Studio Calico \\ Brimfield Sneaks

Don't you hate that feeling when you come up short with ideas or creativity?  That's the way I've been for about a month now.  I can't even begin to tell you how many times I opened and starred at the September kits from Studio Calico.  I printed photos, moved papers around, but still....nothing.  Not one idea.  Then I decided to just walk away for a few weeks (thank goodness I had a few weeks, right??).  I spent that time taking photos and really falling in love with my camera again.  I love taking photos.  I love documenting our days.

Stepping away and trying something different helped tremendously.  It took away that feeling of anxiety of NOT being able to "make" anything.  It reminded me that creativity ebbs and flows in different ways - and that trying something new (or going back to something old) is just as good.

Once I found a rhythm, I was able to create four (of my new favorite) layouts in just one evening.  Three of the four sneak photos here are from the Brimfield Main Scrapbook kit.  The papers this month are just perfect and I love the softer, more subtle colors this month.  

The main kit includes this super cool star transparency (which I layered over a white piece of card stock so it's kind of hard to see here), as well as this skinny gold alpha.  I need a lifetime supply of those alpha.

I couldn't resist creating a FULL page layout filled with photos of our summer.  It's definitely a very photo heavy page, but I love it so much.  In one glance, I can relive summer all over again.

This photo is a peek of the Typewriter add-on (with a few main kit papers thrown in too).  Lots of words and layers on this page!

For my Project Life projects, I decided to stick with the 6x8 size of my July album and add in a few more pages.  I LOVE this size!  It really is so easy to work with!  

Can't wait to share the rest of these projects with you tomorrow at reveal!  What's on your shopping list?


August Project Life Album

Eight months, eight albums!
I love this picture above.  I love that all of our memories from this year are recorded.  And I love that I've been able to use my supplies in a creative and different way!!

I'm so excited to share another fun Project Life album with you this month over on the Studio Calico blog!  I decided to keep things simple and use an extra 4x4 album I have in my stash for August.  Most of my photos are square anyway, so it kind of was a no-brainer!

Like in previous months, my album is mixed with tags, journaling cards, stamps and extras, as well as full spread photos and typed journaling.

I know I don't add a ton of words into my albums, but I guarantee I've added more this year than any previous year doing the 12x12 size.

Here's a little walk through video of this album.  Short and sweet - just like the book!

Stop by the Studio Calico blog to see more pictures of the book, as well as read a little more about how this one came together!


Lunch Box Love Notes

I am always trying to think of fun, new ways to use my stash and supplies!!
Since we are in full school mode right now,  I thought it would be fun to put together some cute little lunch box notes for my daughter!  These are SO easy to make, and they are SO worth the extra effort!  My daughter loves showing off her notes at school!

Hop on over to Maggie's blog to see a quick tutorial for creating your own lunch box notes!  They are sure to put a smile on your little one's faces!


Week In The Life: Sunday Photos

I'll be sharing the highs and lows from each day throughout the week:

Sunday highs: Scott cooking breakfast, getting organized for the week, soccer in the backyard, morning family walk, finding Anna reading Drew books, the sound of kids laughing and playing, washing, folding and putting away all of our laundry (high five for that), the best watermelon ever, family that lives close by, day date with Scott, walking around downtown, The Pit, Rye, outdoor concerts, sneaking closer to the stage, singing at the top of our lungs on the drive home

Sunday lows: looming deadlines, no creative motivation, most of the places being closed downtown, staying up too late


Week In The Life: Saturday Photos

I'll be sharing the highs and lows from each day throughout the week:

Saturday highs: family breakfast, yummy Americano, Anna's outfits and her love of boots, morning walk down to the farmer's market, cool breezes, Lara Bars, drawing and coloring, Coconut Charlies, the kids changing back into their pajamas after we got home from a walk, homebodies, hanging with friends, walking downtown Wake Forest, Lafayette Village for dinner, kids running around, umbrella lights and fire pits, camp outs on the floor, happy kids

Saturday lows: farmer's market closing early, showing up for a birthday party that is next weekend (womp womp), having to work on the weekend, chasing Chase around the backyard when it was time to leave, lines at the food truck festival