This Week #BeforeThePen and Margaritaville

Happy Tuesday! Anita here and I’m back this week with two new projects using the brand new July 2016 Hip Kits. I love that there were some new items in the kits this month (like the washi tape strips!) and I was excited to use them in my projects.

Each week I like to start my week by setting up a weekly spread in my planner. I usually use washi tape to divide my days and also for decoration. For the spread below, I used both the Hip Kit exclusive washi tape strips from the Project Life Kit and strips of the exclusive patterned paper from the Paper Kit. To create thin divider strips, I used my paper trimmer to slice the washi tape strips in half. In addition to creating thinner strips, cutting the washi in half also gave me enough of each pattern to use all the way across my spread. I then used some stamps in my stash to add a place to record my daily steps and block off appointments I have this week. I like to include an area for my “to do” list each day too and the patterned paper with hand drawn lines was perfect for these sections. I cut boxes of the lined patterned paper in various colors and then adhered them to my planner. Finally I added a few of the exclusive puffy stickers and die cuts from the Embellishment Kit as decorative elements and now I’m ready to plan my week! Here’s the full spread along with a few close up shots.

7-12-16 HKC Blog Planner Spread

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The second project I’m sharing today is another hybrid Project Life Travelers Notebook spread. My husband and I just got back from a fun weekend away with friends and I wanted to make sure I documented our getaway. As I’ve shared before, I love to mix ephemera from our trips with my Hip Kit supplies in my Travelers Notebook. This time, I used a key from our hotel, a wrist band from the pool and a business card from a restaurant we loved. I added some washi tape and a few of the exclusive cards from the Project Life Kit for my journaling as well as several pieces from the die cut pack in the Embellishment Kit. I also created and printed a collage of photos on my phone that captures some of my favorite memories from the weekend and added it to my notebook. Here’s a look at the full spread and a couple of close up shots too.

7-12-16 HKC Blog TN Spread

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If you haven’t tried using a travelers notebook to document your everyday or special occasions, you should definitely give it a try! It’s such a fun project that can be adapted to any situation and it’s such a fun size to work with!

Anita Patel

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