#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) - Week 1

Hi friends!  If you're in the same hemisphere as myself you're probably experiencing warm weather, sunshine and all the fun summer activities that come along with this time of year.  While summer hasn't always been my first choice for favorite season, I'm really learning to embrace the time of the year and all it has to offer. That is directly related to the #LittleSummerJOY class by my friends over at LittlePaperProjects.com.  This week, they've been celebrating the little things that add some joy into our daily lives and I joined in.

 

See my supplies for this project here and the first few pages of my DIY mini album here.

Celebrating the little things means sneaking out on a rainy Tuesday night for a little date night dinner with my favorite person.  Products Used:  Hangry digital stamps and elements from Identity by One Little Bird

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring digital elements by One Little Bird Designs.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring digital elements by One Little Bird Designs.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring digital elements by One Little Bird Designs.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring digital elements by One Little Bird Designs.

 

Celebrating the little things means taking the afternoon off work to go hiking together in the mountains. Products Used:  Press Plate No. 33 and paper from Summer Manifesto by Paislee Press

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring digital elements by Paislee Press.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring digital elements by Paislee Press.

 

Celebrating the little things means having an afternoon lunch outside on the deck beneath the umbrella while enjoying a warm summer breeze.  Products Used:  Soleil paper, elements and journal cards by One Little Bird.

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring Soleil by One Little Bird Designs.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com), created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue featuring designs by One Little Bird.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring Soleil by One Little Bird Designs.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring Soleil by One Little Bird Designs.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring Soleil by One Little Bird Designs.

Celebrating the little things meaning spending a full day with my dad, celebrating him for Father's Day.  Products Used: Paper by Felicity Jane, journal template by Paislee Press and Better Together digital stamp by One Little Bird.

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com), created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue featuring paper by Felicity Jane and digital stamp by One Little Bird.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com), created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue featuring paper by Felicity Jane and digital stamp by One Little Bird.

I can't wait to share more from my album!

I hope you've gotten the chance to join in and play along too!

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) - Introduction

Happy Tuesday! I'm jumping online really quick today to share a little peek into the start of my DIY mini album that's half scrapbook, half traveler's notebook for #LittleSummerJOY! If you don't already know what that is, it is a class taught by my friends over at LittlePaperProjects.com about discovering, celebrating and documenting the little daily joys of the summer (or winter if you're in the southern hemisphere!) months. I was a contributor for this class last year and enjoyed it so much, I'm playing again this year!

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com), created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue.

Ok here goes... These are the first few pages of my DIY mini album. I haven't fully decided on a cover yet, so I thought I'd go ahead and start on the interior pages then I'll decide how to design the cover later. For now, I have this simple mockup cover.  I have to admit, doing a traveler's album is really out of my comfort zone since I'm a little obsessive about putting finished pages into page protectors (to keep fingerprints and dirt off the finished pages).  This is very new to me and I was nervous about creating spreads that I couldn't pull apart and redo if I didn't like them. But so far, I've found laying out the spreads on my desk before adhering things together and printing my journaling has really helped. I'll share more about that on Friday when I share my first few pages.

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com), created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue.

It is very hard to see in my photographs, but behind this vellum page are the word "Every Summer Has a Story".

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com), created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com), created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue.

All of the girls playing along have shared these beautiful summer manifesto pages.  I haven't yet gotten around to creating my mine, but I feel certain it's going to be very short. Mostly, I just want to enjoy the long days, focus on being happy and keep trying to start a family.  I also plan to sit down and journal WHY I'm doing this project again. I hope to share that soon.

 

Products Shown:  Cork Stickers by Turquoise Avenue, paper by Felicity Jane (from prior month's kit, may not be available anymore), and this free printable from May Designs.

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | Supplies for a DIY Mini Album Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com)

Hey guys, I am so excited to share that I’ll be playing along with my friends Jen + Julie over at LittlePaperProjects.com for another year of #LittleSummerJoy.  Last year I was a contributor for the project and had so much fun creating for it. I can’t wait to find out who will be contributing this year and browse their inspiration!

