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 been eating way too many of these, or the version by Blue Diamond (Wasabi & Soy flavored). I personally prefer the Trader Joe’s version without the soy because it’s less salty overall, but that means I eat a lot more of them.
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.)
It’s the month of love! So the products I’ve chosen to feature for the month of February should come as no surprise. They were formerly part of the August BYOC (circa 2012) but I always felt as though they were so February. Now they’ll have their chance to shine in yet another season. Possibly their correct season, don’t you think?
You’ll save 30% on Sweetness papers and elements all month long, and if you have any layouts of your own to share using this kit, keep reading to find out how you can enter to win a $15 GC to my store.
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And I also have some new pages from the members of my creative team to share with you. I love them more than cupcakes for real.
▲ By Susanne
▲ By Sue
▲ By Stacy
▲ By Soco
▲ By Molly
▲ By Molly
▲ By Margelz
▲ By Leontien
▲ By Kelly
▲ By Julie
▲ By Becky
▲ By Aimee
Now on to the good stuff! For the chance to win a $15 GC to my store, all you have to do is be sure that your layout(s) – new or old! – are posted in my gallery at The Lilypad, and then post a link to those layouts in the comments by 03/07/14. Easy peasy, right?
Excited to see your creations! ♥
New in the shop this week is my Positive Spin Digital Kit. Music plays such a huge role in my life – it’s a major game changer for me whenever I’m feeling a little sluggish or blue. It’s my companion while I work, while I exercise, while I run errands – many of my favorite memories are tied to a song somehow. Just a few bars and I’m transported back.
This hip collection’s bright colors and bold patterns are sure to put you in the mood to document the music in your life and the trendy elements are perfect for capturing your current playlist or latest dance moves on a page.
The coordinating Positive Spin 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 so you can print them up easily at home.
Early Bird Savings
Purchase Positive Spin by 2/2/2014 and you’ll save 20%, plus you’ll get the Positive Spin Journal Cards free.