Saturday, November 24, 2012

Progress on baby album - Project LIfe style

I have been collecting Project Life materials for quite some time.  My intention of course, is to get my photos off my computer/phone and in to albums.  I have tried all forms of scrapbooking - traditional, digital, hybrid.  I like them all, but I needed something quick and simple.  Along comes Project Life from Becky Higgins and I was intrigued by the simplicity of it.  It took me a long time to finally sit down and figure out exactly how I wanted to use the supplies.

Here is my current approach, and of course, may change over time.  I am currently working on a Baby album for my daughter (who is now six).  I started by going through all my photos on my computer.  I use iPhoto, so it is easy for me to find things, because back when I used my Canon DSLR, I categorized by events.  I can also create new folders within iPhoto itself and this is where I started.  I made a folder titled "Kylie - birth to one year", and so on, creating a folder for each year.  From within that folder, I attempted to group photos by event....for example, all my belly pics and the pregnancy test, etc. went in to one "group".  Baby shower photos went in to one group, birth pictures in another, and so on.   I used those groupings to figure out my page layouts using the project life page protectors.

I also downloaded the digital version of the Clementine kit.  I printed out some of the journal/filler cards to fill in the "empty" spaces.  When it came to journaling.....I am not a fan of my own just looks messy, so I use Ali Edwards handwriting font.  Since, I have the digital version of all the journaling cards, I just figure out which one I am going to use, and use PSE to journal on my computer.  Then I just print it out and cut it to fit the insert.

Here are some pics of what I have so far:

The first thing I have in the book are the cards from the shower, and cards people sent from when she was born.  I am really glad I kept them, because I wrote what people gave in the cards.  I may end up moving it to the back of the book when done, but for know, it is going to stay in the front.

I thought this would be a great way to start her album off with pictures of the pregnancy test, the ultrasounds and a few belly shots.  The journaling on the card in the lower right explains that we found out we were pregnant about a month after my hubby had returned from deployment, :)

I was lucky enough to have two baby showers.  We were still living in San Diego when we found out I was pregnant.  We were scheduled to leave for Quantico in August, so my Mother-in-Law threw a shower for me us in July.  My mom threw one for us in October.  I have pics from the California shower on the left and pics from the Pennsylvania shower on the right.  I used half of page protector in between.  

This is the other side of the baby shower spread.  

I needed something to fill up the back side of this page, so I blew up Kylie's hospital photo.  I don't have a 12x12 printer, but I used PSE to create the 12x12 document.  I took each piece and separated it out between two 8.5 x 11 pages, then printed, cut and slid them in.  I added her birth information in the upper right corner.

The next insert is an 8.5 x 11 containing her birth story.  I posted this before, and got the idea for this from Ali Edwards.  You can pull it out, and open it up to read the birth story.  I currently have it sealed at the top with Washi Tape, but I am thinking of using velcro instead.  

I still have her beanie she got in the hospital, since she was born a few weeks before Christmas.  I haven't adhered it in place yet, velcro might work for that also.  I included the original photo from the hospital as well on this page also.  I may add a journaling card on the page, giving a little more information about the beanie.

This was the birth announcement we sent out and I wanted to include it.  I took an 8.5 x 11 insert and just sewed close to the edges of the announcement to make a custom fit.

I have some of her birth/hospital pictures here.  I cut an insert that normally holds six pictures in half, and then I have the normal size layout behind it.  

This is what the page looks like after the "half" page is flipped over.

The next page I have a few pics from our first days at home, and her first bath in a "tub"

I like how this page turned out.  Kylie with some of her close relatives.  This is as far as I have gotten.  I  am not quite sure how the rest of the album will turn out, but if I keep it simple and not put too much thought in to it, I should have her first year completed in no time!!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Trip to the zoo and pics with the iPhone

It's been quite a while since I have updated the blog here, and with any luck, I will be able to update on a daily, or weekly basis.  I am currently taking a class at called iShotThat.  I really like it, because it's all about using your iphone to capture better photos.  I have a lovely Canon DSLR, but it's just too big to carry around anymore.  I have a 6 year old and an 18 month old.  It's so much easier to pull out my iphone and snap a picture when we are out and about.  I also love that I can edit right on my iphone!  There are a million apps out there for photo editing.

Here are a few of my current favorite photo related apps:

Camera+ (my go to camera app)
Instagram (my absolute favorite for editing and sharing)

I usually begin editing my photos in Camera+.  I can crop to a square size, and I get more flexibility with the square in this app, than I do with the Instagram app.  So, whatever pics I like, I crop to a square, save to my camera roll and then open them up in Instagram.  On facebook, I just put all my saved Instagram photos in to albums, much easier than sharing one at a time.  I use an app called Photoloader.  It is made to work with facebook and the Ipad.  For sharing my pics here on my blog, I find it easier to group them using PicFrame, or any similar app.

Here are the pics I took yesterday:

Saturday, July 28, 2012


HI everyone!   If you were a follower of my blog here, and enjoyed my cards, papercrafts, etc. visit my new blog dedicated solely to Stampin' UP! and all my fun projects.

