Swooning for Sunkissed

Swooning for Sunkissed It’s here! The new collection from Traci Reed Designs launches today and I AM IN LOVE!!!!! Sunkissed is JUST what is sounds – full of stunning, summery colours and icons including cocktails and tie dye papers (yes, COCKTAILS and TIE DYE!) For my launch projects this month I decided to work a little differently and do a second project in my new Summer Stories Traveler’s Notebook. This celebrated my daughter’s last day of school and the first day of her super long summer holiday.  I think the joy in her jump tells the story well! Project number […]

Theme Thursday – Summer

Theme Thursday – Summer I LOVE Summer – the sunshine, the heat, the blue skies.  So when I saw this as one of the themes for Theme Thursday I had to join in. My process for this project was a little different to my usual one.  I normally flip through my story albums (where I house my competed projects and also photos printed ready for stories to tell) and look for photos to match the project theme. For this project I decided to start with the product.  I grabbed out my box of Traci Reed Designs printed digitals and looked […]

Sketchy Sunday #23

Sketchy Sunday I was really looking forward to trying out this sketch since I found out a way of printing photos on my Canon Selphy printer as photostrips!! In the end I created TWO layouts for this sketch – the main reason being I had sooooooo many photos from Elora’s recent 16th birthday and a photo strip is a great way of showing off lots! My first project sticks to the sketch pretty closely. I added in a larger focal photo as I really wanted to include this cute picture of her alongside those of her with her friends. As […]

Sketchy Sunday #22

Sketchy Sunday at Traci Reed Designs I had every intention of following this sketch very closely when I first saw it.  I love a grid as a page foundation and they translate really well from a 12×12 into a 6×8  album. As I started to build my page though I kept thinking about the 2×2 square page protectors I have in my stash and a new direction came to me. I opted to use that rather than a page base, and it opened up for me to have some shaker pockets instead of ink splatters. I am REALLY happy with […]

It’s time for Summer Camp!

It’s time for Summer Camp The new Traci Reed collection has taken a very different direction this month. After the brights of Happy Day we now have a much softer feel to the new Summer Camp collection. My husband and I are big fans of the outdoors and walking together in nature is one of our happy places.  I just know I am going to make lots of layouts with this fun outdoorsy theme. I chose to push myself for the launch and did one outdoors-y story and one very NOT outdoors-y one!! My first project (above) includes hidden journalling […]

Sketchy Sunday #21

Sketchy Sunday at Traci Reed Designs I am LOVING the sketches that Traci is putting up on the blog. They are super versatile and always push me to try new things … this week … circles!!As someone without a die cutting machine I tend to avoid large size circle sketches as much largest punch is a 3 inch one!!I dragged a long forgotten tool out of my stash for this though – a Circular template and blade cutter!I knew I wanted to work at this Traveller’s Notebook size so simply cut the sketch in half in my mind. The circular […]

Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness Maintaining good mental health is HUGE for me. I’m really big on self-care and self-love and both of these things are essential for my own mental health. I’ve struggled on occasion in the past – with overwhelm, anxiety, feeling low … and one thing that always helped me to come through was reframing my challenges … to deliberately BE positive in my thoughts, even when I didn’t FEEL it in my heart. Positive thoughts always created a shift within me and helped me to heal.I was SO PROUD to see my teen start to post loads of […]

Oh Happy Day!

Oh, Happy day! There is a new collection over at Traci Reed Designs and it is such a fun one!! It is called Happy Day and there is a bonus Happy{birth} day mini collection too!  It is full of fun bright colours, and celebratory icons. We have a 16th Birthday coming up in our house this month and I plan to document ALL of those stories with this collection.  Until then though, here was my first two projects. The first one (below) is celebrating my daughter and how DEEPLY honoured and grateful I am to be her mom. The honour […]

Teach Me Tuesday – Tears and Folds

Teach Me Tuesday – Tears and Folds When I saw the theme of Tears and Folds come up as a project call for the Design Team I knew it was one for me. I add paper tears to almost ALL of my projects!! I love the texture they give … fast forward to my project … not a paper tear in sight!!! For some reason when I stood at my craft table I suddenly remembered a mini book I made years ago – created from folded cardstock. I remembered how much I loved that album… and that was it!! One […]

Theme Thursday – Rainbows

Theme Thursday – Rainbows When I saw the theme of Rainbows come up for a Team project I knew EXACTLY which collection I wanted to work with … My Person! If you know Traci’s collections you may be a little surprised (as she has an absolutely stunning collection called Keep Chasing Rainbows that would obviously be perfect for this prompt!!) The My Person collection has to be one of my favourites and one of the elements I adored most was the non-traditional rainbows in the sticker pack. As soon as I saw them I fell in love! The rainbow is […]