Thursday, February 11, 2016

Europe 2014 Album // France: Part III

Remember when I shared some pages from my 9x12 Europe travel album? Yes, no, maybe? It was ages ago since I last posted about it, and I recently realized I had all these photos of completed spreads edited but I hadn't blogged about them yet. So I thought it would be a good time to talk about this project again.

To summarize briefly, I went on a two week trip to France, Belgium and Czech Republic back in the spring of 2014. I edited all my photos, got them printed, and inserted them into page protectors. Now I'm working through completing the spreads with journaling, cards and embellishments. As of right now, I've finished all the France pages and am slowly working my way through the rest of the album. This album and a 6x8 Japan travel mini (that I've been periodically instagramming here) are two projects that I have in progress and ones I'm hoping to wrap up this month! They've been left incomplete for too long.

Anyway, here are our third and fourth days in Paris!

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I added some text and a digital stamp to my photograph before getting it printed. I'm a big fan of digital stamps because they add to the clean aesthetic that I'm trying to achieve in this album. I also ran out of pockets for the instax photo and tickets for the Arc de Triomphe, so I simply paperclipped them all together and consolidated them into one pocket.

This spoon and fork card is from my Let's Eat journal cards. I added some stamps and stickers to it for a bit more detail. I like keeping my pocket pages pretty flat, so stamps and stickers are the perfect embellishments when I don't want to add any dimension/bulk to my spreads.

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More digital stamps for this photo:)

I wanted to use this 'soiree' card from my Together journal cards set, but there were some parts of the definition that didn't apply to the situation (ie. we met up with friends at a restaurant in Paris, not a home). So I simply crossed out the part that wasn't relevant using my white pen. I kinda like how it looks! Don't be afraid to alter cards to suit your needs.
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Why yes, I did dedicate a whole spread to macarons. Taste testing was important, ok? ;) I had purchased a few postcards in Montmartre too so I simply glued them back-to-back, hole-punched them, and added them directly to my album.

I made a filler card using a bunch of old Kelly Purkey stickers, and wrote my journaling on a Recorded no.1 card. Love those cards for all the notes I want to remember!

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Here's the other side of the spread. The 'currently' lettering is a stamp from Life Documented Manila and the set is available here in Christine Herrin's shop.

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This was a fun spread to put together! It's always fun to include bits of ephemera like the business card here in the bottom right pocket. I got that at Ten Belles, an amazing little cafe in the Canal Saint-Martin area.

The 'bon appetit' card is from my Let's Eat set. I added washi tape to my instax photo for an extra pop of color. I'm really glad I decided to bring my instax camera with me on this trip because as nice as it is to print out photos with an instax printer, I love the unexpected, 'in the moment' shots with the actual camera.
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These grey alphas? Basic Grey (RIP), circa 2009. I'm glad I kept them in my stash and wish I had more...I've used up almost all the letters!

And that's all for now :) I'll have another blog post with the rest of my France pages, then I'm attempting to finish my Japan mini album and then I'm shifting back to complete this project. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BPC + SC // New Classes!

I'm excited to announce I'm teaching the latest installment of the Pocket Prompts series over at Big Picture Classes. You can check out Pocket Prompts | 13 for photography, journaling, and pocket page inspiration. Here's the full description for my class:

Ready to learn more techniques, tips, and project ideas for your pocket-based, memory-keeping projects? Each month, we'll bring you a new Pocket Prompts class from an inspiring pocket-page maker. This month, Geralyn Sy will be sharing five photo prompts and five journaling prompts, as well as a look into her process of putting a page together from start to finish. It's sure to be a great time!

I hope you check it out! I also teach a Letterpress class at BPC if you're interested in learning more about that one as well.

As for Studio Calico, there are two awesome new workshops to look forward to:

1. Everyday Videography // Capture your memories in a new way! Join videographer Nicole Cole of 314 Productions for an in-depth look at the ins and outs of phone videography. Nicole walks you through the process of planning, shooting, and editing different types of videos and shares tips and tricks designed to help you every step of the way. Whether you’re recording everyday events or putting together a sentimental graduation video, you’ll learn how to document every occasion with style. Everyday Videography begins March 1st.

2. Mini-book Library 2016 // Build your Mini Book Library with Studio Calico! Enroll in our Mini Book Mini Workshops and create six unique books to hold 2016’s biggest memories. April Foster, Caylee Grey, Lisa Truesdell, Tina Aszmus, Karen Baker and Stephanie Bryan will each be sharing a different style of mini book in this series of workshops.

I'm personally really excited about both topics. Videography is something I'm going to try and explore more of this year, especially since I'm documenting this year with the 1 Second Everyday app. Mini-books are super fun and I love using them to record trips and specific topics. Cannot wait to be inspired in both classes!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Shoppe Update

Happy February everyone! I'm glad it's a leap year because I feel like the days are just flying on by. I can use all the extra time I can get! Today, I wanted to share my latest shoppe update with you. You can see all the new products here, or stick around as usual for more ramblings about the designs.

Just a note, due to limited space, I'm also retiring a bunch of products in my shoppe so that I make room for new releases each month. I'll be giving you a couple of weeks' notice before they're retired and all products that will be removed can be found in the Last Chance section of the store. Ok, announcement over! Here's what's new to the shoppe:

XOXO Journaling Cards
Starting off with my favorite set this month, the love themed journaling cards. These sets were a labor of love since I incorporated some of my own handdrawn illustrations and brush script into the designs. I had the idea to create a set of 4x4 cards that can be used to make an easy-to-assemble mini-album for your favorite person, but I made sure the designs can also be trimmed down to 3x4 for pocket page spreads. Yay, versatility!

XOXO Digital Stamp Brushes
The XOXO cards needed a coordinating set of digital stamps :) I'm really happy with how these turned out. I digitized my brush script (xoxo and love) and handdrawn illustrations (the florals) to include in this set, and I made sure to have a good mix of clean type and a bit of whimsy when I designed this.

Rise & Shine Journaling Cards
My Project Life album focuses on a lot of everyday stories, many of which can be identified by the time of day. This set is all about those morning stories and routines, and I chose bright and happy colors for these cards.

Sweet Dreams Journaling Cards
Of course I had to make evening-themed cards to coordinate with the morning ones! I chose cooler tones and the designs are ones that would work well by themselves or paired with the Rise & Shine cards when telling a larger story about the entire day. My favorite pairing is the early bird/night owl cards :)

AM & PM Digital Stamp Brushes
These stamps are designed to coordinate with the Rise & Shine cards + Sweet Dreams cards and are perfect to use for decorating your photos. I'm kinda obsessed with the 'awesome' stamp and think it looks great alone or paired with the 'morning' or 'evening' stamps.

Recorded Journaling Cards no.3
Another set of cards to join my Recorded series! The black & white color scheme make these cards incredibly versatile and I made sure to keep the designs clean and simple so you can use them for any project. I really love using them and am often reprinting duplicates since I go through them so fast, and I'm so glad you all are enjoying this series of cards as well.

Color Swatch Journaling Cards
These new color swatch cards may look simple but they are incredibly useful! Pair them with a 2.5" square photo and add a date stamp for a simple but striking card in your album. I've got grand plans to use these in my own Project Life!

That's all for now, but I'll have a few new travel-themed products later on this month. Hope you like the new releases! Thanks for your continued support and have a great day! :)