Entries Tagged as 'project life'

fleetwood mac.

Posted on: Thursday, May 30, 2013

Fleetwood Mac at the Hollywood Bowl | Ann-Marie Morris

Last weekend my mom and I saw Fleetwood Mac live at the Hollywood Bowl. It was AMAZING. Our seats were pretty far back but the great thing about the Bowl is that there really are no bad seats. Even if you’re half a mile away from the stage, you’re still nestled in a canyon overlooking the Hollywood sign and enjoying great music under the stars. So really, no complaints. The concert was spectacular (as expected) and it definitely brought all the hipsters out of the woodwork – ha! You can see my Vines from the show here + here!

BasicGrey Capture | Ann-Marie Morris

I’ve been using a BG Capture album to record all the fun things that have been happening in 2013, and of course, Fleetwood Mac totally earned their spot in my book.

BasicGrey Capture | Ann-Marie Morris

BasicGrey Capture | Ann-Marie Morris

I decided to keep things pretty simple and let the ticket (tucked into the center page protector pocket) do the talking for me. Easy peasy.

project life: january 2013.

Posted on: Friday, March 1, 2013

Project Life | Ann-Marie Morris

Another Project Life installment! Yeah! I’m still loving the smaller format and my minimalistic approach to jamming photos and memorabilia in those little pockets.

Project Life | Ann-Marie Morris

Over the holidays while I was at Michaels for the umpteenth time in a week (’twas the season!), I spotted Martha Stewart’s customizable stamp set on clearance. Of course, my knee-jerk reaction was to throw it in my basket as fast as possible, but then guilt set in and I proceeded to have a mini debate with myself along the lines of “another stamp set?! really?? don’t you make stamps for a living?” (my inner voice is a total B). Nonetheless, I somehow convinced myself that YES, I NEED ANOTHER STAMP SET and so it came home with me and I haven’t looked back since. I am obsessed with the classic Martha font (Archer) and how surprisingly easy it is to create phrases to stamp. You can see it in action in that little “01″ that I stamped at the top with hot pink ink. (Super long story for such a tiny product demo, I know.)

I also used some of my other favorite supplies on this page including the “Go” flair and girl veneer (misted with Mister Huey in Taxi) from Studio Calico, the roller date stamp and orange Thickers from Amy Tangerine, and the turquoise Thickers from American Crafts. As for the Top Gear obsession? I have no words.

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Project Life | Ann-Marie Morris

This page was super simple to whip out because it was all about my recent trip to San Diego. I wanted to keep the focus primarily on the photos and memorabilia, but I also used a geotag flair from SC, striped aqua washi tape from Freckled Fawn, and my J & A stamp. And of course, to drive home the point that SD is my favorite city in all of the land, I cut out the “You Make My Heart Sing” phrase from a sheet of Dear Lizzy paper. It was a perfect match.

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xoxo

project life: january 2013.

Posted on: Friday, March 1, 2013

Project Life | Ann-Marie Morris

Another Project Life installment! Yeah! I’m still loving the smaller format and my minimalistic approach to jamming photos and memorabilia in those little pockets.

Project Life | Ann-Marie Morris

Over the holidays while I was at Michaels for the umpteenth time in a week (’twas the season!), I spotted Martha Stewart’s customizable stamp set on clearance. Of course, my knee-jerk reaction was to throw it in my basket as fast as possible, but then guilt set in and I proceeded to have a mini debate with myself along the lines of “another stamp set?! really?? don’t you make stamps for a living?” (my inner voice is a total B). Nonetheless, I somehow convinced myself that YES, I NEED ANOTHER STAMP SET and so it came home with me and I haven’t looked back since. I am obsessed with the classic Martha font (Archer) and how surprisingly easy it is to create phrases to stamp. You can see it in action in that little “01″ that I stamped at the top with hot pink ink. (Super long story for such a tiny product demo, I know.)

I also used some of my other favorite supplies on this page including the “Go” flair and girl veneer (misted with Mister Huey in Taxi) from Studio Calico, the roller date stamp and orange Thickers from Amy Tangerine, and the turquoise Thickers from American Crafts. As for the Top Gear obsession? I have no words.

