So first let’s take a look at my 2018 album and how I have set it up.

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So my main premise for this current year is to continue taking photos as I have been, and return to pocket pages with the intent of mixing up page protectors, and allowing myself the liberty to print and include any photos I want to without worrying about filling up certain obligatory pages. I hope the walk through was helpful to you to see how I have prepped this album with different sorts of page protectors. Now the fun can begin!

I do want to share with you my process for printing photos as part of this lesson, and then we will view the process video for the actual layout.

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Let’s dive right into the first process video. This is my layout for Week 01 in my current Project Life album.

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In this project I have used Larkindesign Photo Templates Vol. 01 along with the January Memory Pockets Monthly kit for January 2018, called Sparkle. Our stories for this week include going to the arcade, the January Supermoon, adventures with Nico the cat, and the annual tradition of putting away the Christmas things.

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 01

As I went through the process of printing my photos for this week, I had several that I wanted to journal directly onto the photo, particularly the 3×4 photos. So how do you decide which ones to add journaling and which ones to make 3×4? Well, every person has their own ideas, but here is how it worked for me for this layout. I knew I had several photos that would be primary photos on the layout – the large photo with the Christmas ornaments is a photo I have taken and enlarged before and really like doing that. It signifies the new year, a new start, and so that photo is the main star. I printed it in 6×8 size to begin with. The photos of Nick, the Supermoon, the kids are the table, and the arcade photos are all primary stories so they take priority here. They get 4×6 pockets, and I knew I wanted to tell more about the arcade fun, so I used that photo in a template that allows me to add journaling. I chose that photo because it is dark and has a lot of red, so adding more white to that photo (via the template) helps tone it down a bit. The other 4×6 photos are printed with a plain white border, so easy and quick.

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 01

Other photos, the 3×4 photos, are supporting photos. The first two tell a story of how happy I am that Nick now has his own cell phone. He and Natalie are at their Dad’s house 3-4 days out of the week, so it’s nice to be able to text him directly now!

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 01

The photo of our wedding rings fit beautiful into the circle template, don’t you think?

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 01

For my filler cards now I printed my favorites from the Sparkle kit. I always love angles, so this one was an easy choice for the date card. I’ve used Elle’s Studio date stamp and puffy stickers.

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 01

I printed a few of the elements from the Sparkle kit as well, here is the Noted hexagon layered simply over the photo. Nico has taken to sitting in that chair lately and he looks like he wants our dinner too. It’s hilarious!

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 01

A close up of the photo template. Notice how the space underneath the date stamp allows for a little embellishment.

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 01

The enlarged photo of course becomes the focal point, and I love how it represents the change in the beginning of the New Year. We always take down the ornaments and refresh the house. By that time I am always ready to put the tree away and clean up the pine needles and am ready to move forward. The wood veneer hello is simply adhered to the top of the pocket page using redline tape.

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 01

I am loving the flexibility of different pocket page styles! I love how easy it is to print the photo I want, and slide it right in. Here I have added the wood hello to the outside of the page protector using redline tape, while the label is adhered to the photo underneath. Less bulk that way.

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 01

I am so happy with the amount of journaling I have included on this page, both typed and written. This journaling card is one I created myself using a solid paper and the scallop element from the Sparkle kit. The lines are created with navy washi tape.

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 01

One last photo, my Nick just hanging out in the kitchen with us. I cherish these moments so very much. One day he will come hang out in the kitchen with us when he is all grown up, and I will have this to compare and remember. This is why I do this.

Let’s go to the next process video!