Project Life

Project Life: August ’15

Hello again! I am actually done with my August Project Life layout the first week of the month! I learned that it is SO easy to do your layout if you have a lot of pictures and luckily I took plenty this month because of our trip to Dallas. I was done with my layout in one day which is a new record for me, it usually takes me longer because of my indecisiveness. I’m very happy with the shots I got and I even pushed myself out of my comfort zone and took a couple of selfies (gasp!).

During our trip we stayed at the Gaylord Texan Resort and they happened to have the inside of the hotel decorated with a “The Wizard of Oz” theme. I took a picture of the ruby red boots as we were about to check out, you can see that pic below. It ended up being a great pic to use as my “monthly cover pic”.

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My dad is a huge baseball fan and my husband and I were able to take him and my mom to a Texas Rangers game. We had such a great time and it was awesome to take pictures of him checking out the field to be able to share with my sisters and for him to keep as a reminder.

I used a couple of Studio Calico alpha stamps (Laina and Alex & Ben). I also used my typewrite a lot for this layout along with a flair button and parcel tag from Pink Paradise.DSC03078

I used label stamps and dies from Studio Calico and Kelly Purkey and a couple of sentiments from Kellie Stamps. For ink I used Ranger Archival Ink in jet black, Brilliance in moonlight white, and Mama Elephant Creative Color in winter. All the patterned paper I used is from Studio Calico.
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I was able to get good shots of the concert with my Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, that is after I turned on the HDR. I realized this AFTER the first band played… meaning I got no good pics of Deftones, only of Incubus. The good thing though is I have good pics from Deftones the first time I saw them, and I got good shots of Brandon Boyd shirtless, so all is ok.

We have another trip coming up this month, this time we’ll be going to Austin for my sister-in-law’s wedding. AJ’s birthday is also this month so we have some fun stuff planned for that so hopefully I’ll have plenty of pictures for the next PL layout.

See you guys next time!

My Favorites

August ’15 Top 5

Hey there! I hope you guys had a great August, I sure did and I can’t wait to get started on my Project Life layout! I am most definitely ready for Fall but for now I am wearing my flip flops and t-shirts as much as I can…

Anyway, on to the Top 5:

August Top 5

1.Studio Calico Mega Date Stamp

August Fave 1 I really tried to stop myself from getting this because I thought “why do I need a huge date stamp?”, but then I saw all the cool traveler notebook spreads and scrapbook layouts that people made using this stamp. You can see below the comparison in size between the mega stamp and the Heidi Swap stamp that I usually use. No joke, this thing is the size of my face.August Fave 1a

2. Kelly Purkey Reading List KitAugust Fave 2 I’ve been picking up my books a lot lately so I knew I had to have this kit as soon as it came it out. I love how you can rate and review your book with the stamp set and I especially love the cards it comes with for you to jot down your favorite quote from the book, plus you also get this in a PDF file so you can print more once you’ve used them all up. I did a test run with a book I finished early August, A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout. The cards are perfect for Project Life!August Fave 2a 3. Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi, 24 Color SetAugust Fave 3

I REALLY wanted this watercolor set back when watercoloring was getting popular in the card making world but I knew I didn’t need to spend that amount of money on them being a beginner. That’s how I ended up with the Peerless Watercolors. BUT, I just happened to find this set at Hobby Lobby and you know what that means… you can get it half off with their weekly coupon!!! Straight into my cart it went!

4. Lamy Safari Fountain PenAugust Fave 4

I’ve always had an obsession with pens (please tell me I’m not the only one) and I knew I was in trouble when I googled “Lamy”. I happened to ask somebody on Instagram what kind of pen they used for their traveler’s notebook and she told me she uses a Lamy fountain pen. There are different colors, types, and nibs to choose from, I happened to go for the Safari fine tip pen (black on black like my Jeep :D). It’s my first fountain pen and it did take a while to get used to it, and because of that any little piece of paper I could find has my name written all over it. Writing with this pen feels just like butta!

5. Pink Paradise Flair Buttons

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My friend Angela and I decided to open up an Etsy shop, Pink Paradise, and sell flair buttons and hopefully down the line other types of embellishments. It is definitely still a work in progress but we both love creating and we are crazy about embellishments and thought “why not make our own?”

I love using flair buttons on my Project Life and scrapbook layouts, and the good thing about them is if you can also order these in pin-back or hollow-back!

I hope you guys enjoyed my list, I know I had a lot of fun spending money on these items! I also hope you guys check out the Pink Paradise Etsy shop, the link is below. Also, you can find me on Tumblr now, it’s more of a personal account with a lot of Friends and Harry Potter reblogs but also more personal photos.

Hope you guys have a great September!

Items mentioned:

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Link to Studio Calico Mega Date Stamp: http://www.studiocalico.com/shop/reveal/mega-date-stamp

Link to Kelly Purkey Reading List Kit: The Kelly Purkey Shop is down for maintenance, once it is back up I will post the link

Link to Pink Paradise Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PinkParadise1?ref=l2-shopheader-name