Project Life 2019

Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 01

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 01

 

Hello Lovelies! The amazing months of summer are here and for many of us that means travel plans! It is always so exciting to visit new places and experience new things, and the time spent with family and friends is priceless! It also means coming home with tons of photos, which means we can revisit those amazing memories any time we want. Honestly, that is my favorite part of traveling – coming home with a camera filled with beautiful photos that inspire me to document those wonderful memories. It can also be a bit overwhelming, deciding which photos to print, how to include the travels into our albums, how to capture all the magic we experienced! So I thought I would spend a bit of time sharing my process for including our travels into our Project Life albums for this summer through this mini series! I am so glad you are here and I hope you will find tons of inspiration and tips for your summer travels as well!


larkindesign in my pocket memory keeping class
Want to learn more about my entire process of memory keeping, using pocket pages with the Project Life system? Check out my self-paced memory keeping class called In My Pocket! Project Life is an method of memory keeping designed and marketed by Becky Higgins. I am not affiliated or sponsored by Becky Higgins, but I have found this way of memory keeping using pocket pages to be an inspiring and satisfying way to document our busy family life. I think you will love it! Click the image to learn more and to join me in the classroom!

For today, I wanted to share an Introduction to this series and invite you to view the chat video here. In this video I talk about some of my personal thoughts as I approach these layouts, photos, and stories, and I hope it will help you think about your travel documenting in helpful ways too!

Here are the video notes:

Documenting travel can be a bit challenging and can be where we get stuck, but it doesn’t have to be that way. One of the many reasons I love pocket page scrapbooking is that it allows me to include the best memories in a way that is not so overwhelming. I can set aside however many layouts I want to complete for a particular trip, have the page design already laid out, and some of the hard thinking has been already done. It is also a project that is very high on my priority list, and that means I want to stay on track with this project. Here are a few tips to help you stay on track as well.

Tip #01

Keep this part of your memory keeping manageable. It is easy to get overwhelmed with all the projects, photos, layouts, page styles, stories, everything. It is very easy to just skip it, or drop the project altogether because you just don’t know what to do or how to start. So how can we keep this manageable and overcome that fear? What feels manageable to you might be very different from what is manageable to me, but setting a limit within our Project Life albums and setting a limit for product we want to use and setting a limit for photos to print is a great place to start. It is probably a bit unrealistic to think you will be able to document every single memory from your trip in one single layout. And honestly, if you want to document every memory, you can do that but I recommend committing another project for that purpose. For the purpose of Project Life, however, it is ok to hit the highlights and call it done. So lay out in your mind what you can realistically accomplish within this album, how many layouts you want to devote to this trip, and stick with that.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 01

This particular layout from our 2018 album is all about a day trip we took right here in town, in Winston Salem, NC. We wanted to check out a vintage arcade called Reboot, and we walked around a bit downtown as well. Notice how the photos in this layout tell a bit about what we did, but they also show some of the relationships and personalities in our family. This layout is a great representation of this one week in our life without feeling overwhelming or being too hard.

Tip #02

I already mentioned the temptation of wanting to include every single detail, and I am here to tell you that if wanting to include every detail is stopping you from finishing your albums, let that go. We don’t have to include every single experience. We don’t have to print every photo. We don’t have to tell every story. Not in this album, not in this context. I absolutely LOVE Project Life because it lets me tell our family stories in bite-size chunks. I tell my students in the In My Pocket class to think about how to represent your experiences in your pocket pages. What are the photos that represent this experience for you? Print and include those. What are the photos that really summarize the experience for you? How can you represent the trip you took, in one or two or three layouts, using 7 or 15 or 20 photos? Once you have set your limits for documenting this trip, prioritize the photos and include the ones that really jump out at you. You can always do more layouts later, you can always create another album about the trip later, but just for now, for the purposes of continuing in your Project Life album, make the effort to represent.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 01

This layout is from our 2012 album and represents a trip we took to the Outer Banks of NC. To keep this manageable, but still tell the important stories I wanted to tell, I included photos of each of the children, which highlights their responses to being at the beach, a photo of our location, and an excellent representation of the skies, ocean, and weather we had while we were there. What is most important to me is to document our family interacting and experiencing life together, and these seven photos do that in a really powerful way. Never underestimate how beautiful just 7 or 8 photos really can be.

