The Best Storyteller Ever

Dad takes the cake for best storyteller in the family. No lie.
I can't even come close with my stories.  They ask me all the time to tell stories like dada, but it just isn't happening.  

I caught these two giggling in bed a few nights ago and couldn't resist snapping a few photos of their story time (aka giggle party followed by crying because no body likes to live a good party).

I hope both Anna and Drew remember these stories, and all of the giggles.  They sure are lucky to have such an amazing (and creative) dad.


Studio Calico \\ Brimfield Reveal

Did you see the Brimfield reveal at Studio Calico yesterday?  If you didn't, well then, you are definitely missing out!  Like usual, the kits are full of beautiful papers, fun embellishments and lots of extras!  You just can't go wrong with paper and supplies, right?

Today, I thought I would start by sharing my main kit layouts.  As I mentioned in my sneak post earlier in the week, I was on the struggle bus BIG TIME when it came to creating this month.  I stopped and started, unpacked and re-packed these kits so many times it's embarrassing.  I pushed paper around and printed more photos, but the juices were dry.

After a fun time photographing our week for Week in the Life, I finally found some creative energy and got right to work!  And like normal, once I start creating, I find myself in a groove and I can't stop - hence, three layouts with the main kit. 

For this first layout, I decided to hand cut letters from the floral map paper to spell out my title.  I played around with the placement of the title in a few different spots and decided to split it up with that sweet photo of Anna.  I love how the title draws your eye to the photo.  And that floral paper was just made to be cut into letters.

This next layout is an ode to collages.  :)
You all know I can't get enough of collages, right?  I started by printing out three "strips" of our summer photos and a few pieces of patterned paper from the main Brimfield Scrapbook kit.  I wanted to keep the "extras" pretty simple here, so I chose a neutral paper to line the top and bottom of my page.  

Onto the patterned paper, I added a title using those awesome gold alpha (which was SO hard, btw, because I really really really wanted to hoard those forever).

I typed my journaling onto a piece of printer paper and then layered it in-between two photo strips.  I finished the page with a few simple embellishments and chipboard stickers.  So super simple and easy, but I love how it tells the story of our summer!

For this last layout, I pretty much just grabbed my scraps and extras and built a "pile" on the middle of my page.  I layered the white star transparency (which is kind of hard to see) on my white background and then added my layers right there in the middle of the page!

I used the packaging (the "frame" part) of the chipboard stickers to act as a border/frame for my photo and layers!  Love how it adds just the perfect amount of dimension and texture to the layout.

Between my paper layers, I slid in a tag with a note to Anna.  

And those are my main kit layouts for September!!  I'll be back with another layout and a few Project Life spreads later next week!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!!  Happy Wednesday!


Studio Calico \\ Brimfield Sneaks

Don't you hate that feeling when you come up short with ideas or creativity?  That's the way I've been for about a month now.  I can't even begin to tell you how many times I opened and starred at the September kits from Studio Calico.  I printed photos, moved papers around, but still....nothing.  Not one idea.  Then I decided to just walk away for a few weeks (thank goodness I had a few weeks, right??).  I spent that time taking photos and really falling in love with my camera again.  I love taking photos.  I love documenting our days.

Stepping away and trying something different helped tremendously.  It took away that feeling of anxiety of NOT being able to "make" anything.  It reminded me that creativity ebbs and flows in different ways - and that trying something new (or going back to something old) is just as good.

Once I found a rhythm, I was able to create four (of my new favorite) layouts in just one evening.  Three of the four sneak photos here are from the Brimfield Main Scrapbook kit.  The papers this month are just perfect and I love the softer, more subtle colors this month.  

The main kit includes this super cool star transparency (which I layered over a white piece of card stock so it's kind of hard to see here), as well as this skinny gold alpha.  I need a lifetime supply of those alpha.

I couldn't resist creating a FULL page layout filled with photos of our summer.  It's definitely a very photo heavy page, but I love it so much.  In one glance, I can relive summer all over again.

This photo is a peek of the Typewriter add-on (with a few main kit papers thrown in too).  Lots of words and layers on this page!

For my Project Life projects, I decided to stick with the 6x8 size of my July album and add in a few more pages.  I LOVE this size!  It really is so easy to work with!  

Can't wait to share the rest of these projects with you tomorrow at reveal!  What's on your shopping list?


August Project Life Album

Eight months, eight albums!
I love this picture above.  I love that all of our memories from this year are recorded.  And I love that I've been able to use my supplies in a creative and different way!!

I'm so excited to share another fun Project Life album with you this month over on the Studio Calico blog!  I decided to keep things simple and use an extra 4x4 album I have in my stash for August.  Most of my photos are square anyway, so it kind of was a no-brainer!

Like in previous months, my album is mixed with tags, journaling cards, stamps and extras, as well as full spread photos and typed journaling.

I know I don't add a ton of words into my albums, but I guarantee I've added more this year than any previous year doing the 12x12 size.

Here's a little walk through video of this album.  Short and sweet - just like the book!

Stop by the Studio Calico blog to see more pictures of the book, as well as read a little more about how this one came together!


Lunch Box Love Notes

I am always trying to think of fun, new ways to use my stash and supplies!!
Since we are in full school mode right now,  I thought it would be fun to put together some cute little lunch box notes for my daughter!  These are SO easy to make, and they are SO worth the extra effort!  My daughter loves showing off her notes at school!

Hop on over to Maggie's blog to see a quick tutorial for creating your own lunch box notes!  They are sure to put a smile on your little one's faces!