Wednesday, October 31, 2018

2018 Project Life: Week 41

Day 7 of the Project Life Catch-Up Challenge! Are you playing along?

Today I'm sharing week 41, which I have to say, was a pretty good week. There were hikes and fires and s'mores. What more could a girl ask for?

I used the Citrus Twist Kits "Little Things" Pocket Life Kit, and I can't get enough of these colors. Gorgeous!

I kept things pretty simple this week, just adding a few die cuts to each photo and keeping everything in the same color scheme. Simple but effective. 

I had a bit of extra space this week, so I was able to create a little filler card using some of the elements from the kit. I really love how it turned out. It adds interest to the spread and ties all the colors together. 

Here's a look at my process:

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

2018 Project Life: Week 40

I. Love. Fall. I love fall colors and fall weather. I love sipping hot coffee and wearing warm sweaters. And I love fall colors. Which is why this has got to be one of my favorite layouts to date.

I used the The Little Things collection from The Reset Girl, which is a-freaking-dorable! So much fall-y goodness in this kit!

The kit is actually HUGE, so to help keep myself from getting too overwhelmed by it all, I stuck to a kind of recipe. I chose a label, a banner, and a circle for each photo and clustered them together. This adds a bit of continuity to the spread and keeps things from getting too busy.

For the other cards, I focused on keeping the colors balanced across the spread and repeating some elements, like the book paper and more circles. 

I really love how it turned out. And the best thing about The Reset Girl kits is that they're digital, so I can print more next year. Woohoo!

Here's a look at my process:

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

2018 Project Life: Week 39

I'm back today with week 39 in my 2018 Project Life album. You may have noticed that I've skipped weeks 37 & 38, and that's because we spent the majority of those two weeks traveling. Since I know I'll be making mini album of our trip, I didn't see any point in duplicating those pictures/stories in my Project Life album. Instead, I plan to print a full page photo to insert between weeks 36 & 39 and include a short note about what we did that week.

Now back to week 39. I chose a very tight color palette for this week, which seems to be something I do when I'm overwhelmed with the products in front of me. I tend to choose a card or embellishment that I know I want to use, then use the colors in that one piece to dictate the palette for the page. This time the colors were light blue and dark blue, and I added bits of yellow for contrast. 

I cannot tell you how much I love the "week" stamp that came in our Citrus Twist Kits this month. It is a total lifesaver. I no longer have to worry about finding an alpha to match my spread, I can simply stamp the week's title in any ink from my stash. Perfect.

I loved being able to include a full itinerary of our busy weekend - even if I ended up too sick to enjoy most of it. I know I'll love looking back to this kind of detail. 

Here's a look at my process for this spread: 

Happy Crafting!

Friday, October 26, 2018

2018 Project Life: Week 36

And here we go with Week 36. 

We started the week still in Kentucky at my mom's. We had an amazing (and gluten free) breakfast, then saw a great view from the bridge while taking the long way home. 

This may actually be one of my favorite spreads to date. I love the color scheme, and I used some of my favorite Citrus Twist Kits products ever. 

Finally, I included some packaging from a tea infuser I bought this week. A cute little brew bunny - LOVE it!

Here a look at my entire process: 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

2018 Project Life: Week 35

It's time for Week 35! I didn't have a lot of photos from this week, so I took the opportunity to use some of the supplies I've been hoarding.

We took a short trip to Kentucky to visit my family, so that was the main focus of my journaling this week. I love that pink mug of my mom's and pretty much take a photo of it every time I'm there. :)

I'm also really loving this warm color scheme. That red and pink paper is my FAVE.

And while I managed to chop off the top of that enamel circle after I neglected to measure and didn't leave enough space for it above my journaling, it's not something I would recommend least not without some heavy-duty scissors.

Of course, that wasn't the only mistake I made in this spread. I had a real struggle with the bottom journal card too, but I managed to make it work.

