Everybody Needs A Big Pineapple

So a funny thing happened after my Sunday afternoon nap. I wasn’t really even thinking of my Kauai album when the thought of this giant pineapple popped in my head.

 

And so yeah…this is what happens when a large pineapple pops in your head! As always, my objective in my traveler’s notebooks is to keep things simple so I can get them done. And this one came together in about thirty minutes. Sometimes I have a tendency to over-think and mull things over. With this….I just let it ride.

Here’s how:

  1. Cut pineapple by tracing the PNG image from the Beach Vibes Digital Stamps in Silhouette Studio.
  2. Trimmed already printed accents (flowers+yellow word strip) from Traveler’s Pack: Paradise and stapled to left edge of pineapple–not the paper. Adhered to page.
  3. Opened palm tree photo (amazing patio view, yes?) and Beautiful View PNG file from the Go Digital Stamps. This is a left-aligned set of words that I removed the periods and aligned the text at the right by moving each line over. It didn’t look as good being left aligned over the building. Printed and adhered.
  4. Stamped the lines and numbers from the Nowadays stamp set and wrote five key points about being there.

Done, baby. Done!

Here’s a little closer look.

 

Now what are you going to do with your big pineapple? ;)

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Here’s a little tip. Because I remove the staples from my albums and use a Midori rubberband around the center, I can remove the page I want to stamp–or write–on so I have a flatter/harder surface underneath.

April 25th, 2017|stamps, travelers notebook|0 Comments

April Showers Bring New Designs

 

Spring is my second favorite season. Love the new life. It’s like every day is a mystery as to what will pop up or out next. It’s such a wonderful feeling seeing more and more color every day.

Of course, this time of year it’s also a mystery as to what weather we’ll have. Rain? Snow? Sun? Major wind? All of the above in one day? Yup. That pretty much sums up the Utah ‘sprinters’.

All of this had me inspired to create this cute little kit under the umbrella (haha) of April Showers bringing May flowers.

 

 

Just a sweet little set of designs to spring up your projects. Of course I had to put in two of my favorites–a yellow rose and a design like my white-edged lilacs. I look forward to them every year.

And the umbrella design does include a cut file so you can use the umbrella alone or even change the colors within Silhouette Studio or Cricut Design Space to print it. It also includes six color variations for quick printing. I printed mine in black on my laser printer and Minc’d it with orange to make a 3×4 Project Life style card. Love how it turned out!

April 23rd, 2017|cuttables, printables|0 Comments

Travelers Notebook Tips

I get a lot of questions about how I use my traveler’s notebook and templates, so today I thought I might share a few of those using this little spread here.

 

For those of you that have been with me for a while, you know how much I love laying out my page. While I do use Illustrator to do this, you can do it just as easily in Silhouette Studio.

 

 

I also have the luxury of using my actual stamp image…’cause…well…I make them, but you can simply draw a blank rectangle where you’d want to place those type of pieces. You can do it with your photos too–so instead of seeing four real images like you see here, you could draw placement holders for the photos you know you want to put in. I’m a little strange, but I like my rectangles in light grey. ;)

And if you notice, I have a branch from This+That: Lucky that I cut on my Silhouette. You can pull up any cut shapes you want to use and plug them in just like this in Studio as well. Even fill it with a color you might like to cut from.

 

 

Now that I know how my text will appear, I can do one of two things: I can either print it on paper trim it and adhere it in my book–a full half sheet or just the text trimmed to size. Or, because I remove the staples from my albums, with placement permitting, I can pull the paper from the book (I’ll show that down a little further) and print it directly on the page.

To do this, create two rectangles side by side on a landscape letter-size format. The rectangle size I created was 4.25 x 8.25″, making my final image the size of a Midori piece of paper. You’ll want to measure yours to make sure of the size you’ll need.

Once you have this set up, you can save it as a template and use it over and over again, whether you print on paper from your album or print it to trim and adhere in the album.

 

 

Go ahead and give it a print on a regular piece of paper. As you can see the lines of the rectangle are there and we won’t want them when we print. So temporarily delete them for printing on your real paper–unless you’ll be trimming it to adhere n your book. Then you want the lines so you’ll know where to trim it. You’ll also want to remove any excess layout pieces, like the photos, title or cut file.

 

 

Next, align the paper from the album on top of your printout, adhere it with some washi tape, and run it through your printer again. Make sure you know which end is up, so to speak. :)

 

 

Now isn’t that sweet? :)

 

 

I used a tag as a little bookmark so I’d know where to put my page back in the album. Notice that nothing is stapled and there’s my giant Midori rubberband on the right (you can find these on Amazon HERE.)

 

 

Once your paper is back where it should be, wrap your rubberband around the center of your album again to secure the pages in place.

 

 

Voila! I love it! Removing the staples from your album gives you so much more freedom to do fun things like this!

