TSSR Relaunch Week 2017: Wednesday

For Day 3 of Relaunch Week, I have another two-page spread of the same trip as yesterday’s layout. Though I often add another layout for a specific event (like Oktoberfest), I typically opt for a 6×12 insert for a weekly spread rather than a second set of pages. In this case, however, I had several more stories and photos and tickets. Project Life is now my only memory keeping system, so I take these things on a page by page basis to get the most out of what I want to record.

Overall, this page is a pretty straightforward continuation of the previous spread. To really draw on the connection between them I once again used the LDM freebie days of the week across the center of the pages.

Even in weeks that are more focused on a theme or event, I like to include some mundane aspects of life. Here I recorded my love of holiday socks, because my St Patrick’s Day socks were basically the only clothing item I packed from Germany (don’t worry, I have clothes in Swansea still). I used the empty space at the bottom as a home for a paired stack of tiny phrases topped by a chipboard asterisk.

The right side of the layout holds the last couple days and my plane ticket home. This page is a good example of my current approach: always start with a Design A page protector and adapt as needed. In the upper right corner, I had two 3×4 cards on either side so I went ahead and used the fuse tool to separate the pockets. I also had two 3x4s in an upper pocket on the left half, but there was a full 4×6 on the reverse so I just taped them together on the back side. Either way gets the job done.

I really like the aesthetic of these cards that leave about a quarter blank, but I felt like the page was already treading too close to overly busy and I really didn’t have anything else to add. Between the journaling, days of the week cards, and tickets there was already a lot of black typeface on this page. This is exactly why I am loving white on white right now to add subtle captions/titles without really introducing something new. In general, I find that the variety of products I use already have a lot of different shades of white per page, so it actually enhances the visibility a little. And in case you are wondering, I did add that asterisk because I massively miscalculated the spacing of the word. Whoops.

Am I the only one swooning over a light blue paper with black and white doodled cameras? Am I the only one who bought six pages and cut them up into PL sized cards? No regrets.

The Products (As always feel free to ask for more details in the comments)

Cards: LDM day cards (freebie!) and the March 2017 Studio Calico Documenter set (The Birds and The Bees).

Stamps: XO is from an older Studio Calico Documenter kit (but I got it at Goodwill!) and the same Webster’s Pages date stamp I discussed yesterday.

Other: The tiny word stickers are a mix of Simple Stories and Tim Holtz. The asterisks are from the PL Everyday chipboard set.

The word art in the title picture is from an old Ali Edwards digital set that I will be using all week. There are loads of similar ones available in her digital shop.

Thanks SO MUCH to everyone for the likes on Facebook and Instagram. It really means a lot to know that someone is actually reading all of these posts. Tomorrow is the midpoint of Relaunch Week 2017 and I will be skipping ahead a couple weeks for another fun event page. See you there!

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TSSR Relaunch Week 2017: Tuesday

This spread is one of the first that I made after not being able to scrap for about six months, so I wanted to keep it pretty simple and ease back in. Though I have tons of pages from 2016 waiting, it is always nice to jump into the new year and the rest of the pages this week are from spring 2017. In the past I have really enjoyed the flow of posting recent(ish) pages in chronological order but I hope you will forgive me for bouncing around as I return to the habits of scrapping and blogging.

Though I would consider this a pretty traditional weekly project life spread you can see from the dates that it only covers six days, a period I was back in Swansea for a visit. Also, it continues for another full spread on the next page (shared tomorrow). So what do I know about traditional.

This trip was a last minute surprise/impulse, so a lot of the first page contains the details of keeping it a surprise and the response. As it turned out, Ken chose that night to attend LIVE theater (hard to crash that), but I got to surprise five friends instead of just one. That was pretty cool.

