Long time no blog!
I have spend the last few weekends catching up and completing my 2016 album. I was a little(!) behind (Documenting July in January is totally fine right?) I wasn’t that I’d lost interest in documenting, I had my holiday to Berlin to create spreads for, which I had way too many images, and also the end of the year where I had taken hardly any images. I just feel like I didn’t know where to start and didn’t have the time to dedicate to editing photos, printing and creating spreads.
Like all good procrastinators – I bit the bullet and sat down to go through my images, and like always, it never takes as long as you think.
I edited my photos on Photoshop and then get them batch printed at Jessops. All layouts created with the Studio Calico kits.
Can you spot the exciting news!?
My craft desk, and blog lay derelict and unloved. Why? I don’t think I have a reason. I could blame a busy work schedule, family life or dedicating my Saturdays to Netflix watching episodes of The Good Wife or White Collar.
As I sat down an my craft desk yesterday I had 3 unopened Studio Calico documenter kits waiting for me. That was a daunting prospect.
I wondered where to start and if I would ever catch up. I booted up my Canon Selphy, loaded up my photo feed and scrolled (all the way back) to February. I wanted to try and knock out at least a couple of spreads in the hour or so I had put aside, so I journaled by hand (something I said at the beginning of the year I wasn’t got to do in my 2016 Project Life Plans post) and used as little embellishments as possible. These spreads are by no means the most creative, but heck, the memories are in the album and thats all that counts.
Next time, I don’t plan on leaving it so long – roll on the weekend!
So, you may notice that I have not blogged for a while. Mainly due to life getting in the way, including changing jobs and moving house. Just before I had to pack up the last of my craft
room corner, I managed to put together week 26 (yes I am still playing catch up from June!) using what I had to hand on my desk that hadn’t already been boxed up.
I mainly used Junes Studio Calico kit and went for a very simple layout as per with minimal journalling. I am loving the gold stars in this kit and the Dear Lizzy gold alphas on the date card was a great match. The #sorrynotsorry card was perfect for my reduced timetable at school ready for the summer!
So, I’m still a little behind. The last few weeks have been busy, I’m a teacher and exam season has just come to an end, and I am just about recovered. I had a bit of spending spree last week which you can see here as a treat!
This week’s layout is again a simple one, using Studio Calico kits as it was all out on my desk. Perhaps tiredness has hindered creativity?
I am still playing catch up on my Project Life (only 4 weeks behind!). In March we went on holiday to the lovely town of Whitby in North Yorkshire, a favourite place of ours which Lee has been visiting since child hood and he introduced me to this magical place 5 years ago. My challenge for this spread was to condense my images. Doing 6×8 format this year I do feel a little more limited to space for the ‘larger’ events. I plan each spread so I know what size i need to print images and roughly what cards I would like to use which compliment the images. This weekend I knew was a crazy one as family were visiting, but I really wanted to get this 3 page spread completed in the time I had spare.
Friday 7pm – 7:25: Checked which page protectors I have left and what cards i have left in the March SC kit, decided to incorporate some stitching, as my Sewing machine is still playing up, I chose to use a ‘Rad’ tag which has been in my stash for a while. I back stitched the card using Anchor thread.
Saturday 8:30am: Had a flip through my iPhone and favourited some of my photos i wanted to use in this spead while drinking a cuppa in bed.
Saturday 3:40 – 4pm: Using the PIcFrame app I exported images in to 3×4 format ready for printing.
Sunday: 10:30 – 11am: Printed off my images using my Canon Selphy, cropped and rounded the corners.
Sunday 1:15 – 1:35pm: Put spread together with cards and images
Sunday 4:35 – 5:10pm: Wrote journalling (hand and typed) and added a few embellishments.
This spread overall didn’t take me too long, though I think I would much prefer sitting down and doing the spread from start to finish to keep the ‘flow’ which i think encourages a little more creativity as this spread has a feel of ‘being quickly thrown together (probably because it was!).
This week was a slow week! I only snapped a couple of images due to a crazy week at work. I kept it very simple and picked one accent colour. On reflection the grey letters don’t really go, i need some more white and black alphas which go with any spread design, any suggestions? Let me know!
Sometimes, things just don’t quite go to plan. Today was one of those days. After a frustrating morning with my sewing machine (which is just not sewing properly despite re threading and cleaning – any ideas?!) I decided to do my week 11 layout. I am unsure if it was my state of mind or the pressure that i wanted to make my birthday spread a little extra special, but this spread isn’t my best work, for me it lacks imagination and excitement, it does what it needs to do, and thats document a couple of images from my birthday.
Do you ever feel like re-doing some of your spreads if they haven’t gone to plan?
This week we had a mini break to Weymouth, it was divine and just what i needed, a change of scenery and the sea air.
Hubby is a photographer and I rarely use his prints in my spread, so that was my challenge for this week. I printed them ful page 6×8 at Jessops, i toyed with embellishing the images (as you can see in my video) but decided to let the image speak for its self. I also tried out my new Instax camera (not that successfully) but wanted to include them. I had perviously cut up an old BH 12×12 design A page protector which was perfect for this spread to show the polaroid images (my sewing machine needs a new bobbin of thread to be able to sew up the side – this is on my to do list!)
In the video you can also see me adapting a Becky Higgins 2 hole punched page protector to fit the 4 D ring Studio Calico album. I do this by simply marking the extra holes and punching through.
- Project life cards, alphas and gold heart embellishment from Studio Calico Cirque kit (Feb 2015)
- Spring has spring masking tape (SC Feb kit ad on)
- Typewriter for journaling
How are your layouts going?
I have wanted to do a layout process video since opening my channel. I have always been a little hesitant as i change my mind mid layout
quite often all the time. I always feel my spreads a little boring and plain, but i thought i would bite the bullet and share my layout this week.
I had a rough idea of what cards and embellishments i wanted to use, making the most of my Studio Calico subscription. I had pre printed my pictures using my Selphy and my kit was out on the desk ready to use (thanks to my new TK Maxx tubs)
- Studio Calico Cirque kit
- 8X6 Album and simple stories page protectors
- We R Memory Keepers corner chopper
- Tim Holtz mini attacher stapler
- Stazon Ink
- Amy Tangerine Date stamp
Hope you enjoy the video, any tips or comments, I would love to hear them!
This week i received my Cirque Studio Calico kit – i ❤ this kit. Its spring colours and designs are perfect.
This spread is a little self indulgent which isn’t really me, but I was inspired to try something new and wanted to document the fact that for the first time I had managed to put my hair in a messy high bun successfully using this video tutorial from Zoella.
For an early Birthday present/ Valentines day lovely hubby got me an Instax camera which are still quite hard to come by in the UK.
For this layout I also dusted off my typewriter and sewing machine to attach the ‘sunday’ velum square to heart card which i think came out looking pretty good.
Happy valentines day!