starting a new school year

August 6, 2014 |  by  |  LIFE RIGHT NOW  |  4 Comments

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It’s official. One’s starting Kindergarten and the other is going on to 1st grade.

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I woke up at 6:50am to find Madeline already dressed in her school uniform, her teeth brushed and hair combed (as best she could) and she was grinning from ear to ear. I think it’s safe to say she’s pretty excited to start the new school year.

This morning went by in a blur (as most mornings do in this household) so I’m glad I took the time yesterday to get their “signatures” documented. They each picked a 3×4 journaling card from the Midnight Edition Core Kit, grabbed a sharpie and got to work. paislee-2014blogged-8485

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They ended up embellishing with illustrations as well, which I love! These will go into our 2014 album…you know, the one I haven’t started yet. (See last year’s penmanship card insert + back to school layout HERE).

caylee’s project life | week 29

August 5, 2014 |  by  |  project life  |  13 Comments

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I’m Caylee and I’ve caught up on a whole stack of Project Life spreads, and one of them is the one that I’m sharing with you.

This was the week that I got back from my holiday in Spain, and I wanted it to be as muted as I felt. It seemed lovely, muted, and simple on screen. After printing, though, it just seemed completely dull. How dull? Okay, I’ll show you:

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Now there’s nothing wrong with this week. But there’s also nothing really right. After catching up on twenty Project Life spreads I didn’t really have the energy to do anything about it. Until today. That is the beauty of hybrid Project Life. You can always add to it.

The result of my energy burst was a hybrid layout that fell closer to traditional than digital for the first time for me. The result was also, basically, just a puking of gold all over the week. I’m completely okay with that.

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RHS:

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LHS:

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Bits of details…

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This pic is from the latest Flow magazine.

 

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My blog finally got an email newsletter.

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My all time favourite couple got engaged after 11 years.

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I’m really loving paint chips, and although the shade doesn’t quite fit, it really had to be a part of my Project Life.

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So when you’re not happy with a layout, you can totally change it to be something you love. You don’t always need to start over. Have a fantastic August.

Products used: Rue, “yes” from In Progress • Week in Review Cards • paintchip from the hardware store • anything else is from gifts • Archer font

♥ Caylee

You can find more bits of my life on InstagramTwitterPinterest, and my blog.

around here

August 4, 2014 |  by  |  LIFE RIGHT NOW  |  1 Comment

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Around here we’ve been making special excursions to get summer treats, mainly of the snowy ice and ice cream variety. To tell you the truth I was never crazy about ice cream until I tasted the salted caramel ice cream at Bennett’s. Omigosh.

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Around here, theses two finally got their very own library cards.

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Around here, we are celebrating the girls passing their Level I swim class. Hooray!

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Around here, we’re getting dressed up and going out on date nights. Eric and I managed to go out on TWO of them this summer, that’s totally a record for us. Also, who else is a fan of the moscow mule?

 

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Around here this past weekend I was out and about in Pasadena. I got to play the role of fairy for Becky Higgin’s Hide and Seek (where she hides a Project Life Kit, posts clues via social media and whoever finds it gets to keep it). I ended up hiding it between a cluster of flower pots at One Colorado and was amazed at how quickly it was found. I was still here emailing with Becky and instagramming (I’m a slow instagrammer, just ask Peppermint lol) when someone found it.

Around here I can’t believe that our summer is officially over. The girls start school on Wednesday and I’m totally not ready.

 

sale: pictures + words collection

August 1, 2014 |  by  |  product releases + news  |  1 Comment

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This weekend I’m running a special promotion on of my favorite line of products in my shop: the pictures + words collection.  Every set in this series, along with a few presslines sets, are 30% OFF thru August 3rd. CLICK HERE to shop the sale.

New in the Shop I’ve added a new set to the shop today, Pictures + Words No. 14, featuring hand drawn wordart that is inspired by the idea of adventuring and getting out.

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Free Download (Today Only!) Also new, Pictures + Words No. 13 features hand drawn days of the week stamps. It is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD but only for one day (Friday, August 1, 2014) as part of The LilyPad’s “We Are Storytellers” promotion. Visit the TLP forums HERE for for details on how to download this set.

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inspiration from the creative team

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layout by sucali

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layout by Lex

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layout by Leontien

carly robertson | summertime documenting

July 26, 2014 |  by  |  hybrid projects, project life  |  9 Comments

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Hi there! I hope everyone is having an amazing summer so far! It’s Carly here again to share more pictures from my summer project life binder. Last month, I shared how I opted to make the switch from my 12×12 project life binder to a smaller 6×8 binder for the summer because of its portability and more manageable documenting size during the busy summer months. And I am loving it!

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What I love most about this smaller format is I don’t have to do any page planning. I have simply been taking all my pictures using my iPhone, printing them out when I can and adding them to my binder in no particular order. Instead of focusing on documenting each month, for the summer I’ve decided to lump all 3 months into one. This binder is a collection of photos and journalling for all that happened during the summer of 2014.

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Keeping my documenting simple during the busy summer months has made the process really stress-free and surprisingly easy to keep on top of. I still keep a small notebook in my bag to jot down things I want to remember for when I do my journaling later, but other than that my focus is on enjoying every moment of the summer and being present for it all.

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Making the decision to not take the majority of my photos with my SLR camera was a big one for me. You can’t dispute the quality of photo you get with a better camera, but in order to make documenting as easy as possible all my picture taking this summer has been with my iPhone. I take and edit all my photos on my phone, delete any I don’t want as I go and each night when I’m charging my phone I download my photos. Then when I have time I go through the photos, select the ones I want to use in my book, add my journaling and print.

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After this summer the plan was to go back to my 12×12 binder and SLR photo taking once September rolls around, but to be honest I am really enjoying my current book size and laid-back approach. I won’t make any firm decisions just yet, but I have a feeling that this new simpler approach to documenting just might win out!

How is your documenting coming along this summer? Did you make any changes in order to fit with your summer schedule?

- Carly

*Products used in today’s pages include: 4×6 photo templates vol.3, pictures and words no.12, this much word art, press cards no.14, pictures and words no.5, press cards no.1, open road kit, press cards no. 20 and from where I stand kit.

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