DIY Mini Notepads

If you are either always searching for a notepad or piece of paper.....or....if you are a notepad/journal-a-holic, then stop by Maggie Holmes' blog today! I'm over there sharing a quick tutorial for creating mini notepads and I'm even sharing all of my secrets when it comes to finding the perfect writing paper for your notepads!


My Month in Photos - January Planner

Hey hey!!
I have another fun video to share with you today! In this video, I walk you through how I'm using my Get To Work Book as a photo/thankful journal (and I pink swear that I'm not doing just planner videos)!!. I use my GTWB for most of my creative planning - blog, videos, classes, ideas, inspiration, etc.  I like to keep these ideas separate from my "home" planner because sometimes it just feels too overwhelming to have everything in one. This planner pretty much just stays in my studio and I use it for reference, ideas and more!  But, I didn't want the calendar pages from this book going unused, so I decided to mix things up a little and use it as a photo journal/thankful book! Check out the video below to see how easy it is to use your planner for simple memory keeping! And be sure to subscribe because I have tons more videos coming up soon!

So go print some photos and fill in your empty calendar pages! You'll love the finished result and it will be so fun to look back on throughout the year!!


It's hip to be square

If there's one thing I learned about Project Life, it was to mix things up and change things around. Today, I thought I would share one of my very favorite Project Life spreads in hopes to inspire you with your album this year! If you haven't tried out a square-sized pocket page yet (meaning the pockets are all uniform and squared), I highly recommend picking up a pack or even making your own using either your sewing machine or fuse tool!

There is something so fun about square photos and journaling cards. And since most of my images are square now a days thanks to Instagram, printing off photos is super easy! 

For this spread, I started by printing about 12-14 images. I knew I wanted to use a few journaling cards and filler cards in the pockets, so I didn't need a photo for every pocket.

I started by slipping my photos into the pockets, leaving a few spaces for trimmed journaling cards.  I tried to balance the photos on each side of the page and make sure the journaling cards were spaced among the photos. 

For the middle pocket of this page, I trimmed down a journaling card to more of a rectangle and then stapled it into place in the pocket. I like to have a little bit of transparency and see-through in my albums and using cards/photos smaller than the actual pocket is an easy way to achieve that effect. Stapling it to the pocket keeps it from moving around and possibly slipping out!

I kept my embellishments rather simple and let the photos speak for themselves. My motto is definitely less is more right now.

Have you ever tried out a square pocket for your Project Life album? Go give it a shot! If you love Instagram or collages like me, I bet you will love your new pretty page!


Project 52: 5/52

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2016."

Anna: a quick look up from reading. This girl has my heart. Canon 6D, 35mm, f3.2, ISO 1250
Drew: looks like someone got into the powdered sugar cookies. Canon 6D, 35mm, f2.2, ISO 3200


January in my Hello Forever Planner

Hello friends!
I know it's late in the "resolution" game, but I really want to try some new things this year.  Something I have really wanted to do for a while is make MORE VIDEOS. I love making videos. I love creating, so why not combine the two!  And....I am determined to get myself in front of the camera, as you will see in this new (and incredibly awkward) video today! Ideally, I would love to have you all over to craft together in my studio, but for now, I will have to settle on videos and pretend talking to people. So for 2016, my goal is 52 new videos just for you! One video a week for every week of 2016! I'm a few weeks behind the game, but I'm going to try my best to catch up and stick to my goal! 

Come hang out with me for a while today as I walk you through setting up my January planner! (And I also uploaded a few older videos to my YouTube channel, so come subscribe and follow along!)

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you join me on this video adventure!  If there's anything that you want to see or any particular project you'd love for me to create, just leave me a comment here and I will definitely add it to the list!!  Happy crafting (and recording)!!