this month i wanted to share a new project i started this year. lately i’ve been combining an art journaling style with a pocket page format in my scrapbooks. this is a great way to document everyday life and have fun at the same time. combining digital elements with handmade pieces and traditional scrapbooking products has really been working for me lately. i try to stick to a somewhat weekly format, though sometimes a spread is more about a topic or a specific day/mood. while i do love the idea or capturing every single little detail of life, let’s be honest they aren’t all particularly interesting! this format leaves room for times when i just want to enjoy the process of making things and have a more “art-journaly” approach. here are a few of my recent spreads:
this one is a mix of a cut down coin pocket and a full 6×8 sleeve, both with a blue background that was painted/misted with a dark grey to feel cohesive. shots of my school project process, a business card from brunch at el almacen, an instagram photo of chloe and i (with the comment and hashtag for authenticity), veneer quote and a fortune cookie all visually represent moments from my week. a shot of the frames in a local tattoo parlor and some graffiti on blue brick at school add a little atmosphere, while the bought + loved card tells the story of the blue pants. i used the week of with a date stamp on the pants picture and made a new friend today strip on a facetime photo.
here i used a poster from a recent record release on the left (that record has been on repeat, obviously),with some shots from lunch with friends on vellum. i also included a list of the songs on my current playlist, which were inspired by this particular artist. a photobooth pic from a coffee break at the ace hotel and a yoga mat package combined with 3×4 photos from brunch with a friend and the new shelves i hung in my room tell the story of my week. i had a card calendar from january that i didn’t end up using but i loved it and held onto it anyway. i folded it up under the photobooth pic, which has a 35 stitched to it, and it hides this year’s affirmation so only the 2014 from the calendar peeks out. i always have an affirmation that i print out and attach to that year’s birthday photo, and while my bday isn’t til august, i finally came up with my affirmation so i notated it here.
this spread was fun because i made a lot of the elements. left side has leftover sticker negatives from an alphabet set and a watercolored journaling card, while the right side contains a card made from a bunch of yogi tea fortunes i’ve collected, and a piece of cut up chipboard that i was experimenting on (white spray paint, inks,stamping, pencil, alpha negatives and some stitching). the march 2014 tab and new life pieces came from a catalogue, and the 3×4 card of six photos goes along with the journaling next to it. i cut up the xo and stuck it under the paperclip from the previous spread, and used some patterned paper to journal a quote on the tea fortune card.
this spread has a floating window from the spread before that holds a business card from dinner with a friend. i journaled on top with vellum and stuck the “west” arrow underneath, since we discussed a possible move scenario (my third daydream this year). below that i used a fresh start tab since chloe is going for surgery and i’m excited for her to feel new and refreshed. to make it stand out a little more, i cut out the bottom and right side to slide a piece of patterned paper underneath. the currents card is on aqua patterned paper to go with the alpha you see in the floating window, and the photo of the white leather jackets has floral washi tape at the top to cover up some background stuff happening in the photo. the paper clip on the 4×6 photo is a grouping of chloe’s post-surgery photo, typed out texts from friends wishing her luck, and an alphabet card printed on kraft paper for some texture. the let it go card is perfect for my mixed emotions about taking some time off of school. oh life.
this last spread was another fun one because i made the striped collage paper from catalogue clippings. the 4×6 is the chloe picture from her fundraiser page and the journaling is about our experience with her surgery this past saturday. above that are a bunch of out takes from me playing with the camera timer. the hello perfection card functions as the title for this spread and some veneer and cork give a little texture and depth.
i love using paislee press releases as digital elements atop photos as well as printed out pieces i can cut and manipulate. i’ve been asked how i decide which digital elements to use, and of course there isn’t a simple answer. some months i’m just so excited about a new release i will base a whole spread around it (like the week of spread), while other times i know i want to use a digital element but i go searching for something that fits (the fresh start tab above). i have all of my paislee press stuff in it’s own folder, and i also have a separate folder called “need to use!” that is filled with elements i love but don’t know how i want to use them yet (there’s a lot of brightside and eternal sunshine in there, and i’m really holding back with the latest picture + words because if i didn’t there would be one of those on every single spread). now that i have more ink for my printer, i am excited to start printing out the patterned papers again, and manipulating the scale to work in smaller sized pockets. like i said, the process isn’t a definite trajectory but i try to leave myself little hints along the way so i don’t forget to add digi stuff because it really does add a fun layer to my books.
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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!