Diy Christmas Balls Using Stickers

With the holidays quickly approaching, my decorating and nesting mode is taking over. You know how you always see all those gorgeous diy Christmas ornaments? Well, I've always wanted to jump on the "make your own Christmas ornaments" trend but I've always been too much of a perfectionist to hand letter on my own Christmas balls. This year, however,I had a brilliant idea for making the most gorgeous, easy Christmas ornaments ever.

Diy Christmas ornaments using mambi stickers

I simply chose some of my favorite mambi Christmas stickers and mambi alpha stickers and put them on gorgeous porcelain white ornaments. Simple, so fast and totally gorgeous end results. I love them so much!

Diy Christmas ornaments using mambi stickers
Diy Christmas ornaments using mambi stickers
Diy Christmas ornaments using mambi stickers

Supplies used- mambi Christmas stickers and mambi black alphabet stickers

If your stickers are large and in one piece, you may have to use scissors to put some stress cuts along the edge of your sticker so it can lay flat on the curved surface of the ball. I did that with the "Merry + Bright" sticker. The "Laura and Stephen" ball I made using individual tiny alpha stickers, so no stress cuts were needed to have those lay flat. I'm so excited to have finally tackled this DIY project. It's given me a little courage to try another one! Maybe I'll even take permanent market to the next ones and try out my own hand lettering -gasp.-

Are you going to try this awesome diy Christmas ornament idea? If you do, make sure to leave a link below so I can check out your projects!

xoxo,
Laura

My Project Life Shop Favorites

So you all know about my etsy shop where I sell Project Life journaling card sets that I design. I figured it was about time I started sharing with you some of the gorgeous layouts that have been made using my journaling card designs!

Laurel Lane Designs Project Life Layout by Amy

Laurel Lane Designs Project Life Layout by Amy Challisuk.
Products used- Notes Journaling Cards Vol. 1
Notes Journaling Cards Vol. 2

Laurel Lane Designs Project Life Layout by Steffie

Laurel Lane Designs Project Life Layout by Steffie van den Akker.
Products used- Currently Vol. 1 Journaling Cards Kit

Laurel Lane Designs Journaling Card Photo by Kim

Laurel Lane Designs Journaling Cards photo by Kim.
Products used- Everyday Adventures Journaling Cards

Laurel Lane Designs Mini Album by Kristie Van Ham

Mini Album using Laurel Lane Designs by Kristie Van Ham.
Products used- Baby Edition Journaling Cards Vol. 1

Laurel Lane Designs project life layout by Zinia

Laurel Lane Designs Project Life Layouts by Zinia.
Products used- Everyday Adventures Journaling Cards

Laurel Lane Designs Project Life layout by Jess Ellertson

Laurel Lane Designs Project Life layout by Jess Ellertson.
Products used- Everyday Adventures Journaling Cards
Day in the Life Journaling Cards

I'm so lucky to have such incredible ladies working with my designs! Make sure to check out the Laurel Lane Designs etsy shop to pick up some of my gorgeous Project Life digital cards!

What have you been memory keeping lately? Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you're making lots of happy and yummy memories with your loved ones today.

xoxo,
Laura

How to Catch Up with Project Life Like a Boss

Hello everyone! As the title of this post might have hinted, I’ve started catching up on a ton of memory keeping I was behind on this year, and I feel a little sassy because of this major success. I documented 2 whole months (February + March) in only two days. That more than 15 layouts!

Seriously, this might be my new superpower.

So if you’re in a rut and need some help catching up, have no fear. Today, I’m sharing my best tips for catching up in your Life Pages album!

How to Catch up on Your Project Life Album Like a Boss

Why are you behind? For me it’s usually a lack of motivation. For others it’s often time.

