TSSR Relaunch Week 2017: Sunday

I can’t believe it, but we’ve made it to Sunday! Seven layouts in seven blog posts in seven days was super intense but the results—in terms of both progress and feedback—have been so worth it. I want to take time over the next few days to organize some of my thoughts on this challenge and I’ll share them soon. And of course, now that I have gained some PL momentum I need to keep that going too!

After the chaos and insert of the previous week, this  spread is a bit calmer. No inserts. Just one (adapted) Design A and one Design F page protector.

The photos themselves had some pretty prominent colors, so I decided to pair that with bold black. I particularly wanted a simple black and white for the title card in order to balance out the ‘eggcellent’ card on the other half. To divide the dates without much fuss, I used an asterisk from a cheapo alpha set I have. I also used the same stamp elsewhere as a decorative element.

As I mentioned earlier this week, my scrappy goal for this year was to use my stamps more. I’ve really been loving this gray ink because I feel like I can add more details without it looking too over the top. I have used this Kelly Purkey alpha several times in the pages from this week because it is just the perfect scale for a 3×4 card. Also perfectly sized is this arrow by Heidi Swapp and might just be my new favorite arrow (I have kind of a thing with arrows…)

I took this picture before a softball game while we were sitting in the car, waiting to see if it was ever going to stop raining. I added the stack of ‘enough’ to the corner because it basically sums up the sentiment of the photo.

The right side is a standard Design F, which I love because the quantity of pockets gives me so much more room to play with. And use up some of my stash of 3×4 cards…at what point does it transition from a stash to a hoard?

Yep, we dyed eggs in the middle of May. Easter weekend was spent in the hospital with mom post surgery (more on that when the pages are posted) and we were obviously focused on other issues. A month later, we had eggs and we had dye so it only made sense to go ahead with it. I say yes to brightly colored eggs year round!

You may remember that I used this exact same card in Thursday’s spread, with an enamel star in the exact same spot. I’m all about repeating things I like and when the time came to add that puffy heart I went with it. I often have trouble using hearts on a layout, but I really like the fun asymmetrical feel of these ones.

The ‘ticket’ for this event was actually a large pin that you were supposed to wear for admission to the various venues. I was kind of obsessed with my pin, but knew it would be way too bulky to add in the pocket so I had mom take a picture while I was wearing it. In an alternative life where I am not constantly packing suitcases I would have kept the pin forever, but as it is I said goodbye and kept the picture instead.

I am ALWAYS on the lookout for unusual ephemera from an event, so I was super excited to find out that the post office had a special cancellation stamp for this festival! The postal lady was nice enough to stamp it onto a blank postcard for me, but I cropped it down to fit into a 3×4 pocket. That viking kills me. Seriously.

One thing I have found from making so many spreads this week is that I want to journal on blank cards more often, so that I have more options when I am embellishing. Though in this case it is just a simple gray stamp, I have an outrageous supply of stickers and washi I want to use and I find this much easier with a blank slate to work with.

The Products

Cards: Once again, I chose many of my cards from the May 2017 Studio Calico Documenter Kit (Alfresco), though the ‘eggcellent’ card is from a March 2016 add-on (#hoarding…). The ‘Story of This Meal’ card is from the Ali Edwards Eat Story Kit (digital) and appears in several other spreads already this year.  Everything else was drawn from the various PL editions designed by Paislee Press.

Stamps:  Elle’s Studio Date It and a small standard date stamp.  Clearly Kelly Outline Alpha. Arrow and ‘favorite’ lable by Heidi Swapp.  Asterisk & check mark from cheapo sets. Amazing tiny typeset words/phrases by Citrus Twist, of course.

Other: Label freebies, puffy heart stickers, and one lonely tiny word sticker by Tim Holtz.

Well. For a fairly simple spread I seem to have gone on a bit, but that seems fitting for the end of a epic week of blogging. I have finished seven layouts in just over a week, which feels like such an accomplishment. Today’s spread is the last week I’ve printed photos for, so I am going to set that as my goal for this week. I also have five more spreads laid out between those that were shared and I want to get those completed ASAP. A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has left likes and comments over the course of the week and I hope this challenge has inspired you to finish up some layouts in your own albums!

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