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For the past two years, I used a Sugar Paper for Target planner for all of my goal-setting, to-dos, and daily planning.  I’d switched when I was unable to find another favorite planner of mine, and I discovered that the weekly layout with a facing weekly planning page was exactly how my brain worked!  When I went to buy one for 2018, I made the sad discovery that they weren’t selling that planner through Target any more!  I had fallen in love with the weekly layout, and the planners directly sold from Sugar Paper didn’t even meet my needs 😉

As I discussed this “tragedy” with Husband, he suggested that I make my own.  He even volunteered to set up an Excel spreadsheet to auto-populate the dates onto the weekly pages and calendar spreads so that I wouldn’t have to do it by hand.  In fact, he went so far as to program it so that I can enter any year, and it will calculate the proper dates!  Hooray!  He really is amazing.

Not only that, but he helped me fine-tune the margins and cell sizes so that it prints out just right.  I decided to make a half-letter sized planner and use the Staples Arc system to bind it (I purchased THIS punch–affiliate link).  In past years, I stuffed all sorts of bits and pieces into my planners and they ended up bulging in an unsightly way with extra papers (and then they’d fall out if I dropped the planner…).  I purchased a set of Arc covers and the largest discs I could get so that it has plenty of room to grow.  I’ve already added several bits and pieces (notes from my daughter, slips of paper with school information, ephemera stapled to patterned paper, and cards…) and it makes me so happy to see them as I flip back.  I love that these bits of life are now part of the planner in a sleek way.

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After lots of fussing with the layout and fonts, I finally reached a look that satisfied me.  I took my favorite aspects of the two planners I’d loved and some modifications that I’d been making to them and mashed them all together.

At the front of the planner, I have a year-at-a-glance calendar that I modified from HERE.  Because it wasn’t quite the right aspect ratio for what I needed, I took a screen shot of the .pdf and re-created the title with fonts that match the rest of my planner.

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Each month starts with a notes page, which I am using to keep track of the things I accomplish during that month.  On the facing page, I have a planning page to help me keep track of my intentions for that month in each of a number of categories: scrapbook (memory keeping), sew, home, and health.  I also have a spot for important dates and a box where I can make notes for future goals and hopes — the ones I want to get to but aren’t reasonable for that month.

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Right after that comes the month’s grid.  In a future iteration, I hope to have the boxes programmed with conditional formatting so that the borders show up only if there is a number inside… but for now, I might add pretty patterned paper to the blank boxes… maybe!  These pages are printed on card stock, so they serve as a bit of a divider.  I may add little tabs (maybe with matching patterned paper??), as well.

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Each week has a planning page and a week-at-a-glance page that I use to keep track of my daily to-do list and appointments, etc.

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It took me until almost the end of January to get everything in order, but I was using test pages from the beginning of the year, and that really helped me work out some of the finer details before I printed everything.  I am really, really happy with how this turned out!  I am so very grateful for Husband’s help!  This wouldn’t have come together without him.

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Last year, I promised to make my beloved Husband some pajamas for Christmas… except I didn’t get to them until this year!  Right before Thanksgiving, I completed this set for him.

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I used Simplicity 1504 (shirt, pants) and lengthened the pants by several inches.  In future incarnations, I’ll also lengthen the sleeves for him.  In the end, I was impressed with how nice the pajamas look, but I will say that the pattern itself is terribly written.  There were a number of missing markings on the pieces, and the directions themselves were only so-so.

There is piping on the shirt and on the pant cuffs, and I’m pretty proud of how it came out– this is only the second time I’ve used piping, and the first on a garment!

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I love this Star Wars fabric, and I wanted to do do as much pattern-matching as I could.  The ships are level across the pant legs, and I was happy that I could highlight an X-Wing on the shirt pocket…

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…and a happy coincidence resulted in the ships lining up all the way down the back of the shirt and pants!

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Last but not least, possibly my very favorite of our costumes this year– Husband as Flynn Rider.

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The main part of this costume is the vest Flynn wears, of course.  I started with Simplicity 4059, view B and made some pretty significant modifications.

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I found a woman who made a Flynn Rider costume beginning with the same pattern and blogged about it in 2011, and her documentation of the modifications she made to the vest pattern (she also started with Simplicity 4059) were extremely helpful, as were her detailed notes on the vest Flynn wears in the movies.

