Hello Lovelies and welcome back! It has been a few weeks since I have posted and I thought I would share a little chat video with you today to get you caught up! I am so excited be back creating and sharing with you and am excited about the fun things coming up this month!
I invite you to be sure and sign up for the newsletter so you will be getting the latest updates on the In My Pocket Kids Album class coming soon! You can also get a look at previous process videos from my 2018 Project Life album on my blog here: 2018 Project Life series. I also would love to see you in the classroom over at In My Pocket Vol 01 and 02, where you can go even deeper in my 2018 process.
For the month of September I will be finishing up my 2018 Project Life album and will be sharing that with you here. I seriously have two layouts left in that album, if my memory serves me correctly, isn’t that hilarious?! I can only laugh and then commit to getting that done. I am so happy to have you along on the journey, see you soon!
Hello Lovelies and welcome back to #craftychristmasinjuly, a month-long YouTube hop I am participating in that is hosted by Heather Little of Heather’s Crafty Life! Today I am sharing a layout from my 2018 December Daily album for Days 19 and 20. To see all the posts and videos I have created in this series, click here: Larkindesign December Daily 2018.
Let’s have a look at Day 19. My photo for this day was of our son Nick, who had a match for the National Academic League that day. This day was notable because the match was held at the Board of Education Building in Winston Salem, so a special treat for them!
I chose the burgundy red of Nick’s shirt as my guiding inspiration for this entire layout and made sure to incorporate papers, patterns, and embellishments that also had that color. I added a simple star from Ali Edwards onto the photo itself.
I had two 3×4 pockets, so I chose a patterned card and a graphic journal card for these pockets. The Falala card contrasts with its handwritten pattern, and I added the felt star along with a word strip as simple embellishments. For my journal card I wrote out my story and adhered the simplest grey star in the corner.
Adding in little bits in between each page has been a whole lot of fun in this album, and for this layout I chose one of the giant AE tags with the gold embossing. The tag stands so well all on its own, so all I did was add the number 19 with a bit of black and white twine. I then punched it to fit into the album.
Day 20 was all about Natalie’s chorus concert, which was incidentally held at the boys’ high school. I loved having everyone there to cheer her on! In fact, cheering seemed to be the theme for this layout!
I absolutely love this wreath patterned paper, so I cut it down to fit into the 4×6 pocket. I cut it so the circle was in the middle of the pocket and then layered some word sentiments over top. I also added a few wooden stars just to add a bit more dimension to the card.
My photo offered a bit of white space for my journaling. I masked off the photo and stamped lines using my trusty old Project Life roller stamp and then added my story. My only tip when masking photos like this: make sure your washi tape isn’t too sticky!
Of course I had to do something fun with the back of the tag, so I chose the red and white star pattern and cut it down to fit onto the tag. I added the number 20 and the rubber word sentiment using redline tape, and these two days are complete in the album!
Make sure you hop over to my YouTube and vote on the names of my reindeer! Also, here is the full list of participants for the YouTube hop. I hope you will check everyone out!
Hello Lovelies! Today I thought I would share a few thoughts about using traditional scrapbook products in our Project Life layouts! I freely admit I LOVE any and all scrapbook products and when Pinkfresh Studio released their Out & About collection this year, I had to have it all. Using these products in pocket pages can be so much fun, and I wanted to share a few tips with you to help make it easier to incorporate them into your pocket pages! Check out my video here.
Here are a few of my thoughts from the video.
There are a couple of favorite techniques I like to use to help me select product for pocket pages and a few things I like to keep in mind. These are those things:
Does it accommodate journaling in some way?
Does it include a variety of colors that I can repeat across my page?
Are the patterns easy to work with?
The Pinkfresh Studio Out & About collection answers all three of these questions and is the perfect collection to illustrate these points! First, select a product as the jumping off point. For this collection and for my travel layout, these tags inspired me and become an easy element to repeat across the page.
Of course, tags are so versatile and can be used in 3×4 pockets, 4×6 pockets, layered over photos and other patterned papers. They can be cut apart, they can accommodate journaling, so many possibilities! These also incorporate all the colors of the collection, naturally, so these are an easy starting place. I recommend, when layering your tags, to layer them over contrasting colors/patterns to allow them to pop. Here is one example of how I used these tags in my layout.