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#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | Supplies for a mini album to celebrate Summer, by LittlePaperProjects.com
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | Supplies for a mini album to celebrate Summer, by LittlePaperProjects.com

Until then, however, I’ve been gathering supplies and making some mental notes of how I’d like my project to come together. Last year I created this mini album using mostly pocket pages. This year, I want to try something a little more outside my comfort zone.  I’ve noticed a few of you gals on Instagram are planning to do the TN Midori style.  While I love this concept, I am a bit OCD about how my albums look on my shelf and wanted to continue using my chipboard binders, since that is what holds last year’s project.  So I began devising a way to create a DIY book that I can bind and insert into my6x8 binder.  I’ve been browsing Pinterest and formed my idea from this pin and this pin.

So my plan is to create individual pages that are roughly 5x8.5.  I’ll simply use 8.5x11 paper and cut it in half, using 1” to score and punch holes for the binding at the end of the project.  Then I’ll insert the finished project into my binder.  By using individual pages, my plan is to be able to run them through my printer to type out long journaling pages when I wish.

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | Supplies for a mini album to celebrate Summer, by LittlePaperProjects.com
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | Supplies for a mini album to celebrate Summer, by LittlePaperProjects.com
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | Supplies for a mini album to celebrate Summer, by LittlePaperProjects.com

Last year, I chose the colors I wanted for my project (see last year's list of supplies here).  This year, the colors have chosen me based on what I already had in my stash. Since I’m a huge believer in using what I already have, I’ve compiled supplies with neutral colors, focusing on white, teal, soft beiges, black text and little pops of color.

For my photos, I plan to use my Instax Mini Printer and also incorporate a few 2x2 and 4x4 prints which I’ll have to order from a professional lab since I don’t have a photo printer at home.

I’ve been pinning all kinds of inspiration for my project to this board.  Just for visual inspiration, I’ve added some fun quotes, digital design elements by my favorite designers and much more. Come check it out!  In addition, you can find the LittlePaperProjects.com board here.

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I can’t wait to get started on this project. I’m really hoping for some free time this weekend to get busy.  Will you be joining in?  I hope so! If so, leave me a comment or tag me on Instagram (@turquoiseavenue) to show me what you’re working on!

Happy Memory Keeping!

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Products Shown:  6x8 Chipboard Binder by Paper Studio, Hobby Lobby | Cork Stickers by Turquoise Avenue Etsy Shop|  Various 12x12 Papers from past Felicity Jane kits|  Wood Veneer shapes from Color Cast Designs | Flair from Feed Your Craft | Instax mini pockets by Heidi Swapp| Various Project Life cards by Becky Higgins.

#LittleSummerJOY | Summer Project Life Album - Week 5

I'm back again! Two posts this week! Woohoo! 

Today I'm sharing another little peek into my #LittleSummerJOY album. Last week I challenged you to document some of your summer traditions. Were you able to incorporate those into your project? I hope so!

This week I focused on working in some things that bring me joy... Including my little dog and her super cute personality, spending time with my hubby at the Biltmore Estate, and summer blooms!

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Products Used:  6x8 Chipboard Binder and 6x8 Page Protectors by Paper Studio, Hobby Lobby |  Various Textured Papers | Summer Love Wood Veneer and Acrylic Set , Currently, and Here and Now by Color Cast Designs |  Scoop Collection , Cabana, Love List, and Hopscotch Journal Cards by One Little Bird | Mini Flair from Lynley Johnson, Love A Flair | Addie Adventures Mini Flair by Feed Your Craft.

#LittleSummerJOY | A FREE 6-week course hosted by LittlePaperProjects.com, created by Jennifer Lake and Julie Gagen. Full of prompts and inspiration from various talented contributors, the class is about documenting your summer accomplishments, joys, and fun. To join in the FREE class, click here!

#LittleSummerJOY | Summer Project Life Album - Week 2, 3, and 4

Hi guys!  I'm FINALLY getting a chance to share some of my pages from my  #LittleSummerJOY album!  You know, initially, when I talked about starting the project, I wanted to try to go with more of "smashbook" feel, however as you can see,  I just naturally gravitate back to the Project Life style.  I think its just because it 'fits' me. 

