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TBT Project Life 2014 Week 25 | The Painting Project!!!!

Hi guys! Today I am showing you a layout from my 2014 Project Life and I am beginning to document the painting portion of the project that we were responsible for. This will be broken up into two sections, so here is today’s part:

Here is a look at the entire layout before embellishing and journaling. I created the entire right hand side in Photoshop because it is a part of the written story that I am trying to include.

TBT Project Life Week 25

Here is the layout completed:

TBT Project Life Week 25

So for the painting project, it turned out to be done in three phases: the first phase consisted of filling and sanding the trim work and painting the first coat of paint.So this side of the layout shows how the house looked at the end of that phase.

TBT Project Life Week 25

All of the products I chose are from Ali Edwards’ Story kits, primarily the Tough and Wild ones. I began with this marketing card.

TBT Project Life Week 25

The photos I chose for this layout came directly unedited from my phone. I admit that there were very few photos taken during this portion of the project – it was simply a matter of focus and survival, and I did not want my DSLR to become damaged in the process. So these photos were downloaded from my phone and then I printed them on 4×6 photo paper, shrunk to size. Then they are layered onto some patterned cards from Ali’s Story kits.

TBT Project Life Week 25

I have to admit it was fascinating to scrapbook this after the fact (two years afterwards) using the Story kits that are designed to affirm and empower. I found myself using sentiments that reflected the difficulty of the project, but also contained phrases and words that I would tell myself back then to help make it through. 

TBT Project Life Week 25

I love these Story kits for that reason – both the ability to encapsulate the experience as it was, and to tell ourselves the things we needed to hear at the time. I loved the idea of using the Wild kit because I think the fact that we took this on was pretty Wild. This card makes the perfect background for the title card.

TBT Project Life Week 25

None of my dates in this portion of the album are precise, that much I will admit. Since there aren’t many photos, there isn’t any metadata to access to tell me what was going on day to day. That really is ok. Include the photos you have, tell the stories you remember.

TBT Project Life Week 25

I particularly love the Life in Progress stamp for this layout! Over the last few weeks you have seen our house built in place from the ground up. And now the progress continues due to our own blood, sweat, and tears! I want to remember this! I want to open this album the day we move out (with my nails clawing the driveway because I won’t go easily!) and remember what these days felt like (hot, exhausting, overwhelming), what it smelled like (sweat, paint, wood, caulk), and what it felt like when it was done (superheroes!) 

TBT Project Life Week 25

The right hand side begins to tell the story. I have four pages total that look similar to this, and so next week I will read them all to you. Since there were so few photos, I decided my format would be to add one or two photos per page. When I wrote the stories all down, it sort of came to me in some sort of order, but there were smaller micro stories that needed to be included. The small print sections are the main story, the larger print sections are the micro stories.

TBT Project Life Week 25
TBT Project Life Week 25

Stay tuned next week for the reading of the story and the remaining layouts that help tell them. See you tomorrow for some Traveler’s Notebook goodness!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

Disney Project Life | The Princess Dinner!!!!

Hi guys! Oh this Disney album keeps getting better and better! I have been waiting so long to scrapbook the photos that I will show you today, namely from our Princess Dinner at Epcot Norway! Here is a look at my process:

I had a few photos from our time at The Seas with Nemo & Friends, so I placed those on the left, and then the right hand side begins the documentation of our Princess Dinner!

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

Above is the layout with journaling cards and photos, and here is the completed layout in its entirety:

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

Can you believe it, there are actually two photos of us as a family (except for the parent who was photographing!) I will say this: we did have a Photopass and we did have our photo taken professionally a few times, and I never liked how any of them came out so I simply did not order any of them. So these are probably about the only ones of us together. I actually think that is kind of funny, looking back on it now!

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

So we did really like the Nemo ride and the aquariums here. I actually added a title card with just the name of the attraction in simple black alphas. I know, I have not created many title cards in this project, but for some reason this layout provided that opportunity so I took it.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

This simple filler card from Sahlin Studios is one of my favorites, and I was excited to get to use it right here! I added a few words from the Shimelle stamp set that belongs in the Starshine collection and I really like how that turned out.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

This layout as a whole seems to be blue on one side, pink on the other, but the yellow provides the common denominator. I made sure to include yellow elements in several places to bring both sides together!