 

 

Now for the photos. I opted to use a photo template from Travelers Templates #3, but only needed four spaces. I clipped in my photos in just a couple minutes and turned off the layers for the bottom two rectangles.

 

 

Since I didn’t need to print on a big piece of photo paper, and I really love my Epson PictureMate Charm that only prints 4×6, I cropped it to a 4×6 photo and then printed it. I also wanted the photos just a little closer together, so I nudged them a little closer so there was a little less white space.

You don’t have to use the templates exactly as they are. You can improvise to fit your needs, which is sweet! And I don’t say this because I make them, I make them because I say this: I love photo templates!!! They make the documenting process so much easier!

 

 

The last little bits involved cutting my branch on my Silhouette and stamping my sentiment, including this one from the Away stamp set. I would also suggest removing your book from the your main holding system to eliminate as much ‘uneven’ surface when trying to stamp. And if you’ve removed your staples, you can even pull just the one page out that you’re stamping on. I have forgotten a time or two or thought it would be fine and it wasn’t. Oh the agony of it all! :)

 

For me, photo templates and laying out my page makes my thought process go so much faster! I prefer to tweak my page on screen and know what I need rather than kind of randomly guess. It works for me. If you haven’t ever done it, give it a try and see if you like it.

April 21st, 2017|photo templates, travelers notebook|2 Comments

Get More Into Your Planner

Space is a precious commodity. The more and more we save of our memories, the more and more space we occupy in our albums and by extension, our homes. I was just thinking about this red buffet of mine, full of scrapbook pages that I’ve done over the years and how much space they take up. Not that I regret doing them or the space they occupy, but in the grand scheme of things, I know I’m much happier condensing my life into smaller–and just as meaningful–pages, whether it’s 8 1/2 x 11″ or my much loved TNs (traveler’s notebooks).

So when I saw what Maggie had done to extend her planner to include a trip into the windy city of Chicago, I was ecstatic! She packed so much into just a little space and it looks amazing!

Take a gander….

 

 

 

[ Designs | Travelers Pack: Splendid (papers) / Travelers Templates #3 (photo templates) ]

 

Um…okay. Don’t you love it?!! I love how clean it all looks. I love that an entire day’s worth of photos takes up very little space in her planner by using templates.

I always thought ‘bigger was better’ when it came to photos and I’m finding it’s so not the case. Do you remember many moons ago when it was ‘the thing’ to do like a single 8×10 or so photo on a 12×12 page? Talk about taking up a lot of precious real estate! And with photo templates you can quickly pop photos in and be done in a few minutes.

Maggie’s project is amaaaazing!

 

Here’s what she has to say:

I’ve figured something out over the past few years. I’m not good at day-to-day documenting. It’s true. I can’t keep up with Project Life…or with filling my full-size Memory Planner with the events of the day…or even with keeping a journal full of daily entries. The days just move too quickly…and I can’t seem to stay on top of everything.

So, this year I’m trying a new way of recording our daily activities. This year I’m keeping a daily to-do/planner/Memory Planner. And so far, it’s working! Yay!

I’m using a personal-sized Memory Planner – with spaces that are small, so I don’t feel like I’ve got to write a whole lot down every day. I’m filling the days with short lists of “to-do’s,” or rather, “what-we-did’s…” and I’m adding photos here and there when they help tell my story. 

There are days, though, that really do require a little more documenting…days that have a bunch of photos, all of which I’d like to add to my planner. And because my daily spaces are so small, I can’t easily just add them straight onto my pages.

So I’ve found a better way.

Enter Kerri’s Travelers Templates #3.

We recently spent the day in Chicago and I snapped a lot of photos…most of which I really liked and wanted to print. 

I opened up the Template designs I thought would work best for me and simply added all of those photos to them. Easiest thing ever!

Then, because the Templates are a little bigger than I wanted to use for my planner, I resized them…just a few clicks of the mouse and they were done!

I printed my 3 pages – now complete with photos from a very full day – and set them aside. 

I decided I didn’t want to keep the backs of each of these pages plain, so I opened and printed 3 of the different cover designs from one of Kerri’s new Traveler’s Packs…the Splendid collection. I cut down these papers and simply adhered them to the backs of each of my new photo sheets. 

To ensure that my planner hole punch didn’t make holes in any of the important parts of my photo pages, I added a strip of washi tape to both the front and back of each of my pages…then I added my holes to this. Perfect.

Now I have our entire day added to my planner…and I didn’t have to sacrifice any of my photos. I love that. 

yup. love.

April 20th, 2017|planners, travelers notebook|3 Comments

Time To Get Busy

 

I feel like I’ve been in bed or really just out of it for way too long. And when I say out of it, my brain is really out of it. The lack of iron–or oxygen moving in my body–must affect my brain as well. It takes a lot for me to focus and think straight.

