Hi there! Today I am sharing Part 2 of my Week 35 layouts in my Project Life album, these are the pages I created for our girls. Have a look at my process!
Up first is Emberlynn, who is 11 and going into sixth grade. This is her first year in middle school and I know she is going to rock it! (And she is!)
I love these simple stars scattered across the negative space on the photo. Now, granted, you have to be careful doing this so it doesn’t look like “sticker sneeze,” but I think it’s ok with stars. A few word strips at the bottom help ground the embellishments.
Underneath is one of the title cards, with more word strips and stars.
This is a photo I took of all four of them sometime that same week. Since they leave at different times of the morning now, it’s impossible to get a photo of all four on the first day of school. And who says you have to take one on precisely that day?
For Emberlynn’s initial and number I overlapped some of the card boundaries. I love crossing those lines and allowing embellishments to go across the page sometimes! (Most of the elements used in Emberlynn’s layout are from the Ali Edwards Cheer Story kit.)
Up next is Natalie, who is now 9 and in fourth grade. She is still in elementary this year!
For Natalie’s page I used elements and cards from the Ali Edwards Read kit. I adore the colors in this kit and they coordinate perfectly with her shirt in the photos.
Underneath I added this filler card, which is a patterned card that I brought into Letterglow and then added the digital word art on top. Then I added a little bit of journaling and the date.
We totally had a dance party in the car while we were in the car line at drop-off. I adore her enthusiasm and joy!
These two filler cards only needed journaling and star stamps! Love that simplicity!
And then her title card, with initial and age. I also added a few more word strips to carry the words down the side of the letter n.
Hi there! I have some back to school layouts to share with you today! Have a peek at my process video:
So if you follow me regularly then you have probably seen in the past that I like to create layouts that highlight each of our four children, and I tend to repeat the same style of layout and then embellish each individually. Creating the layouts times 4 is a time-saver, while also allowing me to create a love note of sorts for each one of them. Today I am sharing the boys’ layouts and tomorrow I will share the girls’ layouts. Here is Addison’s:
I created the layout itself in the Project Life App using the digital journal cards from Ali Edwards’ Story kits. Earlier this week I shared how I create my own cards as well, so if you missed that scroll down a bit to find that tutorial!
I began with this great enlarged photo of Addison standing outside his school at Open House. You know what is awesome about this photo? In years to come he will go back and know exactly how tall he stood next to the bricks!
The cards on this layout are all from the Drive Story kit, along with the stamps I used. So easy to bring those digital elements right into the Project Life App!
Addison’s birthday is in late August, always right around back to school, so I included this photo from his birthday celebration. A simple label adds a little something to bring your eye to this photo.
Now the yellow heart in the circle is a digital element and also a physical element in the kit, and I love them all. This one is simply layered onto a white canvas in Letterglow, and then I stamped This Story on top.
Creating layouts in the Project Life App doesn’t mean you can’t also get messy and use your paints, as you can see here. I added his initial and his age using chipboard alphas I have had in my stash. The 13 is Ali Edwards and the a is from Hobby Lobby.
Here is Nick’s layout:
I also used a photo of him by the same brick column here, along with simple banners and a rubber shape from the kits.
I love the colors in this journal card, and even though it is designed for a list based journaling, I just journaled like normal on it. Who says you have to follow the actual prompts?!
My silly boy put the papers over his face and it made me laugh, so I took the shot and included it here. Such big personalities in this house and I love that my camera captures them all!
I didn’t have to add much to these two cards, only a chipboard frame (from the Project Life Storytelling kit) and a stamped sentiment. Done!
And here is Nick’s title card, also with his initial and age. The n is from Hobby Lobby and the 12 is unknown from years ago. All have been painted with Tim Holtz distress paints and layered with Glossy Accents.
See you back here tomorrow for the girls’ layouts!
Hi guys! I’m going to make this short and sweet today: I have a really sweet little mini album to show you. Last month my husband had a birthday and I wanted to bring together some photos plus words to let him know how special and important he is to all of us. Here is a flip-thru video of this gem:
So I approached this little album quite simply: photos, a few journaling cards, and the tags that came in Ali Edwards’ Stuff story kit. I asked each of the children to write a little something on a journaling card for him, and I adhered everything together. If you click on any of the images, they will open in a Lightbox so you can view them larger, and you will be able to scroll through on either side of the images.
