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Project Life 2016 Week 23 | Dear Lizzy Saturday!!!!

Oh I am so excited about today’s layout! Last week American Crafts released like seven whole lines of beautiful products and I could not wait to start using them!!!! I absolutely have a philosophy that means when new products come through the door, I start using them right away while I am still excited and pumped about them. So have a look at my process video and at some of these pretty things in this collection!

This week’s Project Life layout was created in the App using the Memories in the Making kit available on the App. This is the layout as it was printed:

Project Life 2016 Week 23

This is the layout completed, with journaling and embellishments added on top:

Project Life 2016 Week 23

This week was the last week of school, so I had end of year parties and field day and graduation to document. The chipboard words in the Saturday collection made it so easy to embellish this date card.

Project Life 2016 Week 23

I love the simplicity of hand-writing my journaling onto these layouts. I know the App has some awesome fonts and it’s tempting to just add it that way and be done, but whenever I write it myself I always feel happier about what I have done.

Project Life 2016 Week 23

I did not do much to the photos on the bottom of the layout, just a bit of washi and a fun camera puffy sticker! 

Project Life 2016 Week 23

More journaling here and a little stamping on the heart. Yes, I totally changed up the ink color and I have found that those Dew Drop tiny ink pads from Tsukeniko stamp really easily on this photo paper, so I am trying to remind myself to reach for those instead of my Staz-on. If you have been following me with my stamping issues on this photo paper, throw some confetti because I feel like this issue has been resolved for me!

Project Life 2016 Week 23

No embellishments on this photo of my son, just keeping it simple and easy to complete.

Project Life 2016 Week 23

The right hand side of the layout is all about our daughter Emberlynn. Yes, these photos look familiar because several weeks ago I created another layout about her graduation using my Ali Edwards Believe Story kit. This story fits in here again, chronologically, so I made sure to include it again.

Project Life 2016 Week 23

I added this fun banner so I could easily identify what this photo is about. These are the fifth graders, who are playing tug-o-war. Such a fun picture!

Project Life 2016 Week 23

I adore this banner from the Saturday collection, and I popped it up using pop dots, and then added a chipboard heart.

Project Life 2016 Week 23

I used another chipboard word on this photo below, because I am absolutely in love with them. I may need more of them……

Project Life 2016 Week 23

I absolutely embellished each of the photos on this layout. On this one, I added a tiny bit of washi and some of the chipboard arrows.

Project Life 2016 Week 23

I linked these two, the journaling card and the photo, together using the puffy stickers. One thing I really love about doing Project Life this way is being able to cross the boundaries between each card. Sometimes I completely ignore those boundaries. 

Project Life 2016 Week 23

For the photo of her receiving her diploma, I only added a few of these chipboard plus signs. 

Project Life 2016 Week 23

Are you loving these new collections? Did you pick any favorites? I will be using some of the others as well, so stay tuned! See you tomorrow for Disney!

~Theresa

 

 

 

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 25 | The Painting Project!!!!

Hi guys! Today I am showing you a layout from my 2014 Project Life and I am beginning to document the painting portion of the project that we were responsible for. This will be broken up into two sections, so here is today’s part:

Here is a look at the entire layout before embellishing and journaling. I created the entire right hand side in Photoshop because it is a part of the written story that I am trying to include.

TBT Project Life Week 25

Here is the layout completed:

TBT Project Life Week 25

So for the painting project, it turned out to be done in three phases: the first phase consisted of filling and sanding the trim work and painting the first coat of paint.So this side of the layout shows how the house looked at the end of that phase.

TBT Project Life Week 25

All of the products I chose are from Ali Edwards’ Story kits, primarily the Tough and Wild ones. I began with this marketing card.

TBT Project Life Week 25

The photos I chose for this layout came directly unedited from my phone. I admit that there were very few photos taken during this portion of the project – it was simply a matter of focus and survival, and I did not want my DSLR to become damaged in the process. So these photos were downloaded from my phone and then I printed them on 4×6 photo paper, shrunk to size. Then they are layered onto some patterned cards from Ali’s Story kits.

TBT Project Life Week 25

I have to admit it was fascinating to scrapbook this after the fact (two years afterwards) using the Story kits that are designed to affirm and empower. I found myself using sentiments that reflected the difficulty of the project, but also contained phrases and words that I would tell myself back then to help make it through. 