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

This photo of the four of them peering into the fish tank captured a really special moment for me. I have mentioned several times how this was our first trip together as a blended family, and it is moments like this that remind me that we are on the right path. These moments, split seconds before someone runs off, help me remember that the goal is not perfection, but the goal is so they can experience life together. So they can experience life whole, just like they are viewing this ocean together. And then I am eternally grateful for these albums and for these photos and these opportunities to tell these stories so they will remember too.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

Speaking of amazing experiences, the Princess Dinner at Norway is simply magical. For this side of the layout I printed and cut the embellishments in the Sahlin Studios Princess collection. I used sticker paper in my Silhouette to do the cuts.

 

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

I created another title card (yes, two in one layout, can you believe it?) with turquoise alphas. The colors on this layout are actually both all over the map, and I love that.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

This triangle patterned filler card makes me so happy right here. I feel as though my printer may have printed it a bit dark, but regardless I love the combination of colors and the pop it gives the layout. The happy flowers next to it keep the layout feeling light and happy.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

This photo right here, you guys. Of course Disney is known for how wonderful its cast members treat their guests, and we saw that time and again as we travelled through the parks. But the princesses truly went above and beyond to reach out to every child in the room, speak with them, hug them, and make them feel special. Oh goodness, my heart.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

Of course I always have some issues with my photography, and this event was no different! There was a lovely stream of light coming right in over their faces, and the overall lighting situation in this room was abysmal for this fledgling DSLR learner (I only had my camera for about three weeks at this point!). But it does not matter.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

And see Cinderella in the background? That family had a little precious baby girl, and the mama was so stinkin’ proud and happy to be there. I might have been more excited for them, because her excitement was so contagious. Oh, so many feels.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

Here is one more look at this layout.

Disney Project Life Princess Dinner

There is more to come from this dinner, because we had four princesses who visited our table that night. So stay tuned next Wednesday for that. Meanwhile, I will see you tomorrow for TBT!

~Theresa

 

Project Life 2016 Album 2 Introduction Layout | Freckled Fawn Embellishment Kit!

Hi guys! Today I am beginning to work in my Project Life 2016 album and will show you my process for creating the introduction layout. Have a peek here:

So this is my first year that I am having to split my Project Life album into two parts, and I am very excited about that! I don’t know that I would want to do this every year, but I am enjoying creating and sharing these layouts and love the ease of the App to help me stay somewhat current. Here is the layout as I completed it in the Project Life App. It is then printed at 12×12 and delivered to my door via Persnickety Prints.

Project Life 2016 Album 02 Introduction

I chose to work with my Freckled Fawn kit for July 2016, the embellishment kit. This is the completed layout here:

Project Life 2016 Album 02 Introduction

The photos I chose for this layout are a few candid selfies I took when we went on a date night several weeks ago. I love that it focuses on me and my husband. Although we have four kids, several of them tweens who aren’t so keen on being photographed any more, and I do include them and their stories (a lot!!), I still feel that the emphasis for me, for these albums, is actually us.

Project Life 2016 Album 02 Introduction

Yes, I am documenting our kids’ stories and many of them are also found within these albums. But these albums are the ones I will keep forever. They are for me, to help me remember my life and my perspective.

Project Life 2016 Album 02 Introduction

My strategy for the kids is to keep working on their albums separately that they will take with them when they graduate. Don’t worry. They will also probably want to take a few of their layouts from these albums too, and I am ok with that!

Project Life 2016 Album 02 Introduction

I absolutely love this project, and love the stories it encourages me to tell. My story, and your story, are all so very important to us and to our families. Yes, we should absolutely scrapbook for our children, but we also need to scrapbook for ourselves!

Project Life 2016 Album 02 Introduction

So here is to creating for ourselves today! Get in front of that camera today and tell just one of your stories. What is on your mind today? What are you thinking about today? I promise you, it wants to be told! I promise you the two people you see above are some of the most boring and imperfect people on this planet (ok, I am imperfect, my husband practically walks on water), so perfection and excitement are not requirements for this project at all. Have fun, kids. See you back here tomorrow!