I feel like when I am getting back into the groove of Project Life, I always return to my comfort zone: the LDM freebie. In this case they worked out great to fit a ton of stories that flow through both spreads. I am also really loving how clean and simple title cards turn out with the huge date stamp set (see info below). I think it may already be my most used stamp set ever. Am I the last person to the Nuvo Drop party? Probably. I picked up black and white to test them out and now I must have all the colors. Basically, they are puffy paint like tubes that let you squeeze out tiny plastic domes. These have basically conquered all of my objections to enamel dots (they are too expensive, too hard to find, too dimensional and I only ever use the tiny ones).

The best part is that if you are too chicken to put them straight on your card (I am!), you can make a ton on a piece of plastic packaging, let them sit overnight, then glue them on wherever you want. I made about a hundred teeny dots the other night and the bottle barely looks used. Also, I love that I can make the dome quite shallow so I get the same look with much less bulk. Expect a significant increase in my future use of “enamel” dots.

My favorite thing about this page is these two pictures. The quality is pretty terrible (I wanted to make a page ASAP, so knowingly sacrificed quality for convenience), but the context is pretty joyful. The color photo of me is one Ken took shortly after I arrived for a “guess who is here” kind of text. The black & white one below was sent to me later by a friend and is the exact moment Ken took the colored photo. As a family of two we rarely get interactions like that documented from the outside, so I think it is pretty special.

No matter how long I am there, Swansea visits always include a lot of food and friends time. And movies shown in English.  The right hand side holds more documentation of these outings. I still love printing a movie poster to put behind my tickets for some excitement and color.

On a recent trip to the states I was able to indulge my love for the tiny phrase sticker and I may have gone a little overboard. The good news is I now have enough to use on every page I could ever want to make. I fully intend to test that theory by stacking them all over the place. Right in the middle of a photo is a current favorite technique.

The Products

As I mentioned yesterday, I have been putting more emphasis lately on finishing pages rather than worrying about accounting for the products. Now that I am back to blogging that is more problematic, but I will try my best to identify the main products here. If there is anything specific you are wondering about please feel free to leave a comment.

Cards: As per usual, I get almost all my cards digitally and have them printed as photos. Aside from the LDM day cards, nearly every other card is from a Paislee Press Project Life collaboration-I have all of them and they all match perfectly. I think the bottom left card is from the March 2017 Studio Calico Documenter Set (The Birds and The Bees).

Stamps: Elle’s Studio Date It. The roller date stamp was part of a Webster’s Pages kit I got because it was the only one I could find at the time that included 2017.

Other: The tiny word stickers are a mix of Simple Stories and Tim Holtz.

The word art in the title picture is from an old Ali Edwards digital set that I will be using all week. There are loads of similar ones available in her digital shop.

Alright. Day two of seven is on the blog and the page is in the book. That’s what I call progress. Hope you stop by tomorrow to see the other spread for this week!

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TSSR Relaunch Week 2017: Monday

Yayyyy. It’s the first day of my relaunch week and I am super excited to be back. As I mentioned, I will be sharing a layout everyday this week. Aside from being a little bit insane, I had two main goals for this kind of commitment. First, I am hoping to lure people back to this space by bombarding them with my social media presence (if it worked, please say hi in the comments!). Secondly, I wanted to test my own productivity habits by setting a large but somewhat open-ended goal. Seven layouts in one week is a lot. But they can be any seven layouts. In any stage of completion. I suspected I would choose a few because I was excited about them and a few just because they were easy to finish, and that is exactly how it went. But the point was, if there are so many pages in my albums that are easily finished (10-20 minutes of adding some detail or another)…why haven’t I just sat and finished them before now? I will definitely be coming back to this challenge.

My first layout for the week was both easy and exciting.   This layout is for a single event, Oktoberfest 2016. I remember when I put in the photos (March), the cards came together so easily and I just really loved this page. So much so that I even did the journaling right away (hands down my least favorite part). And then it sat there waiting for the decorative elements. In fact, for several months, the title only said “Oktober…” because “fest” wouldn’t fit in stickers and I was just too lazy to pull out the stamps. As soon as I decided to set a “just finish the d*mn pages” challenge, I knew this would be top of the list.

