Monday, September 8, 2014

Pretty Little Studio Pinkfresh Blog Hop






Pretty Little Studio is so excited to join with Pinkfresh Studio today to inspire you with some cute creations. 


PinkfreshStudio is known for their unique embellishments which are so fun and colorful. And mixing them up with Vintage inspired Pretty Little Studio products definitely has created awesome projects. We have a list of designers from both companies here who are so thrilled to share their projects with you. Make sure to visit each blog and comment on each blog to enter a giveaway including Pretty Little Studio blog. One winner will be chosen for each day.  They will receive 30.00 worth of amazing product from Pinkfresh Studio and 30.00 GC from Pretty Little Studio. This is going to be 2 days of blog hoping fun. 
Winners will be announced on 9/15. 







Today I want to share with you a fun way to prepare monthly inserts for your baby before he or she arrives. Pinkfresh and Pretty Little Studios were perfect for throwing these sweet inserts together in no time and give them the little pop of fun my project life albums need! This girl set is going in my 2014 album (at least the first 6 months) for baby Amelia. If you want to see a set for a little boy, you will need to check out my video here.

link will be added as soon as the upload is complete

We all have great intentions when we are pregnant to create baby albums, but in the end, most of us never really follow through. It is just so much work to document everything and take photos every day like we might envision and that is what inspired me to share this simple way I have prepared months of documentation that can just slip into our tradition family project life album.
 I will not have pressure to do more than do a monthly update, photo and memory on each insert and at the end of a year I will have a collection of beautiful photos and notes for this sweet new baby. 
What you will need to complete this project:
12 "A" design (cut down) or 12 design "H" Becky Higgins Page protectors
A good mix of 3x4 and 4x6 cards from the new Pretty Little Studio line
Baby Claire
as well as embellishments from these line shown below



Also from Pinkfresh Studio
the Retro Drop Stickers


the rest of the pages and products are shared in the video
on my youtube channel



It was so fun and easy to insert the gorgeous papers and cards from the Claire Baby line from Pretty Little Studio, I then layered on some of the lovely  Retro Drop Stickers by Pinkfresh Studio! They added the perfect touch!

adding sweet shaker pockets with the Pretty Little Studio Sequins and flair were just what the inserts needed to make them unique, fun and coordinating month after month...


This is just one example of what you will find in the upcoming online Facebook baby class that was delayed. The class starts in just a couple of weeks, opening on October 1st, for a preview and to share with you the products I will be using, full reveals of a few of the projects I will be sharing for the fun informative (and hopefully inspiring)  class.and introduce you to the guest designers and give you peeks of what they will be sharing with you in mid October through the end of November. The class is only $5  and will contain video, step by step files to download, prompts and challenges. (And more) There will even be coordinating products and possibly a kit or two you can purchase to complete your albums even faster. You can find another example of what is being shared in this post "Out of the Album".


Now, back to the blog hop! 


Lisa Wilkinson <--- you are here


and how about some coupon codes?




Friday, April 25, 2014

The Pocket Source is going "Out of the Album".... and......






Welcome to the Pocket Source Blog Hop! 


Today we are back with another blog hop to inspire you. We are all ready to share with you really unique ways to use your pocket scrapbooking supplies “Outside The Album”. 


 

Today I am going to share a fun idea for using both 4x6 and 3x4 cards! This is similar to a project I 


made HERE
but before I had so many beautiful cards. 
and I loved the idea then, but now with gorgeous cards, like those used here from the 
brand new Pretty Little Studio baby lines, it is easier and prettier than ever.



and if you love these supplies you can buy them HERE 
(link coming soon for the kit, but this shares the lines  for now)
or you can even use some of the baby cards you may already have.
even more I am offering a facebook class soon ($5 to join us)  to share and inspire baby projects, most using pocket scrapbooking supplies.

and if you would like a FREE Spot in this Baby Class leave a comment for THREE chances to win!! 

now back to my "Out of the Album" project

The first thing you will need to do to complete this simple, ready to go, desktop album is gather your supplies. 

This is the complete view of all supplies:



 This is a view of the Pretty Little Studio Baby Jack Berry Basket Album Kit, available for purchase later this year.



