Elle’s Studio – January 2019

Welcome Twenty Nineteen!

I am so delighted to be returning to Elle’s Studio Creative Team for another year!! I am so proud of the work that I did for her in 2018 and I just adore her modern and playful products. This year, like last year, I will be documenting my family memories in 9×12 monthly format. Here is a look at my 2019 Project Life Title Page.

To me, what really stood out in the January Elle’s Studio monthly kit, were the black, white and purple journaling cards as well the add on So Loved Shipping tags and Heart and Star acetate die cuts. Swoooooonnn!

Like in all my Project Life title pages for the past number of year, I took shots of my kids with the DSLR. I included the best photos of each of the kids as well as group shot with just the three of us. I also included a selfie of me, as well as wrote down our family motto, our ages and our hopes for the year. I used the Black and White polka dot puffy stickers to highlight the person’s thoughts. Unfortunately my husband had to work when I took these photos. Although he is not in the pictures, he did help me come up with some of the journaling on the page. Progress over perfection! 

This year, my one little word is connect. Recording our adventures / how we connect this year as a family, is also important to me.

Here is a layout I created about our recent trip to the Royal Ontario Museum aka the ROM. Living in the city of Toronto, we are so lucky to have so many amazing museums to visit, right in our own backyard. Although Sam, my son, was a bit nervous of the dinosaur bones, he still enjoyed the our afternoon. Looky-looky! I did a little stamping on the bottom left hand journaling card using the Happy Heart Stamp.

I was a fan of the simple phases on the Happiness Found stickers and simply added them to my photos to create visual interest.

This visit was so much fun! I loved documenting this in a 9×12 format and including so many photos with the blue, white and grey products from Elle’s Studio! All new goodies are on sale now!

Thanks for looking!

Twenty Eighteen in 9×12

Last week, my friend and scrapbooking guru, Ali Edwards announced that she will switching up her format for her 2019 Project life album. Specifically, she stated  that she would be moving to a 9×12 monthly format. I was excited to hear her plans, as I have been completing my own family pocket page layouts in a 9×12 monthly format since January 2018. Spoiler alert: I love that approach. I love the smaller size and with the passage of time, I had the ability to reflect on the meaning of my family stories. Here are a few of my favourite layouts from the past year.

My 2018 title page. This includes our ages at the start of the year as well as out family motto which is “Together we have adventures big and small”. For my album this year, I really wanted to focus on using photos of my kids, simply recounting family events and documenting the state of our relationships.

February 2018. I also wanted to challenge myself from a design perspective. If you know me and my work, you know that I love monochromatic colour schemes as well as black and white photos. This year I wanted to include lots of photos with colour. I think this is one of my more colourful layouts, which I love!  

April 2018. All of my 9×12 monthly pocket page layouts, include a monthly summary of what was happening in the household as well as documented “overheard” conversations of what my kids were saying. Super simple ways to journal. You can read more about my approach here.

August 2018.  Since I set the intention of documenting relationships at the beginning of the year, I was able to focus my photo taking approach through out the year. I just love the photo of my kids with their grandfather that is in the top right corner.  For the layout on the right, I cut down a 12×12 page protector and used the fuse tool to create 6×8, 4×6 + 3×4 pockets. I think you can still be very creative within a smaller pocket page format.  

September 2018. This is one of my favourite layouts I created this year. It doesn’t include everything that we did during the month, but it does include something. And for me, something is better than nothing. Here I include tips for more simple journaling approaches. 

Reflecting on my approach: I loved 9×12 this year and plan to continue the format in 2019. I enjoyed summarizing our month, documenting conversations and capturing relationships. I can’t wait to use Ali’s album and pocket pages!! 

What are your Project Life plans for 2019??

Thanks for looking!!

Elle’s Studio – December Layouts

Oh the weather outside is frightful! 

I just love this photo of Sam from 2016. I knew that after seeing the Winter Puffy Stickers and the Let it Snow stamp from the December reveal, I wanted to document this moment in a 6×8 double page spread.  

This page is about one of the most memorable snowfalls in Toronto. At the time, I took baby Sammy in a sled to pick up his older sister from school. I just love that 4×6 “Winter Snippets” card from the December 2018 Monthly Kit and I used it to tell 4 facts from the day.  

Is that a blue, purple and teal winter colour combo? Oh my!

Just like my previously layout, I have been waiting for a specific set of products to document our 2016 Family Day excursion to Niagara Falls. I am a huge fan of purple and you don’t often find purple snowflakes on journaling cards. I loved that multi coloured snowflake card in the December Kit.

Also I heart those puffy stickers 🙂 Like usual, I added this durable embellishments to create a visual triangle. I add some fact and feelings journaling to three, 3×4 cards and called it done!

I love the non traditional winter colour schemes in both layouts. Elle’s Studio Kits are on sale now! Thanks for looking!

Elle’s Studio – November Layouts

Are you feeling the magic of the season??

This month I used the November kit from Elle’s Studio to create two Christmas themed, 6×8 double page layouts. Documenting these layouts, has made me really really excited for the holidays. I may have started to listen to Christmas music! Ha!

I used the red labeled card to tell the story of the annual Hunter family gingerbread bake off. I first recorded this story in my December Daily project, but decided to add more details and include it in my daughter’s story album.

I loved layering the wood veneer snow globes, this season phrase stickers, red Jane alphabet stickers and various die cuts from the monthly kit on my photo. I just love that red!

As soon as I saw the green “Good Cheer” card from the November kit, I knew I wanted to document the story of baby Sam at Christmas.

I use the green label card to record Sam’s growth and development. My goodness, he looks so small in these photos!!

