I’m on a roll!

I made that, Scrapbook it

Life returned to normal today… I went back to work after 6 weeks off for the summer.  Happily, I had some left over summer mojo this evening and made a quick little somethin with a favorite Studio Calico kit, Dickinson.





Happy last week of July, friends.



Family life, I made that, Scrapbook it

I’m trying to hone my scrapbook style.  That statement sounds silly to me, but truth is I’m drawn to a myriad of styles and it vexes me a bit that I can’t nail something down as ‘my style’.  I think it’s an important step in my evolvement as a sb’er to identify what appeals to me most and what type of pages I find the most visually captivating.

I’ve watched ALOT of Shimelle videos.  I love those like cops love donuts, but I don’t think her style is akin to mine.  I am addicted to Wilna’s work, but wow, she’s artsy.  I’m not artsy.  I admire Ali Edwards.  Hard.  But ultimately, I don’t make pages like her if I’m working on my own.

So I’m setting about to find what style makes me happiest.  I plan to flip through the last couple year’s layouts and PL spreads and note which ones make me tingly in terms of design and what it is about them that I’d like to continue to recreate.

This page, I kinda love.


I love the white space.  The simplicity.  The colors.  The ink splatters (through which the cat walked when I wasn’t looking).


I started with a handful of stuff that was in a packet of randomness I purchased from Ann Marie Espinoza.  (Apparently because I don’t have enough random crap of my very own.)  There was a die cut butterfly in orange card stock that I’m never going to glue to paper – but it made the perfect stencil for a pencil/sewn outline.



8.5 x 11 pages are so easy to run through your printer.  A quick bit of typed journaling makes me super happy.


Ultimately, I over embellished and wish I would’ve stopped before stamping on the wood veneer speech bubble.  Live and learn.  I’m pretty over it already…


The “Today” chipboard Thickers from Amy Tangerine makes this page complete.  My love for script runs deep and wide.


There she is folks…  my first (and favorite) layout of 2015.

Shopping freeze.

Around here, One Little Word, Resolution, Scrapbook it

Friends of the inter webs,

I think I’ve nearly committed to go on a diet.  A paper diet.  Actually, a paper and embellishment and superfluous supply diet.  My goal here, dear friends, is something akin to scrapbooking anorexia.

Lets back up.

Less 2015
As part of my One Little Word this year – LESS – I want to scale back on all the clutter and general mayhem that is surrounding me.  Everywhere I go – the kitchen, the bedroom, the SHOWER, the car… the space is closing in on me with all the stuff.  C. L. U. T. T. E. R.  ya’ll.  Everywhere.  And that includes my creative space.  I have long been aware that my purchasing and hoarding of paper is nearly as prevalent a hobby as the actual paper crafting.  Not cool.  And turns out nothing is safe from the mighty ax that is my donation bag this year.  So, I’m setting some deadlines.  I’m using my junk.  And I’m not buying more in the meantime.

There.  I’ve said it.  I, Ali, will not be purchasing more scrapbook paraphernalia for the foreseeable future.

Now, having said that, there will be some caveats.  1) I will allow myself basic supplies – card stock, tape runners, etc.  2) At this time, I will not be canceling my Studio Calico PL subscription.  I know that’s a BIG caveat, but the joy I receive from that little box each month, and the connection to that community, and the exclusive products they throw down – it’s too much for me to resist.  And really, I’m ok with that small indulgence.  It’s fair.  3) I may allow myself, within reason, some non store purchases.

PlantsandPaper15-06For instance, I received a small package today from Jamaica makes that Jamaica made me extremely giddy. I won’t rule out those tiny types of one-of-a-kind Ann Marie, Elisa Blaha, Ali Edwards indulgences.

So… here goes.  Bring it 2015.  (Except don’t actually ‘bring it’ because then I’d be tempted to cheat on my diet and buy something).



The Fifteen Minute Photo Project



I tried something new.  Something I’ve never seen or heard of before.

It really was an effort to gear up for Ali Edwards’ Week In The Life project.  I wanted to be more conscious about my photo taking this time around, but I knew I would need a way to keep myself in the game… especially towards the tail end of the project.  The ‘dog days’, if you will.

It occurred to me that perhaps setting a timer for every 5 minutes – a reminder to snap a quick photo – might be just the thing.  ‘The Five Minute Photo Project’ has a bit of a ring to it.  Then I did the math.  Turns out, that’s a. lot. o. photos.

So I pared back.

Introducing The Fifteen Minute Photo Project, folks.  Cue applause.

Fifteen Minute Photo01For reals, that’s the first photo I took.

