#1 thing I need to work on: the lighting when I take pictures. I know I need a white balanced background so I don't get glare or dark, unbalanced photos. Sorry about the picture quality.
Finally received my Studio Calico PL Kit in the mail (they made a mistake and it didn't ship out until a few days ago) and I was able to use it in this layout. The second and last journaling card is from the kit, as well as the camera card. I used Elise's THIS stamp (no longer available) on vellum and glued it onto my pie picture. (My ink pad is drying out so the stamp isn't too visible)
'Remember This' card is from The PL Seafoam Core Kit. I found the flower embellishment free online (:
I couldn't get the lighting right with this picture /:
The first and last journaling card is from Studio Calico's kit as well as all the embellishments! The calendar and palm tree picture is from Elise Blaha's shop, but it is no longer available. The foliage shots are from our backyard! Love the area (:
I wasn't sure what to expect when moving in with Chris, though I'd heard it would be difficult. So far, with almost a month under our belts, it's been amazing! (maybe it's still the honeymoon phase!? We've had one or two fights so far, but nothing in relation to our living situation)
All pictures are ordered from PostalPix. The photo pockets on the left are from PL Design D and the photo pockets on the right are from PL Design A. Let me know if you guys have any questions! Feel free to link to your PL layouts- they're my favorite to look at (:
I crafted this card months ago, and obviously, it didn't turn out quite like how I envisioned. The tree is a little sad looking, the washi tape probably doesn't really belong, and the leaves aren't dark enough, etc. Anyway, I'd like to keep to the sentiment that "it's the thought that counts!" Out of every handful of cards or projects you make, there will always be at least one that didn't turn out how you wanted or that looks sub-par. This is that one for me. However, I didn't want to scrap it because the thought was there and so was the effort and idea.
What do you guys think? Would you have scrapped this card or have been any less grateful for a handmade thank you card if it didn't look 'perfect'? (FYI: I made these cards during the last weeks of my graduating semester, so... maybe if I had made this one at another time, it would've been a different story)
Please send me links to your projects in the comments- I'd love to look through them! Happy Monday! (:
Slowly catching up to the current weeks. I'll always be at least a week behind, due to picture printing and logistics, but this is from the Fourth of July weekend when I moved in with Chris!
Quote cards are made by the lovely Elise Blaha, they're found here. Moving, packing and unpacking is so crazy. However, it's so worth it! (:
I love artisan pizza. It's handmade almost right in front of you at this restaurant and there are many great and unique options. Also: I spy Hearthstone! I'm getting back into it again after it released. I played the beta for a while before that.
The coffee mug picture is one of my FAVORITES. It's from Elise Blaha's calendar that is no longer for sale. The picture to the right is from the first night we spent at our apartment, which was on the floor with a bunch of blankets.
The first thing that was able to be unpacked was my closet- I love it! Priorities, amiright? (; The quote says "It's the little moments that make life big. -Kobi Yamada" Bought here.
I'm so elated that I finally purchased the Studio Calico PL Monthly Kit. I love opening them every month (I just got my second box yesterday) and the different embellishments and cards really help with the otherwise-sometimes-monotonous stand-alone core kits, which is basically all that I had.
I was trying to manipulate a thread to spell out week 9, and I somehow thought staples would look fine... but looked like a complete mess, so I scrapped the idea. Of course, I had a bunch of holes left, so I decided to try and make it look like it was on purpose for a constellation effect, instead of just throwing away the photo. You live and you learn!
Sorry, I'm a little obsessed with The Hump Day commercial and the commercial that sometimes plays in the movies, revised from Hump Day to Movie Day. Chris doesn't get my love for it and thinks the concept is annoying. To each his own (; Also, excuse my grammar on the journaling card. Amesomely*
Happy that we have a backyard even though all Shadow wants to do is sniff everything and sometimes eat the weeds. I try to play fetch with him out here but he is not interested in what I have to offer.
Chevron card is from PL's Seafoam Core Kit, and the rest are from the Studio Calico PL Monthly Kit. All pictures are ordered from PostalPix. The photo pockets on the left are from PL Design A and the ones on the right are PL Design D. Let me know if you guys have any questions! Feel free to link to your PL layouts- they're my favorite to look at (:
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Coming Up Roses had an awesome post that revolved around the complete sentence, "I am." However, how often do we further that thought and really think about who we are and what we stand for? I originally saw the "I am" post on Sydney Luella's blog, who linked me to Coming Up Roses' original post. Let us know if you decide to do this! It may be too late to link to Coming Up Roses' post, but we would all love to see what you come up with. It's a powerfully positive thing to write. (and it may inspire someone, like it inspired me and several others!)
Not 100% confident, but I'm working on it
Beautiful, inside and out
Beyond ready to begin my Master's program next month
Obsessed with Teen Mom, 16 & Pregnant and The Bachelor/Bachelorette
A believer that we are in control of our own happiness
So grateful toward my parents for providing me with everything & more
Intelligent, but enough to know that I'm never the smartest in the room
A collector of coffee/tea mugs
Insanely happy and in love with my boyfriend
Classy, but I reserve the right to curse when angry
So excited to be crossing off things in my 101 in 1001 list
Usually very willing to help out friends & family whenever I'm needed
Someone to admire
Coming to terms with the fact that I am very emotional
A Winter & Fall girl, you guys can keep Summer as your favorite
Loving Einstein Bros Bagels' and their Chai Tea Latte
Independent, but luckily I have someone to share my responsibilities with
An angry driver (but half of that is because too many people don't know how to drive)
Glad that I get to exercise my creative genes by doing Project Life & starting my blog
Proud of myself for all that I've accomplished
All about New England- love the sports teams, weather, accents, scenery & people
Looking forward to starting yoga with my friend Bridget
Not sad to say my FAVORITE snack is chips
Totally a dog lady after never growing up with pets
Unashamedly grateful for all that I have
Listening: to "Rude" by MAGIC!
