Documenting Travel in Project Life | Part 05 Gatlinburg Final Layout ft. Ali Edwards Travel Kit!!

Larkindesign Documenting Travel in Project Life | Part 04 Gatlinburg Final Layout ft. Ali Edwards Travel Kit!!

Hello Lovelies and welcome back to this Summer Mini Series all about Documenting Travel In Your Project Life! Today I am sharing one last layout from our Gatlinburg trip. This is a total of three layouts from this one trip and I must say I just love them all! Have a look at my process video here:

My favorite part about Project Life is the flexibility it provides to include as many (or as few!) photos as you want to. I knew I wanted to include lots of photos from this trip because they were all so fun and happy, and spreading the trip over three spreads gave plenty of room for them. I did not worry about whether the photos were chronological, or by day, or by event, I simply chose the photos I wanted to include and placed them wherever they seemed to belong. I encourage you to give yourself permission to print and include all the photos you love without getting bogged down in the quantity or the order of things.


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!

Let’s have a closer look at the details of this layout!

Larkindesign Documenting Travel in Project Life | Part 05 Gatlinburg Final Layout ft. Ali Edwards Travel Kit!!

For the left side of this layout I had the back of the ephemera layout, which established two pockets as somewhat opaque. I left those just as they were so this layout was still connected to the elements on the previous layout. I have always loved transparent and opaque elements so you can peek through to what is behind!

Larkindesign Documenting Travel in Project Life | Part 05 Gatlinburg Final Layout ft. Ali Edwards Travel Kit!!

The Ali Edwards Travel kit had a beautiful color palette with some of my favorite colors: pink and mint green! I began this layout with the pink 4×6 journal card and treated it rather lightly, just my handwriting, a few stamps, and the cork heart. The Let’s Go stamp is from the Drive Story Kit and my date stamp is an old one from Target.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel in Project Life | Part 05 Gatlinburg Final Layout ft. Ali Edwards Travel Kit!!

The kit also had these transparent hexagon shapes with word sentiments on one side. I adhered my photo on to one of the map 4×6 cards and then attached the hexagon on top. I also added a bit of journaling using a Sharpie marker right on top of the transparency. It seems to have worked perfect.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel in Project Life | Part 05 Gatlinburg Final Layout ft. Ali Edwards Travel Kit!!

The two pockets from the previous layout? They are right here together. The tickets I just left so the backs show, and I love that they have the date stamped on them. Also notice the map peeking through as well. For the back of the folded bad I added a chipboard heart. It is simply adhered on top of the page protector, easy and simple!

Larkindesign Documenting Travel in Project Life | Part 05 Gatlinburg Final Layout ft. Ali Edwards Travel Kit!!

We did an Escape Room in Gatlinburg and absolutely loved it! We chose The Legend of Atlantis as our theme and I took this photo of the mural painted around the door. I then layered one of the 2×3 cards on top and added my journaling. Notice the repetition of sideways words throughout the page?

Larkindesign Documenting Travel in Project Life | Part 05 Gatlinburg Final Layout ft. Ali Edwards Travel Kit!!

The right hand side of course repeats colors from the left side.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel in Project Life | Part 05 Gatlinburg Final Layout ft. Ali Edwards Travel Kit!!

I had taken a photo of the on/off-loading building at Anakeesta. The girls rode to the top of the mountain with Alan while the boys and I stayed safely on planet earth (ha!) but I love the strong angle of the roof. I cropped the photo so I had a bit of space for the Go stamp and geotag, plus a bit of journaling. Those metal icons are to die for you guys!

Larkindesign Documenting Travel in Project Life | Part 05 Gatlinburg Final Layout ft. Ali Edwards Travel Kit!!

I used the map journal cards again on this side with the 3×4 card layered with a mint circle from Pinkfresh and a mint circle from Ali Edwards. I also used the grey word strips from Ali on my two photos, but must admit they blend in a bit. I recommend layering those over top of another label for a bit of contrast.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel in Project Life | Part 05 Gatlinburg Final Layout ft. Ali Edwards Travel Kit!!

Alan took a selfie with the girls as they flew back down to earth. They all said they froze to bits up there, hence the hoodies and blue lips. Ha! I added a simple word sticker and another tiny cork heart.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel in Project Life | Part 05 Gatlinburg Final Layout ft. Ali Edwards Travel Kit!!

