Monday, January 15, 2018

A Day and a Year In Review

Hello, hello! It's the 15th and that means a new kit is now available in the shop! It's called In Review and was designed to be used all year round, story after story. The lifestyle of memory keeping means that moments big and small are being collected and with this kit, you can document them all.

The stamp set is perfect for journaling and list-making, many of the die cuts offer plenty of space for extra notes, and the cards are a rich mix of colors.

The first project I created using the kit was a simple spread in my everyday Traveler's Notebook and I just love the journaling card with my photo.

I cut the 4x6 card in half and placed it on the lower half the layout and then adhered my photo to the left side and added a couple of the puffy photo corners for dimension. On the right side, I used the ledger stamp and then typed my journaling.

The last touch was using a pattern stamp from the Begin Again set in the same light blue that I stamped the ledger in, and then I added the "photographed:" stamp and date.

I also created a pocket page to add to the end of my 2017 everyday album. I really enjoyed looking back at the thousands of photos I'd taken and selected a variety that really stood out to me. I printed off fun adventures, laughs with loved ones, and delicious treats as 2x2 photos.

I already had the cards pulled that I knew I wanted to use and so it was just a matter of putting the pictures into place. I didn't worry about keeping anything chronological, but I knew I wanted to include the dates.

After the embellishments were added, I focused on my journaling. I simply typed a loose list on the computer and printed it out to fit onto my card. Then, using a roller stamp, I added the date to each line item.

I can't wait to see what you're inspired to create with the In Review kit and hope that it helps get your stories told time and time again!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

December Daily {2017} Days 19-23

This is going to be a photo heavy post, so I'll try to keep it brief, but if you have any questions at all about my pages, don't hesitate to ask in the comments!

The 19th was one of those days that really made the holiday season feel magical. It was filled with simple treasures and since I made up for the lack of photos I'd been taking, I wanted to include several of them.

I cut down a 6x8 page of 2x2 pockets and added my photos with plenty of patterned paper and cards. If you're like me, you have way too many holiday supplies, and instead of saying how pretty they are and putting them back on the shelf, I've really been trying to make a dent.

For the 20th, I documented my new inspiration wall above my work desk. I love how it turned out and am excited to be able to easily change out the pieces as the months go by. I used patterned paper and a stamp set to punch circle embellishments and added a little bit of gold mist for some sparkle. Circles have made several appearances in my album and I like how they've been able to represent ornaments and decorations along with maintaining the consistency I always crave.

Another photoless page for the story of the 21st, which again gives me the opportunity to use more fun supplies. I don't mind that I don't have at least one photo for each day since in a project like this I make sure to include journaling.

I had a lot of fun making my page for the 22nd, especially since it turned out just the way I had pictured in my head. I wanted to include the recipe for the cookies I'd made and using a digital card from the Comfort and Joy kit, I was able to design my 3x8 insert as if the piping bag spelled out "recipe" with a little flourish.

Using a scrap of transparency film, I adhered my card to the front and the recipe to the back. Since my cookies were all winter related, I used die cut snowflakes topped with puffy stickers to embellish my page.

Another sweet treat for the 23rd decorated with die cuts and stickers to balance out the heavier page from the day before. I'd started out with just the die cuts on the photo and then decided it needed more, so on went the stickers. Then the strip of paper and another die cut. And still feeling like I wanted more, I added some subtle stamping in Fog ink.

Lastly, I added a simple kraft envelope because there are a few more stories that I want to include. I certainly could have expanded on any day and shared more than one story, but I like that there is a focus for each day. With the addition of the envelope, now I don't have to leave any magical moment out.

If you're interested in an overview of supplies I've been using, you can find it here, all of my December Daily posts are here, you can pick up a free download here, and the pages I've used for the base of my album are here. :) I carry my album through the end of December, so be sure to pop back by to see the 24th through the 31st! Wishing you a very Happy New Year in the meantime!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

December Daily {2017} Days 14-18

Here are the last pages that I've gotten done to date. I had so much fun working on getting caught up and am looking forward to getting back to it. I take my album through the end of the month, but hopefully I'll have time to work on it before then.

