Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Featuring Kelly Purkey Shop │ December Release

Hello, hello, hello! Happy New Year! I hope you all had a really wonderful holiday time with your family and friends. The end of the year is always a mad rush to keep everything from crashing down around me and I barely kept up with what I had to do let alone what I wanted to do. To make matters worse my husband and I both got really sick right after New Years and in fact I'm still pretty sick. It's taken all of my energy to get the stuff done that I have to do and sadly the stuff I want to do has taken a serious back seat. Case in point December Daily® posts. I'm so crazy behind on getting all of that photographed and blogged. I'm hoping to get all of that done really soon for you all so be on the lookout for that.

In the meantime there was a new release over at Kelly Purkey Shop at the very end of the year and I had so much fun creating with everything that I wanted to make sure I jumped on to share it with since they were projects that I really loved making. Two of the three kits did sell out but I'm hoping some of what I am sharing will give you a little inspiration on ways to use them.

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The first project I made was for my December Daily® album. My friend and I took our kiddos to a holiday market and there was a guy dressed up as Buddy the Elf. He was suuuuuuper tall and was just the funnest person to be around. He really made the event fun and was more than wiling to snap some cute pics with us.

I used the Richard alpha stamp set to create the base layer for this side of my spread. I love the boldness of this alpha so I hope it sticks around for awhile. It's perfect for creating titles on pages.

The main kit this month was called Details of the Day and this was the stamp set that was included with the kit. Kelly truly is the master of creating interchangeable stamp sets and this set allows you to make custom journaling cards based on your needs. I paired it with typed journaling that's easy to achieve by first stamping your base layers and then either typing write over it with a manual typewriter or scanning it into your computer and then adding in the typed text. You can obviously also hand write your text but in this case I had a lot to include and can't write that small.

I also used one of the Hello, There speech bubbles as an accent on this side. I love these speech bubbles. I'm so glad Kelly brought these back again.

My second project was a travelers notebook spread for the New Year. Sadly the Fresh Start Travelers Notebook Kit and the 2018 Mini Kit have both sold out. They were such great kits. I hope this spread gives you a little inspiration on what you can do with it. I love the millennial pink in the Fresh Start Travelers Notebook kit and if you are interested in working with printables, you can get the papers for the TN Kit right here. I used two of the papers as my base and on the left I typed up my goals for the year. I'm not super rigid about yearly goals but I do like to at least set some down in writing so that they are in the back of my head guiding me throughout the year.

I loved the stamp sets in the 2018 mini kit and used several of the sentiments on this spread. I created the photo booth strip myself using a digital template that I've had for years. I just shot a series of selfies and then edited them pretty severely and made the black and white for a more legitimate feel. I love how this turned out and it was super fun to make.

I added in another of the speech bubble stamps from the Hello, There set and called it done.

One great piece of news that Kelly announced today was that her Travelers Notebook kits will be available for a subscription starting with the January Kit. I've seen the kit and its really great so if you are loving these kits and don't want to miss out due to sell outs, you may want to set up a subscription. You can find all of the details right here.

I hope you're year is off to a great start and that most importantly you are healthy! I never like starting the year off sick so I really hope this isn't an omen for the year ahead.

I'll be back soon to share all of the pages of my December Daily® album and hopefully get a walk through filmed as well.

Take care!

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

December Daily® 2017 │ Days 8 thru 11

This past weekend was a travel weekend for us. It was my daughters birthday and we had made plans to take her away for the weekend. We had a great time, but sadly didn't get the big snow that I was hoping for. One thing I noticed after I made these pages is that my album had suddenly become a birthday tribute album. Which is totally fine but I'm really looking forward to getting some more holiday themed days into the album. I feel like its been lacking the Christmas cheer with these first few entries. But that is life and the beauty of the sum total and not just the parts of this project.

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For day eight, I had to move up my normal birthday balloon delivery a few days since we wouldn't be home on her actual birthday. It worked out though because it helped me announce that we were taking her to Lake Tahoe after school got out.

Its hard to see in the photos but the blind embossed card from the Kelly Purkey Joyful & Bright kit was one of my favorites and I wanted to make sure it got used. Since I'm always down for a pop of white, it was an easy fit into this side of the page. The journaling card is also from the same kit and since I had the .pdf files of the cards I was able to type my journaling prior to printing it out.

For day nine I knew I was going to include a photo of the lake that actually had a bit of snow in it. This shot was taken from the car while it was moving. Its my favorite spot on the lake to take photos and I always try to snap a shot as we pass by in the car.

The journaling cards are all from the Kelly Purkey Joyful & Bright kit, and again I typed my journaling prior to printing. The rubber square piece was an extra purchase from Ali Edwards. I am still really loving rubber embellishments a lot, so I am always eager to find room for them.

