Thursday Inspiration: Oasis Die Cuts!

It’s Thursday once again and that means it’s triple the fun! Each Thursday 3 of our Design team members use the same product, whether they are on a scrapbook layout, a Project Life spread, off the page, in a planner or elsewhere. Plus, they all have their own unique style, which means lots of inspiration for you! This week, Jennie, Nicole and Cara have got some fantastic projects using the Oasis Die cuts from Crate Paper which are in the April Main kit. Let’s see what they’ve done!



These die cuts are just beautiful!  From the muted colors and gold foil, I couldn’t wait to get them on my pages.  I had a handful of photos from our recent spring break and I knew that the die cuts would go perfectly with the April Project Life kit and those photos!

First, I layered the die cuts with the exclusive Project Life Cards!



Not only are they beautiful layered on cards, they are also gorgeous layered on photos!


Aren’t the little details just great?  I love how they all work together throughout the whole page!



Would you like to see how all of this came together?  Check out the process video I created for this layout!


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I just love the idea of using die cuts for the majority of embellishing on a scrapbook layout. It really keeps your choices simple and makes you think outside the box a little too! I opened up my Oasis diecut pack and layered them across my page that I has painted with a little mint green paint ahead of time.

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The great thing about the Oasis die cuts is the sizing variety and shape – so many fun choices in one little bundle of happiness! Makes the layering type of scrapbooker super happy to add lots of little bits to your project.

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All that is left to do is add in a staple, enamel dot or even a puffy sticker from the kits to add a quick layer to the diecuts to add some fun dimenstion!

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I love it when a page comes together with the help of a simple idea and some product that inspires you!




Howdy planner girls! I’ve got a treat this week, I’m in my bullet journal! This is a book that is always tucked into the front elastic of my Traveller’s Notebook. I have pages for routines, dreams and goals, books I’ve read, checklists, monthly plans and others ideas that don’t really have a set deadline. I’m going to use this spread as a spot to put all the things that I would like to do this spring, a sort of Spring Bucket list.


This past weekend I got to meet the amazing Terhi from our Design Team! It was so nice to meet her in person, and she is sweeter, prettier and even more talented in real life, if you can imagine that! I took one of her classes at a event in Paris and in this week’s project, I’ve taken the techniques she taught me and used them in my planner! Yes, you can put mixed media in your planner!



I then took some of the Oasis die cuts with lots of space or lines for writing and arranged them on the pages along with a couple of the Hip Kit Project Life cards that had lines. These are where I will write my spring list so I added them first. Next, I decorated!! I added more die cutes (isn’t that camera the cutest!?!??!) along with washi, stickers from the same Oasis line, acetate shapes and leatherette stickers from Pink Fresh, chipboard from American Crafts and then I added some random bits of stamping with the roller stamp from Vicki Boutin.


To finish off the spread, I took one of the exclusive flair badges, an Oasis button and hot-glued them together, sandwiching a paperclip in between. I took the foam off of the back of the button first to take away any extra bulk.



Happy Planning!


Thursday Inspiration: A Few of Our Favourite Things!

Hey everyone! We hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far! Today, we have 3 takes on the things we loved the most that came in our kits for March and April.

Cara: Patterned Papers

I’m a scrapbooker as well as a planner girl. Patterned paper is always my favourite when I scrapbook, there are so many possibilities! I thought that I would bring that over to my planner. I absolutely adore fussy cutting, give me a good movie and some sharp scissors and I’m a happy camper.


I grabbed a couple of my favourite papers, (from Dear Lizzy for American Crafts), in my March main kit, and cut out words and flowers to make clusters in my spread for this week.


I took a few more papers from Shimelle (American Crafts) and Paige Evans (Pink Paislee) and added squares and the word ‘PLAY’ about the pages. A few die cuts from Paige Evans (March Main Kit) and Dear Lizzy (March Project life kit) and some enamel dots (March Main Kit) were all I needed to finish off the spread.


The planner clip was made from the same Dear Lizzy paper as ‘dreamer’ and ‘love’. I made it so that it can be moved along the page to mark the current day.


