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!
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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!

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!

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

Project Life – July 2019

Today I’m sharing my Project Life pages for July! July was a bit of a low-key month in terms of events to document, and my approach to putting these spreads together was pretty low-key as well. I didn’t end up adding a lot of embellishments to my pages, but that’s what I love about pocket scrapbooking – you can make it as simple or as complicated as you want!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - July

The calendar journal cards came in an old Studio Calico documenter kit, and they were the perfect way to jot down an overview of the month, especially in combination with my ‘Here & Now’ card!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - July

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - July

I used the triangles on this washi tape as arrows to point towards the photo each journal card was describing – a nice, simple way to show which story when with each photo.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - July

This page was all about a day that we spent with both of our families, and since there were a lot of people and colours in the photos, I went very minimal with the journal cards. The only thing I added was a date stamp, using black Staz-On ink – the best ink for stamping on slippery gold foil!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - July

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - July

I had similar issues with this page, where the top photos were very different in colour from the bottom photos… I decided to pick out a colour that was in both sets of photos, blue, to use for the centre card, and kept the other journal cards mostly white to prevent the page from looking too busy.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - July

This page was all about one of our team members finishing up with us – she wrote us a lovely card, and I took the envelope to incorporate into my spreads. I actually used the envelope for both sides of this pocket, too, as you’ll see in the photos below!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - July

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - July

I had a few health issues in July, and while I wanted to tell that story, I also wanted to keep it hidden as it was a bit more personal. I wrote my journalling down on a 3×4 card, and placed it in the envelope from the previous page. Since the envelope didn’t quite fill up the 4×6 pocket, I was a bit worried about it slipping out – so my solution was to attach the top of the envelope (under the flap) to the pocket using a couple of pieces of double-sided tape, with the flap on the outside of the pocket, secured down with a bit of gold washi tape. This way, the envelope won’t slide out, but I can still open it up really easily to read the hidden journalling inside!

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