Project Life 2015

TBT Project Life 2015 Weeks 17&19 Using Dear Lizzy Happy Place!

Hi there, I have a TBT layout today from last year’s Project Life to show you. I am working each week to try to finish up my 2015 album, and after this there are only four left to complete. Hooray! Here is the process video:

Here is the layout as I had created it last year. During the months that I was not actively scrapbooking, I was still taking time each month to print my photos and place them in the album. I also chose some products that I wanted to use at the time.

TBT Project Life 2015 Weeks 17 %26 19

And this is the completed layout:

TBT Project Life 2015 Weeks 17 %26 19

So you can see that I created the date card from the back of the overlay from the previous week, adding the Week 17 and a few of the confetti dots from the Dear Lizzy Happy Place stickers.

TBT Project Life 2015 Weeks 17 %26 19

The word strips are perfect for Project Life in this collection. I loved the transparent overlay I had created previously from the Simple Stories I Am collection, so I left it as it was.

TBT Project Life 2015 Weeks 17 %26 19

The kids had pulled out the Twister game and played the most silly, hilarious game that night. Yes, they are in their pajamas and were completely jacked up before bedtime, but they had an absolute blast.

TBT Project Life 2015 Weeks 17 %26 19

Very simple embellishing on these two cards, a word strip and an asterisk and done.

TBT Project Life 2015 Weeks 17 %26 19

I am seriously in love with this cherry embellishment, so I layered it onto the stripe card and added a stamped sentiment. I tried to use my Ombre stamp pad from Hero Arts, but the stamp wasn’t really big enough to see the Ombre. oh well. It’s still cute.

TBT Project Life 2015 Weeks 17 %26 19

Again, minimal embellishments on these cards. I am learning, after doing Project Life for 4 years, that maybe it’s ok to leave some cards plain (gasp, sputter, horror! lol) and not fuss with them too much. This is good for me – last year I felt a sense that I was doing too much and have been making a serious effort to simplify these layouts.

TBT Project Life 2015 Weeks 17 %26 19

For the opposite side, I decided to keep the title card simple.

TBT Project Life 2015 Weeks 17 %26 19

The date card is next to the title card, with a quick tag and glitter alphas.

TBT Project Life 2015 Weeks 17 %26 19

This journal card is from Elle’s Studio Cienna collection and I just added a little of the rub-on tape to add a little color and interest. So easy.

TBT Project Life 2015 Weeks 17 %26 19

This journal card might be one of my favorites ever. One of the hard things about going back to older layouts, especially when journaling has already been added in the Collect app, is knowing what is left to journal? Do I need to add more journaling? This was a really fun list to make, that sort of calls to what is coming – the fun and excitement of summer!

TBT Project Life 2015 Weeks 17 %26 19

This girl still loves her Barbie jeep, and both girls spent a lot of time going up and down that hill, all summer long. The journal card is also from Elle’s Studio, I believe, and the tag as well.

TBT Project Life 2015 Weeks 17 %26 19

These glasses slay me. They fit little Miss and her sassafrass self perfectly, so there you go.

TBT Project Life 2015 Weeks 17 %26 19

What a fun, fresh layout! I really loved working with Dear Lizzy’s products, as always, with their bright colors and fun motifs. I’ll see you soon with more creative fun!

~Theresa

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Project Life 2015 Walk Thru Video

Hi friends, today I am posting a video of last year’s Project Life album for you to see! I don’t have any pictures, just video of my album and how I approached memory keeping last year. I am taking Ali Edwards’ Storytelling with Project Life class and have been watching her videos walking through her own previous albums. If you have been creating Project Life albums in the past, I highly recommend going through them (post videos too, so we can all see)!  I hope you enjoy walking through mine.

I will see you back tomorrow – I have a Project Life layout ready for you to see and some other fun things as well this week. 

See you soon!

~Theresa

#TBT Project Life 2015 Weeks 12 Thru 13

Hi there! Today I have a process video to show you using physical Project Life pocket pages! I have promised myself (and you, my readers!) that I wanted to do a variety of different layouts this year, and I have a lot of catching up from last year’s Project Life to do. So I am hoping to continue creating pocket pages in my 2015 album. Here is my process video for Weeks 12 thru 13 for you to see!

I decided to pull out the first On Trend collection from My Mind’s Eye. Here is the complete layout.

