Thursday, March 20, 2014

Scraptastic Kit Love

Back in February I was asked to be part of the design team over at Scraptastic Kit Club. It was good timing since I had been thinking about the premise of kit clubs and how much simpler it would be to create with one box of supplies instead of digging through every item I own to put something together.

In March, I chose the It's My Life kit and Add-On. I loved every single included in this kit and especially the colors. One of my favorite part of putting layouts together is playing with color. I created this quick grid layout by cutting up one of the patterned papers. It gave me a place to layer bits and pieces, journal and add photos.
Sewing the grid with aqua thread gives the white background a pop of color. Alternating flat and dimensional pieces adds texture to the layout.
Filing in blank spaces with stamped text adds a handmade touch to pre-printed papers. 
I think the best part of Scraptastic is that you can choose between two kits every month. That way you get to decided what works best for your style and photos. That combined with great customer service and the fact that you can quit at any time without a fee, make joining risk free.

Below are the sneaks for the April kits. On the left is Worth Remembering, and on the right is Let Me Go.

This month I chose the kit on the left, Worth Remembering which is surprising because I usually stay away from pink and flowery elements. But I have these great photos of my niece and I've wanted to include more of her stories in my scrapbooks. It's this type of flexibility to chose a kit, that makes Scraptastic top notch! To find out more about signing up for a monthly subscription you can go to their site here.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Family Infographics

Create a family page using infographics - this was my latest assignment over on the 2Peas blog. I like challenges like this because they push me out of my creative box and help me tell a story in a way I would've never thought of.

So, infographics is basically a way of conveying information with symbols. If you Google the term or search on Pinterest you'll see many cool designs. I love that it gives you a snapshot of the facts. Translating it into a scrapbook page gives you the power of visual storytelling - which is what it's all about.

I based the page around the We R Family line by Lily Bee Design. Some of the cards in their 3x4 pack were used for storytelling, decorating and as a date/title spot. I love the square look of this type of design. It's like putting together a puzzle, moving pieces around until you have just the right amount of color, words and photos.

I used wood shapes from Studio Calico to represent some of the most important (and fun) things in our lives - the kids and the vacations. The stars represent my son, nieces and nephews because they are our biggest assets and joys. With every birth, we've added a new little personality and star to our family. I wrapped the ends of some of the stars with string to add dimension and variety to the design. The vacations are represented by anchors because we usually vacation near water and have taken a few cruises.

In the lower right corner, there's a peek at a timeline beginning in 1989 when my husband and I met through today. Special highlights like promotions, milestones and hobbies are listed. I used enamel dots from Doodlebug in shades of aqua to give an ombre effect to the design. The last symbol on the page is a large #29 which is part of our address.
Every last detail adds personalization and tells the story of our family today. A snapshot of the Damiano's in 2014 - quick, easy and interesting to look at!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Simple Stories Team

Simple Stories is one of those companies that consistently puts out lines that I love. I've found myself reaching for their bold, colorful designs over and over again this year. They always seem to do themes that are perfect for the stories I want to tell. One of my favorite Simple Stories pages was this Disney one using their SN@P collection:

And once in a while the stars align, and you get an amazing opportunity. That's what happened to me when they asked me to be part of their 2014 design team. I get to work with an amazing group of designers and use things that I love. Yes, please!

Once again, Simple Stories has a beautiful lineup ready to go for 2014. They have already started peeks like this one:

There is still so much more to come. Visit the Simple Stories blog every day this week for the full reveal.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

On the Eve

The Christmas season means that I take a long break from creating. Parties, shopping, hosting family and getting on the floor and just playing with the kids fills my holiday season. As much as I love it, it is so nice to get back here and create something. I can't stay away from this place too long.

Speaking of the holidays, here's a snapshot of Christmas at Casa Damiano. There are so few good pictures because I'm usually too busy hosting (and talking and playing). Next year someone is getting the title of official photographer, I just have to remember to assign it.
This was my last 2013 video for the Two Peas series, Scrap Your Stash. The focus this time was on wood frames, which i love and own way too many of. One of the reasons I loved doing this series so much was that I got to combine my love for products + stories.

I chose these photos from a recent vacation and Nico's love of guava juice. I added the wood frames, hand stitching and a soft, tropical palette to complete the story. You can watch the process here, if you'd like to see how it came together: Scrap Your Stash with Nancy Damiano: Wood Frames

Looking forward to big changes, new opportunities and creating pretty things in 2014. See you in the New Year!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

December Daily, Not So Daily

I’ve been struggling with my blog posts lately. Partly due to time (lack of it) and trying to find my way in this age of social media. The steady stream of self-promotion which is becoming so much a part of scrapbooking, is so not my style.  And yet, I love to share the things I make and love. So to strike a balance between selling all the time and sharing is what I’m striving toward. Bear with me while I try to figure this out. The slower days of winter should help too. I plan to be around here a lot more in 2014.

