Pocket page layout: Let’s get messy

Back when the COVID-19 pandemic situation unfolded, I took a bit of a break from scrapbooking as I just wasn’t feeling very inspired. Then during the long weekend in May I was flipping through a random stack of photos and decided to ease myself back into making layouts with a super simple pocket page!

all the little happy things - pocket page layout - let's get messy

I love these photos of my nephew in the garden, and took inspiration from the title from the one of him digging.

all the little happy things - pocket page layout - let's get messy

all the little happy things - pocket page layout - let's get messy

I love a big, bold title. I put together this one over two journal cards using the Heywood alpha stamp set from Kellie stamps and alpha stickers from various old Studio Calico kits. I enjoyed mixing and matching the colours for the alpha stickers – I have a lot, so it took a while to find the right ones!

all the little happy things - pocket page layout - let's get messy

I know this is a super simple layout with no real revelations in terms of technique or style, but it was the first layout I made in months, and I really enjoyed putting it together. Sometimes scrapbooking doesn’t have to involve complex designs or lots of products to be fun!

Supplies used:

  • 3×4 cards from a Becky Higgins kit purchased from Spotlight
  • Heywood alpha stamp set from Kellie Stamps, paired with Color Theory dye ink in ‘Power Suit’ from Studio Calico
  • Die cut and alpha stickers from various past Studio Calico documenter/scrapbook kits

Merino jersey Peppermint slouchy cardigan

My birthday make for this year was a garment designed with warmth and comfort in mind: a Peppermint slouchy cardigan, made up with The Fabric Store’s signature premium merino jersey in ‘mushroom’!

all the little happy things - merino jersey Peppermint slouchy cardigan

I made this cardigan back in May over a couple of days, finishing it off on my actual 30th birthday – just in time for the end of autumn and the beginning of winter. I feel like I’ve planned my sewing projects a lot better this year to match with the seasons – no more sewing up summer dresses in the middle of winter!

all the little happy things - merino jersey Peppermint slouchy cardigan

all the little happy things - merino jersey Peppermint slouchy cardigan

You might remember from my post about my French terry cardigan that I made a lot of modifications to the pattern after finishing the toile, and it’s resulted in a much better length and fit. I shortened the cardigan by 4 inches, shortened the sleeves by 2 inches, and raised the pocket placement by 2 inches as well. My merino jersey version is the perfect length to wear over my knee-length dresses, and it’s overall much better proportioned for my petite frame.

all the little happy things - merino jersey Peppermint slouchy cardigan

The merino jersey is so soft, warm and cosy to wear! I was a bit nervous about cutting into and sewing it up, but it was surprisingly easy to handle and work with, especially with my walking foot. I love the warm greige colour, too – it’s the perfect neutral to liven up my mostly-black autumn/winter wardrobe, and it matches really nicely with my warmer-toned spring/summer dresses.

all the little happy things - merino jersey Peppermint slouchy cardigan

I really love the slouchy, casual vibe of this cardigan, and it’s definitely been serving me well over the last few months here in chilly Brisbane!

all the little happy things - merino jersey Peppermint slouchy cardigan

Project Life – June 2020

Sharing my June Project life pages today! I was feeling a little physically/creatively burnt out when I put these spreads together, but the nice thing about pocket page scrapbooking is that it can be as simple or complex as you want to make it. Over time I’ve found a few different techniques for embellishing/making journal cards that work for me when I’m not feeling particularly inspired, and I relied on them pretty heavily for this month’s pages!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - June

I love starting off with this monthly title pages, and having a basic formula for them makes it easier! I chose a pink and blue colour scheme based off the colours in the photos – and how cute are those little faces all lined up in row?!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - June

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - June

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - June

This spread was all about the first family lunch we’ve been able to have in a few months, and it was such a joyful time! I picked out the centre grey cards first, and then got a bit stuck with what else to do with the spread… That is, until I came across the house and tree die-cuts in my stash! I picked up on those copper foil accents with a couple of copper foil chipboard hearts and used two matching 3×4 cards to bring some cohesion to the whole spread. I’m happy with how it turned out!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - June

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - June

Here’s an example of exactly how simple pocket page scrapbooking can get – a page of nothing but photos and journal cards! I like going back to the very basics every now and then.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - June

This page is similar, but I added just a few embellishments in the form of number stickers and a chipboard circle. Still super basic, but with a little something extra.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - June

