Dining Out “Foodie” Pocket Scrapbooking

Kelley | Thursday 17 April 2014 11:38 pm

Many pocket scrapbookers are also foodies and record their food escapades and travels as part of their every day life.  I tend to collect all our foodie experiences in a deconstructed “smash” type of journal, however I thought that it could be easily translated into the pocket scrapbooking. You don’t need to be a foodie to capture your dining adventures, I have also done food/restaurants as “my favorites” or as special ocassions (e.g. birthdays).

Last week, pretty late–I decided on a whim that I would head over to our local Chipotle for a bowl.  While standing in a line of 24+ people, I looked around more than I usually would and mind wandering. I picked up a menu to check out all the offerings– (I always order the same thing each time) then watched the workers making food, grab, steam, scoop, wrap…   While waiting,  I picked up a few other items–a catering menu with pictures of the food, I asked for a few extra sheets of the waxed printed paper that they line the baskets with and then grabbed another to go menu.   The workings of a pocket journaling page were already in the making!

You really don’t need much if you can pick up 2-3 or more items from the restaurant–to go menus, business cards, paper napkins, coffee sleeves, stickers (many places have them), the paper bags from the restaurant–I have plans for my bag and the bag that reads “CHIPS” on the front!

So, starting with the “found” items:


Then using just a few pieces of kraft paper and my pocket pages..



I got busy cutting up the menus, tissue paper, receipt, and catering brochure (which had nice photos of the food and a woodgrain background)…

This first one is a 3″ x 4″ section of the take out menu.  I corner rounded, chalked the edges and then cut out a chipotle circle and punched woodgrain circle from the brochure.


This second card is a blank 3″ x 4″ piece of kraft paper, with pennants cut from pieces of the menu and brochure.


This third photo is the back side of my receipt–it had the writing all printed, and when I laid it down on a piece of scrap kraft, you could see the circle logo from the front of the receipt, so I used my Exacto knife, cut out the circle and then adhered the receipt to the scrap of kraft, then inserted the circle logo back into the center (originally on the front of the receipt!)



This last one is a 6″ x 4′ card that I adhered the waxed and printed tissue to a piece of kraft paper to serve as my “printed paper”.  I then cut pieces of the menu and brochure to use as embellishments.



Here is one possible arrangement for the layout:



You can do as many or as little cards as you like (my album is a 6″ x 8″ size) .  So save those pieces of ephemera from your travels and use them as your backgrounds, embellishments or turn them into one of a kind upcycled journal cards.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to post a comment here or email or PM me via the PLCS Facebook group!

I hope that you find this little project useful!


Need paper…

Monthly Sneak Peak | Tuesday 15 April 2014 6:52 pm

Hi there Project Lifers, Treasa here today with part 3 of my hybrid series. Do you ever just sit down to work on your PL album or a project and can’t find the right paper for what you are working on. I know it has happened to me, I picture something in my head and then go through my massive pile of papers to just find that I don’t have what I’m looking for. Well I have an easy solution for you…go hybrid.

There are tons of free digital pattern papers out there on the web, just waiting for you to go and get em. All you have to do is search for “free digital paper” or just look on Pinterest. Trust me , there are tons of them out there, ready for you to download.

What do you do with them after you download them you ask? Well there are tons of things that I use them for. But for this segment I just want to focus on using them just as they are, printable pattern paper. Even if you don’t have a photo editing program you can still use them. You just need to open it up and click on print, then click on full page. Thats it, you’ll get an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of patterned paper, ready for you to use.

I needed a piece of graph paper for my Steal an Idea (Silhouette) swap, so I found one here. She actually has tons of pattern paper for download. I just opened it up in my photo viewer program , then clicked on printH

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Here is my printed pattern paper:

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I hope that this has shown you the endless possibilities to getting the right pattern paper you are wanting for your project. As a Thank you for all of your support on the blog I would like to send a set of Project Life swap cards to a random commenter. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know what you love about Project Life Card Swap group, easy peasy.  I will close this on Sunday April 20th at 12:00 pm.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time….

