Friday, January 6, 2017

Shoppe Update

Starting the new year off with a small update in the shoppe. You can find four new journaling card sets to help you reflect back on last year and look forward to this year! Here's a look at them:

In Review Journaling Cards
Last year's highlights cards were a big hit, and I had several requests to make a 3x4 version. Voila! This is a redesigned 3x4 version of the highlights cards to help you reflect back on last year. I decided to keep them black and white (kinda like my recorded cards) so that they can be versatile for any of your projects. I think they'd be really cool mixed in with photos in a Design F page protector and it may be something I try to sum up my year.

Hello 2017 Journaling Cards
A fresh color scheme and some clean and graphic cards to help you document the new year. I had so much fun working with these colors and I hope you like them too!

2017 Month Journaling Cards
This is a clean and simple set of 2017 month cards to use as title cards in your albums, headers for your month-in-review layouts, and anything you can possibly imagine! I stuck with a black and white color scheme to keep these cards versatile.

Be Positive Journaling Cards
Starting off the year on a positive note (I really hope 2017 will be a good year!) with this set of bright and bold cards. I had to sneak in that 'clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose' quote because Friday Night Lights was one of my favourite tv shows. Yes!

I'll have another update later this month. Thank you for all your support and including In a Creative Bubble as part of your memory keeping projects in 2016. I'm looking forward to another awesome year ahead! xo.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Travel Tuesday no.41 // 2016

Happy 2017 everyone! For the first Tuesday of this year, I thought I'd reflect back and highlight some travel moments from 2016. It was a good year for new adventures, and while there are many reasons why I find travel so rewarding and fulfilling, one of my favourite things about it is finding places and spaces (both near and far) that leave me in constant awe of the beautiful earth that we live in. This round-up focuses on these special moments and natural wonders around the world that I was fortunate enough to see and experience last year.

01 // Cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin, Washington DC, USA

I've always loved cherry blossoms and one of the things on my wander list is to go to Japan during cherry blossom season. While I haven't been able to accomplish that yet, seeing the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin in DC is the next best thing. Honestly, I didn't know how impressive this would be since we have lots of cherry blossoms blooming at home, but the row of cherry blossoms right by the waters took my breath away.

02 // Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China

The quartz-sandstone pillars that are nestled in the mountains of northwestern China is a sight to behold. While it took quite a bit of effort to get here and there were tons of tourists everywhere, I was in awe of these incredible natural formations that resulted from thousands of years of physical erosion. 

03 // Mt. Pilatus, Switzerland

Checked this off my wander list! I've been dying to go to Switzerland and see the Swiss alps, and despite all the anticipation and my high expectations, it did not disappoint. We went up Mt. Pilatus on a picture perfect day and the views from the top were absolutely stunning.

04 // Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Japan

We went to the bamboo forest in the afternoon, so there were a lot of people walking through it. Definitely not ideal, but it was still pretty amazing to see this place for myself. I still remember the sound of the tall bamboo branches rustling in the wind and seeing tiny leaves floating in the air, catching the sunlight in such magical ways that I can't quite put into words.  

05 // Mt. Fuji, Japan

Over the years, I developed a bit of an obsession with seeing Mt. Fuji. It is the highest mountain in Japan and is famous for its near symmetrical shape and its snowcapped cone. However, it is known to be somewhat difficult to see due to clouds and low visibility, especially during the summer months. We had tried to see Mt. Fuji a few years ago from Hakone, but no luck. This time around, we headed to Kawaguchiko to catch a glimpse of this famed mountain. Success! I was so excited to wake up from my nap on the bus, open my window shades, and see that it was a beautifully sunny day and Mt. Fuji was visible. What a beautiful sight and definitely one of the highlights of our trip.

06 // Autumn in Kawaguchiko, Japan

The autumn colors in Kawaguchiko were so, so beautiful. They were unlike anything I had seen before and I was especially in awe of the different hues and colors of the mountains around us.

