Crafty · Project Life · Scrapbook

October 2017 – The First Week

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Hey everyone and happy October (its halfway through the month but whatever). I started collecting photos from the first part of this month and realized I could make a true “weekly” spread for the first week of the month, as typically I just focus on keeping each month together and not really doing the traditional weekly Project Life spreads. This spread documents the last St. Louis Cardinals game of the season, some everyday things, and, of course, October 3rd, aka Mean Girls Day.

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I loved the simplicity  of the “start where you are” card from the September “Starlight” Studio Calico kit, but I felt like it needed a little something. I added some die cuts from Felicity Jane, and a bit of the gorgeous washi tape from the October “Gypsy Moon” Studio Calico kit. The alphas that I used are also from Felicity Jane.

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I had three pictures from the baseball game that I wanted to use, so I displayed the picture of my friend and me and used the other two (that were long distance of players) for a flip pocket.

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I don’t typically document sad events in my Project Life album. I know a lot of people do because it is meant to be documenting your life, the good and the bad, but I tend to be naturally a bit more on the pessimistic side so I try to keep my album as cheery and fun as possible. Still there have been events that I didn’t want to ignore so I’ve documented them in more subtle ways. I feel like this card from Feed Your Craft with the quote from J.K. Rowling is a good representation of the tragic events that have been occurring in the United States with the hurricanes and shooting in Las Vegas. I feel like it represents these hard times but also how we can grow together.

 

How are you documenting October so far? Do you document the good and the bad or keep your album focused on happy memories?

 

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Outfits · Style

What I’m Wearing – Pink Ruffles

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I’ve been known to describe my style as cute but casual. I like to look nice, and I tend to like things that are pretty girly, but comfort is also important to me. I think one of the keys to comfort is making sure your clothes fit properly. This may sound ridiculously simple, but I know women can sometimes feel societal pressure to wear smaller sizes, so wearing clothing in your proper size can really make a difference. I also think accessories can be a big part of making an outfit, especially if they’re a statement piece. I really like statement necklaces, but if earring or scarves are more you, wear them!

 

Outfit Details

Top: H&M, Skirt: Kohl’s, Purse: Kohl’s (old), Necklace: H&M (old) 

Beauty

Current Makeup Routine

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When I started this blog, my intention was to share about all the things I enjoyed in my life. It has become more of a crafty blog to this point but I’m hoping to incorporate other types of posts as well, like this one. Today I wanted to share about something I’ve been a long time fan of, makeup, and how I do my current everyday makeup.

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I start with foundation. I’ve been using the Cover Girl Outlast foundation for a while now. It gives great coverage and it really does last all day. The NYX Gotcha Covered concealer is pretty new to me, but I loved it from the first time I tried it. I feel like the combination of these products is the closest my skin has been to “flawless” in a long time. I finish it off with the L’oreal True Match powder (another old standby product for me). I like this powder because I feel like it does give a slight amount of coverage which you don’t always get in regular pressed powders.

If I’m going for bronzer I use the ELF bronzer. It actually comes with a blush as well, which is okay, but the bronzer is the gold star product here. Its matte and not too dark, which works well for contouring my pale skin. I put it where I think the hollows of my cheeks are (I have a very round face if you can’t tell), on my forehead, and a little on the sides of my nose. I also really like the Tarte 12 hour Amazonian Clay blushes. I’ve used a few shades in the past and the one I’m currently using is called Blushing Bride. Its a nice pink with a slight purple tone to it.

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I love a good cat eye, and while I can’t say its really part of my “everyday” make up, I do wear it a lot on weekends and evenings. I’m using the Kat Von D tattoo liner right now, but I’m not totally loving it. Its supposed to be waterproof but I’ve had it smudge on me some. For right now, its what I have. I love the Cover Girl Total Tease mascara though. It makes me lashes really long, thick, and dark. Its great.

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As far as lips go, I tend to rotate through a few different lip colors just depending on what I want that day. I really like NYX lip products because they work well and have a huge selection for a drug store brand. I also have been liking Tarte’s liquid lipstick in Cheerleader for a good red. And I do really love that Revlon lipstick as well, but the label is so small that I don’t know what its called! Its a really good purple-y pink (which you may have realized is a tone I like for my skin). And that’s it! It may sound like a like of products but I’ve got it to a pretty quick routine.

