Yesterday as I was at Target, I passed by these wooden letters for the umpteenth time and finally threw them in my cart. I’ve been debating whether or not I should get them forever but never actually committing, because really, how many alphas and letter stickers does a girl need? But yesterday I gave in. And I’m so glad I did! I mean, how awesome do they look?
I’ve taken a lot of photos recently so putting this spread together was super fun. It’s always nice to have too many options than not enough when it comes to photos and topics.
As usual, I added some text to my photos in Photoshop before printing. I love the combination of typed words + physical letters, plus it makes planning out my pages that much easier.
Remember this printable that I designed a million years ago? I decided to print it out again and give it new life! My everyday thoughts are certainly different than they were two years ago when I was at home all day by myself and not chasing a toddler around – ha! For the left hand side of the page, I cut a strip of BasicGrey Highline paper and added a little visual texture to it with a Heidi Swapp polka dot stencil, a blending tool, and yellow distress ink. Those three items are easily my most used supplies at the moment…I use them on everything.
Supplies: Solid Page Protector // Divided Page Protector // Wooden Letters // Gradient paper // Distress Ink in Yellow // Ink Blending tool // Polka Dot Stencil // Yoobi glue stick
A few weeks ago when I saw Ali Edwards say on Instagram that she would be hosting her Day in the Life series the next day, I was sold! I haven’t done a Day in the Life project in years and I figured it would be the perfect addition to my ongoing 2016 album. Luckily, it turned out to be a work day for me so there was plenty of activity to photograph and include in my book.
Since I am running low on BasicGrey Capture page protectors (RIP), I decided to tap into my stash and try out some Studio Calico Handbook pages. The holes don’t exactly match up with that of my album, but it’s nothing my Crop-a-Dile can’t fix! Easy peasy. I knew I wanted to include as many photos as possible without using too many pages, so I chose my favorites, resized them in Photoshop, and added a little journaling before printing. It definitely takes a lot of prep (and a lot of math!) to plan out the pages ahead of time but I love how it streamlines the actual crafting process and makes the spread look much more pulled together.
For the “AM” side of the spread, I featured snippets of our morning, including: breakfast, Briar watching her favorite show, my beauty essentials (living and dying by that dry shampoo, y’all), and finally getting out the door to head to Culver City. In addition to the journaling that I added to the photos via Photoshop, I also used a sheet of BasicGrey multicolored Highline letter stickers to create time stamps for the 3 x 4″ images.
For the “PM” side of the page, I included photos of: the 405 freeway, different shots from working in Amy’s studio, a quick run to Trader Joe’s to pick up essentials (Puffins, spicy hummus, and black bean rotini. You know how it is.), the sunset upon arriving home, and snuggling up in bed with Briar to read her a few books before bed (and yes, I realize her bedtime that night was super late!).
I’m so glad I successfully captured and documented my day. It’ll be so much fun to look back on next year when life looks very different than it did in March of 2016!
Supplies: Studio Calico Handbook Page Protectors // Gradient Paper // Hot Pink Polka Dot Paper (from Target) // BasicGrey Alpha Stickers // Seven Paper Puffy Stickers // Amy Tangerine Shaped Paperclips // Semi-Glossy Photo Paper
This past weekend I got to work on a photo backdrop for my sister-in-law’s surprise birthday party and it was so much fun to put together. With no real theme to work off of, I decided to go with something that would be colorful in photos but not be too difficult to execute. So after a run to Joann’s for colored paper, I started on the leaves!
To get these shapes, I did a quick Google search of various leaves and saved a few of my favorites to my desktop so I could cut them out with my Cameo using this insanely awesome trick. It’s a little tedious to work in the Silhouette software but totally worth it when you can take an image from the interwebs and turn them into a tangible object! To save on time, I ended up only cutting about a third of the total leaves with the Cameo and then hand-cutting the rest with a sharp pair of scissors. Once all the leaves were cut out, I taped two huge sheets of kraft butcher paper together and started arranging the shapes and then gluing them down.
I was very happy with the way it turned out! (Briar was thrilled about it too, as you can tell.) I haven’t worked on a project of this scale in quite some time, so it was a great creative challenge!
P.S. Happy happy birthday, Jen!
The other day as I was in the thick of answering e-mails and working on a mundane work task, I decided to allot myself a one hour break to play with paper + photos. It was so much fun to step away from the computer for a moment and just use my hands to get my memories down.
In an hour I managed to eke out a single spread about our most recent trip to Disneyland, using a mix of Instagram photos and some of my favorite coordinating supplies.
