Michelle's Little Creations

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Using PL in your Scrapbook Pages Thursday

Good morning all! Im here with my first installment of Using Project Life in your Scrapbook Pages. I have many many Project Life cards. Some are actual core kits, but others are just leftovers from past kit clubs that I havent used all of. Well, it is time to use them up, lets make room for the new kit club goodies! Let me start by saying, I was a kitten foster for a year, not so much at the moment, but there are alot of kitten pics I will be scrapbooking! Its a very big part of our lives her is the Combs household. We have kept some of our fosters, as well as having some already! Mavis is one special kitty, she gets alot of layouts! The cards I used for this layout are from an old Gossamer Blue Project Life Kit Club. I  added chipboard stickers from the Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy collection, a flair button from I'm not sure where (they all go in a dish if not for a kit club), a doily, Studio Calico vellum alpha stickers, the foam glitter word from Pink Paislee's Citrus Twist collection, and Mr Huey's black color mist. The background patterned paper is from the Crate Paper Kiss Kiss collection.

So thats it for now, join me again next Thurday for another installment of Usinng Project Life in your Scrapbook Pages. Love to hear your comments or suggestions.  Does anyone have a favorite layout for using Project Life cards? id love to see your take on this sketch or others using your PL cards. 

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Weekly Layout Wednesday

Good morning all! I'm here today with the first installment of Weekly Layout Wednesday. This will be the day I post random layouts that are not part of the kill a kit series or challenges Ive decided to do. This layout is using the January Hip Kit Club kits. At that time I was not trying the Kill A Kit idea, so I hadnt kept track of how many I had done.
I love all the selfies my girls take together. Im very blessed that with a 4yr difference they get along so well. We were at a STYX concert when they took this one.This was another great kit to work with. I chose to use a diagonal pattern down the page. The additions to this layout not from thge kit were the resin flowers, a doily, Mr Huey black color mist, Heidi Swapp gold color shine, vellum, and twine for the tags.

This next layout was a "lyric challenge"  done for The  Scrappery. I knew as soon as I saw the challenge I had to do it. When my oldest was in kindergarten, they put on a daily Morning Program. This specific day fm was for Mother's Day, and they put on a skit. They played the song Child of Mine by Carole King, and I cried through the entire performance. What a beautiful song! So, whenever I am beaming with pride because I love my girls so, that song pops in my head. Well, Hannah saw this igloo dog house at PetSmart and just jumped right in! I just love her carefree spirit so much, it was "beaming with pride" moment!  I had to use THAT song, for THIS picture! 
First off for this layout, I pulled out my Poolside collection by Crate Paper. I then grabbed my Gelatos in Orange Sida, Guava, and Peach, colored them on a plastic wrapper and spritzed it with water then smeared it around where my picture would go, just enough for it to show around the outside.  I also went through all of my word Thickers for what I needed. (Oh, yes, sweet, and darling. The boxy letters are from the Crate Paper Poolside sticker sheet, and the heart alpha is also Thickers). The foam hearts and and G clef are from the same Thickers word pack as sweet. I layered the picture with vellum and pattern paper. The strips of paper down the side where curled on the edge using just my fingernail, I love the dimension it gives each layer. I polished it off with, you guessed it, Heidi Swapp Color amShine and Mr Huey color most!

We've come to the end again. I hope you enjoyed the layouts. Stop back tomorrow for Using Project Life in your Scrapbooking Thurday. Aso there will be another Weekly Layout Wednesday for your next Wednesday. Love to hear your thoughts. Until tomorrow...
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Take from your Stash Tuesday

Good morning all! This is the first in the weekly "Take from your Stash Tuesday" series. Im sure Im not alone when I say that I have ALOT of supplies, but it doesnt stop me from hitting the "purchase" button at Scrapbook.com or adding more to my my many kit clubs, Hip Kit ClubScraptastic, The Scrappery or Citrus Twist! So after watching a few youtube videos from Adele of Inkie Quill, I knew I needed to impliment something similar of my own. Her consists of 5 items from your stash, I just decided I would pull as many as I wanted to use from my stash, not my brandie new kits, or fresh purchases!

