April Layouts with Kelly Purkey Shop

I’ve noticed over the years that my creative process ebbs and flows. Around this time every year, real life kicks in with 3 girls and my attention is diverted to end of the school year recitals, performances, and testing. This is the stage of my life right now, and I’ve learned to go with the flow.

Here are two layouts I completed with the most recent release from the Kelly Purkey Shop.

Kelly Purkey Shop | Project Life 12x12 Layout by Azzari Jarrett

I used the Home Town Project kit to document our trip to New York last August to see Hamilton for my oldest daughter’s birthday. Unfortunately, this kit is already sold out, but be sure to check back for a restock!

Kelly Purkey Shop | Project Life 12x12 Layout by Azzari Jarrett

I’m still working on finishing my 2018 album, so this was perfect to get these photos printed and in my 12x12 album. And no worries, I am still documenting 2019 in 6x12 format, so you will definitely see more of those layouts as well.

Kelly Purkey Shop | Project Life 12x12 Layout by Azzari Jarrett

The stamps included in this kit are perfect for not only documenting your love for your home town, but also a favorite trip or destination.

Kelly Purkey Shop | Project Life 12x12 Layout by Azzari Jarrett
Kelly Purkey Shop | Traveler’s Notebook Layout by Azzari Jarrett

All of my girls are general homebodies. They love to be home, and I love that we have created a home where they feel safe and want to stay.

Kelly Purkey Shop | Traveler’s Notebook Layout by Azzari Jarrett

The colors in this kit are beautiful - love how the pages work so well together.

Kelly Purkey Shop | Traveler’s Notebook Layout by Azzari Jarrett

I used the sofa stamp included in the kit to stamp directly on a 3x4 journal card from the project kit and added it to my layout.

Kelly Purkey Shop | Traveler’s Notebook Layout by Azzari Jarrett

Be sure to stop by the Kelly Purkey Shop for these and the rest of the new releases!

Finally, you can also check out the April Idea Gallery for more inspiration.

March Layouts with Kelly Purkey Shop

It’s the 28th of the month, which is the March Shop Update for the Kelly Purkey shop! The theme for this month is food - and there are so many great products to get your favorite foods/meals documented.

Here’s my traveler’s notebook spread using the March Traveler’s Notebook kit, Food Journal. I documented my favorite meal - Sunday brunch.

Traveler’s Notebook Layout by Azzari Jarrett

I’m trying a new format with the traveler’s notebook layouts this month with an album from Citrus Twist.

Traveler’s Notebook Layout by Azzari Jarrett
Travelers Notebook Layout by Azzari Jarrett

I posted a video of this layout coming together in my Instagram highlights, if you’d like to see it.

Travelers Notebook Spread by Azzari Jarrett

And here is my project life layout using a mix of products from this month’s release.

6x12 Project Life Layout by Azzari Jarrett

For this layout, I used the very versatile Alberta and Irvington alpha stamp sets. I also used the Happy Hour stamp set, Life Love Paper Mini Kit: That’s Bananas, and the March Project Kit - Eating Out.

Here’s a closer look.

6x12 Project Life Layout by Azzari Jarrett
6x12 Project Life Layout by Azzari Jarrett
6x12 Project Life Layout by Azzari Jarrett
6x12 Project Life Layout by Azzari Jarrett

This year, I’m using this 6x12 album, and Design H page protectors.

March 2019 shop update - Kelly Purkey Shop | By Azzari Jarrett

And if you love coffee or tea, be sure to grab the Cup of Comfort stamp set.

Be sure to share with me what you create. I’d love to see it!

Travels | Napa Valley

Travels | Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett

It’s no secret that my husband and I love visiting Napa Valley. I’ve posted previous photos here, here, and here.

We were able to make a quick weekend trip at the beginning of March. We have such good memories there. It’s truly the only vacation where I actually feel rested when I return home.

This time of year is mustard season and Napa Valley is filled with a beautiful blanket of yellow. Here are 35mm film photos I captured with my Pentax K1000 and Kodak Portra 400 film. These were mostly taken at Frog’s Leap in Rutherford, Napa Valley, California.

Travels | Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Travels | Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Travels | Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Travels | Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Travels | Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Travels | Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Travels | Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Travels | Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Travels | Frog’s Leap, Rutherford, Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Travels | Frog’s Leap, Rutherford, Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Travels | Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Travels | Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Travels | Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Travels | Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett

And you can see more of travel photos here.

Pieces Story Kit

Month after month, I am constantly inspired by Ali Edwards’ Story Kit subscription. Each kit is so thoughtfully curated for you to document your story.

