Week in the Life 2017 – Part Three

Hello everyone,

Here it is final installment of my Week in the Life 2017 album and I would love to share my last three days of the week.

Friday

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My first page shows my attempt at taking a photo of my computer, which didn’t quite come out that well. I decided to add some digital elements to it and print it out anyways. I actually used this failure as the prompt for my writing, which was typed in Photoshop onto one of the digital cards (which was originally 3×4 but I stretched it to 4×6). I embellished with a rubber shape and added the “imperfect is lovely” digital element to the card before I printed it.

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To my photo I added a circle which I punched from Amy Tangerine’s paper and added the time in white stickers from Simple Stories. The banner was from the WITL kit and the chipboard sticker from an another Ali Edwards story kit. The grey paper I used to back the FRI vellum was from an older Amy Tangerine kit, I believe it was the Plus One collection.

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So this “Eat” card from Gossamer Blue I had in my collection for a long time, it was perfect to use for this page as the topic and colours matched perfectly. I added the yellow chipboard arrow to embellish which was from another Ali Edwards story kit. The top card was from the WITL kit, which I carefully printed onto with my computer. Both the orange puffy sticker and the chipboard ticket sticker are from past Gossamer Blue Life Pages kits.

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I left this page pretty simple, using two cards from the WITL kit and adding some printed and hand cut banners to the photo at the topic. I usually will adhere tickets of events into my albums but I couldn’t get them to fit nicely so I added a picture of them inside.

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For my last page of the day, I printed my photo slightly smaller than 6×8 (so I could matte the photo with the orange Amy Tangerine paper) and added the journaling straight to the photo in Photoshop. I added above the journaling one of the square chipboard stickers from the WITL  kit.

Saturday

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For Saturday, the way the pages worked out it ended up that my first page was a full page photo. I decided to use this photo of Kristian, which I wanted to document as I think there was an important story in it. Again I directly wrote onto the photo and added a chipboard sticker at the bottom with the time banner attached on top. I matted the photo onto another Amy Tangerine paper.

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So I am a bit out of order as this is the second page for Saturday, but I have learned to accept letting go of little details like that over the years! I used the digital Saturday element on my photo as well as typed in the time before printing it. The journaling card is actually a 3×4 card from the WITL kit in which I took the digital version an enlarged it to 4×6 and added journaling in Photoshop. I trimmed the card and again matted it on the green Amy Tangerine paper.

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Some simple documenting for this page, again I matted the acetate SAT onto a red dot print paper from Amy Tangerine and added the time with a printed and hand cut banner.

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I really loved the striped journal card from the WITL kit, so I decided to print another one out from the digital file, to which I added two of the digital numbers to write “22” onto the card, all of which was completed in Photoshop. I hand wrote on  one of the journaling cards from the WITL kit at the bottom and embellished with a puffy sticker arrow from Gossamer Blue.

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The journaling card at the top is an old Ali Edwards card I had kicking around, I just like the list aspect of it, so I added another Ali Edwards chipboard sticker to embellish the card on the top. I used a day of the week wood veneer and a banner phrase from the WITL kit and again typed the time and hand cut it into a banner.

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So I really wanted to print this photo as a 4×6 horizontal photo but was left with only one pocket page with that size in it, so I compromised, I added some of the digital WITL collection stamps to my photo and matted it on some funky Amy Tangerine paper cut to 6 x 8. I typed my journaling and added it to the page, as well as a green strip of Amy Tangerine paper and a chipboard stick from the WITL kit. I finished it off with a puffy star sticker from Fancy Pants.

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So I glued the photos and journaling card directly onto the back of the multi-coloured background paper from the previous page which gave me the look of a different layout using a 6×8 page protector. The 3×4 card is from an older Ali Edwards story kit which I knew I wanted to use on this project, and I embellished it with a puffy star. I used one of the banners from the WITL kit to write the time on added another phrase sticker from an Ali Edwards story kit.

Sunday

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My Sunday documentation started with a close up of pancake making, in which I added to the photo the digital elements from the WITL kit and the time. I embellished the photo with two puffy stickers from Gossamer Blue. I also used a journaling spot from Gossamer Blue on the bottom and added a puffy heart from Fancy Pants. I wanted to add a photo of both the boys eating, so I used the Project Life app to print the two 3×4 photos as one 4×6 photo.

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Again the journaling card at the top I had for a long time, from one of Ali’s earlier kits and the colours matched with this project perfectly. I hand wrote my journaling and added the time using Simple Stories letters and also added a phrase from the WITL kit. I backed again the SUN acetate letting on Amy Tangerine paper.

