Monday, November 24, 2014

Evie 2013 Holiday Photo Layout

As part of the photos we took for our holiday card last year, we got a couple of cute shots of Evie that I wanted to scrapbook by themselves. Since it was from the same set of photos, the look and feel of the layout is a bit similar to the 2013 holiday card layout, with a grid background, embroidery floss stitching, same color scheme, and a couple of Project Life Seafoam journaling cards thrown in. This layout is more in the "clean and simple" category though, since it's mostly just the pictures and the Project Life journaling cards.

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On this layout:
  • Evalicious (paper clip, badge button)
  • Project Life (journaling card from Seafoam core kit)
  • American Crafts (embroidery stencil kit)
  • Eyelet Outlet (enamel dots)
  • My Mind's Eye (chipboard sticker)
  • We R Memory Keepers (washi tape)
  • mt (washi tape)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

2013 Holiday Card Layout

Last year was the first year that I did holiday cards for our little family unit. I did a hybrid card where I had photo cards printed at Costco (you can't beat $14.99 for 50 cards and lined envelopes!) and added in a paper-crafted strip.

I'd been meaning to scrapbook the holiday card, and finally got around to it recently. Just in time to make 2014 holiday cards!

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On this layout (excluding what's on the original holiday card):

Monday, November 17, 2014

Playground Layout

I blogged about the story behind this photo a year ago. Some layouts seem to come to me faster (like in a few days, if I'm working on it a bit each night after bedtime), but this layout wasn't one of those. I can't say it's my favorite layout, but the more important thing was to just get it scrapbooked, especially since I'd started and sat on this layout for over a year.

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On this layout:
  • Studio Calico (patterned paper)
  • American Crafts (Thickers)
  • Bazzill Basics Paper (tissue tape)
  • Pinkfresh Studio (wood veneer)
  • Evalicious (paper tag and clip)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Family and Maternity Photo Shoot

A few weekends ago, I arranged to have some family/maternity photos taken. I wanted to do maternity photos the first time around with Evie, but waited too long, so then I ended up being too big and it got hot. This time, I thought further ahead and also did a bit of research on local photographers.

The photographer I ended up choosing was LaPrada Photography. At $150 for the basic session, I felt like it was more reasonable compared to some of the other photographers I looked at, and more importantly, we got a disc of about 30 high resolutions images for personal use and printing. There were some other photographers who charged extra for a disc of high resolution images and/or only allowed you to make prints through them, which I was not on board with.

It was still, unfortunately, a bit on the warm side the last weekend in October when we took the pictures, though not terrible. I chose to do the pictures at the DC Ranch Market Street. I thought it was a good location for pictures, but I didn't realize just how popular it was. There were at least a handful of other photo shoots going on at the same time that we were there.

Evie's cooperation was also in question at times, so not all the pictures came out great if she wasn't smiling (naturally) or paying attention. We did get some good shots out of the session though, which is what I wanted. Here are some of the shots that came out well. (There are a few shots I'm saving for our holiday card this year, so not posting those just yet).

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Monday, November 10, 2014

White-on-White Giraffe Baby Card

I was inspired to make this white-on-white baby card a month or two ago, knowing that it was likely I'd need some baby cards soon (which I did - I used both for baby showers in the last week).

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They were fairly quick to make, and I like the pops of color.

On the card: