February's done and over which means it's time to inspect what I have been loving last month in the memory-keeping department! 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 9×12″ layout of all my life favorites (books, fashion, music, etc.) that I will add into my 2017 Day by Day album.
My love list for February:
Photo Mosaic technique
I pretty much overused this technique in both my January and February layouts because it's super easy but it creates such a huge impact on my layout. I love creating a "panoramic" effect by printing my photo in 9x4" and splitting it into three 3x4" photos.
Becky Higgins' Design E page protector
I've had these Design E page protectors in my stash for a loooooong time. When I started pocket-page memory-keeping, I bought one of the variety packs* because I wasn't sure which page protector style I wanted. Never really used these until last month! I cut it in half to create a 6x12" insert for my Day by Day album.
In fact, I uploaded a walkthrough video on this insert on my Youtube channel, you can watch it right here.
Tsukineko Brilliance 'Matte Moonlight White' ink pad
The Matte Moonlight White ink pad* is one of my favorites! White pens, white markers and white ink pads are most of the time inconsistent / hit and miss for me but this one is definitely a winner. What I love about this ink pad is that it stamps a very opaque impression. One thing to note though: this is a very wet ink pad so you have to be careful not to slide around while stamping.
I love using this to stamp on dark photos and on kraft paper. It's a shame though that this ink pad does not dry well with the paper the comes with the Canon Selphy, most likely due to the protective gloss coating that the Selphy paper has. It stamped will with my other glossy papers though.
White alphabet stickers
Another white favorite for the month are these white alphabet stickers; these ones are from Elle's Studio, Studio Calico (similar here from Ali Edwards) and American Crafts. Because I couldn't stamp on my Selphy photos with the white ink pad, I like to use white alphabet stickers instead. As you can see, I used up quite a bit of these (in fact, I recently made an order at Ali Edwards to replenish my stash!) because I use it all the time.
Sharpie Industrial Pen - Extra Fine Point
If you've watched any of my walkthrough / process videos, you'll notice that whenever I write my journaling, I *almost* always finish it by underlining every line with a thicker pen. I use the Sharpie Industrial pen* for that because I am obsessed with how jet black the ink is and how consistently it flows on paper. I've had problems in the past where the ink flow stops midway and it annoys me a lot I've never had that issue with this pen so it's definitely a favorite of mine.
To be honest, I'm still loving e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g that I shared in last month's faves so check that out as well!
My February faves layout:
Still going strong with the square pockets! I think I might use this configuration for all of my faves, we'll see ;)
If you want to scraplift this layout, I made the sketch available for free download in my Layout Sketch Library! Click the image below (or right here) and pop in your e-mail address to get access. I'm working on building this library with lots of sketches so watch this space.
Spill it: what were your memory-keeping faves last month?