Hello lovelies, today I am sharing this fun scrapbook layout using Pinkfresh Studio Let Your Heart Decide collection plus a Silhouette cut file from Paige Evans!
Have a look at this fun layout!
My photo, and therefore the story of this layout is about Nick and the time back in February that we went to the vintage arcade in Winston Salem. I chose a selfie we took on that day together as the starting point for this layout.
I absolutely love this cut file from the Silhouette store designed by Paige Taylor Evans. I cut strips of paper to adhere behind the pattern of the cut file. As I laid out the strips I tried to switch up the colors to add variety and texture to this background, and I adore how it turned out! Once the background was complete then I was free to add my photos and embellish.
I loved all the textures and colors in the Let Your Heart Decide collection and made a point to include my favorites here! I did use the blue frame to make the photo pop off the background, and then I layered leaves and hearts and my journaling around the photo.
I have kept my journaling really simple for this layout. The who, what, where, and when are here at the bottom of the photo, and I added my why near the top of the photo. I kept this so simple for this layout and that is ok!
My title is placed vertically on the layout, which feels somewhat unexpected but I really love it. It does an excellent job to balance the photo on the layout and I loved using those alphabets!
Hi lovelies, today I am sharing an unboxing of the Pinkfresh Studio Let Your Heart Decide collection, along with 5 effective prompts for how to use this collection as a jumping off point for creating layouts! Stay tuned on Tuesdays to see how I use this collection for my own layouts!
See you right here next Tuesday for an inspirational layout using this collection! What collections are your favorites right now? I’d love to hear what is inspiring you, so comment below!
Hi everyone, I was putting my December Daily album away and realized I had not shared the full album walk through with you yet! I am so excited every year to begin this amazing project, and then am so excited when it is finished. This album is inspired by an album project designed and marketed by Ali Edwards. You can learn more about the project and connect with others who share a passion for this project at the Ali Edwards website.
I sincerely hope that you have been inspired by this project and so please enjoy the video.
What about you? Are you still working through yours? Are you still waiting to begin? Keep going with it, even if it takes you a while longer. You will be so glad you did. Thank you for following along with me and for encouraging me and inspiring me to complete this project! If you haven’t already, be sure to follow this blog so you can keep up with all the fine things going on! You can sign up on the right hand side bar to receive emails every time a blog post is published (about every day Monday – Friday or so), or below that you can sign up to add LD to your feed, and at the bottom of my page is an email sign up to only receive major updates or announcements in your inbox (about once or twice a month).
Hi everyone and Merry Christmas to you all!!!! I am so excited to share a giant video today with a whole bunch of days in my December Daily Album – Days 18-21. I am using products from Ali Edwards, Paislee Press, and Crate Paper in these layouts.
Have a look at Day 18 as a foundation page.
The story for this day is about this one little coffee mug that I have had for more than ten years. It belonged to my Mom, and since I have received it I have gathered a little coffee mug collection around it. Every year I purchase another red and white mug to keep it company. Well, on this day I was running through Target just gathering the last few little things, and went through the wrapping paper aisles. I picked up some washi tape from Sugar Paper, and there, right next to it, was our mug!My first thought was who put our coffee mug there? And it even had the same crackled glaze and it looks like coffee stains inside it! But it had a price tag on the bottom so I put it in my cart and brought it home.
I used a full size photo on the right, embellished with the half circle from Ali Edwards and starbursts from Studio Calico Northern Lights Documenter kit. I added two journaling cards to tell the story of the old mug + the new mug, and adhered the number to the red and white stripe card.
Here is a look at Day 19 as a foundation page.
I went to pick up Nick from his club meet after school, and his teacher was waiting with him. She walked him out to the car and I was holding my breath, thinking this couldn’t be anything good. But she opened the door and had this big smile on her face and asked me if she could just have Nick all for herself? She went on to tell me how much she loves having him in her class and what a smart and cool kid he is. All sorts of wonderful things, but I did tell her he wasn’t up for grabs. lol
I left the foundation pages exactly as they are – so fun and happy! All of these products are Crate Paper Falala. I only added a little journaling to the tag. For the right hand side, I brought in a little more of that red patterned paper and gessoed it, and then layered tags, photo, and embellishments on top. The journaling is written directly on top of the gesso onto stamped lines. That line stamp is so old I have no idea where it came from!
Day 20 is a tribute to my parents. Have a look at the foundation pages here:
All of these products are from the Felicity Jane Joy kit.
I was really tempted to leave that patterned paper just as it was. And that would have been totally fine!!! But I did have this giant title chipboard word from Dear Lizzy and it goes perfectly with a few tiny labels. I added the who, where, and when to those labels.
I have written in the past about how I work through and live with my grief, and how that influences my December Daily Album each year. It makes me incredibly sad that my parents can’t make appearances in my life/scrapbooks any more, almost as if there must be something wrong with me that they are missing! But even though they are no longer here, I can still pay tribute to them and remember them in order to bring comfort and joy.
