Project Life – March 2019

Time to share my March 2019 Project Life pages! I recently picked up the Project Life ‘Stories’ value kit when it was on sale at Spotlight, and incorporated some of those journal cards in this month’s pages.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - March

As with last month, my title page includes a couple of favourite photos of my niece and nephew, and my ‘Here and now’ list. I used a lot of red and blue in my title page and a few of my other March pages – they’re colours I don’t use very often (mostly because I don’t have a lot of red or blue journal cards in my stash!), but I really liked incorporating them into my spreads this month!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - March

We spent the first half of March on a family cruise around New Zealand. I’m going to make a whole separate album to tell all of those holiday stories, but I wanted to include a little bit about the cruise in my Project Life pages, so I just picked out one photo from each day of the holiday and added journal cards to list out the dates and where we were. It makes a nice little ‘snapshot’ of the trip!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - March

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - March

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - March

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - March

For this page, I cut down some 4×6 papers and used washi tape to make journal cards. The ‘eating my feelings’ sentiment was a 3×4 card that I cut down and adhered to another card with a washi tape border – an easy technique to use when you like just one element from a journal card!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - March

This page was all about Dannii’s Masters graduation! I included some ephemera to help tell this story – the physical invitation to the ceremony in the 4×6 pocket, the tag from the graduation gift I got for Dannii, and I even included the program from the ceremony itself as an insert (not pictured). I love including these bits and pieces as well as photos – they’re like reminders that all of these events and moments happened in ‘real life’, with little details and memories aren’t captured by pictures.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - March

The last page for March were all about our catch-ups with friends. The 4×6 bicycle card has a bit of a funny story – we had a couple of friends over, and were telling them about an exhibit at the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart where the artist had asked hundreds of people to draw a bicycle from memory. Our friend Thomas asked for some paper to give it a go himself, so I handed him a blank 4×6 journal card! Incorporating that card into this page was a great way to tell the story of that dinner with our friends, but it also just looks really cool – Thomas is a talented guy!

And that’s it for March! Not a lot of stories to tell from last month, because most of them will be going into my separate travel album, but it was still fun to spend a couple of days looking back and recording those memories. I hope you enjoyed this peek into my 2019 album – see you next month for my April pages!

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Scrapbook layout: Winter

Last year, Dannii and I went for a little snow adventure up Mt Baw Baw in Victoria – my first experience as an adult in the snow! It was a lot of fun, and I felt that I needed to make a traditional layout to capture the memory!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - Winter

I used a fairly busy patterned paper as the foundation of this page, so I kept the actual layout and embellishments pretty simple. I don’t normally use a blue colour palette for my scrapbooking, either – it was fun to play with colours I don’t usually reach for! I think I need to get more blue-toned papers and embellishments in my stash!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - Winter

The ‘Northern Lights’ scrapbook and documenter kits from Studio Calico were the main building blocks of this layout – so many delightfully winter-themed papers and embellishments. I love how using elements from the same kits takes the guesswork out of making a page look cohesive.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - Winter

I’m really happy to have documented this happy memory, and I love the way it turned out!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - Winter

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Gingham Seren separates

My latest sewing project is something that has been about six months in the making! It all started around October last year, when I decided I wanted a navy and white gingham dress or top and skirt set, but couldn’t find anything I liked in any RTW stores… then I remembered the Seren dress pattern from Tilly and the Buttons and realised I could just make what I wanted!

all the little happy things - gingham Seren separates

One Black Friday sale later, I had the pattern in my hands and set out in search for the perfect gingham fabric. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anything locally that I liked with the right scale, colour and weight, and I was pretty wary of buying anything online. I shelved the project for the time being and decided to wait until I found the perfect fabric.

all the little happy things - gingham Seren separates

Fast forward to March, when I was on a family vacation in New Zealand. I had already planned to go fabric shopping while we were in Auckland, as I’ve started a little tradition of buying fabric instead of souvenir knick-knacks whenever we travel overseas, so that I can slowly build a wardrobe of ‘souvenir dresses’. With the help of this Auckland local fabric shopping guide, I found Drapers Fabrics – and stumbled across the perfect navy and white gingham fabric and vintage brass buttons for my Seren separates!

all the little happy things - gingham Seren separates

If you follow my Instagram, you’ll already know that I spent a lot of time working on a wearable toile of the top in red cotton before cutting into my main fabric, trying to make sure I got the fit just right! It took a long time, but it was definitely worth it. My gingham fabric had a little bit of stretch which helped with the fit, but I also ended up adding in a couple of darts to the back bodice to bring in the waist a bit.

all the little happy things - gingham Seren separates

I used the knee-length skirt pattern, but due to my height and my choice of hem, it ended up being more of a midi length anyway. I also added pockets to the skirt, because all skirts and dresses could use extra pockets! Turning the dress into separates was pretty easy – I just made the top by itself and gave it a narrow hem, then made the skirt separately with the waistband. I did have to hop over to Tilly’s Picnic Blanket Skirt tutorial to remind myself how to attach the waistband properly (the Seren pattern instructions are designed for a dress, not separates!), but I got there in the end with no mishaps!

all the little happy things - gingham Seren separates

I was also excited to discover that Annika Victoria’s next ‘Make Thrift Try’ challenge theme was gingham/plaid as well – I’ve been keen to join in with these challenges, but the past themes didn’t really grab me like this one did. I’m glad I was able to make this project count for #makethrifttry4!

all the little happy things - gingham Seren separates

We’re already heading into cooler weather here in Brisbane, so this is not the most seasonally-appropriate outfit I’ve ever made – I won’t get a lot of wear out of the top in particular before it gets too chilly for crop tops! I really do need to get a little better at planning when to start the projects on my list… But overall, I’m really happy to have made this set – I can still wear the skirt well into autumn with different shirts and cardigans, and the top is hanging ready in my wardrobe for any warmer days ahead. Hooray for finally ticking off this project – now on to the next one!

all the little happy things - gingham Seren separates

Scrapbook layout: #Fashun

My brother sent me this fabulous photo of my niece, and I sent back the caption “#Fashun”, which he later ended up using when he posted the photo on Instagram – perfect fodder for a new layout! Maddy looks like such a little fashionista here; it’s one of my favourite recent photos of her!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - #Fashun

I started with the 9×12 paper, which is from an old Messy Box kit – the perfect pattern for this style-themed layout. I also knew that I wanted to add in a bunch of hashtags to capture that ‘social media influencer’ feel, so I dug up some thematically appropriate embellishments from my stash

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - #Fashun

I layered in various scraps of black and white paper and cardstock until I was happy with the middle section of the page, and then threw on a few embellishments to round it all out. I love how this page looks, and I love how fun and silly it is!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - #Fashun

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