Project Life 2017 – October pages

all the little happy things - Project Life 2017 - October

Sharing my October Project Life pages today! Aren’t the Pretty Little Studio phrase stickers in this page delightful? I got them from Washi Gang.

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Japan 2017 album, part 1

Today I’m sharing part 1 of my scrapbook of our Japan trip, featuring Tokyo, Hakone, Miyajima, Hiroshima and Osaka! I filled a whole 9×12 album with pictures and ephemera from our trip (I used the now-discontinued ‘Messy Book’ from A Beautiful Mess), and I’m pleased that I managed to finish this before the end of the year!

all the little happy things - Japan 2017 album

Right in the front of the album, I punched holes into an old Story Kit envelope to hold my travel journal, which I wrote in during the trip. I’d never kept a travel journal before, and I really enjoyed it – it was great to record things as they happened, and it meant that I could focus more on the pictures and design in the album instead of trying to work out how to fit in lots of journalling.

all the little happy things - Japan 2017 album

I used cards and embellishments from all over my stash to complete this album – Becky Higgins kits, Ali Edwards story kits, Studio Calico kits and stamps, A Beautiful Mess ‘Messy Box’ kits (now discontinued, sadly), and various stickers, washi tape and embellishments that I’ve picked up through the years (including some I purchased in Japan!). I also punched holes into A4 and A5 sized envelopes that I bought from Daiso, to hold brochures, larger tickets, and bits and pieces of ephemera that didn’t quite fit in the pocket pages.

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Project Life 2017 – September pages

all the little happy things - Project Life 2017 - September

Sharing my September Project Life pages today, so now I’m all caught up! I don’t have a lot of pages for September, as half of the month was taken up with our Japan trip, and I’m making a whole separate album for that trip, but I did still have enough photos to make a few pages in my main Project Life album. Love the warm pastel colours on my title page!

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Snow White Disneybound – yellow Clemence skirt and apple bow headband

This September, Dannii and I are heading off on holiday to Japan, and towards the end of the trip we’re spending a couple of days at Tokyo DisneySea! I discovered that we’ll be there for the Halloween special event – and this year, guests are allowed to wear Disney costumes every day of the Halloween season!

Rather than try to run around DisneySea in my full Jasmine costume and very heavy wig, I’ve decided to try Disneybounding, i.e. putting together a Disney character-inspired outfit from my normal clothes. Naturally, being me, I ended up making a couple of pieces instead of just working within my existing wardrobe… but hey, now I’ve got a sweet yellow skirt (my favourite colour!), a cute headband, and a Snow White-inspired outfit!

Snow White Disneybound

To me, Snow White’s outfit has three main elements – a blue top, a yellow skirt, and a red bow headband. I already have a navy blue t-shirt that I love, so I just needed to make the yellow skirt and red bow headband. I decided to add a little apple motif to the headband as well, as an extra nod to Snow White’s story.

Snow White Disneybound

I made the skirt out of a self drafted pattern, following the directions for the Clemence skirt in Love at First Stitch. Since the shell fabric (cotton poplin) was a bit sheer, I opted to line the skirt with cotton lawn as well. It’s lovely, bright and lightweight, and I also added pockets for some extra practicality!

Snow White Disneybound

To make the headband, I measured out a length of red glitter fold-over elastic, and sewed the ends together (overlapping a little) with the zig-zag stitch on my machine. For the apple bow, I made a big bow out of scrap satin and grosgrain ribbons – I made a loop with the wide satin ribbon, pinched the centre of the loop and wrapped it with the skinnier grosgrain ribbon to make the bow shape, and then glued the ends of the grosgrain ribbon in place with regular craft glue. I drew an apple shape and cut it out of red glitter foam, then cut leaf shapes out of green felt and glued them in place. I glued the foam apple to the centre of my ribbon bow, then added a brooch back to the back of the bow so that I have the option of removing it from the headband in future. All in all, it was a pretty quick make – I think it took me about half an hour from start to finish.

Snow White Disneybound

Snow White Disneybound

I’m really pleased with how the skirt and headband turned out, and I can’t wait to wear this outfit at Tokyo DisneySea!

Snow White Disneybound

Project Life 2017 – July pages

all the little happy things - Project Life 2017 - July

Sharing my July Project Life pages today! Just like my June pages, the colours in my title page for July came together really well. The coloured journal card and its embellishments are from past Studio Calico kits, and I made the centre journal card out of plain white cardstock, washi tape from a past Studio Calico kit, and my favourite Studio Calico stamp set.

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