This is the "extras" that you may like to use to complete the album.
all items from Curtsey Boutique
(supply list below)



Once you have your supplies gathered you will need to trim your 4x6 cards down slightly, if you are choosing the back them on white cardstock like I have. Then, go ahead and build your base.

After your base is completed you can begin assembly. This is very simple to do and will leave room for your photo, journaling and extras in the pocket.


Lastly, you can add them to your basket. You can even decorate your basket a bit and make a title card, if you wish to dress it up a bit. 


as this album is completed, you could add more layers, words, pictures, stitching and even embellishments and it would be even more special. The pockets allow for all sorts of special things to be added each month, such as tags, cards and little mementos....

and the best part? if you ever *do* want to add them to your pocket scrapbooking albums...

you can, since they are about 4x6 *wink*
I hope this inspires you to use pocket scrapbooking cards instead of letting them just pile up! I hope you enjoyed the hop! If you are just joining, please make sure you go back to 


(to view the hopping order)

 I know for sure this year is I need a place like The Pocket Source. I need a place to be inspired, to be held accountable and be in company of others who understand my passion and love of  pocket scrapbooking and the gift that is to our families, and ourselves.

now you can visit The Pocket Source yourself here

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Week Six, 2014, and The Perfectionist Pocket Scrapbooker

The Perfectionist Pocket Scrapbooker

 
Do you even sit and wonder how you can even begin this journey. You bought all of these pretty supplies and took some pictures, maybe even some notes, but the thought of filling those pockets can be unnerving? Scary? Or just intimidating?
 
It could be you are comparing yourself too much with others, or it could simply be your expect too much from yourself. Either way, I am writing this just for you, to help you to enjoy the process, imperfectly.

I am starting with a layout VERY unique to me. It has just a couple of pictures. No theme. A random supply list and fun new techniques I rarely try. And I adore it. And it was easy.  Take a look, then keep reading....

Week 6, 2014


want to create freely like this?
and love the result?
 
I am going to take you through a 12 Step Program.
Don’t Giggle. I am serious.
and it will help.
if you let it.

 
Step One: Stop.
 
I am not going to ask you to stop being a perfectionist but what I am saying is STOP thinking and overthinking and thinking some more. This will likely be what trips you up BEFORE you begin.

YOU OVERTHINK EVERYTHING.

 It is paralyzing and can warp your good ideas into bad ones. It will turn your brilliant designs into no designs. FAST. So how do you stop overthinking? Well, you can’t. Yes, I just told you to do something you cannot possibly do. BUT I know once you know what is holding you back you can use that and the tools I am sharing to help you push those thoughts aside. The need for getting it right and finding the perfect such and such aside and just let yourself be. Because once you just “be” you will create from your heart.


Step Two: Copy
 
If you cannot let go enough to just design freely, choose a favorite layout you have recently seen. Purchase or find in your stash everything that is used in that spread and copy it exactly only changing your photos and words. Often the biggest stumbling block in creativity, especially for a perfectionist is just beginning. Start, the rest is easy.


 
Step Three: Find Accountability
 
Find your one person. Every perfectionist needs one in life to keep going. You can shut down without one. If you are a perfectionist Project Lifer you need one person to bounce ideas and thoughts off weekly. One person to tell you to get your craft on. One person to listen, encourage and force you.

 
Step Four. Choose Less
 
Now you are sitting quietly, not overthinking and finally found a good friend to encourage and push you on and BANG you look at your desk. A MILLION THINGS assault you and cripple you and once again you cannot even think about creating… you just fiddle around or leave your workspace. You do not know where to begin or how to make any of that fall onto the page. Well, who would? You want to create a two page spread with enough for one year (or a hundred).

PUT IT AWAY.

 Clear your desk. Take out your photos, a few journaling cards, and nothing else. Admire your photos, write your stories… then if something is missing, add a pop of design here and there… and love it in its simplicity.

you can go back and layer and add  and stamp and stitch and paint later, like I did on these cards







or leave them simple, just the patterned paper, or a few layers and they would still look amazing

like these....