2016 is laid out into two albums, with all the photos printed and tucked away. At the moment, this is the only completed page in the second album.  It’s more or less right in the middle and I am excited to start filling in around it. I’m a firm believer in starting where you feel inspired.

So…the spread. The thing I love about single event pages it that there is no real need for chronology and I feel more freedom to just work with balance. Here, the photos more or less run from daylight to darkness. The left side holds most of the outdoor photos. There is so much to do at Oktoberfest other than the beer tents and I spent quite a while checking it all out.

Now, I know some people think it is crazy to insert a whole additional spread for a single event. That would probably make it outrageous to have a 6×12 insert in there too. I guess it depends on your Project Life objectives. For me, PL (and scrapbooking) has always been a way to showcase the photos I was ALREADY taking, with the benefit of also being a creative outlet. I would love to be caught up of course, because completed pages make me happy. But I will never sacrifice photos I like to make it easier or faster. So I will probably never catch up. That’s cool with me.

With all the beer and lights and wood, yellow was definitely a standout color for this page. I wanted a big bold title for a big bold event and I really love the look of overlapping these Amy Tan stickers (see below for product discussion). To fit “fest”would have required too much overlap, so I decided to just stamp it in gray. A small label added another pop and rounded out my color scheme (yellow, light blue and gray).

The embellishment cluster on this card makes me so happy. I bought a set of “Bavarian” themed paper clips at a tourist shop the weekend I moved to Munich and I have been dying to use them. However, embellishing is usually my last step in the process and I so rarely get to that point that I haven’t had the chance. I am determined that this will change and I will finish layouts. I want to use all the pretty things.

The little gingham strip was actually printed on the card already and it was so perfect. There was really no way to attach the paperclip there as it was intended, so I just stapled it on. I have a teeny tiny star punch, so I used that to move some of the blue to various points around the page.

The right side of the spread is more of the same, picture-wise. Scenery and beer and food and fun. I was pretty happy with the quantity of photos I printed, because I surprised myself with the amount of stories I wanted to add.  I actually thought of another one last night, after I had declared the page done. I am going to just live with that…there is always this year!

I for sure took enough pictures to print another 4×6, but I decided to keep this slot for a large date card. A little bit for some white space to break up the very dense photos. A little bit to highlight that Oktoberfest is in fact in September. I also have an unhealthy obsession with this date stamp set.

One unexpected theme of this spread that I really like is the repetition of circles, which seem to dominate my photos. To play off that, I dug out this older Studio Calico card…and completely ruined it while stamping (I seem to have gotten ink all over the edges of the block, in addition to the stamp…). The good news is I get the cards digitally so I can just reprint! The bad news is my printer is terrible at printing colors! I printed about five before I got one that was usable, only to notice one corner is stained black from being dragged through the printer (it is under the watermark). I am just going with it. There are six other pages to make for this week…

My main scrappy goal this year was to use my stamps more. So far…I have just bought a ton more stamps. My problem with stamping is that I am a perfectionist and want to be good at it. But to be good at it you have to do it. So I avoid it. I have discovered that I am not into image stamping but really like text based sets. I am totally forcing myself out of my comfort zone here, but I actually did a quite a lot of stamping on this layout. By my count there is seven spots/stamps. Can you find them? This card is an example of my less than perfect technique. I am accepting wonky lettering as part of the learning curve, but that randomly placed blue star? It is covering a clump of ink I thought was a fuzzy and tried to brush away. Ooops.

The Products

Oh man. I’m gonna be honest, as the blog started to drop off and I started doing more and more batch processing in my album, I became less concerned with identifying specific products. Also, most of the stuff I scrap with is really really old. I like to find a good adaptable product and stick with it. I will try my best to identify the main products here, but if there is anything specific you are wondering about please feel free to leave a comment.

