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Collaboration Project! Project Life 2016 Week 17 Featuring Ali Edwards WILD Story Kit

Hi guys, I am so excited about today’s project! A fellow YouTuber approached me and asked if I would like to do a collaboration with her, and of course I said yes please! So Katina Martinez of lifeslittleblessings and I decided we would both create a Project Life layout using our Wild story kits from Ali Edwards. Have a look at my process here:

So my favorite way to use my Ali Edwards Story Kits is to use the digital elements in the Project Life App, and then embellish using the physical products on top of the printed layouts. Here is the layout as I created it in the App:

Project Life 2016 Week 17 Ali Edwards WILD Story Kit

Here is the layout completed:

Project Life 2016 Week 17 Ali Edwards WILD Story Kit

When I first learned that the Story Kit for April/May was WILD, I must admit I wasn’t wild about the idea. My first thought about the word wild is discomfort – I think about wild outdoors, wild animals, wild children, wild crowds, and on and on. And of course I watched the class content and wrote notes for myself about other meanings of the word wild that Ali talked about. I also looked at the photos I had in my cue for the next few weeks of Project Life, and realized that there are actually quite a few opportunities to document the WILD in my own life.

Project Life 2016 Week 17 Ali Edwards WILD Story Kit

I still wasn’t sure about it though, until Katina told me she was going to just document her WILD family in the every day, with three kids (yep, I know all about that!). So I asked her if I could use her idea as well, and this is how this week’s layout came about for me.

Project Life 2016 Week 17 Ali Edwards WILD Story Kit

The left hand side of the layout is about Alan taking the kids to the trampoline park. Yep, plenty of WILD there! They totally had a ball.

Project Life 2016 Week 17 Ali Edwards WILD Story Kit

Something that stood out to me, even in the midst of the WILD, is the contrast of REST. My husband captured all the images on this side of the layout, including the one of our son laying on the bench looking like he is dying. He’s not, I promise, but he did need to take a rest for a while and they did all wear themselves out in that park!

Project Life 2016 Week 17 Ali Edwards WILD Story Kit

I absolutely love the circle elements in this month’s Story Kit. I think we find ourselves gravitating towards circles in our art because it is a feeling of completeness. There is also a feeling of completeness in enjoying the WILD moments.

Project Life 2016 Week 17 Ali Edwards WILD Story Kit

Another image that conveys WILD is the bird’s nest that has been created behind the wreath on our front door. This is sort of a WILD place for a bird to land, and we are aware of the comings and goings of mama bird and papa bird. They watch us as well, as we come and go, from the tree in the front yard.

Project Life 2016 Week 17 Ali Edwards WILD Story Kit

We had one particularly WILD day this week where they paved our road. We were pretty much sequestered for the afternoon, although the construction workers were very nice about it and tried to help us as much as they could.

Project Life 2016 Week 17 Ali Edwards WILD Story Kit

Katina and I made a point of using the marketing card in this kit – and it was easy to say yes to that! I love this card, and especially love its place next to the photo of my feet.

Project Life 2016 Week 17 Ali Edwards WILD Story Kit

This sums up where the week ended up – with a Diet Coke and a bottle of Tylenol! This was definitely a fun layout to create and another really awesome Story Kit from Ali Edwards. Please be sure to check out my friend Katina at her blog here: lovinglifeslittleblessings.com

She can also be found on YouTube, if you wish to find her there and that is where she found me! Thanks Katina, for friending me and for this collaboration! This is definitely one of my favorite things about the scrapbooking community – the many amazing artists who connect every day with each other, inspire each other, and lift each other up!

~Theresa

TBT Project Life 2014 | Week 18 Dear Lizzy DayDreamer

Hi guys, welcome to the start of my process videos for Project Life 2014! In this video I talk a little about my photo processing (big shout out to Persnickety Prints!) and continuing to prepare the album, and then I dive right in to making layouts. Have a look at the video:

Yeah, so when I left you last week, my task list was made, and I needed to have more photos printed. I went in and placed sticky notes with dates and what photo was supposed to go in each pocket, so I could easily place them and move forward.

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 18

I wish I could say that placing those photos was *that easy!* Ha! When the photos arrived from Persnickety (thanks to my printer dying!), I completely neglected to notice that the numbers were in fact on the back of the prints. So placing the photos in the album became somewhat frustrating for me! Not to worry, I just placed the ones I needed in order to complete this layout, and went with it.

