Sharing my October Project Life pages today! I can’t believe we’re so close to the end of the year… although my nearly-full album is definitely a good indicator!
As with last month, I didn’t actually have a lot to document in October. My title page for the month was mostly journal and filler cards, and just one random photo of my niece. I liked including the centre card to record some notes about the everyday things I was enjoying during the month, and I’m thinking of incorporating a similar list card each month in my 2019 Project Life album.
I don’t normally create pages with a lot of saturated, darker colours, but I love how warm and vibrant this spread looks with all those deep reds and blues!
This spread was mostly about our ‘nephew-dog’, Roscoe (my brother’s dog)! I echoed the bits of blue from the photos in some of the journal cards, and picked up on the colour of Roscoe’s fur with warm yellowy-tan cards, kraft and cork embellishments, and gold foil.
This next page has a small story about my niece, Maddy, but is mostly the story of Roscoe’s emergency trip to the vet. It was a pretty emotional time for us (and Roscoe’s not quite out of the woods yet even now) and I wanted to put together a page that allowed me to depict not only what happened but how it affected our family. I used a lot of heart and rainbow elements, including one of my favourite ever 4×6 cards that I’d been hoarding for ages, and the chipboard sticker ‘the struggle is part of the story’ was the perfect caption for the photo of Roscoe.
I ended my October pages on a happier note, featuring some good times I spent with my friends! By some kind of happy coincidence, the colours in the 4×6 photos matched up really nicely, so all I had to do to pull the page together was pick out a few journal cards in the same pastel pink! I also got to use one of my favourite ever stamp sets by Life.Love.Paper – that little lady matches the Alice Nightingale aesthetic so nicely!
And that’s it for October! Hope you enjoyed this little look at last month’s pages – stay tuned for the next month!
I was browsing through old sketches on the Studio Calico blog, and when I came across this one based on a layout by Kelly Noel, I knew I wanted to make a similar page. I went with this cute black and white photo of my niece, and lots of bright, colourful 3×3 cards from an old Messy Box kit! I loved the simple grid layout and specific embellishment placement from the sketch, and it made it really easy to bring this page together. The hardest part was deciding which 3×3 cards to use!
I made the white tag out of some white cardstock and a bronze metallic sharpie – I thought that copper was the best metallic to work with all those lovely saturated colours!
The chipboard thickers actually had a little pattern on them, but I coloured them in with a white paint pen and outlined the letters with a black fineliner pen. These small changes helped to make the letters pop against the bright 3×3 cards.
I just love all the bright colours in this layout – it makes me so happy!
Every so often, my brother sends photos of my niece to our family WhatsApp group, and over the past few months he’s sent through a lot of face-filter selfies he’s taken with her. I picked out one of my favourites to make into a fun traditional 12×12 layout!
I went with a simple centred layout, to draw the eye to the bold title and the photo itself. It took me a while to work out what products to use, since the photo itself didn’t point to a particular colour scheme… but once I picked out the 12×12 paper (‘Dots’ by HelloForever), the rest of the layout came together really quickly!
I’m so pleased with this page, and so glad I captured the memory of all of those silly photos!
This is the story of what I’ll call an ‘impulse make’ – like impulse shopping, but where you make the garment yourself! It’s hurtling into summer here in Australia, and as the weather has been warming up, I realised that my wardrobe – even my warm-weather wardrobe – is mostly black. I don’t have a lot of light-coloured clothes, and that has been a problem as the temperature rises and the days get longer!
I started off by trying to find a light blue skirt online, but as I browsed the stores I just couldn’t find anything that I really wanted. I had in mind an a-line or full skirt, knee-length (not mini!), and there had to be pockets, of course… I just couldn’t find anything that fit that description.
Then I realised I knew the exact style of skirt I was looking for – the picnic blanket skirt from Tilly and the Buttons! All I needed was the right fabric – which I found on sale at Spotlight, a gorgeous light blue tencel with white dots. Perfect!
This was a very quick afternoon make! I followed the tutorial on the Tilly and the Buttons blog, but instead of making buttonholes, I used some gold snaps that I had left over from another project. I love the way the gold snaps look against the fabric of the skirt – they do weigh the placket down a tiny bit, but it’s not too bad.
I of course included the side-seam pockets, because if I’m going to make a skirt or dress, you better believe I’ll add pockets!
I’m so pleased with how this turned out! Not only did I get the exact style and colour of skirt that I wanted, but I got the satisfaction of making it myself and to my exact measurements rather than buying something ready-made. I’m looking forward to wearing this skirt all summer!