Beautiful, Spring Themed 9x12 Pocket Scrapbook Pages featuring the Bloom Collection by Paislee Press

Introducing the NEW Duly Noted Collection from One Little Bird | 9x12 Pocket Scrapbook Page

Happy Tuesday, friends!

For many of you who live in the northern United States, you're probably enjoying (or suffering through) a snow day today... For me, though, I've seen a couple of snowflakes fall here, but really it's just cold and overcast.  So to brighten up the day, I'm sharing this cheerful, new release from Peppermint Granberg of One Little Bird Designs!  It's called Duly Noted and the soft, subtle tones of this kit are just gorgeous! I found them perfect for documenting some photos from winter of 2016!  You can purchase this new collection right here

9x12 Pocket Page Scrapbook Layout by Mandy Elliott, Turquoise Avenue. Featuring the Duly Noted collection of journal cards and designs by One Little Bird Designs.
9x12 Pocket Page Scrapbook Layout by Mandy Elliott, Turquoise Avenue. Featuring the Duly Noted collection of journal cards and designs by One Little Bird Designs.
9x12 Pocket Page Scrapbook Layout by Mandy Elliott, Turquoise Avenue. Featuring the Duly Noted collection of journal cards and designs by One Little Bird Designs.
9x12 Pocket Page Scrapbook Layout by Mandy Elliott, Turquoise Avenue. Featuring the Duly Noted collection of journal cards and designs by One Little Bird Designs.

As you can see, I'm slowly finishing out spreads with last year's photos. For this year, I haven't even started an annual album. Instead, I've been so focused on adoption plans, my new Big Picture Class which premiers soon, and a fun little personal album I've been working on. As a result, I'm planning to take the year off from making an annual pocket page album and I'm going to create an annual photobook instead. If you have any tips for creating a photobook, I'd love to hear it.  Otherwise, I'll just be over here continuing to finish out my 2016 pocket page album! lol. 

What are you currently working on?

 

As Seen in the 2016 Winter Edition of SCT Magazine | 9x12 Pocket Page Spread featuring designs by One Little Bird PLUS SOME LAST MINUTE VALENTINES IDEAS!

Hi everyone!  Just a quick update today, sharing a Valentine's 9x12 pocket page layout I created with the Crazy For You collection from One Little Bird Designs.  This layout was featured in the 2016 Winter Edition of Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine!  

I just love Peppermint's fun designs and seriously, those cute little foxes had me giving #allthehearteyes! 

Feature in Scrapbook and Cards Today Winter 2016 Issue | Adorable Valentine's Day 9x12 Pocket Page Layout - created by Mandy of Turquoise Avenue, featuring designs by One Little Bird.
Feature in Scrapbook and Cards Today Winter 2016 Issue | Adorable Valentine's Day 9x12 Pocket Page Layout - created by Mandy of Turquoise Avenue, featuring designs by One Little Bird.
Feature in Scrapbook and Cards Today Winter 2016 Issue | Adorable Valentine's Day 9x12 Pocket Page Layout - created by Mandy of Turquoise Avenue, featuring designs by One Little Bird.
Feature in Scrapbook and Cards Today Winter 2016 Issue | Adorable Valentine's Day 9x12 Pocket Page Layout - created by Mandy of Turquoise Avenue, featuring designs by One Little Bird.

 

 

Modern Memory Keeping | Using 6x8 Minimalist Template from Paislee Press as a 9x12 Pocket Page Overlay

Hey everyone! 

I just had to share this page super quick.  I'm still catching up in my 2016 album and had one particular day where my family and I went exploring in the National Park. We took a ton of photos with our GoPro that day so I had a photo-heavy layout. I wanted to keep everything condensed to one page and realized I had no where to journal! 

I decided to choose my favorite photo of the day, a photo of all four us, and used this template from Paislee Press to highlight the story in a 6x8 overlay for the photo-heavy 9x12 page.  Seriously, you guys... Minimalism at it's best!

Why haven't I done this before???  

I'm obsessed. I'll definitely be returning to this technique soon!

Modern Memory Keeping | Using 6x8 Minimalist Template from Paislee Press as a 9x12 Pocket Page Overlay

What do you think?

How do you work in journaling or stories when you have spreads with so many photos?

 

9x12 Summertime Pocket Page featuring Looks Like Summer Digital Stamps by Kellie Stamps

Raise your hand if you're still playing catch up on your 2016 album!  

(shamelessly raises my own hand)

Don't feel bad. If you're still catching up on your album, that just means you were having too much fun MAKING memories instead of documenting them. Let me share this and make you feel even better about being a little bit behind - I haven't even started on my 2017 album!  And I'm ok with that! 

Instead of feeling the pressure to "keep current" and take lots of photos, I'm finding myself enjoying a relaxed month, catching up on last year's projects, dreaming about the year ahead and working on other things. Today, however, I'm here to share my first project as a new creative team member for Kellie Stamps!

