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 my way through the summer in my 2016 Project Life album, and today is Week 29. Have a look at my process:
Here is the layout as I created it in the Project Life App, using the Girl Themed cards.
Here is the layout completed:
For the left hand side I began with the date card and added my dates using these super awesome puffy alphas from Dear Lizzy.
I decided to use some of my Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness products, as you can see here. I adore this iconic girl!
This was the week that Pokémon Go! was released, so I made sure to include some of our screen shots the we grabbed.
When my Ali Edwards kit arrived this week, Natalie spied it and went through all the contents with me, then she decided she just had to have the envelope it came in. I can’t blame her one bit, they are really cool. I think she keeps her iPod in it sometimes now!
I just really like this floral journaling card from Simple Stories. The chipboard embellishments layer perfectly on top.
There is no embellishment on this photo, but it is too cute to leave out. There were several nights in a row that Zoe did this – she climbed up in Alan’s lap and took over his tablet. Silly kitty.
The right hand side of the layout is about my BFF’s visit while on their way to vacation! We met up for dinner since they were only here overnight.
Pictured from left to right are: Diedre (Dalia’s daughter), Shelby (Diedre’s best friend), Jonas (Dalia’s son), Natalie and Nick (my two), Alan and me, and Dalia and Kevin!
I love how Project Life gives me a place to document these moments in our lives that otherwise might go in a “scrap someday” pile. I also am particularly fond of our yearly visit and am so happy the tradition is holding!!!
One more look at the layout as a whole:
That is it for today, come back tomorrow for Disney! This week is sort of strange and I don’t know how things are going to go down just yet because I have jury duty on Wednesday! I do hope to have a project up on Friday (the one I promised last Friday!) and then next week will hopefully be back to normal (unless I get chosen for a really long trial or something like that). I will keep you guys posted.
Hi guys, today I am working in my 2016 Project Life album, Week 30. I have created my layout in the Project Life App using the Blush Edition and Blush Overlays. The layout was then printed 12×24 through Persnickety Prints, and embellished on top. Have a look at my process!
One of the things I love most about subscribing to monthly kits is having fun new products landing on my doorstep every month. Products I didn’t have to think about or shop for or stalk websites for. I love having my kit products near me as I work throughout the month because I find lots of ways to use them here and there.
This is the layout as I created it in the App, and below is the completed layout, with journaling and embellishments.
I decided last month to pull all of my Ali Edwards kit products together, and this month I pulled all of my Freckled Fawn products together as well. You saw in the video how I grabbed a wooden tray and filled it with my growing stash. Then I set about to embellishing this page.
The date card here is from the Project 52 Edition in the App, and then I added just a few embellishments plus the date stamp. Underneath is a bit of journaling about our week, and a fun filler card that I layered my embellishments on top of.
Our two kiddos who had beenin Florida returned home this week, and we were all really happy they were back. This was how our Sunday began, hugs in the kitchen.
In exciting gardening news: my hydrangea put out one tiny little hidden bloom! I had all but given up on this plant blooming this year, but it surprised me!
Above that I had another quick snap of my impatiens that are also doing so well. I love that Project Life gives me a place to include these photos as part of my whole life story! Everyone has their own goals for what they want to document their Project Life and my goal has been simply to document the events, people, places, and things that make me happy!
When Nick and Natalie left to go to their Dad’s house this week, Natalie cleaned up her room and left her bed just like this. I love it.
One more look at this side of the layout:
The right hand side of the layout is event-based: on Saturday the kids took off to Putt Putt for all you can play. I stayed behind to do a little work, and then met up with them in time for lunch!
Deciding how many photos and which photos to include can be tricky, but have a sort of formula. I’m not married to the formula, but it helps me. I think it is particularly important to include all our kiddos and to include the photos that show them doing and playing and interacting. I don’t always do posed shots, I avoid them mostly, because I want to capture their personalities.
