New set of journaling cards that coordinates with the About Us Collection (kit and journaling cards). This set features blue and greens, colors that I usually use as accents. But here, they are the main feature and I’m really digging it. I’ve been really into greens for some reason and I think that striped “remember when” might be my fave.
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inspiration from the creative team
One of the things I’ve realized about working with a smaller album is that you have to get creative if you’re going to “fit everything in.” Of course, how much you include is totally subjective and you could easily add more pages. But sometimes, the thought of using a 12 x 12 album with 3 times as many pockets makes me a little wistful. Just think of all those empty pockets waiting to be filled…
Okay, back to what I was saying… you have to get creative. For me, that means layering. Today, I’m going to show you how I added journaling and two gorgeous paislee script cards to my scrapbook using vellum. Yay, vellum!
I printed a selection of my favorite cards from About Us (journaling cards and elements), Press Cards No. 32, and Pictures + Words No. 9 onto lightweight vellum from Paper Source. Just make sure to get the right type for your printer (laser vs inkjet) and follow the instructions for printing.
Here’s what my spread looked like before I started—photos printed and tucked quickly into pockets, a postcard I wanted to include and a see-thru red card from the other side. It wasn’t feeling very cohesive and didn’t leave any room for journaling or extra elements. So I started playing around with the vellum cards, laying them quickly over each pocket to see what would work.
The obvious spot was the postcard. Blah on it’s own, it became a beautiful, subtle background when layered under the Moments card.
The vellum doesn’t cover the text completely but obscures it enough that you can journaling over it legibly. I ran the vellum thru my typewriter before trimming it to size.
The other page wasn’t so easy. I knew I wanted to add another card with the black script to balance out my spread but the vellum obscured one photo too much and another not enough. Plus, I was struggling to keep the transparent red pocket see-thru. After swapping out a few photos and moving things around I came to the obvious conclusion…
… and added it to the red pocket. From the back, the red card is still semi-transparent which is good enough for me (I just wanted the glowing red effect) and the reversed journaling adds some character. From the front, the vellum tones down the red helping it to blend in with the other muted colors on the page.
Here’s how it all turned out… bold black script in two corners, dishes in the opposite, and blue tones hugging the gutter. And Mia, who coordinates perfectly.
The next time you think you’ve run out of space, try adding another layer!
It was glorious. We spent most of the weekend outdoors, going from one birthday party to the next. And for the first time in a long time, I brought the big camera out too. I used to lug that camera around everywhere when the girls were younger. Back in those days I remember thinking, taking photos with a DSLR will be so much easier when the girls are older. The irony is now that they are older, I rarely use it, even when we’re at home. As much as I love the ease of my iphone camera, you just can’t beat the quality of a DSLR image. I’m going to make a conscious effort to use it more often, hopefully at least once a week.
We also spent some time indoors and Audrey used that time to work on her craft projects. Right now she’s loving making rainbow loom bracelets and illustrated storybooks. Both are totally self initiated projects.
In this latest storybook she weaved in everything she loves at the moment (Olaf from Frozen, growing plants, eating fruit and sharing with her sister).
When I flipped through it, it was like looking at an illustrated scrapbook of her life. Lately she’s been talking about wanting to make an actual scrapbook. I might just print out some photos, give her a notebook and see where it takes her.
Photos edited in lightroom using Get Totally Rad’s Replichrome Presets.
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inspiration from the creative team
New digital kit and journaling cards.
Molweni everyone, Caylee here. Now that I’m back in South Africa I’m trying to make an effort to learn another one of our country’s languages. Molweni is Xhosa for hello. Other than learning a new language, things are pretty boring around here. I’m struggling with taking photos since I now have a job and my day consists of pretty much sitting at a desk for nine hours. To combat the lack of photos for this week, I came up with a mini photo project. Elevator selfies. I’m not sure how long this will go on since my wardrobe is tiny, but for this week it helped make a nice, cohesive bunch of photos. I can see myself creating many photo projects for future weeks to fill up empty layouts.
Left hand side:
Right hand side:
What happened: this was such a mixed week. It had an incredible start with getting my dream job, and a rubbish ending. I chose not to focus too much on the bad part until we have further news and things actually start happening. It’s a good representation of how my family is dealing with the news. I didn’t take out the happy quotes I had prepared for the week. I put a line in my Week in Review and left it at that.