I typically shy away from using the 2x2 square page protectors just because they never seem to look right when I use them. But for things like this that are see through, I enjoy. There were just enough pockets for me to caption my photo while having room for the number and two accents. I stapled the letters to clear transparency sheets that I cut to size. I could have easily stapled them into the protector but I didn't want the backside of the staples to rub against my printed photo. 

Day ten was my daughters big day. It was also super busy. We had to leave Tahoe in the morning get home and unpack and rest for a bit and then head out to a soccer game. After the game we had a small party for just the family which was super fun and it also gave us a chance to order this super fun Unicorn cake.

This digital file is from Studio Calico, you can find it here if you're also into Unicorns or know someone who is. I also added a photo from the soccer game to the backside along with some journaling about the day.

For day eleven it was a pretty busy day getting caught up from the weekend but I had this photo of my daughters hot cocoa that I thought was pretty perfect and a great way to transition back into holiday mode. I knew when I saw a Instagram post from My Minds Eye sharing a super cute banner file that they had created that the Santa face would make a perfect page for my album. This banner was shared to their newsletter subscribers so I'm sorry I cannot link you to it but you can see the Instagram post here.

To make the page I just did a print and cut from my Silhouette Cameo for both the front and the backside photo. For the backside photo I just mirrored the front side to get the right cut lines so that it would match up when adhered down front to back. I added in some simple numbers and a small sentiment sticker to the back photo.

I sure am looking forward to things slowing down a bit so I can start working daily, or at least no more than two days at a time going forward. I hope you are having as much fun as I am working on your album too.

I'll be back soon to share more.
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Monday, December 11, 2017

December Daily® 2017 │ Album Walk Through Video Days 1-7

I wanted to pop in real quick to let you know that I have uploaded a video of my December Daily® 2017 album so far to my YouTube channel. In the video I walk you through days 1 thru 7 and talk a little bit about each page. I know that some folks prefer walk through videos instead of looking at static photos so if you prefer that you can watch below or click thru here and watch it via YouTube.

I'll be back soon to share more pages as soon as they are done.
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Friday, December 8, 2017

December Daily® 2017 │ Days 5 thru 7

I find sometimes when I have to play catch up at the beginning I tend to work on a few days and then take a few days off. I seem to like batch creating with this project mainly because it does help sometimes knowing what's coming behind a page that I make so that I can accommodate what I have in mind. Again, this is all part of my theory of letting it flow at my pace and creating with what I have to work with.

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Day five was a total challenge. If you have been here awhile you know the story of my daughter's wrapping paper but if you are new here its a tradition that started back when she was about two. I decided to pick a special wrapping paper just for her gifts to make it easier for me. If it was all the same I didn't have to tag each package. Hello time saver. When she got a little older she asked if she could pick out her special paper. So each season we make a trip to Target and she picks out her paper. This year, she threw me a curve ball and chose a black holographic pink unicorn paper. Its so perfectly her right now so I really love that she picked it but I did think to myself, how the heck am I going to make this fit! Truth be told, I changed this after I had already made it. I didn't love what I had made, so laying in bed last night I thought about ways to make it better and that meant vellum. I kept the same basic design I just added the layer of vellum between my photo and the paper layer. I wanted it to open so you could still see the paper and I loved how this little switch softened it and make it more special. The pink sequin heart is old Heidi Swapp, the rubber circle is from the Paislee Press mini kit, the black chipboard number is from Ali Edwards, and the black December tab is from Studio Calico.

The vellum is old Cosmo Cricket.

It really is pretty paper when you see it in person. Even the black portion has a slight holographic pattern.

Day six we stuffed and mailed our Christmas Cards. My dear friend DeAnna is a photographer and this is the third year she has shot our family photos. She surprised me with this image of my daughter and I knew it had to be used. I kept the left side simple, just some text and a large number from Studio Calico. The hexagon glitter was purchased at Target in the dollar spot and I stuck each one down with a Martha Stewart glue pen. It went much faster than I thought it would.

And the shine is really pretty in person.

Day seven was a crafty day. I made the silver star garland when I couldn't find one in the stores anywhere. I also thought it was the perfect time to share what our mantle looks like this year since I decided to switch it all up. The white houses and many of the bottle brush trees were in the Target dollar spot this year. I purchased the wool felt ball garland from Etsy and I made the silver star garland by cutting varying star shapes on my Silhouette Cameo and stapling them to a silver cord with my tiny attacher.

To label the day I added in one of the stars that I had cut and slipped in one of Kelly Purkey's letterpress numbers from this years Joyful & Bright kit. The green really popped and I love it.

Thanks for being here and I'll be back next week some time to share more. Its a big birthday weekend around here for a certain little girl so I'l have lots to include.

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