07 // Wintertime in Mt. Seymour, BC, Canada

My friends convinced me to go snowshoeing with them and it turned out to be an awesome adventure in a winter wonderland. We walked among snow covered trees and the untouched, pristine snow in some areas looked like rolling waves in the ocean. 

08 // Grand Canyon National Park South Rim, Arizona, USA

This was my first time going to Grand Canyon and I didn't really do any research, so I was in awe of how incredibly massive it is. We hit up a couple of different viewpoints but my favourite had to be the desert view, where we watched the sunset and saw how the fading light changed the colors of the canyon from rusty red to pale blues and pinks.

09 // Horseshoe Bend, Arizona, USA

We stayed in Page, AZ and Horseshoe Bend is just a couple of miles from the city. We woke up early one morning, made the short hike to the bend (seeing frost in the desert was very cool), and arrived just before sunrise. The view from the steep cliff around the bend was unforgettable and I admit it was nerve-wracking to get near the edge just to snap this photo. This experience can literally be summed up as one step from death, since there are no railings in place and a misstep or slip can result in a fall down to the bottom. Scary.

10 // Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA

Ending the year with one of the most beautiful places I've seen in my life. I had first heard of Antelope Canyon about eight or nine years ago and while the photos were absolutely stunning, I thought it would be impossible to go and never researched it to see how accessible it was. Fast forward to the end of 2016 and as we were planning our trip to Grand Canyon, I remembered Antelope Canyon being in Arizona as well. We ended up going on a road trip around the state and we spent one of our mornings exploring this beautiful slot canyon. Walking through the canyon and seeing how the sunlight hit the walls and changed the reddish hues of the sandstone is a sight I'll never forget. 

I don't know what adventures 2017 has to hold, but I hope they will be as rewarding and beautiful as last year's. Do you have any grand travel plans for this year? 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

December Daily 2016 // Part IV

Four days til Christmas! The countdown is on.

December 6
This spread documents our Christmas tree and is a combination of a full-size 6x8 photo and a two pocket 3x4 page protector. I added a digital stamp on my large photo for a bit of embellishing.
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December 6
My second story for this day is all about my advent calendars! I started them late but that just means more chocolate to eat, ha. I let me niece help me open the slots and she loved it. Wrote down my story on one of the holiday prompt cards.
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I used a digital stamp on my photo and a star sequin above it. The red/pink card on the right is from the Joyful cards no.3 set.

The black and white card is a freebie from LifeLovePaper. I added a yellow tab on top and a wood veneer number 6 that I misted red.

December 7 (left side)
Christmast crafting with my nephew! Always a good time.

December 9 (right side)
Another day of snowfall. It was such a peaceful morning and I knew I wanted to use this 'all is calm' journaling card to document my story.
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Got to use my terranium filler card for this page :) I added a stamp from an old Ali Edwards set.

I dug through my stash to find this cork number 9, which I believe was from Crate Paper's Wonder collection. I also added some snowflake stickers to both my photo and my journaling card. I like how the repetition of embellishments connects the two 3x4 slots.

December 9 
My second story for today was going to an illumination event in the evening. The lights were so beautiful and I had a lot of photos to use, so I ended up adding a page protector with the small 2" slots. I cut off the last row so that the page protector would be 4x8" in size.
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Perfect opportunity to use some of my printable square tabs, like this winter one. The other embellishments (vellum, silver tag, chipboard star etc) are all from Studio Calico.

December 10 (right side)
All this snow we've been getting has been dominating my album this year, ha. I used a 3x8 photo for this day.
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These ghost/acetate numbers are from my stash. I added a word sticker on top and a chipboard asterisk (from Studio Calico).

The backside of the 3x8 page protector is another photo of one of the new decor pieces we got this year. I added a transparency that says merry everything and I really like the pop of red.
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That's all for now. Hope you are all enjoying the holidays and this last week before Christmas!