Friday, January 27, 2017

Minimizing my planning wardrobe

Long time, no see. And isn't it ironic. The last post I had on this long-neglected blog was about minimizing, and here I am, doing it again! For real this time. This small bin is all I have for my planning this year. Not to mention a lot of my supplies do double-duty with my scrapbooking.

The essentials. A hole punch. Bulldog clips from the Target dollar spot. Paper. Sticky notes.
I have had these Daiso B6 (personal size) inserts for years. I'm down to a few packs, 1 kraft paper, 1 graph paper, and 2 blue notepaper. I also have to have these Daiso graph sticky notes for weekly tracking, and the plain kraft sticky notes, again from Daiso. I don't know what I'll do when I run out, since now I live somewhere very, very far from my beloved Asian stationery stores.

The double-duty supplies. All of these I use in both scrapbooking and planning. Avery tabs. Label maker. Date stamps. Washi tapes. Let me repeat. That's all the washi tape I own.

The paper and the stickers. My absolute favorite stickers are from I also have a few from A Beautiful Mess' Messy Box and Studio Calico.  I used to have a lot of cutesy paper pads I never reached for. They've since found new homes. All I have now are the best of the best. Rifle Paper Co., Kikki-K, and Typo. All years old.

Friday, February 13, 2015

a minimalist approach to planning + project life for 2015

I'll be the first to admit it: I love stuff. I adore shiny, pretty things just as well as trite scraps of memorabilia. I love clothes and shoes and ceramic animal bookends*. Sure, I like my stuff, but to a certain point. My current home situation as a third-year college student is, shall we say, less than accommodating for paper crafting as a hobby. I'm down to the bare bones, here. As a result, for 2015, I’m taking a more minimalist approach to memory keeping and planning. Really, my decision was influenced by many factors, practicality being only a fringe benefit. 

I’m constantly inspired by the community of talented, innovative people I’ve become friends with on Instagram over the years. I have them to thank for my embarking on the memory-keeping journey, and, even though I’m not using it this year, the Instagram community introduced me to the Filofax mania as well.

Thailand, on the books.

Most of the Project Life layouts I’ve admired for the past year and a half have a similar streamlined aesthetic, many of which you can see here on my Pinterest board. That’s what I’m going for this year.

Products I’m using in 2015:
  • Heidi Swapp  12x12 Project Life album in black and white bold stripe
  • Design A and Design F page protectors, with some smaller protectors for certain elements and dynamic interest
  • Blinksoflife #lifestory monthly kit subscription - more on this in the next post.
  • Printing from the Collect app for bordered 3x4 photos, also more Instax photos.
  • My trusty Canon Selphy CP900 printer. Don't know what I'd do without it!
Details from a recent spread - Korea style.

So that’s the framework. I plan to have at least one page per week, sometimes more depending on activities. Other than that, I’m pretty flexible. Simplicity of style, use of white space, minimal embellishment, and a graphic, yet streamlined aesthetic. Same goes for my planning. I’m carrying a simple Moleskine planner for my everyday planning—and that’s it.

I know I'm a little late in sharing my plans for 2015, but oh, I've never been much for keeping up-to-date on Project Life. Look for a few more posts from me coming very soon, including more shameless international travel photo spams. Hope your year is off to a great start. And I'd love it if you'd all share your plans for memory-keeping this year. 

* If you’re reading this, thanks Mom! I love my ceramic yoga frog bookends. :)

xo, Kait affiliate links are included in this post.

Monday, March 3, 2014

simply life: early march 2014

An average week: rain, thai takeout, movies, cookies package tracking gone wrong. (week #9)
adding text to photos and cards with my typewriter is so lovely!

A fun day: walking 10 miles up the San Diego coast for cancer research. (week #8)
Studio Calico wood veneers, Amy Tangerine plus one cards.

Neon was really working for me. I tracked progress with my FitBit and printed out the results.

I can't believe it's already March!

There you have it, a simple look into my Project Life album for the first few months of 2014! I hope you enjoy, and please (please, please) share your projects with me. I'd love to see what you've got going on!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

I'm so loving Project Life (But in my own way)

Well hello there! Long time no see, huh?  I'm still here! And here, too! 
It's a new year and that means the dreaded new year's resolution.  Every year, like everyone else, I write down a few impossibly optimistic things I'd like to accomplish and I inevitably fail, hard. Not this year, no. I've set the bar so low it's impossible (mm, well, let's go with improbable) to fail:

1. Read 50 books by 2015
2. Finish a whole year of Project Life, but on your own terms.

Not so bad. (And if you're wondering, I'm right on track with the reading thing. Yeah!) Many of you may know that last year I started project life mid-year and blogged about it here. I wanted so badly to keep up with it, but like many other things in a 22-year-old's life, it got monotonous. I can't explain it other than things like this always happen to me: I go through what I mentally deem love this/hate that cycles. Dizzying obsessions lead to crippling complacency. I'm sure psychologists have a word for it, but it kind of comes with the twentysomething territory. 