As you can see I chose Amy Tan fabric stickers, Pink Fresh foam words (yes they are fairly new, but I ended up with 2 sets), a piece of  Summer Sun patterned paper from Fancy Pants, some old Martha Stewart felt numbers, a tag sheet I got from the Freckled Fawn grab bag sale, a teal doily, and because they were the only 2 things from the collection, the Summer Sun paper pieces. When I opened the paper pieces and saw the little square cards, I knew what I  had to do! I am a sucker for a grid pattern. I also ended up adding some October Afternoon alphas, some enamel dots, and of course some Mr Heuy's color mist. Im really happy with how it turned out, very bright and cheery. It fit the mood of the picture perfectly, a beautiful sunny day in SC. (We spent 7 days there, so there will be many pics scrapped from that week!)

So that wraps up my first Tuesday post. I'd love to hear what you think. Anything you'd like to see me use, I probably have it or something very similar! Thanks for stopping by. Check back tomorrow for Weekly Layout Wednesday. 

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Kill A Kit Monday

Good morning all! Today marks the first day in my "weekly Schedule posts". I hope you are all as excited as I am. This week my post will be a Hip Kit Club kill a kit. I was able to produce 2 scrapbook layouts, and a Project Life layout. The 2 Scrapbook pages have already been shared on the Hip Kit Club Facebook Forum, but I will give more detail about them here.

First up, this page was so fun to make! I started with my trusty Gelatos in hot pink, yellow, and royal blue colored on a plastic wrapper each individually. I put a color on, then sprayed it with a water mister, folded the bag in half to blend it, and then wiped it in different spots to get the color where i wanted. I then moved on to the second color and then the third. I did notice the yellow did not pop as much as I wanted, so i used my yollow Heidi Swapp color shine to drip some around. Next I chose 3 patterned papers to cut for dow the side. For added dimension, I used my fingernail to raise the edges. I then layered my photo with patterned paper and some vellum. After that was just all the little goodies. I used the Elle's Studio labels, Basic Grey embellishments and enamel dots, some of the Pink Fresh word stickers, wood veneer hearts and bird sticker to accent the page. I just have to say I am in Love with the colors in this kit. My daughter favoritw color is blue, usually royal blue to be exsact, and its hard to find enough lines with that color to keep using. Im in my glory.

This next page is again, in need of that beautiful blue! Notice my daughters shirt and hair! The hair has faded quite a bit since first done. I love the "bordering my page" look, so I picked my background and cut the center out of it. Thou shall not waste! I then chose the patterned paper to use across the top almost half of the white paper. From there I put my Thickers title and went from there. I used the wood veneer to accent the wood form the boardwalk, and added a couple labels from Elles Studio and flowers from Basic Grey. I did pull in some of the mini alpha from October Afternoon which came in February's kit. I finished it off with Mr Heuy's color mist.

This third layout is obviously a Project Life spread. I loved the Project Life kit so much this month. Last months kit all I wanted to do was make scrapbook pages with it, I just loved it for that. For some reason this month, I am living how the Project Life is looking with this months kits. I actually got lucky, we were supposed to receive the Basic Grey Saturday Morning 6x6 pad, at the last minute she had to change some of them to the Pink Fresh Felicity 6x6 pad. I received the Felicity pad, and my dear friend Melissa received the Saturday Morning pad. They each come with 2 of each design, so we did as we many times do to save money and get more product, we split them! I love that I have someone to do that with!

On this left side, I did put a flip up. Sadly I can not figure out where I put my actually flip ups, so I decide not to waste any more time looking and used washi tape instead. I put it across the inside and outside to keep it secure. I pulled a small teal doily, washi, and an arrow paper clip from my stash. I used the cork and green pastic Thickers, the cork stichers from Basic Grey, Elles Studio bits and pieces, the black puffy arrow from Heidi Swapp, as well as Pink Fresh alphas, wood veneer hearts, and word stickers.  

On this side , more Pink Fresh word stickers ( I just love them!!!), wood veneer hearts, and vellum alpha, Basic Grey cork stickers and enamel dots. I had alot of pictures I wanted to included, but didnt want to leave out the important journalling. Behind the drink photo is a journal card with a washi pull  "tab". The oh luck me card was circle punched and the circle then put on dimensionals, behind it too is a business card with a wahsi pull tab. (I believe I forgot to put it back in prior to pic!) I had to document the "plan" my friend Melissa had for my collection of gift card, it was so funny to hear her play it all out. I wanted another pop of yellow, so I decided on the yellow alpha from Studio Calico, but didnt have an R upper or lowercase. I improvised, I used a P and cut a straight end off something I knew I wouldnt use. 