One more cork element is found on the stripe card. I also added just the top portion of the travel log that was included in the Travel Kit. That log is really awesome and I could see doing a ton of creative things with it! I also included another photo of all the kids, and one of the staircase that led to our cabin. We really loved staying there and I highly recommend it! We found it through Air BnB and will totally go there again when we have the chance.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel in Project Life | Part 05 Gatlinburg Final Layout ft. Ali Edwards Travel Kit!!

I hope you have been enjoying this Mini Series! I do have one more process video to share with you, and I will also film a walk through video so you can see all of these layouts altogether in the album itself. Thank you so much for joining me, see you again soon!

~Theresa

Including Ephemera In Project Life | Gatlinburg 2019 Part 04!!!

Larkindesign Including Ephemera In Project Life | Gatlinburg 2019 Part 04!!!

Hello Lovelies! I think you are going to really love today’s travel post! If you’d like to see all the amazing layouts in this summer mini series, check it out here: Summer Travel Series. I was inspired by all the ephemera, you know the bits and pieces you pick up along in your travels, and I thought I would create another layout from our Gatlinburg trip using those papers and pieces! Have a look at my process below!

The best part about adding ephemera to your pocket pages is that you can use what you want, and then toss the rest. So all of your tickets, maps, retail bags, and other things have a home. They also incorporate some of the feel of the place you visited and help you remember the places you were. Let’s look at the details of this fun layout!

Larkindesign Including Ephemera In Project Life | Gatlinburg 2019 Part 04!!!

I began this layout with the large map on the left side. Ok, I have been incorporating maps into my Project Life layouts for a long time, and everyone always loves them! This map is from the main strip in Gatlinburg and I chose it because it is more stylized than a regular old street map.

Larkindesign Including Ephemera In Project Life | Gatlinburg 2019 Part 04!!!

The map really is the star of this side of the layout, as it takes up 8″x12″ but that still allowed a bit more space for other things. I brought in a few elements from the Ali Edwards Travel Kit to embellish just the tiniest bit here. I have used the debossed strips from the kit and one of the 2×3 cards on the map itself.

Larkindesign Including Ephemera In Project Life | Gatlinburg 2019 Part 04!!!

I really love these 2×3 cards because they are the perfect layering piece and they have the perfect space for journaling! I added it over top of a part of the map that was the legend and love having just that little bit of space to write.

 

Larkindesign Including Ephemera In Project Life | Gatlinburg 2019 Part 04!!!

I also added a few photos from our day at Dollywood, and this one is from the entrance at the part. I used the street as a spot for my journaling, and then added one of the rubber banners from the Travel kit as well. So very simple! I also cut up just the part of the Savannah Bee retail bag that I wanted, and slid that into the pocket. It really didn’t need anything else!

Larkindesign Including Ephemera In Project Life | Gatlinburg 2019 Part 04!!!

The left hand side was now filled with color and lots of visual interest, so for the right hand side I opted a bit more neutral and light. There are a few transparent pockets, florals, and some graphic elements as well!

Larkindesign Including Ephemera In Project Life | Gatlinburg 2019 Part 04!!!

Up first were our tickets from our time we spent at Gatlins, which is an activity space on the main strip. When you purchase your tickets you then have choices about which activities you want to do, such as I alsoblacklight mini golf, bumper cars, the escape room, and other things! I had several of those so I layered them over top of one of the map cards from the Travel kit.

Larkindesign Including Ephemera In Project Life | Gatlinburg 2019 Part 04!!!

I also had the seed packet from Savannah Bee. I set the seeds aside and cut the seed packet down just a little so it would fit in the pocket. I also really loved the quote card from Anthony Bourdain. We definitely loved this area of Tennessee and definitely felt the culture and also a bit of the needs of this community. When the fires went through we decided that we needed to visit there once they had a chance to rebuild, so we could contribute to their economy and show support. The community still shows signs of struggle, and this quote really summarizes that well.

Larkindesign Including Ephemera In Project Life | Gatlinburg 2019 Part 04!!!

Another photo from Dollywood here, of one of the buildings at the front entrance. I added a simply chipboard banner, again from the Travel kit. I have always loved transparent elements in my pocket pages, so the Dollywood bag was just folded up to fit into the pocket, and I added the Anakeesta bracelet as well. That will show through on the next page as well!

