Kelly Purkey Design Team Guest!

Hey gorgeous peeps. It's been a crazy last month around here. If you read this post, you know life has been hectic lately. Well it didn't slow down the way I had hoped because I had finals for school, I graduated with my bachelors degree, and then I had to say goodbye to my sick kitty which was heartbreaking. So it's my first time posting in a month, but I've got some pretty crafting projects to share with you today! Earlier this year I was a guest designer on the Kelly Purkey design team. I was so excited to work with Kelly's kits and make some gorgeousness with them! Here is what I made the month I was on her design team!

Handmade Stamped Card using Kelly Purkey Kits

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9x12 Project Life Page using Stamping and Kelly Purkey Kits

I filmed a process video so you can see how this project life page came together. I've been loving sharing my creative process with you guys on YouTube this year! Make sure you're following me there.

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Traveler's Notebook Spread using Stamping and Kelly Purkey Kits

This traveler's notebook spread turned out so gorgeous. I'm loving the color theme I stuck with using these kits. I was obsessed with the black, white, and pink with pops of green. This spread also has a process video too because I love you guys like that!

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I hope you've enjoyed this peak at my month guest creating for the Kelly Purkey design team. Happy crafting!

xoxo, Laura

Harry Potter World Mini Album Scrapbook

Going to Harry Potter World last year was one of the highlights of my life. Seriously. It's right up there with my baby sisters being born, the day I adopted my dog, and the day I launched my Hello, Gorgeous class. It was absolutely incredible. It was so inspiring and gorgeous and amazing, I can't put into words how much I loved it. So I'll let these pictures of my Harry Potter World mini album, scrapbooking the day, do the talking. I'm sure you'll be able to see all my positive vibes, memories, and gratitude shine through the pages I made. Here it is! 

Harry Potter World Mini Album 6x8 Scrapbook

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You can see the full flip through of these pages and get more information on how I made them by watching the YouTube video I made. Catch that here. I love these mini album pages so much. I think they reflect the gorgeous energy I felt all day at the park, and the pages turned out stunning and interesting. 

Let me know what you think of this mini album down below! Leave a comment if you loved it, if you've been to HP world, or if you want to go. I had been wanting to go since it opened years and years ago. Finally going was a dream come true and this album captures all those feelings. I hope you make some beautiful memories today and record them. 

xoxo, Laura

Florida Vacation 6x8 Project Life Mini Album

Last year I went to Florida over spring break, to visit my sisters, and to finally go to Harry Potter world for the first time ever. Today I'm sharing the Project Life pages I made to document my trip. I love how colorful and bold all these pages ended up being. I love them! Here's a bunch a gorgeous photos, or if you prefer, you can watch the YouTube flip through video of the album, here- https://youtu.be/uDalTPAM5Q4.

To start this section of my album, I made a really cool vellum divider that says "Florida" across it, with bold palm leaves and banana leaves around the boarder. I LOVE how it looks, in all of it's hand drawn imperfection. I just used Sharpie on my vellum to create that page.

The next thing I did was divide up my trip for each day I was there. I used a 3x8 pocket insert and alphabet stickers to write "Day 1," "Day 2," or "Day 3" on the front of the pocket, and then on the back of each pocket, I wrote some journaling about each of the things that happened that day. We were only in Florida for a couple of days so each day was packed with activities and catching up with old friends, and my family. 

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Harry Potter World Project Life 6x8 Mini Album

I used a lot of Project Life cards that I designed in this mini album. You can check those out in my etsy shop. I love how bold and graphic they are, they complimented my pages perfectly. I also did some stamping here, using Kelly Purkey stamps, and I love how that turned out in this part of my 2017 Project Life album.

Here are some of my favorite supplies I used in these pages-
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6x8 Page protectors
Black alphabet stickers
Project Life filler cards I designed
3x8 Page protectors
Home photo printer

I hope these pages leave you feeling inspired to document your own travels and vacations. Does anybody else love the 6x8 mini album size? I've loved using it! I'll share the rest of this trip (Visiting Harry Potter world,) next week!

xoxo,
Laura

How to Catch Up on Project Life!

