Elle’s Studio

***NEW SERIES***Use It Up!!!! | A Traditional Layout Called Seven Amazing Things

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.

Larkindesign ***NEW SERIES***Use It Up!!!! | A Traditional Layout Called Seven Amazing Things

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.

Larkindesign ***NEW SERIES***Use It Up!!!! | A Traditional Layout Called Seven Amazing Things

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. 

Larkindesign ***NEW SERIES***Use It Up!!!! | A Traditional Layout Called Seven Amazing Things

And with that the layout was done! Thanks for checking it out!

~Theresa

 

 

Project Life 2017 Week 14 Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!!

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!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 14 Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!!

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.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 14 Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!!

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.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 14 Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!!

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.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 14 Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!!

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!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 14 Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!!

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.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 14 Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!!

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!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 14 Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!!

See you back here again soon!

~Theresa

Project Life 2017 Week 10

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.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 10

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.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 10

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!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 10

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!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 10

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.

 

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 10

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!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 10

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.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 10

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.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 10

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?

See you soon,

Theresa

Project Life 2017 Week 07 | Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!

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.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 07 | Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!

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!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 07 | Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!

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.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 07 | Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!

The word art I added in Photoshop made me really happy as well. They just add another easy layer!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 07 | Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!

The right hand side centers around a secondary focal point created by this photo of Alan and me.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 07 | Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!

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).

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 07 | Embellishing the Hybrid 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.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 07 | Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!

Thanks so much for being here and for following along on these layouts! See you soon!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

Project Life 2017 Week 05 Layout | Embellishing the Digi Layout

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.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 05 Layout | Embellishing the Digi Layout Using AC Hazelwood

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.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 05 Layout | Embellishing the Digi Layout Using AC Hazelwood

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!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 05 Layout | Embellishing the Digi Layout Using AC Hazelwood

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.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 05 Layout | Embellishing the Digi Layout Using AC Hazelwood

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.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 05 Layout | Embellishing the Digi Layout Using AC Hazelwood

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!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 05 Layout | Embellishing the Digi Layout Using AC Hazelwood

These bright, fun journal cards are making me so happy here!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 05 Layout | Embellishing the Digi Layout Using AC Hazelwood

And that is Week 05! Thanks for following along! See you back here tomorrow.

~Theresa