Fall is almost here, can you feel it? I am excited to share that I’ve added three new products to the shop today for the September BYOC. The Equinox collection of products is now available, and it’s 20% off through the weekend. (Cage Liner Subscribers can buy the entire bundle for an extra 20% off – 40% off total.)
The Equinox Papers and Equinox Elements feature a great mix of contemporary patterns and autumn-inspired elements in a color scheme that in my humble opinion captures the transition between summer and fall perfectly!
The coordinating Equinox Journal Cards include (6) 3 x 4″ journal cards that can be used on your digital scrapbook pages, as well as in your project life/pocket page albums. The package contains individual card files (PNG) as well as 8.5″ x 11″ printable sheets in both PDF and PSD format. No Photoshop necessary for the PDF!
New with this package of cards is a folder containing JPG images of each card with .25″ bleed, which meets the printing specifications for most professional print shops – such as Persnickety Prints! You can just upload those versions of the cards for hassle-free professional printing.
Save 20% On These New Releases
All of the products in the September BYOC line are on sale – grab them individually for 20% off. Cage Liner subscribers be sure to check your latest newsletter for an exclusive bundle offer (below). Both offers end 9/8/2013.
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I totally adore Autumn. This photo was actually taken by Todd Newman when he and Christine were here for our wedding in 2010. I don’t take nearly enough photos of the fall colors, I suppose I take them for granted? I was looking through my September & October photos for the past couple of years, though, and when I hit this series of photos I thought to myself “Why did I take so many pictures of trees that year?”
Turns out it wasn’t me.
|| LAYOUTS BY THE FLOCK & THE POLLYS ||
Taking a little time to share my (itty bitty) Project Life album as it stands so far – which is to say that it stands in various stages of incomplete.
Back in March I officially finished up January, which required that I rely heavily on social media updates, diary entries sent into OhLife! and my photo library itself.
It won’t come as any surprise that this strategy is not a sound one, but it did manage to work for the remainder of January’s photos. The project was fresh on my mind in January so I was extra vigilant about taking photos and documenting details that month.
It also helped that I had upgraded my camera in January, and the arrival of my D7000 is documented above along with Sisko’s best photo EVER. Enthusiasm over a new toy had me taking more random, everyday photos. The pages above have journaling cards from So Major and How It Began, plus various odds and ends from my paper supplies.
The little “Keep Me” pocket above is a leftover from my Smash Book supplies and it contains my jury duty notice – all of the trials over those two weeks wound up being canceled, so all in all I can’t complain about jury duty.
These pages came together fairly easily overall, but as I was completing them in March I had to face the fact that I had lost some of my commitment to documenting in real time. Also I had a growing, unsorted stack of daily bits and pieces that were becoming a concern for me.
So instead of inserting the pocket pages as I completed them, I placed them all into the album at once (empty) and started placing items into them in loose chronological order every time I had a free moment.
Which means that March-June are all variations on the theme pictured above – a few items placed in pockets, plus Post-It notes marking photos that I know I took or journaling I need to write. Some 2-page spreads are almost entirely finished while others are mostly post-it notes.
But at the end of June my album was already looking pretty full, and I wanted to make sure I left enough room in it for any sections that got a little bulky.
So I purchased my second Sn@p Album, this time in red because my local Michael’s doesn’t carry the brown and I’m just not all that particular. The large rubberbands on both binders are Smash Bands. The bindings on the Sn@p albums take a while to loosen up so they tend to slowly work their way open and lock me out of the desk drawer that I store them in.
Since I was starting fresh with a new album, I set a goal to try to keep up to date on the second half of the year – with “up to date” being defined as “no more than one month behind”. Because I’m a Realist.
I finished up July on Labor Day, but I’m totally going to count it as a triumph.
There’s no delineation of weeks in any given month, and pages tend to be more of a personal diary for me than documentation of our family as a whole. I used pieces from the Gossamer Blue August Main Kit and Add-On Kit here as well as veneers from Studio Calico and tag from Cosmo Cricket Summer Love/Sweet Disposition. The “watching” is cut from the top of one of the Stay Tuned Journaling Cards.
Tickets from a friend’s birthday celebration at a local baseball game are tucked into a chevron mini bag from Studio Calico, then I taped my Instagram photo to the front. The right side marks the start of our trip to Vegas for Summer CHA. The photo was taken just outside the Vdara resort at City Center. Oddly enough I never realized that the art installation was made up of canoes until I was printing the photo. I am nothing if not observant. More pieces of the Gossamer Blue kits here, as well.
Probably most out of character for me was this card. I had written “Take Risks” in the margin of my planner in July as a gentle reminder to myself and I wanted to document it more permanently in my album. This glitter alpha (Luxe by Pink Paislee) had just arrived in my September Main Kit from Gossamer Blue and it seemed only fitting that I use it on a card reminding me to step outside my comfort zone.
Those familiar with my glitter phobia will understand what a big step this was for me. (Although I must admit that the glitter doesn’t shed at all on these alphas, so I wasn’t in any real danger.)
Two pages of just Vegas using more Gossamer Blue (August Kits) and Studio Calico (veneers, brads & paper). The right side is a 6×8 paper layout with an Instax photo taken in the Doodlebug booth of me with the girls from Scrap Orchard and my friend Gwen, who came with us to Vegas and tagged along to the convention despite the fact that she doesn’t scrapbook at all.
I haven’t made a paper scrapbooking layout since 2004 and my fear of commitment was on full display the entire time I was making this one. I left it laying on my desk for two days before I felt confident enough to glue anything down.
