Hey everyone, today I am sharing a layout that is part of my 50 First Layouts Series! I am using Dear Lizzy Stay Colorful to create this mixed media layout about our kiddos when we were visiting Asheville, NC last year.
Here is a closer look at the full layout.
I started off with an amazing background using Shimmerz paints – these are the Inklingz in Steely Blue Eyes, Blue Lagoon, and Bahama Mama. You can purchase these paints by clicking here.
I also used a silkscreen from Studio Calico and paints from Heidi Swapp to add some tiny stars and splatters to that background. When that was all dried I layered my flowers on the right hand side. I fussy cut them all out from one of the Dear Lizzy patterned papers, and then once they were adhered to the page I ran my sewing machine over the whole things. Ah the layers!
I’ve also added some stamps from Pinkfresh Studio around the page. It gives the background more dimension and ties it in beautifully with the photo and other elements of the layout.
I popped the title up using pop dots, added a few more embellishments + journaling, and call this one done. I love everything about this layout, how about you?
Hi guys, today I am sharing the next layout in my Bermuda Honeymoon album! I am using the Dear Lizzy Lovely Day collection and I think you will be totally inspired watching!!!
For today’s layout I am continuing our journey around the hotel, including just a few more photos especially of this particular architectural element by the hotel’s hot tub.
As I was shopping my kit for different elements to use, I realized I was going for lots of Dear Lizzy Lovely Day products, so I went and grabbed the whole collection to use. It was definitely a good choice!
The photos were my base for the layout, and then I filled the remaining pockets with cards from the cut apart sheets that were part of Lovely Day. I always go ahead and cut those apart when I get them so they are easier to use when I am ready.
Remember the gazebo that was built over the water? This is the view from that gazebo. Absolutely fabulous view there. I am loving these pastels and how well they compliment all these views.
The opposite side is a Becky Higgins Design D page protector for two vertical photos. It has been cut down to fit in the album. Once the photos were in place I had a column of horizontal 3×4 pockets, which is a size I don’t normally work with. I had fun with them – I started with one patterned paper for a very neutral background which is a very old exclusive from Gossamer Blue, and then layered elements on top.
Thank you for joining me today! See you back here again soon!
Hi guys, today I am sharing the next layout in my Bermuda honeymoon album with you! Products I am using are a combination of Amy Tangerine plus Crate Paper Oasis!
Here is the full layout. I still had more photos from around the hotel I wanted to include in this album, so those are my jumping off point for the layout.
The left hand side is a divided pocket page made of 3×3 squares that were begging for another full size photo. This amazing gazebo was built over the water on the hotel property and was simply magical! The only embellishment I added were the transparency card from Dear Lizzy Saturday and the gold hearts from Pink Paislee Take Me Away.
The pinks and corals from the photos are what drove my decisions for selecting the journal cards, and all of Amy Tangerine’s collections use those colors so beautifully! I added just a few embellishments from Crate Paper Oasis as well, and they coordinate perfectly!
My journaling focuses on how excited we were to get away by ourselves for a few days. It doesn’t happen often, with four kiddos and my parents being gone and his parents being far away. So this was incredibly special to us!
The only card that is not from Amy Tangerine is the middle striped card, which is Dear Lizzy. It ties in all the colors of the layout and provides easy journaling lines, so it’s a win-win!
Thanks so much for following along today! See you soon!
Hi there! Today is Project Life day around here and I am on Week 33 in my 2016 album. Have a look at my process:
I began my layout with these printed pages created in the Project Life app. I chose the Project 52 and Love Story kits available in the app for my journaling cards, and then I chose Dear Lizzy Saturday embellishments to add dimensional accents.
The photos I used for this week’s layout are from Alan’s birthday! You will recall one of the gifts I gave him this year was a mini album and he is holding that album in the lower left hand corner. Here is the left side of the layout:
In the interest of simplicity, I only added a few paper strips, a stamped image, and a rubber ampersand to the top photo.
