Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Jumping in to Traveller's Notebooks!

I've been watching the growing interest in traveller's notebooks in the scrapping community for a little while, and lately have been really wanting to make a start on this different type of album.

I really love their size overall, and that each layout is in such a small format (about 11.5 x 21.5cm).

You may have seen my post on Instagram a couple of weeks back sharing my two favourite purchases from the Brisbane Scrapbook Expo... some traveller's notebook supplies from Michelle at The Samp Spot, and lots of gorgeous papers and embellishments from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

I had a little time to play on the weekend and have created a cover for my notebook.  This album will be just for layouts about me and my two sisters.  I don't plan on finishing it front to back straight up, but will be able to come back to it and add another sisters' layout whenever I feel like it!

A little insight to the name of the album - our sisters' Facebook group is called Sisterhood, so this is just a play on that, Sisterhood Memories!  

I haven't read too much about what adhesives other crafters are using in their traveller's notebooks, but for me I just used some Glossy Accents and made sure it was smoothed right to the edge of the notebook when adhering the patterned paper for the cover.  I didn't fold any extra paper over the edges, just trimmed it to match the size of the cover.

And so that's a start on my faux Midori traveller's notebook!  I just need to add some journalling to my first layout inside and can share that as well.

If you're already an experienced TNer I'd love to hear any tips, tricks or your fave techniques for these sweet little albums!

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Sunday Afternoon Vibes

You know when you hit a patch in your life that is crazy busy, even when there's no real reason for it, it just happens?

That's where I'm at at the moment, and I think this week's super clean and simple layout is my mind unconsciously saying, hey, just lets keep things simple, there's too much clutter going on in your head right now!

This week I've jumped into my Citrus Twist Kits May Pocket Life and Add on kits, and I love them even more than I usually do.  There are some gorgeous elements with lots of colour happening, (think Shimelle's Little by Little collection), but at the same time I was able to pull a very neutral colour palette this week. 

I loved the clean look of this journalling card, and the only embellishment I added other than a little printed journalling was one of the wood veneers in the kit, from Elle's Studio.

I've also added an extra patterned paper insert with a punched edge, just to add a some more interest this week.  I wasn't expecting such a dramatic difference to the look of the spread when that tiny insert is turned, but I love how different it looks on one hand when the pastel orange side is showing compared with the white side.

Citrus Twist are starting to include more exclusive product in their kits, and their new ephemera packs are awesome.  Both ephemera pieces on this journalling grid card are exclusives in the pocket life kit this month, and are just the perfect size for project life!

Did I mention exclusives!? How about these super thin wood veneer words and puffy stickers <3

My 6x8 album for the first half of 2017 is starting to fill up now.  I always love when it gets to this stage in an album and you really feel like you have memories recorded in there.  

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

The End of the Rainbow!

This week I've done something I don't often do, and that's cover just one event for the week... but it was a pretty momentous event, with our daughter graduating from uni!  It really does feel like she's reached the end of a rainbow.

Brent travelled to be there to share Kayci's big day, so all four of us were together and it was a great opportunity for some family photos.

Believe it or not Brent and I actually did not plan coordinating outfits at all ha!

One of the stamps in the April Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life kit was the "End of the Rainbow". So fitting for this spread!  I've just stamped it right over the cloud and rain filler card.

This is the spread from the other side of the insert.

To create this custom filler card I've trimmed out a tag from white cardstock and embossed it with a Dear Lizzy embossing folder from my stash.  Then layered up some patterned paper, tulle, an ephemera piece and puffy sticker from the kit.  

By the time I remembered I wanted to add some twine to my tag I'd already stitched it down... so that wasn't going to happen haha.  But I just compromised, tied a bow and adhered it to the top of the tag with some glossy accents. You'd never know my little mistake right?!

I just get so excited if I find a pretty bicycle in a collection!  This one from Dear Lizzy's Lovely Day ephemera pack is so super cute (did you know this ephemera pack has ROSE GOLD foil pieces... yumm!!!).  The bicycle was too big to fit on my 3x4 card so I just trimmed off what didn't fit.

Some more perfect elements to suit Kayci's graduation no?  The Life's Dream stamp and Big News puffy sticker are just perfect phrases this week.

And finally I had a bit of fun layering up this filler card with some ephemera pieces and tags, and that wraps up week 14!

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

TC Debbie & Other Stories

I always love the start of a new month, because that means the start of new kits hurrah!  I especially love the Dear Lizzy ephemera pack in the Citrus Twist Kits Add On kit this month.  

Just look at that sweet little bunny from the Dear Lizzy ephemera pack.. he fits perfectly over the text on this journalling card!  

I've used one of my favourite free fonts (called Digs My Heart) to document my dates for this week, and just added that as a tag over one of the filler cards from the Pocket Life kit.

To add a little detail to this journalling card I fussy cut a gorgeous swimsuit from one of the 6x6 patterned papers, and layered it together over some gold Colorshine and some other little elements.

My favourite thing to do with my PL is to put together hand-made filler cards.   So... I might have 'edited' a couple of ephemera pieces to make this card, but I love how it turned out!