That is all for today! Have a great weekend and I will be back on Monday with a full week of inspiration for you!
Hi guys! Are you ready to hear it? I have been talking about our epic paint project and today is the day you get to hear the story of it. I ended up mixing the video up with a little bit story here, a little bit embellishing here, so have a look:
Since there are quite a few pages to show you, I am only going to show the completed layouts today. Page 1 here, with the layout you saw me complete in my process video last week:
Page 2, which is two of the story layouts that are loosely based on Ali Edwards’ 31 Things format:
And then Page 3, with just one side completed for now. I will finish that next week!
Ok, so let me give you a few close-ups, particularly of the embellishing I did on these pages.
When I printed out these pages I realized there were a few spaces in the formatting that made it easy to add tiny bits of embellishments.
I pulled just a few washi tapes and chipboard from Ali Edwards to use.
The Tough story kit provided some great sentiments and chipboard pieces that absolutely fit in with this story.
The word stickers are from February’s Heart story kit, also from Ali Edwards.
My husband sent me this photo via text on one of the days he was working at the house by himself. This butterfly, as if it was blessing us, appeared out of nowhere and landed right there. At first I was going to leave the photo alone, but in the end this tiny word sticker was perfect.
While I did not get photos of us looking like snow people, you can imagine what that might have looked like from this photo of my putty-encrusted hand! The irony in me wearing nail polish is just so hilarious, I can’t even.
Even when there is a shortage of photos, don’t hesitate to look around Google images to find royalty-free images that might help you tell your story. On this page the photo of the fireworks helps to locate this project in the yearly timeline – while all this was going on the fireworks went on and still we painted and painted.
If you look closely, you can totally see my reflection in this photo from above, trying to take the photo of the layout! Ah that reflective black on photo paper!
I love this photo so much of our kitchen just as we finished the painting and removed the mucky tape and plastic. It looks so sparkly and crisp and white, but the ball of plastic tells the real story here!
This is the final page. I know it has been a photo-packed post today!
The little round chipboard piece right here says it all. My poor fingers, after sanding the walls by hand, through the entire house.
I was having such a hard time with my lighting! You can see me in the reflection again, but life goes on. While this corner might seem pretty insignificant, to me it was a really big deal. When I lifted the tape after the painting, this wall was torn up something awful. Herbert patched it somewhat, but I still had to work on it as well. I was amazed it turned out like nothing ever happened!
Well, they say all good things must come to an end, and we were so incredibly happy to see this end. I am also happy to have this story documented and included in our family albums.
This truly is an important piece of our history and of our home. I am so thankful that scrapbooking allows us to photograph and write about these kinds of events. Life isn’t always graduations and weddings, sometimes life is about the decisions we make to bring about a real change in our lives. Writing about this has been cathartic for me. Of course we went on to move in and this house means so much to me. But it is nice to tell the story one more time and then close the book.
Tomorrow is supposed to be a Traveler’s Notebook day, but I decided to change things up a bit and show you a traditional layout! See you then!
Hi guys! Today I am showing you a layout from my 2014 Project Life and I am beginning to document the painting portion of the project that we were responsible for. This will be broken up into two sections, so here is today’s part:
Here is a look at the entire layout before embellishing and journaling. I created the entire right hand side in Photoshop because it is a part of the written story that I am trying to include.
Here is the layout completed:
So for the painting project, it turned out to be done in three phases: the first phase consisted of filling and sanding the trim work and painting the first coat of paint.So this side of the layout shows how the house looked at the end of that phase.
All of the products I chose are from Ali Edwards’ Story kits, primarily the Tough and Wild ones. I began with this marketing card.
The photos I chose for this layout came directly unedited from my phone. I admit that there were very few photos taken during this portion of the project – it was simply a matter of focus and survival, and I did not want my DSLR to become damaged in the process. So these photos were downloaded from my phone and then I printed them on 4×6 photo paper, shrunk to size. Then they are layered onto some patterned cards from Ali’s Story kits.
I have to admit it was fascinating to scrapbook this after the fact (two years afterwards) using the Story kits that are designed to affirm and empower. I found myself using sentiments that reflected the difficulty of the project, but also contained phrases and words that I would tell myself back then to help make it through.