~Theresa

 

 

 

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 22 Part A | Ali Edwards Storytelling with Project Life Kit

Hi guys! I am plugging along in my 2014 Project Life album, documenting the construction of our house. Today I am in Week 22, the first part, and have chosen to use my Storytelling kit from Ali Edwards. Have a look here at my process:

 

Here is the layout with photos and journaling cards:

Project Life 2014 Week 22B

This is the completed layout:

Project Life 2014 Week 22B

Is it me, or do these layouts keep getting better and better? What an exciting couple of days in the photo-documenting of this process: delivery and installation of drywall.

Project Life 2014 Week 22B

Oh how I adore this organic card from the Storytelling kit. It is perfect for my date card, which is layered with a large tag, wood banner, and chippy stars.

Project Life 2014 Week 22B

Of course I included my circle date from Paislee Press to highlight the date of these photos. And yes, we traded the dumpster for the portable bathroom. It’s just hilarious at this point, no?!

Project Life 2014 Week 22B

I had all journaling cards across the center, so I chose different colors for each one, and added simple embellishment to each one.

Project Life 2014 Week 22A

I know the photo makes it really hard to see, but Alan and I carved our initials A & T into the door frame of our master bedroom before they installed the drywall. I photographed the moment and included it here with a chipboard frame.

Project Life 2014 Week 22A

I also made a point to capture some of the tools and supplies as we found them on the jobsite. Now our contractors were incredibly neat and cleaned up at the end of each day, but sometimes evidence was left that were part of their particular jobs. I think it is incredibly important to capture these details that you might think are just ordinary, but when it is your house it is our of the ordinary. Grab those shots, my friends. You won’t regret it.

Project Life 2014 Week 22A

This may seriously be one of my favorite layouts ever. In thirteen years of doing this craft. If you have just started out, or are going on twenty years yourself, I hope you have layouts that make you as happy as this one makes me.

Project Life 2014 Week 22A

This day, for me, was perhaps the most exciting day in the whole process, because we finally got to see and experience the actual spaces. Everything I had hoped for in these four walls, came to be, and everything I had planned for, actually was.

Project Life 2014 Week 22A

Of course, here is the outside of the house that day, and our friend the portable bathroom. Next to that photo is inside the house, in my studio, looking back out the door. This is one of the few messes the contractors ever left (!) and I love the story it tells. We are mid-process, here, people.

Project Life 2014 Week 22A

There were many photos of the interior that day, but I narrowed it down to keep it to one page. I did include these two 3×4 photos here:

Project Life 2014 Week 22A

And here:

Project Life 2014 Week 22A

I love this journaling card because it brings all the colors in this layout together. I highlighted the W with a star because this was actually Wednesday of that week, although I don’t normally document what day of the week it is. Again the stars add the perfect tiny dimension.

Project Life 2014 Week 22A

Final photo on this layout, and it is a significant one to me. This is our living room! This is where I pray we have so many wonderful memories, where I hope the children look back for many years to come at all the love they experienced and all the memories they made.

Project Life 2014 Week 22A

This is the backdrop against which our lives will happen from here forward! I know it is not the richest or most extravagant; in fact it is just a modest size home that we are so fortunate to be able to own. For this I am so incredibly thankful. And thank you, my dear readers, for allowing me to share this with you here. I will have a post tomorrow – I am introducing a brand new project to you that I know you are going to love! I will see you then!

~Theresa

Disney Project Life Layouts 11 & 12 | Modern Edition Core Kit

Hi guys! I’m working on my Disney album today on Day 2 with our visit to LEGOLAND. I decided to use my Modern Edition Core Kit as journaling cards in this portion of the album, so take a look at my process!

 

This week’s post includes two layouts, and next week will as well. Here are the layouts with only photos and journaling cards:

Disney Layout 11
Disney Layout 12

Here are these two layouts completed:

Disney Layout 11
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I think what I will do is create a gallery for each of these layouts because there are quite a few photos to show you. You can click on each photo to see close ups.

And here is a gallery featuring the second layout images. Click on any image to see close ups.

I hope you enjoyed that! See you tomorrow with my 2014 Project Life construction documentation!

~Theresa