I have been updating on a daily basis with some really cute cards, and today I posted a bracelet!  Check it out and be sure to update your bookmarks, google reader, etc.

Have a great day

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

I am attempting to catch up on my Project Life album.  I am so far behind, LOL!  I am trying to figure out how I want to approach it.  I have discovered that weekly just will not work for me, so I have decided that monthly works much better.  I generally take the majority of my photos with my iphone.  I always have it with me and, depending on the lighting, the pictures aren't that bad.   Most of the time I add filters and such anyway, so it doesn't bother me to have a grainy picture, :)

I am using a variety of different products in my albums.  I have a number of different page protectors, from Project Life, We R Memory Keepers, Simple stories and even some random sizes I acquired from 

The albums I have chosen are the 12x12 D-ring albums by We R Memory keepers.  I have a blue one for Joshua, a pink one for Kylie and a black one for Family.  I use a combination of traditional, digital and hybrid techniques. 

The really neat thing about memory keeping with this system, is that there is no right or wrong way to do it.  You do what works for you.  

This morning, I used PIcasa to create some photo collages from Joshua's birthday party.  I printed it out on a sheet of 8.5 x 11 photo paper, slid it in a page protector of the same size and it is now happily sitting in the album.   What is really cool, is that I have one in Joshua's album, and one in the Family album. 

Due to the fact that I am not a fan of my handwriting, I have been using Ali Edwards handwriting font, in addition to a number of her products from Designer Digitals.  I acquired the font a while ago.  I am pretty sure it was a free download.  I will have to see if I can find a link for it.

I am hoping to have some photos to share this evening, but my daughter Kylie has a birthday party to attend within the hour, so my memory keeping needs to be put on hold.

Happy Scrapbooking!!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Instagram prints

I received my Instagram prints from Persnickety Prints in the mail today.  I love them!!  The paper they are printed on is very good quality.  The colors look exactly like they do on my iphone.  I am very pleased with how they turned out.  I ordered them on Sunday, the 29th and they arrived via USPS this morning.  I plan on incorporating them in to my Project Life album, which I need to get caught up on.  I am still thinking I am going to group my photos by month, it just seems to work better for me that way.  Once I get caught up, I will share some photos of my pages.

Here are some of my prints:

Ordering them online and having them delivered saved me a lot of time.  If you have instagram prints and would like to put them in an album this is the way to go.  I managed to find some page protectors that fit in my 12x12 album that have pockets sized for 4x4 prints.  I found Simple Stories 4x4 page protectors at my local scrapbook store.  The total size of the insert if 8x8, but it still fits in my 12x12 album.  I am also aware that Becky Higgins will be introducing a style of 4x4 page protectors that fit 12x12 albums as part of her Project Life brand.   I will be getting my hands on those as well when they are available, :)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Adventures in wireless printing

Due to the fact that I take the majority of my pictures with my iphone, I was looking in to purchasing a wireless printer, so I could print directly from my iphone to my printer, hoping to bypass the computer all together.  It is much easier said than done.   Allow me to explain, :)

I bought the Canon MG5320 wireless all-in-one printer yesterday.  Setting it up and getting everything connected via the home network was a piece of cake.  Both computers (one MAC and one PC) printed to it with not problem.  I was able to print to it from the iphone, however, I ran in to a few snags along the way.  I haven't tried printing to it from my ipad yet, but I am sure it would connect and print similar to the way the iphone does.

As an "iphoneagrapher", I use all the cool apps like Instagram and Hipstamatic.  This is where the problem lies.  The dreaded square photo.  I know that I can print them from my computer, but only after transferring the photos and sizing them accordingly using photoshop.  This works well for one or two photos, but I have a ton of photos sitting on my iphone.  In the beginning, I only ever used my iphone to catch those rare moments when I didn't have my good Canon Rebel DSLR on hand, but now, my iphone is what I use for just about everything.  Needless to say, the photos kept piling up.  I didn't offload them to my computer, like I would have if I used my DSLR.  Word to the not let so many pictures pile up on your phone!

So, there I sat, wondering how I could get my square prints directly from my phone to my printer.  I tried everything.  I did manage to get a 4x4 print on an 8.5x11 sheet of paper, but it was not photo paper.  The MG5320 has a bottom tray and a feed tray in the back as well.  This model only allows photo paper in the rear feed tray.  The dilemma being that I could not tell my printer which tray to feed from.  If I could have done that, all problems may have been solved, except for the fact that I would end up wasting a lot of paper.

I downloaded the following APPS in an attempt to get these square prints:
Printcentral Pro
Canon IEPP
Iphoto for the iphone
Photogene 2
Simple Resize

None of the above APPS provided me with what I was looking for.  Do not get me wrong, all those APPS are awesome in certain ways, but did not offer me what I needed.  The only good part is that I now have an arsenal of really cool photo apps!

