Project Life :: Week 17


I'm still working with the May Citrus Twist Kits Pocket life and Sprinkles kit this week and all my photos ended up very blue. So I thought I'd go with that cool-toned colour scheme. Until I realised that what a cold, blue week needs is a bit of colour! Luckily, I got there in the end.


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DIY Embellishments with Kellie Stamps


I grabbed myself a little Diamond Press last week as an early birthday present to myself and after opening it up and giving it a whirl, I found myself with a thousand little die cut pieces. So I decided to make myself some DIY layered embellishments (a la Inky Quill style).


First I whipped myself up some little word stickers using the MY FAVE digital stamps from Kellie Stamps. I simply laid them out in my Silhouette software, added A LOT of cut lines and cut them out of sticker paper. Time consuming but simple!


Then I glued all the little layers together with the stickers and now I have a pile of gorgeous little embellishments to add to my layouts, planner, Project Life and cards.


Project Life :: Week 16


I'm using the May Citrus Twist Kits Pocket life and Sprinkles kit again this week and my colour-scheme this week was ALL THE COLOURS. Even green! I had a bit of a stamping mishap but recovered nicely, managed to avoid the compulsion to hoard and my obsession with puffy stickers continues!


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Why I'm didn't do #WITL (last week)


I know that Ali Edwards' Week in the Life is all about documenting the everyday, the small details of your life, as it i right now. But if I want to make it past Tuesday this year (unlike last year's epic fail), I know I'm going to want something a bit more exciting to document then five days of me sitting at the same desk, eating the same lunch and coming home exhausted and falling into bed at the same time plus a few weekend activities.

So I've chosen a different week. A week that I know will include: two days off work, my birthday, a few special appointments and a visit from my mum. Fun things that would have been documented anyway but why not do it in this format this year.

There will still be a large amount of everyday moments, the comfort of routine, the dull and the mundane, the finding of joy in the little things. But, this time, with a splash of fun added in!

Succulent Sunday


Finally some of my little succulent babies are big enough to move into their own little pot. Grow, grow, grow!

Best Ever

Any guesses what I traced to create the stitched flowers on this background? Doilies!

I'm always happy to find a way to use a doily and this was perfect. I used six different thread colours, all of which I took from that gorgeous painterly paper from Pink Paislee at the back of my stack (a crime to cover it up I think).


I used the May Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life, Sprinkles and Embellishment kits on this one, but mostly all the tiny little scrappy pieces left over from all my Project Life spreads. I created the title with a digital stamp version of my brush script stamp from this months kit (Hint; keep an eye on the Citrus Twist Kits blog later in the month for a handy little freebie!) and my Silhouette Cameo.

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And here are a couple of detail shots ...

Project Life :: Week 15


I'm using the May Citrus Twist Kits Pocket life and Sprinkles kit this week and I loved being able to use one of my card designs (that happy rainbow water-coloured stripe) to really brighten up the week.

I was also determined to use one of the doilies, they're not my favourite embellishment but I'm always trying to push through that reluctance and find a solution I love. I ended up stamping the blue card a couple of times until I found a colour I was happy with. But in the end, I love how light and bright and colourful this week ended up!


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Kellie Stamps :: Donut


It's release day over at Kellie Stamps! I created this layout with the LABEL THAT clear stamps. And as much as I LOVE actual stamps, this layout would have been a million times quicker and easier with the digital versions and my Silhouette machine! But I still loved that challenge of hand-stamping and cutting. I guess I'm a bit old-school like that.

Then I used the digital set MY FAVE to add a title directly onto my photo before printing.

I created some tiny words stickers with that set as well but thats a whole other post!

Project Life :: Week 14


I'm not going to lie, I really struggled with this one. It wasn't until I was nearly finished that I worked out what I wanted to do! But once I sorted that out, I'm really happy with how it turned out. My motto is always "done is better than perfect"!

I'm using the May Citrus Twist Kits Pocket life kit and I'm super excited and proud that the May kits feature some of my brush script! The stamp sets in each kit all have some of my brush script words in them and the Pocket Life kit also has a few 3x4 cards I designed. I've used one of them below.


