Friday, 20 April 2018

Live Your Adventure | Simple Stories Travel Notes | Tarrah McLean

Happy Friday Sassy Scrappers!

It's Tarrah McLean back with you today to share another travel themed layout using the awesome Simple Stories Travel Notes collection!

I will be honest, when I first saw this map paper, I was a little intimidated by it! I knew I wanted to use it but I was stuck for ideas! I picked it up to use it but then put it down and keep doing that for a few days until I came up with the idea to handstitch a path from Australia to Europe! 

I had picked out this small photo to use when we visited Paris last year! It was my second time going but my hubby and boys had never been. We shared a special time in front of the Eiffel Tower as she lit up and sparkled late at night! It is so spectacular to see, so of course we caught it on camera!

 I kept the embellishing to a minimum so that it didn't detract from the background and I was really happy with how it turned out! The handstitching was done using 3 pieces of white embroidery cotton together. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Make sure to check out the Sassy Scrappers store for this collection and all the other amazing goodies in store!

Happy creating!

Tarrah x
Travel Notes Double-Sided Cardstock 12"X12" - See The World     Travel Notes Bits & Pieces Die-Cuts 48/Pkg
Travel Notes Cardstock Stickers 12"X12" Combo    Travel Notes Stickers 4"X6" 8/Pkg
You Are Here Wood Veneer Shapes 27pk

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Pocket Pages | Pinkfresh Studio A Case of The Blah's | Agnus Kasprzak

Hi again :) I have been using the catch up plan from my previous post to continue working on our 2018 album and am happy to have another lot of January pages complete! I am using a mix of Pinkfresh Studio's A Case of the Blah's paired with some fun items from The Mix No.2 range and really like how these collections worked with all of my everyday photos.

Using a coordinating collection definitely helps your pages to flow but so does repetition! I added round elements to both my photos and cards to help lead the eye across each page. Printing my photos in batches has really helped me to speed up the process this month. 

My plan was to limit my printed journaling to simple journal strips, but some rules are worth breaking and I'm happy that I spent a little bit of extra time to create a printed background for a fun filler card. I printed the text onto some left over packaging from a sticker pack, and layered a sheet of transparency with a die-cut and one of the puffy stickers for a bit of dimension. 

Not all photos have a specific story attached to them, and that is where filler cards come into play and things can't get much easier than a fun mix of stickers and die-cuts with a little bit of hand stitched detail. 

The second part of the page should have been easier to create, however even the best made plans can falter when procrastination creeps in and I ended up spending quite a bit of time shuffling photos and cards around until I was happy with the final placement.. recognising the areas where you are spending too much time will help you to speed up the process the next time you are creating, so I am going to treat this as a learning moment instead of a time waster. 

My catch up plan relies on simplifying my process in order to get more pockets filled and using large die-cut saying makes the task of creating filler cards quick and easy, and the cute puffy star stickers were perfect for adding little pops of colour. 

Layered stickers are a fun way to add interest to simple journaling, and a single puffy sticker of censored characters was all that was needed to express how I felt when I broke one of my vases back in January ;) 

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Friday, 13 April 2018

Explore | Simple Stories Travel Notes | Tarrah McLean

Happy Friday Sassy Scrappers!

It's Tarrah McLean back with you today to share another travel themed layout using the awesome Simple Stories Travel Notes collection!

I decided on a circle design this week and went ahead and punched out 1 inch circles from the paper with all the circles! I placed them down with liquid adhesive and then machine stitched through them all by going around in one big circle... 

I love that large 'Explore' title from the chipboard sticker pack, that easily became my title, placing it at the bottom of my photo amongst some other embellishments also.

The itinerary tag has some extra journalling on it so I left the adhesive off the middle of my photo so I was able to tuck it in behind my photo.....I added some twine to the top of the tag for some texture. 

The wood veneer globe was a little bit plain just on its own so I added a sticker to liven it up a little bit!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Make sure to check out the Sassy Scrappers store for this collection and all the other amazing goodies in store!

Happy creating!

Travel Notes Double-Sided Cardstock 12"X12" - 4x6 Vertical Elements        Travel Notes Double-Sided Cardstock 12"X12" - 4x6 Horizontal Elements
Travel Notes Cardstock Stickers 12"X12" Combo       Travel Notes Bits & Pieces Die-Cuts 48/Pkg
     Travel Notes Chipboard Stickers 6"X12"       Travel Notes Stickers 4"X6" 8/Pkg
                   You Are Here Wood Veneer Shapes 27pk

Monday, 9 April 2018

Project Life Catch Up | Pinkfresh Studio | Agnus Kasprzak

Life has been super busy and as a result I have fallen a little behind with my project life album this year... OK make that very behind with only my title page complete so far ;) but I am determined to get up to date and have a catch up plan to help me fill those pages! My plan is by no means revolutionary but after doing this project for several years I know what slows down my process and hope that grouping similar tasks into batches will help me to get things done faster. 

PHOTOS - Even though I do all of my printing at home I still find the task of selecting, cropping and editing the photos to be time consuming, so in an effort to get through this task quicker I have forced myself to limit the editing process to very basic cropping and one step photo enhancing where needed. 

I usually start my memory keeping process with deciding which photos to print but because they are often located on different apps and devices I keep a physical diary to record the details of who was doing what and when during the year, and find that having these little reminders really helps when you have fallen behind.

I am using Design A page protectors again this year so I know that all of my vertical photos will need to be cropped to 4:3 ratio to fill a 3x4" pocket and the horizontal pics will be cropped to 3:2 ratio so they can be printed in either full a 6x4" size or scaled down to mount onto a patterned background. I am sticking to 2 double spreads per month, but will most likely add some inserts throughout the year in which case I can vary the photo sizes if needed.

Once all of my photos are printed I like to lay them out on top of the page protectors and shuffle them around until the page feels balanced - I try to avoid grouping all dark coloured photos together and leave some breathing room between any clashing tones.

SUPPLIES - Sorting through supplies to find the prefect card or embellishment can be a real time waster and using a co-ordinating collection will definitely speed up the process but that doesn't mean that your pages have to be limited to just one range - look for the same colours in other collections that can be added to give your pages more variety. I have gone with a mix of products from Pinkfresh Studio's A Case of the Blah's and paired it up with some fun items from The Mix No.2 range. 

Pre-cutting all of your patterned papers so that they are ready to slip into pockets speeds up the process and keeping all of your supplies in one location also helps to get things done quicker.

I try to chose journal and filler cards that will compliment the photos and often look for accent pieces  that help to tell the story.

JOURNALING - I usually keep my stories fairly simple and like to use printed journal strips to record the details. Having everything written in my diary makes this task a lot easier and printing and cutting apart the journaling in one session also speeds up the process and helps me to keep the strips uniform in size.

Like many people, I am not a fan of my own handwriting but am trying to overcome this by adding a couple of stories by hand because formatting and lining up each story onto a journal card with my printer takes up quite a bit of time.

FINISHING TOUCHES - I realise that creating a monthly title card or adding a row of stitching here or there are not necessary, but it's those final details that I always look forward to creating and am giving myself permission to take a little extra time to add some accent pieces at the end of each completed page :)

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