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 18

I ended up adding an insert. The right side of this layout ended up being part of the week prior, and so Week 18 starts on the insert.

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 18

I think the main lesson to learn in this week’s layout isn’t necessarily technique or creative use of product, but rather to learn to set aside that which frustrates, in order to get something done. I think it is important to begin to get layouts done in our albums so we get a feeling of accomplishment. The accomplishment is what moves us forward. If I had allowed myself to keep fighting with photos, what would have ended up happening is that I would have put it all away and not wanted to touch it again for a while. We have all had that happen, right, where we were so determined to get this one thing done and it didn’t work out?

I am right there with you! So when that happens, put the thing away that frustrates you and start getting a layout done. Every week that you get a layout done is another week you put the album away with positive feelings of accomplishment!

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 18

I think in scrapbooking, we need to feel that sense of accomplishment in order to keep moving forward. In order to keep bringing the album off the shelf and keep creating layouts, we need to feel that something is getting done. For this week, one layout is done.

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 18

As we get a little done each week, each week a layout, then we start to see real, quantifiable progress towards completion.

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 18

So I just wanted to point out a few specifics about how I am documenting this construction project. I chose a set of monthly circles from Paislee Press back in 2014 that I decided to use on the photos that I wanted to emphasize. I knew I wanted to easily identify the dates of these photos and be consistent in marking those dates. I wanted it to flow throughout the project so you could easily follow the dates and progress.

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 18

You will find this single element repeated throughout the construction project. I think this is important since I am not necessarily keeping one week per layout, as well. I am still noting the weeks, but at this stage I want the actual days to be the focus.

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 18

It was also important to me to document how our children were central to this project. They went to the job site with us every time. They helped us when it was time to do the sweat equity portion. They got excited over the spaces and the process too.

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 18

We wanted our children to take ownership in this home too. We wanted them to feel included in the process and we wanted them to know exactly what all goes into building a home. We wanted them to feel it was theirs, too. It is theirs. It is their home that we built for them.

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 18

I am so thankful for these photos and for this project, and I am so thankful for you! Thank you for following along!

~Theresa

 

 

Disney Project Life | Layout 5

Yay, today is another Disney day! These layouts are making me so happy – I am happy to be moving through the album and I am happy to be using fun products and I am happy to finally tell these stories. I am happy that Project Life allows me to tell these stories a little bit at a time. Rather than sitting down and writing a novel about the trip (which I could never do in a million years!), I am able to write a little about each photo as I want to, and then the album tells the story as a whole. nd even better than that, the Sahlin Studios Project Mouse journaling cards help provide prompts where I might otherwise forget. I call that serendipity. Have a look at this week’s process video:

So this layout is basically about two of the rides we did in Tomorrowland, plus meeting Buzz. Here is the layout with just photos + journaling cards:

Disney Project Life Layout 5

And this is the layout completed:

Disney Project Life Layout 5.pngDisney Project Life Layout 5

So I began with the two photos of us meeting Buzz. I included two because, well, none of the 6 or 7 I took were perfect, but the one I embellished shows Buzz just lightly touching Addison’s cheek. For me, that is a moment worth documenting – a personal moment with a super hero who is reaching out to our children to connect with them in unexpected ways. That, my friends, is Disney magic!

Disney Project Life Layout 5

Underneath that photo I embellished the journaling card with an acrylic word that came in one of my Gossamer Blue kits last year. The yellow stars also are from Gossamer Blue, and tie in great with other elements around the page. The only thing I added to the Mission Brief card was my journaling itself and a yellow heart.

Disney Project Life Layout 5

Underneath those is the wacky shot taken inside the Ranger Spin ride. Of course it’s not a technically spot-on photo and certainly I am not winning awards with my settings and capture here, but I am capturing the motion of the day. I am capturing what it was like the whole day in the park – always moving, always going forward, trying to hold on to the thing we just saw.

Disney Project Life Layout 5

More journaling on this side, using a thin washi tape for lines and writing about meeting Buzz. I also wrote a short list about what we did that day. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but remember I had not been to Disney in twenty years (!!!) and two of our children had never been at all, so we chose carefully what we wanted to do. We also did not want to overwhelm ourselves – travelling with four kids in these early days of being a blended family was a fun challenge!

