Maggie Holmes

Traditional 12×12 Layout | Walk With Me ft. Maggie Holmes Carousel!!!!!!

Hi guys!!! I just could not wait to share this amazing layout with you! I took one of the photos we had from our recent trip to the NC mountains and the amazingly gorgeous Maggie Holmes Carousel collection and I hope you love it as much as I do!

Oh my goodness, I could not wait to share this layout with you! I am such a fan of Maggie Holmes’ collections and Carousel is a knock-out!!!! Take a look at what I did.

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I began with this giant starburst paper – the color is stunning and it provides a fantastic contrast with the green and blue in my photo. It also echoes the sentiment in the photo and my journaling!

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The kite paper was just begging to be cut up and included on the layout somehow, so I cut out two of them and created floating embellishment clusters going up the page. My design concept for this page is a very vertical kind of layout, leading your eye up and out. 

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My design concept for this layout is to lead your eye up and out so I began with a stunning oversize title. I loved mixing the alphabets and the die cuts to create this title!

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My journaling echoes the sentiment of the title and the design concept: this idea that Alan and I are on a path of life together and the path is only going up and forward. Ever forward, towards the sun. I used some of the scalloped packaging for my journal card and then added a few tiny embellishments and sequins around it.

 

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On the other side of my photo is this other little lovely embellishment cluster that includes a floral die cut, word sticker, glitter star, and more sequins. I also sprinkled some of those adorable pom poms around each embellishment cluster too, sort of like enamel dots!

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Thank you for following along today! Are you just loving this collection as much as I am?! Share what you are creating, I would love to see!

~Theresa

 

Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes Bloom

Hi guys, today I am sharing another layout in my Things I Need to Hear Series. In this layout I am journaling a bit about carrying other people’s anger and how to move forward from that. I used one of my favorite mixed media techniques – creating patterns using floral stencils and modeling paste, and then painting with acrylics. I then embellished using some of the glorious Bloom collection by Maggie Holmes.

I find that every week when I complete these layouts I cannot wait to share them with you. I am loving this artistic process and combining mixed media with photos and journaling.

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My journaling for this layout was, quite frankly, brutally honest and painful, but so much worth it to write it out and get it out of my brain. These are the kinds of journaling that absolutely can be covered up and be made into a portion of the artwork itself, which is what I did here. I layered modeling paste right over top of the words in a symbolic move to remind myself not to park in the negative spaces.

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I then layered distress paints and acrylics over top, and a layer of gesso over top of that as well. Underneath my photos I layered some cut files I picked up from the Silhouette store: Totally Jamie floral cluster and leafy branches.

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After that I layered my photos with patterned papers and my title. At the end of my journaling I left the invitation for myself to take charge and only own emotions that are mine to own. I admit I don’t really know what this looks like but I am already doing it and I am already working hard to make important changes in my life and self-awareness, so I wanted my title to be a reassurance to me that I do, indeed, have this. Change is always scary, but this is a very good thing. Disclaimer: as a survivor of trauma anger often becomes a coping mechanism for dealing with the reality of what happened to that person, and often trauma arises from the projection of other people’s anger onto the victim. This means that victims carry the anger of their perpetrator, often in the form of visible scars and always in the form of invisible, emotional scars. In prolonged trauma, the survivor is groomed to hold that anger and accept that anger because the perpetrator leads them to believe they deserve it. An important part of healing from trauma is identifying misplaced anger, and it is this type of anger that I am referring to in my video and layout.

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Look at all those yummy layers! 

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And yes, I absolutely did use this adorable deer with the glitter hooves and gingham fur.

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Thanks so much for following along with my process today, I hope you are inspired to create your own magic today. See you back here again soon!

~Theresa

 

TBT Project Life 2014 Halloween Pt. 02 | Feat. MH After Dark!

Hi guys, this is part 2 continuing from yesterday’s layout about our Halloween adventures in my 2014 Project Life album! These are photos of each child individually highlighting their costumes that year.

I am having so much fun working with these photos and sharing these layouts with you! Have a look at the completed project:

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My photography strategy for Halloween is much the same each year: try to get a few of us in the neighborhood early on before it gets too dark, get a few of the whole loot, and also do a mini session before we ever go out into the neighborhood. I try to keep that session short and sweet because they are obviously off the walls excited (!) but my main goal is to get an overall shot of each child in their costume and one close-up head shot of each one.

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Addison was dressed up as Rocket Raccoon this particular year. I think he was the cutest raccoon ever. One of my favorite cards from the After Dark collection was this one that allowed me to add some fun facts from the night. That definitely goes in the “need more of that” category for next year!

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Nick was a Star Wars character named Ethan Adare. He looks like such a cute little imp in this photo below!