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Project Life | Ann-Marie Morris

This page was super simple to whip out because it was all about my recent trip to San Diego. I wanted to keep the focus primarily on the photos and memorabilia, but I also used a geotag flair from SC, striped aqua washi tape from Freckled Fawn, and my J & A stamp. And of course, to drive home the point that SD is my favorite city in all of the land, I cut out the “You Make My Heart Sing” phrase from a sheet of Dear Lizzy paper. It was a perfect match.

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xoxo

project life.

Posted on: Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Yet another Project Life installment! I’m having so much fun getting back into it and experimenting with the smaller size and looser format.

project life | ann-marie morris

Hard to tell from this photo, but I included a mini layout between both pages, just to break up the symmetry of the spread a little bit. I mean, why not? I like to keep things interesting.

project life | ann-marie morris

I wanted to include this super cute 2013 print from Urbanic, so I decided to just glue it on top of my page protectors and place the gorgeous Studio Calico aqua ombre paper underneath. I backed the print with white cardstock that I ran through my Cuttlebug with this polka-dot embossing folder, added a little embellishing, and called it good. I always forget how much I love that little embossing machine! Definitely need to bust it out more often this year.

project life | ann-marie morris

You know it’s not one of my spreads unless there’s a heavy dose of hot pink, so I used a journaling card from Jamaica and topped it with a Studio Calico banner die-cut, an Amy Tangerine Daily Thicker, and a stamp that I designed for SC this past year.

project life | ann-marie morris

For the mini layout, I tried to keep it as simple as possible (my general rule of thumb for PL, really). Minimal embellishments, a little bit of ephemera, and quick and easy journaling thanks to my typewriter. I didn’t even adhere the photobooth strips to the paper; they’re just held together by my trusty gold paperclips. Living life on the edge, as usual.

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I’m in love with this graphic Crate Paper pattern and the way it brings all the rainbow colors in my spread together. Happy happy! And of course, how insanely awesome is Amy Tangerine’s calendar stamp?! Genius. Other products used here include the Yeah Yeah Yeah die-cutmini alphas, and aqua washi tape.

project life | ann-marie morris

The red phrase paper in the upper left corner is from a Fab.com mailer that I am convinced was designed with Project Life in mind. The purple Rose Bowl ticket in the center is just hanging out for now. I love the white space it gives my page and figure I will worry about what I will place on the other side of it when that time comes. Just roll with it.

project life | ann-marie morris
project life | ann-marie morris

Aqua + cream paper by Crate Paper | Totally Obsessed With Stamp | StazOn Black Ink | Hot pink pen from Typo.

project life | ann-marie morris
project life | ann-marie morris

So much fun, you guys. How are your books coming together?

xoxo

project life 2013.

Posted on: Monday, February 4, 2013

Last year I fell in love with the concept of Project Life.

I loved the way it allowed me to use all my favorite elements (paper, photos + memorabilia) in one place without having to make traditional scrapbook pages. At first I was super dedicated (I’m going to do this every week! of every year! for the rest of my life!), but like all long-term creative endeavors, I eventually fell off the bandwagon. I started to feel that I had gotten too far behind (even though I don’t believe in that!) and “catching up” just seemed too daunting a task. I still loved the concept, but I knew I needed to find a system that work better for me.

Project Life Cover Spread | Ann-Marie Morris
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So after much thought + inspiration from others, I decided to try something new. This year I’m going with an 8.5×11″ format using a mix of baseball card sleeves and traditional Project Life page protectors cut down to size. I also plan on forgoing a rigid week-by-week schedule and instead, simply filling up my pages when and how I see fit. Nothing too fancy. Nothing too crazy. But totally doable.

xoxo

project life: september / october.

Posted on: Friday, October 5, 2012

Despite my mountainous to-do list, I managed to squeeze in a little Project Life this week and am so glad I did. Not only did it give me something to blog about (meta, much?) but it gave me a place to house Mary freakin’ McDonald’s business card that I had been guarding with my life since last weekend. Whew.

Left: The far left middle pocket has the ephemera glued right on top of the page protector. Living dangerously over here. Right: My love for paperclips + washi tape knows no end.

Left: Life Love Paper woodgrain paper, Heidi Swapp neon letters (which are perfect for PL because they have barely any dimension!), and pink + yellow washi tape. Right: a quick journaling card that I whipped up in Illustrator to document the fact that summer (unfortunately) never really ends here.