Larkindesign Including Ephemera In Project Life | Gatlinburg 2019 Part 04!!!

The Dollywood tickets were a great save as well, so they are simply stapled inside the pocket with my Tiny Attacher. The GO card is one of my favorites from the Travel kit, because it is bold and graphic. All it needed was a simple date stamp.

Larkindesign Including Ephemera In Project Life | Gatlinburg 2019 Part 04!!!

At this point I was loving the layout so much, and still wanted to be sure to include a photo of the most important subjects, the people, US! Ha! So I added this photo from the tram at Dollywood with a banner from the Travel kit as well. Soooo many amazing elements to this layout! Thank you so much for joining me today! See you again soon!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Project Life | Gatlinburg Process Video | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 03

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life | Gatlinburg Process Video | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 03

For today’s layout I am sharing my full process video for a pocket page layout in my 2019 Project Life album! This layout is all about our trip to Gatlinburg, TN, over Spring Break, and I am using Pinkfresh Studio Out & About collection. This is the first of three layouts for this trip, so be sure to check back to see all of these awesome travel layouts! You can view my full process video here:

Let’s have a closer look at this fun layout! The story begins while on our Spring Break trip to Gatlinburg, TN. We rented an Air BnB cabin and spent a few days exploring and visiting the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area. It was a beautiful location and we had such a wonderful time! I decided, after looking at all of the fun photos I took on our journeys, that I would definitely want to include more than one layout in my album. I love having this kind of flexibility in my memory keeping!

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life | Gatlinburg Process Video | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 03

I began the page with a panoramic view of the Great Smokies while traveling up the mountain. I printed this at home and then added the title using the Pinkfresh puffy alphabets. I love how striking this title is: it immediately tells the reader where we are and what this layout is all about.

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life | Gatlinburg Process Video | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 03

As I spoke about in my previous post, the Pinkfresh Out & About collection provided some fantastic opportunities through product choices. The cut apart sheet was a jumping off point for me, and the GO card + the circle card appear right here on the left side. These two cards really set the tone and colors for this layout and everything sort of grew from here. Everything else on the layout repeats these same colors in some way.

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life | Gatlinburg Process Video | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 03

We made some new friends while here, including this adorable bear statue. I love how easily our kids agree to pose for photos – they have the option to say no but almost always do pose, and I try to make it as quick and painless as possible. A simple arrow from the ephemera pack makes for the simplest embellishment.

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life | Gatlinburg Process Video | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 03

The red tag shows up on this side as well, layered over top of the grey patterned paper. I attached it with my tiny attacher and then added a tiny geotag just for a bit of dimension. We visited the most epic candy store on the main strip! All of the kids (and the grown-ups!) had so much fun looking around in that store!

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life | Gatlinburg Process Video | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 03

For the right hand side I included a couple of favorite photos from different places: the main strip, Dollywood, and the view from our cabin. I wasn’t worried about putting things in chronological order, I just added photos that I love. This makes it so much less stressful to print, simply add the photos you love and don’t worry about whether they match or whether they are all from the same event.

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life | Gatlinburg Process Video | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 03

The view from our cabin was absolutely stunning. I added a puffy sticker from Pinkfresh and a stamped image from an older travel stamp set from Studio Calico.

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life | Gatlinburg Process Video | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 03

I used another tag from the Out & About collection, this mint green one layered on top of the yellow geometric patterned paper. I stamped a few sentiments and allow the stamps to express the words on this journal card, and then added a quick puffy sticker as well.

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life | Gatlinburg Process Video | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 03

Notice the mint green geometric patterned paper which I used as a base for a journal card. I keep plain white card stock on my desk so I can easily add bits to make space for journaling. With a little layered banner that card is done. The black and white patterned paper was also a favorite, and you can see how I layered circle elements on top for a fun filler card.

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life | Gatlinburg Process Video | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 03

So many awesome memories on this trip, and I am well on my way to having it documented! Stay tuned for the continuation later on this week! See you then!

