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Hunting Layout 8/24

Today's hunting layout is part one of a two page set. Today I'm sharing the piece on the left, but next week I show that the pages can be placed in either order and still fit together.

The background for this layout uses more pieces from the last hunting layout I shared (just the little pieces) and I created a scattered herringbone pattern with them. It's not perfect, but you get the pattern idea. We have a similar pattern on our bedroom wall with vinyl.

I added a few little leaves and a non-specific date stamp.

Thanks for coming by to see this layout. I hope you have a wonderful day. On Wednesday next week I'll be sharing the other half of the two page layout.


Project Life | Week 23

Today I'm sharing week 23. I can't believe how much of my stash I'm making my way through. When I keep items on my desk I tend to use them more. Like that June wood veneer. This week I have 2 double page spreads because my sister graduated so I documented a spread of my week and a spread with photos from her graduation.

Left side; planning, sunshine, trip to the greenhouse, Supernatural, rain, Gracie being adorable (as always).

Right side; a layout, another book, a dead bird, a new solar light, wedding invitation, and planning for next week.

Graduation insert; I continued the blue/grey/black theme into this section of the spread. I love that it keeps things cohesive.

Left side; I stamped the date along the line of the t, added some stars and a chipboard banner. I pulled some chipboard pieces from various story kits and used cards from my stash. I chose some of my favourite photos, including that hilarious face swap of my sister and her boyfriend.

Right side; I journaled a little about the events of the day and made sure to include photos that included me. It was a great day, and while sometimes I look at these photos and see nothing but flaws in how I look, I embraced my One Little Word (brave) and got in front of the camera to be a part of these photos with my people.

Thanks for coming by to see this spread. At some point a scrapbook of photos for my sister will be made. She asked, of course I want to do it for her. Have a wonderful day!


Hunting Layout | 7/24

Today I'm sharing another hunting layout. I believe in getting multiple layouts from the same cut file. The chevron or herringbone pattern on this particular layout is from the same cut that I used on another layout I'm sharing later.

I love the balance between the stitched chevron pieces (that make me think of feathers) and the photos. I feel like the brown frame just ties everything together.

To add some texture to the white pieces I stitched the little ones with the machine and white thread and hand stitched the bigger ones with green thread. I've recently fallen in love with the texture of white on white, but knew I needed to add some green to draw the eye to the chevrons in the first place.

I stamped this tag with the month and the year. The date these photos were taken isn't known to me, but the month at the very least is really helpful. I pulled some extremely old chipboard pieces from Studio Calico. I wanted all my hard work on the chevron to be the star of the show so I kept my embellishments pretty minimal.

Thanks for coming to check out this spread, I hope you have a wonderful day.


Old & New

One of my goals this year is to use up some of the products I've been hoarding for what feels like forever. Including past Story Kits that I LOVE but think are too pretty to use more often than not. Like this Old & New kit.

 I decided that getting new business cards for the Motel was worth documenting and I managed to find one of the old ones and swiped some new ones. They're so different and it's so awesome that after having the same business cards for over 20 years we finally got something more modern.

I have no idea where the "40 years" on the new one comes from, but the Motel has been owned and operated by Jon's family since 1993 and before that they owned a different motel, and before that I'm not entirely sure what his parents did. They've told me, but tired brain is tired.

Thanks for coming by to see this spread. I would love to see any of your old/new stories. I encourage you to tell a story about something that's different. Maybe your family moved out of your childhood home, or maybe they updated your childhood home. Maybe you got a new haircut. Tell your stories!

Have a great day!


Project Life | Week 22

Today I'm sharing week 22. Simple, mundane details of my life.

Left side; I used some labels I made using this set of Kellie Stamps and the colours from the Craft Story Kit (which the title card came from).

Right side; I documented the beginnings of my coffee cup album, the succulents, the finishing of my week in the life album, new Kellie Stamps, breakfast with Gracie and my new favourite love story. Overall a great week.

Thanks for coming to see this spread. I hope you have a wonderful day.


Fiasco Coffee Cup Album

There's just something about quickly throwing together a mini album that makes my heart happy. This one is no exception. We were in Calgary back in May for our anniversary. We do this every year and at this point (4 years) we don't usually take that many photos, we just enjoy the time away from work, visit some friends and have a good time.

I can't take full credit for creating the coffee cup albums either. That would go to Wilna and she sells pre-made pages (here) that you can print and add to your cups. I think they come with tutorials, if not she has a video (here) showing you how to put it together.

I kept mine really simple. The cup was already tearing a bit at the spine, and I chose to not reinforce my spine (possibly a bad idea, but we'll see). I used pattern papers from my stash and printed my photos 3x2 and cropped a couple of them smaller. I found a bunch of random embellishments on my desk and added those to it as well.

Here I used bits from the Notes and Things Value Kit by Becky Higgins and the Inspire Value kit also from Becky Higgins as well as some puffy stickers and a scrap of blue paper I had on my desk.

My favourite part of the city is the skyline. The funniest part of the trip was this red, black and white camo truck we saw coming out of the movie.

Little details; going to the zoo, trying a new place called Smash Burger.

More bits from the Inspire and Notes & Things value kits. I also think that you all need to check out this little place called Pie Cloud. It's fantastic.

I added an "awesome" flair to this page and once I stuck it down and tried closing the album, I thought maybe I shouldn't have added the flair, but it was too late. Plus I love how it looks on the gold foil doily.

