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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

{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

 

 

#TBT Project Life 2016 Week 2 Layout (Crate Paper Kiss Kiss!)

Welcome friends for another Project Life layout today from Week 2. We had a special visit from my sister that week, so I wanted to create a two page spread. I went into the Project Life app and chose two large photos and then chose a few cards from the Everyday Edition. Here is my process video for this layout, be sure to come back and I’ll talk about some of my design decisions!

 So I decided to challenge myself to bring out some of my older product to get it used each week, that is why I called this post a #TBT. Some weeks I will probably pull some of my incomplete layouts from past years to finish up, because I have so much of last year to catch up on. But this week I ran across my Crate Paper Kiss Kiss and thought it might be perfect for this layout. Here is the layout as I created it in the PL App:

Project Life 2016
Project Life 2016

 Alright, so I really love how this one focal photo turned out, of us just gathered around the table getting ready to eat. The vellum hearts from Kiss Kiss just worked out lovely on the one side, with a few chipboard hearts to add dimension.

Project Life 2016
Project Life 2016

 For the bottom two cards I added my date stamps, the week number using really old, old, OLD thickers (!) and then I used a thin washi tape to create lines for my journaling.

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 On the opposite side of the layout, I chose another large photo across the bottom. Trust me when I tell you that we made several attempts at getting everyone to look at the camera, and when you have so many kiddos that are that excited, it is virtually impossible. And I wouldn’t have it any other way – this photo shows how happy they all were to see their Aunt Angie and you can just feel the love.

Project Life 2016

I added a few simple embellishments to the top photos, and then called this layout done.

Project Life 2016

 Are you enjoying these hybrid layouts using the Project Life app? Have you played around with it? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. I would love to see your projects too, so link me up!

 

See you soon!

~Theresa

Project Life 2016 Week 2 Layout 1

Hi there and welcome back! I am moving into Week 2 in my Project Life album and have two layouts to show you this week. Today’s layout is a hybrid layout – remember last week when I showed you how to bring your Ali Edwards journal cards into the Project Life App so you can use them in your digital layouts? Well, this layout shows what that looks like!

I am so very happy with how this turned out. Here is the layout as I created it in the Project Life App:

Project Life 2016 Week 2

I just love how easily it came together in the App, and how lovely the journal cards look with the photos. Now time to add my journaling and some embellishments. I drew from the physical products that came in the Old + New story Kit by Ali Edwards.

Project Life 2016 Week 2

I have to admit that I love the actual working with the physical product. Any of these embellishments could have been added digitally but for me personally, I love the dimensionality (is that even a word?!) and I love moving them around on the page. I especially couldn’t wait to use those cork hearts.

Project Life 2016 Week 2

Also, those chipboard circles rock.

Project Life 2016 Week 2

The theme of this kit was Old + New, or then and now, but I focused on the now for this layout. The story of this layout is actually how my son never really was completely happy in elementary school, but now that he is in middle school he is actually loving it. I’ve talked before about how he got into the National Academic League, and on this day they won their first match. 

Project Life 2016 Week 2

I kept the journaling very simple but let the embellishments tell some of the story too. Especially the word stamps here:

Project Life 2016 Week 2

That is today’s layout! Stay tuned this week because I am working on a Planner layout and a #TBT layout that I cannot wait to show you. Have a great week and now be sure to go, do, and create!

Project Life 2016 Week 2

~Theresa

**Project Life is the creative brainchild of Becky Higgins and is a weekly memory-keeping system. The Project Life App is an app available for iPhone that allows you to plan and design Project Life layouts on your phone. To find out more about this fully awesome project, please visit her website here: Becky Higgins LLC.

**The journal cards and embellishments used on today’s layout are part of the Ali Edwards Story stamp set and kit themed Old + New. The Story Kits are subscription kits released monthly and based on theme + journaling prompt, designed to help you tell your stories. To learn more about this amazing project, and to subscribe, please visit Ali’s website here: Ali Edwards.