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Layout | AE Tough Story Kit

Hi there, today I am showing a layout I created using the Project Life App and Ali Edwards’ Tough Story Kit. This layout is another one about our trip to the beach, only this one allows space to document my son’s incident with a dog bite that happened several hours after we left the beach. Here is my process video:

This is the layout I created in the App, by bringing the Story Kit digital cards into Dropbox and then dropping them into place in the App:

AE Tough Story Kit

Here is the completed layout:

AE Tough Story Kit

I made a conscious decision in creating this layout: notice that while the overall layout is about a traumatic event, I have purposefully used bright and hopeful photos to document. I obviously did not take photos while we were at the ER that night. Some people do that, and that is ok, but I was just trying to get through.  So when I thought about what photos to use, and how I wanted to approach this layout, I decided that I really wanted to convey hope and strength. I thought about what I wanted my son to take from this experience – I wanted him to be assured that he is strong and tough and that he can make it through some awful days. I also wanted him to be reminded that even though moments are tough, the whole day was not tough. There were some beautiful moments in that day, and here is proof of that.

AE Tough Story Kit

I also love using this larger photo of him prior to the incident because it shows his sweet face and I have every hope that those scars will heal. I am so thankful that incident did not take his smile or his sweet cheeks. I think I am also holding onto this boy, who now has faced fear and stood it down, but who also now has a few marks from that.

AE Tough Story Kit

I really love this card but visually it might be a little bit overwhelming. I decided to just add a few of those plastic strips and some hearts. The adhesive shows through on those, but it really is ok. A little imperfection actually lends a rough feel to that card and is consistent with the purpose of this layout.

AE Tough Story Kit

I love the chipboard stickers that come with the Story Kits each month. These two layered on top of each perfectly.

AE Tough Story Kit

On the opposite side of the page I wanted to document the recovery in some way, so I wrote in a voice that is after a few days and I included a photo that was taken a few days later. It was important to me to document his recovery because I want us to be able, in a few months and years, to look back and say, “Wow, look how well your injuries healed. Look how awesome you look compared to right after.” 

AE Tough Story Kit

Just a little note about how I have used the Tough journaling cards on this layout: the physical Write This Moment card is actually 3×4 vertical. The Yes, This card is actually 4×6 horizontal. The Life in Progress card is 3×4 vertical. I have changed all of these from their original format and the reason I wanted to point that out is to encourage you, in the Project Life App, to try this with cards that you need to use in a different way. I admit it is harder to do this with Becky Higgins’ Editions because the App will tell you which cards belong in which areas, but when using the AE cards you have a little bit more flexibility with that.

AE Tough Story Kit

Those flair badges are so awesome – I chose three to use on this layout and used those to establish the visual triangle around the page. I also layered them on top of a 1″ silver rimmed office tag, which is such a classic Ali Edwards thing to do! Those plastic strips provide a great home base and a place to use the word strips.

AE Tough Story Kit

Now, I will admit that the digital elements will only go so far, and here you can see how I stretched the Strong word element further than it is designed to go. It is pixelated around the edges, as you can see, and this is part of the risk taking that comes with trying these elements in a different way. I used the Letterglow App to place these word elements on the photo, and some of them I lowered the opacity. I was trying to echo the perspective of the photo itself. Whether it works or not, I guess, is in the eye of the beholder, but my main point is to try and to not be afraid of how it will turn out. Nothing on this layout is perfect, but it tells a story about life that is very imperfect, so that in itself is consistent. Embrace that imperfection. 

I hope you enjoyed this beach series. We were only on the beach for a few hours, but so many stories came from that and I am thankful for the Project Life App, and thankful to Ali Edwards for the inspiring products and stories. I am also thankful to you, my dear readers and viewers, for following along with me on this journey. I hope you will be inspired to tell your stories too.

See you again tomorrow!

~Theresa

Project Life 2016 Week 10 Beach Layout!

Hi friends, I am so excited to be creating two Project Life layouts this week for my 2016 album. There was a lot that happened in the month of March and it is important for me to tell some of those stories, so this is one of those stories. Take a look at my process video:

 

This is the layout as I created it in the Project Life App:

Project Life 2016 Week 10 Beach

I used the Currently Edition digital core kit by Peppermint Granberg once more for this layout, because I simply love it so much. Here is the completed layout:

Project Life 2016 Week 10 Beach

I can’t tell you how much I love using Maggie Holmes Bloom collection with the Currently Edition kit. Every one of these pockets makes me so happy. I started with the photo of myself in the upper left hand corner, to which I added a half circle wreath and a chipboard embellishment from Ali Edwards’ Spark story kit. I had to laugh just a little when I placed it on the photo, because it has words on it and the words ended up being upside down. So no worries, I just added different word strips on top.

Project Life 2016 Week 10 Beach

On the journal card next to my photo, I wrote a sort of letter to myself. The trip to the beach was a necessary get-away for me and so I wrote this to affirm my need to get away.

Project Life 2016 Week 10 Beach

That camera, on top of that pink horizontal stripe, is simply perfection. I also added another journal card to myself below the photo. This is something I haven’t really done in the past, but creating these layouts makes me feel like there is space to include this type of journaling, and I am happy for that. 

