Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hello Kitty Cafe

Hello everyone, I wanted to share a quick layout that I made documenting a recent trip to the Hello Kitty Cafe. This mobile truck travels across the US making stops and cities all over. Its been in my area before but I was never able to make it on the specific day. When I came across an event posting on Facebook and the date worked I knew we had to go. I corralled my friend to join me, we seem to always have a good time at these kinds of pop ups and since it was also her daughters birthday it totally worked out.

My layout was completely inspired by letter boards, cork boards and push pins. I've seen scrapbook paper and even hand made cards made that looked like letterboards so I thought I would try to make a layout that looked like one for myself.

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The base of the layout was made with just a simple piece of white cardstock. In order to mimic the look of a letter board I scored lines in the cardstock every 1/4". I used a We R Memory Keepers Score Board to create the lines but you can also do this by hand using a scoring tool and a metal ruler. Although the score board really made it easy.

I predetermined the sizes of my photos by laying them out in advance in Photoshop Elements. I love doing this when I'm making layouts because it helps me see it before I start and it also cuts down on wasted photos because I have to print them over and over to get the right size. Since I print at home that's a huge plus.

I cut a boarder from pink cardstock to mimic the frame of a letter board and laid that right on top of the base cardstock. I thought about lifting it with dimensional adhesive but decided not to in the end. I think it could have worked both ways.

I laid out the photos making sure to leave room for some embellishments and of course the main title of the page. Once the photos were placed I used actual pins to bring the dimension of this layout to life. The pins have pearl ends and they are only 3/4" which was great since I really didn't need long pins hanging out on he backside of my layout. I taped the backside down so that they wouldn't poke anyone or pierce thru another layout. Pins like this can be found at most fabric stores. There were at least four other packs of pins that I wanted to buy after seeing all the cute ones they make but I ended up limiting myself to just what I needed instead.

The main products I used to dress up my layout were from the Pebbles, Girl Squad line. I love this line and I adore all of the super girly elements. The products I used on my layout were from the Cardstock Sticker Set and the Ephemera with Foil Accents. I love any embellishment that brings in some shimmer or shine, especially gold accents so I love that these two sets offer up some of that. The flowers, the heart, the little tag all of that shine really pops off the page.

In this image you can really see how the scoing looks and I think it actually does give it a really similar affect to what real letter boards look like.

To title my page I used the thickers from the Pink Paislee Summer Lights Collection. The Holographic Foil alpha stickers are one of the most unique alpha's I've seen in awhile. I love the holographic top but I also really love that the under layer is bright pink. It just adds that additional color pop and an unexpected one at that.

I also added in another floral cluster form the ephemera pack and a little gold label from my stash. I needed to add the date on there somewhere so that seemed to be the best option.

This layout came together really quickly and I always love when that happens. I think the most time consuming part was printing the photos and scoring the lines. This is defianetly a technique I can see myself doing again. I think it would also be a super cute base in a travelers notebook too.

Have a great week, see you soon.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Featuring Kelly Purkey Shop │ August 2017 release

OMG, I cannot believe summer is almost over! What the heck! Its still crazy hot around here, we have several 100°+ days ahead of us so its hard to think about anything but heat but I did manage to get in quite a few scrapping days over the past few weeks which was awesome.

Thankfully the latest shop update over at Kelly Purkey Shop is live and its full of great products that you can use right now to help document your days.

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The first project was made using the main Life Lessons kit. While this spread centers around Back to School, rest assured that if you don't have school age kiddos at home you will still find lots of good things in this kit. This spread features stamps from the kit as well as stamps from the Captured stamp set. I know this one will go quickly so make sure you grab it fast.

I pulled out all of the school appropriate cards that matched my topic and really loved that pop of red the August card gave to the spread.

I played around with an ombre ink pads and love how it looks especially on the more solid stamps as you can see below. The selfie stamp is from the Captured stamp set.

Here is a look at that Captured stamp set, like I said, it won't be around long.

My second project was a spread in my Summer Travelers Notebook and it featured the stamps and papers from the Summer Vacation Travelers Notebook kit. The stamp set for this kit really covered all aspects of summer fun from reading, road trips, water time, lazy days, eating you get the idea.

I used two of the papers as my base and just adhered them down on top of the notebook pages. I recolored one of the main kit journaling cards because I wanted to match the red in the papers. This is fairly easy to do within programs like Photoshop or Photoshop Elements which is what I use.

I used a stamp I had that was the right size to outline some of the summer nights phrases on the left side and I love how that turned out. It brings in some of the black and adds a bit more interest to the background.

I wanted to add more than one photo to the spread so I just layered one on top of the other and used the round sticker as my hinge. I cut a little tab so that it was more obvious there was something underneath and it helped draw interest as well.

One last stamp set I wanted to highlight for you is the Perry Alpha stamp. Its a super fun and unique set as you can see below. 

I hope you enjoyed the shop release, happy scrapping!

