Project Life 2014

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 21 | Little Moments & Styleboard

Hi guys, today’s video is from my 2014 Project Life album, continuing to document our house being built! I decided to use some of my Little Moments Edition Core Kit from Project Life, and then pulled my Styleboard collection from Maggie Holmes to embellish with. Have a look at my process:

 

So here is the layout with just photos and cards chosen:

Poject Life 2014 Week 21

And the completed layout:

Project Life 2014 Week 21

So I am loving the new Little Moments Edition Core Kit. Oh these colors and the gold foil are my go-to colors and I love them more and more. I started with the date card here, backed using a filler card, and embellished on top with Styleboard from Maggie Holmes. That typewriter, you guys, how have I not used that already?!

Project Life 2014 Week 21

My photo for this day is here showing the scaffold that the workers use to place the siding. I again used my circle date element from Paislee Press, and the numbers are from Styleboard.

Project Life 2014 Week 21

My journaling rests here on one of the journaling cards. I wrote about how I chose the color grey with white trim and black roof for our home because it is one of my favorite colors. The two banner strips on the lower photo draw your eye to the sharp perspective of the corner of the house. I love that this is still what I see every day when I walk onto my front porch (completed, of course!)

Project Life 2014 Week 21

A fun to-do list – it is always fun to write out someone else’s to-do list, isn’t it? Ha! And a simple quote card embellished with a rose and the M typewriter font for Moxley. So fitting.

Project Life 2014 Week 21

I find the building process incredibly fascinating, and some of that stems from my lifelong love of interior design. I included another photo of the ladders and equipment the men used to raise the siding, and then used the diagonal lines of the siding to house my journaling. That is the only embellishment for this photo.

Project Life 2014 Week 21

The right hand side of this layout is about the visit on the 21st of May, in which the siding was all done, the doors were hung, and the dumpster had been moved.

Project Life 2014 Week 21

My date circle again on the house photo is the primary focal card on this layout. I love this view into the house through the garage – what you see on the inside is actually our laundry room and the hallway to the kitchen and dining room. Now of course it is all dry-walled and closed up to form the rooms we love, but I so very much love this view. Watching it come together.

Project Life 2014 Week 21

For the 3×4 cards I chose one with journaling, one with text, one with a pattern, and one with a saying. No fussy embellishing here, just a few simple chipboard pieces.

Project Life 2014 Week 21

This journaling makes me laugh every time. We loved working with our superintendent and he got this thing done. But the dumpster thing definitely makes me laugh now when I look back on it. Ah good times.

Project Life 2014 Week 21

Now this photo was already embellished because it was originally part of a layout I had done earlier. When I went back to confirm photo order and placement, it was out of order. No worries, I just placed it here on the date it belongs, and left the embellishments as is.

Project Life 2014 Week 21

This filler card here is actually from an older Heidi Swapp mini kit and I really don’t even know how or why it is there, but I like it so I left it there! Also a little more journaling about what a big deal it was to be able to see the house on the outside with the finishes and windows and doors.

Project Life 2014 Week 21

One last photo of the inspection stickers on the windows. I have worked with city inspectors on previous commercial design projects, so I know what these stickers mean. It also meant something to us that we saw them in place at each step along the way, reassuring us that this was up to code, meeting the standards, good stuff. These are comforts to me along this process.

Project Life 2014 Week 21

I hope this has been a fun layout to look at today! Tomorrow is drawing day for the give-away, so if you haven’t stepped over to my YouTube channel to comment yet, do it today! I will see you then to announce the winner!

~Theresa

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 20 | Charming Edition Core Kit and Dear Lizzy Serendipity!

Hi guys, today’s TBT layout takes us further along in my 2014 house construction project. I am so excited to show you the brand new Charming Edition Core Kit from Becky Higgins today and you are going to love it. Here is my process:

Here is the layout I began with, photos and journal cards chosen and in place.

Project Life 2014 Week 20

And the completed layout here.

Project Life 2014 Week 20

So I mentioned in my video that I have divided up this Core Kit and am offering the divided kits in my Etsy shop. Go have a look if you’re dying to get your hands on it – I promise you will love it so much: Larkindesign.

