Friday, February 9, 2018

2018 Pocket Pages │ January

Hello and happy Friday! I'm here today to share my first pocket page spreads for 2018. I'm continuing with the 9x12 format this year. I've come to really love this size for this project. The album I'm using is from A Beautiful Mess, I stocked up on my favorite grey album before they closed their scrapbooking shop and I'm using protectors from Studio Calico. Studio Calico is currently the only company making this size album and protectors and I'm really happy that they have kept it in their line up.

I really love the pocket page scrapbooking concept and I've been doing this type of scrapbooking since it all started back in 2010. That's a really long time, and for quite awhile I did the project weekly. I got a bit burned out over the past two years and didn't always complete my albums. I started working on my 2017 albums fairly late last year and its still a work in progress but I'm totally okay with that. One thing I realized when I sat down to make spreads for that album was that I really had no desire to make weekly layouts anymore. This is a completely personal decision and one that each individual needs to make for themselves but for me it boiled down to a) I was bored, b) I didn't want to just fill pockets because I had to, and c) I wanted to take the pressure off of myself that I had to do it a certain way.

That all being said, my plan for the year is to sit down at the end of each month go thru my photos and pull out any that I think I might want to use. I copy those photos to a separate file on my computer and start to plan. I use planning sheets to map out what will go where just so I can see it visually before I start. For example, I pulled 36 photos for January but I ended up using just 25 of them this month over two spreads. I feel like that's a pretty high number for two spreads especially for 9x12 but I maximized a few by using collages and at the end of the day I will always choose a photo over a filler card.

I'm not setting any parameters for the year, I'm going purely on what speaks to me and what photos and events I feel summed up our month the most. If we travel and I have more to include then I will, no rules.

Before I share the spreads I do want to mention that I have not done a title page yet. I did my 2017 title page really late in the year and found that I loved including photos of us from the year. So my plan is to set aside favorite photos as the year goes and make it when I have enough to do so, probably some time in the fall.

Here is the first spread of the month, it encompasses photos from the first thru the sixteenth I believe. I dated some journaling but for the most part I don't date each photo. I'm not too worried about specifics unless I think its important to include.  These two spreads have a lot of pink in them which is totally okay for me. I mixed in a little bit of this and that and tried to add in the newsworthy/pop culture references that I have always loved to include.

One thing I noticed as I was putting these pages together was that I'm using a lot of the saved Insta Stories I have posted. I love how these looked and I love how they have text and captions built right in so I don't have to do a lot of typing on photos like I have in the past. I made sure to fit in longer stories where they were required but simple captions are okay for most of the photos.

I'm not too worried about the title cards being super consistent but I do like the simplicity of this one. It also allows me to use up my large stash of alpha thickers so I may keep it going this year.

The second spread covers the twentieth to the end of the month. I always love adding in some of what I'm reading, watching and seeing so I will continue to make sure these get into the spreads.

Collages really saved the day for me and since I don't typically take horizontal photos, it was a much easier way to fill the 4x6 slots with vertical photos and it allowed me to get a few more photos in.

I used quite a few digitals from Paislee Press on this spread and two journaling cards from In A Creative Bubble as well. The rest are form Studio Calico from some current and past kits.

So January is done. I look forward to keeping up on this a bit better than the past few years and I think the more simplified approach will definitely help with that.

Thanks as always for being here!
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

December Daily® 2017 │ YouTube walk through

I finally filmed the video walk through of days 8 to 25 and its live on my YouTube Channel. You can watch it below or click thru here and watch it on YouTube.

I did go into a bit more detail on my Twinkle water fall page if you were curious how that came together as well. Its a bit easier to see it on camera.

Thanks for watching.

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Featuring Studio Calico │ January 2018 Summit

I realized I haven't shared the news here on the blog yet that I am back on the Studio Calico creative team this year. I was on the team several years ago, 2014 to be exact making projects with their Project Life kits as they were called back then. This time around my main focus of work for them will be creating pocket page spreads using their Documenter kit and lots and lots of stamping! Mostly in Travelers Notebook's but you'll see other projects pop up here and there too. It's been fun being back on the team and they are definitely keeping me busy which is great too. I've already contributed to one class this year and another will be coming in a few weeks too.

