Print at Home Process // UPDATED + free template


Hey Crafty Babes!

For 2017 I decided to start printing my photos at home exclusively and have a fun video that takes you through my process from phone to desk. I bought a Canon Pixma iX6820 in December and I have loved having easy access to printing without having to wait for a lab to ship them and also I don’t have to pay for shipping. 

I have not done the precise pricing calculations to compare printing online versus printing at home. What I do know is that the printer is purchased, I have plenty of ink and the photo paper is readily available and I don’t have to spend money each month to print. I know that some would say that I am spending money on printing because I’m using the supplies, but when money is tight I can still print and don’t have to wait until I have money to spend. For me, that’s what sealed the deal. I want my photos and I want them now! LOL!

I’ve seen so many discussions about how complicated it can be and it’s so much research to just get started. Then how do I get the most use out of my paper? What program is best? It becomes a lot of information! It’s a question I get a lot!

I’d love to show you how to make it easy to get started? Hopefully I can walk you through my process and you’ll find it to be super simple. Below are links to the supplies I use and mention in my video:
Canon Pixma iX6820
Additional ink cartridges
Semi-gloss photo paper


Check out my video below and see if any of this process makes you feel less intimidated by printing at home!

Oh, and to help make this process even easier for you, download the Photoshop template that I use here.

Keep on scrapping!


Felicity Jane // She’s Got Personality

Hiya Crafty Babes!

My very first project as a Felicity Jane Team Member is up on their blog today! <<< that’s a link – click it to go directly to the FJ blog!!! =)

I cannot even tell you how fun it is to use and play with the LONDON kit!

Head on over to the blog to see more about this snarky little layout and how it relates to personality types!




Questions? Always feel free to leave a comment! xo

Ask Andrea – episodes 4 & 5

Hey crafty babes! I’m back with 2 more Q&A sessions for ya! I have compiled all of your questions from previous videos and am answering them in true retrohipmama fashion…with a video and some laughter!



Do you have more questions? Leave them in the comments and I’ll answer them in a future video.


Hello Crafty Babes! I have some exciting to share! I recently joined the Felicity Jane Design Team and am so excited to share lots of projects with you over the next 6 months!


This group of ladies is crazy talented and I’m so honored to have been asked to join the team!!
Check out some of the projects I’ve done with the FJ kits already – from before I was on the DT! I clearly fell in love right away!

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The London Kit is what I’ll be working with for February – isn’t it ADORABLE!?!?

I hope you’re all having a great day and that you get to pick up LONDON for yourself and enjoy all the goodies!
Happy scrapping,

A journal to my boys // traveler’s notebook style

A lot of wordy words are hard for me. Which is kind of ironic based on the length of this post. 😉

As an I/ESTJ, it’s hard for me to convey my feelings and emotions outwardly. But that doesn’t mean I don’t FEEL all the feelings – I do and I’m super emotional and sentimental. So I tend to choose short & concise statements or sentiments along with photos to convey emotion for me in my memory keeping. And while my large albums of memories are fine, in my heart I’ve always wanted to write letters to my kids and tell them all the things that need to be said. But again – wordy words.

Rewind to the other day when I nearly lost my mind and texted my best girl that I was downsizing my weekly family pocket album to 6×8. She supported and questioned and suggested – as any good friend would. And I thought and planned and tried to convince myself I could fit up to 10 photos a week into hopefully 2 small albums. Well, it ended up that there’s just no way I could escape 12×12. So my normal format shall remain – BUT…here’s where it gets fun.

Within our several texty exchanges during this 12 hour period – one thing she brought up was the possibility of doing the “family stories” in 6×8 and then kid specific stories for each boy in a Traveler’s Notebook (because in case you don’t follow me on Instagram – I’m slightly obsessed with traveler’s notebooks).
It was a true lightbulb moment that kinda morphed as the day went on as I determined if I could do all my memory keeping in smaller formats.

I got home from work to really sit down and analyze my first 2 weeks of printed photos for 2017. Could I put them in different piles based on the story I wanted to tell? Could I separate the photos from their weeks and put them in different albums? It took me about 20 minutes to realize that the answer was OH-GOOD-LORD-NO!


BUT … stick with me here … she was onto something with the separate notebooks for the boys. I’ve got 2. One is 9 and one is 15. I have typically rejected doing separate photo albums for them. I don’t have the time and they’ll just have to figure out who gets the 50+ scrapbooks when I’m gone. So this project will not be a “here’s what you were like at this time” thing. Nope, that’s what the family albums are for. This project is a journal to each boy. Time is flying and there’s so much to tell them both. Some things I would tell them both the same things – but then there are certain things I would only want to focus on with each boy. So I immediately thought of those “Open when…” letters or “Things I want my child to know before he turns…” that have shown up on my Pinterest feed. This will be similar but they don’t have to wait to open anything. This is me talking to them about the things we’ve instilled in them but it’s a piece of my creative heart that they can keep forever. Each boy will have a traveler’s notebook with photos of them, photos of us, old photos and room for future photos with some really important reminders about life and tips for when they’re stuck.

I scrolled Pinterest for a few lists that others have put together and found a couple that I really liked here and here. I put them together and also added my own topics below. My goal with these is to use small photos and quotes that represents the topic, add the verse and then journal briefly about the details I want them to know. For now, I’ve got a board on Pinterest where I’m storing any topics I want to include and then will print them in batches to work on.