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I used a card from Pink Fresh Studio on the top and embellished with one of the rubber accents from the WITL kit, I just love those rubber shapes! The journaling card on the bottom I hard wrote on, it is also from the WITL kit. The chipboard phrase and the numbers on the photos are both from Ali Edwards.

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The top card I created by cutting a piece of paper from Amy Tangerine and adding a 2×2 square cut from an Ali Edwards card and then adding a WITL square sticker on top. I also added the ampersand sticker, I have had it forever and have no clue where it is from truthfully! I used a journaling card from the WITL collection and printed my journaling on it using my computer. The big phrase stickers are from an older Ali Edwards story kit.

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I was down to the final page and the only page protector I had left was a 6×8 so that really dictated how I created this page. I decided to print my photo with a white boarder and matte it with a variety of Ali Edwards and Amy Tangerine papers. The journaling spot I created by cutting down a journaling card from Gossamer Blue and mounting it on scrap paper. I added some chipboard and puffy sticker elements as well.

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And the final page? I simply layered the Week End sticker from the WITL collection with some paper and pocket cards and glued it to the back of the previous page and called it a day!

That concludes my Week in the Life Album 2017, thanks for stopping by and I hope I have inspired some of you to start documenting your stories!

Sarah

 

 

Week In the Life 2017 – Part two

Hi Everyone,  looking forward to sharing with everyone the second installment of my Week in the Life 2017 Album.

Wednesday

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I started Wednesday with a pick of my windowsill garden (which I am pretty darn proud of) and my subsequent salad harvested from the garden. I again used the digital day stamp on photo before printing it and I added the acetate number  7 to my salad photo for the time. I hand wrote on one of the journaling cards from the kit and I added some chipboard stickers from and old Ali Edwards story kit.

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I added in a random story about the candy dish on my desk. Who knew that candy dish would be so popular and cause such an uproar in the office when it is empty! I just took a picture because I noticed it was getting a little low and prompted a lunch time store trip to replenish. I hand wrote the time on one of the flag strips from the kit and embellished with some word strips also from the kit and a chipboard sticker from another Ali Edwards story kit. I hand wrote my story on one of the journaling cards and then stuck the acetate WED onto some scrap grey paper I had lying around.

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I printed this photo 6×8 and directly added the time and journaling to the top right part of the photo using Photoshop.

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I remember seeing this Ali Edwards card from another kit of hers and thinking it would be perfect for this project. I added a small heart embellishment to the card.  Using my computer I typed the time and journaling phrases and cut them into strips and glued them on my photos and embellished with some enamel dots and chipboard stickers.

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I really liked this journaling card from PinkFresh Studio and I used it to hand write what was going on at that moment. I added one of the rubber embellishments and a banner phrase from the WITL kit to the bottom photo.

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The loved the opposite side of the Pinkfresh Studio card so much that I decided to leave it on the backside of the page. I printed my journaling onto the card directly from my computer for both of the cards I used. The bottom card I created by cutting a graphed paper journaling card an mounting it on some patterned paper that worked with the colour theme. I used some puffy stickers from Gossamer Blue and Fancy Pants to embellish as well as more word phrases from the WITL kit and a chipboard phrase from another Ali Edwards kit.

Thursday

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So I decided for Thursday’s first page to do my journaling a little differently. I created a 4×6 canvas in Photoshop and added the digital version of the “Hard Day” chipboard sticker to the middle. I then added in my journaling to wrap around the shape, justifying the lines to make it as full as possible. When I was finished, I ended up adding the physical “hard Day” shape on top of the digital one because it added some more dimension. I realized my journaling was not a full 4×6, so I trimmed and matted it on a blue grey scrap paper and embellished with some orange enamel dots.

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I decided to matte my photo on white paper and printed out the time and journaling words and hand cut them. I layered the striped card from the WITL kit with a punched white circle and one of the rubber embellishments. The acetate THU I attached to a 4×6 paper I cut from Amy Tangerine. I kind of wish I had proper adhesive for vellum or acetate so that my tape didn’t show through!! Any thoughts on good brands for this, please let me know!

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I typed all my times for this page on my computer, again using the Hermes 1943 font that I used throughout the book, and hand cut all the banners. I added some journaling by hand to one of the cards from the WITL kit, using puffy sticker embellishments from Fancy Pants and phrase stickers from Ali Edwards.