I saw Niecy Nash at Disneyland on Friday and then Heather Locklear in Montecito on Saturday. ‘Twas a great weekend to be a Californian.

Left: The 4×6″ journaling card I made in Illustrator to document my random stream of consciousness regarding the month of September. Sometimes I forget how much easier it is to type things out on the comp and print them versus handwriting and changing my mind mid-paragraph. Right: If that looks like a holiday stamp then you would be…correct! Honestly, I don’t have a good reason for it to be on a PL spread in the middle of a heatwave in September / October. All I can say is that it was on my desk and I needed something to fill that spot so I slapped it in there. Putting my fancy art education to work, obviously.

I have to be honest, this go-round was kind of tough. I had a hard time getting the color palettes to jive (which is usually the easiest part for me!) and it took way longer than it should have. However, the one thing I did that helped expedite the process was typing my journaling directly onto my photos in Photoshop. Another trick I used: swiping my photos from my blog + Instagram feed before I did anything else. That helped me determine what I wanted the spread to be about and broke down the photo-to-ephemera ratio. And as logical and mathematical as I just made that sound, trust: there is zero math going on here. I don’t believe in it.

Hope you all are having a great day! Weekend, here we come!

xoxo

workspace wednesday: take a break.

Posted on: Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Lots of design projects going on over here and all that face time with the computer has me itching to make something with my hands.

This morning I got sucked into a Kardashian marathon (oh yes) and cranked out several little bows for all the babies in my ever-growing extended family. Then I went back to computer, did a little more work, answered e-mails, and promptly dumped my Project Life materials all over my desk. And that’s where I’ve been for the past hour or so. Happily lost in Project Life land. Once I’m done, it’s back to work I go, feeling refreshed and ready to tackle my list of assignments with fervor.

Moral of the story: Take breaks. Often.

xoxo

project life: back on track.

Posted on: Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Another week of Project Life complete! I’m so happy to be back at it again. Day-to-day living is so much more fun when every paper I come across and every photo I take count as potential PL material. And I love PL material.






grey + yellow journaling cards by jamaica // “do work” card by tina // geotag stamp by kelly

xoxo

project life: june/july

Posted on: Thursday, July 26, 2012

Hot summer weather always has a way of making me long for cooler Fall / Winter temps. And with Fall + Winter comes one of my all-time favorite holiday traditions: December Daily. And what is December Daily? Scrapbooking, of course. Sigh. Just when I think I have reached the end of my scrapbooking days, I get sucked right back in. So even though I have to wait a few more months before I can get started on any holiday fun, I can always work on Project Life. Novel concept, right? Ha!

Here’s how I jumped back into it:

June 2012 

I had grand plans for the month of June, but somehow it just turned out to be a single page. And I realized I am totally fine with that. There’s no need to do a two page spread every single time.



July 2012

I decided a two-page spread was in order for this month. I’ve been collecting bits and pieces of ephemera in the hopes of getting back into Project Life mode and I’m so glad I kept them. I think they’re my favorite aspect of the whole PL concept! I’ve also continued with typing my journaling directly onto my photos in Photoshop. Being able to print pictures out and immediately stick them in their respective pockets has been a great way to streamline my process.





Here’s hoping August makes for an excellent PL month!

xoxo

project life: white week

Posted on: Sunday, May 27, 2012

I’ve fallen off the PL bandwagon in a major way these past few months, but I’m determined to get back on track for the summer!

Here’s my take on Jamaica and Vee’s “White Week:”

So…it didn’t exactly turn out as “white” as I intended…ha! But I did keep the embellishments and the paper inserts white, so maybe that counts? Either way, I am still loving the minimalist approach.

Sometimes I think my scrapbooking days are behind me, but then I rifle through my Thickers drawer for a few moments and I am filled with warm fuzzies. Same thing goes for stamps (like these Studio Calico gems! Love that KP!). There are too many hilarious moments that need documenting and too many Instagram photos that need to be printed. And then there’s the question of where I am going to keep all the memorabilia from everyday life if I don’t keep a scrapbook? Ay yi yi.

I guess I’m not quite ready to hang up my hat just yet.

xoxo

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