Mini Album

Mini Album: 2017

Yay! Spring is here! This is my favorite time of year! This is when I have my Julie Andrews/Maria von Trapp moment running up the hills singing “the hills are alive”. There’s just something about flowers, plants, and trees blooming all around, warmer weather, and allergies with the occasional nose bleed, I just love it all!

If you follow me on Instagram and have read earlier posts, you’ve probably already seen the first few pages of my 2017 mini album. But, since I had not made an “official” post, I thought why not share the first pages on a separate post? So get ready for some deja-vu as you scroll down.

Let’s begin with the album itself, it’s the Reporter Acrylic Album. I ordered it through Jamiaca Makes. <-  This is the link to the shop, this particular album is not available right now but she does have more to choose from. (Plus, check out her blog, she has awesome layouts!)

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I used Kellie Stamps’ Hello Sunshine Digital Set for the “2017”. I added it with Photoshop, did my little eraser magic as to make my peace sign fingers appear in front of the numbers, slapped on some Alanis lyrics, and viola! My cover page was made!

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For these next couple of pages, I used the Daisy 6×8 Printable from Push Print Studios and a photo that I took using my GoPro. I made a notecard using a digital stamp from Kellie Stamps’ Good Times and I jotted down some quotes, you know, in case I need to give myself a little pep talk, like I’ve been needing to everyday this year.

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I used another one of Kellie Stamps digital sets for this next layout, Today Was, and stickers from the Fri-Yay sticker set.

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This is what I love about digital stamps, the possibilities are endless! I love how I was able to use this phrase as the background to these photos (also taken with my GoPro). I was able to add pops of color with these circle cork stickers from my Messy Box subscription.

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I feel like my mini album is off to a good start and I can’t wait to share more soon! But for now, I think I’m going to take advantage of this beautiful day and maybe take a nap or watch TV all day.

Hope you guys enjoyed!

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Project Life: February ’17

Hey guys! I’m so excited to share my February layout with you today because, well, it sorta kicked my ass this time around. January’s layout was just so easy to put together and I loved how it turned out, and with this month’s layout, I struggled a bit. Not much went on this month but thankfully we took a little road trip the day after my birthday to go ride our rzr side by sides and I managed to get a lot of photos with my GoPro. After having to just walk away from this layout a couple of times, I was able to finally put it all together and now all is good in my craft room!

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This layout consists of a big mashup of Push Print Studios, Becky Higgins, and Studio Calico inserts. Sometimes that’s how it just turns out and that’s okay! I used inserts from the Everyday Daydream, Shine,  and Yes printable sets from Push Print Studios. I also cut down a 4×6 insert, from the Wander core kit from Becky Higgins, into a 4×3. The Studio Calico inserts I used were from paper packs and inserts I bought a while back when they had a sale.

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I used Kellie Stamps’ Digital Month set again for my title photo. I was able to get this quick picture with my Samsung phone. Random fact about me, I downloaded Snapchat ONLY because I saw they came out with a Hello Kitty filter. I am OBSESSED with Hello Kitty!!! Other than that, I really don’t understand the whole point of that app.

Also, can you take a wild guess how old I turned last month?

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Here is a close up of some of the Push Print Studio inserts  I used. I have been hoarding this insert that gives me tribal/southwest vibes. I love this insert and I thought it went perfect with our New Mexico pictures.

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Because I had so many pictures of our small trip, I decided to cut down a Design V page protector from a 12×12 into a 4×12. I stamped the first photo using Kelly Purkey’s February Kit and I added a tab with the date. I finished this page with a chipboard accent from the Everyday Edition Chipboard Stickers and an insert from the Confetti Edition Digital Set. Here is the front and back of the page that I will be putting in between this month’s layout.

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Whew! That’s a lot of stuff I used for this layout! Hoarding has it’s privileges my friends! And here’s one more thing to hoard, the journal card I made to document the month. Remember, just right click and select save.

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I’m really hoping that March’s layout will be a little easier to put together because I plan on having A TON of photos! We will actually be heading to Moab, Utah next week for Spring Break. This is the first time we will be going to Utah so we’re looking forward to a change in scenery. And yes, we’re taking the side by sides and the dogs! Fun times!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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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!

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Kellie Stamps January ’17 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!