Happy Valentine’s Day! ♥
Today I’ve added another set of 2014 Calendar Cards to the shop. This kit contains (12) 3 x 4″ journal cards with handwritten months, just like the last set, but with the Mon-Sun calendars instead. When I debuted the last set (the Sun-Sat version) I didn’t anticipate how many of you would prefer a version with a Monday start, so I apologize that you had to wait while I rearranged them for you!
The set also contains layered PSD files for each card so you can rearrange, recolor and otherwise customize them to fit your needs. I’ve already used mine in about a half dozen different ways. Love them in my planner, especially.
You’ll save 20% on these new cards through the weekend, and all of the products in our Valentine’s Day category are on sale for 30% off, as well. So be sure to check that out while you’re there. Both sales end on 2/16/2014.
I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day weekend!
The One Little Bird gallery is overflowing with inspiration after the Month of Challenges in January. I wanted to share some of the ones that caught my eye when I was browsing over the weekend.
I love the pops of orange in rockstar by Toriloowho. This kit (Positive Spin) was a bright one for me, but this is how I envisioned all those bright bits being used as I was making it. Bold bursts of color against a neutral canvas.
The clean, linear look of winter fun by lcpereyra was what drew me in when I was flipping through the gallery, but her journaling is the most heartwarming part. I remember how winter never felt like winter when I was a kid. I was invincible as a kid. Love that she captured the way that winter is so magical for her children.
I had a hard time choosing a favorite page from wtt2014′s gallery, she took part in the Month of Challenges and posted so many great pages throughout the month. But in the end I wound up choosing her page for Day 13, because the family photo is absolutely precious.
This next page by Aimee is one that came in “after the final buzzer” on product release day. Aimee is a member of my creative team originally brought on to make pocket page layouts, but she dabbles in pure digital from time to time, as well. This page captured my interest when she posted it on Instagram and I absolutely adore it.
By now you’ll notice a trend, I’m a sucker for a neutral page – especially with strategically placed pops of color. I’m kind of a “sure thing” when it comes to adorable pet photos, too.. This page, So Loved by Christine, gets high marks on both fronts. If there had also been a chubby cheeked baby on this page she would have hit the trifecta.
I love the mix of patterns in Retrospective by LilisMother. I have deep admiration for people who have natural talent for figuring out the perfect ratio for different patterns on a page. Too much and it can feel hectic, too little and it doesn’t have the same impact. This one is perfection.
I was going to stop at five layouts, but here we are at seven! I adored this page, Fun Together, by RaquelS. When I was looking through her Month of Challenges pages in my gallery it was almost impossible to pick just one, but I just could not get over that tiny teal flower on this page and how it was the absolute perfect touch.
Would you like to see your layout featured in a future Birds of a Feather? Post your projects featuring my products in the One Little Bird gallery at The Lilypad. I love to see what you’re inspired to create!
At the end of last year I debated back and forth a bit about tackling Project Life® again this year. In December I took some time to go through my 2013 album and tried to fill in all the gaps I had left throughout the year – pockets with post-it notes stuck to them, pockets with a random piece of memorabilia, etc. On my first pass through the unfinished pockets my goal was to simply print the photos out for any of the pockets I knew I had the photos for – and for the most part I printed them out and popped them into place unadorned. Second pass was to attach any memorabilia to 3×4 pieces of patterned paper. And on the third pass, I pulled out any remaining post-it notes and condensed the whole album down by moving everything forward to fill in the gaps.
The first couple of months of the year attempted to encompass all of three of us, and for the rest of the year the pockets that tended to be filled were the ones that contained a quote I liked, a mantra I wanted to remember, or a photo of some little piece of our day-to-day lives. The empty pockets tended to be the ones that were for someone else – usually Nicholas. And when I asked myself why they were still empty, the answer was usually because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to say about them yet, or I felt as though I wanted more space for them, or I wasn’t sure how to fit them in among all these other, more random moments that I had documented.
I love the last half of that completed, condensed album. Flipping through it is like a journal of who I was in 2013 – and I decided that I would focus my efforts (focus being my One Little Word this year) and embrace this format wholeheartedly for 2014 and simply create an album of me – my 6×8 life.
I’m using the 6×8 Snap album from Simple Stories again this year – they’re readily available to me locally and I already had a spare one (and a lot of pocket pages) left over from last year. Pictured above is my January “title page” of sorts. Last year I tried using the monthly dividers from Simple Stories but wound out pulling them all out after I condensed the album because there were no longer clean monthly breaks. But also they were a bit too busy for me, in general. I like this approach better.
The next two pages begin by making my One Little Word for 2014 visible. I plan on mixing the exercises from Ali’s workshop into this album throughout the year, so they’ll show up in future spreads if all goes as planned. The little note is from my Julep subscription box in January, they always drop a little quote or phrase into the box each month and that one seemed to perfectly embrace the optimism of a new year.
