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Hybrid Scrapbooking 2018 Project Life Week 22&23

Hello Lovelies, today I am sharing a Project Life process video from my 2018 album for Weeks 22 and 23! This is a hybrid layout using the Sahlin Studio You Are Here digital collection. You can see my process video here.

 This layout was part of a two page spread with an insert, and I found there actually weren’t so many photos for this week. So in the end it all worked out great. 

The Sahlin Studio collections always allow lots of room for journaling, and that means there is also space for some fun filler cards along the way. I created a title card with the Here & There card and made it a summer edition with a wood veneer piece from Crate Paper. 

Nick’s birthday was the 4th of June. He is now 14 years old, so his birthday celebrations aren’t big parties like it used to be. He simply wanted to play video games, have cake and presents, and have his girlfriend present. I kept the layout simple as well, with just a fun photo of him with his girlfriend playing video games. These two have been best of friends for a really long time, three years now, and it’s fun to see them hang out together.

I have always talked about how products can help us tell our stories, and the Routine Photorounds do an excellent job. Summer days are quiet for us when all the kids are gone, so we spend a lot of time working on those days. Simple word art helps me tell that story here.

Typed journaling is so much fun, even if you aren’t the best at using a vintage typewriter! I love mixing fonts with handwriting and typewritten words and it all tells a story of a quiet but meaningful summer time.

Thanks so much for joining me today! See you again soon!

~Theresa

Hybrid Project Life | 2013 Week 12 ft. Sahlin Studio Flashback!

Hello Lovelies! Today I am sharing this awesome and fun layout in my 2013 Project Life album! I have used the Sahlin Studio Flashback digital collection. You can view my process video here.

Our stories for this week included a sick day for two kids, a fun trip to the Lego outlet, and of course playing with the new Lego kits they got. Simple, but such special memories!

As always, I began  my layout with the title card. For this card I stamped the date and used alphabet stickers for the week number. 

I have had some questions about how I am remembering what to journal for this album, since it is five years ago. Full disclosure: I have short term memory loss so I actually don’t remember what happens from day to day. I absolutely accept this about myself, and so I have chosen to make my journaling manageable for me.

Tip One: Use your photos as your jumping off point.

Photos have an amazing power and always serve as the starting point for Project Life layouts! So use your photos to help you remember stories about that week. You would be amazed at how many stories one photo can bring to your mind. Practice this at home: Take a random photo and write down the first five memories that one photo makes you think of. 

Tip Two: Write about your feelings.

Remember how writing can be about Facts and Feelings? This is a great place to talk about the feelings those photos evoke for you. You can write about your feelings today, or your feelings back when it happened. You can write about how your feelings have changed, if that is the case. 

Let me share details about the right hand side of the page with you.

Tip Three: Write about what you know and remember from that time.

For example, 2013 for us was a particularly busy year because I know we were doing sports and all four kids in elementary school and life was hectic. But the kids had new Lego sets this week and it inspired me to pause a moment and take photos of them playing together. That became the focus of my journaling on this layout. 

Tip Four: Use product to help tell your story.

Always remember that scrapbooking products are fantastic ways to help us journal. The wooden heart veneer card with puffy heart stickers tells us how much I love these children, these photos, and this time in our lives. Stickers and stamps with word art can help us convey feelings about our layout and our photos, and they do the work for us. Titles and word strips help tell the stories we want to tell and help us share what we are trying to say.

Tip Five: Always remember that the sum = more than the parts.

All of the written words, plus the beautiful products and the layout all together adds up to tell the entire story about the week. Sometimes we put this expectation on ourselves that if it isn’t a long story, then maybe it’s not good enough. But when you look at your layout overall, you can see how everything all together adds up to tell the beautiful stories we want to tell, and to convey the feelings we want to convey.

I hope all of these tips are helpful to you! Remember to keep journaling simple and from the heart. I promise every word, no matter how short or lengthy, is important and amazing! See you again soon!

~Theresa

Project Life 2018 Week 26 | ft. Sahlin Studio Snapshot Photo Templates

Hello Lovelies! Today I am sharing a layout from my 2018 Project Life album for Week 26. This is a hybrid scrapbooking layout using the Sahlin Studio Shine Bright digital kit and Snapshots Photo Templates. You can view the process video here.

Here is a look at my full layout for this week. Our stories included seeing Addison and Emberlynn off to Florida for a few weeks, a fun game of Putt-Putt, and getting nails and toes done.

For the right hand side I have lots of journaling and a few really fun, sunny photos. The bright photos inspired me to use the Shine Bright kit so my colors are turquoise with happy pops of yellow!

I love this photo of Natalie and myself sticking our tongues out and just overall being silly. I have added a few tiny embellishments from Freckled Fawn. Notice how I split the tag and used it to embellish a journal card above.

Addison and Emberlynn visit their relatives in Florida for the summer, so I had to capture one more photo before they left. These photos in front of the front door are so iconic and capture their growth throughout the year!

The right hand side of the layout begins with the date card for the week, which is from the Sahlin Studio Week cards. And yes, there is a second, more silly photo of the kids on the front porch!

The Snapshots photo templates are a great way to tie these two photos together. I added two tiny enamel hearts as well.

