Friday, August 19, 2016

Summer Stories {July 21-25}

Here are days 21 through 25 from my notebook. Even though I used this format for an entire month, I never struggled with a lack of ideas. Certainly I repeated techniques, but I found that they provided a cohesiveness to my book along with a chance to use some items I'd been overlooking in my stash.

On the 21st we went for an early evening walk and spotted these beauties. Using the leaf stamps, I created my background and then did just a little stamping on the facing page to coordinate.

I'd been wanting to document how Pound Cake has been doing since we lost Biscuit and almost one month to the day, I was ready to put those feelings to paper. My photo flips up and beneath are my thoughts. I used a variety of die cuts and stamped images to embellish my pages.

For the 23rd, I wanted to record thoughts about a friendship that has come to mean so much to me. I stamped a quote I found and using a small glassine envelope, I enclosed my journaling.

The 24th was a day for relaxing and crafting and not uncommon for me, I made a page about scrapbooking. More stamp practice and I used a small scrap of paper that was also used when I made my layout.

Through the month I did a lot of reflecting on where I am, both personally and professionally and what changes I need to make. I had created the typography piece weeks before, but thought it was fitting with the story I wanted to tell for the 25th. While I could have blurred my journaling in order to share my page, it was more fun to create a layer to go over it. I used my sewing machine to hold everything together and then adhered it into my notebook.

Along with one last post to wrap up my book, I plan to have a video flip through and a stamping tutorial on how I create my pages with full page stamping. Have a fantastic weekend ahead!

day 21 - Palm Tree stamp set, Lime Light and Going Green dye ink - Studio Calico
day 22 - stamped die cuts - tutorial and supplies here, tag and glitter die cuts - Crate Paper, plastic die cut - Pinkfresh Studio, stamped journaling box - Studio Calico, washi tape - Stampin' Up
day 23 - Mercer alphabet stamp - Kelly Purkey, hybrid ink cubes in Stone, Apricot, Steel Blue, and Duckling - Simon Says Stamp
day 24 - stamps - Kelly Purkey and Studio Calico, hybrid ink cubes in Apricot, Duckling, and Slate - Simon Says Stamp
day 25 - font and vector art - Rainier, alphabet stamp - Luggage Tag by Hero Arts, tag stamp - Kelly Purkey, die cut - Crate Paper, inks - Rosie Cheeks hybrid ink - Simon Says Stamp and Mint - Heidi Swapp


  1. I love watching the book evolve! I especially love how personal it's become with the journaling that you tuck away perfectly so it stays personal. I struggle with finding that balance in my albums (too personal for all eyes, but sometimes it's too generic to mean anything) so I may try this approach. As always, thanks for sharing! You're always so inspiring.

  2. As always, I just love your book!

  3. Looks the way you've hidden your journaling on these pages. Great ideas & they look fabulous too. LOVE the bear at the end & your stamping of quotes and words is wonderful. You've more patience than me!!

  4. This has been lovely, watching your book come together. I have been struggling with sharing project life pages because my kids are not happy with sharing their stories any more on social media. Hidden journaling is such a great idea and I often forget about this. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. This is turning out so lovely Elise and I just love seeing all the stamping you've been incorporating.

  6. These are all fab. I love the different ways you've incorporated hidden journaling. Love that bear and the quote.

  7. More wonderful pages
    I like the layering you did on some of your pages.


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