Coffee & Books Project Life Layout with the July Kellie Stamps Release!

The latest Kellie Stamps release is out for July and of course, I somehow managed to use all four sets (Book Review, Rise and Shine with some great script by Alex Hunter, Big Day and I Was Here) again on this layout. Ha. I always mean to use just one or two but then I have them all sitting on my desk and they just dab themselves all over my layout. The main stamp set I wanted to focus on is the Book Review stamp set as the bulk of these pics came from a trip to the library (but first coffee, duh – the but first stamp from the Rise and Shine set in collaboration with Alex Hunter is just perfect here!) except for the yarn picture in the top left corner that I just included because it went with the colour feel of the layout. Which was all minty and pink and pastel and black journal card and embellishment-wise. I stuck to stamping in black because it worked with everything I was doing.

Here’s a close up of the really great fill-in-the-blank review stamp from the Book Review set. It’s so great! I stamped it on a yellow card and adhered it to this unicorn journal card because unicorns, duh. In fact, if you look I’ve got unicorns, then swans and a cat. Ha. It’s all about the cute. I used the Big Day stamp to give some day of the week context in the middle card because most of these pics are from the same day. And the cute check box below from the I Was Here set paired perfect with this large This thicker. throughout I used tiny heart stickers to fill things in.

So that’s my first layout this month showing off the July sets which as usual are amazing. Seriously. Kellie always comes out with a nice range of really useful everyday stamps that make their way into my must-have Project Life tool kit and some really fun themed sets. I’m always so excited to see what’s next. Later this month I’ll post my second layout using the July sets. Some of the other Kellie Stamps team ladies and I did a Day in the Life on July 1st. I was camping that day and we went on a hike and there are TOO many good pictures of that day.

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Getting into a style groove with the June Kellie Stamps Release!

Its time for the new June Kellie Stamps sets and here is one of the layouts I made with them this month. I really like how it turned out. I used three of the four new releases this month, Currently, Grant Street and This Girl, all of which are just fab. Seriously. They worked really well with the photos I had. For this layout (had of week 23 in my weekly Project Life album) I laid out my pictures and then pulled out some stuff that went well. I used the week card from the Project Life Project 52 Fresh Edition which I’m using all year long as a week title card, a cute card in the middle from Brandi Kincaid’s Eloise themed journal cards and another card and a bunch of embellishments from the ABM Messy Box (which is ending in August 😭) and Studio Calico kits and maybe a few other things. But the stamps are totally the stars here!

 

This pic was just BEGGING for some stamping and paired PERFECT with the Currently stamp from Kellie Stamps. PERFECT! The stamp has various currently headers and then different prompts to chose from. So I picked the cute handwritten style ones and added in some stuff to fill in and then that ALL BLACK EVERYDAY stamp from the This Girl set which is pretty much my ill-advised summer wardrobe mantra. It’s a really fun way to make a currently list and think outside the journal card.

 

When I was going through my camera roll picking out pictures for my weekly layout I selected them with stamping in mind, knowing I wanted to use these stamps (without compromising memory keeping of course!). In that, I mean I chose pictures with more negative space and bright backgrounds. I think this layout also marks a jump for me in digital editing. I don’t usually do much to my pictures other than basic Instagram edits, but I took a lot of these into A Colour Story and edited them, even adding that rainbow overlay from the Skies Over effects to make the ice cream pic even more fun and summery.  I think going forward I am going to do this a lot more. I print my pictures EVERY WEEK. When I go grocery shopping I print my pictures from the week so that I can stay caught up on my album. It’s almost halfway through the year and that’s working great. The only week not in my album and fully done is last week and I’m planning to work on it tomorrow morning. I added some fun stamping with the Grant Street Alpha over the rainbow because it really was too hot. And I can’t resist a Treat Yo’Self stamp. I just watched that episode of Parks and Rec. The best day of the year! Ha.

I just loved this quote from The Office so I had to include it. I added a journal card with my fav Office episodes (I put it on whenever I have nothing else to watch, which is a lot) with the Top 5 stamps from the Currently set. I added a header to the quote with the Grant Street Alpha and then stamped the Goal Digger stamp from the This Girl set in a couple of pinks and purples because the beach and hot dogs is totally #lifegoals. I added in a cut out Kevin from the episode the quote is from. I like to add in fun pop culture stuff on my layouts. It’s just a part of me.

I really like the graphic nature of this layout. It’s my usual all the embellishments and colour and fun, but a little more refined and a little more magazine layout-y. I like it. Another thing I’ve noticed really becoming common in my layouts are three stories. Each row is a story in my layouts and are visually similar in style. With summer coming it’s going to be hard deciding how to pick just 18 things to go in pockets every week. I think weeks we do more like camping I’m going to throw in an extra protector. As I head into my second album for the year shortly (HOW IS THE YEAR HALF OVER!!?!?!) (also, I really really hope I can make it halfway through the year in this album) I am going to look at this layout as inspiration and #goalz going forward. And use the heck out of that Currently stamp set.

