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Project Life 2016 Week 24 | Gossamer Blue August 2016 Kits!

Hi guys! So this week I plan to mix it up a bit from the normal production schedule. I am releasing two videos this week, both from the same week in my Project Life album, but two different types of layouts. Have a look at today’s process video:

Here is the video as I created it in the Project Life app, using the P52 journal cards in the app:

Project Life Week 24

Here is the layout completed, using the products in the Gossamer Blue Main and Life Pages kits from August 2016:

Project Life Week 24

This week was about my flowers growing in our yard, and our kids! Two of our kids were preparing to go to Florida to spend some wonderful summer time with their grandparents. So on this layout the photo on the top right hand corner is about the last day those two were here. Our kids all organized an all-day game day! They wanted to get all their game time in before the two left.

Project Life Week 24

This photo of the notebook paper is how they made their plans so they could play all the games they wanted to play together, and they even voted. So very democratic of them!

Project Life Week 24

There were two filler cards on this layout, and this one I used for a bit of a summary about the week. Notice how cute the word strips are layered on top of the patterned paper strips!

Project Life Week 24

I included a few photos from the yard this week. You will see quite a few photos from my yard this summer in this album! I am enjoying watering them almost every night and watching them fill in so happily!

Project Life Week 24

This filler card was so much fun to create. I simply stacked a few of my favorite stickers from the Outfitters collection (Pink Paislee). The puffy camera is just awesome!

Project Life Week 24

The date card here also came together pretty happily! I had to use the cursive words from Simple Stories and I had to use those gold alphas from Pink Paislee. Oh my word I am in love with those alphas!

Project Life Week 24

One more look at this fun layout:

Project Life Week 24

The second layout from this week will be a two-page, multi-photo layout done as a traditional scrapbook layout. I will release that on Thursday! See you then!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

New Series!!!! Art Journal Page | Words & Me

Hi guys, I decided today would be a good day to show you my newest art journal project! I have done art journaling and mixed media for a long time but never really on a regular basis. I am realizing that while my layouts are mostly being created in the Project Life App, I am still wanting to get my hands dirty. I don’t really consider myself an artist, but I do love the process of watching media come together on a page to create a desired (or unexpected!) result. This is the purpose of art journaling: to create something with no particular purpose in mind other than to watch what happens as it is created. (This is not an official dictionary definition, by the way. This is the Theresa brand definition!) Actually art journaling can be anything you want it to be. The important thing is to enjoy what you are doing. So have a look at my first art journaling process video!

My husband always says this one thing when he is cooking, and I think it applies with art journaling:

If you put all the things you love into the pot, I’m pretty sure you will love the outcome!

Art Journal No 01

I chose several products that I really do love: the text stamp and the flower stamp have long been favorites of mine. Of course the Shine Bright stamp reflects my One Little Word, and the photo is one of my favorites of this year.

Art Journal No 01

I also created some tags, based on this layout. They can be found in my Etsy shop, which can be accessed by clicking on the Shop link up top.

Art Journal No 01

So do you think my husband is right? If you add all your favorite things, is the outcome a favorite thing?! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. I will see you tomorrow with a Project Life layout!

~Theresa

Wedding Tour Trade Show Event!

Hi guys, so over the weekend I participated in a local wedding show! This was a gathering of local artists, vendors, and creatives designed for the wedding market. It was awesome! This is my first trade show ever, and I have been preparing for a while. This also has helped me to further define my own business direction, and I am so excited about this! First, some photos from the show!

Trade Show

I set up my table using a few vintage pieces from my own collection. The white table is my primary work surface where I actually create my videos! The turquoise side table is one of my mother’s pieces from Lane which is actually now a true vintage piece from the early 90’s.

Trade show

These are my glittered animals, right now just the elephants are on my Etsy shop but I hope to get the rest added later this week. They sparkled in the sun! Notice I used Project Life cards to create my pricing signs and they look fantastic!

Trade Show

I brought some examples of scrapbooks I have made, and this is one that is ready for a client’s photos. I used Basic Grey to cover the pages of a chipboard album – perfect!

Trade Show

I created a banner for my shop name, Larkindesign, and then my husband and I built the backdrop to hang it on. I used canvas drop cloths to sew the fabric panels. I also hung a few of our photos on the backdrop as well. Our wedding invitations are featured because my hope is to be able to offer personalized announcements as well. You can also see our wedding album on display. More on that album will be forthcoming, but I will give you a hint that that album will be featured in a class I am working on right now!

