Thank you so much for all the kit orders over the weekend - my husband took a car load to the post office last night and I have more to ship today. There's some great deals - some kits are already gone or just about gone but there are some great kits and projects leftover from overstock of the last couple years. You can find them at the link HERE. I only have my little shop open when I'm home for a while and can ship them right out - I'll shut it down again before the end of August.
I thought I'd share some of the pages I've done recently in my Documented Life Project planner/journal. There's nothing super complicated or revolutionary about them but I thought I'd share a little on how I did them, in case it helps motivate someone to try something new. I'm always a little shy to share them, but I hope my "play" pages encourages you to experiment, too.
I went back and did one of the tip-ins (fold-outs) from back in May which was to document a RAK (Random Act of Kindness.) I couldn't think of what to do at the time but as I looked back, I realized that Mother's Day fell in that week, and I could document the lovely flowers that Brandon's girlfriend Michelle so sweetly sent me. Here's the flowers (with my card from Brandon) and the page I did.
To make this page, I started with a piece of paper from a sketchbook I bought in Rome (I stumbled on a couple Tiger stores while I was there - they have some cute things and it is very inexpensive - kind of a cross between Ikea and Target.) I painted the border using a Dylusions stencil with acrylic paint and a sponge, masking off the center section with a some scrap paper and pouncing with a sponge.
Then I used washi tape to make a border frame inside the stenciling and used watercolor to fill in the center. You can see that the paper wasn't meant to be painted on but it lays flat when it's smushed in my book.
I added the note that came with the flowers - isn't it the nicest thing ever! - it made me cry - and included some flowers that I made back for the "use a magazine" challenge. I used old Making Memories foam stamps that I stamped with Archival Ink on colorful Marie Claire Idees magazine pages. I punched some leaves from scrap paper and tucked them behind the flowers, attached my page in my planner with washi tape, and it was done!
The week 27 challenge was to use a puzzle on your page. My page ended up being about the puzzle of what makes me ME.
I scoured through my old scrapbook paper to find a sheet of paper with crossword squares on it from Sassafras (I miss that company!) I painted a little white paint over it and then stamped the yellow dots with bubble wrap - the kind with little bubbles - with Dina Wakley paint.
I really had no idea what this page was going to be about until I looked around my room and saw this picture and the strawberry stickers from another project. The words are from an old Girl's Paperie sticker book
The name badge is a very cool vintage fabric piece of ephemera. I added my name with October Afternoon letter stickers. Super simple but I love it! :) A little Greengate washi tape attaches it into my planner.
I didn't take step by step pictures for the next one - week 28's challenge to use a small photo - but I cut down an October Afternoon 2x2" page protector to fit into my planner and chose six 2x2" photos to use in the sections. I stamped images from a couple Paris stamp sets that I have and then colored them with watercolor paints. After adhering them to the back of the photos, I cut them out and slipped them in the pockets. I added a few vintage label stickers with rub ons letters and a little Paris washi tape and ribbon in the top section.
I have a couple more challenges done that I'll share in another post. Are you doing The Documented Life Project? Let me know in the comments if you are! You can jump in anytime in any notebook or planner or journal. I couldn't love it more! I've already purchased my Moleskine planner for 2015. I'm using this one again next year: Moleskine 2015 Weekly Planner, 12 Month, Large, Black, Soft Cover (5 x 8.25) (Moleskine Diaries) I have a stock pile of the 7gypsies metal edges that are used on the front edge that I'd like to put up for sale at some point - I'll let you know about that!
I'm trying to keep my pages as flat as possible because I take it every where with me and don't want it to get any fatter or heavier that it has to. I've missed several challenges with my traveling but it's all ok. I love it so much!
In other news - how about a vintage photo!
I love posting this wedding picture every year on our anniversary! It looks so dated now but it really was pretty - the yellow tuxes - I bet you couldn't find those anywhere now! :) I actually had a hard time finding them then! Today is our 35th anniversary - can you believe it? I can't!! :) I'm so thankful for my husband - he packs all my boxes for me and ships them and hauls me to the airport and is so patient with all my travel and the craziness of what I do. He does get to go to some really cool places though! I'm wishing him a happy anniversary today! We have tickets to go see Guardians of the Galaxy tonight - isn't that romantic? :) LOL Here's to 35 more!