I know, I’m checking in rather late today. We spent the day at Plopsaland. Boy, I can barely feel my feet and back anymore;) But we had an amazing day. Lots of adventures, giggles, and rides.

Onto today’s agenda. I’m so happy to have Mary-Ann Maldonado as a guest on my blog this weekend. Mary-Ann serves on the A Flair For Buttons DT with me, and I’m pretty sure that’s where we’ve met. She’s the sweetest, and on top of that also makes the most stunning layouts. I love her style. 

Headshot Mary-Ann Maldonado

I am Mary-Ann Maldonado originally from Maine, now residing in Massachusetts.  I have followed my retired Marine around for 21 years, so we have lived in many extraordinary places.  I am a mama to my best friend (Roman), his best friend (Flo  the dog) and her best friend (Leroy – the cat).  I remember crafting with my mom as a small child.  Making our own holiday décor, personalized cards and macaroni art!   However, I started scrapbooking on my dining room table in 2000 and now I consume the entire house!  I was lucky to travel with The Button Farm for several years.  Scrapbooking pages are my passion but I love mini albums and cards too.  I am a hoarder of many things.  Antiques, paper and embellishments, but my undiagnosed OCD helps keep it all in order:o)  I have been an educator (for The Button Farm and locally) and designer for several years now and teach locally, run a KOTM and sell on ETSY.

Apart from the A Flair For Buttons DT, she also designs for me & my  BIG ideasFancy PantsPaper IssuesPaper Camellia, and The Rubber Cafe. That’s a lot of inspiration to indulge in;)

Mary-Ann’s Social Media:

Blog:  http://lumpbumpandclump.blogspot.com

Instagram:  https://instagram.com/maryannmaldonado/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/maryann.coultermaldonado

Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/maldonadomas/

Scrapbook.com Gallery:  http://www.scrapbook.com/myplace/index.php?mod=galleries

Studio Calico Gallery:  http://www.studiocalico.com/my-projects

Where do you find inspiration? |  I find inspiration all over social media.  My favorite has to be Instagram.  After you have liked several things and IG determines what your likes are, under SEARCH, there is tons of inspiration that you may not have seen if you don’t follow a person.  IG highlights things for you specifically under SEARCH.  I love it.  I also love Pinterest.  Especially since it has also started showing you “Picked for you.”  I can also find inspiration in magazines and commercials, if you can  believe that!

Where do you create? | I have designated room just for scrapbooking. It is always evolving. About a year ago, it was photographed for Creative Spaces Vol. 3.  I was so very excited.

Here is the link to my blog post regarding the magazine. http://lumpbumpandclump.blogspot.com/2014/06/creative-spaces-vol-3-holla.html  It has changed a bit since then.  I am always looking for new innovative ways to sort things and make them easy to access.

Do you scrapbook on vacation? | Not as a rule.  I would be in divorce court for sure!   However, last year right  before our big family camping trip, I had surgery.  This made it so I had to stay behind for lots of the hiking activities.  I did bring scrappy stuff on that vacation because I was left alone for hours.  I actually created a mini album while they were  gone!  You can take a look at that here:  http://lumpbumpandclump.blogspot.com/2014/08/family-mini-album-part-duex.html  There is a picture to prove it at the end!

Project by Mary-Ann Maldonado for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

ABOUT MY LAYOUT:  I used Simple Stories Summer Vibe.   Random flair from Studio Calico and Felicity Jane.  Punches to to create embellishments.  I used a small punch to punch small paper and sticker circles to add around to help coordinate and fill empty spaces.

Project by Mary-Ann Maldonado for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post Project by Mary-Ann Maldonado for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post Project by Mary-Ann Maldonado for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

Thank you very much, Mary-Ann, for sharing your beautiful work with us!! It was an honor to have you as a guest! Be sure to pay Mary-Ann a visit!! Happy rest of the weekend!

Els.

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I have the pleasure of introducing Katharina Frei to you as my Weekend Guest for this week. Katharina was on the Scrapperin design team with me a couple of years ago, and she has an amazing style and talent. So I took a little leap of joy, when she said ‘yes’ to my request for being one of my guests this summer. She’s got a beautiful layout to share.