So, thats it for this week, 3 layouts.  I can get much more from this kit, so check back for more Kill A Kit pics next week. As always, I welcome comments and questions. Hope to see you again. Tomorrow will be Take from Your Stash Tuesday.
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Friday, March 25, 2016

Project Life Friday

Good morning all! This is kinda of a douple duty layout. Its Project Life, but its also the last layout (#16) in my Hip Kit Club Kill a Kit using my February kits. I was able to use the last 3 week day stickers,and the last foam star. I also used more of the wood veneer hearts and arrows from the kit, but there are sooo many i have lots left. Im not part of the whole planner craze, although I do love them, so I cut the bottoms of the paperclips from Simple Stories and Im equally as happy with them. Since I used the Dear Lizzy Thickers for another layout, I mostly had numbers left. 

Here is a close up of the left side so you can see the different details. I did add the yellow bordered Project Life card, because I had nothing left that was light enough to read journalling on.

I did some of my journalling on a patterned paper card from the Project Life kit, it was light enough to read on. I ended up cutting the final word sentences apart to use in a couple spots on this layout, so what left is the word "flower", which will be easy to use for me with spring her and all! I used the left over strip from a 4x6 card I cut down for a previous title card to use as a border and punched hearts out of them. I ended up using the positive and negative of the strip and hearts. This is not one of my more detailed layouts, but it turned out nice anyway.

So thats it, hope you enjoyed the layout. Stop back later, I will be posting the different challenges I will be working on for the weekend. Thanks for stopping by!

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Collection Challenge- Documentary Style!

Today I am sharing with you my first week in my 2016 Project Life album. I am trying something a bit different, a change from the Design  A sleeves, to the Design K. Over the past I've notice my excessive insets, which I would never omit, but I thought new design gave me a couple extra spots to work with. There are definetly pros and cons to the new design choice.
2 extra weekly spots for pictures
less paper use
I'm able to add random verses or prompts without fear of leaving a picture out
I'm noticing there is much need to use an inset, everything fits
there is less spots to put embellishments on (a square pic on a 4x6 card= embellishments!)
I own ALOT of Project Life cards, and not all title cards are cuttable
I feel my layouts end up looking more bland
So, with the pros and cons, it's been a challenge deciding wether to stick with the new design or, work my Design A back in. To date all of my previous Project Life years have consisted of 3 albums, and sometimes it's been hard to get them to fit with 3! I have opted to omit things to make it fit better. With that being said, my girls are getting older, and their hobbies have changed, are they are doing more with others and I don't get pictures, so there are less things I'm trying to include. We shall see if I stick with Design K as time goes on.

This is another " Collection Challenge" i am doing with my friend Melissa, we are both using Dear Lizzy Documentary, and showing two different takes on the same collection. You can find her here .I decided to add the first couple days of January into the first solid week and make it one. I also will insert my One Little Word sheet which discussess "Change". Im back to Weight Watchers and the gym, cooking and eating healthy and weeding out. We had my nephews birthday get together and a trip to Dave and Busters with the girls and Marshall, so that is a small insert. So without further ado, her is my first week full view.

The front side of my insert is my nephew birthday get together.

The back side of the insert is the kids at Dave and Busters.

Here is the left side for closer view. My daughter got my husband the nutribullet for Christmas, so we are all trying out new drinks. I normally put the week number on my title cards, but as a kitten foster, this card just screamed to me, so I just put the dates.

Here is a close up of the right side. Just some random things from the second half of the week. Steve with his "baby" We have 10 kitties, so you will see alot of kitty pics on this blog! The heart card was handed out at Weight Watchers. Loving the squirrel pic, we have a little ledge on the front door, and he just sat there watching me, food in mouth.

Ok, so i hope you enjoyed this layout, comments are always welcome. Id love to see your take on it. Dont forget to head on over to Melissa's blog and see her take on the collection. 

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Weekly Schedule

Hi all! I'm going to throw something out there, and see what you all think. So here goes, what about a weekly schedule? You can check here each day for a specific type of challenge post. Here was my idea:

Kill a Kit Monday
Take From Your Stash Tuesday
Weekly layout Wednesday
Using Project Life on your Scrapbook Pages Thursday
Project Life Friday
Weekend Warrior Challenges ( random challenges over the weekend I've decided to be involved in, or come up with on my own. Such as sketch challenges, collection challenges, mood board challenges etc.)

As far as the Weekend Warrior Challenges, I would love it if you linked you take on those challenges in the comments. I'd love to see you take on the same challenges. Heck Id love to see your take on any of the weeks challenges.

