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!

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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

 

Maroon Bells using October AE Digitals

I’m still determined to get some photos from our latest roadtrip to Aspen, CO up on the blog, but until then I have this layout to share! The Maroon Bells and surrounding area is seriously one of the prettiest places I’ve ever been to in my life.  Truly, photos can’t do this place justice.  I can’t speak to what this area looks like year-round, but I can vouch for the last couple weeks in September being gorgeous.

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SZayas_OctoberDigitals_DetailThis layout features the October digital release from Ali Edwards, which is perfect for any fall or halloween layout!

September Hybrid Layouts

Happy Friday, friends!  And more importantly, happy almost Fall Season!  Soon that fresh, crisp air and pumpkin pie will be here and I can hardly wait.

In the last couple of days, the temperature in SoCal has started to shift, and something about the taste of seasonal change has reinvigorated my crafty spirit! So, with that, I was excited to jump into the projects I’m sharing today, #1 because the September Digital Kit by Ali Edwards is beautiful, and #2 because documenting this last quarter of the year is always my favorite and these projects mark the beginning of that process.

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First up I put together this super simple page for my Summer Traveler’s notebook (TN).  This was my first time doing a full page photo in my notebook, and now I’m obsessed!  I will definitely be using this format over and over in notebooks from now on. Also, just a tip if you’re afraid of the edges of your photo coming up on your notebook: use red line tape.  This tape is super strong. You have to be extra careful placing your photo, but once it’s down, it’s down for good!

SZayas_September2017Digitals_DetailProj2.jpgIn case you’re interested in seeing more pages out of my Summer Traveler’s notebook you can click on over to my Instagram to find them there.

SZayas_September2017Digitals_FullLayoutProj1.jpgMy next project was an insert for my 6″ x 8″ binder.  This photo was taken last year because let’s be honest, its still waaaay too hot for boots and jackets, but I wanted to put together something to celebrate the coming season, and this felt like the perfect way to do that. SZayas_September2017Digitals_DetailProj1.jpgOkay, now I’m definitely ready for a chai latte :)

Summertime Hybrid Layouts

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Hi Friends!

Today I’m back to share a couple of layouts I put together using the June digital releases from Ali Edwards.  I absolutely loved working with this month’s kit, which was filled with fun summertime details as well as some Father’s Day elements.

SZayas_JuneDigitalKit_Detail_Project1.jpgFirst up is the layout I put together for Father’s Day.  When I first saw the card that said “So Thankful For You Dad.  Super Love You” I knew I had to do something special.  While I wanted to have a layout for myself, I also wanted to find a way to turn this into a card that I could give to my Dad.  In order to do that I took the “Dad Stories” 3″ x 8″ card and adhered a photo to the back to make it into a bookmark.  It was the perfect alternative to a card and I love that its handmade and extra special.  I love that my dad and I will both have a copy of the journaling and this great photo.

SZayas_JuneDigitalKit_FullLayoutProj.jpgNext up is a layout I put together using a lot of the summer-themed elements from the kit.  The colors worked perfectly with the photos from this celebratory weekend in May so I really didn’t have to do anything other than print everything out.  Love when that happens!SZayas_JuneDigitalKit_Detail_Proj2.jpg

I’m looking forward to making many more summer-themed layouts in the next couple of months!

Hybrid Pocket Page Layout

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I know I’ve said this so many times before, but as much as I love working with traditional paper products on layouts, there’s just something so clean and simple about going digital/hybrid.  The biggest perk (for me) is the ability to resize and customize colors.

SZayas_MayKit+Pets_Detail2_Project1.jpgFor this layout I used Ali Edwards’ May Digital Kit and the ‘Pets’ digital brush set that also released this month.  The colors in the kit were so bright and fun, but not everything coordinated with the colors in my photos.  That’s where a bit of customization came in handy.

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I changed the color of the quote card (top right) to better match the ice cream cup in the photo below it, and also changed the colors of the “Love Us” and “Special Moment” embellishments to better math the colors on the page.  It’s amazing how the smallest changes can make a world of difference in the look and feel of a page!

Pocket Prompts Class at Big Picture Classes!

BPC.pngTo say that I’m excited to share today’s news is a huge understatement, friends.  I’m in a bit of a “pinch me” state at the moment.  Next Monday, April 17, my very first class will be launching over at Big Picture Classes!! Hooray!!

Putting this class together has been a journey, and one that I am so grateful for.  Over the last 4 months I’ve been brainstorming, sketching, playing with paper, and reflecting on my process so that I could share some of my very favorite photo and journaling prompts and also do a complete walkthrough of how and why I do what I do in my pocket pages.

As I was working on this class I wanted to make sure that I was reaching both the crafters that have never done pocket page scrapbooking as well as those who have been doing it for a long time and are maybe looking for a fresh perspective to add life to their pages.

I hope that if you love pocket page scrapbooking or if you’re curious to try it out for the first time that you’ll consider this class!  You can sign up for a free two week trial over at Big Picture Classes today!

ALSO, later this week I’ll be doing a giveaway over on my Instagram for two people to win a free one month subscription!

All of the workshop details can be found here.

Hope to see you there!!

A Rainy Day Story

SZayas_March2017DigitalKit_FullLayout1.jpgOne story that I will always remember about my parents is the story of how they met and their first date.  While growing up I remember asking them to retell the story several times and I’ve sometimes caught myself wondering if that’s a question Omar and I will get from our kids one day.

Truth be told, the first part of our story probably isn’t that romantic- after very little luck with dating, my coworkers encouraged me to try online dating.  I’d heard mixed “reviews”, but decided to just give it a try and put myself out there.  I feel incredibly lucky that I only had one bad date before I met O, but that bad date was almost the reason we never met.  We now laugh about the fact that I didn’t respond to his sweet message for nearly 2 weeks and even considered closing my account before we ever got the chance to meet.  Looking back I can’t believe how close I came to never meeting my future husband.

We sent get-to-know-you emails back and forth for about 10 days before we decided to meet on what would end up being a very rainy St. Patrick’s Day in 2012.  It’s not that I don’t treasure all of those emails that we sent back and forth to each other (I really wish I had kept them!) but I’ll always feel like the first time we met in person is where the sweet part of this story starts.   AE_March2017DigitalKit_Detail1.jpg

To document this special story I used the newest March 2017 Digital Kit from Ali Edwards and paired them with stamps from last month’s Bond story theme.  It ended up being a rainy day story about a rainy day :)SZayas_Digital2017Kit_Detail3.jpg

I’m sure I’ve forgotten a lot of the little details from that day that happened nearly 5 years ago, but I’m so happy to have this story finally documented!

Nugget’s 1st Year Mini (using AE digitals)

20170205_121848.jpgIt’s crazy to think that we adopted Nugget almost 9 months ago.   When I look at him I can hardly believe how fast he’s grown from the little fluffball we picked up on a Friday afternoon last May into the 70 pound playful puppy he is today.  In some ways time has flown, but in other ways it has nearly stood still as we’ve tried to navigate our way through the challenges of figuring out life with our first puppy.20170205_122306.jpgTo help record some of the milestones of Nugget’s first year I decided to put together a hybrid mini book.  The new Week by Week digital stamps by Ali Edwards were so perfect to get the ball rolling, and sticking to a basic template for each page allowed me to complete this mini in just a couple of hours!Nugget 1.jpgNugget 2.jpgNugget 3.jpg20170205_121643.jpgThanks so much for stopping by!