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - June

One of my favourite ways to add a bit of flair to otherwise plain cards is to add some washi tape. I wasn’t feeling particular creative or adventurous, so I just went with some simple stripes of patterned tape and phrase stickers as titles. Easy!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - June

The card on the right is actually a flip-up, with some hidden journalling underneath. I used washi tape to make the flip card, and then decided to add some to the left journal card for a bit of symmetry, and I like how it adds a pop of colour to the page!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - June

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - June

We cooked a lot of new recipes this month, and I thought it would be fun to document them! All of the journal and filler cards came from the same Becky Higgins mini kit, and I added just a few embellishments using the ‘Eat’ story stamp from Ali Edwards and some chipboard words from an old Studio Calico kit. Using cards from the same kit is probably the easiest way to make a page look cohesive, since the designs are all made to look good together – it’s what I tend to default to when I’m stuck on what colour scheme to use!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - June

My last page for the month features pictures we took on our walks together throughout June. I picked out the centre card first and wasn’t sure what to do on either side… and then I found this 4×6 card from a Studio Calico paper pad and decided it was perfect to convey our increasingly windy, chilly afternoon walks!

That’s it for June! I hope you enjoyed this look into my 2020 Project Life album. Stay tuned next month for my July pages!

Floral Ogden cami and Flint pants

I love wearing pants, but for a long time I didn’t have a lot in my wardrobe. It’s always been hard for me to buy ready-to-wear pants that are the right length, and I’ve also been a little scared of sewing pants for myself because of the potential fitting problems. When I started working from home in April and the weather began cooling down, I realised I needed more comfortable pairs of pants in my wardrobe. With all the shops shut due to the pandemic, I decided to finally conquer my fear of sewing pants, starting with the Flint pants pattern from Megan Nielsen!

all the little happy things - floral Ogden cami and Flint pants

I made this pair of Flint pants back in early May as a wearable toile out of a lovely floral-print rayon that I picked up on sale from Spotlight. I didn’t want to waste any fabric, so I managed to cut out a True Bias Ogden camisole as well. I love that wearing them together gives me the look of a fun wide-legged jumpsuit, but with all the convenience of separates!

all the little happy things - floral Ogden cami and Flint pants

For the pants, I made view A with the button closure in a straight size 4 based on my waist and hip measurements, and I was really surprised to find that I didn’t have to make any adjustments at all. The pants are designed to be a cropped above-ankle length, but I wanted mine to be full-length. Since I’m a very short 5’1″, I ended up hemming the pants exactly as the instructions directed, and they turned out to be the perfect length!

all the little happy things - floral Ogden cami and Flint pants

I’d never owned a pair of wide-legged pants before as I always figured the silhouette wasn’t really for me, but I’m definitely a convert now, and I especially love the Flint pattern. I love the nice high waist, the clever side closure and the deep pockets, and I love the way the pants look in this nice drapey rayon. The pattern instructions were very clear and easy to follow, and the only slight deviation I made was to use French seams on the side seams instead of finishing with zig-zag as I did for the rest of the seam allowances.

all the little happy things - floral Ogden cami and Flint pants

I’ve made the Ogden cami a few times before, so I made this version according to the same adjustments as my silk version. I mistakenly cut two back facing pieces from my fabric instead of one back piece and one front piece, and didn’t have enough fabric to cut the front facing on the fold… but I managed to piece it together out of the scraps!

all the little happy things - floral Ogden cami and Flint pants

I’m really glad I was able to squeeze both the pants and the camisole out of my fabric – it felt good to have so few scraps left over after cutting, and I got to add an entire outfit to my wardrobe instead of just a pair of pants! The pants and cami as a whole outfit and as separates have been great for lounging at home, but are still stylish enough for a socially-distanced catch-up with a friend, and will be nice enough for work with a cardigan once the office opens up again. Versatile separates are my favourite garments to make these days!

all the little happy things - floral Ogden cami and Flint pants

I wore these pants a lot through the end of autumn and the beginning of winter, until it finally got too cold in Queensland for lightweight rayon, and I’m looking forward to wearing both the pants and the cami again when the weather warms back up!

all the little happy things - floral Ogden cami and Flint pants

Project Life – Week in the Life 2020 – my birthday week!

As I mentioned back in my post about my 30th birthday, I’ve never actively participated in Ali Edwards’ Week in the Life project before, but since the official WITL week kicked off on my birthday I did do some more detailed daily documenting! Today I’m sharing the pocket page layouts I made for Week in the Life this year, which I’ve included as part of my May Project Life pages.

