Habit Story Kit

Azzari Jarrett | Habit Story Theme | Ali Edwards Story Themes

When I received last month’s Habit story kit from Ali Edwards, I knew exactly what I wanted to document. I am using this beautiful 8.5 x 11 dark floral album in the photo above to hold all of my story kit layouts.

Here’s a look at what I created with the Habit Story Kit.

Azzari Jarrett Habit Story Theme | Ali Edwards Story Themes

Ever since the birth of my 3rd daughter, I have incorporated running into my life. I run three days a week. It is definitely a habit now, like brushing my teeth. It is a part of who I am. Every decision I have made in the last 5 years has been on a run. But it definitely isn’t easy. It’s a choice I make, and something that I am committed to doing.

In Photoshop, I added a white box over my photo added journaling directly on top. I adhered “habit” on the bottom left hand corner and used a few embellishments from the kit to finish up the layout.

Azzari Jarrett | Habit Story Theme | Ali Edwards Story Themes

Here’s how it looks in my album.

And my 3 truths for running:

Azzari Jarrett | Habit Story Theme | Ali Edwards Story Themes

You can see all of my story kit layouts here.

Viewfinders - Returning to Normal

Azzari Jarrett | Blur on Purpose

I captured this image in September 2018.

My family and I had just evacuated our home in preparation of Hurricane Florence. So many thoughts and feelings associated with this image. Will our community withstand the direct hit? Would we have even a home to return to?

I’m sharing more thoughts on this experience, Returning to Normal, over on Viewfinders today.

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.

Travels | Paris, France

Azzari Jarrett | Paris Photography

To celebrate my 40th birthday this year, my husband and I spent a week in Paris, France. It was a first for both of us, and we truly enjoyed exploring and simply taking in all of sights and sounds of this beautiful city.

Here are my favorites from our week.

Azzari Jarrett | Paris
Azzari Jarrett | Notre Dame Paris
Azzari Jarrett | Paris Carousel
Azzari Jarrett | Paris
Azzari Jarrett | Arc de Triomphe Paris
Azzari Jarrett | Paris
Azzari Jarrett | Paris, France
Azzari Jarrett | Paris Locks
Azzari Jarrett | Flowers in Paris
Azzari Jarrett | Eiffel Tower

Visiting in the middle of January meant that the weather was cold, but the lines where few. We were able to walk up to most museums and sites with no trouble at all.

Azzari Jarrett | Paris Metro
Azzari Jarrett | Paris Flowers
Azzari Jarrett | Claude Monet Water Lilies

Claude Monet’s Water Lilies were absolutely beautiful to see in person. I made sure to get a close up since I would love to use this in a layout.

Azzari Jarrett | Paris Apartment

We stayed in a small, cozy apartment in the Latin Quarter that was perfect for us. There were huge windows that allowed the light to stream in every morning. I looked forward to returning each evening.

Azzari Jarrett | Paris Apartment
Azzari Jarrett | Paris Ranunculus

I feel like I only captured a fraction of the beauty of Paris, but these images definitely convey the restful and enjoyable week we had. We didn’t try to pack too much into each day, choosing instead to make one excursion everyday and preparing most of our meals at home. Exactly how I wanted to spend my birthday!

I am definitely looking forward to my return.

Project Life 2019 | Letting Photos Tell the Story

Sometimes I love combining words + photos in my project life layouts, and other times I like the photos to tell the story.

Azzari Jarrett | Project Life 2019 | Letting the Photos Tell the Story | 6x12 Layout

I included only two journal cards from the Fresh Start Documenter Kit by Studio Calico. And if you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I love to include film in my layouts. For this spread, I printed out three 4x6 inch prints of my favorite film images from my most recent 35mm roll.

Azzari Jarrett | Project Life 2019 | Letting the Photos Tell the Story | 6x12 Layout

I combined them with two photos from my week and I love the simplicity. No fancy embellishments, just the photos.

Azzari Jarrett | Project Life 2019 | Letting the Photos Tell the Story | 6x12 Layout
Azzari Jarrett | Project Life 2019 | Letting the Photos Tell the Story | 6x12 Layout

Sometimes simple is best.

