Becky Higgins

Kids Albums Project Episode 01 | Where to Begin?!

Hi guys! Today I am sharing a little bit of my process for working with our kids’ albums and how we are organizing all their photos, memorabilia, and ultimately the albums they will each take with them when they have their own home one day! This will be an on-going project with lots of steps and hopefully lots of helpful videos for you so I hope you will stay tuned!!!

In today’s video I am working with Nick and Natalie’s albums that I created years ago. I began scrapbooking in 2003 and these are the layouts and albums I created up until about 2012 specifically for Nick and Natalie. These were created before I began Project Life and before pocket pages, back when I had a whole different way of memory keeping! The layouts were in various order, in different albums and not really organized well at all, so I pulled them all out. In this video I share some of my thoughts during that process.

As we are just beginning this gigantic project, a few things begin to jump out at me, and for today I just wanted to share one thing in particular. You heard me mention this in the video and I think it bears repeating. One of my main strategies to help us get through this project for four kids is to always remember that we each experience life differently and even when we share the same experiences, every person’s memory of that time may be different. What does that mean and how does that impact our children’s albums?

This means that every child will have their own unique collection of albums! Every album is different and every kiddo is so unique and that means trying to create the same layouts or the same albums for all four, or even for two, would be impossible. I hope this strategy will free us up to include the memories for each child that are truly relevant and meaningful to them, not just random collections of the same photos and layouts.

These albums are our love letters to each of them, and I hope they feel the love when they look through them years from now. I hope you will enjoy following along with us on this journey. I anticipate it will be a long journey, and this is only the beginning!

See you again soon!

~Theresa

Photoshop CC Tutorial No 01 | Basic Tools for Using PS in Memory Keeping

Hi there, today I am sharing the first video tutorial on how I use Photoshop CC in my memory keeping projects, particularly in Project Life. I use Photoshop pretty much every day to help me create my layouts – everything from storing and organizing photos, editing photos, printing photos and digital papers, cards, and elements, and creating layouts themselves. Have a look at today’s tutorial:

I hope that was helpful to you and as always, please let me know if you have any questions. I also want to summarize a little of what was covered in the video here. I began my sharing my layout in my Project Life 2017 album for this week as it is prepped for printing. Tomorrow I will share with you my process for adding my embellishments.

Photoshop CC Tutorial No 01 | Basic Tools for Using PS in Memory Keeping

What I love most about working with my Project Life layouts in Photoshop is obviously the ability to see the entire layout at once and to bring in all the elements and photos into one screen. The layout above was created using a template from Paislee Press which is available at The Lilypad (link opens in new window). This means lots of layers, and this layout above might look a little overwhelming to beginners. This is our goal, this is where we are going – I hope through my tutorials to help you learn how to create layouts like this and use templates and basic tools in Photoshop to be able to do this as well. But for today, we will back up and start with some basic photo editing.

Photoshop CC Tutorial No 01 | Basic Tools for Using PS in Memory Keeping

First I shared with you how I have my photos for 2017 organized. My first folder is for the entire month of January. Within that folder I have folders for each week, and also the folder where my iPhone brings in the photos automatically when I download them. I have not used my DSLR yet, but when I do, I will create another folder for the event that I am downloading from that camera. Now, the great thing about storing them like this is this: when I know that I am going to be out and about and want to edit photos on my phone, or am wanting to create a layout using the App, I can just copy and paste a week’s folder into my Dropbox and go. This is how I make these folders work for me.

Photoshop CC Tutorial No 01 | Basic Tools for Using PS in Memory Keeping

Now, inside each week’s folder are all the photos I took for that particular week, so when I open that folder, I know exactly which photos I can choose from in order to tell the stories of that week. So at first glance I am already gathering thoughts about that layout, how many photos I will be including, and a general direction of the layout itself. I love this – it keeps my decision making simple. I think for the layout for this week I decided I had about 7-10 photos to use, and three good stories.

Photoshop CC Tutorial No 01 | Basic Tools for Using PS in Memory Keeping

I also shared some basic tools that I use for editing my photos in Photoshop. There are lots of days where I edit quickly on my phone using A Color Story, but sometimes I haven’t had time to do that when I am building my page. Now, one caveat: I do not believe in taking tons of time to edit photos. There are just way too many more important things to do in life, right? But the two basic edits I shared were brightening the photo and straightening the photo. Simple, quick, and pretty.

Photoshop CC Tutorial No 01 | Basic Tools for Using PS in Memory Keeping

Now, if you have used Becky Higgins’ Project Life templates in the past, then you are very familiar with this template! This is Template A, and it is available on her website in the digital section. In fact, Design A which is what I am using here, is available to download for free using this link here: Becky Higgins Project Life Template Design A (opens in a new window). I highly recommend beginning with her templates because they are relatively simple and you can see that they aren’t very complicated at all. This is a good place to begin working with templates.

Photoshop CC Tutorial No 01 | Basic Tools for Using PS in Memory Keeping

In the video I shared some basic ways to use the Layers tools to bring in photos and cards into the frames to help you build your layout. So this is a basic beginning tutorial sharing how I use Photoshop CC to help me create Project Life layouts. We will continue building on this in the next few weeks, and tomorrow I plan to share with you my process video for embellishing my Project Life layout for Week 1. See you soon!