Project Life 2014 Week 20

I started this layout actually in the lower corner because I couldn’t wait to use those gold words from Dear Lizzy. Those are simply layered over the circle I cut from one of the journaling cards, on a vellum that is from another Dear Lizzy collection (Lucky Charm, I believe).

Project Life 2014 Week 20

Above that are some of the 3×4 journaling cards that are included in the Charming Core Kit. That chevron is to die for.

Project Life 2014 Week 20

My circle date is here, from Paislee Press. I am doing this consistently throughout this portion of the album so the date is easily found on the layout. I am really happy about how these look!

Project Life 2014 Week 20

This constellation map is an embellishment from the Serendipity ephemera pack that I have been (hoarding) holding onto for a while now. Next to that is one of the gold foiled cards from the Charming Kit. A note about the foiled cards: they were singles in the kit, so those have been divided up and each of the divided kits I have in my shop include different foiled cards. Which cards come in which kit is photographed, so you can choose which ones are your favorite!

Project Life 2014 Week 20

The other side of the layout is actually two stories – one about Muffins with Mom and then the construction progress for the day. I really loved using the donuts for this layout, since Muffins with Mom turned out to be Donuts with Mom. Ha.

Project Life 2014 Week 20

These are more of the 3×4 cards from the Charming Kit. The artwork in this kit is beautiful.

Project Life 2014 Week 20

Check out this polka dot. I would love full papers in this!

Project Life 2014 Week 20

Look at these cuties. I love this project so much, you guys.

Project Life 2014 Week 20

I hope you enjoyed this layout and are inspired with some ideas for your own projects! I will not be posting tomorrow as this was not only a holiday week, but I also have one child with a broken arm this week and so helping her has taken away from some production time for sure! But I will see you back here next week with a full production schedule and lots of fun projects. Have a great weekend!

~Theresa

 

 

 

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19 Contd. | Teresa Collins 9 & Co.

Hi guys, today I have a layout from my 2014 Project Life album to show you, and I am continuing to document the process of building our house. Have a look at my process this week:

So I started out with just photos and a few journaling cards, and the layout looked like this:

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19 contd.TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19 contd.

I ended up adding an insert, so this is how the spread turned out without the insert first:

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19 contd.TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19 contd.

And with insert, left hand side:

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19 contd.TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19 contd.

With insert, right hand side:

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19 contd.TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19 contd.

So for the left side, we visited the job site that day and were able to walk around inside the house. Our builder truly did follow a transparent building process, so until the interior finishes were installed, the house was open to visit. I cannot tell you how exciting it was to finally walk through and be able to envision each space!

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19 contd.TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19 contd.

There were a lot of photos from that day, so I chose a few that showed main rooms. I also liked the one at the top of the page, showing the insulation and our builder name.

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19 contd.TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19 contd.

The cards across the center of the layout are embellished very minimally, and I love them. This Teresa Collins collection is quite vibrant and happy, and doesn’t need much. I did add my journaling here on the orange card.

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19 contd.TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19 contd.

The room shown in the lower corner is my husband’s upstairs office. It is an open room with a bedroom on each side. I added another embellishment card here using the floral pattern in this collection. Oh so pretty!

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19 contd.TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19 contd.

The main photo with the circle date is on the insert itself, along with more journaling and also a photo of the living room.

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19 contd.TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19 contd.

The right hand side of this layout is about a casual lazy day we had on Sunday of that week. I am guessing we did not visit the job site that day so we could rest, visit church, and do laundry! So I had a few snaps of the kids and included them here.

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19 contd.TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19 contd.

The back side of the insert tells about a minor mistake we found when they placed the studs in the house! It was really no big deal, and our superintendent had taken care of it by the time we asked him about it. But definitely something I had photographed and wanted to include in our story.

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19 contd.TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19 contd.

And so that, my friends, is all for today! Be sure to check back tomorrow because I have a very special project to share with you tomorrow! See you then!

~Theresa

 

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19 Part 2!