Katharina Frei

Hi, my name is Katharina Frei. I was born in the beautiful city of Vienna / Austria, but moved to Switzerland 7 years ago. There, I not only found the love of my life, but also discovered my passion for paperart.
In 2007 I started my own blog and also my design team work for international companies. I wanted to have more control about how the stuff looked like, I created with, therefore I started to design my own stamps and metal dies. I founded my own company “Whiff of Joy” soon afterwards.

I am married and am the mom of 2 boys (7 and 9). My family means everything to me and I love to document our story with scrapbooking pages, albums, filefolders and more.

It is a huge pleasure for me to take part in Els’ 2015 weekend guest series!! Thank you so much for having me ♥

You can find me here:

blog: www.katharinaFrei.com

mail: frei.katharina@gmail.com

Instagram: http://instagram.com/katharinafrei

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katharina.frei.391

pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/katharinaFrei

Project by Katharina Frei for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

Where do you find inspiration? | On Instagram!! I check my feed multiple times a day and love to get inspired by the daily images other artists share.

Where do you create? | I am in the lucky position to call a large craft room my own. It is full of light and I love to spend my creative time in there.

Do you scrapbook on vacation? | Yes, actually I do! I love to take pre-made minialbums with me plus my Canon Selphie printer. I tend to print photos in the evening and add them to my album right away together with some journaling. I love to have a ready made album to show to family and friends right after we get home.

Project by Katharina Frei for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

I created this scrapbooking page to honor my son’s friendship with a girl called Andrina, who will be living in the USA for the next 3 years. Most of the products I used are from Heidi Swapp. I am totally obsessed with her stuff :)

You might notice that I used “the square” as central geometric shape for this layout. Lots of squares on this page :)

For the background I used Heidi Swapp’s new artscreens. A super fun and detailed printing technique.

Project by Katharina Frei for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

The main title of my page is “This is no goodbye”, which I spelled with clear letters. I also tried to arrange them in a square shape to match the other 3 squares. I created the custom round epoxy shape myself with my Epiphany craft tool – love these!!

Project by Katharina Frei for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

Project by Katharina Frei for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

I love to add tiny details to my scrapbooking pages. This gives a lot more interest and creates dimension.

Project by Katharina Frei for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

Project by Katharina Frei for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

Thank you for joining me today!

Wishing you a lovely weekend and lots of fun creating ♥

Thank you, Katharina, for sharing your stunning work with us! That Heidi Swapp screenprint went straight on my wishlist after seeing your work;) Readers, be sure to stop by Katharina’s blog and Whiff of Joy page. You’re in for a real treat. 

Els.

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Sorry I have no Project Life post for you this week. I was writing up a Project Life Tuesday post, since I missed Monday. Yesterday was my last workday before the holidays, and with today being a national holiday, I was totally in a weekend mood, & Monday had come and gone without me even noticing it. How can Mondays feel so much like a Friday?

Project Life 2015 | Week 15 by Els Brigé for Becky Higgins DT

But then when I was half way through this ‘sorry I missed Monday, let’s do Tuesdays’ post, my computer decided to shut off completely, and made me loose the entire thing. I didn’t have the heart to start it all over again. So sorry, not today either.

I might have to warn you all together that this place might go slow for the next 3 weeks. I’ll be taking as much time with the kids as possible, making memories to fuel my albums afterwards;) Blogging will not be on top of my list, although I will not take off completely.

Catch you later!

Els.

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The Weekend Guest 2015

Today I would love to introduce the talented Kelly Sill, who’s on Becky Higgins creative team with me, to you as my new Weekend Guest.

Kelly Sill has been a scrapbooker and paper artist for over 20 years. She has taught traditional and digital classes at local scrapbook stores in Virginia and is a digital instructor at Scrapaneers.com. Kelly has embraced the Project Life way of documenting her photos/memories and her scrapbooking hobby led her to pursue a BFA in Graphic Design In 2007, after going to school year round for three years, she got her degree! Currently she lives in Apollo Beach, Florida with her husband, Chris and their dogs, Baron & Zoe. She recently was hired as a part-time sales associate with the Paper Source and loves every minute of it! 