Kellie Stamps Creative Team Members for 2017

I had the pleasure of working with Kellie and her physical stamp sets back in 2015.  Well, last year she began offering digital stamp sets and I was in love... As a hybrid memory keeper, I love using digital stamps to make my own journal cards, which is exactly what I have done here with the new Looks Like Summer collection that Kellie just released.  

9x12 Summertime Pocket Page featuring Looks Like Summer Digital Stamps by Kellie Stamps

Since it is summertime in Australia, were Kellie is based out of, they're enjoying warm sunshine while I'm here watching it rain in January.  I grabbed these photos from last summer and created a page worthy of summer fun for this layout as I work on catching up in last year's album. 

9x12 Summertime Pocket Page featuring Looks Like Summer Digital Stamps by Kellie Stamps
9x12 Summertime Pocket Page featuring Looks Like Summer Digital Stamps by Kellie Stamps

In my top photo, I used two separate digital stamps from the Looks Like Summer collection to create my own phrase to accompany our kayaking photos.  In addition, I paired it with two printed cards from One Little Bird's Soleil collection and topped my layout with a cute wood veneer from Color Cast Designs and some string. I just love how the page turned out! 

Stay tuned because I'll be sharing another page I created digitally using more of Kellie's digital stamps just released in January.  Be sure to grab her sets now, I promise you'll love them! 

 

THE GRATITUDE PROJECT | A DIY MINIBOOK/JOURNAL DOCUMENTING THANKFULNESS IN NOVEMBER (PART III)

Hi friends!  It's December!

You know what that means... time for documenting December and all the Christmas festivities!  

But first... I wanted to share the last few pages of my Gratitude Project. I finished these up on a quiet afternoon in my office after coming home from work with a nasty cold.  There's nothing I hate more than feeling crappy during this beautiful time of year. But, I was able to make the best of it as I turned on some Christmas tunes, sipped hot tea and worked away.  

I'm so thankful I finished this project. It was a very fun and very sweet project. I really enjoyed creating so many pages digitally and then printing and embellishing them. I will definitely be using this format again. Here, you can see Part I and Part II of this project. 

Journal card via Studio Calico Storyboard Documenter Kit. Flair from Feed Your Craft. 

Journal card via Studio Calico Storyboard Documenter Kit. Flair from Feed Your Craft. 

THE GRATITUDE PROJECT | A DIY MINIBOOK/JOURNAL DOCUMENTING THANKFULNESS IN NOVEMBER (PART III)
THE GRATITUDE PROJECT | A DIY MINIBOOK/JOURNAL DOCUMENTING THANKFULNESS IN NOVEMBER (PART III)
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Hello Autumn digital stamp from Equinox by One Little Bird. 

Hello Autumn digital stamp from Equinox by One Little Bird. 

THE GRATITUDE PROJECT | A DIY MINIBOOK/JOURNAL DOCUMENTING THANKFULNESS IN NOVEMBER (PART III)
THE GRATITUDE PROJECT | A DIY MINIBOOK/JOURNAL DOCUMENTING THANKFULNESS IN NOVEMBER (PART III)

 

... And now it is time for December! I'll be back later today with a little peak into my plans and thoughts for documenting my Christmas. 

 

9x12 Pocket Page Layout featuring the Pause Collection by Sahlin Studio!

Hi friends! 

One of my favorite parts of hybrid pocket pages is the ability to use collections from so many amazing, talented designers! Today, I'm excited to share a special layout I created for Sahlin Studio recently.  I just adore Krista. She and I have gotten to know each other as a result of the Instagram community and I've fallen in love with her fun, classy sets.

As we step into the last two months of the year, I have been using the free time I can find to catch up in my 2016 9x12 album.  I'm mostly caught up, with a few layouts that need completion from January, July, August, September and October.  I do hope to complete the album on time for the end of the year (woohoo!)

Below is a sneak peek of a two page spread I created with an insert using the Pause collection from Sahlin Studio. If you scroll down, you can find a link to see the full layout on Krista's blog.

9x12 Pocket Page Layout by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue featuring the Pause Collection by Sahlin Studio!
9x12 Pocket Page Layout by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue featuring the Pause Collection by Sahlin Studio!

I am so honored to be guesting this month as part of the Sahlin Studio creative team.  It has been so much fun using Krista's designs. Stay tuned because I'll be sharing more projects featuring Sahlin Studio products right here on my blog and on Instagram!

 

#PocketPageThursday | 9x12 Pocket Page Scrapbook Layout featuring One Little Bird Designs

I'm playing along with #PocketPageThursday, a blog series by Jessica Upton of Color Cast Designs and Kellie Winnell of Kellie Stamps and Give a Girl a Blog. To find out more information, visit Jessica's blog post here.

I have been working hard to catch up in my annual 2016 pocket page album.  Since I don't scrapbook weekly layouts, I really just create spreads that are chronological in order and I'm happy to report that I'm caught up through June. Fortunately for me, my photo taking slacked off towards the end of summer so I don't have nearly as many layouts to catch up on.  That leaves me excited to have a little extra time to start planning for December Daily!

