A new year means a new blog series... inspired by my favorite YouTube content creators, I've decided to put my own crafty spin on the YouTube-staple Monthly Favorites! At the end of each month, I will be sharing with you my memory-keeping favorites. This could be the tools that I'm loving, embellishments that I can't seem to stop using or a technique that I repeated over and over again. And to make things more exciting, I'm also creating a 9x12" layout of all my life favorites (books, fashion, music, etc.) that I will add into my 2017 Day by Day album.
Here's what I loved last January:
Canon Selphy CP1200
I am loving the Canon Selphy CP1200* these days! The portability + cost efficiency is really what drove me to buy it and it definitely delivered. I still haven't used it enough to do a full review BUT I will copy here the "first impressions" post that I did on The Crafting Corner Facebook group (if you're not in there yet, join here!):
I will be using the Selphy for most of the photos in my albums and my old Pixma for larger prints and matte photos. Incorporating the Selphy made it so much easier for me to work on my layouts since I can print straight from my phone and I don't have to trim down photo paper to 4x6". And because it's compact, I can bring it with me when I travel!
Instax photos (+ Instax Share SP-1)
Your girl loves going crazy with Instax photos and this month is no different. If I'm being honest here, every month will probably include the Instax Share SP-1* in the favorites list, ha! It's been more than a year and I'm still using Instax photos heavily on my layouts. It just adds a lot of character to my layouts with the least amount of effort. This little machine is definitely one of my best memory-keeping investments!
'Laina' Alphabet Stamp by Studio Calico
In a recent Studio Calico sale, I finally got this big alphabet stamp that I've been eyeing for a while now. Laina is a big + thin alphabet stamp and it works great for titles and for adding an accent to your layouts. Each letter is around an inch high so it works really well for full pocket titles.
You've seen me use this in my Finding Your Personal Memory-keeping Style blogpost:
What I normally do is use a dark ink (something like the Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink*) first and then go over it again with a lighter and more colorful ink, usually something from the Studio Calico Color Theory line. It creates a really cool shadow / outline effect!
Fiskars 12" Portable Rotary Trimmer
For the last 1.5 years (or more, I believe), I've been using the EK Tools mini paper trimmer* and I was perfectly fine with it especially because it's portable. As lovely as that mini trimmer was, I needed something that can cut larger paper. When I visited the States last month, I finally got myself the Fiskars 12" portable rotary trimmer* and I am extremely pleased with it!
First of all, it's a 12" trimmer so I can finally trim my 12x12" patterned paper properly. I also like the grip stands at the bottom because it holds the trimmer in place while I'm cutting (no more slipping incidents for me!). Another cool feature is the "smudge guard" that holds the paper/photo while your trimming - this helps a lot in making sure that I'm cutting the photo straight and that I'm not accidentally moving it slightly while holding it down.
In my memory-keeping plans for 2017 blogpost, I told you how I'm planning to use the IKEA Raskog utility cart to store all of my memory-keeping tools + supplies. I finally assembled the cart and I've started to organize all of my supplies in it.
In general, the top portion has all of my essentials or the tools that I use for every layout (pens, glue runner, stamps, etc.), the second tier holds all of my pocket cards, alphabet thickers/stickers, washi tapes and some adhesive embellishments. I used the IKEA Antonius basket insert to organize all of it - it fits perfectly inside the Raskog with a bit of space at the back to tuck in alphabet sheets ;) The lowest tier will hold the lesser used tools such as watercolor, ink daubers, etc. and the smaller, loose embellishments such as wood veneer and sequins. I purchased these Artbins from The Container Store (similar here*) to organize all of the loose embellishments.
And now, my January faves layout:
I had a lot of fun creating this layout! I think it was my first time using this page protector configuration. Who knew square pockets would be so much fun?
If you liked this layout and want to create something similar for yourself, I'm making the sketch available for your reference! A sketch is an easy way to "scraplift" a layout by retaining the structural elements (placement, composition, etc.) but still making it your own.
How about you? What were your memory-keeping faves for January?