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Project Life 2016 Week 20!!

Hi guys and welcome back for a Project Life layout today! I’m working in my 2016 album, using the Project Life App to create my layout and then embellishing on top. I chose a variety of products today, including Ali Edwards, One Little Bird, and Pink Paislee C’est La Vie. Have a look at my process!

So this layout is from a travel week where my husband was called out to Boston from Sunday until Friday. I did something similar a few months ago, where we sent photos back and forth and then I used those photos to compare and contrast our weeks in the layout. It turns out I had four pages, so two complete layouts. This is the first:

Project Life 2016 Week 20

And here is the second:

Project Life 2016 Week 20

I also added two inserts for our journaling. I wrote about our week here at home and Alan wrote about his week in Boston. The first insert is my journaling overlaid on a scanned map:

Project Life 2016 Week 20

That is the front side, and here is the back side:

Project Life 2016 Week 20

This is the second layout. Alan wrote two pages about his week, and I was so excited that he wrote that much! He was worried it was too much, but seriously, there is never any such thing as too much journaling. Make room to accommodate those stories. I am so happy his voice is here:

Project Life 2016 Week 20

This week turned out to be quite a process for planning and creating, but I am incredibly happy with the results.

Project Life 2016 Week 20

I love that Alan is willing to contribute so much to help these layouts happen. Half of the photos on this layout are his, lovingly taken and shared by him in order to help create the stories of our life for this week. I love the contrasts – while we lived our normal week he lived a very different week.

Project Life 2016 Week 20

I am loving the date cards in the Project 52 Edition cards in the Project Life App. I am loving having a consistent way each week to display the week number. I am loving highlighting the events of our lives in a weekly format. I am loving organizing our story, through our memories, one week at a time. I am loving choosing photos that tell our stories in this way, not over the top, not feeling obligated to use every single photo, just the ones that fit in the story.

Project Life 2016 Week 20

I am loving the graphic nature of this layout, as I mentioned several times in the process video. The angles and the black touches and the large numbers pop.

Project Life 2016 Week 20
Project Life 2016 Week 20

Notice how I did not break apart the days, although I did include the day of the week with the time stamp on each photo. We did not send photos on a regular schedule – Alan’s schedule gave him little time to text or photograph and that is completely understandable. Not dividing by days made this more flexible so I could include photos that we had.

Project Life 2016 Week 20

For the second layout all the photos and journaling cards are 4×4.

Project Life 2016 Week 20

More of the stamping, more of smaller, simpler embellishments.

Project Life 2016 Week 20

I know it is hard to get the overall from the photos, so I hope you had a chance to watch the process video all the way through. At the end of the video I did show the layouts in my album itself with the inserts, so you can see how it turned out as a whole.

Project Life 2016 Week 20

So that is all for today! Tomorrow will be a Disney layout and I will finish up Day 1 on that journey, so I will see you then!

~Theresa

Project Life/Project 52 2016 Week 4 Layout! (And a Sad Goodbye/Thank You To Basic Grey)

Hi there, today I am sharing with you a Project Life layout I created for Week 4 of 2016. This was the week of the giant snow storm that hit the east coast, so I chose all my photos from that event, placed them in a layout in the Project Life App, and then embellished them on the printed layout. Here is my process video showing how I embellished:

Here are the layouts as I created them within the Project Life App, using Project 52 journal cards:

Project Life 2016 Week 4
Project Life 2016 Week 4

These layouts both came together so quickly, and I absolutely love how the App allows me to select and place a variety of photos, quick and simple, onto a cohesive layout. When I printed them out, they looked fantastic as well – great quality on my photos thanks to the iPhone 6 and great quality journal cards thanks to the App. I couldn’t wait to add a few embellishments and the journaling.

Project Life 2016 Week 4

 

I chose to use Pink Paislee’s brand new C’est La Vie collection to embellish this layout. The background color was the perfect match for this gorgeous transparency, don’t you think?

Project Life 2016 Week 4

 

The puffy stickers and washi tape made it easy to add just a little accent to the photos.

Project Life 2016 Week 4

 

I am a huge fan of using Sharpie markers directly on photos. Yes, I am aware that Sharpies are not acid free, but these are all digital photos, backed up on our hard drive, and I am comfortable journaling on these layouts directly. It really is ok.

Project Life 2016 Week 4

 

For my title card I chose these American Crafts Thickers that actually are not part of the C’est La Vie collection. The C’est La Vie collection has two sets of great alphas, but they did not quite give the look (or the numbers!) that I needed.

Project Life 2016 Week 4

 

I repeated the alpha at the bottom with the title Snowed In, just because I wanted to use that asterisk as a snow flake. 

Project Life 2016 Week 4

 

I am in love with the bullets on this journal card. Some of the points are snarky – we stocked up on our groceries right before the storm arrived, at 5PM, and the store was insane. So many people, lined up in every single register! 

Project Life 2016 Week 4

 

This was really a great, fun layout to create and I was actually surprised at how easy it was to put together with just the washi tape, puffy stickers, and alphabet! If you are limited on supply space or funds, this would be a great way to create scrapbook layouts with minimal supplies!

Project Life 2016 Week 4

A note about the scrapbook industry:  This week the scrapbook industry said goodbye to one of the most iconical manufacturers we have had, Basic Grey. My eyes may have leaked a bit when I opened my email announcing that they will send their last collections out mid-February, and then that is it for them.

It is so incredibly sad to see another scrapbook company, especially a favorite like BG, step out of the industry. Far too many great companies have come and gone since the economy crashed, and I understand why that is. In the past few years it has become increasingly more and more difficult to get hands on great products and scrapbook products, while still being designed and produced and promoted, are not as easily accessible to the every day scrapbooker like you and me. For the average person it takes quite a bit of savvy to get the latest and greatest before they sell out, plus a willingness to purchase sight unseen.

I realize even when I am creating these blog posts, that by the time I post layouts some of the products I show will be sold out. This leads to frustration, especially for newer scrapbookers who aren’t as savvy or don’t know which brands they will like. I get it. I really do get it.

People always ask, when these things happen, what is going to happen to the scrapbooking industry? And in reality, the industry will never completely go away but we do have to evolve with it and work with what we have. If you have never ordered scrapbooking products online, now is the time to do so (you can follow my links at the bottom of my posts to find all that Amazon has to offer!) If you have never photographed and posted your scrapbook layouts online, now is the time to do that. If you have never Tweeted and Facebooked and Periscoped with manufacturers, now is the time to do so.

We are the scrapbooking industry, and in order for it to survive, we must continue to make it thrive by our participation and our involvement. We have to show up. We can do without Basic Grey, but we need to continue bringing in new scrapbookers and new talent and new designers and new entrepreneurs  in order to keep moving the industry forward. You and I are a part of that, too, because you help me move this industry forward as well, with every Read, Subscribe, Like, and Comment. Thank you for showing up and thank you for supporting this industry. I am really glad you are a part of it.

See you soon!

~Theresa