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Traveler’s Notebook | Favorite Things Berries & Cream ft. Gossamer Blue Kits!!

Hi guys! Yes, today I am sharing another traveler’s notebook layout for you! This one is from my Favorite Things notebook and is all about a new dessert we tried recently. I have used the Gossamer Blue Traveler’s Notebook and Life Pages kits for this layout. Enjoy!

You guys, I am just loving these traveler’s notebooks! There is something so easy and airy about them, they are perfect in the summer time and I can’t stop creating! Here is a look at the layout I am sharing today.

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So for Memorial Day I decided we should have a special dessert with dinner, and I had been wanting to try a bundt cake. So that is what we did. I started with this recipe from King Arthur Flour but made a few changes to it. Alan has some egg sensitivites – he can eat a little if they are cooked in a cake, but the original recipe called for SIX eggs so we cut that in half and added Greek yogurt to make up for three eggs. We substituted 1 c. Greek yogurt and also added a tiny bit more milk than the original recipe calls for.

Now, a disclaimer: bundt cakes are not supposed to be sweet, and they are certainly not pound cake, so the flavor will be a bit different than what you might expect. We added strawberries and a really fun whipped topping to make it sweet and delicious for summer. Here is the recipe for the topping. It’s an old family recipe that my grandmother passed down to us!

1 c. heavy whipping cream, beat in stand mixer until peaks form
1 c. sugar or confectioner’s sugar
1 pkg. cream cheese, softened

Stir all together until it’s thick and spreadable and delicious! Serve on top of fruit or any kind of baked goods.

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So, back to the layout. The green acrylic ampersand is from one of last year’s Gossamer Blue kits, it was not included in these kits in May. It was perfect for my title work! I used one of the Life Pages journal cards for my journaling here and added one of the tiny enamel butterflies. Those are so adorable!!

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On the right side I started with one of the patterned papers and added some stamping around the page. The yellow strip along the edge became the home base for my embellishments, and then this page is done!

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That is all for today! See you back here again soon!

~Theresa

Traveler’s Notebook Layout | Favorite Things Summer Edition

Hi guys! Recently Gossamer Blue began a traveler’s notebook subscription that is designed by one of my favorite designers, France Wisniewski of Bananafishstudio! So of course I had to subscribe and wanted to share with you a layout I created in the May notebook. I plan to use this notebook to document some of my favorite random things this summer, and my first layout is about a crochet wrap I finished up.

So yes, I am aware that it is weird to start a summer notebook with a winter crochet project! I actually think it’s kind of funny in a hilarious sort of way – I always end up finishing crochet projects like scarves and wraps in the summer and then it is months before I can actually use it. Ha! This one took me about two years to finish, and as is typical for me I forgot my stitch so I just had to finish it up somehow. It was definitely big enough, so I just added a really full ruffle around the entire border and called it done.

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So enough about crochet, let’s talk about the layout! The first thing I did was put down washi tape on the center across the two pages. The washi is from Crate Paper Oasis and serves to flow the layout from one side to the next. I am in love with the pink plus sign paper so I used it on the left hand side. I added a simple label and dated it, and then added the tiniest little blooms to the top.

Larkindesign Traveler%27s Notebook Layout | Favorite Things Summer Edition

On the right hand side I used the star circle stamp going off the page as a home base for the Delightful word art. That word art ties in all the colors of the layout!

Larkindesign Traveler%27s Notebook Layout | Favorite Things Summer Edition

Then around the photo I added another floral die cut, the epoxy paper clip which I LOVE, and at the bottom another word strip. I also repeated some of those adorable tiny puffy stickers around the layout as well because how could I not?!

Larkindesign Traveler%27s Notebook Layout | Favorite Things Summer Edition

Ah, these notebooks are so much fun and so easy! Also a side note, I used not only the traveler’s notebook kit but also the Life Pages kit from May 2017 on this layout. Thanks for joining me today!

