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A few weeks ago Zach, Jordan and I went to Florida where Jordan served an LDS mission, which was cut short–and sudden–due to medical issues and it all felt a bit unfinished. Lack of closure and all.  So when I found tickets for $247 round trip from Utah, I knew we needed to go.

For the trip, I knew I wanted to make a little travel journal, in the truest sense of the word  journal. I wanted to quickly document our day-to-day happenings without worrying about a ton a photos. I was out to capture the trip in words so that I could create an actual album later with the mass amounts of photos I’d take.

I took my Instax camera with me and would take one or two photos that day as a little reminder of the moment to put in my journal. Of course, I opted to include a few more ‘Instax’ style photos taken from my iPhone using the Snapshots #3 kit after the fact as well.

My supplies consisted of a sharpie, a date roller stamp, some clear travel-themed and date KBS stamps (Travelogue, Wanderlust, Time Again), a stamp block, black ink, two washi tapes, some paper clips and some enamel dots. I wanted to keep it all simple.

For the album, again, I wanted to keep it simple, yet have some fun. So it was all about the pages. Different pages in different sizes, mediums, cuts, etc.

And when it came time to package it all up, I looked around to see what I could find to put it in. I thought about various boxes or containers, but nothing seemed to fit the bill. Then I glanced down at a box of stuff and saw a Making Memories elements container and could not believe how prefect it was!

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I seriously could not have planned it better myself. I just put the rest of my accoutrements in a ziploc sandwich bag and tossed them in my purse. Of course, I went out with the ‘left’ and came home with the ‘right’. ;) But still perfect on both counts. I love it when a plan comes together.

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So here’s a look at the whole enchilada.

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The album itself is 5″ w x 5 3/4″ h. It’s a print and cut made from a kraft paper. It’s heavier than paper but not as thick as cardstock. I love this stuff! Kass bought a pack of it at Hobby Lobby for a project and I’m gonna have to buy her some more because I keep stealing it.

I also love, love, love including maps in vacation albums. I love a visual reference for me or anyone looking at where we were.

 

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I took a photo of the beach with my Instax, but if I remember my instructions correctly, you’re suppose to use it in above 50 degree temps. It was windy and cold on the beach, so I think they struggled to develop. But still, it kind of produces a fun effect here.

I also used a print+cut tab from Attach It on the photo on the left with Escape to the Ocean cut from vinyl and adhered to a plastic sheet on the opposite side. All cut before hand and taken with on the trip.

 

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I wanted to include at least one envelope for my album to house itty bits of paper, so I used this double sided envelope from the Envelopes kit, cut it as large as I could on a 12×12 paper, and guess what. It was perfect for holding Project Life cards and other fun things.

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I also took two pieces of cardstock with good adhesive to use as a binding for the album. Tags make awesome pages in a mini album like this!


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Since eating gator tail was a monumental occasion, I included a photo of this when I came home. Used Snapshots #3 for that. I’m in love with that kit!


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I backed some cards with grid or lined paper. I just have a notepad of that stuff–grid on one side, lined on the other. It’s good stuff.


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Used a receipt image form inFORMS to make this left page. Colors are editable so I could make it match my album. I also used shimmery gold striped Project Life card from Teresa Collins.


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I think this is one of my favorite pages. :) Love the Foldover. It’s just a fun way to extend your journaling and add a little flair.

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Adding receipts with dates and locations on it is the perfect ephemera for any album. Wrapping it around gives ya a two-fer accent.  Sweet.
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Like I said, it was all about the page content and what I could do to make things easy…most of the time, anyway. ;) So I used another Teresa Collins card–this time a 4×6 one–and folded it to make this page.
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And then on the flip side, I wrote journaling and included a tag from Tiny Details that I already had printed. It just happened to fit perfectly there. I also cut the right page using a card from Beautiful Somewhere. I love open-space cards!


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Another page modified from a card in the Beautiful Somewhere kit. Makes a great statement page all on its own.


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I did add a Freckled Fawn star paper clip and arrow washi tape after I came home…because…well…how could I not? And I loved the Teresa Collins glittery heart.