TBT Project Life Week 25

I love these Story kits for that reason – both the ability to encapsulate the experience as it was, and to tell ourselves the things we needed to hear at the time. I loved the idea of using the Wild kit because I think the fact that we took this on was pretty Wild. This card makes the perfect background for the title card.

TBT Project Life Week 25

None of my dates in this portion of the album are precise, that much I will admit. Since there aren’t many photos, there isn’t any metadata to access to tell me what was going on day to day. That really is ok. Include the photos you have, tell the stories you remember.

TBT Project Life Week 25

I particularly love the Life in Progress stamp for this layout! Over the last few weeks you have seen our house built in place from the ground up. And now the progress continues due to our own blood, sweat, and tears! I want to remember this! I want to open this album the day we move out (with my nails clawing the driveway because I won’t go easily!) and remember what these days felt like (hot, exhausting, overwhelming), what it smelled like (sweat, paint, wood, caulk), and what it felt like when it was done (superheroes!) 

TBT Project Life Week 25

The right hand side begins to tell the story. I have four pages total that look similar to this, and so next week I will read them all to you. Since there were so few photos, I decided my format would be to add one or two photos per page. When I wrote the stories all down, it sort of came to me in some sort of order, but there were smaller micro stories that needed to be included. The small print sections are the main story, the larger print sections are the micro stories.

TBT Project Life Week 25
TBT Project Life Week 25

Stay tuned next week for the reading of the story and the remaining layouts that help tell them. See you tomorrow for some Traveler’s Notebook goodness!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

Project Life 2016 Week 22 | Amy Tangerine Better Together!!

Hi guys! Welcome back to my 2016 Project Life album where I am continuing with Week 22. The layout is printed from the Project Life App and then embellished on top using Amy Tangerine Better Together! Here is my process:

There were three pages to this layout, and I did not get photos of them together before I embellished. However, here are the layouts as they were completed!

Project Life 2016 Week 22
Project Life 2016 Week 22

When I created the layout in the App, I chose the Memories in the Making kit within the App. The colors in that collection blend perfectly well with Amy Tangerine’s Better Together collection. The date card is located in the Project 52 2016 collection, and I added the floral transparency piece.

Project Life 2016 Week 22

This side of the layout is about my daughter fracturing her arm. On Sunday of that week we had just mopped the kitchen floor and she ran across it. She fell and landed hard on her elbow, which caused her femur to fracture right beneath her shoulder. So we carried her to the ER to get her bandaged up.

Project Life 2016 Week 22

I have you tell you that being in the ER twice this year with two children has been the most challenging and heart-breaking things in my life. I am incredibly thankful that they are ok and they absolutely handled their traumas with incredible strength.

Project Life 2016 Week 22

This girl went into the ER and waited patiently the whole four hours. She refused any and all pain medications, both that night and the days after. She was a little bit worked up, poor thing, so eating was hard for her. We tried to give her all her favorite things, just to keep her hydrated and healthy.

Project Life 2016 Week 22

This photo is from the following day, when we had her fitted for her cast. The ortho decided she only needed a temporary cast that was removable, and it was mainly to prevent re-injury. She was allowed to remove it to sleep, but she felt more comfortable leaving it on so she did.

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I love Project Life for this reason alone, because if I did not do Project Life I might not have thought to take a picture of her cast and sling. I placed my wooden ruler next to it so we could remember how small it was.

Project Life 2016 Week 22

On Monday of that week we celebrated Memorial Day, quietly at home in our own backyard. I used the remote for the camera and took a few snaps.

Project Life 2016 Week 22

I created a title card for this page and used the Amy Tangerine alphabet, and then I added a few paper strips and the rubber flower as embellishment.

Project Life 2016 Week 22

I love this die cut circle from the collection and I especially love just adding a tiny circle embellishment at the top of a photo. You have probably seen me do this in the 2014 album too!

Project Life 2016 Week 22

These journaling cards make me so happy. They are so simple, and I left the embellishing simple as well.

Project Life 2016 Week 22

Interestingly enough, this photo was not taken on this day, and I’m not sure why I included it here. But nevertheless, I really love this photo and am laughing at my scattered self for misplacing it. This was a few days prior, when we came home from the pool! I was trying to set up my phone camera for some self-timed photos and it accidentally took that one. I love that my hair is hanging over the top edge and I love the look on my husband’s face as he tries to help me.

