Monday, March 30, 2015

Documented Life Project 2015 ~ The First Three Months!

So, yesterday, I posted this pic on my Instragram & in the DLP Facebook group of my Documented Life Project layouts for the months of January through March. I received an OVERWHELMING response requesting to see the inside of all this deliciousness. Today, I thought I would do a photo "flip through" of all of my layouts to date with links to my corresponding blog posts.

Documented Life Project 2015 ~ 
The First Three Months!

As most of you know, I use my black A5 Chameleon Filofax for my DLP layouts. Canson and Strathmore are my favorite brands for my mixed media paper inserts. After about three weeks of being in my Filofax, I place the previous layouts on binder rings. This strategy prevents my planner binder from bulking up & getting damaged. All of the colors, textures, & chunkiness make me so very "HAPPY! ;D

As promised, here is a "flip through" of all my DLP 2015 layouts to date (click each photo for the corresponding blog post):

January 1 ~ Week #1

January 10 ~ Week #2

January 17 ~ Week #3

January 24  ~ Week #4

January 31 ~ Week #5

February 7 ~ Week #6

February 14 ~ Week #7

February 21 ~ Week #8

February 28 ~ Week #9

March 7 ~ Week # 10

March 14 ~ Week #11

March 29 ~(Week #12) Part 1 & Part II

I hope this "one stop" blog post is helpful. Feel free to refer back to this post as a quick & easy reference guide. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Many blessings to you,

Saturday, March 28, 2015

DIY Mixed Media Washi Tape Using the NEW Studio L2E Planner Stamp Sets!

Hi everyone! I am on the Studio L2E blog today with my DIY washi tape using Studio L2E's NEW planner stamps sets inside my newly acquired Kate Spade personal planner. These AMAZING seven sets will be released on Tuesday, March 31st (12am PST). Please check out my "step-by-step" picture tutorial on the Studio L2E blog.

Studio L2E March Release
Sneak Peek

Many blessings,

Pocket Art! Mixed Media Title Card Using Unique Laser Designs' "Birds" Wood Embellishments!

Hi guys! With Easter quickly approaching, I thought I would share how I created this mixed media title card for my pocket scrapbooking album using Unique Laser Designs' "Birds" wood embellishment.

Easter Week #14 Mixed Media 
Pocket Scrapbooking Title Card

Without further ado, let's do this:

Started with a 4x6 Piece of
 Mixed Media Paper & Gelatos

Randomly Colored the Mixed Media 
Paper with the Gelatos

Spritzed the Paper with Water 
and Lightly Blended with my Finger.

Dried with a Heat Tool & Added 
Hazel & Ruby Mask Alphas

Painted the Entire Journal Card 
with Champagne Extreme Glitter Paint

Traced the Alphas with a 
Black Uni-ball Signo Pen

Filled in the Alphas with
 White Golden Acrylic Paint

Added "Rays" to the Background 
with Dandelion Archival Ink

Pulled Unique Laser Designs
 "Birds" Wood Embellishment 
from my Stash

Added Doodle Border, Dates, 
Week #14, & "He is" with Black Ink

Added 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Generation
 "Hand Carved'" Cross Image 
with Black Archival Ink

Shaded the Alphas with a 
Gray Tombow Marker

Distress around the all the Images 
& Edges with "Vintage Photo"
 Distress Ink

And, VOILA'....Get'r DONE! ;D

Please let me know if you have any question! I pray this tutorial was helpful!

Many blessings to you,

Friday, March 27, 2015

Week #11 Mixed Media Pocket Scrapbooking Layout!

Hello everyone! I am back today with my Week #11 Mixed Media Pocket Scrapbooking Layout for PL Junkies.

This is my third layout using the embellishments from the PL Junkies Main Scrapbook kit. I am super pleased the progress that I have made with the awesome collection of October Afternoon & My Mind's Eye goodies. For my Week #11 layout, I decided to couple my PL Junkies kit with scrapbooking paper from the We R Memory Keepers "It Factor" collection. This bold paper collection features patterns with a funky artsy mix of dark & light hues of navy, green, pink, yellow & lavender. This color palette was PERFECT for documenting my son's 14th birthday.

PL Junkies Main Scrapbooking Kit

We R Memory Keepers "It Factor" Collection

Week #11 Mixed Media 
Pocket Scrapbooking Layout!

