Jul 2, 2019

The Bucket List of Summer Photos For Scrapbookers

When the weather starts to get warmer and the days get longer, I don't really spend as much time in my craft room creating. Can you relate? But summer is my very favorite season and I love to document in -- particularly when I'm up to my eyeballs in snow say, mid-February! But in order to do that, I need to make sure I've planned ahead and have summer photos at the ready.

I am not a chronological scrapbooker, so I like to think about the quintessential photos that tell the story of summer without being a 100th page on a family cookout or another summer birthday layout -- not that there is anything wrong with those things -- I just like to find the "bigger picture" in the smaller moments.

So here are my suggestions for the top five "must have" summer photos for scrappin' next winter (how dare I write that word right now!):

1. I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream. One of my favorite activities in the summer (and all year, really) is getting ice cream at one of the many ice cream shops on Cape Cod. Be sure to grab a photo of your favorite ice cream treat or sticky little ice cream-soaked fingers with a backdrop of your favorite go to ice cream location.

2. Water Play. Whether you're an ocean, pond, lake or sprinkler family -- be sure to catch some good waves & rays. Try and think of a unique story to capture... perhaps shell hunting with photos of the search and the resulting treasures. Or maybe each summer you walk the length of your favorite beach counting the boats -- document the steps in the sand, the start & finish and, of course, a few of the boats, too.

3. Summer Play List. There's something about the warmth and sunshine that makes me want to blare my radio more than any other time of year. What's your summer playlist and how can you document it? Or maybe you have a tune of the summer each year -- tell us what it is and why? Maybe take a photo of the fancy car screen with the name and artist (if you have that... I don't so I'll have to find another way to document).

4. Bottom's Up. And no, I don't mean actually bottoms! I'm talking cocktails, my friend! Whether it's a fruity rum punch or a non-alcoholic Arnold Palmer, take some photos and document your favorite hot weather thirst quencher. Here's one I could use last summer -- my friend Amie & I took a liking to Strawberry Daiquiri's last July when cruising the coast of Alaska!

5. Summer Shenanigans. There's something about summer that makes us silly! Document those goofy moments -- you know, when you're nephew puts the beach bucket on his head or the dog is sprawled out on the floor with his tongue hanging out trying to cool off. What photo can you take that shows that some like it "hot" -- or maybe that some don't! 

When you're documenting summer, don't just think Fourth of July and cookouts -- what's the "deeper" stories -- summer traffic, your favorite go-to summer shoe or your favorite fried food locale.

I hope you'll make your own summer photo bucket list and share it with me -- or better yet. Share the photos you plan to scrapbook at a crop with me this fall!

Here's to a photographic summer!


Jun 18, 2019

Spotlight on Perfectionism

Can I tell you something I've been struggling with lately? I've been wanting to revitalize this blog for months now. Months. But I'm struggling with perfectionism. What's funny is if you were to ask me if I am a perfectionist, I would tell you no. But it literally just became clear to me this morning that everything I'm holding myself back from is due to perfectionism. There, I said it.

"You should wait until you have something important to say."
"You should start eating better on a day when you haven't already overshot your calorie goal."
"You should go shopping because nothing you own right now looks good on you."

All things I've told myself within the last 24 hours. I didn't realize what has been holding me back both personally and professionally has been a major case of not being "up to par." I'm telling you here because, well, I think calling it out is the first step in making a change. And I suspect, I'm not the only one that talks to herself so negatively - and I hope by admitting it here that perhaps it may help you see that you're not being kind to yourself either.

So here it is. My first blog post in over a year. I hope it won't be my last. And if you don't hear from me in a while, maybe you should reach out... I may have fallen into the perfectionism trap again!

Since I'm spotlighting perfectionism today. I thought a great technique to show you would be "spotlighting" (see what I did there?).

It's a super fun (and easy!) stamping technique that allows you to highlight just the aspect of a card that you would like to show off (Don't you wish we could do that with ourselves??).

Anyway, this technique is great for large line-art images -- particularly if you don't want to do the intricate coloring required for the image. But today, I'm using this technique on a way simpler image and it still works!

I'm featuring the brand new "Over the Moon" stamp set from Stampin' Up. This adorable stamp set is the one I'll be using in my Stamp of the Month class this Thursday (June 20th) at the Chatham Community Center here on Cape Cod. If you're local and want to come, let me know as I still have some space available and would love to have you join us! Class begins at 6 p.m. and costs $15 or is free with a qualifying order.

And since it's Tuesday, I also have a video of this technique to share with you. I hope it inspires you to try this technique, too. If you do, I'd love for you to share it with me ... give me a shout out on my Facebook page.

