carly robertson | summertime documenting

July 26, 2014 |  by  |  hybrid projects, project life  |  8 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.

On My Desk Collection for Gossamer Blue

July 23, 2014 |  by  |  product releases + news  |  20 Comments

Today is the day!  I’m so thrilled and excited to finally be able to share the big news. If you’ve been following Gossamer Blue, you’ll know they just announced that they are coming out with three brand new collections. The first collection was revealed yesterday. It’s called Gramercy Park and it’s gorgeous and it’s designed by one of my favorite people in the industry – Peppermint of One Little Bird.

I’m thrilled to say that I’m the designer behind Gossamer Blue’s second collection, On My Desk.

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It’s an “everyday” type collection filled with an eclectic mix of hand drawn patterns and bold graphics.

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There are 8 doubled sided patterned papers + one gold foil on vellum specialty paper.

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Coordinating elements in the collection include die cuts, puffy stickers, label stickers, enamel stars, a set of badges to start.

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I’m extremely excited about this set of 3×4 transparency cards – with gold foil and white! They are perfectly sized for pocket page scrapbooking but I can easily see them used on traditional pages as well!

 

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And finally, a set of wood veneers to round out the collection.

 

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-sample layout-

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The collection will be available in September and honestly, I can’t wait to see everything in person. As soon as I get them, you can be sure I’ll be sharing photos of them here!

Interested in winning On My Desk? Gossamer Blue is hosting a giveaway for this collection so be sure to visit the Gossamer Blue blog to enter for your chance to win it!

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Trisha Harrison | Project Life week 28.

July 22, 2014 |  by  |  project life  |  6 Comments

Hi everyone, Trisha Harrison here & today I am super ridiculously excited to share my latest spread of my Project Life week #28 … it is so recent that I haven’t finished up my journaling & that is how I am approaching things these busy summer days. I think hey if I can get the photo’s printed & cards I want in place then the last step is super easy, Tell the story.

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I LOVE  yes LOVE  the calendar cards that Liz designed & you may have seen me use them before, a lot in 2013 Album & this year I was placing them as an overlay on 3×4 slot’s  …. Well this time I went BIG with them! 12 x12 to be exact & I love it, hope you do too! It’s was super easy in PS change the size of the card and slide your photo underneath it and flatten image. YOU will not be disappointed !

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Closer look in the 12 x12.

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I complemented the B&W 12×12 with an insert and more of  Liz’s cards that she designed for PL the Midnight edition.

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This is the back side of the insert view and right hand page. Yes this is a NEW Favourite for me I will be adding these in again and again! I might just have a few more Ideas yet for them. Hope you are all having a wonderful summer thanks Liz for having me as a contributor once again & thanks for reading !!

You can also find me and more of my PL  here:   Instagram | Here at no.30 | Pinterest

 

new in the shop | 4 x 6 Photo Templates Vol. 3

July 18, 2014 |  by  |  product releases + news  |  1 Comment

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New in the Shop | 4 x 6 Photo Templates, Volume 3

This set includes the templates I’ve been using most frequently as I’m playing catch up on my project life album. These templates have ample white space, which I find helpful when putting together layouts with vastly different (and not necessarily complementary) colors. The white borders help to keep each unique color story contained, so to speak, in its own space.

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Let’s take a closer look at some of the templates in Volume 3.

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If you don’t know how to create qr codes, check out the tutorial I posted yesterday.

:: more examples from the creative team ::

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And of course, these templates can be used on 12×12 layouts as well!

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layout by Beth (also used Sunny Days Ahead)

 

project life 2013: week 17 and qr codes

July 17, 2014 |  by  |  liz project life, project life, tutorials  |  12 Comments

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I’m starting to include video clips via QR codes in our Project Life album. This is so fun you guys, I don’t know why I didn’t do this sooner. Probably because I’m not so great with taking videos. But you know who is? My husband. 90% (maybe more) of our videos are recorded by him. And I’m so glad because his videos are so much more fun than mine. His video recordings often include editorial accounts (funny and entertaining) of what’s happening in the moment. I love that his voice and perspective is captured in these clips. In a way these videos are very much his way of documenting our family life.

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Per your request, here’s a quick tutorial on how to generate QR Codes. Hope you find it helpful!

HOW-TO: CREATE QR CODES

Step 1: Upload your video to an online site. (I’m using Vimeo.)

Step 2: Copy your video’s URL address (you’ll need it in step 3).

Step 3: Go to a QR code Generator of your choice. I’m using Kaywa. It’s free but there are many other options available.  Paste your video’s URL address in the appropriate field and click on the GENERATE button to create your very own QR Code.

Step 4: Final step! Grab the QR Code (right click > save to desktop OR drag and drop to your desktop if you’re on a MAC).

Also, I recommend renaming your QR Code so that later on, you’ll know which code belongs with what video.

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Now that you’ve generated your QR Code, you’re ready to assemble the video card insert! To create this “thumbnail-like” frame of your video, simply open up your video then use the slider to find the frame you want to use as your image. When you find it, take a screenshot of it!

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One final note, if you’re concerned about privacy, make sure to password protect your uploads. To keep things easy, all of my videos share the same password and that info is noted on the back of the card.

ps. this 4×6 QR Code template, along with nine NEW templates will be available in the shop tonight (presslist subcribers – the product is now LIVE in the newsletter that went out this afternoon!)