Bermuda Honeymoon Album | ft. Paislee Press Aloha!

Hello Lovelies! Today I am hopping back into our Bermuda Honeymoon album for a wonderful layout I created using the Paislee Press Aloha kit. Have a look at the process video here.

For this layout I am still working on photos from our day at the St. David’s Lighthouse, and the Aloha kit make documenting these photos so easy and quick. Here is a look at the full layout.

The Aloha kit has a variety of digital elements that were just incredibly fun to incorporate into my layout. There are journaling cards, digital elements, and traveler’s notebook papers. I was drawn to the greens in the kit so I printed out lots of elements that tied in that color.

Of course I also needed journaling space, and the Aloha kit provides excellent opportunities for that. One of the great stories about this adventure was how much I don’t really love heights, but I climbed all the stairs, popped my head out of the door at the top, and then climbed right back down. Mission accomplished. Ha!

The handwritten patterned paper and the wood grain were both patterned papers that I printed just to use as cards. I resized them a bit so more of the pattern would show on the card, and then layered a few elements on top. The glitter palm fronds are from Crate Paper, the triangle word art from Studio Calico.

This title card was fun to create, I’ve used a neutral patterned background paper and then word art to create visual interest on the card. Wander where the WIFI is weak is from the Aloha kit, Let’s Go from Crate Paper, and triangle Studio Calico again.

The cards in this layout create such movement across the layout and it makes me so happy to see! There were so many beautiful photos from that adventure. Don’t be afraid to include as many photos as you like in your albums. You will be so glad you did!

Thank you for joining me today! If you love the Aloha kit as much as I do, you can grab it at The Lilypad via this link here: Paislee Press Aloha Kit.

Project Life 2013 Week 09 | ft. Sahlin Studio Simplify

Hello Lovelies! Today I have a layout from my 2013 Project Life album to share with you. I created this layout using the Sahlin Studio Simplify digital collection, which is an easy favorite of mine! Have a look at my process video here.

Here is a look at the full layout.

This particular week was all about karate for the boys, who had testing, and the girls, who had a Father/Daughter dance at our church. I pulled the teal, red and black from the kit and repeated those in my embellishments.

I always begin with the date card, because I already know what will go on it. The 3×4 cards in this kit offer lots of opportunities for journaling, so I only added my dates and a word strip to this card.

I had some older heart shaped puffy stickers in my stash, from Seven Paper Company, and I loved using those up here. The transparency floral is from Freckled Fawn.

The girls are so adorable, and they were so excited to go dance with Alan! The word strips are from the Simplify kit.

The second page came together so easily, as they always do when using the Sahlin Studio kits!

Notice how I grouped the karate photos together, and then balanced out the non-karate photos by placing those on the edges of the layout. This is cohesive design that helps bring together seemingly unrelated things.

I still love including everyday moments in this album. Our cooking looks different now as we are in a different home with different stove and we eat different foods now. Love having this documented.

Sometimes when working with years old photos, it can be challenging to remember specifics about the week, so I love pulling out an element in the photo and journaling about how that element makes me feel. In the photo of Nick he is smiling so big and you can see his connection to his karate instructor. He is excited to kick his board and earn his next belt! So my journaling is about precisely how that photo makes me feel.

Thank you so much for joining me today! See you again soon!

~Theresa

Three Things You Can Do Right Now To Prep For December Daily!

Larkindecember 3 Things To Prep For December Daily

Hello Lovelies! My absolute favorite time of year and favorite project of the year is coming up soon and I am so excited! December Daily is an album concept designed and marketed by Ali Edwards. The concept involves taking one photo + one story per day in the month leading up to Christmas Day, and creating a magical memory keeping album with those memories. You can learn more about this amazing project on Ali’s website.

Larkindecember 2018 Welcome and Introduction!

Every year I cannot wait to begin this project, and my husband and I always place bets on when I begin. Some years I begin as early as April or May, and this year I have been a bit later and am just now getting started. It might be easy to panic, or worry if it’s “too late” (I promise, it’s never too late!), so I thought I would share with you THREE THINGS you can be doing today to get started on your December Daily!

Larkindecember 2018 Welcome and Introduction!

First: Gather Inspiration!

This is the fun part, isn’t it? Looking around to see who else is doing the project, all the fun ideas and layouts, collecting Pins on Pinterest, and checking out YouTube videos – now is a great time to gather your ideas. Don’t forget to go through your own albums right now as well! Make notes of your favorite photos, favorite journaling, favorite techniques, and favorite layouts you have created yourself. In fact, your own albums are the best source of inspiration because they are you, your personality, your work, your own self reflected in those layouts. If you are just starting December Daily this year for the first time, don’t worry at all. There is lots of inspiration out there. Let me give you a few of my personal favorites. I always love seeing where other artists get their inspiration from.

