12×12 Layout | Dream

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I always feel a sense of nostalgia when putting a 12×12 layout together.  After all, before pocket pages and traveler’s notebooks came along this is how I documented all of my memories.

I always have fun piecing a layout together, especially when there are lots of pretty papers and embellishments to play with! For today’s layout I used the Citrus Twist Main Scrapbooking Kit and the Embellishment Kit.  Both kits are filled with some gorgeous pieces from the new Maggie Holmes “Willow Lane” collection, which have been fun to put to use on pages that include photos of Felicity :)

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Project Life Process | Citrus Twist Kits August 2018

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Today I’m back with a pocket page spread using the latest Pocket Life kit from Citrus Twist Kits.  I honestly couldn’t believe how many embellishments were included in this month’s kit (from cork and chipboard to die cuts and fabric pieces!)  There was definitely a lot of great stuff to play around with! :)  If you’d like to see how this page came together, there’s a process video at the end of this post.

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Products Used:
Citrus Twist Pocket Life Kit

Some of my favorite crafting supplies

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Project Life Process | July Here + Now

SZ_Doc1_Detail2.jpgHappy Monday!  I hope your week is off to a great start!

Today I have a project life process video to share using Studio Calico’s latest release of the August 2018 Golden Hour kits. These kits are so gorgeous that I wanted to try to find a way to use as much product as possible on my one page.  I think I succeeded on that front!

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Products Used:

Golden Hour Documenter Main Kit
Bowie Alpha Stamp Set
Around Here Stamp Set
Totally Awesome

Adventure Starts Here (6×8 Layout Process)

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Studio Calico recently released a new line of washi tapes and labels that I’m so excited about!  My rainbow loving heart is seriously doing flips over these fun new staple products, and I kind of felt the need to share this goodness :)

A7C11007-4BB6-4628-9A2D-561877DAB70E.jpgI’m all about a basic pattern when it comes to washi tape so I was thrilled to see a fun variety of polka dots, grid, and squiggly patters in all of the fun colors! I know I’m going to get so much use out of these, from reinforcing the holes on my planner pages to making fun background designs on layouts/notebook pages.  Its fun to think of all the possibilities!

44035B96-2CAB-4AA3-9AF6-4E332CEAD63D.jpgThe label stickers are equally as awesome.  I think I’ll always have a special place in my heart for those cut apart labels that used to come in just about every kit, but stickers just make things so much more convenient.  Plus, these ones are great to stamp on (a necessity in my book!)  There’s zero smudging on these labels so they are perfect for adding a date (or any stamped sentiment) on your projects.

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The full range of the new Color Theory Washi Tapes and Labels can be found here: http://shrsl.com/12sqh

Here are the multi-colored packs that I used in this video:
Washi 12-pack: http://shrsl.com/12sqt
Labels 12-pack: http://shrsl.com/12sqp

These Are My People

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Anyone else out there have a box full of unused photos?  Okay, maybe several boxes?  If you just answered “yes” let me reassure you that I totally understand.  I too have photos of every size stashed away in my closet.  Photos from High School, College, from my childhood, wedding . . . you name it and its probably in there.  This box has slowly expanded from times when I’d print duplicates, end up using an alternate photo on a project, take a photo down from somewhere- whatever the circumstance, if the photo doesn’t have a home it goes into the box.  Well, I’ve been meaning to do something with these photos for the longest time and I’m finally getting to it!

I’ve decided to start a 6×8 binder to hold mini layouts for all of my old photos.  I love that the 6×8 size is manageable and the layouts come together super quickly, plus I have so many 6×8 binders that I’ve been wanting to use, so this is the perfect opportunity!

89EA5C4C-B29A-4226-832D-6244D5817034.jpgThese layouts won’t be done in chronological order by any means.  In fact, so many photos aren’t even dated that I may not be able to put that information on my scrapbook page.  The main goal for this project is to just get those old photos into an album, and have some scrapbooking fun along the way (of course!)

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This page came together pretty quickly (once I figured out how to cover up a giant mistake I made pretty early on :).

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Studio Calico Great Escape Release

Hi, Friends!

I’ve been trying to think of how I should start my first blog post after quite a break, but to be honest, I think that’s what has been holding me back from posting for a little while.

So instead of trying to figure out how to start this post, I’m just going to jump right in with a fun announcement and a couple of fun projects!

I’m so excited to announce that I’ve joined the Studio Calico creative team!  Honestly, this has been such a dream come true.  As a long-time subscriber to the SC kits and being a big time fan of ALL their products I’m so grateful to have an opportunity to work with a brand that I love so much!

Clicking the photo below will take you to the announcement on the Studio Calico website where you can click through to check out the other ladies that make up this awesome team!


