Wednesday, September 17, 2014

playing catch up - the Project Life® edition

So it's been a hot minute since I've shared a Project Life® spread because well, I'm behind again. As much as I said I would never be behind again, I am.

I shared a bit about how I plan to tackle these weeks from August and early September on the Studio Calico Blog yesterday in a tutorial for how to get current. You can read the whole thing here, but here is the spread that I made for the tutorial.

You can see my full descriptions and how to's on the Studio Calico blog but I've got a lot of work to do this week so I'm off! The Studio Calico October kits are waiting for me to dig into.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Summer Bucket List - the recap

So now that Labor Day has come and gone it was time to tally up the results and see how Simone did on her Summer Bucket List this year. She (we) did a really good job on this years list as you can see below.

There were a few major ones that didn't get checked off like Go to Disneyland but I knew when it went on here that it wasn't going to happen this summer. And sadly we didn't sing with the windows down, I guess it was just too darn hot for the windows to be down. We celebrated all the big National Days that we listed except poor Banana Split Day, I blame Daddy being out of town on that one because it completely slipped my mind.

I was thinking that it would be super fun to make a Fall Bucket List this year and a few of these unfinished items can move over to that list, especially the Disneyland one, yay!

I'll be back soon to share that list because I'm still brainstorming and pinning away some ideas for it.

I'm so excited for fall though and it can't come soon enough for me, if only the weather temps would cooperate.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Studio Calico has done it again, read everyone's mind and announced their newest class starting in October, Agenda. Have you seen what some people are doing with their planners? It's amazing! This class is the perfect thing for people that want to be organized on paper yet still add some creative flair to it. Who says a planner can't be pretty right! Not to mention that Marcy is the queen of all things related to organization so I am bound to learn a lot from her on how to keep myself on task while looking good doing it.

Here is what you will get with this class

  • PDF lessons covering everything from setting up your planner to making it functional for you, all while adding your own style and flair to its pages.
  • Three videos from Marcy Penner
  • A peek into each of the contributor's planners, as well as insight into how they organize and decorate them.
  • Digital files from Hello Forever designed for your planner (coming soon)
Class Syllabus
  • Planner Set Up
  • Inserts - Pockets, Bookmarks and Dividers
  • Dashboards
  • Bullet Journaling
  • Ideas for using your planner to stay organized
  • Decorating

What You Need
  • Any style of planner or mini binder
  • Your favorite calendar and notebook inserts

Their is an exclusive stamp set available although the initial supplies have sold out. A reorder has been done so if you want in on the super cute stamps make sure you sign up ASAP as I'm not sure that another order will be placed after this second round.

I mean how cute are these stamps!!!!! I love the faces and I'm pretty partial to the little water glasses too.

Marcy has also designed some super cute stickers that are on sale this week while supplies last so make sure you grab these too, you can see all of the class supplies here.

 I look forward to seeing you all in class, now I need to find the perfect planner.....

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Favorite Scrapbooker Blog Hop

So a week ago my sweet friend Shanna sent me an email, she picked me to be on her list of favorite scrapbookers and wanted to know if it was okay to feature me on her blog. I'm pretty sure I hesitated for a nano second before I replied heartily with a HECK YES!  I've told you before how much I love Shanna and how much I appreciate her friendship and her encouragement.  This lady is the real deal, a true friend and hands down one of the most amazing scrapbookers I've ever seen.

This layout from February 2013

and this one from last week

both prime examples of how amazing she is at what she does.

Thank you again Shanna for including me on your list. And now for the nitty gritty of the blog hop, the question and answer phase...

1.  What am I working on right now? Well the mini album I started for our big road trip that happened last March is still staring me down, my goal is to get this done in the next few weeks.

2.  How long does it take me to create a project?  I'm super, super slow. I tend to analyze and stew before committing to things so it can take me awhile to get things done.  The fastest I've ever done a Project Life® spread is 90 minutes which is lightening fast for me.

3.  What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?  Anything with texture and anything that is gold. I am really reaching for textured cardstock and wood veneer a lot. I love leaving the wood in its natural state, I want to see the grain, if its not natural, I want it to be gold, always gold.

4.  How does my writing/creating process work? It usually starts with a photo or even a specific embellishment or digital file that I really love that I want to work with. I love playing with things to make them into something new or something that will help tell my story.

5.  How do I become inspired and stay inspired? My head is constantly on a swivel, I find inspiration everywhere. A lot of what I love comes from fashion, from magazines or Pinterest. Typically its a color or pattern that will get my wheels spinning and send me off in a very specific direction.

6.  What is my signature style?  Clean, uncluttered, bold, bright, graphic and computer generated.

I also an very, very inspired by so many talented scrapbookers out there. I had to choose three to feature here and it was so hard, I'm inspired by many but these three chicks, well they totally rock!

Beshka - I became aware of Beshka when I took the Studio Calico This is Me class and her work started jumping out at me in the class gallery. I was completely drawn to her aesthetic. It was clean it was bright and she loved color as much as I did. Her gallery, her blog and her Instagram never disappoint and she inspires me so very much.

Maggie Massey - Maggie and I were both new to the creative team this year at Studio Calico and we totally bonded over being new and being completely inspired by what everyone was bringing to the party. Maggie's pages are always amazing, they are bright, they are full of amazing photos and they tell amazing stories. Her passion for this hobby is evident in everything she touches, she is a real gem.

Melanie Louette - Melanie was also new to the Studio Calico team this year same as me and Maggie and let me tell you, one look at her amazing photos and the stories that she tells and I was hooked. Her gallery is always a breath of fresh air and I love what she does with some of the older photos from her childhood. She is the storyteller I hope to be and aspire to be when I sit down to scrapbook

I sure hope you take a moment to delve deeper into the blogs of these ladies, they will continue the blog hop next Monday so make sure you follow them along. Trust me you won't be disappointed.

Have a great week and if you are in the US I hope this Labor Day is treating your right and that you have a lovely day resting and enjoying it with family and friends.

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