Project Life 2018 – June pages

Today I’m sharing my June pages from my 2018 Project Life album! June was a bit of a quiet month for us, so I didn’t end up making that many spreads. This months photos were a little tricky to pull together cohesively, so I went with a lot of plain journal cards and was fairly minimal with my embellishments and stamping, to tie everything together.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2018 - June

My title page for the month is one of my favourites – I love the simple layout and all those pops of bright blue and pink! The stamps on the bottom journal card are from the Ali Edwards ‘Heart’ story kit and my favourite Life Love Paper ‘icon’ stamp set from Studio Calico, using Color Theory ink in Power Suit and Something Blue.

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Adventures in Victoria: Sugar Republic

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that a couple of weeks ago, Dannii and I went on a short holiday down to Victoria. One of the most fun things we did was explore Sugar Republic, a pop-up museum with delightful sweets/lollies theme!

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

There were so many amazing interactive installations, from a ‘Wheel o’ Treats’ in the first room, to a giant gumball machine you could climb into, to a birthday party room with a ‘press for confetti’ button, to a giant pink ball pit you could basically swim in! Plus, there were plenty of treats to eat at various points along the way too, just perfect for a sweet tooth like me!

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

The other attendees were comprised mostly of families with young kids or groups of young women vying for the perfect selfie, haha. You can’t blame them, though – Sugar Republic is pretty much designed for Instagram! Everything is brightly coloured, there’s pink everywhere, and there are tons of amazing photo opportunities.

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

You could walk through the museum fairly quickly and see it all in about an hour, but it’s worth slowing down and taking in every little detail – and doing a bit of people-watching, too! It was almost as much fun watching other people interacting with the installations as it was actually interacting with them ourselves. We spent a good couple of hours moving from room to room, and filling up our camera rolls with some choice shots!

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

Sugar Republic is located at MacRobertson’s Factory in Fitzroy, Victoria, and will be open until 17 August – tickets are available online. If you’re heading to Melbourne in the next month, I definitely recommend a visit for a whimsical – and sweet – experience!

Scrapbook layout – create

Today’s traditional scrapbook layout was largely inspired by the chipboard pencils from the Studio Calico ‘Roman Holiday’ Documenter kit!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - create

I took inspiration for the layout of the page from this old sketch on the Studio Calico blog. I liked the way everything was centered and symmetrical – a nice balance!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - create

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - create

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - create

I’ve had these pencils for ages and never knew what to do with them… And then I took this photo of my niece drawing with my brother, and I knew I had to use them! The pencils were the perfect embellishment for this photo, so I built the whole page around them. That’s what I like the most about traditional scrapbooking – using up beautiful supplies that I can’t easily incorporate into my Project Life albums.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - little moments

Supplies used:

  • 9×12 paper from an old Messy Box kit
  • White textured paper and animal patterned paper from my stash
  • Chipboard pencils from the Studio Calico ‘Roman Holiday’ Documenter kit
  • ‘Create’ chipboard word from the 1canoe2 ‘Hazelwood’ range

Alice in Wonderland Clemence pinafore dress

I bought a couple of metres of Kokka midweight cotton on a whim at the BrisStyle DeStash Market earlier this year, with a gorgeous Alice in Wonderland-themed print. I originally had plans of making it into a Cleo pinafore dress… but inspired by this video by Annika Victoria, I decided to hack my own pinafore dress based on the Clemence gathered skirt from Love at First Stitch!

all the little happy things - Clemence pinafore dress

To make this pinafore dress, I first made the Clemence gathered skirt, including inserting the zip and finishing the waistband, but I left hemming until the very end. To make the pinafore bodice and straps, I generally followed the Annika Victoria tutorial, though I made my bodice a trapezoid shape rather than an even rectangle. I didn’t have overall/dungaree buckles or adjustable sliders, so I just put in a couple of buttonholes in the bodice before attaching it to the skirt waistband. To work out where to sew the buttons onto the straps and where to sew the straps to the skirt, I pinned the straps to the skirt waistband and the bodice, checking in the mirror and readjusting until I was happy with it. I sewed the straps to the skirt waistband first, then double-checked the button placement using chalk through the buttonholes before sewing the buttons onto the straps. The whole thing took one day from start to finish, so a pretty quick make overall!

all the little happy things - Clemence pinafore dress

The best part about this pinafore dress is that is has pockets!! I love adding pockets into all my handmade clothes – makes them so much more practical!

all the little happy things - Clemence pinafore dress

The midweight fabric is perfect for the mild Australian winter with a pair of opaque tights and a long sleeved tee or jumper, and will be just as comfortable with a short-sleeved tee in the spring.

all the little happy things - Clemence pinafore dress

Here’s a closer look at the print – isn’t it cute? I love the Alice in Wonderland theme, with all the rabbits, playing cards, chess pieces and tea sets!

all the little happy things - Clemence pinafore dress

This is the first time I’ve ever tried ‘hacking’ a pattern, and I am really pleased with how it turned out! it’s definitely helped me gain a bit more confidence with going ‘off-book’ with my sewing – hopefully all my future experiments turn out this well!

all the little happy things - Clemence pinafore dress