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May Sneak Peek

Monthly Sneak Peak | Monday 14 April 2014 7:05 am

It’s finally the 14th of the month and time for a Sneak Peek of the May swaps that are coming.

May Sneak Peek


EASY Epoxy Embellishments & a Giveaway!

Danielle | Monday 14 April 2014 4:14 am

Good morning, PLCS’ers!  Can you believe we’re already mid-way through the month?  Are you ready for SNEAK PEEKS??  They’re coming, very soon :)

Today I thought I would show you a very simple and inexpensive homemade embellishment for your PL cards and layouts.  I recently got these “Clear, Round, Epoxy Stickers” from the Spare Parts line by The Paper Studio at Hobby Lobby.  They are $2.99 for a pack of 24 epoxy stickers and you can find them on sale at Hobby Lobby quite often.

These embellishments are so easy, my four year old could do it!  All you need to make these are the epoxy stickers, a 1″ diameter circle punch, and paper.  This is a great way to use scraps of patterned paper or printables that you may find online (Silhouette Online Store and Studio Calico come to mind).  I have used PL and MAMBI cards, stamped images, and even (are you ready for it?) cupcake wrappers to make these epoxy embellishments.

Epoxy Embellishment Supplies

I have a punch by Epiphany Crafts that is made specifically for making these embellishments, but any 1″ diameter circle punch will work.  All you have to do is put the paper in your punch, then stick your epoxy sticker over the opening, and punch your paper.  After you punch it out, you will have a perfect little circle embellishment to add to your cards and layouts.  Like I said, so easy a 4-year-old can do it!  Then just use a little bit of your favorite adhesive to attach to your cards or layouts.

Here’s a small sampling of some of the epoxy flair I’ve made.  As you can see, I’ve used a variety of papers, stamped images, my cupcake wrappers, and even some of the new KIWI PL cards to create these.

Epoxy Embellishments

GIVEAWAY!  One lucky commenter on this post will receive a set of 6 of these easy epoxy embellishments!  I will pick a random winner sometime this week!

Happy Scrapping!


Using Washi and paper punches

Carrie | Sunday 13 April 2014 6:00 am

Hello today I am sharing a technique from an Idea I saw on Pintrest ( Love Pintrest for all the fun ideas )  This is a really simple and fun way to create custom PL style cards for any occasion.

These are the supplies I used to create my card


First I cut one 4×6 black photo mat down, I needed 1 3×4 piece and 1 2×3 piece for my card.  I covered the 2×3 piece with my 4 different ( but coordinating ) washi tapes, making sure that there was enough tape on each side of the paper to turn under and seal on the backside.

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I used my scallop border paper punch to punch one edge of the card.  Then I used a small flower punch to punch out my flower shapes.  I had 4 flower shapes and a small strip left after punching out my cards.

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I glued the 2×3 punched card to the front of my 3×4 card and glued the punched out flowers to the top of  the scallop design. I also used the small strip that was left from the scallop punching and glued that to the top of the card.  I then stamped my sentiment and completed my card.


Quick, simple and cute.  My favorite kind of technique!

Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment on this post and I will pick a name and send you this card as a TY.  You have until 4/18 to leave a comment.

Happy Scrappin’


APRIL Sponsor Spotlight: Dee Slater with Stampin’ Up!

Monthly Sponsor | Friday 11 April 2014 8:00 pm

The Design Team is so excited to work with this month’s sponsor: Dee Slater with Stampin’ Up!.  You can find Dee’s website at http://createwithdee.stampinup.net and her blog at http://createwithdee.typepad.com.

Here’s a little inspiration using Stampin’ Up! product from the Design Team:


Virginia Delgado Sponsor Project Dee Slater 2

Love how this card turned out! This is one of my favorite color combos right now—Basic Black, Whisper White, Coastal Cabana & Strawberry Slush!! For this card, I used a 3×4 piece of the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper, and a scrap piece of card stock in Basic Black which I embossed with the Chevron Embossing Folder. The sentiment is stamped in Coastal Cabana ink and is from the Geometrical stamp set available in the Occasions Mini Catalog. I added some Rhinestone Basic Jewels, an arrow and voila!!