When I made it, I realised that if I was fussy cutting, it would be smart to cut a second piece at the same time so that I would have a matching piece for the back to cover the paperclip. To keep them from moving around, I used a binder clip and moved it only at the end when the only side I had left to cut was the one under the clip.


Happy Planning!


Jessica: All The Florals!

Hey guys! I wondered what I go for most when I scrap and undoubtedly it’s pink as a color, mixed media for the technique, and flowers for the patterns/embellishment. The April kit really has some lovely chipboard flowers to scrap with. Little spoiler: I was assigned a no-flower task later, I know exactly why that happened (lol). Anyway, here’s the layout I’m going to share with you today:


I used my floral lace cut file that you can find in the march downloads; I changed it up a little to how I liked it better and then cut it with my Silhouette Cameo.



To color in the cut file I used my new Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor palette which I love! The colors are so vibrant and pretty. So yes, the good life for me definitely consists of pink, watercolors and flowers! What about you?

Thanks for joining me and check out what Ashley came up with!

Jessica Fabiano Design Team Member


Ashley: Pink Fresh Acetate 

For my project, I’ve created a Project Life spread for you all with a focus on one of my favorite products from the kit (the Pinkfresh Acetate).

I started by cutting some of the patterned papers down to size to fit in my pockets. I also used one of the HKC Exclusive PL cards from our Project Life Kit.

I used some of the alphas from Pinkfresh Studio (Embellishment Kit) and the My Mind’s Eye “Palm Beach” Collection (PL kit).

I lightly embellished with pieces from the “Live More” collection, but also from the “Oh My Heart” collection.

One of my favorite things in this kit is the acetate pieces! I love the colors and the designs. I wanted to keep things simple, therefore, I chose approximately one piece per card, although there are photos without them (they just wouldn’t have shown up great on those particular photos).

On the title card, I sewed the acetate piece for more texture but I also love how subtle this yellow and pink tag is on the bright pink card.

I hope y’all enjoyed this process and gained some inspiration!! 🙂

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Ashley Fowler




Thursday Inspiration with Cara Vincens, Nicole Nowosad and Jennie McGarvey

It’s Thursday once again and we are back with lots of inspiration for you! One product, 3 ways, the possibilities are endless 😀 This week, Cara, Nicole and Jennie are using stickers from Shimelle and Pink Fresh in their projects. Cara is in her planner, Nicole has a scrapbook page for you and Jennie’s Project Life project will finish us up.

First up is Cara:

Stickers are a planner girls’s best friends so this project was so much fun for me.

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I started with the big Shimelle feathers because they were my absolute favourite! So pretty

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I fussy cut some of those adorable houses from the fabulous Dear Lizzy and aded them to some of the boxes. I also added some matching Project Life cards.

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Here’s a video so that you can recreate this in your planner or simply get inspiration:

Happy Planning!


Nicole is next with her scrapbook page:

I really used the stickers as the inspiration for the background design of my page. I started with the fun vinyl stickers from Pinkfresh Studio and it just went from there!

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I created a bit of a background using the Pinkfresh Studio stickers and some diamond shapes cut from patterned papers in the kit.  I added a floral backing behind my photo using the FREE cut file for March in the store!

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I added some  rows of stitching to make both items work cohesively together and then added more stickers from the kit to embellish around my photo. I like to use foam adhesive behind my stickers to make them have the feel of chipboard!

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Last but definitely not least, is Jennie’s fantastic Project Life spread:


I was excited by the product feature this month because, heck, who doesn’t love a sticker?  Even better, these PinkFresh and Shimelle stickers are so easy to use it was tempting to maybe overdo it!  Now, now…we’ll keep it easy, putting some to work on a multi-photo two page layout.


The pages share both types of stickers and also the overall theme, which was our Little League’s opening day!  I don’t think you would know this was a baseball themed layout at first glance.




It was pretty fun to add the stickers to the photos and cards, as well!



One of my favorite things to do with stickers is to layer!  Here I had one of the Pinkfresh Studio triangles peek out behind the flair badge.  Easy layering!


And who could forget the little details?  Not me!


Would you like to see how these pages came together?  I have a Process Video walking you through each step!