~Theresa

 

TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

Hi there, today I am continuing through my 2014 Project Life album and thought I would document some of the furniture projects we took on during our move. Here is my process for this week’s layout:

This is the layout completed:

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

On the left hand side I began with photos from our first dinner in the new house, supported by the Life Pages cards in the Gossamer Blue September 2016 kit.

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

I always like to begin with my date card, and this one was particularly easy to pull together. The background paper is from Paige Evans’ Take Me Away and layers beautifully with the navy from the Life Pages kit. I brought in alphabets from Crate Paper and used navy ink for the stamped sentiments. Lovely.

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

Above the date card are these two 3×4 cards, with very minimal embellishments.

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

I love this photo capturing our first dinner in the new home. Having our new kitchen was a really big deal for us – feeding six people every day is a big undertaking that consumes a large part of our days so it was important for me to build a kitchen that worked well for us. We were thrilled to move in and begin adjusting to our new space!

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

I am particularly fond of how this journaling card turned out. Journaling on lines created with my Becky Higgins roller stamp, a few paint splatters, and fun embellishments.

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

This is one of the furniture projects we took upon ourselves, it is our TV cabinet that is in our bedroom. The cabinet is one we had already painted using Annie Sloan chalk paints.

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Our kitchen, starting to look lived in but still not complete. At this stage we were still trying to plan how we wanted to build out a kitchen island. I absolutely love the combination of cardstock and chipboard stickers that are included in the Life Pages kits – they layer beautifully together.

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

One more look at the left side:

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And here is a look at the right hand side. We spent a lot of time planning and designing our kitchen island and ended up doing an IKEA hack. This is a Liathorp cabinet with Varde top and stock furniture legs from Lowe’s hardware.

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I am so very lucky – I happen to have a husband who listens to all my crazy, creative ideas and then finds ways to make them happen. I am the creative one who says this is what I want, but he is the actual brains and mechanism behind making it happen. We both love doing projects together and had so much fun making our home together!

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

Yes, this filler card actually says Okey Dokey Artichokey, and it cracks me up!

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

Everything about this journaling card makes me happy. More paint splatters, journaling lines, and stickers and stamps. And stars. Everyone needs stars in their life.

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

Here is our kitchen island almost finished. The legs still have to be painted, but it is up and functional and we love how it turned out. I love this space so much.

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

More simple 3×4 pockets here. Nothing fussy or overthought, just what I like.

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

Last card, and it is sort of the title card. I am in love with this floral – can we please have more of this, Gossamer Blue?!

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

Here is one more peek at the right side for you:

Larkindesign TBT 2014 Project Life Week 33 | Gossamer Blue September 2016 Life Pages Kit!

Thanks for following along on my layout today! See you soon!

~Theresa

Traveler’s Notebook Charleston Edition: Visiting the Gibbes Museum of Art

Hi guys!!!! Remember my traveler’s notebook? Yeah, I remember it too and I am still committed to completing it, so today I have two layouts to show you! Have a look at my process here:

 

So in these layouts I wanted to be sure to document our experience going to visit the Gibbes Museum of Art. It was important to me on this trip to participate in the Charleston art community and to gather visual inspiration for my creative spirit.

Traveler%27s Notebook Charleston Gibbes Museum

I pulled out my July Gossamer Blue kits, namely the Main scrapbooking kit and the Life Pages kit. I wanted to use the Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness products and Fancy Pants Life is Beautiful for these bright and happy photos.

Traveler%27s Notebook Charleston Gibbes Museum

I layered my photo collage on top of the patterned paper and then added embellishments and stamps around the photo.

Traveler%27s Notebook Charleston Gibbes Museum

This side of the layout was mostly completed while we were on our trip. I had already done the journaling and added some of the ephemera, so all was left to do was to add a stamped sentiment and the clouds.

Traveler%27s Notebook Charleston Gibbes Museum

Turning the page and we are at the museum itself. Again I created photo collages and used those as the base for the page design.

Traveler%27s Notebook Charleston Gibbes Museum

I layered the left hand side on top of a kraft bag so I could include some of the paper ephemera we got at the museum.