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💛💛💛 for the March Kellie Stamps!

This month’s Kellie Stamps releases are just fantastic. I’ve been using them a bunch and here’s the first layout I am sharing this month. I feel so lucky to have gotten to work with them. There are two sets this month, Nuts About Food, which is so fun and Today Was which I used a ton on this layout and is so great for everyday documenting. Those circles!!


I mostly used the Today Was stamp on this layout with a few others from the Nuts About Food stamp. I decided to try a simple palette on this layout using some white, black and white and yellow and white cards from the Becky Higgins Project Life Project 52 Fresh Edition Core Kit which is my favourite right now!!! It’s so clean and fresh with pops of colour, great filler cards and week header cards that I’ve been using to mark my weekly albums. If you know me, you know I <3 colour so to add some flavour to the black and white I did a diagonal row of cards with yellow accents from top right to bottom left. I further focused on this row by using the circles from the stamp set on it. I also added on some yellow stars throughout the layout (and that cute yellow stamped donut from the Nuts About Food set) to bring out the yellow just a bit more.

I also used the Kellie Stamps set to make the Hello card at the top of the layout a bit more fun – I covered the word with a cut down post-it note to mask it and stamped Amazing in a light grey ink all over with Awesome in black to create a focal point in the word pattern. The layout is part of my weekly Project Life and each row is a different story – the top is about being awesome, the middle is about hanging out and getting coffee (and a cute picture of Lil’ Speedy) and the bottom about my youngest starting football. I used mostly black and light grey ink so that the use of yellow would really pop.

The words in the Today Was stamp set are just so darn usable! It’s going to be at the top of my stamp stack for a long time! Check back soon for a post showing off a layout focusing more on the Nuts About Food stamp set.

My December Wishlist

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So if you know me, you know I LOVE Christmas. And one of my favourite Christmas things to do is document the whole season in a December Daily album. In the December Daily community there is a lot of talk about starting with “The Reason Why” or an “Intentions” page but that doesn’t really feel me. Sure I could write a bunch, but starting an album that will probably end up being super visual with a wall of text that I’d write for the sake of it feels inauthentic to me. I’m not saying you shouldn’t – It’s a beautiful way to start an album with a lot of sentiment and I love seeing them, but it’s just not me.

The other day on the bus home from work I was listening to The Scrap Girls December Daily Podcast with Brandi Kincaid and she talked about how she started her albums with a sort of wish list of things she wanted to do over the holiday season. I just LOVED that idea. When it comes to intentions and reasons all I can think of is “because I <3 <3 <3 Christmas, duh” but a wishlist? YES!

 

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I was inspired that night to sit down and make a rough list as seen at the beginning of the post. I then took a few of my favourite things. Number stickers, shiny washi, hot pink heart stickers and tag, some black and white ribbon and my very favourite alpha stamp from Kellie StampsSlim Jim (which is back this month!!). I started by stamping the tag. I also used the Joy Clear Stamp from Kellie Stamps because I loved the script and hashtag stamp. I then started working on my list. I picked some words to highlight in my list and stamped those down and started working around them. I really like the way the stamped words highlight some things that get me so excited about the season.

This way of starting my album makes me smile so much! It’s full of experiences I can enjoy with my family during my favourite season of the year when everything just seems so magical and bright.

 

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Me Right Now Page with the September Kellie Stamps release!

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I just LOVE LOVE LOVE this month’s Kellie Stamps release! Word stamps are a favourite of mine, they are just so versatile. I am going to use the ‘mega heart eyes’ one a tonne. Twenty tonnes! And word stickers too – this set is pretty amazing! Oh my. I used both of them in this layout which is some fun pictures for my summer Project Life album. I might have used every embellishment I touched on this layout, but that’s how I roll!

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Here’s an in-progress pic before I added all the embellishments – I added a word strip and word stamp to each photograph. I like making words work for me and working within the limitations of a bunch of word stamps or stickers on a project. So much so I see it more as possibility than limitations, but that sounds kind of cheeseball. It’s just really fun to take a jumble of words and make magic with them on the page. I’m more of a visual storyteller than a wordy story teller and like to use word strips and stamps to help nudge the visual story along.

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I just discovered these new Typecast strips from We R Memory Keepers and I am ALL ABOUT THEM. I can make all the word stickers now! I have a couple of Kellie Stamps word stamp sets and this makes them even easier to use!