April 23, 2015 |  by  |  life documented  |  No Comments


We took the girls hiking this past weekend. It was a first for them and they had a blast!




The trail is an easy 30 minute walk that takes you to a 30 foot waterfall. Not exactly gushing because of the drought we’re in. But a pretty spectacular sight nonetheless, especially considering the closest thing they’ve seen to a waterfall is the Splash Mountain ride at Disneyland. I’m still regretting that we didn’t take the girls to see a few waterfalls when we were in Oahu last year. Next time for sure.

I’m glad I brought the big camera along for this excursion. I’ve got photos that I can’t wait to scrapbook and man that feels good. It’s been way too long.

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

Bloom projects

April 22, 2015 |  by  |  creative inspiration  |  1 Comment

Hi everyone! Kelly here bringing you some fresh creative team inspiration to your Wednesday morning. These projects are using the new spring themed products that were released for April BYOC.  The Bloom collection includes 12×12 papers, elementsjournaling cards  as well as 6×8 papers and overlays.

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I love repetitive use  of the  journaling cards and 3×4 cuts of the bloom patterned paper Laura used to create this hybrid layout.


This collection is just perfect for Tina’s Easter themed project life spread! And I love how she used the bloom word art when talking about her son’s growth spurt!


I really like how Leena cuts down the 4×6 journaling cards to make them work for her 4×4 pockets. She also used the minimalist squared photo templates which are also perfect for the 4×4 pockets.


I love the use of the triangles on Aga’s layout design here. Love the black and orange color combination too.


I absolutely adore how Azzari used the bloom wordart on the photo of the blooming tulips. How perfect is that?!  Gorgeous photography as always from her as well.

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Hello Spring

April 17, 2015 |  by  |  SHOP NEWS  |  No Comments


Having lived in Southern California all my life, the transition from winter to spring has always been a pretty uneventful event. The shift in temperature is not dramatic, but there are noticeable cues that Ive’ always looked forward to. Longer days, for one (thank you daylight savings time) and the flowers. Oh the flowers! I’ve got two new products in the shop today that were created with spring in mind. Both are 20% off thru the weekend. Presslisters, check the lastest newsletter for an additional 10% OFF coupon. Not yet a subscrber? Sign-up HERE.





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kristi prokopiak I hybrid artist

April 16, 2015 |  by  |  hybrid projects  |  6 Comments

hello all! it’s spring! i can’t believe how much lighter i feel. this winter was r o u g h. but happy times are here again. finally.

press cards no. 31

had a really hard time with this layout. originally i was going to use a 2×2 square grid page protector because i had a lot of detail shots from the week that i liked. for some reason i can never come up with something i am happy with in that format. drives me crazy! furthermore, i had this photo from a breathwork gathering that was square and i didn’t have access to the original image to make it un-square. i don’t usually do 4×4’s so i was perplexed, but the photo was a non-negotiable b/c the negative space between all of our heads is in the shape of a heart!  to say i did the shuffle on this one is an understatement. somehow, after many permutations this is what happened. don’t ask me how. i really like it because it’s something i wouldn’t have planned this way. just one of the ways we follow our intuition to achieve goals we never would have imagined. i did some penciled journaling with watercolor in an attempt to match the paper from my sabrina ward harrison journal (the trust card). had to include a photo of my haircut because i am smiling. that never happens! i have a hard time hiding my RBF in photos. yet another reason i need to get out of this city.

pictures + words no. 18

i love this layout for two reasons. one: i finally used this page from an old veer catalogue! i have been hoarding this for at least 7 years, right? agh. feels good. two: the “on my desk” shows a tarot card spread i did for myself after some breathwork, during which i had visions of the card in the center. the empress! i love when life is synchronicitous like that. gave me the chills! the bottom left is a photo from the event (breathwork in a geodesic dome!!) that i really liked and hadn’t been able to fit in the previous week’s spread. of course i had to get a pic of the oils at my favorite store, enfleurage. i’m a little obsessed with essential oils at the moment!

currently word art

this layout was super fun because i made it interactive! the spread itself came together very quickly. love when that happens. however, when it came time to add journaling, i could NOT decide where i wanted it. i considered so many variations, but couldn’ t make up my mind. then i decided to put it up on instagram for discussion. all the different comments i got were so helpful and interesting. i ended up with a variation on emma speller’s idea, which was to use my shadow as a boundary (def did NOT think of that!). wanda faye’s suggestion was to add the date in the top left corner wasn’t gonna work because i planned to put the date on the white card, but i knew she was on to something! i decided to use these shapes i cut out that had been sitting on my floor for weeks. gluing them down was tedious but i love the end result. the whole thing was so fun, because it almost made me feel like i was at a crop with talented, inventive scrapbookers. super cool.

this month journal cards

this spread was super simple documentation of the week. did chalk signs for the restaurant i work for. started the 100 day project. got some photos of my artwork hanging up in someone’s home (so exciting!). happy hour with a friend. crystals. and of course, my dog.

if you guys have any questions about breathwork, essential oils, crystals or tarot cards, please feel free to ask. i love nerding out about that sort of stuff :)

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favorite photo editing tools

April 15, 2015 |  by  |  photography  |  6 Comments


It’s been a while since I’ve written a post on photo processing. My workflow has changed so much (no more editing in photoshop!) and so has my taste and style. Nowadays, photos are processed either in Lightroom (when I’m on my computer) or in the PicTapGo! app (on my phone).

When editing in Lightroom, I usually just make minor adjustments (exposure and white balance) or reach for my go-to presets: Replichrome by Get Totally Rad. The black and whites presets are my absolute FAVORITE.

For b&w conversions, Kodak Plus-x 125– and Kodak T-Max 3200 are my my go-to. I tend to go through phases, where I heavily favor certain presets. Right now I’m really digging the moody feel of the Plus-X 125–.


For color photos, I’m trying not to do too much processing. Again, just basic adjustments of exposure and white balance.


I usually also apply Curve #2 (slightly faded look) or Curve #3 (brightens the image).


The neatest thing is being able to match up my Lightroom processing of DSLR photos with photos taken and edited on my phone.

The image below taken with the iphone and edited in PicTapGo (filters used: auto color, brightside, high fives). Obvious differences aside (quality of phone image vs a DSLR image), the tones and coloring are a pretty close match to the DSLR image (above)!


I like to incorporate both DSLR and smartphone photos in my Project Life (and other memory keeping projects). Having the tools that gives me the ability to produce the same look across different platforms is a really good thing.