Project Life 2016 Week 22

Sometimes when I have the camera set up outside with the tripod, I ask my husband to grab a few shots with me too. I love that he is willing to step into the frame and I love that our relationship is captured in these frames too. These moments are so important to me.

Project Life 2016 Week 22

Simple journaling about the photo, and an added embellishment directly on top of the polka dot card. Love.

Project Life 2016 Week 22

For the third page of this layout, I am documenting Nick’s birthday. He just wanted to do laser tag and have cake this year. Simple request!

Project Life 2016 Week 22

I have another title card here embellished with just washi tape and the xo puffy stickers. I also used some of the puffy stickers to addjust a little something to the photos. So fun!

Project Life 2016 Week 22

I always love using washi tape to create lines for journaling, and the two printed tapes are perfect here. I alternated them just for fun, and then added my journaling.

Project Life 2016 Week 22

For this photo I only added a rubber banner. Note Natalie’s sling here – she really did not want her picture taken where the sling could be seen, but I did sneak this one photo of her back.

Project Life 2016 Week 22

And yes, there are absolutely two photos of us kissing in this layout! I hope you will humor us – we each have some difficult stories and have each been through some hardships in our life. In each other we have found so much joy and affection – joy and affection we did not receive from others who were in our life previously. For this I am so incredibly thankful, and I would not trade it for the world.

Project Life 2016 Week 22

I  hope you are able to capture some of the special moments in your family’s life today and every day! See you back here tomorrow for Disney!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 24 | Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party!!!

Hi guys! Today I am still working in my 2014 Project Life album to document our house being built, and today might be the last of the layouts before we begin our painting portion of the project. Have a look at my process:

So here is the layout with only photos and Project Life cards:

TBT Project Life Week 24

And here is my completed layout, with journaling and embellishments:

TBT Project Life Week 24

The left hand side of the layout includes photos from Addison’s graduation from elementary school. I am still loving having our regular life right beside the house construction in this album. We probably left his graduation and went straight over to the house to work on it that day, that is how our schedule was going at the time. I love that representation of reality there!

TBT Project Life Week 24

I mentioned this in my process video, and it is worth repeating. I absolutely used a more feminine collection for a “boy” layout here! I must admit I cringe at assigning gender assignments to colors, because colors are beautiful and enrich our lives no matter who we are. So yes, there are pinks and turquoises on this layout and I love them. And Addison actually likes pink, which I am completely in support of. Allow me to encourage you to use the products you want to use, regardless of what other people might say or think. Enjoy them all!

TBT Project Life Week 24

I also found myself pulling out one of Ali Edwards’ Story stamp sets for this layout. They are always a great choice in Project Life layouts!

TBT Project Life Week 24

I do really like the wood grain in this collection, so I used two of those filler cards. This one houses the week number and the date of the week. So many happy textures and florals in this project, which always means lots of visual interest in your layout. I did leave some white space on this card for a place to rest your eye.

TBT Project Life Week 24

For the other side I included the documentation on the house project for the week. I began with this title card. Our kitchen was delivered, and when we stopped by that day we were locked out of the house to prevent theft or damage. We looked through the windows and saw these boxes, which are our kitchen and bath cabinets and counter tops! So exciting!!

TBT Project Life Week 24

These are the boxes. I loved taking this picture – it is so imperfect but I didn’t know any other way to capture my pure joy and excitement at seeing these boxes. I spent many years designing interiors for other people (mainly work and hospital spaces), and here for the very first time was my very own product I specified and selected. Big moment.

TBT Project Life Week 24

So let me just tell you, not only am I in love with the kitchen, but I am also in love with these journaling cards in the Dear Lizzy kit! One of course houses the journaling, which is actually a timeline of the week. I wanted to document how the cabinets were delivered and installed, and then the house was turned over to us for our portion of the project.

TBT Project Life Week 24

This lovely card looks like it was misted, and I added the stamped label plus a few hearts to embellish. For the fourth card, I did nothing and just left the pretty pattern to show.

TBT Project Life Week 24

This is more journaling about what lies ahead for us in building this home. I have mentioned several times that we decided to participate in a program called Sweat Equity, where the homeowner does a portion of the contract work, and in exchange the builder waives a portion of the cost of the home. Typically the homeowners do the painting and the landscaping, and that was the case for us.

