May - Free Desktop Downloads

To welcome the first day of May, I designed a few simple desktop backgrounds with watercolor - free to download for personal use. 

And here's how it might look on your screen:

The next one is my current background.


A reminder that quality should always come above quantity.

And finally, and one of my favorite phrases - She believed she could, So she did.

Download each of these desktop backgrounds here:

May Watercolor Background

Quality Over Quantity Background

She Believed She Could, So She Did Background.

I hope that these bring a little joy + inspiration to you this month!

What's Stopping You - New Digital Art + Journal Cards

What's stopping you? More importantly, should you let it?

This is the inspiration for my new collection of digital art printables - two art prints + journal cards.    

What's Stopping You Art Print - Digital Download

Download & print as many times as you like. I hope this serves as a reminder that you shouldn't let anything stop you and stand in the way of your hopes, your dreams, your talents - what you have to offer this world.

The simple black & white ranunculus image spoke to me as well. It is same as above, without the text.

Both are available as digital art prints in my shop.

And for my Project Life friends, I created a few journal cards for this collection.

What's Stopping You - Digital Printable Journal Cards

Print them out in tuck them in your Project Life spreads, layouts, mini books, etc.


Magic Story Theme

Each month, as I work on these story theme prompts from Ali Edwards, I am reminded how much I love getting these experiences down on paper.  I continue to enjoy this kit, mostly because I love to document extra stories that I may not get to tell in my Project Life spreads.

Last month's theme was "Magic".  After reviewing and taking in all of the class content (which is great, by the way), I realized that I resonated with one particular definition - magic as a quality that makes something seem removed from life, especially in a way that gives delight. 

Magical would definitely be an accurate description of how I feel during and after a run.  There is something about a run first thing in the morning that sets the tone for my entire day. If I don't do one more thing that day, I feel that I have accomplished something.

Inspired by one of Ali's layouts from the class, I printed out 3 x 4 photos of pictures I snapped on my phone during recent runs.  

I used a round hole punch to cut my photos and a few journal cards from the kit. I adhered some of them with an adhesive roller and others with foam dots for a bit of texture and dimension.

I wanted to use my "magic" acrylic piece for this layout, but I was afraid it would get lost with the white background.  I used my sewing machine to adhere a piece of kraft paper to the bottom of each page.  I love the effect, and the way it grounds the layout.

I used chipboard stickers and the perforated phrases directly from the kit on the opposite side. 

The "Like A Boss" stamp is from this Clearly Kelly stamp set.  And the the "from where i stand" flair badge is one that I designed available hereI also added some gold and silver stars throughout to add to the magic theme.

I should also mention that I included a 5x7 insert with my journaling right in the middle of this layout that I decided not include in this post.

One thing that I am struggling with in showing my layouts are how personal some spreads can be.  While I love to share my work, I feel that some layouts contain heartfelt feelings and thoughts that are so personal. Do you have a rule of thumb regarding sharing, or does it even cross your mind?  I'd love to know.

And here is my spread looks in my album:

I'm keeping all of my 8.5 x 11 layouts in this binder, which is working out really well for me. 

My previous story theme layouts: Firsts, Gather, and AM/PM.

March Project Life

Enjoying Project Life more and more these days.  Bringing together images + photos + stories is so soothing for my soul. Here's a recent spread with images that I have taken so far in March.

This came together using the LifeLovePaper "Maker Card Set".  I love Tina's designs. 

I have started using my typewriter to journal and it makes me wonder why I waited so long.  

The top middle card is actually a photo of a tapestry in Anthropologie's newest House and Home Catalog.  There's is something about the colors and aged feel that spoke to me, and I instantly knew I wanted to include it in a spread.

While capturing film images for On The Table, Volume 2, my baby girl wanted in on the fun. I love how she knew exactly what to do!

And finally, I included a quote from one of Ali Edwards's Give Sunday.  I converted the font to white in Photoshop and layered it over one of my images.  It's something that I really want to remember.  "Thinks that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least." - Goethe 

Products used: Design B Page Protectors, Maker Card Set by LifeLovePaper, Ali Edwards Give Sunday Quote, Epson Semi-gloss 4x6 photo paper

You can find out more about Project Life, a fun and simple way of documenting, here.

Free Digital Download - Today is a Good Day

I recently snapped this picture on my table with my iPhone. I loved it so much, I decided to create a printable to share.  

Because we all need a little reminding that Today is a Good Day - it truly is a choice.

So download it - print it at home or at your local print shop, tuck it in your planner, frame it, or pin it on your inspiration board and keep it as a reminder.  

And for my project lifer's - I also created a 3x4 journal card (actually sized 2.9 x 4 inches to fit easily in pocket pages).

Download: 8x10 digital download, 5x7 digital download, or  3x4 digital download

For personal use only, please. Enjoy!


February Project Life Layout

It's no secret I am drawn to simple designs and layouts when it comes to documenting.  Today, I wanted to share one of my February layouts for Project Life using Paislee Press pictures + words no. 18.

I began by printing the templates on vellum paper with my Epson printer at home. After a bit of experimenting, I realized that my printer best prints on vellum with the default settings selected.  I also grabbed some simple kraft paper that I had on hand.

I cut the word phrases out and adhered them to a 4x6 patterned card and kraft paper with my tiny attacher.

Love how the vellum paper makes the words stand out.

Next, I paired my photos with the journal cards.

And here's how it looks in my album.  

Simple, clean, but most importantly - done.

Products used: Paislee press pictures + words no.18, vellum paper, kraft paper, Epson 4x6 premium semi-gloss paper, Design C Page Protector.

You can find out more about Project Life, a fun and simple way of documenting, here.

collected moments around the table

I am continuing to enjoy Ali Edwards's story kits and themes.  

January's theme is 'gather'.  Right away, I knew I wanted document the story of my kitchen table, which is an endless source of inspiration for me.  Here's a post I wrote last summer about my table.

I used the Paislee Press plate no. 38 photo template and I gathered 12 of my favorite images captured on my table from my Instagram feed.  On top of the photo, I layered 'gather' and 'collected moments' and a red heart from the story kit.

Following Ali's template, I layered my journaling over background paper, and sewed one of the 3x4 journaling cards on top. Please don't look that closely at my sewing - still learning my way with my sewing machine! I also cut my journaling page in half, and sewed an 8.5 x 11 in page protector to fit in my album.  I love having different sizes and textures.

And here is how it looks in my album.  I'm using a We R Memory Keepers 8.5 x 11 Classic Leather Album to hold all of my story layouts.  

It always amazes me how much I love combining images and stories.  Looking forward to next month's theme!

You can see my layout for December's 'first' story theme here.

a little creativity everyday

I try to create a little something everyday.  Capturing a moment with my camera, dabbling with a new font, working on a project life spread - it doesn't matter how big or small.

During my girls' nap time, I can usually squeeze in a few uninterrupted minutes.  And last week, I grabbed some acrylic paint, tuned to the Adele station on Pandora, and got to work.

I love a blank slate.

This is a 6x6 canvas, already primed - but I still love to start with a layer of gesso.  I love the feeling of starting fresh and new.

I pick a few a colors that I am drawn to.  I find that if I have too many, I become overwhelmed.

And then I just let my imagination take over.  No right or wrong, nothing fancy.  Just me - playing and experimenting and trying different things.  An instant stress relief, always.

I grabbed another canvas - still playing with more colors.

And a little playing with pattern making.

And that's all it takes.

Twenty minutes later, with three small canvases in same color family, I am one happy mama.