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

Monday was my actual birthday, so I kept this spread bright and fun with lots of happy colours, gold foil and hearts! The rubber days of the week shapes are from an old Studio Calico documenter kit, as is that lovely gold foil heart card. The rest of the gold foil elements on these pages are a mix of washi tape and stickers from old Studio Calico kits, Maggie Holmes collections, and an old Kikki.K sticker book.

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

Tuesday got its own spread as well – I didn’t take a lot of actual photos of what I got up to, but I did take some screenshots of the podcasts I watched/listened to! It was a fun way to add a bit of interest to my Tuesday pages, which would otherwise have consisted of just a few photos, some journalling, and a long list of podcast names!

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

Another whole spread for Wednesday, because I had lots of lovely photos to pop into these pockets! I leaned into the soft pink, mustard and black colour palette – the patterned cards on the second page were cute from a big leftover piece of a 12×12 patterned paper from Studio Calico that I’d been hoarding for a while, and I love how it looks with the photos!

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

I only took one photo on Thursday, because we spent the entire day watching movies! I found images of the movie posters online to add to the page, which is my favourite way of documenting a movie in my pocket pages. The journal cards are actually just the backs of the patterned cards from the Wednesday page – love being able to use double-sided papers and cards like this!

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

Kept things pretty simple for the Friday page, which had a mix of photos and screenshots. The pictures were pretty busy so I used plain white cardstock for the journalling, embellished lightly with skinny washi tape and a tiny bit of stamping.

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

I used more white cardstock for the Saturday page – all of these journal cards are from past Studio Calico kits, and I love how they’re all different yet look really good together!

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

I made the top journal card a flip-up with some washi tape so that I could also include our score cards from 7 Wonders. I don’t use this technique very often because I always forget that it’s an option – will try to remember it for future Project Life spreads!

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

For my last page, I started with the centre card and picked out colours and elements to match it. The journal cards are two 4×6 cards from a Studio Calico pad cut to size – a nice easy way to make sure there’s a bit of symmetry/cohesiveness in the page! I also love how the hexagon sticker picks up on that mustard yellow in the centre card.

I had a lot of fun putting together these spreads for Week in the Life. It ended up being a pretty quick process, since I’d already done pretty much all of my journalling for my 30th birthday blog post! I don’t know that I’ll keep doing Week in the Life in this way every year, but I’m really glad that I took the time and effort to do this extra documenting for a fairly significant milestone week!

Black French terry Peppermint slouchy cardigan

Back in April, I started working on some sewing projects for the winter months, and the first thing I made was a wearable toile of the Peppermint slouchy cardigan, using a comfy French terry that I bought on sale from Spotlight!

all the little happy things - black French terry Peppermint slouchy cardigan

This is yet another lovely free pattern designed by Emily from In the Folds. As with all of Emily’s patterns, I found the instructions very clear and easy to follow. I don’t have an overlocker, so I sewed the seams with the stretch stitch on my normal sewing machine and finished the seam allowances with zig-zag stitch, using my walking foot to make sure the fabric fed through evenly. It all came together very quickly and easily, and I didn’t have any problems with rippled seams or my fabric stretching out.

all the little happy things - black French terry Peppermint slouchy cardigan

all the little happy things - black French terry Peppermint slouchy cardigan

On the size chart, my measurements fell within size B, but due to the amount of ease in the pattern, I decided to cut and sew a straight size A. It fit the way I wanted it to across the shoulders and the body, but as you can see, it’s very long on my 5’1″ frame! The pattern is drafted for someone with a height of 5’7″, but I didn’t shorten any of the pattern pieces because I wanted to see exactly how long it was actually going to be and how it would look on my body. I’ve since shortened my pattern pieces by 4 inches to get the length I want.

all the little happy things - black French terry Peppermint slouchy cardigan

I love that the sleeves are relaxed and slouchy, as they fit over my short-sleeved shirts and dresses without looking too bulky, but they are a little too long. This photo shows what it looks like when the whole sleeve is extended – it goes right past the ends of my fingers! I don’t mind too much, as I always have cold hands anyway, and too-long sleeves are easy to push up. Plus, the extra-long cuff can be folded over – this next photo shows how long the sleeve hits with the cuff folded.

all the little happy things - black French terry Peppermint slouchy cardigan

The folded-over cuff has the sleeve hitting pretty much exactly the length that I wanted for this cardigan. I’ve now adjusted my pattern to shorten the sleeve by 2 inches, so that the sleeve will hit this length with the cuff unfolded.