In the meantime, I have a version of December Daily that I made for Two Peas in a Bucket. I used Santa's List by Teresa Collins - my favorite Christmas line this season. I chose to do a Christmas past, present and future theme because I still have a December Daily from years ago that I never finished. The daily deadline type of projects don't work for me. But this - a book about many Christmases and how the holiday has changed for us, that I can do.
I chose this mini album by Studio Calico. Love the small size and bright print. Adding the flair was a quick way to decorate the front and be done!
 Touches of gold add a little sparkle to the title page.
 Layers of patterned paper, stamping, enamel dots and more gold.
 Journaling cards from Chic Tags and an enamel dots, give us a little touch of reindeer.
 These small gold letters from Chic Tags were perfect for small journaling tags.

Pockets for my pockets. These will be journaling spots and frames for small photos.

For more pictures and a walk through of the entire project, see my gallery at Two Peas. Sitting down with just one collection (Santa's List) and few odds and ends from Chic Tags, meant this project was finished in an afternoon. I love when that happens, makes me merry.

Be back soon. Have to go wrap + wrap + wrap some more.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Scrapbook Room + A Winner

I've been on an organizing kick this fall. Cleaning out all of closets including the one in my scrapbook room. This closet was a nightmare. It was packed with things that I don't use anymore and the shelves were falling apart.  I wanted to move to a cleaner, closed storage look. What was supposed to be a simple project, took me a few weeks to finish. There was major purging done!

Here's a before and after shot:

I have a post on the 2Peas blog with more details and photos.

And now for the winner of the Lily Bee Urban Autumn blog hop:

I am such a fan of your work. It's always so fresh and inventive.

Congrats Elizabeth! I'll be in touch on how to get your wood veneer prize. Thanks so much to everyone for commenting and hopping.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Urban Autumn Hop & Giveaway

Welcome to the Lily Bee Urban Autumn blog hop! I was searching for a Fall line that was colorful and bold and not to themed.  I wanted a line that I could use with pumpkin patch, fall leaves and then use the left overs for some of my non-themed scrapbooking. I totally found it in Urban Autumn by Amy Heller.
I started the layout on the woodgrain sunburst patterned paper and layered the pretty green wood, chevron and bold orange colors up at the top. I followed it up with a row of the Urban Autumn leaf cuts and some machine sewing. 

I used two of the 3x4 cards to add a title and journaling spot. The wood arrows and some enamel dot border finish out the layout.
My favorite embellishment from this line is the wood veneer pack. I love all the shapes and details.

I have one pack of the wood veneer embellishments to give away today on the hop! Just leave me a comment and I will choose a winner on Thursday, November 14 at midnight. Winner will be announced on 11/15/13.

Now stop on by these blogs for more Urban Autumn inspiration and giveaways!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Teresa Collins Family Stories

I had the opportunity to be this month's guest designer over at the Teresa Collins design team blog this week. I love all of her new collections, but especially Family Stories. The colors, the icons...the sequins. Beautiful stuff. Here's a look at some of the pages I made using a 1-photo, 2-photo, 3-photo challenge.

For more info and the story behind the pages, visit the Teresa Collins blog.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Hello Urban Autumn

While we've been out enjoying the cooler weather, I've been keeping an eye out for a great Fall collection and I finally found one that I love! Urban Autumn by Lily Bee Design was designed by one of my favorite scrapbookers, Amy Heller. I love the bold colors (yup, even the pink) and patterns. My favorites are the woodgrain starburst and that beautiful ombre chevron. I can't wait to dig into these.

I love these wood veneer pieces, especially the leaves and apples. And some flair for a little more dimension. I have a huge collection of flair and I'll be adding these too.
And 36 double-sided 3x4 cards great for Project Life or my favorite, pocket scrapbooking. I love that there are so many different designs and no doubles!
And the last bit, some pretty stamps to round out the collection.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Garden Girl Hop + New Video

It's that time again. Time to hop with the 2Peas Garden Girls. Follow along to see sneaks, favorites and a chance to win one of my favorite classes.
Coming soon, as in today. Check out my latest video in the Scrap Your Stash series. Chipboard, birthdays and pocket scrapbooking your themed photos is the focus. Watch the process video here.

 Things I am loving + using right now:
1. Chalk Studio Chipboard by My Mind's Eye
2. Hello December Die Cut Pack by Glitz
3. Daily Chevies Collection Pack by Bella Blvd.
4. Enamel dots in navy!
5. Wild & Free Die Cut Pack by Glitz

This is the best use of the Crate Paper acrylic alpha I've seen. I love the enlarged photo, the funky title and layered embellishments. Melissa Man is one of my favorites, check out the rest of her gallery here.
And now the giveaway. Just leave a comment (with your PeaName) by 8/29/13 to win a spot in Jill Sprott's Scrapbooking from the Soul Workshop. I took this class recently and it has really changed the way I choose the stories I want to tell. It's packed with jumpstarts, beautifully detailed pages and process videos. To win a spot, leave a comment (with your PeaName) by 8/29/13. Good Luck!

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