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See bottom of post for links to the products used!

See bottom of post for links to the products used!

I have tried really hard to create some pages that were not pocket page format and I failed miserably.  In fact, I ended up disliking my pages so much, I took them apart and reused the elements elsewhere in my album.  I have a greater appreciation for these creative women who can make beautiful minimalist pages in multiple formats!

See bottom of post for links to all the products used!

See bottom of post for links to all the products used!

I have been digging through my stash and finding items that I love to incorporate into my album. I've also done some stamping, as you can see above using this set from Kellie Stamps.

See bottom of post for links to the products used!

See bottom of post for links to the products used!

Another fun thing I wanted to incorporate is blog excerpts.  Many of us creatives spend an awful lot of time creating rich content for our blogs in addition to memory keeping.  I personally feel its important to include those blog posts in my albums so I'm adding a few pages of my blog posts into this album.  After all, its what I've done this summer!

#LittleSummerJOY | Hidden Journaling in this Project Life album from Turquoise Avenue featuring desings by One Little Bird.
#LittleSummerJOY | Stamping on a paper bag - Idea for hidden journaling in this Project Life album from Turquoise Avenue featuring desings by One Little Bird.
See bottom of post for links to the products used!

See bottom of post for links to the products used!

#LittleSummerJOY | Journal Card created using designs by Pixel Scrapper!
#LittleSummerJOY | Journal Card created using designs by Pixel Scrapper. Layout created by Turquoise Avenue
#LittleSummerJOY | Journal Cards by Digital Design Essentials and featuring summer themed cork stickers by Turquoise Avenue

I also took the time to document our summer traditions and include some photos from those events.  One of my favorite traditions that personally bring me much joy were documented in the page shown above.  I actually built a challenge around that and you can read more about it here.

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Products Used:  6x8 Chipboard Binder and 6x8 Page Protectors by Paper Studio, Hobby Lobby |  Various Textured Papers | Summer Love Wood Veneer and Acrylic Set  by Color Cast Designs |  Cork Stickers  by Turquoise Avenue Etsy Shop | Summer Brush Script by Little Lamm Co. | Indigo Love Journal Cards by Digital Design Essentials | Outline It by Kellie Stamps | Guppy Elements, Carson Park , and Scoop Collection Journal Cards by One Little Bird | Summer Splash Word Art by Pixel Scrapper | Mini Flair from Lynley Johnson, Love A Flair |


#LittleSummerJOY | A FREE 6-week course hosted by LittlePaperProjects.com, created by Jennifer Lake and Julie Gagen. Full of prompts and inspiration from various talented contributors, the class is about documenting your summer accomplishments, joys, and fun. To join in the FREE class, click here!

#LittleSummerJOY - Traditions | FREE Summer Class/Challenge by LittlePaperProjects.com

I can't believe summer is coming to an end soon.  For me, it has gone by so fast!  I think that's one of the crazy things about life... As a teenager, I was always told that "life goes by fast" and I NEVER believed anyone until I hit my twenties.  Now, I feel like I'm using that phrase constantly when talking about time.

#LittleSummerJOY - Free class/challenge by LittlePaperProjects.com featuring Turquoise Avenue as a contributor.

In order to slow down time, my husband and I have created certain traditions. Things we can look forward to, do together, and slow down the crazy pace of "adulthood" to put life on hold and live in the moment.

Over the summer months, a two of our favorite traditions are enjoying family and friends at during an Independence Day celebration and then taking a weekend off to enjoy a local festival. We enjoy other fun activities this also and you can find a few of them in my 5 Fun Things to this Summer post.

This year, I have documented our summer traditions in my #LittleSummerJOY album.  As a contributor for this project, I have the pleasure of hosting this week's prompt. You can read more about my challenge to you on LittlePaperProjects.com by clicking the button below.  Enjoy!

 

 

#LittleSummerJOY | A FREE 6-week course hosted by LittlePaperProjects.com, created by Jennifer Lake and Julie Gagen. Full of prompts and inspiration from various talented contributors, the class is about documenting your summer accomplishments, joys, and fun. To join in the FREE class, click here!

