Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Traveler's Notebook: March 2018

Today I have another spread in my 2018 traveler's notebook insert. If you missed the previous month's spreads, you can find them here and here.

For March, I wanted to document my new favorite toy. After years of searching for a vintage model, I finally broke down and purchased a WRMK Typecast. The red model was just too beautiful to resist.

I used a bunch of old stash for this spread. Basically I just started searching for anything with a typewriter on it or with typewritten print, and these were the first things I came across.

I also used a Kelly Purkey stamp from one of last year's kits (no longer available), and of course, my favorite Elle's Studio Dated Stamp.

Even though I started without having any clue where this spread was going, I'm really happy with the way it turned out. You can see my entire process below.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, June 8, 2018

"Stay Wild"

When I got the May Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life Kit, I had no idea how I was going to use some of the papers that were included. The Wild Heart collection from Crate Paper is beautiful, but it's not really my jam. We don't have a lot of tropical scenery here in Indiana.

So I went through my stack of printed photos to see if I could find anything from our past trips to Florida or other vacations that I hadn't already scrapbooked. Instead I found this photo of Jesse and I from one of our very first trips to our favorite Indiana State Park, Turkey Run. It's not exactly tropical. I don't even think it was taken in summer. But it worked.

The page came together through just playing around and seeing what I liked. I didn't really have a plan, just a pile of papers and embellishments and some time to play.

I won't say it's my favorite layout ever. It's pretty simple and not terribly creative, but I do like the way it turned out.

You can see my entire process below:

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

2018 Project Life: Week 20

I'm back after a little break for life stuff to share my week 20 spread!

The last few weeks have been crazy around here. There's so much going on! Ultimately, it was all just too much and something had to give, so I decided to step away from the blog and Youtube channel for a week to give myself a little extra time. Hopefully everything will be back to our normal amount of busy going forward!

You may have noticed that I skipped Week 19. That was the week of Week in the Life, and I don't want to finish that week in my Project Life album until I've finished my Week in the Life album. I'm giving myself lots of time with it and trying to make it fun and interesting instead of just another chore to get done, so it may take me a little while to complete it...and that's okay. So I'm moving on to Week 20 in PL and giving myself grace.

Week 20 was definitely one of the busy, though not the busiest of recent weeks. I find that I tend to take fewer photos during weeks where there's a lot going on. I guess I'm too busy living life to remember to document it.

But I think this also has a lot to do with mindfulness, or a lack thereof. I'm not very good at staying in the moment and truly enjoying things as they're happening. I'm usually too busy thinking about what's coming up next or worrying about the other things on my to-do list. I'm sure we're all guilty of this. 

I think it takes practice to over come it. We have to actively practice being mindful, which can be really hard to do. I started reading a book on mindfulness earlier this year, but ironically, things got busy, and I didn't have the time to devote to the exercises it required. 

I need to pick that book up again, and when I do (and can remember the name), I'll be sure to share it here. It helped a lot at the time, especially in dealing with the loss of our dog, Foster. I'm still grieving for him, but the book helped me deal with the sad memories as they came without allowing that sadness to overtake my entire day. 

I definitely need more mindfulness practice in my life. I've also picked up this book and this magazine recently. Now it's just a matter of finding making time for them.

Now that I'm done with that tangent, back to the spread. :) I used a mixture of all of the Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life Kits that I've received to date for this one, as well as some washi from my stash and this adorable Taco Lover stamp from Chic Tags Planner Addict shop on Etsy. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the way it came out. 

Here's a look at my process: 

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

2018 Project Life: Week 18

Week 18 was a busy one for us, and once again we failed at photographing it. I really need to figure out a way to fix this bad habit.

But until then, I'll have to be okay with documenting these things via journaling.

I used the May Citrus Twist Kits for this week's spread, and I really love all the pinks. It's not a color I normally use very much in our family album, but this week it worked. 

If you watch the video, you'll see that I stamped the wrong week number at first. I ended up stamping the correct number on a piece of scrap paper, fussy cutting it out, and gluing it over my mistake. If you look closely you can see it, but I'm learning to be okay with these small imperfections. 

Happy Crafting!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Traveler's Notebook: February 2018

I'm back in my Traveler's Notebook today with my February spread for 2018. You can read more about this notebook and see my January layout here.

This month's spread is all about our new (to us) dog, Foxie. We brought her into our family in February of this year after many, many months of debate and discussion, and I'm so glad that we did. It hasn't always been easy, and things definitely haven't been perfect, but she's such a sweet girl, and we can see how happy being here has made her.