I've only been sending out holiday cards for a few years and didn't want this year to be the year it stopped. I just added a few chipboard stickers to my page because I wanted to the sentiment on them to stand out.

But for the 15th, I had more fun decorating my page. And since it snowed a little bit that day, I added snowflakes with stamps and a die cut.

I think the only thing that could've made the quick run out more festive would be if we'd seen Santa. It was mad crazy at the Post Office as people shipped off gifts, there were young carolers at the coffee shop, and as we left, there was a horse drawn carriage taking a couple through downtown.

For the 17th, I made a little collection box and printed it out. Washi tape is holding it on the side so that it flips up to reveal my photo underneath. I layered some stickers to embellish my page, once again using foam tape for that extra dimension.

I might have picked up a few little items for myself when I did some Christmas shopping. After I matted my photo to the journaling card, I noticed the bits of yellow and accented them with a yellow puffy heart.

I also had a holiday stamp set that hadn't been used yet, so in my favorite Fog Ink, I stamped and stamped all over the grid section.

If you want to see any of my previous pages, you can always click on the #decemberdaily category from the right-hand column. Thanks so much for taking your time to visit and I hope that you're having a wonderful holiday season!

December Daily {2017} Days 9-13

I'd fallen so far behind on my album, but once I had a few hours to catch up, I jumped on it, but then the weather was uncooperative for taking photos. Now of course, I'm already a couple of days behind. Such a vicious cycle. ;)

Day 9 I had shared on Instagram, and it might be one of my favorites. You gotta love when an idea in your head actually turns out the way you envisioned! I created a ruler and then printed it on transparency film. I love that it looks like a planner divider but also shows how much snow we got.

Of course I had to add more stamping, but I also tried out Nuvo Crystal Drops for the first time. I was really excited to try them out, but I'm not sure I'm a fan. I had a hard time maintaining a consistency in the shape, and even after leaving my page to dry for two days, one of the drops became flat once it was in the album. I'll try them out a couple more times and see if I get better at using them because I've seen some really fun things done.

Day 10 started off a series of photoless pages and I'm okay with that. I think it speaks to how busy things have been and that with the 32857897231 things I had running through my head, taking a photo wasn't even one of them. Shocking for a memory keeper, I know.

I certainly could have printed an older photo to use, but I went with using a holiday cup from Starbucks to embellish my page about Starbucks.

I think the 11th was the first time I turned on the holiday music. The fact that Christmas was rapidly approaching was lost on me, but listening to old and new favorites has helped to get me in the holiday spirit.

For the 12th, I documented about how much I still need to do in order to be ready for Christmas. And I wanted a reason to use the Countdown stamp more than once in my album.

And for the 13th, I made a list of the people and their gifts that would be under the tree just in the nick of time. If you'd like to use the 3x4 card I used above, feel free to download it here!

December Daily {2017} Days 4-8

The year is winding down and I'm so glad that even with how busy this time of year is, I can take time to record our December. Not every story is related to the holiday season, but there is certainly a magical feeling in the air and I love looking back on the month and seeing all the different memories.

It felt like December came out of nowhere and I wasn't ready for it. So, it's not just the fault of the cats that there aren't any holiday decorations up. ;) To build on the theme of decorations, I punched circles from the journaling card and stitched them down. I added a few puffy stickers and thought that the chipboard sentiment was perfect for my photo of the girls.

The 5th and 6th were all about work. I kept the pages simpler due to the short amount of time I had when I made them. I added just a touch of color on each page with a little banner and die cut.

While I was looking for embellishments for the 7th, the "meet me under the mistletoe" die cut jumped out at me as a great way to document dropping the hubs off at the airport for a work trip. And it just so happened I had a mistletoe die cut to pair with it.

The 8th had originally been a photoless page because I forgot to take a picture of my parent's new cat. I remembered to get a photo of her the next time we went and so I decided to clip it to this page. I used a variety of stickers, popping some of them up with foam tape and then wanting a little bit more, I went back and added stamped trees.

If you're interested in the full list of supplies that I'm using to create my album, you can find it in my Days 1-3 post and now the planner pages I designed are available digitally in the shop.