Oahu 2014 Moleskine Photo Notebook

February 16, 2015 |  by  |  photobooks  |  83 Comments



We went to Oahu in May of 2014. It was our first “big” family vacation and I felt this milestone was one that needed to be documented in photobook format.

I decided to go with the Moleskine Photo Notebook for several reasons.

First, Moleskine’s photo notebook option has a set number of pages – 96 to be exact. That seemed to be just the right amount of space to document a week’s worth of adventures. Second, there are limited layout options in Moleskine’s book making software, which in this case I felt would help speed up the completion process. Having less design options to choose from can be a good thing.

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Lastly, and probably the most important deciding factor for me (along with price point), is Moleskine’s open-flat binding feature. I wanted to be able to build large format photo spreads that spanned across two pages without losing any details in the gutter.



Overall, I am beyond thrilled with the way it turned out.

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You have the ability to include blank, lined or grid dotted journal pages. I plan on hand writing in the journaling in these spots.


The quality of the cardstock is top notch. It’s a nice sturdy weight and has an incredible finish  – a soft velvety-matte sheen that you have to see (and feel) in person to truly appreciate.


A few more details I love…


The inside cover includes the same “please return to” message that you would find in the classic moleskine notebook. The back includes their signature expandable pocket folder, perfect for storing memorabilia.


press plate no. 40

February 11, 2015 |  by  |  SHOP NEWS  |  No Comments


Press Plate No. 40, originally made available during TLP’s MOC Event last month, is now available for purchase in the shop!

creative team projects featuring
press plate no. 40




working with layered templates
resize to fit your specific project needs

The great thing about layered templates is that you can easily resize and adapt it to fit your specific project needs. This 12×12 template can be sized down to 10×10, 8×8 or 4×4. In many cases you can also take a template from a square 12×12 to a canvas with rectangular proportions (ie., 8.5×11, 8×10 or 6×8) with relative ease. Creative team member Caylee used the template to create an 6×8 layout that she then printed and included in her project life album. It’s a great example of how to utilize digital templates as tools for completing hybrid pages!  Here’s a close up look at her digital layout and what it looks like printed in her album.


Looking for more creative team inspiration? Follow the paislee press creative team projects board on pinterest.

jamaica | fifty-fifty cards

February 10, 2015 |  by  |  hybrid projects, project life  |  7 Comments


Hey there!  It’s Jamaica. Have you ever seen something on Pinterest that really sticks with you? For me, it was these cool business cards. I could not can’t stop thinking about the fifty-fifty design—one half one color and the other half another—and knew I wanted to (needed to) translate that idea into some cards for my scrapbook.

Quickly sorting thru my collection of paislee press papers, I pulled together a handful of fun combinations using one pattern and one (mostly) solid. I played with a few different sized patterns to see what works best, from the larger plus signs and bold pink stripes to the finer green stripes and peach dots. I love how they turned out. So much color. Now to embellish them…


Add badges or buttons. To be honest, I have a hard time finding good spots for the circular embellishments I collect. Circles are hard for me. Adding them to a solid colored card seems too plain and adding them to fully designed cards distracts. I like how the fifty-fifty cards add some design to the card without taking anything away from badges. Below, I glued my badges to the midline, but I can easily see adding an embellishment to the top and journaling to the bottom.


Left: daydreamer papers, Right: eternal sunshine / more + less and On My Desk badge.

Here is one in action. The fifty-fifty card adds a fun pop of color, picking up the wood grain and red/pinks from the photo above it. And it makes an interesting “home” for the button I brought home from Salt & Straw.


Use them as a base for mementos. Here I stapled an oversized business card to one and adhered an Instax from a recent vacation to the other. Below I used my favorite standby, the colored paperclip, to hold a few scraps of the day’s outing to a card. I like how the mix of solids and patterns peeks around the edges of my memorabilia.


Left: heirloom / the weekender, Right: diptych / the magic hour


quintessentials no. 4  / on my desk

Use them as journaling cards. Sometimes I only need to add a few lines of text to a card but don’t want the card to look too plain. Using a more monochromatic combination helps fill the space without overwhelming it and gives me a nice baseline for the veneer. Although you could easily add a title or important date using thickers or small letter stickers.


Left: outdoorsy / more + less, Right: road trip / downtime, both with On My Desk wood veneers


Here they all are together. Fun, right? 


Next time you’re feeling inspired to add some extra color to your scrapbook, consider making some fifty-fifty cards of your own.

xo, jamaica

See more of my projects here or follow me online at my blog, on Instagram or see what inspires me on Pinterest.


new in the shop | pictures + words no. 18

February 6, 2015 |  by  |  SHOP NEWS  |  No Comments



New 4×6 photo templates in the shop!  This set features small type and a thin cursive wordart pieces. The templates are 4×6 in size and there are a total of 14 wordart phrases:

  • destination (cursive)
  • from where I stand
  • good eats
  • happiness
  • happy place
  • here (cursive)
  • home (cursive)
  • love (cursive)
  • on my desk
  • perfection
  • this is home
  • this is love
  • we are here
  • you are here




More projects featuring pictures + words no. 18 coming soon. Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!

Introducing the 2015 Creative Team

February 4, 2015 |  by  |  ANNOUNCEMENTS  |  3 Comments

I am beyond thrilled to officially introduce and welcome the members of the 2015 paislee press Creative Team! Twenty amazing women from all over the world, each with her own unique signature style. I’m looking forward to working with them and can’t wait to share their projects throughout the year here on the blog, on pinterest and instagram.


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