Friday, January 20, 2012

Sunshine and Sand

I am so excited to be heading out tonight for my 8 day cruise to the Southern Caribbean!  Yes, I know given the recent events surrounding cruise ships, I should be nervous!  

Since I will be out of internet access, I will be unable to fill any pattern orders until I return.  All orders will be filled no later than January 30th, 2012.  Sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Free Downloadable Valentine's

You all know how I love a FREE Download!  I also love Valentine's Day.  So, why not combine the two and get a whole lot of FREE LOVE!

There are tons of free printable Valentine's available around the web. Just try typing "free Valentine printables" into your search engine and you will get loads of results. Download your favorite files, print them on white cardstock, cut them out, and deliver to all of your sweethearts!

Here are a few lovable printables that I found:

Monday, January 16, 2012

Valentine Countdown

We are now less than one month away from Valentine's Day and that means it is time to start crafting up some love.  Here are three fun project ideas that made my heart flutter:

You can catch a FREE PATTERN for this Foxy Treat Bag on the Paper Source Blog
Love this cute idea for upcycling mini matchboxes (I get mine at the dollar store for 10 cents each!)
Oh Martha Stewart, you get me every time!  My heart is full of love for these wax paper and crayon hearts.  I am especially enamored by the way they look hanging in the window.

I am looking forward to crafting up my own versions of these sweet little creations.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

30, Flirty and Thriving Photo Shoot

This past weekend I had the pleasure of photographing another special friend who is turning 30 next month.  Emily has worked so hard to tone up her amazing body in the past year so it was lots of a treat to dress her up and take some pics to celebrate.  After this fun play date, I have to say...It is so great to be a girl!

These are a few of my favorite images from the shoot.

Happy Birthday Emily!!! I hope you have a wonderful day and a fabulous year!

Also, posting these pictures makes me think I need a new photo shoot myself! :)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Itty Bitty Picture Instructions

One of the most common questions I get is "How do I print pictures in the perfect size for my project?".   There are so many programs you can use to customize your photo size, I wanted to share instructions that would be universal for all computer users. Here are the step by step instructions for printing your desired images in any size:

For PC Users in Microsoft Office:
1. Open a new document in Microsoft Word.
2. On the menu bar, select Insert->Image->From File (a window will open and allow you to select the image you are looking for).
3. Choose the desired image(s) and insert into the file.
4. Once the image has been added to your file, you can crop it using the picture tools. (Make sure that the picture toolbar is displayed.  To do this, in the menu bar, select View->Toolbars->Picture should be checked. A small bar will pop up with a number of picture editing tools)
5. Click the picture and crop it as desired. The crop tool looks like two overlapped corners.  Once you select the crop tool, you can click on any of the borders and drag them inward, cropping the image as desired.
6. After your image is cropped, right click on the image and select Format Object. A window will pop up, select Size. Make sure that the "Lock Aspect Ratio" Box is checked. Enter in the desired height or width of the image. *Note* When you enter either the height or width, the other measurement will be filled in automatically with respect to cropping you did.
7. Your image will now be cropped and sized as desired.  You can continue to add images to the document until you have all your images sized.
8. Print the image on photo paper from your home printer and cut out individual images.


For Mac Users in Pages
1. Open a new blank page document in Pages.
2. On the menu bar, select Insert->Choose(a window will open and allow you to select the image you are looking for).
3. Choose the desired image(s) and insert into the file.
4. Once the image has been added to your file, you can crop it using the Mask tool (Format->Mask). Once a mask is selected, you can drag the edges as desired on the photo to crop the image.
5. After your image is cropped, click on the image and the inspector tool will appear.  If the tool doesn't appear, in the menu bar go to View->Show Inspector. In the inspector window, click on the little yellow ruler.  Make sure that "Constrain Properties" is checked. You can then enter in the desired height or width of the image. *Note* When you enter either the height or width, the other measurement will be filled in automatically with respect to cropping you did.
7. Your image will now be cropped and sized as desired.  You can continue to add images to the document until you have all your images sized.
8. Print the image on photo paper from your home printer and cut out individual images.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Capture 2012 on Studio 5

January is now upon us!  With the start of a fresh year, we all have the opportunity to evaluate our goals and ambitions for the next 365 days.  For many of us, documenting and recording 2012 is at the top of our list.

On Studio 5 today, I shared a few fool proof ways to capture your year along the way.  All of these ideas are so simple to implement, even for the non-crafter, so get going today!  I am looking forward to putting them into action in my home.