I had finally come to the conclusion that ordering online would be the only option I would have if I wanted to save some time and money.  I decided I would try Persnickety Prints.  I downloaded an APP called LifePics.  This APP is awesome!  I created an account and chose to upload my square photos.  I logged in to the Persnickety Prints site using the same account.   The process was very easy and I should be receiving my prints in 2-3 days.  The Lifepics app does much more than that!  I recommend visiting the site and checking it out.  I plan to use it for my 4x6 photos and have them printed and ready to pick up at a local photo printer of my choice.  After I get "caught up" on getting my photos printed, I will probably end up printing from home.  A few pics here and there won't take that much time. 

I am looking forward to sharing my prints with you when I receive them! 

P.S.   if someone can create an APP that would print a 4x4 directly to my printer via my phone, now that would be even better!!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Cowles Mountain

Yesterday I decided to do something I haven't done in a long time.  A friend of mine had asked via facebook if anyone was interested in hiking up Cowles Mountain.  I love to hike and have not done so since I was stationed in Hawaii.  I only ever went hiking twice out in Hawaii.  I conquered Diamondhead and I went on a hike somewhere in Kailua with a few of my old Marine Corps buddies.  Before that, the last time I went on a real hike, was at Hawk Mountain sanctuary, right before I signed  a few years of my life away to the Marine Corps in 1997.

I don't count any of the countless times"humping", as the Marine Corps likes to call it, as hiking.  Due to the fact that I was not exactly doing it for fun or recreation.  I suffered from shin splints when I was in boot camp.  The pain from a shin splint, if you have never had one, is excruciatingly painful.  It feels as if the muscle lying along the front portion of your tibia is being ripped away from the bone.  Needless to say, I had a very rough time, but somehow managed to pull it together to graduate on time.  Yes, I was almost dropped back in training, but that is another story.

Getting back to the present, I decided that I would take her up on her offer, since Kylie would be in school most of the day and we were going to meet at nine in the morning.  The only other thought than ran through my head was whether or not I would be able to carry Joshua, my 23 pound toddler on my back.  I decided to go for it anyway.  I needed some fresh air and adult conversation.  I was unaware of how steep the initial climb would be.  My calf muscles were not happy with me, but after about the first fifteen/twenty minutes, I was doing much better.  I won't lie, I had to stop a few times, for a few minutes, to give my legs a rest.   I kept telling myself that I was a former Marine and I should be able to handle a 1.5 mile hike to the summit, even if I had an extra 23 pounds on my back, however, I have been out of the Marines for well over ten years, but the motivation and drive was still there.  A little more than an hour later, we reached the summit.   I figured that was actually pretty decent timing, since it was an uphill climb and it use to take me about 28 minutes to run three miles.

The view from the top was amazing.  It was still a bit cloudy and overcast, but it was just amazing how far you could see. 

I had to touch the sign.  It was such a good feeling to reach the top!

The ladies at the summit.

I took this picture about halfway up.  The body of water in the background is Lake Murray.  Mission Trails Golf Course is the lovely green area you see.

This is the view looking to the North from atop Cowles mountain.

Looking towards the East.

View to the south/southeast.

This is the view to the west/southwest.  You can almost see the skyline of Downtown San Diego on the right edge of the photo, but the clouds and haze are a bit heavy.

View to the west.  If it would have been a little more clear, you would be able to see the ocean. 

View to the north/northwest.  You can barely see La Jolla on the left edge of the photo.  The rest is mostly Miramar.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New Stamping blog - iStamp with TLC

I have many projects that I create, but I can not always use SU products for everything I do, especially my memory keeping.   In an effort to keep my memory keeping and my SU business blog separated, I created a new blog dedicated entirely to my SU business.   YOu can find it here: iStamp with TLC.
This blog will now be my focused on memory keeping and photos, which is what it was originally intended for. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

My attempt at Project LIfe

I have been wanting to do Project LIfe for quite some time now. Last year I bought a few packages of the Design A photo pocket pages and some of the journaling cards, but I never went any farther than that, of course, I was taking care of a newborn and my five year old while my husband was deployed, so time was not on my side. I have been reading many posts and checking out various blogs regarding Project Life. I finally got the motivation I needed to get going on this great way to preserve family memories. I am not too far behind to start an album for this year, so that is the direction I am headed. My plan, eventually, is to document what happens by week. Each two page spread will contain the photos and journaling from Sunday through Saturday for every week. However, since, I want to get caught up, I decided to January by month, instead of trying to separate the pics I took by week. I was really excited to learn that the kit pieces are available digitally at This gives me a variety of options when it comes to journaling, and adding images to the journaling cards and filler cards. I have a Silhouette, so I can print the cards and then cut them out with my digital cutter. Here are my first four pages:

I am not a big fan of my handwriting, but I think it gives my pages a more personal touch than if I were to create the journaling on a computer and print it out. I love the versatility of this type of memory keeping. I can add other styles of photo pocket pages and I can even include the occasional traditional 12x12 layout. I am just really excited, because I finally got pictures off my phone/computer and in to some type of memory album. Some of my pictures are not the greatest, but it isn't always about how good the photo looks, it's about capturing the moment! I look forward to sharing more of my project life album as I add to it. I also plan on doing similar "baby" albums for each of my children, to include certificates, schoolwork, artwork etc. Thanks for stopping by!