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Project Life 2016 Album 2 Introduction Layout | Freckled Fawn Embellishment Kit!

Hi guys! Today I am beginning to work in my Project Life 2016 album and will show you my process for creating the introduction layout. Have a peek here:

So this is my first year that I am having to split my Project Life album into two parts, and I am very excited about that! I don’t know that I would want to do this every year, but I am enjoying creating and sharing these layouts and love the ease of the App to help me stay somewhat current. Here is the layout as I completed it in the Project Life App. It is then printed at 12×12 and delivered to my door via Persnickety Prints.

Project Life 2016 Album 02 Introduction

I chose to work with my Freckled Fawn kit for July 2016, the embellishment kit. This is the completed layout here:

Project Life 2016 Album 02 Introduction

The photos I chose for this layout are a few candid selfies I took when we went on a date night several weeks ago. I love that it focuses on me and my husband. Although we have four kids, several of them tweens who aren’t so keen on being photographed any more, and I do include them and their stories (a lot!!), I still feel that the emphasis for me, for these albums, is actually us.

Project Life 2016 Album 02 Introduction

Yes, I am documenting our kids’ stories and many of them are also found within these albums. But these albums are the ones I will keep forever. They are for me, to help me remember my life and my perspective.

Project Life 2016 Album 02 Introduction

My strategy for the kids is to keep working on their albums separately that they will take with them when they graduate. Don’t worry. They will also probably want to take a few of their layouts from these albums too, and I am ok with that!

Project Life 2016 Album 02 Introduction

I absolutely love this project, and love the stories it encourages me to tell. My story, and your story, are all so very important to us and to our families. Yes, we should absolutely scrapbook for our children, but we also need to scrapbook for ourselves!

Project Life 2016 Album 02 Introduction

So here is to creating for ourselves today! Get in front of that camera today and tell just one of your stories. What is on your mind today? What are you thinking about today? I promise you, it wants to be told! I promise you the two people you see above are some of the most boring and imperfect people on this planet (ok, I am imperfect, my husband practically walks on water), so perfection and excitement are not requirements for this project at all. Have fun, kids. See you back here tomorrow!

~Theresa

 

 

 

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 23 | Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy!!!

Hi guys!!! It is Week 23 in my 2014 Project Life album today! The house construction is beginning to wind down, just a few more layouts like this and then I will be returning to traditional Project Life layouts for the rest of the year. Here is my process video today:

This is the layout as I began, with photos and journaling cards in place:

Project Life 2014 Week 23

There was a 6×12 insert this week, so this is Side A:

Project Life 2014 Week 23

This is Side B:

Project Life 2014 Week 23

So there was quite a bit going on this week in addition to the construction. One thing I love about Project Life is that it allows you to include stories from all around the week. An album that was strictly about the house construction might not show our lives going on in the meantime, but here I can do that. The house itself on this side of the layout is just one single photo. That is all I photographed on that day, so I really can’t even tell what was done on that day. No worries, include the photo and move on, right?

Project Life 2014 Week 23

I still love using these circle dates from Paislee Press, but this one I layered on top of the gold rimmed tag from Dear Lizzy. On all of them across the page I included the white number lower down on top of the photo for consistency.

Project Life 2014 Week 23

My date card here looks a little rough. I had some technical issues with the stamp itself because it does not ink all the way on the inside of the stamp. I also know that I forgot to add the dates of the week! When I create my layout next week I will probably end up fixing both those things.

Project Life 2014 Week 23

I absolutely love mixing the product from the collection with the cards from the Core Kits! This is one of the reasons I love Project Life so much – it allows me to continue using my stash and to stretch my stash even further.

Project Life 2014 Week 23

The two photos on the bottom of the layout are from my son’s birthday on June 4th. This is part of the balance of Project Life which I love – yes our house is being built, but yes, we are still doing all of our normal life things.

Project Life 2014 Week 23

I think in my last TBT process video I discovered the fun of placing stickers up the side of a photo just like the hearts in the Periscope app. I am totally using that technique more often now, and here I used stars.

Project Life 2014 Week 23

Now if you watched the process video, you heard me realize right in the middle of my voice-over that this was actually Nick’s 10th birthday! So many mistakes in this layout, and I just have to laugh at myself because I really forgot for a minute that I was working in 2014. I will fix this later on as well. I normally let one or two mistakes go, but since there are a few on here that are bugging me I will fix them.

Project Life 2014 Week 23

This is the insert, which tells the story of the driveway and back patio being poured.

Project Life 2014 Week 23

We did not go inside the house that day, in order to make sure that nobody accidentally walked on the concrete.

Project Life 2014 Week 23

I love this banner across the bottom, and I added a tab sticker and punch so you would know to turn the insert.

Project Life 2014 Week 23

The second page starts with Nick’s baseball game, last one for that season. I did no embellishing, just a bit of journaling.

