Project Life 2017

Project Life 2017 Week 11 ft. Sahlin Studio You Are Here!!!!

Hi guys! This is a layout I created for my 2017 Project Life album week 11. The project is for the Sahlin Studio Creative Team and features the You Are Here collection available at The Lilypad!

Here is a look at the full layout!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 11 ft. Sahlin Studio You Are Here!!!!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 11 ft. Sahlin Studio You Are Here!!!!

Our stories this week included a random cat who climbed up on the kitchen cabinets just to glare at us, a fun new game that is now a regular Sunday event, another one with the flu, and of course the premier of Beauty and the Beast!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 11 ft. Sahlin Studio You Are Here!!!!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 11 ft. Sahlin Studio You Are Here!!!!

I am loving this project so much! This year it feels like I have relaxed my photography a bit and have given myself permission to snap the photos I want without worrying about whether they are perfect or not. And they aren’t perfect, by any means, but they are happy and it has helped me feel free to take more pictures!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 11 ft. Sahlin Studio You Are Here!!!!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 11 ft. Sahlin Studio You Are Here!!!!

I used my washi tape for lines again this week and love doing that.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 11 ft. Sahlin Studio You Are Here!!!!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 11 ft. Sahlin Studio You Are Here!!!!

I also really liked using the Let the Adventures Begin card! Life is an adventure every day, and also the kids are beginning new adventures in making new friends, inviting friends over, and that makes my heart so happy for them.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 11 ft. Sahlin Studio You Are Here!!!!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 11 ft. Sahlin Studio You Are Here!!!!

The right hand side:

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 11 ft. Sahlin Studio You Are Here!!!!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 11 ft. Sahlin Studio You Are Here!!!!

My week card was particularly fun to put together this week. I grabbed these alphas from Pink Paislee/Paige Evans to add a pop of color and tie in the blues and yellows. The hearts are from Elle’s Studio.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 11 ft. Sahlin Studio You Are Here!!!!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 11 ft. Sahlin Studio You Are Here!!!!

It was a really rough winter in terms of illness this year – every week we had someone sick, home from school, making up work. This week was Emberlynn’s turn. We all felt so bad for her!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 11 ft. Sahlin Studio You Are Here!!!!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 11 ft. Sahlin Studio You Are Here!!!!

Check out these adorable masks that Alan found, printed out, and cut out for us before the Beauty and the Beast premier! I really did feel like a princess that night, going to see a movie on the first night it opened!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 11 ft. Sahlin Studio You Are Here!!!!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 11 ft. Sahlin Studio You Are Here!!!!

Thanks so much for following along with me this week! How are your albums coming along? See you back here again soon.

~Theresa

You Are Here collection is available here: The Lilypad Shop

Clean Lined Templates are available here: The Lilypad Shop

 

 

 

Project Life 2017 Week 16 | ft. On A Whimsical Adventure Easter Morning Collection!

Hi guys, today I am so excited to share a layout with you that I have created using a brand new company to me – On A Whimsical Adventure! I am delighted to join their design team and this is my first layout for them, using the Easter Morning collection!

Here is a look at the full layout!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 16 | ft. On A Whimsical Adventure Easter Morning Collection!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 16 | ft. On A Whimsical Adventure Easter Morning Collection!

Our stories for this week included Easter morning, of course, lots and lots of planting around the house, a cute dog and an awesome growth spurt for Addison, and even a rainbow at the top of our hill! Definitely lots of good stuff going on and a layout filled with wonderful memories.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 16 | ft. On A Whimsical Adventure Easter Morning Collection!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 16 | ft. On A Whimsical Adventure Easter Morning Collection!

As always, I began my layout here with the date card, which is a hybrid card in the truest sense of the word. The week number is layered onto the journal card in Photoshop, and then the dates were stamped using the Kerri Bradford date stamps. Just a few physical embellishments add a tiny bit of dimension!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 16 | ft. On A Whimsical Adventure Easter Morning Collection!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 16 | ft. On A Whimsical Adventure Easter Morning Collection!

I used my own template this week for creating the layout and basically the template is a tic-tac-toe pattern alternating between 4×6 and 3×4 spaces. Very simple and definitely still lots of visual interest!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 16 | ft. On A Whimsical Adventure Easter Morning Collection!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 16 | ft. On A Whimsical Adventure Easter Morning Collection!

If you remember last year we had Addison do some growth testing and the results were not the greatest. It looks like he is having a growth spurt and for that we are so very much thankful and happy, and I am delighted to include that here on this layout.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 16 | ft. On A Whimsical Adventure Easter Morning Collection!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 16 | ft. On A Whimsical Adventure Easter Morning Collection!