I had less journaling on this side, so I have used a few filler cards with just a couple of tiny embellishments added. The word strips below are digital elements in the Shine Bright kit that were printed and cut.

Thank you for joining me today! See you again soon!

~Theresa

Bermuda Honeymoon Album | ft. Paislee Press Aloha!

Hello Lovelies! Today I am hopping back into our Bermuda Honeymoon album for a wonderful layout I created using the Paislee Press Aloha kit. Have a look at the process video here.

For this layout I am still working on photos from our day at the St. David’s Lighthouse, and the Aloha kit make documenting these photos so easy and quick. Here is a look at the full layout.

The Aloha kit has a variety of digital elements that were just incredibly fun to incorporate into my layout. There are journaling cards, digital elements, and traveler’s notebook papers. I was drawn to the greens in the kit so I printed out lots of elements that tied in that color.

Of course I also needed journaling space, and the Aloha kit provides excellent opportunities for that. One of the great stories about this adventure was how much I don’t really love heights, but I climbed all the stairs, popped my head out of the door at the top, and then climbed right back down. Mission accomplished. Ha!

The handwritten patterned paper and the wood grain were both patterned papers that I printed just to use as cards. I resized them a bit so more of the pattern would show on the card, and then layered a few elements on top. The glitter palm fronds are from Crate Paper, the triangle word art from Studio Calico.

This title card was fun to create, I’ve used a neutral patterned background paper and then word art to create visual interest on the card. Wander where the WIFI is weak is from the Aloha kit, Let’s Go from Crate Paper, and triangle Studio Calico again.

The cards in this layout create such movement across the layout and it makes me so happy to see! There were so many beautiful photos from that adventure. Don’t be afraid to include as many photos as you like in your albums. You will be so glad you did!

Thank you for joining me today! If you love the Aloha kit as much as I do, you can grab it at The Lilypad via this link here: Paislee Press Aloha Kit.

2018 Project Life Week 20 | ft. Dearly Dee Little Moments

Hello Lovelies, today I am sharing this fun Project Life Layout from my 2018 album for Week 20! I am using the Little Moments digital collection by Dearly Dee for The Stamp Spot. You can see all of my published process videos for 2018 Project Life via this link here. Enjoy the process video here.

This collection can be purchased digitally from The Stamp Spot via this link here.

This is my completed layout. Our stories for this week included a travel week for Alan and mostly working in the yard a bit more, prepping for summer. I also shared a few photos from my brief but totally awesome visit to Heather’s Crafty Retreat in Raleigh, where I got to meet the most amazing ladies in our community!

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 20 | ft. Dearly Dee Little Moments

Check out the left hand side.

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 20 | ft. Dearly Dee Little Moments

For my date card, I wanted to use this amazing colorful card. I love color but it presents a challenge for making titles pop. Black and white are always a good choice for text, and these chipboard alphas from Felicity Jane pop wonderfully! I did add a tiny bit more color with the rubber floral embellishment, only I placed it over the purples on the card so it would pop as well.

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 20 | ft. Dearly Dee Little Moments

We had a beautiful lunch where we were able to sit outside, and I included a few photos from that. It gets hot and humid really quickly in NC, so it’s nice to have a few days to enjoy the weather. I also have been using patterned cards lately for journaling. This one had just enough pattern that it is visually interesting, but subtle enough that you can read the text. Love that!

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 20 | ft. Dearly Dee Little Moments

I cannot say enough about how awesome it was to visit with scrapbookers from our community in person at Heather’s retreat! I wanted to be sure and include names where I could, so I can remember. The ladies were so incredibly welcoming! It was definitely good for the soul. (photo courtesy of Kathy McElfresh)

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 20 | ft. Dearly Dee Little Moments

I knew when I printed my photos that I was going to want to add lots of journaling, so I printed two photos on 3×4. They look a bit like Polaroids, and I had a ton of fun embellishing them.

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 20 | ft. Dearly Dee Little Moments

Let’s look at the right side.

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 20 | ft. Dearly Dee Little Moments

I had the best visitor in my studio: Natalie was cleaning her room and had rounded up all her headbands. She laughed and skipped down to show me all of her headbands stacked on top of her head! I love the whimsy and I love that the Little Moments collection has a bit of whimsy as well! Life is way too short to be serious all the time!

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 20 | ft. Dearly Dee Little Moments

When writing your journaling, look for opportunities to do it differently! I used these wavy lines as journaling lines and love how it looks. Also, notice how I used one embellishment, the teal hearts, as a unifying element across the page. They are from Studio Calico.

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 20 | ft. Dearly Dee Little Moments

This was also a fun way to journal, diagonally across the bottom half of the card! Embellishing was very simple, just a chipboard piece and a bit of stamping across the bottom.

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 20 | ft. Dearly Dee Little Moments

Yes, more kissing on the front porch and I am absolutely including these photos at every opportunity. Alan had a trip that week, and I so very much appreciate that we miss each other every time! That never seems to fade and yet I want to always remember it. Another journaling opportunity on the circle card – again, just using a subtle background. I also added a chipboard circle, just for a bit of dimension on the card.

Larkindesign 2018 Project Life Week 20 | ft. Dearly Dee Little Moments

Thank you for joining me today! See you again soon!

~Theresa