may is always bad for me + project life. the end of the school year brings a flurry of events, and not much in the way of extra time. on the bright side, i know i won't be short on photos once i finally get to those weeks!
the studio calico kits keep me accountable for getting a little project life done... i gotta get some use out of it before the next one comes! this month, i finished a recent week - and then went off on a tangent and did my cover page. for 2012. because may of 2013 is a fab time to do that, right?
2012 cover page // i gathered up some of my favorites from the kits (and some confetti, of course!) and finally filled in that blank page at the beginning of my 2012 album. i mixed in a few of the happy little moments printables and items from marcy's class kit (LOVE her stamp set!!!) as well.
maybe i can get it together and make my 2011 title page now?? anything's possible!
week 17 : april 20-26 // this was one of those cold, miserable and just plain BLAH weeks that don't inspire much in the way of photo taking, so i was glad to have some memorabilia to help fill in the pockets!
to make the confetti pocket, i folded the 4x6 crate paper overlay in half and stitched it shut. break out a swiss cheese border punch or a hole punch and go to town on paper scraps, magazines, catalogs, or anything colorful you have laying around to make the confetti.
on the field notes card, i used a standard hole punch to punch out the lens of each camera. i backed it with one of the map print cards and then filled each lens with glossy accents.
there's something cool in the works for PL subscribers at studio calico - all PL main kits starting with roundabout will be shipped in these cool storage boxes. they have a magnetic closure and an inner tray to help keep the cards from shifting around. you can see the insides here.
If you haven't had a chance to get the PL kit (crossing my fingers that the waitlist will be gone SOON!), the Cumberland Gap add-on is still available. i'm in love with the basic grey filmstrip alphas. and that grid washi is perfect fot adding a bit of journaling to any photo.
happy wednesday!! our day started with a 7:23 delivery of our new couch. and i didn't even realize that early of a delivery was a possibility. at least we weren't waiting around all day?? i am in love.. it fits the space so much better, and definitely reflects my current style for the house. i've had a lot of ?s on instagram about where we found it - here's a link. if you're in the midwest and looking for this style of couch, i can tell you that 5/5 truesdells thought this one was comfy. ;) now to patiently wait for my new coffee table to come on friday!
hello, roundabout. i loved the vintage-y travel feel to this month's kits.. the maps, the slide frames, happy colors and tons of texture. studio calico subscribers can purchase the ROUNDABOUT add-ons now, right here - and that link will work for everyone at midnight EST. you can click on the name of each LO to see it in the SC gallery along with a list of which kits were used. i'll be back to share my PL spreads tomorrow!
MN 2012 // i've been thinking about doing an "overview" page from our trip to minnesota last summer, and the travel elements in roundabout pushed me to finally get it made!
i scanned through my photos and pulled together a collection that summed up all of our stops, and then printed them in a variety of sizes. i arranged them in groups across my page, and turned the raindrops from the transparency pack with a hole punch.
the title is handcut - i wanted it to be attached to the bottom border and wasn't sure how to make my silhouette do that. ;) the "adventure" stamp was stamped on one of the crate transparencies and then layered over patterned paper.
this LO was made mostly with the navy pier addon, but i added some bits from the other kits to finish it off. the frames from crate to too cool, and i had fun filling each of them with photos, paper and embellishments.
as my boys get older, it's harder to get their experiences onto layouts since they're not always things that i'm involved in. alex recently went on a camping trip with his 6th grade class, and i wanted to put together a page to record his memories.
i started by asking him to email me about what they did at camp, and was happy to actually get a full page of text out of him! i start with that as my background - i printed it on a piece of the more grid patterned paper. i had one photo of all of the kids gear dumped at the entrance of the camp, and i took that and built my layout on a piece of vellum. once i was finished, i stitched the vellum in place along one side - it lifts up to reveal the journaling.
there is a lot of paper + glue happening in my workspace right now... i've got both the studio calico june kits and the happy little moments class kits out on my desk, and am flipping between working on projects. i will be sharing lots of sneaks of both in the coming days - starting with some roundabout sneaks today.
this is the roundabout scrapbook kit only. it's a two pager - it's been a while since i've done one of those! this page is a bit of an overview of our minnesota trip last summer. i'm thrilled with the mix of the embellishments in the main this month. i turned some of the printed transparency raindrops into geotags by using a hole punch.
this one is the roundabout project life kit only. apparently i'm digging the hole punches this month... i used one on the cameras, and then filled the "lenses" in with glossy accents. i'm still playing catchup with project life... i have 6.5 weeks missing from my 2013 album.
my favorite add-on this month is navy pier. those crate alphas and slide frames are beyond awesome. and the basic grey ticket paper from carte postal is perfect. i can't wait to get my hands on more of that line.
now it's time to print more photos so i can make more projects.... ;)
i used lots of punches this week - check out my challenge on the studio calico blog. =) i'd love to have you play along!
happy monday! it's the last monday of the school year here.. i'm off to make it count.
i was outside planting some hostas when alex got home from school yesterday. i watched him come up the block, loaded with school stuff (it had been locker clean out day), expecting him to be excited. yesterday was the last regular day of school this week - the 6th graders were scheduled to spend thursday and friday camping.
instead, he came up to me with a look of panic. his eye had started itching in reading and he thought it was allergies but now he was worried he had pink eye and what did i think? ummm... as a mama of three, i've played this game before, and yes, it did look like pink eye. ACK. and there it was.. that sinking feeling when they bring you a problem that you can't solve for them. or give them advice to help solve. or really do much of ANYTHING about.
we got him into the pediatrician. matthew took him, since i was covered in mud. the nurse told him at least he'd get a day off school and then realized from the look on his face that that's not.what.he.wanted.at.ALL. and i think we all felt that heartbreak with him.
four doses of eyedrops, a lot of hot compresses and some advil later, they cleared him to go. we got there just after 1 - about 3.5hours after the rest of the kids. he dumped his gear and a teacher took him to find his group. and this mama exhaled for the first time since he'd come home the day before.
i can't wait to hear the stories he comes home with.
we're hitting the time of year where i get more and more behind. and where i try my best not to panic about it. between baseball and end of school activities, i find myself with lots to document and little time to actually sit down and do it. i did manage to put together two weeks with the studio calico planetarium kit - and i've got two more in progress on my desk. here's to taking a deep breath and moving forward - and trying not to worry about all those missing weeks!
week 8 // feb 16-22 : ah... gotta love any week that includes swinging in hoodies AND a two snow days. ;)
the dino insert is in a 6x12in page protector that was cut down a bit. this may be my fave insert yet. =) i added a couple of printables to accent the top.
week 15 // april 6-12 : i had a lot of photos and a lot of journaling this week. i typically tuck a tag behind my photos when that happens, but there were so many cute journaling cards i wanted to use! i decided to use my circle punch on a couple of photos to create a notch that i could place the cards behind. love the effect. alex thought i was crazy when i asked for his broken guitar string, but i think it's my favorite part of the whole spread!
these spreads are mostly items from the studio calico planetarium kits + add-ons, with a few other products :
i've always had a tense relationship with sketches. they stress me out a bit, because i'm not all that good at following them - but i generally love the end result. and this page is no exception to that. i recently got to work with a cool sketch for a post over on shimelle's blog, and i hope you'll head over and see my page and shimelle's awesome tips : line up small embellishments on your scrapbook page.
happy thursday! i'm feeling totally overwhelmed by the end of the school year calendar this morning. breakfasts and bbqs and picnics and camping trips and field days and egg drops and and and.. OY. i think they want us to be glad when school is out. ;)