Kellie Stamps :: Project 1


I am not a person who enjoys camping of the outdoors much, so I wasn't sure the the OUTDOORSY digital stamps from Kellie Stamps was really going to be my thing. But actually, that wasn't the case at all. These stamps are so versatile, it was easy to make them fit with my lifestyle.

For this layout, I used one of the stamps as a stitching template and did A LOT of stitching. I snapchatted the process (I'm dearlydee over there too) to make the time go a bit quicker. Then I used my Silhouette to print and cut the title. After I'd added a few embellishments from my stash and added my photo, I was done. Too easy.



Project Life :: Using Sketches


Sketches are a great tool to use if you're feeling all-out-of-ideas for Project Life or even if you just want to give yourself a little challenge.

This week I had no CT kits I needed to work with or assignments due so I decided to challenge myself with a sketch. Without even looking at my photos, I drew up the sketch below. But there are plenty of sketches available on Pinterest or the Citrus Twist Kits blog has a Pocket Life sketch every Friday!


After I had my sketch I printed out my photos and got to work using an old Studio Calico kit I hadn't opened yet. I used the sketch as a guide for what sizes to print my photos and where to place the embellishments. In fact, I stuck pretty much to the sketch for the whole spread and I really like the results. I'm definitely going to have to try this again.


Do you ever use sketches for your Project Life?

Kellie Stamps :: July Sneaks


Fun times is right! The July Kellie Stamps release is so fun! Now, I'm not a camping person (my idea of camping is a three-star hotel) so you'd probably wonder how I was going to find a use for the OUTDOORSY set? Easy. These stamps are so versatile, all I had to do was break out my Silhouette and some white thread. Ok, a lot of white thread but still.

Now MY THERAPY is much more up my alley. Podcasts, music, reality TV. Brilliant for document all your favs right now.


These sets and a brilliant clear set of planner stamps will be available on the 27th so mark your calendars!

Traveler's Notebook Layout :: Woof Woof


You can very clearly see I'm quite new to this whole Traveler's Notebook thing. Because this little book is getting fatter and fatter, I tried to make things a bit easier for myself by using a piece of patterned paper as a background to create on, but then stuck it down first – completely defeating the purpose! Oh well, you live and learn I guess.


Here is the process video of how this layout came together... 
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Project Life :: Week 25


Gold is the theme with my July Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life kit this week! That gold foiled paper (although hard to photograph) is SO beautiful in real life! I created another filler card myself, this time using masking fluid and gold mist, the effect is so sparkly and pretty.


Here is the process video of how this layout came together... 
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Traveler's Notebook Layout :: Listen to Yourself


I am still trying to use up some more of my July Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life kit by creating another layout in my Traveler's Notebook. Now, you know I'm not really big on journalling, my Project Life albums are a more visual form of documentation, but this notebook has become a real place for notes to myself about lessons I've learned or things I want to remember. And although I don't LOVE my handwriting (and I must be very out of practice since my hand is cramping by the time I'm finished) I really do love having a place to write down some longer stories!


Here is the process video of how this layout came together... 
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Traveler's Notebook Layout :: Planner Addict


Of course I had to document the arrival of my new planner in another planner! I used bits of the packaging on the right-hand side of the spread but the left-hand side had quite a lot of bleed-through from the previous spread. I needed to cover it up but none of the tags I had on hand were big enough. So I made my own on my Silhouette!

Below is the cut file I used, so if you want some giant tags for yourself simply right-click the image and save to your computer. Once you trace the shapes in your Silhouette software, you'll be able to cut as many as you want! If you don't have a Silhouette, you could still print it out and use it as a template to hand cut the tags.

Do let me know if you use them, I totally want to see!

Project Life :: Week 24


This week I'm using the July Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life. I really only had one spot for a filler card but I knew I wanted it to be be this darling one. I ended up going PINK this week and I love the brightness of it. I used up just about every little scrap of that beautiful pink paper this week!


Here is the process video of how this layout came together... 
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Traveler's Notebook Layout :: Little Loves


I still had some bits and pieces left over on my desk from the July Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life kit after a Project Life session so I put together a fun little layout in my Traveler's Notebook. I'm really loving this format for using up little bits from my old kits or things that are laying around on my desk! Hopefully I can start making a dent in my stash!


Here is the process video of how this layout came together... 
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Review :: Nuvo Crystal Drops

I finally managed to get my hands on some of these Nuvo Crystal Drops and (spoiler alert) I love them! Truth be told, I haven't used them on a project yet, I've just been playing around with them. But I can see the potential for some really cool projects.

