Sunday, July 31, 2016

July Roundup!

I haven't posted my June round up and since we are in the last day of July just wanted to catch you all up with my latest digi endeavors...

The first page was created in the Becky Higgin's PL app, including the journaling!. While I did my favorite project ever documenting my anniversary trip in a Midori traveler's notebook, I will also include digi pages in my regular project life album - and PL app makes it quick and easy to get those pages done!

Using Just Jaimee's Ready to Go pages to document one of my weeks in June.  I love these completed pages - they are already embellished but allow you tons of freedom to decorate it fit your photos. I am currently using a monthly approach -so you can change the template to fit any dates you need

A July Challenge at The Lilypad to use 3 BYOC products on 1 layout! I LOVE these travel journal templates from Scrapping with Liz, along with Mommyish So Knotty and Forever Joy Designs Summertime Blues

Using Libby Pritchett's and Amanda Yi's most recent collab Celebrate Independence

Using Melissa Bennet's Calm. Originally part of the Digi Files, now available in her store as well.

Using Libby Pritchett's Brainstorm  and a fun challenge template by Miss Mel's templates

Using a triple scoop from Libby Pritchett, Becca Bonneville and Erica Zane Leggings are Pants. Although I haven't quite succumbed to the mania over LuLuRoe - the kits was adorable with my niece's pics!

Using Libby Pritchett's And Just for All with another fun template by Miss Mel coming soon to her Etsy store

Another fun Lilypad Challenge layout for the July challenges using a Just Jaimee & Mommyish kit Are We There Yet and the freebie template from Kate Hadfield

Using Just Jaimee's July Storyteller and the July Challenge template from The Lilypad and Pink Reptile Designs

Using Just Jaimee's Pocket Pages from June 2016 pages to document one of my weeks. The main storyteller kit includes lots of extra goodies. 

Hope you've enjoyed the roundup! I hope to get lots and lots of pages done for August too.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Midori Mini Album Part II

Hi everyone, back again to share my second part of my mini album that I completed in my Midori travelers notebook insert. I was so excited about being able to capture a snapshot of our long weekend getaway with my hubby to Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.

One question I had was was how to really capture the details. I took way more photos of course so I will also probably complete a photo book but I am very happy to have this documented so close to when we got back! It makes reliving the memories that much more powerful. 

I love the Midori insert because I am able to include the memorabilia that I always collect but often times don't use. To be honest I am a great collector of stuff when I travel so I LOVED being able to include the cards, brochure cut outs and maps I gathered on our trip. 

Without much further ado here is Part II. 

I was able to use some more watercolors, photos and maps. This fold out map came from our wonderful hotel. I forgot to get a clean copy so I ended up having to iron this one ( yes I know a little OCD, but I'm an architect so it is part of the profession!)

I love how the map fold out I was able to include the history of San Miguel de Allende. 

I love these Spanish word wood veneers from Lora Bailora. She's from Spain- I wish I would have know about her before I traveled in 2014. Amy Tan went to teach a class with her in Barcelona.. Now that would have been my nirvana!!

See what I said about using memorabilia in my Midori  - this is a sheet from the note pad from the hotel! I cut out a number of words from the 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Anniversary Trip in my Midori

I've been so inspired by all the lovely Midori traveler's notebooks that I have been seeing out there in blog land that I knew it would be perfect to document my anniversary get away with my hubby! I've been working on a project in Mexico City since Jan of 2009 traveling about every month to 6 weeks to Mexico City or DF (Distrito Federal) as they call it. It's been a marvelous experience but that will have to wait for a separate post...I've become good friends with many of my counterparts in DF especially one gal and her hubby (who she met and married since the time I've known her). We were able to plan a last minute get away and she even graciously allowed us to hang out at her apartment! We enjoyed several  days as tourists in Mexico City and then headed out of town for the weekend to San Miguel de Allende, which was recently voted best tourist destination ( my Travel & Leisure mag came with the honor right after we arrived home!). I chose a khaki colored insert because I thought it would go the best with my photos. I used a combination of iPhone 6S plus photos but I also brought my Canon 60D which also made me super happy.

I have some large photos of my hubby (my best subject....) still trying to decide if I am using or not.

I loved this view of the Palacio de Bellas Artes in the center of the City. What I cut off in the picture was a giant line of police that where blocking the entrance to this whole area.  Never did figure out why this happened - this is a little cafeteria on the top floor of the Sears (yes that same Sears) that I just found out about! It was a wonderful little spot to end our day of adventure!

