I plan to stick these gold foil alphabet stickers by me & my BIG ideas to mark the beginning of each month. Here, I placed them directly on top of a photo from January 1st and a blurb describing the day.
I had a rough start to the new year, so this Studio Calico card seemed fitting. I embellished both cards with some turquoise watercolor to unify them and make them pop a bit.
The next spread shows some things that went on in the first week of January: gym, snow, and my niece Valentina’s birth!
A design element I used repeatedly throughout these January pages was sticking these white Studio Calico alphabet stickers over white areas of photos and Project Life cards. It’s almost as if the little bit of adhesive journalling isn’t even there, but look closely and it is. Love that.
The next spread starts my whirlwind trip to California to CHA.
I included a full 6×8 page spread with the words I wrote in this blog post about getting to attend CHA.
I included an extra special photo insert telling the story of how I met Amy Tangerine.
On one side is the 6×4 photo of us three, and on the other is a 4×6 journalling card from her Plus One collection. I used a me & my Big ideas gold foil ‘Grateful’ sticker from this pack to embellish it.
Below, I watercolored some green streaks on regular printer paper before running it through my typewriter to add the “my emerald city” jot about the Anaheim Convention center during CHA.
The next spread shows when I got to see my Love Notes collection on display in the We R Memory Keepers booth at CHA 2015, and when Olya Schmidt and I first met and became instant friends during a self-timer session.
Studio Calico wood veneer embellishments pair nicely with me & my BIG ideas clear stickers.
I watercolored and misted that “hello, i think you are” card in bright vibrant blue and yellow because it reminds me of the type of art Olya creates.
The next two pages for January continue to document my time at CHA.
The first page in this spread is of the three outfits I wore to CHA. I had wanted to use those No.1, No.2, and No.3 cards from Studio Calico for a while, and set them aside for the right ‘three of something’ documentation. The “Rise & Shine” Studio Calico card made sense to include since I’d rise each morning at CHA and get myself together.
To coordinate the three cards to the ‘Rise & Shine’ card, I watercolored the same type of sun shine design on each before adhering my outfit photos. Also, I added a photo-flip pocket so I could include the two extra personalized Project Life cards.
The other side of the spread includes three photos in the me & my Big ideas booth at CHA of some members of the mambi Design Team that visited on my last day at the show.
The final spread for January was made up of a page about my time in California the days following the CHA Tradeshow, and a page about some things that happened once I returned home to New York.
I stapled some sequins, typed up some jots with my typewriter…
…used more white alphas on white, and wrote some journalling around Jack, my mom’s cat.
The final page of January stuck to the formula of some photos, some Project Life cards, personalize each with stickers or stamps or some type of journalling; finish with a strip of washi tape on the seam of the page. Hooray!