Project Life 2018

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

Project Life 2018 Week 14 Part B | Travel Layout From Savannah!

Hello lovelies, today I am sharing Part B from my layout for Week 14 in my 2018 Project Life album. I started this layout last week and split it into two parts since it has an insert. This is a hybrid Project Life layout, and I am continuing to use The Lilypad Wander collection from the June Memory Pockets Monthly kit. If you would like to see all the layouts I have published in this album, you may follow this link here. Have a look at my layout!

Project Life 2018 Week 14 Part B | Travel Layout From Savannah!

Here is a look at the first part of this layout, which included our Easter photos. You will find more information about this layout and the process video here.

2018 Hybrid Project Life Week 14A ft. The Lilypad MPM Wander June Kit

I absolutely love scrapbooking travel photos, and this trip had so many really good photo opportunities. Choosing the photos I wanted to include was a bit of a challenge, but I always ask myself what are the photos that convey the stories I want to tell about myself and my family? The answer for me has always come back to relationships, so I look for the photos that show the ways we share relationships with each other. Our trip to Savannah was short, but the highlights were definitely going to the beach and visiting the Children’s Museum.

Project Life 2018 Week 14 Part B | Travel Layout From Savannah!

I currently have all of my recent collections from Crate Paper on my desk as I am working on the Bermuda album, so I have pulled from those collections to add my embellishments for this layout.

Project Life 2018 Week 14 Part B | Travel Layout From Savannah!

This photo of our boys tells an awesome story for me. I know that, at ages 13 and 14, they are outgrown the children’s areas and activities that we did for so many years. But they enjoyed walking around this museum and played with some of the life-size games and had such a good time. This is a favorite photo because they are such awesome friends, these two, and I also love the perspective of seeing how tall they are getting now, and how grown up.

Project Life 2018 Week 14 Part B | Travel Layout From Savannah!

I left my photos mostly untouched, allowing them to tell the stories in their own right. I am just here to tell you that with the kids getting so big, Alan and I are definitely outnumbered and we may need some help over here with these teenagers!

Project Life 2018 Week 14 Part B | Travel Layout From Savannah!

Just a few thoughts about my color choices on this layout: The photos themselves had a lot of greens, blues, and reds (coral), so I have pulled those colors from the Wander collection. The pink/coral/red contrasts beautifully with the blues and happen to be my favorites. It was really easy to use this collection and I am loving how it works!

Project Life 2018 Week 14 Part B | Travel Layout From Savannah!

I have done a lot with circles on this layout, and then for my journal card I broke that tradition by writing my journaling around the edges of the card.

Project Life 2018 Week 14 Part B | Travel Layout From Savannah!

I filmed my process for this layout, which you can view here as well.

These are definitely two favorite layouts and I am so glad to have this trip documented in a really simple, quick and beautiful way! Thank you for joining me today!

~Theresa

2018 Hybrid Project Life Week 14A ft. The Lilypad MPM Wander June Kit

Hello lovelies, today I am working in my 2018 Project Life album for Week 14. This layout will be split into two videos because the week had a two page spread plus an insert, so this is the left hand side and insert for you today. I am using the Memory Pocket Monthly kit from The Lilypad for June, which is called Wander. To see the full 2018 Project Life album process, you can click here. You can also learn more about my approach to this album in my pocket page memory class called In My Pocket Volume 02.

2018 Hybrid Project Life Week 14A ft. The Lilypad MPM Wander June Kit

Our photos for this week were from two main events: Easter and a short trip to Savannah, GA. Those are the starting place for this layout, so I printed the Easter photos to fill pockets on the left hand side first. Of course there were so many photos from Savannah that an insert made perfect sense here.

2018 Hybrid Project Life Week 14A ft. The Lilypad MPM Wander June Kit

I also had another starting point, the transparent hearts that were part of the previous layout. They are from Studio Calico, and since they are see through, they determine the color palette for this layout as well! The June Wander kit has these colors, plus has a travel theme, so that made the kit an easy choice here. I love when decisions come together so easily like that.

2018 Hybrid Project Life Week 14A ft. The Lilypad MPM Wander June Kit

Easter for us is typically fairly laid back, and even though our kids are getting older I still like to do Easter baskets for them. It’s always fun to find little goodies for them, and of course who doesn’t love chocolate?! I know in future years we will enjoy having documentation of what was in those baskets, and they will remember.

2018 Hybrid Project Life Week 14A ft. The Lilypad MPM Wander June Kit

These photos easily become a time capsule of what they were wearing, what kinds of candy they liked, and what they were into right now. This is also a winding down for us, since there is no more Easter bunny so their baskets are more simple and becoming more grown up. This is definitely what I want to remember from right now, and I am loving Project Life for giving the space to document this.

2018 Hybrid Project Life Week 14A ft. The Lilypad MPM Wander June Kit

Our trip to Savannah was not a long one, but I definitely took lots of photos and am excited to include our journey into this album as well. For today I am just beginning with the insert, a 6×12 with simple photos and a few journal cards. You will recognize some of the photos already, because I have been creating 12×12 layouts from this trip as well. I love how including it right here puts the trip into the entire context of our life. Easter and Spring Break were in the same week for us, and so this is how this week happened for us.

