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The minute I saw this quote (via allkindsoflovely) I thought of my fiance Will. If he had a mantra, this would be it. Sometimes it’s exhausting to have a better half that is always up for trying new things and going off on an adventure, no matter how tired or overcommitted he is, but most of the time I love it. I wanted to frame this quote to remind me every day to strive for something great and to always be improving myself.

 

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I recently dusted off my trusty Silhouette Cameo (I have a ton of DIY wedding projects in mind), so it was already set up to use. I ended up creating this die cut in the Silhouette Studio program, and cut it out on a piece of Recollections cardstock, making sure I had a fresh blade to use. I then backed it up with Paper Source gold glitter wrapping paper, which didn’t add too much bulk in the frame. But it sure is glittery! I can also see myself creating something similar, but backed in a map print, not glitter.

You can download the Silhouette Studio cut file here.

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I’m pretty sure that this Project Life spread was completed in record speed. I was *thisclose* to finishing Week 7, but of course the excitement of last week overshadowed anything else. After the most perfect weekend in Nashville, Will & I are engaged! The right side of this spread is really focused on the day we got engaged, but I’m planning on adding an insert to document the actual engagement. We couldn’t be more excited, and of course my Pinterest-happy self can’t wait to plan!

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For the title card, I stamped the word “week” using Lawn Fawn’s Quinn’s Capital ABC’s stamp, then coloring in the letters with a Copic marker. The letter stickers are from the SC Sugar Rush kit, and then I stamped the dates using Ali Edwards’ Technique Tuesday month stamps and some random alpha stamps I had. I’m trying to be good about using up my supplies, and trying to work them into every spread. For the photo of Louis napping, I stapled the hearts using my tiny attacher (can’t craft without it) and then added vellum letters. This week I’ve incorporated a lot of stamping and hand journalling.

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All cards except for the bottom right are from the SC kit, and I’ve incorporated a lot of hearts (both from this month’s kit and previous ones) into the spread. Finally figured out how to do stamp & cut with my Silhouette Cameo, so getting the labels cut were a breeze (as compared to me hand cutting them like I used to).

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I feel like I should have used a bit more subdued Thickers for “breakfast”, but hey! I get really excited about breakfast! The right side of the page reads from top to bottom on the left, then top to bottom on the right. Lots of stamping on this side as well, both the “bon appetit” and “cheers” are from Kelly Purkey’s Bon Appetit set.

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I’m really happy to say that all cards except for the bottom right are from this month’s PL kit and add ons, and I love how they all go together. The bottom right was made from a piece of patterned paper from the kit. This week has a lot more journalling than usual, but I had a lot to document!

This week was very easy to put together because we made sure to take a lot of photos! And I had a lot to say of course. I’ve also been very overwhelmed (in a good way) by all of the well wishes of friends and family, near and far. So thankful to be surrounded by so much love! There will definitely be wedding crafts coming soon to the blog!

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I’ve decided to continue with Project Life as a form of memory keeping for 2014! I enjoyed working on it in 2013, although there are several gap weeks that I still need to catch up on, and it really is a great way to capture memories. I only started doing Project Life last summer, but since then I’ve figured out what works for me and what doesn’t. If I wait until I have enough time and energy to really work on embellishing each and every pocket, I’ll never get it done. So my goal for each weekly spread is to get photos printed (I print them at home so it’s pretty easy), drop them into the layout, pick out a few cards to work with, get some journalling done, and embellish if I feel like it. It’s my own personal project, I’m doing it for myself, so I should have fun doing it and really enjoy this hobby of mine.

Above I’ve shared the title page of my 2014 Project Life album. It’s very basic, I added some of my favorite photos from the end of 2013, of my favorite people (& animals). Wanted to keep it simple, kept the heart motif throughout, and kept the photos unembellished. I may decide to switch it up later, but for now it’s a good start.

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Week 1 (Left): The top two cards are from the Studio Calico PL Kit from January (Copper Mountain) and I felt like they were really great for this week. I was still in Korea with my family, and I just really wanted to capture the time spent with my father. The other cards are from past SC kits that I felt went with the photos.

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Week 1 (Right): Spending so much time at the hospital, I didn’t have a chance to really explore the city, so I don’t have many fun photos. But what I did have was a lot of photos of the food that we ate! Added in some fun embellishments from the SC kit, and used stamps from the January kit as well as past ones.

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Week 2: This was a week where I let the photos do the talking, and kept the journalling and embellishment to a minimum. The heart card on the top right of the left page was one that I’d been hoarding from a previous kit. The quote below that is one that I loved from the Copper Mountain PL kit, and one that I felt was lovely to add to this page. The rest of the cards on this page are from the Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic core kit, and besides adding a few Thickers I didn’t add much. But this was really easy to do, and I like the way it turned out anyway.

