Project Life 2017 – June pages

all the little happy things - Project Life 2017 - June

Sharing my June Project Life pages today! I didn’t take a lot of photos in June, but I still had a lot of fun putting my pages together. My title page features my thoughts on Wonder Woman and a fun night out with some friends, and I’m really happy with the way all the colours worked together on this page. The coloured journal cards and the embellishments are all from past Studio Calico kits.

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Project Life 2017 – April pages

all the little happy things - Project Life 2017 - April

Sharing my April Project Life pages today! I kept things simple on my cover page this month, and opted for mostly minimal embellishments. I recently bought the My Family stamp by One Little Bird from Studio Calico, which I used to make the title on the 4×6 journalling card. Absolutely in love with that stamp set!

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Handmade greeting cards

There are a lot of lovely greeting cards out there (one of my favourite brands is Able and Game!), but generally I prefer to make my own. I like the process and the ability to personalise the design of a card to the recipient! Here are a few cards that I’ve made recently.

all the little happy things - handmade greeting cards

This is a fairly simple birthday card that I made for a good friend. I used washi tape, coloured card, gold Thickers and a few bits of ephemera from the Maggie Holmes ‘Open Book’ collection.

all the little happy things - handmade greeting cards

This is an easy card I made to celebrate our friends getting engaged! I used a Project Life card from the Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic kit. The card originally said “You & Me”, but I covered the words up with a strip of textured paper, which I embellished with a wood veneer heart and some stamping. The gold spot border is made up of strips of washi tape.

all the little happy things - handmade greeting cards

This is the wedding card I made for the same couple! They had a rustic, colourful theme for their wedding, so I tried to match their wedding colours by making confetti out of washi tape. This was a pretty easy process – I just placed strips of washi tape on a small piece of baking paper, punched out the circles using a regular hole punch, and then removed the baking paper from each little circle so I could stick the circles to the card base.

all the little happy things - handmade greeting cards

This card was made by repurposing an old birthday card I received a few years ago. I cut out the front balloon motif and shaped the corners with a corner cropper. Then I just mounted it on red card, and added a few copper hexagon sequins from a past Studio Calico kit!

all the little happy things - handmade greeting cards

Lastly, here’s a card I made for an upcoming wedding. I played around with layering for this card. The blue layer is a nice textured card, which I embellished by making dots with a gold paint pen. The second layer is a bit of star-patterned vellum, right underneath the wood veneer heart. I coloured the wood veneer heart using a metallic bronze Sharpie – it has a nice coppery metallic finish, which was hard to capture in the photo. And the final layer is a few black Amy Tangerine Thickers, spelling out the initials of the couple. The whole card has a sort of constellation theme to it, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out!

That’s it for now, but I expect to add posts to this series every few months or so, as I make cards throughout the year. Do you prefer to buy or make your greeting cards? Let me know in the comments!

Project Life 2017 – March pages

all the little happy things - Project Life 2017 - March

Sharing my MarchProject Life pages today! My cover page for the month features a fun cut-out chipboard card from a past Studio Calico kit. I actually had a hard time putting this page together, as the green of the title card was a little difficult to match from my stash… but I managed to find a few cards that worked! I used simple patterned cards for my journalling, accented by a couple of Studio Calico stamps and simple straight lines drawn with a silver Sharpie pen.

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Refashioning a silk shift dress to a silk tee

I recently decluttered my closet and pulled out all of the clothes that I can no longer fit into. One of those items was a lovely black silk shift dress which I got on sale from Jeanswest a couple of years ago – a lovely simple dress that was now too tight across my hips. The top of the dress still fit me very well, though – so I decided, instead of getting rid of the dress, I would refashion it into a basic black silk tee!

Here’s what the original dress looked like:

all the little happy things - Refashioning a silk shift dress to a silk tee

And here’s what it looks like after the refashion!

all the little happy things - Refashioning a silk shift dress to a silk tee

It was a very simple hack-and-hem job. I used another woven tee as the guide for the length of my tee, and cut with a long ruler and my rotary cutter to get a straight cut. I then followed these instructions for sewing a rolled hem on my machine without a rolled hem foot. It was the first time I’ve ever tried a rolled hem or sewn with silk, and I’m pretty happy with how it worked out!

all the little happy things - Refashioning a silk shift dress to a silk tee

I’d actually been looking for a nice basic black blouse to add to my work wardrobe, and now I don’t have to buy anything new! Now all I need to do is think of something to make with the leftover silk scraps… perhaps a cropped square-neck camisole for summer…? I’m glad to have given my old dress some new life in my wardrobe!

all the little happy things - Refashioning a silk shift dress to a silk tee

Smudge floral print Bettine dress

Soooo, I made yet another Bettine dress! It’s the last one for a little while, I swear. I just wanted to make one more that I could wear in the office, and I think I struck gold with this gorgeous smudgey floral print rayon!

all the little happy things - floral print Bettine dress

all the little happy things - floral print Bettine dress

all the little happy things - floral print Bettine dress

I wore this dress to work last week, with a simple black blazer. I love that this fabric makes the relaxed Bettine silhouette a little bit more professional-looking, but it’s still incredibly comfortable. The pockets are super convenient as well. The only drawback is that the skirt wrinkles a bit when I’ve been sitting at my desk for a long time, but again, the print of this dress is pretty forgiving and the wrinkles don’t crease too sharply.

all the little happy things - floral print Bettine dress

all the little happy things - floral print Bettine dress

all the little happy things - floral print Bettine dress

Something I didn’t notice about this fabric when I bought it was how well the purple in the print matched my hair! Definitely unintentional, but a nice bonus! I feel very put-together wearing this dress, haha.

all the little happy things - floral print Bettine dress

Now that the weather is cooling down, I’m going to take a break from making Bettines – though I do plan make one more office-appropriate one, maybe just in a plain black, later in the year. For now, it’s time to give this pattern a rest and find something new!