I love these Story kits for that reason – both the ability to encapsulate the experience as it was, and to tell ourselves the things we needed to hear at the time. I loved the idea of using the Wild kit because I think the fact that we took this on was pretty Wild. This card makes the perfect background for the title card.
None of my dates in this portion of the album are precise, that much I will admit. Since there aren’t many photos, there isn’t any metadata to access to tell me what was going on day to day. That really is ok. Include the photos you have, tell the stories you remember.
I particularly love the Life in Progress stamp for this layout! Over the last few weeks you have seen our house built in place from the ground up. And now the progress continues due to our own blood, sweat, and tears! I want to remember this! I want to open this album the day we move out (with my nails clawing the driveway because I won’t go easily!) and remember what these days felt like (hot, exhausting, overwhelming), what it smelled like (sweat, paint, wood, caulk), and what it felt like when it was done (superheroes!)
The right hand side begins to tell the story. I have four pages total that look similar to this, and so next week I will read them all to you. Since there were so few photos, I decided my format would be to add one or two photos per page. When I wrote the stories all down, it sort of came to me in some sort of order, but there were smaller micro stories that needed to be included. The small print sections are the main story, the larger print sections are the micro stories.
Stay tuned next week for the reading of the story and the remaining layouts that help tell them. See you tomorrow for some Traveler’s Notebook goodness!
Hi guys! I am diverting from my usual Project Life layout today because I was inspired by the Believe Story kit this month that is part of Ali Edwards’ subscription program. I wanted to create a layout for each of our four children so I could tell them I believe in them. Here is a look at my process for one of these layouts:
So my process here actually began in Photoshop with three photos. I wrote out my journaling, which is a love letter to our daughter Emberlynn, and then I added several filler cards and the word art to the layout.
Both pages were printed out, trimmed, and adhered to patterned paper from Maggie Holmes’ Shine collection. I was drawn to the coral/pinkish color that was in the kit, so that is the highlighted color of the layout.
The photos I chose are from the day she graduated from fifth grade. This was an important accomplishment for her! Sometimes we wonder why we have to have graduation ceremonies for fifth graders, but let me tell you it is children like Emberlynn who need to feel this sense of accomplishment so she will know what that feels like! We are so proud of her and her hard work.
I always like adding their initial to their layout, and this filler card became a great home for the initial and a cluster of embellishments.
I chose to use this quote card and also this filler card with a stamped heart layered on top. So very uncomplicated, guys!
Across the bottom is another embellishment cluster, which is grounded by this washi tape that came from Paper Source. I also used one of the journaling strips not as journaling but simply as another embellishment to draw your eye to this place on the layout.
That is all for today! I will show you the other three layouts next Tuesday, and then we will get back to my normal Project Life series. These four layouts will probably conclude my album for the first half of 2016 so it is also time for a flip-thru video! So awesome. I’ll see you soon!
Hi guys and Happy Monday! We are back from our fun week away and I am ready to get back into the full swing of things here. Let’s start with our inspiration piece, today’s Art Journal layout:
So I picked up this darling elephant stamp at Paper Source and he was the inspiration for this entire piece. I have always had a love affair with elephants ever since I was 9 years old and my Dad let me ride one. So this little guy came home with me and found a home right here on these pages.
Interestingly enough, this layout is sort of an intersection of three different projects: Art journaling, Story kits, and One Little Word all together. Our prompt for the month of July in One Little Word is to remind ourselves of what it is that we need to hear this month. Even though I had not worked on the prompt when I created this layout, I think it assigns for me precisely what I need to hear: I need to believe in myself.
For this layout I took some of the elephant wrapping paper from Paper Source and several of the journaling cards from the Believe Story kit and created a collage. I then covered all that with gesso and stamped my images.
I used several of the sentiments from the Believe Stamp set around the page. I also specifically used the “I believe in:” stamp to create homes for my journaling. The things I wrote that I believe in are: myself, my dreams, my talent, my hard work, and my future.
On top of that I added my fibers – these vines are also from Paper Source and are intended to tie around gifts, but they are beautiful on this layout. They are adhered with fabric adhesive and then gesso has been applied on top.