Cards: Polka Dot Party by Dear Lizzy; Studio Calico "this moment" & "Adventure" clear acetate; Maggie Holmes/Crate Paper; Studio Calico Handbook pages; Studio Calico wood veneer; Heidi Swapp "hello" stamp; Freckled Fawn polka dot washi.

Anywho, I've been inspired by Tracy and Cathy to work on what I'm calling "small format" project life; a 6x8 abum rather than 12x12. It's amazing! I'm taking a fluid approach to my spreads, so they're not necessarily weekly. 

Cards: Amy Tangerine Plus One mini kit (plus sign); Sunshine core kit (stripes); Midnight Core Kit (perfection); Just Add Color core kit (HSN exclusive) 2x2's ("awesome", camera); Caylee Grey "Feb" card (resized); October Afternoon Daily Flash orange washi; Freckled Fawn polka dot washi & neon pink airmail washi; Studio Calico Thataway star stickers; "LOVE" stamp; Heidi Swapp "this is" stamp; American Crafts Thickers; October Afternoon Daily Flash 2x2 page protector (right).

I'm using a Studio Calico handbook that I've painted a teal-ish color. I quickly found out that the Studio Calico inserts were meh, so I ordered some by Becky Higgins as well as October Afternoon (which you'll see here above on the right-hand side, 2x2 pockets great for instagrams.) BUT note, if you plan on using inserts of a different brand, be prepared to bust out the hole puncher as the holes will inevitably not line up. 

Cards: Sunshine Core Kit (all except "to do", which is Studio Calico.); Michael's yellow washi; Target dollar bin alpha stickers; everything else is from Studio Calico kits.
Small format and simplicity seem to be working for me. I find myself way less overwhelmed and more focused on the photos than trying to just fill up the pages. I also don't do a lot of journaling, as you may notice. It works for me.

Cards: Left side, both from Midnight core kit; Studio Calico "&"; We R Memory Keepers floral; Dear Lizzy Neapolitan mini kit hearts (on top of floral card.); October Afternoon daily flash pastel washi; Kraft heart sticker; Studio Calico Thataway Louisana and heart sticker; Ali Edwards Technique Tuesday "I heart Travel" and "Here We Go" stamps; Lawn Fawn hand-drawn alpha stamp (on & card).

I hope you made it all the way here. It was a longwinded one, I know. I've really missed blogging and I hope you all are having a great year thus far. What were your resolutions? Anyone else working on Project Life? I'd love to see your work! 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Project Life Creative Team Application

I'm really trying to keep it simple here, so please don't call me boring. :)
My name's Kait Bell, and I'm from San Diego, California; my own little slice of heaven on earth!
I'm a 21-year-old history student, coffee aficionado, bookworm, frequent traveler, and color lover. I'm a new Project Lifer and have simply fallen in love with the brand. Project Life has made me realize that life, no matter how simple, deserves to be documented; the little things really are the big things.  I use the bare bones approach to documenting the everyday. I think the quality of the PL product stands on its own and really doesn't need too much embellishing. Well, that's all for now. Thanks to the Becky Higgins team for the amazing opportunity!

Monday, October 7, 2013

My Week #40

Week #40, a lovely pastel rainbow week!

 The supplies I used this week: Garden Studies Lables & Stickers (french bulldog sticker!), anthropologie; mint triangle washi tape, freckled fawn; pastel stripes washi tape, typo; small notepad, kikki.k.
 This week I was busy doing errands and lots of random things to get ready for our guests. I was pretty productive, but still didn't get a few things done that were really important. Wah wah :( but, it's a new week now! 
Okay, so how was your week? I hope it was amazing! xx

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

visual update

I just wanted to share a few snaps from my instagram account from the past week. I've been busy readying my house (and my brain) for quite the exciting two months ahead. I hope you're all well and living fabulously.
Pretty things by Kikki-K and Rifle Paper Co.
Exciting October!
I wrapped up this package for lovely Lily, which is still sitting on my desktop :( 
I received a lovely letter from my friend Gladys @tea_wanderer.
I sent out this different-looking letter to April @damitaprilurcool.
Happy October! The best time of the year is just about here!