Thursday, 22 February 2018

My 2018 Pocket Pages Album!

Guys I've done it!  I've finally started my 2018 album!!

No I haven't caught up on all of 2017 yet, but it's time, time to start on the new year and finish off 2017 in the spare moments.

I've done a lot of thinking about what size album to use this year.  I've had 6x8 albums for both 2016 and 2017 and have loved that size, but I was really considering a shake up this year.  

If anyone in the scrapbooking industry was making 6x12 albums at the moment I would have SO been there!!  But nope, no 6x12's to be found anywhere (sigh!)  So my best larger option was a 9x12, and I just don't have that many photos to document each week.  So, 6x8 it is again this year, and I'm pretty happy with that.

I'll share more about my albums for this year in my week 2 post.

I'm also starting the new year with some new supplies.  This is the Studio Calico January Documenter Kit called Summit.  Now if you're in Australia and have ever ordered any scrapbooking supplies from the US, you'll know they seem to take forever to get here right?  Well, silly me took the budget shipping option for this kit and it felt like it took eons to arrive!  Well that may be a little dramatic, but lets just say most of the US had received their February kit by the time my January kit arrived.  Note to self.  No more budget shipping..

But... gosh this kit is BEAUTIFUL!!  It's been a while since I've used Studio Calico and I'm loving the quality of their product in the Documenter Kit.  There are plenty of 3x4 cards, and if you pick up some digital elements like I have this month, it's super easy to have a huge range of product to create your spreads with.

The title card for this week was part of an index on a 6x4 card that came with the kit.  I just trimmed it down to 3x4 and added the dates and a sticker to change it up to a title card.

This card is my absolute fave out of the kit this month.  The colours, the flowers, the folksy style to it, totally me.  I stamped one of the kit stamps onto white cardstock and layered that with a star sticker from the sticker sheet to make a simple filler card.

I've also created an insert for this week which holds a mini-book/album with photos of a fun bushwalk we did on the weekend, and I'll be back to share that soon.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, 18 February 2018

You're Cooler Than You Think

Again this week I'm keeping things simple in an effort to catch up 2017, since we're already half way through February 2018 eep!

Products this week are from the December Scrapbook and Pocket Life kits from Citrus Twist Kits, and I've pulled a brighter colour palette this week.

The succulents are super cute and I can't even deal with how adorable the pots are!!

I'm not a huge fan of close up photos of me, especially when they're going in to my pocket page album.  Thankfully on this particular day Snapchat came to the rescue and made me look a little bit cute with a sparkly bunny nose and ears!  

I fussy cut a few of those little succulents from the Green Thumb patterned paper, and used one here on the bottom of a journaling tag.

Huge fan of this self-love styled filler card!  I think a reminder like this never goes astray.

This was a quick and easy week to get in the album. I love how clean and simple it looks, but still with a little detail to it.

Thanks so much for popping in today!

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Week 40!

This week I have week 40 to share.  I'm trying to keep things pretty sweet and simple while I'm ticking off weeks in my 2017 catch up.  I've even committed to not adding any inserts for the rest of my regular weeks for the year (I'll totally have to do them for the days we were on our Hawaiian holiday though!)

This spread is using the Citrus Twist Kits December 2017 Pocket Life and Scrapbook kits.  I love how easy it is to change colour palettes to suit each week with with all of the product that you get in these kits.

I used some embroidery thread in a coordinating colour for a border on my title card this week.  My go to method for this is to run my patterned paper through an unthreaded sewing machine on a super long stitch.  It just saves me a few moments in hand paper piercing.

I actually think this photo is a little bit cute, it was just taken in an outside wash-basin mirror of some public bathrooms at Bondi Beach, but when I see the photo it totally takes me back to that moment in time, walking on the sun-drenched beach walk around Bondi.

I've used a Cheery Lynn die from my stash to help make this quick and easy filler card.  The only other thing added is a tag from the kit and a puffy sticker.  Of course I had to run it through my sewing machine too!

Onward and onward to week 52! 

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Week 39 & the Rugby League Grand Final

I've been excited to get this week down, knowing that it was full of good memories of our annual trip to Sydney for the rugby league grand final.  We always travel with a group of friends, go to fun things like football during the day and eat delicious food at Sydney restaurants by night.

I've used the December Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life and Scrapbooking kits in this spread, including lots of Fancy Pants Designs goodies from the Take Note collection.  

Since I took a few photos this week I added another insert, so that I could keep the entire week within the two pocket pages.  I've shaped this insert like a tag and added faux reinforcing and ribbon at the top of each side.

Like I mentioned on Instagram, I'm really being drawn to more hybrid layouts at the moment.  I think I'll embrace this a lot more in my 2018 PL, but for now I'm happy to include digital elements here and there, like this title card for the week. 

A scripty font, gold thickers and a teeny tiny heart... Love.