  • Ali Edwards, of course, is always the first resource as the creator of this project! Also be sure to check out the December Daily Facebook Group.
  • Barbara Picinic has long been an inspirational artist and designer to me. Her work is clean, classic, and always gorgeous.
  • Liz Tamanaha of Paislee Press always inspires me each and every year! Her albums are minimalist, and even though I am not minimalist myself, she still inspires me to keep my own work simple.
  • France Wisneiwski of Bananafishstudio is a graphic designer whose traveler’s notebooks first drew me in! Her style is also very clean and simple and understated.
  • Also be sure to follow my galleries at Studio Calico, The Lilypad, and of course my December Daily Board at Pinterest!
Larkindecember 2018 Welcome and Introduction!!

Second: Gather Your Supplies!

This is always the fun part as well! Now is of course the time to go through your existing stash of December goodies and figure out what you’d like to use this year from what you already have. If you feel up for it, you can also go through your regular scrapbook supplies as well, and pull any products from there that you think will tie in with your album. Shopping your own stash is the best place to start. Make notes of things in particular you feel you need, and things you don’t need. For example, if you already own 15 sets of Christmas stamps, but have no enamel dots, then you know you need to get enamel dots but not stamps. This can help you prioritize your purchases and not over-shop.

So here are a few of the beautiful things I am looking at, ordering, using, or considering this season:

Third: Write out your Design Concept

What is a Design Concept? I always love this part of planning my albums. Design Concept is just a few sentences outlining the size and scope of your project. It hails from my days as an Interior Designer, where we wrote the design concept for our client projects. The Design Concept then became the over-arching guide for the project. Here is my Design Concept for December Daily 2018:

December Daily 2018 will be in the Traveler’s Notebook format in the Cahier size. I plan to build my own notebooks using patterned papers, pocket pages, and mixed media papers. My colors will be reds, pinks, greens, and navies. My main goal this year is to include more journaling and have a more fluid design within the album, and most importantly, document those treasured holiday moments!

So now, I have clearly outlined what my album will look like, and this will be my over-arching guide for completing my project. What I love about creating the Design Concept is that now I can narrow down choices. If I see a product but it doesn’t fit with those colors, I know not to purchase it (unless I just HAVE to have it!). If it won’t fit into a traveler’s notebook, I probably don’t need to purchase it. I have also given myself a pretty strict parameter to use only flat objects so that the notebooks will be a manageable size, so that means I don’t need to purchase many dimensional or bulky items! The Design Concept isn’t really about rules, mind you. Scrapbooking doesn’t have to have rules. But it helps me to calm the chaos so I don’t over-buy and so I don’t feel overwhelmed by the project.

I am so excited to begin this annual journey with you once again this year! I prepared an Introduction video if you would like to see!

I hope you will stick around to see all the Fine Things coming this holiday season! Be sure to Subscribe to the Newsletter and to my Blog so you get instant updates. I plan to share two December Daily posts each week during the month of December! See you soon!

2013 Project Life Week 10 | Plus a Scraptember 50% off Sale!

I am so happy you are joining me today and hope you will check out the amazing sale I am running in the shop right now! Everything is 50% off to celebrate Scraptember! You will also notice a few changes happening and I hope you will stay tuned for the preparations I am making for all the Fine Things coming in the next few months!


Today I am sharing Week 10 from my 2013 Project Life album. This will be a two part layout as I did an insert, so be sure to check back next week to see the second part! You can see more of my layouts from this project two ways: in this series here and also in my online class In My Pocket Vol 02! The video follows here.

This is the layout I have created, using the Studio Calico Golden Hour Documenter Kit for August 2018.

2013 Project Life Week 10 | ft. Studio Calico ft. Golden Hour Documenter!

For this particular week I chose to include one single event: going to the zoo together! I had quite a few photos from the day, and also had an excellent opportunity to get photos of each of our kiddos, so this layout warranted an insert. I love photographing our every day outings in this way, taking a few photos of each child individually and some photos of them together.

2013 Project Life Week 10 | ft. Studio Calico ft. Golden Hour Documenter!

I chose to use the Golden Hour kit because the title of the kit seems to fit with my overall feelings about this album and this layout. This time in our lives feels a whole lot like a golden hour, and I am so delighted to be able to document it. 