Cards: As per usual, I get almost all my cards digitally and have them printed as photos. Because my lab prints the file name on the back, I can tell you that the foundation of this spread is the October 2016 Studio Calico Documenter cards (Story Board). I also pulled in some even older Studio Calico cards and a couple cards from the PL Fresh edition (I get mine from the app these days).

Stamps: Elle’s Studio Date It, Clearly Kelly Outline Alpha, Its All About Festivals (Sweet Stamp Shop, no longer available?), Itinerary, and a bunch of Citrus Twist phrases received in a grab bag (more on this obsession coming soon I am sure).

Other: Amy Tangerine “Skip”Alpha, Kaitlin Sheaffer Labels, Tim Holz tiny word stickers (I have all sets and use interchangeably)

The word art in the title picture is from an old Ali Edwards digital set that I will be using all week. There are loads of similar ones available in her digital shop.

Wow. So if you made it all the way to the end, thanks so much for stopping by! Clearly, I had a lot of pent up blogging to get out and I hope to keep that momentum up all week. Please feel free to leave a comment if you are looking forward to the rest of the week and stop by tomorrow!

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TravelScrapSleepRepeat Relaunch!

The time has finally come to breath some life back into this space!

After a busy couple of years, things are calming down and scrapbooking is back on the agenda. Despite the radio silence on the blog,  I did prioritize printing and organizing my photos. Now I have hundreds of pages with photos and memorabilia tucked into pockets, just waiting to be made beautiful. And shared.

So, to give myself a much needed push and jump-start traffic back here, I have prepared a layout share for every day next week (July 24-30 2017). Crazy? Sure. But sometimes even fun things need a little motivation.

It feels good to be back. This community is just the best. See you next week!

***Word art by Ali Edwards, frame adapted from Paislee Press***

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Project Life 2015 : September 7-13

Oh Dear. Blogging fail again. I sat down so many times over the holidays to prepare blog posts. But instead I ate cookies. Or watched YouTube. Or took a nap. No regrets. However, I do have five more blog posts on my September 2015 Grab 5! experiment lined up and I still really want to share them. So new goal-I want to get these posts out of the way so I can start sharing some 2016. Or one of the million other projects I am in the middle of. Or anything really.

So this is the forth layout using the SC Brimfield cards and my Grab 5! Embellishments, but the second one I made (I left the Belfast pages until the end remember). This was a rare week without an insert, contained in two Design A pages.

Because we were only home for a few days before we left again for Belfast, this was the week that we caught up with a lot of our friends. There is so much fun in these pictures. This side includes three dinners out and my new found coffee making skills (and my new favorite coffee mug).

I love this card. It is so subtle that it matches everything, but still manages to combine geometric and text prints. Perfection. For this title card, I feel like I just couldn’t stop adding things, but it is ok. I am usually a pretty basic Project Lifer and it was fun to give myself permission to just play around with embellishments for this month. I also challenged myself to present the dates slightly differently each week, so this time I spelled out the word ‘to’ in tiny letter stickers. Layered labels, washi and doily scrap. Enamel dots to hide the fact that my stamping was massively off center.

I printed the journaling on a little tag, but I was not quite sure what I wanted to do with it. I ended up just throwing a bunch of stuff in a cluster. I love that I could also include a little logo from the restaurant we went to with the journaling, but not have it all take up too much space. The layer directly under the ‘So Fun’ letters is a scrap cut from the same 4×6 card as the piece I used on the PRONI card in the second Belfast layout. I think this one said ‘yesterday’, which obviously makes no sense here so I just covered it up.

The right page has more food, friends and visiting. That is a super accurate portrayal of this week.

Definitely not typical. I wanted to remember that we booked a crazy number of plane tickets in one day. I used the LDM freebie again, but this time I just overlayed it on a label before printing. By this point, I had a used a couple pages of the tiny letter stickers but none of the punctuation,  so I used a couple exclamation points as embellishments. I really love how simple this card is for recording a small memory.