I realize this is a huge commitment, so this will start next Monday. I will be working this week to get a jump start so if life gets hectic, I still have things ready to go. So, tell me what you think, would anyone be interested?
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Monday, March 21, 2016

Scraptastic Kill A Kit- part 1

Good morning all! I had such a great time doing a Hip Kit Club kill a kit, I thought I would try it with my Scraptastic kit as well. Now my Scraptastic subcription is a much smaller subcription than my Hip Kit, so I won't get as many pages out of it, but here goes! These are my first three. Of course I swooned when I discovered there was Maggie Holmes Bloom in the kit!

I love this layout, the grid pattern, but yet is was a random grid. I think I will be doing this one again in the future. 

This layout uses Scraptastics exclusive paper for the background. I love having my workspace white for all of my goodies, but having a pop of pattern on the back to pull all of my colors together. 

I think the only things I added to these layouts were Mr Huey's color must and some rhinestones. I hope you enjoyed these layouts. Id love to hear your comments or questions. Have a great day!
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Ready, Sketch, Go! sketch 11

I signed up for the Ready, Sketch, Go! class with Crafty Jen Schow and Tracie  Claiborne. I like to try new things, and I love Jens work. This is my take on sketch 11. This layout was to just "get my sea legs back" after being down and out with the flu for over s week. Slow and steady will be my motto. I needed a rest after completing this own! But I was going through withdrawal! You can't keep a scrapper down, for long anyway!

For this layout I used my January HIp Kits.  I pulled the teal heart washi from my stash, is it beautiful or what ? (As I swoon!) i had to pull in the teal, I mean look at that girls hair! I have to say even though we've heard a few parents balk at her colored hair, I love it! Blue has been that girls favorite color since she was a baby. It really does give you a taste of her spunky, bubbly personality! 

I used the xoxo wood veneer but decided it needed to be gold glitter, so I wiped it with glue, and turned it upside down into a dish of gold glitter and voila! I used gold and cream bakers twine that I got out of the Target dollar bin to connect the chipboard banner pieces and then of course, did droplets of Heidi Swapp gold color shine to finish it off! 
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Monday, March 14, 2016

Hip Kit Club- Kill A Kit part 4

This is the last post in this series. I had a great time doing it. I managed to complete 14 single page layouts and a Project Life spread, which included 3 inserts. I have to tell you, there is still quite a bit left, that picture will be at the end.  These last 2 pages were pretty inventive I think.  The first is using the Dear Lizzy alpha. It was a bit too busy for me, so I knew I wouldn't use it. I stuck all the letters on the top of a piece of white cardstock, and brushed white gesso on them. I repeated that 3 times to make sure it covered. I then took some Heidi Swapp color shine spritzed it on a piece of plastic packaging and whipped it on the letters. I then bordered the bottom of the letters with a piece of washi from my stash. I also pulled a piece of vellum, some rhinestone stars, enamel dots, and a doily from my stash to complete the page. I love how it turned out!

For this last page, I tool the remaining stickers from the Amy Tan pad and used it as a background. I made sure I used ones that would allow for journaling and would fit the picture. I added a piece of vellum from my stash. I think this one turned out well also! 

Now for the Project Life layout. I used the Project Life cards from the kit, as well as some of the different alphas, foam stickers, wood veneer, chipboard stickers, the mirrors sticker

Here we have the right size. I decided to showcase my epic scrapbook success! I have never created so many layouts in such a small amount of time! 4 days, I did 14 layouts in 4 days, and still went to 2 concerts, and a birthday party!

This is the front side of the first insert. Me, my daughter and my mother all went for our first tattoos.  It was a moment definetly important to document. It was a very symbolic tattoo for all of us. For the inserts I made a title card of sorts using the teal glitter alpha. 

Now we have the back side of the first insert and the front side of the second insert. We went to see STYX for the second time. It's nice that the girls enjoy the same kind of music as Steve and I. The right side is my nieces first birthday party. Again you will see the title card with the teal alpha. 

This last insert page is my daughters college concert. Yet another title card. I like that it gave the inserts a feel of unison. 

Here is the week as a whole without the inserts in the way.

Now, if you can believe it, after all those pages with all those goodies, this is what I STILL have left! I am absolutely amazed, but my new kits are here, so the remains of last months kit will have to wait for a while. So, is this something you would like to see more of? Did you like what you saw? Thanks again for checking them out. I now need to focus on my final page for the Hip Kit Design Team member submission. Wish me luck!

