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August 8, 2013

Summer Voices | Liz Tamanaha


We’re on summer holiday and we’ve invited some of our friends to share their voices and projects here over the next 2 weeks. Say hello to Liz Tamanaha:

Summer, you are my fave

Hi There!  I’m Liz Tamanaha, a Southern California girl married to the most amazing husband and mom to 2 little girls that are the light of my life. I’m also a memory keeper with a penchant for minimalist aesthetics and the designer behind paislee press. I’m a long time fan of Ali Edwards and couldn’t be more thrilled to be a guest blogger for her today while she’s away having the time of her life in Paris (and hopefully making time to indulge in croissants and crepes and other delicious eats that the French are so good at making).



Summertime is my absolute fave. The leisurely pace. The extra hours of daylight. The balmy “don’t need a cardigan” temperatures in the evening. Something about this time of year beckons me to slow down. This summer though, I found myself still going at full speed, working late into the night, feeling wound up, cranky and tired exhausted. Then I read Ali’s Summer Manifesto post, and as these things tend to happen, it was the exact thing I needed to read at that exact moment.  A gentle reminder to slow down and carve out time for fun.



My initial Summer Manifesto was a list of 19 things. Things that I wanted to do with the girls (like take them to their first movie at the theaters, go swimming, go bike riding) and things I wanted to do for me (date night with my husband, a weekend with girlfriends and sleep in) and then there were things that have been on my to-do list all year (decorating our walls with photos, organizing around the house).




In the end I decided to take the “organizing/decorating” type things off the list and ended up paring down to 12. It’s a nice even number to work with and it can easily be worked into my project life album as an 8.5×11 insert.


This is the beginning of the summer manifesto insert. I printed our list of 12 things on an 8.5×11 transparency sheet (left), which I plan on laying over the photo collage (in progress, right). Each square represents one item on the list.




I’m a huge fan of  the classic photo grid/collage design. So clean and straightforward and it always looks good!  The collage is only part way done and already I love it. Can’t wait to fill up the remaining squares with photos of our summer adventures!

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  • 1.
    Caylee said…

    Ah, Liz. You are awesome as always.

  • 2.
    Alida said…

    LOVE this idea. The grid with transparency over is so effective, think I’ll try it once summer comes to this half of the globe.

  • 3.
    Maggie said…

    Such a fan of Liz’s style, and this gorgeous layout is no exception! Totally inspired!

  • 4.
    Monika Wright said…

    This idea is so fabulous, I cannot even tell you Liz. Enjoy the adventures left on your list!

  • 5.
    J Allen said…

    I love this….great inspiration! Thanks for sharing ;)

  • 6.
    Debra said…

    LOVE this Liz!

  • 7.
    molly said…

    Beautiful, Liz.

  • 8.
    Dawn said…

    This is an amazing idea but how do you do a grid with a transparency over it?

    • ….
      liz said…

      Hi Dawn, The grid – both the photos and the text/lines – were designed in photoshop to ensure they would match up properly. Then I printed just the grid lines and text on the transparency. Photos were printed separately on cardstock. For printing on transparency, make sure you choose the one suitable for your printer. The one I used is compatible with inkjet printers. It has a tacky texture to prevent smudges and smears. Hope that helps! For more details, see this post on my blog:

  • 9.
    Patti L said…

    Very cool idea. Clean lines. Love the white.

  • 10.
    stacyk said…

    Wow this is an awesome idea! I love the effects using transparencies! If only I knew how to print on them. Thanks for sharing!!

    • ….
      liz said…

      Thanks so much Stacy! Printing on transparencies is the same as printing photos or cardstock – just be sure to use the transparency that is compatible with your printer to prevent smudging and smears. I used one formatted for inkjet printers. Hope that helps!

  • 11.
    Abby said…

    Simply AWESOME! I went over to your shop/blog/home and found SO MANY digital goodies that I must have! Great idea above, and great ideas on your website.

  • 12.
    Jennifer K said…

    Love this idea of the transparency grid over the photos! Awesome!

  • 13.
    Veronica said…

    oh Liz….you amaze me!!!

  • 14.
    Keianna said…

    love that transparency idea, TFS

  • 15.
    Donna M said…

    One fav designer blogging on another favs blog! It’s almost Spring here and your post is perfect timing to write my own summer list. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 16.
    Kathy said…

    Your grid of photos look great and I am a big fan of Ali’s manifesto and while I have bought her digital template I haven’t done this project yet. Maybe because it’s winter in Australia maybe. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

  • 17.
    Kristi Bicknese said…

    I love your “summer is my favorite” word art. Is that available for purchase anywhere?

    • ….
      liz said…

      Kristi, it will be available in my shop later this week, thank you so much for your kind words and interest!

  • 18.
    Robyn :) said…

    I happened to be in Pasadena on the evening of the 12th of July, too!!!! I live in Kansas, but was visiting and my BFF and I went to Old Town that night.

  • 19.
    Brandi said…

    I also am in love with the word art “summer is my favorite” – is that available? Thanks so much for sharing. Amazing as always~

    • ….
      liz said…

      Thanks so much Brandi! It will be available in my shop later this week. :)

  • 20.
    Michele H. said…

    love this idea liz!

  • 21.
    Karen P. said…

    I love the grid! I’m a “minimalist” as well and always felt like a fish out of water not using all the embellishments people love. (And their pages look lovely.) But when I try it… it just doesn’t work. I like your style. :-)

  • 22.

    I’m a mother of a 2-month old baby and I hardly have time to do anything else aside from taking care of her. Thanks for giving me an idea. Maybe I should have a list two. At least start by giving a little time for my hubby. :)

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