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Project Life 2016 Week 20!!

Hi guys and welcome back for a Project Life layout today! I’m working in my 2016 album, using the Project Life App to create my layout and then embellishing on top. I chose a variety of products today, including Ali Edwards, One Little Bird, and Pink Paislee C’est La Vie. Have a look at my process!

So this layout is from a travel week where my husband was called out to Boston from Sunday until Friday. I did something similar a few months ago, where we sent photos back and forth and then I used those photos to compare and contrast our weeks in the layout. It turns out I had four pages, so two complete layouts. This is the first:

Project Life 2016 Week 20

And here is the second:

Project Life 2016 Week 20

I also added two inserts for our journaling. I wrote about our week here at home and Alan wrote about his week in Boston. The first insert is my journaling overlaid on a scanned map:

Project Life 2016 Week 20

That is the front side, and here is the back side:

Project Life 2016 Week 20

This is the second layout. Alan wrote two pages about his week, and I was so excited that he wrote that much! He was worried it was too much, but seriously, there is never any such thing as too much journaling. Make room to accommodate those stories. I am so happy his voice is here:

Project Life 2016 Week 20

This week turned out to be quite a process for planning and creating, but I am incredibly happy with the results.

Project Life 2016 Week 20

I love that Alan is willing to contribute so much to help these layouts happen. Half of the photos on this layout are his, lovingly taken and shared by him in order to help create the stories of our life for this week. I love the contrasts – while we lived our normal week he lived a very different week.

Project Life 2016 Week 20

I am loving the date cards in the Project 52 Edition cards in the Project Life App. I am loving having a consistent way each week to display the week number. I am loving highlighting the events of our lives in a weekly format. I am loving organizing our story, through our memories, one week at a time. I am loving choosing photos that tell our stories in this way, not over the top, not feeling obligated to use every single photo, just the ones that fit in the story.

Project Life 2016 Week 20

I am loving the graphic nature of this layout, as I mentioned several times in the process video. The angles and the black touches and the large numbers pop.

Project Life 2016 Week 20
Project Life 2016 Week 20

Notice how I did not break apart the days, although I did include the day of the week with the time stamp on each photo. We did not send photos on a regular schedule – Alan’s schedule gave him little time to text or photograph and that is completely understandable. Not dividing by days made this more flexible so I could include photos that we had.

Project Life 2016 Week 20

For the second layout all the photos and journaling cards are 4×4.

Project Life 2016 Week 20

More of the stamping, more of smaller, simpler embellishments.

Project Life 2016 Week 20

I know it is hard to get the overall from the photos, so I hope you had a chance to watch the process video all the way through. At the end of the video I did show the layouts in my album itself with the inserts, so you can see how it turned out as a whole.

Project Life 2016 Week 20

So that is all for today! Tomorrow will be a Disney layout and I will finish up Day 1 on that journey, so I will see you then!

~Theresa

Project Life 2016 Week 19 | Ali Edwards READ Story Kit

Hi guys, so as you know I am a Ali Edwards Story Kit subscriber and I love these kits every month. The physical products are beautiful and well-designed, and the class content is always amazing. So this month I decided to use my READ kit on a Project Life layout for Week 19. While my layout is not necessarily focused on reading (in fact, it never mentions reading!), there were a lot of elements that mentioned “the story”. Our lives are filled with stories and that felt like a great jumping off point for this layout. Have a look at my process video!

Ok, so I created the layout itself in the Project Life App, using Dropbox to bring my Ali Edwards digital elements into the layout, and also using Letterglow to add a few digital elements to the photos themselves.

Project Life 2016 Week 19

Here is the completed layout, with journaling and embellishments from the READ Story Kit added:

Project Life 2016 Week 19

I started on the left hand side of the page, which was mostly about two of our kids who were home sick this week. I also got a new hat and we took some fun pictures with that.

Project Life 2016 Week 19

For the hat photo I simply added a speech bubble with stamped stars and a word strip.

Project Life 2016 Week 19

Our knock-out roses also popped this week, but I only included the photo, no journaling for that. You will see that I used the speech bubbles throughout along with the word strips. Simple and easy!

