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.

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(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.

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(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!

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(daily routine)

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

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(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.

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(july)

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.

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(here)

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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

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

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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).

caylee’s project life | week 29

August 5, 2014 |  by  |  project life  |  13 Comments

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I’m Caylee and I’ve caught up on a whole stack of Project Life spreads, and one of them is the one that I’m sharing with you.

This was the week that I got back from my holiday in Spain, and I wanted it to be as muted as I felt. It seemed lovely, muted, and simple on screen. After printing, though, it just seemed completely dull. How dull? Okay, I’ll show you:

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Now there’s nothing wrong with this week. But there’s also nothing really right. After catching up on twenty Project Life spreads I didn’t really have the energy to do anything about it. Until today. That is the beauty of hybrid Project Life. You can always add to it.

The result of my energy burst was a hybrid layout that fell closer to traditional than digital for the first time for me. The result was also, basically, just a puking of gold all over the week. I’m completely okay with that.

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RHS:

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LHS:

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Bits of details…

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This pic is from the latest Flow magazine.

 

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My blog finally got an email newsletter.

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My all time favourite couple got engaged after 11 years.

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I’m really loving paint chips, and although the shade doesn’t quite fit, it really had to be a part of my Project Life.

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So when you’re not happy with a layout, you can totally change it to be something you love. You don’t always need to start over. Have a fantastic August.

Products used: Rue, “yes” from In Progress • Week in Review Cards • paintchip from the hardware store • anything else is from gifts • Archer font

♥ Caylee

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around here

August 4, 2014 |  by  |  LIFE RIGHT NOW  |  1 Comment

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Around here we’ve been making special excursions to get summer treats, mainly of the snowy ice and ice cream variety. To tell you the truth I was never crazy about ice cream until I tasted the salted caramel ice cream at Bennett’s. Omigosh.

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Around here, theses two finally got their very own library cards.

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Around here, we are celebrating the girls passing their Level I swim class. Hooray!

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Around here, we’re getting dressed up and going out on date nights. Eric and I managed to go out on TWO of them this summer, that’s totally a record for us. Also, who else is a fan of the moscow mule?

 

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Around here this past weekend I was out and about in Pasadena. I got to play the role of fairy for Becky Higgin’s Hide and Seek (where she hides a Project Life Kit, posts clues via social media and whoever finds it gets to keep it). I ended up hiding it between a cluster of flower pots at One Colorado and was amazed at how quickly it was found. I was still here emailing with Becky and instagramming (I’m a slow instagrammer, just ask Peppermint lol) when someone found it.

Around here I can’t believe that our summer is officially over. The girls start school on Wednesday and I’m totally not ready.