February 27, 2017

Finish it February - Part 2

I was so happy to have completed the documentation for my 2016 Week in the Life that I decided to apply "finish it February" to my March 2016 and October 2016 Day in the Life projects as well.  Better to take advantage of the momentum while I can, right? 

My March DITL ended up being a double 12x12 spread with an insert between the two pages:

One side of the insert serves as a title and the other holds all my journaling.

I used just a few embellishments since I already had so many photos on the pages.

The embellishments are all from a variety of Ali Edwards' Day in the Life mini kits and Story kit.  Some might even be from Week in the Life kits - once I finish using a kit, I store all the leftovers together so I'm not sure of the exact sources for everything.  I love the big wood veneer numbers I used to note the date.

I also love all that journaling that provides a timeline of my day.

I added my photos in horizontal strips and offset the rows just to add a little variety to the design.  I included some word/phrase stickers on some of the photos too.  Now on to the October DITL...

I had far fewer photos this time around because I'd forgotten that it was DITL-time until I was already a few hours into my day.  Rather than abandon the project, I decided to just start taking photos when I remembered and then work with what I had.  My documentation for this DITL is on one double-sided page protector made up of 2x2 squares - 3 across and 5 down.  The original page protector actually had 4 rows across but I trimmed off the last column to better fit the number of photos I'd use.

I combined my photos with squares of white cardstock to hold my journaling.

Again, I kept the embellishment simple - I want the focus of the project to be the photos and the words.

These DITL spreads, along with the July spread that I completed on a more timely basis, are now in the 2016 Project Life album that I'm slowly working to finish.  I added a tab on the side of each spread to easily distinguish them from the regular pages in the album.

I'm happy to have {finally} finished these projects.  My regular layouts capture a specific moment, memory or feeling.  My Project Life pages provide bits and pieces of life in a "that's the facts" manner over the course of a year.   These DITL and WITL spreads add another dimension to my memory-keeping by presenting a good overview of an ordinary day.  I'm looking forward to participating again in 2017 (and hope to complete the documentation faster this time around).

February 25, 2017

Elle's Studio February Kit

I have my final guest designer post up on the Elle's Studio blog today and I'm sharing a layout I made with one of their new mini collections, "TV".  I love this cute collection - it's perfect to document your viewing habits on a layout or a pocket page.  I used it on this page about my favorite movies:

I'm sure I will be using that versatile stamp set over and over again!

Elle's Studio also released another mini collection, "Feel Better".  It would be great for card making but I used it on a Halloween page.  Yes, a Halloween page!  One particular childhood Halloween is legendary in my family: three of the four of us came down with a stomach bug and my dad, the "sole survivor", alternated between caring for the stricken and handing out candy.  The exclusive February kit had plenty of orange and purple pocket cards and embellishments that worked well when paired with the Feel Better collection to document this story:

Did you know that Elle's Studio also has monthly sketches on their blog? I used their latest one, which you can see here, to make this layout with a variety of Elle's products:

I may have a little obsession with the puffy hearts!

I truly enjoyed my time as guest designer for Elle's Studio - I hope you'll stop by their blog and shop to check out the inspiration and fun products!

February 22, 2017

Finish It February - My 2016 Week in the Life

The Scrap Gals podcast recently aired an episode about unfinished projects and the follow-up discussion on their Facebook page evolved into the idea of "Finish it February" - taking time this month to complete projects that had been lingering incomplete.  Since I have plenty of those, I resolved to tackle my "Week in the Life" project before its first anniversary arrives (in May).

I had already done a good portion of the work - I'd taken the daily photos and written notes to go along with them, both saved in designated files on my computer.  I began by editing (minimally) the photos, deciding on sizes (I used a combination of 4x6 and 3x4), and adding digital word art to a few, and then submitting a somewhat large photo order to my local Walgreens. 

I've documented a WITL two other times, using a mix of 8.5x11 full and pocket pages on both occasions.  I decided to follow that same process with this year's version and just add these new pages to the album I'd already started.  Not having to come up with a completely new design scheme helped speed the process along. 

I planned to use Ali Edwards' Week in the Life kit for 2016 and a couple of her Day in the Life mini-kits, along with the various bits and pieces I have left over from her Story Kits. I had plenty of pages protectors for the full size pages and a supply of the baseball card size pocket pages as well.  Armed with my photos, notes and supplies, I plunged right in.

I'm happy to report that it's done! I'd like to share some of the pages with you now.

