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Friday, October 24, 2014

Week in the Life Prep

Starting Monday I am taking part in Ali Edwards' Week in the Life project. I've been really excited to see Ali's site expand and love that she is working with Studio Calico to produce kits. I purchased the Week in the Life kit to get a feel for what the partnership will be like and, so far, I'm really happy with it. I thought I would share how I am prepping for this big project, documenting an entire week, and what I hope to achieve when I'm done!

First things first, that image above is one I created to possibly go in the cover of my album. I'm not sure yet what the layout of the album will be, I really like the tiny 2x2 pockets and hope to do something cool with them, but liked the idea of a bold and simple title page. The rectangle is 3x4 and my plan is to get a family photo to put there. You can download your own title page here if you want one! Just be sure and size it at 100% so that it prints out 6x8!

I printed off the 6x8 daily sheets that Ali made specifically for this project, you can get them here, and I plan on carrying them around with me throughout the week. I don't know if they will end up in the actual album or not so I didn't bother cutting them down yet.

I've put all my supplies in one box so I can add any papers or ephemera to it and easily find everything when I go to put this album together. I did open the page protectors and lay them out a bit to get a feel for what all came in the kit, but that is all the prep I did in setting up my album.

I really like how in this post Ali lays out some goals she has and I thought I would do it here. More than anything I would like lots of words, a few pictures, and hopefully a pretty album to look through. For me this is really about capturing our every day life and this year I hope that means lots of stories.

Things I want to include:

A family photo
A photo of the kids' "collections"
A currently card for each member of the family
A grocery list and a meal plan (maybe a receipt too)
A picture of my work space and Chris' work space
A photo of what everyone is reading
A to-do list or two from the week

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Handmade Style/// Anima Pant

Another check off my fall wardrobe list! And a big day of firsts; First time sewing pants for myself and first time using Papercut Patterns
Let's start by discussing the pattern first, shall we? I found this company on Instagram and love their cool take on handmade clothes. They also have a few pieces from ready to wear designers that are beautiful. The Anima Pant is available as a PDF but I highly, highly, recommend investing the extra bucks in the actual pattern. The packaging is gorgeous and really practical for storing. The instruction booklet is thorough and all around helpful. Loved working with it!
Now let's talk about construction. I found a super soft knit on sale at Joann's and went with it. While it is really soft and very comfortable, it is also very stretchy and gets saggier and baggier as you wear it. I will definitely keep these around as more lounge style pants, fancier sweats if you will!
I made the size small and like the fit. The crotch was a little baggy, but the faux fly totally tripped me up and I think that's the reason why. This fabric was also really difficult to cut and mark so I think that was where my mistake was!

I am going to try and make another pair in a thicker knit, maybe more sweatshirt style material?, because I think those could actually be worn a lot more. Then in the spring I'm going to try the knee length (there is also a short option). 

What do you think? I'm working on another of their patterns right now and am proud of myself for branching out into this new pants territory. And, geez, can you excuse the shoes in this post? I was in the middle of cleaning out my closet and just grabbed a pair. I don't think I would choose these to wear out- haha!! But I didn't want to crop off the cute cuff on the ankle, oh well! 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Workspace Wednesday/// Batch Card Making

Saturday we had an engagement party to go to so I whipped up a quick card to give the couple along with a bottle of wine. I loved how it turned out so I decided to use the same format and make a batch of cards to have on hand! I pulled fun scraps from a pile of paper and used this stamp set to make a little banner. I love that font so much! Then I stamped little love birds from this stamp set on the inside.
I think this makes a great wedding card but also an anniversary card, a new home card, and even a new baby card! It's always nice to tell people congrats don't you think?