The facing page is a collection of things that were making me particularly happy at the beginning of the new year. Tom finally entered the modern age with a new smartphone – he’d been using the same Motorola Razr for the past 7 years, which is a real testament to the durability of those old Razr phones. Also a glamour shot of my new planner – I’m always excited to greet a fresh planner each year – and an homage to the Tobacco Flower scented oil from The Body Shop. Tobacco Flower is the new Pineapple Orchid, which was the predominant scent in my office last year.
The next two begin our trip to Las Vegas early last month – heavy focus on the food, of course. The crispy duck at Lotus of Siam (recommended by Liz) is easily one of the Top 10 meals of my life. I also really fell in love with the giant bathroom in our room at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, which was bigger than both of our bathrooms at home (probably combined?) I asked Tom several times if we could just live there forever.
The right side is a 6×8 page that I made using a photo of Tom and me from that trip.
Which brings me to a new goal for 2014. Liz and I were talking one evening and the conversation turned towards our lack of memory keeping last year. 2013 was a busy year – both of us fresh off our moves to The Lilypad, both of us expanding our businesses in different directions. Last year was my most prolific year, design-wise, to date – something I’m extremely grateful for. Over the past couple of years it has become my primary form of creative expression, and for the most part I don’t like to assign any more importance to one form of creativity than I do another. But I do know that I miss the playfulness of creating purely on a personal level, and it’s a nice counterbalance to what can sometimes (most of the time) be the raw vulnerability of creating to pay the bills.
So when she suggested that we challenge one another to scrap one page per quarter, the pathological overachiever in me countered with “More like once a month”. And now the game is on – as Sherlock would say. This 6×8 page is the result of our January effort. Hopefully being accountable to one another will motivate us to fulfill our monthly goals – history has already proven that we’re quite good at nagging one another about deadlines. As much as I enjoy playing with paper, I hope to make quite a few digital pages this year, as well. Possibly more hybrid? Ultimately I’m willing to go wherever the mood takes me.
You can see Liz’s page for January on her blog today, as well.
It’s BYOC time again and I’ve got three new products that coordinate with this months lovely color palette available in my shop. The Stuck On You Papers and Elements offer a great mix of love-inspired patterns, sentiments, hand-painted hearts, and just a touch of glitter and lace.
It’s a timely collection with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, but is there any time of year where we’re not celebrating love in our albums really? It’s a sentiment that transcends the calendar – which is why I look forward to February so much. I can never have too many products centered around the idea of loving with total abandon.
The coordinating Stuck On You 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 PNG files, JPG files with bleed (for professional print shops – like Persnickety Prints) and printable PDF and PSD files for easy at-home printing.
I just couldn’t resist putting that “recently pinned” card in here even though it strays from the theme just a little bit – but I knew I wanted it for my album because the little clothespin lends itself so well to such a card.
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AROUND HERE | I’ve also been eating way too many of these. I am powerless against the Reese’s peanut butter shapes – trees, eggs, hearts, pumpkins. They’re better than the cups, but I eat plenty of the cups, too.
AROUND HERE | I’m still relying pretty heavily on my rescue inhaler after my tangle with the flu three weeks ago. It came complete with a cough that doesn’t seem to want to leave my system, and I hear it’s that way for a lot of other people as well. So…
AROUND HERE | I’m sending hugs, virtual popsicles and lots of romantic comedies and warm blankets to everyone else waging battle against the flu – and all other manner of colds and illnesses – this winter. It’s a particularly yucky year.
AROUND HERE | I’m really excited about these dot pads from Rhodia. I’m the type of person who can’t draw a straight line to save my life, so grid paper is my best friend. I find regular grid paper a bit distracting when I’m sketching out product ideas, so these dot pads (plus my trusty Ticonderoga pencils) are absolute perfection.
AROUND HERE | I’m super in love with these dollar spot finds at Target. The page flags and the big silver chipboard alpha will be used heavily in my Project Life® album this year, and the little sticky notes were just too irresistible to pass up. I can never have enough sticky notes.
AROUND HERE | I’ve been working on finding a balance between keeping my growing collection of paper scrapbooking supplies organized while also maintaining a clean workspace, which I find is crucial for my day-to-day work life. I fell in love with these little bowls from Pier1 after searching high and low all over town, and they’re perfect little vessels for keeping little bits visible (so I remember to use all the things I wanted to use) but they’re still clean and simple enough that they don’t overwhelm me when they’re scattered across my desktop. I’ve also made a vow to stop into Pier1 more often – I think it had been at least 4 years since I had last been.
AROUND HERE | I am so excited to be able to tell you about an amazing opportunity that came my way a few months ago to partner up with 3 Birds Studio to manufacture paper collections using some of my digital artwork. I came home on Monday to a giant box of production samples and I almost passed out from excitement while going through them – it’s been an amazing partnership and never in a million years would I have dreamed that my little digital drawings could evolve into such a huge collection of beautiful products. The first batch will be available for sale on air on the Home Shopping Network on March 13th, and then on HSN.com after that. I’ll share more information and photos in the weeks to come, but you can see the product sneaks as they reveal them this week on their blog and their Facebook page. The photos above are from the 3D embellishment kit of the Graceful Season collection. Foil galore! (The copper foil is my absolute favorite.)