Project Life 2016 Week 19

Whenever the kids stay home, I like to take them out to lunch once they start feeling better. I used half of the journaling card below, because I really liked the “Your face tells me the whole story.” No embellishments added to this one.

Project Life 2016 Week 19

I love the chipboard embellishments that come in the physical product kit, but I have found the widest chipboard banner is always a bit too wide for photos on the Project Life App. So I brought this white banner into Letterglow and placed in on the photo on a smaller scale. Then I added an actual chipboard banner on top, offset. I absolutely used pink across this layout, and in the end I am glad I did.

Project Life 2016 Week 19

This journaling card looks almost like it could be divided in two, and if you wanted to it would be just lovely, but I decided to leave it as one and embellish the one side. Again just a speech bubble with word strips.

Project Life 2016 Week 19

On the right hand side of the layout I began with my journaling and photo of our son being inducted into NJHS, National Honor Society. I am so proud of him – transitioning to middle school was excruciating and he was failing last year. This year we made a plan and he has worked really hard, and he has kept A/B honor roll all year. So very awesome!!!

Project Life 2016 Week 19

For the photo I brought another word strip into Letterglow. I did not alter the color, but did dial down the opacity. This one is also a bit larger than the physical word strip, which is the fun part of using the digital elements!

Project Life 2016 Week 19

And here is where the layout took an unexpected turn! If you watched the video then you probably got the whole idea of what happened – I went to use the silkscreen that came in the READ Story Kit, and it bonded with the photo paper! This is what that looked like when I pulled the screen up:

Project Life 2016 Week 19

You can see the residue that sadly remained on the layout itself! At that point I had to just to take a lunch break and cry for a minute. And then I regrouped and figured I would just cover it up. Originally I had used the black numbers in the digital kit, but the physical ones I received were white. So I decided to use those with a pink patterned paper backing them. Here is where I was glad I had several other pink elements on the layout!

Project Life 2016 Week 19

Also, our little birds that were nested behind our wreath on the front door hatched in their nest this week. We have been hearing them chirping and tapping on the door, and we have seen mama bird and papa bird watching from the tree in the front yard. Underneath I added the marketing card, trimmed down, on top of the plus sign journaling card and then I added the date. Of course, long after the video was finished I realized that is entirely the wrong date (!) so I may end up going back and changing that, but for now this is it. LOL

Project Life 2016 Week 19

The last story is about my Mother’s Day gift – the kids got me some really sweet gifts this year, and one of them was this little white elephant. Before they gave it to me, they took it on an adventure and photographed the whole thing. Notice the “Stop for Elephants” sign they altered. I love it and I love them. And I love having homes for these little (big) stories!

Project Life 2016 Week 19

That is all for today – I know this layout was packed with journaling and stories! This might be the most journaling I have ever put on a layout, and it makes me very happy. I hope you enjoyed seeing the READ Story Kit being used in this Project Life layout. See you back here tomorrow for a Disney layout!

~Theresa

 

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 20 | Charming Edition Core Kit and Dear Lizzy Serendipity!

Hi guys, today’s TBT layout takes us further along in my 2014 house construction project. I am so excited to show you the brand new Charming Edition Core Kit from Becky Higgins today and you are going to love it. Here is my process:

Here is the layout I began with, photos and journal cards chosen and in place.

Project Life 2014 Week 20

And the completed layout here.

Project Life 2014 Week 20

So I mentioned in my video that I have divided up this Core Kit and am offering the divided kits in my Etsy shop. Go have a look if you’re dying to get your hands on it – I promise you will love it so much: Larkindesign.

Project Life 2014 Week 20

I started this layout actually in the lower corner because I couldn’t wait to use those gold words from Dear Lizzy. Those are simply layered over the circle I cut from one of the journaling cards, on a vellum that is from another Dear Lizzy collection (Lucky Charm, I believe).

Project Life 2014 Week 20

Above that are some of the 3×4 journaling cards that are included in the Charming Core Kit. That chevron is to die for.

Project Life 2014 Week 20

My circle date is here, from Paislee Press. I am doing this consistently throughout this portion of the album so the date is easily found on the layout. I am really happy about how these look!

