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Italy Summer Vacation Mini Travel Book

I just put the finishing touches on a minibook of our 11-day trip to Italy in May. Below are most of the supplies I used sans a few things like pens, sticker embellishments, and my hole punch; I also used my Canon Selphy to print out some of the photos towards the end after we got home. Everything fit into a 0.75 gallon ziplock bag which was super handy throughout the trip. It was so convenient to spread everything out and put it back in the bag that I even scrapped on the train!

I also brought my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.

I also brought my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.

Some notes for others planning to scrap on holiday.

  • I used two 6×6 acetate sheets that I bought off of ebay for the covers. The rings are 1.5 inches in diameter. The pink hole punch/brad attacher from WE R Memory Keepers made it easy to punch holes through the sheets.
  • I stored all my memorabilia in a slim pouch that was tucked into my backpack. Making sure that everything was stored carefully in order made assembling the book very easy.
  • Editing images to overcome the blown out look of the instax printer photos was a breeze with Snapseed. The “Ambience” setting led to some awesome print outs.
  • I love the instax printer. Although I wasn’t able to finish my travel album during the trip, I was able to capture highlights and little details. Best part of the printer is the sharing aspect. I was scrapping on the train from Rome to Florence and the ticket guy asked me to photography and print out pictures for his best friend. Although i don’t understand much Italian, I think he really liked the device because he came back and posed with another buddy. 🙂
  • Put everything back in the bag when you’re done in the evening so you stay organized and don’t lose anything!

This post is pic heavy. Hope you enjoy!

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Sugar Rush! – My Favorite Studio Calico Kits

I generally don’t use red or like Valentine’s Day themed stuff but something about Studio Calico’s Sugar Rush kits are so sassy, fresh, and bright. Maybe it’s been the interminable snow or maybe my brain is dehydrated from the heater running non-stop but I love the entire Sugar Rush release so much that, for the first time, I bought THREE kits! I don’t generally like kits but even though the design is so distinctive, I’ve been amazed at how versatile all of the supplies have been. I also picked up some letterpress supplies and gold chipboard hearts and stars from their new Essentials line.

Below are some projects I’ve made using the Sugar Rush card kit, project life kit, and Taffy. This is my first Studio Calico card kit and I felt a little overwhelmed at first thinking that I had to follow a set template for my cards. But my creative juices really started flowing after I stopped looking — and being intimidated by — the design team gallery and just got lost in playing.

Sparkle  Studio Calico Sugar Rush Card Kit and Taffy

Happy Valentimes!Studio Calico Sugar Rush

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2014 Project Life – Week 1

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So excited about Project Life this year. I took full advantage of the Two Peas sale and stocked up on many fun supplies including the new Becky Higgins Coral Kit, a ton of alpha and puffy stickers, and washi.

Flipping through last year’s PL books, I saw a huge positive difference in the look and feel of my weeks after I started using the Project Life kits. I like creating my own cards but pre-made cards make it a lot easier to focus on my journaling and the stories I want to remember from a given week.

My favorite new products are the Glitzy woodgrain washi tape and the puffy stickers from Daily Flash.  I love the designs of the Glitzy Tapes and they always add texture to my projects but I don’t really think of them as washi. They feel more like printed glossy strips of paper than washi.

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I made a ton of labels using a free print-and-cut design I found on Pinterest using Epson’s Ultra Premium Matte Presentation Paper! I’ll create another post soon to show I customized the labels and also created some homemade alpha stickers!DSC00689 IMG_0004

Crate and Barrel MT Washi Tape

Got these on sale from Crate and Barrel the other day. They’re so cute and I’ve used all of them to wrap presents and on cards quite a bit the last two days. The large mouse washi was perfect for my December Daily page about our evening at the Nutcracker ballet.

I’ve crossed a ridiculous threshold with washi tapes — I now have so many from different types of “washi” from different manufacturers that I’ve developed a preference for the MT washi tapes. They can be placed and removed and readjusted so many times without creasing or looking worn.

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Disney Embellishments

I loved using the Simple Stories Disney 6×6 paper pad — it was such a classy interpretation of the traditional Disney colors. I used the pad and some other Disney theme supplies to make some fun Disney themed pages for a gift album. The Silhouette was awesome for creating a custom-sized vellum Mickey Mouse head and the banner letters.
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December Daily – Week One

As much as I love to travel and learn new things — did you know that in Australia, kangaroos are like bunnies and you could easily find one munching on your flower bed!! — nothing beats being home. This is especially true during December, which I like to think of as Christmas all month!

This is my first December Daily and I was flummoxed the first few weeks.  I’ve never built pages in advance. I took my album and a scrapbook travel kit on a recent two week trip and managed to cobble together a few titles. But once my Thanksgiving start date rolled around, I was ready to go! Below are some shots of my December Daily so far.

 


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Some unsuccessful selfies – it was the word of 2013!IMG_5763

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Amazing brunch at Acadiana in DC. IMG_5764IMG_5768IMG_5769IMG_5770IMG_5771

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