Going back to the basics

I went out on a limb this month with my Project Life spread over at Studio Calico and decided to give the 12x12 size a go again!  I was surprised at how easily the spread came together and really do love this size (I just wish the darn albums weren't so large and bulky).

I found myself following my normal "process" which consisted of printing out all of my photos first, adding in a few filler cards in the extra spaces and then including my journaling.  So fast and so easy!

I think one of the things I always struggled with with this size was having the two pages have a good flow and coordinate well with one another.  Using a kit, like the Wink Wink Project Life kit from Studio Calico this month, really helps make that process easier!

The cards and accents were designed to compliment each other, so it's easy to pull in elements and have a good flow/feel on the page. 

I used my typewriter to add most of journaling onto either my photos or journaling cards.  Typing on photos still is my absolute favorite! I love leaving a little bit of "negative space" when printing out my photos so I can add in my thoughts!

For this photo of my two kids, I was worried the sun and trees in the background would make my typing difficult to see, so I typed onto a piece of white printer paper and then stitched the strips into place!  I love how the words pop from the photo!

The 12x12 size really is such a fun size to work with!  And pairing the design A page protectors with a coordinated kit makes the process even easier!  That's a win-win in my book!


We Just Click

I love using various shapes on my projects and circles are by far my favorite!!  When I saw the chipboard circles in the Wink Wink Scrapbook kit, I knew I wanted to play around with them to create a page of round circles, punched paper circles and the chipboard elements!

I began the page by layering the paper circles on my background and then my photos.  I moved them around a little to get a good balance of patterns and text.  Then I added in the chipboard pieces, some journaling typed onto vellum and an acetate "2".

Pages like this really are so simple to create, but since they are little different than the typical "square photos" and square corners, they seem a little more complex and involved!

So what about you??  Do you love using circles on your pages?  If you've never stepped out of the "square" box, you just have to try them out! Grab your favorite circle punch and get crafty!


Around Here

Around here we are starting to feel the beginnings of fall and we are in love.  Around here, Anna is tracked out of school so we are enjoying some time off from work and school.  Around here, I am redecorating and purging and reorganizing every single thing in our house - no room is safe.  Around here, I am making daily trips to Goodwill with loads of boxes and stuff that just takes up space.  Around here, I'm making everything white and clean.  Around here, we're searching for pretty sunsets and chasing light.  Around here, we are visiting family, making memories, and counting down the days until Thanksgiving!


Being Crafty in Minneapolis

These girls are just the best ever.  I had the best time hanging and creating with them in Minneapolis a few weeks ago.  Amanda knows how to throw one heck of a party and it was so fun to be in her Be Crafty studio.  

Look at that shelf....
It's even more gorgeous in person!  The room itself is amazing and is so full of vintage bowls, chairs and extras.

We used Maggie's Confetti collection to create a planner and I'll be sharing more of this pretty book soon, so stay tuned!

If you ever have a chance to go, I couldn't recommend it more.  The whole experience is amazing and being around crafty people who are obsessed with the same things you are (which makes you feel less crazy) is just plain awesome!