If you find yourself at a loss for words, allow your photos to tell the story.

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Details:

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. Journal cards are from the Fresh Start Documenter Kit by Studio Calico.

January Layouts with Kelly Purkey Shop

Excited to share that I am on the 2019 Kelly Purkey Shop Creative Team! I absolutely love Kelly’s products, and I am looking forward to combining the beautiful stamps and paper with my images each month.

The January shop update is available today!

Here is a pocket page layout I created with the January kit called “Birthday Wishes”, perfect since January is also my birthday month.

Azzari Jarrett | January Project Life Layouts | 6 x 12 layout

My husband and I spent the week of my birthday is Paris this year. It was a magical trip, and I can’t wait to share more images soon! I chose a few of my favorite photos to pair with the journal cards, stickers, and stamps. I love the baby blue alphas in this kit, and how they pair so nicely with the pinks and corals.

Azzari Jarrett | January Project Life Layouts | 6 x 12 layout
Azzari Jarrett | January Project Life Layouts | 6 x 12 layout

I’m just a couple of weeks in, but the 6x12 format is working nicely for me. I am using this album, but in black, and Design H page protectors.

The Traveler’s Notebook this month is “Full Heart”. I used it to create this spread in my traveler’s notebook:

Azzari Jarrett | Traveler’s Notebook | Paris

I also included “the future is bright” 3x8 pattern paper from the “This Year” mini kit, also in this month’s release.

My polaroids from this trip came out so dark and moody. Not the best, but combining film in my layouts will always be my love language.

Azzari Jarrett | Traveler’s Notebook | Paris

And the stamps! Love how this “oui”, included in the True Love stamp set, was perfect for adding a little bit of French in my layout.

Azzari Jarrett | Traveler’s Notebook | Paris

I used the Brooklyn Heights alpha stamp for “Paris”.

Azzari Jarrett | Traveler’s Notebook | Paris

I’m looking forward to sharing my projects with Kelly Purkey Shop with you this year!

Life on Film

Last year, I started a project which I affectionately called 2018 on Film. My goal was to take one photograph a day to document the simple, quiet moments. Around May, as things go, life got in the way and I didn’t finish out the year. I did pick up my camera periodically, taking a photograph here and there, but I didn’t complete the roll until this month.

These film images span from May 2018 - January 2019. I lost a few images in the middle of roll because I opened the back of my camera prematurely. My favorites from the roll:

Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film | Peonies
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film | Fiddle Fig | Light Leak
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film | Peonies
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film | Anemones
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film | Anemones
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film | Beach
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film | Babaa
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film | Studio
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film | Wrightsville Beach, NC

As film goes, I was surprised to get back these little treasures of my life, moments I completely forgot about. So glad that I did!

Needless to say, my film camera is loaded once again. No hard and fast rules, but it feels really good to see my life through film.

2019 Project Life Plans + Modern Printable Journal Cards

Azzari Jarrett | Project Life 2019 Title Page | 6x12 layout

A new year brings a fresh start in many ways. After going strong with project life from 2013 - 2015, my albums from 2016 - 2018 are still left unfinished. I am determined not to quit, and starting fresh in 2019 is just what I need.

I will be using a 6x12 inch album this year. I’ve had this black We R Memory Keepers album for a few years now, and I can’t seem to find this exact one online anymore, it looks to be discontinued. Here is an aqua version, and it looks like Studio Calico has 6x12 inch cloth options.

Here is a look at my 2019 title page:

Azzari Jarrett | 2019 Project Life Title Page | 6x12 layout

I used Design H page protectors for this layout. I’m finding that 6x12 inch pocket pages will be a little hard to find, but I think I will use my fuse tool to create custom page pockets based on what I already have.

I first designed and used these title card designs in 2017, and I love all of the cohesiveness it gives my albums. The “and now let’s begin again” journal card is from Ali Edwards’ January Stories by the Month subscription.

I’m looking at this project as more of a creative mindset. Adjusting and bending, and making this project work for me instead of the other way around. I’m really excited about this year, this new format is just what I need to get me motivated!

If you’d to use these title cards in your layout, you can find them in my shop. Definitely let me know if you decide to use them.

And just for fun, my title pages from 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015.