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Here are the projects I made using the January 2018 kits called Summit.

The first is a pocket page spread using the Summit Documenter kit. I loved that it had a outdoorsy exploring theme and used photos from a trip from last summer. It was perfect. That floral tag was my favorite and I loved all the stamps, especially the travel themed ones.

I made this Travelers Notebook spread featuring the Summit Stamp Subscription. It was designed by Christine Herrin and I loved playing with the circles to create little flowers.

I also made another Travelers Notebook spread that featured the Love Stamp Set from Life Love Paper. It is such a great Valentine stamp set.

The February kits go live tomorrow at Noon EST for subscribers. I made three projects with the kits and also made an additional layout that will be featured on the blog soon.  I'll be back to share those with you after they go live.

The next class I will be participating in is specifically about stamping in Travelers Notebooks so if that's something that interests you, you may want to check it out. It starts on February 19th and it should be a really fun class.

Take care,
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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Featuring Kelly Purkey Shop │ January 2018 Shop Release

I don't normally post on Sundays but I wanted to make sure to get this blog post up right away because I'm afraid that this months Kelly Purkey Shop release will sell out quickly. The kits and stamp sets are so good this month and the extra stamp sets are really speaking to people from what I've seen online. Let's get right to it.

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The First Project I made was completely inspired by the My Universe kit. I LOVED the sentiments and the planet and moon stamps so much. It also helps that my daughter is completely obsessed with anything that has a galaxy print on it. I have seen so many cool galaxy backgrounds and paintings out there I decided I wanted to try my hand at making one too. I am not a painter by any means so this was a huge stretch for me but I love how it turned out. It took a few days to work on because the tutorial I followed suggested adding layers of watercolors and drying in between each layer. It was so much fun layering paint and watching it deepen and gain more depth. My painted background easily had 10 layers of watercolor, I would just layer, let it dry and add in some more. I used my favorite Peerless Watercolor papers and a few colors from an old Studio Calico set.

Here you can see it closer and you can also see the stamping I added onto a vellum tag using the stamp set in the My Universe kit. I love those stamps. I added in a few of the tiny stars right on top of my background too just to add in more accents.

I had initially thought I would just use a full size photo on half the page but when I was done painting I didn't want to loose a whole side. I ended up erasing the background of my photo and fussy cutting around the edge so the photo was more prominent but still layered. Its like shes floating int the galaxy and I love how it turned out.

Here is a glimpse of what layer one on my paper looked like so you can see how it started.

And this is the final layer, probably layer ten, I lost count. This was prior to adding in the white and silver star splatters that really made it come alive.

My second project is a special one. I really loved the sentiments behind Kelly's We Go High stamp set and I loved the colors of the papers in Tina's Forever Travelers Notebook kit. There are so many important movements happening now and I may not always talk about things like that here but I do feel them deeply. I wanted to use the stamps so badly but I didn't really have an empowering personal story to tell but while I was thinking about all of the powerful women out there that have spoken to me or taught me things just by being who they are I decided to celebrate them. I realized when I was making my list that there were quite a few women personalities and characters that I watched growing up that really spoke to me. These women all had strong convictions and stood up for themselves and that really made a difference on me when I was young.

When I was planning out this layout I thought I was going to cut the photos into circles but then I saw the postage stamp set that was in the Forever Travelers Notebook kit I switched things up. I printed all of the photos in black and white and sized them so that they would fit inside the postage edge stamp and leave a little extra. I then attached them to real envelopes and added in the postmark stamps, varying them up on each image. I then tore them out like you would a real stamp you wanted to save. I was going for irregular and authentic here.

I layered them out on the page in order of how they came into my life and what ended up was perfect pairs that also paired really well with some of the sentiments in the stamp set. I really love when things just align like that in the universe.

I used one of the cards in the My Universe kit to add my stamping and added an extra line with my typewriter. I layered some of the stickers from the Forever Travelers Notebook kit and called it done. I really do love this spread.

I hope this release speaks to you as much as it spoke to me. I love when I'm so utterly inspired to make something, its such an awesome feeling.

Take care,

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