Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Workspace Wednesday │ the compartmentalizer edition

I'm planning to play along with Marcy Penner's Workspace Wednesday posts as much as I can this year. I love seeing how people store things and I always love little sneaks into other crafter's workspace's so I look forward to sharing some of my space with you.

By nature I'm a total compartmentalizer. Spell check is telling me that's not really a word, but I'm using it anyway. Basically I like my things in things. Just about everything around me in my home, in my car in my purse is inside something. I hate things floating around loose and messy, which is the main reason I HATE the kitchen junk drawer in my house. 

When I spotted these super cute little divided organizers in the Target Dollar Spot I knew they were the perfect solution to corral all of the cute little things that come in kits.  I love that I could easily separate out everything by style and color so I'm using one for paper clips, one for acrylic bits and one for flair. I really like that I can get an overall view of everything without sifting thru them like I would have had they all been in one dish. I also love that they aren't super big and deep. Because they are shallow, a little less than one inch tall it makes them nice and compact and stackable. Its also a plus that the sections are small which makes is great for the super tiny items that you still want separated out.

Another victory from the Target Dollar Spot and as they say #targetdoesitagain

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Project Life® 2015 │ the beginning

January 24th and I finally started my 2015 album. I took a much needed break from making after finishing my December Daily® album and I took a lot of time to figure out how I wanted to tackle the new year. I loved reading all of the blog posts I saw at the beginning of the year on how people planned to tackle the project for the year. One of the overwhelming themes I saw was how different everyone wanted the year to be. Different in the sizes of the albums they would work with, different in the scope they wanted it to take and different in how they were approaching the project as a whole. I could totally add myself to the list of people that really want to do it differently this year. Reading these posts by others helped me in some ways but also left me wondering how and on some days even if I would proceed with the project again this year. I mentally started making a list of things that I knew I wouldn't do the same this year which was great but it left me with a lot of unanswered questions on what I would do.

Probably my biggest decision hurdle was the size because size was a big concern for me this year. There was a huge appeal to go smaller because I have learned that mini books are totally where its at for me, my total happy place as far as recording goes. But the expense of some of the albums and protectors I saw out there was a huge deterrent, especially since I have such a huge supply of 12x12 protectors. I'm also afraid that if I went small I would end up with just too many volumes for the year. Right now in 12x12 I end up with two per year and that's a manageable number for me. I'm afraid if I went small I'd end up with four and that's not a manageable number to me. That being said the biggest appeal of the smaller size albums is the ability to switch things up and play with sizes and shapes of the spreads. This is a huge draw to me as its something I love doing in my December Daily® albums.

I could go on and on with the pros and cons of all the decisions I had swirling in my mind and even wrote to a friend how foolish I felt worrying so much about it. The thing that put everything into place for me was a trip to Michael's and seeing that all the albums were buy one get one free and they happened to have two of the Heidi Swapp black and white stripe Project Life® albums in stock. Decision made.

My hope for the year though is to switch things up size wise inside the album. My other main change will be that I'm freeing myself of the one spread per week that I have done in the past. I want this year to be way more loose, way more free flow. I want to be able to sit down and see what I have that hasn't been covered and if its one week great, if its three that's okay too. I'll turn it into however many spreads I want to in whatever size I want to.

Another change this year is when I sat down to actually start I didn't want to use a pocket page for my title. I've done how many now and I just wanted something different. Taking my cues from the black and white stripes I made a full 12x12 page for the title.

The year cut file is from Paislee Press, the glitter stars are old Studio Calico, the sequin heart is Heidi Swapp, loved those things and grabbed a few before they were gone. I added in a simple stitch of hot pink thread around the photo and it was done.

I knew I wanted a few more photos and details included so I also made this page for the back side. A simple black and white grid of photos, cards and paper. Some of the cards are from the current Studio Calico Project Life kit and some are old. The circle vellum came in the Studio Calico Sparkle class kit as did the rose gold stars. The pink flecked hearts are in the current Studio Calico kit and the rest of the supplies were from my stash.

