Tuesday, July 26, 2016


I've spent a lot of time this year mulling over how I want continue to preserve our memories. Having created more mini albums lately, my focus has been pulled away from my 9x12 Project Life and layouts, and I haven't felt inspired to create anything that large.

But last week I signed up for the class, Design School, at Studio Calico when they offered a coupon for it and maybe, just maybe I won't push the larger size to the side quite yet. For the first time in a while, I wasn't staring at all that space wondering how to fill it up.

Working on the first lesson about editing, I put even more focus on my photos, products, and design than I usually do. I've been inspired by the contrast of mixing color and black and white photos that I see fellow creatives sharing on Instagram, so I thought that would be a good way for me to express with layering the photos, the vastness of the sunflower field we were standing in.

I really edited my use of product and if you had been here, you would have seen me add stuff to my page, take it away, add something else, take that away, and repeat for about half an hour. The last touches were the strip of patterned paper and the vellum leaf which I felt added grounding to my vertical elements.

So maybe I'm not ready to let 9x12 go completely and just needed a fresh perspective for what I can create. :)

patterned paper - Crate Paper {Maggie Holmes Bloom}, Basic Grey {Hillside}
chipboard letters - Ali Edwards (from the 2016 WITL kit)
vellum leaf - Basic Grey {Hillside}

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Summer Stories {July 6-10}

In the beginning of the month I was able to spend time each day creating the page for the preceding day. It helps me with daily projects like these to stay as current as possible because as time goes on, it's not unusual to fall a little behind and I don't want to end up feeling overwhelmed with that need to get caught up.

July 6th was a long and frustrating day, so what better way to end it than with ice cream. I had printed off some digital papers from One Little Bird to use for June's Project Life (that has yet to be done) and thought the palm paper was the perfect compliment to the hot day. I used a little speech bubble die cut upside down to have it pointing to my photo with a little text stamp.

On the 7th, the hubs and I ended our work day early to go visit some fields of sunflowers. Little did we know, we were about a week too soon and there weren't many flowers in bloom. While trying to find one of the parking lots, we headed down a gravel road only to find it had been washed out and we needed to turn around. Once out of the car, we had trouble finding two of the fields from the map that was provided. So while there weren't many flowers to be seen, it was still quite an adventure and you can see why I stamped the quote that I did.

The 8th found me starting a new book that I happened to stumble across and fell in love with immediately. The writing was just beautiful and I finished it a few days later because I couldn't put it down. I don't think I've ever stamped on patterned paper before, but I thought it would give the books a little oomph so I stamped and cut all the images. Time consuming, but I love the outcome.

It's been a pretty hot summer so far, but I still usually drink hot coffee in the afternoon if I have a second cup. With temperatures over 90ยบ, I decided cold brew coffee was in order. I had picked up an e-course by Kelly Purkey during her last sale and this was my first attempt in creating backgrounds with the stamps and techniques provided in the lessons. Because I didn't want to mess up my background, it was easiest to right justify my text stamping after I'd drawn my lines with pencil.

On the 10th we made a quick excursion out west and found ourselves with a little extra time. We went to a nearby park and historical site to walk around, which was a pleasant surprise. Feeling bolder about stamping directly onto the page, I stamped different words relating to travel. Because I wanted the stamping to be less structured, I didn't draw any pencil lines. I did however stamp all of this out on graph paper first so that I would know what would fit where.

If you'd like to document your summer or are curious about using a Traveler's Notebook for memory keeping, you can find more inspiration at Little Paper Projects. I'm really enjoying this format and while it's too early to really start thinking about it, I'm wondering if I could use this style for my December Daily. :)

• day 6 - patterned paper - Soleil - One Little Bird, stamped die cuts - tutorial and supplies - here, die cut speech bubble - October Afternoon, stamps - Kelly Purkey and Kellie Stamps
• day 7 - patterned paper - The Great Escape - Feed Your Craft, alphabet stamp set - Kelly Purkey for Studio Calico, phrase stamp - Kelly Purkey, Slate Hybrid ink - Simon Says Stamp, map washi tape
• day 8 - patterned paper - Crate Paper, Studio Calico, and Pebbles, To Thine Own Shelf stamp set - Simon Says Stamp, Alpha Tab stamp set - Sweet Stamp Shop, flower pot stamp on top shelf - Keep Growing stamp set - Feed Your Craft, Walnut Stain Distress Ink
• day 9 - patterned paper - Maggie Holmes {Bloom}, stamp set and e-course - Kelly Purkey, Stepping Stone alphabet stamp - Studio Calico for Hero Arts, coffee stamp - Christine Herrin, Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Mint Candy Hybrid ink - Simon Says Stamp
• day 10 - Luggage Tag alphabet - Hero Arts, star stamps - Studio Calico, 3x4 Planner Stamp - One Little Bird for Studio Calico, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo Distress Inks

Friday, July 15, 2016

Summer Stories {July 1-5}

Wow, July is flying by! I've been able to keep up with my Traveler's Notebook inspired by Little Paper Projects and so far the topics shared on their blog have been helpful in further documenting our July. I mentioned before that I'm taking one story from each day and recording it in this notebook and today I've got the first five pages to share.

