Hi everyone! Kelly here bringing you this month’s edition of the picks from the press gallery. Each month we take a look through the layouts and projects in the Paislee Press gallery and on instagram and bring you the ones we find most inspiring. A little eye candy for your Sunday morning!
The first pick for today is a layout by catsaunders that we found on instagram. She used press plate no. 39 to create a project life insert of her gorgeous boys.
Next up we have a layout by smallmoments called sunset. She created this layout using downtime. I love The strips of paper here and I love how the colors in the photo really pop against the background paper.
And finally we have a project life spread that we found on instagram by sparlethots. She used sunny days ahead and the week in review cards. I just love all her project life spreads. This is no exception!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s picks and as always, we would love to see what you create with your Paislee Press products. So please feel free to post your projects in the Paislee Press gallery at The Lilypad or post your projects on instagram using the hashtag #paisleepress.
Have a great weekend!
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I function best when my schedule is predictable and things are orderly. Recently I’d taken on new roles that fit in nicely with my passion for memory keeping (school yearbook advisor, school photographer, Dance Team Mom/Historian) but these roles also ripped my steady work schedule to shreds. I’m not going to lie, I’m still reeling from it. Nothing brings on frustration and stress for me faster than that constant feeling of “There’s not enough hours in the day!” And nothing agitates me more than when “other” obligations things get in the way of work. I think what frustrated me the most though is that I couldn’t figure out how to fit it all in without sacrificing work hours. The girls are on summer break now, which means that I get a little break too from school related duties and I have some time to figure things out before the new school year starts in August.
And now we embark on yet another new adventure.
Summer break – a real, bonafide summer vacation. No summer school to attend, no need to wake up early, and…no schedules. This will be our new normal for the month of July and I’m going to embrace that wholeheartedly, schedules be damned.
ps. The two photos above were shot with the 24-70mm, f/2.8 lens that I rented to shoot an event at the girls’ school. I didn’t want to love this lens (it’s so pricey), but I do.
It’s Caylee here sharing my last spread for the first half of 2014.
I’m in a bit of a creative crossroads. I’ve never quite played with my “style” and tried anything other than trying to make my spreads light and airy. For some reason, this week had a lot of darker photos. So I went with it. I made an active effort to be darker. And I like the result.
It was a very exciting week in the Grey house – Big Grey’s birthday and Little Grey’s first day of self employment.
I encourage you to try other styles. Perhaps there is someone whose pages you like with a completely different style to what you think yours is. Try it. Have a bit of fun. If it doesn’t come out perfectly, there’s always another week.
Products used: Because, staple from Weekender, scribble behind “The Best…” from Oh Dearie, Press Clippings no.1, Press Cards no.15 • title card from pictures + words no.9, Week in Review Cards, May word art freebie from my blog • words + letters no. 1 from green fingerprint • Archer font
Hello everyone, it’s Carly here to share my plans for documenting during the summer months. Summertime at our house is busy, very busy. We take a lot of short trips to visit friends and family during the summer; mixed with summer camps, plenty of day trips around town, and of course family outings to the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
With summer being as busy as it is I wanted to make documenting as manageable and portable as possible, so I decided to trade in my 12×12 project life binder for the smaller format 6×8 handbook and so far I am loving it!
Using a smaller binder I can easily take it with me wherever we go and because it is so portable I won’t get behind in documenting during the summer. I’m also loving the variety of photo page pocket inserts I’m using. Yes, the 12×12 photo pocket pages also come in a variety of sizes, but for me at least I feel it’s so much easier to switch up your page layouts with the smaller format.
Although I’m dividing this binder into three months, June through August, I’m not too worried about keeping the photos in the order they were taken. This binder is more about capturing the entire summer of 2014 verse how it played out week by week. Again, it’s all about keeping the documenting easy and stress-free.
I should also mention that in order to keep my documenting through the summer as quick and easy as possible I’ve been using only my iPhone for taking all my project life pictures and editing. Not carrying my SLR around during this busy time just makes everything so much easier.
One question I get asked a lot is how I format my photos and if I use any templates, I do! I use Paislee Press’s 4×6 Photo Template a lot for formatting my photos for project life, as well as the Pictures + Words templates. I find templates such a quick and easy way to prep your photos for printing.
What about you, are you making any changes to how you document this summer so that it’s quick, easy and portable?