Tuesday, April 22, 2014

this Gal | Inspiration

Hey Everyone! Mandy here today bringing you some 8.5x11 layout inspiration.  

I used a mix of the various Evalicious collections that I will have linked and listed for you below. I started this layout with that photo from my birthday last year then I just started grabbing different bits and pieces not know where this layout was going.   

I thought it would be cool to have the badges and puffy stickers be part of journaling about me and my life at age 31. 

This photo shows how I added some layers and dimension with the Real Life Snipsnip 3x4 tags.  I cut the hello arrow with a craft knife and added a foam square underneath. 

To give the journaling a little added pop and funky look I traced around the thickers and added some of my own scribbles.
I hope this layout has inspired you to grab your Evalicious products to use on a layout about you! I would love to see what y'all are creating so please link up in the comments! 

Evalicious Product Used:

real life snipsnip 3x4 tags

camera love puffy stickers

everyday miscellany stickers

Thanks for joining me today! -Mandy

Monday, April 21, 2014

Artsy Fartsy Garage Sale | shop talk

 We are doing some major cleaning/purging here and I've got a ton of stuff to let go of. If you are in Vancouver, BC and would like to come out to this event, the details can be found here. Leanne is still accepting vendors. I'll be there on:
 Saturday, June 14 from 10 - 1pm (have the girl's ballet recital to go to at 3PM)
Sunday, June 15 from 10:30 - 3:30pm
Hope to see you there if you're a local!
Place is in complete chaos right now but home feels so much lighter in stuff. Feels good. We vowed to do this yearly now and not wait until we have to move. Do you do a major clean/purge once a year?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Disneyland & Mexico Album | Inspiration

Sorry this took a while to post about. It's a bigger task than I thought it would be. Warning: this is a super long post.
The completed album is a good 2 inches thick. Just love that I put together most of the album while on the trip. All thanks to my Canon Selphy CP800 printer. Yep, I lugged it with me (again). It's way cheaper to print - works out to be about 10cents per tiny pic. I used a lot of the PL Midnight cards and a ton of Evalicious stuff.
As you can tell from these first pages, this book is going to be full of journaling. The left page was done near the end. I did things a little different from my previous Hawaii album because I knew that there would be a lot more photos. I also didn't follow any journaling format this time. It was just based on how the day went and any little thoughts I wanted to add here & there. Wednesday was the first day of the trip.
Still on Wednesday. I included a little map of the hotel that we stayed at. I chose to just staple it onto the page protector rather than punch holes on it.
 A closer look at the right page.
 THURSDAY:) Lots of walking around and lining up.
 Still Thursday. Again, the Disneyland guide was stapled onto the page protector on the right.
 What's behind the guide.
 Friday:) Included another guide since it was slightly different.
 What's behind the guide. The 2 top pockets contain fold-over cards.
 Just had too many photos for today!
 Saturday - our last day at Disneyland. We only got the 3 day pass and used it all on Disneyland. By Friday evening, we were done lining up for rides and thought that going over to California adventure park would mean way more line-ups. It's okay, girl enjoyed herself and got another fix of princesses. We watched Tangled again at the Royal Theatre.
Sunday morning is on the left while the right page is where I put extra photos from the last few days and wrote a little note on each. 
The rest of Sunday was all about more line ups to get onto our ship and then for the buffet. I clipped a piece from the daily NCL newsletter to add to the book which outlined the day of the cruise, the date, the weather and other good stuff.
 Still Sunday. Also included another portion of the newsletter that I cut out which outlines activities that was offered that day, where things were on the ship. Fun to look back on later.
 Monday. Fun day at sea.
 Still Monday.
 Tuesday - Cabo San Lucas. I included a postcard on the right. Was going to get one for each stop but changed my mind since I was taking tons of photos anyway.
 The page behind the postcard.
We did a walking tour of Cabos - visited a church, museum, pub. Stopped at a gazebo and had a fruity treat then was serenaded
She did quite well for a 3 year old. We thought that they didn't offer the kids club during meal times so we just included her on the excursions. Turned out that kids club did run at meal times but there was just a charge to have to feed the kids. It's okay, I'm glad she got to see Mexico. She loved picking out a small toy at each port. It kept her busy while we waited for everyone to do their shopping at the Tequila shop. Was really disappointed that it was basically our "shopping". I thought the guide would've brought us to a market or something.
Weds: Mazatlan.
On this excursion, the guide did take us to a marketplace but it was just stand after stand of the same stuff. She found a mini guitar though:)
 Thurs: Puerto Vallarta. Another bus tour of the city.
 I think my fave part of the trip was getting to stop at this cute beach restaurant and sharing a guacamole with chips - it was so good and we should've ordered 2! Have been craving guacamole since. We checked her in at the kids club in the evening and they had a pirate night AND got to perform in the theatre. So cute!
 Friday: day at sea.
 More Friday.
 Saturday: another day at sea. Some relaxation time for us indoors because it was cloudy and cold out today. Girl went to kids club:)

Saturday still on the left. Right page consists of random photos from on ship.  
Sunday: debarkation and then checking in at the LAX Westin and Manhattan beach.
 Really enjoyed finishing off the trip with this last stop here. We were thinking that it would've been nice to go home on Sunday but once we got to the beach, we both had the same thought - that this was the perfect end to the vacation. The beach time we didn't get. We walked around this breathtaking town, had lunch at a cute Italian restaurant and had a mini cupcake each. Then got Subway and brought it back to the hotel for dinner.
 Monday: goodbye LAX.
Thanks for making it this far! Hope I've inspired you to journal about your next trip.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Smile, Love | Inspiration

Hello there! This is Sam to share my very first inspiration layout on Shop Evalicious blog. I am so thrilled to be part of this insanely talented team. Looking all the goodies that Eve sent me just made me swoon. I have been a huge fans of Evalicious rubber stamps since I found this out via Michelle De Leon. 

I have a layout to share with you today on how I used as many stamps as possible in a 12x 12 layout. 

And I would like to walk you through how simple this layout could be done. I finished this under an hour and the most tedious part of creating this layout would be….

cleaning the stamps and stencils! 

Here's how I started the layout… but I forgotten to continue taking step-by-step picture half way through. I started with making my own rainbow background using Distress Paints and a heart stencil. 

The colour of Distress Paints I used is: SpunSugar, Picked Raspberry, Tumbled Glass, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade.

While waiting for the Distress Paint background to dry, It cut the journaling card a little so that I could fit in the photo.

Then I started placing the photos in the centre of the layout, arranging the stamps that I want to use from left to right.

I stamped all the images with black ink to make the stamped image stood out more. And then… .I forgot to take step-by-step pictures. Basically I just added more embellishments like Puffy Stickers, SnipSnip Page Tabs and Badge Buttons. Then I realise the page gets a little too busy, I added pop dot to increase the dimension of the photo.

Close-ups of the layouts:

Let's make a wild guess how many stamps I have used in this layout? Total FIFTEEN!!!! One can never have enough stamps right? Thanks for looking!

Evalicious Product used:
- Sam