For July 1st, I typed a list of the things I'd like to do this month. It's a short list of not necessarily summer activities, but I also wanted to include things that would help me to slow down and enjoy the season. Using the stamp set from The Great Escape, I stamped check boxes and then will use the same set to put a check mark or an X at the end of the month.

On the 2nd, the hubs and I went on a long hike at Great Falls and while we're familiar with the park, the map they gave us provided the perfect way to add more photos to my pages. I debated adding stamping onto the map, but I thought it might get lost so added it onto my photos and a little beneath the picture of the two of us.

Documented a delicious lunch at a restaurant we'd never been to before. It was indeed yummy! The kraft paper in these Midori notebooks is a decent weight, but I'm hesitant about using any dark inks on the pages. The Hybrid Ink cubes seem to work well and you couldn't see the stamping on the backside.

The weather forecast for the 4th was calling for thunderstorms, so my photos are from the day before. (shhh, don't tell anyone) I'd been wanting to try light painting with sparklers for a long time, and it was a lot of fun. I added gold mist to the pages and then a little bit of patterned paper and stamping to give my photos presence.

Our butterfly bush that was gifted to us by my parents exploded in purple blooms the week before, but we haven't had that many butterflies coming around this year. I was thankful to have stepped outside and seen a large tiger swallowtail so I went back in and grabbed my camera. We are still feeling the loss of Biscuit and his 2nd birthday would have been the day before, so I thought this was a fitting quote. Because I wanted to use the stamps with a little bit of water, I stamped my quote on white paper and then adhered it into my notebook.

I'll be back next week with more pages and I also have some other projects to share with you all. Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead!

• day 1 - The Great Escape Stamp set - Feed Your Craft, Stone Hybrid Ink - Simon Says Stamp, calendar washi tape - Freckled Fawn, die cut stamp - tutorial and supplies here
• day 2 - AM to PM stamp set - Kellie Stamps, Maggie Holmes roller stamp, Walnut Stain Distress Ink, rubber embellishment - Pinkfresh Studios
• day 3 - patterned paper - Maggie Holmes {Bloom}, Greenpoint and Hangry stamp sets - Kelly Purkey, Apricot Hybrid Ink, Walnut Stain Distress Ink - Simon Says Stamp
• day 4 - patterned paper - The Great Escape kit - Feed Your Craft, Shutterbug stamp set - Kelly Purkey, box and line stamp - Kellie Stamps, gold mist - Heidi Swapp
• day 5 - Stepping Stone alphabet stamp - Studio Calico for Hero Arts, Pine Needles Distress Ink

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

B is for Biscuit

Two weekends ago we lost our sweet Biscuit from what the vet believes was cardiac arrest due to heart failure. I had yet to make a mini album for him because I assumed I'd have years of photos and memories to choose from. Not wanting to forget the little things about his personality and the love and joy he brought to our home, I put together this mini book.

Deciding on a simple format and working with items from one collection, I printed out my photos and got to work. I made an error in my page size because I didn't leave room for punching holes, so my finished album is 5.5 x 5.5, my photos are printed at 4x4, and the squares of patterned paper are 2x2.

I varied the arrangement of how many squares of patterned paper I used on each page and then included a little embellishment and journaling on almost every page. I added small droplets of gold mist to each page as a finishing touch.

patterned paper, chipboard embellishments, die cuts, puffy stickers - Crate Paper {Wonder}
gold mist - Heidi Swapp
font for journaling - Catalina Anacapa Sans Regular

Friday, July 1, 2016

Summer Stories

Last year I enjoyed documenting part of our summer when Little Paper Projects launched #LittleSummerJOY and when they said they'd be at it again this year, I thought I'd join in. I'm looking forward to seeing inspiration from Julie and Jen as well as all of the other creative folks participating. Their focus this year is using a Traveler's Notebook insert and I went back and forth on that. I'll admit, I was nervous about being committed to pages that I couldn't add or remove. But, I think I found a way to make it work for me.

I'll be using the Midori Kraft notebook and it has just enough space to do a double-page spread for each day in July. Along with the stories from our month, I'll be using ideas from LPP, daily photo prompts from CY365, and adding in quotes. This way I feel like I have plenty of inspiration in case I don't have a story for the day, but not so much that I'm overwhelmed.

And you know me, I always start with a kit and created one with items from The Great Escape kit and new supplies that I hoped would all work well together. First up was to create a title page that I put inside the notebook so that when I start today, I begin with my two-page format.

Using one of my stamped stamps, I layered it over some patterned paper and topped that off with a mini flair. Beneath the cluster, I stamped a phrase. The sun is part of the Summer Vibes set, and there are 3 other packs that have hit the shop today. Do you have any special plans for documenting your summer? You might just need a pack or two to help. :)

Midori Traveler's Notebook Insert Kraft Paper - Jetpens
patterned papers - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft {The Great Escape}, Crate Paper {Maggie Holmes Bloom}, Pebbles {Spring Fling} and {Jen Hadfield Everyday}
stamps - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft, Kelly Purkey, Christine Herrin
embellishments - Pinkfresh Studios, Doodlebug, Crate Paper

stamped stamp - full supply list at bottom of this post
patterned paper - 6x6 woodgrain - My Mind's Eye, 6x6 floral - Pebbles {Jen Hadfield Everyday}
phrase stamp - The Great Escape - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft
mini flair - Summer Vibes - Feed Your Craft