Thanks for joining all of us today! We hope you are inspired to use up all those stickers in the March kit!


Memory Planning With Hip Kit Club Kits | Jennie McGarvey

Hello, Hip Kit Club friends and fans!  I am so excited to share with you how I am using the March 2017 Hip Kit Club kits in my MEMORY PLANNER!  Yes, you read that right, my memory planner.

Now, you might not be familiar with memory planning.  That’s okay — because I’m here to share with you mine.  I take my BIG The Happy Planner® and add my activities, then photos, journaling and embellishments.  It’s very similar to Project Life, yet different, too.


I started with simple stamps from stash to document the plans + activities.  I kept the stamping as plain as possible so that the focus could be on the photos and great embellishments from the kits. I am particularly excited how the Pink Paislee Oh My Heart die cuts from the scrapbooking kit pair with the Pinkfresh Studio Live More phrase stickers from the Project Life kit.


Those die cuts were definitely a staple on my pages, though!  I also found that they were beautiful with the Pink Fresh Studio Dream On studio puff stickers, too!


I also love different clusters of embellishments, they definitely add a lot of interest to my memory planner pages.



Would you like to see how I put this all together?  Check out my Plan With Me video!

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Let’s Plan Your Day!

Hi, it’s Cara and I want to talk a bit about planning, but it may not be what you are expecting. 😉


I think that a lot of people pride themselves in being busy. Being able to list off all the things we need to do, or a long list of things that we were able to cross off on any given day is like earning some kind of busy badge or medal of honour.

But, I want to you to think about adding some white space to your day, today. Not only in the design of your page, but actually in your schedule. If you are anything like me, you are forever trying to fit in just one more task or one more errand before an appointment or pick up time for your kids. I usually end up late, or stressed that I’m going to be late, and both of those make me cranky! What a way to greet my children right? 😛

When I take the time to add in white space, a mid morning cuppa, leaving the house with lots of time to walk to the bus, or get the errands done, I’m a much calmer person.

We tend to overestimate what we can get done in a day. So I am challenging to try and not jam pack your day with a million tasks and obligations. Give yourself some breathing room. Work it into your design. Leave literal white space on your planner page, which can, not only be white spots that are left blank, but also stickers or die cuts or anything else on your page that makes you smile.


On my page for today, I not only left space around each of my plans, I also added lots of goodies from my HKC August kits. Especially die cuts (both the Exclusive Ephemera, designed by Claudia Van Rooijen from the embellishment kit and the Amy Tangerine die cuts from the main kit). It all started with that awesome, giraffe by the way! There is a bow clip from the Crate Paper small embellishment pack from the Main August Kit. I added the black foil stickers from Dear Lizzy from the embellishment kit.

I love the ‘a million tiny things’ sticker. This little guy packs a punch and has quite a few jobs on this page, and his friend ‘Life is now’ lends a helping hand. First, it’s pointing out all the small tasks that I need to get done today, my task list. But also, paired with the large giraffe, it’s a hint to me to look at those little everyday moments as more than just things to cross off of my list. Those little things are what make up life. For me, it’s not so much the birthdays and vacations, but being with my family and shaping my children and myself with this daily activities. I love my memories of the children stealing food as I cook it, and playfully batting away their hands with my spoon, or an older child explaining life to a younger one. Or even just being able to give my mind some white space as I do the dishes or the laundry, monotonous tasks that allow my mind to wander and dream.

This quote also reminds me to watch out for these tiny little things. Keep my eyes and ears open for those moments so that I can stash those away in my memories to pull out later when the children are fighting…again.

Next up is this funky exclamation point clip. It comes from the American Crafts Thickers by Dear Lizzy in the main kit. I just hot glued it to a paper clip, cutting out matching pieces for the backs. I was careful to only glue the dot bit to the inside part of the clip so that  the clip was still functional  in my planner.

This last project is a little out of my comfort zone, I’m not a big card maker, but I will make them when occasion calls.