#LittleSummerJOY | Free Class/Challenge by LittlePaperProjects.com - Week 1

Yay for the first week of #LittleSummerJOY!   I'm already loving this project, are you?

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Yesterday afternoon, I spent the day at home so I was able to get some work done on my album in between processing new store orders and doing some much needed housework.  This week, Tracey prompted us to create a seasonal manifesto.  What a fun idea!  I probably sat at my desk for thirty minutes trying to think of what I want to accomplish this summer... In the end, it came down to simple joys - eating ice cream, spending time with family, attending a local festival, and just soaking up the fun of summertime.

#LittleSummerJOY - a FREE class/challenge for memory keepers. Here is a 6x8 Project Life spread by contributor Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue. Find inspiration and ideas for your project including links to all the products she used!

I created my cover page by printing on clear vellum and this brush script from Little Lamm Co. 

#LittleSummerJOY - a FREE class/challenge for memory keepers. Here is a 6x8 Project Life spread by contributor Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue using summer themed cork stickers from the Turquoise Avenue Shoppe on Etsy!

Next, I layered in another piece of vellum that I picked up a local scrapbook store, along with some rub on flowers I had stored in my stash as home. I topped it off with one of my cork stickers, available in the Shoppe.

#LittleSummerJOY - a FREE class/challenge for memory keepers. Here is a 6x8 Project Life spread by contributor Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, creating a summer manifesto page using a free printable found on Pinterest. Link in post.

Then, I included my Summer Manifesto, using this free printable by Ruth Clark that I found on Pinterest!  I also stamped on it using this set of stamps from Kellie Stamps with gold ink.

#LittleSummerJOY - a FREE class/challenge for memory keepers. Here is a 6x8 Project Life spread by contributor Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, featuring the Scoop journal cards from One Little Bird Designs, available on the Lily Pad store along with a wood veneer from Color Cast Designs..

Just for fun, I added a Project Life spread to give a nice pop of color and bring in some summer warmth.  I used the new Scoop journal cards from One Little Bird and the "Happy Place" wood veneer from Color Cast Designs.

#LittleSummerJOY - a FREE class/challenge for memory keepers. Here is a 6x8 Project Life spread by contributor Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue.

I wanted this album to be a little bit more exciting and non traditional, so I've mixed in a few surprises along the way, like this planner page I took out of a notebook.  I jotted down our normal routine and then followed it with some journaling about finding JOY in the every day routine, noting things I was thankful for.  I finished the page off with some simple enamel dots I had in my stash and a gold stamped palm tree from my Mom's stamp collection.

#LittleSummerJOY - a FREE class/challenge for memory keepers. Here is a 6x8 Project Life spread by contributor Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, using a free printable found on Pinterest. Link in post.

How is your #LittleSummerJOY project coming along?  Tag me on Instagram, I'd love to see it.  Happy Scrapping!

 

#LittleSummerJOY | A FREE 6-week course hosted by LittlePaperProjects.com, created by Jennifer Lake and Julie Gagen. Full of prompts and inspiration from various talented contributors, the class is about documenting your summer accomplishments, joys, and fun. To join in the FREE class, click here!


#LittleSummerJOY Project | List of Supplies Using My Own Stash

Who's ready for the #LittleSummerJoy project that was just announced on July 1st??? I am!

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#LittleSummerJoy Project - Free class/challenge by Little Paper Projects featuring Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue as a contributor. Find inspiration, ideas, and a list of supplies, with links!

I am so very excited to be doing yet another project with Julie + Jen from Little Paper Projects. In April, I contributed to the #MySelfieScrapbook project they created and it was an incredible experience about the value of loving, accepting, and celebrating yourself. 

#LittleSummerJoy Project - Free class/challenge by Little Paper Projects featuring Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue as a contributor. Find inspiration, ideas, and a list of supplies, with links!

This free summer class promises to be just as enriching! The theme is "joy".   This is an open format project so I want to encourage you to find what fits best with your schedule, budget, and  style.  For me, I plan to use items I already own and focus on a 6x8 binder of summer memories and inspiration, pocket style photo displays, some journaling, textures and fresh, clean colors.

Dictionary.com defines the word JOY  [noun] :  1. the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation.