This. This quote right here has more meaning to me than I can possibly express. I have been a subscriber to Ali Edwards’ Story kits less than a year, but I can tell you that every month there has been something in the kit that I precisely needed, right at that time. You see, I have been struggling to keep my faith in the last few weeks. Things have not been working out like I thought or hoped they would, particularly withmy blog here and my YouTube channel. And then this quote, in this card, in this kit, arrived in my mail box. I still tear up when I read it, because I’m not sure I believe it quite yet.
On top of all the collage work and the stamped images and the vines, I added Heidi Swapp stenciled flowers. Then I created magic with my watercolors, allowing them to flow over the modeling paste. This brought the flowers to life, and slowly, just maybe, my dreams are coming back to the surface as well.
That is all for today, but I promise to keep at it. I promise to keep believing, even if it doesn’t feel like things are working out. I promise to be back tomorrow with more creative work, so that you can keep believing too.
Hi guys, it’s Wednesday and that means Disney day here! I am so happy to be moving right along through this album and this project, and today I am wrapping up Day 1. Each day in the album ends with a map of the park we visited that day, so have a look at my process to see what I did:
Here is the layout to begin with, just a printed map and the backs of the journaling cards from the layout before:
This is the completed layout here:
The right hand side left a great column for a few journaling cards, and I chose to use Ali Edwards’ WILD story kit to fill those pockets. I wanted to use muted, neutral colors and knew that kit had some beautiful colors, and the orange in the Love You Best Of All card ties in perfectly with the orange in the titles on the map.
What I wanted to do with this map was to show graphically how we moved around the park. Because of Fast-passes and just selecting certain rides, it felt like we skipped across and back and forth a bit. So I chose to use brads and twine to show our path. At the entrance I heat embossed a circle from the Ali Edwards WILD Story Stamp, which you can see here.
The twine goes up and across several different cards and the corners were a tiny challenge, but I think you get the general idea. This tells a story all its own, with no photos or words necessary.
In the margins I used Studio Calico’s geotags to highlight which rides we rode and where we ate lunch. This becomes an easy reference tool for the future, right?!
This was a simple but fun layout to include, and a great way to include maps in your Disney albums. Years from now it will be interesting to go back and see what changed. See you guys back here tomorrow for TBT Project Life!
Hi guys, so as you know I am a Ali Edwards Story Kit subscriber and I love these kits every month. The physical products are beautiful and well-designed, and the class content is always amazing. So this month I decided to use my READ kit on a Project Life layout for Week 19. While my layout is not necessarily focused on reading (in fact, it never mentions reading!), there were a lot of elements that mentioned “the story”. Our lives are filled with stories and that felt like a great jumping off point for this layout. Have a look at my process video!
Ok, so I created the layout itself in the Project Life App, using Dropbox to bring my Ali Edwards digital elements into the layout, and also using Letterglow to add a few digital elements to the photos themselves.
Here is the completed layout, with journaling and embellishments from the READ Story Kit added:
I started on the left hand side of the page, which was mostly about two of our kids who were home sick this week. I also got a new hat and we took some fun pictures with that.
For the hat photo I simply added a speech bubble with stamped stars and a word strip.
Our knock-out roses also popped this week, but I only included the photo, no journaling for that. You will see that I used the speech bubbles throughout along with the word strips. Simple and easy!
Whenever the kids stay home, I like to take them out to lunch once they start feeling better. I used half of the journaling card below, because I really liked the “Your face tells me the whole story.” No embellishments added to this one.
I love the chipboard embellishments that come in the physical product kit, but I have found the widest chipboard banner is always a bit too wide for photos on the Project Life App. So I brought this white banner into Letterglow and placed in on the photo on a smaller scale. Then I added an actual chipboard banner on top, offset. I absolutely used pink across this layout, and in the end I am glad I did.
This journaling card looks almost like it could be divided in two, and if you wanted to it would be just lovely, but I decided to leave it as one and embellish the one side. Again just a speech bubble with word strips.
On the right hand side of the layout I began with my journaling and photo of our son being inducted into NJHS, National Honor Society. I am so proud of him – transitioning to middle school was excruciating and he was failing last year. This year we made a plan and he has worked really hard, and he has kept A/B honor roll all year. So very awesome!!!
For the photo I brought another word strip into Letterglow. I did not alter the color, but did dial down the opacity. This one is also a bit larger than the physical word strip, which is the fun part of using the digital elements!
