7/26/14

Gossamer Blue: Creative Uses for Journaling Cards


I always try to get the most use out of my products, but sometimes my spreads are so photo heavy that I don't have a lot of leftover room for journaling cards.  Combining your cards and some common tools (think paper trimmer, circle punch, sewing machine) can stretch your supplies and help your creativity flow!


When I start organizing my photos and memorabilia for the month, I always pop a few journaling cards randomly into my pockets.  Although they may not stay in the same spot, they serve as a reminder to add in a few details about our week or month.  The rest of the cards sit in a pile by my photos and once my photos and memorabilia are in place, I grab them out and see what might work with my spread.

Let me share a few of my favorite ways to use journaling cards!


1. Trimming cards to create tags and journaling spots.

I loved the "sweet memories" sentiment on this journaling card, but I only had a few words to add to this photo, so I didn't want to use the entire card.  To make it work with my photo, I trimmed out the sentiment and used it as a journaling spot and label.  I added in one of the My Mind's Eye Chipboard banners for a little glitzy touch.


2. Using your punches to create embellishments.

For this photo, I used my circle punch to punch out part of a journaling card.  I adhered it to the middle of my photo using my tiny attacher and added my journaling with a white gel pen around the photo.  Simple, but super effective!


3. Using journaling cards as accents.

This vellum journaling card was trimmed down to fit a card that is on the other side of this pocket.  I added a flair button to the middle as an accent.  The card is a little smaller than the pocket and I love the see-through effect it has!


4. Sewing vellum to a card to create a transparent pocket.

And what's a Life Pages spread without a vellum pocket?  Here I used a journaling card and sewed on a small piece of vellum to act as a pocket to hold our Easter basket clues from the Easter bunny.  I added a small label with some journaling to the outside of the pocket to finish it off!

How fun, right?  Thanks so much for joining me today!!  I hope I have inspired you to take a closer look at those journaling cards and your supplies to get the most use out of your products as possible!!  

7/24/14

Maggie Holmes Design Team: Fabulous

I have a new layout up on Maggie's blog today!  I hope you will stop on over and check it out!!  Hope you have a fabulous day!!


7/23/14

Project Life: Fourth of July at the Lake & A Linky Party

After our trip to the lake for the Fourth of July, I knew I wanted to put together a few Project Life spreads using the photos from our trip.  And I also knew that I wanted to switch things up a little and try out a different size.  The variety of page protectors this year just plain rocks.  I love all of the different photo sizes and photo orientation.  It keeps the "spice" of Project Life alive for me and re-energizes me to continue my album.

For this spread, I decided to use the October Afternoon Daily Flash 12x12 page protector with the 3x3 square pockets.  I really love the uniformity of square pockets.  It just looks so cohesive and clean!


I started by printing my photos (2- 3x3 photos per 4x6 sheet of photo paper), and trimming my journaling cards to 3x3 inches.  For these two spreads, I used a variety of cards from the Studio Calico Penny Arcade Project Life kit, as well as some extra embellishments and alphabet stickers.


I love playing around with the transparent element of the page protectors and decided to stitch my title "July" directly onto the outside of the pocket, as well as slip a few of the Kal Barteski transparent diamonds into pockets by themselves.  I may go back and stitch the diamonds into the place.  They surprisingly don't around much in the pockets, but who knows what will happen over the years.  I thought about stitching them into place, but they are just so pretty I didn't want to mess them up!




I continued the same design with my second page protector, keeping with the transparent diamonds and embellishments sewn in/on the pockets.



I typed my journaling directly onto my cards using my typewriter.  And again...I realized how awesome this project really is.  These simple memories and moments from our week are recorded and documented.  I love that the details are now saved!




So where are you in your Project Life album??  Since I'm approaching Project Life monthly, I don't really worry much about being caught up anymore!  I love the freedom of working on the album whenever and not trying to keep myself to some crazy requirement!!  Remember...anything is better than nothing!  If you are still on January, well....good for you, keep going!  If you are all caught up.....awesome!  

I'd love to see your most recent or favorite Project Life spreads!!  Link up your projects below and let's get this Project Life party started!!  

7/22/14

Glitz Design: Summer 2014




I love a good grid and this page came together so quickly and easily!  Check out the Glitz blog for a walk through of my process!!












7/21/14

Video: Paradise

Happy Monday everyone!!  I'm off gallivanting around Spain today taking photo after photo of this amazing place!  Hope you are doing something awesome today too!  :)


I've been in major travel documentation mode lately and have really enjoyed going back and revisiting some of the trips we took years ago.  I never got around to recording photos from our honeymoon, and what better way to record them than to create a two page layout with lots of photos!!

Today, I've got a little bit of paradise to share with you!!  My husband and I got married in St. John, USVI and we honeymooned there as well.  It literally is paradise.  Most of St. John is national park, so most of the island is undeveloped and breathtakingly beautiful!

I had originally recorded my process for Two Peas, but....you know... so now, I'm posting it here.  Hope you enjoy it!  And I'm really loving the two page layouts!!  Especially for multiple photos and vacation pages.  

You can see the process video here: 


It's paradise, right???





Ahh.....aren't you so ready for the beach??   I may not be in St. John, but I'm definitely enjoying the sand and sun in Spain!!  Wish you were here!!