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I’m looking forward to sharing lots of projects in the coming months, but today I wanted to share my documenter layouts using this month’s Great Escape Documenter kit.  I’ll be back on Tuesday to share the projects I put together using the brand new Traveler’s Notebook kit (spoiler alert: the kit is AMAZING!).

 

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The colors in this month’s kit are so bright and fresh, perfect for documenting all the summer details!

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GIVE Story Kit Project Life Layouts

Wow friends, it feels like forever since I’ve shared a project life spread here on the blog.  As I’ve mentioned previously, this year I decided to take a much more relaxed approach to this project.  Instead of completing weekly spreads like I did in 2016, I really didn’t have a plan for this year.  I decided to simply work on pages when I felt inspired to do so.  While I sometimes feel a bit sad that I have a bunch of photos and memories from this year still on my phone and not printed or documented in any way, I still feel like I made the right choice for myself this year. Next year is a different story though, and I’ll talk more about how I plan to document 2018 next month.  IMG_0752

November was a fantastic month.  I can see why people call the second trimester of pregnancy the “honeymoon period.”  I was finally able to get back into the rhythm of doing things again (including crafting) and it felt amazing.

IMG_0753IMG_0758IMG_0759For the layouts above I used the November Digital Story Kit “GIVE” by Ali Edwards.  This kit is perfect for documenting Thanksgiving traditions, and also for documenting gratitude in general, and so much more.

Although I may add more to my 2017 Project Life album eventually, these will likely be the last layouts I put together for this year.  I have a feeling that December Daily is going to be the only crafty project that gets my attention in December, but that’s okay with me!

2017 Gratitude Traveler’s Notebook

IMG-0027.JPGFor the last two years I’ve embarked on a little project gratitude journey in November.   I feel like every year this project becomes more and more meaningful as I contemplate each “thing” I’m thankful for in greater depth.

In 2015 and 2016, this project was a daily one where I shared one page per day on Instagram.  The experience was amazing and hearing feedback from some people that they felt inspired to make their own book this year is something that makes my heart so happy!

Given the busyness of this season of my life right now I know that keeping up with a daily project is probably not going to happen for me this month, but I’m still not giving up on this project!  This year I will still be working on a Traveler’s Notebook filled with many of the things that I’m thankful for.  I won’t be sharing pages daily, but the posts on my Instagram will still be regular and you can bet that even though I wont be making a page every day, the daily gratitude will still be happening.

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Today I wanted to take a minute to share the setup of my notebook and some of the supplies that I’m planning to use.  This year I decided to go with a hybrid scrapbooking approach in a Traveler’s Notebook, and so far I’m loving it!  I’ll be using papers from the Paislee Press Friendsgiving collection to dress up the look of each page.  Two things I love about using digital papers for a traveler’s notebook is that I can crop them to whatever size I need before printing (so there’s less waste!) and that I can print on regular printer paper, which is easier to adhere as it isn’t as bulky as cardstock.  I’ll also be typing my journaling and then cutting it down to fit perfectly in my notebook.

Below is a look at how I put together one of my pages over the weekend in preparation for this blog post.   My plan is to lay out all of my pages in Photoshop before printing.  It’s super simple, I’ll just have my patterned paper on the left and text on the right.  The guides that you see here are where I ended up cutting when the page was printed.Screen Shot 2017-10-31 at 8.36.25 AM.png

Here is a look at what my page looks like after adding in a few embellishments.

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In terms of embellishments so far I’ve only pulled these die cut shapes from Felicity Jane Studio to use along with some stamps from my collection.  I’ll probably add in other bits and pieces as I go along, but for the most part I’ll just be keeping every page really simple.

In terms of general supplies, here’s what I’m planning to use:

Tombow Mono permanent adhesive:  I don’t recommend this for adhering heavy cardstock into notebooks, but it works great for adhering the light weight printer paper..

Thermoweb Tape:  I use this to adhere my photos inside my notebooks since I haven’t found a regular tape adhesive that provides a good enough bond for photo paper or cardstock.

Glue Dots: I use this for adhering embellishments.

Stamp Sets used on Notebook Cover:

“Charles” alphabet stamp set by Kelly Purkey. This set is currently not available on Kelly’s site, but there are many other awesome alpha stamps to choose from :)  This is the one I used in my 2015 and 2016 books, and this is kind of a fun twist on that.

I also used the Time for Leaves set from Ali Edwards.

My traveler’s notebook is from Michaels and it’s actually really great quality.  I wish it had more pages, but for the quality at $3 I’m loving it!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask, and if you’re putting your own gratitude album together this year then I hope you enjoy the wonderful and fulfilling feelings the whole gratitude journey brings.

XO