I feel as though I can say “summer has arrived” here in Wisconsin – the days are long, the lawn always seems to need mowing, and I’ve even planted a few herbs and vegetables on my patio that I promise to tend to with all my might. I do not come by gardening naturally, but I feel determined this year.
A week or two ago I saw the phrase “There is sunshine in my soul today” on an art print and it stuck with me, because the warmer weather makes it feel as though sunshine is radiating from within. Summer vacation is just around the corner for Nick and I find myself making more plans and setting more goals for this summer than I have for summers in the recent past. There’s nothing like a long, grueling winter to give you a new appreciation for the summer. I don’t want to take a single second for granted this year.
Today I’ve added two new products to the shop. The Sunshine in My Soul Digital Kit is just in time for summer and its bright colors and cheerful elements are just right for conveying the warmth and playfulness of sunny days.
The coordinating Sunshine in My Soul Journal Cards include (8) 3 x 4″ journal cards and (2) 4 x 6″ 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.
Early Bird Savings
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I’m hoping to spend a portion of the long holiday weekend finishing up March pages. I feel as though I have a fairly efficient system down at this point and I don’t want to lose momentum. I finished these two pages last weekend.
The left side of this spread covers our final few days in Indianapolis for my father-in-law’s funeral. I’m grateful that I thought to take photos of the way Tom packed the car for our trip home because the ability to efficiently pack the cargo area of a vehicle is quite a huge point of pride for the Jones boys, and it served as a poignant end to the week to see him live up to his family legacy once again by fitting an impossible amount of items in the Jeep.
Also included is the QR code for the Billy Joel Doo-Wop session on The Tonight Show. Nick was completely enamored with it for several days because his acapella group was working on the same song for an upcoming school variety show.
I purchased a Kindle Paperwhite in March and had a chance to set it up and play with it once we returned home. I switched to eBooks back in 2008 with my first Sony Reader and the whole family has followed suit over the years. For the past two years I’ve been reading eBooks on my Android tablet and I’ve read less books as a result. I had too many options on my tablet and found myself constantly distracted by email and app notifications popping up as I read. I’d heard really great things about the Paperwhite, so I made the decision to “downgrade my tech” in this regard and now I’m reading more again as a result. The Husband’s Secret was the first book that I read – our Amazon Prime membership includes one free book from the Kindle Lender’s Library each month and that one grabbed my interest.
Materials on these two pages are from the May kits at Gossamer Blue, including the cards I designed for the May Life Pages Add-On No. 3. Plus a few old odds and ends from Dear Lizzy and Basic Grey on the right page.
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- Working (almost) entirely with a monthly subscription kit allowed me to complete these pages really quickly – which is a big perk when I’m trying to catch up. It’s definitely a strategy I’ll continue to use when the kit colors and theme work for me. (I do so love to use printable cards, though – so I’ll always dabble between the two.)
- I’ve started using Excel to plan my pages – I’m such a nerd! I am obsessed with spreadsheets and working on entire months at the same time is a bit too much for my brain to handle. I’ve tried using a few other methods recommended by Project Life scrapbookers, including printable sheets, post it notes and software like Evernote. All roads tend to lead back to Excel for me, though.
- The “Lens Correction” panel in Lightroom for these photos I’ve been taking. My lens tends to distort at certain focal lengths so my pages are often slightly “off square” when I look at the final image and that makes my head want to explode. I’m completely aware that I don’t use Lightroom to its full potential, but when editing these photos I finally poked around in the panels and unearthed the Manual tab in the Lens Correction panel which allows me to quickly fix lens bulge and vertical or horizontal shearing (which happens a lot when I’m photographing a page that has flair or something bulky on the opposing side). Hooray for Lightroom!
I’ve made a goal to finish March and April this month, moving toward my ultimate goal of being all caught up at some point in June. I made my March divider page while I was out in San Diego, working off that “Life is Sweet” card that I designed for the April Life Pages Add-On No. 3 at Gossamer Blue. I’ve been wanting to use the giant Freckled Fawn veneer numbers as well, and they worked perfectly here.
I’d been consciously putting off March because my father-in-law passed away mid-month and I knew I wanted my feelings on his passing to be a part of my monthly record, but I also knew I needed a bit of time to pass before I felt up to tackling it.
The left side of the spread is normal monthly happenings. I subscribed to a new meal planning service in March called Cook Smarts and it’s been instrumental in helping me achieve our goal of more healthy home cooked meals, less eating out this year. Bottom pocket is all about Season 1 of True Detective, which I devoured in one weekend. Have you seen it? I was not expecting to like it as much as I did.
Materials: On The Menu card is from Prix Fixe, the 4×6 card is from Timeless - both available in my shop at The Lilypad. Veneer is from the Gossamer Blue April Life Pages No. 3 (designed by me), and the Evalicious flair and page label are from the upcoming June Scrapbooking kits. Leaf stamp was from Cuppa at Studio Calico.
I had originally planned to do a 6×8 layout for this page, but I discovered I was out of 6×8 page protectors. When I started working on these pages late one night I figured I would stop when I reached this page, but I felt inspired to finish it in the moment so I switched gears and used a 3 pocket page. The text is a modified version of what I posted on Instagram on the day of the funeral – I added a bit more since space allowed. The photo was one of my favorites from a collage we put together for the service. I let Tom choose which photo to use – this was one of his favorites as well.
Materials here include an expoxy sticker from Favorite Things by Heidi Swapp, enamel dots and die cuts from Market Street from MME (part of the June kits at Gossamer Blue, as well) and a digital card from the Daydreamer Project Life® Mini Kit by Dear Lizzy.
New in the shop this week is my Daytrippers Digital Kit. It’s been a little while since I’ve done a travel related product and this collection’s bright, cheerful colors and travel themed embellishments are perfect for documenting your getaways – big or small.
The coordinating Daytrippers Journal Cards include (8) 3 x 4″ journal cards and (2) 4 x 6″ 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.
Early Bird Savings
Purchase The Daytrippers by 5/18/14 and you’ll save 20% PLUS you’ll receive the Daytrippers Journal Cards free with your purchase. Hooray for free!
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When I’m choosing the featured products for each month I’m usually thinking about what’s in the forefront for me during each particular month – and for May I’ve chosen These Walls because I always become very focused on the house this time of year and mindful of areas that need rearranging, reorganizing or a total overhaul. This product – all about home life – seemed most fitting for this time of year, as I’m sure many of you are going through a similar thing.
Also available is the coordinating Moving Day add on which is equally awesome for the home you’re in – but it also includes items that are apropos if you’re changing your address entirely.
You’ll save 30% on both of these products all month long, and if you have any layouts of your own to share (new or old!) using these products 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 06/07/14 for a chance to win a $15 coupon to my store. I love seeing your creations!
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A couple of new projects from the One Little Bird creative team using these two products.
▲ By Allie
▲ By Kat
▲ By margelz
▲ By Leontien
▲ By Sue
▲ By Sarah