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Jun 11, 2018

New Color Week: Day 8!

Do you ever struggle with where to begin when you sit down to craft? Staring at an empty craft table or even a blank piece of Crumb Cake cardstock can be overwhelming when you are surrounded by supplies.

The Stampin' Up Idea Book & Catalog is a great resource not just for the best crafting supplies on the planet (in my opinion!), but it can also be a great tool for idea generation.

Today's featured project was inspired by a project on page 18 of the brand new 2018-2019 Idea Book and catalog.

I love the card above in general, but I really fell in love with the purple and ocean blue color combo. So I used that inspiration and added in one of my favorite "ocean" themed stamp sets Magical Mermaid and came up with this:

Sometimes all we need is a little starting point to get our creativity flowing. I must say that I think this was my favorite project during New Color Week. How about you? Which project was your favorite? I'd love to know! Comment below!

In the meantime, here is the video for today's project:

The color combo for today's card was Gray Granite, Coastal Cabana, Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape.

New Color Club
Don't forget today is the last day to join Color Club and get yourself these fun color family swatch tags for free with your first month of club!

These Color Swatch Tags are going to be such a great tool for crafting -- they will help you come up with great new color combos of your own, plus you can use it to compare to patterned paper or cardstock you already own to see which Stampin' Up color would be the best match!

As a reminder here are the details for color club:
The Brand New 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up catalog includes 16 new colors in revised color families and a new style of ink pad! Do you want a way to stock up on ink pads, markers and ink refills for these new colors? Then you should join the club…

As a member of Color Club you will receive:
2 new stamp pads, markers and refills each month
A sampling of assorted new embellishments as my gift every month
In your hostess month, you’ll also receive a $25 product bonus
A private Facebook group will be set up just for club members to share ideas, projects and ask questions
And at the conclusion of club, you’ll also receive a new Stampin’ Blends marker combo in one of the new colors

As part of club, you agree to:

Pay $35 each month for your club membership (a credit card or PayPal automatic payment will be required)
Commit to your fellow club members and remain in club for the full 8 month commitment (July 2018-Feb. 2019)
Submit your requested host rewards by the 1st day of your assigned host month
(hostesses will be determined by random drawing)
** Note: if you happen to already own any of the returning In Colors (Mossy Meadow, Poppy Parade, Flirty Flamingo, Coastal Cabana, Mint Macaron or Blackberry Bliss), you will be able to swap it out for a different color you don’t already own. You just need to let me know at the start of club so I can make that correction in my files**

Ready to join? Email me at jenpitta@comcast.net to get started!
Registration for Color Club will close on June 25, 2018


Jun 10, 2018

New Color Week: Day 7!

We're in the home stretch of my New Color Week kicking off the brand new colors introduced in the 2018-2019 Stampin' Up catalog. And I think I've saved my two favorite cards for last. Today's card is a favorite because it uses my much loved High Tide stamp set.

Here's a sneak peek:

Nice and "beachy" just the way I like it! Today's color combo features the brand new Blueberry Bushel and Mango Melody. Of course there is some Crumb Cake in there as well and a bit of Soft Suede.

This color combo actually matches the new Best Route Suite -- it has some amazing Memories and More cards that are going to be great for those travel albums!

Here is today's video showing you how I put together today's card:

And here is the finished project:

Don't forget about my new Color Club -- a great way to get all 16 new colors in the core color families on a budget. You'll be able to get all 16 new colors (ink pads, refills and markers), two a  month for 8 months. It's a great way to get the whole collection without breaking the bank. As a perk, you'll also get the following:

- $25 product bonus in your hostess month (host a private class or online party in your hostess month to earn extra rewards -- but that's not mandatory!)

- free surprise goodies in your kit each month

- free Stampin' Blends alcohol marker combo in the color of your choice at the completion of club (there are even some brand new colors available!)

- Plus, if you join during New Color Week (by June 11), you'll receive my color swatch tags as my gift for free! (you can see the image of that in the screen shot for the video above).

Let me know if you have any questions and if you'd like to join Color Club, email me at jen pitta (at) comcast (dot) net!


Jun 9, 2018

New Color Week: Day 6!

Weekend is here! It's actually glorious weather here on the Cape and I'm hoping to escape down to the beach for a little bit today or tomorrow. The ocean is my safety and sanity zone... just makes me clear my head and calm down in what has been a bit of a difficult week.