Hi guys, my layout today is continuing in my 2014 Project Life where I am documenting our house being built. This project is moving along so well and I am so happy to share it with you! Have a look at my process video:

Last week I had started this layout, with an insert, and so I split it into two weeks. Here is this side of the layout with just photos and journaling cards.

Project Life 2014 Week 19 Part 2

And here is this side completed:

Project Life 2014 Week 19 Part 2

This is the entire layout completed here, minus the insert.

Project Life 2014 Week 19 Part 2

I am still working with my Allison Kreft products that I began on the other side. I am also continuing to use the circle dates from Paislee Press.

This week saw two main events: my husband’s father passed away so he was called to Florida for his memorial service. While he was gone I visited the jobsite and was pleasantly surprised to find a structure in place!

Project Life 2014 Week 19 Part 2

While Alan’s father’s death was a significant event, I did not write much about it just to keep it private and sacred to Alan. It was significant, however, because when I found the structure had been built, I was excited and of course texted him the great news + pictures. It was a definite bright spot in the week!

Project Life 2014 Week 19 Part 2

And then, two days later, when Alan got back home, the second floor was up! Just like that!

Project Life 2014 Week 19 Part 2

I journaled a little about this on the layout too, that we still couldn’t go inside because it looked like pick-up-sticks inside! I really used minimal embellishments on this page, and love the way it keeps focus on the photos.

Project Life 2014 Week 19 Part 2

Now that I look back on the layout, I might not leave both journaling cards side by side. The left one actually belongs with the insert itself, so visually it should be closer to that side. I will have to think on that.

Project Life 2014 Week 19 Part 2

So that is all for today’s layout. I have another Project Life layout to show you tomorrow, so I will see you then!

~Theresa

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19 Part 01

Hi guys, I am working today on my 2014 Project Life and continuing the process of documenting our house building adventures! I decided to split this layout into two weeks as it has an insert. Have a look at my process video:

So here is the full layout with just photos and journaling cards. At this stage I also had my dates noted on the sticky notes, and some of the notes had the photo number for reference, to help me stay organized.

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19a

This is the left side, which I am working on today, with the insert.

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19a

And then next week I will show you this side completed.

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19a

I don’t normally create title cards, per se, but I did here simply to highlight what a big deal this really is for us. I want to tell you that I don’t create these pages and share them here to brag about how great my life is, but rather to express my gratitude and my overwhelm for how my life has been transformed. I have a long background in Interior Design and am actually trained as a designer, worked in the industry before I had my children. I have dreamed since I was 13 years old, about building my own home.

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19a

It is no secret that my first marriage was a highly abusive one. I was never the victim you see in photos – I never wore my bruises on the outside, but rather on the inside. Not long after my daughter was born, the abuse escalated and became physical. When my daughter was about 18 months old, I filed for divorce. As I was a stay at home Mom, the settlement in the divorce meant I lost my home. All my life savings, everything I had worked hard for, was gone.

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19a

I struggled for a few years, working full time and going to school full time. I can’t lie, I lived in poverty with very few resources and it was a really hard time. And then I met the guy whose feet you see right there, and the landscape began to change a bit.

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19a

He had his own story of loss and pain and sadness, and together we worked on healing and starting a fresh life. This home was his gift to me, his sharing of his own life work and savings with me, and that is why I share this work here.

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19a

Not only did we make a new start for ourselves, but also for our four beautiful children. If we want them to know that life is filled with hope and that joy comes in the morning, we have to live that out for them.

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19a

You see, no one is immune from sadness and grief. No one will live a happy life every day or even every year. Even in the midst of the joy of a new home, I see our children clinging to each other, wondering what this change will mean for them. Holding onto each other, learning how to be there for each other while they wait to see how this will turn out.

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19a

We’re all kind of waiting to see how this will all turn out, aren’t we? Aren’t we all clinging tightly, holding on, together? Right now we are all just looking at a slab, filled with promise and hope. A concrete slab that is yet to be completed, yet to be subjected to inspections and much, much change.

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 19a

I have a secret. The secret is that it is all going to be ok. Even through the hammering and the rework and the building process, even through the growing pains and the adjustments, it is all going to be ok.