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Layout with February Stamps

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Hello Gossamer Blue fans! The stamps are back in the February kits and they are amazing! I was especially drawn to the label stamp and small words of the set in the Life Pages kit and decided to use that for the inspiration for my layout today. Going with the repeating “hello” theme found in some of the embellishments this month I pulled out an old photo from my childhood with me on the phone. The phones with cords…remember those?! Maybe you don’t, if not, I’m totally dating myself here.


I thought it would be fun to use the label stamp as a design element instead of the obvious use as a label. I stamped it three times above my photo and three times below my photo and then added some ink splatters.

Since I’m using the labels as a design element I want to fill some of them with word stickers or patterned paper. The Basic Grey 6×6 paper pad with the smaller scale prints in the Bits & Pieces kit is perfect for this purpose. Using three coordinating prints I stamped the image on the papers I wanted to use.

Next, using the inside line of the stamped label as my guide, I cute the inside of the label out with my scissors. I didn’t worry about the inked line showing on my final image when cutting it out, since this would not be noticeable once adhered inside the stamped image on my layout.

After adding a few buttons, sequin and flair for embellishing, I called it done!



For the journaling, I used a pocket card from the Life Pages kit and tucked it behind the photo layers.


I love using stamps for design elements on my pages. I hope this inspires you to get the stamps out of your kits and start using them on your layouts.


8 Tips to Stop Procrastinating and Finish Off Life Pages 2015

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Hey! It’s Caylee here, sharing my last Life Pages spreads for 2015. It stinks having an incomplete album, but it’s so great to start a new one. I’m here to encourage you to finish off 2015 so that you can dive fully into your 2016 album. It’s time to release control, and stop overthinking it, and to get it done.

Tip #1: Use products you love

I was excited to see how gorgeous the February Life Pages kits were. It makes that difficult task of finishing off far easier. Don’t try rush everything and use products you’re not in love with. You’ll only be upset about the end product. Using pretty paper and embellishments also means that finishing it off is going to be quicker because you’re not spending as much time choosing something that you can and would like to use.

Tip #2: Don’t skip big events

Just because you want to finish, doesn’t mean that certain events are less important. I took three entire double pages to document launching my online course. I was really proud. Grid pocket protectors are the best at documenting something big.

So are full 6×8″ protectors. Which brings us to my next tip.

Tip #3: Use full size page protectors

These guys are great for giving a long explanation. Use just text, or use one photo. If you’re using 6×8″, it’s really easy to keep the look minimalist. If you’re using 12×12″, blow up one image to fit the entire page, or use a sheet of cardstock.

Tip #4: Don’t over-detail everything

This is the opposite of tip #2. If you have something that you’ve already made a mini book out of, then don’t re-document. Since I already had our “Travelcember” Eurotrip in my December Memories album, and in a photobook, I chose one photo for each of my favourite places, left the less desirable places out, and used those.

Tip #5: Keep things simple

Use just one photo per pocket, or one journaling card. Keep your embellishment minimalist. Allow the photos to shine through.


Tip #6: Don’t feel constrained to do things a certain way

There is absolutely no reason you need to use X number of journal cards to X number of photos. If your photos have a lot of white space, there is less need to break them up with journaling cards between them. White space on photos is also a fantastic place to journal a bit.


If you would really like to use one page protector, but you have a photo made for another, just cut it up and make it fit.

Tip #7: When in doubt, black and white

If you’re getting too hung up on editing your photo to match the colour scheme, turn it into a black and white image, and it fits perfectly almost all of the time.

Tip #8: Just. do. it


In the end, no amount of tips is going to get you in front of your album and creating. Get your photos printed, get your kit together, and start cutting, gluing, and having fun.

Here’s to starting 2016 fresh!



Anabelle’s Planner Spread


Hi! As you know, I love decorating my planner. The February kits were perfect for my spreads this month. I knew I wanted to use some of the fun pink papers along with the black and white accents to give it a romantic feel. Here is how it turned out.


I decided that I wanted to use the ‘shine’ word as a focal point on my left side page. I added some of the label stickers so I could write in my important appointments. I love using washi as decoration, but decided to cut some of my favorite papers into strips and used them instead.


I love using the Life Pages cards as to do lists. This week, I combined the large black and white striped one with some of the Heidi Swapp label stickers to create my goals for the week page.

The numbers were a fun addition, too. Additionally, I used a couple of the bows and the flair and created clips with them. I just hot glued them to gold paper clips and popped them onto the page.


I decided to add a little pocket to my spread this week. This was created by cutting a paper to 4 by 7 inches. I folded it in half and cut off one corner on the front part. Then, I stitched it shut. I added a few sticky notes and will use this for any extra to do lists or to tuck in receipts.


Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek. Happy Planning!