 
Step Five: Organize
 
I will be covering my organizational systems with you shortly, but for now, just think on this. If you are a perfectionist you need a tidy, well organized space so you can have a clear mind to begin. You cannot be distracted with finding things in the process, but need to know where everything is right away so you can stay in your groove, your sweet spot, your not overthinking-it-all mode. Keep everything you need within reach, as well, to keep you from going to far.

 
Step Six: Give It or Trash It
 
You have to really think on this one. Do you love it? Does it fit your style, your heart in Pocket Scrapbooking, your stories? Are you drawn to it? Yes? GREAT. Keep it. No? Get rid of it, now, right away! If you hang onto it (that STUFF) will become the biggest reason you cannot create. You CANNOT create easily with products you feel like you need to use. You can create more freely with products that fit you, your style, your family and your life. Give those products away to someone who will treasure them. Or even throwing your scrap paper away can be freeing and leave you more freedom to create. You can feel bad over what you paid for these and keep them hoarded up in your closet feeling guilt and pressure to make them work or you can give them away and feel blessed by your gift to others.

 
Step Seven: Choose One Design Element



 
Find a something you do each week on your spreads and you will love them more! You can always choose to do that element first to get you started and loving your spreads from the get go. I like to start with a card with a half doily, some layering and some mist and stitching. I always love how it comes out in any line, with any supplies and that always starts my layout off feeling lovely and beautiful to me. Search galleries, pinterest, everywhere and find your something or create your own. This could be the one thing that causes the breakthrough for you to start creating regularly and joyfully!
 
Step Eight: Write
 
I cannot say enough how important journaling is. ESPECIALLY for the perfectionist. Having all of the stories written down and knowing how special they are to you will help you on to the next step of documenting. YOU MUST JOURNAL to stop overthinking before you create. It really works.

 
Step Nine: Unplug
 
If you know me, you knew this was coming. *wink* You need to stop looking at ideas online. There is always someone out there who is more creative, has better photos, better handwriting, more supplies. You name it. You need to stop looking at what they are doing. They are not you. They do not have your story, your beautiful life and they can never capture it the way you do. Own your story.
Unplug from the discouragement.

 
Step Ten: Fast
 
Okay, here is the best way to get over a hump. Set a timer. You have exactly one hour. You complete the spread in one hour and then you have to stop. You cannot fix it, change it or add to it. Leave it for one month. Come back and see how much you love that you did it, not whether the design is perfect. This is an amazing gift to yourself.
You will shock and amaze yourself with how you feel one month later when you look back.

 
Step 11: Make A List
 
Make a list of all of the reasons you are doing this project and hang it on the wall over your creative space. Read it intentionally before you begin creating. Your words can be a gift to even you.
 

Step Twelve: Find Value
 
I could never word this right, share enough, or have the answers on this one, but most often when our perfectionism is holding us back it has everything to do with how we feel about ourselves. What we feel our worth is. I know that all too well, as this is a struggle I face day after day.
I want to push you to find value in you.
 
You are so capable for this project.
 
You are so perfect for taking those pictures and writing those words.
 
You have something to offer that no one else ever will.
 
And that makes you and your Project Life absolutely priceless.
 
So dive in, let go, stop thinking and phone a friend.
(you can even email me!!!!)
I want to encourage you to create more than ideas and collect more than supplies.

 
Challenges:
 
Look over your style this week. Do you have a signature trademark? Something you love that you do on each layout?
 
Make Your List
 
Purge your unwanted/unwanted supplies
 
Create A Spread in One Hour




you can find bit more on HOW my cards were transformed on

THIS post on UmWowStudio

supplies:

from Pretty Little Studio
Winter Wonderland 8x8 paper pack
Silver Stardust Vellum 8x8
Printable | Wonderland Apothecary Cards
Cut-outs | Wonderland Label Tags

                                                                
 
and this free printable "index sheet"


which I used with this Epiphany Crafts Pennant Tool





Becky Higgins Design A Page Protector

 from freshbluemornings  
Striped Paper Clips Blue Black Pink 15 Count 1 1/4"
Gray and White Baker's Twine 5 yards
Small White Parcel Tags 2 3/4" x 1 3/8" 20 Count

from UmWow Studio
Star Confetti Chipboard
Arrow Title Mash Chipboard

and doilies, white and silver thread