Moments Like These Project Life Album for Dance

Tonight is the last dance recital.  The last for my daughter and the other seniors.  And, the last for the studio owner.  She has sold the studio and will retire after tonight’s performance of Coppelia.  It is traditional that the graduating Company girls give a joint gift to the studio owner who also happens to be the principal instructor and choreographer.  With the studio changing hands and her impending move, they were having trouble deciding what to give her.  It couldn’t be something for the studio or her home.  That made gift giving hard!  Then, my daughter mentioned to me that the studio owner is sentimental and inspiration hit!  Why not create an album from this year’s graduating Company girls but including everyone currently at the studio?  That’s what they decided to do.

So using the 6″ x 8″ Espresso Project Life Album and  packs of 6″x 8″ Variety Project Life Photo Pocket Pages, they set out to create their gift.

They’ve got a great group shot from the final rehearsal at the studio that fills the full page pocket.

It is the first page in the album.

Moments Like These Dance Recital Project Life Album page - from

Then, the girls both submitted and collected photos so that pages could be assembled.


This girl wanted this 6″ x 4″ card to to journal on so, we chopped her picture so that it fit in the two smaller pockets on the page.

I love that you have this flexibility and it doesn’t make the photo any less appealing.

Moments Like These Dance Recital Project Life Album from

And this girl used her full size picture and chose both a decorator card and a journaling card to fill her pockets.

The colors in the Moments Like These card collection, worked perfectly with the range of colors in the costuming for the show.

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Yet another example of using this same page style.  This girl provided a smaller photo which fit the smaller pocket size.  So, she added a 3″ x 4″ decorator card and one of the 6″ x 4″ cards for journaling.

This next photo might be one of my favorites from all of those that were submitted.

Moments Like These Dance Recital Project Life Album from

I really like that this girl chose a picture where they were doing something rather than just the staged, formal picture.  And, I think it might be the only one in the album that includes the instructor.

Again, both a decorator card and a journaling card were used to fill the 3″ x 4″ pockets.

The girls also used the other pocket page styles but, that was too many faces to cover 🙂

At the back of the album,

Project Life Envelope Page for Dance Recital program - from

they added one of the 6″ x 8″ Project Life Envelope Pages.

It was perfect for holding the program from the dance recital!

All of the girls have taken a moment to journal a note to the instructor and they will present the album this evening after the recital.

I think she will like it.

Give this a thought in your life for a special teacher or for yourself.

When you’ve assembled the album, you’ll be asking yourself why you didn’t do one sooner!

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Watercolor Wings for GDP037

Counting down another last today.  It’s the last ballet class after fourteen years! There may be some dancing to come in college but that will be even more just for fun.  I’ll have to find something else to occupy my Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.  There are lots of doors closing in the next couple of weeks but there’s a whole new adventure out there just waiting to be found!

Today, I played with Watercolor Wings and the GDP037 color challenge.

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The colors for today are Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe and Island Indigo.

I started with a standard card base in Mint Macaron and a 4″ x 5-1/4″ focal layer in Whisper White cardstock.

The large butterfly from Watercolor Wings was inked in Mint Macaron.  Then, the outline image was added in Tip Top Taupe.

A second butterfly was stamped using the same color combination and cut out using the Bold Butterfly Framelits.

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Next, I added splatter from Gorgeous Grunge in Island Indigo to both the Whisper White layer and what would become the top butterfly.

Taking a Stamping Sponge and my Tip Top Taupe ink pad, I very lightly  sponged out from the bottom butterfly to create a soft shadow.

I rolled a couple Glue Dots and placed them on the back of the butterfly’s body.  Then, I took the Gold Metallic Thread and made a loopy bow.

To attach the butterfly to the focal layer, I used dimensionals on each wing section.

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Watercolor Wings, Timeless Textures and New In Colors

I was a little absent last week!  It was kind of cello central here or should I say cello centric?  Senior recital, cello recital, rehearsals, etc.  Saturday evening was my Scrapbook Club and yesterday afternoon was the first cookout of the season.  I spent this morning playing with a creative idea and once I was able to figure out why I was locked out of my photo editing program, I was ready to share.  Let’s just say “user error”, one I didn’t know I could make 🙂

I’ve used Watercolor Wings, Timeless Textures and the 2016-18 In Colors.

Let me tell you how I created this card and it’s Distressed Background.

Watercolro Wings, Timeless Textures and the 2016-18 In Colors from

This was a totally fun play today! A “let’s see what happens if” kind of creation.

I started with a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamped the large butterfly from Watercolor Wings.  The base color is Flirty Flamingo, followed by Sweet Sugarplum and the body and outline of the butterfly are Dapper Denim.

Next, I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to outline the butterfly.  This left a thin white outline once the rest of the color was applied.  I think just that little bit of outline helps the butterfly to pop a little.

Then, I stamped the rows of dots from Watercolor Wings in Versamark and heat embossed in Clear.