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A total bonus of getting the digital kit is being able to reprint any of the things you really like and already used, like the journaling card in the top left corner, which I actually typed on in Photoshop before I printed it out. I added on of the veneer days of the week to the card as a simple embellishment. The bottom card is an old one from an old Gossamer Blue kit which the colours matched perfectly with the colours in the album, I added a puffy sticker from Gossamer Blue as well to the middle.

And that concludes part two! I hope to have part three up and running by the end of the week, thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed my Week In the Life 2017 book so far!

Sarah

Week in the Life 2017 – Part One

 

 

Hey Everyone,

It has been a super long time since I blogged, life has just not given me the time I would like to do so! I would like to finally post my Week in the Life Album from April 17 to 23 2017, which I completed along with Ali Edwards, Week in the Life founder and guru, and thousands of others I am sure.

I will admit, this year I was a little late to the game. I decided to participate like 2 days before it was scheduled to start, order the kit from Ali’s website and paid to have it express shipped, but it still didn’t make it on time. I have participated in the Week in the Life in the past and was really interested in doing it again. I want the boys to have a peek at things as they were, things they probably won’t remember as adults, and who knows, maybe future generations will look at it with the interest I have now for old albums and photographs that my grandparents kept.

Getting Started

So for the project I used the Ali Edward’s Day in the Life 2017 kit primarily as the main source of the supplies. With the physical kit, in addition to the papers and embellishments, it came with an album and protectors (I chose the polka dot album above) and the digital copy of the physical kit. This for me was like hitting the mother load. I made really good use of the digital kit by adding stamps to my photos, reprinting onto cardstock some of the pocket cards to add more to the kit, and printing out additional embellishments.

Elsewhere, through out the album I used a variety of Ali Edwards and Gossamer Blue pocket cards and embellishment from previous kits that fit in with the theme of the book. I was also looking for some paper that had the same colour scheme as the album and I found that in Amy Tangerine’s Oh Happy Life kit. I pretty much used up scraps from that collection as well as a 6×6 paper pad to create additional cards and matting.

Title Page

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So I really love these little 2×2 square pocket pages, but I admittedly struggle with how to use them. There was two included in the kit and I thought maybe I print one photo from each of the seven days to create my title page. I printed out the digital star patterned paper and the digital rubber stamps to create the additional squares. The kit came with a bunch of pre-cut banners, I stamped the days of the week on them (using an Amy Tangerine roller stamp) and adhered them to each photo. I used one of the banner phrases “A week in the Life of Us” and an enamel dot on top of the page protect to embellish. For the back of the page, I cut some scrap paper from the collections I was using (Amy Tangerine and Ali Edwards) and added the dates using a Martha Stewart label.

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Monday

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I decided that each day would begin with a 4×6 photo with the day added as a digital stamp and then some journaling. I used elements of the main WITL kit including banners, rubber shapes and stamps to embellish. I typed all my journaling using my computer, but used a font that mimics a typewriter, Hermes 1943. I call it new school old school…I don’t trust my typing accuracy with a real typewriter!

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To mix it up, I always use a combination of handwriting and typing. I absolutely loved the giant acetate days of the week abbreviations and I mounted this one on paper from Amy Tangerine.

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I printed and cut out some words to add to the journaling card at the top left from the WITL kit and embellished with another word strip from the kit and enamel dots.

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I wanted to mix up how I documented the times, sometimes typing and printing them out, sometimes stamping and sometimes using alphas like these from Simple Stories. The journaling card on the bottom is from the WITL kit and the top is one I created from Amy Tangerine paper and adding a printed embellishment and some enamel dots and puffy stickers.

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I don’t think I am the greatest photographer, nor the most adventurous in the angles I use, but I wanted to add some less traditional photos. I quickly snapped this one of my son getting ready for practice and I loved the way it came out, so I printed it 6×8 and added journaling directly onto the photo in Photoshop. I simply embellished with a chipboard sticker from the WITL kit and a small puffy heart.

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I found this journaling card from one of Ali Edward’s older story kits and thought it was great for WITL , I printed directly onto the card from my computer which I do quite often.

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All the cards and embellishments for this page are from the WITL kit, including the stamps that I added to the top card.

Tuesday

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So the back side of the last page of Monday is pictured above. I used a card from the kit and a chipboard shape to create the top card, matting it on a square of the Amy Tangerine orange paper. The yellow card is just a piece of paper cut from the same Amy Tangerine paper pad. The last card was created by layering a square of the striped paper, from the WITL kit, with numbers from the same kit and adding some stamps from Stampin’ Up.