I found them really hard to get a hold of here in New Zealand but I have a few more colours coming from the Citrus Twist store shortly.

It is really cold here at the moment (like middle of winter, not making it to double digits cold) and I'm pretty sure it is effecting the drying time. Smaller dots are taking 3-4 hours to dry but the larger ones are taking at LEAST overnight but up to 24 hours. Which seems like a long time to me but I'm sure in warmer conditions it wouldn't take nearly as long. I'm guessing though, there is very little information available about drying time that I can find.

Let me know if you've used them, how you find them and how long yours take to dry!

Anyway, here is my little review... 
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Project Life :: Week 23


I used the newly released July Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life for this weeks spread. The Millie & June papers from Fancy Pants in this months kit are to die for. They have an amazing texture and the tiniest little polka dot hearts. Too cute. There are also some foiled designs that I'm going to have to try very hard not to hoard! This week I carry on my very simple style and use a LOT of bits from the Colour Me Happy Snip-its from Cocoa Vanilla, which turned out to be an easy way to both embellish and add a small bit of journalling!


Here is the process video of how this layout came together... 
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Project Life :: Week 21


This still using the June Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life and Sprinkles kits this week but I'm also using a filler card and a tag that I created with my brush script. There's a little tutorial over on the Citrus Twist Kits blog today to show you how you can start using your own brush script lettering to create your own filler cards. So fun!


Here is the process video of how this layout came together... 
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Succulent Sunday


Despite weeks of neglect (which just goes to show it is PRETTY hard to kill succulents!), my little babies are still going strong. I decided to move the remaining ones in more permanent homes, a pot of different varieties and a couple of candles holders I bough on the cheap. Fingers crossed they survive their rough transition in the middle of winter. I've left them in the sunniest spot in the house (which at this time of year is pretty limited) so fingers crossed!

Coffee time


Is there anything better than coffee? How about layout using a foiled background created with a digital stamp from Kellie Stamps celebrating the things I see in my coffee clouds? Yeah, that's what I thought too.

The rest of the layout used bits and pieces I had lying around within arms reach. And notice the total lack of white background? So out of my comfort zone but I don't hate it! Add in a few wood veneers, a tiny tag and some glittery enamel dots and I think I actually love it.


Project Life :: Week 22 with Kellie Stamps

I'm a bit out of order in my Project Life album but I'm gonna roll with it. This week I used a few digital stamps from the OBSESSED set from Kellie Stamps directly on my photos before cracking into an unopened Studio Calico kit. I loved the girly colours! This week was the week after I had done Week In The Life so I must have gone on a photo-strike. But luckily, the few I did have went really well together and this ended up being one of my favourite spreads so far.

I used the JOT IT DOWN clear stamps to create a little filler card by creating a quirky little to-do list, clearly showing my priorities!


Here is the process video of how this layout came together... 
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DIY Traveler's Notebook inserts


I'm just loving the Traveler's Notebook class from Citrus Twist Kits. So much so, that I had to make a few inserts! I used up the last of my June kits and pulled out my mixed-media bits and pieces and had myself an arty afternoon.

I used watercolours and mists and modelling paste to create the aqua cover. All it needed after that (apart from a very long time to dry!) was some cut-outs using the June cut-file and a couple of puffy stickers.


I stitched down all my left-over scraps of paper and added ALL the puffy stickers to create an insert where I can keep all the quote and words of wisdom that strike my fancy. It also has a rainbow paper interior. Win.


I used the acrylic words from the Sprinkles kit as a mask to create this title tag. The mist washes straight off them so they are still completely useable. Yay! And note my complete non-hoarding of those enamel dots. I would usually use them so sparingly but they look amazing sprinkled so generously over the cover.

Kellie Stamps :: Planner Love


So, I snagged myself a new planner (!) and what better way to start a new planner than with some fab new stickers! And luckily it's release day over at Kellie Stamps so I had some awesome digital and clear stamps to work with! I used the OBSESSED digital stamps to create some of these stickers and the JOT IT DOWN clear set to create some others.

 
The JOT IT DOWN clear set is perfect for using directly in your planner as well, I love the little circles and squares for making to-do lists! 


So now all I need to do is get everything on my list ticked off before we head away for a little mid-winter break. I'm about to cross something off my bucket list as well this week so stay tuned for that!