Project Life 2014 Week 23

For the title card on the right hand side I used one of the cards from the Core Kit and layered on a chipboard sticker and one of the house die cuts.

Project Life 2014 Week 23

The circle date again, and I love how those circles unify this whole layout.

Project Life 2014 Week 23

These two filler cards were fairly easy to put together. I really love the black and white elements in the Fine & Dandy collection, so I made use of them!

Project Life 2014 Week 23

And then there is this photo right here. These end up being my favorites, of course, ones where they are excited and hugging on each other. They are bonding with the spaces we are creating and these spaces will become the backdrop of their best memories, we hope!

Project Life 2014 Week 23

My journaling is here, and I covered the banner that was on the card with this gold one, just to repeat the gold elements on the spread.

Project Life 2014 Week 23

These are the last two cards on this layout. One is for more journaling and the other I just left blank.

Project Life 2014 Week 23

Whew, that was a full post and a memory-filled layout! I hope you had fun seeing that. See you back tomorrow with some Traveler’s Notebook updates!

~Theresa

 

 

 

Disney Project Life Epcot Day 2!!!

Hi guys! Oh I have such a fun layout today in my Disney Project Life album! Here, have a look at my process:

So a few weeks ago you may remember I hosted a give-away, and Claudine was my lovely winner. Well, she surprised me with the most awesome pocket letter ever, filled with delicious Disney-themed embellishments! I had to use them as soon as I opened them. Here is the layout I began with, using my photos and journaling cards from Sahlin Studios Project Mouse:

Disney Project Life Epcot Day 2

Here is the completed layout, embellishments courtesy of Claudine Fitzhugh:

Disney Project Life Epcot Day 2

I began with this fun filler card from Sahlin Studios, and simply added a visual triangle of embellishments to decorate the card.

Disney Project Life Epcot Day 2

I still pulled from my own embellishments too, including this circle from an older Gossamer Blue kit:

Disney Project Life Epcot Day 2

Simple words and circles here, plus a touch of washi tape.

Disney Project Life Epcot Day 2

I absolutely adored these little Mickey footstools, and love the capture of their little feet. I journaled a bit about the magic of seeing these four children playing together, enjoying each other’s company, no competition or one-upping, just having fun.

Disney Project Life Epcot Day 2

Look at this sweet face, you guys.

Disney Project Life Epcot Day 2

On the opposite side of the layout is more of the same place and the different activities they participated in. The piggy banks were most definitely favorites.

Disney Project Life Epcot Day 2

They became attached to their piggies along the whole process, and then they had to give them back. So they paused for one moment right before saying goodbye. They are seriously so cute.

Disney Project Life Epcot Day 2

This grey The Magic Begins card might be one of my favorites in the entire Sahlin Studios collection. I added the tiny red and white polka dot washi (I am so in love with that washi!) and a tiny bit of journaling.

Disney Project Life Epcot Day 2

They looked so cute moving back and forth on this activity. I wish I had made notes of what these activities were, and if we went back tomorrow I would take the time to jot that down somewhere (Disney traveler’s notebook, anyone?!). They probably remember, if I were to ask them.

Disney Project Life Epcot Day 2

Here is where I wrote about how special it was to see them all together having so much fun. This was our first trip together as a blended family of six, and we honestly did not know how it was going to go. I mentioned how at LEGOLAND there was some negativity and a bit of struggle, but on this day and in these photos that all disappeared. I am so thankful because what will happen is that these four will end up becoming best of friends for their whole lives. They are learning to be the type of people who can adjust and bend and move when they need to, and they are finding that taking risk on relationships is so, SO very worth it.

Disney Project Life Epcot Day 2

So my most favorite pretty embellishment in Claudine’s lovely pocket letter was this special Disney pin. I don’t have any Disney pins, and she included two (!!!) and I decided this one needed to go right here. I snipped off the back (please don’t come after me, Disney pin police!) using tin snips, and then adhered it with pop dots cut around the base. Safety precaution if you decide to do this: wear safety glasses or your eyeglasses, and snip it downward into a dish or tray so it doesn’t fly off into your eye!

Disney Project Life Epcot Day 2

Here is one last look at the layout. I am so much in love with this layout and I think Claudine should select all of my embellishments from here on out. (Or maybe Claudine can show us some of her Disney layouts, pretty please with cherries on top?! For real, Claudine has her own YouTube channel and she has some December Daily videos up that are really awesome, so go check her out and show her some love: CraftyClaudine.

Disney Project Life Epcot Day 2

See you back here tomorrow for Throw Back Thursday!

~Theresa

 

 

Project Life 2016 Album Transition, Update, and Printing!!!