I have layered the red tag over the grey patterned paper in my layout. The grey patterned paper is a great neutral that allows the red to stand out against it. Speaking of neutrals, this collection has a great selection of neutrals to choose from. The grey pattern is a great option, and in the video I talked about this pattern as a great neutral too.
Now, I know color experts probably roll their eyes when I refer to mint as a “neutral” but what I mean is that this pattern will not compete with photos and it also, as geometrics do, serves as a bit of visual interest without being “loud.” I love this pattern, check out what I did with it in my layout. I used it as a base for a journal card and layered plain white cardstock plus a dimensional sticker in a contrasting color.
Sometimes traditional scrapbook collections will include a cut apart sheet, and those are invaluable in pocket pages! The cut apart sheet for this collection featured a great mixture of journal cards and labels so lots of options here!
I always cut apart most of these sheets although I might leave some of it whole in case I want to use the B side for a pocket as well. I chose two journal cards from this sheet, the yellow and mint green GO card, and the coral and pink circle card. These two cards established my colors for the layout.
Word art is always a favorite element to incorporate into pocket page layouts, and this patterned paper does not disappoint.
I did not end up using this patterned paper in my layout, but papers like this provide tons of options. Cut out any of the elements in this pattern and layer it over a contrasting color for the simplest pocket. Or just cut the paper into a 4×6 card and slide it into your pocket. You can also make your own embellishments from this one paper: punch the circles, cut out the triangles, use the plus symbols as washi strips.
If you have followed me for any length of time you know I love anything with lines on it. Papers with lines, stamps with lines, washi tapes with lines, I love it all. So this patterned paper was the easiest for me ever!
This patterned paper is perfect for a 4×6 card! It includes perfect lines for journaling and also icons for embellishment. Here is how I used this pattern in my layout, as a quick journal card. It really did not need anything else after I added the words.
Speaking of pulling elements from your patterned papers, this circle paper also gives a great number of options for pocket pages.
Again, you could cut out the circles and layer them onto journal cards on your layout, or cut the paper into 3×4 and 4×6 cards and slide them directly into your pockets. I did not use this paper in my layout but it is another great example of using elements, color, and pattern from traditional scrapbook collections!
I hope this has been inspiring for you and has helped you find simple ways to use traditional product in your pocket pages! Getting the most mileage out of our collections doesn’t have to be hard. I will share my full process video for the layout I created with these papers next week. See you then!
Hello Lovelies! The amazing months of summer are here and for many of us that means travel plans! It is always so exciting to visit new places and experience new things, and the time spent with family and friends is priceless! It also means coming home with tons of photos, which means we can revisit those amazing memories any time we want. Honestly, that is my favorite part of traveling – coming home with a camera filled with beautiful photos that inspire me to document those wonderful memories. It can also be a bit overwhelming, deciding which photos to print, how to include the travels into our albums, how to capture all the magic we experienced! So I thought I would spend a bit of time sharing my process for including our travels into our Project Life albums for this summer through this mini series! I am so glad you are here and I hope you will find tons of inspiration and tips for your summer travels as well!
Want to learn more about my entire process of memory keeping, using pocket pages with the Project Life system? Check out my self-paced memory keeping class called In My Pocket! Project Life is an method of memory keeping designed and marketed by Becky Higgins. I am not affiliated or sponsored by Becky Higgins, but I have found this way of memory keeping using pocket pages to be an inspiring and satisfying way to document our busy family life. I think you will love it! Click the image to learn more and to join me in the classroom!
For today, I wanted to share an Introduction to this series and invite you to view the chat video here. In this video I talk about some of my personal thoughts as I approach these layouts, photos, and stories, and I hope it will help you think about your travel documenting in helpful ways too!
Here are the video notes:
Documenting travel can be a bit challenging and can be where we get stuck, but it doesn’t have to be that way. One of the many reasons I love pocket page scrapbooking is that it allows me to include the best memories in a way that is not so overwhelming. I can set aside however many layouts I want to complete for a particular trip, have the page design already laid out, and some of the hard thinking has been already done. It is also a project that is very high on my priority list, and that means I want to stay on track with this project. Here are a few tips to help you stay on track as well.