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Again I used the same format for this page as I did with Monday’s page, adding the digital day stamp to the photo, hand writing the time with a white gel pen, and adding some embellishments from the WITL kit.

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I loved this everyday story card. It is from an old Ali Edwards kit and it was the perfect colour and sentiment for the photo. Embellishments on the photo are from the WITL kit and chipboard stickers from a past Ali Edwards story kit.

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I decided a long time ago to let go of perfection in scrapbooking, so in went the journaling card up top, from the WITL kit, complete with smudged handwriting! I made the bottom card from layering two old papers and the wood veneer and rubber stamp embellishments from the WITL kit. I typed and hand cut the time banner.

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I really loved these photos of Noah, caught in just the right moment of laugher. Both cards are from the WITL kit with embellishments from the kit and previous Ali Edward’s kits – I believe the puffy stars throughout the album are from Fancy Pants.

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I decided to mat this photo on white cardstock and then add it to a 6×8 page that I cut from one of the Amy Tangerine papers. I embellished with the acetate day and a printed banner from the kit and a time one that I printed.

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So I wasn’t sure about the print on the back of the paper, but I decided I liked it and used it to frame the page for a full page journal entry. I typed it on the computer and realized I had a bit of a gap at the bottom, so I sliced a photo and added it to the bottom. I really have a hard time remembering to get myself in the photos, so I made sure to set up the timer while we were playing.

 

Well folks, that is my first entry for my Week in the Life album, stay tuned for the rest of the week!

Sarah

 

Project Life 2017 – March

Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend and taking advantage of the fabulously warm weather and spending time with friends and family! I am eager to share my March Life Pages spread with everyone and the cute little birthday card I made with some of the leftover elements from my March Gossamer Blue Life Pages kit.

March always is a busy month, there is always a lot going on and this March was no exception. March was my first spread of the year with inserts to try to get in all the things I wanted to remember.

First Page:

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It is funny, I love this bright Kelly green colour in real life, especially in my wardrobe, but it is not a colour that I naturally gravitate to in my artistic endeavours. I loved the bright primary colours in the Gossamer Blue Life Pages kit for March and decided to use the orange, green and navy as my primary colour pathway for this page.

For the title page, I kept it simple and painted with watercolour a green swoosh (swoosh? not sure if that’s a technical term or not but I am using it!) and a small puffy heart to embellish. All the cards and embellishments are from the Gossamer Blue Life Pages kit March kit as well. I printed and cut several of the Gossamer Blue digital file elements and used them to embellish as well. I layered several kit elements on the orange striped card to make a unique card for my page, which I was very happy with!

Front Insert:

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So I have a bunch of this smaller sized protector pages that I am eager to use (read…there was a bunch of them on sale really cheap at Homesense and I over bought). I again used one of the cards from the Gossamer Blue March Life Pages Kit as a base to layer one of the tags and some of the embellishments from the kit – the smile ephemera is from the digital file and I added some washi tape to embellish the bottom. For my journaling card, I stamped the date box onto one of the journaling spots, both from the Gossamer Blue March Life Pages Kit, added some more chipboard and puffy stickers and enamel dots.

Back Insert:

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I realized that the photos I print on my Canon Selphy are slightly smaller that the 4×6 cards from the Gossamer Blue kits, so I have tried to take advantage of the background cards as a sort of border if the back side has a photo, like I did with the top photo. I purposely off-centred it so the stripes would show on the bottom left corner. I layered a wood veneer, a puffy heart and a punched circle to create the embellishment. I used minimal embellishments for the rest of this page from the Gossamer Blue March Life Pages Kit.

Last Page:

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Another one of the colour pathways I really liked in this month’s kit was the coral, pink, light green and black combo, one I never ever would have chosen on my own (way out of my comfort zone!) but I loved the way they all worked together.

Clearly the layering a tag and embellishment on a card technique was my go to this month as again I created another of those cards in the middle, then I used a variety of ephemera (from the kit and digital files) , chipboard and puffy stickers, washi tape, enamel dots and wood veneers to embellish.

 

So last month I decided to use up some of my leftovers from the kit to make at least one card (I am making a conscious effort to continuously be replenishing the card stash!) and I decided to do the same this month. There was one card in the kit that immediately stood out at me, and that was a card with a little cupcake on it and I though how perfect for a birthday card!