Project Life 2015 Weeks 12 13

This collection is so bright and airy, and I was happy to bring it out to use some of it up before I purchase the newer line, On Trend 2! So for this layout, I created two title cards, one for each week.

Project Life 2015 Weeks 12 13

For Week we, I used some of the journal cards that were in the MME card pack.

Project Life 2015 Weeks 12 13

Sequin pockets, of course, and vellum elements are always part of Project Life.

Project Life 2015 Weeks 12 13

For Week 13, the title card is almost the same for simplicity.

Project Life 2015 Weeks 12 13

The transparency frames from the collection are perfect on this layout. I love these elements that help keep the layout not too heavy or cluttered.

Project Life 2015 Weeks 12 13
Project Life 2015 Weeks 12 13

I love this one photo of me – I bought some new makeup the week prior and loved taking that selfie of myself. I also love the positive affirmation that this layout meant to me – yes, it is ok to include those good words for ourselves in our Project Life.

Project Life 2015 Weeks 12 13

Thank you so much for checking out my blog and video today! I love this craft and love sharing it with you. Leave me a comment and tell me what you think about this layout, or Project Life! I love hearing from you!

See you soon!

~Theresa

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Project Life 2015 Week 40 Layout Using Gossamer Blue November Main and Life Pages Kits

Hi there and welcome back! I have a Project Life spread to show you today and I have chosen to work with my kits from Gossamer Blue this week! I receive the Main Kit and the Life Pages Kit, so all the products shown in my video today are from those kits. Enjoy the process video!

As always, here is the overall photo of this layout:

Project Life 2015 Week 40 Using Gossamer Blue Kits

This is the left hand side:

Project Life 2015 Week 40 Using Gossamer Blue Kits

And the right hand side:

Project Life 2015 Week 40 Using Gossamer Blue Kits

I know the images are shadow-y today as it has been raining seems like non-stop and there is literally no sunlight outside! This has been the story of our life for the last few weeks, but I am certainly happy we are having rain.

Project Life 2015 Week 40 Using Gossamer Blue Kits

Last week I had used journaling cards in the 4×6 pocket and transparencies in the smaller pockets, so I continued that on this week’s spread as well. The two journal cards are simply a date card and a title card, using the doilies in the kit.

Project Life 2015 Week 40 Using Gossamer Blue Kits

The cork numbers were in both the Main and the Life Pages kits, but there was no zero included, so I took the nine and chopped off its tail to create the zero here. The trimmed edge is concealed underneath the doily, and it looks like it is done on purpose!

Project Life 2015 Week 40 Using Gossamer Blue Kits

I also trimmed the wooden circle in two and used both halves in different places on the 3×4 card. That is always a fun way to stretch embellishments – it could totally have been used on another 3×4 card on the layout for a little repetition.

Project Life 2015 Week 40 Using Gossamer Blue Kits

You can see here how I dealt with the diagonal striped transparency from the previous side. I love that white on transparency stripe. These embellishments are attached to the outside of the page protectors using glue dots and they look like they are layered on top of the tags from last week. I think some crafters are afraid to use transparencies because of well, what do you do with the back? I don’t worry about it too much. Every element adds a unique layer and every layer adds visual interest!

Project Life 2015 Week 40 Using Gossamer Blue Kits

The Main Kit had the ephemera pack from Pebbles DIY Home collection, and they are some truly beautiful pieces! But I was a bit bummed that the frames were just a bit too big to use in the 3×4 pockets. Determined to use them anyway, I grabbed one of my plain transparencies and trimmed the frames to create chevrons and attached them to the transparencies. Love love love how that turned out.

Project Life 2015 Week 40 Using Gossamer Blue Kits

That is how this week’s layout came out! Here are the links to Gossamer Blue:

Gossamer Blue November 2015 Main Kit

Gossamer Blue November 2015 Life Pages Kit

See you again soon!

~Theresa

 

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Project Life Week 39 – Ali Edwards Spark Story Kit

Hi again and welcome back for another Project Life layout, this week is Week 39 in this year’s album. I’m very excited this week because I had the chance to work with Ali Edwards’ Spark story subscription kit and let me tell you how lovely it is! I also brought in some Crate Paper Craft Market, which blended beautifully together. Enjoy the video and then stay tuned for all the close-ups!

