8.17.2016

JULY // KP

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so... i still have two more days in portland to blog about but i have already started making things with some of the photos. i can't stop thinking about the food so it's only fitting that i made one of this month's projects strictly about donuts, blue star to be exact.
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this month kelly released 6 new stamps & two of those were new alphas (my fave). i made two projects & clearly i couldn't stop using the "walter" set. WALTER goes with the DALTON alpha set & i paired them here with a bit of an off set stamping technique to give it a more funky screen print vibe. i love a good mix of text with clean photos. i also altered one of kelly's KIT cards by cutting it down to 3x4 turning it on its side and adding a bit of washi tape to the edge. this gave me lots of room to journal while keeping the focus on the photos. a few stickers, some stamping on the photos, a card i made with kelly's LABEL planner stamp & this page was done.
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then there's this project. we got a little carried away in powell's... like, time just got away from us. all those floors full of books. i used the paired alpha stamps again on my tag & the mini KIT. circle stamp on the bottom and called this documented. 
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xo.


8.15.2016

portland // day 1

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portland // ace hotel : 
we left around 3am. we stopped for sunrise at mt shasta. we sang in the car, slept in the car, got sick of being in the car & ended up arriving to portland around 1pm. we checked in, parked the car, took a minute to enjoy our room, put on a record & tried to power nap before getting ready for dinner. we were too excited to sleep for the most part and gave in to getting ready for dinner a bit earlier than intended. i don't ever want to forget how happy we were going down for dinner or the perfect light in the lobby, and the food, i can't forget the food. 
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clyde common : 
beautiful. the interior & the plates. we had the pork & shiitake lumpia for a snack, the house salad to start & the duck breast (him) as well as the oregon beef (for me). i don't ever want to forget him taking food photos & me sneaking photos of him doing it after i took my own. dessert was a peanut butter whip with chocolate mini brownies, the most incredible chocolate. i don't ever want to forget how fast we annihilated that dessert while laughing at each other // fighting over who would get the last bite. we both had two cocktails. jamaica recommended i try their dark & stormy and i had to order an old fashioned for my round two, typical me. perfectly potent. i don't ever want to forget the slightly drunk photobooth moments after dinner and that sunset from our room.
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portland // day 1

8.08.2016

big picture

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ok. i've been scrapbooking since 2001... & i will never forget the first time i walked into a scrapbook store. i'll never forget the first time i made a project for a local store & the nerves i had actually teaching a class there. i'll also never forget the first time i got an email saying my work would be published in a scrapbook magazine & the disbelief when i actually got it in the mail. i will never forget the first email asking me to join a design team and more recently the email about teaching a class online.

today i launched a class over at big picture classes and i will never forget how humbled i am to be a part of this online community of crafters as well as teach with some of the people i have followed and looked up to for years. i'm so happy i have this opportunity to hopefully inspire people to create and document life. it's what i love and hope to continue pursuing for years to come through design & photography.

i hope you'll come check it out when you get a chance & let me know what you think. XO

7.20.2016

June // KP


this month i have been freaking out, in good ways & bad ways. busy is good but freaking out... not so good. i got my stamps a little later this month due to a post office debacle but i was SO happy that i had time to finish my projects & i ended up loving them so much as well as kelly's june release.
LOTS of good stuff this month & next month is going to be so exciting with her holiday hero arts pre-order. i hope you had a chance to snag some stamps this month but if not she still has a few things left in the shop and be sure to mark your calendar for the 28th of july for all the new stuff.

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renegade 2015, yah i know I'm so behind. Kelly just posted her final pages for project life 2015 on her blog & I was so inspired to get my ass in gear to finish more from last year. slowly, but surely. this was so fun to make. i scanned in some of our Photo Booth strips from that day & resized them to fit for one of the pockets & cut one up and stapled it to the tag in another. the tag ended up being my favorite part of the layout. i used an older ampersand woodblock stamp that kelly released with her first hero arts collaboration i believe. it's one of my all time faves, that typeface has the most beautiful ampersand. to match up & balance out that stamping i added a filler card that i stamped with the numbers from the kit jamaica designed for kelly (get it) . i also used some of kelly's white alphas for the renegade title & one of the cards from this months kit (my day). this ended up being one of my favorite layouts i've made because of the colors & type but mostly because i love these photos so so much. 
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... and then there's this layout. all the fog & one of my favorite adventure buddies (he kisses me how can he not be my fave?) he's also good to take photos of in front of epic mountains, but yah... anyway.  i'm getting off topic. kelly's newest adventure stamps were so perfect for this. i used jamaica's kit cards and cut them down for my pockets. i''m a huge fan of all things black & white so naturally this was my go-to but, happened to be a perfect pairing with all my fog. i kept this one more simple & graphic stamping the adventure circle over my 'A' card. i matched that up for balance at the bottom left hand side using this months kit stamps with the day of the week on my tag. lots of journaling & the big script weekend stamp from the weekender set for my title. photos.words.stamps. YES. i have a lot more to share soon so stay tuned. a little good freaking out & a lot more crafting.. 

xo 

6.21.2016

MAY // KP

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this month's shop update from kelly was so good. the alpha, the beer stamps, the quotes for journaling cards. loved it all. i used a little bit of each stamp set on my sister layout for this month's design team project. the quotation marks are my all time fave. lots of grey, black & white on most of my layouts & this month's kit had a ton of great neutrals to use. i used a quote i found online that fit so perfectly for our sister conversation and documented the day with the "he said, she said" stamp from this month's kit. also, i had to throw in a beer stamp for my glass of allagash white at low brau (if you're around downtown sac this place is a must). making patterns for PL cards is something really fun to do with type  & i decided to use the '@' from this month's alpha to create a location card that would balance out all the other type on the layout. sister day documented with a special photo i snuck of her even though she wanted to kill me for it. (love you jess)
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for my second layout this month i stuck with the neutrals (surprise, surprise) to let the photos shine. some journaling about my birthday morning & waking up so so early for a full photo adventure day with Adrien. lots of hearts for this one using jamie's kit stamps that are unfortunately now sold out (gotta be QUICK on the shop updates man or subscribe!) & a few of last month's morning stamps. i also snuck in that SF stamp from kelly's hero art destination release & a few of my favorite grey studio calico stickers. &&&, best advice i could give, grab the label stamp kelly released for her planner set earlier this year. i basically use it on every layout & it was a perfect circle layer for that snooze button circle as a border. perfection. 
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if you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment or if you just want to say YO!..  do that because i would giggle. xo.