Here’s what I created with last month’s Pieces Story kit:

Ali Edwards’ Pieces Story Kit Layout | Azzari Jarrett #craftthestory

I downloaded one of the bonus digital templates included with the subscription and resized it to 8.5 x 11 inches in Photoshop (this is the size of all my story kit layouts). I added my photos and journaling about 6 things, or pieces, that currently make up my life right now.

Pieces Story Kit Layout by Azzari Jarrett

After printing, I added a few embellishments from the kit and stamped the date - everything coordinates perfectly!

As always, I love how much I am able to dig deep and tell different stories than I capture in my project life layouts with these kits.

Products used: Ali Edwards Pieces Story Kit Subscription, Heidi Swapp 8.5 x 11 dark floral album, Epson Semi-gloss photo paper.

You can see all of my story kit layouts here.

Project Life 2019 | Shadows and Light

6x12 Project Life Layout by Azzari Jarrett

This year, I am sticking with my formula of letting the photos tell the story. I love including my recent film images in my album. I find that I am always drawn to shadows and light, and that’s what I wanted to document in this spread.

6x12 Project Life Layout by Azzari Jarrett

For this spread, I used journal cards from my Anemone Collection to document the date and a highlights of this spread. I also used Tina’s months stamp set for “February” andthe Twenty Nineteen stamp for the year.

6x12 Project Life Layout by Azzari Jarrett

Simple images that tell a story wins every time for me.

6x12 Project Life Layout by Azzari Jarrett
6x12 Project Life Layout by Azzari Jarrett

All photos printed on my Epson Picturemate PM-400 using Epson Semi Gloss photo paper. I’m also using a black 6x12 Album by We R Memory Keepers I purchased a while back, similar option here. Page Protectors are Design H and 6x12 protectors, 4x6 inch pockets.

February Layouts with Kelly Purkey Shop

The February shop update for the Kelly Purkey Shop is available today! There are so many good products included in this release - including the Wonderful Women stamp and Girl Power.

Here is a look at my layouts with the new products this month.

Documenting Project Life in a 6x12 album by Azzari Jarrett

For this 6x12 inch project life layout, I used the new project kit, Tag You’re It. I love all of the blues and corals that are included in this kit. Also, the stamp set is perfect for adding details to your layouts, or creating your own journal cards.

Here’s a closer look.

Documenting Project Life in a 6x12 album by Azzari Jarrett
Documenting Project Life in a 6x12 album by Azzari Jarrett
Documenting Project Life in a 6x12 album by Azzari Jarrett
Documenting Project Life in a 6x12 album by Azzari Jarrett

I’m using this 6x12 album, and Design H page protectors.

I used two more stamp sets to document in my traveler’s notebook. I’m finding that I’m a bit more playful in this space, and I love how easy it is to create a layout when you are not restricted by page dividers, just space to create.

Traveler’s Notebook Details Layout by Azzari Jarrett

The Little Details kit by LifeLovePaper is perfect for documenting my morning cup of coffee, recently captured on film. I created my own travelers notebook inserts for this layout, using the “Details” stamp and the XL Park Slope alpha stamp set.

Traveler’s Notebook Details Layout by Azzari Jarrett
Traveler’s Notebook Details Layout by Azzari Jarrett
Traveler’s Notebook Details Layout by Azzari Jarrett

And finally, if you only get one product in this release, I would definitely get this one - OK Ladies.

Azzari Jarrett | Stronger Together Project Life Cards

When I saw the face stamp, I immediately knew I wanted to make a few brown faces for journal cards. I used a bit of arcyla gouache paint for the faces and definitely went a little a little overboard with the stamping, but it was so much fun to create custom cards. Definitely keeping these handy for a future layout.

Let me know what you decide to get from the February release! You can see the rest of the creative team release in the idea gallery.

Behind the Scenes - O•HEN•E Artisan Bath Soap

Behind the Scenes - Product Photography

I recently completed my very first product photography shoot with O•HEN•E Artisan Bath Soap. First off, tipping my hat to all product photographers out there! This was no easy feat.

Ohene artisan bath soaps are vegan, handcrafted, and made completely of organic oils and butters. I wanted this to come through each photo - the thickness and quality of the soap as well as the attention to detail of the brand. My family and I have been using Ohene soap for the past year, and we love and stand by each product.

I used two set ups - one in my bathroom with a marble background with a white poster board to reflect the light and my wood desk with a black poster board background (unfortunately I forgot to snap a picture of that setup). I mounted my Fuji X-Ti and 23mm f 1.4 lens on my tripod with a horizontal camera mount, grabbed a few props, and got to work. I typically use this setup for my documenting layouts as well.

Below are a few of my favorite images.

You can see the entire gallery here.

For more, check out Ohene Beauty.