in progress: our no schedule summer

July 10, 2014 |  by  |  LIFE RIGHT NOW  |  21 Comments

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I’m happy to report that this Type-A, cannot-function-without-a-schedule-control-freak, is surviving our no schedule summer. Most surprising? Our days have been relaxing, fun and even…productive. Maybe what my husband has been trying to tell me all these years really is true: sometimes no pre-planning is required for things to work out nicely.

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Lots of crafting is happening right now. Madeline is drawing and reading. Audrey is obsessed with rainbow looming. And me?

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I’m working on filling in the gaps in our 2013 Project Life album. My goal is to wrap this one up before the end of summer.

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I’m working on making the album more interactive with QR codes so we can watch video clips as we flip through the album. As much as I love photographs, there’s nothing quite like being able to hear their voices.

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And lastly, I’m finally knitting the last round of this infinity scarf that I started back in March. Cannot wait to see this finished scarf. Crossing fingers that I don’t mess up the bind off.

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Project Life 2013: Weeks 39 thru 41

July 7, 2014 |  by  |  liz project life  |  2 Comments

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I’m still working my way thru 2013.

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This is Week 39.  The photo series of Audrey along the top is one of my favorites. I will probably come back to this to add a “Dear Audrey” note later on. There’s a lot going on in this spread, color wise. I usually prefer to focus on one or two dominant colors otherwise the layout feels disjointed (and distracting) to me.

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In the past, this photo would have gone into the album as a black and white print. For reasons I haven’t quite figured out, I actually prefer this photo as color, even with the crazy eclectic mix of patterns.  The white border I think helps to keep the busyness somewhat contained.

This is Week 40 & 41. Things were pretty busy as I juggled working on this Personal Yearbook Kit for Becky Higgins and product for my shop at The Lilypad.

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And this is currently my new favorite way to showcase two photos taken in sequence.

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All photos from Weeks 39 – 41 were taken with my iPhone 4S and edited using PicTapGo or in Lightroom using Replichrome by Get Totally Rad!

Products used: Design A page protectors, 3×4 white cards, 4×6 photo templates, Week in Review Cards

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Project Life is a memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins. Read more about it HERE. All of my project life entries can be found HERE or browse the entire project life gallery HERE.

picks from the press gallery | june edition

July 6, 2014 |  by  |  product releases + news  |  1 Comment

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.

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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.

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Next is another layout found in the paislee press gallery called hello sunshine.  Dana created this beautiful layout using sunny days ahead.

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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!

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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!

new in the shop | july byoc

July 4, 2014 |  by  |  product releases + news  |  No Comments

New and on sale – 3 products for July BYOC!

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July BYOC products are 20% OFF thru the weekend. There’s also an exclusive presslist offer in the newsletter that went out yesterday! Not yet a subscriber? Sign up HERE.

creative team inspiration

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on routines

July 2, 2014 |  by  |  LIFE RIGHT NOW  |  12 Comments

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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.