~Theresa

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{Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit!

Hello! I have a Project Life layout to share with you today, continuing in Week 37 of 2016. I am using Ali Edwards’ ME Story kit, have a look at my process:

What I love most about the ME Story Kit are the colors – such really pretty pinks and yellows and greys. I added touches of blue and navy across the layout by bringing in the Simple Stories Posh and Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills collections to embellish.

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One of the things I have completely resolved in my scrapbooking process is the idea that I am telling my story and that my albums, while they contain lots of stories about lots of different people, all those stories are told through my own lens. These albums are the story of my life, and my husband’s life as it relates to me.

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

Have a look at the details on the left hand side.

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

For me, these weekly layouts become a place for me to photograph and document my favorite memories, people, things, and events. It was fun having a kit that captured this – my stories, my memories, my life.

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I particularly love that my layouts provide a space for including these random photos of the kids sprawled out on the floor behind the sofa. We keep all the electronics there (read: battery chargers!) so they spend a lot of time back there huddled up around the outlet. If it weren’t for this project, these moments would totally get missed.

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

The Pieces of my Life element is one of the digital PNG’s included in the digital kit. I placed a white card in that space in the Project Life App, and then brought this element directly on top. It does not allow you to adjust the size, which is why it is oversized, but I decided to leave it that way! It pops on the page!

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

This photo captures an event that occurs regularly in our house: bringing home the groceries and putting away the cat food. This is Zoe helping Emberlynn organize the canned food! They are so cute!

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Right hand side:

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

We had a date night at The Loop pizza and the place was empty, so I set up this shot on the table across from us.

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

I felt like I had enough Journaling spaces on this layout, so I used the journaling lines on this pink card for stamps and word stickers.

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

Lately I have been experimenting with the list-type journal cards because I am not much of a lister on my Project Life layouts! I am trying, however, to incorporate more lists, or to use the list format somewhat in the way it was intended. I do love how this one turned out.

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

This week marked the week that we were able to announce who was going to be on the Sahlin Studio design team. I cannot even begin to tell how special it was to be asked to be on this team! It has been an honor to be chosen, and has been a truly wonderful experience working with Krista Sahlin and all of the incredibly talented artists here.

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

Notice how I took the embellishments across the boundaries of the filler card and the photo. I know it’s easy to restrain ourselves to the edges of the cards and photos, but it is ok to ignore those borders too, and allow the embellishments to spill over. Have fun with that!

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

This Currently card tied all the colors of the layout together for me, and look – I created another list using the Me stamp set! I also used the roller stamp from Paige Evans’ Take Me Away collection for Pink Paislee to separate the lines more emphatically.

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

This is my last Project Life layout that I will be sharing this year, although I do still have a tutorial that I am hoping to share with you later on this week. I am now officially transitioning into December Daily and will share that project with you throughout the month of December. In January I will pick back up in my 2016 Project Life album until it is complete! See you soon!

~Theresa

 

 

Project Life 2016 Week 29 | Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness!

Hi guys!!!! I am working my way through the summer in my 2016 Project Life album, and today is Week 29. Have a look at my process:

 

Here is the layout as I created it in the Project Life App, using the Girl Themed cards.

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 29

Here is the layout completed:

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 29

For the left hand side I began with the date card and added my dates using these super awesome puffy alphas from Dear Lizzy.

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 29

I decided to use some of my Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness products, as you can see here. I adore this iconic girl!

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 29

This was the week that Pokémon Go! was released, so I made sure to include some of our screen shots the we grabbed.

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 29

When my Ali Edwards kit arrived this week, Natalie spied it and went through all the contents with me, then she decided she just had to have the envelope it came in. I can’t blame her one bit, they are really cool. I think she keeps her iPod in it sometimes now!

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 29

I just really like this floral journaling card from Simple Stories. The chipboard embellishments layer perfectly on top.

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 29

There is no embellishment on this photo, but it is too cute to leave out. There were several nights in a row that Zoe did this – she climbed up in Alan’s lap and took over his tablet. Silly kitty.

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 29

The right hand side of the layout is about my BFF’s visit while on their way to vacation! We met up for dinner since they were only here overnight.

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 29

Pictured from left to right are: Diedre (Dalia’s daughter), Shelby (Diedre’s best friend), Jonas (Dalia’s son), Natalie and Nick (my two), Alan and me, and Dalia and Kevin!

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 29

I love how Project Life gives me a place to document these moments in our lives that otherwise might go in a “scrap someday” pile. I also am particularly fond of our yearly visit and am so happy the tradition is holding!!!

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 29

One more look at the layout as a whole:

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 29

That is it for today, come back tomorrow for Disney! This week is sort of strange and I don’t know how things are going to go down just yet because I have jury duty on Wednesday! I do hope to have a project up on Friday (the one I promised last Friday!) and then next week will hopefully be back to normal (unless I get chosen for a really long trial or something like that). I will keep you guys posted.

~Theresa