for my birthday i made the mistake of asking for a gym membership. my birthday isn't until the 24th but my sister surprised me early so she could torture me last sunday. her & i have been going to soul cycle & i never thought i would say that i love spin class but damn, i do. i had a cheap gym membership & they didn't offer classes so i got an epic upgrade, curtesy of the fam & now i have the wonderful privilege of being forced into uncomfortable, uncharted territory with my sister dragging me behind her through all these new to me experiences. she is a gym girl you see & i am a foodie. don't get me wrong she loves cheese way more than i ever will, but she has been going to classes for a while now so i am the nervous uncomfortable one & the little sister gets to be the guide in this scenario. i almost threw up ... but it didn't stop me & she was right there by my side telling me i could do it. when did she become the strong one?... i guess that's what two kids will do for you. she's the "mom"now & i am the girl who is just trying to figure it all out & that's all right with me. i documented all the sweaty things using kelly's last shop release. i also threw in a few from her older planner set but most of the stamps are from the "hustle" stamp still available in the shop. here's to hoping i will have a lot more workout layouts or planner pages or i will just be busy getting my ass kicked in new classes with my sister right there beside me. 
wish me luck dude.



december really did a number on me. between finals & the holidays i hardly recovered. crafting was a welcome comfort & a MUCH needed fresh start. i generally stress about goals & projects at the beginning of every year but this one felt different. instead of feeling obligated to make personal goals i just embraced the need for growth. i WANT to grow this year as a person & i want to document it. i knew i needed to think smaller so i decided on a 6x8 album ... to this day i have never completed or even come close to documenting an entire year & that's just fine with me. it's for me and all i really care about is making. making something that feels like i feel & documents all the shit that i do.
kelly's december shop update had a lot of the good stuff that went right along with my fresh start vibe. i have a feeling i will use the new numbers all year & i might have a new favorite alpha stamp (sorry old mulberry set) ... but really i was just happy to start over. restarting hasn't been easy but one day at a time as they say... so here's to 2017 in paper & print, tangible growth & inspiration. 




you guys. i just finished turning in my final project for my typography class & i have to say ... i feel like magic. it's like i drank 30 butterbeers with a side of felix felicis ... & now you know what a huge nerd i am. i mentioned on the blog last month to have your wands at the ready for the magic that was coming to the SHOP & some of you were lucky enough to snag a stamp or two. to be honest, when mine came in the mail i was almost as excited as i was the moment i walked in to Universal Studios. i fully intend to blog about my geek out moments and share my layout of all the good stuff, don't worry. the last couple of months i haven't had time to take much of a breath or stop to think about all of the memories i have been making and with finals i haven't had ANY time to create but now that i have a few weeks off ... i intend to reflect on the year, make some more magic, and set some NEW goals including WAY more crafting. i know the stamp is sadly sold out BUT, there are always the books... ALWAYS. 

-Karry Potter.



happy fall y*all.
// are you guys ready for thanksgiving? i had class on halloween so i am ready for real holiday time. i can't wait to cook. it seems like this time of year always brings out the side of me that wants to be in the kitchen making & less at my desk making. staying in bed has been a battle as well, but... with October's SHOP UPDATE i finally got myself making. what can i say... those new alphas & the cute sweater reminded me how much i love fall. i decided to document my everyday photos & what this season looks like for me right now leaving out all the homework & 'blahs'... i tried to focus more on the faves. 

"people are always telling you that change is a good thing..." -Kathleen Kelly, You've Got Mail.

// change is hard but, i have been taking note of how the season doesn't mind & the leaves just keep falling gracefully. i'm gonna try to be more like the leaves haha. graceful isn't a term i use for myself often.. can i walk without tripping, damn, but i am trying to be a bit more on top of things. school feels like it's trying to kill me sometimes but it's nothing a few deep breaths, some photos, a craft day or friends can't cure. at least campus is sorta beautiful this time of year... 

// i love the photo i took of one of the buildings at school framed by this crazy overhanging canopy of leaves i walk under everyday. with this layout i wanted to document the coffee that helps me survive & some of the new clothes i treated myself to for this season, hello cute pleather jacket. just a typical school week but it's nice to have those daily things to look back on from this season of my life. 
// if you read this far, you deserve a big fancy latte yourself. have a good thanksgiving & don't forget to check out THE SHOP tomorrow for some epic early black Friday deals. if i were you i would set an alarm.. these stamps go FAST & if you do miss out DON'T EVEN worry because the shop update for November is gonna be the most magical thing. 




it's been a while & i wanted to get myself back to blogging with this months KELLY PURKEY SHOP projects. i loved using this months kit to document my Sunday in the city. the arrow stamp in the around town stamp set is so much my vibe. very versatile & you can make a bunch of different designs with it layered or side by side. so many options with that one little stamp. i paired it with the punctuation from the MIRANDA alpha. you can see the perfect little squares of dots in the close up image of the arrow card i made. i also cut down one of the 4x6 cards in the kit to create my squared off journal card & used the "out&about" sentiment on my favorite photo from that day. i love that Kelly includes labels & icons that coordinate every month so i added a few for embellishments with her black alpha stickers for a title. lots of blues with hints of orange and green this month so this kit is great for fall days or for burgers if you're weird like me. *side note : Super Duper Burger = YES ..better than in & out, better than five guys, better than most burgers i've had.

& now i'm hungry.

be sure to check out the SHOP for all of the yummy stuff this month & there are still a few more days to comment on the post below for a chance to win a shopping spree from Hero Arts so check that out if you missed it.

i'm off to get lunch. xo