Easy Peasy Memory Keeping Options (That Won’t Require a Whole Closet of Supplies!)

With 2016 right around the corner, you may be wanting to get your photos off your phone and your memories onto a page in a more tangible way. Perhaps “start memory keeping” has made it onto your to do or resolutions list. Maybe you’re just trying to dip your toe into memory keeping or maybe you just don’t have the desire, time or space for “real” scrapbooking… there are loads of reasons why you might want to be memory keeping but traditional scrapbooking, even pocket-style, isn’t right for you. But don’t worry! I’m here to share two different types of projects which can scratch the same itch without the same requirements.

Traveler’s Notebooks, Hobonichi or other notebook

If you’re familiar with the planner scene on Instagram, you may have seen a couple of more open-ended options like the Midori Traveler’s Notebook system or Hobonichi. Both of these are really just notebooks. Additionally, there is a Smashbook system being sold (it’s still available at my local Michael’s) and all three of these, and really any notebook large enough for your tastes, work under the same principle. Basically, you take your notebook, any photos and memorabilia you have, gather up any supplies (such as stickers or stamps you have) and just start journaling. Glue in your pictures, add in your memorabilia, stamp it up a bit. Make it yours! I did this recently with a traveler’s notebook for my Disneyland journal: 

(you can see the rest of that entry here)  

It’s really easy and you can get a whole day done in an hour or so. The finished product also stores very nicely. Your options include a binder to keep all your inserts in or putting it into a cover, either just for your memory journals or one you use everyday for planning. When I was in my Midori full time, I really liked keeping these sort of memory journals in my main planner so I could flip to them and enjoy them whenever the feeling was right. 

I used a traveler’s notebook insert for this project because I had one available and I was using the system at the time. You could do this with a Hobonichi, Smashbook or really any notebook you like! Just understand that this way will start to make your notebook bulge from all the extra bits in it so pick your notebook with that in mind.

Memory Planners

This is a rather new entry to the scene but a great option! Heidi Swapp made one that kind of put the idea on the map, but since then several companies have thrown their hats into the ring: Simple Stories, Studio Calico and more. Each balances the memory keeping and planner aspects to different numbers. Heidi’s is at least 50%, if not more, memory keeping where as Studio Calico’s planner with Hello Forever is mostly planner with memory keeping options thanks to it being built with the same ring structure as their Handbooks. Since we’re talking memory keeping here and I’m quite familiar with it, owning one, I’ll discuss Heidi Swapp’s planner.

Included is monthly calendars across two pages and then enough weekly pages to get you through the month. Each day has two boxes, one blank and one lined. Both have plenty of decorating options available to you. There’s lots of room for your creativity to go wild without requiring you to put in a lot of time or effort. Again, you can do as much or little as you, your stash and your wallet allows. If you just want to add some printed photos, business cards or stickers, it’s all up to you! I really suggest heading to Pinterest or Instagram and seeing how others have used their binder. I’ve been really impressed!

(from Heidi’s site)

Also included are a few pocket scrapbooking inserts so if you are interested in trying it out, but not ready to do a full album, it’s a great way to start! For 2016, she’s released a few different sizes and if you have a Michael’s locally, some of them had gift box type sets that will get you all set up for the year.

I hope that this post helps those of you ready to start memory keeping. Honestly, I’ve been a Project Life-r for years but I’m thinking about moving to one of these types for 2016! If you have any other questions, about this or something else, please leave them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you! Have a great day and happy holidays!

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!

Posts from the Past: Weekend in Maui!

Slowly getting caught up on my Project Life album from 2013! This one’s from early November. My husband and I were lucky enough to get away on a weekend trip to Maui just after Halloween. It was our first real, non-working vacation together and we had a blast (despite both of us getting horribly sunburnt the first day!) To be honest, it took me a day or two to wake up and not feel like I had to go and take the dogs out! I’m such a (dog) mom!

