New Zealand cruise album – part 3

Today I’m sharing the last part of my New Zealand cruise album! If you missed the last posts about the album, you can check out part 1 here, and part 2 here.

all the little happy things - New Zealand cruise album, part 3

These spreads document the last leg of the trip – a sea day (during which I performed on stage for ‘The Voice of the Ocean’ finals – crazy!), Hobart, one last sea day, Sydney, and then our flight back to Brisbane. I also included a couple of spreads about the cruise ship itself, and all the delicious food we ate on board!

all the little happy things - New Zealand cruise album, part 3

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New Zealand cruise album – part 2

Today I’m sharing part 2 of my New Zealand cruise album! If you missed part 1, you can check out the post here. Today’s post will focus on days 6-10 of our trip: Wellington, Akaroa, an unexpected extra sea day (due to the weather we couldn’t stop at Dunedin as planned), the Fiordland National Park, and another sea day.

all the little happy things - New Zealand cruise album, part 2

A lot of my spreads for this part of the trip are photo-heavy – it was just too hard to narrow down the selection! I added in a few journal cards and embellishments here and there to keep things interesting, but to be honest, this is what I like about pocket scrapbooking – it can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be!

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New Zealand cruise album – part 1

Earlier this year, my whole family went on holiday together and took a cruise around New Zealand! It was my first cruise experience, and we had a whole lot of fun. I used an entire 9×12 album to document our trip, and today I’m sharing part 1 of that album!

all the little happy things - New Zealand cruise album, part 1

I did a lot of travel journalling during the trip in a Moleskine cahier, which I included with the album at the title page. Since a lot of my thoughts and impressions were recorded in this notebook, I decided not to add much journalling to the album itself, and just focus on the photos and ephemera from the trip.

all the little happy things - New Zealand cruise album, part 1

all the little happy things - New Zealand cruise album, part 1

all the little happy things - New Zealand cruise album, part 1

In this post, I’ll share photos of the spreads documenting days 1-5 of our trip – Auckland, Tauranga and our first full day at sea!

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Scrapbook layout: Oh, how sad for you

My brother sent us a video of our niece doing the sarcastic tear track face, and it was so hilarious we turned it into a reaction gif to use in our family WhatsApp chat! I decided it was too great a moment to live only in our phones, so I took a few screenshots and made a 12×12 layout as well.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - oh, how sad for you

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - oh, how sad for you

I stamped out a big, bold title that highlighted the sarcasm! The comma is actually half of a quotation marks stamp from the Ali Edwards ‘Little Things’ story stamp – I’ve never tried using part of a stamp before, and it was surprisingly easy (at least for this project)!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - oh, how sad for you

I’ve had these plastic raindrops for ages, and I’m glad i was finally able to use them up! I drew and cut out a cloud shape from some metallic silver cardstock, and added my journalling on strips of plain white paper.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - oh, how sad for you

I needed something to connect the photos, so I went with a few simple arrow stickers – I like they way they help draw the eye down the page!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - oh, how sad for you

I love that this layout has a lot of white space, but also a couple of big and bold sections to balance everything out. It’s very different from the layouts I’ve made so far, but I had a lot of fun putting it together, and I’m very pleased with how it all looks!

Supplies used:

  • White cardstock, patterned washi tape, arrow stickers and plastic raindrops from the Studio Calico shop and past documenter kits
  • Stamp sets from Studio Calico and Ali Edwards, using Color Theory inks in Clean Slate, Coral Bay, Sunny Day and Mojito from Studio Calico
  • Black cardstock, plain white paper and silver cardstock from my stash

Project Life – June 2019

Today I’m sharing my Project Life pages for June! There were lots of stories to tell from this month, both big and small, and I really enjoyed the process of putting these spreads together.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

I’m continuing my tradition of including a couple of favourite photos of my niece and nephew on my title page! I didn’t have a lot of other things or stories to include on this page, though, so I made a couple of filler cards with washi tape and stickers from a Maggie Holmes sticker book.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

We started off the month with a long weekend in Melbourne, so the next couple of spreads are all about that trip!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

I recently bought a Fiskars Lia Griffith 1.5 inch circle punch, and I punched a little too close to the edge when I was testing it out – but I decided to roll with it and include it as an embellishment anyway!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

One of our favourite things about Melbourne is the food culture, so this page celebrates all the tasty things we ate on one of the days during the trip!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

This page was all about the celebration of my husband’s grandparents’ diamond wedding anniversary – 60 years married! I used silver elements and jewel icons to echo that ‘diamond’ theme, and included the invitation as a 4×6 card.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

I love including bits of ephemera in my pages, so this page features a tag from a little dinosaur toy we bought, and the business card of the restaurant we ate at with my cousin. I also relied on one of my favourite little techniques – using enamel dots as the bullets in a list!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