I then cut up green papers from the Merry & Bright 6×6 paper pack to create journaling cards and layered die cuts from the monthly kit. I really love the greens, blues and whites in this kit.

Such a fun monochromatic layout! Are you in the mood to scrapbook the holidays??

Thanks for looking!

Elles Studio: October 2018 Release

Oh hello, sweet boy!

It’s the 10th meaning that Elles Studio’s monthly kit and add ons are now on sale! It’s October and I am diving back into making a Traveller’s Notebook; creating a fall gratitude journal which contains some of my most favourite seasonal moments from year’s past. In this layout I am document our 2017 trip to Pingle’s farm to pick pumpkins and what my kiddos enjoyed from the experience.

As always, there are so many great die cuts a part of Elle’s monthly kit. I used them to add layers on my page as well as create a visual triangle.

In other news, I have started stamping on my layouts. I know this is super simple, but I think I am in love! This month, I used Elle’s thankful stamp to create a border on my page.

Major heart eyes for the Trick or Treat wood veneer this month!

For my second layout this month, I created a layout about my daughter’s first Halloween. I have documented this story before in a mini album highlighting Halloween through the years but I wanted to create a 6×8 layout for my girl’s story album. I just love that black plaid journaling card!

I used puffy stars and wood veneer to create a visual triangle around the page. The stars perfectly matched the cards and are a great edition to add some visual interest. Plus the stars matched the colours in my photos perfectly! Win-win!

I don’t know if it’s the change in season, and a new colour palette to work with but, overall, I love documenting fall moments, especially those from Halloween.

Thanks for looking!

Episode 36: Andrea Williams

Today I speak with Andrea Williams, one of my scrapbooking friends in real life! I first met Andrea at Crop and Create Markham in 2015. Andrea has been completing a December Daily project since 2013 and also completes traditional layouts, Project Life, and Week In The Life. In this conversation we discuss the products she is excited for this year, how she completes layouts during the month of the December and how she incorporates memorabilia into her pages. This is a special “memory keepers in cars getting coffee”! Andrea was a great sport to let me record our conversation in my car and I hope you enjoy Andrea’s awesome positive energy and outlook on scrapbooking as much as I do.

Enjoy the show!

Crop and Create

Ali Edwards December Daily

Ali Edwards 2018 6×8 December Daily Red Album

Paislee Press 2018 Decemeber Daily Mini Kit

Elle’s Studio Candy Cane alphabet

Elle’s Studio Document December kit

 

 

Elle’s Studio: September Kit

Happy Release Day!

It’s the 10th meaning that the September monthly kit from Elle’s Studio is now available and for sale! Below are two layouts that I created using this months cards and embellishments.

First up, here is a look at my August 2018 monthly pocket page spread. I took a break from creating monthly pocket page layouts over the summer, which is a trend that is pretty common for me. In Toronto, when the weather is nice outside, I generally want to make memories as oppose to scrapbook them.

I love the various shades of green in this month’s kit. It pairs perfectly with my outdoor photos!

I enjoyed pairing this month’s cards with these new overheard cards that are great at documenting conversations. This month, I continued to list what Sam is talking about. Although the “favourite wood veneer” is from the good eats / food theme set, I used it on a no food related card.

I also use one of the 3×4 journaling cards to capture a conversation between Rowan and Aaron. Ro is clearly in a Roald Dahl phase!

For my second layout this month, I created a 6×8 double page layout documenting my son, Sam’s experience with soccer & his little kickers soccer class.

Those Go Team Wood Veneer were a perfect edition to pair with this story and photos. I also had fun using the Hazel Tile Alphabet stickers to add some interest to my 3×4 cards.

I really enjoyed using the Notes from Today 3×4 journaling cards. The are so versatile and I can’t wait to use them on more projects.

Thanks for looking!

Episode 35 – The December Daily Prep Party

Welcome back to season 3 of Pocket Talk! On today’s show, I speak with Ali Edwards and Katie Jaeger about documenting the holidays. Specifically, we chat about their upcoming in-person crop, the December Daily Prep Party. In our conversation, we discuss the motivation for organizing this type of event, how it differs from Story Camp and what to pack, if you are attending. If the December Daily Prep Party isn’t is the budget this year, don’t fret! Ali and I discuss some of our initial plans for our 2018 December Daily projects. Notably, the 2018 December Daily order period starts Thursday September 6th & the last day to register for the December Daily Prep Party is Monday September 20th. Enjoy the show!

Show Notes:

Ali Edwards

Katie Jaeger

December Daily Concept

December Daily Prep Party

Ali’s New York Entry from her 2012 December Daily

Elle’s Studio: Love This Adventure

“Let’s jump in muddle puddles!”

It’s the 10th meaning that Elle’s Studio August kit is now on sale and ready for purchase! This month I was immediately drawn to the blue journaling cards, the new blue Jane stickers as well as white acrylic piece that says “love this”. As soon as I saw that, I knew I wanted to document our recent camping trip on the beach.

Right now, my kids love Peppa Pig, especially the scenes where the family jumps in muddy puddles. I love that my daughter helped my son to sandbar so they could reenact this scene. I love this story and documenting these small every day moments!

Thanks for looking!

Elle’s Studio: Paradise

“Holiday! Celebrate!”

It’s the 10th of July meaning that it’s time for Elle’s Studio monthly kit release and some lovely add ons! I was a fan of the blue green dreamy hues in the kit. I create this 6×8 double page layout of our trip to the beach during the Canada Day long weekend.

A simple story told, embellished with the summer mix puffy hearts and the pool time wood veneer with this months add ons. I used these pieces so much and added them directly to my photos. I love how these pieces can help tell all you document your summer time adventures.

Thanks for looking!