Minimalistic layout with My Minds Eye

Hey there you! I hope you’re having a great day today!!

I’m here sharing a peek at a layout that’s up over on the My Minds Eye blog! If you’d like to check it out just head on over there and let me know what you think of it!!
Alexes Brown for My Minds Eye

This layout documents the sweet relationship between my son and daughter this past summer. But school starts tomorrow and I can hardly believe it!! How can this be real? How on earth has 6 years flown by this quickly!! I don’t want to believe it’s true. I can just keep him home forever right? Who needs school anyways :)

Felicity Jane Creative Team Announcement!

Hello my dears! I hope you all are finding yourselves well!

Felicity Jane Creative Team - Alexes Marie BrownI’m really really excited to officially tell you I’m going to be part of the Felicity Jane Creative Team for the next year! I literally could not be more excited! As you’ve seen here on my blog, I’ve been creating with these kits for the past few months and every. single. time. I’m absolutely blow away  by each of the kits! They are jammed packed full of amazing, and oh, so adorable papers and embellishments! I know this little company is going to make a huge impact on the scrapbooking community!

Felicity Jane Creative Team - Alexes BrownSo I was already pretty excited to be part of this team and then I got this adorable little package in the mail…. take a look… ummmm….. I’m pretty sure  positive, this is the happiest piece of mail that I have ever gotten and it literally put a huge smile of my face for the rest of the day!

Felicity Jane Creative Team - Alexes Brown

I just can’t say enough about how amazing I think the creator over at Felicity Jane, Jeana Goodwin is! In my opinion she’s brilliant and I’m always just so impressed at her design skills, her feel for what is trendy and just the special little touches she includes in every single kit. You really should go sign up for these kits and I promise I’m not just saying this because I’m working on her Creative Team. Seriously from the bottom of my heart, this company is absolutely AMAZING!! 

Felicity Jane Creative Team - Alexes Brown

thanks for stopping by and seriously, go check out their website! I promise you won’t regret it!!

My Very First Kikki.k! I’m in LOVE

Alright guys, if you follow me over on instagram, you probably saw that I just received my very first Kikki.k leather planner. Normally I would have had a post like this up a while back, but my life has been absolutely cray cray. From having guests in town, to dentist appointments, to a quilting class I’m doing, there’s has been a lot, scratch that, too much going on in our lives. Not to mention that my little boy is starting school in a few weeks, and oh yeah, we’re remodeling our house. Oi vey….. just writing that out made me a little stressed……

Thank goodness I have things like paper crafting, calligraphy and planning to keep me sane!

I’m absolutely loving the way I’ve decorated my dashboard and my pockets of my new baby! Everything you see here, is from the My Minds Eye Line, called Fancy That, an adorable wedding themed scrapbook line. I love it because even though it’s wedding themed, it works so perfectly for practically anything!

Kikki.k - Alexes Marie Brow - Planner Organization Kikki.k - Alexes Marie Brow - Planner Organization I’m obsessed with that gold foil card, isn’t is such a great reminder?!Kikki.k - Alexes Marie Brow - Planner Organization Kikki.k - Alexes Marie Brow - Planner Organization Because I’m also a scrapbooker, I love the idea of adding photos to my dividers, and dashboards!
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thank you for stopping by! Tell me what you think of my new planner setup!!

10 ways to make Project Life easier!

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Soooo…. I’ve been going through all of my old photos and I realized I have quite a few projects that I’ve made, and photographed but that never got to the blog. So in the next few weeks, I’m going to be sharing these forgotten projects with all of you!

The first thing I want to share with you is my 2014 Project Life album. The thing I love about Project Life, is that it can be used in a myriad of different ways, and you have the freedom to choose what works best for you!

The traditional way to use PL is to do a layout a week, and fill it with photos and documents from that past week. That would mean by the end of the year you would have 52, 12×12 spreads… and I don’t know about you but with my three little ones running around, this sounds like a lot of work. I mean lets be honest, I barely have time to do my laundry!

So what I’ve done is taken that traditional version and turned it into something that was a lot more simplified. I’m a mother and none of my kids are school aged, so I have to really think about how I spend my time. I’ve used this system for a while now and through the years I’ve learned some useful tips and tricks and now I want to share them with you! So here they are!!!