2013 Project Life Week 10 | ft. Studio Calico ft. Golden Hour Documenter!

I have a strategy for adding my journal cards that I use in almost every layout. I begin with the date card and take color cues from that card. The 3×4 cards are alternated mostly white with more colorful, every other one. Any colors that are in the date card will be found repeated again in other areas of the layout.

2013 Project Life Week 10 | ft. Studio Calico ft. Golden Hour Documenter!

I have been simplifying my embellishing lately as well, adding just a few tiny things here and there. Maybe it is just where I am in my life – busy, sometimes overwhelmed, looking for simplicity – that the cards feel complete in their own right. Allowing this process to be quick and un-complicated gets it done and in the end, makes me even happier!

2013 Project Life Week 10 | ft. Studio Calico ft. Golden Hour Documenter!

For my insert I chose two mostly white cards and found I only wanted to add some stamping to them. I also added a few flag chipboard banners to the kids’ photos. So fun!

2013 Project Life Week 10 | ft. Studio Calico ft. Golden Hour Documenter!

These smiles give me all the feels, you guys. Thank you for joining me today! See you again soon!

~Theresa

2018 Project Life Week 20 | ft. Dearly Dee Little Moments

Hello Lovelies, today I am sharing this fun Project Life Layout from my 2018 album for Week 20! I am using the Little Moments digital collection by Dearly Dee for The Stamp Spot. You can see all of my published process videos for 2018 Project Life via this link here. Enjoy the process video here.

This collection can be purchased digitally from The Stamp Spot via this link here.

This is my completed layout. Our stories for this week included a travel week for Alan and mostly working in the yard a bit more, prepping for summer. I also shared a few photos from my brief but totally awesome visit to Heather’s Crafty Retreat in Raleigh, where I got to meet the most amazing ladies in our community!

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 20 | ft. Dearly Dee Little Moments

Check out the left hand side.

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 20 | ft. Dearly Dee Little Moments

For my date card, I wanted to use this amazing colorful card. I love color but it presents a challenge for making titles pop. Black and white are always a good choice for text, and these chipboard alphas from Felicity Jane pop wonderfully! I did add a tiny bit more color with the rubber floral embellishment, only I placed it over the purples on the card so it would pop as well.

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 20 | ft. Dearly Dee Little Moments

We had a beautiful lunch where we were able to sit outside, and I included a few photos from that. It gets hot and humid really quickly in NC, so it’s nice to have a few days to enjoy the weather. I also have been using patterned cards lately for journaling. This one had just enough pattern that it is visually interesting, but subtle enough that you can read the text. Love that!

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 20 | ft. Dearly Dee Little Moments

I cannot say enough about how awesome it was to visit with scrapbookers from our community in person at Heather’s retreat! I wanted to be sure and include names where I could, so I can remember. The ladies were so incredibly welcoming! It was definitely good for the soul. (photo courtesy of Kathy McElfresh)

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 20 | ft. Dearly Dee Little Moments

I knew when I printed my photos that I was going to want to add lots of journaling, so I printed two photos on 3×4. They look a bit like Polaroids, and I had a ton of fun embellishing them.

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 20 | ft. Dearly Dee Little Moments

Let’s look at the right side.

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 20 | ft. Dearly Dee Little Moments

I had the best visitor in my studio: Natalie was cleaning her room and had rounded up all her headbands. She laughed and skipped down to show me all of her headbands stacked on top of her head! I love the whimsy and I love that the Little Moments collection has a bit of whimsy as well! Life is way too short to be serious all the time!

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 20 | ft. Dearly Dee Little Moments

When writing your journaling, look for opportunities to do it differently! I used these wavy lines as journaling lines and love how it looks. Also, notice how I used one embellishment, the teal hearts, as a unifying element across the page. They are from Studio Calico.

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 20 | ft. Dearly Dee Little Moments

This was also a fun way to journal, diagonally across the bottom half of the card! Embellishing was very simple, just a chipboard piece and a bit of stamping across the bottom.

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 20 | ft. Dearly Dee Little Moments

Yes, more kissing on the front porch and I am absolutely including these photos at every opportunity. Alan had a trip that week, and I so very much appreciate that we miss each other every time! That never seems to fade and yet I want to always remember it. Another journaling opportunity on the circle card – again, just using a subtle background. I also added a chipboard circle, just for a bit of dimension on the card.

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 20 | ft. Dearly Dee Little Moments

Thank you for joining me today! See you again soon!

~Theresa