Traveler%27s Notebook Charleston Gibbes Museum

Inside the museum was this fun little architectural alcove with the bench and really pretty windows, so my husband and I took a few photos of each other on that bench. That was a lot of fun!

Traveler%27s Notebook Charleston Gibbes Museum

The ephemera in this kit are so much fun to work with. I tried not to overthink things, just use the ones I like and that make me happy.

Traveler%27s Notebook Charleston Gibbes Museum

I already had used a piece of this paper fan they gave us at the door, and here again I added a piece of it as the base for my journaling. On this side I only added a simple chipboard piece and the washi tape to hold it in place.

Traveler%27s Notebook Charleston Gibbes Museum

Turn the paper fan and you will find my photo collage from various elements of the museum displays themselves. Always check the museum’s photography policy before you go: in the case of Gibbes, they encourage photography and even had a hashtag you are welcome to use! Many museums forbid photography, however, so be aware of that.

Traveler%27s Notebook Charleston Gibbes Museum

I really tried to keep this layout simple because I wanted the emphasis to be on the photo collage itself. On the back of the paper fan I wrote my journaling, which is written on one of the journaling cards from the Life Pages kit.

Traveler%27s Notebook Charleston Edition Visiting the Gibbes Museum of Art

On the right hand side just a layer of patterned paper, another little corner of the paper fan, and a puffy sticker!

Traveler%27s Notebook Charleston Edition Visiting the Gibbes Museum of Art

Ok, I hope you really liked these two layouts! They were a ton of fun to make and I totally need to keep going on this so I can get it done. See you on Monday!

~Theresa

 

 

 

Project Life 2016 Week 21 | Gossamer Blue Kits!!!

Hi guys, I’ve got a layout in my 2016 Project Life album to show you, from Week 21, using my Gossamer Blue Main and Life Pages kits! These kits never disappoint, and this month I decided to use the journaling cards in the kit along with the fun embellishments. Have a look at my process:

This is the layout after I printed it out from the Project Life App, leaving only blank cards where the journaling cards will go:

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For some reason that looks really greyed out – the border is a very light turquoise. Here is the completed layout:

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I began the layout with the date card, and a brand new stamp set I got from Kerri Bradford: Ashford alphabet stamps.

Project Life 2016 Week 21

I am seriously loving these little tiny pink acrylic hearts that are Gossamer Blue exclusives. I just want hundreds of them, please!

Project Life 2016 Week 21

These rubber shapes from Pinkfresh Studio are also pretty cool and I could have used all of them except that I have plans for them. Too many plans, not enough time, people. Seriously.

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The stamp set had these really awesome longer dotted line and vine images and I could use those all day long! I am always on the lookout for those types of stamps because they make great journaling lines.

Project Life 2016 Week 21

I couldn’t not use the watercolor journaling card – it is just too pretty and the quote is perfect. We spent the day at the pool the first day it opened for the season, and this is a great way to tell that story.

Project Life 2016 Week 21

I did bring myself to use another rubber shape rather than hoard them. Also that hot air balloon? Adorbs.

Project Life 2016 Week 21

These pictures from this week make me so happy. I realized I am in four of them. Sometimes the layouts are all about our kids, and sometimes it is ok to just include pictures of myself. Perhaps to some that may seem narcissistic, but one day our kids will treasure these moments of me and Alan enjoying life. Also, I look at these pictures and don’t feel quite so broken inside. Yes, parts of me are broken and in pain. But look at how I am plugging through, making it with smiles and sunshine regardless of whatever is going on in the background. Yes.

Project Life 2016 Week 21

I repeated the three elements on the side of the photo of me and Alan, and added a simple banner to the other last photo. The kids are actually in the pool, you can just see their tiny heads popping up. So happy to have this pool and to be able to relax here.

Project Life 2016 Week 21

That’s it for today. If you’d like to check out Gossamer Blue’s kits, head on over there (enabler alert!): Gossamer Blue.  See you back here tomorrow!

~Theresa

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19 Contd. | Teresa Collins 9 & Co.