And of course,  another food shot. This time a dinner at home.  The friends we were staying with are vegan and asked  we not have meat in the house. Totally fine and the forced creativity ended up in some new favorites. I listed out the elements of this meal on strips, but it looked too random so I layered a triangle of vellum over it as a faux ‘pocket ‘.

Grab 5! Roundup:

1. AC Amy Tangerine Cut and Paste Phrase Stamp

Number of cards using this product: 1

Other than a couple fussy embellishment clusters,  I feel like this page is just more simple than the previous pages. Thus, less products.  It happens.

2. Teresa Collins Black Alpha Stickers

Number of cards using this product: 3

Only have 2.5 packs left.  Need to hoard for the rest of my life.  Love.

3. Misc Paper Clips

Number of cards using this product: 0

Seven pages.  Three paper clips.  Some weeks just won’t have any and that is totally fine.

4. MME Charm ‘Smile’ Enamel Dots

Number of cards using this product: 2

Just a couple little pops of color.

5. Doilies

Number of cards using this product: 3

A statement layer on the title card and a couple little scraps in embellishment clusters. Nothing too exciting.

If you liked this layout, but are totally confused by my Grab 5! references, check out my other posts in the series:

September Grab 5! (Intro/Overview)

Project Life 2015 : August 25-29

Project Life 2015: August 30-September 6 {Part 1}

Project Life 2015: August 30-September 6 {Part 2}

***Disclaimer: I posted this from my phone on an actual desert island.  If it looks a little wonky. …sorry!

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Project Life 2015 : August 30-September 6 {Part 2}

TSSR 151108 1And yet another spread from Belfast—2 Design A and a half size insert (aka Design H). Overall, it didn’t feel like I took a lot of pictures on this trip, but by the time I added the stories and memorabilia etc I definitely needed the extra pages and inserts. I am pretty happy with my “go with it” attitude this year. A little concerned about the amount of pages this will result in next year, when I am more settled. But I had so much fun putting together the pages for this month that I am not even going to worry about it. Because really, it is about the fun.

TSSR 151108 8Most of this spread actually covers the things we did in the city itself. Ken has been really into family history stuff lately, so he spent some time checking out the various records available. I mostly just walked around the city, because it never gets old.

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One such stop was the public records office. In the SC Brimfield add-on set, there is a 4×6 card with three boxes labelled ‘yesterday’, ‘today’, and ‘tomorrow’. It was really cool, but I didn’t have a use for it this month so after I had all the 4x6s in place, I cut it up to use in layering. The word PRONI is cut from a brochure (love the text pattern) and of course there is a doily. The journaling itself went on my all-time favorite label freebie. Though the cluster came together super fast, I spent quite a lot of time switching out the background cards until I settled on this one.

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One of my favorite parts of Ireland is for sure the potato and soda breads. We went to a little market one day, where the guy was making FRESH bread in his stall and the flavors sounded amazing. I made a list of what we bought, intending to cut it into strips and put it on top of the photo. But I hated it—way too distracting. Instead, I laid the vellum over one corner as a sort of pocket and tucked the list behind. It is only adhered to the photo under the label and it is easy to take out the list if I am desperate to read the bottom (if you are wondering, I am pretty sure it is cheese and chive). I am loving using these tiny letter stickers for just embellishment type phrases as well as specific titles.

davWhile Ken was off doing his thing, I wondered around the Titanic Quarter for a while. If you haven’t been, it is a really nice area with several museums and parts are still very active with boats (ships). It was not a beautiful day, but I had fun.

This card was divided in half, with nay on the bottom in the opposite colors. Since this insert was all about the yay!, I covered the bottom with a doily and layered on the title and a short caption. Love. Those. Tiny. Letters.
TSSR 151108 And, being Ireland, there is a page that is almost entirely about beer. And drinking beer. This is not all one day.

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This card is on the back of the insert and highlights the two main things we did that day: picking up Ken’s new phone (taking selfies) and dinner/drinks at a pub in town. This is another card that turned out completely different from my vision (including the background card), but I really like it and will definitely be doing more ‘first’ and ‘then’ type journaling.