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So quite simply, I took the 3×4 cupcake card and matted it with one of the larger 4×6 cards, the one in the same pink with bubbles on it, and glued that to a 4×6 white card.  I used pop up dots to adhere the two together for a little dimension. I then took one of the journaling spots, again in pink, and stamped Happy Birthday to You on it with a stamp from Your Next Stamp and adhered that again with pop up dots. I embellished the cupcake with 3 white enamel dots and some stickles translucent glitter (which I also used to make the three dots on the journaling spot).  That’s it, quick and easy!

I hope everyone enjoyed my March share and looking forward to documenting and sharing my Week in the Life which I am starting today! Stay tuned…

Sarah

Project Life 2017 – February

Greetings everyone, I am happy to be back blogging (after a pretty busy and stressful few weeks!) and I am eager to share my February 2017 Project Life layout with everyone!

So I was very happy to see February end, for a multitude of reasons, but honestly I was most excited for the month to end so I could use my February Life Pages Kit from Gossamer Blue…it was so awesome, I really loved this month’s kit! I loved all the exclusive items and I loved the colour scheme. I focused on the black, hot pink and light blue cards and embellishments and made that my main colour scheme.

Page One:

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I took some foam thickers to embellish my title card and added washi tape and chipboard stars from the February Gossamer Blue Life Pages kit. All the cards and the embellishments are from the same kit with the exception of the enamel dots and the sparkly black Heidi Swapp journaling spot . The “hello sweetheart” sentiment was stamped with a stamp from the kit as well.

Page Two:

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I really adored all the cards and embellishments and how they coordinated together so well. I layered a few different embellishments for the enjoy card (two tags, a banner, sticker and a star sticker cut from a Heidi Swapp journal spot) and love the way it turned out. I used lots of washi tape from the  Gossamer Blue February Life Pages kit as well as some chipboard stickers and some enamel dots that I had lying around. I happened upon a Toronto sticker set at Crop and Create Toronto over the weekend and I added the Hockey Hall of Fame sticker to that picture.

I had quite a lot of product left from the kit, so I decided to make a cute card with the leftover pieces. I used two 3×4 cards as the base and embellished with some washi tape, ephemera and enamel dots. I always seem to be in short supply of cards so I think I will start to do one each month!

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Hope you enjoyed my post and I look forward to showing some other projects I have been working on soon!

Sarah

New Year, New Album – Project Life January 2017

Hey everyone, very excited to post my first few pages from my 2017 Project Life album today. I decided this year to keep the format I was using from last year, that is, a monthly project life album as I found that:

  1. It really worked for me, and it was easy to stay on top of.
  2. It worked well with the fact that I subscribe to a monthly kit.
  3. It all fit in one album…and let me tell you, this girl is running out of real estate for albums in the house!
  4. It allowed me time to focus on other crafty endeavours which I also enjoy, which is really important for me.

Yup the monthly album was a winner for me for so many reasons.

Much the same as last year, I started the album with the title page being New Year’s Eve…ringing in 2017. I always struggle with beginnings and endings of albums, but I really liked how this worked as the title page for my 2016 album and I decided to try it again.

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The January Gossamer Blue Life Pages Kit had some bright and graphic cards which I used as the focus for this page. I mounted a smaller 3 x4 card onto a larger 4×6 card for the title and embellished with a rubber shape from Dear Lizzy’s Saturday collection and two hot pink starts from Fancy Pants. I actually printed my journaling from my computer onto one of the Life Pages cards and embellished with washi tape and a stamp, also from the Gossamer Blue January Life Pages kit, and another puffy shape from Fancy Pants. For the rest I kept it pretty simple on the embellishments and just used some cut out ephemera which I printed from the digital downloads that come with the Gossamer Blue kits and used more of those fabulous, super glossy puffy hearts from Fancy Pants.

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January’s Gossamer Blue Life Pages kit had tons of colour, so I used a lot of white and black cards and space to balance it out. All the cards are from Gossamer Blue. I used some of the alphas from the kit and some of the stamps to embellish, as well as the cute arrow washi tape, some veneers, enamel dots and some puffy stickers from Amy Tangerine. I loved the Reset Girl Ephemera that said “get your crafty on girl!” cause it was perfect for my picture!

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Most months I have a hard time sifting through photos to select but this month I really didn’t take that many at all it would appear! So lots of room for cards, again all on this page from Gossamer Blue’s January Life Pages kit. I again used a combination of veneer and cut out ephemera from the kit as well as some enamel dots and sticker from my stash.

January 2017 is in the books (literally!) and I invite you to take the journey into documenting 2017 with me!