Disney Project Life Layout 5

Travelling over to the other side of the layout, where I added a simple wood banner to the Space title card.

Disney Project Life Layout 5

These photos of our daughters on the People Mover are two of my favorites. They are here because they say something about the relationship these two have – hilarious, messy, full of excitement. The youngest, Natalie, was so excited to be there and embraced the entire experience. She just loved it.

Disney Project Life Layout 5

I kept these middle cards so very simply, only adding one or two elements to each one, if that. I absolutely love that they are all white – very simple and easy to look at. The photos take center stage.

Disney Project Life Layout 5

One last look at the Castle from the People Mover, in a blur. This actually is so true to how this trip felt. And I am just going with it. See you guys tomorrow with TBT!

~Theresa

Project Life 2016 | Week 13 Dear Lizzy Happy Place

Hi guys! Today’s layout is from my 2016 Project Life album Week 13. I have used the Project Life app to create and print my layout, and then embellished on top using Dear Lizzy Happy Place. Take a look at my process here:

Ok, so here is the layout as I created it in the Project Life app. I have used the Design K layout with Project 52 Edition journal cards.

Project Life 2016 Week 13

And here is the layout completed:

Project Life 2016 Week 13

This week marked Spring Break, so the kids were home and Alan had a few days off. These photos were taken on Tuesday by Alan, while they were at the park playing!

Project Life 2016 Week 13

I used the word strips from the Dear Lizzy collection along with an initial and a fun design element on each child’s photo. I also used the glitter heart sticker and camera stamp to embellish the calendar card.

Project Life 2016 Week 13

I know the photos of the kids themselves are somewhat “off” in color – these were taken with my husband’s phone and I am so lucky that he takes photos all the time and sends them to me! But they are off by the time they are printed and photographed, and that is ok.

Project Life 2016 Week 13

I really love the 4×4 cards in the center. I am not sure why I chose this design exactly, and I had to manipulate the cards a bit inside the pocket, but this is a fun size to work with.

Project Life 2016 Week 13

On the opposite side I used Dear Lizzy’s transparency, which coordinated perfectly with the journaling card from the Project 52 Edition. I also stapled the transparent quote card.

Project Life 2016 Week 13

The colors in this collection make me so happy, they are bright and fun to use!

Project Life 2016 Week 13

And this camera is perfect. Notice how well the colors tie together from the background of the layout to the turquoise within the Dear Lizzy collection. I call that serendipity.

Project Life 2016 Week 13

I also used One Little Bird’s stamp set from Studio Calico to stamp the numbers for the dates. They are a tad crowded on there, but that’s ok too. That is my layout for today so I will see you back here tomorrow!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

TBT 2014 Project Life Album Introduction and Organization!

Hi guys, today I am beginning my 2014 Project Life album and I decided to video a walk-thru so you can see how the album is right now, which is basically a hot mess. Have a look:

I’m just going to make today’s post short and sweet because I plan to do close-up photos and share my strategy here as I begin the process. Today I really wanted you to get a feel for the album itself and how it is basically divided into three parts: completed pages, pages with photos and dates + journaling cards and some with just photos and dates, and then the last half of the year is absolutely nothing. What you will see here on the blog for about the next 11 -12 weeks is process videos for completing the layouts about our house construction.

So stay tuned and I will see you back next Thursday for the first 2014 process video!

~Theresa

Disney Project Life Layout 04!!!!

So let me show you how the layout looked with just photos and journal cards in place. I chose a lot of white cards in this layout in order to maintain a light feeling across the page.

Disney Layout 04

And here is the completed layout. Notice I made a few changes to the layout visually.

Disney Layout 04

I realize this card doesn’t show up very well, but I did add some acrylic stars from Shimelle’s Starshine collection.

Disney Layout 04

I think my favorite element of the layout are the word sticker and arrows in silver glitter gliding across the photo of the Astro-Glider! They are perfect for that page!

Disney Layout 04

I had not been to Disney in twenty years (!!!!) so the concept of Fastpasses was totally new to me. I will write about that more later, but for now this photo says a little about where we started out adventure.