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Kelly just opened a new online shop called Coastal Canvas & Prints where she turns your address into a GPS coordinate print or canvas gallery wrap. There are several designs in the shop! Feel free to check them out at coastalcanvasandprints.ecwid.com. You can also find Kelly at:

 

Blog: www.septemberblue.net

Instagram: kmsill

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kellysill/

Facebook Fan Page 1: https://www.facebook.com/SeptemberBlueDigitalDesigns

Facebook Fan Page 2: https://www.facebook.com/coastalcanvasandprints

 

Where do you find inspiration? | As a designer, I feel my strengths are in typography and color. So I draw a lot of my inspiration from typographical posters, ads and magazine layouts. Right now a lot of my color inspiration has been coming from nature. We live on the water so I’ve been drawn to beachy and nautical colors.

 

Where do you create? | We have an extra bedroom in our house that I use as my studio. Whenever I am not working at my part-time job, I am creating in my studio!

 

Do you scrapbook on vacation? | No, I do not. I take tons of photos (and may do some photo-editing) and collect memorabilia while on vacation to scrapbook later, but I do not physically scrapbook.

 

Christmas in July

 

I know it is a little early to be thinking about Christmas when it is hot and sunny outside, but I wanted to share a project with you that I’ve been working on for a better part of this year: Christmas Card Ornament Balls.

 Project by Kelly Sill for Bestamped The Weekend Guest PostFor the past 26 years of marriage, I have had a hard time throwing away Christmas cards. Someone took the time to pick out the card, sign it, maybe include a letter and photo, addressed it, placed a stamp on it and popped it into the mailbox. I just didn’t have the heart to throw them away, hoping one day I would find some sort of crafty project to use them in. Years ago I found a DIY project in a Martha Stewart Living Magazine to make ornaments from old Christmas cards. While the original instructions she provided had you cutting circles by hand, I found that if I made a cut file for my Silhouette, the process of making these goes so much quicker! So below is a tutorial of how to make these and I’m including the FREE cut file, too! Now you don’t have to use Christmas cards to make these! Use extra Project Life cards you may have or postcards from your summer vacation to create these 3 dimensional balls and place them in glass jars or string them on fishing line to make a garland! 

 

Items you will need:

 

Christmas Cards (or other papers)

Silhouette machine

Quick-dry adhesive (I like Scotch brand)

Paintbrush

Paper trimmer

Various colors of 12×12 cardstock

 

Step one:

Choose your cards or paper you want to use. Each ball need 20 circles to complete. When I use holiday cards, I use the outside as well as the inside of the card. I like that some of the circles will have the person’s handwriting on it.

 

Place the cards on your silhouette mat:

 

Project by Kelly Sill for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

 Notice I trimmed parts of the inside of the card to get rid of some of the white space.

 

Project by Kelly Sill for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

Step two: 

Import the free cut file into your Silhouette program and open it. It will look like this:

 

Project by Kelly Sill for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

Step three:

Refer to the cards on your mat and draw guidelines to match where your cards begin and end like this:

 

Project by Kelly Sill for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

Just for reference, I placed colored blocks on my layout below so you can see how the guidelines mark the position of my cards: 

 

Project by Kelly Sill for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

For this demo, we are going to use the circle/triangle in the upper right-hand corner. You can move the others off the workspace or delete them.

 

Step four:

Copy and paste the circle/triangle as many times as you need to so they fill each card on your mat like this: 

 

Project by Kelly Sill for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

 When you are satisfied, send the file to cut. In the cut setting choose “coverstock” and  unclick the “double cut” option. Make sure your blade is at the correct number, then click “send to silhouette.” Let it do its thing! It may be a little loud because of the dotted score line it’s cutting, but turn on some loud music to muffle the sound!

 

When it is done you get this:

 

Project by Kelly Sill for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

Project by Kelly Sill for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

Step Five:

More than likely, you will not get all 20 circles from just one card. So you need some filler circles. I made 12×12 file in Silhouette and just kept copying and pasting the circle/triangle I was using until the whole sheet was covered. Then I cut the circles from a solid piece of cardstock. I did this several times so I can have many different colors to choose from.

Project by Kelly Sill for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

Project by Kelly Sill for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

Step Six:

Now it is time to make the “top” and “bottom” of our ball. Choose five circles, fold along the perforations and arrange them like the photo you see below. Repeat with another five circles

 

Project by Kelly Sill for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

Start to glue them together by applying glue to one flap and repeat with the other circles until you create a little “dome.”

