Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sandlot sneaks

The August Studio Calico kits provided the perfect start to my Summer Project Life Handbook. I'll write a bit more about what I expected and how it's coming together more in my reveal post on the 27th. For now, how about some peeks into my Sandlot layouts?

The colors this month are quite summer-y, but I also found myself reaching for the bits of red in the Project Life main kit. It went nicely with the bowls + bowls of fresh cherries we've been devouring, as well as the red that Morgan often wears. There is no shortage of circles either. Those transparent die cuts below are fun + easy to alter :
I went big with full 6x8 photos in a couple of spreads. Below I used scraps from the 4x6 paper pad, along with wood pieces + the aqua alpha in the Yeah Yeah add-on plus the silver glitter tape and tiny word stickers in the Repeater add-on to create a messy grid along the bottom edge :
I dedicated a full spread to our first trip to the zoo this summer and put the focus on some of the awesome journaling cards in the Yeah Yeah add-on. I bet you can guess that the other cards say :)
Geralyn designed some adorable cut files this month. As a little superman ice cream tribute, I pulled out the neocolors + experimented with recreating those sweet colorful swirls. I'll share a tutorial on that next week :
And Tina never disappoints with her designs either. Below is a peek at her printables, which I printed on vellum this month. You can also catch a glimpse of the kraft envelope set too :
As I write this post, I'm still squeaking out a couple more spreads. Now that I've got about a month or so documented, I have a better idea of how to 'squeeze it all in', or even better, how to choose the best of the best.

Want to see more sneaks? Go here. I'll be back on Sunday to show my spreads in full + to share my favorite products this month. Man I love when reveal lands on the weekend.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Project Life Summer 2014 | 01

My summer Handbook is coming along quite nicely. I'm loving the size, the format and the ease how the pages are coming together. Before I started playing with the August Studio Calico kits, I created a few pages with a mix of leftovers I had from past kits, as well as decorated the spine (above). Here's what I've done so far :
The opening page is a We R Memory Keepers 4x4 page protector (which fits perfectly into the Handbook with zero hole punching!) I layered a photo of the four of us from May over an acetate sheet from the Studio Calico Wanderlust line.
The backside is some Lemon Lush paper with that awesome scratch off card from the Camelot Project Life kit, which conveniently goes with the "you are my sunshine" banner on the front :
Page two is our summer bucket list. The watercolor cards were so fun to make!
I used neocolors on watercolor paper to create these two-tone circles and blended the colors separately with a water brush. I typed out make, do, go and eat on grid paper, trimmed them down with extra space on the bottom edge, and then stitched them on with my sewing machine.
Then I simply filled in the rest of the card with my list. I used the tiny heart stamp from the Bottle Toss kit with galaxy gold brilliance ink to separate each item.
The filler cards on the bucket list page are from various kits over the past year or so.
Page three is an October Afternoon 6x8 page protector of 2x2 inch squares. I trimmed off the right hand column because I love varied sizes and this one serves as sort of a bookmark for the first month in this album, June.
Lots of bits and pieces from previous kits, especially Penny Arcade and the coordinating add-on's. The yellow 4 geotag was made from felt and this craft die.
The ice cream print was created by Shanna Noel's daughter, Addison. You can read more about it here. I just printed mine at 6x8 and slipped it in a page protector. Such a fun summery addition!
I also included a little bit of South of Market, including the red labels, my transparency and the free printables.
And that's it for part one. Later this week I am going to share some sneaks of what I've added to my Handbook with the August Studio Calico kits. Reveal is this weekend!

You can read more about my decision to change up my Project Life from 12x12 to 6x8 for the summer here.

