I had this crazy need to feel some paper between my fingertips after all these digital layouts I've been working on lately. The new Summer Vibes collection from Paislee Press provided the perfect opportunity for me to create this fun, traveler's notebook style insert for my mini album. I simply created the page in Photoshop Elements, printed, it, folded it in half and embellished. My next step is just to punch holes along the fold and I can snap it into my mini album. Easy peasy, right?!
GUESS WHAT DAY IT IS?! That's right, it's RELEASE DAY at Kellie Stamps! It's a little bittersweet for me because this is my last month for this term with the KS Creative Team. I'm really going to miss these great gals and working with Kellie's designs regularly, but she already knows I'm a customer for life!
Kellie has two really awesome, new sets available which I'm featuring below. As a hybrid artist, I just love using her digital stamps for titles in my pages. I can easily color them to match my photos and they make excellent focal points, as you can see!
PROJECT ONE: THIS GIRL COLLECTION
This first set, This Girl, is super fun. There's some pretty hilarious phrases in the set. Another personal favorite of mine is the one that says "This girl needs a donut." LOL! For the page I made creating with this set, I simply printed the 100% tired phrase off on white paper and used a tag punch to make a tag to slip behind my photo. Because of the bold text, it really makes an awesome eye catching embellishment.
PROJECT TWO: CURRENTLY COLLECTION
For this second spread, I used the new Currently collection which is so stinking perfect for basically everything. It's a versatile collection that's worth having in your stash of digital stamps (or physical stamps!). For this layout, I made another tag and colored it pink in Photoshop Elements before I printed so it would tie in with the photo. I included some elements from Pink Paislee's birthday collection and really love how this layout came together. It's simply darling. Also, I must mention that the majority of the paper you see in these two spreads is from Felicity Jane Studio and the text template is from Paislee Press.
For those of you who have been following along, we've been talking about the important of documenting yourself and telling YOUR story! We, as women and memory keepers, often get so tied up in documenting our children's, our family, and our travels that we often forget or skip over the importance of recording ourselves. We are usually the one taking the photos or making the scrapbook pages and therefore, we get lost behind the story. Since starting this mini series, I've found just how many of you WANT to tell your story, but just aren't sure how or where to get started. If you're feeling like that right now, be sure to visit the other posts in this series!
And today I have a second round of inspiration for you!
Today, I have two more very special ladies who've shared how they are currently documenting themselves with some beautiful inspiration for you!
First up, we have Jamie Pate... Jamie's traditional scrapbook page showcases a very precious and touching story about her faith.
Here are some thoughts from Jamie:
Rhonna Farrer recently asked the question: "Have you ever thought of Selfies being a form of personal history?" Story means so much to me. And since I am living out my own story, it's important that I document just what it is that is inside my heart and head. Too often I assume that those who live with me or around me just know what's going on with me. It's not true. I have to get out of my head and write down my words and stories. Because it matters. It matters to me. It matters to those who will read the words and see the photo. Our personal stories matter.
I just love Jamie's thought here about how no one knows, or always understands, what is going on in your heart or life. It does matter and it's your responsibility to document it! You can visit Jamie on her blog or follow her on Instagram for more lovely inspiration!
Up next is Amy, who is a constant source of inspiration and encouragement on documenting herself. She really focuses on the story behind her creative pages and I just love that!
Read what Amy has shared with us:
I document myself because no one but me can tell my story. No else but me is going to tell my story. And sure: I could (and do) write in my journal about myself. But there is a different sort of happiness and satisfaction in matching a story, an experience, or a piece of knowledge with a photo. My experiences didn't lose their importance when I became a mother; in fact, they became more important, because some day in the future one of my descendants might want to know about my life. Honestly, though, I scrapbook about myself mostly because it brings me a sense of closure, almost: documenting one of my experiences makes it feel more real and permanent. It is a way of processing the good, bad, happy, difficult, memorable, and mundane parts of my life.
Next, is my good friend Julie, who you might know from my work with LittlePaperProjects.com. Julie is continually evolving in her memory keeping about herself and because of that, she's a fantastic source of continual inspiration!
Here a couple of quotes from Julie's blog and her thoughts behind her traveler's notebook stories:
Photo 1. | So what do you do when you have this great story to tell, you write it out, and post it somewhere? Is that the end of it? Does it stay there, buried in your newsfeed, for eternity? Or do you document it, in some way, so that you can refer back to it in the years to come?
Photo 2. | Every single time I go through a period of hardship, I know – even during the most difficult days – that this will shape me for the better. That I will grow. And that the new version of me, the version that comes after the struggle, will be someone I like even more than the person I was yesterday. That’s the beauty of challenge: it shapes you.
Julie's thoughts are so profound and unique! They only further my reason in saying that YOUR story matters!
So, LIVE IT. SHARE IT. DOCUMENT IT!
I'm giving away at 30 day subscription to Big Picture Classes where you can view my new class, YOUnique, a fun self-paced class full of inspiration, prompts, and free downloads!
PLUS, if you go to my post on Instagram and tag a friend, they can win too!
Hybrid projects are totally my jam. Using digital stamps on my hybrid projects is like my soul fuel. I am really loving the two collections released at the end of February from Kellie Stamps - Good Times and Crazy.
As a member of the Kellie Stamps creative team, I so enjoyed working with each of these digital stamp sets! Below are two sneak peeks of my projects and on April 10th, you'll be able to find my process for using these digital stamps and creating hybrid pages in my newest Big Picture Class, titled YOUnique! If you're interested in learning more and getting a reminder of when this class is LIVE, please be sure you sign up for my eNewsletter now.
Otherwise, search the hashtag #KellieStampsCT on Instagram for more inspiration from the creative team gals using these two awesome digital stamp sets!
Autumn is one of my favorite times of year. It gives way to winter which is my favorite season so I always adore that stepping stone into the magical holiday season.
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Recently, Peppermint Granberg of One Little Bird Designs released the Turning Leaves collection (links below). She perfectly captured the amazing beauty of this season. I loved working with this collection so much, I've already used it twice. You can see it pictured in the layout below as well as in my DIY Gratitude Journal.
In this spread, I used a 12x12 page protector, divided into 4x4 pockets. I inserted my photos and printed the designs on 4x6 paper then trimmed them down as need. I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut the elements I had printed to use as word art and embellishments. These pages are part of my 2012 album. You can see more from that album here.
If you're interested in learning more about how I've completed an entire year's worth of an album in just a few short weeks, check out my Big Picture Class here for all my tips and tricks!
Recently I started a mini album for our honeymoon pictures from 2011. We honeymooned on the beaches of the Outer Banks, NC and those islands have found a special place in our hearts. As a result, I have tons of lovely images from that week that I wanted to memorialize in their own album.
I created a 6x8 traditional layout for the first time ever! I was so inspired by Amie's beautiful designs, I wanted to use as many of them as I could. I paired it with a 6x8 pocket page and really love how it turned out! I think I will be doing more pages like this soon!
Products Used: Papers and Journal Cards by Little Lamm Co. | Wood veneer by Studio Calico | Page Protectors by Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby
Today I'm sharing my first spread using designs from One Little Bird by Peppermint Granberg. Peppermint's designs are so lovely. They "speak" to my minimalist side, yet they offer some pops of color and also help me tell a story with my pages. So many of her designs can be used universally because they fit those every day photos.
When I saw these cards in the shop, I HAD to have them. We all know how much I love my dog... This set is called "Heartbeat at My Feet". I love the subtle colors, the Wag More, Bark Less card, and how well they matched with my photos of Addie!
You can find the "Heartbeat at my feet collection here. I used a Becky Higgins Design G page protector.
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