Now the mess in my studio is completely out of control and all I have wanted to do was get it organized again. And today, I’m completely motivated to get this space under control!

 

 

Is it just me? Please tell me there are more of you out there that move piles from one location to another just so you can work in this spot or that spot. See that little space above? Yeah, that was  my current spot to do a couple things.

It’s pretty ridiculous to let it get this bad, but folks…this is reality sometimes.

Mess can get the best of us–especially when you’re not well or so completely busy that cleaning up the last mess isn’t a priority, which results in the mess continuing to pile up.

I’m coming back to that simplify word again. I believe the phrase, ‘A stitch in time, saves nine.’ applies to messes, does it not? If we’d just clean up the current mess, it wouldn’t turn into as big of a mess that takes way longer to clean up.

I am 50. You’d think I would have applied this to my life by now.
If I would just clean as I go, life would be much simpler.

What tips and tricks do you have for keeping organized and clean?

April 18th, 2017|everyday|10 Comments

Simplification = Ahhhhhh.

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter holiday. I miss dying the eggs and preparing the baskets. Two of my children did come home for church, but sadly I’ve been battling my health issues again and have been in bed the past few days–missed church and the big family dinner. Do you ever get sick and tired of being sick and tired? I was just starting to feel good again and then bam…more stuff goin’ on. Such a pain. All I want to do is clean my house, organize and simplify! I’m craving it!

And it appears that I’m not the only one in a simplification mood. Check out this traveler’s notebook spread from Miss Marcy.

 

 

[ Stamps | Decisions Decsions (you can almost…) / Away (here) ]

 

Here’s what Marcy has to say on simplifying.

My brain has decided that multiple books just don’t work for me.  I waste SO much brain power trying to figure out the “perfect” system that it just became too much.  On a daily basis I plan in this notebook and then jot down random thoughts or things that happened.  I pretty much consider this my planner/journal combo. 

I don’t always add a photo… usually only once a week or so.  On this day I had used up most of my space already so I used washi tape to allow it to lift up and reveal the journaling.  I stamped the word “here” on a piece of cardstock, cut it out and stapled it on to create the tab.

 

Oh girl, you are sooooo speakin’ my language! I am amazed at those that can do these multiple planners, but it doesn’t work for me either. I need easy. I need simple.

Totally diggin’ this spread and the whole simplifying thing!
Now if I could only feel normal and get to simplifying my house. ;)

April 17th, 2017|travelers notebook|0 Comments

Thumbs Up

The KBS creative team never ceases to amaze me. I love seeing how their minds work with the designs available–things I would never think to do. Leave it to Paige to come up with gigantic hibiscus flowers using the ‘itty bitty’ Beach Vibes PNG file! Here my mind is stuck on small because, after all, the stamp is small. But Paige in her floralistic wisdom has turned the cute little thing into a gorgeous background for her page!

Take a look….

 

 

 

 

Here’s what Paige has to say:

DESCRIPTION:
This entire layout was inspired by the hibiscus flower in the Kerri Bradford Beach Vibes set!

JOURNALING:
There are the most beautiful and colorful doors all around Europe! I could write a book about it :) I’m so glad you humor me by standing in front of them.

HOW TO:

  • In Silhouette Studio, trace, copy and paste the hibiscus 6 times across space.
  • Die cut the design from the B-side of Paper 05 then spread gesso over the die cuts to soften the background.
  • Take some time to back each piece of each flower with patterned paper from the 6×6 Paper Pad.
  • Splatter white acrylic paint and black watercolors over the flowers.
  • You can barely see it, but on the flower under the photo I machine stitched around each piece – I didn’t end up liking the way it made the flower look flat, so I covered it up with the photo cluster and now I like the little bits of thread peeking out that add some texture.
  • Create the title and embellish with die cuts and an assortment of stickers then journal on the top left side to balance the photo.

 

This is such an amazing page!
I actually give this two thumbs up…and maybe some more fingers and toes. ;)

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For a process video on this page, be sure to check out Paige’s own blog post HERE.

April 14th, 2017|pages|1 Comment

I Am Iron Man.

 

This song has been stuck in my head for daaaaaays.

A couple weeks ago I’d shared  here on the blog that I’d been having health some issues. The kind that seem to happen when a woman turns 50 or so. As a result I became severely anemic–like transfusion or infusion bound. But they preferred to try treating it with iron pills first.

I’d had blood work done before I went to Kauai and didn’t get the results until a couple days before we were to come home. At that point I wasn’t ready to start taking iron, knowing that it could cause issues. Last thing I wanted to be was iron-made ill on an airplane coming home.

Strange thing is, while at sea level, I was never out of breath, but walking around was slow-going, especially if a small hill–okay, incline–were involved. I’d get to the top, pause, let my body reset, and then continue on. It’s hard to describe how your body feels as it’s trying to get oxygen around inside over a little exertion. Those of you who have had anemia before know what I’m talking about.

