Need vs Nice: A List of Supplies

As I mentioned in my last post (and in my after-post Periscope), the great thing about non-traditional memory keeping is that fewer supplies are required. I started thinking about what the specific lists would look like and it came down to this:


The Basics

– BASIC OFFICE SUPPLIES: A notebook, pen, scissors, something sticky (double sided tape, glue, etc.)

– PHOTOS AND/OR MEMORABILIA: Not a need, but up there on the list of items you’d want to have to take it from journaling to a more rich form of memory keeping. 

And you’re ready! You probably have most, if not all, of the basic office supplies lying around your house. Photos, if desired, can be printed at a local printer or, if you have a modern printer, at home with a few supplies.


The nice list is basically a supermarket sweep of your local craft and office supply stores! However, I wanted to list them in order of difficulty of addition just to give you ideas for starting somewhere and moving up, if you’re so inclined:

EASY: Stickers, washi tape, general ephemera (shapes cut out of various materials used for decorating)

These are pretty straight-forward additions. You can use them in your memory keeping, on gifts or to decorate planners. Low cost, easy and many different ways they can be used makes them a no brainer!  

MODERATE: Stamps, Project Life cards (including printables)

These two require a bit of skill and add-ons. With stamps, unless you’re buying the ones that are already mounted on wood (which take up a lot of extra space), you’ll need an acrylic block. You’ll also need stamp pads. The Project Life or other documenter style cards are easier to buy but depending on how you want to use them will take up a lot of space (in your home and on your pages) and require either sticking them on or using washi tape to make them into a flap. With the printable types, they don’t take up any room other than hard drive space but you’ll need to learn to manipulate your printer settings to get a great print. Not difficult, but an extra layer of learning to do properly.

QUALITY OF LIFE UPGRADES: Adhesives, cutting tools, storage

These things are places where you might have been getting away with the basics but using tools that are created specifically for the purpose you’re using them for means a nicer time. For the cutting tools, I’m speaking mostly of sliding blade or guillotine cutters. They make cutting a straight line a breeze so if you’re bad with scissors like I am, that one purchase will be a big upgrade.

If I had to pick one place where you get the biggest bang for your buck, upgrade-wise, it’s in the area of adhesives. Head over to your local craft store and get yourself some real scrapbooking adhesive. I prefer the tape runner type (I’m firmly a Glue Glider Pro user) and avoid liquids and gels unless the situation really calls for it. Any wet adhesive has the opportunity to warp your paper so I just don’t use it. These are also really cheap. The ones from Michael’s usually run me $9 for three and they always have a coupon or sale running so often much cheaper.

After that, I’d say a good reliable printer is your next nice-to-have. Not only does it allow you to print photos when the mood strikes you, but it also makes it a lot easier for you to take advantage of things like printables (but that’s for another blog post!) From experience, I’d say keep lots of photo paper (4×6 and letter size serve me well) as well as letter-sized white cardstock and printer ink on hand at all times.  


I hope this helps you figure out what you might be missing and where your first upgrade will be. As always, if you have any thoughts or questions, leave them in the comments below. Thanks so much for reading!

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!

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!

Making changes!

Just did a quick update to the About page which includes new pictures of Finn and Roo! If you’re interested, go check it out and let me know what you think!


This is the current set of straps I have on my phone. The Miku one was a pre-order gift for getting Project Diva F, and the other two, Fionna and Derpy, were ones I purchased online (both were limited edition charity sales.) I treated myself recently to a new camera. My old one still worked pretty well, but when it came to small or tight shots, I just couldn’t get the quality I liked. I chose the Canon EOS Rebel T3 and I’m so in love! Hopefully this means the quality of the photos on the blog will get better as well!

We’re t-minus two weeks until the move. I’m so stoked to hit the reset button on my home. I’m also planning out my new wardrobe, so I’ll be updating shortly with a wardrobe post!

Have a great hump day!

An Update!

It’s been a full month to the day since a real post! What the heck, Carolee?! I know, right? I have a really crappy excuse… well two! One’s less fun and the other’s super fun! The less fun one is that I’ve been titrating myself down off my arthritis medication since we discovered the arthritis I had in my ankle is actually not permanent! Yay! But it’s not a fun ride. It makes me really tired and my enthusiasm and creativity is at an all time low. Not fun at all…

The fun version is that I’ve been doing a lot of prep for next month! Not only are we moving, but Ruby’s joining us! The move will happen between the 10th and 15th of April. Ruby will probably come home during one of the last two weekends in April, depending on how loose the breeder is with the eight weeks rule. Here’s the first photos we have of her:



Isn’t she an absolute cutie? I can’t wait!

Our move is also exciting! The location is awesome for me since I’ll be living a block and a half from Michael’s as well as less than a block from a lot of my other favorite local businesses. On top of that, we’re saving quite a bit of money each month in rent which I fully intend to put some of toward our new home. Our current place has an open floor plan which is quite a bit larger than the same spaces in the new place. The square footage is similar, it’s just laid out very differently. I have a feeling a lot of our current furniture won’t fit as well in the new space. 

So, that’s that! I really hope that I’ll get over this gunk soon enough and be back to my usual creative self. In the meantime, I’ll be spending a lot of time with my Nintendo DS!