Keep this part of your memory keeping manageable. It is easy to get overwhelmed with all the projects, photos, layouts, page styles, stories, everything. It is very easy to just skip it, or drop the project altogether because you just don’t know what to do or how to start. So how can we keep this manageable and overcome that fear? What feels manageable to you might be very different from what is manageable to me, but setting a limit within our Project Life albums and setting a limit for product we want to use and setting a limit for photos to print is a great place to start. It is probably a bit unrealistic to think you will be able to document every single memory from your trip in one single layout. And honestly, if you want to document every memory, you can do that but I recommend committing another project for that purpose. For the purpose of Project Life, however, it is ok to hit the highlights and call it done. So lay out in your mind what you can realistically accomplish within this album, how many layouts you want to devote to this trip, and stick with that.
This particular layout from our 2018 album is all about a day trip we took right here in town, in Winston Salem, NC. We wanted to check out a vintage arcade called Reboot, and we walked around a bit downtown as well. Notice how the photos in this layout tell a bit about what we did, but they also show some of the relationships and personalities in our family. This layout is a great representation of this one week in our life without feeling overwhelming or being too hard.
I already mentioned the temptation of wanting to include every single detail, and I am here to tell you that if wanting to include every detail is stopping you from finishing your albums, let that go. We don’t have to include every single experience. We don’t have to print every photo. We don’t have to tell every story. Not in this album, not in this context. I absolutely LOVE Project Life because it lets me tell our family stories in bite-size chunks. I tell my students in the In My Pocket class to think about how to represent your experiences in your pocket pages. What are the photos that represent this experience for you? Print and include those. What are the photos that really summarize the experience for you? How can you represent the trip you took, in one or two or three layouts, using 7 or 15 or 20 photos? Once you have set your limits for documenting this trip, prioritize the photos and include the ones that really jump out at you. You can always do more layouts later, you can always create another album about the trip later, but just for now, for the purposes of continuing in your Project Life album, make the effort to represent.
This layout is from our 2012 album and represents a trip we took to the Outer Banks of NC. To keep this manageable, but still tell the important stories I wanted to tell, I included photos of each of the children, which highlights their responses to being at the beach, a photo of our location, and an excellent representation of the skies, ocean, and weather we had while we were there. What is most important to me is to document our family interacting and experiencing life together, and these seven photos do that in a really powerful way. Never underestimate how beautiful just 7 or 8 photos really can be.
The most important thing I hope you will keep in mind as you document your own summer travels (or any travels, or any memories) is to do the thing that keeps you engaged with the project, do whatever helps you to keep going. Our goal in Project Life is completed albums, right? My personal goal at Larkindesign is to help you uncomplicate memory keeping so you can complete albums and feel accomplished in your craft. I do believe you will love looking back through your albums and seeing your travels included in Project Life, so I encourage you to create a layout (or three, or five, if you wish) about your trip. I see that question in our community an awful lot: “Should I make a layout for our trip if I’m going to make another mini album for the trip?” And my answer is always a resounding YES. You can always come back and do the full album later, but if you never get the chance to make that album, you know you have included it in Project Life.
Back in 2012, the last week of the year, we visited Disney World and on our way back our car broke down. We were three hours outside of Orlando, an hour from Jacksonville, on New Year’s Day, with nothing open. We had quite a journey that day to figure out how to get our family of six and a broken down car back home! Happy New Year to us, right?! I of course included this in my layout for the first week of that year because that was a significant travel event, and I am always happy to see that layout in that album. You can see that layout above, which shows how we celebrated New Years Eve at Hollywood Studio and then shows our poor car once we brought it home. The reason I included that is because we did something really difficult, we helped each other through it, and we even laughed a bit along the way. Include your travels in your Project Life! I hope this mini series will inspire you! We are going to have some fun, use some pretty products, and tell some special stories. Be sure to sign up below so you get the latest, you won’t want to miss this!
You guys!!!! I am so excited to share the time I was a guest on the Simple Scrapper Podcast with Jennifer Wilson! I have been on Jennifer’s design team for five months now over at Simple Scrapper and was so delighted when she asked me to be a guest on the podcast! We had such a great conversation about living a crafty life even when there are hard times and even in the face of trauma. I hope you enjoy our chatter and feel inspired through these words. Click on the image below to go to the podcast episode!
Thanks so much for listening and thank you for all your support over these last few years! It would not be possible without you!