My Summer Project Life Essentials : Handbook, assorted page protectors, Studio Calico Project Life kitscorner rounder / tiny attacher / journaling pens / Alte Haas Grotesk font 

Friday, July 18, 2014

around here

planning a mini trip to Chicago with Mark in August.

feeling quiet + unmotivated in this space and I'm just going with it.

accepting and embracing the ebb + flow, as they say.

wondering where summer went. It has not been very warm here at all.

playing with Bamboo Paper.

having a difficult time committing to photos and art work for our living room gallery wall. Will it ever be done?

taking a self-help / personal growth break and reading Catching Fire.

anxiously awaiting the Mockingjay release in November.

experimenting with natural skin care (think baking soda, apple cider vinegar and honey) + loving it for many reasons.

laughing a lot at things my kids say. I love having them home.

dreaming of going back to a paper planner in 2015. This one is at the top of my list.

loving our lazy summer + doing what we want.

Have a great weekend! Our plans include attending a little festival in our town - complete with a parade, shopping and lots of kids activities. Maybe even some cotton candy and elephant ears.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Project Life Week 24 : Penny Arcade

One last spread with the Penny Arcade kits. This is Week 24, which is the final spread in my first album for 2014. This was the last week of school, as well as Father's Day weekend.
Left side = Design C. I had a ton of photos this week + a ton to say, so I opted for lots of typed journaling via Photoshop before I printed my photos. My favorite is the top left photo of Morgan sitting at the top of our driveway.
She insisted on setting up a lemonade stand and wouldn't you know, that lemonade badge in the Bottle Toss add-on was a perfect little embellishment.
The right side is also a Design C but I stitched up the left side 4x6 pockets to create six 3x4 pockets. The journaling cards are a mix from the High Striker add-on plus the printables. I used a lot of digital scrapbook + Project Life stamps in this spread - to go with the typed journaling on my photos. For the "meet me in the sunshine" brush below, I enlarged it to fill much of the blue sky in the photo and then turned down the opacity to gray it out.
I did a similar thing with the photo of Mark and the kids above. I added the "I love you more" brush to the right side of the photo so the rest of the phrase hung off the edge. Then I cropped the original digital brush so I used just "than all the stars" below it and turned down the opacity so it wasn't as bright white as the top half. I rotated each layer a bit so it looks hand-stamped and adhered the red resin heart from the main Project Life kit above it before calling it done.

My 2014 Project Life essentials : Studio Calico Project Life kits / We R Memory Keepers Greige Albums / Design C photo page protectors / corner rounder / tiny attacher / journaling pens / Alte Haas Grotesk font 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Project Life Week 23 : Penny Arcade

This is Week 23. The week of both Morgan and Parker's birthdays but this spread is all about the non-birthday stuff. I have already completed separate layouts as inserts for each of their special days that I still need to share here. This spread is made of a mix of the Penny Arcade kits and I stuck with a color theme this time - aqua, gray/silver, woodgrain and a little green.
Left side : A Design F with the 4x6 pocket stitched in half to hold two 3x4 cards. We started our two week countdown till summer vacation this week, stocked up on swimsuits and (I) drank a fair amount of wine. The pink swimsuit tags were a bit blinding but I was determined to use them in my spread (I like documenting stuff like the kids clothing and shoe sizes every once in a while, as well as the prices of things like this), so after stapling the tags to some patterned paper, I added a piece of vellum over the top to tone it down a bit.
Sometimes I like to jam a little journaling on a filler card to tell more about the week :
Left side : A Design C (I seem to like this C + F combo). This was the week that the South of Market collection went live at Studio Calico, so I included the photo I took (actually several weeks prior) of me holding my transparency. I need to remember to capture more of my happy moments, like this, too.
The right column of this side are all photos from our first family rock climbing excursion. Mark and I used to climb a lot before the kids were born, so it was really fun to get back up there with some friends and their kids.

The "you're so totally awesome" cut below is a new craft die + stamp set combo that is a perfect match with the 4x6 paper pads. The die leaves a great border on the bottom edge of the 'awesome' so you can trim it down (or not). For the stamped portion, I stamped "you're so" and "totally" separately on some grid paper and then cut out the banner shape to staple over the die cut. Such a fun duo.
My 2014 Project Life essentials : Studio Calico Project Life kits / We R Memory Keepers Greige Albums / Design C + F photo page protectors / corner rounder / tiny attacher / journaling pens / Alte Haas Grotesk font