Sarah

 

Finishing Up 2016 – Project Life November and December 2016

Hi everyone, just wanted to share my final two months of 2016 before I move onward to 2017. I love the feeling of completing an album and I was so happy to see the final product of my monthly project life for 2016.

This was my first crack at a monthly album as opposed to a weekly one and it really did work well for me. I was able to keep on track and contain everything to one album (I am running out of real estate for my albums!) and really focus on the most important things to document.

November 2016

Page One – There was a ton of teal and aqua (my favourite!) in the November Gossamer Blue Life Pages kit and I used that as the main colour theme for the spread. All the cards and wood veneer are from the November Gossamer Blue Life Pages kit, including the fabulous  little puffy stickers and ephemera from  Dear Lizzy.

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Page two- Again all the cards are from the November Gossamer Blue Life Pages kit, I embellished with more ephemera and puffy stickers from Dear Lizzy and some rubber hearts from Amy Tangerine. I actually used a postcard from an art exhibition I saw in place of a photograph and I love using postcards as they fit perfectly into the project life pockets.

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December 2016

Page One – So even though I do a December Daily album every year, I still add a December page to my project life album (it just doesn’t seem complete for me without it) and I try to focus on the more non-holiday stuff that happens in the month and try to make the layout more neutral colours.  I was loving all the gold ephemera from the Fancy Pants line included in the December Gossamer Blue life Pages kit (I couldn’t resist the gold reindeer on the title). All the cards were also from the kit as well as the wood veneers number 12, the snowflakes were from my stash. The journaling spot stickers were from an old Life Pages kit.

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Thanks for coming on my 2016 documentation journey and I hope you will be back to see what 2017 brings!

Sarah

December Daily – Day 17-25

Greetings everyone! I hope everyone is staying warm and dry on this wet and cold day (wet and cold here in the GTA for sure) and enjoying 2017 so far. Here is my final installment of my December Daily album, days 17-25. I always stop at Christmas, I guess it isn’t a true daily if I don’t finish the month, but for me the album has always really focused on the lead up to Christmas and I am ok with ending it at the 25th.

Day 17 – Today was about making the best of the dumping of snow we got that messed up all our plans. I kept the snowy theme, using blue patterned paper from Gossamer Blue’s 2016 December Memories kit to create my pocket on the top and added some veneer, a punched white circle and the number 17. I embellished the grey card on the bottom, from an older Gossamer Blue’s December Memories kit, with a snowflake veneer and enamel dot. I wanted to keep it simple because I really loved the photos and wanted them to be the focus.

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And on the back, I typed up my journaling on the computer, glued it to a life pages card and added some washi tape stickers and enamel dots to embellish, from Gossamer Blue’s 2016 December Memories kit. The bottom card was made from paper I cut from Gossamer Blue’s 2016 December Memories kit, to which I added an old snowflake die cut I had and the chipboard sticker, also from the kit.

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Day 18 – It was such a peaceful, relaxing moment, I mean who wouldn’t want to document that right? I used one of the 4 x 8 sheets from Gossamer Blue’s 2016 December Memories kit as my base and matted my photo on some dark, navy cardstock  and hand cut a banner from the same cardstock to add to the top. I embellished with that awesome reindeer clip (one of my favourite parts of  Gossamer Blue’s 2016 December Memories kit) and then I added a transparency sticker and some journaling directly to the photo (unfortunately my gel pen was dying though so the writing isn’t that fabulous).

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And on the reverse, I kept it simple and glued another 4 x 8 paper from Gossamer Blue’s 2016 December Memories kit to the other one and added a life pages card that had been saving for a while from an old Gossamer Blue life pages kit. I embellished with a die cut and washi tape from Gossamer Blue’s 2016 December Memories kit and some enamel dots.

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Day 19 – Documenting the card making process, not just my own, but for my boys too. I have always had them make cards, for birthdays, Christmas, whatever. I know they enjoy it too. I used some scrap paper to make the card (the grey paper with the white writing) and to that I matted a project life card that I trimmed down. I added the 19 in the centre of a large veneer snowflake and stamped more boughs behind it. The hand cut banner features a “made with love stamp” from one of  Scrapbook and Cards Today’s Crop and Create Delivered kit, embellished with washi tape and enamel dots.

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Day 20 – Now that I look back, I am like seriously woman how many cookie photos did you take?! But in all honesty, I really made that many cookies… way more than I usually do! So I took a little survey of the family and asked their favourites, which I typed on the computer and printed out. I matted it on more navy cardstock and then onto more of the cute evergreen paper. I added some old numbers that I had and washi and the bird die cut from Gossamer Blue’s 2016 December Memories kit.

