Friday, October 4, 2019

Citrus Twist Kits Guest Designer

Just popping in real quick to let you know that I am the Guest Designer for Citrus Twist Kits this month! It is no secret how much I love their Life Crafted Albums so it was an absolute pleasure working with their subscription kit this month. I cannot thank them enough for asking me and I had the best time making two projects for them. The kits are just lovely and the albums are just so beautifully made and I'm having the best time filling mine up. Here is a look at the first project I made.



There is a lot more detail and a fun little Q&A on their blog today so make sure you check it out. The other project I made will be posted later this month.

Have a wonderful weekend and happy crafting!


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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Featuring Kelly Purkey Shop │ September Shop Update

OMG guys, its actually chilly as I sit here and type this!! I'm so happy that its feels like fall! I'm so in the mood after making all of these fall themed projects using the latest kits and stamps from Kelly Purkey Shop. I'm ready to light fires, burn candles and eat all the pumpkin foods I can find.

In the meantime lets get to the projects that I made shall we.  First up was a super fun mini album that I made using the You're Magic mini kit from LifeLovePaper. This kit is sooo cute and I always love Tina's Halloween kits. I use the kit along with cards from the Big Days kit along with papers from the Feels Like Fall TN kit and also the stamps and then stamps from the Pumpkin Spice World and A Walk in the Forest to embellish it.

I wanted it to be an accordion fold so I created the pockets first and then added hinges created with folded cardstock to the back of each page. I covered the front as you will see below and just covered the backs of the remaining three pages with plain white cardstock to keep it clean.

The base of each section is a large tag that I created and stamped with all of the stamps I mentioned above. I then clipped photos and journaling cards to each tag and then tucked them into the pockets. I love things with varying layers so this was super fun to make.

 
This section focuses on the pre Halloween stuff like decorating and the first Pumpkin Spice latte of the season.


This section focuses on a Halloween Movie Night party we had which was so much fun. I adored all the little black banner stamps and the witch hat stamps in the mini kit.


This section focused on carving pumpkins


And lastly this section is all about Halloween itself. So much more to include here so I added in an extra photo strip and three journaling cards with photos and text.


Here is the album all folded and you can see all the tag clusters together. The cover was embellished with items from the Crate Paper Hey Pumpkin line which ties in the with the washi tape that was included in the You're Magic mini kit since it was from that line.


When my stamps first arrived I couldn't wait to play with them so I used several including the awesome Big Days alpha in my bullet journal to dress up my calendar spread.


I really loved the Pumpkin Spice World stamp set!!


The Feels Life Fall travelers notebook kit was perfect for documting my love of Trader Joe's pumpkin foods and fussy cutting all the leaves was tedious but relaxing at the same time.



If you love Halloween don't miss out on the Halloween themed Swag Bag! Its super cute and the metallic elements are so awesome!



I hope you loved the release! I'm off to find some long pants and maybe go grab a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew!!

Take care,


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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Featuring Kelly Purkey Shop │ August Shop Update

August is such a big month around here and it feels like a new beginning more so than it does in January. Summer break is over and my daughter is officially back to school which means things start to get hectic again and the lazy days are over. It also means I have a little bit more creative time on my hands during school hours so I had a little extra time to make a special back to school mini album using the Kelly Purkey Shop August kits and stamps.

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Lets start with that because it was a big-ish project for me this month. Not so big that it took a lot of time, this took about two days to finish, not working full days but it was a fun bigger than normal project for me to make for the shop update. The A+ Mini kit designed by LifeLovePaper was the base and the heart of the album but I also mixed in some of the other cards, papers and stamp sets from the shop update. I won't go into a lot of detail but will call out when I added in stuff from the shop. The album I used is an older acrylic album from Jamaica Makes and I sprinkled in some embellishments from my stash and loved the little postage stamp stickers from Studio Calico.

For the front cover I wanted a bold number so I stamped using the Highline outline and then used the new Dalton lower case alpha. The stamp set that came in the A+ mini kit is so cute and I loved the interchangeable globe stamps.



The today card is from the Love Language Project Kit and so is the document stamp on the left side.


I adored that little pencil stamp in the A+ kit


I used the writing guide stamp as a little road for the bus stamp and loved stamping directly on top of the acrylic star. It worked fine using stazon ink I just had to pat off the top layer that wouldn't dry.


I couldn't let that book stack stamp from the Well Read stamp set go to waste and it found a home on this spread along with the Love Language kit stamp phrase, which was a favorite too. The long paper on the right side is from the Bad Place travelers notebook kit just cut down to 3x8.


I used the Love Language kit stamp set on this spread and loved the versatility of that stamp set and the Bee paper in the Bad Place kit was perfect to tie in her first day outfit tshirt.


Love all the orange on this spread. That people paper is so cute!


