7/28/15

Maggie Holmes Design Team: Craft Room Tour


Want to see a little peek into my craft room? 
Stop on by Maggie's blog today and check out my favorite room in the house!  Warning- I may or may not have all of the baskets and storage bins in the state of North Carolina.  :)

7/24/15

Plan on It


I am super excited to be a contributor for the Plan On It class at Studio Calico!  If you've followed along with me this year, you probably know by now that I love my memory planner!  I'll be sharing two lessons in the class - one about how/why I use my memory planner and than a more detailed lesson showing you how I set up my weekly pages!

The class is jam-packed with amazing contributors who all have a different take on planners! Eri Suzuki is the main instructor and her style and so amazing!  I can't to see her lessons and get lots of new ideas for my planner! 



Class is still enrolling, so come join in the fun!  See you in class on August 3rd!




7/23/15

Studio Calico // Pop Art Sneaks


The Pop Art kits at Studio Calico made their "preview" yesterday!  The bold colors and bright embellishments are such a fun new twist to the kits!  These kits have a few new "design" elements and I think the different papers, cards and extras are perfect for documenting those summer days!

Here's a little sneaky peek at what I've been working on!
These first two are from the Pop Art main scrapbook kit!  Look at those bright colors!



A peek of the Scrapbook Add-on kits...

And the Pop Art Planner kit...

Did you happen to see this subscriber exclusive humongous date stamp??  I mean, come on!  Everyone needs a date stamp that makes a statement, right?




7/22/15

My life in squares


It's obviously no surprise that I'm addicted to Instagram.  I remember seeing this "photo app" on one of my friend's phones waaaaaaaay before I even had an iPhone.  I bought an iPhone the next day, just for good ole Instagram.  I started using Instagram back when filters were awesome and cool and I made every photo look retro and vintage.  Fast forward many many years (I'm pretty sure I didn't even have kids when I started IG, so yep - it was quite a while ago), and now I'm obsessed with the white background and my photos.

Ever since Instagram updated their website (and the app) to the cleaner background, I can't stop playing with my photos and my feed.  There's just something super fun about snapping photos and sharing them.  Not only is it an awesome way to document the everyday, but it's just plain fun.  Oh - and double bonus - my photos fit into this perfectly spaced, perfectly aligned continuous collage.  For those of you who know me, I am a collage-aholic.  Instagram is the ultimate collage. 


Here are some of my Instagram tips!

1. Use square photos.
The collage is key.  I used to upload horizontal photos and liked that in the feed, but you can't beat consistency in my book.

2. Crop, crop, crop
My very favorite thing to do with these fun squares is to CROP PEOPLE OUT.  Yep - I like to crop out heads, hands, arms, people, bodies, etc...  You name it, I'm likely gonna crop it.  You can get so many unique and different angles with a crop.  The story changes, the background changes, the focus changes.  I LOVE that!  Don't be afraid to crop!  Play around with your photo, move it about in that cute little square box.  Go for it!  

3. Utilize white space
My second favorite thing to do is leave a good bit of white space.  Just like in my projects and layouts, leaving white space can really make your subject/project/main focus pop off of the page.  To me, there is something very dramatic about having one single subject (or two cute subjects) on one BIG white wall.  I'm forever on the search for ginormous white walls (even my kids point them out to me now - and I've even convinced my husband to stand next to one or two....).

4. Rule of thirds
I use this as a "general" rule.  If I can fit my subject onto a third of my photo with the remainder being white space, I will.  But I love a full framed photo, and a centered photo too.  

5. Use a photo editing app
No surprise, but I like my photos light and bright!  I like them to look like they do to my eye and typically my phone camera's sensitivity is off.  Cameras just don't sense light like we do, so I "help" my camera/photo out a little.  I would say about 99.9% of my photos are lightened/brightened using Pic.Tap.Go.  It's my "go-to" app for fast and easy photo editing.  I typically use the "lights on" filter (and adjust the brightness with the toggle tool) and the "crispity" filter (I use this one very sparingly because it can really add some unwanted edges to your photo).

And there you have it!  My Instagram tips and tricks!!  

While I might not update this blog every day, you better believe I'm over on Instagram 'gramming away (not really - I try to limit myself to just one or two photos a day because, seriously - who really wants a full account of my every waking minute???).  Come on over and join me!

Are you on IG?  Leave me your IG handle here!  I'd love to follow you!!