroughly enjoy making them as gifts.

Printer trays (shadow boxes) are now available in many different sizes, shapes, colors–all sorts!

If you haven’t made one, you should give it a try!

exciting, yet scary

Wow.  Strange feeling being back at the keyboard blogging.  During the year of not blogging, I longed to have time to sit and blog.  Now, here I am and questioning once again that anyone will even read it!  I will trust that you’re here because you want to be…so, I will continue to type.

Many of you know that I am a scrapbooking, paper-loving addict.  My current form of scrapbooking is inspired by Becky Higgins’ Project Life.  If you’ve never heard about this, already struggle with finding time to document your current fast-paced family life, you should check out her site.  January 2012 I took the Project Life leap and haven’t looked back!

The images above are a look at how I’ve chosen to do Project Life.  I create a layout each week, whether a single layout or a double page layout, just depends on how busy my week was.  I’m not good at journaling, so that is what I am attempting to improve.  By using these types of page protectors, it’s almost like creating ‘mini layouts’.  Each one stands alone, representing a separate event or person, yet (like a puzzle) fits together to create a glimpse of your week–your life.  You can choose to simply drop in a few photos, a few mementos and no journaling.  Many scrappers choose to include a lot of detailed journaling for each day.  You may not have time to do any type of embellishing, or added details–that’s ok too!  However you interpret it, is up to you.  The goal is to simply record memories, little by little, making it work for you.

There are many scrapbook companies that are creating great products to use in your Project Life albums.  Of course, Becky Higgins has her Project Life product line which can get you started.  You can see her product line here.  Whether you’re new to scrapbooking or an old pro, give it a try!  I love it!