Introducing Fall Magic by Paislee Press | 9x12 Digital Pocket Scrapbook Page

Hello my friends and Happy-Almost-Thanksgiving! I can't believe we are just a few days away from one of the biggest holidays of the year! I have desserts to bake for an evening at family's house and all the craziness of a short work week.  In the meantime, I'm here to share a beautiful new layout I've created using the incredible Fall Magic collection from Paislee Press.  This lovely collections features papers, elements and journal cards

Like the Autumn Vibes collection, this set has rich colors, more autumn themed elements and magnificent patterns.  

Introducing Fall Magic by Paislee Press | 9x12 Digital Pocket Scrapbook Page
 

More Easy, Digital Scrapbook Pages | Gallery of Recent Layouts featuring Paislee Press

Last week I shared a gallery of recent digital pages I created and I'm back with a few more today, this time using Paislee Press designs.  While working on these pages, I couldn't help but think how relaxing it is to sit down, design a digital page and piece it all together.  I'm able to slow down, breathe and listen to music.  I'm curious, what do you do when working on pages? Do you watch television or listen to music?  Are you someone who works on these pages during the day or in the quiet of an evening?  Share with me in the comments below! 

Products Used:  Scenic Route  and  Travelogue

Products Used: Scenic Route and Travelogue

Also using paper from  Bits and Pieces

Also using paper from Bits and Pieces


Products Used:   Press Plate No. 42

Products Used:  Press Plate No. 42


Products Used:   Press Plate No. 35. , We Were Here  papers  and  elements ,  Cozy elements .

Products Used:  Press Plate No. 35., We Were Here papers and elements, Cozy elements.


Easy, Digital Scrapbook Pages | Gallery of Recent Layouts featuring One Little Bird

This year, creating digital pages has been a really great way for me to catalogue special photos, document particular memories and stay on top of my memory keeping without taking too much time out of my busy schedule.  I'm always excited to use new designs and build a page from scratch.  It has proven to me almost as fulfilling as working with paper! Today, I'm here to share a gallery of recent pages I've created using designs from the One Little Bird store.  Each page boasts of lovely florals so I think it's safe to say I've really been drawn to those lately!  What have you been working with recently?  Is there a trendy item you hope is here to stay?

Products Used:   Life in Pieces  collection by One Little Bird   

Products Used:  Life in Pieces collection by One Little Bird

 


Products Used:   Elysian  collection by One Little Bird   

Products Used:  Elysian collection by One Little Bird

 


Products Used:   Equinox  collection by One Little Bird   

Products Used:  Equinox collection by One Little Bird

 


Introducing Autumn Vibes by Paislee Press | 9x12 Digital Pocket Scrapbook Page

Digital Scrapbook Pages | Gallery of Recent Layouts feat. Paislee Press and Kellie Stamps

When life gets busy, there's nothing more simple than creating a digital scrapbook page to document memories.  Since I've been focusing this year on other things, I've not had as much time to make paper pages, however, I have found time to create digitally.  This works so much better for me at this point in life because I can easily carve out 30 mins or so once a week to knock out a page or two.  

I wanted to share some of my recent pages with you because several of them include new, fun designs from some of our favorite designers!

 

This layout features the  Happy Birthday  set, elements from  Meant to Be  and  For Like Ever  by Paislee Press. 

This layout features the Happy Birthday set, elements from Meant to Be and For Like Ever by Paislee Press. 


Paislee Press template  Press Plate No.2  made this digital layout so easy! I combined it with elements from the  Rainy Days  collection. 

Paislee Press template Press Plate No.2 made this digital layout so easy! I combined it with elements from the Rainy Days collection. 


What's the craziest thing you've ever documented?  My mom encouraged me to save our first grocery receipt after my husband and I got married. I loved creating this digital scrapbook page with a scanned copy of the receipt - preserved forever! This fun page uses the  Good Food  digital stamp set from Kellie Stamps. 

What's the craziest thing you've ever documented?  My mom encouraged me to save our first grocery receipt after my husband and I got married. I loved creating this digital scrapbook page with a scanned copy of the receipt - preserved forever! This fun page uses the Good Food digital stamp set from Kellie Stamps. 


