carly robertson | handbook size project life

August 28, 2014 |  by  |  hybrid projects, project life  |  17 Comments


Hello there! It’s Carly here to share more from my summer handbook project life binder. Hope everyone has been having a fantastic summer, I can’t believe that September is just around the corner.

paislee_carly082014_IIMG_7814 paislee_carly082014_IIMG_7837I have been loving documenting in my 6×8 binder this summer so much that I have made the final decision to stick with it instead of going back to my 12×12 binder as originally planned. There are two main reasons for my decision to keep to this size. First, I love that it is portable. I can easily take my binder, portable printer and phone and / or camera anywhere I go and easily be able to keep up with my documenting.

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The second reason why this format size is working for me is because I find it takes very little planning. When working with my 12×12 layouts, in order to get a cohesive looked on my pages I really had to think about what photo I was putting where. There were so many more options and colour of the overall page played a much bigger roll.

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Although I love documenting in the handbook size, it does have it’s downfalls. You can’t beat the 12×12 binders for their ability to hold so many more photos and I take a lot of pictures. I actually have 3 handbook binders on the go now and each binder has it’s own project theme to better handle all my pictures. If I was staying with my 12×12 binder I could have easily stored everything in one place. The other thing I miss about my 12×12 binder is I documented monthly and in one or two spreads I could see all the highlighted moments of the month at one glance.

paislee_carly082014_IIMG_7848paislee_carly082014_IIMG_7850paislee_carly082014_IIMG_7852There is definitely pluses and minuses to both binder sizes, but I guess the trick is finding which one works for you. I’m pretty sure one day my approach to documenting will change once again and who knows, maybe I’ll go back to my 12×12 binder because after all there is no right or wrong way when it comes to documenting your story. :)

Thanks for letting me share today’s project with you and if you have any questions please feel free to ask! 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.


Products used in today’s project share: picture + words no. 14, 4×6 photo templates vol.3, month in review cards, picture + words no.12, in progress kit, picture + words no. 10, about us journaling cards, pictures + words vol.3 and presscards no. 13.

new | today is + 30% OFF Storewide Sale

August 22, 2014 |  by  |  product releases + news  |  No Comments


Hooray for savings!  It’s quarterly sale time at The LilyPad and that means everything in my shop, including new releases, is 30% OFF thru August 25, 2014.

New in the shop this week is a new set of stamp designs, available in three different formats. Whether you are a digital scrapbooker/layout artist, pocket page scrapbooker or hybrid artist, or all of the above, one of these is sure to appeal to you!


PHOTO TEMPLATES |These templates make it easy to add days and date labels to your projects. Use the text layer included in the layered templates to add your date – no need to tinker with sizing or lining up your text properly – the formatting is all take care of!  Or hide the text field and print as is, then hand write the dates after you print.





DIGITAL STAMPS & PRINTABLE TAGS | Digital stamps are such versatile memory keeping tools!  Use these in digital layouts, hybrid projects or pocket page scrapbooking. This set also includes a PDF of printable tags. They are sized to work with 1.5″ circle punches.





3X4 JOURNALING CARDS | This set includes two versions – a set with journaling lines (perfect for those of you that like to hand write your journaling) and a set without journaling (great for handwritten or typed text).



There’s also an exclusive presslist offer – purchase all three and enjoy a savings of 50% off. Look for the listing in the presslist newsletter that was sent out last night!  Not yet a subscriber? Sign up HERE.


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kristi prokopiak l hybrid artist

August 21, 2014 |  by  |  product releases + news  |  1 Comment

hello everyone! long time no post!! here are some of my summer pages.


(quintessentials 4, you are perfection)

some of my june stuff. business cards, pinterest pins, the time we spent $40 at the juice place and the opening of the rachel comey store. peeled the juice label off and affixed it onto my photo, stamped the dates on a catalogue, and used the plus signs on top of the 4×6 photo to incorporate the pattern on both sides.


(week of)

here i had originally used the “week of” stamp on a photo, but didn’t like the way it looked in the spread so i cut the words out and used it a different way. actually love the way it turned out!







(daily routine)

went to the beach over 4th of july and it was HEAVEN.