I added a little chipboard frame onto the back cover so it framed #lovethis and it perfectly sums up the album and the trip.

This cup came from Fiasco Gelato in Calgary. One of my favourite places to visit in the city, plus they make AMAZING gelato. If you've been you absolutely must go. Just google them, or find them on Instagram. I love that we have the same favourite colour and their salter caramel gelato. Om nom.

Thank you all for coming to check out this album. I hope that you push the limits of your creativity. Turn something unusual into a mini album, or use a coffee cup to document some of your favourite coffee photos. I might go back and add some stamps, or other little bits to this album, and while it doesn't cover every detail of our trip, I love that it perfectly covers my favourite little details.

 Have a wonderful weekend!


Love You

I'm so excited about this layout. I'm also excited about the above photo. I love how it looks. I love the little photo, the sketch that inspired this, the gold splatters, the little details, the story behind the photo. I'm learning to love traditional scrapbooking more and more every time I create a traditional layout.

I made this layout with a photo of my sister and our nephew. He'd just gotten up from this nap and was still in the mood to cuddle under the soft blanket while he finished waking up.

I used 2x2 squares in a horizontal line and added embellishments in a diagonal across the photo to draw the eye towards the photo.
I love the texture of the white thread across the flowers and onto the white paper. I really like the gold splatters and how they come up to/onto the flowers.

Little clusters of enamel dots, flower, phrase sticker, photo and pattern paper. I love the touches of gold.

Heidi Swapp phrase sticker, date stamp, vellum label, chipboard heart and pattern paper. I live for the little details.

Thanks for coming by to see this spread. I hope you have a wonderful day.


Project Life | Week 21

Today I'm sharing week 21. This was the week that I chose to document Week in the Life, and instead of excluding it from Project Life I chose 1 photo from each day to cover the week.

Left side; I used some grey and gold stickers with the days of the week on the center of each photo. I cut the Sunday-Saturday card on the far left from 4x6 to 3x4. I wrote highlights, on the card next to it I stamped "week in the life" as a simple reminder that this was the week of week in the life.

Right side; more of the same thing I did on the left. I used the Movie Night Stats card to document the only movie I watched during the week.

Thanks for coming by to see my spread. I love that Project Life allows me the freedom to be as simple or as elaborate as I want to. I hope you have a wonderful day.


Kellie Stamps | Can't Stop Won't Stop

 Today I'm sharing a layout made using the digital stamp set OBSESSED available now from Kellie Stamps.

When I saw this stamp (even with the typo) I immediately thought about how much we love the silly snapchat face filters. I could literally make a layout of silly snapchats every week.

I sized the photos to 2x2 and offset them so I could stamp the date on the edge. I added some chipboard pieces along the edges as well.

When I see things stamped over and over like this, in my head its just repeating over and over again. Kind of like a mantra, but more like "these faces are hilarious and we'll never stop".

This post is super short because my internet is being really wonky lately so it's taken me longer than usual to get this up. The NEW sets of Kellie Stamps are being released later this month on JULY 27th so mark your calendar and follow Kellie Stamps on Instagram to see what we're up to (here).


Hunting Layout | 6/24

I'm on of those people who love when I can spend an entire week and just crush several layouts in one go, (while doing all the other things I do) but with all the other projects I had going on that I wanted to share first, these layouts that I made back in early May, took a back seat, but I can share them now and I'm so happy to.

I've been trying to play up the backgrounds and keep the embellishments simple. On my personal pages I like a lot of white space, but because I can journal on them, it doesn't feel like a lot of white space. With these layouts I want the photos to shine, but I also want to draw attention to the page in the first place. This particular set of photos were pretty simple so I felt like I could play up the background and let the photos tell the story in their simple way.

I used papers similar to those from a couple of other layouts in this set and stamped some leaves onto the white paper to create a simple pattern.

Thank you for coming by to see this spread. I love being able to play with various textures and papers and not worry about if it looks perfect or not, the people displaying these pages and enjoying them care more about the story the photos tell than the products I used.

Have a great weekend!


#LittleSummerJoy | Prompt 1

Happy Fourth of July to all my American friends. Today I'm excited to tell you that my prompt (Celebrate the Little Things) has gone live over at Little Paper Projects.

It seems unreal that my ideas have been put out into the world in such a big way, and while I'm nervous about it, I'm also excited. Be sure to share your projects on Instagram using either #littlesummerjoy or #littlewinterjoy (whichever season you're documenting).

You can still sign up to receive the PAID portion of the class as well (here). It gives you access to additional content in the form of short video lessons, printables and techniques. Have a wonderful day, I hope you take part in this class and document your summer with us!


#LittleSummerJoy | 2016

Today is the day. The very first day of Little Summer Joy and I'm so excited to be a contributor for this class. My prompt goes live on Monday, but if you go over to Little Paper Projects (here) you can sign up and take part in some pre-class projects like creating a Summer Manifesto and Planning your summer.

You an go (here) and sign up for the PAID portion of the class and have access to additional short video lessons, printables, and new techiques that go along with each prompt. It's not necessary to sign up for the paid portion to have access to the class, however I feel that adding the PAID portion to the free portion will give you many more ideas, techniques and some fun information to add more joy to your summer and your project.

I hope you'll join us in documenting your summer (or winter if you're in the southern hemisphere). It's going to be so much fun!

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