Trade Show

And look, it’s me! This was just prior to going live. We had so much fun and it was really awesome to be able to talk with customers and also to meet the other vendors at the show. It was a ton of work, but I have to say it was worth every bit of it.

Trade Show

The really awesome thing that came out of this is a sense of direction where I want to take my brand. While I don’t plan to make the blog all about weddings, or wedding albums, taking that focus will help me access a portion of the market that can help sell products and generate income. And of course scrapbooking and memory keeping is not just for weddings, but for every day! That will always be priority to me as I continue to document my life and our family’s life. Thanks so much for being part of this journey and for supporting me along the way!

See you tomorrow!

~Theresa

Layout | AE Tough Story Kit

Hi there, today I am showing a layout I created using the Project Life App and Ali Edwards’ Tough Story Kit. This layout is another one about our trip to the beach, only this one allows space to document my son’s incident with a dog bite that happened several hours after we left the beach. Here is my process video:

This is the layout I created in the App, by bringing the Story Kit digital cards into Dropbox and then dropping them into place in the App:

AE Tough Story Kit

Here is the completed layout:

AE Tough Story Kit

I made a conscious decision in creating this layout: notice that while the overall layout is about a traumatic event, I have purposefully used bright and hopeful photos to document. I obviously did not take photos while we were at the ER that night. Some people do that, and that is ok, but I was just trying to get through.  So when I thought about what photos to use, and how I wanted to approach this layout, I decided that I really wanted to convey hope and strength. I thought about what I wanted my son to take from this experience – I wanted him to be assured that he is strong and tough and that he can make it through some awful days. I also wanted him to be reminded that even though moments are tough, the whole day was not tough. There were some beautiful moments in that day, and here is proof of that.

AE Tough Story Kit

I also love using this larger photo of him prior to the incident because it shows his sweet face and I have every hope that those scars will heal. I am so thankful that incident did not take his smile or his sweet cheeks. I think I am also holding onto this boy, who now has faced fear and stood it down, but who also now has a few marks from that.

AE Tough Story Kit

I really love this card but visually it might be a little bit overwhelming. I decided to just add a few of those plastic strips and some hearts. The adhesive shows through on those, but it really is ok. A little imperfection actually lends a rough feel to that card and is consistent with the purpose of this layout.

AE Tough Story Kit

I love the chipboard stickers that come with the Story Kits each month. These two layered on top of each perfectly.

AE Tough Story Kit

On the opposite side of the page I wanted to document the recovery in some way, so I wrote in a voice that is after a few days and I included a photo that was taken a few days later. It was important to me to document his recovery because I want us to be able, in a few months and years, to look back and say, “Wow, look how well your injuries healed. Look how awesome you look compared to right after.” 

AE Tough Story Kit

Just a little note about how I have used the Tough journaling cards on this layout: the physical Write This Moment card is actually 3×4 vertical. The Yes, This card is actually 4×6 horizontal. The Life in Progress card is 3×4 vertical. I have changed all of these from their original format and the reason I wanted to point that out is to encourage you, in the Project Life App, to try this with cards that you need to use in a different way. I admit it is harder to do this with Becky Higgins’ Editions because the App will tell you which cards belong in which areas, but when using the AE cards you have a little bit more flexibility with that.

AE Tough Story Kit

Those flair badges are so awesome – I chose three to use on this layout and used those to establish the visual triangle around the page. I also layered them on top of a 1″ silver rimmed office tag, which is such a classic Ali Edwards thing to do! Those plastic strips provide a great home base and a place to use the word strips.

AE Tough Story Kit

Now, I will admit that the digital elements will only go so far, and here you can see how I stretched the Strong word element further than it is designed to go. It is pixelated around the edges, as you can see, and this is part of the risk taking that comes with trying these elements in a different way. I used the Letterglow App to place these word elements on the photo, and some of them I lowered the opacity. I was trying to echo the perspective of the photo itself. Whether it works or not, I guess, is in the eye of the beholder, but my main point is to try and to not be afraid of how it will turn out. Nothing on this layout is perfect, but it tells a story about life that is very imperfect, so that in itself is consistent. Embrace that imperfection. 

I hope you enjoyed this beach series. We were only on the beach for a few hours, but so many stories came from that and I am thankful for the Project Life App, and thankful to Ali Edwards for the inspiring products and stories. I am also thankful to you, my dear readers and viewers, for following along with me on this journey. I hope you will be inspired to tell your stories too.

See you again tomorrow!

~Theresa