Maggie Holmes

Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 06 Outer Banks NC ft. Crate Paper Sunny Days!!!

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 06 Outer Banks NC ft. Crate Paper Sunny Days!!!

Hello Lovelies and welcome back to my Summer Travel Mini Series! Today I am sharing the last process video from this series and there will be one more video where I will share a walk through of these layouts in the album itself! I hope you will subscribe to my newsletter to find out what next month’s exciting theme will be! Of course if you are new here, or if you have missed pieces of this fun travel series, be sure to visit this link to get caught up: Summer Travel Mini Series.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 06 Outer Banks NC ft. Crate Paper Sunny Days!!!

During the last week of May this year we traveled to the Outer Banks of NC, namely Kitty Hawk, Duck, and Nags Head areas. You can view my full process for this layout here:

Let’s have a closer look at this layout! This was of course a photo heavy layout and I really wanted the ocean and beautiful skies to be the stars of the page. I chose Maggie Holmes Sunny Days collection from Crate Paper to help add pretty things to my layout.

 

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 06 Outer Banks NC ft. Crate Paper Sunny Days!!!

Beginning with the first 4×6 card, which is typically my day card, I used the circle patterned paper as my background. This patterned paper became sort of the starting point for my colors in the layout: the blues, yellows, and pinks are perfect for beach photos. I added the number 22 from the cut apart specialty sheet and added the Outer Banks using the gold glitter slphabets. The filler card underneath is not embellished at all, and stands alone just as it is.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 06 Outer Banks NC ft. Crate Paper Sunny Days!!!

I took a selfie while we were lounging under our umbrella and made sure to include myself in this layout. I added sunglasses from the sticker sheet and a simple word sticker to that photo. The boys spent a bit of time digging in the sand just for fun, so I snapped their photo as well and added the word sticker to that photo as well.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 06 Outer Banks NC ft. Crate Paper Sunny Days!!!

This little lady on the float is one of my favorite elements in this collection, so I placed her in the upper corner of the photo of our girls, and added a word strip. It’s so cute! Another of my favorites is this navy card with pink floral. I trimmed it down to fit in the 3×4 pocket and just love having it there. One thing I thought would be fun is to have elements in the pockets that are smaller than the pocket, so I left this journaling spot just as it is. We will see later on in this album how I handle the back!

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 06 Outer Banks NC ft. Crate Paper Sunny Days!!!

No beach trip is complete without a photo of feet in the sand! The only thing I did to that photo was add a circle embellishment using my Tiny Attacher.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 06 Outer Banks NC ft. Crate Paper Sunny Days!!!

The right hand side of the layout carries the same colors throughout. Along with blues, pinks and yellows there was also a bit of orange in this collection so I have included that too, just for fun

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 06 Outer Banks NC ft. Crate Paper Sunny Days!!!

The sky was stunning on this day, so I have featured it in this photo and added the transparent word on top. I also added a word strip from the sticker pack beneath. So so pretty.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 06 Outer Banks NC ft. Crate Paper Sunny Days!!!

The coral card and the Let’s Go tag are left untouched, but I needed a bit more space for journaling. I cut up this mint paper below so I had lines plus a bit of word art. Of course, once I cut what I wanted it wasn’t quite big enough for a 4×6 pocket, so I layered it on top of the orange paper. That paper is also an easy favorite in the collection! Pick your favorites to use first!

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 06 Outer Banks NC ft. Crate Paper Sunny Days!!!

For one more journaling card I layered this piece from the cut apart sheet that also had lines. I layered it over the pink and white polka dot paper and again stapled the elements together. I mentioned in the process video that I never actually used any adhesive tape runner, just the Tiny Attacher on this layout!

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 06 Outer Banks NC ft. Crate Paper Sunny Days!!!

One final photo of the kids together. Some of them did not seem interested in photographs today so I just took this one of them observing waves. The water was under a severe rip tide warning that weekend so no one really got in the water. They still hung out in the surf and found seashells. I love capturing them all together.

Larkindesign Documenting Travel In Project Life | Part 06 Outer Banks NC ft. Crate Paper Sunny Days!!!

Thank you so much for joining me today! See you again soon!

~Theresa

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!

Larkindesign Traditional 12x12 Layout | Walk With Me ft. Maggie Holmes Carousel!!!!!!Larkindesign Traditional 12x12 Layout | Walk With Me ft. Maggie Holmes Carousel!!!!!!

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