07. july

Okay, so May was boring. I was boring. Most of the pages are boring, right up until the end there. That's probably why I kept futzing with it, trying to make it more than it was. Unfortunately, June isn't any better. Even with a fun double-vacation in the middle, I'm uninterested in working on it. Blah blah blah, barf.

But July—July's a dream. Let's just skip right to the fun stuff. These are some of my all time favorite pages. It was the perfect storm of crafting: 1) good colors, 2) favorite cards/papers, and 3) photos that I love.

Are you watching Suits? You should be. Edge of Tomorrow = Groundhogs Day + Aliens + Tom Cruise. Neon pink junk mail is okay with me. The text is printed on a transparency over the top because I was too afraid to write on it and ruin it's fluorescent perfection. Obvious Child, modern day romantic comedy. Very modern, obviously.

My first soda of the year, that's how hot it's been. And shorts, holy crap. I never wear shorts. Followed by my ill-fated 24 hour trip to STL for work. The official burger record—starting with the best airport burger of all time. Two sweet Studio Calico cards. And the day Tim got us rides in a pace car around Laguna Seca Raceway. Unreal to go from watching races on tv to riding on the track.

Let me just start by saying this is, officially, the best page I've ever made. You might think I'm crazy, but this is what it's all about. Me and the books I'm reading. Paired up neon screenprinted tea cups and gorgeous photo from Tina's shop and the last scrap of paper Kristi designed a billion years ago. And yes, the entire page was inspired by the Read More Books button.

A photo of what's hanging on my inspiration wire at the moment and photobooth pictures from the fair of my aunts and uncles, and me and mom. I was, and still am, giddy over these strips. They totally indulged me on that one. Although the photo here isn't doing justice to the fact that I made them a lovely monochromatic purple to match the poster.

Hiking Montana de Oro with the fam. We saw whales and sweated our asses off before going out for beers and burgers. That's what we do. And La Super Rica with Tim before seeing Slightly Stoopid. For the Karl solo, obvs.

Afternoon beers that turned into cocktails that turned into guitar playing around the kitchen table. YES. Another photo from Tina's Pretty Mini Prints is tucked behind the Granada business card. Which is oversized and letterpressed. You know how I feel about that. I had to buy tiny gold staples just to attach those two, regular wouldn't do. Oh, and a totally unrelated photo of Niko sitting on the moon.

I've been using slideshows of my pages up until now, just to make it tidy but today I felt like adding commentary. Because I'm more excited about them, or because of the pre-posting cocktail? Either way, let me know if you like it better this way. Or do you even care? I mean, a PL is a PL. I'm not doing rocket science over here. Thanks for making it this far. You deserve a cocktail too.

05. may

You know I'm an insufferable futzer. I've been working on this entire album, May thru August, for the last few months. Adding something from the latest Studio Calico kit here and there. Swapping out a photo, rearranging cards. It's a sickness.

In case you're wondering the silver clip on the right is holding together several protectors that will someday contain my June vacation to Disneyland and Lake Tahoe. But for now, it's just keeping shit tidy. Pretend you don't notice it.

The details:

  1. Thank you jcrew for the perfect cover page. Glare, anyone?
  2. Quote from Bitter in the Mouth scripted by me and the beginning of a new series, "fuck yeah" _________.
  3. Brown and green, never imagined a spread with those colors.
  4. Will's birthday a la paislee press.
  5. Purple monotone photo + Tina's laser cut watercolor hello for the win, and the perfect Kelly Purkey alpha in white over some ice water. I never drink ice water. That's how hot it was in here.
  6. Beers with my brother before the Giants game + one of my all time fav Studio Calico embellishments, the black acrylic IG icon, over some green packing material.
  7. My nephew Will is classic. When my mom didn't meet us back at the seats after a bathroom trip, he jumped up, put on his backpack and started yelling "We have to find my Nana!" Must have got that from Dora.
  8. Niko, forever.
  9. Every year I buy myself a new piece of artwork around my birthday/tax return time. This year's artwork is from Maya Gohill. You might remember seeing it in the background of this post on SF Girl By Bay. I fell in love with it and Maya was totally awesome, convincing her client to share a copy with me. So voila, I now have a man amongst all my paintings of girls. Plus, insanely good mail from Gen.
  10. Power went out a lot at the end of the month making time for tanning, ice creams and closet make-overs. Plus some timely quotes from my friend Sylvia (so hating on PowerPoint that week) and this pin from Wasted Rita. And some color coordinating pinterest screenshots.