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New Project Introduction!!!!! 2013 Project Life Intro Layout!!!

Hello lovelies! I am so excited to begin a brand new project with you! I have decided to go back and completely redo my 2013 Project Life album. I have shared my reasons for redoing this album in my class, In My Pocket Volume 02, so be sure to join me there to hear all about it. I also plan to share layouts here and on my YouTube channel throughout the process as well!

Let’s have a look at the completed layout! I began the layout with a full 12×12 photo that I have printed in 4×6 sections, one at a time. This is an easy way to print large photos when you don’t want to use up your 13×19 size papers.

Larkindesign New Project Introduction!!!!! 2013 Project Life Intro Layout!!!

My story for this layout is all about spending New Year’s Eve at Hollywood Studios and having just an epic evening! I will share more of the story on the next layout, but this was just such an epic way to start the year and this photo is the perfect introduction to this album.

Larkindesign New Project Introduction!!!!! 2013 Project Life Intro Layout!!!

The photo stands alone so beautifully and doesn’t need much embellishing at all, but I always like to add the year and our family initial to my intro layouts. I took two shipping tags and layered elements on top of them. At the bottom of the page is my date, which I created using Thickers.

Larkindesign New Project Introduction!!!!! 2013 Project Life Intro Layout!!!

I have stitched the camera from Freckled Fawn to the tag at the top of the page, and then added a few glitter stars around it as well. This is so simple and quick but powerful!

Thank you for joining me today! If you want to learn more about this project, I encourage you to join me in the classroom over at In My Pocket Volume 02. I have discussed this project at great length and offer deeper insight into this project there! See you soon!

~Theresa

 

Awesome Ladies Project\Book of Me January Layout

Hello lovelies, today I wanted to share with you my thoughts and beginning process for my Book of Me! This project is part of Rukristin’s Awesome Ladies Project and I am thrilled to be participating.

So a few years ago I embarked upon One Little Word, and my word was Shine. I cannot lie and must admit that I dropped out of it, even though at the time I wasn’t able to really articulate why I stopped going on with it. I knew, however, that I needed a bit more – I needed to be able to delve a little bit deeper, process more, work more specifically towards healing. I have spoken in the past about my experiences as a survivor of abuse – both childhood sexual abuse and intimate partner violence – and I have shared a little of that journey in my Art Journal layouts. But several months ago I became aware of The Awesome Ladies Project, and have been specifically excited about the Book of Me project.

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So I joined the class, downloaded the workbook, and got to work. I was incredibly inspired by the simplicity of Kristin’s album, and so to keep my own uncomplicated, I followed her formula for the construction of the album. Binder rings, chipboard covers, and a variety of inspiring materials inside.

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I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for my first layout, but as I worked through the workbook this layout sort of came to me. We were invited to write or draw our responses to some questions Kristin asked of us, mostly about why we were there and what we were looking for in this project. As I thought about my own reasons, I created concentric circles in Photoshop as a text path, and then I wrote this:

 

hi, i’m theresa, feminist scrapbooker. i came here in search of myself, my inner capabilities, looking to unlock those hidden talents I know are there. i came to bring the stories of me out into the light, to be proud of the stories that make me, instead of being scared of them. i came because i know that the experiences of my life were not by accident, but rather for the purpose of my life. but ic ame here to embrace those stories, and speak those stories. because in the end, maybe i can’t change the world as a whole, maybe i can’t chance other people, but i can be a tiny point of light that, along with other tiny points of light, will shine bright as the sun.

 
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I included this photo of me that I have taken as part of my In My Pocket class, and it also serves as part of the assignment for the Book of Me class as well. I also used the date stamp set from Elle’s Studio to add the date as a mark of where I am right here at this moment in time.

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Very simple, but very poignant things already happening in this little book! It actually surprised me a bit, when I read the words aloud I realized somethings I had been working through for a really long time. I spent a whole lot of time, as I think is completely normal, wondering why things had happened to me, why had my life gone the way it had gone, and what was the purpose? Through writing this simple journaling I truly realized for the first time that my journey is so that I can be the light in a really dark world. And together, you and I can light this dark world in ways that are so very needed.

Awesome Ladies Project%5CBook of Me January Layout

Already I am so happy I joined this project and am excited to share bits and pieces as the year goes on. I invite you to visit Kristin’s blog to learn more about this project and would love to see you join as well!