As I was preparing to embellish the printed layout, I went through my stash and looked for any items I had that were mint or robin’s egg blue, purple, and yellow. Freckled Fawn has been sending some really cute purple embellishments lately, and I also was really excited to use these little green felt flowers. I love layering different textures on the page.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 16 | ft. On A Whimsical Adventure Easter Morning Collection!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 16 | ft. On A Whimsical Adventure Easter Morning Collection!

I did not add any text to the layout in Photoshop, so it became very important to add places to journal while I was embellishing. The tickets and this frame that were included in the digital elements of the Easter Morning collection were perfect!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 16 | ft. On A Whimsical Adventure Easter Morning Collection!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 16 | ft. On A Whimsical Adventure Easter Morning Collection!

My favorite photo of the week was this drawing by Emberlynn of herself and Natalie! They are so cute and I love all her little details!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 16 | ft. On A Whimsical Adventure Easter Morning Collection!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 16 | ft. On A Whimsical Adventure Easter Morning Collection!

The Easter Morning collection from On A Whimsical Adventure is available from Sweet Shoppe Designs and can be purchased by clicking here: Easter Morning Bundle.  Thanks so much for following along with me today!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Life 2017 Week 10

Hi guys, today I am sharing my hybrid process for Week 10 in my 2017 Project Life album! I have combined my digital and physical process, and if you wish to skip past the digital part you can click to the 12-minute mark to get to the physical embellishing. This week I am working with Sahlin Studio Clean Lined Pockets, the April MPM Renew kit from The Lilypad, and physical embellishments from Elle’s Studio and the Freckled Fawn April kit.

Our stories for this week included SPRING! Lots and lots of flowers beginning to pop after so much rain and the girls are already playing in the sprinklers, so that means bathing suit purchases. We added two trees to our front flower bed and it always makes me to happy to include photos from our humble front yard. Also, there are always happy cats just being, well, cats.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 10

My date card ended up a little different than planned on this week’s layout. My original thought was to use the top journal card as the date card, but then I wanted more room for journaling.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 10

I couldn’t resist the April releases at Elle’s Studio so I ordered a few of their acrylic shapes, wood veneer pieces, and a stamp set. Their embellishments really are fun!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 10

We had been talking about adding a taller tree to the corner of the house for quite a long time, and this week we did it. We had to expand the flower bed and the stone border a bit, and we also added more pine straw and freshened everything up a bit. I love the fact that we built these original flower beds ourselves as part of the Sweat Equity program, and we have filled them a little bit more each year with plants and flowers that bring us joy every day. It’s so awesome!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 10

To Alan’s credit, our yard would not be what it is without him. He does so much of the heavy lifting and the planting and he is actually the green thumb between us! I love capturing this part of our relationship.

 

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 10

The date card ended up being on the bottom right hand side this week, and I love using the large photo as the home base for the date. Notice I did not add the actual dates to this layout, only the week number!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 10

The photo of me and Natalie is a quick selfie we took on our way to Pastries with Parents at her school, and I am realizing now that I did not really caption that. I really am working on that this year – I am finding that including more photos creates more opportunities to journal more but I am overlooking some of those opportunities! And that is ok, no judgment there but something that I want to continue to be aware of and take a little more time each week to include captions for each photo in some way.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 10

Of course, not all photos need a caption and I don’t always remember the context of each photo as well, and that is ok too. I think what I am finding is that sometimes I do my journaling in Photoshop and purposely leave some of the journaling to be done by hand, and then I forget when I go back. Ah the joys of being all over the place in my head! Again, this is not a criticism but simply an assessment that is constantly part of my process – looking back over the layout and seeing what is working and what isn’t, and then making an effort next time.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 10

All in all this is a really fun layout and I loved pulling it together, and I am so happy to share my process with you here. I would love to hear your thoughts about journaling in hybrid layouts, how do you try to include both digital journaling and hand-written journaling on your layouts?

See you soon,

Theresa

Project Life 2017 Week 09

Hi guys! Today I am sharing my process for completing my hybrid layout for Week 09 in my 2017 Project Life album! Yesterday you saw my process for creating the digital layout using Paislee Press templates and kits, and today I will add embellishments plus journaling to the printed pages.