Here's a look at my entire process:

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

2018 Project Life: Week 34

Welcome back for day two of the Project Life Catch-Up Challenge! Today I'm sharing week 34 in my 2018 Project Life album. 

For this week, I decided to use elements from the Fresh Start collection by The Reset Girl, specifically the Crafty Club Kit and Snippets. I love this collection, and I couldn't wait to use it!

I actually ended up printing everything three times. My printer was running out of ink, and instead of just changing all of the cartridges, I tried only changing one at a time. Basically, I was being cheap. ;) Eventually I just changed them all and finally got a true-color printing on my third try. But instead of throwing the others out, I decided to keep them and try to salvage what I could. A lot of the pieces didn't look too bad. It was kind of like they just printed in a different color way. Still, I wouldn't recommend trying this at home. :)

My pictures for this week were pretty bland, so I relied on the collection to bring some life and color to this spread. All of those fall colors were giving me all the feels! 

Since I used grey ink in my stamping, I decided to handwrite my journaling this week using my grey Le Pen journaling pen. It's a little less harsh than the black of my typewriter, and I thought it worked well with the warm colors of this spread. 

You can see my full process in the video below.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

2018 Project Life: Week 33

If you follow me on Instagram, then you may already know what the above graphic is all about. Basically, I'm feeling December Daily closing in on me, and I know I need to get caught up with my Project Life album before that happens. Anyone else relate?

So, to motivate myself to get this done, I've created a challenge, and I hope all of you who need to will play along. I'll be sharing one spread each day for the rest of the month of October. That's just enough days to get me current in my PL album up to November. You can find my spreads here on my blog, on my YouTube channel, and on my Instagram account.

Wanna play along? I'd love to see what you create! Just use #PLCatchupChallenge on any social media and feel free to tag me!

Now on to the first day's spread...

Way back in Week 33 I had a lot going on. Well, maybe not a lot, but enough to fill a 9x12 page with pictures. ;)

Instead of pulling cards from my September kit (which was the current kit at the time I made this spread), I decided to dip back into my Citrus Twist stash and pull from several previous kits.

For embellishments, I used a mix of things from the September "Heartbreaker" Pocket Life Kit, the September Embellishment Kit, and the August "Perfectly Posh" Pocket Life Kit, as well as a few items from my stash, including the Stars Hollow stamp from Ink Road

I stuck to a pretty defined color palette, which seems to be my M.O. these days. I'm not sure why I keep creating spreads with such limited colors, but it's working for me.

As always you can see my full process and hear more of my rambling by watching the video below.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, September 10, 2018

2018 Project Life: Week 28

Week 28 happened in the middle of what I've taken to calling my "dark time," the period of several weeks right after I got some bad news when I basically spent all of my time wallowing in self-pity. It wasn't pretty.

But somehow I did manage to take a few photos... even if nearly all of them are of alcohol. So I'm rolling with that theme for this week's spread.

Luckily the Citrus Twist Kits Traveler's Notebook Stamp for the month of August has some perfect phrases for this kind of spread. This real life, people. It's not always sunshine and rainbows.

And for any of you who may be concerned for my mental and physical health based on these photos, don't worry. I'm fine. It was a bad time, and I sometimes self-medicate with wine, but I'm good.

Here's a look at my process:

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Traveler's Notebook: April 2018

Today I'm back working in my 2018 traveler's notebook. This is an insert I'm using to document one highlight from each month of this year, one that is particularly relevant to me personally.

For April, I'm using a picture of the passport I received this month. Even though we don't have plans to go anywhere just yet, I didn't want the fact that I didn't have a passport to keep us from making some, so I decided to just get one. And I was SUPER excited about it. I felt like a real grown-up. :)

The insert is from Freckled Fawn. Most of the rest of the supplies I've used are from Citrus Twist, including bits from the March Pocket Life Kit, the June Pocket Life Kit, and the July Stamp Set.

I'm pretty happy with the way this one turned out. Those travel stamps on the Crate Paper Here + There paper are just gorgeous!

Here's a look at my process:

Happy Crafting!