See you soon,

Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awesome Ladies Project\Book of Me January Layout

Hello lovelies, today I wanted to share with you my thoughts and beginning process for my Book of Me! This project is part of Rukristin’s Awesome Ladies Project and I am thrilled to be participating.

So a few years ago I embarked upon One Little Word, and my word was Shine. I cannot lie and must admit that I dropped out of it, even though at the time I wasn’t able to really articulate why I stopped going on with it. I knew, however, that I needed a bit more – I needed to be able to delve a little bit deeper, process more, work more specifically towards healing. I have spoken in the past about my experiences as a survivor of abuse – both childhood sexual abuse and intimate partner violence – and I have shared a little of that journey in my Art Journal layouts. But several months ago I became aware of The Awesome Ladies Project, and have been specifically excited about the Book of Me project.

Awesome Ladies Project%5CBook of Me January Layout

So I joined the class, downloaded the workbook, and got to work. I was incredibly inspired by the simplicity of Kristin’s album, and so to keep my own uncomplicated, I followed her formula for the construction of the album. Binder rings, chipboard covers, and a variety of inspiring materials inside.

Awesome Ladies Project%5CBook of Me January Layout

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for my first layout, but as I worked through the workbook this layout sort of came to me. We were invited to write or draw our responses to some questions Kristin asked of us, mostly about why we were there and what we were looking for in this project. As I thought about my own reasons, I created concentric circles in Photoshop as a text path, and then I wrote this:

 

hi, i’m theresa, feminist scrapbooker. i came here in search of myself, my inner capabilities, looking to unlock those hidden talents I know are there. i came to bring the stories of me out into the light, to be proud of the stories that make me, instead of being scared of them. i came because i know that the experiences of my life were not by accident, but rather for the purpose of my life. but ic ame here to embrace those stories, and speak those stories. because in the end, maybe i can’t change the world as a whole, maybe i can’t chance other people, but i can be a tiny point of light that, along with other tiny points of light, will shine bright as the sun.

 
Awesome Ladies Project%5CBook of Me January Layout

I included this photo of me that I have taken as part of my In My Pocket class, and it also serves as part of the assignment for the Book of Me class as well. I also used the date stamp set from Elle’s Studio to add the date as a mark of where I am right here at this moment in time.

Awesome Ladies Project%5CBook of Me January Layout

Very simple, but very poignant things already happening in this little book! It actually surprised me a bit, when I read the words aloud I realized somethings I had been working through for a really long time. I spent a whole lot of time, as I think is completely normal, wondering why things had happened to me, why had my life gone the way it had gone, and what was the purpose? Through writing this simple journaling I truly realized for the first time that my journey is so that I can be the light in a really dark world. And together, you and I can light this dark world in ways that are so very needed.

Awesome Ladies Project%5CBook of Me January Layout

Already I am so happy I joined this project and am excited to share bits and pieces as the year goes on. I invite you to visit Kristin’s blog to learn more about this project and would love to see you join as well!

See you soon,

Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freebie Friday | Starburst Silhouette Cut File!!


Freebie Friday | Starburst Silhouette Cut File!!

Hello Lovelies! Today is Freebie Friday, and that means a brand new Cut File is available in the shop! The Starburst Cut File will be available to download FREE until Monday, January 8, 2018!

Want to see ideas how to use this gorgeous cut? Have a look at some of the ways the 2018 Creative Team has used it.

 Larkindesign Creative Team Neftali Zambrano | ft. Starburst Cut File!!

LARKINDESIGN CREATIVE TEAM NEFTALI ZAMBRANO | FT. STARBURST CUT FILE!!

 Larkindesign Creative Team Renae Jones  | ft. Starburst Cut File!!

LARKINDESIGN CREATIVE TEAM RENAE JONES  | FT. STARBURST CUT FILE!!

 Larkindesign Creative Team Sabrina Poole

LARKINDESIGN CREATIVE TEAM SABRINA POOLE

Larkindesign Freebie Friday | Beautiful Layout ft. Starburst Cut File!!!

I am also sharing a layout I created using the Starburst cut file. I had some photos of Emberlynn from 2016, when she got her very first pair of glasses! I cut the Starburst file from a solid grey card stock from Felicity Jane and backed it with white card stock from Bazzill. I am also using journal cards from the LD Out With The Old collection and embellishments from the Shimelle Glitter Girl collection!

Click below to watch the full process video!

Thank you for joining us today! Are you using the LD Cut Files? I would love to see, so be sure to tag me on Instagram, use #larkindesigntm!

