Thursday, April 28, 2016

UAE Travel Mini Album {Part One}

For what felt like the bazillionth time, I flipped through my assembled kit and tried to work on the photos from our trip to Abu Dhabi from last year. I had made a title page last year and then got a few more layouts done some weeks ago, but I just wasn't happy with how things were (not) coming together.

Wanting to get my photos and memories into an album, I realized that the album was part of the problem. I had intended for the pages to go into my chronological album but wasn't feeling inspired by my supplies or the completed pages. I've not done this before, but I took apart the 3 layouts I'd made and created a new cover page. You know what, I was immediately motivated and felt things clicking right away. Using a mix of 6x8 pages and pocket pages, I placed all of my photos into a new album. I also selected several older cards from various mini kits and slid them into pockets. I haven't had much chance to work on it since this revelation, but I'm excited for the next opportunity that I get.

My title page was inspired in part from this travel mini made by Kelly Purkey. Using the 6x8 album, I found it much easier to incorporate memorabilia into my album and for some larger brochures, I could simply hole punch them and add them between my pages.

These next photos had layouts previously made, but I had been pretty unhappy with them and never shared them. Scaling them down in size, I removed a couple of the elements I'd previously used, while still being able to salvage some of the others.

Last up is a layout I was happy with, but had to dismantle. I had shared the original version here, but I was pleased that I could keep the overall page design in the new, smaller size.

My journaling will be added after everything is in place. I'm toying with the idea of writing it all by hand instead of my usual type and print. We'll see if I change my mind on that as well. ;)

Hope to see you back here on Sunday because there's a shop update at 8am EDT with five fun new mini flair sets as well as an awesome stamp set featuring a sassy hippo that has stolen the hearts of many, myself included.

cover page
patterned paper - Felicity Jane
stamps - Take Flight, Ready Jet Set, and Kelly's Scored Tabs - Kelly Purkey
plastic letters - ABM Messy Box

patterned paper - Basic Grey {Prism}
journal card - Shutterbug kit - Kelly Purkey
stamps - Greenpoint - Kelly Purkey
alphabet stickers - Kelly Purkey

Enjoy the View
patterned papers - Felicity Jane
stamps - Greenpoint - Kelly Purkey
alphabet stickers - Studio Calico (left), Seven Paper (right)
mini flair - The - Feed Your Craft
die cut tab - Kelly's Scored Tabs - Kelly Purkey
small embellishments - Studio Calico

Friday, April 22, 2016

Project Life {March 2016}

Lately I've been trying to make my projects come together more quickly by starting with a sketch I've drawn out. Since I was working with a digital kit, I decided I'd take my sketch a little further and map everything out in PSE before printing anything.

Once I was happy with my choices, I used an 8x10 canvas and inserted my patterns and elements onto it and was able to easily print just the supplies I needed. Then I printed off my sheet of title cards and sheet of journaling cards.

I was moving quite quickly until having laid everything out, I felt like something was missing. The squares of just patterned paper had me feeling like they needed a little finishing touch. I tried adding small layers of other patterns. I tried adding a little sewing for texture. I tried printing off additional embellishments. Nothing was working and I'd spent way too much time on it.

After taking a break, I came back to my pages and decided to add small puffy gold plus signs to my journaling cards. In the end I felt like adding anything to the patterned paper squares was competing with the page as a whole. Even though I was using plenty of white cardstock, all of the white squares had something on them. So in the end, the patterns became the white space that your eyes could land on and not feel overwhelmed. At least that's how it went down in my head. :)

Be sure to head over to the One Little Bird blog to see more inspiration and ideas from the Creative Team using old and new collections. Hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!

patterned papers, die cuts - Elysian - One Little Bird
puffy stickers - Studio Calico
fonts - Intro Rust (title cards), Intro Head (journaling cards) by Fontfabric

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Planning and Destashing

Oh, the never ending quest to be organized and have a stash of supplies that actually gets used. It's an age old problem that will probably always exist as new items continue to come out. :)

I used my Traveler's Notebook everyday since I'd bought it late last summer and found it to be great for keeping me on track. I used a monthly calendar and created my own inserts to suit the topics and format that best worked for me. But then I went and finally picked up the Hello Forever planner that I'd debated on purchasing for months.

