Thursday, May 5, 2016

Mad for Plaid and Simple Stories

Hello Everyone, Kate here, shifting the focus away from cards and onto scrapbooking with this month's featured product, Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid, paired with Simple Stories Carpe Diem products, all of which can be found in the store!

When I saw the plaid papers I just knew they would be a perfect combination with the Simple Stories products, and once I started creating, it was a match made in heaven! Much of the Carpe Diem line is designed to use in your planner; however, it is also perfect for creating albums and cards, as you will see below. And since we are talking scrapbooking, I have tried quite a few pocket protectors, and Simple Stories creates the most durable, clear, and varied pages of the bunch.

Okay then, on with the album!

As a newish scrapbooker, I personally love the mini-album (stay tuned for a travel album featuring the plaids), but for doing a spread I find the 6x8 format manageable, if not a bit stifling.  I don't scrap daily or weekly, but rather by month, season, or theme.  So this album will focus on spring, and include many memories from 2016 and years before.  And what a spring it has been in my corner of the world!

Opening pages-- note the encircled acetate days...

To help them show up, I placed handmade epoxy buttons behind them, most of which uses the plaid paper and a few flair digi prints.

The Word Label stickers, Bits and Pieces ephemera and Insta quote stickers are featured on these two pages.

Throughout my album I have mini-booklets that hold journal cards, pictures, and other ephemera.  This little booklet is dedicated to my spring cleaning accomplishments in March and April!

"You go girl" from Hero Arts Dare to Dream makes an appearance.  Things are indeed finally coming together, but I've many miles to go with my classroom and home projects before spring is out!

Here's the back of the page with other bits and pieces, as well as the Simple Stories Carpe Diem metal buttons, which are featured throughout my album.  "Set your own path" from the Dare to Dream set-- March certainly set its own agenda this spring in the PNW!!

Another little plaid booklet with notes on the month, and my spring break accomplishments on the back page-- note the vellum calendar over the booklet.  Love how the vellum looks over the plaid!

My crafty friends (on this DT) sent me some happy mail this month, definitely a highlight of April!  So I included that image-- Happiness is crafty friends!  Two more mini-albums here-- love the Simple Stories elements on the plaid book.

The front of the 4x6 mini-album.

Layers of plaid pages on the inside!  Pockets in which to hide all kinds of treasures!

Love that little Insta-Quote bike sticker!  Enjoy the little things, today and every day!  Blue plaid on the adjacent page; Dare to Dream sentiment on the digital journal card.  The photograph captured a day that was indeed its own kind of beauty here on the beach.

How could I create a spread without two of the best things about Seattle (okay, three-- my man in plaid as well!!).  A lovely April night spent at our favorite restaurant, Bottlehouse in Madrona.  And coffee from General Porpoise (part of Renee Erickson's Sea Creatures restaurants-- Seattle loves its multiple, and growing, chef-driven establishments).  The doughnuts there are not any doughnut-- they are a pillowy pastry filled with seasonal jams and creams.  Wish I could visit both places MTWTHF....

I think this might be my favorite page of the album!  Two more minis!

My partner and I have been planning to kayak on Puget Sound every summer for the last 5 years... and THIS will be the summer, so my mini will record that. I thought the Simple Stories feather looked like a paddle!  We will make it happen and it will be fun!

Back page and adjacent as we reach the end of this section of the album, nearly all pockets featuring plaid and Insta Quote Stickers and Bits and Pieces.

Here's the back-- Love the "my fav" pocket, as all of those reminded me of Sundays-- farmers market, shopping, writing, coffee, and maybe a General Porpoise donut! I love these pockets by Becky Higgins to store Phrase stickers, journal cards, tags, and the Bits and Pieces.

Want to see more pages from the album? (Yes, there ARE more!) Then hop over to my website in the coming week, or my Instagram, where photos will continue to be added to the portfolio as I edit them and complete the pages.

Thanks for joining me today on my scrapbooking journey!  I hope you were inspired to play with Lawn Fawn's plaid and Simple Stories.

The Heart Desires has even more Carpe Diem products to choose from, so make sure to check out the entire line for your planner, scrapbook, or card!

Carpe Diem Bits and Pieces
Carpe Diem Insta Quote Stickers
Carpe Diem Word Label Stickers
Carpe Diem Illustrated Life Stickers
Dare to Dream Hero Arts Stamps
Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid


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