~Theresa

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Project Life 2017 Week 21 | ft. Amy Tangerine Hustle & Heart!!!

Hi guys! Today I am sharing my process video for my 2017 Project Life layout Week 21. The digital layout was created in Photoshop using the Memory Pockets Monthly May kit called Fling, available at the link below. I then embellished the layout in this video, using Amy Tangerine’s brand new collection called Hustle & Heart!

Our stories this week included my happy blooms on the front porch, Addison’s awards ceremony as he graduates from middle school, and the girls having some fun with paint and fiber!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 21 | ft. Amy Tangerine Hustle %26 Heart!!!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 21 | ft. Amy Tangerine Hustle %26 Heart!!!

Always the best place to start – the date card. Mine is almost always at the top left hand corner, so let’s take a look!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 21 | ft. Amy Tangerine Hustle %26 Heart!!!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 21 | ft. Amy Tangerine Hustle %26 Heart!!!

I used one of the add-on papers from Allison Pennington as the base for this card, and then added the hexagons from the May Fling kit prior to printing. Then I added my week number using the Amy Tangerine alphabet and I also added a few stamps. Very uncomplicated.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 21 | ft. Amy Tangerine Hustle %26 Heart!!!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 21 | ft. Amy Tangerine Hustle %26 Heart!!!

I love this photo of our rich purple blooms on the porch, so I enlarged the photo for the layout here. The photo had this fantastic white space from the corner of the house, so I layered some embellishments there. Stamps first, then the die cut, and then gold glitter. That is a great formula for an embellishment cluster!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 21 | ft. Amy Tangerine Hustle %26 Heart!!!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 21 | ft. Amy Tangerine Hustle %26 Heart!!!

I am continuing to include typed journaling and hand-written journaling on my pages, and love the added words on my pages. This was an important week for us, I felt like, as some days the whole blended family thing leaves us feeling unsure, not good enough, or any other number of hard emotions! But then there are days like this, where our kids succeed and we as parents take ownership of their successes too! We helped them achieve the success in their lives and so I am incredibly proud of all of us. This is definitely a great way to document and celebrate that and I am so glad for Project Life!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 21 | ft. Amy Tangerine Hustle %26 Heart!!!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 21 | ft. Amy Tangerine Hustle %26 Heart!!!

I love using a wood grain as a back drop for another filler card. For this one I gathered the ephemera from Hustle & Heart to bring in all the colors – yellow, navy, and pink. All my favorites, ya’ll! 

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 21 | ft. Amy Tangerine Hustle %26 Heart!!!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 21 | ft. Amy Tangerine Hustle %26 Heart!!!

Here is a closer look at the right hand side!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 21 | ft. Amy Tangerine Hustle %26 Heart!!!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 21 | ft. Amy Tangerine Hustle %26 Heart!!!

Ok, so I know everyone always wants to know what is the must-have product, when American Crafts releases new collections? I will be the first to insist that you run, don’t walk, to grab the brand new enamel pin stickers!!! I could not wait to open them and used this Lucky one right away. 

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 21 | ft. Amy Tangerine Hustle %26 Heart!!!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 21 | ft. Amy Tangerine Hustle %26 Heart!!!

In other flower news, our hydrangea bloomed and we are surprised and excited about that too! We had a really late freeze last spring and the hydrangea and the gardenia were not very happy about it. But they have proven to be resilient! I don’t know how we have managed to keep our flowers so happy in our little yard, but they are doing great and I love including them in my layouts.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 21 | ft. Amy Tangerine Hustle %26 Heart!!!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 21 | ft. Amy Tangerine Hustle %26 Heart!!!

Did you notice my tiny blooper on my printed layout? When I created the layout, there was a text block on this floral card and I forgot to either remove it or add text, so just random text was printed there! No worries, I added this die cut over top with a puffy heart and no one ever knows. 

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 21 | ft. Amy Tangerine Hustle %26 Heart!!!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 21 | ft. Amy Tangerine Hustle %26 Heart!!!

One more simple calendar card, which I have highlighted using a regular old office staple, my trusty highlighter! 

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 21 | ft. Amy Tangerine Hustle %26 Heart!!!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 21 | ft. Amy Tangerine Hustle %26 Heart!!!

Digital products available via the following links:
The Lilypad Memory Pockets Monthly May Fling

The Lilypad Allison Pennington Revel Add-ons

Sahlin Studio Clean Lined Templates No. 02