 

Digital products are by Paislee Press and are available at The Lilypad by clicking the following links:

Photocentric Template No. 03
Rainy Days Digital Kit

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 09

Our stories for this week included lots of rain, which was perfect for the Paislee Press Rainy Days collection! We also had Spirit Week at Natalie’s school, and some of the spring flowers began to pop all around us!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 09

I began with the date card using this Love card and then stamping the dates directly to the layout. The stamp set is by One Little Bird, available at Studio Calico and it is a staple in my collection these days!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 09

Many years ago I attended a small private college called Meredith College, where I got my design degree. Natalie wanted to wear something for Spirit Week and so I let her wear this sweatshirt that I have held onto forever. So much fun!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 09

The theme for the week was most definitely rain, rain and more rain. Sometimes you just gotta make the best of it, and there were several days we actually walked in the rain. Silly photos are a must in those cases!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 09

I loved this photo of the street leading into our neighborhood, with blue sky just beginning to peek out but the ground is still wet. I have been holding onto this cloud wood veneer forever, so it is perfect right there!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 09

You may have noticed a slight boo-boo when I printed this layout: the grey frame in the center of this layout still had the template text on it! No worries at all, it is now hidden underneath the label and the little stamped house. The stamps used on this side of the page are older sets from Gossamer Blue last fall.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 09

That is all for today, thank you for following along! See you again soon!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photoshop Tutorial No 10 | 2017 Project Life Week 09 Process

Hi guys!!!! Today is back to normal schedule after a really fun Spring Break – hooray!!!!! You guys, I have received sooo many wonderful responses from the survey I posted last week!!!!!! Thank you soooo much for your response and if you haven’t had a chance to fill out that survey there is still time so go do it!

Today I am sharing my process for creating the digital layout for Week 09 in my 2017 Project Life album. This will be the last separate tutorial I will do. Next week this part of the layout will be combined with the embellishing on Tuesdays.

See you back here tomorrow for the completion of this layout!

~Theresa

Project Life 2017 Week 08 | A Hybrid Scrapbook Layout

Hi guys! Today I am embellishing my digital layout I created yesterday for Week 08 in my 2017 Project Life album! I kept this very simple with only the printables from the MPM Renew kit and a couple of hearts and arrows. Seriously, that simple.

Here is the completed layout:

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 08 | A Hybrid Scrapbook Layout

Notice how my embellishments tie the whole layout together. In one quick instant the date stands out from the page and leads your eye across the layout.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 08 | A Hybrid Scrapbook Layout

To keep the embellishing very simple, I used the printables from the Renew MPM kit and just a few hearts and arrows.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 08 | A Hybrid Scrapbook Layout

The right hand side features this hilarious confession of a little girl’s indiscretion at school. Her father sent me this photo and I am so happy he did!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 08 | A Hybrid Scrapbook Layout

Alan had a business trip to Boston that week, just a short one. In the past I have documented heavily when he was gone, but this was a short trip so not many photos were taken. I love the little wooden arrows just for another texture on the layout.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 08 | A Hybrid Scrapbook Layout

The stamped sentiments were created using older Gossamer Blue stamp sets from last year added to printed labels from the Renew collection. One little trick: when you download a digital kit that includes labels, print them in duplicates on a 4×6 sheet, cut them out, and then keep them on your desk so you always have labels that you need!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 08 | A Hybrid Scrapbook Layout

Thank you for following along today! See you back here again soon!

~Theresa

 

Project Life 2017 Week 07 | Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!

Hi guys, today I am sharing how I embellish my Project Life pages once they have been created and printed! This layout was created in Photoshop using the Lynn Grieveson Lots of Pockets templates and A Love Story collection from Paislee Press.

Our stories for this week included Valentine’s Day, unseasonably warm wonderful weather, and wonderful days together as a family. Most of the photos I included were taken while we romped in the sunshine, enjoying the warmth while it lasted. Then there are a few supporting photos from Valentines, plus a weather capture from my phone.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 07 | Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!

I absolutely adore the collage feel this template gives the layout overall. There were so many awesome photos this week that it was hard to narrow it down. In the end this layout holds thirteen and I love every single one!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 07 | Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!

I began with the focal point, the place your eye travels to first, and it is a photo looking up the street from our garage. Typically I leave lots of sky showing in these photos, but this time I left the pavement so it could be the base for the week and date.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 07 | Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!

The word art I added in Photoshop made me really happy as well. They just add another easy layer!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 07 | Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!

The right hand side centers around a secondary focal point created by this photo of Alan and me.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 07 | Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!

The other photos on this side tell so many micro stories (a term coined by Ali Edwards to describe the smaller stories that make up the whole of a Project Life layout).

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 07 | Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!

Even though I had several typed journal spots in the layout, plus a few labels here and there, I still wanted to include hand-written journaling around the border of both pages. I love how it turned out and I especially love that I just captured some of my thoughts in process, some overall feelings about these photos and these days.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 07 | Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!

Thanks so much for being here and for following along on these layouts! See you soon!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

Project Life 2017 Week 06 | Embellishing the Layout Using Studio Calico Confidant Kit!!!!

Hi guys! Today I am finishing up the hybrid portion of my layout for Week 06 in my 2017 Project Life album! This is my first time working with the Studio Calico Documenter kits – this one is Confidant from February.

