Last year was great in many ways, but also greatly imbalanced. I’m still reflecting on those lessons learned in 2013, thinking about how to approach things this year, still searching for my one little word and so ready to begin 2014 with a fresh new perspective.
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And lastly a freebie in my shop for you, this set of “twenty fourteen” journaling cards.
Hope you have a blast ringing in 2014. Happy New Year!
Hi everyone! And Happy Holidays! Kelly here bringing you a very special edition of the pick from the press gallery. There are so many gorgeous holiday projects floating around the net these days and I would like to share some of our favorites with you now.
The first project I would like to share are some christmas cards and envelopes made by littlelammco that we found on instagram. I LOVE how she used the happiness and joy phrase as well as the deer graphic from december, you are a fave no. 2 to her envelopes. They both add such wonderful touches. I just love her cards too!!
We found another wonderful Christmas card on instagram that was done by by prettybird using holiday greetings no. 1. I love the photos she chose to include. Gorgeous!
This next pick was found on instagram and is by Sparklethots and it was made using press plate no. 39. It has such a wonderful christmasy feel to it with all the candy cane colors. I just love it!
Happy New Year!
The new year is right around the corner. Do you have your 2014 calendars yet? The creative team has lots of inspiration to help you get started on making a 2014 calendar that is uniquely your own. Here are some examples with the 5×7 and 4×6 2014 calendar templates
If you are looking for something a bit bigger, there is also a 2014 Calendar poster kit that will help you make a wall sized calendar to showcase your favorite photos.
I hope you have enjoyed these picks as much as I have and I look forward to seeing your projects with paislee press products! We encourage you to post your projects and layouts in the paislee press gallery and on instagram with the hashtag #paisleepress. I would like to wish you all a happy and safe holiday and we will see you next month!
Wishing you much joy and laughter this holiday season and in 2014.
I’m a big fan of kraft paper and simple brown paper packages. This year I used a few craft supplies I already had on hand to dress up presents. Trimmings from our Christmas tree, cardstock, ribbon and letter stickers. I used a 1.5 circle punch to make circle tags and added a letter sticker to personalize it. Simple. Easy. Done.
I also love this idea of including a printed photo on packages. What’s your go-to wrapping method?
Call me crazy, addressing cards is a holiday tradition that I look forward to. I spent a good portion of Day 5 (and 6 and 7) doing this. As it turns out, I didn’t take any photos on Dec 5th, so for Day 5 I chose to focus on our holiday cards.
The card is going in the album, along with an envelope that includes our return address. Inside the envelope I slipped in a sheet of a used stamp booklet. I like having a record of the stamp we use each year and I am especially enamored with this year’s poinsettia image.
I also hand lettered a simple “addressing cards” insert using the same gold ink that was used to address the envelopes. I am loving the gold + black combo these days.
Our holiday cards. I couldn’t settle on one cardstock texture so I ended up placing orders with two different vendors: one with Persnickety Prints on their pearl cardstock and another through WHCC using a different cardstock (premium matte) and I’m thrilled with the results of both.
The pearl cardstock from Persnickety Prints (pictured below) has a beautiful shimmery sheen that I love. The photo doesn’t do this cardstock justice, you really have to see it in person!
The ones from WHCC also turned out great, though, in my opinion, it has a completely different feel. Very crisp and modern and the cardstock is a nice and sturdy weight.
Hey there, it’s Jamaica. Today I wanted to share how easy it is to make a fun last minute gift using the 2014 Calendar Kit. The key to getting it done quickly is to streamline the process and not get distracted. Knowing I had just an hour and a half while my spouse was running errands Sunday forced to me to focus and get it done as efficiently as possible. Here’s how I did it…
Step 1: choose a theme. We are cat lovers here at my house. With two much adored kitties running around, I knew that a calendar featuring the two of them would be a hit. And, it would finally give me a chance to use that sparkle cat from Spellbound. (I added a little extra sparkle to the cover page with some gold glitter tape at the top and a signature in gold ink at the bottom.)
Step 2: select photos. Picking photos is the most time-intensive part of the process. It’s way too easy to get distracted scrolling thru iPhoto or digging around in your back-up drive. For me, the quickest way to select photos was to pull them right off my phone. I scrolled thru my Instagram feed looking for good images of both cats. Then went to my camera roll, found those images and emailed them to myself. You could easily do this in advance, making the process even quicker.
Step 3: add photos to template + print. I used the 4″ x 6″ version of the calendar included in the kit so that I could print them here at home using my little Selphy. As I dropped photos into the templates, I tried to alternate between cats as well as mix more colorful shots in with the the lighter photos so that there would be a good variety throughout the year.
Step 4: back the photos with patterned paper (optional). The photos printed here at home tend to curl a little so I decided to back them with patterned paper. I printed the black cat pattern from Spellbound (continuing the cat theme) onto heavy grey cardstock to give it the extra stiffness it would need to stand up on it’s own. Then I used my Herma Dotto to attach the photos to the cardstock, giving each a quick swipe along the edges. That way I didn’t have to worry about getting glue on the photos or causing them to curl more as they dried. The heavy paper gives them a nice weight and makes for a thick stack of calendar “cards.”
Step 5: package. After signing and embellishing my cover page, I tied the stack up with a ribbon and tucked them into a small box for gifting. I couldn’t help but add another sparkle kitty to the tag, giving just a small hint at what’s inside.
I can’t wait for Christmas morning, I have a feeling this fun calendar filled with photos of our kitties is going to bring lots of smiles.
Happy holiday crafting!
I love this time of the year, transitioning from fall to the holiday season. The colder weather, bundling up in warm layers and rainy days. These days I’ve been checking lots of projects on my to-do list. Getting photos printed, framed and displayed. Decorating Audrey’s bedroom and starting our December Daily album.
Usually I’m in a frantic and stressed out (There’s not enough time to get everything done!) state in December. But this year is different. For once (probably the first time ever) I’m calmer. Maybe it’s because I started playing holiday music right after Halloween? Or maybe I just don’t have anything left in me. I feel like I’ve been running on full speed mode all year long and I’m done with that. I’m looking forward to slowing down and finishing out 2013 at a leisurely pace.
December Daily album in progress. I can hardly believe that I’m actually working on it in December. What a novel concept. I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep at it through the end of the month. If I don’t, it’s ok because the only goal I set for myself this month is to take a photo at least once a day, then work on the pages as time permits.
Day One – Photobooth(ish) series.
I’m trying to incorporate more journaling this year. For Day one it seemed appropriate to ask them what they’re most looking forward to in December and I was quite surprised by their answers.
Day 2 – We celebrated Eric’s birthday.
Day 3 – Today we received our first holiday card of the season and the envelope is going into the album!
Day 4 – I went to Target to pick up a pack of photo paper and ended up coming with…a lot more than office supplies. These gilded pinecones for one. Did I mention that they’re shatterproof? Perfect for households with little ones.
Keeping things super simple. How’s your album coming along?