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Pictures + Words No. 9 is a set of 4×6 photo templates featuring hand drawn wordart.
Press Cards No. 32 is a set of 6 3×4 journaling cards featuring hand drawn words and motifs.
inspiration from the creative team
hello! here are some recent layouts i’ve been working on:
just one of my usual monthly recaps, but the xoxo tag perfectly matched with a postcard i got from a store. love it when that happens!!
xo card and gold glitter brush from eternal sunshine.
another page about the love of my life, little chloe. she is getting heart surgery next month, so i’m doing a fundraiser for her and she has been the subject of most of my work lately. so freaked out about it all, i just love her so so so much.
this is a super simple one, but i love it the best. the brush script is perfect!
moments form pictures and words no.9
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Early last month I got the crazy idea to make an Elsa cape for Madeline and it snowballed into a make the entire Elsa dress and while I’m at it might as well make the Anna ensemble too. Little did I know what I was getting myself into. I thought it would be a two or three day type of project. Boy did I grossly underestimate the time. Probably totally doable for the intermediate level seamstress, but not so for a total beginner like me. It took almost 2 weeks to complete the Elsa dresses (3 total) and one Anna cape and dress. 6 of those days were full 8 hours days of sewing (ripping) and re-sewing. This project absolutely could not have been completed without my Mom guiding me every step of the way. The dresses were completed in time for the girls to wear to the Frozen Sing-A-Long at the El Capitan Theater on February 9th.
On a Friday (there was no school), we headed to Disneyland to brave the 2 hour wait for the Elsa and Anna Meet & Greet.
They had lunch while we waited in line. We also brought a backpack filled with snacks, books, crayons and drawing pads to help pass the time. They were really really good. No whining or impatient sighs, just happy smiles and giggles the entire time.
We were so lucky that both Elsa and Anna were there, and they were amazing with the girls. They signed autographs, engaged them in conversation, commented on their outfits and Frozen toys and made them feel really special. The girls were mesmerized. I never thought I’d say this, but it was totally worth the 2 hour wait.
Also? Becky Higgin’s 4×6 Project Life blank white cards are perfect for collecting autographs!
Hey there, this is Jamaica.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve gotten off to a very slow start with my scrapbook this year. It’s the middle of February and most of my pages are are only half done. Some spreads have photos, a few have ticket stubs and business cards tucked in, and there are some quickly scribbled notes here and there but almost all have empty pockets.
This year, it seems like my pages are either very neutral or over-the-top colorful. Eternal Sunshine’s mix of colors and neutrals fit in perfectly. My new favorite gray patterned paper is tucked behind the business card and the Optimist journal card is funny (I think) paired with my nephew’s wish for a sister.
Not only is this journaling card the perfect shade of taupey-grey but the scale of the pattern is just large enough to make it interesting without the pattern overwhelming the page. The tag is doing twice the work here, holding down the ticket stub and as a little journaling spot. Using an exacto knife and ruler, I carefully cut along the edge of the tab, going about 1/4″ along the sides, so that I could lift it up and tuck my movie stub under the edge.
And then lo and behold, Valentine’s week is brimming with color. While I loved the high contrast black and white XOXO journaling cards I didn’t want them to dominate the spread. So, I used them as patterned paper behind this year’s Valentine’s Day card (which I cut in half and stapled atop two journaling card). I love how the black and white pops out from behind the undies.
And just like that, I wrapped up almost a month’s worth of pages. You can do it too!
For best results, make sure your backdrop is clutter free or monochromatic. A blank white wall is ideal.
You don’t need that much space either. There’s this small section of blank unobstructed wall in our bedroom between the dresser and the door that I use to take a lot of their photos. Our bedroom is tiny. I have to sit on bed to take their photos.
Then snap away. Lately they’ve developed a fake-smile-for-the-camera-smile. To try to capture more natural smiles and expressions I engage them in conversation while I’m snapping away (using my iPhone 4S).
48 frames later, I choose five favorites and edit them in lightroom (using Get Totally Rad’s Replichrome Film Presets)
To create the photobooth strip, use my DIY Project No. 4 Photobooth Templates (it’s a free download!). Print and cut, then add them to a blank card (the photobooth template also includes a simple card template).
eta: just updated the templates this morning to include cut lines and editable text layers. Download the updated files HERE.
Caylee here and I’m excited to be sharing another two pages of my Project Life with you.
You know those weeks where absolutely nothing interesting happens ? Where you get two or three photos at best, but they are completely arbitrary things ? Week five was one of those weeks for me. Week five also managed to tie in with our first wedding anniversary. This was a good thing because I could use that as an excuse to do a “recap week”. I had only used my wedding photos in PL for title pages and a week zero so I was pretty happy at the thought of a whole layout for them.
Left hand side:
Right hand side:
I kept the same format of previous weeks with my title card and week in review. It just happened to have very special photos from a year ago.