Yesterday I shared with you the digital portion of creating my layout in Photoshop, and today the layout has been printed here at home on my wide format Canon Pixma. The digital layout was created in Photoshop CC using Pocket Guide templates from Paislee Press and the March ROAR MPM kit, both from The Lilypad. Now I am ready to embellish and finish it up!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 06 | Embellishing the Layout Using Studio Calico Confidant Kit!!!!

Most of this week’s story revolved around me being sick with the flu – I was sick in total about 10 days. But you know how we moms do – we struggle to put ourselves to bed and so we continue going along, pushing through. There are photos from half of the week as I pushed through, and then I came to a complete stop to finally rest and recover.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 06 | Embellishing the Layout Using Studio Calico Confidant Kit!!!!

I began the layout with the date card and couldn’t wait to use this rubber February word! Notice too how I layered the puffy sticker over the two patterned paper rectangles to tie them together. They now read as one card together. How fun!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 06 | Embellishing the Layout Using Studio Calico Confidant Kit!!!!

I really liked using the hexagon stickers that were included in the Confidant kit. Those add a nice touch of color and simple embellishment!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 06 | Embellishing the Layout Using Studio Calico Confidant Kit!!!!

For the right hand side I included my list journaling of all our tasks that week. Yes, the numbering is actually designed to notate the dates of the month, but I left them just as they are for whimsy. I can also say that those days I was sick felt like a whole month!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 06 | Embellishing the Layout Using Studio Calico Confidant Kit!!!!

I am so thankful that life is so filled with all sorts of joy amidst the sickness and struggle. These Project Life layouts absolutely remind me of that weekly, the hard with the good, the happy with the bad. Finding Natalie’s stuffies all lined up on her headboard made us smile so much!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 06 | Embellishing the Layout Using Studio Calico Confidant Kit!!!!

So when you’re sick as a dog, what do you take photos of? Simple, just what is in front of you. Tomato soup, the kids laughing at the dinner table, Alan ever at my side. All reminders that I am taken care of, and all the things I am so very grateful for.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 06 | Embellishing the Layout Using Studio Calico Confidant Kit!!!!

Thank you so much for following along today! I hope this layout has been inspiring for you! See you soon!

~Theresa

Project Life 2017 Week 05 Layout | Embellishing the Digi Layout

Hey guys, it’s my layout for Week 05 in my 2017 Project Life album! Today I am sharing how I complete my digital layouts using physical products.

I am loving how these hybrid layouts are coming together this year! Have a look at the completed layout.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 05 Layout | Embellishing the Digi Layout Using AC Hazelwood

This was a particularly quiet week and I only had a few photos to share. No exciting events, just a few random photos from around here and there. I love that Project Life allows the space for the random photos and that here, in these layouts, they all come together to tell the story of this particular week.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 05 Layout | Embellishing the Digi Layout Using AC Hazelwood

My base layout was created using the Sahlin Studio Clean Lined Template and the March Memory Pockets Monthly kit called Roar. I love the colors in this kit and so I chose to repeat them through the physical embellishments as well!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 05 Layout | Embellishing the Digi Layout Using AC Hazelwood

I also used the digital elements in the Roar kit, printed out and cut using my Silhouette. This is a great way to make your digital kits go further – typically I select my favorite ones, bring them into a blank page on my Silhouette, and then print on both cardstock and vellum.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 05 Layout | Embellishing the Digi Layout Using AC Hazelwood

The right side of the layout features this lovely sunset photo and the title draws your eye right to that photo first. The journaling cards bring your eye around the page.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 05 Layout | Embellishing the Digi Layout Using AC Hazelwood

I am loving the opportunities that Photoshop provides me to include journaling on my photos. I had been trying to figure out how to include that in my work flow, and now it is so easy while I am bringing the photos into the layout just to add a few words. It definitely makes big impact!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 05 Layout | Embellishing the Digi Layout Using AC Hazelwood

These bright, fun journal cards are making me so happy here!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 05 Layout | Embellishing the Digi Layout Using AC Hazelwood

And that is Week 05! Thanks for following along! See you back here tomorrow.

~Theresa

 

 

 

05 Photoshop Tutorial | Creating the Digital Portion of Hybrid!

Hi guys, so today is the awesome day that I share with you my complete process from start to finish creating a hybrid Project Life page. In this video I am creating the digital layout in Photoshop CC using the Sahlin Studio Clean Lined Templates and the Roar MPM kit, both available at The Lilypad.

Keeping the blog short and sweet today! Pop on over tomorrow for the physical portion of this layout to see my process for completing the layout. See you then!

~Theresa

** The Memory Pockets Monthly (MPM) kit is a subscription based collaboration with many of the talented designers at The Lilypad. To learn more and to subscribe, check it out here.

The Sahlin Studio Clean Lined Templates No. 01 can be purchased here as well.