Tip #03

The most important thing I hope you will keep in mind as you document your own summer travels (or any travels, or any memories) is to do the thing that keeps you engaged with the project, do whatever helps you to keep going. Our goal in Project Life is completed albums, right? My personal goal at Larkindesign is to help you uncomplicate memory keeping so you can complete albums and feel accomplished in your craft. I do believe you will love looking back through your albums and seeing your travels included in Project Life, so I encourage you to create a layout (or three, or five, if you wish) about your trip. I see that question in our community an awful lot: “Should I make a layout for our trip if I’m going to make another mini album for the trip?” And my answer is always a resounding YES. You can always come back and do the full album later, but if you never get the chance to make that album, you know you have included it in Project Life.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | 2013 Happy New Year
Back in 2012, the last week of the year, we visited Disney World and on our way back our car broke down. We were three hours outside of Orlando, an hour from Jacksonville, on New Year’s Day, with nothing open. We had quite a journey that day to figure out how to get our family of six and a broken down car back home! Happy New Year to us, right?! I of course included this in my layout for the first week of that year because that was a significant travel event, and I am always happy to see that layout in that album. You can see that layout above, which shows how we celebrated New Years Eve at Hollywood Studio and then shows our poor car once we brought it home. The reason I included that is because we did something really difficult, we helped each other through it, and we even laughed a bit along the way. Include your travels in your Project Life! I hope this mini series will inspire you! We are going to have some fun, use some pretty products, and tell some special stories. Be sure to sign up below so you get the latest, you won’t want to miss this!


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The Podcast Episode | Simple Scrapper With Jennifer Wilson!

You guys!!!! I am so excited to share the time I was a guest on the Simple Scrapper Podcast with Jennifer Wilson! I have been on Jennifer’s design team for five months now over at Simple Scrapper and was so delighted when she asked me to be a guest on the podcast! We had such a great conversation about living a crafty life even when there are hard times and even in the face of trauma. I hope you enjoy our chatter and feel inspired through these words. Click on the image below to go to the podcast episode!

Simple Scrapper Podcast Epsiode 17 | Be Brave With Theresa Moxley

Thanks so much for listening and thank you for all your support over these last few years! It would not be possible without you!

~Theresa

***Sahlin Studio Design Team*** 2019 Project Life Weeks 14 and 15

Larkindesign ***Sahlin Studio*** Design Team | 2019 Project Life Weeks 12 and 13

Hello Lovelies! Today I am happy to share my process video for Project Life 2019 Weeks 14 and 15. This is a hybrid layout I created using digital products from the Sahlin Studio For Real kit. Check out my process below.

 

Yesterday I shared my process for designing and printing the layout using the Print To Pocket Action No. 01, which you can see here. Let’s look at the completed project!

Larkindesign ***Sahlin Studio*** Design Team | 2019 Project Life Weeks 12 and 13

The journal cards from the For Real kit made it really easy to coordinate for this fun layout. I love the red and blue colors in the kit, so I went looking for embellishments in those color ranges. My date card is relatively simple, with just the month, the date stamped, and a circle element from the kit.

Larkindesign ***Sahlin Studio*** Design Team | 2019 Project Life Weeks 12 and 13

The journal cards in all of the Sahlin Studio kits make it so easy to add as much or as little journaling as you wish. On the diagonal stripe card I simply added my words and underlined them in the white space. Another way I incorporated words onto this page is in the 4×6 card with the square photo. I’ve been adding these Instagram photos to a plain white canvas in Photoshop and they leave a great space for journaling and embellishments right next to the photo. Just words, lines, and a simple word strip make this pocket super simple to complete.

Larkindesign ***Sahlin Studio*** Design Team | 2019 Project Life Weeks 12 and 13

This weather card makes me laugh every time. I took a screen shot of the weather that day we had snow in April and added the words using alphabet stickers from Simple Stories. This was a fun way to incorporate the theme from the digital kit. I am still including photos of myself as well, and love seeing myself in these layouts each week. I encourage you to take moments to aim the camera at yourself and become more comfortable seeing yourself in photos! You will be so glad you did!

Larkindesign ***Sahlin Studio*** Design Team | 2019 Project Life Weeks 12 and 13

For the right side of the layout I had more words and stories. We actually had quite a few difficult weeks during this time – both our girls were in the hospital at the same time (different causes, everyone is ok now) and that took a lot of our time helping them get better. I was not anywhere in a position to photograph them while they were in the hospital and it was not appropriate to do that, but when I went back to these two weeks I had captured them both at the dinner table, playing with their Cutie Cars. That was the perfect photo to include. I will never take their health for granted and it makes these special moments between them even more meaningful.

 

Larkindesign ***Sahlin Studio*** Design Team | 2019 Project Life Weeks 12 and 13

I don’t often include current events in my layouts, but I wanted to include the first photo of the Black Hole that was captured that week. It’s something that is very exciting to all of us here at home, we have watched the different broadcasts and are so excited about this development in human history. It will be interesting to see where this leads in the future!

Larkindesign ***Sahlin Studio*** Design Team | 2019 Project Life Weeks 12 and 13

I mentioned we had snow, which is unusual in March in NC! The photo of the cat captures the snow in the window. Sometimes there aren’t words for what we are experiencing, and I want you to know it is ok to not mention hard stuff if you don’t want to. Focus on the good, focus on what comforts you during difficult weeks.