This week was kept lovely and simple because of the value I’ve placed on the photos. Black, white, and kraft, with strong lines and circles. No over-complicating. I used the xoxo from Note Taker on top of a plain paper to make my own patterned paper, that’s about as crazy as I got this week.
Products used: striped lines from Hey There Handsome, other paper from Quintessentials No. 4, xoxo from Note Taker No. 1, you and me from Pictures + Words No. 7, Pictures + Words No. 6, Presslines No. 17, Round About Now vol. 2, We Circle Tags, title card doily from The Weekender, Week in Review Cards with my handwriting for the month name
My crazy product list is a perfect example of how so many kits can work together because of consistent style. I love it. Have a great February, lovely people.
I was lamenting to Peppermint about how I didn’t get much personal memory keeping done last year. Yes, I worked out my Project Life album here and there but most of my time was spent designing products for my shop. Designing is fun, and a necessity around here, but I miss creating just for the sake of creating. Experimenting, making mistakes, learning, discovering new things. Over Skype one evening I messaged her, half jokingly, ” We should challenge each other to scrap. Like once a quarter.”
“More like once a month,” was Peppermint’s response.
So here we go. We’ve committed to carving out time once a month to make something for our personal memory books and to share it here on our blogs.
My entry for January is a documentation of my elsa dress in the making adventures. These are 6×8 pages.
Swatches of the fabrics were sewn onto a 4×8 insert. The back side is a collage of photos I took throughout the dress making process.
The insert isn’t hole punched yet because I don’t know for certain if I’m going with this 6×8 album (SC Handbook). I probably will. This was a fun spread to work on. Experimenting with script brushwork (I used Chinese calligraphy ink and brush) was the most time consuming (and fun, not to mention messy) part of this project.
What are your creative goals for 2014?
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inspiration from the creative team
My 4 year old daughter is currently obsessed with Elsa, one of the sisters in Disney’s latest movie, Frozen. Unfortunately, the dresses are sold out until March. That’s a long time in a little girl’s world so I thought I’d make her cape to play with until the dresses are back in stock. I found this gorgeous sheer material (I think it’s organza) with sparkly silver detailing at Joann’s.
I took the fabric to my Mom’s house and we set out to make this cape. And by making it together, I mean, I told her what I wanted and she made it. The end result looked great but was far from ideal. It turned out looking more like a super hero cape than an Elsa cape. I also had big concerns about the safety of the cape. I didn’t want the fastener to hang at her neck because I was using a ribbon tie instead of velcro closures. The cape was designed to lay over her shoulder with the tie around her chest, which would have worked great if she just, you know, stood still. But it turns out little girls like to run around so they can see it flowing behind them and sure enough the tie would eventually end up around her neck. Not good. So it was back to the drawing board.
Maybe attaching elastic rings at both ends so she could slip her arms through it and sort of “wear it” would solve the problem? No need for ties and the cape would drape much more like Elsa’s, starting near the top of her back. Then crazy thoughts started flooding in. Wouldn’t it be great to add sheer sleeves to this? What top would she wear with this? A tank top? And what about the skirt? Make I can make a skirt too. And before I knew it, this “make a cape” project turned into a full blow “make the entire ensemble” project. I’ve never sewn a garment in my life but I wasn’t going to let that deter me. That’s not true. I made a dress once in my high school home economics class. (Do they even offer that in high school nowadays? Man, I’m dating myself here.)
I made a sloppy mockup out of muslin, pinned all the pieces on Madeline to make sure it fit and sent a photo of it to my mom. She called me and said (in Chinese), “The back looks great. The front….needs work.” I asked her if she could teach me how to fix it, or rather, make it properly and she replied as she always does with my sewing requests, “Yes.” I thought back on past projects we’ve undertaken. They all started with the best of intentions – me wanting to learn from my mom – but somewhere along the way I would get impatient or scared I would mess up and she always ended up taking over and finishing the project for me.
I don’t want this project to end up like the others. I want to see this through to the end. I want to do everything from beginning to end. I want to learn this trade from my mom. I want to learn as much as I can from her.
Armed with the muslin pieces and drove to Downtown LA to shop for fabric. It took me two hours to make all fabric selections, 5 in all just for the Elsa dress. (I also got material to make an Anna dress for Audrey. )
The following day I got a crash course in sewing. My mom taught me how to turn the muslin mockup into a proper pattern, she taught me how to cut fabric properly (I was handling it the way I would cut paper and my cuts were jaggy) and she taught me how to sew gathers. Cutting fabric is hard. I have to unlearn my paper cutting habits. Sewing straight lines? Even harder. I lost count how many times I had to rip out my work and start over.
The dress is almost done. This weekend’s project? Add sheer sleeves, cape and I need to figure out the best way to bustle the train.