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Featuring Kelly Purkey Shop │ Summer Eats

Happy Friday! I hope you have something special planned this weekend. Its going to be another hot one for us here in California and I'm already dreaming about summer drinks and ice cream. I made this pocket page using the latest kit from Kelly Purkey shop called Summertime Eats and its making me all kinds of hungry as I type this. Tacos anyone?

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I love the bright colors of this kit, I also really loved the taco and ice cream patterned cards. I ended up making little 2.5" square text block to lay on top of the taco card so I could still see the card but also still add in some journaling. I repeated the same process on the drink card, but the lime slice paper that I used is from the I Ate This travelers notebook kit.

I used a few ombre ink pads because I really wanted a washed look with the inks. Plus it made my drink stamp that much more believable. Cheers!

I know this kit is going fast and I'm sure it will sell out soon. I just wish I had room on my page for the rainbow hued word stickers, super cute!!

See you soon,
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Friday, July 28, 2017

Featuring Kelly Purkey Shop │ July Travelers Notebook Kit

I wanted to pop in with a quick post to let you know that the Kelly Purkey July shop update went live today. Along with the latest kits and stamps Kelly is having a Summer Stamp Sale, all stamps are 20% off with the code SUMMER20. The sale is valid thru 11:59pm EST on 7/29.

I have one project to share with you now and another will be coming shortly. The shop update contained the two kits and three additional stamp sets.

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The first project I made was a spread in my Summers Travelers Notebook. This spread featured the I Ate This Travelers Notebook Kit as well as the Bowery uppercase alpha stamp set. I love this stamp set, and I love that there is also a companion lower case set called Broome which also includes numbers.

For this spread I knew I wanted to add more photos than the space would allow so I used one of the paper sheets to create a pocket that would hold all of the photos. It was a very simple pocket to make, I just trimmed an angle shape and then turned back about 1/2" of the edges on the right side and along the bottom. This is how I adhered the pocket down to my page. I added in one of the paper strips to the edge to dress it up and add in a pop of green. Inside the pocket I added in four additional photos and one of the journaling cards from the main kit with some text.

On the left side I added in my title using the Bowery alpha set. Having the grid lines on my notebook pages definitely helps keep things lined up nice and straight and stamping each letter individually helps a lot too. I can never get multiple letters lined up all at once and I find I spend way to much time trying to get it right. It may seem tedious but its actually quicker to stamp letters one at a time.

I dressed up the rest of the page with stamps from the stamp set, that fork being my favorite and added in a green puffy star to balance the green of the paper strip.

I have another project in process right now and its using the main kit, Summer Time Eats kit, I love that its all about our favorite summer time foods. I'll be back to share that post later this week when its all done but here are some cards and photos that I started to make for it.

There is also another super cool stamp set called See the World to help document your travels. I have a pretty big trip coming in a few months so I know this one will get used for that.

The last thing I wanted to share is that Kelly announced her new Creative Team today. The team has grown which is awesome and she has added some amazingly talented ladies to the group. Kelly will also be launching a blog for the shop and that should be starting very soon. I'll be sure to share when that goes live so you can follow. I have linked to everyone's Instagram accounts below if you want to follow along.

Have a wonderful weekend,

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Micro Mini Travel Album │ Evergreen Lodge Yosemite

My families love of Evergreen Lodge has been well documented over the years here on this blog. We go there year round and its just as good in the winter as it is in the summer but summer has a special place in my heart because we get to hang out at the pool. If you ever have a chance to visit Yosemite National Park and need a place to stay, we highly recommend it.

My husband and I went this past March just the two of us and I made a mini album of that trip for a special class over at Elle's Studio. I spoke about that project in this post here. That album ended up being a favorite of mine so I knew it would be fun to do another one that I could share completely here on the blog. About a week before we left I got an email from Field Notes Brand sharing the new Campfire notebook set. The notebooks are 3.5" x 5.5" tall and have 48 grid pages in each notebook. I immediately thought of this trip and decided to order them to use as my album base. It ended up being the perfect size to document a quick trip. I decided to use the middle album called Night. Each album has a different color inside and the grid matches that color. The color inside Night is orange and since I'm on an orange kick lately it ended up being the perfect match.

My supplies for this project were pretty minimal. I built a lot of the pages around a set of digital printable cards from an older Studio Calico collection called Adventure. And I also added in some cards from In A Creative Bubble, gold dot washi tape, assorted puffy stickers, some rubber elements, some gold glittery stars, a few clips and that's about it. I'll link up to anything that I can as I go page by page.

Here is a look at the inside of the notebook. I love the attention to detail Field Notes Brand has. Their humor is pretty spot on too. For the first page I printed one of the cards from the Studio Calico set onto vellum and traced over one of the inset lines with a Heidi Swapp Minc pen and ran it thru the Minc machine to add in a little bit of gold foiling.

Here's a better look at the gold foiling.

For the first spread I used a journaling card from the Spring Break set from In A Creative Bubble. I used another card from this set later in the album too. I added in the washi tape, an old rubber element that I think was from Studio Calico and a large photo.

