May 26, 2016

The Long Distance Layouts

Last August I was contacted by a lady in Brookings, South Dakota. She had stumbled upon some of my layouts on Pinterest, and even though she wasn't a scrapbooker, she "fell in love with what I did with photos." She said she had some photos, and wondered if I would be interested in "making them look pretty too."
I answered her back, and nicely told her that I was sorry, but the timing just wasn't right, and that I had only in the past few weeks starting scrapbooking again after taking a 5 month hiatus while we sold our house, bought a new house and moved. Honestly, after that 5 month break, I was so ready to play with paper and glue, but I wanted it to be my photos.

She contacted me again in September and asked if the time was right yet.
I called her that afternoon so we could talk a bit about what she wanted. I explained that I had made albums for other people, but they were all local, that I could meet with in person to go over ideas, pricing, see their photos etc, but by the end of the phone call I had agreed to do it.
She was going to sort and box up her photos, and I would have them by the end of the week.
The photos arrived, along with a check to pay for supplies and my time.
I started making the first layout September 9. Most layouts had 2 or 3 photos on a page, some were just 1 photo depending on the event or how many photos went together, and they all had plenty of room for her to journal or write the story behind the photo.
Every other Friday I would take some quick photos of the layouts I had completed and email the photos to her. Every other Friday, she loved what I had made :)
Somewhere around the end of October, I shipped the layouts I had made so far. She called me from work, in tears, as she was going through the layouts. That made it all worth worthwhile.
At the end of November I was down to just a handful of photos when Shelly called and asked if she could send another box of photos. More??
Another box arrived (along with another check), this box was twice the size of the first one.
In between working on layouts for her, I was still making layouts for me too, so I really was enjoying it! When you love what you do, you love what you do!

One day in February, I came home to a box by our front door, it was from Shelly. I opened the box to find more photos, and another check ;) with a note saying "you can send them back if you want, but Please, Please how about these photos too?"

Fast forward to May 2016.
Just this week I finished the last layout for Shelly, 8 months after I made the first one.
I wish I had a picture of all of the layouts together, but if we counted them correctly, it's over 200.
Here's the very last one, layout #213.

I'm kind of sad it's coming to an end, but memories are memories, whether they're yours or those of a new friend.

As always, thanks for stopping by!
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May 22, 2016

Scraplift Sunday - Paper Issues

It's Scraplift Sunday over in the Paper Issues {friends & fans} group, and today we're scraplifting the fabulous Cassie Box! Here's Cassie's layout, and as you can see, I pretty much just copied it ;) I love Scraplift Sunday's, such a quick and easy way to complete a layout!!

Pop on over to the PI {friends & fans} group for even more inspiration, and play along too ;)
And...don't forget to use code: Mary Ann in the Paper Issues store for 20% off your total order!

May 19, 2016

Pa's Birth Record

I love history, especially my family history! As a kid, I heard the story (more than once) about "the day the Notary Public had to come to Mama & Papa's house to see the family Bible to have proof that I was born". My Grandpa always laughed as he told the story, saying he was sure glad Papa had written it in the Bible, otherwise he wouldn't know what day to celebrate his birthday ;)

 **And just so I don't get any crazy emails (yes, sometimes I do!) I used a temporary adhesive to attach the note to the layout, on the off chance I ever want to remove it.**

As always, thanks for stopping by, and remember to use code: Mary Ann in the Paper Issues store for 20% off your total purchase!!!

stork and ticket chipboard: Crate Paper - Little You
heart tag: Crate Paper - Maggie Holmes
flair:  American Crafts - Starshine
enamel dots: Simple Stories
alphas: American Crafts
paper: Pink Paislee, Simple Stories, Crate Paper

May 17, 2016

Silly Girls - Scavenger Hunt Challenge

Hi friends!  Here's a layout that I shared on facebook, but somehow never shared it here. I know, I know, I've been slacking on the 'ol blog ;)  This one was for the Scavenger Hunt Challenge that I hosted over at Paper Issues for National Scrapbook Day.

It was a fun layout to make, normally I'll make my layout first, then come up with the idea or theme for the challenge. This time I came up with the scavenger hunt list first, then made my layout from that list. It was kind of like playing along with my own challenge ;)

And...just in case you want to challenge yourself, here's the the Scavenger List!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

May 8, 2016

May (P)inspire Me! - Paper Issues

The May (P)inspire Me mood board is up at Paper Issues!

It's a Coffee theme this month, so I used a favorite cut file from the Silhouette store. I've made quite a few cards with this cute little cup, it's the perfect size to tuck a gift card inside!

I like to cut the design from cardstock, then I add a layer of patterned paper for the "cup",  a different paper for the "sleeve" and to finish it off, another layer of cardstock for the "lid". Each of the layers gives it a bit of dimension. The cut file also includes a separate piece that is then added to the inside of the card, and even cuts notches to hold the gift card! So, so cute!
Be sure to stop by the PI blog for even more inspiration :)

As always, thanks for stopping by!

May 7, 2016

In the Garden - FREE Cut File

Hello, and Happy National Scrapbook Day!! 
We're celebrating NSD, a paper crafters favorite day, over on in the Paper Issues {friends & fans} facebook group! There's lots of fun challenges, prizes and inspiration too, so be sure to stop by and play along! There's also a FREE cut file over on the Paper Issues blog,  how cool is that!! I thought it would look great with some of the long awaited Fancy Free collection by Pink Paislee. Of course I bought mine in the Paper Issues store, and you can get yours there too (until it sells out again lol!) and save 20% off by using code: Mary Ann. Be sure to download the FREE cut file too!

DT member Danielle is so clever in creating her cut files, this one is especially fun with all those triangles!! I cut the design from the patterned paper, then did a little bit of watercoloring on white cardstock and added it behind the cut design. I love the minty green showing through!

I used a few chipboard pieces and a die cut for embellishments, then layered on the pretty flowers that I fussy cut from this paper. I even added in a little machine stitching  ;)  This ended up being such a quick and easy layout, and I still have some flowers left over for another layout too!!

As always thanks for stopping by!

May 3, 2016

Take 5 Tuesday Challenge - Paper Issues

It's time again for the Take 5 Tuesday Challenge that I host each month over at Paper Issues. What's Take 5 Challenge you ask?? Take 5 is where I give you a list of inspiration items, and from that list you must choose 5 items to use on your project. You could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store!!

For my layout, I used the color red, an ampersand, flair button, 3 papers, and the date as my 5 items, along with pretty paper and embellishments from the Life in Color collection from Simple stories.  Don't you love that cute camera sticker!

Be sure to stop by the Paper Issues blog, for even more ideas from the design team. Oh, and I'd love for you to play along too!

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