Hi guys!!! Today I am so excited to start a brand new series on my channel strictly about traditional layouts. You know how sometimes you get products and there’s like 10 or 15 of similar items, and you don’t know what to do with all of them?! I am going to explore those possibilities, and today I have chosen to work with these adorable transparent frames that came in the May 2017 Freckled Fawn kit.
Here is a look at the full layout! I began with a fun photo that Alan and I snapped a few weeks ago as we were heading out to a date night. The photo itself was sized down to fit within the transparent frame, probably about 3×2.
I laid out the frames and speech bubbles onto my cardstock and traced around them, then I sprinkled the paper with some fun watercolor splashes. I then hand stitched all of the transparent elements onto the layout to create homes for my journaling and photo. Each frame also received a fun chipboard embellishment.
I used the Elle’s Studio Live Laugh Love stamp to create lines for my journaling and to add tiny hearts around the page. I also added my title using Freckled Fawn white foam word art and the yellow puffy alphabet set.
And with that the layout was done! Thanks for checking it out!
Hi guys! Today I have my digital layout printed out from my 2017 Project Life album week 14, and now we are going to add just a few tiny embellishments and hand written journaling! I adore this part – feeling the textures in my hand and cutting and pasting all the pretty things.
Here is a look at the completed layout! I am so excited about how it turned out!
I began my process with the date card, simply adding the week number and two printed digital elements. I added the dates using a roller date stamp. All the digital elements are from On A Whimsical Adventure, the alphabet is from Amy Tangerine, and the roller stamp is from Target a few years ago.
In the beginning of the year, when I was starting my 2017 album, I was thinking that I really wanted to use patterned papers as the backgrounds on my layouts. But using the white background this week is particularly appealing to me! The layout turned out so crisp and clean, uncluttered even though there is a lot going on.
One of my favorite things about this week’s layout was definitely being able to use photos from Addison that he took on his trip to Washington DC! The two 3×4 photos are his, and the large photo of the whole class is from the school’s Twitter account.
To continue the uncluttered look, I really kept embellishing to a minimum. Just one tiny element per photo across the layout. I know, I know, we have such a tendency to want to use ALL THE THINGS (!!!!!) but resist that temptation sometimes. You will love the result!
Another favorite element in this layout is this stunning sunset over our house. The colors in the sky are so pretty, and I definitely repeated those colors in the embellishments as well. Wood embellishments are all from Gossamer Blue, and puffy hearts are Elle’s Studio.
This was most definitely a fun layout to create, from the process in Photoshop of layering photos plus digital elements, and then adding just the simplest embellishments to the printed layout! So much fun!
Hi guys, today I am sharing my hybrid process for Week 10 in my 2017 Project Life album! I have combined my digital and physical process, and if you wish to skip past the digital part you can click to the 12-minute mark to get to the physical embellishing. This week I am working with Sahlin Studio Clean Lined Pockets, the April MPM Renew kit from The Lilypad, and physical embellishments from Elle’s Studio and the Freckled Fawn April kit.
Our stories for this week included SPRING! Lots and lots of flowers beginning to pop after so much rain and the girls are already playing in the sprinklers, so that means bathing suit purchases. We added two trees to our front flower bed and it always makes me to happy to include photos from our humble front yard. Also, there are always happy cats just being, well, cats.
My date card ended up a little different than planned on this week’s layout. My original thought was to use the top journal card as the date card, but then I wanted more room for journaling.
I couldn’t resist the April releases at Elle’s Studio so I ordered a few of their acrylic shapes, wood veneer pieces, and a stamp set. Their embellishments really are fun!
We had been talking about adding a taller tree to the corner of the house for quite a long time, and this week we did it. We had to expand the flower bed and the stone border a bit, and we also added more pine straw and freshened everything up a bit. I love the fact that we built these original flower beds ourselves as part of the Sweat Equity program, and we have filled them a little bit more each year with plants and flowers that bring us joy every day. It’s so awesome!
To Alan’s credit, our yard would not be what it is without him. He does so much of the heavy lifting and the planting and he is actually the green thumb between us! I love capturing this part of our relationship.
The date card ended up being on the bottom right hand side this week, and I love using the large photo as the home base for the date. Notice I did not add the actual dates to this layout, only the week number!
The photo of me and Natalie is a quick selfie we took on our way to Pastries with Parents at her school, and I am realizing now that I did not really caption that. I really am working on that this year – I am finding that including more photos creates more opportunities to journal more but I am overlooking some of those opportunities! And that is ok, no judgment there but something that I want to continue to be aware of and take a little more time each week to include captions for each photo in some way.
Of course, not all photos need a caption and I don’t always remember the context of each photo as well, and that is ok too. I think what I am finding is that sometimes I do my journaling in Photoshop and purposely leave some of the journaling to be done by hand, and then I forget when I go back. Ah the joys of being all over the place in my head! Again, this is not a criticism but simply an assessment that is constantly part of my process – looking back over the layout and seeing what is working and what isn’t, and then making an effort next time.
All in all this is a really fun layout and I loved pulling it together, and I am so happy to share my process with you here. I would love to hear your thoughts about journaling in hybrid layouts, how do you try to include both digital journaling and hand-written journaling on your layouts?
Hi guys, today I am sharing how I embellish my Project Life pages once they have been created and printed! This layout was created in Photoshop using the Lynn Grieveson Lots of Pockets templates and A Love Story collection from Paislee Press.
Our stories for this week included Valentine’s Day, unseasonably warm wonderful weather, and wonderful days together as a family. Most of the photos I included were taken while we romped in the sunshine, enjoying the warmth while it lasted. Then there are a few supporting photos from Valentines, plus a weather capture from my phone.
I absolutely adore the collage feel this template gives the layout overall. There were so many awesome photos this week that it was hard to narrow it down. In the end this layout holds thirteen and I love every single one!
I began with the focal point, the place your eye travels to first, and it is a photo looking up the street from our garage. Typically I leave lots of sky showing in these photos, but this time I left the pavement so it could be the base for the week and date.
The word art I added in Photoshop made me really happy as well. They just add another easy layer!
The right hand side centers around a secondary focal point created by this photo of Alan and me.
The other photos on this side tell so many micro stories (a term coined by Ali Edwards to describe the smaller stories that make up the whole of a Project Life layout).
Even though I had several typed journal spots in the layout, plus a few labels here and there, I still wanted to include hand-written journaling around the border of both pages. I love how it turned out and I especially love that I just captured some of my thoughts in process, some overall feelings about these photos and these days.
Thanks so much for being here and for following along on these layouts! See you soon!
Hey guys, it’s my layout for Week 05 in my 2017 Project Life album! Today I am sharing how I complete my digital layouts using physical products.
I am loving how these hybrid layouts are coming together this year! Have a look at the completed layout.
This was a particularly quiet week and I only had a few photos to share. No exciting events, just a few random photos from around here and there. I love that Project Life allows the space for the random photos and that here, in these layouts, they all come together to tell the story of this particular week.
My base layout was created using the Sahlin Studio Clean Lined Template and the March Memory Pockets Monthly kit called Roar. I love the colors in this kit and so I chose to repeat them through the physical embellishments as well!
I also used the digital elements in the Roar kit, printed out and cut using my Silhouette. This is a great way to make your digital kits go further – typically I select my favorite ones, bring them into a blank page on my Silhouette, and then print on both cardstock and vellum.
The right side of the layout features this lovely sunset photo and the title draws your eye right to that photo first. The journaling cards bring your eye around the page.
I am loving the opportunities that Photoshop provides me to include journaling on my photos. I had been trying to figure out how to include that in my work flow, and now it is so easy while I am bringing the photos into the layout just to add a few words. It definitely makes big impact!
These bright, fun journal cards are making me so happy here!
And that is Week 05! Thanks for following along! See you back here tomorrow.
Hi guys, this is part 2 continuing from yesterday’s layout about our Halloween adventures in my 2014 Project Life album! These are photos of each child individually highlighting their costumes that year.
I am having so much fun working with these photos and sharing these layouts with you! Have a look at the completed project:
My photography strategy for Halloween is much the same each year: try to get a few of us in the neighborhood early on before it gets too dark, get a few of the whole loot, and also do a mini session before we ever go out into the neighborhood. I try to keep that session short and sweet because they are obviously off the walls excited (!) but my main goal is to get an overall shot of each child in their costume and one close-up head shot of each one.
Addison was dressed up as Rocket Raccoon this particular year. I think he was the cutest raccoon ever. One of my favorite cards from the After Dark collection was this one that allowed me to add some fun facts from the night. That definitely goes in the “need more of that” category for next year!
Nick was a Star Wars character named Ethan Adare. He looks like such a cute little imp in this photo below!
Emberlynn chose to be a mermaid this year, and particularly a red mermaid. I did go back and look up who our source was for these tutus – an Etsy seller named BloomsNBugs. Her shop shows she is taking a break, but I will include a link here. I highly recommend her work, the tutus were GORGEOUS!
She made the cutest mermaid, didn’t she?!
Last but certainly not least is Natalie as Elsa. 2014 was the year every little girl was Elsa from Frozen. Gah, the cuteness. I loved including my own excitement in the journaling card – I really did have fun planning out their costumes that year. Normally in the interest of time and money, they purchase pre-made costumes from the store. But this year I wanted to do something special for them. I am so glad I did that. Just once, to splurge and allow them to feel like princesses!
I absolutely loved how both of these layouts turned out! Every year the Halloween layouts bring me such joy to create and look at in the future. I hope they mean as much to the kiddos as well!
Thank you so much for joining me the last two days! I hope you have gained some strategies for photo-documenting and scrapbooking your own Halloween memories. See you soon!
Hi guys, today I am so excited to begin working in my Project Life 2017 album starting with Week 01!!!! I love this project so much and love sharing my process with you all. Have a look at this video:
Here is my completed layout, which began with a template from Paislee Press and journaling cards plus patterned papers called Happy.
Typically I begin my layout with the date card, and this week was no different. I used alphas from Heart Day, a word art from the Happy collection, and the alphabet stamp from One Canoe Two to embellish this card.
ur stories from this week included replacing my printer and purchasing a brand new Canon Pixma printer, which I am absolutely in love with. We also saw Snow-pocalypse and visited one of my favorite restaurants which opened up on Charlotte. Lots of good things happening.
I used the patterned papers in the Happy kit in several different places throughout the layout. Two are used to create the background – I chose two that had subtle colors and subtle patterns just to add a tiny bit of visual interest. For the filler card here I layered the word art over a bolder, bright patterned paper with fun circles. The puffy hearts from Elle’s Studio just make me happy layered on top!
One thing I want to do differently this year is to use different templates within the frames of my layouts. The Pocket Guides from Paislee Press provide tons of opportunities to add photos + journaling into each layout. Love love love.
The right hand side of my layout began with an enlarged photo of our street covered in snow. Our roads looked like this for three days before snow plows ever touched it, which is typical for North Carolina. But it was pretty to look at!
A little journaling in my own handwriting is a necessity, so I left one card free to add that. Nothing complicated here, just a few sentences.
Again using a photo template to add three photos to this one card which tells the story of how my favorite restaurant, la Madeleine, finally opened locations in NC! We used to have to go all the way to Alexandria to eat there, but now it is only an hour and a half away. Also notice our cat sprawled across the chair and pillows…this was how he stayed for like three days when it snowed.
So that is my very first layout in my 2017 Project Life album! See you back here again soon!