all the little happy things - black French terry Peppermint slouchy cardigan

The cardigan also features handy side-seam pockets, which I love, but the pattern has them inserted a little too low for me (short girl problems!). It’s not a big deal since this version was a toile anyway, but I’ve raised the notches for the pocket placement on the pattern by 2 inches for next time.

all the little happy things - black French terry Peppermint slouchy cardigan

Overall, while there are a few issues with the length and fit, this was a pretty successful and very wearable toile! It’s super cosy, warm and comfortable, and I love the cocoon shape and slouchy fit. I’ve really loved throwing this on as the weather’s gotten colder – it’s the perfect outer layer for working and lounging at home!

all the little happy things - black French terry Peppermint slouchy cardigan

I’ve already made another version of this cardigan in a delicious merino jersey with all my pattern adjustments, so stay tuned for a post about that soon!

Project Life – May 2020

Today I’m sharing my May Project life pages! May was a pretty big month as restrictions in Queensland began to ease and we were able to see our friends and family in person a little more, so I was able to document a few more get-togethers and social things than the last couple of months!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

I went with lots of soft pinks, cork and hearts for this month’s title page – absolutely love having my nephew and nieces’ smiling faces all lined up like that!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

This spread was mostly about some of the socialising we did with friends during the month – and as you can see from the photos, I often forget to take pictures of the people but I do remember to take photos of the food!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

I like making journal cards by layering plain or grid cardstock over patterned or coloured filler cards – for these ones, I also outlined the journal space with a metallic gold Sharpie and added a bit of stamping for interest.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

Washi tape is my other favourite way to turn plain cardstock into pretty journal cards! I have a lot of patterned and plain tapes and sometimes I forget to use them – I’m glad I went through the stash to make these cards this time!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

These pages are about the time we spent with my brother’s family during the month. I’m really happy with how cohesive this spread looks as a whole – all those greys, pinks and greens, with the circle embellishments to tie everything together! Very pleased to have put my circle punch to good use for these pages.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

This spread is a bit of a mishmash of things that happened through the month!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

I made a fair few new garments in May, and also watched a few new-to-me movies, so this page is about all those new things! The journal cards are from an old Becky Higgins mini-kit and they were just perfect for documenting my makes and my thoughts on these movies.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

Documented some meals and family get-togethers in this page – I love that little speech bubble tag (it’s a sticky note that came in an old Studio Calico documenter kit!). The bottom left journal card was printed with the title ‘Count on me’ which didn’t really fit with the stories I was telling on this page, so I covered it over with a label sticker and stamped in a sentiment that made more sense with the page.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

I watched a lot of livestreams in May and took some screenshots, so this spread is all about those! I made the filler cards out of patterned paper from my stash and strips of plain white cardstock.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

This page is all about my friend Christy’s wonderful 30th birthday celebration – so many of my friends have been unable to celebrate their 30th birthdays this year the way they wanted to, but Christy’s original plan was actually able to work out, and it was such a special evening! The photos turned out lovely so I didn’t add too much – just a bit of gold foil washi tape, a label sticker and a bit of stamping, and a lovely gold foil journal card that I’d been saving for something special.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

This page was about my semi-regular walks with Dannii – it’s a nice little habit that we’ve picked up since I started working from home, and I love the extra bit of quality time we get to spend together outdoors!

And that’s it for my May Project Life pages! I did also put together some spreads for my Week in the Life, which happened to be my birthday week, but I’ve decided to share those separately in a few weeks, so stay tuned for that!

Classic indigo denim Cleo dungaree dress

My black denim Cleo dungaree dress is one of my most-worn garments throughout autumn, and this April I decided it was time to add another one to my wardrobe!

all the little happy things - indigo denim Cleo dungaree dress

I made this version out of a lovely indigo stretch denim that I picked up on sale from The Fabric Store back in January, and decided to take the time to add the topstitching details in a pretty golden colour. I love the classic look that this combination gives!

all the little happy things - indigo denim Cleo dungaree dress

I had a bit of a hard time finding dungaree buckles that I liked, and I ultimately went with these sweet bronze ones that I purchased from JM Embroideries & Collectibles. They’re a little wider than the straps, but I don’t think it’s much of a problem.

all the little happy things - indigo denim Cleo dungaree dress

I took my time with pinning and sewing this one, and I’m glad I did – I managed to finally sew the straps down at the exact perfect angle to the back dress this time, without the issues I’ve experienced with previous versions!