I finally got to take my hubby to Zocalo and got to see some great sites that were new to him. We actually hired a local guide when we were entering the Palacio Nacional. It was a great idea- he was so knowledgeable and even though he really only spoke Spanish- my hubby understands it very well and our guide understood any questions my hubby had in English! He guided us through the Palacio and also through the Templo Mayor - which is a very major archeological museum and amazing that it's located right in the center of the city. 

We also spent some great time in Coyoacan which is at the south end of the city. It used to be its own neighborhood now part of the greater Metro area. We went to the Frida Kahlo museum- I had been before but my hubby had not been. He loved it and the whole neighborhood was amazing. We went to a craft bazaar, had  a wonderful outdoor lunch

A couple of fun flip out - still trying to decide what I will put on the back of this page. I also used the pic stitch app to make some great collages for the album. I always have a hard time deciding on which photos... I always take a lot and I am not very good at purging them when I am done.

I'll be back later this week with my wrap up if this project and what I would do differently for my next Midori!

Have a great Tuesday!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Documenting the Little things of summer in a midori notebook. Holly with

I made my first #LittleSummerJoy entry in my midori notebook! Are you following along with Little Paper Projects? They have a freebie class and a paid class version. I'm doing the freebie version. Go here to see the prompt which my post today followed.
the little things of summer in your midori notebook. Holly with Take 10 Kits and
I am using my June Take 10 Kit in this layout. I love the fun summer colors. And the Simple Stories sticker sets that came in the glam bag are perfection for this project.

the little things of summer in your midori notebook. Holly with Take 10 Kits and
The boys and I went to our local "Fro-Yo" for some "Get your Own" frozen yogurt and a buffet of toppings to chose from. They absolutely love this place. That day was a special day for my daughter, who was with her BFF at a theme park. So, we had to make our own special back home. This time around, I printed my photos at home. I used PicStitch to make some white border 3x3's (2 on a 4x6). When I trimmed the overhead shot of my bowl, I made it look like a polaroid, so I could add a sticker to the bottom.
the little things of summer in your midori notebook. Holly with Take 10 Kits and
I backed this guy's messy smile on one of the PL cards from my kit and added a phrase sticker (Simple Stories, part of my kit). You might notice, by each photo I listed that person's current favorite selection with toppings.

the little things of summer in your midori notebook. Holly with Take 10 Kits and
And there is K's favorite and the perfect goofy, fun photo that totally captures how we were all feeling on this mini-excursion. I grabbed my Becky Higgins roller date stamp and put the date on a Simple Stories label sticker.

the little things of summer in your midori notebook. Holly with Take 10 Kits and
And since Midori Traveler's Notebooks are great for lots of journaling, I added some more about this little moment with my boys. Now, I will always remember K's comments by mid-day on how his sister was on the "longest playdate ever".  "YUM" stamp from June Take 10 Glam Bag.

Enjoy your summer and those little things that make it great.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Oregon Traveler's Notebook Flip Through

I am so excited to share with you that I am guest posting at Caylee is an amazing artist and so motivating. If you are coming over here from her blog, you are probably looking for a little YouTube Video that shows the entire mini-book from cover to cover! Without further ado...

And if you are coming here from a different route, head over to this post to check out more details on this book.

This Midori Traveler's Notebook from my Oregon Trip has been a long time in the making. Here are a few previous post I created about setting it up and the journaling that I did in it.

Prepping a Midori for Travel

Midori Traveler's Notebook with Scrapbook Supplies

Oregon Midori Traveler's Notebook (Part 2)

Thanks for stopping by!

Holly |
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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Project LIfe: A Bike Built for FIVE

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Did you see my last post about the Day at the Beach? Well, this layout showcases more fun from the same day on the lake front. What a memorable day that was! We found some new bike rentals last summer right at the beach. 

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The kiddos tried out all the different bikes, but we rented one that fit three kids on the back and had pedals for two in front, side-by-side. 

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I'm using my June Take 10 Kits, and chose cards that would complement the ones from my "Day at the Beach" Layout because these two be will side by side in the album.
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Here they are side by side! I love using kits to do a layout. Nicely coordinated and I didn't have to dig through a lot of supplies to find the perfect items. 

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That bike! I used a combination of the Simple Stories sticker (from the June Glam Bag) for a simple filler card.

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I used some stamps from the kit and more enamel dots in the same color as the ones on the Beach layout. And printed my journaling in the same font/size on vellum. Here's a little tutorial I put together on easy journal printing I shared previously.

Are you out there doing lots of fun summer adventures? They are so fun to document!!

Holly |
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