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We chose a faux suede in a slate blue that I found on clearance+sale at JoAnn.  I bought two yards and spent about $9 on it!  I consider that a good deal.  We pored over screenshots of Flynn’s vest and analyzed and studied it some more.  I added some width and length to the pattern so that the front would overlap and the torso would be long enough for my tall Husband.  I also “drafted” faux yoke pieces for the front and back and we marked out what seemed to be miles of topstitching lines.  To give the vest the loft in its quilting, I padded the main torso section with a layer of flannel (an old sheet!)  and the yoke sections with an additional double layer of flannel before doing the quilting. Husband drafted the collar (my brain was fried)

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We collaborated to figure out how to recreate the hook closures.  Husband bought a short length of brass chain at Home Depot and took apart the links– half of them were twisted to form hooks, and we left the other half of the links “whole.”  We devised fabric mounts (for lack of a better word) that involved tiny buttonholes and fabric loops…I was glad to finish that portion of the vest!

Husband wore khaki pants and a white button-up shirt he already owned, but we wanted him to have the rakish adventuring boots that Flynn has–without having to buy much.  Husband had the brilliant idea to turn an old pair of brown pants into a spat-like device that covered boots he already owned to give them to floppy fold-over top (they are also lined with pieces of yet another old sheet!).  We used a swatch of pleather to make Flynn’s spats.  I sewed elastic to the corners to make loops, and we added large brads from my scrapbook stash to look like the studs on Flynn’s.  I didn’t have brass brads, so we used a yellow permanent marker to color some silver ones.  I was amazed what a difference they made!

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To top it all off, Husband grew a beard and shaved it to a goatee for Halloween weekend.  Look at that smolder!

 

 

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Costumes 2016

Happy costume day!!  Our family loves coming up with elaborate group costumes each year, and this year was no exception! Say hello to the cast of Tangled!

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Our almost-five-year-old daughter is really into Rapunzel right now, and our almost-two-and-a-half-year-old son really loves the movie, as well.  So it seemed only natural to choose to “play” characters from the movie for our costumes!  It’s pretty obvious that V is Rapunzel! B is dressed as Pascal, Rapunzel’s best friend and pet chameleon.  Husband is Flynn Rider, and I am dressed as Maxiumus, the royal guard horse.  (I didn’t want to play a kidnapping, conniving, selfish and lying old woman, even if her dress was prettier!)

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Starting at the end of this week, and going through next week, I’ll have posts featuring each of our individual costumes, with all the details about how we made them.  Stay tuned!

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My eventual plan for my Disney World scrapbook album is to highlight our family’s favorite moments with traditional 12″x12″ scrapbook pages telling their stories.  I have a big stack of photos that I printed from our trip to Disney World, but I’ve used a number of them for the mini-albums I made for my son and daughter to highlight their special memories. That means the photos for some of our special stories need to be reprinted, so I’m working on the stories that haven’t been highlighted in my kids’ albums.  I’m not scrapbooking the stories in chronological order, but in the final album, the stories will be as close to chronological as possible.  I’ll have pocket pages telling the smaller stories interspersing the 12″x12″ layouts.

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Even with my big stack of photos, I was still having trouble figuring out what to work on next.  I asked my husband what some of his favorite memories were, and he mentioned meeting Chewbacca– perfect!  That was the next story to work on.  This is the second layout I’ve made for my 2016 Disney album!

I took Shimelle’s weekly challenge– to use her layout for inspiration.  If you click through to see her layout, you’ll see that I actually followed the obvious features of her layout pretty closely– except for the fact that I arranged my photos vertically rather than horizontally.  I chose to change this to make sure that the background paper could still shine through.

Funny thing– I loved every single paper in the Starshine collection… except this moon-over-a-skyline one.  Not that I disliked the image, because it’s very pretty!  but because I didn’t have any idea how I would ever use such a paper in my own scrapbooking.  But my mind has completely changed!  I think it is absolutely perfect for this layout.

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I loved the idea of glassine envelopes enclosing tags with the journaling (from Shimelle’s page).  Since I didn’t have individual envelopes, I cut down a glassine bag I’d received in a scrapbook kit and die-cut shipping-style tags with my Silhouette to slip inside.

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I used the tear strips from the paper pad (sheets I’ve already used) and  strips from the cut-apart sheet, then added strips of washi tape for even more layers above and below the photos.  To emphasize the translucency and texture of the glassine bag, I added some unevenly pleated tissue paper, as well.

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The title ended up being the hardest part of the layout for me.  I knew what I wanted it to say, but I had some trouble figuring out which alphas to use and how to make them visible.  In the end, part of the title is on the paper strip layers over the glassine bag, and the main word (“Wookiee”) is in glitter alphas on the dark blue background so that it would stand out.