Project Life 2016 Week 10 Beach

One of the things that made me most happy on this trip was seeing my daughter Natalie embrace the beach so much. She was in her element, running into the waves and searching for shells. Soaking up the sunshine.

Project Life 2016 Week 10 Beach

Have I mentioned how much I love the flexibility of Project Life to showcase these photos? I love being able to include layouts about a particular day or event in between the weekly mish mash layouts. And I especially love adding these embellishments on top. 

Project Life 2016 Week 10 Beach

There was nothing complicated on this page. Just the words on the main photo.

Project Life 2016 Week 10 Beach

The floral puffy sticker looks amazing, joining the photo and journal card together. Just a quick note about these wider photos – they were taken with my iPhone and then slightly zoomed in the Project Life App, so this made them a tiny bit grainy when they were printed out. It really is ok, friends, to use the less-than perfect photos in your layouts and even to use them as focal points in your layout. I chose this one because it truly evokes a feeling for me of my carefree, spirited daughter, commanding the beach that day. That matters to me more than having a perfect photo.

Project Life 2016 Week 10 Beach

For the photos across the bottom of the layout, I only added a small heart with gold word strip, and I stamped currently underneath the camera icon. And that is all for this layout. I hope you have a fantastic weekend and I will see you back here next week!

~Theresa

Disney Layout No. 1 | Christmas Day!

Ok guys, I have started the layout process videos for my Disney album! Yay! It feels great to get going on this album and making progress, bit by bit every week. Take a look at this week’s process:

My first step in the album process was to place photos in the album, and then I placed journal cards in the open spaces. This is how today’s layout began:

Larkindesign Disney Album Layout No. 01 | Surprise!!!

This is the completed layout:

Larkindesign Disney Album Layout No. 01 | Surprise!!!

The left hand side was pretty simple, I left the back of the vellum pockets as they were, and for the center pockets I chose three green cards from the Honey Edition Core kit. The journal card is from Sahlin Studios Project Mouse.

Larkindesign Disney Album Layout No. 01 | Surprise!!!

Since this layout is about Christmas Day, I pulled out some of my leftover products from Ali Edwards’ December Daily 2015 Main kit. The wooden Christmas tree and star, plus the stamp set, are all Ali Edwards. The star was plain wood, so I painted it and the ornament white to match the tree. The ornament is from an older Basic Grey Christmas collection – Juniper Berry.

Larkindesign Disney Album Layout No. 01 | Surprise!!!

For the right hand side, I started with the large photo of the bokeh tree lights and added a label sticker.

Larkindesign Disney Album Layout No. 01 | Surprise!!!

I decided to repeat the green labels on some of the other elements on the layout. For this photo I stamped a circle of words and added the twinkle word strip.

Larkindesign Disney Album Layout No. 01 | Surprise!!!

Underneath the photo I used a journal card and Surprise card from Project Mouse. I kept the journaling short and added just a few simple embellishments.

Larkindesign Disney Album Layout No. 01 | Surprise!!!

For the bottom photo, one more green label and a stamped sentiment. This truly was one happy day, telling them we were going to Disney! Two of the children had never been and the look on their faces was priceless.

Larkindesign Disney Album Layout No. 01 | Surprise!!!

One final filler card from Project Mouse that makes me smile when I see it, and it really encapsulates so well what this whole layout is about! I added two simple strips of washi tape and three silver arrows. Done.

Larkindesign Disney Album Layout No. 01 | Surprise!!!

And that is this week’s Disney layout! I’ll see you back here tomorrow!

~Theresa

TBT Project Life 2015 Weeks 21-22

Ok, so yep, another two video blog post today! I know, I know, lots of stuff to show you! I have broken up Weeks 21 and 22 into two videos, so here is Week 21. I actually released this one on my Youtube channel last week and was not able to share it here (so if you haven’t subscribed to my Channel, be sure to, just for that reason! Sometimes it happens like that.)

Ok, and then in the album on the facing page is Week 22, so here is the process video for that week as well!

Here is a look at both layouts within the album itself:

TBT Project Life 2015 Weeks 21 %26 22

I have to say that these layouts make me so incredibly happy. I have used the heck out of this Gossamer Blue kit from last year (May 2015) and also I have adored using Dear Lizzy’s Fine and Dandy collection. I can’t say enough good things about that line!

TBT Project Life 2015 Weeks 21 %26 22
TBT Project Life 2015 Weeks 21 %26 22

This week we started a brand new project in our home – tiling the master bathroom. I was so excited because we picked out a marble tile for the floor and a tumbled marble for the walls. Stay tuned because next week I will be featuring the completed project here on the blog! (Yes, it took us a whole year to finish – don’t judge!)

TBT Project Life 2015 Weeks 21 %26 22

Ok, on to the facing layout:

TBT Project Life 2015 Weeks 21 %26 22

The date card was so much fun to create. Yes, I totally mixed three different fonts and I love it.

TBT Project Life 2015 Weeks 21 %26 22
TBT Project Life 2015 Weeks 21 %26 22

Ok, that is all for today. I hope you are making time to create some beautiful things for yourself this week. See you soon!

~Theresa

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