 

Project by Kelly Sill for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

Repeat the process with the other set of five circles. You should end up with two “domes” like this: (the photo on the right show what the “dome” should look like when it is flipped over).

 

Project by Kelly Sill for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

Step Seven:

Let’s make the middle section. Fold the remaining 10 circles along the perforated edges and arrange them in a line like this:

 

Project by Kelly Sill for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

When you are doing this, make sure you every other circle/triangle is going in the opposite direction like in the photo below:

 

Project by Kelly Sill for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

Apply glue on the flaps and adhere them together. Yours should look like this:

 

Project by Kelly Sill for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

Then glue the two ends together following the directions in the photo above.

 

You will end up with this:

Project by Kelly Sill for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

Step Eight:

Now it’s time to put the ball together. Make sure the flaps on one side of your middle section and one of the “domes” are nice and flat.

 

Project by Kelly Sill for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

Apply glue to all of the flaps on one side of the middle section and line up up a “dome” on top of them. The glue should be wet enough so you can slide the flaps around on each other to get them even. Here is a picture of what the inside of the ornament will look like:

 

Project by Kelly Sill for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

Repeat with the other side of the middle section and remaining “dome.” Your ball should look like this:

 

Project by Kelly Sill for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

And you are done! I know your first one may have taken you awhile, but honestly, once you get the hang of it, they go pretty quickly! Once the pieces are cut, I know I can complete one in about 10 minutes!

 

Project by Kelly Sill for Bestamped The Weekend Guest Post

To hang them, simply glue some ribbon in a loop to the top of the ornaments. Or thread thin twine through a needle and poke it through where points of the triangles meet through the opposite end and tie a knot to secure. 

 

What will you make your ornaments out of?

Ornament cut file

Thank you very much, Kelly, for you inspiring project and cut file!! Can’t wait to try these myself. Be sure to stop by Kelly’s blog for much more inspiration, and leave her some love while you’re there. Have a great weekend!!

Els.

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TourDeCraft-GUEST

I was so honored to be a guest on Libby’s blog on Tuesday last week. Every year Libby invites a bunch of designers to her blog to celebrate the Tour de France with some themed crafting. The Tour de France was riding for a big part through Belgium that day – too bad I’m on the other side of the country. So that just had to be my day for a little bicycle love.

Gefeliciteerd card by Els Brigé for Libby's Tour de Craft

We’re not the kind of people that can’t leave our house when there’s a cycling race on the TV. But whenever we have the opportunity we will watch. The Tour de France is special however. There’s a big piece of nostalgia attached to it for me. And summer has never really started without the Tour de France taking off. It is a big deal.

Gefeliciteerd card by Els Brigé for Libby's Tour de Craft

A week or two ago a new bike shop opened next door to us, the perfect occasion to make a fun bicycle card for my new neighbors. I just loved that sticker from Crate Paper’s Poolside stickersheet. Items like that make it very easy to make a beautiful card with minimal efforts.

Gefeliciteerd card by Els Brigé for Libby's Tour de Craft

Thank you very much, Libby, for inviting me to your blog for this year’s Tour de Craft! The Tour de Craft is still in full swing, so be sure to hop over and follow along. Enjoy the rest of the Tour!

Els.

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Op het einde van juni toonde ik een layout op het blog van A Flair For Buttons, waarvoor ik tot nu toe nog niet de tijd vond om hem hier op mijn blog ook te tonen. Het is een leuke eenvoudige layout, met een foto van de kids op het strand voorbije winter. Dit is mijn eerste A4-layout ooit. * At the end of June I had a layout up on the A Flair For Buttons blog, and I hadn’t found time to share it here until now. It’s a fun CAS layout, featuring a picture of my kids on the beach past winter. This is my first A4-layout ever.

On My Mind layout by Els Brigé for A Flair For Buttons DT

Dit werd uiteindelijk een heel persoonlijk layout, waarop ik enkele gedachten over moederschap neerschreef. Ik denk eraan om binnenkort misschien een groter project omtrent dit thema te starten. Ik hou jullie op de hoogte terwijl het idee verder groeit in mijn hoofd. * This turned out to be a very personal layout, journaling some thoughts about motherhood. I’ve been contemplating workign on a larger project about motherhood. I’ll keep you all posted as the idea develops in my head.