Thoughts from 2012 Journaling Cards
Printed journaling cards make it simple to capture your year. Commit to write a thought at least once a week and by December 31st, you will have recorded 52 memories of 2012.  You can also pair journaling cards with pictures for even more bang!
To simplify, I created a 4X6 Journaling cards in four coordinating colors.  I pre-printed enough cards on cardstock to last the whole year.  Now, I can quickly grab a card, record a thought, and slip it into my binder.  If I have taken a picture to coordinate with that thought, I will save a place for it.  After photos are printed, I can easily slip them into place.
For my 2012 journaling album, I chose to use an 8X8 linen binder and 4x6 sheet protectors from WE-R Memory Keepers.  If you live in the Salt Lake Valley, you can purchase these albums at Heartland Paper or Paper Creations.  If you don't want to go the album route, you could always bind cards together with a large ring or ribbon.
If you are a "scrapbooking" kind of gal, you can also add full pages throughout your binder to highlight special events along the way.

2012 Gratitude Banner
There is no better way to capture the year than by recording your many blessings.  I created this simple monthly banner to do just that. Each pocket holds a monthly list that can be added to weekly or daily.  The banner can hang all year round to remind your family of how wonderful life is! These banners are so easy to create, you may want to make one up for each member of your family.  

To create the 2012 Gratitude banner, you will need:
12-4x12 strips of patterned paper (double sided makes it easy and colorful)
12- 1 1/2X9" strips of patterned paper
Decorative Elements as desired
Hole punch
Ribbon as desired for hanging

Instructions:
1. Fold 4X12 Strip at 4".
2. Wrap 1 1/2X9" strip around folded base and adhere to the back.
3. Punch a small hole in each of the top corners of the pocket.
4. Thread ribbon through holes to create a banner and tie a small ribbon between pockets.
5. Cut monthly lists apart and slip one in each pocket.
6. Record one item that you are grateful for every day in 2012.  If you miss a day, no worries, just go back and think about something you enjoyed that day *Hint* Keep the current month's card in a visible place (like the fridge) and replace it at the end of the month.  You can also store a coordinating colored pen in the pocket for easy access.

Vintage Bingo Photo Journal
The easy access to cell phone cameras make creating yearly photo journals a snap!  Just take one picture a day.  Yes, I do realize that we are already at January 4th, so there will have to be a bit of cheating in order to capture every day of 2012.

To showcase 365 days of my life, I created a Vintage Bingo Card Calendar with a box for every day of the year.  Each day, I will be taking a cell phone camera picture of something from that day (my outfit, a friend I saw, a meal I ate, a place I visited).  Then at the end of each month, I will print the photos and add them to my bingo card album.

One of my favorite things about this album is that you can use it as a decoration all year long.  The album easily stands open as a display board for a desk or shelf.  So Cute!

To recreate the Vintage Bingo Photo Journal you will need:
Bingo Calendar Download (printed on cardstock)




$3.00 (You will receive the download within 24hrs of purchase)
2-5.5X7.5 pieces of chipboard or cardboard box (the box will give it a very vintage/recycled look)
Binding (options discussed below)

Instructions:
1. Download and print the Vintage Bingo Calendar Cards on white or cream cardstock.
2. Cut out cards and cover
3. Mount cover onto one of the chipboard or box pieces.
4. Bind album together with wire rings.  For binding, I used my Cinch tool from We-R Memory Keepers.  If you don't have a Cinch or Bind-It-All, you can have your album bound at a copy store or punch two holes in the top of each page and bind it together with large metal binding rings.
5. Take one photo with your cell phone every day.
6. At the end of every month, print photos in 1" squares. (See detailed instructions on printing small photos)
7. Use a paper trimmer or 7/8" square paper punch to pop out images.
8. Adhere images to each square.
9. At the end of the year, the desk calendar instantly becomes a finished mini album!

2012 Time Capsule
We all remember creating time capsules as kids.  Well, here is a grown up way to freeze 2012 in time!  

I am always at a loss to know what to do with wedding invitations, Christmas cards, show tickets, playbills, plane tickets and all of those other sweet little mementos we collect through life.  Creating a yearly "Memory Box" or Time Capsule is a great way to store little trinkets that we just can't seem to throw away.  It is also a great way to catalog your year.  

To create a 2012 Memory Box, pick out a shoe box sized storage unit of your choice.  It should be something that fits your style.  I used a metal box from IKEA that will look great on my shelf. A simple label in the front identifies the box for me.
Inside the box, I made 12 folders, one for each month.  The folders should be sized appropriately for the box.  I made mine from a 10x10 piece of patterned paper folded at 6 inches.  I then printed the Monthly Label Tabs on coordinating patterned paper.  I cut out each tab, folded it in half, and stapled it over the top of each folder.
Place folders in box and add memories throughout the year.

I am so excited for 2012!  It is going to be a great year filled with wonderful memories...that I will capture every day!