Memorabilia: a handwritten quote from my husband’s favourite actor scanned in so that I could plan it digitally. Love how the glitter went so well with it.
Anything special: I recoloured the hearts from the kit by using a clipping mask with one of the black papers.
I also used a photo taken at my new work as a background of sorts. The word was shared with me by a friend who used it to describe my happiness about my new job.
Thanks for reading, have a lovely March.
One of our goals in 2014 is to make more scrapbook pages. We each have different reasons for wanting this. I didn’t do enough “creating for fun” last year. My mentality was why bother
wasting spending time on something if it wasn’t going into an album (project life or a photobook) in progress? I’m changing things up this year, giving myself space to create pages just for the sake of playing. Hopefully this monthly challenge will help me stick it out through the end of the year.
Here are my February entries.
1. A 12×12 digital layout (click on image for product/supply info).
2. 8.5×11 collage of all the photos I instagrammed in February. This is going into my 2014 Project Life Album, which I’ll talk about in more detail later this week.
3. 8.5×11 digital layout (Printed and ready to go into my 2014 Project Life album).
4. 8.5×11 collage of instagrammed photos in January. Originally I cut the 2×2 photos and placed them in a coin page protector but after I printed out February’s instagram collage yesterday, I think I like the way it looks as the full page with the white borders – not trimmed. I can easily just slip it into a regular 8.5×11 page protector. Also, I like the look of one enlarged photo so I redid January. Both versions are posted below.
I can’t make up my mind which version I like better. What I do know is that I am loving putting together these instagram collages. They take less than 10 minutes to complete, printing time included. Even if I get nothing else scrapped, these collages work provide a nice summary of monthly events and just like that I feel instantly “caught up” for that month.
What did you make in February?
Hi everybody! Kelly here bringing you this months picks from the press gallery. As usual I had a ball going through the paislee press gallery and instagram looking for these outstanding picks. So here we go!
The first layout that I picked is called You Are Happiness by Franny. I just love how she used the Eternal Sunshine elements against the white background and how it makes the colors really pop. Love that adorable photo too!
Finally we have a layout by rfeewjlj called Handmade Gift. She used Hey There Handsome and Pictures + Words 9 to create this page. I love how this layout has so many little details to catch my eye. Love it!
I hope you enjoyed my picks and as always we would love to see what you’ve created with your paislee press products. We encourage you to post your layouts on the paislee press gallery or to on instagram with the hashtag #paisleepress. I hope you all have a great weekend!
Hi everyone, Carly here with a small project life share. This year my approach to project life hasn’t changed that much. I’m still documenting what I can over a month and not stressing about how much I am able to capture. For me, documenting our family’s story needs to be easy and stressfree.
The one small change that I have made to my documenting this year is to take my photos with more purpose. Last year I just took snaps here and there with really not a lot of thought behind what I was photography. I still love how the book turned out, but wanted this year to have a little more thought and intent behind what I was photographing. So this year I’ve decided to take at least one photo a day of something I am grateful for. Maybe it’s something small like my morning coffee, or maybe it’s something really big like my daughters smiles.
Having this new focus and intent behind my picture taking has really made me love doing project life again this year and has given my documenting a great new purpose. It’s made the entire documenting process good for the soul!
I think the big thing to remember when it comes to documenting is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. You just have to find a way that works best for you and that is easy to stick to. For me, it was changing the reason why I pick something to photography that has made me excited to be doing project life again this year and I just know that at the end of the year this book will be such a great keepsake to look back on.
Have you made any changes to how you are approaching project life this year or perhaps this is your first year? If so, let us know how you are approaching it!
Waiting for much needed rain.
Listening to Amy Winehouse.
Knitting a pair of fingerless gloves.
Eating sauteed kale with caramelized onion. Got this recipe from a friend. Caramelize onions, add kale, sautee until tender (about 3 minutes) then add a little soy sauce at the end. Sounds weird, but trust me on this one. If you like spicy, try it with sriracha sauce. So good and totally addicting.
Dreaming of a backyard movie night/party for someone who’s turning 5 this summer.