On My Desk | Honeymoon Album

October 30, 2014 |  by  |  product releases + news  |  7 Comments

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I have been scrapbooking regularly since 2007 and since then I have had our honeymoon, that we took in 2004,  on my list of things I wanted to go back and scrapbook.   I just figured that when I came across the collection that was perfect for those pictures I would do it. That is what happened when I saw the new On My Desk collection available at Gossamer blue.  As soon as I opened up the box and saw all the gold accented elements and transparency cards I knew it would be perfect.

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There are so many things that I love about this collection, but I have to say that one of my favorites is the gold vellum.  So gorgeous that I had to devote an entire 6×8 page just to it!

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Back in 2004 we didn’t have the best camera or the best photography skills but I love even the pictures that are less than perfect. Paired up next to these gorgeous papers and elements it’s easy to overlook the imperfections in the pictures.

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One thing I really wanted to do in this album is leave a lot of transparent areas. I choose the Simple Stories 6×8 page protectors with the 2×2 pockets so I would be able to add lots of the little elements in the pockets and have the transparent feel that I wanted.

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Another one of my favorites from this collection are the 3×4 transparencies.  I loved using them as is, or trimming them to use in the 2×2 pockets.

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The label stickers are absolutely awesome for adding dates to your projects. These are going to be showing up on my project life spreads a lot.

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I had such a great time reminiscing and reliving this great trip.  Thanks so much for looking!  You can find more from me on Instagram, Pinterest, and my blog.

currently (TLP Blog Hop)

October 28, 2014 |  by  |  product releases + news  |  47 Comments

Did you know that November 1st is Digital Scrapbook Day?  We’re starting the celebration early with a TLP Blog Hop! My contribution to the hop is a set of “currently” themed wordart, available as 4×6 photo templates (Pictures + Words No. 16) or as a digital stamp set. If you can’t decide which format you prefer, by all means, download both! They are available as free downloads, but only for a limited time, from now thru November 5, 2014. Enjoy!  And I’d love to know which format you prefer.

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Next stop on the bloghop: Pink Reptile Designs.

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carly robertson | documenting by themes

October 23, 2014 |  by  |  hybrid projects, project life  |  4 Comments

paislee_carly102014_IMG_IMG_8688Hi there! It’s Carly here today to share the idea of documenting themes in your Project Life binder. I use theme based documenting all the time. For me, theme based documenting can really help when I’m feeling in a photo rut, or if I just don’t think there is that much happening in my life at the present moment needed to be document.

Theme based documenting is also a great place to start for anyone that is new to Project Life. One of the questions I get asked a lot from people that are new to this everyday documenting style is “what exactly should I photograph and journal about?” To say “just document your everyday” can be a little intimidating at first and often keep you from starting because you just might have no idea where to begin.

So what exactly is theme based documenting? Today I’m going to share some examples with you.

paislee_carly102014_IMG_IMG_8693Document your home is a great theme example. This past 2 years our family has moved 4 times which is a lot of houses to remember. For each home I wanted to ensure I documented them and captured what made each place special. I have pages and pages in my Project Life binders just dedicated to each house and showcasing what I loved about each of them.

For me, one of my most favourite things about going through old photographs from when I was growing up is seeing pictures of what our home looked like, what my room looked like. Those photos always have an amazing way of taking me back to that time. Capturing what your home looks like right now is a theme based approach to documenting I encourage everyone to try and I guarantee you will love looking back at how your house looked a particular time.

paislee_carly102014_IMG_IMG_8695Documenting a special outing or event is of course a more obvious approach to theme based storytelling and a really easy way to fill your pages. This 2-page spread documents an end of summer outing our family took to one of our favourite parks and rather than just capturing a few photos of this day I opted to document the entire day over 4 pages. I know some people prefer to document special events in a separate binder, but for me I prefer keeping everything together so that when I flip through my binder I see that entire time period in chronological order, but you have to decide what works best for you.

paislee_carly102014_IMG_IMG_8696Another type of theme based documenting I do a lot is capturing a particular time of my day. I love to capture my typical morning, afternoon and evening, and do it over and over again so that one day I can look back and see how different that part of my day changed over the years. For example this 2-page spread captures my typical morning during the month of September. Each morning consisted of a short walk to my grandma’s which I took a bridge over that river everyday. It also showcases the amazing morning light we were lucky enough to get almost everyday this past month and I captured it in the “here” picture below. And lastly, waking up to my cat sleeping in a ball in the same spot every day had to be documented too. These September mornings were good days and I want to remember them.

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There are tons of other ideas for theme based documenting that you can use if you ever need to get out of a documenting rut or just don’t know where to start. Some of my other favourite themes include documenting what your typical commute to work looks like, or documenting your child’s school and classroom, or capturing your family’s bedtime routine. Documenting your hobbies, sports or other activities you enjoy doing are other great topics to cover. The theme ideas are endless!

A great way to think of theme based documenting is capturing those little bits and pieces of your life that make you, you.  We all get up in the morning, eat breakfast, get our kids off to school, maybe you go off to work, then return home to have dinner, maybe spend the evening out at music or swimming lessons, etc. There are lots of things we all do every day that might seem a little mundane, but the great thing about “your everyday” is that it doesn’t look like anyone else’s and it’s worth documenting.

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Have you ever tried theme based documenting in your Project Life binder? If so, what themes do you like to capture?

-Carly

To see my other Paislee Press projects you can visit here, and of course you can always visit me at my blog, on Instagram or over at Pinterest.

Products used in today’s project share: heirloom kit4×6 photo templates vol. 3, picture & words vol.3, picture & words vol.14, penned no.3 and penned no.1.

 

 

 

kristi prokopiak l hybrid artist

October 16, 2014 |  by  |  product releases + news  |  2 Comments

hello!!! it’s kristi! here are my september and october pages.

september was a little hectic so i decided to wrap up the last few weeks with quotes from friends and coworkers. i think the words really capture the essence of what transpired, more so than the few crummy photos i managed to snap. they all make me giggle when i read them, so i might use this method again the next time i don’t have good visuals.

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october was a little chilly so it is starting to finally feel like fall. jeans and booties and sweater time!

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still sort of into the quotes so i included another one here. shots of my new tattoo, fall gear and the YEAH which references our current obsession with 90s buzz tracks and how every single one of them has a “yeah” in it.

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musings of a 5 year old

October 15, 2014 |  by  |  LIFE RIGHT NOW  |  5 Comments

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Yesterday Madeline declared that she didn’t want to be a Madeline anymore.

“Oh?” I responded, remembering back to when she was three years old and asked everyone to call her Emily.

“I want to be Alinda, or Melinda, or Princess Celestia,” she beamed. “Daddy, what did you want to name me when I was born?”

“I liked the name Elise. And Kate,” he replied.

“Alisa? How do you spell that?”

Uh-leeese. E-L-I-S-E.”

She proceeded to write “elise” on a piece of paper. As she scribbled away I told her about the time when I was eight years old and wanted my name to be Christine instead of Elizabeth. Within a matter of minutes, she’d filled the paper with potential names .”I circled Prinses Celestia because that’s my favorite.”

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