Larkindesign ***Sahlin Studio*** Design Team | 2019 Project Life Weeks 12 and 13

One last journal card to share which is a 4×6 card. I added my words and a simple word sticker and that is all. I love approaching these cards in a very simple way – just one embellishment is all it needs, if even that. It simplifies the process and makes the layout so much easier to complete.

Larkindesign ***Sahlin Studio*** Design Team | 2019 Project Life Weeks 12 and 13

Thanks so much for joining me today! See you again soon!

~Theresa

***Print To Pocket Action No 01*** 2019 Project Life Weeks 14 and 15

Larkindesign ***Print To Pocket Action No 01*** 2019 Project Life Weeks 14 and 15

Hello Lovelies! In this process video I am sharing my digital process for a hybrid Project Life layout. I am using the Print To Pocket Action No. 01 to help me design and print my layout for Weeks 14 and 15 in my 2019 Project Life album. Have a look below.

In this process video I have used the Sahlin Studio For Real digital collection, which can be purchased at The Lilypad.

Here is a look at my layout with journal cards in place, just prior to printing.

Larkindesign ***Print To Pocket Action No 01*** 2019 Project Life Weeks 14 and 15

If you’d like to learn more about the Print To Pocket Action, click on the image below to find valuable resources and to purchase.

Larkindesign Print To Pocket 01 Photoshop Actions

See again tomorrow for the completed project layout!

~Theresa

 

 

 

***Sahlin Studio*** Design Team | 2019 Project Life Weeks 12 and 13

 

Larkindesign ***Sahlin Studio*** Design Team | 2019 Project Life Weeks 12 and 13

Hello Lovelies! Today I am excited to share with you a Project Life layout I created using one of my favorite kits from Sahlin Studio: Spring Stories! This is a super flexible, versatile, and gorgeous kit and I love seeing it in my completed layouts. You can watch my process video here.

Let’s have a look at the details of the layout. My stories for these two weeks are pretty specific: we tackled two really big home projects, enlarging and prepping the flower beds and organizing the garage. The Spring Stories kit from Sahlin Studio was absolutely perfect for this layout!

Larkindesign ***Sahlin Studio*** Design Team | 2019 Project Life Weeks 12 and 13

I began my layout with the date card. For this layout I put the dates and weeks on the same card using the lovely floral card in the kit. This card sets the tone for the layout and includes most of the colors I am using in the layout. I added the week number using alphabet stamps from Elle’s Studio, the Heidi Swapp roller date stamp, and added flair from Clique Kits and the wood veneer branch from Ali Edwards.

Larkindesign ***Sahlin Studio*** Design Team | 2019 Project Life Weeks 12 and 13

There are quite a few flower photos on this layout, and I love documenting our plants every year in some way. This week our Camelia plant bloomed, which is a first, and I was so excited! Next to the Camelia photo I placed a black and white card for journaling, but I added a bit of color with the word strip.

Larkindesign ***Sahlin Studio*** Design Team | 2019 Project Life Weeks 12 and 13

I think Ali Edwards is someone who writes her journaling around circle elements, and I have done that below with the square photo of myself. I added the circle from the Me Story kit, and wrote a few words around it for a very simple, but pretty embellishment.

Larkindesign ***Sahlin Studio*** Design Team | 2019 Project Life Weeks 12 and 13

For the photo of the front door I added a word strip (again from the Spring Stories kit) on top of a vellum circle I have had in my stash. The wood veneer floral piece is from One Canoe Two, and it reminded me of the flowers in my photos and in the kit. So I layered it upon the floral patterned card.

Larkindesign ***Sahlin Studio*** Design Team | 2019 Project Life Weeks 12 and 13

The left hand side came together easily as well. I repeated the colors from the kit: pinks, blues, and greens.

Larkindesign ***Sahlin Studio*** Design Team | 2019 Project Life Weeks 12 and 13

Since I had included both weeks on the first date card, this card at the bottom remained for journaling. That is the only thing I added, allowing it to stand alone as a beautiful simple card.

Larkindesign ***Sahlin Studio*** Design Team | 2019 Project Life Weeks 12 and 13

I just love all these deep blue skies, don’t you? The photo of Alan pulling our loaded cart to the car is an iconic one. We go to Lowe’s every year for our yard and it’s always one of my favorite times of year! I added a banner from the Spring Stories kit and stamped “today” using a stamp set from Paige Evans.

Larkindesign ***Sahlin Studio*** Design Team | 2019 Project Life Weeks 12 and 13

The other blue sky photo I embellished by adding just a few fun chipboard pieces from my stash. I love that angle in the photo; I held the camera sort of underneath our tree and grabbed the corner of the roof behind it.

Larkindesign ***Sahlin Studio*** Design Team | 2019 Project Life Weeks 12 and 13

Thanks so much for joining me today! It’s so much fun to watch week by week as these albums come together, and I love sharing with you! See you again soon!

~Theresa