Project Life 2018 – January pages

Hello, 2018 – it’s time for a new year of documenting! This year, I’m continuing the monthly approach in a 9×12 album, and today I’m sharing my January pages!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2018 - January

all the little happy things - Project Life 2018 - January

For my 2018 title page, I went with a 3×3 grid. All of the square cards and those cute plastic shapes are from Messy Box kits, and the embellishments are a mix of past Studio Calico kits and bits and pieces from my stash. I also included a shaker pocket – something I’d always wanted to do, but never got around to trying!

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Project Life 2017 – December pages

all the little happy things - Project Life 2017 - December

I’ve finally finished my 2017 Project Life album! Well, almost – I’m still waiting on my sister-in-law’s wedding photos to make a spread for her November wedding… but since that’s the only thing left, I’m calling 2017 done! Here are all of my December pages – there was so much to document!

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Scrapbook layout: Hello Darling

This year I’m trying to push myself creatively a little more by making some traditional scrapbook layouts! I used to make traditional layouts when I was a teenager, but haven’t really made any since discovering pocket pages. I often have a few random photos in my desk drawer that don’t fit in with my normal Project Life albums, so I’m going to work on using those up on traditional layouts!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - Hello Darling

Since designing one single page is not my forte, I looked through the ‘Sketch’ tag on the Studio Calico blog, and picked out an old sketch from April last year that worked with the story I wanted to tell with this photo of my niece. I’ll definitely use the same technique for designing my next few pages, until I feel more confident designing something from scratch!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - Hello Darling

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - Hello Darling

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - Hello Darling

Supplies used:

  • Striped paper from the Maggie Holmes ‘Open Book’ 12×12 paper pad
  • Patterned paper from wrapping paper scraps, originally purchased at Nook
  • Plain silver and corrugated turquoise cardstock from my stash
  • Patterned vellum and mint brads from my stash
  • Die-cuts and ‘darling’ chipboard word from the 1 canoe 2 ‘Hazelwood’ collection
  • Pink letter stickers, pink enamel dot, die-cut washi sticker and phrase sticker from past Studio Calico kits
  • White enamel heart from the Amy Tangerine ‘Finders Keepers’

I had so much fun putting this page together – can’t wait to make more traditional layouts!

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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