Friday, October 24, 2014

Our Northeastern Adventure Pt. 1

In early September, the hubs and I took a mega road trip up to Maine, stayed a couple of days in Canada, and then stopped in Lake Placid before heading back home. It was a fantastic trip, though not our longest, but I was surprised at how few photos I took.

48 hours out of the 144 of our trip were spent driving, and so I did wind up with quite a few snaps out the front window. I used Picasa to make a collage with 6 of them and then placed my photos over layers of tags from Crate Paper's {Notes & Things}, tags I cut with a Lawn Fawn set of dies, and all sorts of labels. So here is my title page and I'll certainly be sharing the rest as they get completed.

No surprise, I assembled a kit of supplies and it's sitting in a pile on my desk. I went with a wide variety of manufacturers which is out of the norm, but I wanted to push myself to expand my mixing and matching.

I bought multiple papers from Crate Paper {Notes & Things}, Fancy Pants {True Friend}, We R Memory Keepers {Shine}, American Crafts {Shimelle}. I also picked up a sheet from Pink Paislee, Basic Grey, Pebbles, and of course pulled from my stash. I don't have a lot of papers on hand and so whenever I undertake a big project, I always have get to buy pretty new paper. ;)

For embellishing, I picked up the one pack of tags, a pack of rub-ons and a sticker sheet. I made some printable labels and the rest will be taken from the supplies I have. I'm hoping to make a dent in my alphabets, Project Life cards, and little embellishments. We'll see! Hope you have great weekend! :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Seasonal Goodies

I had grand intentions to complete another mini album this year for My Thankful 30. I really enjoyed creating one last year, I of course still have plenty to be thankful for, and even purchased all of my supplies. But, as November approaches I've decided not to work on this project, but no worries, my lovely supplies will not go to waste and I have a new set of free printables to share!

I bought much of the new Maggie Holmes collection {Open Book} and honestly, I'll be buying more of it, it's gorgeous. I created my labels and banners with those papers in mind, even though I hadn't gotten them when I sat down to work. Don't fret if you don't have those supplies, the soft colors and warm wood grain will go with many projects and not just fall related ones.

You can download them free for your personal use, here, via Google Drive, no account needed. If you use them, let me know, I'd love to see what you do!

In other news, I have a shop update and hope to have one more before the year is out. In the shop now are 3 new sets of mini flair, Do More, Tis the Season, and Hello December. Don't forget, there are also a couple of fall themed sets that I introduced last month!

Friday, October 17, 2014


I have a big stack of supplies on my desk for the next project I'm undertaking, but I pushed it all to the side to create this layout. When I saw the current linky party over at Paper Issues, I knew I needed to play along because the theme was right up my alley.

The issue is, "Woodn't You Know, it's Fall" and so I printed off some of the fall photos from our latest trip to the pick your own farm. I used a grid design for my page and incorporated several dies and a punch for my main embellishments. For my banner, I cut the tails off and used pop dots to raise the middle after I stitched down the title. A few sequins, both plastic and wood, finished off my layout.

If you're inspired to use fall photos, wood veneer items, or anything else that goes along with the current issue at Paper Issues, there's still plenty of time to join in the fun. Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PL & CY365 {September 2014}

Beyond going on our road trip in September, it was a pretty quiet month for us and I didn't take that many photos. Mixing up the style of pocket pages really helps when I don't have a lot to record. Of course after that fact, I remembered a couple of little things I wanted to include, but that's ok.

Unlike August's kit, I loved most of September's PL kit from Studio Calico. I'm not a big fan of real photos used on supplies, but otherwise the kit was a winner and I'm excited to use October's as well.

For the front page I broke out my tiny attacher, which I don't use often enough. I'm also out of the habit of printing on journaling cards and got my original card jammed in my printer. It all worked out in the end and I like the back up card I had to use.

Lots of journaling on the back page and a color palette I wouldn't have normally picked out. I'm also surprised to find that I'm enjoying using rub-ons and have even bought a couple more packs.

Again I didn't include my photo a day pages and as of October 13th, I've taken a photo a day for the last 365 days. I'm going to finish out 2014 but I'm not sure what next year has in store. It's been a great challenge and I've learned so much. I'll leave you with a favorite from September and wishes for a fab day!

Friday, October 10, 2014

PL & CY365 {August 2014}

Those that read my blog regularly probably know I try to stay current with my scrapbook projects as well as Project Life. I find that if too much time passes from when the photo was taken, I don't feel as inspired to creatively record the memory. But since my creative juices have been flowing again, I jumped on getting my Project Life up to date and into my album.

I've been using the Studio Calico PL kits all of 2014 and this is only the second kit that I've been ho hum about. So for the front page I added a lot of Heidi Swapp Dreamy PL cards and some papers from the SC card kit. I've been digging deep to get unopened embellishments used as well, but it still seems I haven't made a dent!

For the back page I made 4x4 filler cards for the top row using digital papers from {Magic Hour} by Paislee Press. I've been reading a lot so to devote an entire row in the spread was fine by me. :) The bottom left filler card I made in Photoshop Elements with a map image from Google Maps and text printed on regular paper, then I printed an overlay on vellum of a chevron pattern also from {Magic Hour}. The envelope that came in August's kit worked well to hold the itinerary of our trip and is adhered to that outside of the pocket.

I haven't done anything extra with my photo a day pictures, but wanted to leave you with one of my favorites from August.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!