Lisa McIntyre  Sponsor Project Dee Slater 2

I used the Kaleidoscope Designer paper as the card base, Basic Black paper with the chevron embossing folder to create the pocket. It is embellished with a Basic Jewels Rhinestone on a banner cut from the Strawberry Slush card stock. The stamp is from the Geometric Stamp set. I added bakers twine to the tag, Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to the words Hooray, and added DIY perler bead dots to the bottom. I love how it turned out!


Amy McVey  Sponsor Project Dee Slater 2

I used the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper with the Geometrical Stamp Set.  The Smokey Slate cardstock was embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing folder and then flipped over for a different look.  I also edged my Whisper White cardstock with my stamped sentiment with a grey ink pad by just running the ink pad over the edges.  This helps my sentiment piece stand out.  The scalloped piece is cut from the Tasteful Trim BigZ XL die and cut to fit my Whisper White cardstock.  Final touches included a heart punched from the Small Heart Punch, Basic Jewels Rhinestones and I used my Wink of Stella clear marker over the sentiment and heart to add some shimmer to my final project.



I also used the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper with the Geometrical Stamp Set. Final touches included a heart punched from the Small Heart Punch, Basic Jewels Rhinestones and I used Stampin’ Up! Primrose Petals ink on the edges of the cardstock and designer paper.

I really love how different all the projects are turning out considering that we are using the same supplies!

I know all the designers are really enjoying using the Stampin’ Up!  kits that Dee so generously prepared for us.  And you can win one too.  The kit that Dee will be giving away includes all the product that the DT is creating with plus a gift certificate for free shipping with a $30 or more order of Stampin’ Up! product ordered through Dee.  All comments made on Sponsor Spotlight posts in the month of April will be entered to win.  Be sure to link up any projects that you have made with Stampin’ Up! product.  We would love to see it!

And be sure to check out Dee’s blog and website today.  Thank you again to Dee for being such a wonderful sponsor!


Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper

Project Life® Your Way!! Part 4 of 4

Virginia | Thursday 10 April 2014 11:00 am

Hello, PL Swappers!! I hope you all are having a fantastic start to April! I just can’t believe how fast this year is flying by already. More the reason to capture those beautiful everyday moments and document them! My post today is short, and it is the last segment in four part series, Project Life® Your Way! I hope you have found these posts helpful, and if you missed some parts, worry not! I will list the link to all series posts down at the bottom of this post.

Today’s last segment in the series is Part 4: Use Your Stamps!! We all have those “these are perfect for PL” stamps that we buy and then sometimes forget to use. Or is it just me??? Hehe! For my layout today, I am still working on finishing up pics from last summer’s beach trip.


So, I pulled out some stamps and a few sheets of Crate paper to see what I could come up with. This page is a bit picture heavy so it doesn’t need a lot of “filler” cards.

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I ended up just using that one sheet of paper from Crate’s DIY Shop as the 3×4 cutouts were perfect for my page! Then I just went about choosing the best stamps for those cards. One of my faves is this one I stamped in Versamark ink with  “I Love Summer”. LOVE how it turned out! This is the great thing about using your stamps, you can make your own backgrounds or patterns to fit your needs for your layout or PL page.


I settled on using my CTMH stamps {Best Day Ever & Love This},  A Muse Studio stamps {I Was Here & Arrows}, and the other stamp in the WRMK set that had the “I Love Summer” stamp {Beach Babe} for the rest of the cards. I used my Palette ink in black, and my Stampin’ Up! Coastal Cabana ink pad {love this color!!} and love how the colors work well together with the pics and the cards. I’m going to journal on the “I Love Summer Card” but haven’t decided if I will write it out or print off my computer yet so I left it blank.


