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I actually have a few things to share! First up, I had a Shutterfly Groupon that was all set to expire on the 28th. What day is it? Yup. I'm a procrastinator. In all fairness, I did try to get my act together enough to use this as a gift, but it just didn't happen - everything was taking longer than I thought it would. So, rather than kill myself trying to finish it when I had time before I needed to give the gift, I decided to do a graduation book instead. I had been planning on it anyway, so it worked out great. It's an 8x8 hard-cover photobook and you can see it here:

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I put the entire thing together in just a few hours... start to finish, including editing most of the photos. Probably my fastest project ever! I did have help... I used a template album by Paislee Press. If anyone is interested, you can buy it at OScraps. I had the 8.5x11 template set but the book I did was 8x8, so I obviously did a little tweaking to make it work, but it was really awesome. I love the minimalist feel - it made it nice to not be worrying about papers and embellishments and stuff.

And now, just a few other things I've been working on here and there... a few more smashbook pages. One from conference weekend when Mel and I went for Ladies night out, and another from the weekend before last when I met up with Mindy and her girls, and Chad and his brother and sister, Courtney and Sean to grab dinner and see Footloose.

The pages:

Smash Pages Oct11
Here are some of the pictures from Footloose. We killed a little time in the arcade at the theaters - we were amused by the guys riding the motorcycle game/ride thing. They got into it!

Courtney, Sean, Mindy and Maddy:

Footloose 1

Chad taking his turn, with Kenzie and Griffin watching on the left:

Footloose 2

Me, just hanging:

Footloose 4

We went to the Mad Greek before dinner for gyros and souvlaki, and then hit up Sweet Tooth Fairy (Mindy needed to pick up Sunday night dessert for her family, so we all went.) And then after the movie, I think we all stood around in the parking lot for almost an hour and a half, just talking and joking. Too bad the weather has gotten cold... no more of that for a while! But it was a great time.

One other project I've been working on... I saw some ideas on Pinterest that made me want to try this - I stamped on a vintage dictionary page and then colored with Pan Pastels. I love how it looks - I'm trying to decide what to do with it. I had a scrap of letterpress that I think looks good with it. Maybe a collage? We'll see... too much else to work on right now, but it's kind of bumping around in the back of my mind.

Stamp and Pan Pastels on Dictionary
and a little close-up:

Stamp and Pan Pastels on Dictionary Closeup
And with that, it's way past my bedtime. But I'm thrilled that I got a photobook done... one more thing off my pre-trip checklist!

Off to bed. Happy Friday!

Getting excited

Look what came in the package I just picked up... All my travel docs for Peru (and a nice tote bag too). I can't wait! Since the trip has been paid for almost two years and has been postponed twice, I can hardly believe I'm finally going. Just two more weeks!

Getting excited

That is all.


I have a lot of projects I *should* be working on right now, especially with my departure for Peru coming up so quickly. But what did I do tonight? Read half of a book, did a short round of strength training (despite lifting this morning at the gym) and then doing a layout. This one is full, 100% digital. It might be my first ever non-yearbook / photobook digital layout. But it was fun and fairly fast, and I really wanted to scrapbook these adorable pictures Erin posted of Eraleigh and William.

Moments in Between

Papers, journaling card, tape, phrase stamp and banners from Then and Now by Paislee Press and Three Paper Peonies. The frames are from Sweet Escape by Chen Yang Designs, the butterflies are a blendables kit by Kate Pertiet and the flowers are from an awesome free kit by Gina Cabrera called Digitally Smitten. The staples are from a Karla Dudley element kit. Oh - and the inked edges are an old Rhonna Farrer kit from Two Peas - the Roughed Up Toolkit.

This was fun - I got to work on getting back some of the creative juices without the pressure of doing something I have to do, which was nice. One of the best things about digital is how easy it is to just try things out and see how it works without ruining anything. I definitely love that, although there's a totally different satisfaction to the tangible stuff, so I'll be back to that soon.

And now, it's officially past my bed time. I'm exhausted, so off I go!

Playing with Paper

Amid all of the digital work I was doing on the yearbook, I did actually do some paper stuff recently. I worked on updating my smash book and also doing a layout while I was over at Melody's house during conference last weekend. I've had the layout sitting on my desk mostly done for over a week now, just waiting for the journaling and a few finishing touches. I have to say, not my favorite layout ever, but at the same time it kind of captures the grunge of the experience, you know? As much as I wanted to pretty it up with some flowers and butterflies, it just wasn't going to work.

Dirty Dash

And the individual pages:

Dirty Dash 1

Dirty Dash 2

The sticker on the tag that I'm using as the title is one that came in our bags at the race. I used some burlap trim from an old Rusty Pickle trim set and some Tattered Angels sprays to kind of mimic splashes of mud. I managed to keep my number from the race - covered with mud, of course... lol. I made a little plastic pocket to hold it on the page that keeps it from touching everything else. The pictures are stills I grabbed out of the video Todd put together that's linked on my Facebook page.

I think I need to do a pretty layout next. lol.

Also a few pages in my Smash book:

Smash 8

The right side of this one isn't done yet - I kept a few of the ads from the Ladies Night sales on conference weekend that Mel and I went to.

Smash 9

That's it for now! I've got some projects I need to get to work on... photo books with expiration dates, stuff to get ready for my trip to Peru next month, you know. The usual. lol.

P.S. Yay! Hockey is back! And this year I can enjoy it again now that I'm not in classes and study groups at night. Woohoo!

I finished!

I'm quite a bit later than I had planned to be (a few months, but who's counting?), but I finally finished our class yearbook. Yay! I got all of the pages done last night and then tonight I went back through to make tweaks and corrections and pulled it all into the tool. I went through it a few times, did some more editing, and then finally got it uploaded to Blurb. I'll be sending out a link to the class to view / purchase, and I'm beyond thrilled that it's done. Besides. It turned out pretty well, I think! Here are a few more pages that I finished in the last week:

Graduation 2

Graduation 3

Grad Reception 1

Grad Reception 2

After doing the rest of the book, I decided I hated the first page so I redid it tonight:

Page 1

Stuck this one in right before the graduation section. This was our classroom... I used lyrics from a song by the Bravery and then added a little sentiment of my own.

The Beginning

I've been playing around with customizing shadows in Photoshop using layers and the warp tool. Fun! It's safe to say that I'm now a part-time digi girl, I think. It's just too practical for me to keep stubbornly clinging to my paper and glue. Not that I won't still do that, but I'll do it mostly for mini albums, gifts and special photos and occasions that I want in my regular scrapbooks.

This is one I did a while ago, but I don't think I shared. It's the title page to the section of the book for our FBEs. I "stuck" a push-pin into each of the cities that we went to on the three trips. It was kind of fun and kind of a pain, but I'm pretty pleased with the final results:

And finally, here's the cover... I love the template that creates the cut-out effect on the yellow patterned paper:


Whew! Now it's time for me to go to bed. I stayed up WAY too late finishing this up (blogging about it certainly didn't help. lol.) and I know I'm going to pay in the morning, but I was so excited to be finished that I just couldn't put it off until tomorrow. So yeah. Yay!

Onto the next photo book project. Now I can use all my Groupons!