October Favorites

As Favorite #1 on this list says, I have taken a deliberate break from my Picture a Day and Video a Day projects. There is just so much going on in my life right now and I was finding it a chore on the days I did take pics/vids, and a source of guilt and regret on the days I didn’t.

I’m having lots of fun with these Nettio Designs Fave-o-Rites templates, and so my compromise is to make one of these for the month. As an added bit of fun, I’m using the current Pixel Scrapper blog train goodies to make my page. I’m not as smitten with this month’s page as I was with September’s, which seemed more vibrant and energetic (partly due to the palette) and just generally turned out more how I wanted it to. I also didn’t have a single picture of myself from October (though that allowed me to happily put in a pic of my best friend and her new baby). At any rate, it’s nice to have a record of the month in some form, so I’ll take it. 🙂

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Credits:
Template: Nettio Designs ~ April Favorites
Washi template: Brooke Gazarek ~ Tape Templates
Fonts: Quattrocento, Andes
Paint splatters: Eva Kipler, Just Jaimee
All other materials from the November 2013 Pixel Scrapper Vintage Blog Train
Papers: Arizona Girl, Isa’s Place, Abloom, Scrumptiously, Sheila Reid, Sara Paschal, Bits O’Scrap, Brandi’s Creations
Elements: Arizona Girl button, Cajun Diva Scraps flowers, Catherine Olson doily, Little Big Designs flower spray, lace, Abloom ribbon, Sheila Reid butterfly, Lady Bug Designs flower, Brandi’s Creations charm, leaves
Glitters: Marisa Lerin
Speed Scraps supply tracker used in making credits

September Favorites

I love scrapbook pages that are lists: top tens, favorite songs, best memories, etc. Nettio Designs makes layouts of her favorite things from each month, which she then turns into templates for sale. I’ve bought a couple but have never managed to finish one. She’s a paper lover and builds in spots for tons of different papers, which is awesome, but also means there are a lot of decisions to make and since I’m the queen of Analysis Paralysis, it takes me forever. But the abundance of papers and elements seemed like a perfect way to show off all the delicious designs from this month’s Pixel Scrapper blog train. What beautiful work everyone did; it was a pleasure to go through everything and pick out my supplies from the abundance of high-quality designs.

This month Pixel Scrapper is running a Layout-a-Day challenge. Because for some of us (me! me!) doing 31 layouts is a bit too much of a challenge, we were allowed to set our own goals. My goal is 8. I have no idea if I’ll meet it, but even if this one is the only one I do this month, I’ll feel pretty great about that! There’s something weird going on with me and memory keeping right now – I’ve stopped taking a picture of the day (and video of the day) for the first time in four years. I think maybe the fact that I never can find time lately to do anything with the pictures (like Project Life them) got me discouraged in some way it never has before. But at least I can look back on this past month and have this fun layout highlighting some of the best parts.

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Credits:
Template: Nettio Designs ~ May Favorites
Numbers: Mommyish ~ Wired Up Alpha
All other designs are from the Pixel Scrapper October Blog Train (follow link for previews & links to all parts of the train)
Papers: Craft Bliss, Digi Dewi, Holly Wood, isa.fabsplace.de, Nadia Slegers, Misplaced Mermaid, Playful Peanut,
Brandi’s Creations, Brooke Gazarek, Bits o Scrap, Sheila Reid, The Emily Files
Elements:
Arizona Girl chevrons
Craft Bliss ribbon
Digi Dewi leaves
Nadi Slegers frame
Abloom flower sticker
Playful Peanut chevron, confetti string
Studio Linda Renee stitches, lace
Timber Scraps paint scatter
Creations by Samantha ribbon
Dhariana flowers
The Emily Files flower
Mariscrap butterfly
Pics edited on iPhone with Over and PicTapGo apps

Pixel Scrapper April Challenge ~ Design a Paper a Day

I am participating in a challenge over at Pixel Scrapper, to make a paper every day (following a designated theme) for the month of April. I love making papers, so this is exciting. We’ll see how far I get. At the end of the month I’ll probably make the entire paper pack available as a freebie. The palette I’ll be using (this is not my own artwork! just using the colors for inspiration – the image is from The Caroline Johansson blog):

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I’ll post credits for all the marvelous resources I’ve used at the end of the month. For now I am mostly using this post as a place to store my images so I can link to them on the PixelScrapper forum.

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