On the opposing side I made a pocket out of the August papers and elements to hold some assorted bits from the trip. I created and cut the pieces for the pocket using my Silhouette, but I could have just as easily done it with a paper cutter and a corner rounder. I can’t find my corner rounder, though, and I was really set on having round corners.
The right side documents a night spent off-strip in Red Rock and down on Freemont Street, as well as my one and only positive gambling experience. I won $37 on the Star Trek slot machines at The Venetian using my friend Gwen’s advice – she only plays on slot machines whose names have some sort of meaning to her. I’ve been subjected to more Star Trek episodes (courtesy of Tom) than I care to think of, and it was about time that Star Trek gave a little something back to me. Parts of the September Gossamer Blue Main Add-On Kit start to appear here, as well as the wood veneer speech bubble from Freckled Fawn.
My final page for the month was photo-centric, save the veneer alpha from Studio Calico that I used to add the airport code to the photo of our flight home. Tom and I took an extremely late flight out of Las Vegas, trying to eek every last second out of the trip because it’s one of his favorite places on Earth. We didn’t get back home until 2am and I had agreed to open the chiropractic office at 8:30am, which allowed me 4 hours to sleep. I wanted to be sure to document that moment of temporary insanity by taking a quick “where I stood” shot after I unlocked the practice. A photograph of my new glasses and our final baseball game of the season closed out July.
And now I just have to keep my eye on the prize and get August completed before the end of September.
I say these are new(ish) because they were previously released way back in September 2010, but they’re one of the products that I didn’t move over to The Lilypad. Now a member of The Flock has requested that I bring them out of retirement, and whatever The Flock wants … The Flock tends to get.
Bird Seeds No. 1 are a set of 5 journaling spot templates for Back To School pages. Each of the layered journaling spots contains a handwritten word and a custom text path that includes storytelling prompts and photography tips. Plus, there are 20 additional handwritten words for use on your school related pages.
Despite the fact that temperatures have still been in the 80s and 90s here, September always marks the change of seasons for me. Even though Nick is going to school in shorts and t-shirts, it’s already autumn in my mind. And for the month of September I chose Narrative as the Featured Product of the Month, because it’s an everyday kit in a cozy autumn palette. It’s September in a kit.
You’ll save 30% on Narrative all month long, and if you have any layouts of your own to share using this kit (new or old!), please be sure to post them in my gallery at The Lilypad if you haven’t already, and then post a link to those layouts in the comments by 10/07/13 for a chance to win a $15 coupon to my store.
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A few new inspiration pieces from the members of my creative team.
▲ By Tali – I love the conversation that she captured between her twin boys. “What are you, a college student or sumfin?” is going to be my go-to comeback for the next couple of days.
▲ By Sue – whose simplistic, minimalist style makes me swoon. I love a good whitespace layout, don’t you? I adore the skinny strip of striped paper down the edge. Things like that just elevate a layout and make a page feel complete.
▲ By Stacy – a photoless layout with a message I can really get behind. I’ve spoken a few times on The Digi Show about how my only real scrapbooking regret is that it took me so long to feel comfortable telling a story on my pages. It’s the best kind of vulnerability, though, and like Stacy I always hope that people will notice the words on my pages most of all.
▲ By Sarah – capturing a true everyday story with her photo + words. And I’m starting to think that one of the reasons I feel such a kinship with so many members of the Flock is that so many of us love to use word art as our “titles” on our pages. I’m title challenged, and word art picks up the slack for me.
▲ By Kelly – this kit was the genesis of the photo pocket, and Kelly used it so perfectly here for her little Power Ranger addict. That little pocket eventually morphed into Photo Pockets No. 1 and No. 2, and I’ve had grand plans to create more of them but I’ll be damned if they’re not really labor intensive to make. Of all things … I think I over-complicate it.
▲ By Crystal – a little celebration of Cousins. Crystal can pack so many things into a small space on her pages and I always find myself scrutinizing them like ISpy books, trying to find all the little bits she’s carefully placed. She’s a magician, that one.
▲ By Bobbie – who was one of our lovely and talented August guests. When I saw this layout it made me laugh, I love how she tacked all the little “you” word snips next to people in the “family portrait starring Rick and Rick and Rick…” I’m in love with the entire idea of this, making up all the little face paddles and crafting a game of questions about things that happened before or after he was born. I want to emulate this for the next milestone birthday in our own family.
▲ By Lori – who is with us for the month of September as a part of the Guest Flock. I’m immediately drawn to the way she used photos almost as page elements – it’s a great way to add more photos to your page. The close-ups of the small details deliver a lot of the story. Plus her text on a path is simply brilliant. A lot of technique on this page!
▲ By Emilie – another of our September guests! Emilie gives a great example of how to use journaling cards on non-Project Life pages. I didn’t do a separate journaling card for this kit back when I first made it, but there are journaling cards inside of the kit that are sized to fit Project Life. Emilie added the text to create “1st Grade” using one of the cards and I think it’s genius. You could easily do the same for 2nd-10th grade, or any list of things really, and convert these cards to word art elements for your page.
Remember that if you have any layouts of your own to share using Narrative, you’ll need to post a link to them in the comments prior to 10/07/13 for a chance to win the $15 coupon to my store. I look so forward to seeing your pages. ♥
I loved looking at the layouts posted last month using Vagabond. And I’m excited to announce that Lori P‘s page was chosen (by random draw) as the winner of $15 worth of One Little Bird products from my store.
I’m in love with the way her photo is cut up into triangles.
There’s still time left for you to enter to win $15 worth of product for the month of August. Just grab a link to any of your pages in my gallery at The Lilypad that used my Retrospective kit. Post those links (past or present) in the comments of the August Featured Product post by 9/07/13 for a chance to win a $15 coupon to my store. ♥