Simple images that tell a story wins every time for me.
And finally, if you only get one product in this release, I would definitely get this one - OK Ladies.
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.
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.
Simple moments of my life captured on 35mm film from the last month or so. As always with film, these images feel so personal and intimate to me. I will always love how film captures my feelings and mood, in addition to what I see.
Nothing beats the first image from the roll.
We worked on a puzzle together as a family.
I made a quick trip home to Louisiana.
Morning light and my first cup of coffee.
More progress on the puzzle.
We finally finished the puzzle.
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.
Here’s how it looks in my album.
And my 3 truths for running:
You can see all of my story kit layouts here.
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?
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…
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.