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!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Review of Typo 2014 Luxe Diary in Polka Dots!

Stop. Grab a cuppa tea and a snack. This will be a long-winded, very picture heavy post! I hope you enjoy it! 

I recently stopped in at Typo at my favorite mall, Fashion Valley, here in San Diego. I never really have trouble finding things I like at the lush, whimsical stationery store, and this trip was no exception. I happened upon this precious ringed planner that totally suits my style! I love the light color and pastel polka dots. It's considerably lower quality than any ringed binder I've ever owned (about on par to the Walmart planners) but for $19.95 USD, it refused to be left on the shelf. I've included detail shots of the inserts, which are almost cute enough to justify the whole purchase. 

Of course I failed to photograph the front cover, but it includes 4 credit card slots and one ID slot (clear, slip-in type.) It doesn't include a full-length pocket. The material is a pink plastic faux leather, whereas the outside is made of oilcloth. overall it's quite the solid binder and could take quite the beating. It also includes a black ink, slim silver pen.
The first page is a floral divider for "personal info."

 Behind it, there is the standard information sheet and emergency contact information. I love the font and how simple the inserts are designed.

The next 2 facing pages include a 2014 year at a glance calendar, which lists the months across the top of the page, and each of the days in columns below it. 

And behind that, there is a standard 3 years at a glance reference calendar for 2013, 14, and 15.
Next is a lovely blue "diary" tab.

Then they've included a birthday reference sheet, still carrying on with the clean, streamlined style that I really appreciate!

 The month on two pages layout is absolutely stunning! It features a lovely mint shading. The only thing that totally ruins it is the small saturday and sunday boxes. I mean come on, weekends need love too!
I'm also a big fan of the week on two pages inserts. Each new month has a notes section at the beginning. Depending on how late in the week that particular month begins, it starts further down the page. It is of note to mention, the months that start with Monday do not have notes sections. Also interestingly, they've chosen to include the month and week inserts back to back. So that means that between each of the month pages, there are the subsequent week pages. I kind of like this idea.
Pretty ditzy spot budget section~

The first page includes a very cute "things worth saving for" insert where you can place photos of things you're saving for like festival tickets, amazing shoes, and a dream car. This is what makes me love Typo...the whimsical, fun side of planning and organizing. 
Loving the budget pages. God knows I need them! 

Another very pretty, vintage style to do divider.

 Another simply designed to do / checklist. Kudos to Typo! Even though the paper is very thin, I might even use these inserts for next year! (Would you like to see pen tests on this paper? Let me know.)
The last divider!
Behind that is a standard contact sheet for each letter of the alphabet.
The inserts are identical size and punched for the personal Filofax. The only difference is the ring size, which is definitely on the small side. I have inserted a picture of Filofax personal size pages in the binder as well as the Typo binder directly on top of the Filofax Personal Finchley (to show the ring size comparison.)
A few mm smaller than the Filofax.
 A closer look at the fancy-looking pen, as well as more glamour shots of the inserts.

Overall, the pricetag and lovely inserts really convinced me to buy this little number. It isn't a fancy replacement for my Filofaxes or even Kikki-K binder, but it is a cute, fun binder that screams my personality. It almost reminds me of one of the Kate Spade planners I've been lusting over. As I mentioned before, Typo has created a sturdy binder. The problem I had with the construction was the rings. About 75% of the binders on the shelf had misaligned rings, so be sure to really pay attention to the little details if you plan to pick up this agenda. All-in-all, I don't recommend it as a replacement to the nicer binders you have, but if you're like me, you might be attracted to a sweet little whimsical lovely every now and again. And for $20, what can go wrong? 

What's your opinion on the binder? I personally adore it!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

My Week #37

Week #37 in my Kikki-K large time planner.
I have to apologize for being a worse-than-mediocre blogger for the past few weeks. It has been a slightly trying time around here, but I'm coming out on the other side.

In the spirit of staying positive, I present to you the highlights of my week:

  • I had sushi this week. Twice.
  • Farmers market trip with my mom.
  • I rode on a see-saw. Yes, really.
  • Staying up all night reading. This time it was The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
  • Coffee date with one of my oldest friends.
  • Way too much Project Life & book haulage. 
  • Generous IG friends and penpals.

& here's a selection of instagram photos this week, for your viewing pleasure~
Clockwise from left: (1) letter from Rin (2) thrift store book haul (3) reading on my iPad (4) farm fresh strawberries 
And now what you really  wanted to know more about: my Filofax week! I fear that my other two Filofaxes, both personals, aren't getting enough love since I moved into the A5 Kikki-K planner.  It's not that I don't love the portability of Personals, I do, but the A5 seems so luxuriously large and spacious. Plus I love my setup and the inserts I've chosen to use in there. It's almost too perfect.
Used this week~ cloud sticker handmade by Shelly at Prim & Parchment, gold stripe washi tape by Freckled Fawn, Anchor sticker gifted to me, Kikki-K everyday gel pen. 
... that's seriously it!
 Oh, and this is not an uplifting/encouraging quote like usual, but it's sooo relevant to my life~ 

There you have it. Another week done. Wishing happy days to all of you!