Here is the full spread this week:

Project Life Week 39 Ali Edwards Spark Story Kit

And here are both sides, closer in:

Project Life Week 39 Ali Edwards Spark Left Side
Project Life Week 39 Ali Edwards Spark Right Side

I cannot say enough positive things about working with the Spark Story Kit. If you don’t know what that is, then let me tell you a little about it, and the link will be at the bottom of this post. Ali Edwards has a subscription kit available and each month you receive products and a stamp set based on different options, and the purpose of these kits/stamps is to help you tell more of your stories as you are scrapbooking and Project Life-ing (there, new word).

Project Life Week 39 Ali Edwards Spark

I knew when I started this layout that I wanted to include more journaling but I did not know how or where that was going to happen. One of the things I have found using the Collect app and the Design F page protectors is that I was relying on the one or two sentences I wrote on the photo cards to be the journaling and that was it. Which is absolutely great and ok, don’t get me wrong! And I still love that method and will still probably create some weeks and some layouts just like that.

Project Life Week 39 Ali Edwards Spark Story Kit

But I also wanted to challenge myself to tell more of these stories every week. My scrap time is limited – these are the layouts I am creating right now – and if I am not telling these stories then what happens to those stories? 

Project Life Week 39 Spark Story Kit

As I worked my way around the layout, I realized I had more than just Collect photos I wanted to add. We spent a little time this week redecorating the house and putting up our fall things, and I had some quick photos I took on my phone that I decided to add. And there I realized I had my story: part of our fall decor included rearranging the plate rack that my mother had given me so many years ago, and that needed to be written about.

Project Life Week 39 Ali Edwards Spark Story Kit

I placed the smaller decorating photos across the bottom of the left side, where I had used that patterned paper the week before. I thought about using that Crate Paper floral paper across the entire lower section like I had done last week, but decided against it. One reason was because I love the B-side of that paper, and both sides of that paper go beautifully with the Spark kit!

Project Life Week 39 Ali Edwards Spark Story Kit
Project Life Week 39 Ali Edwards Spark Story Kit

Typically I like to use transparency in these 4×6 pockets but since I wanted this photo to be the feature of this layout, I decided to place it in this pocket and use transparencies in the other pockets of the layout. This worked out great and I actually really like the transparencies in the other pockets.

 

Project Life Week 39 Ali Edwards Spark Story Kit

That stripe transparency is actually a 8 1/2×11 acetate from We R Memory Keepers that I cut on the diagonal. Ali’s kit came packaged in a sweet little plastic package that had diagonal white stripes on the edges, and so that is why I decided to use the stripe acetate on this layout.  

Project Life Week 39 Ali Edwards Spark Story Kit

The kit came with some really cute chunky silver glitter, so I Fused that into a pocket, and I also used the glitter tape that came in the kit in several places. I love that narrow size and it added a great little accent around the page!

Project Life Week 39 Ali Edwards Spark Story Kit

When I was all done with the layout, I pulled up the digital files in Photoshop and added my journaling to create a hidden journal card like this:

Project Life Week 39 Spark Journaling Insert

The front of the card reads:

I was so happy this week to be able to redecorate the plate rack! Every few months I like to rearrange things and change out the pieces I have displayed on its beautiful, worn shelves. This plate rack has such special meaning, as it was given to me by my Mom. It was one of her favorite pieces and I so remember her telling me when she found it at a shop in Chapel Hill! Every season she always rearranged it and changed out the pieces she displayed. She had so much china and so many mugs and sets of dinnerware, it was pretty awesome!

Project Life Week 39 Spark Journal Card Insert

A really good story never quite fits on one side, so I continued on side 2:

It was always so much fun to see what she had decided to display every time I went to see her. She loved this plate rack, and loved the distressed paint, and she loved how fragile it is, but oh what a great backdrop for all her treasures. In the months before she died she gave away so many of her things because she wanted us all to enjoy her things and she wanted them to go to good homes. I was the only person who really wanted the plate rack, and she was very excited to give it to me. It’s ironic, really, because she gave it to me before my turquoise affair began, and before distressed pieces became as popular as they are today. But she was always ahead of the trends, and I know this piece will never really go out of style. Thanks, Mom, for giving me such a beautiful gift and for leading a tradition that I am so happy to carry forward.

Alright, here are links to these products:

Ali Edwards Spark Story Kit

(Please know that the link above will change with the next month’s story kit!

Crate Paper Craft Market

We R Memory Keepers Clearly Bold Transparency

See you again soon,

~Theresa