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I love that Miller (a good old Wisconsin standby) is sold pretty much everywhere in Northern Ireland. Kept this card pretty simple with a label, tiny letters, and the same SC plastic arrows I have been using throughout these pages.

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Used another paperclip! Wahoo! For those keeping score, this is 2 out of 3 paperclips in the Grab 5! challenge, and only the second week in. An airplane holding a ticket is for sure the most common arrangement for my paperclip usage. I rolled with it here, because it worked, but I am trying to be a little bit less predictable with the others.

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I still fail at stamping. I still love these days of the week freebies from Life Documented Manila. I still think I can drink all night. In that last one I may be totally incorrect.

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Grab 5! Roundup:

1. AC Amy Tangerine Cut and Paste Phrase Stamp

Number of cards using this product: 2

This is the last spread of the seven I made with this Grab 5! kit and I was completely out of the little labels I had stamped in advance. I stamped one more label (grey) and a tab for the insert. Clearly, the prestamping is directly connected to my actually using the stamped phrases.

2. Teresa Collins Black Alpha Stickers

Number of cards using this product: 5

Totally obsessed. That is all.

3. Misc Paper Clips

Number of cards using this product: 1

Yay, another one down! I feel like three clips may have been the perfect number for this kit. If I had to force one on every spread I am not sure I would have liked it so much, but every couple pages is perfect.

4. MME Charm ‘Smile’ Enamel Dots

Number of cards using this product: 1

Yeah, last spread means I am pretty much out of all the colors/sizes I like. But it was totally fine to have a somewhat simpler page mixed in the middle.

5. Doilies

Number of cards using this product: 5

Even though this is the last page I made, I still had a ton of doilies. I also had a ton of edge scraps, so a lot of the cards on this page were just tucking bits into layers/as accents.

So, this is the last of my Ireland pages for September, and the third full layout shared. I continued to use my September Grab 5! kit for another FOUR freaking layouts, so the posts are still coming! Hopefully soon! Thanks so much for stopping by to read about my Project Life pages and please feel free to let me know how your albums are doing as the year is coming to a close. Have you tried Grab 5! yet? You should.

If you liked this layout, but are totally confused by my Grab 5! references, check out my other posts in the series:

September Grab 5! (Intro/Overview)

Project Life 2015 : August 25-29

Project Life 2015: August 30-September 6 {Part 1}

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Project Life 2015 : August 30-September 6 {Part 1}

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This ‘week’ (8 days) we went to Belfast to visit Ken’s family. The friend that kindly let us stay for a month need us out for a few days, so it was the perfect opportunity to pop up.

Truth time: of all the pages I made using the Studio Calico Brimfield cards and my September Grab 5! products, I made this week’s pages last, even though they are second in the album. I knew that there was a ton of photos/pages/inserts and I didn’t want to run out of product with most of the month left to do. In all, this week has two spreads, two 6×12 inserts, and a Design G 10×12 insert. Because it is so long, I will share one spread (plus inserts) this week and the other one next week. Still, it is a pretty long post…

TSSR 1511012I decided to try something new (to me), and share the inserts in line with the adjoining pages. I am hoping this way is a bit faster than having all of the individual sides and, honestly, when I lay out the pages/cards, this is the way I visualize it. Let me know if it invokes strong feelings of any sort.

TSSR 151101 11This title card from the SC Brimfield add-on was love at first sight (ok second sight. I had been eyeing up the original at In A Creative Bubble for a while). Tags and Airport codes? Totally my jam. I may have done these pages last, but this card definitely went in first. The ‘Belfast’ letters are my favorite QK studio mini and I used the Theresa Collins alpha for the other letters. It still needed a little something, so I dug up these gorgeous SC canvas cameras. I am pretty sure they are meant to be misted, but I like them just as they are. In fact, I used a few more this month, so they are an unofficial 6th addition to Grab 5! Also, large enamel dots make fun lenses.

