Friday, July 25, 2014

Mini Book Mini Workshop : Round Three

Marcy Penner is up next to get you inspired to create another mini to add to your library. Registration for Marcy's Mini Book Mini Workshop is now open!
Marcy is creating a mini album using a 4x4 binder album, labels, vellum, dividers, tags and more. You'll leave with a fun and layered mini album perfect for recording and holding those everyday moments. If you are following along with the 4x4 format, don't forget to pick up an album and extra page protectors too. I grabbed a black We R Memory Keepers 4x4 album a couple months ago that I'll be using for this class.

She will be using the Jet scrapbook add-on which will be available at the reveal of the August kits on July 27th. You can see sneaks of the kit here and scroll to add-on 2. Of course, you can also use what you have in your stash and build your own kit too! 

Enrollment in Marcy's class comes with digital freebies as well - including cut files for your Silhouette. Yeah for tabs and dividers (and that little pocket!) :

And printables that coordinate really nicely with the Jet add-on that Marcy put together :

Enrollment in the Mini Book Library has also reopened - which means you can sign up for all four workshops at a discounted price. Instead of $10 each, you can get all 4 classes for $36. If you are a Studio Calico subscriber or rewards member, your classroom discount will also apply! That's an amazing value for you mini book lovers.
If you sign up now for the Mini Book Library, you will get instant access to my workshop (which ran in February) where I shared a detailed PDF on how to prepare, fold and assemble your own unique 4x4 mini book. I also have 4 videos covering page preparation, album assembly and a super fun (and fast!) video as I create my entire mini book.
Signing up for the Mini Book Library is the only way to get access to my class, as well as Maggie Holmes class from May. If you enroll now, you will get these two past workshops, plus Marcy's, and then CĂ©line Navarro's in November for just $36 (or less!)

Registration for Marcy's class and the Mini Book Library ends on 8/31 at 11:59pm EST. Marcy's class content will be up in the classroom on 8/10.

Happy mini making and a wonderful weekend! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sandlot sneaks

The August Studio Calico kits provided the perfect start to my Summer Project Life Handbook. I'll write a bit more about what I expected and how it's coming together more in my reveal post on the 27th. For now, how about some peeks into my Sandlot layouts?

The colors this month are quite summer-y, but I also found myself reaching for the bits of red in the Project Life main kit. It went nicely with the bowls + bowls of fresh cherries we've been devouring, as well as the red that Morgan often wears. There is no shortage of circles either. Those transparent die cuts below are fun + easy to alter :
I went big with full 6x8 photos in a couple of spreads. Below I used scraps from the 4x6 paper pad, along with wood pieces + the aqua alpha in the Yeah Yeah add-on plus the silver glitter tape and tiny word stickers in the Repeater add-on to create a messy grid along the bottom edge :
I dedicated a full spread to our first trip to the zoo this summer and put the focus on some of the awesome journaling cards in the Yeah Yeah add-on. I bet you can guess that the other cards say :)
Geralyn designed some adorable cut files this month. As a little superman ice cream tribute, I pulled out the neocolors + experimented with recreating those sweet colorful swirls. I'll share a tutorial on that next week :
And Tina never disappoints with her designs either. Below is a peek at her printables, which I printed on vellum this month. You can also catch a glimpse of the kraft envelope set too :
As I write this post, I'm still squeaking out a couple more spreads. Now that I've got about a month or so documented, I have a better idea of how to 'squeeze it all in', or even better, how to choose the best of the best.

Want to see more sneaks? Go here. I'll be back on Sunday to show my spreads in full + to share my favorite products this month. Man I love when reveal lands on the weekend.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Project Life Summer 2014 | 01

