Love Live the School Idol Movie: Review and Project Life Page

Last Sunday, my Otome Team friends and I headed to downtown LA to catch a viewing of Love Live the School Idol movie. We’re all big fans of the show and so when we saw tickets were available, we snatched some up! It was in a tiny one screen theater downtown but it was a just-right size for this movie. It was really cute to see all the seiyuu (voice actresses) introduce the movie and there was a quick catch-up before the movie starts. I won’t ruin it for anyone but, while I liked the movie, I wasn’t a big fan. I think I wanted something more out of it. Like I said, I won’t go further into it, but all in all, there were a couple things I wanted to happen that, sadly, didn’t. I’m looking forward to watching it again though. I felt the same way coming out of Pacific Rim and on rewatch, with new perspective on what I could expect, I liked it quite a bit more!  
But you’re not here for a review (or maybe you are!), you’re here for the crafting! I didn’t have much from the actual movie but I did keep the ticket and I’d taken some pictures from around the theater which was decorated a bit. Luckily, my friend Elie had taken a really cute picture of us with our friend Sarah which I snagged from her Facebook feed and printed on my Instax Share.
I knew that the pictures I’d end up using in the landscape 4×6 slots were of the character posters they’d lined up along the wall as you entered. Because this would be pretty colorful, I wanted to keep the rest of my color palette to a minimum. The first cards I chose were the 3x4s which are from the Becky Higgins Happy Edition core kit. After that, I pulled a couple of cards from my stash. Most likely they’re from Studio Calico kits from ancient times but I can’t remember which ones! The stamps are from Best Days, a set by Christine Herrin for Kelly Purkey last year. I like the mix of script and standard fonts. It adds a bit of interest without overloading it or adding a lot of busyness.
After that, I put the pictures in (edited with RadLab which I’m a huge fan of!), leaving them as is. Often times, I add embellishments to my photos to help tie them into the spread but I liked the look of these two as they were.

Aside from the photos (which required a quick trip to Staples for ink) I was able to get this together in about an hour. Super quick and looks great! I’m really pleased with it! I’m hoping to start getting more spreads together and into my album over the next few weeks. See you during the next one!

Unboxasaurus! Freckled Fawn, Blinks of Life, Gossamer Blue and Simon Says Stamp!

Since I’ve been sick and out of crafting commission for the last couple of weeks, I decided a video showing all of the end of October kits arriving was in order! This includes the November Freckled Fawn kit, the two embellishment kits from Blinks of Life, the main and life pages kits from Gossamer Blue as well as an order from Simon Says Stamp and Lawn Fawn.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comments section here or on the video. Thanks for watching and have a great day!

Project Life 2014: Week Five – My Birthday!

January 26th - February 1st
January 26th – February 1st

Hooray! This week was a lot of fun to document (though not so fun to live through. I got a horrible stomach bug!) since I got to use one of my favorite collections ever, October Afternoon’s Cakewalk. It’s got pretty much all I’m looking for: pastels, vintage and animals. It being party themed is an added bonus. Add a unicorn and it would be pretty much all I used.

This week was very picture light because pretty much as soon as I left my birthday party on Sunday night, I started getting sick with a stomach bug that had been going around my husband’s office. However, I did have the one picture up top from my friend Oliver and a few pictures of family cuddles on the couch.

After that, I pretty much just let the collection stand out. All but some of the buttons and the enamel dots (which are from random Studio Calico kits) are from the collection sets. So, even though there’s a lot of journaling and filler, it flows well. I like it. Also it shows how easy it can be to use a collection that wasn’t specifically tuned for Project Life in your albums. This one predates their Daily Flash stuff (I think!) and the journaling cards included are not standard pocket size. But I was able to add some paper to fill up that slot and it worked out really well!

This was also my first time using the design K protector. I was inspired by a recent sketch on the Studio Calico blog to try a different style of pocket page and it was really fun. I’m not going to be switching away from my beloved design A but it’s always nice to try something new. 

I hope you like it too! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Unbox/Haul Video: Happie Scrappie, Hobonichi, JetPens & Creative Retreat

Woohoo! So today was a big mail day and I decided that, since I often get questions about where I get things, I’d start doing unboxing/haul videos from time to time! Today, I show the most recent A5 pack from Happie Scrappie, the Hobonichi Techo Cousin and some covers, my latest JetPens order (including some pens for lefties!) and this month’s Creative Retreat embellishment kit!

Leave a comment either here or on the video and let me know what you think!

Project Life Week One 2014

Some folks on IG were talking about catching up on Project Life and so I hopped on board. I’m still very very behind but I am making progress! So, for the next few days, I’m going to post a week at a time to get caught up here on the blog as well.


Let’s start at the start, shall we? I feel like there are three major things that have been helping me with this sprint of PL:

1) I’ve given up on two pages per week. I’m keeping weeks to one page unless it’s a huge deal. If there was a big event that takes up a lot of space, I give it it’s own layout.

2) Sketches! I’d often get overwhelmed trying to figure out what to do where. I’ve kept a printed stack of the sketches from Studio Calico’s Day by Day class near me and I’ll look through them and see what piques my interest. 

3) Minimize possibilities. For this one in particular, I pulled colors from the 2014 card there and then used only random bits from past Calico kits and Chickaniddy Craft’s Twirly Girly. 

