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Project Life: March ’18

Hey there! I am sharing my March layout today! Yes, months later but… well, I have no excuse. I have been lazy as hell! Sometimes it’s hard for me to stay motivated. I blame this on my thyroid but I try not to say this out loud because I get the biggest eye roll and sigh from my husband everytime he hears it. I tell myself that my willpower is bigger than my thyroid but it turns out maybe not so much. Or am I really plain lazy? Maybe it’s a mixture of both?

So why am I telling you this? It could be because I feel inspired by Glennon Doyle. I just finished reading Love Warrior and it was so refreshing to read to somebody’s honest opinion. The whole book just felt like a friend telling me exactly how she felt with no filter. Or maybe I’m writing this because of the lack of human interaction I’ve had the last couple of weeks. I’ve been working from home lately and even though I mentioned “lack of human interaction”, don’t take that to mean something negative. I have seriously enjoyed working from home. Do you know how awesome it is to go to sleep on Sunday nights? That has quickly moved its way up to my Top 5 best feelings ever!

So anywhoo, here is my layout:

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During the month of March, my husband and I went downtown for a festival and I took a couple of pictures that set the “tone” for the layout. I really like how this layout has a light feel to it. I didn’t add any embelishments because I wanted to keep this real simple.

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I used the Relax Relax Relax, Wild, and Obsessed printable card sets from Push Print Studio. I altered most of the 4×6 cards into 3×4 inserts with PhotoShop.

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Below you’ll see that I posted the before and afters of the photos I used for this layout. Editing photos is my favorite part! Normally I like to use the same preset per layout but I used multiple presets here.

I used the Montauk Bay preset for the Midland sign. I cropped the picture down and increased the exposure just a tad.

I took this photo outside of Office Depot because I needed some more pictures plus I wanted something to represent the beginning of Spring. I used the Mensch Maschine preset for this picture and increased the exposure to this as well.

This pic is my favorite! I see this building all the time when I drive through downtown and never thought much about it but when we here hanging out right in front of it all day, I noticed all these little details on it. Once I took the picture, I loved seeing all the shades of blue throughout the windows. I used the Garden Grove preset for this, which is one of my most used presets, and then I sharpened it a little more and straightened it.

And the best thing is, these presets are all FREE!

Believe it or not I already did my April layout but I won’t be able to share it here because I made it using the Studio Calico Explorer Documenter Kit for one of their classes. If you have access to the SC classes, go check it out!

I hope you guys have a great weekend!

 

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Project Life: February ’18

Hi again! I know, I know, I’m actually blogging again! Believe me, I have missed it but as some of you might know, I’ve been busy! If you follow me on Instagram, you know I decided to start my own business. This idea came to me last year when I had answered the question “what would be your dream job?”. I actually have more than one, but one of my answers was to own my own stationary/paper goods store. I decided to just go for it and during December I registered my store’s name, Bosc Paper Supply Co., here in my city. I came up with the name Bosc because that is my favorite type of pear and I wanted to be able to play off of the name The Lovely Pear. So long story short, I am running my own business online. Will I ever get a store? Who knows but I’m having fun the way it is now. That’s one thing off the bucket list! Now to see Duran Duran in concert so I can mark one more off!

Aside from starting Bosc, I also started a new job which isn’t really a big deal but I’m an over-analyzer so if you can just imagine smoke coming out from the top of head, that was me all February long. Then March I realized there was a stranger living in my house. My little clingy, lovable son went missing and all of a sudden there was a teenager sleeping in his bed. Yes, motherhood has now taken me to the next stage of my child’s life. I don’t know why raising a teenager is hard for me because I practically still feel like one myself! I mean come on, it wasn’t THAT long ago that I was in high school! But then again when somebody says “10 years ago” I think of the early nineties.

Sometimes I think if I had a clone, one of us could take over The Lovely Pear and the other run Bosc, but in all reality, we’d probably both chill on the couch and be lazy together. Wishfull thinking!

I’m going to count everything you just read as my “2017 year in review” and we’re just going to fast forward to my Project Life layout for February.

I decided to go with 6×8 pages for this year, knowing that I’m not going to have as much time to scrapbook. The pocket pages I used were 6×8 Design 3 and Design 4 from Becky Higgins.

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I used inserts from past A Beautiful Mess kits and stamps from past Kelly Purkey kits. For the journaling card, I used one of Kellie Stamps digital stamps. Unfortunately, I could not find the link for any of these items. Boo.

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I didn’t take many photos during this month because I really didn’t think I was going to try to make a layout. I ended up taking some last minute photos at the end of the month around my house and I just love how this page came out! (Psst… you can find those black scissors on the Bosc website!)

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Believe it or not, I’m working on my March layout AND… I made a layout for the Studio Calico June Documenter Workshop! I can’t wait for you to see it, it’s one of my favorite layouts!

Thanks guys for coming back, you have no idea how much I appreaciate it!

 

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Color Cast Designs: September ’17 Release

Hey there! Today I’d like to share a quick post with a couple of projects I made with Color Cast Designs’ September release. While everybody seems to be excited for pumpkin-spiced everything, and trading in flip-flops for boots, I did my best and tried to get in that Autum spirit, thankfully this release helped me welcome this Fall season. I pulled out my best flannels, dusted off the boots, and took pictures of as many pumpkins as I could!