The It's Fine stamp set from LifeLovePaper was a favorite this month and you will see it used again down below but I had to make a little embellishment cluster with them for this spread.


And the end, I always sign and date my mini albums, not sure why but I do and its fun to know the date something was completed.


My next project was a travelers notebook spread using the It's Fine stamp set and papers from the Bad Place travelers notebook kit. I poked a little fun at myself and made a list of some things I may or may not be excelling at lately and it was fun to put together. I typed all my journaling on to vellum and then stamped the icons onto pink vellum and cut them out to make little embellishments.



Lastly I made a little insert for my pocket page album about our back to school shopping using the Love Language project kit. I kept the color scheme tight with lots of yellow, orange and blue to tie in the colors of the photos and love the bold impact the stamping adds.



There are lots of other cute things for book lovers in the shop and plenty of alpha stamps so make sure you check them out. There is also a book themed Swag Bag so don't miss that either.



Take care,
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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Featuring Kelly Purkey Shop │ July Shop Update

OMG, one day left of July and I cannot believe it. I feel like summer is just getting started and its almost August already. Crazy!

The Kelly Purkey July Shop Update went live this past Sunday and I wanted to share the projects I made. The themes of the kits and stamps this month were so much fun!

Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using the links below. There is no additional cost to you if you use these links.

Here is my first project using the Me, Myself and I Travelers Notebook kit. I love this kit for many reasons, firstly the pattern papers are gorgeous, I loved all of the cool mosaic patterns and can't wait to use them and second, the stamps! The sentiments can be used for lots of projects and the dancing girl emoji is just too cute.

For this project I used two photos that my daughter snapped of herself to help tell the story of how much she is changing before my eyes and how awesome it is to see her from her own perspective instead of my own.


I mirrored the stamps and tab stickers on each side to create the balance and let the rainbow stripe papers ground everything together. I love this format for a TN spread.



My second project was made using the Gone Fishing mini kit which is sadly sold out. But the Under the Sea stamp set could be used to make a very similar spread like I did below. It has many of the same elements like the under sea plants and fish that you could easily stamp on a transparency to achieve the same look.

I did print the digital paper on to a printable transparency to create the clear page but sadly the digital version of this kit is not part of the shop update so I would totally suggest grabbing some StazOn ink and creating your own stamped transparency which would be super cool.



The stickers that came in this mini kit are sooo cute!!




There were so many other great stamp sets this month especially the National Park Explorers and the Leave No Trace stamp sets.




The July Snapshot kit is perfect for documenting all the fun pics and photo booth fun you have waiting to be documented.



There is also a Summer Stamp Sale going on so make sure you check that out to get some discounts on some great stamp sets.

So much fun stuff to add to all of your projects this month! I hope you enjoy it all!
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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Guest Story Teller for Ali Edwards

I completely forgot to mention this when the class went live at the beginning of the month but I was recently a guest story teller for Ali Edwards Designs Inc. Story Kit in June. I wanted to at least mention it here in case you didn't see my announcement on Instagram. It was a thrill to be asked and I had the best time working with the kit and I will forever cherish the project I made for Simone.

The theme for the story kit and story stamp was Listen and I made three projects for the classroom so if you are a story kit subscriber I hope you had a chance to look at them. Here are a few glimpses of the projects I made. I made one large two page layout and two travelers notebook spreads with the kit.








A big thank you to Ali and her team for asking me to be a guest story teller, I loved contributing to the classroom and enjoyed it immensely.

Take care,


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Friday, June 28, 2019

Featuring Kelly Purkey Shop │ June Shop Update

Hello! Today is such a great day, the Kelly Purkey Shop updated today with some awesome new kits and stamp sets and its my daughters last day of school for the year! We are very excited to finally be on summer break and cannot wait to get down to some summer fun.

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The first thing I made with the newest kits was a Travelers Notebook spread using the Summer Bucket list kit. I have heard this kit is selling fast so if you want one, don't wait on it.

We love making summer bucket lists around here and usually my daughter makes one, which I'm sure she will. But this time I made one for the family and listed out all of the things we hope to do over our break.



This was such a fun spread to put together and I decided to type out all of my activities but made sure to leave room so I could stamp the topics from the stamp set. I love doing things like this and it always makes for a fun finished page. As does stamping on vellum as I did on the left side of the page.


The next project I made is an insert for my pocket page album of some of our fun July 4th pictures from last year. I used the Made In America mini kit and one card from the Fun Times project kit. I used my manual die cut machine and some star dies and cut the embellishments from the printed cards. I love how these little accents dress up the insert and make it even more festive. And how cute are the sparkler stamps, super cute.





Kelly also released another Swag Bag just for summer and I cannot wait to get mine, how cute is this bag! I really love the book marks and the super cute stickers that I will probably have to fight my daughter for. 




I hope you enjoyed the release!

Take care,

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