Until next time,

Emily

Crafty · Scrapbook

Yay Fun Scrapbook Layout

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If you’ve seen much of my blog before you know I primarily scrapbook in a pocket page format. It was how I started documenting and it’s what usually comes easiest for me. Every once in a while I like to do a full page layout, and lately I’ve been drawn to this more and more. I think this is one of my favorites I’ve made, probably because I’m obsessed with the Carousel collection from Maggie Holmes and Crate Paper. This collection definitely grew on me. At first I wasn’t sure about it, as carnivals aren’t really my thing, but the more I looked at it, the more I fell in love with it. I’m planning a trip to Disney World in a few months and I’m definitely hoarding a lot of this collection to document the trip.

For this layout I started by layering my photo on white cardstock, then layering various pieces of patterned paper from the collection at an angle behind it. I chose the pinks and blues in the collection and cut everything to roughly 3×4 sized. I then started playing with bits and pieces from the ephemera pack and added these into my cluster. I finally added an aqua doily behind everything.

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I knew I wanted to use that YAY ephemera piece as my title. I wanted to add something else to the layout so I decided to add some strips of the same patterned papers to the layout. At first I tried them at the bottom but it seemed to conflict too much with where I wanted to put my photo and title, so I decided to add the strips to the middle.

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Finally I began to embellish. I used some of the Thickers from the Carousel collection and made the title “YAY fun”. I also used a few bits from my stash in order to add more gold into the layout. Last, some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Sweet Mint for some splatters, a doodled border, and a little bit of journaling.

Crafty · Project Life · Scrapbook

August Studio Calico Kit and Layout

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Its hard to believe August is here and that summer is winding down. Soon the crisp fall air will be rolling in, but first, we need to finish documenting our summer! When I scrapbook I tend to combine a lot of kits and collections and use whatever I like to make my layout come together. I decided to create a little challenge for myself to only use one kit to put together a layout. I received my August 2017 Studio Calico kit and immediately broke into it. Some of the cards and embellishments contain brighter more summery colors but I was drawn to the softer pinks and blacks and whites. I don’t do weekly Project Life layouts and instead just keep my months together. I had printed photos from the first couple weeks of the month and pulled out the photos that were a bit softer. This included a photo of details of a travelers notebook spread that I had played around with in the A Color Story app (kind of meta to scrapbook a scrapbook layout, Scrapception?), my new favorite sleep shirt that pays homage to napping, a corner of my room, and the day there was a beautiful rainbow in St. Louis (I was stuck in traffic snapping the photo).

I first pulled the cards I thought I might use. I knew I wanted to use the calendar card because I absolutely loved it!

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These are the cards I pulled from the kit that I didn’t use. Aren’t they lovely?

I also loved the marble and pink card but I thought it needed some gold. The kit came with gold sequins so I decided to glue them along the card where the two sides met. The process was tedious but actually only took a few minutes.

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I scrap on my bed most of the time so I’ll pretty much use any flat surface (including my Happy Planner) as a tabletop. 

I also wanted to use the stamp set that came in the kit for extra embellishment. The stamp seems to be travel focused but I made it work for my photos at home and around town. I stamped directly on the rainbow photo and I felt that the calendar card needed a little extra something so I added a stamp to the top of that card as well.

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The only extra item I added to the kit was the little label for journaling which was a stamp from a Kelly Purkey set. Overall I think I did pretty well with my challenge!

Crafty · Project Life · Scrapbook

July Recap and Layouts

If you’re familiar with the paper crafting world, then you’ve most likely heard of December Daily. You’ve maybe even heard of October Daily. After July ended and I had 6 layouts (!) I kind of began to think I should have done a July daily. I love summer and July seems to be the month that summer really seems to begin for me. I’ve already shared two of my July spreads in my Fourth of July post, and here are the rest.

 

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This first spread documents the 1st and 2nd of the month. July 1st was a lazy day for me, I finally saw Moonrise Kingdom and the plant I have been growing really seemed to grow tons overnight. On the 2nd I visited with friends, went out to a Mexican restaurant, and played with the cutest little ginger ever. Pretty much every thing used was Studio Calico or Crate Paper, as usual.

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Spread 2 is a favorite things spread. The song I could’t stop playing, favorite flower photos, and even my favorite Snapchat filter. Most of the cards were again Studio Calico. The card with the purses and makeup is a cut down page from Paige Evans’ Oh My Heart collection.

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This next spread documents a weekend I spent with my friends. We went to a local baseball game for Harry Potter night, I spent the night at their house, and the next morning we went to see Spiderman Homecoming (and my friends indulged me taking the ticket picture, they get my documenting ways. Lol). I used a lot of Feed Your Craft in this one and again some Studio Calico and Crate Paper.

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The final July spread is super bright and colorful and probably my favorite. It documents me stumbling across some cool art and having a shopping day with my mom. You can probably guess that this is mostly Studio Calico again.

 

How was your July? What were your favorite memories to document?

 

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