Disney Layout 04

I will admit that there is not a lot to this layout, and that is ok. I feel like we spent a little time at the beginning overwhelmed and bewildered inside the park, trying to figure out what ride to go on first, dealing with all the people, so this is a breathing page.

Disney Layout 04

This was one of the design decisions that I made – to change out this journaling card. It adds some visual weight to the page, which I perhaps would do a little differently in hindsight, but it really is ok too right where it is. This card also adds a countdown element, which is just fun!

Disney Layout 04

There are so many views of the Castle from all directions around the park, so here is another view from the back. Simple layered embellishments on this photo because it didn’t really need much.

Disney Layout 04

The only thing I added across the bottom of this layout is the stamped image to the Adventure card. Also note the acrylic clouds on the red journaling card – I love how that turned out!

Disney Layout 04

Ok I will see you all back tomorrow with my TBT series!

~Theresa

Project Life 2016 | Easter Layout Using Gossamer Blue April Kits!!!

Hi guys, today’s layout is a layout I created to document our Easter with our kiddos. My video today features a voice-over so my blog post will be a bit more brief. Have a look at the process:

So here is the layout as I created it in the Project Life App:

Project Life 2016 Easter

And the completed layout:

Project Life 2016 Easter

I detailed my process in my voice over on the video, so I’m just going to show a couple of close-ups on this layout for you to see how the embellishments look on the layout.

Project Life 2016 Easter

I am in love with those pink acrylic hearts that came in the Gossamer Blue kit this month. They provided just the right tiniest embellishment!

Project Life 2016 Easter

These layouts come together so easily, both within the App and then layering on top. I can’t say enough how much I love this process!

Project Life 2016 Easter

I am in love with this elephant. That is all I have to say about that! He is in the ephemera pack from Jen Hadfield’s Everyday collection, which by the way, is to die for. Every piece of it.

Project Life 2016 Easter

Lots of circles and gold in this kit, so it was easy to bring this layout all together.

Project Life 2016 Easter

I love capturing these moments of our kids around the dining table. These are the every day moments that, when remembered all together, become the very fabric of each of us. I encourage you, if you don’t like to photograph different rooms in your home, change that. Our rooms don’t have to be perfect, but they can be rooms that we are proud to share in photographs. I am a firm believer that our environments are our backdrops and if we love them, we will want to take these photos.

Project Life 2016 Easter

Here is just one more overall look at the layout.

Project Life 2016 Easter

That is all for today. I will see you back here tomorrow for a Disney layout!

~Theresa

Real Time Scrapbook Layout | Disney Layout 03

Hi guys, today’s layout is another in my Disney album and I am so excited to show it to you! Do you ever start a project and drag your heels on it and then you’re not really sure if you love it or not? Well today’s layout made me absolutely fall in love with this project. Have a look at my process video first:

So here is the layout to start with, it has two photos and the rest of our entrance cards.

Disney Album Layout 03

This is the completed layout:

Disney Album Layout 03

And then I also added a sequin pocket and a place to keep this Times Guide from the park that day.

Disney Album Layout 03

Ya’ll, I just can’t get over this photo and the sequins on top. This really was one of those serendipitous moments in scrapbooking: I wanted to make this insert for the Times Guide, and decided it should be 8×10. Half of it has the paper and the other half has the sequins. I didn’t actually know how this would look until I actually laid it over the castle photo, and I realized the sequins overlay perfectly.

Disney Album Layout 03

Here are the journaling cards underneath. Again nothing complicated, I added a few stars to the white journaling card and the arrow and sticker to the photo itself.

Disney Album Layout 03

The second journaling card just has the date stamp and another word sentiment stamped at the bottom (this card from the Honey Edition Core Kit). I love this simplicity.

Disney Album Layout 03

On the facing page, I left the Main Street card alone and added journaling next to it (both of these cards and the one at the bottom of this page are from Sahlin Studios, purchased from The Lily Pad).

Disney Album Layout 03

A simple embellishment across the bottom of the photo, and the word Dream added to the map card. And this layout is done, but definitely one of my favorites ever!

Disney Album Layout 03

Here is one more look overall:

Disney Album Layout 03

Alright, I will see you back here again tomorrow for a TBT layout!

