September 26, 2017

Project Life

Sources: Top Row - Feed Your Craft; Bottom Row - Elle's Studio
Earlier this year when I decided to get back to Project Life, I'd planned to concentrate on completing 2016. I have been working on that year off and on but lately my recent photos have really been inspiring me so I've decided to work with them instead. Whatever works, right?

I've said it before but I definitely think that there's a certain rhythm to completing Project Life spreads.  It takes me a little time to get started, but once I find that flow, it's so easy to finish several spreads at a time. 

I started by scrolling through my camera roll and selected some photos to print at my local Walgreen's.  I generally print any horizontal photos at 4x6 and any vertical photos at 3x4.  If I have any square photos, I'll print them at 4x4 and just add them to a 4x6 card.  

Selecting, editing and printing photos is my least favorite part of the process but I've learned not to stress over it.  My main goal for this project is to give an overview of life from my perspective. I've let go of the idea that I need to print every photo I take or document everything that happened in a particular time period.  It will all even out.

I don't do weekly spreads.  Sometimes a pocket page will cover a week or more, and sometimes it might cover just one day or activity, as in the case of the above page.

Some spreads have a lot of journaling while some have just the basic information.  Again, I'm going with the flow.

Looking back over a few of my recent pages, there are some topics showing up on a fairly regular basis: books I read, the contents of my grocery cart, nature, my daily walks.  I like seeing how these subjects change over the course of a year.  And those photos are perfect for filling the odd pocket or two when my printed photos don't complete a full page.  And while I haven't used any on these spreads, flip-up pockets or photo sleeves are a great solution when I have more photos than pockets.

I'll gather a collection of cards, stamps and embellishments, making myself a little mini-kit to use each session.  That really saves me from wasting time searching for a particular item.  Honestly, I don't think there's such a thing as the "perfect" embellishment; I can always make do with what is right in front of me. 

I've also found that Project Life is a great way to use up those random, leftover embellishments such as the little rubber ice cream cone shown below.  Lately I've been stamping directly on photos and using labels to give myself space for more journaling.

So that's what I've been up to with Project Life lately.  Layouts will always be my first love, but there's also room in my heart for capturing everyday details in little pockets.

September 18, 2017

CKC September Challenge #2 - Lesson Learned

I'm sharing a project today for Challenge #2 on the CKC blogTaking our inspiration from the 'School House' Washi included in the Lost River Scrapbook Kit - and, of course - from the start of a new term, create a layout which documents a lesson learned. I chose to make a "life lessons" traveler's notebook for this challenge. 

I had a traveler's notebook that I'd picked up on clearance at Michael's last year and its small number of pages was ideal for what I had in mind.  It had enough room for a title and introduction, and 12 two-page spreads: one side of the spread would be a photo and the other would have the lesson.  I'd been thinking about making a layout on this topic and had a few notes written already so I just needed to refine my thoughts. I was going to keep this pretty simple and just write the lesson with no further elaboration since the lessons are all self-explanatory anyway.  And for the photos, I had plenty of nature shots that I could easily pair up with the lessons.

I began by covering the blank notebook with the navy and gold specialty paper from Shimelle's "Little by Little" collection that I included in my kit:

The paper is a nice, thicker weight that gives my notebook some stability.

And then I just played, using the contents of my kit to embellish the pages.

I cut and tore and punched and sewed. 

I distressed edges.  I added stickers and die-cuts.

I used an entire sheet of rub-ons to make a page background.

I printed my lessons, cut the text into strips and adhered them to each spread. 

This project was such a delight to create - I really had fun putting it together!  I hope you'll try this challenge, too.  Don't forget to share what you create on our link-up page, in our Facebook community or on Instagram.

September 10, 2017

CKC September Kit Layout

Just popping in to share a quick page I made with my September CKC kit, "Here and There".

This paper from the Crate Paper/Maggie Holmes "Gather" collection was easily my favorite piece from my kit:
"Details" Paper / Gather Collection

In order to get as much out of the paper as possible, I decided that I'd cut it up.  I used quite a few of those rectangles to make a vertical border on the left of my layout:

I liked how the rectangles looked against the rustic wood-grain paper.  I attached the strips using adhesive just on the left side, leaving the right free to curl up or down a bit.  I ran two lengths of stitching down the side, and added a few word stickers to the border to break up all the pattern.

I then stamped a quote, using a set of alpha stamps that I picked up at Michael's many years ago. 

I'll be back later this month with my project for the CKC blog's second September challenge.  And you'll be seeing that "Details" paper again!

September 1, 2017

Counterfeit Kit September Reveal and Blog Hop

Happy September 1st and welcome to my stop on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge September Reveal and Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Lynnette's blog and I'm sure you enjoyed her clever take on our inspiration kit.

This month we are using the Studio Calico "Lost River" kit as our inspiration:

Studio Calico "Lost River" Kit
This kit has some lovely neutral colors and a few of my favorite patterns (circles and stripes) and it's a refreshing change from the bright colors of summer.  I actually have this kit but resisted using any of it for my counterfeit.  I'd intended to keep to the neutral color scheme but somehow a few more pinks snuck into my version.  Let's take a look at what I put together...

This is my September CKC kit, "Here and There".  I confess that I still struggle with names for my kits but I've found that I can usually pull something from an embellishment piece, which is what I did in this case.  Here's a closer look at my papers:

I stayed close to the inspiration with the neutral gray patterns, and then included most of the remaining patterns with a change in color: a brown woodgrain instead of the black and white, a bold navy and gold print instead of the chalkboard-looking text, a small text print instead of the photo-realistic paper with the large text, a looser yellow print and a navy circle pattern instead of the gold glitter one.  I translated the inspiration's ombre pink stripe into two separate papers: an ombre pink print with tiny gold stars, and a paper with several stripes of small patterned rectangles.

For embellishments, I selected gold rub-ons in place of the gold alpha in the inspiration kit, a few different word/phrase stickers, three rolls of washi tape, a die-cut pack and some vellum hearts instead of the vellum circles in the inspiration kit.

My kit also includes a few stamp sets, some tags in place of the envelopes included in the inspiration kit, a sheet of circle and heart stickers instead of the sequins from the "Lost River" kit, and some chipboard pieces.  

So that's my take on the inspiration this month.  You'll want to visit Clair next and see the lovely kit she's sharing today - she chose our inspiration this month so I'm sure she put together something very special.  Here's the complete list for the hop in case you missed a stop along the way:

Lynnette -
Susan - (you are here!)

A special welcome to our Guest Designer this month - Jess from Jess Claire Creates.  She discovered the CKC blog a few months ago but jumped right in with some beautiful counterfeit kits and projects!

I hope you'll join us this month - you can share your kits and projects by linking up on the CKC blog here.  You can also share on Instagram - we're @counterfeitkitchallenge and you can use #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcseptember2017 to tag your posts.  We have a Facebook community too and we'd love to see you sharing there as well - we're the Counterfeit Kit Community.