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Emberlynn chose to be a mermaid this year, and particularly a red mermaid. I did go back and look up who our source was for these tutus – an Etsy seller named BloomsNBugs. Her shop shows she is taking a break, but I will include a link here. I highly recommend her work, the tutus were GORGEOUS!

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She made the cutest mermaid, didn’t she?!

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Last but certainly not least is Natalie as Elsa. 2014 was the year every little girl was Elsa from Frozen. Gah, the cuteness. I loved including my own excitement in the journaling card – I really did have fun planning out their costumes that year. Normally in the interest of time and money, they purchase pre-made costumes from the store. But this year I wanted to do something special for them. I am so glad I did that. Just once, to splurge and allow them to feel like princesses!

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I absolutely loved how both of these layouts turned out! Every year the Halloween layouts bring me such joy to create and look at in the future. I hope they mean as much to the kiddos as well!

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Thank you so much for joining me the last two days! I hope you have gained some strategies for photo-documenting and scrapbooking your own Halloween memories. See you soon!

~Theresa

TBT Project Life 2014 Halloween Part 01 | Feat. Maggie Holmes After Dark

Hi guys! Ok I know it’s not Thursday but this is part 1 in a 2-part series I am sharing from my 2014 Project Life album! The layouts I am sharing feature our Halloween adventures and I decided to create two layouts and share these layouts with you in two parts!

You guys, these Halloween layouts slay me every single year! The kids take such happy photos and the layouts always turn out stellar!

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So once I placed my photos I pulled from my fall and Halloween products to fill in pockets and then embellish. Oh what fun! Much of my product choices are from Maggie Holmes After Dark, and then I added in some Gossamer Blue, Elle’s Studio, and Simple Stories.

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I absolutely love using pocket pages to document specific events, don’t you? Everything about this layout makes me incredibly happy. Look how happy the kids are!

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I talked a bit in the process video about my habit of using a “tic-tac-toe” strategy to decide where to place photos and journal cards. I typically try to arrange them alternating light and dark, to keep the layout balanced and from becoming too visually heavy in one place or the other. Try it and see what you think!

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My primary goal in this layout was to tell the overall story of our Halloween adventures that night. In my next layout I will share individual photos of each of the kids so their adorable costumes will be documented in our albums.

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Notice how simply I embellished each card or photo – literally just one or two very simple embellishments on each one. So quick to complete and not much obsessing required that way!

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No Halloween layout is complete without a photo of the loot, and this is my favorite perspective. When we return home from our fun night in the neighborhood, we bring in all the treat bags and buckets and dump everything out on the floor. There is no denying that with four kids, we receive way too much candy! We go through and keep what we like and then give the rest away. But it must be like Christmas for the kids, seeing all that candy there on the floor and knowing they can have whatever they want! How fun for them!

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Last photo from this layout, a close-up of all of them together. These truly are the most special moments, you guys, and I hope with all my heart that they look back on these days and remember how happy life was. Even though it’s hard every day, and every single one of our children carries pain in their hearts, I pray they know that they had some amazing times too.

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Thank you for following along with me today! I will see you back here tomorrow with part two!

~Theresa

 

Traditional Layout | Dreams Feat. Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams

Hi guys!!!! So I just can’t seem to put this Maggie Holmes collection down! I decided to create a traditional layout to share with you today. Woot woot!

Ah that was so much fun to create and I could not wait to share this layout with you today. Here is a look at the completed layout:

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My jumping off point for the layout was my photo and a few thoughts about what I needed to hear that day. This is a combination of art journaling and scrapbooking, isn’t it? I began the layout by printing my journaling directly onto my cardstock, knowing that I wanted my photo to be above. I had not decided for sure about what collection I wanted to use, or how I wanted to embellish, and that will always come when it is time.

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I knew that I wanted this beautiful pink floral to show and I also knew I wanted to use my favorite stencil to create some florals of my own. The stencil I used is an older one from Dear Lizzy, and I chose Tim Holtz Distress Paints to create the florals. I wanted them to be alongside the journaling, but leaving enough white space to give your eye a place to rest on the layout.

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Just a few embellishments, some pink paint splatters, and this layout is complete.

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My journaling reads as follows:

I’m not really sure how it happened, but suddenly I’m looking in the camera and this was what I saw. Someone who was polished, professional, knew what she was talking about. Has a goal and is working towards it. Every single day. Oh sure, the haters will hate. But this girl keeps on regardless. There are days it feels like nothing is going to work out. And what if it doesn’t work out? Well, even if it doesn’t work out, this girl still kept going and she still kept creating pretty things and she still kept doing what she loved. Even if no one ever sees it, or ever loves it, even if nobody ever cares, she still made those things that made her happy. And that, in the end, is all that mattered. That was it! So you keep going, beautiful one,. Keep creating, and keep doing what you know and love. That is all that matters. Seriously. All that matters.

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Love,

Theresa