Oh Happy Day - KS release #1

I am a lover of magazines.  I like to hold them, thumb through the pages.  It's not even that I particularly read the words, but it's the images that get me.  If the image grabs me then I will read the piece that goes with it.  And a good example of this is an article I came across on how to make an origami bow.  But it turned out to be so much more than a bit of crafting.

I used the journaling from my Travellers Notebook - 

I bought myself a new magazine today called "Breathe - and making time for yourself"

I picked it up because I liked the look of the cover, but then as I started thumbing through, I realised that this is the perfect magazine for me, right now!
I am taking extra care this year to, be, quiet, calm and allow myself time...
what ever time is needed for what ever is needed - 

like taking time to learn how to make this origami bow.  It wasn't easy but slowing myself down to read, try, read again and to keep working through the instructions was some how therapeutic, relaxing and calming.  When I got to this amazing end result, I smiled to myself.  Even though the instructions were somewhat complex and I had to redo several of the steps I noticed that I had a real sense of calmness.

I also realised just how much we need to block out the blur of each day and find a few moments to centre ourselves.

I used "Oh Happy Day" image from the new "Good Times" digital stamp set from Kellie Stamps available now.

How do you block out the blur...

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Let's Eat...

If you follow me you will know that I am a huge "foodie".  Love going out to eat, love photographing my food and I love searching for new places to eat.

Last Sunday my Husband and I went out for breakfast to celebrate my birthday.  We went to Brooklyn Lounge in Claremont and we were not disappointed.  I have been following this place on Instagram for some time and was so happy to be finally going to check it out.  

I had the pulled pork with poached eggs and chipotle hollandaise on ciabiatta bread - OMG it was divine.  I just wanted to keep eating and eating.  

I used "flight plan 24" template and the "Nosh" digital papers and elements to create my layout from One Little Bird Designs available at The Lily Pad.

If you are a foodie I would love to know how you document your food adventures.

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Project life week 5...

Super, super excited to be a guest creative team member for One Little Bird for the month of February.  I was so excited to be offered this spot and in my birthday month too!

So far my journey into digital project life is going well.  I am loving the fact that it's so easy to put together a weekly spread.  

For my week 5 pages I have used "all things considered" digital kit and journal cards from One Little Bird.  I loved the soft subtle colours and the hint of florals.  I am not really a floral kind of girl but these are just too cute and I love the little bit of quirkiness about them.

I also used "weekly edition" journal cards and "shutterbug" elements, also from One Little Bird.

Thanks for stopping by.
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Birthday cards...

I have been making cards for many, many years.  I love making cards and my friends and family love receiving them.  However, even after all these years I still struggle with male cards.  Most of my "stash" is, well, girly and so finding something is quite tricky.  If I happen to have something that would suit a male card its usually very dark and very brown - neither of these things are even close to my style of creating. 

This past week my daughter has been waiting for me to make a birthday card for a very good friend of hers (male friend) who was turning 19.  I kept putting it off because I just couldn't find anything to make a card that I felt comfortable putting my name too.  But then Liz from Paislee Press sent us a new kit to play with and it just so happen to be a birthday kit.  The "Oh Happy Day" digital kit is so so good.  Its bright, clean, fresh and stylish... and perfect for any gender.  I could have kept making cards all day, I love the kit that much.

Within 20 minutes I had made a card for my daughter to give to her friend and a card for my niece. 

I think I might go and make some more cards for no other reason than I love this kit... and I am totally addicted to banners!

Have a great week.
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Hello February...

Hello February
Hello to turning 52 - really!
Hello to school going back.
Hello to continuing working on my OLW - mantra
Hello to a new Travellers notebook for February
Hello to going on school camp - love going on camp
Hello to working with a new teacher
Hello to doctors appointments and getting the all clear (skin check)
Hello to exercise
Hello to starting my gym membership - yep I finally did it and joined!
Hello to 21/90 - it takes 21 days to create a habit / it takes 90 days to create a lifesyle
Hello to sticking to my budget - well trying at least!
Hello to being a guest Creative Team Member for OLB - so excited
Hello to more decluttering
Hello to more blog posts
Hello to cooking - kinda missed this in January so making a big effort this month
Hello to more reading - I have started off the year well and I want to keep it up.
Hello to "unplug" days and weekends.
Hello to embracing my age - ???
Hello to keeping my stress levels down
Hello to using my essentials oils more - they made a difference last month in a positive way
Hello to more relaxing baths during the week
Hello to watching my savings grow - slowly but surely
Hello February - Let's do this!