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A teal and white chevron gets me every time. No brainer. Added a doily scrap and a couple partial labels.

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I love the convenience of online check-in. I hate that the boarding passes are so freaking ugly. Oh well. The background card is a 4×6 from SC Brimfield with little pink dashes all over it. Pink is not my color of choice, but I figured it was mostly covered here. I cut a piece of vellum to 4×6 and then in half diagonally to create the pocket and act as a base for the embellishment cluster. The plastic arrow is also Studio Calico, and the geotag is a SC free download. For a girl that doesn’t subscribe to their kits, it seems as though I have a lot of the product on here!

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Because the only word that can possible come after that many ‘more’s is BACON. Truth.

The left hand card is from the amazing Christine Herrin and available in her shop. I am a total fan girl and have to print multiples of all her cards. She is also a super nice person, so sign up for her newsletter and shoot her some fan mail. Trust me. It is worth it.

TSSR 151101 3The next inserts hold the photos from a visit to a family park/farm thing near Ken’s family house. It was a gorgeous day and a gorgeous property, so I took way too many photos. Though I am usually pretty set in my horizontal 4×6 and vertical 3×4 ways, it is nice to have the option of Design G when I just really love some vertical photos.

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This card gave me no end of trouble. Originally, the title cluster was in the middle of a card from the SC Brimfield kit, but no matter what I added or subtracted, it just wouldn’t work. Finally, I hacked it off the other card in one piece (the back is not pretty) and stuck it to the corner of a card from my stash (BH Sunshine?). I like it much better, but it still elicits feelings of rage at the memory.

TSSR 151101 8Due to the card drama of above, I had to shift some things around to make them work with the bold teal stripes. I really didn’t want these filler cards right next to each other —I feel like the placement of the clusters is too similar—but I loved them both, so they stay. I am learning to live with it. The teal watercolor is from SC Brimfield and the grey woodgrain was cut down from a 4×6 Midnight title card.

TSSR 151101 4And finally….more pictures from the park. I actually did narrow them down a lot. Seriously. But see that tab behind the ducks? More photos.

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The combination of the 3×4 card, doily and AE banner came together very easily, but I wanted something else a little darker to pull the layout together. I had already used the phrase stamp a lot (yay me!) so I just wrote out a word in tiny letter stickers.

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How can you not be charmed by a fairy woods? So freaking cute.

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I like cards with check boxes (this one from SC Brimfield), because they are a really good place to add some color or texture with enamel dots, sequins, or brads. I didn’t really have anything to write on this card, so I just added another couple photos. It’s random, but it works.

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Grab 5! Roundup:

1. AC Amy Tangerine Cut and Paste Phrase Stamp

Number of cards using this product: 4

As mentioned, this was one of the last spreads from this kit, and I had already used almost all of my prestamped labels. However, I did have a few tabs with the inserts, which are my typical place for phrase stamps, so that worked great.

2. Teresa Collins Black Alpha Stickers

Number of cards using this product: 4

Because I had used up all my phrase labels, I found myself using the tiny letters to write words in an embellisment cluster where I would have used a label. I also find that with the black backgrounds, I tend to make them intentionally wonky, and I am not quite sure why.

3. Misc Paper Clips

Number of cards using this product: 0

I only had three total in the kit. Some weeks just don’t get any.

4. MME Charm ‘Smile’ Enamel Dots

Number of cards using this product: 5

Oh enamel dots, I may be obsessed. By this point I was pretty low on tiny ones (the greatest of all enamel dots!), but the camera lenses were a great way to use up some of the freakishly large ones.

5. Doilies

Number of cards using this product: 6

I feel like I may need to back away from the doily after this month. They are cheap, plentiful, and kind of neutral. But do I really need to stick them to every card?

Wahoo, another week documented and blogged! Man that feels good. Have you tried Grab 5! yet? Let me know!

Want to see the rest of the September 2015 Grab 5! series? Check it out:

September Grab 5! (Intro/Overview)

Project Life 2015 : August 25-29

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