Like, I have a ka-jillion of them! There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, mind you, but I wanted to utilize them a bit more since I have so many.
So, I made this gusseted pen, pencil and post-it pouch!
What is a gusset? If you look on any bag that tends to stand up on it's own, it's that extra triangle piece in the corner that give the back some dimension rather than flat.
That way when you are trying to pack more than a piece of paper, it can hold washi tape, stamp pads and a whole lot of pens. Plus when you are at, say, Starbucks and take it with you, it stays open and upright for easy grabbing of all your essentials.
Here is how you can transform yours!
Turn the pouch inside out
With a sewing machine and matching thread, sew 2.5 inches from the bottom of the pouch
Trim off the extra pouch below the sewing line leaving at least .25 inches
Line up the side seam and the bottom seam and flatten down the pouch. It should resemble a triangle
Sew 1.25 inches down, across the tip of the triangle and trim extra pouch off , again, leaving .25 inch seam allowance
Repeat for other corner
Turn right side out and fill to your hearts desire
The "black/white" September kit inspired me to make some minimalistic cute greetings cards. I made three different sets. On the first set of cards, I used the awesome floral stickers, the word stickers and the black and gold phrase tape from the kit. I only added a doilie as an additional accent on each card. That way the floral stickers really stand out.
For the other card sets I mostly used fuse beads to make different items, including a fox, a melon, some ice-cream and an xmas ornament. When I saw the black bow I thought that it's just perfect to go as a tie for the fox.
Here’s a shot of the entire spread. I added a few insert pages this go-around and loved using the September Embellishment kit to add the perfect amount of embellishment to my pages! It really takes the guesswork out of it all and keeps it so easy and cute!
So on this side I have the one 4x6 card in the top left corner and I just simply used a pretty camera puffy sticker from the September Freckled Fawn kit to embellish the card a bit and then wrote a bit of journaling on the card as well. I do love using my handwriting when I can and the card needed something more.
I love how solemn this photo feels (I took this shot during a thunderstorm on our back screened-in porch) and love the pop that the white epoxy heart and chipboard piece from the FF kit gives the photo. It's so simple, yet eye-catching.
I love when there are labels in the kit and this month there were some cute ones! I used the heart banner label at the top of this photo and put "Jack was here" in my handwriting. Poor monkey. Ha! This half circle wooden piece is also in the kit and was perfect to put along the bottom of this sweet photo of my husband and our youngest son, Luke. I just love how Luke is looking up at Michael. So sweet!
I added another label on this bottom left photo and then above that put a simple black chipboard piece. I love added the date to journaling cards and photos and so I do it at every opportunity. LOL! Every photo is actually dated on the BACK as well. I'm crazy like that. ;)
Then in the last 4x6 photo slot, I just slipped in 2 3x4 photos of my kids last day of school and printed it out as one 4x6 and left it that way. Super simple. I added the acrylic glitter heart to the middle.
The DESIGN 4 6x8 insert has photos in it from when the kids and I were obsessed with watching the Mama bird, her nest and then the eggs and baby birdies that followed. We could sit in our screened-in porch and just watch them for HOURS. We loved it! It was such a sweet time with the kids and I wanted to be sure that I included a little insert in this timeframe to document it. Oh, and I did use a 3x4 card from, I think, the High Five Edition to do some journaling about it. I also added one of the pretty floral stickers to the front (it's from the Freckled Fawn kit) and then on the back there is one, too!
The last page in this spread is once again the DESIGN A page protector and once again, photo heavy. Ha!
I used a template by my friend Tracy for this top left photo of Jack.
I just love it and that white space was perfect to add a black star and chipboard piece from the kit.
Below that I used the Studio Calico 3x4 card to point to the 4x6 photo of my super cute sandals. Ha! Those were $12 at Shoe Carnival, people! Get ya some! ;) I did put another half-circle wooden embellishment on the bottom of that photo. I love those.
Love these chipboard pieces! I simply added one directly onto the photo. J
Then there are some other 3x4 photos, a 4x6 photo with another chipboard piece on it and then I added text directly on this photo of Luke. I sometimes do that, too. I put the "I can't even" chipboard on it because it's just SO adorable and then thought it would be cool to add one of the half-circle wooden pieces to the side of that photo to point at Luke. So many ways to use embellishments! That's what I love about getting these monthly kits - so many uses and you can use them on so many projects!
Then the last photo is just a square photo printed and stapled to the 4x6 Seafoam edition card with some journaling and a black heart epoxy sticker. See. Totally simple, friends.
This September embellishment kit is so classic and versatile! Using it to add a bit more depth and life to my Project Life pages is my favorite!
I was really inspired by this month's kit, "Black/White", and the contrast it lends between light and dark. I decided to pair some light pink patterned paper with some dark gray card stock to create my background.
I placed my photo on a 6x6 sized patterned paper piece and layered several of the foil epoxy stickers and half circle wood chips around it to draw the eye to my photo.
I also added some of the black enamel circles and a small strip of the black and gold washi tape from the September kit to add even more contrast to my page.
I love how easy it is to create embellishment clusters using the kit, so I made sure to place a few to the right side and bottom of my page as well.