For the left page, I resized my Instagram photo to 6.5 x 9.5″ and added a line of journaling in Photoshop. Then I printed the image on my home computer (how I print most of my photos) and embellished the page with Studio Calico alpha stickers (had to fake some of the letters using other letters, as you can probably tell – ha!), Sugar Paper ribbon that I bought on clearance at Target this past holiday season, and puffy Seven Paper stickers (I need a lifetime supply of these).
For the right page, I used a divided BasicGrey page protector to split up my photos and paper elements. Like the left page, I added a little bit of journaling to my photos in Photoshop and then embellished the spread with paper from a Kelly Purkey kit, Amy Tangerine paper, chipboard Thickers, and handwritten journaling using my all-time fave pen, the Paper Mate felt tip Flair.
Now that the pages in my book are starting to fill up, it’s inspiring me to keep going! I love a fat scrapbook.
SUPPLIES: BasicGrey Capture Page Protectors // Seven Paper Puffy Baxter Heart Stickers // Matte Photo Paper // Dear Lizzy Thickers // Yoobi Glue Stick // Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens // Gold Scissors // Sugar Paper for Target Hot Pink Ribbon
My new favorite phrase that I apply to just about any scenario is “LIFE.” Because really, life! It happens for the best and it happens for the worst but it just keeps happening whether we are ready or not. Most days I feel like I hit the ground running and don’t stop until my head hits the pillow again. Caring for a toddler while trying to fit in work and blogging and friends and family and occasionally trying to squeeze in a little “me time” is an ongoing juggling act that I have yet to master. So I’ve made it my mission this year to simplify, simplify, simplify wherever possible!
Getting out of the house in the morning is always huge production with a toddler in tow, but one thing that has made it a little bit easier are Vaseline Lip Therapy Tins. I’ve been using Vaseline products for years, for everything from removing my eye makeup to hydrating my dry skin to softening my feet with socks overnight, so to now have the product in a lip care format (in a cute tin to boot!) is exactly what I needed. Even if I don’t have time to do my hair and makeup, I always make sure to slather Vaseline on my lips before I run out the door.
I recently picked up a bunch of different lip tins from Target (yessss!) and have them stashed just about everywhere: my makeup bag, my purse, my coat pocket, my car, my bedside table…all over the place!
Even Briar loves to get in on the action by repeatedly opening and closing the lids (and occasionally dipping her finger in them!). We live in Southern California where super dry Santa Ana winds wreak havoc on our skin and lips, so I figure it’s never too early to teach her survival skills!
Thanks to Vaseline Lip Therapy Tins, I’ve been able to simplify my beauty routine and spend those saved minutes on things I actually want to do, like play with traveler’s notebooks! I made this one out of scratch paper and I love keeping it in my bag (along with my tins!) and pulling it out to document little moments from my crazy but very happy life.
Traveler’s notebook supplies: handmade notebook // Heidi Swapp polka dot mask // Yellow Distress Ink // Blending Tool // Black Ink Pad // Push Print Studio printables // Stamps // Gold Paper Clips
This post was sponsored by Vaseline but all opinions and ideas are my own.
My best friend is getting married in a few months so I was more than happy to put together her shower invites! Using the shower color palette as well as a photo I took from her engagement session last year as my inspiration, I set out to create a modern and feminine invitation that would do her proud. Also, a harbor side mimosa brunch? I can’t wait!
Do you ever sit on making a purchase for so long and then finally have an excuse to make it? That’s exactly what I did with the giant circle punch that I used to cut out these registry cards. I’ve been wanting a three inch circle punch for years but couldn’t justify the cost until this very occasion. So thank you, Val! My circle punch and I are going to have a long happy life together, I just know it.
Using a gorgeous floral washi tape that I found at Paper Source, I attached the registries card to the back of the invitation. Super simple and fun! Once both pieces were attached, I tucked them into kraft envelopes and sent them on their merry way. I love a good design project…especially for someone I love so much!
Lately I’ve been in this wonderful creative phase of life where all I want to do is MAKE STUFF. I want to play with paper. I want to play with yarn. I want to play with photography. I want to play with design. I just want to make anything and everything! Two nights ago I woke up in the middle of the night and knew that I had to make Briar a colorful woven bag to house her treasures. I wasn’t sure exactly how it would turn out, but I knew it would be super fun to try it. Here’s how the bag came together:
If there’s one tool I can’t get enough of, it’s my Martha Stewart loom. I’ve used it countless times in countless ways and I’m still turning to it over and over again! Highly recommend. Aside from the loom, the rest of the supplies are pretty basic: yarn, scissors, and a needle (or a paperclip if you can’t find your needle right away – ha!).
For this particular project, I set up the loom with seventeen pegs across and wove about seven inches down using my favorite yarn colors. Each weaving took approximately 45 minutes each.