#LittleSummerJoy Project - Free class/challenge by Little Paper Projects featuring Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue as a contributor. Find inspiration, ideas, and a list of supplies, with links!

Documenting those little moments of happiness and delight are what this project is all about! Over the summer months (here in US), the weather is typically warm, the days are long, and life seems to slow down for just a little while.  Take advantage of the kids being home from school, that week long summer vacation, and the extended hours of sunlight to really focus on what brings joy into your life. 

#LittleSummerJoy Project - Free class/challenge by Little Paper Projects featuring Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue as a contributor. Find inspiration, ideas, and a list of supplies, with links!
#LittleSummerJoy Project - Free class/challenge by Little Paper Projects featuring Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue as a contributor. Find inspiration, ideas, and a list of supplies, with links!
#LittleSummerJOY | A FREE 6-week course hosted by LittlePaperProjects.com, featuring Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue as a contributor providing ideas and inspiration.

I chose to "shop my own stash" for this project and use items I already own.  I intend to do a mix up of styles including hybrid Project Life, Smashbook, and Art Journal.  Below, is a list of supplies I've lined up to use.  Some or all will make it into my project one way or another in addition to any other new products I come across and feel I want to implement. I've also started a Pinterest board for additional ideas!

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Inspiration Words:

  • Summer, Joy
  • Authentic, Elegant
  • Fresh, Clean
  • White, Navy
  • Gold, Pink
  • Texture, Vellum
  • Inspire, Create

My List of Supplies:

 

 

#LittleSummerJOY | A FREE 6-week course hosted by LittlePaperProjects.com, created by Jennifer Lake and Julie Gagen. Full of prompts and inspiration from various talented contributors, the class is about documenting your summer accomplishments, joys, and fun. To join in the FREE class, click here!


BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Etsy Shop GRAND OPENING + #LittleSummerJOY Begins!

It's a BIG day here at Turquoise Avenue!  I've been tiptoeing around here holding a BIG secret until I felt like I was going to explode!

<insert Pharell Williams "Happy" song + happy dance>

 
 

 

Yes, Turquoise Avenue now has a brand new shop and just in time for the launch of the new #LittleSummerJoy project you've been hearing about!

First things first, I would love for you to come visit my new Etsy shop. This is something I've been really wanting to do for a long time. Its been a huge labor of love over the last few weeks and I'm so thankful for a husband who supports me and all my "crazy ramblings" as I handcrafted products, organized inventory, set up an Etsy storefront, and took the plunge into this new little business endeavor.  As a woman entrepreneur, I'm really excited the new possibilities and expanding products in the future. 

Second, as many of you know from social media, I'm also taking a part as a contributor for the  #LittleSummerJOY project over at Little Paper Projects. Jen + Julie invited me to be a part of this exciting, FREE class they're hosting over the summer and I'm delighted to be on board! You may remember their other recent project, #myselfiescrapbook and what a huge success it was. This summer project promises to be all that and MORE! 

#LittleSummerJOY | A FREE 6-week course hosted by LittlePaperProjects.com, featuring Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue as a contributor providing ideas and inspiration.

Summertime, for me, is that quiet lull in life where the days are long and quiet so I can mentally prepare for the craziness that the Fall and holiday seasons bring at the end of the year. If I'm being totally honest, I'm not particularly fond of the summer heat, all though I do enjoy the sunshine, a good summer song on the radio, and firework celebrations. This project for me is about finding the little joys in the every day... Those weekends grilling hamburgers with the family, staying up late to watch movies, spending time on the lake, and soaking up the sunshine.

I'm excited to embark on this new project. Check back in with me here Friday morning for a list of supplies and inspiration I'll be using for my project!

 

Join in the Fun!

Want to find out more about the #LittleSummerJOY project and join the community/register for the FREE class? 

Visit www.Littlepaperprojects.com

 

 

#LittleSummerJOY | A FREE 6-week course hosted by LittlePaperProjects.com, created by Jennifer Lake and Julie Gagen. Full of prompts and inspiration from various talented contributors, the class is about documenting your summer accomplishments, joys, and fun. To join in the FREE class, click here!