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

Hi friends! 

Do you love taking on new projects?  I do! I love the challenge of thinking outside the box, digging into something creative and pushing myself to try something new. This year, when LittlePaperProjects.com announced they were returning with #LittleSummerJoy and challenging us to create a traveler's notebook style mini album, I was so excited!  I've done traditional scrapbooking in the past, along with my pocket pages but hadn't ever really created something in book format.  So I decided to challenge myself to see what I could create.

My initial goal was to use supplies on hand from stash so my project would be budget friendly.  With summer being a really busy time for us, I wanted to keep my project simple so I could create and finish the project in a couple of weeks. Lastly, I wanted to make certain I took time to journal and really record the things that mattered - the memories, the thoughts and the feelings of this summer.

You can see the first few pages of my DIY traveler's notebook here and below are images from the rest of my project. At the bottom of this post are my thoughts on the project including what I learned and what I loved about the project. 

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

Products Used:  Turquoise Paper from Felicity Jane Studio | Stripe Paper from Midnight Collection Paper Pad by Becky Higgins | Remember This journal card by Paislee Press

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

Products Used:  Digital Stamps from Summer Notes available in my shop |  Find Your Happy Place digital word art by Digital Design Essentials |  Hombre journal card by Little Lamm & Co. | Paper by Felicity Jane Studio

 

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album by Mandy Elliott, Turquoise Avenue Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring designs by One Little Bird.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album by Mandy Elliott, Turquoise Avenue Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring cork stickers from Turquoise Avenue's Shop.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album by Mandy Elliott, Turquoise Avenue Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring designs by One Little Bird.

Products Used:   Paper by Felicity Jane Studio | Scoop digital elements by One Little Bird | Ice cream cork sticker via Sweet Summertime available in my shop.

 

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

Products Used:    6x8 Faves Template , Circle Stamp and elements by Paislee Press | Paper from Felicity Jane | Acrylic heart by Color Cast Designs

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

Products Used:  Soleil paper, elements and journal cards by One Little Bird.  | Love and heart stickers by Felicity Jane

While the class at LittlePaperProjects.com is still on going, I had to wrap up my project early (check back here on Aug. 1 for a big announcement!) due to some other responsibilities and time constraints.  I have never really been a fan of the summer months but doing this class has given me a greater appreciation for the summer months and the little moments of togetherness, adventure and excitement that each day brings. I also love the community surrounding this project/class. So many talented, wonderful creatives coming together and building each other up while encouraging each other to find daily joy is truly amazing.

In doing the project, I had so much fun layering paper and adding crazy embellishments.  I really enjoyed that I could create hybrid pages as well by printing my journaling and using digital elements from my favorite designers. I wanted to bind my album and insert it into my 6x8 three ring binder... HOWEVER, I first had trouble with self binding since my pages were thick and the book became quite large. Second, I found that I personally couldn't escape the idea of wanting to protect those pages and memories from fingerprints and smudges. So, instead of binding my book, out came the 6x8 full sleeve page protectors and in went each lovingly created page of my #LittleSummerJoy album! Surprised? Probably not.  I just felt so much better having my work protected, even if it didn't "look" exactly how I had wanted it to! In the end, it's not a traveler's notebook, but it is lovingly created pages of memories I'll cherish from this summer and to me, that is all that matters.

I'd love to hear how your project is coming along! Leave me a comment below with your thoughts and a link to your project!

#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!

Clean, Simple Photobook Idea | Home Scrapbook for Love Where You Live Class

Register for the Love Where You Live class from LittlePaperProjects.com. Use code "lovewhereMandylives" at signup.

Register for the Love Where You Live class from LittlePaperProjects.com. Use code "lovewhereMandylives" at signup.