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Week 5 (Left): Jumping to Week 5 because I was lazy about doing my spreads and decided to work on the most current week at the time and then work backwards. So even though I have photos in for Weeks 3 and 4, Week 5 was finished first, so I figured I’d share it. Love this page protector style from We R Memory Keepers, perfect for instagram style photos. Title card is from an old SC kit, and all the others are from a small 4×6 pack of journalling cards from We R Memory Keepers.

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Week 5 (Right): I’ve always had a hard time putting together the 6×4 slots in a PL spread, I know it gives you more room for embellishment, but I find 3×4 cards easier to journal on. So I’ve been using full size photos for those slots, and it’s made everything a lot easier for me. Did a bit of journalling/stamping directly on a photo (using StazOn ink), and added in some 3×4 journalling cards from previous months. Trying to work on my hand journalling, so I figured I should just add it in as often as I can!

Thanks for looking! My goal is to be all caught up with 2014 by the end of the month. Shouldn’t be too hard, I’ve been pretty good about remembering to snap photos, and they’re mostly in the album already. Just need to work on getting the journalling done! (Before I forget what happened.) I’m not putting too much pressure on myself though, this is supposed to be relaxing! I’ve also been dabbling in traditional 12×12 scrapbooking again, and also digital/hybrid scrapbooking. Will share those in the future as well!

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It’s snowing, and although it doesn’t look too bad out right now, I’m willing to just call it a snow day and stay home today. I decided to update my workspace, and now I’m sharing the results! Nothing too crazy, I like to keep it simple while surrounding myself with things that I love and that inspire me.

The awesome calendar is from Sugar Paper that I picked up at Target, the pink and gold damask paper is from Paper Source, and the rest of the prints are made by me. The white frames are from IKEA, and I also put up some printed photos by using washi tape. And I still haven’t figured out what to do with that cardboard “R”.

In case your own wall was in need of a little pick me up, feel free to download and print these two prints I wanted to share.

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You can click on the images to download the file, and they both can be printed up to a 4″x6″ print. To hang on my wall, I actually printed these out on smooth pearl photo paper and loved the result.

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When I saw the Hearts Die Cover Plate from Papertrey Ink, I squealed! I love hearts, and my imagination ran wild with all the possibilities. I love die-cutting with materials other than paper, and in this card, I used both adhesive cork and foam. The best part is that after running the cork or foam through with the die, you have plenty of extra heart stickers to use on other projects. I replaced the cork hearts with different colors of foam, and then stamped the sentiment from Happy Hearts Stamp Set with StazOn ink. The sentiments from that set are perfect for that little space between the 5th and 6th row of hearts.

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I made a second card using the same die & stamp set, but I die-cut white cardstock, and then stamped the cut out hearts using several different shades of Hero Arts Shadow Inks. Love the different colors all together, who said Valentine’s Day should only be celebrated with red and pink?

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And my last card was made using card stock and patterned paper from Studio Calico‘s Copper Mountain Card Kit, love these colors all together. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s Four Square Stamp Set and I die-cut gold glitter card stock using the coordinating Die Set (popped up with some foam tape). Very easy and quick to put together, but love the color combination and how it turned out.

Speaking of love, I’m currently working on several wedding-related projects right now that I couldn’t be more excited about, especially this time of year! Working with brides-to-be on their wedding stationery is an honor I don’t take lightly, and I love every second of it. Will be sharing some sneak peeks soon!

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Just warning you, Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday, so there will be a lot of hearts and pink for the next week and a half or so. I pretty much love any holiday where I have an excuse to share treats, make cards, and use glitter! I’ve been obsessed with watercolor lately, and was inspired by some gorgeous images I discovered through Pinterest.

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I wanted to create some gift tags for some treat bags that I am sharing, and I knew that blush colored watercolor ombre would be perfect for Valentine’s Day. And a touch of glitter as well. They were so simple to make, and I had a lot of fun pretending to be an artist! Instead of using actual watercolors, I used Faber Castell “Gelatos” to paint the tags. I’ve been playing around with these lately and I love how easy it is to paint using them, and the clean up is almost nonexistent.

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I knew I wanted a double layered tag, so I used Papertrey Ink’s Tag Sale #9 Die Set to cut out the tags, they are perfect for layering. (An easy way to re-create this without this particular die set is to cut out two identical tags, and then trim down one so that it is a little shorter than the other.) I cut out the top layer from a watercolor paper pad, and the bottom from gold glitter cardstock. Also ended up cutting some silver at the same time to use for other projects.

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I love my Filofax, not sure what I’d do without it. I use it for everything, both personal and professional. Helps me keep track of appointments, birthdays, important to dos, project due dates, etc. The filofax shown in this post is a Personal size, which is definitely my size of choice, since it’s still very portable yet I have enough room to write in what I need for the week. (I use a larger binder for my daily planner, but that will be covered in another post.)

I’m kind of picky about my planner inserts though, I like them to start on Mondays, not have an overly busy design, and I like having some lines to write on. I also wanted a space for the overall week, and that Saturday and Sunday spaces be the same as the rest of the week.