(daily routine)

when i printed the photo of the seagulls it was really saturated and i didn’t love the way it looked, so i put some tracing paper on top and made a little hole for his beady little eye.



after i got back from vacation the rest of the month went by in a blur. i had a bunch of 2×2 photos of stuff that happened, but hated the way it looked so decided to toss them and just journal about everything on this page from a book. sometimes the pictures tell way too much of a story. the chambray photos make me laugh b/c there is just no form of clothing i don’t want to own in chambray. dresses, tank tops, t shirts, button down, sweats… it never ends.



here i used the postcard from the restaurant we had dinner at, an instax and of course, meghan in her bride crown.

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jamaica | digital overprinting

August 12, 2014 |  by  |  hybrid projects, project life  |  6 Comments


Hi, it’s Jamaica again. Today I’m sharing the results of my latest crazy idea… digital overprinting. I love the look of make-readies where letterpress and screenprinters do test prints over already printed sheets of paper. So I thought I’d try the same thing here at home using pages from catalogs and other bits of paper I’ve been saving.

I started by looking thru my old catalogs and magazines for pages with bold typography and colors that appealed to me. Because I plan to cut the final pages down to pocket-size for use in my scrapbook later, it doesn’t matter if the wording doesn’t make sense or part of the image is strange. They’ll either be cropped out or obscured by ticket stubs or labels when they get put into use. Basically, they’ll make interesting background papers.


1) pluses from quintessentials no. 4 on blu dot catalog, 2) neon dots from in progress on anthro catalog


XOXO from eternal sunshine on 1) page from surfing magazine, 2) anthro catalog


1) aqua pattern from outdoorsy on Beer + Food calendar, 2) speckles from eternal sunshine on Lunar Calendar


Some pages definitely turned out better than others. Here’s what I learned:

  1. Uncoated paper and pages with with minimal ink coverage work best in inkjet printers. In the chair image above, you can see how the XOXO didn’t stick/dry as well on the part of the image with more ink coverage, leaving tiny bubbled letters even after it dried. Whereas on the left, where the majority of the page was blank, the patterned overlay is smooth and even. If you’re printing over a busy background, be careful handling the printed page, giving the ink time to dry.
  2. Pattern selection is important. If you want more of the background image to show thru, select a pattern with more white space. The XOXO pattern is so dense that it obscures the original image of the ocean compared to the pluses pattern which only embellishes the original image.
  3. White backgrounds are the best. Printing a small pattern with a solid colored background over both calendars turned out surprisingly well. The overprinting effectively changes the color of the original design which still shows thru.
  4. Laser printers. Because laser printer’s ink isn’t wet like an inkjet printer, it is better equipped to print over glossy pages and images with less white space, just make sure to load your paper thru the manual tray since it’s likely to be thinner and need more delicate handling to prevent wrinkling.


Here’s a spread from my album showing how I used two of my favorite digital overprints. The image on the left is a little strange to be including in my album but I love the grouping of portraits in the background (I’m starting a collection of portraits myself). And the yellow dot—I love how the bold black lettering grounds the ticket stub layered over it. They’re fun and interesting additions to my book. I’d say this experiment was a success.

The next time you get something good in the mail or turn to a new page in your calendar think about how you could use that page, embellish it with a bold pattern, and use it in your next craft project.

xo, jamaica

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starting a new school year

August 6, 2014 |  by  |  LIFE RIGHT NOW  |  4 Comments


It’s official. One’s starting Kindergarten and the other is going on to 1st grade.



I woke up at 6:50am to find Madeline already dressed in her school uniform, her teeth brushed and hair combed (as best she could) and she was grinning from ear to ear. I think it’s safe to say she’s pretty excited to start the new school year.

This morning went by in a blur (as most mornings do in this household) so I’m glad I took the time yesterday to get their “signatures” documented. They each picked a 3×4 journaling card from the Midnight Edition Core Kit, grabbed a sharpie and got to work. paislee-2014blogged-8485

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They ended up embellishing with illustrations as well, which I love! These will go into our 2014 album…you know, the one I haven’t started yet. (See last year’s penmanship card insert + back to school layout HERE).