jeudi 28 novembre 2013

Pages from my Tokyo travel journal

My friend Arlyna made this lovely little journal for me. It was just the right size to become my travel journal for my trip to Tokyo. I put in our daily wanderings and business cards of the places we ate or shopped at. We forgot to bring scissors so there is lots of creative paper tearing! The rest of the ephemera I gathered (and there is a lot) will go into the mini-album I'll be making.

More on my December supplies

This year I'm documenting December in two different spaces. The first is my 30 Days of Lists notebook. Everyday I'll be writing out the prompt in the form of a list. For more info on this project, please read this post. And you can register through the link on the top right of my blog page.
The second way I'll be documenting December is with December Daily type spreads in my Project Life album. I bought the Studio Calico kits, but am saving the album for another project.
I thought I'd show you some of my supplies which will be used in both these projects. I'm going for a neo-vintage type of vibe. So I caved and bought the Cavallini and co vintage stickers. I also bought this great set of vintage playing cards in red and green from Saturday am Vintage. The wood buttons I got in Tokyo along with the Marimekko card and the wood veneer trees and flakes come from Handmade Modern.

For paper embellishments, I also bought the awesome Christmas paper pack from Saturday am Vintage. The Make It Merry line from October Afternoon has these lovely vintage style die-cuts and journaling cards that will go well with the rest of my stash.

I also have stickers, die-cuts and stitched cards by Handmade Modern and little tags from The Black Apple.

And finally, I have collected some vintage papers of my own and some really cool looking junk mail :)

I'm really excited to get started on these projects. Bring on December...I'm ready!

mardi 19 novembre 2013

I'm off for a few days!

I'm off to Tokyo for a few days. I haven't been on a trip without my husband or kids since I've had them! And now I'm going to Tokyo with my wonderful friend, the same one with whom I discovered Paris....20 years ago!

Can't wait to discover what Tokyo will show us :)

Just think of the washi tape!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dimanche 17 novembre 2013

I can't wait for this round!

I ended up choosing the Neo-retro notebook. I'm so very excited to start listing! I've been gathering some goodies to decorate the inside. For the September 2013 edition, I did lots of layering and had an Instax picture for each list. This time, I'm going to keep the layering, but not the images.

I'll be using lots of vintage papers taken from various packs that I've found on Etsy. I'll also use some embellishments from scrapbooking lines, including stickers and paper scraps. I want this notebook to have that vintage feel to it, but with the bold colors seen throughout the notebook (aqua, pink, red, grey).

I'm so happy that so many Listers participated in my giveaway on the private blog. I can't wait to see what the winner will do with the notebook I made. If you want to participate this round, please click on the link on the top right of the sidebar to register!
I am an affiliate, but the enthusiasm is all my own.

I not only love listing as a fast form of memory-keeping, but also because you never know where even a small list will take you. I was so blown away by some of the lists that were on the FB page last round. It's amazing that a prompt that seems so trivial can stir up deep emotions and feelings. I love that you get the whole range of possible emotions in the lists for the month : fnny lists, sad lists, short lists and long lists. It's all good. It's also a really great way to connect to people and to boost your creative side. I've met a lot of great people through this project so I hope to see you there!

What will you be using for your lists?

samedi 16 novembre 2013

Tiny journal pages

Here are the last of my tiny journal pages. I'm going to get started on no. 2 very soon. I really like having this small space to do some simple pages. A quick creative fix while on the bus or in a taxi.

jeudi 7 novembre 2013

30 Days of Lists December edition

Yes! 30 Days of Lists is coming back for a special December edition! I am very excited to see what they have in store for us during this special month. If you would like more information, please click on the button on the top right of my blog to get the newsletter. registration for this round starts on Nov 11th, next Monday!

I have lots of great notebooks in the shop for your to choose from. Please take a look here! You'll also see lots of washi tape samplers, stitched pockets and Project Life kits. I hope they inspire you.

In the meantime, I am in a conundrum! I simply cannot decide which notebook I want to use for my lists. I need your help to choose. Please tell me which you prefer.

1. Vintage style

I made this notebook last year, but never listed it in my shop, because I just love those papers so much. It is made with some Webster's Pages and Basic Grey papers from 2-3 years ago. I really love the way they go together and the 'dark, woodsy, warm socks and pjs' feel of the colors.

2. Neo-retro style

This notebook i just made from a mix of my favorite current papers. It has a retro feel, especially for some of the graphics, but the colors make it very contemporary. Hence the term 'neo-retro'! I like the playful aspect of this one, lots of bright colored papers to write on.


So hard to choose....won't you help me out, pleeeeeease?!

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mercredi 6 novembre 2013

Christmas cards

One of my friends asked me to make her some Christmas cards for her small business. I like this challenge because I'm not really a card maker. Last year, I had a lot of fun making some word themed cards for her (she has a translation company) and I was glad she asked me again.
This year, we decided to have fun with sequins and transparencies. Here is the result:

I hand cut the Christmas trees with an exacto knife (I don't have a cutting machine) into some red cardstock paper. I then put some sequins between two pieces of acetate and glued them in. I covered the inside part with a different colored scrapbooking paper. For the envelopes, I simply stamped a Christmas angel with some red ink.
I misted the top of the cards with some gold mist and added a few words in French and English, in keeping with the translation theme.

It was a fun project and I do love it when people appreciate handmade goods.

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