Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Planning Ahead

Every year, starting in 2009, I make a photo calendar for my parents and in-laws. It features for  the most part scrapbook pages I have done over the previous year. I always end up having to make a few pages around the fall (that's when I order my calendars), but the majority of the months is already made. This process works really well for me, and I know that this gift is much loved and appreciated.
For some reason, though, I always dread putting together the calendar. Ugh! Working ahead of the deadline is always the best idea, so this week I took advantage of the awesome retiring products sale at The Lilypad to trap some autumn kits, and made this:

Everything 50% off!!

Papers are Fun Templates by Scrapping with Liz - 50% off for SOSN

and 50% retiring products sale:
Storyteller October 2014 kit by Just Jaimee
Musings by Pink Reptile Designs
For the Love of Alphas 2012: Doodle Sans by Allison Pennington

The template is also 50% off but only through Wednesday. So now the only thing left for me to do is remove the journaling and adapt this to 11"x8.5", and my October 2018 calendar topper is done! 1 down, 11 to go! :)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Happy Mail This Week: Foxy Fix

I ended this week with some awesome happy mail (on top of more happy mail that I received on Monday - a TN cover and some goodies from Freckled Fawn, and a bunch of new stamps from Sakuralala): a traveler's notebook cover by Foxy Fix! All pictured here:

This was my second purchase from them - you can read about my first purchase here. I ordered this cover even before receiving my first two :)

This time, I purchased a #6 size (which is the standard size for traveler's notebooks).

I chose Sugar Pink Grapefruit leather, with light pink stitching, light purple elastics, a pen loop, and secretarial pockets with card slots, and embossing with gold foil both on the spine and on the front.

So I am now the proud owner of three notebook covers by Foxy Fix:

You can read more about how I use the two smaller ones as my wallet in this post.
In the meantime, I made even more clay charms using this clay charm kit - including a charm to match my newest Foxy!

The colors are so much prettier in real life... and the textures! Mocassin leather (the blue one) is the softest, but the Sugar leather of the other two is very smooth.

I'm already plotting my next Foxy Fix - in size #3 this time... Oops! :)

If you want to make a purchase at Foxy Fix, you will get 10% off your first order (above $50) if you use my referral link.

Friday, March 17, 2017

New Stamps Released at Sakuralala!

Hello! Today is release day at Sakuralala - with SIX awesome new stamp sets!

Top row (left to right): 365: Nippon 2 | 365: Happy Memo | Years - Spring
Bottom row (left to right): HST - Color Canvas | HST - Spring Home | HST - Playlist

These are so much fun!! I also shot a video to give you a closer look and share my first impressions:

After shooting the video, I inked the stamps right up! :) I started making some cards for my Project Life album:

And then I had even more fun creating the background to this scrapbook page:

I'll be using these stamps over and over in my traveler's notebook, which I use for documentation - so I'll be sharing some pictures of that here on the blog soon too. :) Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

March 2017 Mixed Media Monthly at The Lilypad

Hello and happy almost Friday! We've had some crazy weather this week, so I had to document it right away with some of the latest releases from The Lilypad - and they are 20% off through the weekend!


Everyday Life Templates Set 8 6x8” by Sabrina’s Creations

Bloom Digital Kit - Storyteller March 2017 Add-on by Just Jaimee

I also played with the latest Mixed Media Monthly collection - and this one did not disappoint!! (nor does it ever!)


Mixed Media Monthly - Mar. '17 from The Lilypad

The background paper was just gorgeous, and I had fun layering some tree stamps and using other elements to make the tree foliage.
Have a great end of the week!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

March Snow

Hello and happy Wednesday! I'm sharing a page I made with two of the items that are 50% off today at The Lilypad.

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Family Love | Templates by Sabrina’s Creations

Perfect Day Papers and Perfect Day Elements by Sabrina Dupre

Have a great rest of the week!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

My Latest Obsession: Foxy Fix Review

Hello! I have fallen down the rabbit hole of a new obsession: notebook covers from Foxy Fix! I love these so much because you can personalize them by choosing the leather type and color, stitching color, elastic color, size, pocket configuration, width of the spine, and you can add embossing to the spine and/or cover. Lots of choices!
For my first order, I chose to get two of the smallest notebooks: a size 0 Sugar Lemon Drop - this leather was just discontinued! - and a size 1 Moccasin Tiger Lily.

I am now using these two notebooks as my wallet (more info below)!
These are both "couture" notebooks - currently Foxy Fix is facing high demand so they limit how many they put up for sale (so if you go see their website it's likely you'll see all couture items sold out - but no fear: check back on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 AM PST and they will be back in stock).

I placed my order on February 17th. The production window is 10-20 business days, and mine were in fact shipped on the 10th business day. The notebooks come wrapped up in fabric bags, and they also include a leather sample with your box.

I got this Sugar Pink Grapefruit sample... which I took in fact as a sign, because I have placed a second order for a notebook in this color even before getting this box. I love this color already!

I chose not to have any writing / design on the front covers, but I had my initials added to the spine (in silver foil on the turquoise notebook, and in gold foil on the yellow one).

For size comparison, you can see the "passport" notebook cover I handmade a while back (you can find the details here). What I find unique in the Foxy Fix notebooks is the reinforced spine (it comes automatically with some types of leather - including the Moccasin and Sugar I bought - and is optional on others). They also offer two widths: 1.5" (wide) or 1" (compact). I chose compact for both and I think this is already chunky enough for me.

I had fun adding some charms to my notebooks! I made most of these using this clay charm kit (I had lots of fun with these!!).

I also chose to also get a pen loop with both notebooks. I like to position it on the side as you can see here).

And here you can see the difference in sized between the #0 and #1.

I'm using these as wallet, and bought these credit card holders on Amazon to hold all my credit and rewards cards.

I'm so happy to have these colorful notebooks in my purse!

If you want to make a purchase at Foxy Fix, you will get 10% off your first order (above $50) if you use my referral link.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March BYOC at The Lilypad

Hello! It's time for the newest BYOC collection from The Lilypad - and I had so much fun with this one!

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Lovely Angles Templates by Scrapping with Liz

Duly Noted Papers and Duly Noted Elements by One Little Bird

I just love the pops of yellow! I am loving yellow lately!

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Lovely Angles Templates by Scrapping with Liz

Cloud 9 Paper Pack and Cloud 9 Element Pack by Sabrina’s Creations

Have a great end of the week!