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This set of digital pages was super fun to make! I love the pops of color that the circles create. I paired them with a more simple page on the left side to balance the spread.  In these pages, I used Paislee Press elements from Year One, Eternal Sunshine, High Five and Pictures and Words No. 19. 


I love a digital 9x12 pocket page! The look is so clean and refreshing! In this layout, I'm using the  Weekend Vibes  collection from Paislee Press. 

I love a digital 9x12 pocket page! The look is so clean and refreshing! In this layout, I'm using the Weekend Vibes collection from Paislee Press. 

Create Easy, Minimal Digital Scrapbook Pages in Just Minutes! Featuring designs by One Little Bird, plus links to great photobook ideas!

At the beginning of this year, as I set my memory keeping goals, I knew twenty-seventeen was going to be busy with our adoption in process and my new class at Big Picture, so I took a few weeks to consider how I'd like to document this year. 

For the past three years, I have created annual pocket page albums... But this year, I wanted something different to spark my creativity and be flexible enough with my schedule that I wouldn't fall behind in documenting. 

As I pondered this, I felt a really strong desire to simply return to words and photographs. 

Being a photographer, nothing fills my heart and soul more than capturing a beautiful image and sharing the story behind it.  Therefore, I thought this year I would create a photobook through one of my fantastic affiliate partners (see my sidebar for links!).  By doing this, I can focus on capturing great images and journaling regularly so at the end of the year, I can design a book. I have made several small books like this one, this one and this one, but this is my first year doing an entire annual album and I'm so excited! 

My decision was highly inspired by these three amazing women: Diana, Suzanne O'Brien and Catherine Saunders. Their books are truly gorgeous!   If you love their ideas, you may also want to check out my Pinterest board with more inspiration.

Each month I have the opportunity to work with older products from the One Little Bird Designs shop as part of my creative team responsibility.  This month, I thought I might try my hand at creating digital pages to print in my photobook at the end of the year. I created two pages using the Shutterbug collection and journaling cards from One Little Bird, with one small tag from the Elysian collection

I really love how these pages turned out and I'm excited to see them printed in a book at the end of the year!  You can see more inspiration this month from the One Little Bird creative team here. 

Do you have any experience creating pages for a photobook? If so, I'd love to hear your tips and thoughts in the comments below! 

 

Create a Digital Scrapbook Page in Under 30 Minutes! | Featuring the Oh Happy Day Collection from Paislee Press

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are enjoying the month of February!  I haven't had a whole lot of extra time lately to update here, but I promise, I have a good reason!

Digital Scrapbook Page by Mandy of Turquoise Avenue using the Oh Happy Day Collection from Paislee Press

Today, I wanted to share a page I made in under 30 minutes using the new Oh Happy Day collection from Paislee Press   and Photoshop Elements 15.  I simply opened my favorite template from this template set, dropped in my photos and elements, added some text and done! I printed this off on 8.5x11 paper and have slipped it into my 2016 9x12 album. 

I love a quick page, don't you?!   (Plus, I'm giving myself credit for catching up even more of my 2016 album. lol)

What have you been working on lately?

 

Musings from a Memory Keeper | Thoughts behind my 2017 Memory Keeping Goals

With the fresh start of a new year, I established a rough outline of how I wanted to document the new year, but I never really established how I could carry that plan out, what I would document or even why I was documenting.  This bothered me because I'm the type of person who likes my plans laid out before I begin a project, with an end result in mind.  I was lacking the clear cut process...

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Grab these new Paislee Press templates  here .  In addition, enjoy the Bright Ideas collection  here.

Grab these new Paislee Press templates here.  In addition, enjoy the Bright Ideas collection here.

I wish I could share a detailed step by step process of how I've come to a final conclusion, but really it's just been all these thoughts running around in my head and a ton of soul searching. In addition, I did take some time to go back review and flip through the projects I've done over the years - journals, annual pocket page albums, travelers notebooks, mini albums and photobooks.  

Five things stood out to me:

1.| The projects that I loved the most were printed photobooks. My photobooks visually appealed to me and incited joy.  They're so gorgeous. I love how they look when arranged on my shelf. I enjoy the mix of text and pictures and the coordinated feel of a finished product. I also felt there was more a focus on the stories with the simple, consolidated concept of a book. Blurb is one of my favorite places to print from.