The biggest news around our state this week was Tropical Cyclone Debbie. She caused a whole lot of damage to a lot of areas.  I took a screenshot of an image put up by our weather bureau and edited it to be black and white.  You can see that the cyclone covers the whole east coast of our state (Queensland), which is approximately 6,900km, or 4,300 mi in length (we do things BIG down here in Australia ha!)

Thankfully we escaped without too much damage where we are, but yes we were the lucky ones.  TC Debbie ended up sticking around for a few weeks and impacted New Zealand and even some other countries in a big way as well.

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Friday, 19 May 2017

I'm Just Here for the Love Love Love!

This week's layout captures our weekend away at the Gold Coast, just the two of us.  We had so much fun eating out and shopping, but also just doing things like walking the streets in our joggers hanging out and chatting for hours on end.

Sometimes a layout comes together really quickly, and I found elements from Jen Hadfield's Simple Life collection, cards from the March Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life kit and label stickers from the Pinkfresh Studio Dream On collection worked together so well in this spread.

These pretty blooms and filler card work so well together!

I love how this bow works so well with both sides of one patterned paper. Once assembled I placed it over a filler card and added a label and gold foiled sentiment.  Such a shame to squish the bow flat, but hey, it's still just a little bit cute right?!

And with the end of week 12 that wraps up a quarter of the year for 2017!  I'm trying to be conscious of the weeks as they're passing, but gosh time is flying!

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Week 11 for 2017

Sharing my week 11 today!  Playing again with the lovely March Pocket Life kit by Citrus Twist Kits and Pinkfresh Studio Dream On collection

This week we attended the Dance for Daniel ball in one of the beautiful city buildings in Brisbane. This ball is in honour of Daniel Morcombe and the foundation in his name.  The dress code each year is "red tie", because red is the colour shirt Daniel was wearing when he went missing.  Needless to say I wanted to include a photo from the ball in my weekly spread, but red didn't really fit with my colour palette.  So I just converted my photo to a black and white photo.

I used the clouds in the rainbow graphic on this background patterned paper as inspiration, and die-cut some clouds in cardstock.  I then embossed them with a polka dot embossing card.

I used the same technique on my right page with the embossed cardstock.  This time I hole punched a circle and embossed it, and then used that as a base for some ephemera pieces.  Both the buildings and tree pieces were cut down from larger pieces in the pack.

The journalling card on the right came pre-printed with the phrase "okay, I'll admit it".  I couldn't resist adding another stamp from the kit underneath that phrase, which reads "I run this show"!

I love these potted flower ephemera pieces in the Dream On collection!  Again I've just adhered this one on after running the card through my printer for the journalling.

And that's a wrap on week 11!

Thanks so much for stopping by today xx

Friday, 5 May 2017

Week 10

It was pretty refreshing in my week 9 spread to use some brights for a change, but all the same I'm super happy to be playing with the pretty pastels in the March Add On Kit from Citrus Twist Kits this week.

I have so much love for this patterned paper, it's called "Wildflowers" and is from Jen Hadfield's collection, Simple Life.  The front is the beautiful floral on off white, and the reverse is the off white polka dot on rose.  I'm literally using every.last.scrap!

To make this filler card I layered and stitched a contrasting piece of patterned paper over the base, then die cut a doily from white cardstock.  A few more layered ephemera pieces, some gold thread  and a wood veneer heart and I called it done.

That same patterned paper has teeny tiny sweet bicycles on the title strip.  I couldn't help but make my own little bicycle button by using a circle punch to punch out one of the bicycles, then topped it with some Glossy Accents to create a glossy button.  That made the perfect sized embellishment for one of my 3x4 cards this week!

These puffy Thickers and puffy stickers were perfect to layer straight on top of my photo.

I trimmed one of the stamps in the March Pocket Life kit down to fit on this label sticker.  Even though I've trimmed one of the words off the phrase, the remaining words "dreamer, thinker" still work with the photo of my daughter's pup's pensive gaze really well.

The weeks and months seem to be flying by, but it's kind of exciting seeing the pages starting to add up in my 2017 album.  I love watching my albums grow week by week.

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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

You're So Sweet

I find myself saying that to our little Cavalier pup, a LOT you guys...  Violet has completely stolen our hearts!  So it was pretty hard on us when only three weeks after she came home with us, she developed a medical condition that needed treatment including a general anaesthetic and a minor operation.

Even when I picked her up from the vet, still groggy, and with her little yellow bandage on her leg, she was the sweetest thing ever.  So of course that's the title of my spread this week!

I've dived into my March Citrus Twist Kits this week, and the Pocket Life kit has a lot of super fun happy bright colours with the Pinkfresh Studio Dream On collection.  To be honest it's a little bit out of my comfort zone to be using brights, but I love how this spread turned out.

To create this hanging bow I just trimmed the top from one of the bow-tie pieces in the Dream On ephemera pack, and gently re-shaped it to be a little more droopy.

One of my favourite journalling card options at the moment is to add a smaller piece of ephemera to a grid or ledger journalling card and arrange my text around it.

Aren't the rainbows in this collection the best!?

Again this week I only had two photos to include.  Some weeks I'm blessed with photos that my kids send me or Snapchats that I screenshot, or even photos from an event that we might happen to go to, but as empty nesters that work full time, some weeks I really only have a couple of photos that I want to document.  I love that with my 6x8 Studio Calico album that I'm comfortable using as few or as many photos each week that I want. 

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