Jil Larson: Cup of CozyAs I mentioned in my last blog post, I‚Äôve been enjoying working in my A5 holiday scrapbook journal. I started it last year and am adding to its pages this year. This spread is another one I‚Äôve completed in my notebook. I loved thinking about how the theme of cozy is different for me in winter compared to fall. In the fall, I focused on getting ready for winter and enjoying both the cozy beauty of fall color and peaceful evenings indoors. In winter, I‚Äôm considering the contrast between snow and cold and comforting warmth. The Frost & Frolic Collection¬†is perfect for this theme, and I had just the right story to tell: last year, a student of mine gave me a cup cozy (sometimes called a koozie or coozie) she had knitted herself. Its snowman face made the pocket card with the snowman and the sentiment ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs all about accessorizing!‚Äù a perfect element to use in telling my story. It‚Äôs funny to think about the cup itself needing to bundle up and accessorize! The Frost & Frolic Memory Keeping Stamp Sets were great, too, of course: ‚Äúcup of cozy‚Äù and images of cups. I liked dressing up the take-out cups with the tiny red heart and snowflakes. When matting my large photo, I wanted to emphasize the green, blue, and black papers in the kit, but I also wanted navy (to pick up the background of my snowman card), and I loved the December banner die cut from the Frost & Frolic Traveler's Notebook Memory Keeping Kit¬†for the navy touch and the number dies to include a little red. The glitter dots helped draw the red across the page, too. My stamping ink was both red and black, as was my title. I loved cutting a bit from the stickers in the sticker kit to ground and illustrate my title, and the rub-ons from the Frost & Frolic Traveler's Notebook Memory Keeping Kit provided some greenery to the left side to balance my bough on the left.I hand-cut green paid photo corners and some paper strips to carry that pattern paper to the left, given that I layered so much paper on the right. It‚Äôs all about balance! It‚Äôs lovely to have this page about what ‚Äúcozy‚Äù means to me in the winter in my notebook.
Rachel Newman: Cozy Vibes Theme for Memory Planninghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf8XRpDRJxU Who says you can't have a themed layout in your memory planner? Giving myself a theme to work with, like "Cozy Vibes" encourages me to snap photos I might not have captured otherwise. I was so excited to work on this week that I actually completed the first half of the week while the week was happening! To begin, I used the washi tape from the Doodles & Dashes Kit II Planner Add-On Kit to redate the pages in my Daisy Planner.¬†Moving Saturday to the other page allowed me to complete this spread before the week was over and create a grid design, complete with all the coziness. One of my favorite product hacks is trimming down pocket cards from the Modern Memory-Keeping Kit¬†and using them in my memory planner. The "today's agenda: hibernate" made a great title card.¬† It is easy to change the color of alpha stickers, like the ones found in the Frost & Frolic Memory Keeping Sticker Kit. I wanted the alpha to highlight the green around the page, so I colored the stickers with a green marker.¬† I had a little bit of space between my photos, perfect for a caption using a scrap of pattern paper and the glitter stickers from the Frost & Frolic Traveler's Notebook Memory Keeping Kit. The second part of the week involved traveling and spending time with friends and family for Thanksgiving. To create a delineation, I punched one of the cards from the Frost & Frolic Traveler's Notebook Memory Keeping Kit, which acts as a divider and provides extra for photos and journaling over the busy weekend.¬† During a busy season, it is nice to do some pre-decorating in your memory planner, as I did here with the right page. When I returned home I simply printed out my photos and adhered them to the page. And the nice thing about ringbound/discbound? You can always add more inserts like pocket pages, too! If you are interested in learning the basics of memory planning, make sure to check out our Memory Planning Step by Step Class!
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Rachel, Creative Team Blog Coordinator