Project Life 2014 Week 20

This constellation map is an embellishment from the Serendipity ephemera pack that I have been (hoarding) holding onto for a while now. Next to that is one of the gold foiled cards from the Charming Kit. A note about the foiled cards: they were singles in the kit, so those have been divided up and each of the divided kits I have in my shop include different foiled cards. Which cards come in which kit is photographed, so you can choose which ones are your favorite!

Project Life 2014 Week 20

The other side of the layout is actually two stories – one about Muffins with Mom and then the construction progress for the day. I really loved using the donuts for this layout, since Muffins with Mom turned out to be Donuts with Mom. Ha.

Project Life 2014 Week 20

These are more of the 3×4 cards from the Charming Kit. The artwork in this kit is beautiful.

Project Life 2014 Week 20

Check out this polka dot. I would love full papers in this!

Project Life 2014 Week 20

Look at these cuties. I love this project so much, you guys.

Project Life 2014 Week 20

I hope you enjoyed this layout and are inspired with some ideas for your own projects! I will not be posting tomorrow as this was not only a holiday week, but I also have one child with a broken arm this week and so helping her has taken away from some production time for sure! But I will see you back here next week with a full production schedule and lots of fun projects. Have a great weekend!

~Theresa

 

 

 

Project Life/Project 52 2016 Week 18 | Maggie Holmes Bloom!!!

Hi guys, today I am working on my 2016 Project Life album and have a layout from Week 18 to show you! I created the layout in the Project Life App using the Project 52 cards, and then embellished on top using Maggie Holmes’ Bloom collection! Have a peek at my process:

This layout includes an insert, because there were quite a few photos and quite a few stories I wanted to tell from this week. Mostly I wanted to tell the story of planting our flowers this year and the first day of being able to play in the sprinkler. Also we had a date night, and we had lots of rain. Here is the left side as it was created in the app:

Project Life 2016 Week 18

Here is the right side of the layout with insert:

Project Life 2016 Week 18

And here are the completed pages, first the left side:

Project Life 2016 Week 18

And the right hand side here:

Project Life 2016 Week 18

Ok, so there are a lot of photos to show you and I just have to tell you that I am very much loving how this layout turned out. The Maggie Holmes Bloom collection is just gorgeous and working with it is so easy, but seriously layered over this layout from the Project Life App is almost perfection! This card right here might be my very favorite rightnow:

Project Life 2016 Week 18

That alphabet from the Bloom collection is to die for. And layered on that barely textured Hello card makes my heart swoon. I used this card to highlight our shopping day when we were purchasing our flowers. The G almost looks exactly like my photo of the lilies below!

Project Life 2016 Week 18

One thing I try to do sometimes is to capture the kids while we are out and about, as a group. We make quite a scene sometimes, because there are six of us. We are conspicuous, Alan calls it our own fan club, and it’s frequently loud. But this is who we are:

Project Life 2016 Week 18

Beside that photo is the date card, from the Project 52 kit. I added the puffy floral (oh please, pretty please make more of these!) and a few stamped sentiments.

Project Life 2016 Week 18

Up until this past few weeks, our street ended two houses down. Well, now they have built our cul-de-sac and finished the road going around the back of our neighborhood! So our kids can go all the way down to the cul-de-sac and we can watch them in three directions from our driveway. So awesome. I brought this photo into the Letterglow app so I could add my journaling and the Captured sentiment, which is from One Little Bird’s Currently edition digital.

Project Life 2016 Week 18

While Alan and I planted that day, the girls played on bikes and scooters, and then they refreshed themselves with the sprinkler. I only added a few small embellishments to these cards, and the one photo of Natalie’s shirt says all it needs to say: “Believe in all the good things.”

Project Life 2016 Week 18

I added all my journaling in the App this layout, and I am really happy with the outcome. I love adding my own handwriting to my layouts, but sometimes it is ok to journal this way in order to tell the details you want to tell.

Project Life 2016 Week 18

Don’t forget, when adding your journaling to your cards in the app, to leave some space for some simple embellishments too. I love adding a few things in between paragraphs, like washi tape or these little glitter squares.

Project Life 2016 Week 18

The last two journal cards on this side are so very simple, and darling. That chipboard bird is my favorite – he ties in my favorite journaling card and repeats a bird theme that I use often in my layouts. It’s a win-win!