The pins I linked above go into their own details for each topic so feel free to check it out for reference or gather your own ideals and thoughts just using the prompts below:

RESPECT AUTHORITY: Ephesians 6:1 / Hebrews 13:17
TRUST MOM & DAD: We don’t know everything but we know more than you think.
BE HONEST: Proverbs 12:22 / Proverbs 17:7
CHOOSE GOOD FRIENDS: 1 Corinthians 15:33
KEEP GOD CLOSE: 1 John 4:19 / Romans 6:11
BE KIND: Galatians 5:23
CHOOSE HAPPINESS: It’s not the end, it’s a journey and a choice Philippians 4:4
TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
FORGIVE: Ephesians 4:32 / Galatians 5:22
HANG IN THERE WHEN LIFE GETS DARK: It’s always darkest before the dawn

This list is just the start and I do plan to add on to it but wanted to share it with you so you can take from it what you need if you decide to make one of these for your kids.

Now that we have a list, let’s talk about the format. I figure that with a standard notebook there’s about 32 pages and I’d like to keep each topic to a page which will allow me 30-ish items in each book so the list above will grow and morph as they grow and morph into who God meant them to be. The notebooks I’ll be using are these pocket page notebooks by The Stamp Spot. They alternate between both white pages and half page pockets so I plan to tuck little things into these notebooks as well as make entries on the pages, obviously.


I bet at this point you’re thinking “okay, this is great but if you’re not doing this as a snapshot in time, when will you give it to them?”. Or maybe you’re not thinking that – but either way, here’s the answer as I am feeling right now. For Gibson, who is currently 15.5, I’d like to give it to him when he turns 18. While I do not really like the idea of having a long drawn out project – the end result and the joy I will get from creating it will be totally worth it. It’s very possible that I could just fly through this project if I get going and could give it to him on his 16th birthday. That’s actually possible!

So you can definitely expect to see more pages in my different TNs as well as more 12×12 and smaller pages within my family albums! BUt I may not be sharing the details of this project on instagram because GIbson follows me there and I don’t want him seeing it of course. Or do I? Hmmmm…something to think about.

Let me know if you plan to make a similar journal – I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Talk to you soon!
Happy journaling,

Elle’s Studio // January Pocket Page

Hey Crafty Babes, I seriously couldn’t be more stoked to share with you my very first post as a Design Team member for Elle’s Studio! And I couldn’t be more excited to share all the amazing kits and extras! Elle’s Studio products are so versatile and I’m just crazy in love with everything!

This obviously makes creating layouts and pockets super fun and easy!

For my first post, we’re going to dive into the January Kit.


I start with photos and determine what colors I have to work with. In this case I had pink, red blue and yellow. So I grabbed anything with those colors and began to decide what I wanted where and how to spread all of the colors around evenly.ellesstudio_andreagray_week43pockets_1

Supplies: January Kit / Right Now Journaling Tags / Little Moments Journaling Tags / All My Heart Stamp / Malia Lowercase Alphabet Stamp / Date It Stamp / Monthly Wood Veneer Tabs

I love adding small embellishments to cards to give them just a bit of pop. Here I just added a simple chunk of text, a stamp and a star.

The striped FACTS card could have been used for journaling but I added a 2×2 photo with a small amount of journaling under it. And adding a little label on the YES card adds more depth to the story and color to the card!ellesstudio_andreagray_week43pockets_3

Sometimes all you need is a simple heart and other times there’s enough room to make your own stamped title to a card, like I did on the & card.

Thank you so much for being here today and I hope you’re inspired to mix up some colors and embellishments in your pockets or layouts!

See ya back again soon with more sneaks and projects from Elee’s Studio!

New Class at Big Picture Classes // Starts Monday 1/16/2017



Hey Friends! So excited to let you know that I have a class starting tomorrow at Big Picture Classes! Big shocker – it’s about POCKETS! BUT – you can totally apply the ideas in this class to any kind of memory keeping. We’ll be talking about photos, journaling and I’ll take you through my process of completing a pocket page – with a VIDEO! Join me for Pocket Prompts 23 – an ongoing series that many talented pocket scrappers have given their take on – and now it’s my turn. If you’re not a member at Big Picture Classes already you can sign up! Or you can start a FREE 2-week trial membership!


I sure hope to see you there!
Andrea xo

Look Inside // 2017 Personal Traveler’s Notebook vol. 1

Oh hey girl! Soooo, whatcha been up to? Me? Oh, nothing much. Just being completely OBSESSED with Traveler’s Notebooks and creating like a maniac.

I filmed a quick little flip-thru if you’d like some verbal explanation of the pages, otherwise, I’ve got detailed photos below. I hope you enjoy!

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Let me know if you have any questions!
Happy documenting!

Elle’s Studio // January Kit Reveal


Hello Crafty Babes! Do you know what today is? It’s the 10th and that means the Elle’s Studio January Kit + extras are now available in the shop! You can find the kit right here using this link >>> Elle’s Studio January Kit!

Elle’s Studio Monthly kits start out at $9.99 on launch day and then go to normal price after midnight. And for the first time ever, we are now offering Subscriptions so you’re ALWAYS guaranteed a kit! Subscribe here!

And to get you a little more excited or hopefully provide some inspiration – below are the projects I created with using this month’s kit and a few of the extras.


Supplies: journaling tags / brr! acrylic piece



Supplies: Journaling Tag / Jonah Alphabet Stamp / Pink Alpha Stickers / Dated Stamp



Supplies: January Kit / Right Now Journaling Tags / Little Moments Journaling Tags / All My Heart Stamp / Malia Lowercase Alphabet Stamp / Date it Stamp / Monthly Wood Veneer Tabs

Make sure to check out the Design Team Gallery as well to find more inspiration for using your kits!

Happy scrapping,