“Up” Story Kit™ Layout

SZayas_Up_FullLayout.jpgHi Friends!

Today I’m here to share my latest Story Kit™ layout for the Ali Edwards Digital Design Team.  I absolutely loved all the different themes that called for exploration with this month’s kit, but I decided to go the travel themed route so I could get a layout into my Travel Album!IMG_6951.jpg

If you remember me talking about my Travel Album in this previous post then you might remember me mentioning that I’d be working on documenting these trips in chronological order.  I totally went against that by working on Seattle, but the colors of these photos just worked so perfectly.  I’m constantly reminded that there are no rules in memory keeping, and the game plan can and should change to make it best work for you!  So, Seattle, here we go!SZayas_Up_Detail.jpg

Working with 9×12 is still an interesting challenge, but it’s been fun switching things up from the usual 6×12.IMG_6950.jpgIMG_6963.jpgIMG_6964.jpg

Have you broken into your <Up> Story Kit™ yet?  What stories are you telling this month?

Feed Your Craft October Projects

FYC.jpgHi Friends!

Today I’m excited to be sharing both of my Feed Your Craft (FYC) projects for October with you!

For my first project I put together a Project Life spread for the week of August 15.  I used flair from three different FYC sets to embellish the pockets: ReadingCoffee Lover,  and Currently.

If you’re interested in seeing how these pages came together, I have a process video up on my YouTube channel, or you can watch below. :)

My second project was a traditional 12×12 scrapbook layout.  Is it strange that I’ve only made a small handful of traditional layouts this year?  It’s so interesting to think that traditional layouts use to be my only form of memory keeping, and now it’s my least used format even though I do more memory keeping now more than ever! FYC Final.jpg

Somehow these traditional layouts just feel so special to me.  They typically take longer than any other project as I find myself fussing over the placement of each and every thing, but when it all comes together its so worth it!

For this layout I used a basic grid format. I loved mixing and matching photos with patterned papers and the little flair pieces were the perfect addition to finish this project off!  I used flair from the Hello Fall, Pumpkin Season, and Autumn Leaves sets.

Day in the Life™ (Oct. 2016)

SZayas_DITL_Detail.jpgHello, Friends!

Today I’m excited to be sharing my third and final Day in the Life™ (DITL) documentation of 2016 with you!

My plan for this year was to take a different approach to documenting each DITL so that I could get a feel for which format worked best for me.  However, now that I’ve tested out all of these formats I actually can’t really say that I have a favorite.  I saw benefits to each one!

> My first day was done in a traveler’s notebook

What I loved about the traveler’s notebook was that it gave me the freedom to treat each page as a blank canvas.  There wasn’t anything formulated about it, which I loved!  I got to throw in random little embellishments and washi tape everywhere, and just play around with each page.

> My second day was made into a mini book

I think this mini came together the most quickly of the three projects.  Taking one or two photos each hour and then documenting it just like that definitely streamlined the process.  I stuck to the format I had selected pretty closely, which meant that it wasn’t quite as exciting when I was assembling everything together, but overall I love the look of this mini!

> And my final day was documented as a spread in my regular Project Life album, which I’m sharing here today.

I feel like this might be the most practical way for me to document DITL.  Having this page in my PL album means that it has a permanent home somewhere, and it just kind of makes sense to have a DITL recorded somewhere amongst one of my typical weeks.SZayas_DITL_FullLayout.jpg

In the video below I’m sharing a peek at the differences between the physical and digital versions of the latest Day in the Life Kits, showing the process of putting this spread together, as well as sharing a bit about each of my Day in the Life projects from this year.  Hope you enjoy!  You can also watch the video over on my YouTube channel.


Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Travel Album Cover ( w/ process video)

travelalbumcover1Earlier this week I shared a process video on my YouTube channel (that still feels very strange to write ;) for the cover page of a new travel album!  Today I’m finally writing out a few more details about my plan for this slightly massive undertaking of a project.

This all started a few weeks ago when I started planning out the projects I wanted to start, complete, and let go of this year.   While I’m still on a mission to complete my 2016 Project Life Album by the end of this year, I wanted to push this travel album project towards the top of my priority list.

Now, if you’ve been following my blog for awhile then you might be thinking, ‘I thought you already have a travel album.  What about all of those travel spreads I’ve seen?’ While its true that I always include a one page spread in my Project Life (PL) album for each trip, my PL album usually only includes 5 or 6 photos at most, which really only scratches the surface of the photos in my gallery.  Plus, I really want something that I can share with family and friends that doesn’t include all of the extra stuff. :)

This album (or what will probably be several albums) is a pretty massive undertaking, and is not something that I’ll be wrapping up anytime soon, but I’ve finally reached a point where I’m actually excited to start this project and not feeling completely overwhelmed.

Here’s my plan: I will be completing 2-3 trips at a time (some trips are bigger than others!) by following a few steps, which  I’ve broken down here in case you are taking on a similar project:

  1. Sort through all travel photos one trip at a time. Create folders to house ALL photos from a trip, and then a separate folder for photos to be printed.
  2. Edit photos.  I’m going to go easy on this step.  Less editing is more.  There’s a chance I could spend waaaay too much time on this step so I’m going to try to be mindful about it.
  3. Order prints from Costco.  My local Costco offers pretty decent print quality so this method is going to be a lot more cost and time effective than printing at home (my usual photo printing method)!
  4. The fun part- put it all together in my album :)

Pretty simple, right?  Somehow writing it out just helps me think more clearly!


For this project I’ll be using a 9×12 format.  I thought about going 6×12 (my go-to and favorite size) but it just felt too small for the massive quantity of photos.  Working with this new size feels a bit like putting on new shoes- kind of stiff and uncomfortable at first, but the more I work with this size the more comfortable I get.  It’s an interesting challenge!

I plan to work chronologically, so in this video you’ll see a page I started for the very first trip I took with my boyfriend (now husband) to San Luis Obispo.  img_6918There will be much more to come as I work to fill up this album with memories. img_6920-1

I hope that you enjoy this process video!


Mentioned in Video:

Feed Your Craft stamp set

Southport Alphabet Stamp by Kelly Purkey (currently out of stock . . .) :

Christine Herrin Travelogue Stamp set

Let’s Go flair from Feed Your Craft:

Feed Your Craft Creative Team


I’m so excited to be sharing this news today! I’ve been a huge fan of all of the fun products in Elise’s Feed Your Craft (FYC) shop ever since I first stumbled across her Instagram account.  If you follow me on Instagram or frequent this blog then you’ve probably seen lots of cute FYC mini flair all over my projects :)  I’m looking forward to many more fun projects ahead!

There are many other very talented ladies joining the creative team too, so hopefully you have a chance to stop by their accounts as well.