 

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I did want to include a few extra photos, so I used these 4×4 page We R Memory Keepers page protectors along with a Snapshots #3 template. Did I say I looooove that kit? ;)


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And then last, but not least, these Studio Calico enamel dots were the perfect accent to bring along–and the perfect size to punch holes in and keep in my album.

I didn’t necessarily keep the album in its original order. I switched pages around as I needed. Using rings–something changeable–made this kind of project so much easier to do. I also added a few items or photos at home too. Just some finishing touches and all.

Love it for its simplicity. Looks like I spent a lot of time making it, but the trick is to let the pages do all the work. ;)


  • Sally - February 23, 2015 - 11:47 am

    I just love this! I have waiting to see how this album turned out and of course, it is fabulous. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie A. - February 23, 2015 - 1:41 pm

    This is the bomb!! What travel stamps did you take with you and what stamp did you use for the Ate This?!ReplyCancel

  • Lancene - February 23, 2015 - 2:49 pm

    So, if I understand correctly, you took the basic elements for your album with you on your trip?ReplyCancel

  • MichelleB - February 23, 2015 - 3:35 pm

    I have been on the fence re: whether or not to get an Instax camera. I know they are all the rage right now, but after seeing your Florida album and photos, I think I am leaning towards getting Snapshots 3 and printing on a good printer. The colors on the photos are so much richer – and won’t fade nearly as fast an Instax photos. Love the album!ReplyCancel

  • Marlene - February 23, 2015 - 5:21 pm

    Wow! That is a fabulous album!ReplyCancel

  • Sue FitzGerald - February 23, 2015 - 7:34 pm

    Kerri, this is gorgeous. I am heading over to either Vietnam or Northern Thailand later this year and something like this would be perfect. I have my faux-dori traveller’s notebook and an instax SP-1 printer so I can print either from my phone or my fuji XT1 and a small bag of goodies (yes already, even though it’s ages away, can you tell I’m excited,lol) Wondered if you would mind sharing what brand of stamps you have used? xReplyCancel

  • Karen L - February 24, 2015 - 7:35 am

    Was wondering what stamp set you used and the font used for the cover both the cut outs and the black print – this mini album is amazing! I am going to Florida this summer and I want to make one similar to this one. The cover is the best!ReplyCancel

  • Angie - February 24, 2015 - 8:03 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the album!! Such great ideas and great ways to use your amazing kits! Thanks so much for sharing….planning on scrap-lifting this! LOVE!!!!!
    Thanks for all the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen D - February 25, 2015 - 6:45 am

    This is such a stunning mini album! I want to copy the whole thing! Sorry we didn’t get a chance to meet up for coffee. Next time you are in town, it’s “my treat” at the Chocolate Turtle!.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - February 25, 2015 - 6:22 pm

    FABULOUS! Love all that journaling!ReplyCancel

  • […] of you saw this post last week and asked me what stamps I was using. Well, it was these baby! I think ‘Ate […]ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 6, 2015 - 9:27 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this! I also make my own journals and just love how you’ve done this one. Am going to steal some ideas.ReplyCancel

  • […] little ‘go’ is probably one of the most asked about items ever since I made my Florida album. It may be simple, but I think there’s something about that […]ReplyCancel

white on white.

tone on tone.

my faves…especially the white on white.

fantastic.

and this little spread from laura?

fan-freakin’-tastic.

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[ DesignsJust Because (happy) / About Town (…fantastic) / This Everything (flower) ]


I loooove the super large phrase!
It’s just ever-so dreamy.


Here’s what Laura has to say:

I can count the number of 8.5×11 layouts I’ve created in my 20+ years of scrapbooking on one hand. But when I saw the “this is going to be fantastic” cut file in Kerri’s About Town kit, it inspired me to switch things up from my normal 12×12 layouts and create an 8.5×11 spread. I wanted my “this is going to be fantastic” piece to fill up one full page, so I cut it from white cardstock, added a 6×6 piece of patterned paper behind the cut out words, and then matted the entire piece on blue star patterned paper. I die cut 14 flowers from white cardstock as well, and adhered them around the edge of a sheet of white cardstock (trimming off any excess hanging off the edges) before misting the entire background and machine stitching around the edges.