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Hip Kit Club- Kill A Kit part 3

Welcome back fellow scrappers! I hope you are ready for part 3 of my Kill A Kit series. Still lots of goodies to go through. For this first one I tried some white gesso with a gelato as a background. It turned out ok, but gesso and gelatos are a "practiced" craft!

This second layout is again using just scraps of papers with odds and ends on them from the Amy Tan sticker sheet. There were so many alpha choices in this kit it was crazy! You couldn't possibly run out.

I loved these letters in the C'est La Vie, I wish it was a full alpha, not just "HELLO". Each photo was backed with pattern paper, and just some strips on the top and bottom.

This last page was just pure trial. it wouldn't photograph as well as I wanted. I used all the gold frames, and I love how it turned out, these frames are just beautiful.

So this ends part 3 of my Kill A Kit series . I will have at least one more to show you. As usual I added the Heidi Swapp color shine, Mr Huey, and enamel dots. Hope you enjoyed them, as always comments and questions are accepted.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Hip Kit Club: Kill A Kit part 2

hello again, I'm back with part 2 of my kill a kit series. I hope you liked the first 4 pages. I am really enjoying this. These first 3 pages are primarily made with scrap pieces of paper, use it all! The third also used frames from the C'est La Vie ephemera pack. The fourth layout didn't use any patterned paper other that the background! I am completely amazed at how much you can make with these kits and just never seem to run out!

For this next four, I added the usual extras: a doily, Heidi Swapp color shine, Studio Calico's Mr. Huey, the wood veneer border from Pink Fresh, some enamel dots, sequins, and some tissue paper. I am absolutely in love with the gold tissue paper I found at Walmart during Valentine's. 

Well this is it for part 2 in the series. I hope you enjoyed these pages, if you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments below. See you soon with part 3.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Collection Challenge- Shine Style!

my friend and I decided we would try a little challenge. We would both use the same product line, with some odds and end extras of course on a Project Life layout. We did not see each other's work until we were complete. It was so fun to see the different ways you can use the same line and have it look completely different. Now Melissa and I have totally different styles, she is more minimal, likes some empty space, and me, well I say filler up! Both are gorgeous!

So without further ado, here is my version using the Maggie Holmes Shine line by Crate Paper. (You will learn this about me, I LOVE Crate Paper, but I REALLY LOVE Maggie Holmes!) nuff said!

Now we have both sides together.

Now for another take on this product line, head on over to  www.proofoflife.blogspot.com  and  see her take on it. I hope you've enjoyed this. Please leave us your feedback, we'd love to hear it. Would you like to see more post like this using other lines? And line in particular, maybe we both have them. Thanks for stopping by! 

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Hip Kit Club - Kill A Kit part 1

I have been watching a lot of youtube videos and Kill a Kit kept popping up. Not once in all the time ive been receiving my kits had I tried it! Well, this was the day, I was going to attempt to kill my February Hip Kits! I subscribe to the main, project life and the embellishment kits, so I had a lot to work with! So here goes...

So this was my first days attemp at killing my kits.  It's going well, I have ALOT LEFT, and I'm loving this. Getting myself out of the " don't use all that or you won't have any left" mentality is awesome, very liberating, and totally new to me. I'm doing this on purpose, yeah me! 

I did add Heidi Swapp color shine, some vellum, tissue paper, and a doily from my stash, but that's aloud;)  I hope you enjoyed these, I'll be back tomorrow with some more from the "Kill a Kit" series. I may even try to make this an on going series, we'll see. I'd love to hear your feedback and pins are always aloud. I also accept questions. Thanks again!

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Monday, March 7, 2016


Well, after a much awaited time away from my laptop, I am back, all fixed and ready to start posting again. I had purchased a beautiful box set of Gelatos after watching so many people using them, so now I'm giving them a try. I printed this picture knowing I wanted to do something special with it. With all of the bright colors we were wearing the Gelatos went perfectly. First I put some clear Gesso down on the page, then colored the 3 different colors on, and used a sponge brush dipped in water to blend them to my desired look. I also had to splash some Heidi Color Shine in black and gold on there as well, of course!

Here is the list of supplies I used:
The outside patterned paper is Heidi Swapp
White foam Thickers
The 3 is Maggie Holmes
A doily
The enamel dots are My Minds Eye
The embellishments are from Dear Lizzy
I also used parts of the manufacturing strips on the top of the layout, I think those are Amy Tan

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