2018 Hybrid Project Life Week 14A ft. The Lilypad MPM Wander June Kit

I also love how easy it is, when doing hybrid layouts, to print digital journal cards and then incorporate simple embellishments into the layout. I typically print my journal cards on 8.5×11 matte card stock (these are Kodak brand) and then I drop a few of the digital elements onto a 4×6 card and print and cut those by hand. For this layout I have used card stock alphabet from Simple Stories, a flair button from Crate Paper, label stickers and photo polymer stamp from Studio Calico, and a few chipboard pieces from my stash.

2018 Hybrid Project Life Week 14A ft. The Lilypad MPM Wander June Kit

I also have filmed my process video for this layout, which you can view here.

Thank you so much for joining me today! Be sure to join us in the Hybrid Scrappers Facebook Group for fun chatter, inspiration, and challenges.

~Theresa

Project Life 2018 | How To Get Back Into the Swing of Things!!!!

Hello Lovelies, this is a continuation of my 2018 Project Life album series, in which I am documenting my current year through photos, stories, and pocket pages. You can follow this journey through this link here, where all the posts, photos, and videos for this project can be found.

After a bit of a documenting break I am ready to jump back into my weekly documenting! Project Life has been such a successful system for me for quite a few years now, and it has been so much fun sharing these albums and layouts with you! So let’s get ready to dive back in.

Larkindesign Catching Up On Project Life

 

Figuring out how to get back into your album process can feel awkward and perhaps a bit overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. The first step in jumping back in is always to assess what you have accomplished already. This can actually be a fun part of your process, because it allows you to go back and look at your album wherever it is right now and remember those wonderful moments you have documented.

The key is to look at the album without judgement or guilt or pressure. In order to move forward we always have to assess what has already been accomplished. So take a few moments to go through your album and pat yourself on the back! If you only have one layout done, congratulate yourself! That is awesome. If you have three months done, well, you are ahead of me. That is awesome. Wherever you are, give yourself these few moments. You deserve to feel accomplished in your craft!

Once you have assessed what is complete, then we are ready to dive in. I went through my 2018 album and took a few notes as I went along. Mainly I did that because I had a few weeks that I had skipped and I wanted to be sure to include those in my project list. I prepared a short video of my 2018 Album Walk Through, which you can see here.

 

After this walk through and assessment, we are ready to proceed onto the next step. Stay tuned and I will share our next step with you next week, and you can also learn more by signing up for my mini e-mail course called Three Best Tips for Getting Layouts Done! See you again soon! Also, I invite you to join our brand new Hybrid Scrappers Facebook group, where we will also be chatting about getting back into our albums!

xoxo Theresa

 

Celebrating A Major Milestone – 400 YouTube Videos – AND Announcing the Give-Away!!!!!

Hello lovelies, Happy Tuesday to you! Did you have an awesome scrappy weekend? It was International Scrapbooking Day and I had the honor of hosting TWO lovely challenges so I wanted to share those challenges here with you! 

My first challenge is up on the Clique Kits Facebook group and is a pocket page challenge. I created this lovely layout as inspiration.

Larkindesign Clique Kits iNSD 2018 Pocket Page Challenge

I also created a process video and I invite you to view the video and then participate in the challenge!

My second challenge is over on the Scrap Gals Facebook group, and also is all about pocket pages! This is the layout I created for that challenge.

Larkindesign iNSD 2018 Scrap Gals Pocket Page Challenge

I also created a process video for inspiration! I hope you will view the video and then join the challenge!

And that video, you guys, marks my 400th YouTube video!!!!! I have been sharing my process videos here and on YouTube for more than three years now, and the 400 videos are such an important part of my love and commitment to you and to our community. They have helped me grow as an artist and scrapbooker, and formed the beginning of the Larkindesign brand and the jumping off point for everything you see here. THANK YOU for following along on my journey!!!! It has always only been my hope to inspire others, with my stories, with my art, and with this brand. Thank you for being a distinguished part of that.

I also have a little give-away that I announced a few days ago, and the time has come to announce the lovely winner! On the first of the month I released my May digital collection called Ordinary Moments and asked you to tell me ways someone shows you love right now. You answered with so many beautiful, loving answers, both here and on YouTube. I invite you to read all the lovely comments on my channel, and today I wish to share the winner!

Larkindesign Ordinary Moments Giveaway

I counted 15 lovely comments, so I jotted them down and threw them in a bowl.

Larkindesign Ordinary Moments Giveaway Winner

Whatjenrenpeterson you are the lovely winner! Congratulations! I will be contacting you through YouTube and will send you the discount code. Thank you to everyone who posted, I loved creating such a positive spot in the world of the internet with your lovely comments, and I am so thankful for people like you and me who do kind things every day! It makes the world such a happy place!

See you soon,

Theresa