Watching: Hell's Kitchen, Teen Mom, The Bachelorette, Farscape, Extreme Weight Loss
Reading: Children of the Most High
Buying: Baby shower presents & things for the home
Crafting: Project Life
Wearing: Skirts/dresses & some jeans mixed in
Eating: Home-cooked meals again, finally!
Planning: On completing some 101 in 1001 items
Feeling: Slightly optimistic about this Monday
Loving: That today is my anniversary with Chris!
Hating: The conflict all over the world
Hoping: That this week turns out wonderfully!
Excited: To give my man his present & have dinner to celebrate (:
I was excited about this challenge at first, but as time went on, I slowly began getting behind. I'm not sure if it was timing (summer is super hot in FL), or my laziness, but most likely both. If this challenge took place in the cooler months, and if I was living with Shadow back in June, I think I could've managed a lot better. Here's my original post about it.
Toward the end, I just took a picture outside a day and called it quits. In the end, I got a beautiful collage, so that was worth something- at least I stuck with taking pictures!
Have you guys tried this challenge? If not, were there any challenges that you did try that you just couldn't get through for whatever reason? You can always reach out to me via comments or any of my other social media outlets!
Sorry for the lack of pictures, but you can clearly see everything and there was almost no embellishments to highlight, so here we are. This week I definitely went simpler, but that's how everything flowed. I didn't want to force embellishments or extra designs if they didn't fit.
I also apologize for the crooked photos! I didn't realize when I took them, but they showed as I was editing. The tree photo was taken at my favorite coffee shop, the picture to the right was taken on vacation in Maine a few years ago, and all the other photos are current to this week. Baby Conner, Jess & Dan's new home & Shadow, of course. The quote card is from Elise Blaha's free printables. The embellishment and cards on this page are from Studio Calico's monthly PL kit.
"This is what life looks like" cards are from PL's Seafoam Core Kit, and the quote card is from Studio Calico. All pictures are ordered from PostalPix. The photo pockets on the left & right are from PL Design A. Let me know if you guys have any questions! Feel free to link to your PL layouts- they're my favorite to look at (:
This was the first time I've used my Studio Calico PL box! I was so excited, and everything came in handy. I actually didn't use any of my PL Seafoam Core Kit cards for this layout. Sorry I've been so behind on doing PL and posting it! This weekend is the first time I've been able to sit down and actually do a layout.
The June wood piece is from the June Calico kit, as well as the wooden arrow, and the "7" ticket, as far as embellishments go. I watched the Japan Colombia game, and although I pretty much knew Japan would lose, it still hurt! I took a selfie that I loved, so I had to include it (:
I loved these cards! My handwriting was pretty terrible for the journaling card, but it's the memories that count!
The first time I saw any World Cups games was at Taco Bus with Jennifer. I ended up catching one or two more, then both my teams got booted out, so I didn't really care to watch the rest. I'm not a big soccer person to begin with!
This picture with Bridget is old, but it's the only one of us that we have! Excuse the fact that we're all cut out of it- she took the picture for instagram purposes and figured it was decent enough. I played around with drawing a border- not a huge fan of it, but it doesn't look bad! I used a scrapbook paper to post the picture on.
I love what I came up with for the King of Tokyo & Scrabble documentation! It's usually difficult for me to work square photos into a layout because they don't perfectly fit anywhere, so I had to be creative (: I also had fun with all the embellishment cards!
All cards are from the Studio Calico PL Monthly Kit and all pictures are ordered from PostalPix. The photo pockets on the left & right are from PL Design A. Let me know if you guys have any questions! Feel free to link to your PL layouts- they're my favorite to look at (:
My lovely swap partner, Jacquie, from Confessions of a College Angel, was so lovely! The first package she sent me got lost in the mail, so to make up for it, she ended up sending 2 more books!
I already started reading a little bit of Children of the Most High- it's interesting so far. Can't wait to get through the rest of these books as well! (:
Thanks for an awesome swap experience, Jacquie & Chaotic Goddess Swaps!
This card was really simple to make, yet still cute and more meaningful than using a store-bought thank you card. (though those are still very thoughtful, especially if you're super busy!)
I chose two similar-colored scrapbook papers, cut one to be a little longer than the other, and glued them down. Next, I took a ribbon I had lying around and glued one strip over the line where the two scrapbook papers met. Afterwards, I tied a bow with the remaining ribbon and sewed it onto the card. You could also use a hot glue gun if you have one handy! Lastly, I hand wrote thank you - but you could also stamp it or leave it blank, and do something more personal on the inside.
Let me know what you guys think, and if you have any questions, feel free to ask. (: Follow me on Bloglovin' to keep up with my posts, Twitter to keep up with my challenges & other random things, & Instagram to see what else I'm up to via photographs!
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