I am in love with these black and white alphas that go with the Dear Lizzy Saturday collection! I am also loving placing the dates on one side of these date cards like this. Fun and simple!
Here is the right hand side of this layout:
I began with this title card and I was really happy to use this chipboard phrase! I have to admit that I have not done a good job of including Alan’s birthdays in our family albums, so it was fun to just focus on this event for this week. I absolutely think some weeks should be like this in our Project Life albums, don’t you?!
My journaling was short and simple on this layout. That is ok some weeks too! Also I am loving the close-up of the cake. That cake was divine, let me tell you.
I absolutely love including these moments of us around the dining room table. We aren’t around this table every night – some of us leave to go to another home – but I do hope there is a warmth of memories they associate with this place. Also, it feels really good to have a space we love that photographs well. I am a big fan of creating spaces in our home that form a beautiful backdrop for our photos. If you love your home’s environment you are more likely to take those photos!
I went ahead and used up a few of the tickets that were in the Saturday ephemera pack. I am still trying to figure out the best way to use the tiny attacher so that the staples will form properly in the back – but for now the imperfect staple adds a little detail anyway.
I love how these 3×4 cards give the best opportunities for layering on these layouts. Just simple washi tape, a fun banner, and a little bird make these cards pop.
These two have a pretty special relationship, I must say. Earlier that day they were both in my studio while I was trying to work (!!) and this moment happened. I hope all our children remember these moments with Alan and how he has surrounded them with love and support.
One more look at the layout here:
Thanks for joining me today! This was fun! See you soon!
Hi guys! I am working on Week 26 in my 2016 Project Life album, so have a look at my process today:
Here is the layout as I created it in the Project Life App, and then printed through Persnickety Prints. The cards I used in the App are from the Good Vibes kit with the exception of the date card, which is from the Project 52 kit.
Here is the completed layout, with journaling added by hand and embellishments are all from Dear Lizzy Saturday collection!
You have probably figured out by now that I really love Dear Lizzy’s products and I use them often. The Saturday collection does not disappoint! I ended up using the Saturday embellishments on the entire card here, and a small bit of journaling.
This week two of our kids were in Florida, and the other two are here fifty percent of the time, so that left us with a few days just the two of us. I made that the focus of my journaling and photos on this page.
I will let you guys in on a really awesome secret about my husband: he is a very successful computer expert and well-respected in his field, but he is also an amazing cook! One of my favorite things is when he makes chocolate chip cookies. This is one of those things Project Life is perfect for – to document our favorite things.
One of the reasons I chose the Saturday collection to embellish this layout with is because the collection has lots of black and white touches. When I created the layout in the App, I chose the Good Vibes collection and included the date card from the Project 52 kit, which is black and white. So I needed the black and white to tie this all together.
My thought process as I worked around the page was really quite simple: add just one or two small things to each card or photo. I took the time to trim the cut-apart sheets and some of those I used as embellishments as well.
I did not add anything to this photo collage. I created the photo collage right in the Project Life App and brought it into the layout just like any other photo. I love capturing our laughter and silliness, even right in the driveway.
One more look at this side of the layout:
On the opposite side I began with a photo of Nick and Natalie playing video games in the living room. This doesn’t happen often! But when the other two kiddos are gone, they find each other and play video games together and that makes me so happy to see. They do actually love each other!
Some of the decorative elements on the cards I ended up covering up. I love this flexibility and this chance to make these layouts my own. And of course, the chance to get to use up my stash in fun ways!
I wasn’t sure about placing this plain wood grain filler card, but I also knew by the time I embellished the layout I would know exactly what to do. Sure enough, I was happy to layer paper strips with floral stickers, washi tape, and rubber shapes. Sweet!
This little friend visited our yard during the week. I was happy to photograph him quietly and then leave him to find his own path, but it sure was fun seeing him! I think it is good luck when box turtles visit!
The turquoise circle on this filler card became the jumping off point for how to embellish this card. I decided to cut out the Dream circle and I added the round rubber embellishment, along with another flower sticker. The second filler card I realized I was completely not thrilled with, so I covered it up with the pattern and the words.
