Sketchy Sunday 25

Sketchy Sunday Another great sketch over on the Traci Reed blog this week. Again I converted this from a square design/ 12×12 into a ‘Life Crafted’ size for my story album. Each page is 8.25″ tall by 5″ wide (so a 10″ total width) which mean that I had to reduce the number of circles I added into the background. I decided to blend two collections for this memory capture  – the current Sunkissed collection for the papers on those circles, and the older Love List collection for the background papers and embellishments.  These two went SO well together I […]

Sketchy Sunday #24

Sketchy Sunday #24 The sketch this week over at Traci Reed Designs is one that showcases two square photos.  The placement of the paper layers in a vertical over on the one side also gives the sketch a really clean and uncluttered feel.  I knew that I wanted to use patterned paper for the background as soon as I saw the sketch but was unsure which collection to go for. My photo stream is currently FULL of photos from my daughter’s prom and I knew I wanted to start telling the stories of that experience straight away.  We had so […]

Mix it up Monday Sunkissed and On the Go & Going Slow

Mix it up Monday This week for Mix it up Monday we are mixing the new “Sunkissed” collection with older (but soooo good) “On the Go and Going Slow.” I love to work with papers and embellishments from more than one collection as it adds even more levels of interest to the paper layers, embellishments and sentiments – it also means I have even more goodies to pick from when I am creating. “Sunkissed” is full of gorgeous orange, yellow, pink and green tones and sunny, hippy icons. The colours of “On the Go and Going Slow” match so well […]

Swooning for Sunkissed

Swooning for Sunkissed It’s here! The new collection from Traci Reed Designs launches today and I AM IN LOVE!!!!! Sunkissed is JUST what is sounds – full of stunning, summery colours and icons including cocktails and tie dye papers (yes, COCKTAILS and TIE DYE!) For my launch projects this month I decided to work a little differently and do a second project in my new Summer Stories Traveler’s Notebook. This celebrated my daughter’s last day of school and the first day of her super long summer holiday.  I think the joy in her jump tells the story well! Project number […]

Theme Thursday – Summer

Theme Thursday – Summer I LOVE Summer – the sunshine, the heat, the blue skies.  So when I saw this as one of the themes for Theme Thursday I had to join in. My process for this project was a little different to my usual one.  I normally flip through my story albums (where I house my competed projects and also photos printed ready for stories to tell) and look for photos to match the project theme. For this project I decided to start with the product.  I grabbed out my box of Traci Reed Designs printed digitals and looked […]

Sketchy Sunday #23

Sketchy Sunday I was really looking forward to trying out this sketch since I found out a way of printing photos on my Canon Selphy printer as photostrips!! In the end I created TWO layouts for this sketch – the main reason being I had sooooooo many photos from Elora’s recent 16th birthday and a photo strip is a great way of showing off lots! My first project sticks to the sketch pretty closely. I added in a larger focal photo as I really wanted to include this cute picture of her alongside those of her with her friends. As […]

Sketchy Sunday #22

Sketchy Sunday at Traci Reed Designs I had every intention of following this sketch very closely when I first saw it.  I love a grid as a page foundation and they translate really well from a 12×12 into a 6×8  album. As I started to build my page though I kept thinking about the 2×2 square page protectors I have in my stash and a new direction came to me. I opted to use that rather than a page base, and it opened up for me to have some shaker pockets instead of ink splatters. I am REALLY happy with […]

It’s time for Summer Camp!

It’s time for Summer Camp The new Traci Reed collection has taken a very different direction this month. After the brights of Happy Day we now have a much softer feel to the new Summer Camp collection. My husband and I are big fans of the outdoors and walking together in nature is one of our happy places.  I just know I am going to make lots of layouts with this fun outdoorsy theme. I chose to push myself for the launch and did one outdoors-y story and one very NOT outdoors-y one!! My first project (above) includes hidden journalling […]

Sketchy Sunday #21

Sketchy Sunday at Traci Reed Designs I am LOVING the sketches that Traci is putting up on the blog. They are super versatile and always push me to try new things … this week … circles!!As someone without a die cutting machine I tend to avoid large size circle sketches as much largest punch is a 3 inch one!!I dragged a long forgotten tool out of my stash for this though – a Circular template and blade cutter!I knew I wanted to work at this Traveller’s Notebook size so simply cut the sketch in half in my mind. The circular […]

Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness Maintaining good mental health is HUGE for me. I’m really big on self-care and self-love and both of these things are essential for my own mental health. I’ve struggled on occasion in the past – with overwhelm, anxiety, feeling low … and one thing that always helped me to come through was reframing my challenges … to deliberately BE positive in my thoughts, even when I didn’t FEEL it in my heart. Positive thoughts always created a shift within me and helped me to heal.I was SO PROUD to see my teen start to post loads of […]