On My Mind layout by Els Brigé for A Flair For Buttons DT

Zalig toch hoe veelzijdig flair zijn, voor bijna ieder project vind je wel een passende. Hier gebruikte ik eentje van de Chalk Words 2 set – één van mijn favorieten. * I love how versatile flair buttons can be, to go with almost any project. The one I used here is from the Chalk Words 2 set – one of my favorites.

On My Mind layout by Els Brigé for A Flair For Buttons DT

Fijn dat je langskwam! Later deze week wil ik jullie graag nog een kaart tonen, die ik maakte voor het blog van een vriendin. En op zaterdag heb ik een fantastische Weekend Guest post gepland. Loop niet te ver weg;) * Thanks for stopping by today! I’ll be back later this week with a fun card I made for a friend’s blog. And I have an amazing good Weekend Guest post on Saturday. Don’t go too far;)

Els.

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Fijne Project Life maandag! * Happy Project Life Monday!

Ben je het voorbije weekend bij mijn blog gestopt om Lenny’s gastpost te lezen? Wat een schattig kaartje en doosje, hé. Ik vond het zo mooi. Als je het gemist hebt, ga dan snel eens een kijkje nemen … maar wel terugkomen, hoor, want ik heb een nieuwe Project Life week te tonen. Week 14. * Did you stop by my blog past weekend to check out Lenny’s guest post? What a cute card and pillow box, right. I adored it. If not hop on over, … But be sure to come back afterwards, because I have a fun new Project Life week to share. Week 14 that is.

Project Life 2015 | Week 14 by Els Brigé for Becky Higgins DT

Ik vind deze week heel erg mooi geworden, om één of andere reden werd dit een mooi geheel. Het is de eerste week die ik samenstelde met Heidi Swapp’s September Skies kit, één van de nieuwere Project Life core kits. Hij is gewoon prachtig. De kleuren, designs, enz … ik zie mezelf deze kit keer op keer weer gebruiken. Wel, … ik deed het al eigenlijk. De komende weken zien jullie meer;) * I love this week’s spread. For some reason this one pulls together very well. It’s the first spread I made with Heidi Swapp’s September Skies kit, one of the newer Project Life core kits, and I just adore that kit. The colors, designs, etc … I can see myself using this kit over and over again. In fact I already did. There’s more to come in the next few weeks;)

Project Life 2015 | Week 14 by Els Brigé for Becky Higgins DT

 

Week 14 was de week voor Pasen, er werden dus heel veel lenteknutsels gemaakt, zowel thuis als op school. * Week 14 was the week before Easter, so a lot of spring crafting was going on both at school and at home.

Project Life 2015 | Week 14 by Els Brigé for Becky Higgins DT

De bloemen op dit kaartje zijn fantastisch. Ik gaf het weeknummer nog aan met oudere American Crafts alphabet stickers, en werkte af met nog enkele kleinere items. * The florals on this title card are just amazing. I added the week’s number with some older American Crafts alphabet stickers, and some extra embellishments.

Project Life 2015 | Week 14 by Els Brigé for Becky Higgins DT

Ik kwam net tot de vaststelling dat ik December stempelde op dit kaartje, ik heb geen idee waar mijn hoofd zat op dat moment;) Nora maakte een aantal mooie kaartjes om op Pasen aan de grootouders te geven. Ik vond printables met vintage konijntjes op het internet en zij maakte er kaartjes van. * I just realized I stamped December on this journaling card, I have no idea what I was thinking;) Nora made a few beautiful greeting cards for Easter to give out to the grandparents. I found some vintage bunny printables, and she turned them into some amazing cards.

Project Life 2015 | Week 14 by Els Brigé for Becky Higgins DT

We hadden een fijne namiddag knutselen samen. Tuur maakte twee schattige wiebeldiertjes. De tekst die bij deze namiddag hoorde kreeg een plaatsje op de foto. Ik vergeet het vaak bij het printen van mijn foto’s, maar ik hou wel van die look met de journaling op de foto. De andere knutsels werden op school gemaakt. * We had a fun afternoon of crafting together. Tuur made two cute wobbly animals. The journaling of this event went in the ‘white’ space of this picture. I often forget about it when printing my pictures, but I always like the look of journaling on a picture. I need to keep that in mind;) The other crafts were produced at school.

