Project Life: August 31 – September 6

PL Cover
IMG_5518Today I’m giving myself a pat on the back for refraining from making this Thai food photo into a 6×8 print.  For the last few weeks a giant 6×8 food photo has been my go-to, so I wanted to do something a little different this time around. I’m sure it will make a comeback very soon ;-)  As always, keeping things pretty simple and just adding in a few stamps and embellishments here and there.

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Pebbles Happy Day Pick Me Up paper

Crate Paper Journey paper

My Mind’s Eye My Story stickers

Kelly Purkey Food Coma stamps

Becky Higgins date stamp

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Canada Mini + Video Overview

Canada Mini-Book

Happy Monday!  Today I’m very excited to be sharing this mini book on the blog with you, especially since I’ve had this mini on my mind since before we took our trip to Canada back in December of last year!

I think the WeRMemory Keepers 4×4 mini albums are awesome for pulling together fun minis.  I love the versatility of being able to put some things into pockets while simply hole punching other photos/tags/memorabilia and placing them directly into the album.  Plus, the 4×4 size is easy and fun to work with.

If you’d like to see a quick video flip through, there’s a short video at the bottom of this post, and if you’d like to read a little bit more about our experience in Canada, I wrote up a couple of posts earlier this year.  (See Part 1 and Part 2
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I used the Clearly Kelly New Adventures stamps throughout the album. Kelly Purkey stamps are a real go-to for me when I’m putting anything travel/food related together . . . which is basically everything :-)IMG_5454IMG_5455IMG_5456

I had saved a few brochures, maps, and tickets from our trip so I wanted to be sure to include them.  This brochure was from one of the hotels we stayed at.  All I did was hole punch it and stick it directly into the book along with the hotel key card.
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I love when memorabilia is the perfect size for the mini I’m creating! This coaster from a pub we ate at was a fun addition.
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The thing about minis is that they’re so easy to keep adding to.  I found myself adding bits and pieces right up until the point that I was taking the photos for this post (which is why you’ll notice additions in the photos that aren’t featured in the video below).

As soon as I finished this album I rushed right back to the store to buy two more 4×4 albums (one in black and one in gold).  The mini book making continues!  Thanks for letting me share :-)

Starting New Creative Habits

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I’ve made a goal for myself this year to create early morning creative habits.  To me that means waking up about an hour earlier than I normally do so I can spend some time doing something creative before heading into work. Did you know research shows that people are most productive in the first part of the day AND that by getting up when your alarm first goes off (and not pressing snooze 5 times like me) actually helps you feel more awake throughout the day? Sounds pretty awesome, right?! Except for one little thing . . . I’m totally not a morning person.  I would LOVE to be a morning person and sip my coffee while the sun rises, but when the morning actually does come all I want to do is pull the covers up over my head and sleep for an extra hour.  I’m conflicted I tell ya!
Creating early morning habits is going to be a challenge, but practice makes better, and I think this is one habit that I’ll enjoy once it actually does become a habit.

To facilitate creating this habit I’ve rounded up a few books to get the creative juices flowing while my brain is slowly waking up.
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1) One Zentangle a Day: The first time I did Zentangle was a few years ago.  It takes practice getting into the zone and just focusing on pattern making, but once you can block out distractions this process really does become therapeutic.
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2) Craft-A-Doodle: I love how this book brings together different techniques from different artists.  You get to work with different mediums and test out different styles.IMG_5442IMG_5444

3) Let’s Draw Cute Animals and Let’s Draw Happy People: Although I was always messing around with markers and paint as a kid, I was never really into drawing- mainly because I didn’t think I was very good at it.  Now is as good a time as any to overcome that ridiculous hesitation and just have fun with it.  Plus, these illustrations are SO CUTE!

So, have I enticed you enough to start your own morning creative habit?  Or, is this something you already practice?

Project Life: August 24-30

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Cue the giant food photos! I think it’s fair to say that I’m currently obsessed with printing out giant food photos for my PL album.  But seriously, who wouldn’t want to see ice cream smothered in caramel up close and personal?

I’m still loving the Food Coma stamps by Kelly Purkey and I find myself grabbing for them every time I’m working with a food photo.IMG_5396IMG_5397

This week I added in a little tag to hold movie stubs and some journaling about our date night.  I feel like working outside the pockets definitely adds some interest. IMG_5399

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This little 6×8 mini is stuffed to the max so it’s time to add another album into the mix. I really like that I was able to fit all of the summer months in one place and I’m hoping my next album will hold September-November so I can work another new album in to complete December Daily.  This year is going by so fast!
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Supplies Used:

Food Coma by Kelly Purkey

100% Me by Kelly Purkey

Week in the Life Stamps by Ali Edwards (Digital Version here)

Pink Paislee journaling card paper

6×8 red polka dot album

Summer Reading List

Good Reads

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve done a book roundup here on the blog, so today I thought I would mention some of my favorite reads from this summer. Here we go!

Station Eleven: I had seen this book mentioned all over Instagram, but I was a little worried it was going to be depressing since it centers around a deadly flu that wipes out most of the world’s population.  I felt like this story was surprisingly uplifting- it’s a story of survival.  I loved the way the characters stories intertwined and how the story would go between past (before the flu) and present.  Definitely a page turner.

The Promise of Stardust: I remember picking this book up when I had jury duty a couple of years ago.  For some reason I wasn’t able to get into it at that time.  This time around when I picked it up I was hooked after two pages.  I also started an ugly sob session within the first few pages.  Normally I’m not a crier when it comes to books (and for sure not within the first few pages), but this book kept me emotional throughout.  The story centers around a young doctor whose wife tragically falls from a ladder and suffers severe and permanent brain damage.  When he finds out that she’s pregnant he is faced with some huge decisions. There is a very mild political aspect of the plot line, but the majority of the book focuses on family and the tough choices we’re sometimes faced with.

The Rosie Project:  After reading something as emotional as the Promise of Stardust I really needed something light and funny.  That is exactly how I would describe this book.  This is a funny, charming, and sweet love story.  It’s definitely not a roll your eyes because it’s just too cheesy kind of love story, but it is a love story.  I felt like I was was reading a script for an episode of the Big Bang Theory sometimes because the main character reminded me so much of Sheldon!  I loved the humor and innocence of this book.

The Husband’s Secret– Liane Moriarty is quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors.  As I mentioned in a previous book post, I really enjoyed Big Little Lies, but  I would have to say that I enjoyed this book even more.  I love the way that multiple stories in past and present get intertwined and how the secrets in the characters’ lives are slowly revealed.  It had me hooked from beginning to end.

What was on your summer reading list?  Any great discoveries?