May Layouts with Kelly Purkey Shop

This time of year is pretty busy for me. This is our last week of school, and I am looking forward to summer break and being able to get a little more time to create!

Here are two recent layouts with Kelly Purkey’s May Release.

Azzari Jarrett Project Life 6x12 Layout | 6x12 pocket page layout | Kelly Purkey May 2019

I continue to love the 6x12 inch format for my Project Life album this year. In this layout, I documented our trip in April to New Orleans to celebrate my father’s birthday.

Azzari Jarrett Project Life 6x12 Layout | 6x12 pocket page layout | Kelly Purkey May 2019

I mainly used the May pocket page kit - Departure, and I also included a few elements from the Traveler’s Notebook kit, Travel Numbers, Life Love Paper’s Mini Kit: Travelogue, as well as the Athens and Rio alpha stamp sets.

Azzari Jarrett Project Life 6x12 Layout | 6x12 pocket page layout | Kelly Purkey May 2019
Azzari Jarrett Project Life 6x12 Layout | 6x12 pocket page layout | Kelly Purkey May 2019
Azzari Jarrett Traveler’s Notebook Layout | Kelly Purkey May 2019

This was a recent girls’ trip to the Bahamas - I love how quickly and easily these spreads come together. And how documenting in traveler’s notebooks has enhanced my process.

Azzari Jarrett Traveler’s Notebook Layout | Kelly Purkey May 2019

I find that I don’t like to use chipboard embellishments, or anything bulky for these spreads. So stamping, alphas and layering journal cards are definitely my go to techniques when working in this format.

Azzari Jarrett Traveler’s Notebook Layout | Kelly Purkey May 2019

This month, I am really excited to receive the new Ciao Swag Bag and Checked In Swag Bag - can’t wait to create with those goodies!

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!

5 Surprising Things I Learned About Documenting While Traveling

On my trip to Paris, I decided to try something a little different. Instead of waiting until I returned home, I decided to bring along some essentials and document while traveling. Kind of the best of both worlds - memories documented without the stress of having to do it when I returned home.

Here are a few things that surprised me while documenting on the go…

5 Surprising Things I Learned About Documenting While Traveling | Azzari Jarrett

1. The airplane folding tray was just enough space to create.

I didn’t intend to use the airplane folding tray as a space to create, but I was so excited to get started. As it turns out, the airplane folding tray is the perfect size. I was able to write down my feelings and intentions about the trip. Be sure to pack your supplies in your carry on bag.

5 Surprising Things I Learned About Documenting While Traveling | Azzari Jarrett

2. Limiting your supplies makes you more creative.

I know it sounds counterintuitive, but when I have my entire stash available, the decision making process about what to use can be daunting. By limiting my supplies, I actually used everything. Not once did I think, “I wish I brought ….” Instead, I made do with what I had.

Here’s what I packed: Midori Traveler’s Notebook, Midori Blank Traveler’s Refill, small palette of gouache, travel paintbrush, black ink pad, date stamp, stickers, Micron journaling pen, Scotch adhesive roller, binder clippers, my current favorite Kelly Purkey stamps, Fuji Instax Share printer (I have an older version), and my HP sprocket. I was able to fit everything in one bag, which was perfect for keeping my supplies together.

5 Surprising Things I Learned About Documenting While Traveling | Azzari Jarrett

3. Collecting ephemera during the trip can be fun.

I really enjoyed picking up ephemera at every place we visited - visitor maps, business cards, receipts, ticket stubs. Usually these things are cumbersome for me collect on trips because I know I have to keep track of them in order to get them home. And they add up quickly! I found that I didn’t mind collecting ephemera because I knew I would be using them soon.

5 Surprising Things I Learned About Documenting While Traveling | Azzari Jarrett

4. Finding a quiet space to journal is essential.

As soon as we got to our apartment, I made sure to find a space that I could spread out and create. It turned out to be this little desk near a window that was perfect for holding all my supplies. At the end of each day, I simply returned to this little area and documented our excursion for the day.

5 Surprising Things I Learned About Documenting While Traveling | Azzari Jarrett

5. Anything is better than nothing.

I realized I could let go of any preconceived notions about perfection. Anything I documented that day would be better than nothing at all. I wasn’t concerned about things matching or how they looked together. I was simply able get my thoughts and pictures documented.

And if you are interested, here is a short video of my complete January traveler’s notebook.