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Project Life: January ’17

Hey guys! I know we’re already in mid February but I just now finished my January layout. I had a couple of set backs so far this month including laziness, multiple shows that I needed to catch up on, running out of printer ink, my birthday I was required to celebrate, all sprinkled with more laziness. But yesterday I decided to finally do some “adulting” and drove those long five miles to Best Buy to buy printer ink before I took my kid to get new clothes because for some reason he outgrows everything. I even gassed up the ol’ jeep. Talk about a busy day! So proud of myself! Thank goodness my husband didn’t want a home cooked meal!

Anyway, I shared the first page of my January layout on the Color Cast Designs January ’17 Release blog post, but you can now see the full layout.

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I LOVE the pop of orange on here. This was not planned but I happened to have the orange inserts from the Kelly Purkey monthly kit subscription that I received in January. It just happened to go well with the picture of my dog, Zoie, the firewood pic, and the dead grass from the “today” photo. Who would’ve thought you could match PL inserts with dead grass? That’s pretty creative if you ask me! So obviously, since I had the first page already done, I wanted to carry over some of that orange to the second page.

I have a confession, I sucked at taking photos during this month (I think I was a little burnt out from December Daily). So much so that I had to reuse my peace sign picture again (I used the same picture for my mini album cover photo). But thankfully, the picture went well with the rest of the layout.

Here is a close up of my title for the layout, using Kellie Stamps Digital Month 2017 set.

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You can see on the close up below the peace sign picture I talked about and an awesome girl power button that I used to add a little more black to this second page. The orange insert was actually a 4×6 insert that I cut down to 3×4. You can also see the “You Are Awesome” veneer and acrylic from Color Cast Designs. One of my faves!

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I did a monthly recap on a plain white insert that I made that has the month and year. I wanted something simple that would go with pretty much anything because I plan on using something like this for the rest of the year. I only made one for January, but I’ll make them as I go. I’m still not 100% confidant with my handwriting so I used Becky Higgins’ Becky Script to type out my journaling. I find myself using this font A LOT! But you can find other fonts on Becky’s website that are also really good if you’re looking for that right hand written-esque look.

Here is the insert I created, it’s a 4×6 but you can cut it down to 3×4. You can right click it and save it! Yay for freebies!

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I think I’ve already taken way more pictures for February so hopefully that layout will come together as well as this one did! I love when layouts come together without planning!

I hope you guys enjoyed and are having a fab Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day!

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January ’17 Top 5

If 2017 and I were in a boxing match, the score would be Diana: 0 2017: 1. Round 1, aka January, started off very positive, I mean I trained hard! But then I got over confident, I still held my own after a couple of jabs but then came the almighty upper cut! So dramatic! In all seriousness, January was alright, I have no reason to complain! Plus look at the bright side, I have a Top 5 for you guys! It’s been awhile, right?

This month’s faves are all about the products I will be using to document 2017 (I will kick your ass ’17!).

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1. A Beautiful Mess Gray 9×12 Messy Book Album

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TA-DA! My new album for the year! I decided to go with a 9×12 album and I loved this gray album from A Beautiful Mess. The inside of the album is a bright yellow, giving the album a pop of color. Sorry guys, I tried to link up the album and it is no longer on the website. Fingers crossed that changes!

2. Kellie Stamps Digital Month Pocket Page Cards

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I feel like Kellie has done all the hard work for me with these monthly PL inserts. When you purchase the cards you get them in 4×6 and 3×4 inserts in JPEG and PNG files. If you’re like me and like to make intro cards to your layouts, like the one above, this set is perfect and ready to use for the year.

3. NessaSelwyn Metallic Taupe Travelers Notebook Cover

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Using a monthly calendar helps me keep up with my Project Life documenting. So to help me keep up with my calendar I bought this midori cover, I mean look at that metallic color! You must check out Nessa Selwyn’s Etsy shop, it was really hard to choose which one to get.

4. Lamy Al-Star Charged Green Fountain Pen

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I loooooove my Lamy pen! I already had a black one so I knew my next one would be a fun color. I had the major heart eyes when I saw the charged green color. Beautiful color, reminded me of a pear.

5. Jamaica Makes Reporter Acrylic Album

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This year I plan to keep up with a mini album also. I’m liking using minis because this is where I really get to play with photos and Photoshop. This is the reporter size, which to me seems like you have to use it vertically, but I plan on using it vertically and horizontally. Should make for an interesting album!