This journaling card makesme especially happy. The words are an overlay in the App, and then of course I added a few embellishments, and then I stamped my journaling lines in between. So much fun.
Another non-posed photo, for the most part!
I am staying true to my commitment to leaving some photos and cards un-embellished. Look how different the girls hold themselves while playing the same game. I absolutely love that.
And here’s my girl. I know I could very well hear it in the future, how there are a lot of photos of Natalie in this album this year, and I will not let those comments (or the potential for those comments!) steal my joy. Natalie is really the only one who still likes having her picture taken these days. And I love that right now, she seeks me out in her every day. It won’t be like that forever, so I cherishing it.
One more look at the right hand side of the layout:
Hi guys! I sort of had a speed scrap session and got two layouts done in this week’s video! So have a look!
I have promised myself that I want to finish this album before the end of November, so I am hoping to double up for the next few weeks just to get it done. Today’s layouts document the landscaping we did as part of the Sweat Equity program, and then the final walk-thru of the house. Whew!
This is the first layout, first with just photos and journaling cards (above), and then completed below.
I think I will include the close-up photos here as a Gallery. Feel free to click on any image and it will enlarge, and it will also allow you to scroll through each one!
Here is the second layout, and it includes an insert which is a darling photo of our daughters hanging out happily together on the carpet. I love this photo – it actually sums up how we felt about having the house completed and feeling a sense of calm before the storm.
This layout across the whole page was incredibly neutral because of all the empty rooms, so I selected products from the Maggie Holmes Open Book collection that are also very neutral. Her black and white patters, with just tiny touch of colors here and there, are perfect.
Here again is a Gallery for layout 2:
When you flip the insert you find a little love note that Natalie drew for me, and then the rest of the completed house.
The completed layout, and our finished home.
One more Gallery for you to see. So many wonderful photos!
I truly hope you have enjoyed following along in this project! It has been so much fun documenting this big thing for our family, and I am so happy this is written down and photographed and able to be looked at any time we wish. It’s a great feeling. Stay tuned for next week, I will show you my plans for the rest of the album!
Hi guys! Today I am documenting our visit to Disney Hollywood Studios in my Disney Project Life album. Have a look at my process here:
Here is the layout with photos and journaling cards. The cards are from Sahlin Studios Project Mouse and the Midnight Edition Core kit from Project Life.
Here is the layout completed, with journaling and embellishments:
The very first thing I did in my process was to add my splashes of watercolor on the journal cards. I love how subtle these little additions of color are, and how fun it is to add watercolors to your cards!
Now if you watched the process video then you are probably laughing when you look at this card! I am laughing too, so it is totally ok. This was an example of what not to do in stamping, and yet even though I experienced a funny adventure creating this card, I still really love how it turned out in the pocket!
The photos across the bottom are of the stage, taken from the audience. Narrowing down which photos to include here: of course I took probably 100 just at this show, and then I printed probably 10. In the end these were included because they show some of the most exciting portions of the show and they fit in with the story I am telling.
Now the story I am telling in this layout is really about how mesmerized all the kids were during this show. We loved this show A LOT (!!!) and so the photos and the journaling all work together to tell that story overall.
I really think, of course, that this photo landed in this layout precisely because Addison is totally fixed on this show. I love the moment this photo captures, where he is in the foreground, and then Nick’s ear and shoulder are behind him, and Emberlynn’s pony tail behind that!
Here is one more look at this side:
On the right hand side I wanted to include some of the miscellaneous shopping photos I took that day. I did this in Epcot, too, if you remember the layout about the nutcracker in the window. I loved shopping at Disney and loved all the shop displays! I wish I had taken more photos of us picking out things we wanted and things we got, but it is ok to let that go.
I absolutely love how these watercolors and Heidi Swapp Shine add pops of color to these journaling cards! I know some people are bothered because the gold one leaves a ring around the splash, but I have to say I think they kind of look like suns here! What helps, too, is putting the color down and then move the card around a bit so the lighter color can spread a bit more.