We get bored documenting the same everyday moments, we get so far behind that it seems way too overwhelming to ever catch up, or we simply lack inspiration. If you’re lacking inspiration, here are my tips to find some-

1) Treat yourself to a few new scrapbooking items from your favorite online store. There’s something about brand new supplies showing up at your door that’s so exciting. I set a $20 shopping limit for myself and picked up a couple of highly coveted items I’ve been wanting. Pretty gold number paper clips from the new Dear Lizzy collection and the vellum hearts in this month’s Gossamer Blue kits were at the top of my list! Having a box with gorgeous new paper supplies show up at my door was the perfect thing to get me in my craft room to start using them immediately. You don’t have to spend a lot, just buy a handful of new items so that you’re reinvigorated to start the memory keeping process!

2) Stop looking at other peoples layouts. Yes, they are gorgeous. Yes, they are inspiring. But when you’re lacking inspiration to make your own layouts, looking at other people’s gorgeous creations isn’t going to do anything but make you feel more defeated. Instead, get inspired by the things around you. The gorgeous photographs you took at the park last Saturday, the feeling of overwhelming joy and love you feel when your significant other cooks you dinner. Get inspired by moments and by your environment. Take a walk outside and be inspired by the landscapes around you. These are the things that make you feel alive. And that feeling is what makes us so passionate about saving these moments through memory keeping.

Gossamer Blue Scrapbooking kits

Now that we’ve covered how to get inspired and motivated, let’s talk about the actual act of catching up. Here are my best tips-

1) Set aside time. I set aside an entire Sunday when my boyfriend was out of town, to focus on nothing but making things with pretty paper. One whole day dedicated to your memory keeping catch up game is all you need to make a huge dent in your backlog of memories that need documenting. I picked a day when I knew I wouldn’t be tempted to leave my craft room for dinner or Netflix with my guy. A day that was purely for me making pretty things in my happy place.

2) Energetic background noise.  Put on an upbeat movie that makes you feel creative. I chose Legally Blonde 1 + Legally Blonde 2. All of the pink and the sassy “be yourself” message was exactly what I needed to inspire me while I was creating. Choose a movie that you’ve seen so many times that you know the lines to it + love it. This way you stay focused on your projects and use it more for background noise. If you choose something new, you’ll end up watching the movie instead of crafting, haha.

3) Work on the floor. So much room to spread out! Working on a desk or a coffee table, or even the bed, can feel so confining. There’s not enough room to make a huge mess and get out all of your embellishments and page protectors and photographs. Working on the floor is great because you can make a huge mess and see everything you’re working with at once.

4) Work from a kit. Everything from your papers down to your embellishments will already be color and theme coordinated for you! This takes out so much of the work involved in choosing the right supplies. The June Gossamer Blue kits are just a dream and worked perfectly for me during this catch up session! Who wouldn’t love all the bright pops of color?!

Project Life by Laura Rahel

5) Pre-print your pictures! Selecting, Editing, and printing your photos is probably the most time consuming part of the memory keeping process. Knock it all out at once so you don’t have to stop after each layout to print out more photographs. I printed mine in batches. I printed all of February’s photos and documented February then printed all of March’s photos and moved on to documenting March.

6) Remember your why. Why are you a memory keeper? For your kids? For your own creative outlet? For me, it’s because one- I love pretty paper and two- because even though my life is pretty boring- not married, no kids, I work from home and I have 3 pets- I know I would regret it if I didn’t chronologically record my memories to look back at later.

Your why is the most important part of your memory keeping process. Not how you memory keep (smash books, Project Life, traditional scrapbooking, whatever.) Not what supplies you’re using or what page protector layouts you use or your method (physical vs. hybrid vs. digital.) At the end of the day, none of those things are more important than your WHY. Why do you record your memories? It doesn’t have to be perfect or pinworthy, it just has to get down into your book so you have it to look back on later.