Have a great month
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Kellie stamps - January release #4...

Do you ever get a stamp set and think, I love it but I just don't know what to do with it.  Or what about all those stamps you already have, same thing, you love them but don't know what to do with them.  

I thought I would share a little tip that I often use if I am not sure what or how to use a stamp set.  Although I came up with a million ways to use the "looks like summer" stamp set by Kellie Stamps I thought I would pick this set to show one of my favourite ways to use my stamps - use your stamps as journaling prompts!  

For my "Summer To Do" layout I used the stamps as a "to do" prompt.  I wanted to make a list of all the things that we could do this summer, but with a twist.  I created several squares, attached them to a sheet of white cardstock, these will become the mat for each of my photos.  I then stamped several images onto tabs, die cuts and strips of pattern paper then stitched them to my little squares.  By stitching them into place it meant that when we did an item off the list, all I had to do what print off the photo and slide it in under the prompt.  By doing it this way it meant that I could complete the layout then all I had to do was add the photos which was like ticking things off a to do list.

This layout is a "layout in progress".  We have probably done about 2/3 of the prompts so when all the photos are on I will share my completed layout.

This has been such a fun way to document our summer and its also giving us the encouragement to get out there and do some fun.

I also wanted to share another tip:-

Just because a stamp looks a certain way doesn't mean you have to use it that way.  The title of my layout includes the stamped word "summer" which I stamped in one line however the original stamp comes as a two lined image (as shown below).

In one of the photos above you will see the image "summer sunset", again I have stamped it as a one line image, however the original image is a two lined image.

You can just ink part of a stamp using markers or just the edge of your ink pad.

You may have an image that is quite long and narrow, attach your stamp by bending it into a curved line when attaching it to your stamping block.

I have also been known to cut stamps up.

I hope some of these ideas give you some encouragement to get your stamps out and have some fun.

Happy Stamping.
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Kellie Stamps - January Release #3...

When Kellie from Kellie Stamps first designed the "Love your Body" stamp set, she designed it as a clear stamp set only - no digital version.  As you probably know I am doing Project Life digitally this year, so using physical stamps is not an option in the digital world - or is it.

Now I am no expert when it comes to Photoshop, infact most of what I know has purely come about by me playing and doing lots of classes.  When I say classes, I don't necessarily mean "digital scrapbooking" classes.  I have done lots of classes about, photo editing, doodling, water colour paints etc etc and it's while doing these classes that I have learnt little bits and pieces about photoshop and how sometimes, you can turn a physical thing into a digital thing.

(while we are talking about classes here are some that I recommend - Doodle 2 by Brandi Kincaid,  Paint & Pixels by Catherine Saunders, both of these classes gave  basic instruction on how to turn  the physical into the digital)

 I have listed below a very brief (and I mean brief) explanation on  how I added these physical stamps to my digital project life page:-

1. Stamp your image/images onto white cardstock using black ink
2.  You can scan these images however I find it easier to photograph my images.
3.  Edit the images either in photoshop itself or on your phone using your favourite photo editing app.  For this project I used "Colorstory" app.  Your aim here is to make the white as white as can be and the black as black as can be.  
4.  If you have done the editing on your phone you will need to upload it to your computer and open it up in photoshop.
5.  Using the "magic eraser tool" click on the white area somewhere.  You will then notice that you lose the white background and end up with just your black images.  
6.  At this point you can save this is a PNG file so that you can use it again and again.
7.  Now add your image to your digital project.

As you can see, the images are not perfect but I love how they look just like a stamped image - which is what I was going for.  I am so glad I tried this because now the possibilities are endless with what images I can add to my digital projects.

The Love your Body stamp set is now available in digital.

Note: some digital elements used are from Paislee Press and Sahin Designs.

Let me know if you try this and how you went.  If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments and I will do my best to help.

Have a great week
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