TBT Project Life Week 24

Now typically the program is designed for first time home owners and typically those home owners are purchasing and working on smaller homes. Did I mention we have four kids?! And this is a four-bedroom, two and half bath, 2,600 square feet home. Now, Alan and I are DIY-ers, and we love a project or two. We did our wedding ourselves (with help from some great friends!) and we have both certainly spent our share of time painting. Prior to our move, we painted the house we were living in, top to bottom as well.

TBT Project Life Week 24

But holy cow. Look at the way the house looked! No electricity, which meant no A/C. The doors and trim were there, but they all had to be puttied and sanded and also painted. We were responsible for the ceilings as well. And yes, the floors are only bare concrete and sub floors. And no, there were no bathrooms installed yet. So this is what is coming up for us, and this is what I will be documenting in the next few weeks. I will give you a small hint – everything works out in the end and we did awesome, and there are some GREAT stories to tell!

TBT Project Life Week 24

Alright, see you back here tomorrow for my Charleston Traveler’s Notebook project!

~Theresa

 

Disney Project Life | The Princess Dinner!!!!

Hi guys! Oh this Disney album keeps getting better and better! I have been waiting so long to scrapbook the photos that I will show you today, namely from our Princess Dinner at Epcot Norway! Here is a look at my process:

I had a few photos from our time at The Seas with Nemo & Friends, so I placed those on the left, and then the right hand side begins the documentation of our Princess Dinner!

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

Above is the layout with journaling cards and photos, and here is the completed layout in its entirety:

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

Can you believe it, there are actually two photos of us as a family (except for the parent who was photographing!) I will say this: we did have a Photopass and we did have our photo taken professionally a few times, and I never liked how any of them came out so I simply did not order any of them. So these are probably about the only ones of us together. I actually think that is kind of funny, looking back on it now!

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

So we did really like the Nemo ride and the aquariums here. I actually added a title card with just the name of the attraction in simple black alphas. I know, I have not created many title cards in this project, but for some reason this layout provided that opportunity so I took it.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

This simple filler card from Sahlin Studios is one of my favorites, and I was excited to get to use it right here! I added a few words from the Shimelle stamp set that belongs in the Starshine collection and I really like how that turned out.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

This layout as a whole seems to be blue on one side, pink on the other, but the yellow provides the common denominator. I made sure to include yellow elements in several places to bring both sides together!

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

This photo of the four of them peering into the fish tank captured a really special moment for me. I have mentioned several times how this was our first trip together as a blended family, and it is moments like this that remind me that we are on the right path. These moments, split seconds before someone runs off, help me remember that the goal is not perfection, but the goal is so they can experience life together. So they can experience life whole, just like they are viewing this ocean together. And then I am eternally grateful for these albums and for these photos and these opportunities to tell these stories so they will remember too.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

Speaking of amazing experiences, the Princess Dinner at Norway is simply magical. For this side of the layout I printed and cut the embellishments in the Sahlin Studios Princess collection. I used sticker paper in my Silhouette to do the cuts.

 

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

I created another title card (yes, two in one layout, can you believe it?) with turquoise alphas. The colors on this layout are actually both all over the map, and I love that.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

This triangle patterned filler card makes me so happy right here. I feel as though my printer may have printed it a bit dark, but regardless I love the combination of colors and the pop it gives the layout. The happy flowers next to it keep the layout feeling light and happy.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

This photo right here, you guys. Of course Disney is known for how wonderful its cast members treat their guests, and we saw that time and again as we travelled through the parks. But the princesses truly went above and beyond to reach out to every child in the room, speak with them, hug them, and make them feel special. Oh goodness, my heart.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

Of course I always have some issues with my photography, and this event was no different! There was a lovely stream of light coming right in over their faces, and the overall lighting situation in this room was abysmal for this fledgling DSLR learner (I only had my camera for about three weeks at this point!). But it does not matter.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

And see Cinderella in the background? That family had a little precious baby girl, and the mama was so stinkin’ proud and happy to be there. I might have been more excited for them, because her excitement was so contagious. Oh, so many feels.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

Here is one more look at this layout.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

There is more to come from this dinner, because we had four princesses who visited our table that night. So stay tuned next Wednesday for that. Meanwhile, I will see you tomorrow for TBT!

~Theresa