Project Life – September 2019

It’s time to share my Project Life pages from September! I only had a few spreads to put together this time as I didn’t take a lot of photos. This month I used a lot of white in my journal cards and focused on picking out accent colours that tied the pages together.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - September

I love my title page for this month – all those yellows and blues!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - September

This spread includes a little insert – the order of service from our friends’ wedding. I love adding in bits of ephemera like that to my pages!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - September

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - September

I find documenting weddings in my Project Life album pretty tricky, because I don’t usually take a lot of photos at my friends’ weddings, and the actual wedding photos are usually not available for a few months. For this page, I included the one semi-decent photo I managed to take of the happy couple, and added in bits and pieces from the wedding stationery to round out the story.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - September

I played around with coloured journal cards for a while before realising that the best way forward was to use primarily white journal cards to give the eye a bit of a rest from all the saturated colours! Sometimes the simplest solution is the best.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - September

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - September

I combined cards from one Becky Higgins kit with a card and some cardstock from the Maggie Holmes ‘Open Book’ collection for this page, because the warm neutral tones really matched well together!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - September

This is one of my favourite pages of the month, which is funny because the main story it tells is of a pretty rubbish week when I was home sick. I used the daffodil photo as the inspiration for the colour palette here – I love how bright and cheerful this page looks, despite the less-than-cheerful story it’s telling!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - September

I bookended my September pages with all my ‘niblings’, including my lovely little nephew-dog! Dannii and I have been walking Roscoe every weekend, and I’ve really loved getting to spend a little bit of quality time with him each week. I kept things pretty simple for this page – just a few phrase stickers, and red heart accents (which conveniently match with my red cardigan in the centre photo)!

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

Scrapbook layout: Us

The photos in this 12×12 layout were taken a few years apart, and when I saw them together I was so tickled by the way my little niece and nephew both unknowingly imitated my expressions! I just had to put them together into one page!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - us

This page came together pretty quickly – I just layered papers and embellishments in, one by one, until I liked the overall look.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - us

I don’t use doilies very often in my layouts, but I cut one down to use as a border. I like the texture that it adds to the whole layout!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - us

The centre card is from an old Studio Calico documenter kit – I added a bit of washi tape to embellish, and mounted it on a bit of lilac cardstock to bring out those pretty purple tones. I love repurposing journal cards in my traditional layouts – it’s an easy way to add a bigger title or design element!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - us

I’m so glad that I was able to come up with a way to put these two photos together in one layout, and I love how it all looks!

Supplies used:

  • ‘Cute’ and ‘Happy heart’ stickers from the Maggie Holmes/American Crafts sticker book, purchased from Spotlight
  • White enamel heart from an old Amy Tangerine collection, also purchased from Spotlight
  • Lilac card stock, gold glitter washi tape, wood veneer hearts and doily from my stash
  • All other elements from past Studio Calico scrapbook and documenter kits

Scrapbook layout: First snow

Today I’m sharing a fun 12×12 layout all about my little nephew!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - first snow

I was inspired by this layout by Kelly Noel – I turned the design on its side and decided to use punched paper circles instead of a combination of circles and stamps. My new Fiskars 1.5 inch circle punch got a good workout for this page!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - first snow

Most of the papers and embellishments came from the Northern Lights scrapbook kit from Studio Calico – the wintery theme of the kit really worked for this story! I chose orange and copper as my accent colours, to pick up on the orange in both the photo and the patterned paper on the right.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - first snow

I love this layout and I’m glad I was able to document Gabriel’s first snow experience this way!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - first snow

Supplies used:

  • Grey letter stickers from an old Messy Box kit
  • All other elements from past Studio Calico scrapbook and documenter kits!

Peppermint everyday dress – wearable toile

It’s well and truly spring here in Australia, so to celebrate, today I’m sharing a lovely floral dress that I made from a free pattern!

all the little happy things - floral Peppermint everyday dress

Yes, I’ve finally gotten around to making one of Peppermint magazine’s lovely free sewing patterns, and I started with a beauty – the everyday dress pattern created by In the Folds!

all the little happy things - floral Peppermint everyday dress

This dress has so many elements that I love – a super easy fit, the all-important pockets, sweet little side splits, and a lot of versatility! It’s reversible so you can wear the v-neck or the round neck at the front, and you can transform the look of the dress by wearing it with a waist sash (which is my preference) or leaving it loose and floaty.

all the little happy things - floral Peppermint everyday dress

I made this version as a wearable toile to test out the pattern, using a pretty floral-patterned linen/cotton blend from Spotlight. I cut a size 1 and altered the pattern slightly by shortening it by about 15cm so that the dress would sit at knee length (I’m a very petite 155cm/5’1″!), and folding the sleeve hem under one more time before sewing it down so that it would hit just below my elbow.

all the little happy things - floral Peppermint everyday dress

This was a nice quick make that I was able to complete in a day, and the pattern instructions were very clear and easy to follow. I can’t believe this was a free pattern!

all the little happy things - floral Peppermint everyday dress

I’m in love with my new everyday dress, and I’m anticipating getting a lot of wear out of it this spring and summer! I will definitely be making another one soon!