Keeping Track of 2018 with Guest Adrienne Alvis

Today we welcome back our guest designer for the month of January, Adrienne Alvis! We know that you will love the home decor project that she’s sharing with us today—it’s the perfect way to kick off a new year and keep track of 2018, and all that you have planned for it! Let’s take a look.
 
I’m back again with a little home office decor project that I created using the 2018 Calendars in the shop! I had a small calendar clipboard stand leftover from last year so instead of throwing it out, I decided to reuse it and make my own pages for it!
 

 
Supplies | 2018 Calendars, January 2018 Kit, Love You Die CutsStar Chipboard StickersHugs and Kisses Puffy StickersEnamel DotsXOXO StampXOXO 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack
 
I started by gathering my supplies and cutting down several of the patterned papers from the XOXO 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack to 4″ x 6″ so they would fit nicely on the clipboard, which is about 5″ x 7″ in size. I also used some of the 4″ x 6″ journaling tags from the January 2018 Kit as background pieces, too.
 

 
I layered the 3″ x 4″ 2018 Calendars on top of several of the 4″ x 6″ patterned paper pieces and used my sewing machine to sew them down for a more “homespun” feel.
 

 
Next, I embellished the monthly cards using the Hugs and Kisses Puffy Stickers, several of the Love You Die Cuts, and a few of the colorful Enamel Dots. My biggest concern was adding too many embellishments and it being too bulky to clip down, but the die cuts were perfect for adding flair without the bulk, so were the stamps from the XOXO Stamp.
 

 
I used some black ink and several of the stamps to embellish many of the background patterned papers and even directly onto the calendar cards. I also used a few of the leftover paper strips from the XOXO 6″ x 6″ Paper Stack that I cut down to create a nice layered look.
 

 
I really love how everything came together so easily and how the different embellishments and papers coordinated to make a year-round home decor piece! I have this calendar displayed in my home office—I really love how easy it was to make, and how such a simple piece added a big statement in my space!
 

 
I was born and raised in Southern Illinois and grew up around my family’s farm. My mother was always sewing, making crafts, and taking craft classes, but I didn’t discover my crafty side until after I had my youngest son, almost 11 years ago. I started creating traditional layouts, but soon found a love for making cards, mini albums, home decor projects, and pocket page albums. I am currently designing for Pinkfresh Studio and have been on many other design teams over the past few years. I’ve been married to my husband for almost 12 years now, and we have three beautiful and spirited kiddos, Garrison (15), Jubal (10), and Avery (8). Of course, my children are my main source of scrappy subject matter and I love how documenting their every move and milestone helps satisfy my creative urges. Other than paper-crafting, I have a full-time job as a LuLaRoe fashion consultant and in my spare time I like to read, run, watch movies in bed, listen to music, travel, and work on DIY home projects. You can find more of my projects on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and my blog, Paper Fab.
 
Be sure to find more of Adrienne’s work at the links above, and stay tuned for another project from her using the January kit and add-ons next week! 

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