Thursday, September 28, 2017

Featuring Kelly Purkey Shop │ September Release

The days are flying by and the temps are finally starting to cool off a bit. Cool off meaning we aren't getting above 93° oof. I did have a chance recently to travel up to Portland, OR with my mom and I've already started a mini album for the trip as you will see below. The temps were very fall like up there and we even got caught in a downpour. It definitely made me crave some cooler temps and all the fall things.

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In other non weather related news, the shop update at Kelly Purkey Shop went live today. And if you are craving more time at home with your coffee and slippers and maybe even a blanket or two the main kit, Home Sweet Home is going to be perfect for you. I wanted to capture what life is looking like right now for us in our outside living space so I decided to capture it in my Travelers Notebook. I combined the main kit stamp set along with the Admit One Travelers Notebook kit for this spread.

The papers in the Admit One kit are so pretty. I'm really loving this mustard yellow color right now and seeing it in a kit made me super happy. I used the sheet of paper as my base and balanced the stamping and the photo on each side. I love the sentiments of the stamps in this kit. I love how they aren't just for your home but homes away from home too.

I wanted to add in a bold title for the spread and used the new Lexington Alpha stamp set for this. I love a good outline font and I love that there is now a really great serif option too.

My second project is a mini album for the trip to Portland that I took with my Mom that I mentioned above. I always love to make mini albums for trips and this one came together super fast which is always a plus.

I really loved the hexagon shapes in the Home Sweet Home stamp set and knew that I wanted to make a pattern with them. Initially I had thought I was going to use the solid shape but when I was playing around trying to decide what to do I ended up loving the outline on its own. I just cut out the center sentiment which I can always add back in if I wanted to. I love the way the shapes interlock. Its such a cool stamp and can be as simple or as intricate as you want it to be. I love the outline stamps paired with the Lexington alpha stamp set. A nice clean simple cover, just the way I like it.

I made sure to incorporate the Admit One stamp set into my album by making up mock plane tickets to clip inside the album. I love that there is an additional Admit One stamp set that coordinates so that you have even more options for customization. These basic alphas and numbers will get used for a lot of other things besides tag making.

I used the Lexington Alpha stamp set again here to label my pages of the mini and added in quite a few of the sentiments from the Home Sweet Home stamp set on the pages that talk about the hotel.

I'll have an in depth look at the whole mini album coming soon so stayed on the look out for that. I'm almost done editing all the pictures.

The only other stamp set that I haven't played with yet for this release is the Wild stamp set. This stamp set is so cool, and I cannot wait for our next outdoor adventure so I can use it.

And don'e miss out on the Alpha Stickers that have been added to the shop. The little white mini alphas are my fave! I used them a bunch in my mini, must buy more!

I hope you had fun with this release. It sure was a great one.

See you soon,

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hello Kitty Cafe

Hello everyone, I wanted to share a quick layout that I made documenting a recent trip to the Hello Kitty Cafe. This mobile truck travels across the US making stops and cities all over. Its been in my area before but I was never able to make it on the specific day. When I came across an event posting on Facebook and the date worked I knew we had to go. I corralled my friend to join me, we seem to always have a good time at these kinds of pop ups and since it was also her daughters birthday it totally worked out.

My layout was completely inspired by letter boards, cork boards and push pins. I've seen scrapbook paper and even hand made cards made that looked like letterboards so I thought I would try to make a layout that looked like one for myself.

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The base of the layout was made with just a simple piece of white cardstock. In order to mimic the look of a letter board I scored lines in the cardstock every 1/4". I used a We R Memory Keepers Score Board to create the lines but you can also do this by hand using a scoring tool and a metal ruler. Although the score board really made it easy.

I predetermined the sizes of my photos by laying them out in advance in Photoshop Elements. I love doing this when I'm making layouts because it helps me see it before I start and it also cuts down on wasted photos because I have to print them over and over to get the right size. Since I print at home that's a huge plus.

I cut a boarder from pink cardstock to mimic the frame of a letter board and laid that right on top of the base cardstock. I thought about lifting it with dimensional adhesive but decided not to in the end. I think it could have worked both ways.

I laid out the photos making sure to leave room for some embellishments and of course the main title of the page. Once the photos were placed I used actual pins to bring the dimension of this layout to life. The pins have pearl ends and they are only 3/4" which was great since I really didn't need long pins hanging out on he backside of my layout. I taped the backside down so that they wouldn't poke anyone or pierce thru another layout. Pins like this can be found at most fabric stores. There were at least four other packs of pins that I wanted to buy after seeing all the cute ones they make but I ended up limiting myself to just what I needed instead.

The main products I used to dress up my layout were from the Pebbles, Girl Squad line. I love this line and I adore all of the super girly elements. The products I used on my layout were from the Cardstock Sticker Set and the Ephemera with Foil Accents. I love any embellishment that brings in some shimmer or shine, especially gold accents so I love that these two sets offer up some of that. The flowers, the heart, the little tag all of that shine really pops off the page.

In this image you can really see how the scoing looks and I think it actually does give it a really similar affect to what real letter boards look like.

To title my page I used the thickers from the Pink Paislee Summer Lights Collection. The Holographic Foil alpha stickers are one of the most unique alpha's I've seen in awhile. I love the holographic top but I also really love that the under layer is bright pink. It just adds that additional color pop and an unexpected one at that.

I also added in another floral cluster form the ephemera pack and a little gold label from my stash. I needed to add the date on there somewhere so that seemed to be the best option.

This layout came together really quickly and I always love when that happens. I think the most time consuming part was printing the photos and scoring the lines. This is defianetly a technique I can see myself doing again. I think it would also be a super cute base in a travelers notebook too.

Have a great week, see you soon.

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