What do you think?? Do you use your stamps often in your PL pages? If so, link up below and show us!  Again, I hope you have enjoyed my Four part series on doing Project Life® Your Way! Here are the links to Parts 1-3:

Part 1: Using Paper Pads

Part 2 Using Your Current Scrapbook Supplies 

Part 3: Using A Few Sheets of Paper for Your Spread

Until next time….


Happy Swapping,


Distress Ink Bleed and Distress Ink Splatter PL Cards

Amy | Sunday 6 April 2014 7:46 pm

Good evening!

I was recently looking at YouTube and got a fabulous idea from Jennifer McGuire to use the technique Distress Ink Bleed.  She used it for cards in her video, but I definitely saw possibility for PL cards too.  You can check out the videos that inspired me here and here.  I absolutely love my Distress Inks and love learning new ways to use them.

First up, I will show and explain the Distress Ink Bleed.

Amy McVey Distress Ink Bleed 2014

I made this card by first stamping my Tim Holtz stamp in 2 Distress Inks.  First, I used Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and then I dabbed Seedless Preserves Distress Ink over portions of my stamp image.  I then misted lightly with water and let the distress ink bleed on my white card.  Once it had bled, I heated it with my heat gun and then stamped directly over the first image in Black Memento Ink.  I then cut down that card and matted it on my Gypsy and Black Cardstock by CTMH.  I added the 2 Black melted Perler Beads to finish the card.

For my Distress Ink Splatter project:

Amy McVey Distress Ink Splatter 2014

I used my Technique Tuesday stamp by Ali Edwards called This One.  I love this stamp set.  I used the arrow and random stamped them in different colored Distress Ink (Sunkissed Lemonade, Picked Raspberries and Spiced Marmalade).  I then took a clean paintbrush and dipped it in clean water and splattered the water droplets from the paintbrush onto my card.  Where the droplets of water hit, the Distress Ink reacted.  Once dried with my heat gun, I then stamped the sentiments over the arrows in Black Memento Ink.  I added 2 melted Perler Beads to finish off this card.

If you have Distress Inks, I highly recommend trying this for some PL cards.  Both techniques are extremely quick and easy and add a fun look to the pages of your PL album.  And if you try it, be sure to link up here and inspire us all with these fun techniques.



Customized Cuts

Alicia | Saturday 5 April 2014 6:07 pm

Hello everyone! I had this idea while working on a previous week in my Project Life album and I knew I wanted to share.

Week 13 for us was Spring Break with no school. I knew I wanted to document that, and then I also knew that I should make mention that it was a very rainy week for us, so not much outdoors fun was available. (Such is life here in the Pacific Northwest, though!) I had assembled all my photos and chosen to use some of the Becky Higgins Project Life kits. I decided on the Maggie Holmes kits, both the mini kits and the full core kit that use her designs. With these cards in front of me, I really wasn’t really sure how I was going to get Spring Break and Rain themed cards on the layout. And then, I thought to myself, “But I could MAKE some with my Silhouette!” And that is exactly what I did.

First, I chose a few of the cards from the kits. I used the pink and green patterns to make my Spring Break card, and all of the blue patterns to make my Rain card. I had an inspired idea to make all the raindrops different blue patterns so I chose multiple patterns from the blues.

Screen Shot 2014-04-05 at 2.35.46 PMI chose my files from the Silhouette Studio store, for ease and convenience. I like phrases that use multiple fonts, so this was the perfect Spring Break word art block.

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I also chose this cute raincloud cut file from the store. I resized my images to fit within the boundaries of my 3″x4″ cards. Then I ‘ungrouped’ the Spring Break words and spread them apart on my cutting mat, so that the two different words could be cut from two different cards, giving my final word art multiple colors and patterns, which I think is more interesting. Then I placed my chosen cards on my actual Silhouette cutting mat, aligned to the left and in the order I had assigned in the software.


After cutting my images, I realized that some of the card leftover pieces would still be usable for another project! this is the inside of the cloud and raindrops cutouts I made, and then also the outside of the word Spring.