I came back to the butterfly and brushed the wings with Clear Wink of Stella.  Once that was dry, I covered the Dapper Denim outline with glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen — so easy!  It dries clear and intensifies the color for a little more contrast.

To create the background, I used a dauber and added Peekaboo Peach working from the edges towards the center.  I applied color more than once since you can build it up but can’t take it off.

Tip: Ink your dauber and tap off lightly.  Then, start at the edge and move in using circular motions.  This will help you control the amount of color and keep you from getting round dots of color.

Next, I used the distressed woodgrain stamp from Timeless Textures.  It was inked in Sweet Sugarplum and stamped around the edge on all four sides.

After daubing on a little more Peekaboo Peach, I inked the distressed stamp (third one down in the cover art) from Timeless Textures in Smoky Slate.  I stamped off before stamping.  This image was also applied around the edges of all four sides.

Using Emerald Envy ink and the dot cluster from Watercolor Wings, I randomly stamped dots around the card.

Finally, I daubed in more layers of color in Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum.  Just play until you achieve the depth of color you desire.

Once my focal image was done, I layered it onto a 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ piece of Flirty Flamingo cardstock before adding it to the Dapper Denim card base.

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You’re So Lovely for TSOT271

Tonight is the Senior Recital at the high school.  My daughter is one of five students selected to perform a solo, fifteen minute program this evening.  I couldn’t be more proud of her!  After this evening’s program, we’ll have a little reception with the family, friends and faculty that come.  I’ve made a few decorations for this evening.  I’ll try to remember to take some pictures — not my strong suit.

For today though, I have my design team card for the TSOT sketch challenge.

I’ve combined You’re So Lovely with the wonderful TSOT271 sketch.

You're So Lovely birthday card for TSOT271 from

For me, this sketch just screamed for designer paper!

In fact, I may have to use it several more times with a variety of patterns.

This card starts with a standard Basic Black card base (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″), scored down the middle.

Next, I added a 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ layer of Melon Mambo that was topped with a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of It’s My Party designer paper.

Just off center is a 7/8″ x 4″ vertical piece of Melon Mambo.

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Using the 1″ and 1-1/4″ circle punches, I cut the three smaller circles of It’s My Party designer paper.

For the sentiment, I stamped the outline image with Tuxedo Black and the “Happy Birthday” in Melon Mambo.

Then I took the sixth and seventh smallest Circles Collection Framelits and cut out both the outline image and the sentiment from You’re So Lovely.

The outline and the two 1-1/4″ designer paper punches were adhered directly to the designer paper layer.

Both the sentiment and the 1″ circle of designer paper were popped up with dimensionals.

Simple, pretty card.

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Talented Trio for PPA330

It’s almost recital season.  Another of our “lasts” before we start on a new round of “firsts”. So as I was thinking about what I might like to make today, recital and little girls in tutus popped into my head.  After stopping by the PPA challenge for this week, I knew I wanted to use that sketch and Talented Trio (before it retires).

Here’s what came of combining Talented Trio with PPA300

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I started with a thick Whisper White base (8-1/2″ x 5-3/8).  Then I matted a 3-15/16″ x 5-1/8″ piece of Birthday Bouquet designer paper on a 4-1/16″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Blushing Bride cardstock.   This panel was then adhered to the Whisper White base.

Next, I added a 1-3/4″ x 5-1/8″ piece of Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper to the center of the designer paper panel.

Moving up the card

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I stamped the ballerina from Talented Trio in Smoky Slate on Shimmery White cardstock.  The lighter gray gives a nice outline without being too bold.

Using a Blender Pen, I added layers of Blushing Bride ink (from the lid of the ink pad) to the tutu and pointe shoes.

Tip: I like to color where the shadows are first and run the color out as I move across the object I am coloring.  That way I don’t end up with lots of different dark spots.  Leaving some white space is ok too.

After cleaning my Blender Pen tip, I used it to pull ink from the lid of my Pink Pirouette ink pad.  I used this ink to color the tights.  At our studio all tights are a pale pink.  Then, I used even less ink on the arms and for the face — just a hint of rosy cheeks.

Next, the hair was colored with my Blender Pen and ink from Cajun Craze and Soft Suede ink pads to create a kind of coppery hair color.

Finally, I used an Aqua Painter to paint on some Versamark ink refill to the ruffle on the tutu.  Then, I dusted it with Heat and Stick.  After heating slightly, I sprinkled on Dazzling Diamonds and heat to set.

The finished ballerina piece was layered onto a 2-7/16″ x 3-3/8″ piece of Blushing Bride.  Then this whole piece was added to the card front using dimensionals.

For the sentiment, I inked “Shine”, from Sunburst Sayings, with Versamark and stamped on Vellum.  Don’t forget to rub your Embossing Buddy over the Vellum first (it’s pretty static-y).  “Shine” was heat embossed with Silver.

The Vellum was cut with one of the Gift Card Envelope and Trims Thinlits.  I hid my glue behind the embossed letters.

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