The final card on the layout just makes me so happy. The cascading hearts are adorable, but they did give me a tiny challenge how to layer on top without completely obscuring them? So I kept it simple with the camera, the word strip, and the rubber heart. Just a few stamps around the page as well, and this layout is complete!
One last look at the right hand side of the layout:
Oh, this layout was so much fun to create! There weren’t many photos from this week, so that meant a lot of filler cards and lots of opportunities to embellish. That makes me incredibly happy! See you tomorrow for Disney!!!
Hi guys!! It’s Throw-back Thursday today and I am so excited to share a layout that highlights some of the finishing products the installers placed in our home as it was being finished up. Have a look at my process:
So today you probably noticed I did three pages in the album. Here are those three pages with just photos and journaling cards:
So I began with the right hand side of this layout, which shows photos of the appliances and sink fixtures that had been delivered but not installed quite yet. For me, this is the most exciting part!
The weekly date card shares the dates and week number, and also repeats the Phase number in this project. Everything is so very close to being done.
I itemized some of the products that were delivered, using one of the list cards from the Charming Core Kit. A lot of things are happening, so I love being able to just list it out right here.
More photos of the boxes lined up in the garage. Carefully we counted and verified everything was there (although of course we knew the contractor had done that already!) Who knew that boxes could be so exciting? I am so glad I took some time to photograph these.
I am still using the circle dates from Paislee Press, with numbers added on top. If you saw the process video you saw me paint those numbers with nail polish! How fun!
I know it is really hard to tell in these photos, but my shoes are the shoes I wore while we painted and they are actually coated in paint. I still laugh when I think about those poor shoes! They are worth including in this story.
The embellishments from the Dear Lizzy Documentary collection added just the right sentiments to these photos. I know that vinyl tile isn’t that exciting in the grand scheme of things, and we committed to finishing this home with hard-working finishes that weren’t overly lavish. But for me, this was a really big deal. I am so thankful for this simple flooring.
Turn the page and the second and third pages cover Week 27 in this album. Photos are pretty much more finishes and some overall documentation of the progress on the interiors.
On the left hand side I began with the date card, mixing stamps and alphas plus washi and stickers.
They installed the shelving for the closets and pantry, and this had to be included. We were so excited to get this pantry – with four growing kids we stock a lot of food in our house. For school alone we pack 16 lunches per week. So this pantry is a necessity for us.
I have photographed our living room at different stages through this process, and so here is another photo, now with fireplace and tile surround, all the paint and trim, flooring, and lighting.
And our kitchen here, also complete, although the flooring is under wraps. Contractors are still in and out finishing up things and we still have to complete our touch-ups, so the hardwoods are being protected still. I cannot express how much I love this kitchen. We chose this floor plan specifically for this kitchen and its open view to dining room and living room, but also because it is spacious! Even though our builder is still building lots of houses with dark cabinetry, we chose all white. White cabinets, white appliances, and a utilitarian Formica counter. Where we invested our money on this floor was the 9-foot ceilings and taller baseboards, did you notice the ceiling height? That is my designer trick to make the rooms look large and roomy.
This photo below is looking into the master bath. You can tell in this photo that the quarter round has still not been completed here! So very close to being done.
This photo kind of cracks me up – who takes a picture of their door knob? This girl here, that’s who! Just more small, but important details.
The right hand side shows the air condition unit, gas meter, and thermostat. After working in the house in 95 degree days, we were ecstatic to get that installed!
I absolutely adore how this filler card turned out. I am still in Week 27, so no need for a date card here.
Underneath is my journaling for this page. I am sure I have never been so excited to see air vents in my life!
This is our gas meter. Interestingly enough, it wasn’t until I had this photo printed out and my husband saw it the other day, he pointed out to me that the meter sits on ZERO here! Neither one of us have ever had one that was on zero, brand new, never used before.