How to Catch Up with Project Life Like a Boss

I hope you loved these tips and are inspired to have your own memory keeping catch up session! I would love to hear your tips for catching up and see what you make with your June Gossamer Blue kits. Until next time, loves. Keep memory keeping, like a boss.

xoxo,
Laura

My Craft Room Tour

Hey everyone!  Laura Rahél Crosby hanging out with you on the blog today and I’m sharing a tour of my craft room with you. It’s my favorite place in our whole house and I hope you like it too.

Craft Room Tour by Laura Rahel

I am in love with all things Christmas and in December 2014, I decided to string up some Christmas lights around one of the walls in my craft room. We had so many extra stands of lights on hand, I was glad to find a way to use one of them. And now, I get twinkling lights all year round! It’s a perfect pop of color for my all white craft room.

Craft Room Tour by Laura Rahel
Craft Room Tour by Laura Rahel
Craft Room Tour by Laura Rahel

I love this inspiration board. It was originally cork and brown and ugly. I painted the cork board light blue and used mod podge to add gold glitter ribbon to the frame. Now it’s filled with some extra photographs of my family, inspiring notes or magazine clippings and some of my favorite Pinterest photographs.

It’s obvious I’m obsessed with cats haha. And if you didn’t know, my business name is Laurel Lane, so that’s in the middle of my cork board. A good way to make it the center of my focus, surrounded by images I love and am inspired by. You can find instructions for that diy gold glitter star banner on my blog.

Craft Room Tour by Laura Rahel
Craft Room Tour by Laura Rahel

Running your own business + having penpals that you exchange letters with regularly means having a lot more incoming mail thanthe average person does each day. To keep all of the important things in one place, I have this hanging magazine rack that I use to sort my incoming mail.

I printed a pretty quote I found on Pinterest to the front as a good motivator and reminder about working hard. I love keeping inspiring quotes are art around me while I work.

Craft Room Tour by Laura Rahel
How to store wood veneer and cork embellishments

My craft room is the smallest room in our house, intended to be a nursery when built. The room is small and the closet is tiny. When we first moved in, it looked like every closet with a plastic shelf and rod to hang clothes on. The closet in only 4 ft. wide so I really needed to find a way to maximize space and implement a storage system that would work well for my craft room.

I took out the plastic shelf and rod at the top of the closet and installed wooden shelves up both the left and right sides of the closet (with nothing against the back of the closet, where shelves are traditionally placed.)

Now it functions as a walk in craft closet. Walk in, turn left or right and find what you need on the shelves. It works brilliantly for the space and I’m so glad I thought to completely change it when we moved in. Now I am maximizing the vertical storage space and the wooden shelves and white baskets just look so cute! They hold all kinds of things from ephemera to twine!

To keep track of all my bits and pieces, I use plastic storage containers meant for beads. I have one for wood veneers, one for beads and one for paper clips. This one holds all of the acrylic cut outs and wood veneers that have come in my Gossamer Blue kits. I usually have quite a few left over each month that I like to keep for future projects.

Craft Room Tour by Laura Rahel

I love wire baskets and I have three identical ones in my craft room. One for all of my stamps and ink pads. Another for all of my 6×6 paper packs. The third one holds extra notebooks and mini albums that I haven’t used yet. 

Craft Room Tour by Laura Rahel
Craft Room Tour by Laura Rahel
These are the chrome wire baskets I use.
The small white baskets in the closet are from Tuesday Morning.
All of my storage furniture comes from Michael's craft store or Ikea.

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this peek into my craft room. This is only one part of my small room. Rest assured knowing that my craft room is usually a mess and I intentionally did not photograph the floor for a reason haha. I always have 5 different projects I’m working on at once (snail mail, project life, painting, art journaling, the list goes on and on) so this room is always in a state of chaos.

I like to scrapbook from the floor because it allows me to get out all my supplies at once and really dive into my projects. And I’m okay with that. As Albert Einstein said; “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”

I would love to see where you craft and hear how you guys stay inspired in your spaces! Leave a comment and tell me about your space!

xoxo,
Laura