Becky Higgins

2019 Project Life Introduction and Short Walk Through!

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life Introduction And Walk Through

 

Hello Lovelies!!! Today I am sharing an Introduction to my 2019 Project Life album! I started this album a few weeks ago and have been sort of feeling my way through how I wanted to approach this project this year. I have already created a few weeks and have shared a few of them in the classroom at In My Pocket Volume 01. Today you can watch my Introduction video and see a short walk through of the first ten weeks here.

I would love to share with you some of the layouts that have already been completed. First was the Introduction layout, which is a pocket page I did while I was on the Clique Kits design team. I have used Paige Evans Whimsical collection and sequins from Spiegel Mom Scraps.

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life Album Introduction Layout

For the first two weeks of January I created a layout using the Sahlin Studio Winter collection. At this time I didn’t really know how each layout was going to work out just yet, so I simply added the January 01 date. It ended up being a two week spread, and that is pretty much how I plan to keep going on this project.

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life Album First Layout

The following two layouts are included in the process videos for In My Pocket Volume 01.

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life Album

 

Larkindesign 2019 Project Life Album

I also have created this layout for Week 11 for the Sahlin Studio creative team, featuring the Ouch! digital collection.

Larkindesign 2019 Project Week 11

I hope you will check back tomorrow as I will share my layout for Weeks 09 and 10, with complete process video sharing my digital portion and the physical process. How about you? Have you started your 2019 Project Life album yet? I’d love to hear how you are approaching this project this year so let’s chat! Thank you for joining me on this next adventure!

~Theresa

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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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