 

 

Supplies:
patterned paper: Shimelle Starshine 12″x12″ paper pad
embellishments: Shimelle Starshine ephemera, Studio Calico wood veneer stars, Studio Calico wood veneer cameras, The Paper Studio enamel dots, Bella Blvd washi tape, The Paper Studio washi tape, tags cut with Silhouette SD
alphas: Shimelle Collection Fitzgerald Thickers teal glitter foam, Jillibean Soup Blossom Soup, Glitz Designs Uncharted Waters aqua stripe teeny alphas
other: glassine bag, tissue paper, Scotch ATG, Therm-O-Web foam adhesive, Project Life 0.3 black journaling pen

 

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This is another layout that I started planning while I was pregnant with my daughter.  In the months/weeks before we had her, I knew that I needed to take notes about many of the things that we’d done “before kids” so that they wouldn’t be forgotten.  I went so far as to write out journaling and sketch out layouts (including planning photo sizes and printing them!) for the stories I wanted to add to my albums.  I didn’t know when I was going to get back to those stories to scrapbook them “properly.”

In 2011, my husband attended a collaboration meeting for the research project to which he contributed as a postdoc, and he went by himself.  Ever the scrapbook-y wife, I requested that he take photos for me!  He complied, and did even better!  He saved me not one, but two city maps, as well as his nametag and lanyard.  When he got home and told me about the things he’d done while in TX, I took notes on one copy of the map.

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my original plan for the Austin, TX layout, as “designed” on June 15, 2011.

Originally, I planned to use the whole map in a landscape orientation.  When I was planning the page, I even took a photo to show how I intended everything to look!  But when I pulled out these photos for this week’s challenge at Shimelle’s blog, I realized that it would drive me crazy to have the map on its side.

I hemmed and hawed, and finally chopped off a portion of the map so that it would be oriented vertically on the page.  I pulled out a patterned paper pad of Pink Paislee paper (“Pen Pals”) that I’d purchased more recently (I don’t buy that many scrapbook supplies! This is something that hopefully will change in the near future) on a great sale because I loved the color palette and patterns but that I’d never yet used in my scrapbook projects.  This is my “new” product.  I combined it with embellishments that seem to have been in my stash forever (the little bat sticker from a Little Yellow Bicycle Halloween collection; round epoxy stickers from a MAMBI scrapbook kit given to me years ago; the brads that I used as map markers, which were Christmassy, but I have no idea where they are from; and a very old sheet of dark red patterned paper to mat the map) to satisfy the “old” product criterion.

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please note that in “real life”, the background patterned paper is nice and straight.  The map *is* tilted on an angle, and so is the bottom dark blue chevron strip and the red/pink patterned layer.  I have to work on my skills at photographing 2-page layouts from above.  It’s tricky!

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This was an interesting challenge for me, since to many people, everything in my stash is probably “old!” Haha.

In order to add the journaling, I cornered Husband and had him tell me everything he remembered.  I think I must have intended to make this page sooner or later, because I hadn’t written anything down in 2011.  Thankfully Husband has a good memory (and was able to look a few things up), and so I basically took dictation of what he told me!  The page is in my handwriting, but it is his words.  The journaling card is from the Jade edition Project Life kit, and the labels by each set of photos are modified from a Silhouette store label set I’ve had forever (and love).

When I finished the layout and showed him, Husband admired it, but I thought the highest praise was when he said to me: “I’m touched that you scrapbook memories that aren’t even your own!”

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Squid

This handsome fellow was a surprise Christmas gift for Husband.

Stuffed Squid made from IkatBag Menagerie pattern

 

His name is Qubit, and he is a squid.  Or SQUID, if you are a physics-y kind of person.  😉

Indulge me while I share some more beauty shots.

Stuffed Squid made from IkatBag Menagerie pattern

Stuffed Squid made from IkatBag Menagerie pattern

Stuffed Squid made from IkatBag Menagerie pattern

Stuffed Squid made from IkatBag Menagerie pattern

Stuffed Squid made from IkatBag Menagerie pattern

I used the simply fantastic Menagerie pattern by LiEr at Ikat Bag to make this handsome sea creature.  He is made from two shades of solid-colored fleece that I bought on an extreme sale (it turned out that when I had to buy a spool of lighter green thread for matching topstitching on the eyelids, I spent more on it than the fleece!).

He came together so quickly!  I absolutely loved using the pattern.  Every step was well-explained, and the amount of information provided is fabulous.  I am really looking forward to the chance to make more animal variations.  I highly recommend this pattern to anyone who wants more whimsical animals in their life.

Qubit is now at Husband’s office, overseeing his work there, and providing some squidsperation.  I hope he gives Husband a laugh or smile whenever he sees him!

 

P.S. Happy birthday today, Husband!  I love you.

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