Project Life 2016 Week 18

Ok, so onto the right side, which tells several different stories. Notice how I don’t place my photos chronologically, or by date, on any of my Project Life layouts. I don’t photograph daily, or even every other day, and tend to select events or stories that I want to tell each week. Then I add my photos wherever they suit me around the page. I did try to keep the planting/outdoors photos on the first half of this layout, but even those are not in chronological order. I am more concerned with the overall look and feel of the layout and it makes things less complicated for me.

Project Life 2016 Week 18

I took this photo of my husband’s hands while he was working that day, and took that opportunity to write a little about how hard he works and how our house and our yard look so pretty mainly because of him.

Project Life 2016 Week 18

I know our yard and our flowers are quite simple and minimal, but it’s a big deal for me. We planted all our own grass and the tree and the bushes and we laid the bricks and we chose the locations for the flower beds – it’s the first time in my life that I have been interested and able to keep any sort of flower bed. I love what we are doing.

Project Life 2016 Week 18

On this last page of the layout for the week, I included a story about our weird little date night that went quite quirky. Here is that story:

Project Life 2016 Week 18

This panoramic photo is of the cow fields that are at the front of our neighborhood. The cows don’t really show up in the photo, but that is ok. This photo tells a story for me – how much it rained all week and we had just a small quick walk that night in between rain drops, and how much I love seeing our bovine friends in their pasture every day!

Project Life 2016 Week 18

Just two more quick photos here:

Project Life 2016 Week 18

And one more journal card, no embellishments here.

Project Life 2016 Week 18

I know this was a lot of photos and information in one post! Thanks for hanging around, I do hope you got some ideas for your own layouts! I will see you tomorrow for my Disney layout.

~Theresa

 

 

Disney Project Life Layout 08

Hi guys, hooray for Wednesdays because that means it’s Disney day and I love my Disney days! I love creating these layouts and love telling this story. Have a peek at my process for this week!

So here is what I started with, just photos and a few journaling cards.

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I had a supplemental map from Fantasyland that I really wanted to include, because it has a great image of Beast, so I added a quick insert to house that.

Disney Project Life Layout 08

So there ended up being two layouts this week. Yay!

Disney Project Life Layout 08

On the left hand side I documented us going to see Mickey’s Philharmagic. As I was working on these layouts, my smallest girl Natalie stopped by my studio to see what I was up to, and she told me she totally remembered wearing those glasses and she really loved them! I love that she remembers that and I love that this album will always bring that back for her!

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I had one re-entry Fastpass that I had saved so I made sure to include it here. It is backed simply on a polka dot card from the Midnight Core Edition.

Disney Project Life Layout 08

This cursive mouse card might just be my favorite from the Sahlin Studios Project Mouse collection! I am loving the simplicity here.

Disney Project Life Layout 08

I used a few more filler cards in the 3×4 pockets. Nothing complicated here. Just trying to get photos and stories told.

Disney Project Life Layout 08

I had this fantastic map from Fantasyland that just had to be included. I adore the image of Beast, so I cut it up to fit into the divided pockets and added a bit of vellum to the edge.

Disney Project Life Layout 08

This is the back side of this map, which then becomes the left side of the next layout. Our adventure on this side was through the Journey of the Sea ride with Ariel.

Disney Project Life Layout 08

I had two photos I chose to tell this story – they aren’t very clear photos and not the best lighting, but that is ok. I chose the Magic card as the title card, unembellished.

Disney Project Life Layout 08

I added my journaling on the smaller 3×4 cards, just sharing about riding this ride. I also wrote about seeing Gaston in this part of the park. And I really love this one little flair button layered on the tag, with a couple of words stamped on top. So easy and so cute!

Disney Project Life Layout 08

I didn’t do much other than my journaling here, and the star card I left as it is. This is part of my promise to myself to actually leave some cards un-embellished, and I am loving that.

Disney Project Life Layout 08

For my journaling on this card, I messy cut some washi tape in half and then I wrote about how this part of Magic Kingdom was really still under construction while we were there. So parts of it we didn’t really get to see, and I definitely want to go back to this part of the park!

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So that is my layout for today! See you tomorrow with a layout from my 2014 Project Life!

~Theresa