I attached all my blue patterns, in tiny little square pieces, to the back of the raindrop cutouts using washi tape, I just made sure the patterns didn’t overlap multiple cutout shapes. I also wanted some sparkle, so I added some pieces of blue glitter washi tape mixed in. I used a piece of a grey and white striped card, also from one of the kits, to back the cloud cutout shape. I also added my Spring Break word art to a neutral cream polka dot card from one of the kits.


Here are my two finished cards. The styles and colors of the kit cards are still quite evident and I think think this is a great technique to add customization to pre-printed Project Life cards, creating personalized, fully coordinated cards of your own! The possibilities are endless if you are using a digital die-cut machine like the Silhouette, but this same technique could be used with a manual die-cut machine or even punches! Below is the finished version of my Week 13 layout.

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I would love to see your finished Project life cards or layouts using this technique or any similar customizing or personalization of core kit cards! Please link up your projects using the Mister linky widget below. Thanks!

Happy Scrapping!



April Sponsor Spotlight 1: Dee Slater with Stampin’ Up!

Monthly Sponsor | Saturday 5 April 2014 11:30 am

I am so excited to announce this month’s sponsor: Dee Slater with Stampin’ Up!.  You can find Dee’s website at http://createwithdee.stampinup.net and her blog at http://createwithdee.typepad.com.

The Design Team was excited to work with product that Dee sent us.  Here are a few of the projects that they created.


Jenny Bamford-Perkins sponsor project Dee Slater 1

Jenny used the Retro Fresh Designer Paper and Washi Tape, as well as Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana and Very Vanilla Cardstock.  The stamped greeting is from Starburst Sayings stamp set.  She also added Glossy Accents to all the arrows on the paper and the stamped circle to make them pop.


Danielle Piere Sponsor Dee Slater 1

Danielle used the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper with Basic Black, Whisper White, Strawberry Slush and Smokey Slate cardstocks.  The stamped sentiment is from the Geometrical stamp set.  She also used the Basic Jewels Rhinestones.  Here’s what Danielle had to say about her project: I decided I wanted to make a pocket, so I used a bit of coordinating washi tape to tape the black chevron embossed paper to the base cardstock. Then I attached the stamped sentiment on an angle and added the rhinestones. I love how colorful these papers are and can’t wait to slip some journaling or a photo into the pocket I created.



Virginia Delgado Sponsor Project Dee Slater 1

Virginia said this about her project: I LOVE all Stampin’ Up! products! Their stamps are great quality, and their Designer Series paper collections are always a must-have for me. Imagine my excitement when Dee sent us kits with the Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper included. I don’t have that one–yet!! Hehe! For this 4×6 card I used the paper mentioned, as well as a bit of Baked Brown Sugar cardstock from the 2013-2015 In Color Collection. Then, I simply added some Retro Fresh This and That Designer Series Washi Tape, and stamped the sentiment in Basic Black from the stamp set, From My Heart.


Lisa McIntyre  Sponsor Project Dee Slater 1

Lisa used the the paper from the Retro Fresh Designer Series. The washi is Retro Fresh This and That. The sentiment is from the Starburst Sayings stamp set.  The cardstock is Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana and Very Vanilla.


Amy McVey Sponsor Project Dee Slater 1

I used the Retro Fresh Designer Paper and the die cut is from the So Saffron and Coastal Cabana cardstock.  The sentiment is stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock and is from the Peachy Keen stamp set.  I added a couple dots from my stash and used our card sketch from December to complete my project.  After adding a photo, I will be adding my daughter’s name to the top of the sentiment to complete this project for my album.

I know all the designers are really enjoying using the Stampin’ Up!  kits that Dee so generously prepared for us.  And you can win one too.  The kit that Dee will be giving away includes all the product that the DT is creating with plus a gift certificate for free shipping with a $30 or more order of Stampin’ Up! product ordered through Dee.  All comments made on Sponsor Spotlight posts in the month of April will be entered to win.  Be sure to link up any projects that you have made with Stampin’ Up! product.  We would love to see it!

And be sure to check out Dee’s blog and website today.  Thank you again to Dee for being such a wonderful sponsor!



Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper
Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Very Vanilla

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