Project Life 2015 | Week 14 by Els Brigé for Becky Higgins DT

Voor de rechterpagina gebruikte ik een design M page protector van Becky Higgins. Ik kies doorgaans voor een mapje voor vierkante foto’s als ik enkele Instagram foto’s wil gebruiken. In dit geval bleken ook een aantal andere foto’s bij te snijden tot vierkanten, en viel alles heel vlot op zijn plaats. * For the right page, I used a design M page protector from Becky Higgins. I usually choose to work with a page protector for square pictures when I have a few Instagram pictures I want to include. In this case there were some other pictures that could work as squares too. So it all worked out really well.

Project Life 2015 | Week 14 by Els Brigé for Becky Higgins DT

Doorheen deze spread gebruikte ik enkele Becky Higgins rub-ons, die trouwens heel erg in de smaak vielen. Ik was onder de indruk van de kwaliteit. Deze kleeft op een foto van mijn eerste DT bestelling. * Throughout this spread I used a couple of Becky Higgins rub-ons, which I loved btw. I was very impressed by the quality. This one is sticking on a picture of my first DT order.

Project Life 2015 | Week 14 by Els Brigé for Becky Higgins DT

De September Skies editie van Heidi Swapp heft geen 4×4 kaartjes, dus ging ik op zoek naar enkele 4×6 kaartjes, die konden bijgesneden worden. Dit ‘reach for the stars’ kaartje is één van mijn favorieten. * There are no 4×4 cards in this September Skies edition by Heidi Swapp, so I picked out a couple of 4×6 cards that could be trimmed down to squares. This ‘reach for the stars’ one is one of my favorites.

Project Life 2015 | Week 14 by Els Brigé for Becky Higgins DT

Enkele weken geleden kon je in dit album al zien hoe Nora van start ging met een mixed-media canvas. Deze week was het eindelijk helemaal afgewerkt. Het is heel erg geïnspireerd op revlie Schuit haar canvassen, maar dit is helemaal Nora’s werk – ze had bijna geen hulp nodig. * A few weeks back in the album you could see Nora starting out with a mixed-media canvas. This week she finally finished it. It’s highly inspired on Revlie Schuit’s canvasses – but this is all Nora’s work, no  real help from me there.

Project Life 2015 | Week 14 by Els Brigé for Becky Higgins DT

Leuk dat je langskwam! * Thanks for stopping by!

Els.

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Project Life is een systeem om herinneringen bij te houden en een levensstijl, gecreëerd door Becky Higgins. Je kan er hier meer over lezen. Dit is mijn interpretatie van het project. Mijn eerdere Project Life posts kan je hier altijd bekijken. * Project Life is a memory keeping system and a lifestyle created by Becky Higgins. You can read more about it here. This is my interpretation of the project. Check here to view my previous Project Life posts.

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The Weekend Guest 2015

Happy Saturday!! I’m so honored to introduce you to my second Weekend Guest for this summer today. Lenny has a completely different style than Magda, who was my guest last week, but nonetheless I adore it. The cutesy creatures, bright coloring, and Lenny’s fun style always tend to cheer me up. I met Lenny a couple of years ago on Twitter, and to my surprise she was Belgian too. We’ve never met in person however – I think we should get that fixed some day. I’ll let her do the talking now;)

Lenny Sacreas

I’m an enthusiastic teacher who also loves paper crafting, reading, traveling, gardening and baking. I teach French in 7th and 8th grade. I love working with kids. French isn’t an easy language for kids that age … but it’s so fun when you can learn them new things. I love scrapbooking, making cards, decorating notebooks, gift bags, … My go to for coloring: Copics, but I also love water coloring and I’m trying to do some pencil coloring too. It’s so fun to learn new stuff. Current DT: the Lawnscaping Facebook Inspiration Team. Everywhere I go, I take a book or my Kindle with me; if I have a couple of minutes of free time … you’ll find me reading. I love spending time with family and friends! I’m from Belgium but my favorite country is the US.

Where do you find inspiration? | I follow lots of blogs and I’m inspired by lots of crafty friends. Pinterest is also a fun inspiration medium. Or being outside … looking around you … Museum visits can also work! Difficult question actually … these last couple of months I lost my mojo. Don’t know how that happened, I was always crafting and suddenly I lost the crafty happiness. I had a bit of a hate-relationship with my craft room, I must admit. :) But … slowly, I’m finding my way back to crafting.