~Theresa

Project Life 2016 | Week 12

Hi there, today I am showing a layout from my Project Life 2016 album for Week 12. Something I noticed in the last few weeks is just how much my husband has been doing for me, so I wanted this layout to be about that. Here is my process video:

So here is the layout as I printed it out from the App:

Project Life 2016 Week 12

And this is the completed layout:

Project Life 2016 Week 12

I decided to use the rub-ons from Amy Tangerine on the date card because I had never tried rub-ons on glossy paper before, and it worked out great. In fact those gold touches dress that card up beautifully!

Project Life 2016 Week 12

I echoed the hearts and cut up the kraft heart from Ali Edwards’ Heart Story kit to layer on top. Then I added my journaling. This space actually ties the layout all together.

Project Life 2016 Week 12

I love these photos because my husband actually took them and I love when he does that. I have to say there are several pictures here and there on my layouts that he took. So on this night we decided to go see My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, which I had been anxiously waiting to come out.

Project Life 2016 Week 12

I grabbed the movie poster from Google and dropped it into Dropbox so I could use it here on the layout. It just makes me laugh!

Project Life 2016 Week 12

The quality on this photo isn’t as good as the one above, but it tells part of the story. Perfection is not required, ya’ll. Include the photos that remind you of how you felt in a certain time and place, technical issues or not. I find that non-perfect photos actually round out the whole layout, because nothing in life is perfect, so why should our photos all be magazine quality photos?

Project Life 2016 Week 12

I chose several of the chipboard accents from the Heart Story kit just to add a tiny something. Tiny hearts, tiny embellishment, but big impact.

Project Life 2016 Week 12

Here is the other side of this layout. This side is mainly about Alan building my new desktop.

Project Life 2016 Week 12

This photo of Alan on the stairs fascinates me. There is a window on the landing of our stairway that is casting the light behind him, but the rest of the photo is a bit dark. I didn’t edit this photo to fix the shadows because I think it’s kind of cool. I am working my way through Ali Edwards’ Lens of Joy class right now, and light is one of the subjects she touches on. In this photo, the light hits the side of his face, which is the focus of the photo, and that is good.

Project Life 2016 Week 12

The cat here is having a blast with the wires. I guess I haven’t written much about how I used the embellishments, but I did love using the stamp set with the Story kit. This card was perfect for the word stamps!

Project Life 2016 Week 12

I also just love the simple stamp and puffy sticker in the corner of the honeycomb paper. It didn’t need much because of its pattern, so this was perfect.

Project Life 2016 Week 12

I absolutely love how these Project Life layouts give me opportunities to tell these stories as they happen throughout the week, while it is weighing on my mind. I love being able to journal about and photograph people I love, through my lens (and share his lens too!) and then document those photos in a meaningful way. Here’s also to my sweet husband, who takes so much time every week to help me do things I love to do. I am so thankful for him.

I’ll see you here tomorrow for the next Disney layout!

~Theresa

Project Life 2016 Week 11 | Pink Paislee Fancy Free

Hi friends, today I have a Project Life layout to show you, created in the Project Life App and then embellished using Pink Paislee’s brand new collection, Fancy Free! This is Paige Evans’ very first collection, and I am so happy to work with these beautiful papers and embellishments. Take a peek at my process video:

Ok, here is the layout I created in the Project Life App:

Project Life 2016 Week 11

Two things I wanted to document this week: the signs of spring all around us, and my son’s continued healing on his face. Oh, and the infamous Ugly Cake my husband made!

Project Life 2016 Week 11

I started with the main photo, which is the main driveway coming into our neighborhood. This photo became the home base for the week number.

Project Life 2016 Week 11

The arrow is actually a bit of scrapbooking serendipity – if you saw on the process video I actually dropped the W onto the photo in that most unfortunate spot, and some of the adhesive remained. But I like to highlight the dates of the week on the calendar card, and the arrow just fit perfectly. I also used an E and an upside down 3 to spell WEEK, because I didn’t want to use all the E’s or all the 3’s. 

Project Life 2016 Week 11
Project Life 2016 Week 11

Puffy stickers plus Project Life are the perfect pair, and these are so awesome. I used this coral color twice, because it compliments the lighter turquoise on the background and within the collection itself. All the heart eyes.

Project Life 2016 Week 11

Very simple and quick layout today, but stories told and photos scrapped and that makes me so happy. I’ll see you back here tomorrow!

~Theresa