This is the intro page:

This particular WITL fell on a busy week for us - I began planting my flower gardens that week and my youngest daughter graduated from college during that time too which involved a long-weekend trip out of state.  So I had plenty of photos to fill my week and I ended up with lots of extras but I'll put them to use in either my Project Life or on layouts.  I want to make (or already have made) more detailed scrapbook pages about some of the activities so I tried to include just the photos that really spoke to me in this project.  I also didn't stress about adding lots of journaling throughout the spreads, much for the same reason.  If I have important things to say about a photo or group of photos, I'll do it on a scrapbook page.  My goal for this project was to show a representative week in my life with photos and limited journaling.

Each day began with a full 8.5x11 page on the left, included two sides of a 9x9 pocket baseball card protector, and ended with another full page on the right. Here's a peek at some of the spreads:

I added one smaller insert (two 4x6 pockets) for this day - I wanted to include more photos of my newly-planted garden.

Completing this project and looking back at the two other times I've done it really made me appreciate all the details and moments captured. It's definitely a worthwhile project to me and so I plan to join in again this year.  I also intend to document much sooner this time around.  I still have two incomplete 2016 day in the life projects (at least I did one of them!).  Since there's still a little more time left in February, perhaps I'll take some time to finish them as well.

February 18, 2017

Elle's Studio February Kit

I'm back on the Elle's Studio blog today with the second layout I made using their exclusive February kit.  This time I'm using the somewhat Valentine-themed kit for a very non-Valentine page.

I used a circle punch on some of the pocket cards and my photos to create this page about my favorite kind of weekend - one with no special plans!

The die-cuts that come with the kit and the sticker and stamp set add-ons were perfect for embellishing the page.

I also used the Olivia Alphabet Stamp for part of my title.  You can find more photos and details on the Elle's Studio blog - hope you'll take a look.  I'll have one more layout next weekend using a fun new mid-month release that you'll definitely love!

February 15, 2017

Feed Your Craft - The View From Here Kit

The latest Feed Your Craft mini-kit, designed by Brandi Kincaid, was released today. It's called "The View From Here" and is available in the shop right here.

I used the kit to make two projects that I'd like to share with you today.  The first is a layout - I'd gotten the idea for this page topic at Christmas and when I saw the kit contents, I knew they were perfect to tell the story.

I used one of the pocket cards as a title, another as a photo mat and pieces of another at the top and bottom of the page.  The cameras on the stamp were perfect for some fussy-cut embellishments. For a final accent, I stamped two sentiments in the top and bottom clusters. I even got brave and cut one of the longer sentiments so that I could just use a portion of the phrase.

Back at the beginning of January, I decided that I wanted to do a year-long project, taking one photo each month at the same time on the same day.  I selected 10 am on the 10th of each month (something easy to remember) but didn't really have a plan for what I'd do with this series.  As soon as I saw this kit though, I knew exactly how I'd document this project.

Introducing my "The View From Here" travelers notebook!

I started by using a 1" circle punch to cut through the cover and all the pages of a travelers notebook that I picked up on clearance at Michael's last summer.  The kit comes with a digital component and I used it to enlarge and print one of the pocket cards which I then attached to the notebook cover along with a strip of black and white polka dot washi tape.

I next made a two-page spread to introduce the purpose of the book.

The kit also includes a printable with extra embellishments that coordinate with the kit.  The labels and circles shown here are from the printable.  The stamping on the label is (surprise!) from my favorite Feed Your Craft alpha stamp.

I then came up with a design that I'll be using every month and I stamped and cut all the pieces I'll need.  Since everything is already prepared, it won't take me much time to add my photo and journaling every month.  Here's the February spread:

(I completed January's pages as well but I'm not showing them here since the photo was taken at work and it contains a little confidential information.)   

This is such a fun and versatile kit! The last two Brandi/Feed Your Craft kit collaborations have sold out quickly so if you're interested in this one, head over to the shop and grab it before it's gone!



February 11, 2017

Elle's Studio Guest Designer

I am really excited to announce that I'm the Guest Designer for Elle's Studio this month! I'll be working with the February kit which, while perfectly themed for Valentine's Day, is also versatile enough to use for non-holiday layouts as well.  You can find the kit, along with several coordinating add-ons, at the shop here.

I thought the black and white acrylic "X" and "O" were perfect for a tic-tac-toe design, which is essentially a grid and one of my favorite scrapbooking designs.

I machine-stitched the lines for the page and then filled in the squares with my photo, journaling card and kit embellishments, including those acrylic pieces that were my inspiration.

