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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Summer brights with the June Freckled Fawn Kit!

Here’s  a layout I did using the June Freckled Fawn Embellishment Kit, which is just the cutest! This kit came just in time – the weather is getting warmer and I’m ready for summer! And it is just perfect. From the adorable pouch (I just can’t get over it) to the acrylic phrases, the super fun acetate numbers and the fantastic summery chipboard phrase stickers, the kit is all about fun in the sun.

This pocket page layout is part of my weekly album. There are three different stories on the page, one in each row – downtown brunching, lazy tv watching and stuff in cups. I kind of went to town with the embellishments, I couldn’t help myself! I just loved them.

I started by adding in some chipboard phrases that went well with my pictures. I then added some larger focal elements like the acetate numbers (I was so happy to fit in a good reason to use them!), the resin shape and some washi and arrows. Then I filled in all the hearts and little bits and put it all together! Voila. Layout done!

I am pretty sure my theory when working on this was to just throw colour rules out the window and just go for it! Ha. My photographs had some strong colours in them – the graffiti image, the kaleidoscope Snapchat image and the bright red juice – that didn’t really have much in common. I could do things like make them black and white to tone them down but the strong colours are what make them good pictures and changing the colour would change the pictures too much. I guess I could have chosen different pictures, but those were the ones I was drawn to.

I just dove into the colours. I tried to maintain a colour story across each row – pinky modern tones and patterns on the top, awkward 70s appliance colours in the middle and pastel primary hues against bright backgrounds on the bottom. It’s a little awkward, but awkward can be a great thing with colour. I mean, that’s why mustards and acidy yellows have been so hot.

Having fun with all the colours with Pinkfresh Dream On!

The colours in Pinkfresh Studios Dream On are just so fun. They’re a good alternative to just working with pink despite having lots of pictures of my sons. Ha. Right now Dream on is the collection of the month at April Lilli and it’s all 20% off! I used one of the super cute rubber chips to decorate my week card – I don’t usually do that but it just seemed perfect.

There are just so many cute elements that are perfect for making page perfection. I used the puffy stickers, washi stickers and die cuts a lot on this layout. This page is just a mash of fun kid things from that week so the consistent images and colours really help pull it all together.

I went bold for journal cards. I used the Fancy paper underneath any square pictures and the Reverie paper cut up to make some focal journal cards – the phrases really work with pictures of kids and life fun.

Those alpha stickers are so pretty they even make the word turd look pretty. Ha! I had to include this art my kids did all over some flyers. It really captures our right now which is a ton of potty humour.

A Week in the Life aka telling the stories I usually don’t

 

I’m getting it together to start Ali Edwards’ A Week in the Life this week. Last year I made a super fun project about spring break with my kids. I love it. But this week I am doing something very different.

All of my albums are about me at the core – they are what I see, do, love. They have my aesthetic and what I want to remember. A lot gets left out. I live with MS every day. And somedays are worse than others. I’m in a bit of a downer right now where things suck a bit more than usual. I got a flu which then puts my MS into overdrive and it takes a while to recover. Doing things is exhausting. Like, even sleeping makes me want to sleep more. Haha. But I keep doing things, planning time to rest, because stopping doing things would make things worse. We went on a beautiful family hike the other day (the first of the year!) that I am still physically worn and exhausted from. But if I stopped going hiking, there is a chance I just wouldn’t be able to anymore, my legs wouldn’t be used to all the work and neither would my energy levels. So I keep going, because I really want to.

Anyways, how does this relate to craft? I’ve been working on a weekly Project Life style album this year and it’s my favourite. Every week I get my pictures from the week before printed and sit down for a few hours and put together a layout. I don’t usually get the blah stuff in there – it’s more of a highlight reel of what’s going on. Because focusing on the good in life is really important. Really really important. Working on and looking through my albums reminds me that there is a lot of good in life. I’d rather a whole spread about all the fun foods we ate, games we played, Lego we built and tv we watched while I was really doing nothing than a spread about how I was too blah to get off the couch. I don’t need to remember that, nor do I want that remembered about me. Finding those magic moments in every week makes me feel less sick all the time and lets me just focus on all of the great things we have going on in our lives.

I knew I wanted to do Week in the Life, but I was trying to figure out how. It’s a pretty boring week around here, and I’ll still be doing a weekly spread of our daily lives to go in my weekly album because I could not handle having a hole in there! I did some more thinking, and decided to focus on what my unhighlight reel week looks like. Starting with today. Monday. Monday is almost always a sick day, or a bed day as I like to call it. Everyone is back to school and work, but I don’t work Mondays so I can spend the day in bed or on the couch, sleeping, knitting, watching tv, whatever. It’s my weekly sick day. It’s 1 PM and I just got out of bed. I had to take extra pain meds this morning because I slept funny and aggravated some usually dormant facial pain. I always feel the sickest, coming off a weekend of fun and activity and actually having time to rest. Mondays usually suck to be me, but they are also important in that they let the rest of the week happen. So for my Week in the Life I am focusing on one photograph a day and the story to go with it. Today I’m crafting and watching tv. It’s a boring story, but it’s mine. And my weekly Project Life spread might have a picture of the babka french toast party the kids and I are going to have later, because that’s the bright spot.

I haven’t finalized how I am going to put it together yet, I am just going to focus on a picture that represents each day for now and some words to go with it.

Winter Fun with Pinkfresh Dream On!

When I found out Dream On from Pinkfresh was going to be April Lilli‘s feature collection this month I was so excited. All those bright pastel tones paired with primary hues, an amazing alpha and dreamy die cuts! Here’s a quick slideshow of all of the fun stuff from this collection I’m working with this month:

Winter is JUUUUUSSSSTTTTT ending here. And there’s no guarantee it won’t come back for one more roar. But this layout is from a few weeks back – half of my weekly Project Life album spread that week was about how much fun I had with my younger son at Beaver Scout Winter Camp! And what better to dress up some cold pictures than with a splattering of colour.

The different pieces in this collection were super easy to work with. Everything went well together and there are some great captions, phrases and cut parts to help jazz up a layout.

Those alphas!!! Seriously, they are just SO pretty. I layered them on top of the vellum foil paper from the collection as a focal spot in the middle. And can I just say I love the cute rainbows and stars and hearts in this collection. I like basic elements like that in fun colours. These ones have a hand drawn feel to them which is great for a playful layout.

I’m not one to shy away from thick layouts so I had to bust out the rubber pieces! I used my tiny attacher to sprinkle a few across the layout. With pocket pages it’s hard to just put one on.

I just LOVE this picture – we were making silly orange faces which was really just my sneaky way of getting him to not catch scurvy. I cut out the ‘follow your rainbow’ because it went with the goofy do your own thing feel of the picture. There are some great phrases on the cut apart sheet – the back is a super cute constellation pattern, it was probably the hardest one to cut into in the whole collection! And of course, puffy stickers – they are my favourite kind – the smooth matte ones.

Every single piece of this collection works well together. There is a great combination of basic and whimsy. I’m pretty sure I could have used it with just about any photos and been really happy with the results.

Here’s a full list of what I used: