Woohoo throw confetti, you guys, I am done with the first half of 2017! I am sharing my Album A, which is chock full of pages created using Photoshop CC, and then embellished after printing. I anticipate picking back up in January to work on the second half.
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Hi guys! Today I am sharing my layout for Week 24 in my 2017 Project Life album. I chose the June MPM kit from The Lilypad called Curious, along with Paislee Press Pocket Guide No 03 as my template.
Have a look at the completed layout here:
This kit was so much fun to work with! I really love bright, happy colors in my Project Life albums, and this kit provides all that.
I loved the circle elements in the Pocket Guide template, so I made sure to repeat that element across the layout. It was so easy to notate the week number in this half circle!
With summer officially beginning, we took time to clean out backpacks from school. I also took a moment to photograph this really awesome roller coaster that Emberlynn built as part of her Maker Space club she participated in at school. It is made of paper and a little marble made its way down, down down. We decided that since it was paper, it probably wouldn’t survive, so photographs were in order.
Pool photos also made their way into this week’s layout. I also used some of the left over digital elements I have printed out from previous kits. I keep those in a little bucket on my workspace so they are easy to grab. All the labels and little elements I have added are from my little stash!
On the right hand side I included some cute cat photos, because cats, of course.
I love the graphic elements in The Lilypad monthly kits! The intersecting lines on this page give it a punch of color and visual interest, plus a clever little place to include just a sentences of journaling. My journaling on this layout, like most of my Project Life spreads, always includes little bits and sentences here and there as part of the overall writing. Each sentence makes up the whole.
Word art is always fun to include and they always layer so nicely right on top of journaling cards, don’t they? I loved repeating the half circle here again, as well.
My secret is out: I love Pusheen the cat and she has appeared yet again on my layout. I also just die laughing at this photo of Mickey the dog, and Zoe the cat. These two have the funniest love/hate relationship. They sit here beside each other in a rare show of solidarity, but turn their backs to each other just so, you know, you don’t think they are friends or something.
Hi guys! Today I am sharing my Week 25 layout in our 2017 Project Life album with you! I am using the Sahlin Studio Composition collection, which is the featured collection on the Sahlin Studio blog this month.
Have a look at the completed layout here:
I began my layout with the featured digital collection at Sahlin Studio this month, called Composition. I had a great selection of photos from the week and the colors from the kit go well with my colorful photos.
Our stories this week included making the most of the time left before Addison and Emberlynn go to Florida for the summer. They have lots of grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins who lovingly host them every summer and they truly have the best time when they go. But we take a little extra time to enjoy hanging out together. I had a few photos from our flower beds this week as well!
I chose some very simple embellishments from Elle’s Studio and Gossamer Blue for this layout. I am always a fan of navy and I love the navy included in the kit, so the navy embellishments repeat that color across the page.
This kraft-color card provided a great neutral space for journaling, and I added the awesome stamped word to the cut line just to give it a little kick. Also notice the pile of stuffed animals on the bed? Natalie left those there for me several nights in a row – first it was just one or two and that night it was all of them. Too funny!
On the left hand side I used the navy stripe patterned paper as the background, which contrasts so nicely with the mint on the left side. This photo shows my white pitchers that I collect and showcase in the kitchen above the cabinets. I found a new one that week, so we took them all down, washed them, and put them back up all fresh and sparkly. I loved seeing them all there on the counter, waiting to go back up!
I love the graphics in the Sahlin Studio collections, every one. These yellow and red cards are so simple yet bold, and I am trying my hand at clipping photos to the cards as well. I really like the photo of that giant croissant there. (FYI it was delicious!)
This mint card is such a simple filler card, and its purpose here is to balance the mint green on the left hand side of the layout. I love the simplicity of this.
This last photo is enlarged and shows the kids all together hanging out at the mall. These really are the wonder years, and I am so thankful to have these photos of all of them together every so often. I am even more thankful to have these albums filled with all these photos and stories.
My heart is with the people of Texas who are finding their way back to the remains of their homes. I am seeing so many stories of photos and albums and scrapbooks that are damaged and hoping to be restored in some way. This is an important reminder to back up your hard drives, host your photos on outside websites, and digitize digitize digitize. Love to you all.
Hello lovelies! Today I am sharing a hybrid Project Life layout from our 2017 album for Week 31. The layout was created in Photoshop CC using On A Whimsical Adventure Catching Waves collection, printed and then embellished using Elle’s Studio embellishments!
Here is a look at the completed layout:
Our stories for Week 31 included birthday celebrations for Natalie, who wanted cupcakes. We also spent some time at the pool and a local amusement park called Celebration Station. We took the kids to a midnight go-cart adventure and it was so much fun!
I created this layout for the On A Whimsical Adventure creative team. I took some of the digital papers, transfers, and elements to create my own journal cards in Photoshop. I particularly love the colors in this collection – the turquoise and corals printed beautifully!
Once my layout was printed of course I wanted to add hand written journaling and a few tiny embellishments. My favorite part – adding the textural details. I used some of my acrylic pieces from Elle’s Studio here in colors repeated from the digital collection. Yellows, blues, and greens, and a few touches of wood grains!
Hi guys, today I am sharing my layout in my 2017 Project Life album for Week 23! I have combined digital and physical products today. The digital kit is the August Memory Pockets Monthly kit from The Lilypad, and the physical kit is my Felicity Jane Kate kit!
Our stories this week included Nick’s 13th birthday, a chaotic day in the neighborhood where a gas line was cut, and we finally got our Nintendo Switch!
The Felicity Jane Kate numbers called to me and just begged to be used on a Project Life spread, so I printed this geometric card on my page and then layered the numbers on top. I also used the Felicity Jane puffy alphabet for the week, and those tiny little adorable hearts balance the card out.
I love combining The Lilypad kits with other physical products! The colors in the kits are always very flexible and go with lots of different products! The August Observations kit is no different! So many fun, bright colors!
Has anyone else been trying to the the Nintendo Switch? It’s their latest gaming platform and it has been marketed heavily to Splatoon fans. Natalie is our Splatoon fan and she has been dying to get the Switch, but they released it through pre-order and I think it is still only available if you pre-order it! So we finally pre-ordered it and not even a week later it arrived! Lots of happy faces here!
For the digital template I used the Paislee Press Pocket Guide No 01, and this 3×4 card in mint is one of the cards in that template. The white borders around my photos with text also are part of that template!
For the right hand side I used the word art from the Paislee Press template as well. In contrast to the bright pink on the left, I used a mint background on this side.
I absolutely love these photos of the kids all together on the front porch. They tell quite the stories, year after year. Natalie is right in the middle of a major growth spurt, can you tell?!
I had so much fun creating this journal card at the bottom of the layout! I needed lots of space to journal, but the tab and scallop die cuts from the Kate kit are perfect accents.
There’s nothing like a little scare every now and again to remind you of how fortunate we are, and this was definitely one of those weeks. We have had contractors in and out of our neighborhood digging up everyone’s yards to install new infastructure, and for the house at the end of our cul-de-sac it almost ended in disaster. They hit a gas line and so our street was tied off for a good part of the day, the fire trucks showed up, and it was overall chaos. Luckily everything turned out ok, but I sure am thankful for our happy little corner of the world!
Hi guys! Today I am sharing Week 22 in my 2017 Project Life album, which I have created using Sahlin Studio Like A Boss collection plus Clean Lined Templates No. 02. This is a hybrid layout created in Photoshop and printed, and this video shares the embellishing of the layout.
Take a look at the completed layout here:
Our stories this week included the opening of the pool, Addison learning how to use the ATM, my brand new Felicity Jane subscription, and Donut Day as illustrated by Pusheen!
I created my date card using some of the digital elements in the Like A Boss kit, plus the wooden alphabet from Felicity Jane. I shopped my stash for some of my physical embellishments just looking for things that were mint, navy, orange, and tiny bit of wood grain. The alphabet adds a perfect bit of texture to the layout, don’t you think?
Some of the physical embellishments are from Freckled Fawn, and I also grabbed a stamp set designed by Traci Reed for Gossamer Blue. The stamp set was part of the July Life Pages kit.
I am sticking to my promise this year to include more journaling on my layouts by combining typed and hand-written journaling. I love both methods – the typed journaling for the ease of it and the hand-written for the genuine parts of me included on each page. It’s a win-win!
I created a traveler’s notebook layout about our strawberry bundt dessert from heaven, and I also included a photo of it here. It was sooo good ya’ll! The tag was actually a journal card in the Like A Boss kit, but I cut it like a tag and added the mint scallop to the bottom.
The dining room table, you guys. In my class I will be talking about photographing our relationship to the world around us – have you checked out my class yet? The link is at the top of the page! Our relationship to that dining room table is one of the most iconic in our family, where all the good conversations happen and where all the messes are made. That is totally a layout by itself, isn’t it?
My secret is out – I LOVE love love Pusheen and follow their Instagram account. Photo credit to them for the Donut Day image, isn’t it adorable! I added nothing to these two journal cards and it feels good! Simple and classic.
You know how I was talking about our relationship to the dining room table? (that sounds crazy, but come on, we all share meals around the table together, and we all watch each other grow and evolve around the table. It’s good stuff!) Here is a photo of the kids at the table at McDonald’s. Do you guys have a favorite table that you always seem to gravitate towards? We do too, and this is ours.
Thank you for following along today! See you soon!
Hi guys! Today I am sharing my layout for Week 20 in my 2017 Project Life album. This layout was created for the Sahlin Studio Creative Team, using the Sahlin Studio Clean Lined Templates No. 02 and also the You Are Here collection. Physical embellishments are from Freckled Fawn!
Have a look at the completed layout!
Our stories for this week mostly were about driving up to Pilot Mountain for a streetfest they did! We also celebrated Mother’s Day and I got these totally groovy llama pajamas. And my gardenia bloomed, which was a really awesome surprise too!
or this week’s layout I did not record the digital process. I think in an effort to catch up and also to focus on some important things (like my upcoming class!!!) I did begin with the Sahlin Studio Clean Lined Templates No. 02, which are always so easy and fun to work with.
My date card was created by adding the Simple Stories alphas for Week 20, and then I used a Dear Lizzy rotary date stamp for the date.
For my round journaling I simply created a circle in Photoshop and used the Path Selection tool to write the words around the circle. The acrylic hearts in the July Freckled Fawn kit fit perfectly inside! I also used the vellum alphas from Freckled Fawn to write Mother’s Day inside this digital frame – so quirky and fun!
For the right hand side, I tweaked the template so I could include this enlarged photo as a focal point. It’s always fun to make quick changes to your templates so you can make it work for your photos and your stories!
I have promised myself this year to include more journaling on my Project Life layouts, and I am accomplishing this by doing both typed and hand-written journaling. I think this has helped me tell more stories this year. I also included one of Alan’s Instagram posts along with his text underneath the photo of Nick and the dog. This is a great way to include others’ voices in your layouts, with their permission of course!
These photos of the four kids together are just priceless, aren’t they?! I still make a concerted effort, at least once a month, to draw them all together and take the photo. I also added a little more journaling onto this photo.
Hi guys! In this video I am sharing my digital process in Photoshop CC for creating my 2017 Project Life layout for Week 18.
This is the hybrid portion of my 2017 Project Life Week 18 layout, where I embellish the printed layout!
Let’s take a look at the layout overall. Since it seemed like I was light on photos this week I used some templates that were designed for 6×8 and enlarged them to 9×12. The remaining margins were left white with two embellishment clusters.
I began with the date card, using the rubber word from the Studio Calico May Documenter kit. I layered the numbers onto a label and added the purple puffy heart and happy emoji.
One of the embellishment clusters lives on the lower left hand side, next to the photo. The camera is from the MPM kit and the vellum heart + acrylic star are Elle’s Studio.
Our stories this week included flowers from my lovely husband, an awesome date night, another Sunday afternoon playing Dungeons & Dragons, and my totally cute purse! Just the usual, but always fun to document.
On the right hand side I repeated another embellishment cluster, this time with a vellum star and acrylic heart. I also used my favorite washi tape as journal lines trick on this layout. I chose mint green and navy to repeat colors in the kit.
I am so loving these happy colors and fun layouts! Thank you for joining me today!
Hi guys! Today I am sharing my process for creating my 2017 Project Life Week 17 layout. The hybrid layout was created in Photoshop CC using Sahlin Studio Clean Lined Templates and Paislee Press Weekend Vibes. My digital process is in the video here!
Now for the fun part, the embellishing!
Let’s take a look at the finished layout:
Our stories for this week included giving up cable for Netflix, progress in the yard in which the hosta have taken over, organizing our chaotic candy cabinet, and a sweet boy with his bunny.
The Weekend Vibes collection is particularly neutral with great little pops of color, so the punch in my layout comes from the bright happy colors in the Freckled Fawn kit! The transparent numbers absolutely had to be used!
When I designed this card in Photoshop, I left blank space on purpose so I could add physical embellishments. I used the stamps as a home base for the hearts. I also added washi tape above the word strips along with the chipboard word strips.
For the right hand side I started with photos of our messy candy cabinet and I loved this word art from Paislee Press, chaotic and messy, to tie it all together. I also was so in love with these sunglasses from Freckled Fawn that I just had to use them too! So I just did a fun little cluster right on top of the photo of my flowers.
And the photos of our messy candy stash: do you ever have places in your house that just bug the crap out of you and finally you tackle it and get control over the situation?! Well that was our candy situation until this week! Now everyone has their own little bucket and that is it. Whew!
I loved capturing this adorable photo of Addison with the bunny after giving the bunny his bath and I love that Project Life still gives a wonderful place for photos like this. I love how these moments fit into the context of the whole week.
Another favorite capture: Alan cooking dinner for everybody. He does a large majority of the cooking in our house and it means the world to me. I am so incredibly thankful for all the hard work he does to keep our house going!
Hi guys! This is part 1 for my hybrid layout for Week 15 in my 2017 Project Life album, the digital portion in Photoshop. In this video I will share my process for creating the digital layout and the following video will be my process for embellishing the printed layout!
Once my layout is created in Photoshop, I print the layout using my Canon wide format printer onto Staples brand matte photo paper. Then the fun of embellishing begins! Have a look at that process video here:
Here is a look at the full layout!
I was really excited to use this date card – those angles are great opportunities to add the alphas and numbers! I also added a transparent flower from Freckled Fawn into the white space.
Our stories this week began with Spring Break and the highlight of the week was our adventure to Dave & Busters to play video games ALL DAY LONG! We also spent some time at the park, went to McDonald’s, and watched April the giraffe finally have her little baby!
The layout this week is photo heavy, which is really awesome and that means I like to keep the embellishing light. Just a few floral elements and stamped elements here and there, plus some added hand written journaling.
I am loving using some of the smaller photos with a solid color background and text beside. It also gives the layout some added visual interest!
For this photo of the girls I backed it with a journal card instead of journaling. I just love everything about it – the dreamy photo and the fun pattern plus the happy heart. All the good things!
Look how grown up they are all getting! I know I have spoken before about how great it is to be proud of the environment you are photographing in (ie your house!), and this photo is proof of that. Our house is not perfect by any means, but we have worked hard to make it a comfortable place to be and also a pretty back drop for our photos. I love that!
Did you notice how I used the numbered journal card to create a manifesto of sorts? I simply stamped all of the word strips on the Becky Higgins roller stamp for a fun filler card.
Do you include current events on your Project Life layouts? I admit I don’t very often, but I did grab a few screen shots of April and her baby giraffe and included it here. That was such a fun event to follow along and I feel like I learned so much about giraffes in that process, did you?
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