From the August paper kit, I used white cardstock for the base of the card and layered vellum, the Saturday ‘Metro’ paper from Dear Lizzy and the ‘Cheery’ paper from Crate pepr’s Cute Girl line. I fussy cut some flowers from the ‘Central Park’ paper (also from Dear Lizzy). I dug into my Project Life kit to finish off the cards and used my favourites products, the enamel dots from My Mind’s Eye, the wood shapers from Dear Lizzy and those adorable bird stickers from the Amy Tangerine sticker book.

I hope you have a wonderful day, filled with white space!


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Monthly Planner Spread and Project Life Page

Hello Hip Kit fans! Anita here today to share how I used the July 2016 kits to create a monthly planner spread and a new page for my Project Life album. I love that there are so many versatile products in the Hip Kits each month and they can be used for so many different types of projects. This month I pulled a few items from the Project Life Kit and Embellishment Kit to dress up my monthly planner spread. I use my monthly spread as an overview and quick reference of what’s going on throughout the month so I chose some fun embellishments to make our special events and appointments pop off the page. I used the exclusive washi tape strips from the Project Life Kit to block off days for travel and also used them as decorative elements at the top of the spread. I then used the Amy Tangerine enamel hearts (also from the Project Life Kit) to mark off appointments and events throughout the month. Finally, I added a scalloped die cut as a decoration at the top and several exclusive Hip Kit puffy stickers throughout the calendar. Here’s how it turned out:

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I also used the July 2016 Hip Kits to create a new page for my Project Life album. I pulled together some fun photos of me and my husband that were taken earlier this month and decided to use them as the main focus for my page. I then chose one of the exclusive patterned papers from the Paper Kit and cut it up into squares for my pocket page. I also cut and added one of the cards from this month’s Project Life Kit that coordinated well with the rest of the spread. I absolutely LOVE the Project Life High Five chipboard embellishments by American Crafts this month and knew I wanted to use them on this page. So, I used a lot of them in the various pockets and love how they stand out on the page! The result is a fun page that I can’t wait to add to my Project Life album!

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Thanks for stopping by today and hope you are inspired to find fun, new ways to use the items in your kits on your projects. Have a great week and happy crafting!

Anita Patel

Don’t let Summer Slip on by…

Cara, your planner expert, here today! I live in Luxembourg and as my children’s school year winds down this week, I know that most of you around the world have been out of school for a least a little bit by now. I want to talk a little about planning your summer days, especially if the light at the end of Summer’s tunnel is starting to appear.


Those of you that are going into winter now, you can still take these tips and apply them to your day, just take out the words summer 😉

I’m not talking about the big trips and activities, but, I want to focus on the everyday, summer days. The ones that seem to go by all too quickly and before you know it you are scrambling around buying school supplies last minute, thinking ‘Where did the summer go?’ and regretting all the things you wanted to do but never got done.

So, plan it out! 

inserts-openStart with a wish or bucket list. Then apply your ‘reality’ filter, what can you truly get done this summer? What will you honestly have the time and energy for? Then, schedule those little activities that make the cut, into your planner!!

You might be thinking, ‘but, Cara! Summer is the time to get away from schedules and have-tos!’ And yes, one of the best parts of summer is the carefree, no-schedule bit, but at the same time you don’t want to waste the opportunity to do the activities that you don’t have time for during busier seasons of the year. Take some time at the beginning of the summer to relax and recuperate if you need to, but I find that my children (and myself) do better on a loose schedule during the summer weeks.

Maybe you want to go to the new pool or the cool movie theatre to see a summer blockbuster, when it’s too freakin hot to move! Maybe a date night with hubby or a picnic in the backyard? Summer crafts, teaching your child to garden, etc.  What do you want to do this summer?

As summer’s end draws near, review what you’ve done and if you weren’t able to do everything you wanted, ask yourself why? What can you do next year to better plan the summer and if there’s still a bit of time, squeeze in some fun before those cool fall days creep in onto summer.


Lret’s see how I used the June 2016 Hip Kits to help plan my summer. I want to get the house ready for having the children home all the time and also have a baking day while I still have an empty house. So I chose ‘domestic’ as my word for the week. To help keep me on track for this last week of school, I chose soft, calm colours to remind myself to enjoy the stillness before the house is full of boys and noise. And I added ‘stay cool’ because one, I hate the heat (it literally makes me sick) and two, to remind myself to keep my cool as having children home all day can be tiring. You may be in a different season of life and/or year so pick words and images to add to your planner that remind you of the messages you want to tell yourself every time you open your planner.