For this one, I used:

Maui Full Spread

Once I got everything printed, this spread came together rather smoothly. Gerilyn’s printables are consistently fantastic and I abused my new Tiny Attacher to hold all the baker’s twine where I wanted it. This and the last spread were also journalling heavy, which is a bit odd for me. Usually, I lean on pictures to tell the story, but with these, I wanted to keep the specifics in there to look back on. 

I still have a couple more spreads to share from November and then it’s into December Daily! Yay! Getting caught up feels good!

Posts from the Past: My Teeny Halloweeny Party!

This year, I wanted to try my hand at a little party so I invited a few of my girlfriends over for a Halloween lunch and went all out, renting china and silverware, decorating the house, etc. We all had a fantastic time! Lunch was a butternut squash lasagna with a blue cheese spinach salad. I think it’s the most I’ve baked in a long time. The cake is a favorite of mine now. I love the pumpkin patch my husband helped me create on top.

For this PL spread, I leaned heavily on my favorite thing: glitter tape. I have a horrible obsession with glitter (as you’ll see in another upcoming post!) In addition, I used cards from:

Despite them being from different designers and in pretty different styles, they came together really well! 

Full Spread

I hope you enjoyed this peek into my Halloween! I’ll have another post soon about a trip the husband and I took right after this!


Love You to Pieces

I’ve really been struggling creatively lately. Since I had that big burst, I’d been having some sleeping issues and the moment I did, my creative juice went right along with my sleep!

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However, when I found this picture of my husband and Ruby again, I knew I had to take the time to make something of it. I took one of the sketches provided in the Toolbox class and went wild! This is another one of those times where I’m grateful that I have paper collections. This one’s all Daphne’s Closet from Lawn Fawn except for the 12×12 (which is some heavyweight card stock) and the label, which is from In a Creative Bubble’s Hello Summer Tags

I cut a bit off of a few pieces of 6×6 from the petite pad and layered them one on top of the other, glueing down each based on how I felt. I’m surprised I managed to get away with not using foam adhesive in this one. After that, I laid the picture on top of another piece of paper and added that to the top. Last for the photo was adding the tag.

Next, I used my 2″ round punch to make a few circles of more coordinating paper. I like the look of circles that go off the edge, so I cut a couple off. The other circles are stickers from the same collection. 

I’m very glad I was able to get over my creative block. More sleep is clearly the key!

One Page Complete!

It’s a bit more quiet than usual on the home front. Ruby’s off getting spayed and it’s just Finny and I at home. Judging by his behavior, I think he’s lonely. I know I am! But a good quiet day is great for getting things done. I’ve already started (got my camera strap installed!) and hope to check a few things off my list.

I’m happy to say that I managed to complete my first full front and back of a page protector since rebooting my Project Life album. I’m much happier with this one than I was with past pages so I’m taking that as a good sign. I’m still seeing places where I’d like to improve but they’re much more concrete and actionable.

Keeping myself to the Kraft kit helps a lot. I decided to stretch myself a wee bit and pulled some cards that might work from the new Marks & Co kit I received as I was flipping through it. In doing so, I think I discovered a big annoyance I’d had and may have found a way to work around it!

That annoyance is color temperature. The Studio Calico cards are generally cool white. The kraft kit is definitely on the warmer side. As you’ll see on the back page, I was able to get around that with the calendar card with Antique Linen Distress Ink. I’ll be trying this technique with more of the cards now that I’ve figured it out!

finnandroo-521790743262785856_874347I took it a step further and tracked down some cream card stock! Now I’m able to use my printables again! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I did this recently with some of In A Creative Bubble’s Halloween cards. So excited to get to use these! 

Where I’d really like to improve is on the photos. The photography itself is fine and I like the pre-print editing I do, but it could use some mixed media sparkling up. It’s a little bland with the as-is photo. I’m going to try that with the next set.

Are you doing Project Life? Please share in the comments your latest spread or something you learned about it this week. I look forward to seeing them!