This photo is of them on their wedding day. My mom was only 16, and Daddy was 27 here, but they look cautiously happy and I KNOW they were head over heels in love with each other. For my journaling I wrote about how I wonder, almost every day, what it would be like if they were still here.
I am so thankful for the legacy and lives they led. They were a true gift to me, so Joy carrying the gifts on the vellum seems quite fitting, yes?
Day 21 is so simple and quick. Here is the foundation page.
My story for this day is about the make-over our mantel received this year, via new wreath, new garland, new stockings, and new stocking holders. All product is from Pinkfresh Studio except the cork number (Ali Edwards).
Such a simple story for this day, and timely. I am ready to wrap up this project and the days are so full that there isn’t much time to devote to this! That is ok!
I so hope you have a wonderful holiday, no matter how you celebrate. Take some time, even in the chaos, to remember, pay tribute, and meditate on all the love around you! See you after Christmas!
Hi lovelies, today I am sharing my process for completing Days 16 and 17 in my 2017 December Daily Album! The foundation pages began with products from Sahlin Studio December and Pinkfresh Studio December Days collections!
Is anyone else wondering where in the world December went?! It has gone by so fast, and even though I love this project so much, I am ready to finish it and move onto 2018!
Here is a look at Day 16 foundation page.
I had removed the full page protector for the previous day, so I had the back of the envelope and the divided page protector to work with.
My story for this day is about how I was sick all last week, so I took a photo of our bedroom and journaled about how it has been a refuge for me. I added the element from the December kit to my photo in Photoshop and turned down the opacity to 75%, then I added just a few tiny puffy stickers from Pinkfresh Studio as embellishments.
Sources for our bedroom decor (not affiliated): IKEA bedding, drapes, turquoise pillows, and nightstand; Pier 1 silver wreath; Target light lamp; Bed, Bath and Beyond decorative pillows; and vintage door headboard.
Here is a look at Day 17 as foundation page.
For this day I had the back of the vellum wood grain and I had already added a tag and the number. That pocket didn’t need a thing! I used a collage from Paislee Press to create the full page on the right. The photos and story are about decorating some simple store bought gingerbread men, one of our yearly traditions!
In the pockets I layered all sorts of good things from Pinkfresh Studio, and the pockets contrast nicely next to the streamlined template! But notice how I carried the embellishments over to the template – I left the middle spots a neutral grey and layered simple embellishments on top. So much to look at on these pages!
Thank you for joining me today! Only a week left, I hope you are winding down the preparations and finding creative time in between.
Hi everyone, today I am sharing Days 14 and 15 in my 2017 December Daily Album! I’ve taken some things out today in order to accommodate the photos and stories I wanted to tell. Products are from Ali Edwards, Paislee Press, and Pinkfresh Studio.
Here is a look at Day 14 as a foundation page.
It was a pretty nondescript foundation page, only the numbers and a few journal cards here, so lots of room to add and complete. The story for this day is of Natalie’s chorus performance at her school, along with her science project. Science projects are displayed at the chorus performance, so these two photos go together well.
I switched out page protectors in order to have a pocket for the 4×6 photo on the right, and kept the transparent card and journal card. The photo of Natalie is not quite 6×8 with a white border and a bit of space for the embellishments. The green acrylic tree is from Elle’s Studio.
Here is a look at Day 15:
These products are all Pinkfresh Studio. I kept the 15 with its sparkly card and the back of the Twinkle card from Ali Edwards. Then I made my own card using the patterned paper.
On the right I removed another page protector and replaced it with an envelope from an older Ali Edwards Story Kit. Yes, this idea is totally lifted from Tori’s post yesterday! Inside my pocket are the children’s Christmas wish lists.
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! See you soon!
Hi everyone! Ah so yesterday I wasn’t able to get my video for Day 06 uploaded in time to share and blog, so I am posting it today and will share Day 07 today as well! Is it just me or are the days going by faster and faster as the month goes by?!!?!
So this is my process video for Day 06 in my 2017 December Daily album. Day 06 was a good day for me but in the afternoon it became obvious to me that I needed to practice a little self-care, step away from the world, and have some down time. That is my story for this day, and my layout is based on products and inspiration from Ali Edwards’ Day 06 as well.
Here is the foundation page for Day 06. I have used Ali Edwards and Paislee Press 2017 kits for this layout.
The story for this layout is one of self care. In the afternoon I realized I had a deep pit in my stomach so I shut everything off and spent some downtime with Alan. Living with PTSD and working through recovery is like that – I am learning to recognize that pit in my stomach feeling. That usually means new awareness is coming, and that I need to take some time to process.