10 ways to make project life easier

  1. I use a 6×8 album instead of 12×12. If you know anything about me, you know that I have a slight major obsession with mini albums. While I wouldn’t necessarily call this a mini album, it’s definitely mini compared to the bigger 12×12’s! Don’t get me wrong, I love a good 12×12, but for me personally, it just too big my my project life needs.
  2. I take photos only using my iPhone. I simply don’t want/need the stress of carrying around my dslr to capture photos of my everyday life. Using only my phone makes it about a thousand times easier because I always have my phone on me! My camera comes with me wherever I go and if anything thing comes along that I want to photograph I just snap a quick picture.
  3. I  edit my photos only on my phone. Again, I’m trying to make this process super simple! Use your favorite photo editing app to clean up or brighten photos and then save to camera roll. p.s. I use afterlight for editing all of my iPhone photos.
  4. I put two photos on one 4×6 (optional). This step is probably the most difficult part of this whole process (but it’s still super easy! ) , so feel free to skip over it, if you’d like!  Depending on the layout of my 6×8 page protector, I’ll have some horizontal 4×6 photos, and some 2×3 vertical photos. So I go through all of the photos I’ve selected to be in my project life album and every single one of the vertical photos I’ll pull up in photoshop. I’ll then open a new blank document and resize it to 4×6. Then I drag my first photo into my new blank document. I’ll grab the corner and resize until it’s a 2×3. You can either turn on your ruler and grid, or just eye it until it looks like it takes up about half of the page. Then I’ll pull in my next photo and repeat the same process until my 4×6 has two 2×3 photos on it. Then I save it to the same folder it came from and give it a new name. I usually just use numbers, 1,2,3 etc. Next I’ll push command+z over and over again until I’m back to my blank document. I’ll start this process over again with two new photos until all of my vertical photos are placed on a 4×6.
  5. I print my photos at Costco. I go to Costco more times a month that I’m willing to admit, so it makes it the perfect place for all of my photo needs. I also love the fact that I can upload my photos from home and they will be ready in an hour! Not to mention that their prices are extremely reasonable. After they are printed, I trim everything down to size.
  6. I don’t sort my pictures by week. Having to remember what week each picture was taken in was making my brain want to explode so I decided to make it easier on myself and only sort my pictures by the month they were taken in.
  7. I organize my photos in chronological order. I don’t use any other organizational system other than chronological order. To do this, I open my iPhoto software and look in my photo stream. This keeps a chronological order of my photos and I can use this to make sure my printed photos are also in chronological order.
  8. I put my photos into my page protectors. I start at the beginning of the month and see how many vertical and horizontal photos I have. That decides what page protectors I use. If there’s a lot of verticals, I may use the layout with four 2×3’s, if there’s none, I’ll use the layout with two 4×6’s and so on. Remember to leave space for project life cards and embellishments!
  9. I decorate my pages. Finally!!! We’ve gotten to the very best part!!  I take my favorite embellishments, and of course my Project Life cards, and I get to work making those pages look oh so pretty!
  10. I give myself a whole month to finish the previous months photos. Remember I’m trying to make this as easy as possible, so I’m giving myself a good cushion! The whole point of this system, for me, was to give myself an actual shot of completing a Project Life album! I know that if I even attempted the larger version, I would have made a page or two and then completely stopped or I would have begun pulling my hair out! I know some of you are thinking … Well, you know you don’t have to decorate them and make them all pretty riiiiiight?? Yes, yes, I know I could hold back when it comes to the embellishment, but it’s my very favorite part, and it wouldn’t be “me” if there weren’t any embellishments. After all, this blog is all about pretty paper!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read through this post and I hope that some of these tips will help take the stress out of Project Life!

Check out my finished 2014 Project Life album!

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I AM Beautiful – Felicity Jane kit

Good Afternoon my friends! I hope you’re all having a great day! I’m excited to show you my newest layout with the Felicity Jane kit! Take a look Alexes Marie Brown - Felicity Jane Alexes Marie Brown - Felicity Jane I love these foam flowers, I used some ink to dye them a pretty pink and green color! Alexes Marie Brown - Felicity Jane I love this layout because it showcases so many of the cute papers in this kit! Such fun teals, yellow and pink hearts and those flamingos! I die!!! SO cute!

