March 2, 2015

NYC Project Life Layout / studio calico class



Good morning and happy National Craft Month everyone! I want to apologize for not posting more frequently, but I've been working on a project that I can  not wait to share...but more on that later.

Right now I want to tell you about the lovely Allison Waken, she will be teaching a Studio Calico class this month that you're not going to want to miss. It's called Chaos Control and it's going to be awesome. Check out her blog here for more info. Allison has asked me to contribute some of the techniques I use to stay organized and my process for collecting memorabilia. Today I wanted to share a sneak of the layout I will be sharing. In the class I will thank about what materials I use, how I collect memorabilia, and how to decide what to use and what to toss, because we don't need any extra clutter right! Sign up for the class here, I believe you'll see my full layouts and tips on March 16th. Happy Monday!

February 21, 2015

lately + thank you!

First things first, thank you all so much for taking the survey I posted a couple weeks ago! It was so helpful to see the results, so thanks a million times! The reason for a survey was to see what posts are the favorites. Turns out most of you visit this blog because you like my project life/ scrapbooking related posts. Also turns out almost all of you are also keep a project life style scrapbook, some of you scrapbook in a full page layout style, or mini book of some sort. I was really surprised to see the amount of people who use digital downloaded products and print at home, vs buying physical products. In fact more people said they download product or used a combination of both than just purchasing physical product. Technology! Also that was some great insight for a side project I'm working on that I'm really excited about! (more to come on that soon!) So what does all of this mean for madebycay.com?

As a result of the survey this blog is going to focus mostly on my personal project life layouts, and my modern memory keeping process. You might see some home decor, and diy crafting posts, but I'm going to focus on my love for paper crafting and memory keeping from here on. If you're going to miss my adventure/just life posts you can follow my tumblr page or instagram, I post there almost daily. If you still want to see my design work I am going to be keeping my portfolio up to date with my most recent work. There is a portfolio link on the left, just click there :) Hope you're as excited as I am for the changes around here!

As for life lately, it's been busy around here working on a new project I can't wait to share! I went to New York a few weeks ago for a press check for work, and I've been recovering from lack of sleep and non stop running around trying to catch up since! Finally feeling like I have a grip on things this weekend though. You know how it is, you have to catch up on laundry after being out of town, your fridge smells funny from the food that went bad and your routine is thrown from the time change. Ok that's all I've got, have a fantastic weekend!

February 4, 2015

Project Life / #tbt




So first of all thank you all so so much for taking the survey I posted! I will be leaving it open for the next few days, if you didn't take it please do, there's 10 questions, multiple choice and it is going to really help determine the future of this blog. Now for the fun stuff! I couldn't help myself when designing this weeks #tbt layout by using some baby bunny photos of Lolah.

Second, it seems everyone really responded to the scrapbooking part of the survey, and said you like to visit madebycay.com for scrapbooking inspiration and project life related posts. So if you have any questions at all about my pages, what I use, my process, or book size, anything, leave comments! I am happy to help and share all my tips and tricks! I love this community of memory keepers and crafters, it's so fun to look around the web and see what people come up with for layouts!

February 2, 2015

Hello / do you scrapbook?


Hello! So today I woke up and thought, you know I'd really love to know who is reading this blog...and then make content that you actually want to see. Ya know :) If you're a regular then you know there's really not a focus to this blog, it's just kind of whatever I feel like posting about. I see the stats and it seems scrapbooking related posts are the most popular. Are you all scrapbookers? Are you designers? I'd really like to narrow down the focus here, and spare you anything you really don't care to see.

So it would be really awesome if you could jump over and 
take this quick survey.  pretty please :)

Then I can blog about the stuff you want. Yay!

January 27, 2015

Project Life / recent things


Left Page
This past weekend Jordan and I finally went on a date to check out a local theater. We saw boyhood and grabbed a bite to eat. I love adding hidden notes, so I wrote a sweet letter on the backside of the ticket.

Right Page
Last wednesday night some awesome creative ladies were in town for a golive event where they help entrepreneurs launch a website in 2 days! (learn more about that here) But after the event they invited local creatives and bloggers to meet up. I was worried it was going to be awkward...but everyone was really nice and I met some really cool people. I think I need more creative meet ups in my future.

January 25, 2015

Freebie / menu



I've been trying to eat healthier (january cliche yes) but I've finally kicked this cold I had for the past several weeks and feel like I can get on with those resolutions yay! So to get more organized in the kitchen I created this menu...and I'm sharing it with all of you. Just click this link and save the image. Be sure to change your printer settings to not have a border. If your printer adds a border then just trim it down :) Enjoy.

Ha I always make my meal plans so quickly that I misspell a lot of words...so I am aware that avocado is not correct in my photo ;)

January 22, 2015

project life / #tbt

Since I didn't really document last year on paper, but took a ton of photos I thought this year it would be fun to include a #tbt page with throwbacks to last year. Here's my first one from an NYC trip I was lucky enough to go on for work. And since I'd never been east of Texas it was an extra exciting adventure for me. See the rest after the jump.

January 19, 2015

Project Life / lazy days


I love foggy days, it just makes me feel calm. Here's a project life update.

Just life / rattlesnake ledge


This is definitely a pacific northwest treasure. If you ever find yourself driving on the west side along i-90 I recommend stopping here. I finally found the time to hike the 2 miles to the ledge this weekend, and can't wait for warmer weather to explore more!

January 18, 2015

Project Life / 2015


Just wanted to share my title page for 2015, can't wait to get back into this hobby!

December 31, 2014

Hello 2015!







Hope everyone has a safe and happy new year!!! Get your free resolutions printable and some desktop savers after the jump!

December 28, 2014

NYC / my day and a half

Finally getting around to sharing my nyc adventure. I'm trying something new though... I am sharing just a few photos from my trip, then if you'd like to see more I've added albums on the facebook page. So if you'd like to see more, go like the page :) Or click on for the short stories.

NYC / air bnb



I recently used air bnb for the first time ever, for my first trip to nyc! So I am happy to share that I had an amazing stay, and really fun trip. Click on to read more about my air bnb experience, and to see more pics of the amazing apartment I stayed in! Also, stay tuned for a post about my 1 1/2 day city adventure. Also also, if your interested in using air bnb you can sign up with my link below to get $25 towards your next booking!
Sign up for air bnb here for $25 towards your next stay!

December 13, 2014

Design / merry & bright


'Tis the season for some holiday tunes! Really excited to share this cd design I worked on for Starbucks, now available.

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