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What I've been reading lately


I've been on a real reading frenzy since the start of this year when I challenged myself to read more, well, to read at least 10 books this year. Here is what I've read since then (looks like I'm going to meet that challenge too) ...

The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey.
I didn't fully realise this was a zombie novel when I started it, and although I would normally avoid them, this story was both powerful and heartbreaking. I was completely hooked on this book from the start and couldn't stop until I was finished. The ending had me thinking about this book long after I put it down.

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout.
A rather poignant story about the complicated nature of mothers and daughters. Beautifully written, it had me feeling all the feelings: joy, loneliness, sadness, love. I both enjoyed it and wished I'd never read it in equal measure.

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn.
I really wish this was a full length novel and not a short story, the premise was pretty good but the story felt rushed, the characters weren't fully realised and the ending was ... maybe the start of a bigger story ... it didn't feel like the story had finished anyway.

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs.
This is the third and final book in the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series, and I've enjoyed every one. I felt a tiny bit lost throughout the beginning as I didn't re-read the other two before starting this one but once I got caught up I was hooked and spent the entire day devouring it.

The Ice Twins by S. K. Tremayne.
This book really did keep me guessing about what was happening through every page. Creepy, tense and intriguing, I was only slightly let down by the ending when the narrator was changed and it felt like everything was being explained in case I was too stupid to have worked it out myself.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.
I really struggled to get into this one and after putting it down about a third of the way through and reading two other books, I finally picked it back up to give it one more go. And I was hooked.

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed.
Small, beautifully written, nuggets of advice for a life well-lived. This book had me laughing out loud one minute and crying the next. Because isn't that what life is really like?!

Kellie Stamps :: May Sneaks


The May release from Kellie Stamps is right around the corner! May, already? [Shakes head in disbelief.] I used the two new releases in two different ways to create background papers.

Above I used the digital set MY FAVE to create some random brushes in Photoshop and then foiled them (anyone have any hints on photographing foil? I swear they look a million times better in real life!).

And below I went analog and hand stamped a pattern with the LABEL THAT clear stamps, then cut out a few places and backed them with patterned paper. Hint: that whole process would have been a million times quicker with digital stamps and my Silhouette! But what can I say, I'm an old-school-kinda gal!


Project Life :: Week 13

After the last few weeks of lovely, bright, warm tones, the cooler colours that are also in the April Citrus Twist Kits Pocket life kit are a refreshing change. I had a real hodge-podge of photos this week so I tied the whole spread together using only blue or neutral papers, cards and embellishments. I can't help feel like this spread is so good because of that little face though! The dog that is, not mine!


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Kellie Stamps :: RAD


I used the RAD digital stamps to create the cut-out title suing my Silhouette. It can be tricky to cut of something this intricate but the trick is patience while peeling it up (and not using a new, super sticky mat – opps, lesson learnt!). I backed the cut with glitter paper, gluing is down with Multi Medium Matt, and resisted the urge to use a white background and instead went for this peach coloured stripe.


Project Life :: Week 12

This week I'm using the April Citrus Twist Kits Pocket life kit. The bright and warm colour scheme is the perfect way to chase away the Autumn blues I've got at the moment. I love how many words I've managed to pack into this spread, but man, those tiny gold glitter alphas! If someone could invent an easier way of using them, I'd be forever grateful! Lucky they are so cute!

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Day in the Life


I was so pleased that I actually managed to document a whole day for Ali Edwards Day in the Life, so I wanted to make sure I kept the actual layout as simple as possible. I converted all my photos to black and white (because there were some real shockers), added in the time using her time stamp that came with the mini kit, and then added a few cards, papers and some minimal embellishing.

This is the back side ...


And a few details ...

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Kellie Stamps :: Coffee


Its so easy to make an insert when it is about my favourite subject and uses my favourite digital stamp set, COFFEE, from Kellie Stamps. I created some brushes in Photoshop and made some patterned papers, printed my photos directly from my phone and added a simple wood veneer heart. Voila!


Project Life :: Week 10

I do love a dramatic colour scheme and this week has it in spades. The addition of black really helps to balance out the darker photos and the yellow and blue add vibrant pops of colour. This week I'm using the April Citrus Twist Kits Pocket life kit. I really love using the colours of a kit to bring out the colours in my photos.


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