I'm using a traveler's notebook insert from Freckled Fawn, and most of the supplies come from the April & May Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life kits.

Here's another look at the spread.

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

2018 Project Life: Week 17

Today I'm sharing my Week 17 spread with all of you, and I have to be honest. This is not my favorite layout. It just didn't come together in the end like I had hoped it would. I mean, it's okay. It's not terrible. But it's not great.

Still, it's done. The photos are printed and the memories are recorded.

If you watch the video or look closely at the photos, you'll notice two rather large errors. The first one I caught immediately. I misspelled the word "friend" in my journaling. *Facepalm* How do these things happen? It's like I revert back to third grade every time I have to physically write something down. Ugh. Anyway, I caught it right away and used a white gel pen to cover my mistake. (I forgot to make the correction before taking the photos below, but rest assured it is corrected and living peacefully in my album as we speak.)

The second mistake is in my typed journaling, where I missed the word "the" in "be in the moment." Again, I don't know how these things happen. And this one I didn't catch until long after the photos were taken. I decided to just leave it. Maybe the future will need proof that I wasn't perfect. :)

So if you want to watch me make all of these mistakes (and many more), here's the video:

And feel free to have a giggle at the imperfections in the close-ups below. 

Happy (Imperfect) Crafting!!

Monday, May 14, 2018

2018 Project Life: Week 5

This week I'm going back and filling in a week I skipped earlier this year. Because I don't have a kit for this month, I decided to grab an old one from my stash.

I'm using the Studio Calico Documenter Kit from November of 2016 called Sonnet. The kit was full of bright colors, which I thought went perfectly with the few photos I had from this week.

To round things out, I also grabbed a couple pieces from my stash, including an alpha and a set of phrase stickers from other Studio Calico kits and these puffy star stickers from Pinkfresh Studio.

You can watch my process below.

And here are few close-ups:

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

2018 Project Life: Week 16

Week 16 was a busy one for us. There were concerts, birthdays, lectures, and book readings. As with most of my busier weeks, I forgot to take photos of most of them. Thus goes life.

So instead of photos, I chose to do some simple journaling to document some of these events. Which means that for once my spread is journaling card heavy as opposed to photo heavy. And I really like how it turned out.

I used products from the April Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life Kit almost exclusively, with the exception of the Thickers I used on my title (available here) and the washi tape I used to add some hidden journaling (available here). Both are older products from my stash, so availability may be sketchy.

Here's a look at my process.

And here are a few close-up photos.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, May 7, 2018

2017 Week in the Life: Album Walkthrough

Since we are currently in the midst of documenting our Week In The Life for this year, I thought it would be fun to share my album from last year in a quick walkthrough.

Last year I decided to purchase the WITL kit from Ali Edwards, mostly because the majority of my supplies were boxed away or still at our other house, and I didn't think I would have the time to pull together a kit of my own. Plus, I loved Ali's kit.

During the week, I took pretty extensive notes every day and of course, I tried to photograph as much as possible. Some days I did better than others, but I still feel like this album gives us an accurate picture of our typical week at the time...which is the whole point of this project.

Although it was my intention and I was well-prepared to do so, I did not finish this album in a timely manner. In fact, I didn't finish this album entirely until this month. But I am happy that I was able to complete it before this year's WITL began, because having two albums "in process" would likely have been too much for me (and one or the other would have been a failure).

So here's a brief look at my album.

And here are a few close-up photos.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Traveler's Notebook: January 2018

All the playing I did in a traveler's notebook for 30 Days of Lists made me really want to start using the format more for documenting, so I decided to start a TN insert for 2018. My goal is to do one spread each month that documents something memorable from that month. I'm specifically focusing on my own experiences for this insert, rather than the stories and memories that will get documented in my Project Life spreads and 12x12 albums. 

It's not that I expect this to be the only thing I document in a TN; I just want to give myself a reason to consistently use this format this year. I'm hoping it will be the beginning of a new habit, and that I'll continue to do more documentation in the TN size, since it's smaller and much easier to deal with, both as I create and after they're full. 

So here's my try at a spread for January. I knew right away that I wanted to use this mandala-style paper from the Maggie Holmes Flourish collection that came in the March Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life Kit for this page. It's an absolutely gorgeous print, and I wanted to let it shine.

Most everything I used for this spread came from the March kit, with the exception of the puffy coffee sticker from Freckled Fawn (no longer available) and the black ink splatters from Studio Calico (also no longer available). You can see my entire process in the video below.

Happy Crafting!