Today on the paislee press blog... paislee blocks. My fav. Super fun, and easy, to make. All sorts of gifting possibilities. So many crafting options, just imagine a black and white set, or a set where each block is a different color of the rainbow, or a set for kids with photos of their family and friends and pets on them. Or my best idea, a travel set where each block is covered with photos and memorabilia from a trip. How fun would that stack be to look thru?
This first page is actually the end of July but I didn't have it together when I posted July so just think about it as pre-August. The colors of the photos/book covers/movie posters really drove my spreads this month, making for some interesting pages. Outside my normal palette, for sure.
So many words here. Normally I would try to spread these images across more pages so that it wasn't so busy but I didn't have room so just flip past this one quick.
Here's where things start getting good in August. Green, teal and a bit of fuchsia/purple. My Kate Spade planner arrives and the month is full. Great movies with great posters, thank you.
How could I not? Scrapbook masquerading as magazine...
Hmm, white. I like white. Featuring a page from Tim's first grade book, If I Were Big. Which was eerily spot on about his future. The first race Marquez didn't win this year, FINALLY. And a surprisingly good photo of ourselves, post-cocktail pre-opera.
Josh and I went to see Jack White in the city for his birthday. Stayed in a swanky hotel, had lots of fun. Jack's new color is blue. Can you tell? Also, no photography is allowed so the larger image is one from his site. They post photos the day after each show so you can grab one from there and keep your phone in your pocket. Thank you.
Did I mention the hotel? I wanted to move in. Right off Union Square, very convenient. Across from a bar, dangerously. After the show we went back for more beers and chatted up the ladies around us. The divorced mom dropping off her kid at college and the girls from London. Josh buying everyone drinks, spreading the cheer. Says he spends so much time commuting and cranky that it's better to put good things out into the world. And that those ladies he treated will have a better trip to SF for it, having met and laughed with us. Love that kid. He's got a big heart.
The wallpapered closet at Hotel G and some encouragement from Auntie Kranny in the form of two pieces of her mother's artwork have me even more convinced to wallpaper one wall of the downstairs room. This one from Rifle Paper is winning.
You can find a fun interview with me on lovely Caylee's blog today. Of course, she made me work for it with her outside the box approach. No boring paragraphs, just creative answers in the form of photos, drawings, etc. Other Hello Lovely girls have made crafts, I wish I'd thought of that... instead I did what I do, photograph things on a white background and add handwriting. But, my desk got clean and I spent a good amount of time thinking it all over, which if you know me, is my favorite thing to do. Thinking about crafts, planning crafts, cleaning up to make crafts, talking about crafts. Definitely my thing.
The best shot of the lot is this one of my minibooks. I love how it turned out, even if it's a bit grainy and blurry at the edges. The color, the memories, the different shapes and sizes. It's not even all of them, just enough to fill my white background. I wish I had the time and energy to reshoot all the little books in my project gallery. But that's a job for an intern. Damn, I need an intern.
Every time I go to the bookstore, or Target or Urban Outfitters, or anywhere that has books, I usually come home with photos like this on my phone. Some just because I like the covers—the design, the colors, the typography, the concept. Some because I want to read it or buy it later. And, sometimes both.
I don't usually buy hardback books, so the ones I'm interested in reading right away I'll get on my iPad. But before I do, I download a sample. Did you know you could do that? It's such a great feature. They're usually 40 – 60 pages long. That's more than enough for me to know if I want to keep reading it.
This is what the "to read" section of the Library on my iPad looked like a few months ago. When I finish one book, I start reading samples until I find one that suits my mood. Because, you know, not every book is the right book at that exact moment.
And then there's this. I've already started some (and put them back down). Some I'm saving for the right time (again, with that). Some I wanted for the cover alone... the Haruki Murakami cover/jacket is insane. Regardless, I probably shouldn't go back to the bookstore anytime soon.