Friday, September 4, 2015

Taiwan Travel Mini // Part IV

I'm excited to share the final part of my Taiwan travel mini with you today! If you missed the previous parts, here is Part I, Part II, and Part III.

This was our last day in Taipei before flying home and since we were pretty tired after a month of traveling here and there, we decided to keep things relaxed and low-key. I had done some Googling and found out that Huashan 1914 Creative Park was near our hotel, so we headed there after checking out.

I like how bright and happy this spread is. I used cards from both the Pop Art Project Life kit and the Haring add-on, as well as some washi tape from my stash.
I stamped my title (the location) on this lemon journaling card from Haring with Kelly Purkey's Bedford alpha stamps. I really liked the bold contrast of this font with the yellow background.

Since it was the weekend, this place was buzzing with activity. There were lots of temporary exhibits, pop-up shops, and cafes in the area, and we enjoyed spending our time wandering and looking around. I printed out some of my favorite photos from here and this turned out to be one of my favorite spreads in my whole album.

Since I didn't bring my instax camera with me on my trip (I have the instax mini 50s but didn't want an extra camera to carry around), I printed out a few photos at home with my instax share printer. I love this little printer. I finally used my (hoarded) pack of polka dotted instax film too and this page just makes me happy. 
I wanted to do a little bit of layering on one of my journaling cards. This subtle airplane striped card is from my Wander no.1 printable cards and on top of it, I stapled a Kelly Purkey sticky note + a fuschia pink label. There was a lot of empty space in my photo beside this card, so I used a circle sticker from an old SC add-on (Lauren) right on the photo. 
One of the temporary exhibits happening at Huashan 1914 Creative Park was celebrating Miffy's 60th anniversary. I'm a kid at heart, so we went to check it out. 
Shoreditch is one of my favorite alpha stamps! I also used a couple more stamps from KP's Love List kit.
Most of these cards on this spread are patterned paper, though I embellished them with labels, stamps + printables. The 'awesome' tab here is from Wander Elements no.2.
So many Miffy photos! I decided to include the little pamphlet from the exhibition in my book using some attachers I made with my SC attacher die.
We decided to go to Taipei Main Station after finishing up at Huashan 1914 and I included another MRT stamp on one of my printable cards (from the Wander no.2 cards set).
I added a little ramen sticky note on this card. The sticky note is part of a set that I purchased in Japan. I find the sticky notes super cute and I've been using them a lot in my travel minis :)
It was already late afternoon and we were getting quite tired, so I didn't take a lot of photos by the end of the day. I printed out the few I did have and simply journaled about what we did and how we ended our trip on my Wander Prompt Cards. There is a lot of room for journaling on these cards so I just went to town. 
The last spread is a simple one. Just another instax photo printed with my instax share printer, and I wanted to include the 'the end' card from my Galileo 4x6 paper pad. It was the perfect way to end this mini album!
In the back of my album, I included an envelope that I sealed shut with washi tape. The washi tape is easy to peel so that the envelope can easily be opened. Inside, I included all the beautifully illustrated postcards I bought in Taiwan. I'm guilty of buying postcards during my travels with the intention of using them in my mini-books, but they often get misplaced or forgotten. I thought this envelope was the perfect solution to keep them all together. I can also easily rifle through the postcards to admire the designs when I want to.

My completed mini album is stuffed to the brim and is slightly overflowing, probably from all the memorabilia and papers I decided to keep and include in my book. I don't mind though, because it still closes properly and is a fun hodge podge of photos, memories and ephemera.
I love having these travel mini books to look back on. They are such a great reminder and keepsake of a wonderful trip. To more great travels in the future! 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Project Life: Italy

Today I'm showing you how I documented my short trip to Italy in my Project Life. I still plan on making a mini-book with a more detailed day-by-day look at our trip, but I always include a travel overview in my Project Life album. For this trip, I made three 12x12 spreads - two of which are included in my Studio Calico Brimfield kit gallery this month.

First, here is how my double-page 12x12 spread looks side-by-side.

I have been waiting for the Brimfield Project Life kits to be released to document this trip because I knew they would be a perfect match with my photos! Bakelite is my favorite add-on, and not just because I got to design some of the cards and the stamp set. (You can also find different colorways of these cards as digital printables in my shop). I adore all things travel-themed so this add-on was right up my alley.

I used a mix of the Project Life kit and add-ons, though the cards are primarily from Bakelite.

To keep things consistent in my Italy spreads, I used the Oliver digital brushes to label the cities we visited. Underneath 'ROME' I also used the digital stamp version of my Epic stamp set (in the Bakelite add-on).

I was so happy to see that the return of my favorite alphas in the Project Life main kit! I used those to spell out 'ITALY' on the card.

Here's a look at the right side. I kept the same blue/yellow/red/kraft color scheme so that the pages would look cohesive. The majority of the pockets are filled with photos, but I included two filler cards for some white space/'breathing room' on my spread and one card for my journaling.


I'm a big fan of digital stamps right on my photos. The 'adventure is worthwhile' stamp is the digital version of my Epic stamp set (in the Bakelite add-on).

I pulled a couple of embellishments from the other add-ons because they worked so well with my spread. The cork #3 is from Chippy Paint and the little word strip + chipboard star is from Milk Glass

Here's my third Project Life spread. I mixed in one of my own printables for this spread, which is why it's not included in the SC Brimfield gallery. But as you can see, I kept the color scheme and details fairly similar to my other double-page spread so that they would look cohesive since they're all documenting the same trip.

This card is from my Wander no.2 Cards. I added a little copper star (from Milk Glass) and stamped the dates! Keeping it clean and simple here.
Once again, I used the Oliver digital alpha brushes for the names of my cities. I really like how it keeps things consistent when documenting Italy in my PL. The fun asterisks card is from Chippy Paint and I used my Epic stamp set (from Bakelite) and a little phrase strip (from Milk Glass) to complete it.

And that's it! I still have a mini-book to tackle, but at least I've got this Italy travel summary documented and in my books. Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Studio Calico's Brimfield

Today is Studio Calico's reveal day and personally, I found these kits to be lots of fun! Bakelite is my favorite add-on, but I also enjoyed working with Milk Glass, Chippy Paint and the Oliver alphas as well. I'm going to share my main kit projects today and I'll share a few more Project Life spreads tomorrow.

I fell in love with this month's patterned papers in the Scrapbook kit, so I created a grid layout to showcase them. There were lots of unique transparencies as embellishments, so  I layered them on my grid to make the design more interesting. On my photo, I used a digital stamp brush for my title.

PROJECT LIFE AUGUST (1) | Brimfield Project Life Kit
The soft colors of this month's PL kit are so dreamy and whimsical. I love the roller date stamp and the alphas, which come in my favorite font. The peach color particularly matched my photos well!

That 'sigh' card is awesome! And one thing I love is having digital versions of the PL cards as well, so I can reprint my favorites. That's why you'll see the 'yay' card reappearing on this spread :)

And here's where you can find my designs this month...


  1. Brimfield Printable
  2. Brimfield Cut Files
  3. Bakelite Add-on // 2x3 Stamp Set & Cards (Digital version of cards | Digital version of stamps)
  4. Weekend Card Set (Digital version of cards)