Hi guys, today I have a layout from my 2014 Project Life album to show you, and I am continuing to document the process of building our house. Have a look at my process this week:

So I started out with just photos and a few journaling cards, and the layout looked like this:

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I ended up adding an insert, so this is how the spread turned out without the insert first:

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And with insert, left hand side:

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With insert, right hand side:

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So for the left side, we visited the job site that day and were able to walk around inside the house. Our builder truly did follow a transparent building process, so until the interior finishes were installed, the house was open to visit. I cannot tell you how exciting it was to finally walk through and be able to envision each space!

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There were a lot of photos from that day, so I chose a few that showed main rooms. I also liked the one at the top of the page, showing the insulation and our builder name.

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The cards across the center of the layout are embellished very minimally, and I love them. This Teresa Collins collection is quite vibrant and happy, and doesn’t need much. I did add my journaling here on the orange card.

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The room shown in the lower corner is my husband’s upstairs office. It is an open room with a bedroom on each side. I added another embellishment card here using the floral pattern in this collection. Oh so pretty!

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The main photo with the circle date is on the insert itself, along with more journaling and also a photo of the living room.

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The right hand side of this layout is about a casual lazy day we had on Sunday of that week. I am guessing we did not visit the job site that day so we could rest, visit church, and do laundry! So I had a few snaps of the kids and included them here.

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The back side of the insert tells about a minor mistake we found when they placed the studs in the house! It was really no big deal, and our superintendent had taken care of it by the time we asked him about it. But definitely something I had photographed and wanted to include in our story.

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And so that, my friends, is all for today! Be sure to check back tomorrow because I have a very special project to share with you tomorrow! See you then!

~Theresa

 

Project Life 2016 Week 16 | Gossamer Blue Kits!

Hi guys, it’s another Project Life day, where I create a layout in the Project Life App for my 2016 album, and then I embellish on top. I received my gorgeous Gossamer Blue kits in the mail and decided to use those on this layout. Have a look at my process video:

Here is the layout as it was created in the App and printed:

Project Life 2016 Week 16 | Gossamer Blue Kits!

And the completed layout here:

Project Life 2016 Week 16 | Gossamer Blue Kits!

I have to say this was a really fun layout to create. I know, I know, they are all fun to create. But I really loved the embellishments and the stamp sets in these kits. I am realizing once again I created a visual triangle using the 4×6 journaling cards as the base. The date card is one of them, with fun little tiny heart stamps.

Project Life 2016 Week 16 | Gossamer Blue Kits!

The upper left hand corner of this layout houses a second journaling card that I am using as a title card. Just a simple embellishment cluster here, really to tone down the chevron pattern on the card itself.

Project Life 2016 Week 16 | Gossamer Blue Kits!

This side of the layout is really about how I am planning my flower beds and my husband and I went shopping several times just to look and plan together.

Project Life 2016 Week 16 | Gossamer Blue Kits!

The other side of the layout is about our daughter Emberlynn, who got glasses this week! She was so excited about it, and so happy to get to pick them out, and oh so happy to be able to see properly. I am so happy for her, too, and I love what she picked out. She seems to love them too – there are many times we don’t get genuine smiles from her but these glasses definitely gave her lots of reasons to smile.

Project Life 2016 Week 16 | Gossamer Blue Kits!

The cards from the Project 52 Collection within the App are perfect for this layout. I wanted something colorful and happy – success!

Project Life 2016 Week 16 | Gossamer Blue Kits!

This little telephone from the Simple Stories collection is darling. I think I am going to start making room for these title cards and the embellishment clusters. They are making me really happy.

Project Life 2016 Week 16 | Gossamer Blue Kits!

That is all for today. Check back tomorrow for a Disney layout!

~Theresa

 

 

#TBT Project Life 2015 Week 24!

So today I have a process video from my 2015 Project Life album to show you. In this series, I am throwing back to catch up in an old album using older products. Here is my process video!

I started with the collection of photos I had taken using the Collect app, and then pulled my Gossamer Blue kits from May 2015. I looked back to see what collections Gossamer Blue were designed to coordinate with, and I have to admit one collection was included that I had entirely forgotten even existed – Amy Tangerine’s Rise & Shine!!