So I ended up designing my own in InDesign, and after several different versions, I’ve settled into this current one. Yes, I know the first month of 2014 is almost over, but better late than never. It took me a while to figure out how exactly to configure the pages to have them be in the correct order after they’re printed on both sides. It was a hassle, but I got to get a planner format that I love and am happy to use every day.

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I’ve decided to share this 2014 weekly planner as a free download for personal use only. Feel free to share the link with credit. I also made a second version of the weekly inserts, with no lines for those who don’t need them.

Download:
Weekly Planner with Lines (.pdf)
Weekly Planner without Lines (.pdf)

I can’t speak for all printers, but the best advice I would give would be to print all the odd numbered pages first, then print the even after flipping those pages. Also make sure to have your printer set to print at actual size (100%), with no scaling.

Happy planning! And I’m pretty sure I’ve triple checked everything for accuracy, but I could be wrong, please let me know of any errors and I’ll fix them as soon as possible.

There is something about wearing a faux fur vest that always makes me feel like a cat lady. Or at least an eccentric woman who lives with a lot of cats. I feel like it always look so cute on others (on other bloggers, my friends, random people on the street) but not on me. But that doesn’t really stop me from wearing them, not sure what that says about me. This vest in particular is super soft I kind of want to pet it all day long.

Wore this yesterday to church, it was unseasonably warm in Atlanta and I was taking full advantage of it! Any day I can avoid wearing a winter coat, I’ll take it.

What I’m wearing: Zara dress, Joe Fresh faux fur vest, Uniqlo tights, Target bracelet, DV Dolce Vita ankle boots, Goyard tote, scarf from India

If it looks like I’m freezing in these photos, it’s because I am! I usually avoid adding too much bulk in my outfits, but the cold has made me turn to warm, cozy, chunky knits. Yes, I’m aware that Georgia is much warmer than a lot of places right now, but it’s still cold to me. Thank goodness for Uniqlo heat tech tights. Maybe it’s the colder weather, but I’ve definitely been dressing in darker colors lately, and I’m trying to get out of that rut. The fun J.Crew outlet necklace I got on major sale right before the holidays added some much needed sparkle. Don’t we all need some sparkle everyday? (I do, at least.)

What I’m wearing: John & Jen Chunky Cardigan, Old Navy plaid shirt, Zara faux leather skirt, Uniqlo tights, J.Crew outlet necklace, YSL Patent Muse, DV Dolce Vita suede lace up wedges

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This is my first post of 2014, and I can’t believe that it’s already the end of January! The blog has been quiet for a while now, and I shut down my etsy store a bit suddenly in December. The tail end of 2013 was a difficult time for my family, due to my father getting diagnosed with lung cancer, so I took a bit of a hiatus from both the blog and the shop. I’ve been back about a week from my trip to Seoul, South Korea, where I spent almost a month with my family while my father went through his first round of treatment. This has been one of the most challenging times in my life, and I’m so very thankful that we have been able to be together as a family and rally around my dad. Even though this wasn’t the holiday season we had been looking forward to months ago, it was still a time spent together, full of love, that I will cherish always. Family has always been important to me, but now more than ever I feel blessed for the great relationship I have with both my parents and my sisters.

I’ve had a lot of time to reflect lately and even though there are so many things that I want to improve on in 2014, the most important thing for me is to prioritize my health (and make the appropriate lifestyle changes). My father’s illness really opened up my eyes to how I’ve taken my current health for granted. Sure, I would go running, but I was terrible about my eating habits in NYC and they didn’t improve much even when I moved back down to Georgia. I know I won’t be young & healthy forever. Can’t do anything about getting older, but I can definitely work on making my life healthier.

In case you were surprised to see the layout above – I haven’t done traditional scrapbooking in ages (don’t think I’ve done it since college) but I have been finding crafting to be quite therapeutic lately. I really love this photo of my family from New Year’s Eve, which we spent in the hospital. “Hwaiting” is a Korean phrase that is commonly used for encouragement, and that hand motion we’re all doing goes along with that. This is one of my favorite photos from my trip, and I love that we’re all in it together. I used the latest Studio Calico Scrapbook kit (“Copper Mountain”) and the journalling card with the heart is from the Project Life kit. I’m planning on continuing Project Life as a memory keeping project (not sure when I’ll ever catch up with the weeks from 2013 – but I’m not putting too much pressure on myself – it’s supposed to be fun) but it was fun to do a normal layout. I’ll probably incorporate these into the album among the pocket pages.

What’s coming up in 2014 for Adore Prep? I’m renewing my commitment to this blog (ha it sounds like me and my blog were married and then had a falling out) and promise to make a bigger effort to post regularly about the things I love, which include style, DIY projects, papercrafting, and more. Also to keep creating, and re-open the shop when I feel like I’m ready. Looking forward to what 2014 will bring!