As you will see I printed a lot of my photos large size, some span two pages and then I printed some small, just to vary up the sizes so it doesn't get boring. I set up a template in Photoshop Elements with the exact size measurement making it just a bit smaller so it didn't go all the way to the edge. This helps in two ways, 1) it kept me from agonizing if my edges were straight and perfect and 2) it allowed the pages to turn easier since they didn't fit tight into the binding of the notebook. I used a really old Teresa Collins Zutter Round It All to trim my corners. I love that cutter. I'm not sure if its still available but that thing cuts corners like a dream and I use it a lot. Plus it was a pretty good match to the rounded corners of the notebook.

Our love of road trip snacks had to be documented. This card is from an older free set from Digital Design Essentials and I don't think its available anymore but she is selling cards in an Etsy Store and her designs are some of my favorite. I added in some text before I printed it and then a puffy sticker from an old Amy Tangerine set. The gold clip is old from Studio Calico.

Here is another card from the In A Creative Bubble set that I linked to above. The puffy sticker is old from Studio Calico. I used two large wood veneer stickers in this album. They came from the gift shop at the Evergreen Lodge and they were made for them by a company called Dust City Wood Stickers. These things are so cool. They have super strong adhesive and you can even stick them to the outside of water bottles. These were custom made for the Lodge so you can only get them there but they have some other really awesome designs on their website.

I didn't want to dedicate a whole page to the sticker so I opted to make a little page of vellum that I cut to match the size of the photo underneath. I made sure to leave a little edge that I could fold behind my photo and then stick down. This way it flips open to expose the photo underneath as you can see in the next image.

Here is my first photo that spans two pages, I did this for a few images that I really wanted to call importance too. I added in some digital text before printing using a brush script digital alpha from Studio Calico. I added in a few gold glitter stars and it was done.

Another old journaling card that I modified a bit leaving room for a washi strip and a black puffy star and I used another one of the gold clips used like a flag to fill in some space.

I decided not to add text to every photo in the album so in a few cases I would type up my journaling on one card that referenced the photos that would come behind it and left it at that. It ended up being a perfect way to let the photos tell the story and keep it more simple.

Here is the other wood veneer sticker with the same folded vellum treatment. I really love this one because the nightly s'mores is such fun part of staying at this place.

Probably my favorite photo in the whole album. I added in a simple phrase sticker that is from an old A Beautiful Mess box and a gold star.

This is a journal card from the Studio Calico Adventure set that I linked above. More washi and a simple die cut. I wasn't sure how to work these four photos into this page so I printed one large, made a photo strip of the other three sized to fit inside the book and just clipped it in with a paper clip. I like the varying sizes here.

Simple spread with a tiny bit of journaling. I cut up the park map to add in a small section to the album.

I made this journaling card using a digital element from Paislee Press from the new Scenic Route collection and another old A Beautiful Mess word strip.

Here I added in a bit of text on the photo before printing and used more washi and an old Studio Calico die cut.

This is a really old Studio Calico journaling card cut in half and an old die cut. The word art I added to the photo is from the Studio Calico Fun in the Sun set.

Not all photos turn out the way you want them too so sometimes you have to just roll with it or find another way to tell the story. In this case my photos of the bear we saw were just a brown blob in a field of green so I decided to use a digital element to tell the story. This bear is from Studio Calico and I love him. And that poor dear looks hangry!

A really old Studio Calico card and some washi.

Another old rubber element from Studio Calico, I really love rubber banners.

A collage of pictures that I made, more washi and another old Studio Calico die cut.

Our cabin had the best sunset views and this photo has no filters on it at all. Its exactly what I saw with my eyes and I love it. It lost a bit of detail of the trees when I had to crop it to fit but it will get printed and framed for sure. The silhouette of the charred burned trees is just so cool. Just a little back story but the lodge was almost destroyed by a major forest fire a few years ago and the fire reached all the way to the very edge but was stopped, thankfully.

Another journaling card from the Adventure set, a gold glitter star and another old Studio Calico die cut. I trimmed this card slimmer that 3" wide just to mix it up.

This mountain card from the Adventure set is so cool. I added in some gold triangles from an old Heidi Swapp Project Life kit to play up the triangle trees.

I always sign and date my mini albums on the day I finish them and I used the new Art Stamp set from Life Love Paper for Studio Calico. I bought this stamp set just to use for signing and dating my projects.

And that it it! This little little album is chunky! Here is a look at how full it is.

I ended up filling all but 2 of the 48 pages of the notebook and it was a bit of a happy accident. I did pre plan the album a bit, mainly just listing out what photos I wanted to go it what order, leaving room for journaling or elements that I knew I wanted to include. It wasn't super strict or rigid but it helps give me a guide lines as I'm working. My process is to print as I go, nothing get's printed in advance. It just how my brain works. I like to decided as I go what size things will be. Here is a look at what that planning looked like.

To store the album, since it won't stay closed on its own I'm using a thick rubber band that I found in my stash. Its not super tight so it won't break the spine of the album but its tight enough to keep it closed. I can't wait to add this to my mini album collection.

Thanks for sticking around for this super photo heavy post.

See you soon.
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