Hey babes, today I'm sharing my process for catching up on months of Project Life in just a week. Make sure to catch the YouTube video for the full explanation. I can't wait to update you on how this goes. My goal is to finish my 2017 Project Life album before I start this year's memory keeping. So I am motivated to get it done and so far have used this process to catch up on several months of my 2017 album already.

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The process for catching up on a lot of pages quickly is all about batch tasking. Contrary to popular belief, we humans are not very good at multi-tasking. In fact, we actually do something called task-switching in which we lose a fraction of a second every time we change focus or tasks because our brain cannot optimally focus on several things at once. (I had to write a paper about task-switching and it's inefficiency for my Cognitive Neuroscience class last semester and it really opened my eyes to how much time, energy, and focus I was wasting by "multi-tasking" instead of single tasking.) Single tasking and doing all of a single task at once before moving on to the next one is going to save you so much time while catching up on Project Life! Here's how it's done.

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Single tasking in batches= accomplishing a whole lot in a short amount of time. Just try it and see how it works for you. Here's the steps I do, in the order I do them, and how much time it usually takes me to do them.

1. Edit and Print All Your Photos
This first step is definitely the hardest/most time consuming for me. I hate having to use my computer to cull through photos, edit them to be bright the way I like them, and then printing them all off. I like edit and print about 4-6 weeks at a time (just around or a little over a month.)
I usually end up with around 100 photos being edited and printed in about 1.5 hours. I am an excessive photo taker though and am hoping in the future, to really narrow down on how many photos I use in each month of Project Life haha. If you use or take less photos, this phase will go much quicker for you! The biggest tip I have here is to just do it. For me, this is my least favorite step, but I force myself to do it without distractions like the t.v. or music, and just get it done so I can move on to my favorite parts of memory keeping.

2. Cut All Your Photos
If you watch the YouTube video above, I actually timed myself and it took me around 7 minutes to cut out over 100 photos. That's pretty darn fast! I use a paper trimmer and it saves so much time. I can do this step listening to music because it is a repetitive task that doesn't require a lot of mental energy (unlike editing photos where I have to think about the size, color, brightness and adjusting all of those things.) Trimming your photos is a repetitive, easy task that you can get done super quickly if you do it all at once.

3. Organize Your Photos According to Week or Month
In the YouTube video I talk about how I switched to a weekly format of Project Life this year and so far I'm loving it. It makes organizing my photos super easy. I just lay out all my weekly Project Life cards from that time frame and then sort my photos into their proper weeks, referencing my dropbox folder on my computer to see when a photo was taken. This step also goes super quick (less than 10 minutes) and I show you how I do it in the video.
Pro tip- have your photo or dropbox automatically name your photographs with the date it was taken. That way when all your photos from the month are sitting in their folder, you can easily see all of them at once and which week or day each photograph was taken. It makes printing and organizing much easier. I do this step silently so I can easily look from my computer to the photos and get them organized quickly without any distractions.

4. Memory Keeping Time!
My favorite step in this process is actually getting to the memory keeping part and getting the photos into my Project Life album. This is my relaxation and creativity time. No rules here! I usually turn on a t.v. show or movie I've seen before and have it playing while I do my scrapbooking. I would certainly finish this step quicker without distractions, but because this step is the enjoyable, relaxing time, I allow myself to totally relax and go at my own pace and get distracted with t.v. or stickers haha. 
Because this is my favorite step, and I've done it so many times, I can usually get an entire month (remember, that's around 100 photos for me!) down in my Project Life album with cards, journaling, and embellishments, in one evening. I like to set aside 3-4 hours of just chillaxing down time to do this part because it is my favorite and I like to totally relax and dive into my creativity during it. 

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Make sure to watch the YouTube video to hear more about my process and batch tasking and how it allows me to catch up on months of Project Life in just one week. I also give a couple of tips for finding alone/free time to get your memory keeping done for those of us (most of us) who have busy lives! 

I hope you enjoy the video and this post, I can't wait to update you when I finally finish this Project Life album! Happy crafting!

xoxo,
Laura