Make | 8×8 Layout – “On This Journey”

8x8 Layout - On This Journey - Blackbird Darlin

I think this is one of my favorite layouts I’ve ever done.

There really isn’t a whole lot to it, but I love every single element…the photo, the paper, the colors, the journaling behind it, and that chipboard girl is one of those, “I must save this until the perfect photo comes along for it” type of product.

And I’ll be damned, the perfect photo did come along!

8x8 Layout - On This Journey - Blackbird Darlin (3)

It’s a little sappy, but I’m approaching the four year mark of doing long distance with Boyfriendman, so I think I have the right to be sappy sometimes ;)

8x8 Layout - On This Journey - Blackbird Darlin (2)

Supplies Used: patterned paper (October Afternoon Public Library 8×8 pad), chipboard “journey” and girl (Crate Paper Storyteller chipboard stickers), die cuts (Crate Paper Open Road ephemera), label sticker (October Afternoon Apple Cider stickers) letter stickers (My Mind’s Eye?), enamel heart, date stamp

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Make | 6×8 Project Life – January

6x8 Project Life | January

By the time this post goes up, I will be in England for a week and a half long trip with Boyfriendman, so postings will be pretty sparse for a bit. (Though I hope to pop in with some pictures at some point!) But seriously, SO EXCITED RIGHT NOW.

Anywho, nothing too exciting going on in this spread (and those pics are pretty terrible), but I still wanted them in my book anyway. I take so many random pictures outside my living room window, so they deserve a home too.

Though it’s amazing how much better they look when surrounded by pretty paper ;)

6x8 Project Life | January (2)

Supplies Used: patterned paper (Crate Paper), stickers (Maggie Holmes Open Book cardstock stickers and American Crafts DIY Shop glitter heart stickers), vellum phrase (Maggie Holmes Open Book vellum ephemera), phrase stamps (Citrus Twist Pocket Life Kits)

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Love | Sunday Song #5

You guys, there is so much good music coming out right now, that I honestly had a hard time figuring out what song to pick this round. That’s a pretty good problem to have though, so I’m just going to go with something I’ve got on pre-order right now…

I loved Lord Huron’s last album, but I think his upcoming release, Strange Trails is going to get a lot more play from me than Lonesome Dreams did. I especially love this dark, catchy, old western tinged tune…it kind of makes me feel like I should be driving down Route 66 with the windows down, and then stop to have a bonfire in the desert in the middle of the night.

(And then to take this to crazy paper nerd level, scrapbook about it later with the Journey line from CP, hahaha)

(Song Link)

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Life | Recently Read #1

Recently Read

I made a goal to read 50 books this year, because my To Read list is only just going to keep getting bigger if I don’t. (Though that’s not really a bad thing) I love hearing what other people have to say about books they’ve read, so I thought I’d start doing a monthly recap of mine here. And geez, I managed to pack in a lot of reading in March!

• Texts From Jane Eyre – Mallory Ortberg

Holy crap you guys, this book is HILARIOUS. I actually made audible laugh noises while reading it, which is something I rarely do with humorous books. (Weird maybe?) I borrowed this from the library, and now I want a personal copy just so I can giggle at it again later. My only gripe is that I want it to be so much longer.

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. – Viv Albertine

You know the kind of book that you want to devour and savor at the same time, and then want to hug after you’re done? This book was that to me, and I predict it will be my favorite read of 2015. The Slits were a band way before my time (and one that I knew nothing of before reading this), but Viv Albertine covers her punk-era London to modern day housewife life with such grace and openness. If you enjoyed “Just Kids” by Patti Smith, or any good memoir or music bio, then this is a must read.

Not That Kind of Girl – Lena Dunham

Okay, I have to confess first that I have never seen any of Lena Dunham’s film or tv work. This book has been popping up everywhere though, so I borrowed it to see what all the fuss was about. It was a quick read, and Lena definitely has a gift for writing, so I enjoyed it a lot in that aspect. I know it’s not her fault she’s spoiled (my opinion), but the girl just feels like a hot mess to me. I couldn’t find anything to identify with here, and the sister thing definitely weirded me out. Women telling their stories is always a good thing though, so I’ve got to give props for her honesty.

The Girl Who Came Home – Hazel Gaynor

Historical fiction that revolves around the sinking of the Titanic and its 70th anniversary in 1982. I’m fascinated by the Titanic, but this was a sluggish read for me. I picked up the pace once it got into the ship sinking, but as soon as it would flip back to the modern day part, I felt myself sigh inwardly. The romantic element to the 80’s era protagonist was SO unnecessary and forced! I did get a touch watery-eyed in some places with this book though.

Arranged – Catherine McKenzie

Girl in her early 30’s goes through break-up. Feels frustrated over her string of failed relationships. Signs up for an arranged marriage service. This one was just interesting enough to get me through it pretty quickly, but some parts of it felt a bit cheesy and rushed. Enjoyable, but mindless, read.

Hyperbole and a Half – Allie Brosh

READ ALL THE THINGS! I’m a fan of Allie’s website, so was excited to dig into this one. Definitely a fun book, though it does feature some already published stories from her blog.


Phew! Hope I can keep up this pace! Have you read of any these? What were your thoughts?

FYI – book links in this post are Amazon affiliate

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Make | Card – “Hey There, Handsome”

Card | Hey, There Handsome

I had such good intentions to make stuff this week. But I have been doing everything BUT being creative lately, AGH! I made myself sit down yesterday with a very limited selection of product (and a very limited amount of time), and made this crazy simple card.

Three different pieces of 6×6 paper, and a little embellishment, and that’s it!

Oh, and yes, I purposely tried to make something not pink and girly for once.

Card - Hey There Handsome

Supplies Used: patterned paper (Crate Paper Craft Market 6×6 pad), sentiment (cut from Heidi Swapp September Skies 6×6 paper), chipboard hearts (Studio Calico)

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