Hello!! Donna here as your host for the blog today. And since this is my first post of the year, let me take this opportunity to wish you a very happy new year!
Are you excited about the sneak peeks shared on Friday? Don't forget to stop by tomorrow and all this coming week for the full reveals of all the new products!
Today I want to share with you some projects I've made using Daily Grind, starting with this layout.
I don't really like this photo... It was taken in late afternoon and the sun was going down. The overhead light in our dining area was on and I didn't get the lighting or the camera settings just right. Yet, I love this image.
This is my youngest and he is, something else. He is full of energy and he keeps me and his daddy on our toes to be sure. But, he is also super sweet and he has the best laugh and smile.
The photo may not be perfect, and yes I could have converted it to black and white, but I chose to embrace the imperfection here, and the color. Daily Grind was the perfect collection for this layout because it allowed me to use lots of color, but without being overwhelming.
About that photo, see all the clutter in the background? Well, that's real life too! I did use some stickers from the Everyday Sn@p! set to fill in some of that empty space in the photo.
Really, I was just happy to capture this moment. Sam is not the kind to make repeat performances. You either get the shot or you don't. Like the card says though, this is good stuff!
Before we move on, here is a small tip for adding something special to a title,
try replacing the dot in your "i's" with an embellishment like brads, buttons or enamel dots. It is a simple switch, but it can make a big difference.
Next up is this layout of my two youngest playing together.
Again, I was so happy to capture these moments. My middle son love, love, loves his baby brother. And Sam is finally old enough to hold his own and play with brothers too, so moments like these are happily becoming more common.
I used patterned papers from Daily Grind, but started with a ledger background from Sn@p! Life.
Then I added in embellishments like the brads, die-cuts and stickers from Daily Grind, chipboard from Sn@p! Life and a sticker from the Everyday Sn@p! set as well. In fact, the Everyday Sn@p! set coordinates perfectly with Daily Grind since there are lots of similar colors in both collections.
Finally, my latest obsession, these pocket cards:
I made them as a way to send photos to grandparents and other relatives. They are sized to fit 4x6 photos and I plan to use these two in particular to tuck in a few snapshots from Christmas morning along with handwritten thank you notes from my two oldest boys.
As always, thank you for stopping by the blog! Do you have any creative plans for this new year? I would love to hear about them in the comments. Have a great week!
Daily Grind 12x12 Collection Kit #3600
Daily Grind 12x12 Simple Basics Kit #3601
Daily Grind Fundamental Cardstock Stickers #3602
Daily Grind Expression Cardstock Stickers #3603
Daily Grind 6x6 Paper Pad #3622
Daily Grind Ephemera #3629
Daily Grind Chipboard #3628
Daily Grind Brads #3627
Busy Busy #3607
Daily Flair #3609
Bingo Cards/Months #3616
Sn@p! Life 12x12 Basics Kit #2822
Everyday Sn@p! Stickers #4174
Everyday 3x4 Sn@p! Cards #4176