blog tour

September 15, 2014 |  by  |  LIFE RIGHT NOW  |  8 Comments

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I was tagged by Jamaica to participate in this blog tour thing so here goes.

1. What am I working on right now?

2015 Calendars and a new set of photo templates for my shop. I’m also working on a few personal projects – finishing up our 2013 Project Life album and starting a mini “BFF” photobook for each of my girls…and new poster sized prints of their artwork to replace this one.

2. How long does it take me to create a project?

This totally depends on the type of project. The quickest are usually photobooks. I’ve made enough of these now to know what I like and don’t like and I have a “system” now so I can knock these out pretty quickly. Mini albums, on the other hand, takes so much longer.

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?

Most of my projects are photo-centric so I’d say my favorite, or rather, my can’t-live-without tools are Lightroom, Presets for photo editing (Replichrome by Get Totally Rad is my go to), and templates for putting together photo collages.

4. How does my creating process work?

I work most efficiently when things are organized and easy to find so every project begins with me creating a folder for the project on my computer. The next step involves gathering supplies. My projects are mostly photo focused so this really just means selecting and editing photos – this is usually the most time intensive part of the process. Once I have all the photos gathered and a better idea of the scale of the project (ie., will a simple 8.5×11 insert in my project life album do or do I have enough photos to make a photobook?), I can move on to the actual design process.

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?

Pinterest is my go to source for inspiration, there’s never a shortage of ideas there! The tricky part is finding the time to pursue those ideas. What I’ve recently come to realize is that the biggest “inspiration killer” is when I’m feeling pressed for time or frustrated that I don’t have enough for creative “free play.” I’m constantly struggling to find that right balance between work and play.

6. What is my signature style?

Photo-focused and simple. I also have a thing for white space and black & white stripes.

I’m tagging three of my favorite memory keepers to keep this blog roll going: Peppermint, Ronnie and Carly.

new in the shop | pictures and words no. 13

September 10, 2014 |  by  |  product releases + news  |  No Comments

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Happy Wednesday friends!  I’m happy to announce that pictures + words no. 13, which was originally offered during the We Are Storytellers Promotion at The Lilypad in July is now available for purchase in my shop! And for one today only, it’s available at 50% OFF so take advantage of the huge savings!
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creative team inspiration

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jamaica | see it live mini

September 9, 2014 |  by  |  product releases + news  |  16 Comments

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Hi there! This is what I’ve been working on lately… a mini-book documenting all the concerts I’ve seen so far this summer. It all started with the idea of using dated tabs, so that you’d see the dates sticking up (or out to the side as it turned out).

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The base of each page is a 4″ x 6″ tabbed index card that I turned on its side and trimmed to be 4″ tall, so each page is roughly 4″ square plus the tab. I made templates in Photoshop, one to help line up the dates that appear on the photos and another for the text pages. After adding the dates and text, I started pulling patterned papers to go along with them. You’ll notice most are solids, or almost solids. Because the font I’m using for the band names is outlined and the text on the bottom is relatively small, it worked best to find patterns that are very tight or small when printed out.

After setting up all of my pages, I printed them out and glued them to my index cards, lining up the top and right sides to make sure the dates were in place and the text centered on the other side. I did all of the photos first, letting them dry overnight under a stack of books to keep them flat (the index cards are thicker than regular paper they tend to curl). Then I cut carefully around the edges and the tabs, using a hole punch get the hard to reach inside curves of the tabs. After those were done, I went back and glued the text pages to the back side letting them dry overnight and cutting them out a second time.

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The covers are made from a pair of drink coasters, covered front and back with pattern paper printed on cardstock. I used a black sharpie to “paint” the white edge of the coaster so that it would match the black XOXO paper. Because there are quite a few more concerts left on my calendar, I’m leaving it unbound for now. After the season is over, I’ll probably spiral bind it. But for now, the ribbon is doing a good job of holding it together and distracting from the blank cover. I couldn’t settle on a title or the perfect embellishment, so I’m letting go without until I’ve settled on just the right thing.

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Papers pulled from these kits: Heirloom, Eternal Sunshine, Hey There Handsome, and Downtime.

xo, jamaica

See more of my projects here or follow me online at my blog, on Instagram or see what inspires me on Pinterest.

Project Life 2013, Week 33 – 37 and Week 48

September 8, 2014 |  by  |  liz project life  |  3 Comments

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I’m happy to report that our 2013 album is almost done, just a few more photos to print out here and there, plus a few journaling spots to fill in and I’ll be able to join the rest of you in 2014!

Week 33 Notables – Their first swim class and a drawing by Madeline (scanned and printed on a 3×4 white card).

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Week 34 – Audrey lost her 1st tooth and a day spent at Disneyland.

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Week 35 – Attended a friend’s wedding and an 8.5×11 insert of pics we took at the wedding photobooth.

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Week 36 – A quick weekend trip to Las Vegas. This is quite possibly one of my favorite spread…ever. I love the soft tones and the muted look that the two “blur on purpose” photos add to this spread.

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Week 37 – The girl’s first football game.

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Week 48 – Not much going on in Week 48 so I decided to focus on a sequence of photos.  (This is Design P).

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The Saturday Tag is from my Today Is Elements set.

All photos from Weeks 39 – 41 were taken with my iPhone 4S and edited using PicTapGo or in Lightroom using Replichrome by Get Totally Rad!

Products used: Design A page protectors, 3×4 white cards, 4×6 photo templates, Week in Review Cards, 4×6 Photo Templates Vol. 3

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Project Life is a memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins. Read more about it HERE. All of my project life entries can be found HERE or browse the entire project life gallery HERE.

september byoc | heirloom

September 5, 2014 |  by  |  product releases + news  |  4 Comments

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Happy September! It’s definitely starting to feel like summer is winding down around here. The evenings are chillier and I’m find myself gravitating towards warm fallish colors more and more. I’ve got three new products for the September BYOC at The Lilypad and as usual, all BYOC items are 20% OFF thru the weekend!

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There’s also a special bundled listing for presslist subscribers – 45% OFF when you purchase the elements, papers and journaling cards together!  More details can be found in the latest newsletter that was sent out yesterday afternoon. Not yet a subscriber? Sign up now to start taking advantage of exclusive subscriber savings.

creative team inspiration

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