The air vents that I never imagined being so excited about! I know these things probably are so boring and mundane, and maybe you are asking yourself why document these every day things? And I say, why not document these every day things? Several years ago I lost my home (and all my life savings) in my divorce settlement. For me these things are all really big. This is worth celebrating.
In the larger scheme, I am so happy to record these every day things because they are part of the story of our family. One day, hopefully many years from now, our children will sell this house. When they do, they will pull out this album and remember.
But for today, they will know how much this house means to us. They will know the stories and the struggles and the connection. They will know why this house is more than just a house.
This has been a photo-filled post today, thanks for reading along. I plan to double up some in the next few weeks so I can get this album finished up. I was working on my production schedule and realized that it is time to plan and begin December Daily, which means production schedule changes entirely in November and December! That means I need to finish this album in October. I am ready to finish it up and am looking forward to that. Thanks so much for encouraging me along!
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:
This is the layout completed, with journaling and embellishments added on top:
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.
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.
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!
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!
No embellishments on this photo of my son, just keeping it simple and easy to complete.
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.
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!
I adore this banner from the Saturday collection, and I popped it up using pop dots, and then added a chipboard heart.
I used another chipboard word on this photo below, because I am absolutely in love with them. I may need more of them……
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.
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.
For the photo of her receiving her diploma, I only added a few of these chipboard plus signs.
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!
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:
And here is my completed layout, with journaling and embellishments:
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Alright, see you back here tomorrow for my Charleston Traveler’s Notebook project!
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:
There was a 6×12 insert this week, so this is Side A:
This is Side B:
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is the insert, which tells the story of the driveway and back patio being poured.
We did not go inside the house that day, in order to make sure that nobody accidentally walked on the concrete.
I love this banner across the bottom, and I added a tab sticker and punch so you would know to turn the insert.
The second page starts with Nick’s baseball game, last one for that season. I did no embellishing, just a bit of journaling.
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.
The circle date again, and I love how those circles unify this whole layout.
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!
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!
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.
These are the last two cards on this layout. One is for more journaling and the other I just left blank.
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!
Hi guys, today’s TBT layout takes us further along in my 2014 house construction project. I am so excited to show you the brand new Charming Edition Core Kit from Becky Higgins today and you are going to love it. Here is my process:
Here is the layout I began with, photos and journal cards chosen and in place.
And the completed layout here.
So I mentioned in my video that I have divided up this Core Kit and am offering the divided kits in my Etsy shop. Go have a look if you’re dying to get your hands on it – I promise you will love it so much: Larkindesign.
I started this layout actually in the lower corner because I couldn’t wait to use those gold words from Dear Lizzy. Those are simply layered over the circle I cut from one of the journaling cards, on a vellum that is from another Dear Lizzy collection (Lucky Charm, I believe).
Above that are some of the 3×4 journaling cards that are included in the Charming Core Kit. That chevron is to die for.
My circle date is here, from Paislee Press. I am doing this consistently throughout this portion of the album so the date is easily found on the layout. I am really happy about how these look!
This constellation map is an embellishment from the Serendipity ephemera pack that I have been (hoarding) holding onto for a while now. Next to that is one of the gold foiled cards from the Charming Kit. A note about the foiled cards: they were singles in the kit, so those have been divided up and each of the divided kits I have in my shop include different foiled cards. Which cards come in which kit is photographed, so you can choose which ones are your favorite!
The other side of the layout is actually two stories – one about Muffins with Mom and then the construction progress for the day. I really loved using the donuts for this layout, since Muffins with Mom turned out to be Donuts with Mom. Ha.
These are more of the 3×4 cards from the Charming Kit. The artwork in this kit is beautiful.
Check out this polka dot. I would love full papers in this!
Look at these cuties. I love this project so much, you guys.
I hope you enjoyed this layout and are inspired with some ideas for your own projects! I will not be posting tomorrow as this was not only a holiday week, but I also have one child with a broken arm this week and so helping her has taken away from some production time for sure! But I will see you back here next week with a full production schedule and lots of fun projects. Have a great weekend!