Wow, life has been crazy busy. Not in the “this is such a cute project that I just have have to blog about it” kind of crazy, but more like a “let’s knock out some of these tedious, not-so-fun, DIY projects around the house so we can relax and love where we live even more” kinds of crazy. Who knew it could take over 4 hours to paint an indoor banister?? Yes, life has been busy, but still really REALLY wonderful.
I can’t believe August is almost here. This month flew by (as every month seems to do), but I’m happy to say that I did tackle most of my goals this month which is great in part to the fact I’ve decided to take a short hiatus from choosing 5 new goals each month. If you enjoy goal making as much as me, though, you’ll be happy to know that my reason for taking a break from the monthly goals is so I can dive straight into a list of 27 goals I hope to accomplish while I’m 27. I’ll be sharing that list next month, but for now I’ll just say that my 27 goals are a bit ambitious, but totally do-able and exciting- isn’t that how goals should be anyways? Let’s make this August a good one, shall we?
Hello there and happy Friday! Today I wanted to combine two of my current favorites- working on my summer daybook and playing around with the new Party Party app. I haven’t quite figured out how to get my video to loop, but if you click on the photo above it should “rewind” and play again :-) So far I’ve loved playing with this app. Can’t wait to get all of my girlfriends together so we can test out the photobooth strips!
Currently . . .
– 4:07 in the afternoon
– Enjoying these beautiful flowers that O surprised me with last night. Every “just because” gift feels so special.
– Thankful that I had great company to do yoga with this morning.
– Feeling okay with the fact that today has been one of the least productive days off in awhile. At least I’m meeting my July goal of relaxing more :-)
– Trying to be really kind to my body this week. Eating salad for lunch every day, not grabbing sugar as a late night snack, and resting when I feel like it.
– Loving Fridays!
Last Sunday Omar and I took a little day trip to Balboa Island. We had thought about going down for the 4th of July, but we didn’t know if we would have any luck even getting on the island with the large crowds, so we opted for an Angels baseball game with finale fireworks (a pretty awesome replacement :-) and headed out to Balboa a couple days later. It was great impromptu adventure! The island was still decorated for the 4th so we were able to continue the long weekend festivities.
I had explored the side of Balboa that has the ferris wheel and arcade when I was in my young teens, but I had never walked through all the little shops on the other side- I didn’t even know they were there! Each shop is incredibly charming in its own way and I loved seeing all of the unique handmade crafts. We picked out a hand dipped blood orange scented candle at a little candle shop, and yes, that is me stocking up on some delicious saltwater taffy in the photo above. Candles and candies- this girl has her priorities in order ;-)
After venturing through the shops for awhile we walked along the water and then headed to Newport (just a couple miles away) for some delicious Italian Food at Mama D’s Italian Kitchen. Man that place has some crazy good pasta! It was the perfect finale to some afternoon wandering :-)
Happy 4th of July friends! I’m super excited to be sharing this tutorial on the blog today in celebration of this special holiday. To me, the fourth of July doesn’t just mark a really important day in our country’s history, it also marks the beginning of Summer (for me). The festivities of this special day make it feel like we’re not only celebrating a holiday, but also some kind of summer kickoff. So of course some photos from this special day are going to be the very first photos I put into this daybook. If you’re curious about how to document your summer in a fun way, then this book is totally for you. I’ll be stopping by a couple times this summer to share ideas and tips from how I’m filling up my daybook, but for now I hope you can grab a lemonade and some supplies, and join me in putting this booklet together!
I feel like a really good size for a daybook is a half sheet of paper (8.5 x 5.5). You can of course make your book bigger or smaller, but I’ve found that for me this is a decent size for photos and journaling. Here, I took an 8.5 x 11″ sheet of kraft cardstock and folded it in half. This will be the cover that holds everything together.
Next, I took some patterned papers of different sizes, a piece of tracing paper, and half of a coffee filter to use as my inserts. I really like using papers with different textures and sizes throughout the book because it adds a lot of interest. One thing to keep in mind as you’re selecting your papers is that you’ll be utilizing both sides of the paper. Unless you want a white page in your book (which is sometimes great!) then you should try to stick with double-sided patterned paper.
Next, I fold all of my papers in half. I fold some directly down the center, and others I like to off center so not all of the pages are the same size. Like the textured paper, this is just another way to add more interest to the book :-)
Once I have my papers cut to the size I want, I get to arrange them in a way that looks good to me.
Next, I use my crop-a-dile to cut two small holes on either side of my cover seam. When I don’t have a lot of pages in my book I like to use the small punch. It’s harder to get the string through the holes, but the book seems to have a tighter fit so the pages don’t move around very much.
Next, I tie my my pages together!
Finally it’s time to decorate the book covers! For my covers I wrapped a piece of patterned paper all the way around and embellished the front with some chipboard alphas, die cuts and washi tape. Simple and fun . . . just how summer should be!