So there you have it, a beginning.  I'll be back when I have more to share which hopefully won't be that far off.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

December Daily® │ days 24 and 25

It's done and like I mentioned on Instagram last night, its always bittersweet to finish this project. Its always an amazing feeling to be done but its always sad because it means the season is over. When writing the very last page of my album I really thought about why I do this project. You'll see more of that below but I really could not image going thru December without it. It really does make such a huge difference for me.

These oversized gold letters and numbers that came in the kit were probably one of my favorite items this year. Why I waited until the second to the last day to use them is a mystery to me. I think I was just so enamored with them I didn't want to use them. I'm pretty happy with what this turned into and I loved using a bit more of the tissue confetti. I just stuck them down with vellum adhesive and it worked great.

These last two days always end up being longer than just a single spread  so here it is all laid out.

Its a tradition that Larry and my daughter check out Santa's progress every Christmas Eve so when this digital file came up as a freebie at Digital Design Essentials I was so excited. I love this graphic and it totally made the page.

I actually wrote this piece after the album was done because I didn't like that I didn't have any details of the day written down. I printed it on 65# white vellum and added a few stars to dress it up along with another one of the tabs, another favorite from the kit this year.

Under it are some photos of my daughter opening her jammies. She gets new ones every Christmas Eve. Its something my mom did for my brother and I and I like carrying that tradition on. I cut half of the protector off and added another tab and a few little bits to dress up the top slot.

I loved this photo of her after she put the cookies and milk out for Santa. I sure hope Santa was hungry, that's a lot of cookies.

I layered one of the plastic stars between two glitter stars.

That gold 25 paper was a must for the last day. I added a simple gold label from Studio Calico and the plastic December from the kit and two red pearl dots. I used the gold transparency and layered two photos front and back. In hindsight I probably should have made the photos a bit smaller so more of the transparency showed but once its stuck its not coming up.

Love the shine of these two pages and more layered gold glitter hearts.

The next section is all about my daughter. The photo on the left is one of my favorites from the morning. I made the collage using one of Ali's templates from last year for the right side.

This Merry Christmas banner is one of Ali's from a few years ago, I clipped a gold digital element to it to match up with the transparency.

Here is my last page. I used the my reason why that Ali put on her blog at the beginning of the month. It was the perfect way to journal about the project and the day and I love the simple ending.

The spine was the last bit to decorate and I just used my rolling date stamp to add the year and added one of the blue glitter stars I used throughout the album. 

Here you can see how full the album is and I love it.

Again its bittersweet but I'm already looking toward 2015 and I promise to keep creating and sharing. The how and the what is still TBD. In fact, as of right now I'm unsure of my Project Life® plans for the coming year. The only thing I'm sure of right now is that I plan to freshen it all up and do something different, what that is yet I don't know.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

December Daily® │ days 19 to 23

Merry Christmas Eve! I didn't want to wait to post these so I'm taking a little time out of my day to get these up. Its been an amazing season and I'm so happy this project is just about done and the big day is here. Here are the last few pages...

I had every intention of doing a spread about my Christmas clothes but at least I got this one in. The cut file on the right came as part of the 25 Days Class at Studio Calico.

A fun day at the Ballet with friends and then a party at our house that evening. I covered up the back side of the program with the silver star paper that you can see below. It was an ad that wasn't super Christmasy so by covering it up it gave me a space to add in some more details.

Black and white cures most bad lighting issues.

My last full collage for Twinkle, I loved adding these in and the plastic Twinkle from Ali's kit was the perfect addition to this spread.

A fun night out with friends and a more black and white photos to salvage the bad lighting. They took my ticket from me (and thought I was nuts when I asked for it back) they wouldn't give me my ticket back but at least I had the cool postcard to include.

The 23rd was baking day and I cut apart part of the box from the Gingerbread house because it was super cute.

I made a template from the box that I could clip a photo too and added the large photo to the back, super easy.

On the back side of the baking photos I added in my last three days with Twinkle. The Twinkle card came in Ali's kit and it was the perfect way to end the story. We sure had a good elf experience this year.

Someone asked on Instagram to share the letter, you can see them both below. The letterhead and the Notice were found on Pinterest, they are on my elf board here if you are interested.

I know this post is short on the details so if you have any questions just ask. I'll share the last two days after Christmas but I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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