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


  1. Loving each page of your book so very much Elise!

  2. So fabulous. Each page of this book is so wonderful.

  3. That book page, Elise! I love it ๐Ÿ’•

  4. I love your pages!!!
    I will have to check out your new book.
    I had put down my last 2 books, as they were boring, lol.

  5. Your stamping looks the little blue spots behind your saying on the coffee page....REALLY neat. And I reckon. Well, Christmas. Hmmmmn. GREAT idea ;)!!!

  6. I love every little bit about this album, Elise, but I adore what you did on the book page! I don't think I'd have the patience to do that much cutting, but it's fabulous!

  7. Your album is truly adorable! I love the simplicity of it all!

  8. Love your album, Elise! The book page is really awesome: you did a great job with the hand cut shelves! :)

  9. I love all the stamping you're doing!

  10. Ah this is excellent, I love the kraft paper as the album and the colors and pp you choose. Great to see stamping in your book, especially alphas as they are always the hardest to use IMO.


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