Project Life – August 2019

Today I’m sharing my Project Life pages for August – lots of family moments to document from this month! I had fun with stamping, stickers and washi tape when putting these pages together – the easiest ways to add a little pizzazz to journal and filler cards!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - August

I love featuring my niece and nephew on my title pages every month! It’s a fun way of capturing how they’re growing throughout the year.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - August

We went to see Snow Patrol live in August – definitely an event that deserved its own spread! I included a list of the songs they played during the night using a couple of cards from a core kit that I’ve had in my stash for a while. I like adding details in list format when I’m documenting a particular event – it’s an easy way of adding some words to a page without having to spend a lot of time thinking about what to write!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - August

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - August

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - August

This spread is about time we spent with my family – a few dinners/parties, and lots of time walking my nephew-dog!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - August

I added in some small details using stickers and a ‘family’ stamp – there was a lot going on in the photos, with a mix of black and white and colour photos, so I figured it would be best not to over-embellish!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - August

Symmetry makes me happy, so rather than insert 5 different journal cards, I cut down a couple of 4×6 cards. I like the way the eye is drawn in from the corners to that centre heart (it says “love this” – hard to see in this pic!).

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - August

This was probably my favourite spread to make from this month! These two pages document a mini-staycation that I had during August to celebrate Dannii’s birthday. I played around with stamping, using some of my favourite sets from Studio Calico – I love how the circles and icons tie both pages together!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - August

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - August

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - August

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - August

I did a fair bit of shopping last month, but I loved my new purchases so much I wanted to document them as well! I love how all the colours work together in this page – I can’t believe I found two different rolls of washi tape in my stash that matched the palette so perfectly!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - August

I don’t think I’ve done a red and blue page in my Project Life album before, and I have no idea why – the colour combo is so bold and fun! I don’t have a lot of darker blue journal/filler cards left in my stash at the moment – I think I will need to stock up in the future!

And that’s it for August! I hope you enjoyed this look into my 2019 Project Life album – stay tuned next month for the September spreads!

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Felt enamel pin pennant + pin update!

You might be aware that I collect enamel pins, and last year I made some fabric bunting to display my pins. Well, since then, my collection has grown to the point where I was running out of room on my bunting. Thankfully, I remembered this lovely project by Essie Ruth, one of my favourite Australian makers, and set about making a felt enamel pin pennant of my own!

all the little happy things - felt enamel pin pennant

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Scrapbook layout: Hello, Little One

Today I’m sharing a 12×12 layout featuring my lovely nephew and my parents-in-law!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - hello, little one

I was inspired by this sketch on the old Studio Calico blog. I didn’t have 3 photos to use, so instead I used a 3×4 journal card from a Project Life kit.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - hello, little one

I really enjoyed picking out the embellishments for this page! I used a few bits and pieces that had been sitting in my stash for ages, waiting for the right project.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - hello, little one

The 3×4 Project Life card really helped me to define the colour palette for this layout – which made it very easy to pick out paper scraps to build the strips along the bottom of the page!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - hello, little one

I really enjoyed putting this layout together, and I’m looking forward to making even more pages featuring my nephew!

Supplies used:

  • 12×12 cardstock, yellow patterned paper, puffy letter stickers, acrylic asterisks, and chipboard embellishments from the Studio Calico shop and past documenter kits
  • Patterned paper strips made from various papers and washi tape from my stash, some from Studio Calico
  • 3×4 Project Life journal card from the Becky Higgins ‘Stories’ value kit, purchased from Spotlight
  • ‘XOXO’ stickers from the American Crafts Maggie Holmes sticker book, purchased from Spotlight

Little black Bettine

My love for the Tilly and the Buttons ‘Bettine’ dress pattern is very well documented on this blog already. It’s also the pattern I’m primarily using for my ‘souvenir dresses’ – dresses made from fabric purchased during overseas holidays. Today’s Bettine is a little bit special – it’s my third souvenir Bettine, this time made from fabric I bought in New Zealand, but it’s also my fanciest Bettine yet!

all the little happy things - little black Bettine

I purchased this beautiful silk/cotton floral jacquard from The Fabric Store in Auckland – it feels so lovely and smooth, and has enough structure to give this dress a little more body than some of my other Bettines.

all the little happy things - little black Bettine

The best thing about making the same pattern again and again is seeing how different fabrics can really change the style of the garment. I’ve made relaxed jersey Bettines, smart-casual cotton Bettines, and now with this silk/cotton fabric, I’ve got a work-to-cocktails Bettine!

all the little happy things - little black Bettine

I made my favourite version – pockets and the cuff button tab. I used the last of my cute Japanese buttons on this dress as well, as the slightly shiny floral button really matched the slightly shiny hibiscus flowers woven into the fabric!

all the little happy things - little black Bettine

I’m really pleased with how this dress turned out, and I’m looking forward to wearing it to work in these warmer months!

all the little happy things - little black Bettine