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{Traditional Layout} Things I Need to Hear | Take Time To Recharge

Hi guys! Today I am continuing my Things I Need to Hear series with a traditional layout called Take Time to Recharge.

Thank you so very much to each and every person who has encouraged me along this series. These layouts are a joy to create and I am loving the affirming reminders every week, along with creative process. These feed my soul, and I hope you are gaining inspiration too. This is my completed layout for this week.

Larkindesign {Traditional Layout} Things I Need to Hear | Take Time To Recharge

My layout began with a photo of me and my gold polka dot tea mug. I recently found a vanilla tea that reminds me of my childhood in Germany and so I have been taking time throughout the week to just sit down and enjoy a cup. Photo credit: Alan.

Larkindesign {Traditional Layout} Things I Need to Hear | Take Time To Recharge

I took a little time to add a mist background using the Rosey Posey cut file available at The Cut Shoppe, link here. After that I added stitching using my sewing machine, in concentric circles around the floral designs. This became the basis for all my embellishments.

Larkindesign {Traditional Layout} Things I Need to Hear | Take Time To Recharge

My embellishment clusters each center around a round ephemera or chipboard circle. To each of those I added a shaped paper clip, a floral embellishment, or a chipboard phrase.

Larkindesign {Traditional Layout} Things I Need to Hear | Take Time To Recharge

My title is stamped using the Oasis alphabet set and stickers from Simple Stories. Not complicated at all, and most definitely a gentle reminder to be good to ourselves.

Larkindesign {Traditional Layout} Things I Need to Hear | Take Time To Recharge

I think what has motivated this whole series is the fact that I miss my mom and I miss her words of wisdom and I miss her reminders to me to take care of myself. I miss the days she came to visit when I was sick, and in one quick afternoon she would have the whole house cleaned, dinner made, and the kids taken care of. So my journaling are what I wish her words would be to me, if I could talk to her on the phone.

Larkindesign {Traditional Layout} Things I Need to Hear | Take Time To Recharge

Products used include: Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills embellishments and ephemera; The Cut Shoppe cut file; Heidi Swapp Shine spray mist in coral; Ali Edwards Me and Tough story kits stamp set and chipboard pieces; American Crafts Hazelwood shaped paper clip; Freckled Fawn shaped clip and wood veneer coffee cup; Maggie Holmes Confetti wood hearts; Tim Holtz epoxy flower. 

 

 

 

 

{December Daily 2016} November 29 Decorating the Gingerbread Cookies

Hi there! I have to say that I am so excited that tomorrow is December 1!!!! I am excited because so many others will begin their December albums on the first and I cannot wait to start seeing what everyone else is doing this year. For today I only have my process video for November 29, and tomorrow I will share the photographs along with November 30.

 

Thanks so much for following along! I would LOVE to hear from you, let me know how you are documenting this December and link me up of you’re sharing!

~Theresa

{December Daily 2016} Let’s Begin!!!! November 25 & 26

Hi there and happy December documenting! I am so excited to finally begin filling these fun pages with all our memories, and even more excited to begin sharing with you. Today I am sharing November 25 and 26 with you, so take a look here:

 

Here is how the layout looked before the month began:

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For the first page, November 25, I had photos from us working on decorating the outside of the house. I brought the photo into Lightroom to add journaling and the November word art from The Lilypad Kindred Memory Pocket Monthly. When I was ready to print I formatted the photo at 6×12 in Photoshop and printed it at home on Staples brand matte photo paper.

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I also added the number 25 from the Ali Edwards Main Kit, and a tab which is from the Sahlin Studio Oh What Fun collection.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} November 25 %26 26

For November 26 I included a photo of all of us taken on Thanksgiving Day.

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} November 25 %26 26

We had a mini photo shoot in our back yard, and this one is a favorite. I think I will include other photos from this session in the album. I had never thought to do that before, but it would be cool and will offer a common thread throughout. We had a fun time taking these!

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I created this journal card from one of the patterned papers in the Oh What Fun collection. I left a tiny space across the bottom for embellishments, and the number 26 layered on top.

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One more look at the layout:

We had a mini photo shoot in our back yard%2C and this one is a favorite.We had a mini photo shoot in our back yard%2C and this one is a favorite.

Ah, another year, another December Daily begins. Thank you so much for following along with me! I would love to hear from you, and if you are working on a December Daily link me up so I can follow along!

~Theresa

**December Daily is an album concept designed and trademarked by Ali Edwards. To learn more about this project and connect with others who share a passion for this project, visit her website here: Ali Edwards.

 

 

 

{December Daily 2016} Foundation Pages Walk-Through!

Hello there! Today I am going to share with you a walk-through video of my December Daily foundation pages from start to finish. One quick note: they are not all complete and a few will probably change in the process of documenting the month, but no worries! Enjoy the video:

Without further ado, allow me to share the photos:

Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} Foundation Pages
Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} Foundation Pages
Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} Foundation Pages
Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} Foundation Pages
Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} Foundation Pages
Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} Foundation Pages
Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} Foundation Pages
Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} Foundation Pages
Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} Foundation Pages
Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} Foundation Pages
Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} Foundation Pages
Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} Foundation Pages
Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} Foundation Pages
Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} Foundation Pages
Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} Foundation Pages
Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} Foundation Pages
Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} Foundation Pages
Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} Foundation Pages
Larkindesign {December Daily 2016} Foundation Pages

Whew!!!! I know that is a LOT of photos and no words, but there they all are, ready to go. I am beginning my photographing and documenting today and will begin sharing process videos on Sunday. I cannot wait to share those with you! Thank you for following along and for being here to encourage me! See you soon!

~Theresa

 

**December Daily is an album concept developed and marketed by Ali Edwards. To learn more about her products and her process, and to connect with others who are equally enthusiastic about this project, please visit her blog here: Ali Edwards Blog. (Link opens in a new window)

 

 

 

 

 

 

{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