Alexes Marie Brown - Felicity Jane

Felicity Jane – June I AM kit


hello hello!!

I’m excited to share my most recent project made with the June Felicity Jane kit!!

Alexes Marie Brown for Felicity Jane Kit Club Alexes Marie Brown for Felicity Jane Kit Club I decided to make a tag album with this pretty little kit and I LOVE the way it turned out!! The theme this month is “I am” and the stamp set comes with a bunch of different phrases like beautiful, imperfect, and creative. I thought this would be perfect  for this little album! Alexes Marie Brown for Felicity Jane Kit Club Alexes Marie Brown for Felicity Jane Kit Clubas always there is an adorable stamp set and
Alexes Marie Brown for Felicity Jane Kit Club Alexes Marie Brown for Felicity Jane Kit Club Alexes Marie Brown for Felicity Jane Kit ClubI had the best time using this kit and I’m excited to share a few more projects in the next few days that were also made with this adorable kit!

July Planner Set Up

Good Afternoon my paper loving friends!

I’m so glad you’re here today because I’ve got some pretty pictures of my Heidi Swapp Planner to show you! Alexes Marie Brown - Heidi Swapp Plannerhere’s my month on two pages for July! I’m new to this scrapbook type of planning, so this is just so much fun for me! I’m a long time scrapbooker and planner, but I’ve never really joined the two like I have here in this little adorable black and white album!Alexes Marie Brown - Heidi Swapp PlannerAlexes Marie Brown - Heidi Swapp PlannerI love using embellishments to make my pages look pretty, but I’m not gunna lie… nothing bothers me more than when thick embellishments ruin my writing on subsequent pages! So here in this little planer of mine, I try only to use flat stickers! and the Heidi Swapp Washi book, is my go to for my planner!! You can see that I used some of her other stickers to make a little to-do list in the goals section I love that there’s a place at the start of every month to pencil in a few of my goals for that month!
Alexes Marie Brown - Heidi Swapp Plannernext up is my week on two pages for the week of July 19 to the 24! I had some extra time to throw some cute embellishments on it and I thought you guys would like to see! Alexes Marie Brown - Heidi Swapp PlannerAlexes Marie Brown - Heidi Swapp PlannerI really LOVE  the glitter stickers that were make to coordinate with the HS planner line! They’re perfect for making a cute to-do list! I also used the cutest little gold foiled heart stickers from Teresa Collins for the bullets in the list, how fun right?!Alexes Marie Brown - Heidi Swapp Plannerand you guyyyyssss!!!  check out that adorable make up case turned embellishment holder that I found at Forever21!! Not only is it the perfect size to slip right into my closed planner, but it’s also the perfect color of pink!! AND to top it all off, it’s got the cutest little phrase in gold foil!! I must say, Je l’aime!! Alexes Marie Brown - Heidi Swapp Plannerahhhh… I can’t get enough of these adorable stickers in this little adorable pouch!! It’s got to be one of my favs!
Alexes Marie Brown - Heidi Swapp Planner
thanks for stopping by and I can’t wait to show you some of the other things I got when I went to Forever21! Check back soon to find out! 

Maggie Holmes Confetti – My Favorite Collection of All Time

okay okay I have a confession… I’m obsessed with all things Maggie Holmes…  Everything she makes, I want. And most of the time I want it all and then some! I just love love love the way she mixes soft pastel colors, with bold blacks, and gorgeous golds… doesn’t it just make you sigh? It sure does for me! I may or may night hoard collections when they are my favorites, but I wanted to stop hoarding and use up all of these pretty supplies! So I decided to make a mini album full of all my favorite photos from when my most recent baby was born, take a look!
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don’t you just swoon??

Alexes Marie Brown - Maggie Holmes - Confetti

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Mixing On Trend with Fancy That – My Minds Eye

Good morning my friends!

I’ve got an awesome 12×12 scrapbook page up today on the My Minds Eye blog and I’d thought I’d give you a look here as well!
Alexes Marie Brown for My Minds Eye I’m really loving these two lines from My Minds Eye, and I feel like they mix together perfectly! The pinks, the teals and the gold make for some very whimsical pages, which are always my very favorite!!
Alexes Marie Brown for My Minds Eye

Isn’t this page so fun?? What do you guys think?!