National Scrapbook Day Sale + 30% OFF Storewide

May 1, 2015 |  by  |  SHOP NEWS  |  No Comments


In celebration of National Scrapbook Day, my entire shop is 30% OFF thru the weekend and this includes new releases!

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creative team projects featuring april products

April 29, 2015 |  by  |  creative inspiration  |  1 Comment

Hi there! Kelly here again bringing you some creative team creations using products that were recently added to the Paislee Press shop.  The team is using pictures + words 19, Hello Spring cut files, and 3×4 photo templates.


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 projects with Hello Spring cut files





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projects with 3 x 4 photo templates

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And as always you can find more creative team inspiration on the paislee press creative team projects board on pinterest.

catherine saunders | my project life process

April 28, 2015 |  by  |  project life  |  8 Comments


Hello! It’s Catherine here, and today I’m sharing my process for putting together a big pocket-page layout. Last month, I shared a snow-themed layout from January. The photos were really cohesive, which made it easy to pull everything together. This month is a different story.

In this month’s layout, the pictures are all over the map because I took nearly an entire month’s worth of photos from February and plugged them into one layout (plus an insert). I’ll admit I really struggled to select the photos, but once I had them printed and started to move them around in the pockets, I fell in love with this layout. Some journaling finished telling the month’s stories, and although it seemed to take forever to put this together, it feels worth it since this one layout really does tell the story of nearly an entire month.


I’ll walk you through my process, but first up: the layout! I used two 12×12 Design A pocket pages and put a 6×12 Design H pocket page in between them to include some extra pics. Here it is with the insert flipped on the right side.


And the insert flipped over onto the left.


I had a mish-mash of mostly interior shots to include this month. It was really hard to decide what to print, but I tried my best to select the photos that represented what we were up to throughout the month.


Even with a big, photo-heavy layout like this, I like to try to find some kind of theme. It helps me see the photos as a whole rather than trying to take them all in one-by-one. I printed a simple journaling card with the text “around the house,” which I think helped tie things together.


I used faves 3×4 journal cards to include more detailed journaling and digital papers from bloom and more or less to create the fifty-fifty patterned card (you can find Jamaica’s tutorial on how to create these HERE). I try to use patterns that compliment the colors in my photos, but since there’s already a lot of color on this page, I went with something more neutral.


An insert is a great way to include a few more photos without having to add another full 12×12 page. I used a Design H 6×12 insert and added a vellum journal card to allow a translucent peek through to the next page. The “right now” text is from faves 3×4 journal cards. I think the vellum adds dimension and helps tie the word art together from each side of the layout.



On the back of the insert, I included just a couple pics of us out and about (and a journaling card to match). P.S. guess who’s doing a flip into the foam pit at the trampoline park?!


I added another fifty-fifty patterned card using more or less papers to pick up the blue and green colors in the adjacent photo.


I’ve been making an effort to include more journaling in this album, and Liz’s photo templates are a simple (and beautiful) way to do just that. I used one photo template with word art on each page from pictures + words no 19 to tell the stories behind a couple of the more ambiguous photos.


I always start by selecting and printing my photos, and then I fill in with journaling cards, word art and patterns. I used several of the cards from the faves 3×4 kit to keep the look cohesive and made sure to include one on each page, which helped tie the layout together visually. I chose the patterned papers based on the colors I saw in the photos – blues, pops of green, as well as black, white and grey.


For me, selecting and editing the photos is always the longest part of the process. My favorite part is selecting and creating the journaling cards. I love filling in the gaps, so to speak, and deciding which photos can stand alone and which need a little more explanation.



Products used in this layout: faves 3×4 journal cards, pictures + words no 19, bloom papers, more or less papers, 4×6 photo templates volume 1 (free!).


What about you? What are your favorite parts of the memory keeping process?

You can find more of my work here and follow me on my blog, on Instagram or see what’s inspiring me on Pinterest.

xo, Catherine

Project Life is a memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins. You can find out more about it HERE.

April Press Exhibit

April 27, 2015 |  by  |  creative inspiration  |  No Comments


Hi everyone! It’s Kelly here bringing you this month’s edition of the press exhibit.  I am thrilled to be able to share with you another collection of projects and layouts from the creative team using their choice of products from the Paislee Press shop.  As usual the team has just blown me away with their creations and I hope you are as inspired by them as I am!

