I just wanted to step in here and let everyone know that my latest project for the rukristin Creative Team is up! It’s an adorable little travel notebook I made for our DisneyWorld trip.
This was another slow week for me, so lots of pictures of Cheeto, and even a few cell phone screencaps…that’s how little I did this week, LOL. I did include a picture of a few of my cousins on their vacation; I don’t really like to include pictures that I didn’t take or wasn’t involved in, but this vacation was a big deal for them, and the picture was just too good not to include.
I know you can’t really see the little label on the “8” card in the above picture, so I zoomed in a bit here:
It’s one of the adorable phrase strips that were included in Ali Edwards’ Week in the Life kit, which is one of my favorite purchases ever. I don’t do Week in the Life (or at least I haven’t yet), but I absolutely loved the kit. I love her style, and have been using pieces of that kit on everything, LOL.
Here is my extremely-pastel week 34 spread (LOL):
I always feel weird including pictures of/from other people’s activities in my books. Kind of like I’m cheating, I guess. But in this case, it was something I really did feel involved in, even if I couldn’t be there…so I figured it’d be okay!
Oh man, I got to use my mega date stamp from Studio Calico on this spread, and…that thing is mega. I don’t honestly know how often I’ll be using it, but I couldn’t resist such an odd purchase. And I saw others do cute things with it, which always inspires me.
Anyone who’s even briefly met me (or followed me on any kind of social media) knows that I love my dog, Cheeto. I am not a dog person, or even an animal person, but she’s really pretty cool….and I take a lot of pictures of her. What can I say, she’s adorable!
Many of these pictures are included in my weekly Project Life spreads, but I really wanted something special, just for pictures of her, that I could add to each year of her life. Also, I’ve managed to acquire a rather embarrassing amount of 4×4 albums, so I needed something to do with those, LOL. Thus, the Cheeto “puppy love” album was born:
I always do my covers last, because they are the hardest part of an album for me, and I don’t know their “vibe” until I get a feel for the rest of the album, but…can I just say that I am proud of this one? Thank you.
The title page is a must for me in albums, because I don’t like just opening with a picture. The title page of this Cheeto album consists of a shaker…with some of her baby teeth in it. Creepy, maybe. But I’ve kept them for years, and I am glad I found something to do with them.
I decided to separate the album by the years of her life, just for fun. I used some clear 4×4 dividers with numbers on them, and also some plain Avery tabs with the years.
I used a lot of simple embellishments, though the book is still pretty bulky, LOL. I just couldn’t resist using a few custom-made flair like the ones available in my shop, as I often do.
I don’t have too much to say about most of the pages/photos. Her cuteness speaks for itself in most cases,and this isn’t really a book about stories so much as it is about memories. I just want to remember her funny little faces, her favorite activities, and her quirks forever, and have a book that documents them all as she acquires them.
I just could not get the pictures of the left side to turn out, so here’s one-half of my week 29 layout, LOL:
It was a pretty full week. We saw the Foo Fighters in concert at Citi Field, which was highly entertaining. Dave Grohl sure knows how to rock…obviously. On the “D is for…” card, I used the Kelly Purkey outline stamp set, which is one of my most intelligent purchases ever. It is the perfect size for Project Life cards, and comes with adorable little “filler” patterns. I also bought the matching filler alphabet (called Damen), and feel equally strongly about how perfect it is.
I also got to use a self-made flair here, and I love it. Nothing could be more appropriate, and I am so glad it found its rightful home, LOL.
This was actually a busy week! It was Easter, which always means a big get-together for my boyfriend’s family, and we had a mid-week concert (OK Go).
I love the content of this layout; it captures some really happy times. Easter is always a fantastic time. The family is so hilarious and caring, and we got the best “family selfie” ever. The OK Go concert was amazingly well-done, and one of my top-five favorite concerts ever. I managed to snag one of each color of confetti they had, and stapled them onto a card for posterity! That’s the kind of thing I love to include in my albums: bits. Bits I find on the ground outside, bits I get from tours, etc. Ephemera is what makes my books so fat, but is also something that I never regret keeping.
I have been so excited but couldn’t really tell anyone until today: I have been selected to be on the rukristin Creative Team! This is really fun for me, being my first creative team membership, and I am seriously jazzed to be creating projects to showcase current and upcoming rukristin product lines, because her stuff is downright adorable, in the most badass of ways.
And I couldn’t be more “behind” a team; Kristin has a great attitude toward scrapbooking, art, women, and humans in general.
I chose a 9×12 album this year because I found that 12×12 was just too much for me; I don’t have kids, am not married, work at home, etc. It was just too much pressure! But last year’s 6×8 was too small, even with a “spread” per week. I do have an adorable dog, travel somewhat regularly, and live in NYC, so….I do too much for 6×8. There were too many photos I couldn’t fit in, and I wasn’t using any of my pretty cards.
A two-page 9×12 spread per week has ended up being perfect. There’s enough room for lots of pictures on busy weeks, while still allowing me to use my (literally thousands) of Project Life cards so that each spread looks put-together and pretty, and isn’t just a mish-mash of a bunch of photos. I have absolutely loved the 9×12 format, and plan to stick with it for 2016.
Week 3 in my album is a great example of a slow week wherein I got to use a lot of cards to make a cohesive spread. I got a Studio Calico package, some flowers from my boss, but…not much else was going on, LOL.
Weeks like this really capture why I love 9×12: It doesn’t have a lot of pictures, but it’s still pretty. I’m able to create a layout that I like to look at, rather than simply a layout that helps me reflect on what I was doing that week.
I actually tried not to have two books this year…it’s part of the reason I went with 9×12 this year rather than 6×8, but…I’ve already had such a busy year, and I am such a die-hard ephemera-collector. So, two (fat) books it is, and here is the title page of the first one:
Now, any of you who actually know me know that I hate the color navy. But I also listen to my heart when it speaks, LOL, and it just looooved the way that these cards and pictures looked together. Plus, who can pass up using a couple adorable Kelly Purkey cards, no matter how navy they are?
That “this year” card on the left is an ongoing list of things I will and won’t do this year. So far, I have kept true to the list, and just writing this post reminded me of a few “dos and don’ts” that I need to add to it!