Project Life – May 2019

It’s Project Life time again! May was my birthday month, and for the past couple of years I’ve done a kind of ‘Week in the Life’ project for the week of my birthday – which meant there were a lot more stories and photos to fit into this month’s pages!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - May

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - May

I made a flip-up card with washi tape to fit in my ‘Here and Now’ list for this month on the title page! Actually, all of the cards on this page were made very simply by cutting down cardstock and adding some patterned washi. This is one of my favourite techniques for making journal cards, because it’s so fast and easy!

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4 DIY cushions and a faux fur blanket

A couple of months ago, I decided I wanted to refresh our living room a bit by changing up our throw cushions and adding in a faux fur blanket. I spent ages in stores and online trying to find pieces that were the right size/colour/texture/pattern/price… but to no avail. It was really hard to find anything that I loved, and then the things that I did love were too expensive. Then one evening, I suddenly realised – I could just make the things that I wanted, and that way I could make sure I got exactly what I wanted, for a reasonable price! It was such an obvious and simple solution, I couldn’t believe it had taken me so long!

all the little happy things - 4 DIY cushions and a faux fur blanket

I ended up making 4 different cushions using various methods, and a lovely soft faux fur blanket. All of these projects ended up being pretty inexpensive, and only took me about a weekend to complete! Keep reading for more information about how I made them, and how much it all cost!

all the little happy things - 4 DIY cushions and a faux fur blanket

all the little happy things - 4 DIY cushions and a faux fur blanket

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Scrapbook layout: Quality family time

I love that my niece gets to spend a lot of time with both sets of grandparents – it’s something I didn’t really get to experience myself because my grandparents all lived overseas. My dad sent us these photos he took with her, so I used them in this 12×12 layout all about how much quality time she gets with her family.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - quality family time

I was inspired by this sketch from the old Studio Calico blog – I love that there’s so much white space, but with a splash of colour and pattern from the piece-y lower border.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - quality family time

You might have noticed that lately I’ve been making an effort with my traditional layouts to use up more of my paper scraps. I have a whole shoebox full of random bits and pieces of paper that I’ve collected over the years – it was fun to dig through that stash and select the right patterns for this layout! All of the scraps I used came from an old Amy Tangerine 6×6 paper pad this time. Using pieces from the same paper pad made it easy to keep a cohesive colour palette!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - quality family time

I’m glad I was able to capture this one small aspect of my niece’s relationship with my dad in this sweet little layout!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - quality family time

Supplies used:

  • 12×12 white cardstock, wood veneer ampersand, ‘family’ stamp and Color Theory ink in Power Suit and Coral Bay purchased from Studio Calico
  • Patterned paper strips from the Amy Tangerine ‘Stitched’ 6×6 paper pad, purchased from Spotlight
  • Heart banner stamp from a very old Kikki.K collection
  • All other elements from various past Studio Calico scrapbook and documenter kits

Scrapbook layout: Fun in the sand

Sharing a bright and summery layout today, just as winter has started here in Brisbane! My parents put a little sandpit/paddling pool out on their patio for my niece to play in, and I thought these photos of her playing around in the sand were worth putting into a 12×12 layout. I followed this sketch from the old Studio Calico blog for the design of the page – love all those strips of paper!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - fun in the sand

I dug through my scrap stash to make the patterned paper strips – glad I was able to use up a few bits and pieces that had been lying around for a long time. Sticking to a defined colour palette definitely made it easier to decide which designs to use!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - throwback

After sticking down all of the strips, I decided the page needed a little something else. I didn’t want to add any journalling, but I did want to add some more words, so I stamped various sentiments from different Ali Edwards and Studio Calico stamp sets.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - throwback

I love how bright and sunny this layout feels – making it definitely had me dreaming about long summer days!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - throwback

Supplies used:

  • 12×12 white cardstock and Color Theory ink in Power Suit purchased from Studio Calico
  • Patterned paper strips from the Studio Calico ‘Summit’ scrapbook kit and my stash
  • Teal letter stickers from the Studio Calico ‘Candyland’ documenter kit
  • Wood veneer starbursts from the Studio Calico ‘Hey Girl’ scrapbook kit
  • Gold foam Thickers purchased from Spotlight
  • Stamps from Ali Edwards’ Heart and Little Things Story Stamps and various Studio Calico kits

Scrapbook layout: #throwback

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - throwback

Today’s 9×12 layout is based on this sketch on the old Studio Calico blog. I love using these sketches for inspiration when I have no idea what I want to do with a design!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - throwback

I’m still working my way through the stack of photos that used to be displayed around our house, but I’m making good progress! This is probably my favourite photo of my brother’s corgi Roscoe, taken when he was still a little puppy. The wood veneer piece made for the perfect title!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - throwback

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - throwback

I used a fun combination of stickers, stamps and embellishments to add a cascading caption and a little more dimension to the page. I spent a fair bit of time picking out just the right sentiments to use that would make sense together!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - throwback

After sticking all of the various elements down, I still felt like something was missing… so I added a line of handwritten journalling to the side, just a little description of the photo. I love the personal touch that it adds to the page.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - throwback

I love how this layout turned out, and I’m so glad I was able to capture this memory in a special way!

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