I had a chance to create a few layers on this insert, including one of the glassine paper bags that always hold smaller goodies that come in the CTK kits.

And another mini page with a shot of the football stadium while Macklemore was on stage for the pre-game entertainment.  This was a pretty important day in Australian history, with Macklemore weighing in on the Australian marriage equality debate.  And not to mention I rated seeing Macklemore live higher than the grand final game (don't tell my hubby that though)!

This week was such a fun time and I'm so glad to have it documented in my 6x8 album.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

2017 Project Life Catch Up!

I'm continuing on my 2017 catch up and have week 38 for 2017 to share today.

This week my product is from the Citrus Twist Kits December Scrapbook and Pocket Life kits.  As I often do, I've added an insert between the two main pages of the week.    I've just cut two vertical 3x4 pockets away from the right side of a 6x8 pocket so that there are 2 vertical 3x4 pockets left.  I wanted these to be see-through interactive elements so I've used some polka dot acetate from my stash to adhere one of the puffy stickers to for the top pocket, and then made a shaker pocket with some sequins for the bottom pocket.  

I stitched a diagonal line through the bottom pocket to keep the sequins spread evenly throughout the pocket.

I've clustered a few elements together to make this title card and added some yellow ribbon from my stash.  It was really a bit thick to tie a knot, so I just went ahead and stapled it in place with my tiny attacher.

This filler card is easily my favourite from December's Pocket Life kit!  I love all of the different pattern and label elements combined onto the one card.  To make it into a journalling card I printed my journalling onto the grid paper from the kit, and matted that with another of the patterned papers.

Aren't these drawing pins from the Fancy Pants Designs Take Note ephemera pack the cutest!? 

I originally stamped this journal card but it didn't work out that great, so I just adhered some extra tags over the top of that stamping and I'm calling this spread done!  

That's the wonderful thing about scrapbooking right?!  You can always add another layer ;)

Thanks for dropping by today!

Friday, 19 January 2018

A Week 37 Share

Hi Friends!

I'm making a dent in catching up with my 2017 project life, and I'm dropping in today to share my week 37.  This is my last spread using the October Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life Kit.

We didn't have a lot going on this week so I only have three photos, and one of those is one that Kayci sent me.  Even though our kids are adults now and don't live at home, I still like to use their photos sometimes, because what they get up to in their lives is still very much a part of our lives, if that makes sense.  

It's quite a clean spread this week.  I added a tag or a stamp over each of my photos, and this "living the sweet life" sentiment suited the photo of my baby sweet basils down to a T!

I love love this card from the kit, and while I pondered filling in more of the whitespace, I'm pretty happy with the combination of the two fonts in my title for the week and a tiny embellishment.

Have you joined the CTK Facebook Fan Page yet?  Each month a free, yes you read that right, FREE cut file is shared!  Not to mention there's an awesome community where you can share your CTK projects and get loads of inspiration.

These leaves are from the October 2017 cut file and I've just layered them on top of each other, then stitched the bottom leaf to the 3x4 card with white thread.  I like how it ads texture without affecting the contrast against the patterned paper.

And that's a wrap on week 37, thanks for dropping by today!

Friday, 12 January 2018

Week 36 with Turn The Page

Happy 2018 friends!  I hope the year has started well for you and that you had a lovely festive season.

Okay so it's been a while since I've blogged.  Life gets busy and something's got to give right?  

As the new year starts I hope to keep more up to date on here, and you can always see my crafty projects on my Instagram account as well.

This is week 36 in my 6x8 album.  I've used the October Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life kit, which is brimming with Paige Evan's gorgeous Turn the Page collection.

I had a few photos for the week, and a Snapchat from Kayci which didn't fit the usual 3x4 dimensions, so I added an insert to slip it into.

So, confession time.  I'm not a huge ice cream fan, but oh em gee this Magnum ice cream in a tub is TD4!!  I can't even look at it in the freezer at the grocers or it ends up in my trolley ha! And of course as you can see in this pic, our two Cavaliers are in for any food on offer.

I've based my insert on a tag shape but added an extra piece at the front to slip my photo in to.  I stitched some pom pom fringe to the bottom of the tag and added an ephemera heart to a paperclip to pop in as well.

This is Kayci's Snapchat photo to me.  I took a screenshot so that the photo saved to my phone, then resized it in photoshop to print at 5 inches high.  I knew I wanted to add some journalling on the back so I measured a piece of patterned paper to size, then printed my journalling on the reverse of the patterned paper.

I just added a couple more cut a part pieces from the 6x6 pad to fill in the back of the insert.

At the moment I'm still deciding how to document my 2018.  I know I'll be PLing for sure, but I'm stuck between going with a 6x8 album again or switching it up this year to 9x12.

I'm definitely going to try more hybrid spreads, since I love printed journalling rather than hand written journalling.  

I'd love to hear what you've decided on for your 2018 documenting!

Thanks for stopping by today!