Project Life – October pages

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.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2018 - October

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!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2018 - October

all the little happy things - Project Life 2018 - October

all the little happy things - Project Life 2018 - October

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.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2018 - October

all the little happy things - Project Life 2018 - October

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.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2018 - October

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!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2018 - October

And that’s it for October! Hope you enjoyed this little look at last month’s pages – stay tuned for the next month!

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Scrapbook layout – Little Miss Cheeky

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!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - Little Miss Cheeky

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!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - Little Miss Cheeky

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.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - Little Miss Cheeky

I just love all the bright colours in this layout – it makes me so happy!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - Little Miss Cheeky

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Scrapbook layout – Just like dad

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!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - just like dad

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!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - just like dad

I’m so pleased with this page, and so glad I captured the memory of all of those silly photos!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - just like dad

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Tencel picnic blanket skirt

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!

all the little happy things - tencel picnic blanket skirt

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.

all the little happy things - tencel picnic blanket skirt

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!

all the little happy things - tencel picnic blanket skirt

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!

all the little happy things - tencel picnic blanket skirt