The letter stickers and words, the enamel dots and bradz all come from Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness line. My ‘plan tomorrow’ is cut from one of the exclusive PL cards designed by Kim Watson. the ‘cool’ die cut is one fo the Dear Lizzy die cut phrases from American Crafts and I punched boxes from her matching patterned papers from the ‘happy place line’ as well as one of Kim’s exclusive papers ‘Written from the Heart’.

Topping off my planner spread is a cute little clip made from buttons by Paige Evans from her Fancy Free line for Pink Paislee and a few of the Simple Stories enamel dots. I’m going to do a tutorial, live on periscope tomorrow on how to make these, so please come join the fun!! If you aren’t on periscope yet, come on over, it’s soooo much fun and there are tonnes of planner girls. Find me, I’m @CaraVincens and when that cute little whistle goes off telling you that I’m live you can comment and ask questions and put in your 2cents! I love hearing what you have to say and getting tips and ideas from you as much as I like teaching them!


I do a tutorial every Thursday (usually around 10am -ish EST) using fun goodies from my Hip Kit Club kits.

Last week I made some inserts for my Traveller’s notebooks. I not only had tips on how to cover an existing notebook, but I taught you how to make one from scratch. If you missed it, you can catch the replay!  I used more HKC PL cards by Kim Watson, more enamel dots and bradz, and more of that fab Paige Evans paper, as well as the exclusive HKC Skipping Through the Park paper. I also used a few clear stickers from Simple Stories’s Carpe Diem line, another  die cut phrase from the Dear Lizzy packan exclusive HKC puffy sticker and a die cut from the Project Life Currently Chipboard Ephemera pack from American Crafts.


Enjoy your summer and…


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This Week #BeforeThePen and Margaritaville

Happy Tuesday! Anita here and I’m back this week with two new projects using the brand new July 2016 Hip Kits. I love that there were some new items in the kits this month (like the washi tape strips!) and I was excited to use them in my projects.

Each week I like to start my week by setting up a weekly spread in my planner. I usually use washi tape to divide my days and also for decoration. For the spread below, I used both the Hip Kit exclusive washi tape strips from the Project Life Kit and strips of the exclusive patterned paper from the Paper Kit. To create thin divider strips, I used my paper trimmer to slice the washi tape strips in half. In addition to creating thinner strips, cutting the washi in half also gave me enough of each pattern to use all the way across my spread. I then used some stamps in my stash to add a place to record my daily steps and block off appointments I have this week. I like to include an area for my “to do” list each day too and the patterned paper with hand drawn lines was perfect for these sections. I cut boxes of the lined patterned paper in various colors and then adhered them to my planner. Finally I added a few of the exclusive puffy stickers and die cuts from the Embellishment Kit as decorative elements and now I’m ready to plan my week! Here’s the full spread along with a few close up shots.

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The second project I’m sharing today is another hybrid Project Life Travelers Notebook spread. My husband and I just got back from a fun weekend away with friends and I wanted to make sure I documented our getaway. As I’ve shared before, I love to mix ephemera from our trips with my Hip Kit supplies in my Travelers Notebook. This time, I used a key from our hotel, a wrist band from the pool and a business card from a restaurant we loved. I added some washi tape and a few of the exclusive cards from the Project Life Kit for my journaling as well as several pieces from the die cut pack in the Embellishment Kit. I also created and printed a collage of photos on my phone that captures some of my favorite memories from the weekend and added it to my notebook. Here’s a look at the full spread and a couple of close up shots too.

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If you haven’t tried using a travelers notebook to document your everyday or special occasions, you should definitely give it a try! It’s such a fun project that can be adapted to any situation and it’s such a fun size to work with!

Anita Patel

Did you make Resolutions in January?

Planner Girl Cara here today to help keep you organised and motivated!

Is any one else asking themselves how the heck it’s almost July already? We are half way through 2016?!??! What?