I took these photos of my oldest daughter, Alyssa, while she was home on winter break after her first semester of college. I love hearing her talk about college life and how much she loves it there. “Happy” is the word I would use to describe her feelings about college, so I die cut the word “happy” from Kerri’s Just Because kit, from both white cardstock and the same blue star patterned paper I used on the second page. I wrote my journaling based off a lot of what she’s told me about the experience so far and the transition from living at home to living in the dorms. I think the “this is going to be fantastic” sums up her feelings for the rest of her college experience.


fantastic, i tell ya.

Each time I use my cute little Epson Charm printer with multiple photos, I wish and wish I would just make some 4×6 photo templates to make life so much easier.

Well folks, it is done and here it is!

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These are all 4×6 photo templates. Some are made for putting multiples on a page and some are made for that ‘instax’ look. There are some that have the usual frame accompaniment. And on the ‘polaroid’ style, there are round and straight corner templates to make it all a piece of cake. (Note: You can increase the size of the template, but do it before you put in your photos.)

When you pull up–what I’m calling–the ‘insta’ frames, you’ll see there are some crosshairs in the file. Little lines made in Photoshop/Elements just for a visual so that you can have a better reference when determining what your little photos will look like. They do not print.

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Then, with a simple set cut–in this case–at the 3″ mark and 2″ mark, you get these fun little photos! 

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Photo templates take all the guess work out of cropping+placing. They are a scrapper’s BFF. If you’d like to learn more about them, check out the Tutorials/Photo Templates link in the menu above.

  • Sue W - February 17, 2015 - 3:00 pm

    Thankyou, thankyou! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while :-)ReplyCancel

  • Maggie Massey - February 18, 2015 - 9:02 am

    ACK!!! These are amazing, Kerri!!!! Thank you so so so much!ReplyCancel

  • Gina - February 19, 2015 - 5:40 pm

    Whoo going to need these!!!!ReplyCancel

If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll see that I updated my cover photo to this:

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I can’t help but feel that is my motto for the next couple months…

…in travel.

…in design.

…in business.

…in memory keeping.

I feel rejuvenated in my outlook of the future.

Excited.

The possibilities that are out there when you open your mind and follow your heart are incredible.

It’s good for the soul.

I also picked up one of these over the weekend.

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It’s a Midori Traveler’s Notebook.

I’d been eyeing it for some time.

thinking.
thinking.
thinking.

Oooh, I just knew there was some fun to be had with it. Then I saw that Marcy Penner got one and I thought heck, if she’s using it, it must be grand! :)

I plan on using it in its truest sense…for some travels. (And if any of you have any words of advice, like what pens are best, products, etc., please, I’d love to know what y’all are using out there.)

Part of my saying yes to new adventures in the ‘memory keeping’ and ‘travel’ categories.

I’m so excited to see where these next couple months will lead.

So my question to you is…

What have you recently said ‘yes’ to that has given you new life?


Now, in honor of my new adventurous spirit, I thought it only fitting to offer the Here There Everywhere class on sale.

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Right now you can save 30% through the end of the month.

Just in time to get ‘er done before your summer travels come ’round. :) This baby is jam-packed with ideas–learning more about designing in Silhouette Studio.

 

  • Sue FitzGerald - February 16, 2015 - 2:53 pm

    No words of advise for the midori, but can’t wait to see what you do with it and what advise you get. I have almost finished making a faux-dori. Think I have loved the process of cutting, sanding and dying the leather as much as I will using it. It is to be my little book of adventures, both big (hopefully) and small.I have the moleskine inserts to use in it. I also purchased the tiny instax printer to print from my phone so I can document as I go.ReplyCancel

I’ve been on a little ‘accent’ kick of late. I think that happens when you have an end goal in sight of something you’re wanting to do. (All will be revealed in good time. :) )

But that’s how these cute little babies came about…the Finger Tabs.

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These little fold-over gems are the perfect little accent to your page.
Print+cut a bunch just to have on hand. 
And you can even create your own combinations like these:

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yeah. fun, right?


And now for a little ‘Did You Know’ moment for the day.

This kit comes in two color schemes–black and the multicolor that you see here.

But what if you want mix up your own color scheme or quickly change out the pink for a different color and then do your Print+Cut in Studio?

Well, in version 3 you can quickly select a fill or line by color and change it as you need!