I didn’t actually buy this little stuffed puppy, but we all really did fall in love with him. Also, notice how I did not add watercolors to every journal or filler card.
And then one last card on this layout, which is fairly simple and lovely. These Project Life Core kit cards provide such great canvases for additional embellishments.
One last look at this side of the layout:
So that’s it for today’s layout! You will have to let me know what you think about adding mixed media to Project Life and Project Mouse cards. See you tomorrow!
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!
Hi guys!!!! I am so excited about today’s layout and cannot wait to show you!!!! Have a look at my process video:
Alright, so I began my layout in the Project Life App, printed through Persnickety Prints, using the Project 52 cards available in the App itself.
I was so excited to start getting some of Amy Tangerine’s newest collection in my mail! This one is called Oh Happy Life! and I felt like it matched perfectly with the Project 52 colors!
In my process video I began with these watercolor resist cards. I simply added Tim Holtz Distress paints in random ways to the cards and let the resist do its magic! The colors I used are Wild Honey, Abandoned Coral, Twisted Citron, and Mermaid Lagoon.
I added the floral clear sticker from the Oh Happy Life! collection, cut in half, around the card for layering. Oh my goodness, I just love it.
We had the cutest visitor in our back yard, so I very gingerly snapped a few unobtrusive photos and we watched him wander away into the ravine behind our house. I combined journaling here with the turtle story on the top half and the photos below are journaled on the lower half. The sunglasses are adorable here to signify the separation!
Two of ours were away in Florida with their grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins this week, and these photos were sent back to us. They look like they are doing excellent! (Photo courtesy of Uncle Jeff Brown!)
My flower pots are growing and filling beautifully this week. Next to that photo I used another of the watercolor resist cards layered on top of the Project 52 filler card. And then I also layered a clear sticker and the -week portion of the foam sticker that also comes from Oh Happy Life!
I absolutely love these completely ordinary moments, and I promise you our life is exactly this uneventful. My sweet husband is here changing the sheets on the bed, and you can see that Zoe is clearly helping him by making sure the heated blanket is nearby and occupied. I also absolutely love that Project Life gives me this awesome place to not only take this photo, but to give it a little context. I didn’t need to write any journaling about this photo, but I still included it because this album is just the right place to include ordinary, every day moments just like this.
On the left hand side of this layout the date card takes the first spot. Clear stickers and washi tape from Oh Happy Life! make fun embellishments to this card.
Underneath is another of the watercolor resist cards, again layered on top of a Project 52 filler card. I love this simple layering of watercolor on top of graphic.
We took Natalie in this week for a check-up on her arm and she was at this point healing up great. I added the foam stickers and added just a tiny stamp to each one.
I even used the marketing strip from one of the patterned paper, along with some of the clear heart stickers. This photo is Zoe yet again, this time she caught me napping and climbed up into my neck to get comfy.
I am absolutely digging the clear stickers in this collection. Here I cut the word strips just to add a little something to this card. I also used another of the foam stickers to accent here. Note the repetition around the page: foam stickers, watercolor cards, and clear stickers appear in several places to create a unified look.
Our house in the dark. We water our yard almost every night unless it rains, and sometimes that happens after everyone has gone to bed. It’s comforting to me, to see the house lit up and inviting us inside.
Another look at this side here:
Well, I hope you have been inspired to use this new collection! I have been able to find pieces of it at A Cherry on Top, Scrapbook.com, and Paper Issues recently. I will see you back here tomorrow with my Disney series!
Hi guys! So this week I plan to mix it up a bit from the normal production schedule. I am releasing two videos this week, both from the same week in my Project Life album, but two different types of layouts. Have a look at today’s process video:
Here is the video as I created it in the Project Life app, using the P52 journal cards in the app:
Here is the layout completed, using the products in the Gossamer Blue Main and Life Pages kits from August 2016:
This week was about my flowers growing in our yard, and our kids! Two of our kids were preparing to go to Florida to spend some wonderful summer time with their grandparents. So on this layout the photo on the top right hand corner is about the last day those two were here. Our kids all organized an all-day game day! They wanted to get all their game time in before the two left.