2.| My journals really tugged at my heart strings.  I found a certain pride that I was able to digitally journal on a regular basis last year using Google Docs. That is the first full year I've keep a journal since I was in high school and it felt so good. I plan to print my journal through this company

3.| There was an over abundance of photos in my pocket page albums.  Don't get me wrong, I love that my albums are bursting at the seams... I don't not plan to take less photos, I just plan to take photos that tell better stories. I could easily have cut down some bulk by choosing key photos and telling stories with words instead of extra photos.   All those extras will be stored digitally. (Note:  Since I print through a lab, I also reviewed just how many EXTRA photos I had printed that never made it into albums because they were too similar or not the right "tone" to match my other photos.)  

4.| My style has evolved over the years. Obviously, that is so typical of anyone immersed in this creative community. We see things we like created by others that influence our style or we jump on a proverbial band wagon and adopt a new trend.  I feel like I've tried it all... And I don't necessarily love it all (for ex. traditional scrapbook pages or 12x12 pocket page spreads). I'm glad to have finally found what I like best and totally plan to stick with those tings for my main projects. I'll still try new things, just on a smaller scale.

5.| An annual video project was very gratifying.  On New Year's Eve, hubby and I stayed home, curled up in a blanket on the couch and watched nearly three hours of our annual video from 2016.  It brought us so much joy to experience the movement, sounds, sights and people of our year all over again. I promise, we laughed and we cried. 

With finally sitting down and thinking through the changes in the ways I've documented over the years and what really fits my personality, my schedule and my style - I've decided for 2017,  I'll be more intentional about what I photos I take and what photos I print.  I will take lots of videos and capture the sights, sounds and people in our lives. I will put our everyday photos in pocket pages but be careful not to overdo it. I will tell more stories. I will put my photography into photobooks to be displayed. I will create with the end result in mind.  I will focus on collections of stories. I will consolidate, simplify and spend more time making memories than documenting them. I will push my creativity in ways I haven't before by limiting myself. I will save more money by buying less product. I will create projects with depth and meaning. I will enjoy every moment of it. 

What are your thoughts for the year ahead? Is there anything new you'd like to focus on or try? What about how you can do things differently from before?  I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below...

 

 

 
 

Digital Scrapbook Pocket Pages | Featuring Designs by Paislee Press

Hi sweet friends and readers, thank you for joining me here today.

I am sharing a round up of some digital pages I've created lately.  As you scroll this post, you can find the links for the products used below each spread.  I can't even begin to choose a favorite spread as I simply love them all and feel very fortunate to work with these fun designs from such talented designers!

 

Products Used:  Paislee Press - Pocket Guide No. 6, Cozy Elements and Cozy Papers


Digital scrapbook page created by Mandy Elliott, Turquoise Avenue, featuring designs by Paislee Press.

Digital Scrapbook Pocket Pages | Featuring Designs by Paislee Press


Products Used:  Paislee Press - July MPM, Because, For Like Ever


Digital Scrapbook Pocket Pages | Featuring Designs by Paislee Press

Products Used:  Paislee Press - About us Journal Cards and Elements, Photocentric No. 2


Digital Scrapbook Pocket Pages | Featuring Designs by Paislee Press

Products Used:  Paislee Press -  Summer ManifestoGoes with Everything 2, Press Plate No. 18
 


Digital Scrapbook Pocket Pages | Featuring Designs by Paislee Press

Products Used:  Paislee Press - Month in Review, Pocket Guide No. 3, Sunny Days Ahead


Digital Scrapbook Pocket Pages | Featuring Designs by Paislee Press

Products Used:  Paislee Press - Pocket Guide No. 2, Bloom, Dwell, MPM Foundation


Digital Scrapbook Pocket Pages | Featuring Designs by Paislee Press

Digital Scrapbook Pocket Pages | Featuring Designs by Paislee Press


Products Used: Paislee Press - Press Plate No. 40, Is it Friday Yet


Digital Scrapbook Pocket Pages | Featuring Designs by Paislee Press

Products Used:  Paislee Press - Year One, Ten Things, Paislee Summer PT