Once I got it, it sat on my desk unused because I still wasn't sure it was the best planner for me. Why change the system that had been working so well? After a little urging from a friend, I decided to give it a whirl. If it works out for me, I'll convert my beloved TN into something else and I can put my planner to use instead of just staring at it. Win, win.

I'm definitely a planner minimalist and like keeping it simple with a little stamping and writing in my daily to-dos. So far I spend about 15 minutes at the beginning of the week filling in what's coming up and then as new items arise, I can quickly add them.

So far I'm really enjoying it and of course I've already bought a couple more planner stamp sets. The few items pictured above are the things I've found myself reaching for again and again.

I do miss my running to-do list and have found it more difficult to figure out what still needs to be done and carried over to the next week. I bought the digital set of planner inserts from Studio Calico and the weeks are set up vertically with space at the bottom to list tasks, so I might change them in time.

And since new items are always making their way to me, I figured it'd be a good idea to do a big destash and put those items up for sale in the shop. Most everything is brand new, but there are a couple of larger stamp sets where only one stamp was used. I also put together some fun kits of paper and alpha stickers that coordinate. I hope you'll take a look and maybe see something you can give a good home to and use. Better than sitting on my shelf unloved! :)

Hello Forever Planner - Studio Calico
Plan it Out stamp set - Christine Herrin
Hybrid Ink Pad Cubes {Karma} - Simon Says Stamp
The Happy Planner Colorful Dot stickers - Me & My Big Ideas
Iro Clear Circle stickers {Garden} - Hisago

Friday, April 15, 2016

Sending More Happy Mail

Surprisingly, I've been able to keep up with the Write On challenge of sending 30 letter in 30 days. Though I hope no one holds it against me that my cards go out in batches and not daily. So far, 11 cards have been sent and I'm all set to get my next ones out the door.

Here are the last few that I've made. If you saw my Day in the Life mini album, you can imagine that I had plenty of scraps and squares of paper left over. Putting some to use, I made these two cards.

I was inspired by Olga Moss to try using different colored inks on one stamp from a card she recently made here. I don't know why I hadn't thought to try this sooner, and you can see I could use some more practice. And I should have thought it through to stamp the yellow ink then the orange because I transferred some of the orange onto the edge of my yellow pad. All cleaned up, but need to remember lighter to darker next time. :)

Hope you have a great weekend ahead!

patterned paper, chipboard stickers - {Everyday Edition} Becky Higgins
heart and circle punches - Recollections
white doily - Doodlebug Designs

flower stamps - Birthday Flowers - Simon Says Stamp
inks - Goldenlocks and Sunkist - Simon Says Stamp, Butter Bar - Hero Arts, Inky Black - Studio Calico
gold mist - Heidi Swapp Color Shine

Monday, April 11, 2016

Plan to Keep Going

I don't think I'd mentioned it here that I'm one of the April guests with the One Little Bird Creative Team. I feel very fortunate to have been asked and I've had to keep this secret for quite some time. My first project that I shared with the team uses the latest collection called Milestone. The color palette was different for me to work with, but I found myself really liking it. Plus, it gave me a reason to use some of my neglected kraft cardstock.

If you know me, then it probably doesn't seem that odd to you that I created my layout centered around my planner. Sometimes products push us into a direction for a story and that's exactly what happened when I started looking at all of the elements included in this kit.

After I printed a few of the patterned papers, I also printed some of the elements to turn them into die cuts by simply cutting them out by hand. For the lettering and plant flourishes I used my Cricut Explore to print and cut. You know I love my layers and dimension, so I used a craft die to add a notebook edge to my stack of papers and pop dots under the "keep going" script. My journaling was added in one of my favorite ways of cutting it apart into strips.

I hope you'll take a look at the One Little Bird blog and see the other wonderful inspiration that is there. If you've always thought that digital designs weren't for you, it might just change your mind.

patterned paper, die cuts - Milestone - One Little Bird
alphabet stickers - Seven Paper
notebook edge die - My Favorite Things
journaling font - Traveling Typewriter