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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

Design Time Episode 01 | Decorating With Banners

I am so excited to present to you a new series (I know, a lot of new series this year, right?!) that I have been wanting to create for a really long time. My design background goes way back – when I was in 8th grade I was creating floorplans and reading Architectural Digest. For undergraduate I received my degree in Interior Design, and then for 8 years I worked in the Design industry prior to having kids. So design and color and pattern and texture have been part of my existence for almost my whole life. One of the reasons I took up scrapbooking was to have a creative outlet when I stayed at home with my kids, and now papercrafting is moving into the interior design world through party products, banners, gift wrap, and event planning.

It is seriously like the best of both worlds for this design-loving chick. So I decided that after making the banner I showed yesterday, I would show you a quick, fun video of me putting it up so you could see how it turned out. Have a peek.

I know there wasn’t really much to see because the banner kind of went up really easily and quickly, but this is my first foray into being in front of the camera so no pressure. Let me show you a few detail photos so you can see how awesome this word banner turned out!

Design Time 01 Banners

I picked up this metal gate at a local vintage shop in High Point, called Vintage Thrift. I absolutely love having it up on the mantel because it is something less predictable than a mirror (yawn) and it affords opportunity like this, to dress up.

Design Time 01 Banners

I just adore all the layers this banner creates – the gold letters, the chipboard pieces and the colors, the fringe and just everything about it makes you go Oooh!

Design Time 01 Banners

This bouquet was my wedding bouquet, and it remains on my mantle every day. This was a custom paper bouquet purchased from an Etsy shop called MarryMeRosie, but sadly she is no longer in business. This piece remains one of my most cherished items from our wedding! The little sailor dude is from my Dad’s collection. He was a Navy veteran and loved the sea and everything that went with it. So the sailor remains on my mantle as a reminder of him.

Design Time 01 Banners

These two vases or candleholders are just from my personal collection purchased years ago. I love decorating with random items that I already have, and you will soon learn that I refresh my collection regularly by rearranging throughout the house at various times. I believe in using what we already have, sometimes adding a few treasures here and there when something catches our breath. Yes, the clear vase is filled with turqouise wired ribbon, and the amber vase is filled with a scented filler. Nothing complicated here, nothing busy or difficult.

Design Time 01 Banners

And just one final peek. Will you leave me a comment and let me know what you think about this new series.jpg” alt=” alt=”Design Time 01 Banners”/>”/>

December Daily 2015 Preparations and Studio Walk-Thru

Hi there! Hooray, it’s finally December! I have lots to show you today, so stay tuned. First up is my video I took of my studio space and how I’ve prepped my work area for December Daily. Take a peek!

 

Was that fun? I wish you could come play with me in my space, I love it so much. Here are a few still photos of my space. I know parts of the video were kind of blurry as I was fighting with the lighting. My studio space is located in the first room of the house when you walk in the front door. It was designed to be a flex or office space, but I claimed it as my own.

 

DD 2015 Prep and Studio

This is my primary workspace. I have three workspaces, but this one gets the most use because it is under the window and gives me the best light. I work on a table from IKEA and it is adjusted to the widest it will go. I love that it gives me space to film, and additional space on both sides for laptop, video equipment, and scrapbooking products.

DD 2015 Prep and Studio

These are all my December scrapbooking goodies that I have pulled and organized from kits I bought, and product I (hoarded) didn’t get to use in previous years.

DD 2015 Prep and Studio
DD 2015 Prep and Studio

 Part of my strategy for accomplishing all that I have set out for December is actually arranging my workspace and my calendar for success. A few days ago I cleared off my desk and every other project I am working on is now officially on hold. One of my most important tools is my planner. Now, I know that planners are a really fun and exciting trend and I would love to show you how adorned and embellished mine is. Well, it just looks like this:

DD 2015 Prep and Studio

One thing I decided to do was to use Ali Edwards’ log book that came as a freebie with her Main Kit, in my planner. Is anyone else doing this? This way I can write down stories as I think of them and since I use removeable adhesive they can even be moved around if I decide to use a story on a different date (it really is ok to admit that some of our layouts happen on a different day than where they happen to land in our albums!) I love that I have space to write about the story, and then space below to remind myself what photos to use to go with. I have several written out already, they just aren’t placed in the planner yet.

 

Alright, so I also wanted to show quickly my introduction/intentions page. In the past I have not created an intention page – I admit in past years I just went into these albums and seasons to have a great time with my family and make a great album. But this year I’ve been participating and working through Ali Edwards’ December Storytelling class (link will be below) and she has made a point to include an intentions page in her albums. I love this idea. The first few pages of my album included a transparency sheet (that got moved and will be seen in my December Day 01 video tomorrow!) and then a few introductory pages, like this:

DD 2015 Prep and Studio
DD 2015 Prep and Studio

 The Introductory page is still the same, no changes were made there. It simply includes the calendar and the year. One of the things I noticed in my previous years is that I am notoriously bad about noting which year the album is from, both on the outside cover and on the inside, so I hope to change that this year!

DD 2015 Prep and Studio

And this is my Intentions page.

DD 2015 Prep and Studio

Not very complicated, just my text here:

DD 2015 Prep and Studio

 

And on this side I added a little stamping and some additional wood pieces about our story.

DD 2015 Prep and Studio

 

I hope you are ready for a really fun month and please subscribe to get all the yummy December goodness that is coming! I’m so excited and happy you visited today and hope you will go, do, and create! See you soon!

~Theresa

**December Daily is the creative brainchild of Ali Edwards and is a process of documenting December memories within an album, one story per day, throughout the month of December. More about this project can be found, along with links to her products which have been used in this post,

Some of the products used in this post were purchased through Ali Edwards and were designed by Peppermint Granberg Jones with One Little Bird. Her kit can be found

Some products shown in this post are, sadly, no longer available, and are as follows: Dear Lizzy Fine&Dandy vellum, Allison Kreft for Webster’s Pages shaped clip, and Gossamer Blue wood veneer pieces.

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