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!

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!


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!

Unboxing Marks & Co from Studio Calico

Yesterday was one of the most exciting days of the month at my house: Studio Calico delivery day! I’ve been thinking of trying to do some videos so why not start with a fun unbox of what I got this month?

My shipment included:
Mister Huey’s Pumps
The Fitzgerald card add-on
The main card kit
The main Project Life kit

I’m thinking about switching out the PL kit and getting back on the regular scrapbook kit. I swapped it out to help manage my stash, but I think that’s a life long struggle not a few months off struggle!

I’m really looking forward to creating new things with this! As I mentioned in the video, the Fitzgerald kit is fantastic. It’s easily my #1 for this month. Did you get any kits recently? Leave a comment below with your favorite recent kits. I’m always looking for new paper kits to try!

Plus One: Adventures in Digital Scrapping

I hate to admit it but I got very little done since Wednesday since I’ve had extra people and critters in my home since then. Hubby’s been working from home and we were +1 corgi so the house was fuller than usual.

All these extra beings made it difficult to work until Sunday when I got into my Toolbox class at Studio Calico. This first week was all about digital which is right up my alley. As an ex-web designer, I’m pretty good with Photoshop! I took a couple of hours and was able to put together a few layouts. The first is the one above. They gave us that chevron template above as a class file. I used it with some of the digital papers from the Project Life Kraft kit then added it as a border. I lightened it up quite a bit since, as I think you can tell from even the lightened version, it was pretty wild as is but I can’t wait to use it in another project! Another tip that was given was mixing fonts. Thankfully, I had this pinned on one of my Pinterest boards! I used Bebas Neue mixed with League Script for this one.


This one was me trying out some digital stamps. I have a TON of them that I’ve purchased from Studio Calico with the good intention of using them “someday”. Apparently, that someday was Sunday! The coffee cup stain is from the class set and the sentiment is from March’s set. I’ve also been using Rad Lab to edit all my photos. It’s the best! I got a great deal on it during last year’s black Friday sale so keep an eye out. It’s only a few months away now!

Finally, I wanted to use one of the sketches they provided to do a bigger piece:



This is one of the Kraft papers, digital stamps (the coffee stain and stars), mixed fonts and a really cute picture of my husband and Finny chilling in bed one morning. It’s a sweet photo because the two of them are the same, both big, bold and raucous. This photo shows a quiet snuggly moment between the two of them and it’s pretty special. Also, Finny adores Ryan and you can see that in the photo here. They’re my boys and they’re each other’s as well.

Let me know what you think in the comments below and share any projects you got done this weekend! I’d love to see them and maybe feature them in a future TILT post! Have a great week!

Struggling with Project Life? Four Tips to Get Back on Track!


As the year progressed, I’d found myself really behind with Project Life. I heard people be embarrassed for being a few weeks behind and I scoffed a bit inwardly. A few weeks?! I knew I was more like a few months behind. I’d charged in with enthusiasm at the beginning of the year but as the year progressed that enthusiasm fell away like the rest of my unloved new year’s resolutions.

However, I like the idea of Project Life. I like what it represents. I may not have children to either fill it or to reflect on past years with, but maybe someday someone, either a niece or nephew or maybe even a vintage store shopper, will find it and see what life was like for one woman living in Los Angeles in 2013. Having that view into the past has been really inspirational for me personally and I want to help ensure that will be there for future generations. The love of that idea is what kept me lingering on it and wishing I was doing better rather than just giving up and tossing it all out in a huff.

Thankfully, I went to the Studio Calico boards for help. These boards are, without a doubt, one of the nicest places on the internet. Perhaps I’ve been jaded by the almost twenty years I’ve been online, but everyone I’ve run into there thus far has been nothing but kind and supportive. I came to them feeling lost and a little broken and pretty damn boring. They responded not only with advice but their own struggles. Since writing that forum post, I’ve taken some of the advice and added a bit of my own. I now feel like I’ve gotten to a really sustainable place with Project Life. I’m excited when I take the opportunity to sit down and I don’t feel chained to it anymore. This is a new feeling and so I thought I’d condense what I’d learned in the hopes it would help someone else.

So here are my four tips for making Project Life work for you:

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