My summer Handbook is coming along quite nicely. I'm loving the size, the format and the ease how the pages are coming together. Before I started playing with the August Studio Calico kits, I created a few pages with a mix of leftovers I had from past kits, as well as decorated the spine (above). Here's what I've done so far :
The opening page is a We R Memory Keepers 4x4 page protector (which fits perfectly into the Handbook with zero hole punching!) I layered a photo of the four of us from May over an acetate sheet from the Studio Calico Wanderlust line.
The backside is some Lemon Lush paper with that awesome scratch off card from the Camelot Project Life kit, which conveniently goes with the "you are my sunshine" banner on the front :
Page two is our summer bucket list. The watercolor cards were so fun to make!
I used neocolors on watercolor paper to create these two-tone circles and blended the colors separately with a water brush. I typed out make, do, go and eat on grid paper, trimmed them down with extra space on the bottom edge, and then stitched them on with my sewing machine.
Then I simply filled in the rest of the card with my list. I used the tiny heart stamp from the Bottle Toss kit with galaxy gold brilliance ink to separate each item.
The filler cards on the bucket list page are from various kits over the past year or so.
Page three is an October Afternoon 6x8 page protector of 2x2 inch squares. I trimmed off the right hand column because I love varied sizes and this one serves as sort of a bookmark for the first month in this album, June.
Lots of bits and pieces from previous kits, especially Penny Arcade and the coordinating add-on's. The yellow 4 geotag was made from felt and this craft die.
The ice cream print was created by Shanna Noel's daughter, Addison. You can read more about it here. I just printed mine at 6x8 and slipped it in a page protector. Such a fun summery addition!
I also included a little bit of South of Market, including the red labels, my transparency and the free printables.
And that's it for part one. Later this week I am going to share some sneaks of what I've added to my Handbook with the August Studio Calico kits. Reveal is this weekend!

You can read more about my decision to change up my Project Life from 12x12 to 6x8 for the summer here.

My Summer Project Life Essentials : Handbook, assorted page protectors, Studio Calico Project Life kitscorner rounder / tiny attacher / journaling pens / Alte Haas Grotesk font 

Friday, July 18, 2014

around here

planning a mini trip to Chicago with Mark in August.

feeling quiet + unmotivated in this space and I'm just going with it.

accepting and embracing the ebb + flow, as they say.

wondering where summer went. It has not been very warm here at all.

playing with Bamboo Paper.

having a difficult time committing to photos and art work for our living room gallery wall. Will it ever be done?

taking a self-help / personal growth break and reading Catching Fire.

anxiously awaiting the Mockingjay release in November.

experimenting with natural skin care (think baking soda, apple cider vinegar and honey) + loving it for many reasons.

laughing a lot at things my kids say. I love having them home.

dreaming of going back to a paper planner in 2015. This one is at the top of my list.

loving our lazy summer + doing what we want.

Have a great weekend! Our plans include attending a little festival in our town - complete with a parade, shopping and lots of kids activities. Maybe even some cotton candy and elephant ears.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Project Life Week 24 : Penny Arcade

One last spread with the Penny Arcade kits. This is Week 24, which is the final spread in my first album for 2014. This was the last week of school, as well as Father's Day weekend.
Left side = Design C. I had a ton of photos this week + a ton to say, so I opted for lots of typed journaling via Photoshop before I printed my photos. My favorite is the top left photo of Morgan sitting at the top of our driveway.
She insisted on setting up a lemonade stand and wouldn't you know, that lemonade badge in the Bottle Toss add-on was a perfect little embellishment.
The right side is also a Design C but I stitched up the left side 4x6 pockets to create six 3x4 pockets. The journaling cards are a mix from the High Striker add-on plus the printables. I used a lot of digital scrapbook + Project Life stamps in this spread - to go with the typed journaling on my photos. For the "meet me in the sunshine" brush below, I enlarged it to fill much of the blue sky in the photo and then turned down the opacity to gray it out.
I did a similar thing with the photo of Mark and the kids above. I added the "I love you more" brush to the right side of the photo so the rest of the phrase hung off the edge. Then I cropped the original digital brush so I used just "than all the stars" below it and turned down the opacity so it wasn't as bright white as the top half. I rotated each layer a bit so it looks hand-stamped and adhered the red resin heart from the main Project Life kit above it before calling it done.

My 2014 Project Life essentials : Studio Calico Project Life kits / We R Memory Keepers Greige Albums / Design C photo page protectors / corner rounder / tiny attacher / journaling pens / Alte Haas Grotesk font