4.28.2016


//  kelly's SHOP is now open with april's releases & there is a lot to love. the mix of everything is really nice. lots of doodles mixed with the clean & bold designs kelly is known for.

//  this months kit really inspired me, i love to document mornings even though i hate getting out of bed. although, waking up at 4 or 5 am does have its perks... like photographing epic sunrises or morning fog. oh yes. 


//  so, some morning stuff is legit... i guess. plus mornings usually go hand in hand with coffee... ok, fine mornings are ok.. ish. make THIS morning good an go grab some stamps ---> good morning stuff here. before they sell out. 

4.15.2016

// heath ceramics

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i chose heath ceramics as my "space & place" to visit for a recent design writing assignment. when i saw it was on the list as a possible choice, it was an easy decision. i've always wanted to go check out the sf location & it did not disappoint. they partner with blue bottle coffee & a local flower vendor so not only does the place smell incredible it's retail heaven. adrien came along with me to adventure and surprised me right at the door with a fresh bouquet of ranunculus. made my day & inspired my newest project life spread. 
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i used a bunch of new kelly purkey stamps from this month's release. and yes...my favorite new alpha stamp is sadly sold out BUT i'm sure i'll have a new fave next month so don't even trip. i honestly just love playing with any style of type & that's what i wanted for this layout because it was already so full of patterns. mixing type is one of my favorite things & kelly's sets usually have a good range of different typefaces to play with. i won't tell you how long i agonized over getting the "this&that" card just right but i love the way it came out. & the no parking sign in my picture just begged for more type. kelly released the "gimme a break" set & i love that the sayings have a bad day vibe with a sense of humor attached. perfect for this photo of adrien looking very ... i'm handsome and old hollywood but doing something bad for me ... haha (you gotta cut back on the SMOKING. i know you're reading this sir.) i also used a couple of the word strips from the "lets make magic" set as an addition to my journal card. i know that set will get a ton of use because you can do so much with it. i threw in a few stamps from the adventure planner set as well & called it done. it's probably my favorite layout i have made in a long time. i'll be back soon to share another layout but, in the mean time, don't miss out on  what's left in the SHOP from kelly's march releases & if you're ever in the bay area or live close by definitely check out heath ceramics. 

4.04.2016

// yosemite.

i had never seen snow
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// just letting that sink in for a beat so anyone reading can really understand my obsession and awe of what i experienced for my first time in one of the most photographically inspiring places i had ever seen mixed with... snow... the first time... in my life.

// my alarm went off at 3am. i was so excited i hardly slept. the drive up was a mix of excitement and hunger (what do you mean NOTHING is open at 5am... in the tiniest little town ever) but, as soon as the snow started to fall, i honestly didn't even care. standing outside at the gas station and seeing the snow in the beam of the street lamp had me smiling like a kid.

// we had no clue where the hell to go in the total darkness being that it was both jen & my first time to yosemite but, we grabbed a map & figured it out. both of us were dying to get out of the car after the three hour drive when the sun started to creep up & it was ... well, beautiful.
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3.16.2016

kelly purkey // creative team

when i got the email that kelly wanted me to be on creative team i just sort of stared at it for a minute in disbelief... kelly has inspired me for years. i am humbled to be creating on a team with so many inspiring women and i can't wait to share more crafts here. this month kelly released a bunch of new faves & if you haven't already, make sure you head over to her SHOP to grab what you can before they are gone. i made two layouts with the newest stamps after i had an intense debate about what size project life i would make this year ( & yah ...  i JUST started this years and haven't even come close to finishing any year of project life ) ...




the music stamp is sure to get a lot of use over here. i have so many concert photos so this was perfect for me. last summer we saw atmosphere at the greek theater in berkeley with brother ali & dilated peoples. so so so good. & that headphone stamp...just as good. i love a bit of messy stamping & that illustration was perfect. the cards that came with the kit had the perfect pop of red so i stuck with black & white so everything worked together. 




this lovely layout is brought to you by valentine's day & a crazy five course meal. i wanted to use the newest number stamps & put them to work for me. i stuck with pops of red for heart day & of course it matched my lipstick so...why not. i threw in a few cards from kelly's hot mess kit from a few moths back because i love the watercolor look & wanted to soften the overall vibe with all of those bold colors.  i used stāzon ink to stamp each numbered course on its respective food photo & voilá, i'm full just looking at it. 

i can't wait to share more crafts here & be sure to check out kelly's SHOP for all the good stuff.

xo // kari

3.15.2016

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being vulnerable is always scary. this year i want to be fearless & open. sharing life on any public platform opens your life to critique & judgement in a way that can be hurtful but also incredibly rewarding as well as supportive. i want to share more without fear. i want to write & explore all of the things that make up my life in a way i can re-visit. i hope i inspire YOU.

xo // kari