~Theresa

Using Traditional Product In Pocket Pages | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 02

Larkindesign Using Traditional Product In Pocket Pages | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 02

Hello Lovelies! Today I thought I would share a few thoughts about using traditional scrapbook products in our Project Life layouts! I freely admit I LOVE any and all scrapbook products and when Pinkfresh Studio released their Out & About collection this year, I had to have it all. Using these products in pocket pages can be so much fun, and I wanted to share a few tips with you to help make it easier to incorporate them into your pocket pages! Check out my video here.

Here are a few of my thoughts from the video.

There are a couple of favorite techniques I like to use to help me select product for pocket pages and a few things I like to keep in mind. These are those things:

  1. Does it accommodate journaling in some way?
  2. Does it include a variety of colors that I can repeat across my page?
  3. Are the patterns easy to work with?

The Pinkfresh Studio Out & About collection answers all three of these questions and is the perfect collection to illustrate these points! First, select a product as the jumping off point. For this collection and for my travel layout, these tags inspired me and become an easy element to repeat across the page.

Larkindesign Using Traditional Product In Pocket Pages | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 02

Of course, tags are so versatile and can be used in 3×4 pockets, 4×6 pockets, layered over photos and other patterned papers. They can be cut apart, they can accommodate journaling, so many possibilities! These also incorporate all the colors of the collection, naturally, so these are an easy starting place. I recommend, when layering your tags, to layer them over contrasting colors/patterns to allow them to pop. Here is one example of how I used these tags in my layout.

Larkindesign Using Traditional Product In Pocket Pages | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 02

I have layered the red tag over the grey patterned paper in my layout. The grey patterned paper is a great neutral that allows the red to stand out against it.  Speaking of neutrals, this collection has a great selection of neutrals to choose from. The grey pattern is a great option, and in the video I talked about this pattern as a great neutral too.Larkindesign Using Traditional Product In Pocket Pages | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 02

Now, I know color experts probably roll their eyes when I refer to mint as a “neutral” but what I mean is that this pattern will not compete with photos and it also, as geometrics do, serves as a bit of visual interest without being “loud.” I love this pattern, check out what I did with it in my layout. I used it as a base for a journal card and layered plain white cardstock plus a dimensional sticker in a contrasting color.

Larkindesign Using Traditional Product In Pocket Pages | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 02

Sometimes traditional scrapbook collections will include a cut apart sheet, and those are invaluable in pocket pages! The cut apart sheet for this collection featured a great mixture of journal cards and labels so lots of options here!

Larkindesign Using Traditional Product In Pocket Pages | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 02

I always cut apart most of these sheets although I might leave some of it whole in case I want to use the B side for a pocket as well. I chose two journal cards from this sheet, the yellow and mint green GO card, and the coral and pink circle card. These two cards established my colors for the layout.

Word art is always a favorite element to incorporate into pocket page layouts, and this patterned paper does not disappoint.

Larkindesign Using Traditional Product In Pocket Pages | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 02

I did not end up using this patterned paper in my layout, but papers like this provide tons of options. Cut out any of the elements in this pattern and layer it over a contrasting color for the simplest pocket. Or just cut the paper into a 4×6 card and slide it into your pocket. You can also make your own embellishments from this one paper: punch the circles, cut out the triangles, use the plus symbols as washi strips.

If you have followed me for any length of time you know I love anything with lines on it. Papers with lines, stamps with lines, washi tapes with lines, I love it all. So this patterned paper was the easiest for me ever!

Larkindesign Using Traditional Product In Pocket Pages | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 02

This patterned paper is perfect for a 4×6 card! It includes perfect lines for journaling and also icons for embellishment. Here is how I used this pattern in my layout, as a quick journal card. It really did not need anything else after I added the words.

Larkindesign Using Traditional Product In Pocket Pages | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 02

Speaking of pulling elements from your patterned papers, this circle paper also gives a great number of options for pocket pages.

Larkindesign Using Traditional Product In Pocket Pages | Documenting Travel In Project Life Part 02

Again, you could cut out the circles and layer them onto journal cards on your layout, or cut the paper into 3×4 and 4×6 cards and slide them directly into your pockets. I did not use this paper in my layout but it is another great example of using elements, color, and pattern from traditional scrapbook collections!

I hope this has been inspiring for you and has helped you find simple ways to use traditional product in your pocket pages! Getting the most mileage out of our collections doesn’t have to be hard. I will share my full process video for the layout I created with these papers next week. See you then!

~Theresa

 

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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