Kelly Purkey realeased some more amazing kits in January! I created this layout with the Forever Traveler's Notebook Kit designed by Life Love Paper. I love Tina's designs and script.
This layout in my Project Life album was made with the My Universe Kit. I'm not up to date with this album, but glad I got started! I really need to set aside time every week for this project like I do for my daily and weekly journaling.
The craziness of the holidays have finally died down and we're back into our regular routines, thank goodness! This was my first month as an Ali Edwards creative team and I had so much fun creating my stories.
I was also asked to be a Guest Storyteller for the December kits, For the Love. I created one Pocket Page layout and one Traveler's Notebook layout. Those layouts went live on January 1st, so if you were a subscriber in December, make sure to go check out the full projects!
The first project I created was for the Stories by the Month kit. These new monthly kits are based on last year's digital releases. This month had a Love theme. I used the "good love" stamp to create a patterned background in my traveler's notebook. I then layered one of the journaling cards with a photo and the "be the love" chipboard piece. I created a tag that I placed behind my matted photo for a little journaling. I used the "thank you for loving me" stamp in the tag and added some grey baker's twine to pull it out easily.
My next project was made with the January Digital Kit. I enlarged the "January Details" journaling card so it would fit into my son's journal. I used my typewriter to add his answers to the card before adhering it into the journal and embellishing with a few strips of washi tape. I placed the "celebrate" and "life right now" digital stamps onto the photo before printing.
My final project this month was with the Story Kit and Story Stamp, Changes. I decided to tell the story about becoming a stay at home mom and the changes and sacrifices that came along with that decision. I printed photos of my kids that were taken around the time of that change. I punched them into circles and used the circle chipboard pieces from the Story Kit and placed them randomly on the page that I had already splattered tinsel Color Shine on. I added a couple of the wood veneers as well. I then heat embossed "change" in black on the left page and "transition" on the right page. I added my journaling with my typewriter to complete the layout. As always, Ali has some amazing kits this month and I loved the stories she sparked for me!
The day after Christmas, I was finally able to catch my breathe. All the shopping, parties and potlucks were done with. We still had family from out of town here with us and I was happy to just be able to spend some quality time with them. I took my kids along with my cousin and aunt to go see Coco. It was such a good movie! It had us all in tears at the end. It;s not often that we get to hang out like this, so I wanted to make sure I documented our little movie date. I used the Fresh Start traveler's notebook kit from Kelly Purkey's December release as well as the Details of the Day kit and Richard alpha. I took the patterned papers from the TN kit and punched out hexagons which I randomly placed along the layout. I then printed a photo with my Instax Share and placed that on the left page. I stamped COCO with the Richard alpha above the photo. I used the overall rating stamp from the Details of the Day kit, and stamped that on one of the hexagons. I colored in the stars with a yellow marker. I then stamped the lines on and added a little journaling. I completed the layout with my movie ticket stub!
When I'm traveling and documenting our trips, I like to keep things very simple and ensure that I get all my momentos, photos and journaling in as we go. One thing that stays consistent throughout the travel journal is usually the alphabet stamp I use for my titles.
Kelly Purkey released two alphabet sets that worked perfectly together in her November releases. Orchard and Sullivan St. The smaller, simpler Sullivan St. worked perfectly with the larger, curvier Orchard.
I'll be sharing a flip through if my entire travel journal from this trip soon! In the meantime, head over to Kelly's shop to grab these alphas before they're gone!
One of my favorite projects this year was keeping separate journals for each of my kids. I used Hobonichi Weeks planners to document for them. I used the daily boxes to write things that happened everyday or things they said. I then used the blank page on the rughtnit make a little scrapbook layout or additional journaling. Much like I do for myself in my traveler's notebook.
I used Kelly Purkey's new Best of Times main kit and the This Is Us traveler's notebook kit to create this layout in my daughter's journal.
I love how the colors from both kits worked so well together! I used circle punches to create a few embellishments on the page along with a a few of the tags from the main kit that I cut out.
This particular week was filled with a lot of family time and hanging out with friends. The stamp sets from both kits helped document these memories perfectly!
I can't believe we're already halfway through October! I had so much fun with Kelly's September releases! I used the Admit One traveler's notebook kit and stamp set to create a fun layout for a music festival I went to over the Summer. It's perfect for those times where you have printable tickets or wristbands, to create a fun ticket stub yourself!
I also used the new Lexington alpha and Wild stamp sets to create this layout from a recent trip to Muir Woods.
The August releases from Kelly Purkey were perfect for me to document some of our summer adventures and going back to school!
My kids loved the Exploratorium in San Francisco. I used the Life Lessons and Summer Vacation kits to document our last visit there before school started again.
One of my favorites from this release is the Perry alphabet set. It's so fun and perfect for creating titles!
The Life Lessons kit was perfect for documenting back to school!
Welcome to the new 2016-2017 Happy Planner™ BLOG HOP featuring posts by the me & my BIG ideas Design Team! I’m excited to show you the style of my new Hello Life Happy Planner and share how I plan to use it come July.
The Hello Life planner is the new 8 1/2"X11" sized planner. Just as I have been doing this last year, I'll be using this to memory plan and document my family's life.
I love that this planner has the same watercolor theme and uses the same color palette throughout the entire 18 months.
The clear blue discs on this planner are such a pretty color!
The monthly tabs are laminated and there's even gold foil ones!
The larger boxes in this planner will give me more space for photos and journaling. I also love that I will be able to print out anything and add it in without having to cut it down to size!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Keep the HOP going by heading over to mambi Design Team member Nicole Lensen's blog to see which Happy Planner™ she's got her hands on!
This will be my 13th Christmas as a mom and only my first year doing an advent calendar with my kids! It wasn't something my mom did while I was growing up, so it just wasn't something I did either. As my two youngest have grown more aware of every holiday coming up and asking me how many days til this day or that day, I thought it would be fun for them. When I saw all the fun holiday stickers mambi had, I knew putting together this calendar would be a piece of cake!
To make this calendar, I bought a large white poster frame from Michael's. I removed the clear plastic piece and the cardboard backing. I then cut 3 pieces of twine and hot glued them to the back of the frame.
Next I grabbed some bitty bags, mini clothespins and mambi stickers. I decided not to just use the number stickers. I mixed them up with the little Christmas sayings and even spelled out numbers with the letter stickers.
I attached the bags to the twine with the mini clothespins.
I also used a few more of the clear stickers right on the wall, above the bags. Can't wait til my kids get to start opening their little surprises!