all the little happy things - indigo denim Cleo dungaree dress

My previous versions were a size 4 but I’ve lost some weight since then, so I took the time to make up a quick toile of the dress pieces in size 2 to check that the fit would work before cutting into my denim. I didn’t end up needing to make any alterations to the pattern at all this time, which was nice! The size 2 fit very nicely, with enough room to move around and to fit a thicker jumper underneath once winter really hits.

all the little happy things - indigo denim Cleo dungaree dress

As with all of my projects this year, I took the time to add special little details and enjoy the process of putting the dress together, following my ‘quality over quantity’ mantra for my sewing this year. This time, I turned scraps leftover from my Rosery Apparel dress into bias binding and bound all of my raw edges (except the hem) for an extra neat finish and a pretty detail for the insides. I made sure to take my time and go slowly for the top-stitching so my lines were as neat and straight as possible (I used my edge-stitch foot for the first time ever!). And, of course, I added a Kylie and the Machine label as a finishing touch!

all the little happy things - indigo denim Cleo dungaree dress

As always, my favourite thing about the top pocket of the Cleo is that it’s the perfect place to show off enamel pins from my collection! In these photos, I’m wearing a The Good Place pin from Fogagarty, and an ‘Everything is fine’ pin by KC Green. Definitely reflective of the way I was feeling in April!

all the little happy things - indigo denim Cleo dungaree dress

Even with taking the time to make my bias binding strips, binding up all those seam allowances, and going very slowly with my top-stitching, I was still able to finish my Cleo dungaree dress over a couple of days in the Easter long weekend. It was so satisfying to make, and I have loved wearing it – definitely an instant wardrobe classic!

Scrapbook layout: Love

I’m continuing to work through my stash of Evelyn photos with another 12×12 layout!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - love

I’ve been hoarding this plastic die-cut for a long time, and to my surprise the curves of the bottom edge matched pretty nicely to the edge of the blanket in the photo! It was the perfect title for my layout.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - love

It was pretty easy to pick out coordinating papers and find a basic layout that I liked, but it was a lot harder to work out how to embellish my page! I played around with a few things, but finally went with a scatter of wood veneer hearts – I like the way they draw the eyes up to the photo!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - love

The final touch was a few lines of journalling – nothing too long or fancy. I like the way handwritten journalling looks on a page that has a lot of right angles, even if my handwriting isn’t particularly pretty!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - love

All in all, this was a quick and fun layout to put together, and I love the way it turned out! I can’t wait to make more layouts featuring Evelyn’s sweet little smile!

Supplies used:

  • Gold glitter washi tape and black and white patterned card from my stash
  • ‘Sweet smile’ sticker from the Maggie Holmes American Crafts sticker book, purchased from Spotlight
  • All other elements from various past Studio Calico kits

Protea blush Bellbird blouse

After the success of my plain burgundy Bellbird blouse, it was time to make another one in a pretty print!

all the little happy things - protea blush Bellbird blouse

I made this back in February, right after my burgundy version. I had never been a statement sleeves kind of girl before, but this lovely Common Stitch pattern has definitely made me a convert!

all the little happy things - protea blush Bellbird blouse

As with the last version, I cut a straight size 6 and took my time to finish everything neatly – French seams, a clean finish on the centre back seam allowances, and a turned-under hem for the facing.

all the little happy things - protea blush Bellbird blouse

My fabric was a cotton sateen from Nerida Hansen in the beautiful ‘Protea Blush’ print by Brook Gossen. It sewed up like a dream, and the drape and soft hand of the fabric suited the silhouette of the blouse perfectly.

all the little happy things - protea blush Bellbird blouse

all the little happy things - protea blush Bellbird blouse

The design of this blouse lends itself really well to all kinds of different outfits – untucked over skinny jeans or pants, tucked into a high-waisted skirt, or layered under a dungaree or pinafore dress. Love that versatility!

all the little happy things - protea blush Bellbird blouse

As with all my makes this year, I made sure to add a Kylie and the Machine label – this a metallic side seam label inserted at the edge of the facing. I love how that lilac metallic thread looks against the soft pink fabric of the facing!

all the little happy things - protea blush Bellbird blouse

I really enjoyed the process of making this Bellbird blouse, and have loved wearing it all autumn long. Here’s to finally adding some cold-weather makes to my me-made wardrobe!