Digital Layouts

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First up we have another gorgeous project life spread from KerriAnne.  I love the way she incorporated the handwritten wordart throughout her spread.  Products used: Minimalist (trading card size templates), Today Is stamp, Let’s Go journaling cards, Press Cards no. 1, More or Less, More or Less journaling cards, These days wordart, Monthly wordart.


Stunning photo treatment here by Leontien and I think the paint splatter and sequins add just the perfect touch. Products used: More + Less, Good morning, Oh Joy, Bloom and Oh Dearie.


What a gorgeous spring layout! I love the soft colors and the way she used the Fresh wordart. Products used: Bloom (elements), Bloom (journal cards), diptych, curated (minimalist collection).


I really love this template and how Aga was able to showcase four photos and still maintain so much white space on her layout. Products used: Daydreamer, Press packet no. 1.


I love how Alexis used the yellow striped background here and how she used the stamp frame with her photo. Awesome boots too! Products used: Say Yes To and Presscards 17.


Denise is our guest creative team member this month and I just love her layout! These photos are so bright and gorgeous and really pop against the light background.  Products used: curated no. 5 and In Progress.

Hybrid Projects


I really like Azzari’s black and white color scheme here and the alternating white journaling cards next to the photos on the black backgrounds. It creates such an appealing contrast.  Products used: faves 3×4 journal cards and press cards no. 32.


Such perfect simple way to showcase a photo of an everyday moment.  I love the black and white against the kraft background. Products used: 2015 Calendar Journal Cards



I really like how Leena used the 3×4 photo templates to add her journaling on her photos. I love the pops of yellow in this spread as well.  Products used: pictures + words no.18, 3×4 photo templates , faves (3×4 journal cards).

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How amazing is this mini album!?! I could go on and on about this. So many awesome details here.  Products used: sunny days ahead and sunny days journal cards.

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I really like the feet shots along with the journaling about where they were taken. What a great idea!  And I love the pop of color from her “rainbow me!” card. Products used: Bloom journal cardsMore or Less journal cards, Currently word artFrom where i stand.


This is such a soothing spread to look at and I love Vanessa’s journaling here!  Products used: more or less (papers + elements).

Looking for more creative team inspiration? Follow the paislee press creative team projects board on pinterest. Have a great week!



April 24, 2015 |  by  |  liz project life  |  11 Comments


It’s been soooooo long since I’ve put together a project life spread. Remember last year, when I toyed with the idea of switching to an 8.5×11 format? That didn’t stick. I love the size and it’s turned out to be the ideal format for documenting their school life but for our annual albums, it just wasn’t working. Then, for a brief moment I thought about going to a 6×8. But deep down I knew that size would never work for me. I like including a lot of photos and I can only imagine how many albums I’d go through just to document one year.

I then experimented with the 9×12 format. Honestly, I thought I was going to love it. For someone that thinks 12×12 is too big but 8.5 is too small, 9×12 seems to be the logical choice. But after I put together that layout and didn’t love it I got to thinking maybe it’s not the size that I’m been struggling with, but the actual pocket configurations. The 3×4 ups just isn’t clicking with me as much. And I’m sort of obsessed with the 4×6 portrait orientation right now.

Enter Design D pocket pages. It has four 4×6 UP pockets and four 3×4 wide pockets. I rarely take portrait oriented photos so I’ve never given this pocket design much consideration. But…it turns out, the 4×6 up spaces are ideal for diptychs (which I love including in pl spreads).


I used templates from 4×6 Photo Templates Vol. 4 to make the currently photo inserts and the diptychs.


Because I had a lot of photos I wanted to include, I also used a Design H insert.



Here I used a journaling card from Say Yes To set. The original card said “happiness” which I didn’t think fit all that well with my journaling so I made a “found” label and used that to cover the happiness text.


I think this might be my new go-to formula for Project Life this year.




Pocket Pages

Becky Higgins Design D and Design H


Journal Cards

Say Yes To and More Or Less and striped transparency card from On My Desk


Photo Editing Tools

Photos processed using presets Replichrome Presets or PicTapGo, both by Get Totally Rad.


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.