Project Life - July (part 1)

Monday, July 28, 2014

School is finally over for the year and I get a month to relax. I'm excited to be able to do some crafting and recreational reading! This spread is from the beginning of July from when my sister was still visiting. I wanted to include more photos, so I used a Simple Stories page protector with 2x2 squares. It doesn't fit perfectly into the Handbook album (the Simple Stories page protectors have 2 holes that do not line up with the Handbook holes), so I had to punch 4 new holes.

The left side of the spread is another 6x8 photo. I usually use an older Canon Selphy printer to print out 4x6 photos for Project Life, but I sent in some photos to be printed at London Drugs and decided to get some larger sizes as well.

page protector by Simple Stories, badge button by shopEvalicious

To contrast the more posed photo on the left, I used a lot of candid, laughing photos on the right. There were plenty of giggles throughout the photo-taking. We brought our deerstalker Sherlock hats that my sister bought for us, and blew some bubbles. It was a fun day!

Working with this style of page protector was a little tricky for me with all of the photos and patterns, but I like how it turned out. It was a nice change from my usual 4 3x4 page protectors.

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Project Life - June (part 2)

Monday, July 21, 2014

I think I may have missed documenting a couple of weeks in June, but I was too excited to start on photos of my sister's visit. The last time I saw her in person was about 4 years ago, so we were both super excited to spend some time together.

"today happened" tab by shopEvalicious, "there's no place like home" card from July Studio Calico PL kit

The "there's no place like home" card was perfect for this week. I could have definitely used a few more copies of it for other projects! To coordinate the rest of the spread, I drew from the colors in the card: yellow, pink, navy blue, and orange.

vellum pocket from July Studio Calico PL kit, "memorable stamp" from June Studio Calico PL kit (sold out)

Before I added the vellum pocket, the spread looked unbalanced with more color on the right side from the enlarged photo. I love how the orange coordinates perfectly with the orange in the "there's no place like home" card, the benefit of using a kit I suppose! I used the stamp set from the June Studio Calico PL kit to fill in the empty chipboard banner.

page protector by We R Memory Keepers

Since I had extra photos I wanted to include, so I used a page protector with 4 2x2 squares. It was feeling very busy with the large photo on the next side, so I placed a patterned paper from the Dear Lizzy "Lucky Charm" line between the insert and the photo.

Here's a look at the spread without the extra insert. Since this visit was pretty special, I decided to send the 6x8 photo for printing (my home photo printer only does 4x6). This was the first time I've used a 6x8 photo, and I love how it ended up looking!

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Happy Six

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

It's been a while since I created a layout! I had forgotten my camera when Billy and I went out for dinner to celebrate our 6 year anniversary, but we were both quite tired from school/work so it wasn't a huge celebration or anything like that. When my sister was in town a few weeks later, we went to take some photos. These are a few of my favorite snapshots my sister took of us.

patterned papers from the July Studio Calico scrapbook kit, gold vellum by My Mind's Eye

The Studio Calico July Scrapbook kit had some lovely neutral colors, and I thought that some warm gold would be a great addition. I had a gold striped vellum paper from My Mind's Eye laying around, so I cut out some pieces to create a starburst effect. For extra dimension and texture, I sewed down the middle and pulled the sides up.

thickers by Studio Calico South of Market

For layering, I used a muted pink patterned paper with a few strips of grey and black/white paper tucked behind. I wanted to use the wooden alpha set that came with the kit, but unfortunately it didn't come with a "y" or an extra "p".

badge by shopEvalicious

This layout is quite simple and I didn't use too many embellishments. I added a small cluster of a shopEvalicious badge and feather die-cuts to the right of the photo, splattered some gold ink, and scattered some wood veneer stars to finish off the page.

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Project Life - June (part 1)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The last two and a half weeks flew by way too fast, but I was happy to spend some time with my sister who was visiting from the States. This spread is from before she arrived, around the beginning of June. I still love these brush script calendars by Jasmine Dowling, so simple yet elegant.

wood veneer banner from July Studio Calico PL kit, journaling card from Paislee Press

Over the weekend, Billy and I saw X-Men Days of Future Past. We usually buy tickets online and I didn't have a traditional ticket stub, so I decided to add these awesome movie posters instead. On the right is a Paislee Press week in review journaling card (I added "clinic") that I used to document my thoughts about clinic. I added a wood veneer banner by Hello Forever on the top that says "do good".

"slow down" chipboard sticker from July Studio Calico PL kit

That Saturday, we went to check out the Pride Parade, so I included some photos of the floats and a photo of Billy and I. I used a chipboard sticker from the July Studio Calico PL kit on the journaling card, and recorded some thoughts about how quickly these past few months have been going by.

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Project Life - May (part 4)

Thursday, June 05, 2014

This month went by so fast, I think there may have been a week where I forgot to take any pictures or document anything. I wasn't in the journaling mood when I was putting this spread together, so I got the chance to put in a few more filler cards than I usually do.

Paislee Press Week in Review journaling card

I decided to use the Paislee Press Week in Review cards to document at least one positive thing from clinic every week. It's been a little overwhelming, and I wanted to make an effort to document something that went well or made me smile rather than focusing on what didn't work. This week, I included some quotes from the kids. We learned quickly to be wary of which carrier phrases we use depending on which sounds the child has difficulty with.

Studio Calico digital stamp

A while back, we got tickets for the Ben Folds concert so I included a quick snapshot of the hall while we were waiting for it to fill up and start. I used a digital stamp brush from the Studio Calico Digital Basics class (which is free!) to add "here".

All of Me card by Vanessa Documented

For Billy's birthday, we enjoyed a nice lunch together and spent the rest of the day enjoying some much needed relaxation and lounging around. We've both been quite busy lately, so it was a good change of pace. On the right,I added a lovely brush script card by Vanessa Documented.

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