We had a few lovely nights in with friends this month, which I documented in this page. Since there was so much going on in the photos, I went for simplicity and consistency with the journal cards – some patterned paper, grid cards cut to size, and a bit of washi tape for a pop of colour.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

This page was all about various work stories – and also a bit of an exercise in stepping outside my design comfort zone with a lot of green! Green isn’t a colour that I reach for automatically when I’m crafting, so I pushed myself a bit to flick through the cards in my stash and pull out the ones I would normally avoid!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

I did a lot of shopping in June! First there was the Finders Keeper market, and then there was a lot of internet shopping (so many sales!) and the Lifeline bookfest. Pretty much everything was from local makers and Australian-owned stores and things that I really, really loved, so I decided to document it all in this spread! I included shop and product tags all throughout this spread – I love that some of the store cards fit so perfectly in the 4×6 pockets!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

We had a few lovely get-togethers with family and our best friends, which I documented in this spread with plenty of colour and sparkle!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

I recently started coming over to my brother’s place about once a week to take their dog Roscoe for a walk – both in an effort to help out his family, and also to satisfy my cluckiness for dogs! We can’t have pets in our apartments, so I’m just trying to spend as much time as possible with my nephew-dog. That became the main story for this page, and I pulled the colour scheme for the journal cards from the photos of Roscoe.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

This page is all about the fun we had with Maddy one afternoon and with our best friends one evening, so I made it bright and bold and colourful! I balanced it out with more plain cards for the journalling, accented with just a bit of fun washi tape. It’s a busy page, but I like the story that it tells!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

I had some extra photos of my niece and nephew, and a whole extra page to fill, so I threw them into the pockets with some pretty patterned paper and a fun journal card. I love how this page looks, despite its simplicity!

And that’s it for June! I hope you enjoyed this look into my 2019 Project Life album – stay tuned next month for the July spreads!

Scrapbook layout: Gabriel and the Dinosaurs

My sister-in-law and my little nephew Gabriel visited our house recently, and when I looked at these photos, I knew I had to make a layout with them!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - Gabriel & the Dinosaurs

The title ‘Gabriel & the Dinosaurs’ was an easy pick – I love how much it sounds like a picture book or a band name!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - Gabriel & the Dinosaurs

I added a tiny bit of journalling on a label sticker, and added in a little flag made out of washi tape and a couple of pieces of wood veneer confetti. I kept these accents super small, so that they didn’t detract attention from the photos and the big, bold title!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - Gabriel & the Dinosaurs

The title itself is a combination of letter stickers and stamping. I actually stamped out the letters on green cardstock and fussy-cut them out, so that the letters would be truly opaque – a bit more like letter stickers, actually! I love this particular font as well – it’s a lot of fun, and stands out really well!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - Gabriel & the Dinosaurs

I’m slowly adding to my collection of Gabriel layouts, and I really love how this one turned out!

Supplies used:

  • Patterned cardstock, white cardstock, alpha stamps, wood veneer arrow and grey letter stickers from the Studio Calico shop and past scrapbook and documenter kits
  • Gold glitter washi tape and wood veneer confetti from my stash
  • Label sticker from the Maggie Holmes ‘Chasing Dreams’ collection

Jersey joggers, AKA lazy pants

What do you do when you’ve got a whole lot of leftover jersey, but it’s all in fairly narrow pieces that you can’t fold over to make a dress or top? You make joggers/sweatpants, that’s what you do!

all the little happy things - jersey joggers AKA lazy pants

This is the first garment I’ve made that uses the ‘copy something that you already own’ method, and only the second time I’ve ever made pants, and I am so happy with how it all worked out! The jersey is SO comfortable (you might recognise it from my first jersey Bettine dress!), and the fit is nice and loose. They’re the perfect pants for winter pyjamas or lounging around the house on the weekends – which is why I’ve dubbed them the ‘lazy pants’!

all the little happy things - jersey joggers AKA lazy pants

I generally followed this tutorial on YouTube to get a handle on how to proceed without a paper pattern, and it was really simple and easy. And because these pants are just for lounging, I didn’t really need to worry about professional-looking finishes or super-accurate fitting!

all the little happy things - jersey joggers AKA lazy pants

I made the pants with in-seam pockets rather than patch pockets, and although the pants I used as a template had a drawstring, I decided to just go with a simple elastic waist. I might have cut the cuffs a tiny bit too short, but the jersey stretched enough to allow me to sew the cuffs to the bottoms of the pant legs without too much trouble.

all the little happy things - jersey joggers AKA lazy pants

I’m really proud of what I was able to accomplish in just one afternoon, and I’m feeling a little more confident in my sewing skills!

all the little happy things - jersey joggers AKA lazy pants