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So Noah developed this burning need to write over the past month, all writing was directed towards Santa (I swear he wrote at least 20 letters). This was a favourite so I took a picture and matted it on some wood print paper. I again used stamps from Gossamer Blue’s 2016 December Memories kit to stamp the date and the boughs, the merry everything die cut, puffy berry sticker and washi are also from the kit. The believe wood veneer I have had kicking around for a while, no idea where it is from.

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So I wanted to keep the original drawing too, so I used one of the envelopes that the Ali Edwards Story kits come in to hold it, embellished it and punched holes in it to add to the book.

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Day 22 –  I lined the back of Day 21 with this printable vintage music sheet that I found on Pinterest as it went with the photos on the adjacent page for day 22.

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So here is it, the kindergarten sing-a-long photos, honestly too cute. I used an old Gossamer Blue life pages card (the red and white striped one) and embellished with die cuts from Gossamer Blue’s 2016 December Memories kit, wood veneer trees, thickers and an enamel dot. I used another project life card, not sure where it was from, and simply added washi and a chipboard sticker to embellish, again from the kit.

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Day 23 – More Cookies! Decorating some homemade gingerbread men, especially karate ones, are a tradition. I used some wood grain paper from my scraps to create the card on the top and added a combination of die cuts and home made ornaments using a series of punches and scraps. I took an old life pages card that I had to journal and glued some of the die cuts from Gossamer Blue’s December Memories 2016 kit.

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And for the second page, I cut that cute evergreen paper into a 6×8 page and mounted the pic of some of our creations on navy cardstock. I embellished with a hand cut banner and the joy die cut, both from Gossamer Blue’s December Memories 2016 kit, and a gingerbread die cut from Becky Higgins and word stickers from Crate Paper.

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Day 24 – First page, a single photo layout of Christmas Eve dinner with the family. I double matted the photo with red cardstock and a 6×8 page from Ali Edward’s December Daily kit from last year, which I then trimmed to fit on a 6×8 paper which happened to be the reverse design of the evergreen tree print paper above. I added the chipboard banner from  Gossamer Blue’s December Memories 2016 kit to the top.

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And for the second page, I printed the title from my computer on some scrap paper and slipped it in vertically to the layout. I used the project life app to create the journaling card and embellished with a veneer tree and some enamel dots.

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On the reverse, I again used a card from Ali Edwards’ December Daily kit from last year on top and trimmed it down to fit 4×4 (it was a 4×6) and added a small lawn fawn snowflake and an enamel dot as simple embellishments. I cut a strip of the Nordic pattern paper into a banner from Gossamer Blue’s December Memories 2016 kit and layered a punched circle, snowflake veneer from Michaels and another enamel dot.

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Day 25 – We made it! Christmas day! So many photos, I decided to simply to make a 2×2 montage using the project life app, and embellished using bits of wood veneer , stickers and enamel dots from Lawn Fawn and Gossamer Blue’s December Memories 2016 kit.

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And for my final page, I used one of the 4 x 8 papers from Gossamer Blue’s December Memories 2016 kit to journal on and mounted it on a paper from an old kit (I can’t remember whose).  I wanted this to be about the special gift I got from my son and his hilarious card, of which I printed a tiny photo and added it to the page. I embellished with sticker and stamps from Gossamer Blue’s December Memories 2016 kit, some scraps and enamel dots.

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Thanks for checking out my December Daily posts, I hope you had a fabulous time in December making and recording memories with those you love!

Sarah

December Daily – Days 8-16

Hi Everyone, here with my second installment of my December Daily posting!

Day 8  – For this page, I glued together two of the 4 x 8 pages that came in the Gossamer Blue December Memories Kit 2016 and used them as a base. The Be Kind is a Life pages card from an old Gossamer Blue kit that I thought matched the sentiment of my photo well, so I used it as a base for the matted photo. I embellished with a multi-layered wooden snowflake which I love to do on pages that do not have protectors as you aren’t constricted by the depth of the pocket.

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And here’s the reverse of the page…

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Day 9 – One page in my album every year is a 6×8 shot of the boys annual Santa photo. I embellished with some snowflakes, number ephemera and puffy stickers and added the photo tab to the edge,  from the Gossamer Blue December Memories Kit 2016.

