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

Friday, April 11, 2014

Mr. Harmonica Man | Inspiration

Hi, Evalicious Fans! Mandy Koeppen here with an 8.5x11 layout that I hope inspires you to create with your Evalicious product this weekend!

This layout is really simple and quick to create. When I say quick like 30 minutes or less quick and we all love quick ? Of course!
My son has a love for the photo booth app on my phone and I have a love for photo strips so when I saw these photos I knew the Evalicious products would be a fun to use to document my Mr. Harmonica Man photos. 
I love the journal cards and the images not them but I'm not a project lifer so I tend to use them on my layouts in different ways life this "Today's Story" tag from the Hello 2014 Large Tags Set . The card really didn't fit the way I wanted it to so I used my craft knife to cut around the arrow them tucked the photo strip into the cutout and added a foam square for dimension. I love the puffy No.1 sticker from the Hello 2014 Miscellany v2 Puffy Stickers but only wanted the circle to show so again I thought outside the box instead of cutting it I tucked it under the photo strips. 

I think we all love Evalicious badges but I especially love the sayings and images on the Hello 2014 Badges v1. Adding badges to this layout was a great way to break up all those straight lines. 

In this detail shot I wanted to show that page tabs don't have to be used just as tabs. I usually always cut them apart and use them in a different way like on this layout. The "Play" tab from the Hello 2014 Snipsnip Page Tabs I cut in half added some dimension with a foam square and then stapled it to the page. 

Evalicious Products Used on this Layout:

I hope you've been inspired not only by the quick and simple but also to think of different ways to use your Evalicious products next time you use them.

Thanks for joining me today! Have a fabulous Friday!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

You are spectacular - Inspiration

Hi there!

It's Laura here with my very first post as part of the new DT (seriously pinch me!) .

I am going to be straight up honest, creating this first project scared the heck out of me and I kept walking away from it.  In the end I totally love what I created, but that is not too much of a stretch seeing as I got to play with some really great Evalicious products!

I had so much fun playing with the elements that Eve sent to the DT, I am in love with her flair, and I probably could have continued to add things to my page! ha!

 I layered up lots of little tags to bring some colour to my page,and give me some fun places to add some notes to my page.

 The stamps are so cute and after stamping a couple, I cut them out and popped up some of them.

 This little arrow clip is too cute to hide behind a photo, so I stitched it right to the page.

 And these little puffy stickers are so sweet, and come is all sorts of great colours and designs. They didn't NEED the staples, but I wanted to add the texture, I think it looks cool.
I also used some of the stamps to do some rand stamping around the edges of my page, I love the way it turned out!

Thank you for visiting! I would love for you to following along with the team, I know I am going to, these girls are seriously talented!