I love the addition of the yellow and gray to the traditional Valentine color scheme and this sweet little card with the hand-drawn hearts was one of my favorite pieces from the kit.

There are more photos on today's Elle's Studio blog post and you can also find plenty of inspiration here from their talented design team.   

I'll be sharing two more projects on the Elle's Studio blog this month - hope you'll check them out!


February 6, 2017

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - February Mini-Kit Reveal

If you've been following along with the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog, you know that we've changed things up a bit.  Part of those changes is that we'll now be revealing mini-kits to help inspire you when you may not have the time or energy to create a full kit, and so today I'm sharing my mini-kit for this month and the fun project I made with it.

First though is our inspiration: it's from Scrapdelight, a Dutch store, and it's their January [Document] Life Stories Kit called "Little Things".

Isn't this a delightful kit? I loved the purple and gray colors with the black & white pieces, and of course all those labels really appealed to me as well.  Here's my mini-kit:

Since my Felicity Jane kits always include a great selection of black & white, I began by pulling pieces from my box of kit leftovers and then supplemented that with some Elle's Studio stamps and a few papers and tags from Studio Calico.

I added some labels as well but cut into them before I got a chance to photograph them.  They were free downloads from Kaitlin Sheaffer here.  I printed them in black, gray and purple to match the mini-kit.

And now here's the project I made using my kit.  Last spring, my husband and I took a vacation to Mackinac Island, MI during their lilac festival.  Lilacs are one of my favorite flowers so you can probably imagine that I took quite a number of photos while we were there.  I thought my mini-kit would be perfect for making a mini-album to hold some of those lilac photos - the Studio Calico tags really inspired that idea.  I decided to use them, along with the 3x4 pocket cards and some pieces I cut from the patterned papers as the base of my album and hold everything together with a book ring.

Now you know that I'm generally all about the story when it comes to scrapbooking but this project was definitely about the photos.  It was a joy to make; I loved adding all the little bits and pieces to each mini-page.  I also added a few items that were in easy reach but not originally part of my mini-kit - they were in colors/sentiments that were perfect and I couldn't resist adding them.  Here are a few of the pages:

I loved putting this together!  I plan to leave it out near my desk and I know that I'll be flipping through it often to relive the memories of those glorious blooms.

I also used the mini-kit to make two layouts for LOAD217 (you can find our more information about that here). The layouts are being used as samples for the prompts so I'll be sharing them later in the month after those prompts are released.

We've got more mini-kits and projects on the CKC blog - go here to see what some of the other Master Forgers have in store.  I hope you've been inspired to make up your own kit this month, whether it's a mini-kit or one packed full of your favorite supplies.  And don't forget to add your kit to our monthly link-up so that we can all see what you put together.


February 2, 2017

January Pocket Scrapbooking Recap

Well it's been just about a month since I decided to work on last year's Project Life pages and after a slow start, I'm happy to say that I've completed January and am mid-way through February.

I began with an introduction page using the mini-kit I put together.  This part was pretty easy because I wasn't yet dealing with any photos.

I'm still trying to find a good system to edit, size and print the photos I want to use, which has turned out to be the most difficult part of this whole process for me.  I posted about this on Instagram and discovered that many people have this same issue.  I also received a number of very helpful tips that I'll be passing along here as soon as I refine my system.

I've also discovered that there's a definitely rhythm to this process.  It took me some time to get back in the groove of working with pockets on a 12x12 canvas, figuring out a cohesive color scheme for the spread and deciding how to best fill each pocket.

Overall though I'm very happy to be working with this form of memory-keeping again.  It gives me a way to record snippets of life, those little details that I know I'll want to recall but might not be worthy of a full scrapbook layout on their own.

I should mention again that these photos and memories are from 2016.  I'm considering trying to work on the current year at the same time.  I think it would be easier to make the pages while the memories are fresh.  Again, I'm still contemplating the best way to handle thisOne option is to leave an album and pocket pages open on my table and take a few minutes once a week to print photos and add memorabilia and journaling.  Also, I'm not doing true weekly spreads; a 12x12 page might cover just a weekend or two weeks depending on what's going on in our lives.  See - it's still a work in progress for me.

So if you do Project Life or a form of pocket scrapbooking, I'd like to hear about your process.  If you have any suggestions or tips, please share them with me in the comments below - I'm definitely interested in finding out how others make this form of memory keeping work best for them.  Thanks for stopping by!