This photo of the notebook paper is how they made their plans so they could play all the games they wanted to play together, and they even voted. So very democratic of them!
There were two filler cards on this layout, and this one I used for a bit of a summary about the week. Notice how cute the word strips are layered on top of the patterned paper strips!
I included a few photos from the yard this week. You will see quite a few photos from my yard this summer in this album! I am enjoying watering them almost every night and watching them fill in so happily!
This filler card was so much fun to create. I simply stacked a few of my favorite stickers from the Outfitters collection (Pink Paislee). The puffy camera is just awesome!
The date card here also came together pretty happily! I had to use the cursive words from Simple Stories and I had to use those gold alphas from Pink Paislee. Oh my word I am in love with those alphas!
One more look at this fun layout:
The second layout from this week will be a two-page, multi-photo layout done as a traditional scrapbook layout. I will release that on Thursday! See you then!
Hi guys! Are you ready to hear it? I have been talking about our epic paint project and today is the day you get to hear the story of it. I ended up mixing the video up with a little bit story here, a little bit embellishing here, so have a look:
Since there are quite a few pages to show you, I am only going to show the completed layouts today. Page 1 here, with the layout you saw me complete in my process video last week:
Page 2, which is two of the story layouts that are loosely based on Ali Edwards’ 31 Things format:
And then Page 3, with just one side completed for now. I will finish that next week!
Ok, so let me give you a few close-ups, particularly of the embellishing I did on these pages.
When I printed out these pages I realized there were a few spaces in the formatting that made it easy to add tiny bits of embellishments.
I pulled just a few washi tapes and chipboard from Ali Edwards to use.
The Tough story kit provided some great sentiments and chipboard pieces that absolutely fit in with this story.
The word stickers are from February’s Heart story kit, also from Ali Edwards.
My husband sent me this photo via text on one of the days he was working at the house by himself. This butterfly, as if it was blessing us, appeared out of nowhere and landed right there. At first I was going to leave the photo alone, but in the end this tiny word sticker was perfect.
While I did not get photos of us looking like snow people, you can imagine what that might have looked like from this photo of my putty-encrusted hand! The irony in me wearing nail polish is just so hilarious, I can’t even.
Even when there is a shortage of photos, don’t hesitate to look around Google images to find royalty-free images that might help you tell your story. On this page the photo of the fireworks helps to locate this project in the yearly timeline – while all this was going on the fireworks went on and still we painted and painted.
If you look closely, you can totally see my reflection in this photo from above, trying to take the photo of the layout! Ah that reflective black on photo paper!
I love this photo so much of our kitchen just as we finished the painting and removed the mucky tape and plastic. It looks so sparkly and crisp and white, but the ball of plastic tells the real story here!
This is the final page. I know it has been a photo-packed post today!
The little round chipboard piece right here says it all. My poor fingers, after sanding the walls by hand, through the entire house.
I was having such a hard time with my lighting! You can see me in the reflection again, but life goes on. While this corner might seem pretty insignificant, to me it was a really big deal. When I lifted the tape after the painting, this wall was torn up something awful. Herbert patched it somewhat, but I still had to work on it as well. I was amazed it turned out like nothing ever happened!
Well, they say all good things must come to an end, and we were so incredibly happy to see this end. I am also happy to have this story documented and included in our family albums.
This truly is an important piece of our history and of our home. I am so thankful that scrapbooking allows us to photograph and write about these kinds of events. Life isn’t always graduations and weddings, sometimes life is about the decisions we make to bring about a real change in our lives. Writing about this has been cathartic for me. Of course we went on to move in and this house means so much to me. But it is nice to tell the story one more time and then close the book.
Tomorrow is supposed to be a Traveler’s Notebook day, but I decided to change things up a bit and show you a traditional layout! See you then!
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!