Studio Calico \\ Fairground Reveal

It's REVEAL day at Studio Calico.  The Fairground kits did not disappoint this month.  The papers in the main kit are some of my favorite.  I'm pretty much a big fan of anything that comes with a grid!  

I'll be sharing my Fairground projects over the next few weeks, and I thought I would start with my main kit layouts first!  These two layouts have the best pops of color (in my opinion) on the white background!  I love adding in pinks and oranges and yellows on a white canvas!  So pretty!

For this first layout, I started by trimming out some squares from the grid patterned paper in the main kit.  I wasn't really sure what I was going to do with them, so I laid them around my page and decided to cluster them altogether on one side and then pair the cluster with a photo.  I tried to balance my colors with lighter/darker shades and then by adding in a pop of yellow on my paper squares to balance out the yellow from Anna's ballet outfit.

As you can see, I kept the embellishments super simple.  Less is more....but I did stitch a few butterflies and two glitter banners along the squares. Easy peasy!

This layout just might be my favorite EVER!  And it all came about because of some extra collage style photos I had in my photo box.  I trimmed out each super small collage photo and then decided to build a grid along the bottom half of my page using photos and trimmed labels (also from the main kit). I used the transparent alpha to spell out H-O-M-E, but left the letters randomly placed, so it wasn't so perfect.  I super duper love the effect!

And these small photos and paper squares are just the best to me.  I've never met a photo collage I didn't LOVE!

And that's it for the main kits!  I'll be back to share more early next week!
We are off to the lake for our annual Fourth of July family reunion and we are so excited!


June Project Life Album: Part I

Hey everyone!! 
My collection of Project Life "books" is growing and growing and I'm so excited to be over on the Studio Calico blog sharing a look at my June book!  I seriously can't believe we are more than six months into this year!  I love love love this project SO much and I am so thankful for these cute little books.  They are definitely a favorite around our house - especially since they are so much more portable than those big 12x12 albums!  

Hop on over to the SC blog to read more about my book this month!  Thanks so much for letting me share my growing collection of albums!!  xoxo


Maggie Holmes Design Team: Summer Activity Books

If you have kiddos, I'm sure you have heard "I'm bored" at least once this summer.  My kids do a pretty good job of playing together or alone, but I still hear that "I'm bored" sentence a few times each week.  Planning ahead tends to be key for me.  We have a daily schedule (when the kids aren't in camp) that lists what we will be doing for the day.  It's nothing to extravagant or crazy - just little things that they can do to stay busy AND be creative.  

One of the fun activities on our list this week is to draw, write and tell stories in these cute little summer activity books.  These books are SO simple and easy to make and the kids just love them!  Stop by Maggie's blog for a quick tutorial for creating summer mini books of your own!  The possibilities are endless for these cute books!


Oh Monday...

.....I am so ready for you!  I took a little mini vacation last week and had the BEST time!  I needed it. Oh man, did I need it.  We did a little bit of nothing and lots of everything.  It was the perfect mix of relaxation and "busy" without being too crazy or hectic.  We spent a few days at home, a few days with the sand in our toes.  It was just perfect.

And now I am so ready for this week.  I feel rested, organized and just plain excited for the week to begin.  I have lots and lots on my calendar this week.  It's a full week, but it's going to be a good one, I can just tell!

Towards the end of the week, I'll be sharing a look at my June Project Life album.  I love my growing collection of little books.  They just make me so very happy.  I'm already thinking ahead to July and what size album I'll be using!

Then there's this cutie, who keeps me on my toes.   I forgot how darn busy little puppies are.  I think we've found a good mix of running/walking/playing to keep him from nibbling on us and our stone fireplace (what's up with puppies eating rocks, by the way)?

The kids are in Vacation Bible School all week (yay!) and our church has VBS from 5-8pm each night, so I'm planning on eating my way around Raleigh while the kids dance and play!  Scott and I tried out a new restaurant last night for a fun Father's Day treat and the place did not disappoint!  The food was great and the company was even better!  My bestie is coming into town tonight, so we will be having a fun girls night!  Yay for Mondays, VBS and best friends!

So - that's a look ahead for me!  What a random post all about nothing, right?  
Regardless, I'm excited and I'm ready for whatever is in store for this week!  It's going to be an awesome week!  I hope your week is just as awesome!  


Craft Party at Big Picture Classes

There's a fun summer CRAFT PARTY happening over at Big Picture Classes and you are invited!  It's a free event that includes new inspiring lessons from some of the BPC teachers, a live chat at 1pm EST, giveaways and more! 

I'm over in the lessons sharing a fun way to incorporate recipes into your Project Life albums!  It's so simple and easy, and so worth documenting!  You could even create an entire album dedicated to recipes!  How fun woful that be??

Stop on by and join in on the fun today!  The event will be up through the weekend, so play along at your leisure!  Hope to see you there!