Here’s how this one came together: 

Top Left: various bits from past SC kits. Banner is cut from the color block side of Twirly Girly’s Itty Bitty Ballerina with the die from the Lawn Fawn large stitched journaling card
Top Right: Card from the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan mini kit from Project Life, date stamp from Project Life and letters from past SC kit
Middle Left Two: In A Creative Bubble’s Cheers Journaling Cards
Middle Center Right: White Project Life card stamped with Lawn Fawn’s Starry Backdrops using Studio Calico’s Something Blue and Brilliance ink in Galaxy Gold
Middle Right: Banner is cut from the color block side of Twirly Girly’s Itty Bitty Ballerina with the die from the Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card and stamped with one of the stamps from Studio Calico’s Unforgettable stamp set.
Bottom Left: Card from Blush solids collection, label and letters from old SC kit, patterned label from Twirly Girly Paper Posies die cut with Studio Calico’s Label Maker die.
Bottom Right: Card cut from Twirly Girly Paper Posies with Lawn Fawn large stitched journaling card die and topped with a couple of stickers from the Twirly Girly sticker sheet.


If you have any other questions, please ask away in the comments. Thanks for taking a peek and have a great day!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Friday! Though you wouldn’t know it here in Los Angeles (we’re still in the mid-70s F here!), it’s almost Halloween time. We went yesterday to get costumes for the dogs, mine’s still in my head and I still need to fish my other stuff out from storage. Still running a bit behind from the summer downtime 🙂

Last night though, I wanted to sit down and make a card for a friend of many years. I was shipping her a few things this week and thought, why not send along a nice card to go with? With the holiday right around the corner, Halloween seemed the perfect theme.


This was a super easy card because I’d taken the few minutes online and grabbed a bunch of October Afternoon’s Witch Hazel collection from Ebay and other sources now that it’s out of print. The card base is a kraft base from Michael’s. After that I cut down an 8×8 piece of paper to use as a mat. After that, it was just adding all the little bits and bobs. October Afternoon has really turned me on to buttons. I never used them before the PAX spread and now I can’t get enough!

Week 35 – PAX Prime, Dita Von Teese and More!

I’d been so busy with real life, I just realized I forgot to finish posting up this week. So, without further ado, here’s the end of week 35. This spread completes our trip to PAX Prime and also covers a Girl’s Night Out trip to see Dita Von Teese and some pre-Dapper Day shopping in sweaty Burbank!

As with my last spread, I stuck with the Travel Girl collection from October Afternoon. All the stuff was already out and I had a good thing going! Plus, I tend to be a hoarder so the closer I can get to finishing off paper, the happier my husband is!

The big difference between this spread and the last one was that I’d started to run out of a few things, namely good labels and pictures. After a week of taking pictures, I’d started to slack off a bit when I got home. It didn’t help that my phone died right after I’d taken our VIP table tent photo upon arriving at Dita Von Teese (Dita also has a no photography policy so it wasn’t a huge deal!)

So, there’s a lot more creative uses of scrap paper in this spread than there was in last. I was glad I’d saved all those pieces of extra thick stabilizing cardstock I’d received back when Studio Calico shipped kits in brown paper bags. All of the kraft paper you see here is a few of those pieces! The tone of the stock went well with the colors so I ran with it.

You also see a lot more buttons. As I mentioned, I’d started to really stretch the kit and so there ended up being a lot of white space. Buttons, along with some enamel dots from a past kit, were perfect to fill that up.

The right side was a bit more difficult because it has that big red element in the lower left card. I wanted to include it because they’re actually tissue paper blossoms that exploded all over us at the end of Dita’s show. It was such a special moment, I wanted to make sure they made it into the album. Adding the bit of blue and red striped paper in middle there seems to have balanced it, along with the red in the girl’s bag.

Overall, I really love these pages. I feel like looking at them, I’ve seen my growth as a paper crafter which can sometimes be really difficult to see. I’m coming up on two years of this and I’m just finally getting to the point of putting together work I really love and that feels awesome!

Thanks for checking this out! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. Have a great day!

PAX Prime 2014 – Part One

This year, I was lucky enough to go to PAX Prime in Seattle. This is the first time I’d gone in several years, my first (other than my actual first time!) that I wasn’t working and the first I’d been a scrapbooker for. I spent a lot of my time there looking for cute little items I could grab to remind me of the places and people I’d seen and making sure I didn’t let my forgetfulness get in the way of later memory keeping.

Once I got home, I pulled out all of the things I’d kept along with my stash of October Afternoon’s Travel Girl. To my surprise, I had a bunch of the Doo-dads and Tidbits (that’s what they’re called!) but only one piece of 12×12 paper. I did have the 8×8 stack though, so that would do just fine. As long as I have that and my trusty Lawn Fawn stitched journaling card dies, I can deal with pretty much any project!

The logo on the first page was cut using my Silhouette Cameo. I grabbed a picture online of the logo and using their included program, I was able to make a cut file and cut it out of some colored card stock I had in similar tones to the Travel Girl papers.

The boarding pass card is actually a multilayer card I posted on Instagram:

If you have any questions about how I did any of this, please feel free to comment below and ask questions! I’ll be back with the final two days (Monday and Tuesday) along with a special girl’s night out trip soon!