It looks like 2017 will be well documented with the help of these items. I pretty much have no excuse to fall behind this year! Let’s get ready for round 2!

Mini Album · Project Life

Kellie Stamps January ’17 New Release

Hi there! I’m showing off the new Kellie Stamps release for you guys. I’m on the “digital” team this time around and I am loving it!!! I love playing in Photoshop and using digi-stamps is pushing me to try new techniques.

For this layout I used the new Looks Like Summer digital stamp set. You can see I used a couple of stamps on my photos and I even made an insert to journal on, which helped balance the colors of this layout

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I also used a sticker off of the Fri-Yay sticker set. Here are a couple of close ups for you to check out (yes, that’s me on the ground on the pic below after I fell because apparently I can’t jump…)

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I used the numbers off of the Hello Sunshine digital stamp set for the cover of my 2017 mini album.

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I actually had a hard time deciding on what to use as my cover photo but then I realized, what better than to use a peace sign and some Alanis Morissette lyrics?

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I hope you guys check out the new Kellie Stamps release! I hope you got a bit of inspiration for digital stamping but if that’s not your cup of tea, both sets I mentioned today are also available in clear stamps!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Color Cast Designs January ’17 New Release

Hi guys! I wanted to share a quick post about Color Cast Designs’ new release. There’s hearts, love, and stars galore! There’s a lot to choose from on this release and I loved using these wood veneers and acrylics on my layouts below.

So I’m actually sharing a sneak peak of my January Project Life layout. Here is my first page, I will share this again when I post about my January layout and I will discuss the various products I used. But for now, I want to show you the CCD embellishments.

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The Today acrylic is from the XOXO set. I love that I was able to use this acrylic to describe this certain foggy and rainy day. We’ve actually been having quite a few of those (my fave). I also used the I’m So lucky To Have You wood veneer from the same set. This set is very “romantic” but I decided to use this on a picture of my dog, Zoie. I mean she and I will be each other’s valentines this year any way so… You dog lovers understand, right?

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The Just Breathe acrylic was perfect for this selfie that was taken with my GoPro. The set this comes in is also called Just Breathe.

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Here’s a full 8×6 layout using more of the XOXO set and the Love You More acrylic.

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I love all the Xs and Os in this set, these fit perfectly on a Push Print Studio card.

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The You’re My Person wood veneer and Love You More acrylic were perfect for this layout filled with our engagement pictures! I wish I had started Project Life earlier and used this as a guest book with blank inserts for people to sign. Imagine how cute that would’ve been?!

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I was so excited to play with these new items and I can’t wait to see what everybody creates over on Instagram! If you have a chance, don’t forget to check out Color Cast Designs’ website and the #colorcastdesigns hashtag for more inspiration!

See you guys later!

December Daily · Mini Album

December Daily: Days 16-20

Hi there! Today I’m sharing Days 16 thru 20 of my December Daily mini album. Not going to lie, I’m pretty much over Christmas at this point… anybody else? Yes? No? Just me? I’m ready to wrap this up because I’m pretty eager to start on my 2017 Project Life album. I’m loving all the new stuff coming out and I can’t wait to start sharing my new projects!

Let’s get started with day 16. I used an Ali Edwards paper as the background for my left page from her December Daily Main Kit. I wrote down my favorite Christmas movies on a white tag and added a wooden ornament from the Color Cast Designs 2016 Christmas Ornaments set.

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Here’s a close up of my bad handwriting favorite Christmas movies and a picture of the Elf ornament AJ picked out for us this year.

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December 17, the day we actually went out and did something festive and I got to wear something Beyonce inspired, all in one day!

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Day 18 was back to normal, we didn’t have much going on that day so I took a quick picture of the gift wrap I used and I added this fun paper I found on Push Print Studios.

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Double paged photos became my favorite for this album. I got a close up of some poinsettias on the 19th. I love the look of these flowers so I was happy I was able to incorporate them in my album (yet my husband doesn’t let me incorporate them in our home because he says I’m a plant killer…)

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These last couple of years, I’ve asked my family and friends to gift us with ornaments from their travels. So for day 20, I took a picture of an ornament my sister bought us from Disney World this year.

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The green and white snowflakes are from the Stampin Up December Wonder Stamps set. This digital set turned out to be perfect for my mini album!

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So now I only have one more blog post to go for the last pages of my album! I’m still planning on doing a flip through video of the whole album once I’m done but I need to so some research on how to do this. I love editing photos so let’s see if I can edit a video!

I hope you guys enjoyed these new pages, see you next time!