But! I have some fun inspiration for you today -- in fact, while my heart is at the beach, I'm thinking about Christmas today! Can you believe it? Don't worry -- I'm not going to deluge you with Christmas projects quite yet, but I do have a color combo today that just cried out to be a holiday card.

Our color inspiration today is Merry Merlot, Shaded Spruce, Soft Suede and a touch of Crumb Cake.

What do you think? Are you ready to do holiday crafting yet? No worries if you're not... I've got some beach inspired inspiration for you tomorrow. 

Until then, here is the video with details on how I made today's card. 

Enjoying this New Color Week inspiration? Be sure to join me on my Facebook page where I share tips, tricks and new products on a daily basis!


Jun 8, 2018

New Color Week: Day 5!

Happy Friday! I have to admit Fridays don't have the same joy as they used to have when I worked 9 to 5 -- but that's because every day feels like Friday to me! I love being able to be my own boss, set my own schedule and save time for what is important to me.

And with that in mind, I want to share the amazing starter kit deal with you today. If you are finding a lot of new stamping toys you "must" have for your craft room, listen up. :) Did you know that for just $99 plus tax, you can select $125 worth of product of your choice... anything out of the catalog? Well, you can. And you know what's even better? You get a 20% discount on anything else you order moving forward (for as long as you're an active demonstrator). There is no obligation to sell or host events (you can totally buy the kit because it's an amazing deal), but hosting a class or two a month can cover the costs of all your own goodies, or even make you some extra cash to cover a bill or two! If you love to teach and love crafting -- this is a no-brainer! And if you just love Stampin' Up products, it's an amazing deal! If you want more details about signing up with me and becoming a Shore Stamper, check out this page right HERE.

Okay, on to today's card! Our color inspiration today was Lovely Lipstick, Flirty Flamingo, Soft Sea Foam and of course some Crumb Cake thrown in. I also had to add a tiny bit of Pool Party for the water in my jar.

Here's today's card:

Jar of Love is the stamp set I used today. And it's one of my absolute faves! You can check out THIS post for another card using this set (and a video on how to make shaker cards!). Speaking of videos, here is today's video:

Thanks so much for hanging out with me this week for New Color Week. If you want to read more about my New Color Club starting in July, read this post here (scroll to the bottom for Color Club details).

Okay... have a great Friday and I'll see you right back here tomorrow with Day 6 of New Color Week!

Jun 7, 2018

New Color Week: Day 4!

We're on Day 4 of my New Color Week featuring brand new colors from the Stampin' Up 2018|2019 annual catalog. I thought it might be helpful if I shared a picture of all the brand new colors. Here they are:

Some amazing new colors, yes? Which one is your favorite... I must admit that I've only used it a tiny bit so far, but I'm kind of in love with Soft Sea Foam. And just looking at this photo made me want to do a card with Soft Sea Foam and Gorgeous Grape (and maybe add in some Highland Heather, too!).

As a member of my new Color Club you will get all of these colors PLUS the returning In Colors: Coastal Cabana, Mossy Meadow, Flirty Flamingo, Blackberry Bliss, Mint Macaron and Poppy Parade. Don't worry -- if you still have those colors from previous years, you can just let me know and we can swap it out for another color you don't have. This is going to be so much fun... each month you'll get a fun package that includes two ink pads, two ink refills and two markers plus a some extra goodies from me. We'll have a private Facebook group to share ideas and inspiration and for one month you will get to be hostess and earn a $25 product bonus that month (host a private class or online party that month and earn extra rewards!). At the completion of club, you'll also receive a Stampin' Blends alcohol marker duo in your choice of color!

Join this week during Color Week and you'll get this fun Color Family Swatch tags to help you plan projects and find matching cardstock:

Email me at jen pitta (at) comcast (dot) net if you'd like to join! But hurry, new color week ends on June 11th so you need to join before that date to get the color tags.

Okay... on to today's new color project. Today's highlighted colors are Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover and Grapefruit Grove... with Soft Suede as our neutral.

This is a very bright color combination so I used some of our vellum cardstock to tone down the look a bit.

I actually embossed the vellum cardstock with the Layered Leaves dynamic Emobssing Folder, too. What do you think about this card? It gave me a lot of trouble to get it just right as I was putting it together, but I think it works!

And here's the video of my process if you want to check that out:

I'm off to visit my little furry niece Vanilla for a bit. She is so sad after we lost her sister Caramel on Monday. My sister is traveling for work the past few days so I've been stopping in just to check on her. She always makes me smile... even now when she seems so, so sad. It breaks my heart. 

Anyway, I'll be back again tomorrow for Day 5! Comment below and let me know what your favorite color is so far... curious minds want to know!

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