I used the new Leaves, Confetti Leaves, and Currently Tags sets for this 6×8 layout.

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For this layout, I documented what I call a “fun” day, meaning “the hubby is in a good mood, take advantage and get whatever you can”! This is like seeing a unicorn, you don’t question it, you just enjoy it while you can and proceed with caution as to not scare it away!!!

I also used the Everyday Edition core kit from Becky Higgins. These inserts matched perfectly with my pictures and the CCD embellishments!

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The “story of today” card below actually has a heart on it, I placed one of the leaves from the Confetti Leaves set over it to give it more of a “Fall” vibe.

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For the next project, I went ahead and made the first page of my October spread. I used inserts from Kelly Purkey’s monthly kit and Push Print Studio.

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The Currently Tags set was also used for this page along with the Autumn Splendor and Lucky Me sets.

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Autumn splendor indeed!

So far I’m enjoying putting together these layouts, and playing with these Fall colors and embellishments. Hopefully the second page to this layout will come together just as easy! Oh, and hopefully there’s more of those “unicorns” here soon!

See you guys next time!

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September ’17 Top 5

Hello everyone! Today I am sharing my Top 5 for September. I know it’s been a while since I’ve done a Top 5 so I’m pretty excited about today’s post.

To start off, you’ll notice that this month’s list is Happy Planner related. Yup, I am now into the whole planner craze. Usually I use my traveler’s notebook as a “what I did today” type of planner, and my appointments and special reminders I keep on my phone. After seeing a couple of my co-workers with Happy Planners, and yelling “stay away from me with those!”, I ended up becoming one of those people who look for every coupon on-line to use on those freaking sticker books! And… one of the highlights of September was getting to meet Stephanie Flemming at the Pinners Conference in Arlington during September! I was so excited to show her my planner!

Even though I’m still playing around with my “planner style”, I feel like I’m already putting my planner to good use. I’ve noticed I actually do things if I plan it and write it down, meaning I actually cleaned my house this week! Well parts of it, but like I said, I’m still figuring it out. Baby steps.

September 2017 Fave

1. Me & My Big Ideas 2017-2018 Classic Happy Planner – Market Floral

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I decided to go with the “Classic” size, and I love it! I felt like the Goldilocks of planners when trying to figure out what size planner to get. The “big” planners were pretty cool because of all the writing space but they were just too big for me, and I liked the new “mini” planners because it could fit in my purse, but it was just too small. The classic happened to be just right! It was a tough deciding what cover and design to go with but I ended up with the Market Floral. So lovely!

2. Tombow TwinTone 12-Pack Marker Set, Pastels and Brights

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I happened to try these markers at the Tombow booth at the Pinners Conference and I immediately fell in love with them. I loved all the colors so I decided to get both the Pastels and Brights sets. The extra-fine tip is perfect for writing and the broad bullet tip is great for drawing on my planner.

3. Me & My Big Ideas Line It Up and Check It Off Stencil

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When I first saw these I thought “what in the world is this?” But after doing some research and seeing that they were stencils to write lines and check boxes (or circles), I was in a hurry to go back to the store to get them. So now I get to have perfect lines, squares, and circles in my planner, all for only $5. Score!

4. Me & My Big Ideas The Happy Planner Page Protectors

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Need I say more than pocket pages? There are pocket pages for the planner… pocket pages. Pocket pages is what I use to do my memory keeping, and there’s some that are made for the planner I’m using. And this is the whole reason I decided to go with The Happy Planner as my new planner. Truth.

5. Me & My Big Ideas The Happy Planner Classic Punch

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If you’re going to have a Happy Planner, you have to have the punch, it’s a must! You can punch all the things and put them in your planner, need I say more? The Happy Planner people have seriously thought of everything!

So now, I get to check off the “write blog post” box on my to-do list. Yay me! Pay bills, mop, and put out Halloween decor will just have to wait. Anyway, thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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Project Life: August ’17

Hi guys! Yes, you are seeing this correctly, this is my August layout. I skipped June and July, but that’s because I haven’t made those yet and I was really eager to document our Vegas trip. To tell you the truth, I don’t even think I took any pictures in June… so I’m thinking about combining it with July? Not sure how I’m going to work around this but I didn’t want this to be the reason for falling more behind in my Project Life album. The good think is, there are no rules when it comes to memory keeping (what I like to tell myself when I feel like a slacker)!

There’s only one word to describe August, and that word is Vegas. The shopping, the food, the gambling, and the shopping, it was all so fun! I was able to use Color Cast Designs’ new release with this layout, and it was my first time using inserts from In A Creative Bubble!20170907_123544

All the inserts from this layout were from the Las Vegas Journaling Cards set. There are a lot of destination/travel sets you should check out for documenting any fun vacation.

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Thrill Seeker is one of sets I used from Color Cast Designs, I love how it has wood and acrylic veneers, also perfect for documenting vacations.

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I trimmed down a  9×12 pocket page that had 4×3 pockets down to a 3×12. I wanted to include this selfie of AJ that he sent me and a couple more pictures of Vegas.

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The “go, see, do” is also a part of the Thrill Seeker set, and “love this” is from the Yes Please set. Love these colors!

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We spent a total of 5 nights in Vegas, I was weirdly ready to come home about the 4th night in, and now I’m dying to go back. Go figure!

Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoyed!