Inside the Studio – February 2016 Moodboard with Meredith Cardall

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Hey! It’s Meredith here with the February 2016 Moodboard. You Are Loved is one of those kits that came together really quickly for me. February is a popular time for kits about love. What sweeter kind of love is there than the love between siblings? As a mom, nothing melts my heart faster than the rare minutes when my daughters are getting along. Those memories help me through the more frequent minutes of my daughters arguing. Most of the strongest memories of my childhood, are those memories created with my siblings… My brother and I making mud pies in the backyard of our home in Mississippi, and catching crawdads in the creek. My sisters and I playing Barbies and arguing over who got to use the big Barbie house this time. Watching Sunday evening Disney movies and eating popcorn. Pretending that our couches were gymnast mats and doing flips off the arms onto the cushions… I am pretty sure my mom still doesn’t know about that one, so don’t tell her. Floating around the flooded backyard of our home in Florida in a plastic baby pool with my brother after a tropical storm. Taking my baby sister to Hershey Park and showing her off to all my college buddies. As much as my siblings made me crazy, they are my very best friends and I love them. I don’t know what I would do without any of them.

I hope that you all enjoy this kit as much as I enjoyed creating it. Whether you are celebrating your children’s relationships with each other or your relationship with your siblings, this kit is for you!

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Inside the Studio – January 2016 Moodboard with Gennifer Bursett

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My name is Gennifer, and I’m a colorholic.

Seriously. Take a look at any of my kits or past moodboards, and you’ll notice one thing they all have in common: Lots of color. Like, put a color scheme together and then add three more colors. All the colors. Much bright. So rainbow.

But this month, I really wanted to try something different. I wanted a kit that could be used on its own, but would also provide a neutral background for layouts all year long. It’s got tons of texture, bits of bling, and pretty patterns. It’s a great stash builder, and I think you’ll find yourself reaching for it all the time. :)

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Inside the Studio – December 2015 Moodboard with Melanie Ritchie

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Hello! I’m Melanie and I love the holiday season! So it is quite fitting that I got to make the December mood board. I had way too much fun searching for inspiration of all the things that make me happy during this time of year.

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For me, December is a month of reflection. I become nostalgic for the past. I yearn for my childhood and for family who have passed on. I recall how magical the decorations, songs, and shows of the holiday season were when I was young. It is that sense of belonging and wonder that I wanted to shine through in the mood board.

December is also a time for Peace. The peace of cocooning with loved ones by the fireplace, next to the tree while snow falls outside (where I live anyway!). It is also a time to strive for and be thankful for Peace. With all the celebrations and festivities, I am always mindful that the biggest gift of all is compassion for ourselves and for others. It is a time to have hope that others who are struggling will find peace in the coming year.

Finally, there is something about this month that always makes me more reverent for nature. The silence on a cold night with the stars brightly shining always makes an impression on me. Plus, there’s that whole cuteness factor of woodland creatures… please, no one tell me that squirrels and cardinals don’t actually wear scarves and hunting caps.

So, this December, get your party on! Go out there, create some magic, and make a little peace!

Inside the Studio – November 2015 Moodboard with Robyn Meierotto

Hello! It’s Robyn, here to tell you a little about the November mood board and the process I went through to create it. I’m a work at home mom with 3 kids, a designer, a health coach. Over the last several years I’ve undergone a pretty big personal transformation, losing over 80 pounds and now helping other women who are trying to lead a healthier life. Now, that’s just one way to think of change…in many places, November brings changes in weather as well as time change. What also is special about the month of November for myself, is it’s my birthday month! I’m turning 41 and with each new year, I like to think of the changes I’ve made and the changes I’d like to make.

Hence, the title and theme Change. I know I’m not the only one going through change, whether it personal or seasonal. We’re all continually evolving, watching the leaves change & feeling the air getting cooler brings to mind changes in ourselves as well. So, I thought it would be an interesting way to go for this awesome group of designers to see their take on it.

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The colors reflect both the season of fall that is under way here as well as the strength that comes from personal change. Both soft & strong. I hope you enjoy this month’s kits!

Inside the Studio – Oct 2015 Moodboard with Meredith Cardall

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Hi! Meredith here, to talk to you about the October moodboard and how it came to be. I am a work-at-home mom and I have two daughters; Hannah is 11 and Ainsley is 8. I constantly feel like I am being pulled in a hundred different directions at one time. I feel like nothing I ever do is good enough. I am overly critical of myself. Recently, I have found myself being critical of the way my girls are doing things. You know what… that’s not okay. My job as a mom is to help them learn and grow and develop new skills and talents. My job is to help them become well-adjusted and responsible adults. Being critical of their dishwasher unloading skills doesn’t help them become better adults. It makes them become critical of themselves and perpetuates the cycle of negative self-talk. In order to be less critical of my girls, I need to be less critical of myself. I think all of these realizations came to a head when I was trying to decide what theme to undertake for this month’s kit.

For several years, I have had an idea brewing for a kit that I just couldn’t put together. No matter what I tried, I just couldn’t get it to be what I wanted it to be. I think that I needed to be in a different place, mentally, before this kit could develop into what I wanted it to be. When it was my turn to design the October moodboard, I knew that I wanted this amazing team of designers to tackle this theme- I Am…. The talented designers here at P&Co exceeded even my wildest expectations.

The title, I Am…, comes from a quote I found on Pinterest (of course!)

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This quote really struck home for me. When my “I Am” statements are followed with a negative word or phrase, those hateful words become part of how I define & identify myself.

I am overweight. I am scatterbrained. I am stressed out.

No wonder I can’t get anything done. With labels like those hanging over my head, how am I supposed to be creative or happy? I am trying to consciously change the way I think about myself.

I am grateful. I am blessed. I am strong. I am smart. I am good. I am hopeful.

Once I decided on the theme, the color choices came naturally. I love bright colors and they just scream HAPPY, positive and empowered.

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I hope that you enjoy this kit. I hope that my experiences and my struggles can help someone else change the way they think about themselves or the way they talk to the people around them. If you have a hard time remembering, find a piece of word art or a journal card or one of the printable statements and print it out. Hang it somewhere in your house where you can see it or make it the wallpaper on your computer or phone. But most of all, please be kind to yourself.

Inside the Studio – Sept 2015 Moodboard with Jen Allyson

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Jen Allyson here to introduce my mood board – Free Spirit. I love creating mood boards, I do it all the time when designing paper scrapbooking supplies for My Mind’s Eye and its one of my favorite ways to bring together all the beautiful inspiration that I love. For this moodboard I wanted a flair of bohemian with lots of bright colors and a variety of textures.

I love bohemian textiles and how so many different styles can be mixed and matched for the ultimate boho vibe and I wanted to bring that idea to papers. Some of my favorite scrapbooking layouts are ones that expertly mix a myriad of patterns and styles. I suppose its the artist in me that wants all the beautiful things together all at once.

I’ve been decorating my new house and have been trying to bring in bits and pieces of the bohemian style mixed with a lot of white and neutrals, so this Free Spirit styling with its bright colors, tribal patterns, and watercolor textures really speaks to what is going on in my life right now. I hope you enjoy it as well as all the lovely items created by our P&Co. designers!

 

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Inside the Studio – August 2015 Moodboard with Gennifer Bursett

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I gotta admit… I love our collections. We have such incredibly talented designers here, and it’s always so interesting to see how each one interprets our communal moodboard. This month’s moodboard/theme was put together by me, and I loved seeing the whole thing come together!

It’s no secret that I’ve been working on a kitchen renovation that seems to be never-ending. SERIOUSLY. This has made me think a lot about our kitchen… We live in a small house, with an open-concept floor plan. This means that form had to be a big part of what we chose, as well as function. Along with being a central gathering place (particularly during family get-togethers), it’s also a very hardworking kitchen… With a family of 6, it has to be!

My husband and I cook together whenever we are able, and we really enjoy it. It’s a great time to connect and talk about our day, and often times our kids will join in the conversation and help us out. While I’ve always been a bit of a foodie, he’s becoming that way, and it’s fun for us to try new recipes or tweak family favorites.

The whole idea behind this moodboard was to really embrace the whole “the kitchen is the heart of the home” thing. The color are bright and cheery, and there’s a slightly retro vibe which gives a fun, timeless twist. We’ve also included lots of “eating out” bits, so whether you’re a home cook or one who dines out every night, there’s something for everyone!

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I always find it interesting to look through the kits and see what I can find… Which designers took inspiration from what? Some of it is literal, but often, there are little touches that you might not notice until you look for it. Take a look at some of the things that caught my eye this month:

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P.S. I want that oven. And those shoes. And that apron. #wantitall

Documenting Everyday: Getting The Teenager’s Perspective

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I’ve fallen behind a bit. About four weeks behind.

I’m stuck on Week 24 and feeling a little panicky at this point.

I thought summer would be easier for me. I homeschool two of my kids and summer means that I can work on my Project Life layouts during the week! What I didn’t realize was that summer means extra stuff, too: camping trips, softball tournaments, family reunions, day trips, etc. And all that extra stuff needs to be documented, too!

We had the County Fair and a family reunion during Week 24.  I’m up to twelve (12!) pages for that week and counting. I’m hoping to finish next week…which will put me five weeks behind.

Something happened while I was working on my County Fair spread. I finished placing the photos for my two pages when I realized that I had pictures of my daughter and her best friend while they were at the fair, riding all the barfy rides and eating all the junk food. They had been sending those pictures to me the whole night! I saved all the pictures to my phone and started picking through them. With my daughter’s help, we placed the photos and wrote the journaling. She even helped choose the elements.

I’ve never thought to dump her phone before doing my weekly spreads, but I’m going to start from now on! I loved doing this with her. She’s growing up and doing more on her own or with her friends, and I think it’s going to be a great way to get her perspective (and adventures!) into our books.

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1. Using photos your kids take is awesome. It gives you a different perspective and gets them involved in telling your family’s stories.

2. Falling behind is stressful.

3. To date: I haven’t made a single spread without a banner or an arrow.

Inside the Studio – July 2015 Moodboard with Celeste Knight

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Every month at P&Co our designers put together a mega collaborative kit. These kits are so fun to be a part of. It’s exciting to see how the whole thing coordinates and comes together every month. To me it’s like magic! As designers we take turns putting together the mood board and color pallet for the month. This month we thought it would be fun to show you a glimpse at July’s moldboard and how I put it together. Summer, travel and dreams really influenced me with this board. I found this style guide on Etsy that I think stylistically says it all; Boho Chic.

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 As I put this board together I had warm summer days in mind, fun summer vacation and travel, going places you’ve always dreamed of with people you love. Outdoors in nature is how I dream of spending summer. Summer dreaming made me think of dreamcatchers and feathers so I added those to the moodboard. Tribal influences being really trendy I added some pattern inspiration that reflected that trend. I think in the end, it came together in a fun, trendy Boho Chic styled inspiration. With elements like feathers, maps, dream catchers, and a muted dreamy summer color scheme to round out the kit, I hope you enjoy this month’s collaboration.
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Typography 2: Serifs and Sans and Displays, Oh My!

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Welcome back to the next installment in our typography series. Last week, we talked about some of the basic (but often misunderstood) terms in relation to typography, and also discussed how we can adjust certain things in our text. This week, let’s get into the different types of fonts.

If we were being specific, there are only three categories of fonts: Serif, sans serif, and script. For today’s purpose, though, I’m going to classify fonts into six basic categories that I see most often in scrapbooking: Serif, sans serif, slab serif, script, monospaced, and display.

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Serif fonts are named for the features at the ends of their strokes. They are very common in printed materials, and give your text a traditional feel.

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SANS SERIF

Sans serif are (literally!) fonts without serifs. These fonts tend to give a more modern, contemporary feel than their serif counterparts.

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SLAB SERIF

I consider slab serif fonts to be a happy medium between serif and sans, but they are technically a subcategory of serif fonts: They have a serif, but it’s a more modern, thick one. Slab serifs can sometimes feel a little heavy if used too much, but are great for mixing with other fonts!

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SCRIPT

Script typefaces contain letterforms that are linked together, and oftentimes imitate handwriting. Since they are generally decorative they aren’t very readable, and therefore don’t work well for long body text. They are best utilized in titles and subtitles only.

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MONOSPACED

Monospaced fonts are ones where each letterform takes up the exact same amount of horizontal space, like an old-fashioned typewriter. They can convey both a vintage mood or a futuristic space-y feel. They are not great for journaling, because the uneven spacing can lead to ‘rivers’ (long winding spaces in text) and wreak havoc with ease of reading. These can be either serif or sans serif.

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DISPLAY

Display fonts can be from any of the above categories, but they are usually fairly detailed and are best displayed at a larger font size. They should always be used sparingly, for titles and subtitles.

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This week, I have a little bit of homework for you: Take a look at the text around you: Logos, advertisements, books, websites… Anywhere you can! Identify the types of fonts used, and think about why it works/doesn’t work. Is it readable or striking? Does it enforce a brand? Does it evoke a certain emotion? The more you think about these things, the easier it will be for you to choose the ones to fit your needs when you’re creating your next layout.