Needless to say, this week was jam packed with celebration photos. I decided to create a mini "flip book" to creatively house the majority of the birthday party memories inside my Project Life Design A page protectors. I simply used washi tape to bind several 4x6 journal cards together to create additional real estate right inside my layout. I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!

4X6 Mini "Flip Book"


Week # 11 (Left Side)

Week # 11 (Right Side)

Have you ever tried to create additional "real estate" in your pocket scrapbooking layouts? If so, I would love to hear some of your strategies. If not, I challenge you to find a creative way to add additional space in your layout this week.

Thanks so very much for stopping by! Please feel free to leave a comment below with any questions you may have.

Much love,

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Documented Life Project March 21 (Week #12) Using the BRAND NEW Studio L2E Planner Stamp Sets (PART II)!

And, I am BACK! On Monday, I shared the "art journaling" portion (Part I) of my Documented Life Project March 21 (Week #12) "Focus/Focal" challenge layout

Documented Life Project March 21 (Week #12)

Today, I am sharing (Part II), the planning portion of my DLP March 21 (Week #12) layout using the BRAND spanking new Studio L2E planner stamp sets. WHOO-HOO! There are SEVEN, count them, SEVEN new planner stamp sets that will be released on March 31st. Today, you will get a "SNEAK PEEK" of how I am using some of this NEW awesomeness in my DPL layout this week.

But first, let me take a moment to explain my planning approach. Okay, most of you know that I use my weekly planner layouts for multiple purposes:
  • Practicing Mixed Media Techniques
  • Personal Planning & Scheduling
  • Family Scheduling
  • Blog Planning
  • Pocket Scrapbooking Note Taking
  • Faith & Personal Journaling
  • Fostering Creativity (Inspiration Board)
Normally, my weekly layouts are FULL of color and all kinds of ephemera and inspirational messages to keep me inspired & motivated throughout the week. However, this week, I am intentionally taking a "minimalistic approach" to my planning for two reasons: 1) I am on VACATION this week (Oh yeah!) so I only have few scheduled activities, and 2) I don't want my "Focus/Focal Point" competing for center stage in my layout. So, my game plan is to create planner stickers that "BLEND IN" with my layout. This strategy is not only functional, but also minimizes visual distractions. So, with that being said, here is a "SNEAK PEEK" at how I am using the BRAND NEW Studio L2E March release planner stamps in my layout.

I used this Dear Lizzy roller date stamp and black StazOn ink to stamp the dates on this "somewhat transparent" white chevron patterned washi tape by Doodlebug Designs.

I created my own "Vacation" banner planner sticker with stamps from the new Studio L2E "High-Light It: Banner Sentiments" & "Hi-Light It: Banners" planner stamp sets. I simply colored the background of the banner with a lavender Tombow marker and doodled around the sticker with a black Uni-ball Signo Pen.

Next, I added a 1st & 2nd generation "This Week" sentiment directly on my layout just below my "Vacation" sticker. This sentiment is from one of the "oldie but GOODIES" "Right Here Right Now" planner stamp set which is also by Studio L2E.

I am LOVIN' the larger borders found in the NEW Studio L2E iconic Borders planner stamp set. I used the border with the opening in the center and added 'Appointment' & the 'Stethoscope' icon, from the "Plan It" stamp set.

To indicate my blog post days, I used the circle background stamp from the brand new "Iconic Outlines" planner stamp set. I simply colored the circles with my Tombow markers and stamped the background on round, repositionable Avery stickers. The markers give the stamped images a super cool, imperfect mixed media effect.

I added a black stitched border stamp (also from the "Iconic Outlines" stamp set) and a pencil icon from the new Studio L2E "Creative Plans" stamp set. Finally, I created this "oh so fitting" ' I LOVE MIXED MEDIA" planner sticker using the stamps from the "Right Here Right Now" planner stamp set (show above) and "Mixed Media" sentiment & "Pallete" icon, both from the new "Creative Plans" stamp set.

Here is an overview of my layout. You will notice that the planner stickers blend in nicely with the "Focus/Focal Point" because they are tinted with hues similar to the colors in the background.

Studio L2E Brand New March Release Planner Stamp Sets

That, my friends, is my "minimalistic" approach to planning in my Filofax this week. Please be sure to mark your calendars for the Studio L2E March 31st release date (Midnight PST). You don't want to miss it!

Happy art journaling/planning,