Saturday, December 16, 2017

2017 December Memories - PLS Project


Hello!

If you just found my blog, welcome!  I'm Damaris, and I'm excited to be guest designing for a couple of neat craft companies this month.

Today I'm on the Pretty Little Studio Blog sharing my December Daily cover.  Do you DD?  I've been DD'ing since 2012, and I absolutely love this yearly project!  The first year I participated I was overly-stocked with supplies and overwhelmed.  The album came out "smashbook" style and pretty messy (if you ask me).  That happened for a couple of years until I realized that purchasing one solid core kit and sticking to a color theme will help keep your pages pretty, cohesive & clean and help keep your schedule free to do other fun things during the holidays.

This year, I'm keeping it even more simple by using the Pretty Little Studio "Wonderland" collection and mixing in a little bit of "Holly Jolly", "Tinsel Town" and "Merry & Bright" here and there; but still keeping the color combination of white, pink and mint, with some gold and some black..

I won't be sharing my pages just yet, (you'll have to come back tomorrow for more of that), but today I'd like to get more in depth about by cover.  Not everyone chooses to finish their cover before their album is full, but I find it helps inspire me to grab it, open it and work in it.  So my cover is very important to me.

I used a pocket style album by Echo Park.  I was lucky enough to find this one at Tuesday Morning some time over the summer, but there are still other colors and styles available in many online shops, especially Amazon.

In any case, I knew I wanted to keep the same mixed media techniques as I used on my 2016 album (you can see more of that on THIS blog), but I wanted to incorporate all of the Pretty Little Studio "Wonderland" collection.


Starting with a bare naked album I used a Tim Holtz stencil and white modeling paste to create a messy snow effect.  I had in mind to design a "Wonderland" snowy village of some sort, with peeking windows.  The white resin windows came from my stash, and are sold by Michaels' and Prima.  I backed them up with PLS patterned paper and embellished with crystal sequins and American Crafts Gold Thickers.  The acrylic words are by PLS and were the Perfect Touch for my title.  I added Nuvo white drops and Studio Calico silver spray for a sparkly effect.  I also used twine, netting, gold cardstock (diecut with a Heidi Swapp star die), and cute houses diecuts and frames also by PLS behind the windows to create my mixed media background.





 I used a snowflake stamp from "Holly Jolly" to add extra fun texture to the background, and snowflake stickers from "Merry & Bright".  All collections are still in stock on their website, and a lot of their product is up to 75% off right now.  ​I finished off the page using the following embellishments: Paper Issues free file cut snowflakes, Nuvo white drops, crystal sequins and a few more items from the PLS shop like a flair and some die cuts.  I love the turn out and I hope it inspires you to dig into your stash and use your goodies to create pretty pages.  The kind that you'll want to look back on for years go come.







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Friday, December 15, 2017

Christmas Magic - PLS Project


Hello and Happy Friday!  We're midway through December and I'd like to inspire you today with a fun layout.

But first, I'm excited to share that I was asked to guest design for Pretty Little Studio this month.  I'm a busy little bee aren't I?  How do I do it?  #TeamCoffee   I'll be on the Pretty Little Studio Blog for the next couple of days, and I'll also be offering a fun giveaway on one of the days, so be sure to check back each day!

Before we get to the layout, I was asked a few questions that would help their blog readers get to know me better, so if you're interested in the full "interview" you can and some fun facts, check out their blog... in the mean time I will leave you with 1 question... 
2 - When did you start scrapbooking?
I started in my teens (roughly 28 years ago), cutting out magazine photos and gluing them to spiral hardcover notebooks, adding my thoughts about the photo and also documenting poems and fun quotes.  Somewhere around 2005 I found a store called Michael's on one of my Florida visits and fell instantly in love.  That prompted the start of my first "real" scrapbook, where I documented my dating journey with my soon to be husband.  Incidentally, I never finished that scrapbook.  We all have one of those, don't we?
Okay, now on to the good stuff!



image2.jpegTo break the monotony of the white background, I began with mint green spritzing.  I then used a Tim Holtz stencil and modeling paste to create a snow effect over the mint color forming a diagonal flow from the upper left to the lower right of the page.  The giant snowflake background is a free cut file that I grabbed from the Paper Issues shop; and hand-stitched.  That took a couple days, due to sleep, breaks and life.  I backed up the file cut snowflake with Pretty Little Studio pattern paper, but since the paper wasn't large enough for the entire snowflake, I had to cover up one of the snowflake edges with embellishments.  Unless you have a good eye, you'll never know.. and I'll never tell.  lol.  I worked mainly with the "Wonderland" color theme, incorporating the "Wonderland" houses, and die cuts from "Winter Joy".

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I used a snowflake stamp from "Holly Jolly" to add extra fun texture to the background, and snowflake stickers from "Merry & Bright".  All collections are still in stock on their website, and a lot of their product is up to 75% off right now.  ​I finished off the page using the following embellishments: Paper Issues free file cut snowflakes, Nuvo white drops, crystal sequins and a few more items from the PLS shop like a flair and some die cuts.  I love the turn out and I hope it inspires you to dig into your stash and use your goodies to create pretty pages.  The kind that you'll want to look back on for years go come.


Thanks for checking in today.  If you have time this week, please feel free to visit my other social media accounts.  I'm pretty active on Instagram, sharing daily inspiration and fun/silly IG stories.


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-AtStudioD

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Last Christmas...


... as we prepared to put out our new ornaments, I noticed Giovanni playing nicely with Daizy (rare), and he had on a new outfit (mom's idea), and was sitting right under the barely lit tree..  I saw this as an opportunity to pull out my phone and snap some random pix... one of which became our "funny" Christmas card.  He rubbed his face with his middle finger, in the middle of me asking him to look at the camera, and as I scrolled through a dozen photos this was the best and clearest shot.  It's nothing new that he rubs his face with his middle finger, it's something he's done before... but in this instance, it was the perfect shot (combined with a famous Christmas movie line), to send to family and friends across the globe.  I love happy accidents.

That accident because the reason for today's layout.

I'm playing long with the Paper Issues DT girls for another "Working Title" challenge.  This month, we're incorporating a MERRY WORKING TITLE, to include a holiday song.  My song  title is "Last Christmas", by none other than Wham.  Love that band!  And I love how the new American Crafts "Sweater Weather" pairs nicely with the colors of my son's mischievous photo.  I used gold and white thicker stickers a some hand-stitching, with fussy-cut pieces from the same collection.


This was fun, quick and easy to make.

I hope you decide to join our challenge this month.  To make it easier, I've included my TOP 10 favorite Christmas songs, that would make great layout titles below.  I hope you choose one, and let me know that you did.






As always, I've provided quick links to the shop, facebook group and DT blog below. 

And remember that using the code "Damaris" at checkout of the paper issues show will save you 20% off of your entire purchase, and any purchase.  Also, you will quality for free US priority shipping if you spend more than $60 after the coupon is applied.


TOP 10 CHRISTMAS SONGS
1 - Silver Bells
2 - Oh Christmas Tree
3 - Christmas Time Is Here
4 - Jingle Bells
5 - Silent Night
6 - White Christmas
7 - Santa Baby
8 - Winter Wonderland
9 - Sleigh Ride
10 - This Christmas

LINKS
Paper Issues Shop
Paper Issues Blog
PI Family & Friends FB Group

-AtStudioD