And here is where the layout took an unexpected turn! If you watched the video then you probably got the whole idea of what happened – I went to use the silkscreen that came in the READ Story Kit, and it bonded with the photo paper! This is what that looked like when I pulled the screen up:
You can see the residue that sadly remained on the layout itself! At that point I had to just to take a lunch break and cry for a minute. And then I regrouped and figured I would just cover it up. Originally I had used the black numbers in the digital kit, but the physical ones I received were white. So I decided to use those with a pink patterned paper backing them. Here is where I was glad I had several other pink elements on the layout!
Also, our little birds that were nested behind our wreath on the front door hatched in their nest this week. We have been hearing them chirping and tapping on the door, and we have seen mama bird and papa bird watching from the tree in the front yard. Underneath I added the marketing card, trimmed down, on top of the plus sign journaling card and then I added the date. Of course, long after the video was finished I realized that is entirely the wrong date (!) so I may end up going back and changing that, but for now this is it. LOL
The last story is about my Mother’s Day gift – the kids got me some really sweet gifts this year, and one of them was this little white elephant. Before they gave it to me, they took it on an adventure and photographed the whole thing. Notice the “Stop for Elephants” sign they altered. I love it and I love them. And I love having homes for these little (big) stories!
That is all for today – I know this layout was packed with journaling and stories! This might be the most journaling I have ever put on a layout, and it makes me very happy. I hope you enjoyed seeing the READ Story Kit being used in this Project Life layout. See you back here tomorrow for a Disney layout!
Hi guys, I am so excited about today’s project! A fellow YouTuber approached me and asked if I would like to do a collaboration with her, and of course I said yes please! So Katina Martinez of lifeslittleblessings and I decided we would both create a Project Life layout using our Wild story kits from Ali Edwards. Have a look at my process here:
So my favorite way to use my Ali Edwards Story Kits is to use the digital elements in the Project Life App, and then embellish using the physical products on top of the printed layouts. Here is the layout as I created it in the App:
Here is the layout completed:
When I first learned that the Story Kit for April/May was WILD, I must admit I wasn’t wild about the idea. My first thought about the word wild is discomfort – I think about wild outdoors, wild animals, wild children, wild crowds, and on and on. And of course I watched the class content and wrote notes for myself about other meanings of the word wild that Ali talked about. I also looked at the photos I had in my cue for the next few weeks of Project Life, and realized that there are actually quite a few opportunities to document the WILD in my own life.
I still wasn’t sure about it though, until Katina told me she was going to just document her WILD family in the every day, with three kids (yep, I know all about that!). So I asked her if I could use her idea as well, and this is how this week’s layout came about for me.
The left hand side of the layout is about Alan taking the kids to the trampoline park. Yep, plenty of WILD there! They totally had a ball.
Something that stood out to me, even in the midst of the WILD, is the contrast of REST. My husband captured all the images on this side of the layout, including the one of our son laying on the bench looking like he is dying. He’s not, I promise, but he did need to take a rest for a while and they did all wear themselves out in that park!
I absolutely love the circle elements in this month’s Story Kit. I think we find ourselves gravitating towards circles in our art because it is a feeling of completeness. There is also a feeling of completeness in enjoying the WILD moments.
Another image that conveys WILD is the bird’s nest that has been created behind the wreath on our front door. This is sort of a WILD place for a bird to land, and we are aware of the comings and goings of mama bird and papa bird. They watch us as well, as we come and go, from the tree in the front yard.
We had one particularly WILD day this week where they paved our road. We were pretty much sequestered for the afternoon, although the construction workers were very nice about it and tried to help us as much as they could.
Katina and I made a point of using the marketing card in this kit – and it was easy to say yes to that! I love this card, and especially love its place next to the photo of my feet.
This sums up where the week ended up – with a Diet Coke and a bottle of Tylenol! This was definitely a fun layout to create and another really awesome Story Kit from Ali Edwards. Please be sure to check out my friend Katina at her blog here: lovinglifeslittleblessings.com
She can also be found on YouTube, if you wish to find her there and that is where she found me! Thanks Katina, for friending me and for this collaboration! This is definitely one of my favorite things about the scrapbooking community – the many amazing artists who connect every day with each other, inspire each other, and lift each other up!