For the layout, I wrote a letter to myself. Reflection is always good for the soul, and this is a good time to acknowledge the huge learning curve I have faced this year. I have had to learn and acknowledge many things about myself that no one should ever have to recognize, things that happened to me and ways I had learned (unhealthy ways) to cope.
I added my text to a bracket cut file from Echo Park, which is an old one from the Silhouette shop. I cut it out using the Silhouette, and added the tiny washi tape, then punched it and placed it into the album. Tomorrow I will place my patterned paper onto the back of that bracket for Day 07.
Up next is the process video for Day 07 in my 2017 December Daily album! My foundation pages were created using Pinkfresh Studio and I am so loving how it turned out.
Here is a look at Day 07 foundation page:
The completed layout here:
This was such a fun, happy layout of our annual date day to do Christmas shopping. This is seriously my favorite day of the year, I think! We have so much fun filling the trunk, goofing off in the stores, and most importantly bringing our children the joy and magic. Oh it is so, SO GOOD!
For this layout I used the patterned paper from Pinkfresh Studio as the base for the title page. I used foam letters from Felicity Jane Joy kit and placed them purposely like that! My photos are printed using photo templates from Paislee Press, called Pocket Guides No. 04 and 08 (link opens in new window). Here is the layout outside of the album.
Hi everyone! Today I am sharing another batch of Foundation Pages in my 2017 December Daily Album! I really wanted to be sure this year to use all the lovely collections I have purchased, so I am creating my foundation pages as product arrives. These pages were created using Pinkfresh Studio December Days. I hope you love them!
Here is the collection of foundation pages. These are the foundation pages for Days 7,15, 17, and 21.
The stamp I used above is the Paislee Press December stamp included in Ali Edwards’ 2017 product release this year.
Numbers are from Dear Lizzy.
The number 17 is from this year’s Felicity Jane Joy kit.
The number 21 is from the Ali Edwards Main Kit, and the washi tape is from Lidl.
I had so much fun working with this collection from Pinkfresh Studio! I’d love to hear how your foundation pages are coming along!
Hi guys! Today I am continuing my Things I Need to Hear series with a traditional layout called Take Time to Recharge.
Thank you so very much to each and every person who has encouraged me along this series. These layouts are a joy to create and I am loving the affirming reminders every week, along with creative process. These feed my soul, and I hope you are gaining inspiration too. This is my completed layout for this week.
My layout began with a photo of me and my gold polka dot tea mug. I recently found a vanilla tea that reminds me of my childhood in Germany and so I have been taking time throughout the week to just sit down and enjoy a cup. Photo credit: Alan.
I took a little time to add a mist background using the Rosey Posey cut file available at The Cut Shoppe, link here. After that I added stitching using my sewing machine, in concentric circles around the floral designs. This became the basis for all my embellishments.
My embellishment clusters each center around a round ephemera or chipboard circle. To each of those I added a shaped paper clip, a floral embellishment, or a chipboard phrase.
My title is stamped using the Oasis alphabet set and stickers from Simple Stories. Not complicated at all, and most definitely a gentle reminder to be good to ourselves.
I think what has motivated this whole series is the fact that I miss my mom and I miss her words of wisdom and I miss her reminders to me to take care of myself. I miss the days she came to visit when I was sick, and in one quick afternoon she would have the whole house cleaned, dinner made, and the kids taken care of. So my journaling are what I wish her words would be to me, if I could talk to her on the phone.
Products used include: Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills embellishments and ephemera; The Cut Shoppe cut file; Heidi Swapp Shine spray mist in coral; Ali Edwards Me and Tough story kits stamp set and chipboard pieces; American Crafts Hazelwood shaped paper clip; Freckled Fawn shaped clip and wood veneer coffee cup; Maggie Holmes Confetti wood hearts; Tim Holtz epoxy flower.
Hello and welcome to December 6 in my 2016 December Daily! Today I am sharing photos and the story of my cozy front door. Have a look at my process here:
This is the layout before I began today, in its foundation state:
And here is the layout complete with photos and journaling:
I began with three photos taken after we hung our garlands on the front of the house. These are one of my favorite things to put up every year! I just love lights!
I stamped my journaling lines onto the cozy card using the stamp set from the Paislee Press mini kit. What a happy little card!
The gold foil transparency was part of the cut-apart sheet from Pinkfresh Studio Oh Joy collection. Since I had some pieces from the back showing through, I decided to cover it up with the present ephemera from the same collection. This photo was taken at night with the lights fully lit.
The number 6 tag is from last year’s Ali Edwards main kit, but I have cut it down smaller to fit in the 3×4 pocket, and added a brad and washi tape from My Mind’s Eye, and a small stamped sentiment from the Paislee Press stamp set.
That is all for today! See you back here tomorrow!
**December Daily is an album concept designed and marketed by Ali Edwards. To learn more about this project and connect with others who share a passion for this project, visit her blog here: Ali Edwards.