Make sure it’s ungrouped to individual images, then choose Select By Color either from the pull-down menu or from the icon in the lower left. At which point you’ll get a sidebar menu that allows you to pick from the colors on your image. Looks like this:

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How sweet is that?

It makes modifying your Print+Cuts a breeze.

And when you’re done, you can add them to a photo, card, or your page.
Perhaps a little something like this:

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Can’t wait to use these!

  • Sue FitzGerald - February 14, 2015 - 5:01 pm

    I love these, so good to add that little pop to the corner of a photo or card. Thanks for always coming up with such great ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Shari Dancer-Thomas - February 14, 2015 - 5:58 pm

    What a great little accent!ReplyCancel

  • Lorretta - February 14, 2015 - 10:29 pm

    Love it!ReplyCancel

This time of year I get to spend about three days focusing on love.
One day–on the 12th…yesterday–is spent focusing on this man of mine.

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Yesterday was pretty low-key. Had lunch at Outback and just spent some time together.
We’ve got some other fun plans coming up that funds need to go to. ;)

And then two days later–tomorrow–I get to celebrate my family with love.

I used to buy some little ‘love’ memento.
Then as they got older, I went to Valentine sugar cookies from the bakery.
But this year they are watching their girlish figures.
What traditions do you have for this day?

Today Miss Naomi is expressing love for her daughter through paper+glitter.
adore.

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[ Designs | Just My Type (stacked words) / Mixed Tape (cards) / Lovely Little Words (bees knees) ]

Those glitter-glammed stacked words?
Oh me, oh my!
Love that!

Just a beautiful page.


Now’s my turn to express my love for you all. You help me every day with your kindness and support and comments. I love doing what I’m doing and I love you all for being there with me for this beautiful ride.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with love, whether you’re surrounded by family or truly pampering yourself and loving yourself…because that is just as important–to really love who you are and take time for yourself.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

xo,
k

  • Dolly - February 13, 2015 - 6:51 am

    Oh I love it!! TFS Enjoy all your Celebrations!! Happy Valentine’s Day!! :DReplyCancel

  • Lorretta - February 14, 2015 - 10:31 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Thanks again for all the amazing creativity you share. It’s such a joy and inspiration to see new ideas and have fun elements to buy. =)ReplyCancel

Two things goin’ on folks. Today marks the anniversary of marriage to my eternal BFF. He’s just ever-so amazing and I’ve loved his guts on a daily basis for 27 years now. (27+ really  if you count dating+courtship.)  It’s all happened in the blink of an eye, I swear.

Here’s to another 27 babe!

And now, with Valentines Day just around the corner we have some darling gift ideas from Miss Naomi!

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I’m in love darlin’. They are beautiful!

Those boxes? And their decor?
Perfect for tiny little gifts or candy.

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Just a reminder, the sale on select ‘Lovey-Dovey’ items ends on
Valentines Day. You can find details HERE.

And registration for The History Project ends on Valentines Day as well.
You can find details HERE.

 

 

  • Kim Smith - February 12, 2015 - 12:51 pm

    Wishing you and your husband a very happy anniversary with many more to come!ReplyCancel

  • Julia - February 12, 2015 - 2:45 pm

    So sweet !ReplyCancel

  • Dolly - February 12, 2015 - 3:08 pm

    Happy happy Anniversary Kerri!!
    and beautiful work Naomi!! :DReplyCancel

  • Marilyn - February 14, 2015 - 7:04 am

    Happy Anniversary Kerri!ReplyCancel

Today is the day. The History Project is now in session. If you’ve been on the fence about this class, here’s a little video that I made last week–I’m teaching a condensed version of this class to my women’s church group  (aka Relief Society) this week.

You have until February 14 to jump in–otherwise, you’ll have to wait until next year to sign up again.


Song: Muzzle of Bees by Wilco

  • Kris H. - February 9, 2015 - 1:09 pm

    Loved the video! I signed up for the class last year but didn’t get too far into it. Hopefully I will pick it back up this year.Thanks for the push!ReplyCancel

  • Wendi - February 9, 2015 - 5:16 pm

    Beautiful video Kerri.
    I took the class in 2013 and loved it! I am still working on some of the prompts even now.ReplyCancel