And this is how someone who hates measuring “measures” where I ended the first weaving so I would know where to stop with the second weaving. I eyeball everything and somehow it works out.
Here are the both of the weavings after they came off of the loom. To attach them together, I first tied the fringe on the bottom of each weaving to each other in double knots. Once that was finished, I took my scissors and cut straight across the bottom of the fringe to make it look uniform. From there, I grabbed my needle and yarn and sewed up the sides of the bag. The pom pom handle (a dollar spot find from Target over the holidays) was added in a similar fashion by simply sewing each side onto the inner part of the bag using a needle and two small strands of thread. The entire process took about three hours from start to finish…just enough time for Briar to squeeze in a nap and then wake up in time to take photos! It was the perfect afternoon project.
She has her baby, her rain boots, and her cross body bag. Girl is set!
My list of current obsessions is pretty all-encompassing except I forgot one crucial item: my new Minc foil applicator machine. You guys, I am in love with that thing. I made a calendar and then I decided that I wanted to make journaling cards for my 2016 album using the rose gold foil. I always love when I look back on lists of past obsessions, so this time I made a page featuring not only my own things, but John’s and Briar’s as well.
I used the six pocket page protector from BasicGrey to house photos of each of us and our corresponding journaling cards and then embellished with a few strips of washi tape and enamel dots from Pebbles. It was such a quick and easy page (ten minutes tops), but I have a feeling it will be fun to look back on it in the future!
Also, I’m just now realizing that we are all wearing glasses in our photos…ha!
The list for Briar could go on and on! It could include but should not be limited to: “passing out unlimited dog treats to Grandma’s and Grandpa’s dogs, climbing (and then standing) on every high surface possible, waving and saying “bye bye!” to any and all moving vehicles, and carrying around items that are way bigger than my tiny body should be able to hold.” I love that crazy-haired seventeen month old…
P.S. I made a PDF of three 3 x 3″ cards and three 3 x 4″ cards that can be printed out many times and most importantly, run through a Minc! You can download the PDF here!
A few months ago I had the pleasure (seriously, it was such a joy!) of taking photos of my friend Heather’s parents and all six of their beautiful, energetic grandkids. It was a dream job because they just wanted me to shoot fly-on-the-wall-style and capture the special relationships that Grandma and Papa have with each of their little ones. As much as I enjoy a good posed photo, there’s nothing quite like catching those priceless moments in between…and with six kids under six, there were priceless moments galore!
Here are some of my favorite images from the day:
Last year I felt all over the place, like I didn’t have strong roots or a clear sense of where I was going. It was not one of my finer years on record so I am determined to make 2016 much better. On a similar note, I’ve been feeling the pull back into scrapbooking again, especially in a Project Life-style sense. Even though I don’t scrapbook every single standout moment of every single week, I find that any memory that I do record brings me tremendous satisfaction and helps me to gain a better sense of where I’m at in life. There really is something to be said about art therapy!
I’ve also really been loving two apps that help me to capture different moments in 2016: Snapchat and One Second Everyday. Oddly, these new-to-me ways of documenting my life only fuel my desire to scrapbook even more! I’ll take what I can get ;)
For the intro page, I used some of my favorite paper and embellishments from Amy Tangerine’s new line, Better Together, as well as puffy stickers from Seven Paper (obsessed with these!) and my favorite black felt tip pen. I’m using a BasicGrey Capture album and the corresponding page protectors to house my memories this year.
Undoubtedly this album is going to be heavily focused on Briar, because she’s the center of my universe these days and I am more than okay with that. But I definitely want this album to be about my perspective on life, so I’m sure there will be many a selfie and the occasional photo of the hubs as well ;)
For this page, I printed out a 6.5 x 9.5″ photo at home and used a little yellow distress ink (my fave!) in the upper left corner to bump up the visual interest. When paired with the pink gradient in the photo, the end result was a bit more orange than I expected but I still really like it. From there I added a rub-on + Thickers from Amy’s Better Together line and then journaled using a magenta felt tip pen.
On this page, I used a divided page protector to house two of my favorite recent photos and embellished them with paper designed by Tina (amazing free download!), puffy stickers, and Better Together components. Once I had my photos printed (the longest part of the process), it took me about 45 minutes to put these pages together! I’m definitely more inspired by the minimalist approach to scrapbooking right now, so I’m sure that will be apparent as I build this album, but I am excited to see how my tastes evolve as the weeks roll on!
SUPPLIES: BasicGrey Capture Page Protectors // Life Love Paper FriYay Freebie // Mini Yellow Washi Tape // Yellow Distress Ink // Mini Ink Blending Tool // Seven Paper Baxter Puffy Stickers // Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens // Glue Stick // Target Dollar Spot Scissors