confetti party!

December 3, 2014 |  by  |  diy projects, LIFE RIGHT NOW  |  15 Comments

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Thanksgiving Weekend went something like this: Eat turkey, take a break, eat pie, take a break, eat more turkey. Avoid the malls on Black Friday, but end up at Target, which turns out is just as bad…maybe even worse than the malls. I was on a mission to find 2015 headbands but our local Target didn’t have any New Years themed products out yet. Bummer. I then headed to Party City (still feeling optimistic at this point) but it turns out they didn’t have them either. I ended up getting the generic “Happy New Year” tiaras, a gold Happy New Year Hat and a bag of gold star confetti.

On Sunday morning, the confetti throwing commenced.

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The first few confetti throws were flops. My clicking couldn’t keep up with the speed of falling confetti. I would capture them right as they were throwing the confetti and when I clicked again, I would capture the tail end, when most of the confetti had already fallen. No confetti in either frames. (We had other timing issues as well. Do we throw on three or after three?)

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Then I switched to continuous mode and, Eureka! I got confetti! Lots of it! In mid air!

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For best results, shoot in continuous or burst mode. This is the setting that enables you to take a lot of photos in quick succession and is available on DSLRs, most point and shoots and smartphone cameras. (On the iphone, just keep your finger on the shoot button. It will snap away until you take your finger off!)

The aftermath was a little messy, but TOTALLY worth it. It helped that they were just as excited about cleaning up the confetti as they were about throwing them. “This is SO fun!” Their words, not mine. I swear it.

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Where are you on the holiday card sending spectrum? On the signed, sealed and ready to deliver end? Way on the other end or somewhere in between?

caylee grey | german christmas markets mini book

December 2, 2014 |  by  |  hybrid projects  |  21 Comments

German Christmas Markets Mini Book by Caylee Grey for Paislee Press

As soon as it became definite that we were moving back to Germany, I allowed myself to start dreaming of the place again. I went through my photos from last year and looked at old minis and photobooks. I took out the Christmas market mugs and drank the German tea that I had been hoarding. I started speaking German to Griffin. I became aware of the fact that I had not made a Christmas markets mini book. Oh, the travesty. I got to remedying it immediately. The book ended up being quite different to my usual style with a scripty typeface and my preference for darker digital paper and photos, but when my husband said that this was his favourite mini, I was okay with how it turned out. I put some mistletoe over the photo of Spätzle so that I would know that I made it.

I love minis for how they capture something in particular and take you right back to how you felt at the time. When I go through this book, I can almost taste the Glühwein. After uploading these photos, it came to my attention that there were exactly twenty five spreads excluding the covers. I quite like that.

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Products: December, You Are a Fave Vol. 2 and 3

Have a wonderful December.

♥ Caylee

You can find more bits of my life on Instagram, my Etsy store, and my blog.

holiday cards & black friday deals

November 28, 2014 |  by  |  SHOP NEWS  |  1 Comment

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New holiday card templates are now in the shop…and 30% OFF thru the weekend! These modern and minimalist designs feature a collage grid (perfect for when you can just choose one photo) and hand drawn wordart.

Each set include TWO different card designs, with fronts and backs, for a total of 4 layered templates. Also, the templates are formatted for printing at WHCC, Persnickety Prints and for printing at home (or at any photo lab that prints 5×7 photo prints).

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NEW FOR BLACK FRIDAY

I’ve also got two new products in the shop and they are both 50% OFF thru Black Friday weekend!

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BLACK FRIDAY SPECIALS

Select items throughout my shop are 40 – 60% OFF this weekend!
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inspiration from the creative team

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carly robertson | november projects

November 27, 2014 |  by  |  albums + projects, hybrid projects  |  2 Comments

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Hi there, it’s Carly here with today’s share. Leading up to the holidays is always such a busy time of the year, but from Thanksgiving to Christmas I always feel most like scrapbooking. Maybe because there is so much going on that I want to capture, or maybe because I always feel most thankful during this time of year, needless to say I have lots of projects on the go and today I’ll share a peek into two of them.

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Awhile back I mentioned that I moved my Letters to book from Smash books to an 8.5×11 binder and I’m loving it. I love that I have the flexibility to change the order of my pages and can insert new pages into any location within the book. Many of my pages are designed on a 8.5×11 page size, but lately I’ve started to create more double page spreads like this one. I love that you can create more of a story over to pages and incorporate so much more white space…and I love white space!

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For my photo page I used the Bulletin Board and Stargazer papers from the new On My Desk line at Gossamer Blue and for my opposite page I kept things really simple using the word art Love is… from the Love is layered template and the word “everything” from the Word Art: love + other sentiments kit, which by the way is one of my all-time favourite word art kits ever!

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The other project I’m currently working on is prepping my December album. This will be my first year of doing an album for December and I think the idea of creating all your foundation pages prior to the start of the month is genius! I’m using both the December you are my fave no.2 and no. 3 kits and shared all the foundation pages I’ve already created in this post.

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paislee_carly112014_IMG_9854This week my girls created their Christmas wish lists and went to visit Santa for their photos. Even though this happened in November I have to include it into my December album so I added the Santa photo and wrote out their wishes on two journal cards. I also added two addition journal cards from the Press Cards No.29 kit to finish out the page.

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So far I’m feeling pretty good about my album start and hope that I’m able to keep it up and finish it by the New Year…or shortly after. How about you, are you doing a December album this year too?

-Carly

To see my other Paislee Press projects you can visit here, and of course you can always visit me at my blog, on Instagram or over at Pinterest.

 

 

around here

November 26, 2014 |  by  |  LIFE RIGHT NOW  |  5 Comments

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Around here it still feels more like summer than fall. A few weekends ago we drove up the coast to spend the day in Malibu. It wasn’t the most picturesque of beaches but the girls had fun exploring the tide pools and I was a little more than giddy that we stayed long enough to catch the sunset. The light was glorious.

Around here I finally finished knitting my first infinity cowl and summer-like weather be damned…I’m wearing it.

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Around here I’m working on getting new Holiday Card Templates ready (coming to the shop on Friday).

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Around here Madeline is recovering from a stomach bug. She’s feeling much better today but cried this morning when we told her she should stay home to rest. “Don’t you want to get better so you can eat pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving?”

“No! If I eat pumpkin pie, my tummy will be mad.”

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Around here I’m feeling grateful for downtime this holiday weekend. Happy Thanksgiving friends!