"This little house has been the perfect first home for us.  We love the area we live in, we have great neighbors, enjoy the park, and have learned a lot about owning a home.  Making a house a home is always an ongoing, never ending project...  I’m happy to have done so much of the work ourselves, along with help from our family and neighbors. It gives a sense of pride and is a welcoming place to come home to each evening.  We cherish the memories that are made here and the friends we are able to welcome through the front door.  We are thankful for the traditions we’ve begun in this home and for the blessings God’s given us while living here.  We eagerly look forward to the time we get to spend here in the future."   - Excerpt

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Above is part of the five page Google document I wrote out recently about the story of our home and where we live. I'm currently participating in a class called Love Where You Live and really enjoying the inspiration there. I feel so led to do document our home and the memories we share inside those walls.

Today I'm sharing the first few pages of my album.  I decided to do a digital 8x6 album with horizontal pages. I chose very simple elements and lots of white space.  I plan to print the album in a softcover book via Artifact Uprising when it is complete. 

Clean, Simple Photobook Idea | Digital Home Scrapbook for Love Where You Live Class
Clean, Simple Photobook Idea | Digital Home Scrapbook for Love Where You Live Class
 
Clean, Simple Photobook Idea | Digital Home Scrapbook for Love Where You Live Class
Clean, Simple Photobook Idea | Digital Home Scrapbook for Love Where You Live Class
 

I did a quick photography tour of our home using my Nikon DSLR because I wanted high quality photographs in good light.  But, in addition, I've selected and matched in some iPhone snapshots from this year of us enjoying each of the spaces.

Clean, Simple Photobook Idea | Digital Home Scrapbook for Love Where You Live Class
Clean, Simple Photobook Idea | Digital Home Scrapbook for Love Where You Live Class
 
Clean, Simple Photobook Idea | Digital Home Scrapbook for Love Where You Live Class
Clean, Simple Photobook Idea | Digital Home Scrapbook for Love Where You Live Class
 

I went room by room and wrote out notes to copy/paste into my album.  I wanted to share particulars about the spaces, things we've changed, added, built, and enjoy.  I also noted specific memories about each space, like how we enjoy watching the deer in the backyard via the kitchen window and how Addie stands in the kitchen watching us prepare meals.

Clean, Simple Photobook Idea | Digital Home Scrapbook for Love Where You Live Class
Clean, Simple Photobook Idea | Digital Home Scrapbook for Love Where You Live Class
 
Clean, Simple Photobook Idea | Digital Home Scrapbook for Love Where You Live Class
Clean, Simple Photobook Idea | Digital Home Scrapbook for Love Where You Live Class
 
Clean, Simple Photobook Idea | Digital Home Scrapbook for Love Where You Live Class
Clean, Simple Photobook Idea | Digital Home Scrapbook for Love Where You Live Class

I am so excited to share more of my album soon.  At this time however, I've been a little preoccupied with the new fall sticker release and the Love Lives Here sticker release (as well as the fact that this very weekend we tore down our old back deck and are constructing a new one, ourselves!)

Products Used :   6x8 Templates (turned sideways) by Little Lamm & Co.  |   the Nest collection by Little Lamm & Co.   | Black and White Stripe Paper from Postscript by One Little Bird | Dwell elements by One Little Bird|  Quote via the Love Where You Live Pinterest Board | Paper from Let's Eat by Little Lamm & Co. | Love Lives Here Digital Stickers from my Shoppe at Turquoise Avenue

 

Introducing "Love Where You Live" - Memory Keeping Class from LittlePaperProjects.com | Register and be entered to WIN A FREE CLASS!

Have you registered for the new #LPPLoveWhereYouLive Class from LittlePaperProjects.com?  I just did! If you love Ali Edwards, Cathy Zeilske, and Amy Tangerine, then you're sure to enjoy this amazing new Little Paper Projects class!

I am so excited for this month long class about documenting the feeling of "home" and where our story begins. 

During the month of October, you can join in on this class from Jen + Julie of My Selfie Scrapbook and Little Summer JOY.  You'll find incredible amounts of inspiration from super talented contributors and have access to coordinating supplies from various designers!

You can use my code below when you register to be entered for a chance to WIN A FREE CLASS!  In addition, each friend YOU refer gives YOU a $5 shop credit!

Click Share and Refer Your Friends!  
 

 

#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!

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!