After that, my timer went off every 15 minutes.  I stopped what I was doing and took a quick photo of what was happening in my world at that moment, reset the timer and then got right back to life.  Fifteen seconds tops. (See how that ties in there too.)

Fifteen Minute Photo03Fifteen Minute Photo05Fifteen Minute Photo04You’re welcome, people of the interwebs, for that there early morning selfie.

Carry on.

Fifteen Minute Photo16Fifteen Minute Photo14Fifteen Minute Photo15Work.  Blerg.

Fifteen Minute Photo10Fifteen Minute Photo09Fifteen Minute Photo02More of the 9-5 stuff.  A little challenging to keep that fresh every 15.

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Then we get to the fun stuff.  Kids, carpool line and such.

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Blamo!  We’re home and celebrating a birthday!

Fifteen Minute Photo07Fifteen Minute Photo08I hope you have enjoyed these unedited, unfiltered, largely unfocused, random glimpses of my day.  I challenge all of YOU to give the project a whirl.  It actually caught on around here – even with the hubs…  Now that there is a ringing endorsement!

Pocket Scraps

Pocket scraps, Scrapbook it

I went a smidge bit rogue with my pocket scrapbooking this week.  Buckle your seat belts friends.

I printed a ‘contact sheet’ from iPhoto so the images were all itty bitty.  I normally do 3×4 and 4×6, so this was a change.

I used a random sized Project Life protector.  Not 8.5×11, not 12×12.  Somewhere in the middle.  Design G to be exact.  Whaaat???

I didn’t do a spread, only one page.  With miniature photos, I squeezed plenty of our week in with just the one page.

Drum roll…



IMG_8811What’s that you say?  Why yes, thank you for noticing.  I DID use the ‘packed by’ card that comes with your SC kit.  I DID resist the urge to hoard the Kal Barteski wood grain chipboard (just those 5 words next to each other make my heart go pitter-patter).

When all was ‘pocketed’, I realized I had not featured the week’s date.  I remedied that with some Thickers over the top of the protector.


All is right in the world.

Scrap on, friends.


Two Peas broke up with me

I made that, My loves, Scrapbook it

I’m sad to report, but I’m taking the loss of Two Peas In A Bucket VERY personally.

Two Peas Screen Shot

I have long considered it my go to source for all things scrapbooking, be it inspiration, news, supplies, education…  I was a loyal pea.  I spent 95% of my scrapbooking budget (and 60% of my grocery budget) at Two Peas.  I watched EVERY video, some twice, but nearly always on the day they were released.  I, in a weird online creeper kinda way, considered most of the garden girls as long distance friends.  So many of them I admired greatly and found myself giddy when their new video went live.  I’ll admit it, sometimes when the video was over, I would take a deep breath and catch myself exhaling with “I wish I were you”…  I know.  #intervention

In addition to all that creepiness, Two Peas was, in my eyes, a boutique shop.  A well curated collection of the most current and coveted items.  And, as it should be, the garden girl videos reflected that.  Videos were infused with all the newest products and mind blowing techniques.  Call me a paper snob, but I don’t want to be inundated with products and projects from manufacturers and designers that I wouldn’t use and don’t want to emulate.  Cutting through the crap (and the granny supplies) and getting to the meat of the industry was of HUGE value to me.

So now, I’m an internet gypsy.  A hobo.  I’m homeless and feeling so very lost. It’s with a sad heart that I look for new spots to hang out and find inspiration.  Studio Calico is a natural spot to gather, but short of writing my congressman, I don’t know how to convey to them the importance of regular videos.  From a perspective of loyalty, marketing and sales, I implore them (and other sites) to fill the internet void left by Two Peas in terms of high quality expert videos.  Not load, not haul, not warehouse walk, but garden girl-esqu magic.  Please.  Pretty please…

With that, here’s a layout. Made with only the most cutting edge and high quality products available on the market, duh.  Because I’m a snob like that.

Happy Today

Three cheers to anyone who can spot the hidden cat hair.  Ay, do I spy a new weekly series?!  #spotthecathair

This is what’s up.

Around here


Lots of planning, list making and other paper related merriment.

I am in love with summer. Not the season so much as the freedom, time off, pace of life, etc.

Having a hard time shifting from ‘Summer has just begun’ to ‘I have only a few weeks left’.

Yet still knowing I’m lucky for EVERY DAY I get to be at home this summer and trying to savor it without the anxiety of it’s fleeting nature.

I’m loving seeing some progress around here. Whether it’s a clean corner, a reorganized closet or empty laundry baskets.

Devoting as much time to gluing paper as I possibly can.