Where do you create? | In my craft room … always. All my supplies and craft stuff are stored there. When I’m working on a project (and it’s not yet finished), I can just leave everything, I don’t have to put everything away … so, the next day I can continue crafting.

Do you scrapbook on vacation? | No, not really. I’m always taking a notebook, some stickers, washi, colored pens or markers, … with me. That way, I can make a little travel journal.

More about my guest post project … I made a card and a matching pillow gift box. I used lots of Lawn Fawn supplies (one of my favorite things).

Project by Lenny Sacreas for Bestamped The Weekend Guest post

My inspiration: vacation time (I’m on Summer break) and friends … they make life more fun!

Project by Lenny Sacreas for Bestamped The Weekend Guest post

Coloring: I did some water coloring with Inktense pencils.

Project by Lenny Sacreas for Bestamped The Weekend Guest post

Full list of supplies: on my blog!!

I always love pillow boxes, and this one is just to die for;) Thank you very much, Lenny, for sharing your project and a little bit about yourself here on my blog!! It was great having you here. And thank you, readers, for stopping by once again! Be sure to stop by Lenny’s blog to leave her some love and get some more inspiration.

See you!

Els.

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Een snel berichtje vandaag. De I Love Summer PL kaartjes zijn nu te verkrijgen in mijn online winkeltje. Mocht je ze vorige week gemist hebben, dan kun je ze toch nog oppikken. * Just a quick note today. I added the I Love Summer PL cards to my online shop the other day. So if you missed them last week, you can still pick them up anyway. 

I Love Summer PL cards by Els Brigé

Alle positieve berichtjes en jullie enthousiasme over die kaartjes is zo hartverwarmend. Dankjewel!! * All your positive messages and enthousiasm about these cards warm my heart. Thank you!!

Els.

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Project Life Process series by Els Brigé

When life goes its’ ordinary ways, I’m usually not able to make a week’s spread by the end of that exact week. Most of the time I’m 3 to 6 weeks behind on my Project Life – and I’m totally fine with that. But that means I need to have a way to keep note of the events of those past weeks – there’s no way I’m able to remember all the little details for several weeks. And I need a system to prevent little keepsakes from wandering around my worktable – or even worse, around the house – until they find a permanent place in our Project Life album.

It took me quite some time before I figured out a good system for both keeping up with notes and with keepsakes, but I’m pretty happy with what I have for now. And the best thing is, you don’t need any fancy supplies or anything. Simple works the best for me.

Project Life Process | Notes & Keepsakes by Els Brigé

For jotting down notes throughout the week – which help me with my journaling a few weeks later – I ended up loving a simple ringband grid notebook the best. I use a page per week – unless it was a special week with lots of journaling – and usually keep enough room at the bottom of the page for a few page sketches. I don’t need many words to  help me remember the particular events, so a small notebook was enough for me. If you’re more of an elaborated writer, I would suggest you go for a bigger size.

I love that I’m able to make sketches for my layouts on the same page – that’s why I picked up a grid notebook. Last week I came across this post from mydigitalartstudio.com on Pinterest, which offers some lovely Project Life printables for free. Currently I’m into mixing page protector designs, so this wouldn’t work for now. But I might end up switching to one of these mydigitalartstudio.com notebooks in the future.

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Keepsakes, like little notes, drawing, tickets, receipts, etc used to pile up in a basket, or wander around, until I came up with a very simple system. I had an older set of Oh Joy! mailers, that I didn’t use up. So I punched wholes in a bunch of them, so they would fit in my current Project Life album. All kind of keepsakes now get tucked in an envelope, on which I stick a post-it note with the respective week scribbled onto it. So when I’m about to work on a particular week, I know everything will be in that one mailer. Once I’m done with the week, I pull off the post-it note and repurpose the envelope for a future week. I have a bunch of these circulating in my album, in a chronological order, sometimes even in between a set of page protectors. Nothing’s going astray anymore.

Project Life Process | Notes & Keepsakes by Els Brigé

I told you this wasn’t anything fancy;) How do you keep up with everything until it’s documented? I’d love it if you shared a bit about your system in the comments.

Have a great week!

Els.

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