Pocket page layout: Nice to meet you

I have a lot of 3×4 photos sitting in an envelope, waiting to be made into layouts… but sometimes it’s hard to turn a single 3×4 photo into a big 9×12 or 12×12 traditional layout. I recently found a whole bunch of 6×8 Becky Higgins divided page protectors in one of my cupboards, and realised that I could turn some of those leftover 3×4 photos into 6×8 pocket page layouts!

all the little happy things - pocket page layout - nice to meet you

This was really fun to put together! I loved putting together all these embellishments and textures on a smaller scale, and using the pockets meant I didn’t have to think too much about the specific placement of the different elements of the layout. The smaller page also meant that the photo stands out a little more as it takes up more space than on a normal 9×12 or 12×12 layout.

all the little happy things - pocket page layout - nice to meet you

I used a lot of stickers and washi tape to embellish everything, and kept to the colour scheme from the photo itself to create a cohesive page.

all the little happy things - pocket page layout - nice to meet you

I loved the process of making this layout, and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to try this out! I’ll definitely be doing more of these 6×8 pocket page layouts in the future!

all the little happy things - pocket page layout - nice to meet you

Supplies used:

  • ‘Hello’ sticker from the Maggie Holmes/American Crafts sticker book, purchased from Spotlight
  • Dot stamps from an old Kikki.K rubber stamp set, using Color Theory ink in ‘Power Suit’ from the Studio Calico shop
  • Gold foil letter stickers from Kikki.K
  • Cardstock, wood veneer stars, gold foil washi tape and striped skinny washi tape from my stash
  • All other elements from the Studio Calico shop and various documenter/scrapbooking kits

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!

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!

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

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!