#PocketPageThursday |  9x12 Pocket Page Scrapbook Layout featuring One Little Bird Designs

In the meantime though, here is a layout I created for the One Little Bird Birds of a Feather roundup for September.  I just love mixing collections to create a spread and I was able to do just that in this layout.  Below is a list of all the products used.

#PocketPageThursday |  9x12 Pocket Page Scrapbook Layout featuring One Little Bird Designs
#PocketPageThursday |  9x12 Pocket Page Scrapbook Layout featuring One Little Bird Designs
#PocketPageThursday |  9x12 Pocket Page Scrapbook Layout featuring One Little Bird Designs
#PocketPageThursday |  9x12 Pocket Page Scrapbook Layout featuring One Little Bird Designs
#PocketPageThursday |  9x12 Pocket Page Scrapbook Layout featuring One Little Bird Designs

Products Used:  One Little Bird Digital Collections - Sunshine in my Soul, Daytrippers and PrixFixe |  Wood Veneer Geotag from Studio Calico | Design F Page Protectors (trimmed and fused) from Becky Higgins Project Life.

To see more of my layouts from #pocketpageThursday, click here.

 

Dogs are a Girl's Best Friend | 9x12 Pocket Page Scrapbook Layout featuring Paislee Press and PrettyFluffy.com

Hi friends!  Things are very slowly starting to calm down around here. It has been a crazy whirlwind of events of late.  While I've been happy to stay busy and pursue some really great and exciting opportunities both professionally and personally, I'm looking forward to a slightly slower pace of life.

I'm here today to share a 9x12 pocket page layout I created for the September Press Exhibit on Liz's blog over at Paislee Press.  These are some of my favorite 2016 pocket pages. Probably because it's mostly photos of my dog (who I am obviously obsessed with) and also because I really love the soft tones and touches of my favorite embellishments - mini flair and wood veneer.

Dogs are a Girl's Best Friend | 9x12 Pocket Page Scrapbook Layout featuring Paislee Press and PrettyFluffy.com, created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue
Dogs are a Girl's Best Friend | 9x12 Pocket Page Scrapbook Layout featuring Paislee Press and PrettyFluffy.com, created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue

I found these free desktop wallpapers from PrettyFluffy.com a while back and thought they would be cute adaptions to add into my pages. I just shrunk the image to fit a 3x4 card using Photoshop Elements and printed them out along with the rest of my journal cards.  Below, I've included links to all the products used.

Dogs are a Girl's Best Friend | 9x12 Pocket Page Scrapbook Layout featuring Paislee Press and PrettyFluffy.com, created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue
Dogs are a Girl's Best Friend | 9x12 Pocket Page Scrapbook Layout featuring Paislee Press and PrettyFluffy.com, created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue
Dogs are a Girl's Best Friend | 9x12 Pocket Page Scrapbook Layout featuring Paislee Press and PrettyFluffy.com, created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue
Dogs are a Girl's Best Friend | 9x12 Pocket Page Scrapbook Layout featuring Paislee Press and PrettyFluffy.com, created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue
Dogs are a Girl's Best Friend | 9x12 Pocket Page Scrapbook Layout featuring Paislee Press and PrettyFluffy.com, created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue
Dogs are a Girl's Best Friend | 9x12 Pocket Page Scrapbook Layout featuring Paislee Press and PrettyFluffy.com, created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue

Products Used:  Desktop Wallpapers from PrettyFluffy.com  |  Paislee Press digital products - Bright Ideas, Joie De Vivre and 3x4 Photo Templates  | Mini Flair from Feed Your Craft.

 


 

 

Simple, Easy 9x12 Pocket Page Scrapbook Layout | Featuring Backyard BBQ by Paislee Press

Hi friends! I'm back today to share a fun, easy layout I created recently using the new Backyard BBQ collection from Paislee Press.  This awesome summer kit was perfect for documenting one of our favorite new traditions - grilling dinner outside on the deck in the evenings.  First of all, I adore evening light. Secondly, I love our outdoor space and the homey feel it has. Third, I love spending time with my amazing hubs and our cute puppy. 

For my pages, I kept it super simple. I added some journaling to a card I made using the word art from the collection and printed a few other journal cards from the same collection. I fussy cut a couple of the phrases and added them to my journal cards using foam tape. Wham! Bam! Done!

Simple, Easy 9x12 Pocket Page Scrapbook Layout | Featuring Backyard BBQ by Paislee Press
Simple, Easy 9x12 Pocket Page Scrapbook Layout | Featuring Backyard BBQ by Paislee Press
Simple, Easy 9x12 Pocket Page Scrapbook Layout | Featuring Backyard BBQ by Paislee Press
Simple, Easy 9x12 Pocket Page Scrapbook Layout | Featuring Backyard BBQ by Paislee Press

You can see more of my annual 2016 Pocket Page Album here.

Products Used:  Journal Cards and Kit by Paislee Press | Oh Yum Wood Veneer by Color Cast Designs