When I came home to this almost mile-high city of mine, it was a completely different story. I would be winded after slowly taking the six steps up to the next floor of my home.

It was very interesting experiencing anemia at two different altitudes.

And other than being Vitamin D deficient (thanks winter), all other blood tests–like thyroid, cholesterol, diabetes, etc., came back normal. Yay me!

Lucky for me, I’m pretty sure my anemia is a temporary situation, for which the cause has been controlled, but I’m still healing with a double-dose of iron every day for two months (seven more weeks, ugh).

You’re probably wondering why I’m sharing all this.

Well, the other day I’d hit a major accomplishment….I’d made it through the day without a nap. I know, right? Considering all last week I was either in bed most the day or taking naps on the other days, this was big for me.

I’d shared the great news on Facebook and it started some conversations that I never expected! Many people shared their experiences on being anemic and it was amazing. I didn’t want to lose them into the abyss of Facebook. So I thought I should house these thoughts here on my blog in a more permanent environment.

Here are some of the things people shared about their anemia issues.

  • Iron infusions occurred for many.
  • Some have to do it for long periods…even years.
  • Iron infusions turned one person’s veins orange.
  • Nettle helps another person (see THIS article). Funny, because we avoid Stinging Nettle like the plague in the mountains here. ;) But it is really fascinating!
  • Beet roots and juice work great as a home remedy. Not a beet fan, so that will never work for me. haha
  • One person had a liver transplant and can now absorb iron. Oh man. Now that’s not a solution anyone would want to have to have.
  • A glass of stout once a week (doctor’s orders) helped another person. (If I only drank. ;) )
  • Someone suggested cooking with cast iron.
  • In her doctor’s quest to find the cause of her anemia, one person found out she had Celiacs’s disease. Once they discovered that and changed her diet, her body was able to absorb the iron. Wow!

That last one I think is incredible. I really wanted to make sure that one was shared. I don’t know why, but it struck me so.

It’s funny. I just associate lack of iron with blood loss. I think my small battle with anemia has really opened my eyes as to how big of a deal it is for many people. While my body does seem to be adapting to the iron–getting stronger every day, I can’t imagine being on it for an extended period of time, much less have infusions of it. You know me and needles. We don’t get along.

One other thing I’d like to point out is the iron pills I’m taking. I know nothing about vitamin brands or anything like that. The only thing I was instructed was to take 325mg of Ferrous Sulfate twice a day. When I went to the pharmacist to pick up my Vitamin D prescription, I asked him about iron pills. Having read a little, I figured I wanted time-release pills so that I wouldn’t get the full force of an iron pill all at once. He told me that you don’t get as much iron that way. That taking the regular pills were better. These particular pills in the photo were not prescription, but he did have them behind the counter. I think all in all, they’ve been pretty decent. After about a week I started feeling much better. But even taking them with food made me nauseous-ish from time to time and I was tired a lot. That seems to be subsiding.

If you’ve had issues with anemia, I’d love for you to share your story here. I think it’s really important for us to hear and learn of ways of dealing with it. You never know, what might work for one person might work for you too.

April 13th, 2017|everyday|4 Comments

Capturing ‘Your Squad’

In this day and age of selfies, a great many more photos can be–and are–taken of ourselves. Yay! I think the tweens+teens utilize this feature much more than us adults (haha), but I love that more and more are finding themselves in front of the camera because they can.

I love that it helps us to document life more regularly. But what do we do with all these photos?

Well, take a look at what Laura has done with all the children she tends to….her squad.

 

 

[ Designs |  Storyboard #1 / Weathered Door [all] / Borderlines #1 (flower border). Stamps | One Fine Day ]

 

This is so wonderful that she’s captured all these little people with herself! They grow up so fast! And for her, they come and go. What a great way to remember them all! I also adore her color choices and the mix of flower mediums!

Here’s what Laura has to say:

I was scrolling thru my Instagram photos the other day, and came across a photo of myself with several of my daycare kids. I had written something about how I ever had a “squad”, these little people would be my squad. I’ve been better about getting in the photos with the kids here and there, and I knew that some of those photos would make a great layout.

I used a template from Kerri’s Storyboard #1 kit to collage my photos together. I left one space in the template empty, knowing that I wanted to add either my title or my journaling there instead of another photo. I simply trimmed a piece of cardstock to fit over that area on the template once it was printed and adhered it in place.

I used the Weathered Door [all] kit to create my title, die cutting it from blue patterned paper, and completed the title with a few alpha stickers and Kerri’s One Fine Day stamps. I also wanted to add a little something along the left side of my photo collage, so I die cut a flower border from the Borderlines #1 kit, and tucked it under the edge of the collage.

 
Perfect all around!

April 11th, 2017|cuttables, photo templates|0 Comments