September 16, 2014

Fall PL Cards | Free Download

Things are finally settling around here and I've gotten back into some digital design. In Texas, we had a sneak peek of autumn over the weekend and I was in heaven. I got to wear long sleeves and snuggle up with a blanket. I almost broke out my hot chocolate, but decided to save that for another day.

I've been itching for pumpkin flavored everything, flannel and boots everyday. Since I've got a few more weeks since I can really enjoy Fall, I made some PL cards to share! Please share anything you make with them, I would love to feature your creations here!

The cards are square edged, but if you prefer rounded corners, all the designs are compatible with rounded edges. I'm not a PSL drinker, but I know the majority of the world is so I threw that in there. 

For personal use only please. 

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Holly & Co.

September 9, 2014

No Picture? No Problem! | Scrapbooking without Photos

With smartphone cameras being comparable to a point and shoot camera quality, we carry a camera with us the majority of the time. But even then, not all stories we want to tell, get captured on camera. Over the years I've found three good ways to scrapbook without photos.

1. Fill the page with text.

Whether it's handwriting, typewriter or a newspaper article, words are the foundation of stories. Don't be shy, add lots of details and adjectives to document on your pages.

I wanted to document all my childhood Christmas traditions, but because we spent most of those moments together participating, there was no photo to go along with it. I used a calendar page, filled in some of the square with patterned paper and then made small blurbs randomly, about each tradition.

2. Use supplies to tell your story.

Use patterned paper, stickers, stamps, colors, even typography to help recreate the occasion. Just looking at the page and you can already catch a glimpse of what story you are telling

I used a map on a patterned paper to document all the places I've been and what brought me to each place. I used twine and printed labels to easily identify each place with a quick look. 

3. Blend moments together.

Rather than tell about one smaller moment, combine it with other similar stories and create a collection on a page!

From time to time, I get sweet notes from both my husband and daughter. There is no real way to photograph those moments, as usually, they are left for me in secret. Combining notes from both of them on one page tells the bigger story and is a great way to store them!

Do you ever scrapbook without photos? I would love to hear your experiences.

Holly & Co.

September 5, 2014

Adventure | Revisiting One Little Word

Earlier this year, I chose adventure for my one little word. Without really thinking about it, I feel like adventure has seeped into my life and I am finding it easier and easier to say yes to unexpected opportunities, be it traveling, creating etc.

We've had some really big travelling adventures this year, mainly with our move. But even now that we are in Texas, we spend weekends exploring new places, trying new foods and even getting lost. This new wave of spontaneous decision making is actually a lot of fun.

I have a few other adventures I'm hoping on at least starting on by the end of the year. I have made a travel Pinterest board, if you want to take a peek into some of my plans. I feel like so far, Adventure has definitely made a huge difference this year.

Holly & Co.

August 31, 2014

Texas | One Month

So this weekend we celebrated one month in Texas! It's hard to believe it's been one month. We are getting adjusted. Here's an update about us after one month.

  • Zoe started school last week. She is going to public school, but she wears uniforms, which is awesome! After a little uncertainty on her part, they are turning out to be a non-issue. I can't get over how adorable she looks in them! 

  • I've been working part time at Fort Worth Fabric Studio and I'm loving it! Jodie is fantastic and I look forward to work every day. If you are looking for an online fabric store, her store is great, she makes her own bundles and kits as well.
  • I have grown a mild obsession with Trader Joe's. I mean I liked it before, but now that I have one less than 5 miles, I'm there like twice a week. (Mostly because Ryan goes through so much of their jalapeno and cilantro hummus) But yeah, serious love for TJ's.  
  • It is still hot. We are still going to the pool several times a week, much to Zoe's joy! While I'm pumping the house full of cinnamon/pumpkin scents, just dreaming of pulling out my sweaters and boots. I'm still a long ways off from being able to wear them....or so I've been told.
  • There are SO many kinds of bugs here. Also, I was introduced to fire ants this week (thanks Jodie!) Giant moths and cicadas roam around outside, while mosquitoes are sneaky and find a way inside our house. 
  • We went to the movies yesterday and our theater offered a full service menu. We are talking burgers, skewers, cheesecake, etc. Apparently that is a thing here. It a genius idea, I just wish we had known before we had gone....I wouldn't have eaten lunch at home.
Check back for more Texas updates!

Holly & Co.