I usually take a look back at the end of every month to see what I’ve done towards the goals I’ve set for myself. June marks the halfway point so it’s even more important that I check in with my progress.


Like most people I set resolutions in January, but unlike most people I have a plan attached to those resolutions. And at the end of each month I review my progress on my goals for the year. Who says you have to accomplish it all by January 15th! I give myself the whole year.

Here is my monthly spread for June now that the month is just about over and the days are all filled in, reflecting what our lives were like in this season of our bustling family.  You can see more about this spread in my previous blog post.


I’ll be doing a scope later today to review June and 2016 so far, so feel free to join me. If you are reading this anytime after June 29, you can always catch the replay. If you aren’t on periscope, hop on over and watch a few, there are so many planner girls!

Now let’s have a peek at the projects I made for this week 😀



I made this fun little charm by sticking the 2 Maggie Holmes rubber tags back to back and adding lots of goodies. Including another rubber embellishment, some enamel dots and a couple of ‘new’ bradz from Simple Stories, Some exclusive puffy stickers by Kim Watson and a couple of silvery hearts by Heidi Swapp.  I hung it from the elastics in my Dori using a cute matching ribbon from my stash but you could use a chain or some yarn, as well.




This adorable shaker clip was cooked up with some goodies from the May kits and I made it live on periscope. You can watch the replay here and make your own. I used a frame from Simple Stories, a chipboard sticker and enamel hearts from the Illustrated Faith line from Bella Blvd and a few enamel dots from Echo Park’s Summer Party line. Then I backed it all with a square cut from one of the exclusive PL cards.


My spread for this week makes me giddy just looking at it and this is before the pen! I took some of my favourite bits from the June kits and made myself a ‘happy’! I punched some squares from 2 gorgeous patterned papers, the Pink Paislee Paige Evans paper 06 and the Written From the Heart sheet from the Everyday line, that is exclusive to Hip Kit. I used a couple of exclusive die cuts including that absolutely perfect typewriter!  The accents are either from the Alpha and word sheet from Simple Stories’ Sunshine & Happiness line or their Carpe Diem clear stickers.


I hope that the first half of your year has been wonderful! Let’s plan the second half to be AWESOME!!

Happy Planning!
Cara Vincens-2

Documenting in a Travelers Notebook and a June Listers Gotta List Spread

Hi friends! It’s Tuesday again and that means I’m back with two more projects using the Hip Kit Club June 2016 kits! This week I decided to create another hybrid Project Life spread using my Midori Travelers Notebook. I usually use my travelers notebooks to collect bits and pieces from our travels and save them so I can use these books as a reference for where we went, what we ate and what we did. This is the place where I adhere business cards, pieces of brochures and menus and any other random ephemera I might pick up during my trip. I have a few trips from earlier this year that I need to catch up on so this week I’m sharing a spread I made for one of our trips to Atlanta. I already put several photos in a traditional Project Life spread but I didn’t have a place for my ticket stubs, wrist bands and brochures so I’m putting those in my Travelers Notebook. If I ever want to go back to a restaurant in a particular city or give recommendations to friends, this book is my reference guide!

Here’s the spread I created. I used a few of the cards in the June Project Life Kit, cut them up to use as embellishments and journaling spots and adhered them in the book. I then added the Jillibean Soup navy letters to designate the date, an American Crafts Project Life die cut, a few clear Simple Stories Carpe Diem stickers and a chipboard circle from Heidi Swapp. Finally, I added a couple of small photos and wrote out my journaling to document our adventures.

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The second project I’m sharing today is a new spread in my Listers Gotta List planner for the month of June. This is another fun form of memory keeping and a great way to get your creative juices flowing. I used several cards from this month’s Project Life kit and embellished them with the exclusive Hip Kit puffy stickers and the colorful word strip stickers from Simple Stories’ Sunshine and Happiness collection. I then printed this month’s listers prompts from The Reset Girl and added my journaling. I’ve been doing this project for several months now and love looking back at all of my lists. There are many formats you can use for this project but I’ve really been enjoying using Project Life cards and this particular planner to house my lists for each month.

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Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my projects. Hope you’re having a great week and happy crafting!

Anita Patel