Hi guys! I am diverting from my normal process video in my Project Life album because it is time to transition into a new album for this year. This is the first year I have reached capacity in an album before the year is over (actually at the half-way mark!) but I find that to be a great problem to have. Here is a little chat video I made just to give an update where I am:

I don’t really have many photos to post on this day, and I promise next week I will get back to my processes so I can complete the pages I showed you in my video. I think it is important to talk about more than just creating pages in our scrapbook-worlds. Sometimes we do just sit down and make a layout simply for the sake of creating a layout, and I think when that happens it is awesome! I tend, however, to be more project-based, so my layouts always exist within a larger context – the album those layouts live in.

Project Life 2016 Album Transition

It is important to me, as I share in my blog, how my layouts come about not only by creating layouts, but also by showing what it takes to get to the place of creating those layouts. Planning, product choice, printing, all of these things are a part of what we do every day, some days without realizing it. Some days those peripheral things stop us from moving forward, too.

Project Life 2016 Album Transition

It is my hope, on my blog and my YouTube channel, that you are getting to see my process as a whole. That you are seeing how I approach each project from start to finish, even then there are no specific layouts being created. Even the part where we make a decision to call an album complete and start a new one. Even the part where we receive our beautiful shipment of prints. Even the part where we start to think about how we want to complete the next album.

Project Life 2016 Album Transition

I hope you enjoy seeing these parts of the process too. Yes, layouts are awesome and fun and they are the reason we do this! They are also individual pieces to a completed project, and my hope is to get you from individual layouts all the way to completed albums. I’m so glad we are doing this work. Thanks for sharing my journey!

~Theresa

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 22 Part B | Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste!!

Hi guys! Today is TBT and that means another 2014 Project Life layout, where I am currently documenting our house construction project! Today I am in Week 22, the second part, and I decided to use my Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste collection. Here is my process video:

Oh I am always so happy using my Amy Tangerine products. The colors are so bright and happy and the layouts always turn out the same. Here is the layout with only photos and journaling cards:

Project Life 2014 Week 22B

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

Project Life 2014 Week 22B

Since this is the second layout for Week 22, I did not need a date card. So I created this adorable filler card.

Project Life 2014 Week 22B

I made sure to include my circle date from Paislee Press so the date on this photo was easy to identify. I have been using these throughout this project for consistency and love them.

Project Life 2014 Week 22B

The center pockets are all Project Life cards from the Cut & Paste mini kit. I used the stamp set from the Finders Keepers collection, and the enamel dots are from October Afternoon.

Project Life 2014 Week 22B

The drywall in the house is now completely hung, and they are preparing to do the seams and spackle. I love this real life photo of the product waiting. This is the spackle. This is how much it will take to seal in these lovely walls and to make the drywall smooth and beautiful. I love this.

Project Life 2014 Week 22B

The windows also passed inspection so I documented those stamps of approval. I love these small details – don’t be afraid to capture those, to remember those moments and what it means. I also love how the street looking out that window was so different from now (it is all filled up with homes!). This is how it was, maybe it was only this way for a few days, because time marches on. Capture it! Get that shot!

Project Life 2014 Week 22B

Two more journaling cards on this side, with just a few notes about what is going on.

Project Life 2014 Week 22B

The right hand side of the layout is about our school’s Spring Fling. Yep, even while our house is being built, life is moving forward. This was a yearly tradition for us for quite a few years – the elementary school in our previous county held an annual Spring Fling and it was always a favorite event. You might recall when I was gathering the photos and preparing to tackle this project, I came upon these photos and decided to reprint them because they are awful yellow. So I did reprint them and adjusted them a bit in Photoshop. They still are not perfect, by any means, as you can see! But they are included anyway. Keep the imperfect ones. This was too important to leave out.

Project Life 2014 Week 22B

I started off with this photo of them all gathered around a table playing a game. The fact that they, for one moment, were all around the same table at the same time is miraculous enough (!) and it tells such a story here. Again, such a fleeting moment, they all look different now!

Project Life 2014 Week 22B

These two. They are best friends. They miss each other when they are apart. When we were deciding on floor plans for the house, they insisted on keeping a room together. Sometimes they fight the worst, and sometimes they ignore each other altogether (!) but at the end of the day, this is them. I want you guys to know that both of them carry silent grief. Both of them have experienced loss and sadness – each one unique and neither one greater than the other. But this. Out of loss and tragedy and pain comes this.

Project Life 2014 Week 22B

The pockets across the center are again Project Life cards with simple embellishments. The wood grain card here just had to be used up. I layered the circle die cut and a star enamel dot on top.

Project Life 2014 Week 22B

And then there are these two. You can tell which of the children grew up being photographed, and therefore when the camera is out she will pose. I love both, and I love that this photo captures both.

Project Life 2014 Week 22B

I created a simple title card here. This event definitely was on their Love List and that banner is perfect. Alphabet is from Amy’s Stitched collection.

Project Life 2014 Week 22B

Last two filler cards here. Simple stamping and a washi tape from Paper Source that is laying on my desk.

Project Life 2014 Week 22B

That is all for today friends! I hope this was fun! See you back tomorrow with some traveler’s notebook fun!

~Theresa