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On the back, I chose to hand journal my thoughts about the Santa photo by gluing on a 6×8 paper from a previous December Daily or December Memories kit, I can’t remember where it is from actually. I embellished with some cute little tree stamps and a sticker from the Gossamer Blue December Memories Kit 2016. The reindeer ephemera is from an old Recollections collection and I jazzed it up a bit by tying some bakers twine around the neck.

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Day 10 –  For day ten, I chose to add a fun vintage airmail envelope to the album and to embellish it with two tiny Instax photos of the boys Christmas wish lists. I placed the real lists inside the envelope because I love looking back and seeing the original letters and artwork that people create. All the embellishments are from the Gossamer Blue December Memories Kit 2016 except the word “ten” which I think is from an old Jillibean Soup collection and the striped washi from Stampin’ Up.

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Day 11 – Gingerbread house time! The great thing about hoarding supplies is being able to use them years later (hehe, ok, so that doesn’t always happen but when it does I feel super vindicated!) which is the case with the project life style card on the right which a friend gave me from an old Ali Edwards kit. It worked perfectly with this layout and the colours. All other paper and embellishments with the exception of the wood star are from the Gossamer Blue December Memories Kit 2016 .

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Day 12- Document the disaster…that’s what I would like to subtitle day 12! I used a combination of Gossamer Blue life pages cards from previous sets and used my printer to journal on the top left card and to add the hand written number twelve to the card with the reindeer head. The “12” in green I stamped on with stamps from the Gossamer Blue December Memories Kit 2016  and added a thin strip of red and white washi from the same kit. The black card with the snowflake was from the December 2016 Life Pages kit and I snatched it out and embellished it with wood veneer from Lawn Fawn and a chipboard phrase from the Gossamer Blue December Memories Kit 2016 .

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Day 13 – Ok well today was a busy one with lots to document so it took a few pages.

Page One – Today I went on a class trip with the kindergartens to see Nathan Phillips Square. It was a chilly day but lots of fun for them. I used the December card from an old Gossamer Blue December Memories kit (not sure which year) and added the mittens from this years kit. I punched a circle out of scraps and added in the 13.

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And the reverse features the whole class in front of the Toronto sign (we are in the first O, but its hard to see!) and again I used a card from an old Gossamer Blue December Memories kit, as the sentiment was appropriate, and embellished with little snowflakes from lawn fawn and an enamel dot from Simple Stories.

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Page Two –  As soon as I saw the “keep cozy” sticker in the Gossamer Blue December Memories Kit 2016, I knew that I was going to use it for this layout and I layered it with some scrap paper and glued it onto one of the tags from the kit to create the top card. The bottom card was created from the Project Life app and I just again used my favourite stamp from the Gossamer Blue December Memories Kit 2016 to stamp on some boughs to the top.

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And the reverse of this page was dedicated to the Hudson’s Bay windows. The bottom card was again one in my stash from an old Ali Edwards Magic kit and I used the Project Life app again to create my journaling card, embellishing with enamel dots and some stamping.

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Day 14 –  So I made Toberlone Fudge, and I will admit, it was pretty epic, worthy enough to get its own entry. I had this very cute 4×6 card from and old kit (not sure which one at the moment) and I thought I would use it like a recipe card and stick it in. I glued on the back a lined card and wrote the very easy recipe down. All of the embellishments except for the snowflake and enamel dot are from the Gossamer Blue December Memories Kit 2016, the snowflake is from Michael’s.

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Day 15 – When you find wrapping paper this cute and actually use it before December 23, you want to document it! I used an old Life Pages card from Gossamer Blue as my journaling spot and added a tiny red star stamp and plaid washi from their December Memories 2016 kit. In my paper stash I found this adorable evergreen tree paper, I think it’s from an old We R Memory Keepers line, but I am not sure. I hand cut the tag from scraps and stamped a stag head on the front from on of the Scrapbook and Cards Today Memories delivered kits (I think December 2015?), the stamped spot on the number 15 is from the Gossamer Blue December Memories Kit 2014.

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Day 16 – I used another random previous life pages kit card for my journaling spot as I liked the little fork and knife on the circle. I printed on the card from my computer and I added cookies with some tiny alphas from Simple Stories. For the card on the right, I had dilemma. I really liked the reindeer veneer however at some point, one of the antlers fell off mine. So my ingenious solution was to cut it in half and use it as an embellishment on a semi circle, which I realized has shifted from the edge of the page but oh well what can you do. Again I used my computer to print out the word sixteen.

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Thanks for checking out my second installment of my December Daily 2016! Stay tuned for my final post with the end of my album!

Sarah