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 24

So if you are following closely, yes, there is a week missing. I am really not sure how Week 23 went missing or where it went, but anyway, we are moving on! Here is the layout completed:

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 24

I started with the date card, and figured out that the white alpha I used was just a tad too big. So I made it kinda wonky, and kept on going. Noticing a trend here? I am so ready to finish this album!

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 24

This photo of me and my daughter gave me an opportunity to use some of the pinks, and I’m really happy about that.

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 24

These wooden tags from the Rise & Shine collection are really cute and I can’t believe I forgot I had them. This is one of the reasons I love this series – it forces me to pull products I forgot I had. Basing these layouts off older kits really helps with that too!

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 24

This was a really fun layout and really fun colors to work with. The clear stickers from Rise & Shine are so cool. I’m not normally a feather kind of person, but these were too cute to leave in the package.

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 24

This was not a very complicated layout, and that is pretty much it for today. Stay tuned to see the opposite side – while working on this layout I realized the next page needs to be a bit different and I am excited to get that side done. So I’ll see you soon!

~Theresa

Project Life 2016 Week 09 | Gossamer Blue March Kits

Hi there, welcome back! It has been a few days since I shared some work, but this week I have a full cue of hopefully inspiring projects. Let’s dive right in! Today I am showing you my Project Life layout for 2016 Week 09. I created the layout in the Project Life App, printed the layout at home, and then embellished on top. Products I used to embellish were from my March Gossamer Blue kits, namely the Main Kit, Life Pages Kit, and Life Pages Add-on 1 Kit. Here is my process video:

So you will notice, if you are familiar with the Project Life App, that the layout I used is called the Big Shot 7, and unfortunately that layout is handed on the left side only. Like this:

Project Life 2016 Week 09

So I pulled the layout into Photoshop from my Dropbox, and switched it up. I created a canvas that was the background color, using the color picker. Then I copied and pasted each side of the layout into it’s new position, like so:

Project Life 2016 Week 09

The idea was to create mirror image layouts to show off these hilarious photos of our boys.

Project Life 2016 Week 09

I love this balance, right, where the eye feels enveloped by equal parts and equal weight on both sides. Each side of the layout is connected via these two base photos. I love that the app allows me to house larger photos like this. Even though there are several smaller stories in this layout, the main (and silliest!) story is highlighted by these two photos.

Project Life 2016 Week 09

I had a few challenges getting into this layout. Sometimes new products throw me off a little in my game, so if you watched my video you might have noticed I was kind of all over the place, embellishing this layout. But I got it and it started coming together.

Project Life 2016 Week 09

I have to say that Shimelle’s Starshine collection is fantastic for boys, yes, even tween boys who are 11 and 12. And the pinks also make it a great collection for girls, all in one.

Project Life 2016 Week 09

The stamp sets included in Gossamer Blue’s kits never disappoint. The hello TODAY stamp meshed well with my TAB punch, don’t you just love when that happens? Play around with your stamps and your punches together. 

Project Life 2016 Week 09

Shimelle always knocks it out of the park with her globes, and this one belonged right there.

Project Life 2016 Week 09

The photo of the girls at the piano is so sweet, even though it has so many technical flaws! It is grainy, dark, taken with my cell phone on a dark evening, but the moment was captured. That is all that really matters. It is ok to put the grainy photos next to the cool photos – this is how life is. Messy and mixed up.

Project Life 2016 Week 09

The majority of journaling for this layout happens in these two blocks, and that makes me very happy. One of the photos shows Nick putting his shoes up against my shoes, and his are bigger. That’s a great milestone to capture, isn’t it? Definitely some good things happening here, some laughs being documented, a sneak peek into our every day lives. Here is one more look at the layout:

Project Life 2016 Week 09

I’ll see you back here tomorrow with a brand new, exciting project that you’re going to love, and I will give you a hint – there are Mickey ears involved. Ok, see you then!!!

~Theresa

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