Hi everyone, today I am doing a layout share of my April layouts I created for the Clique Kits design team! These layouts are created with the April kit called Winter Park, which is filled with Maggie Holmes Flourish collection plus the gorgeous Clique Kits exclusives. Check out my video share here.
I love each and everyone of these layouts and had so much fun working with this gorgeous kit!
Hi guys!!!! Don’t forget my In My Pocket Memory Keeping Class is open, live, and you can sign up on my blog to learn all about pocket pages. Click the banner at the top of this page to check it out!!
Today I am beginning a new series that I hope to bring on the first Friday of every month called Freebie Friday!!!! I am so excited to bring a new concept in using Silhouette cut files called Cut ‘N Fold. I am offering this cut file on my blog for free so you can download and use it for your own personal layouts. Please do not give this cut file to others, however I would LOVE to see what you create with it. Please tag me @larkindesigntm or #larkindesigntm!
I hope to release a new cut file every month, so be sure to subscribe and look for a new cut file on the first Friday of each month!!!!
To download click the above link. You will be asked to add it to your cart and then check out. This cut file is free, there is no charge to you! Once you check out you will receive an email with the zipped file. You can then unzip the file and use it in your die machine as you wish!
My design concept is to use the cut file in my layouts and allow the background or patterned paper behind it to show through. So each cut file will have a series of fold lines that you can fold over or raise up to reveal your patterned paper or card stock. Here is my layout I created using this cut file.
I have used the Maggie Holmes Crate Paper collection for this layout, with the gold alphabet for my title and word strips + puffy stickers for tiny embellishment clusters on random hearts. For this layout I decided to fold half of the hearts over to allow more of the background patterned paper to show through!
I wrote my journaling around the white card stock. This is part of my Things I Need to Hear series where I remind myself, and you, dear viewer, that I am loved and you are loved. Sometimes it is hard to hear it and hard to believe it, but it is true and it is real.
Thank you for following along with me today! I hope you enjoy the cut file and come back to visit soon! ~Theresa
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Hi everyone! Today I am sharing my process for creating a hybrid 12×12 layout using On A Whimsical Adventure Wanderlust digital collection!
Here is the completed layout! I absolutely love being able to plan these layouts on the screen and then print only what I need. Putting the layout together is then is just FUN!
I brought in some of my Maggie Holmes Gather collection to add dimension and glitter to the layout. I also added a few epoxy flowers that I have collected over the years, from Amercian Crafts, Tim Holtz, and Donna Downey/Prima.
In other very exciting news, my class called In My Pocket Memory Keeping was launched yesterday!!! Hooray! Pre-order is now complete and I decided to keep the discounted price at $35, so you can still take advantage of that. I promise this class is worth entirely MORE than that and is chock filled with ideas and inspiration. It is entirely self-led, although until September 28 I will release one lesson per week. You can join in at any time! Want to learn more? Head over here!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Look at all those yummy layers!
And yes, I absolutely did use this adorable deer with the glitter hooves and gingham fur.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Thank you for following along with me today! I will see you back here tomorrow with part two!
Hi everyone! I could not wait to dive right into this brand new collection from Maggie Holmes called Chasing Dreams, and I especially loved using it for this pocket page layout for October in my 2014 album!
This layout is another roundup for the month of October and really highlights two events – a date day with Alan and my birthday. The Chasing Dreams collection goes beautifully with these photos and I am in love.
So a tradition that Alan and I have is to make time for date days. He takes the day off (and I now take the day off as well from filming and writing!) so we can hang out together. We don’t always have the ability to have date nights, but this is almost even better! On this day we went to the Reynolda House in Winston Salem. This is a historical site and art museum that was built and owned by the Reynolds family of RJR/Nabisco. We love it for the art galleries and the beautiful grounds.
So I must confess I still love to create Project Life pages from traditional collections and papers. Anyone else with me?! Of course working with Chasing Dreams is an absolute dream with such beautiful patterns and colors.
I also can’t say enough how much I am loving these photos I took that day. The skies were so clear and the grounds beautiful as always. I just love adding these tiny detail embellishments to bring your eye around the page.
We absolutely set up the self-timer on my camera so we could get a few of us together. I love this so much and I realize I am lucky to have a husband who is happy to help set up the shot and will smile and laugh. In the end these photos mean the world to him too.
The other side of the layout is all about my birthday. I don’t always do layouts about my birthday, to be honest, and don’t always take photos on that day, but this year we did. I am so happy we did.
I absolutely had to use these glitter alphabets so that is how I created my title card. They layer so beautifully over the patterned papers!
This photo of me and Emberlynn might be one of my favorites ever. So sweet!
Also on my birthday I had the honor of leading worship and delivering the sermon at our church. At the time I was attending seminary and serving as an intern. So lovely to be able to include this very important memory here!
And what a great way to wrap up a fun layout with these cuties! So much to see in this layout and I love everything about it. I hope you are inspired too!
Hi guys! Today I thought I would spend a little time just wrapping up the last few details of my Disney album, which meant adding maps of Epcot and Hollywood Studios, and completing the last page! Have a look:
So here is a look at each of the three layouts I created in today’s process video.
Map of Epcot Center:
Map of Hollywood Studios:
Here are just a few close-ups, so you can see the details of what I did.
Stamps: Gossamer Blue September 2016 Kit designed by Bananafish Studio; Washi tapes: Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life!; Miscellaneous: shipping tags.
And just like that, it is done! (And she dances around the studio, celebrating one big goal accomplished!) See you back next week for the flip-thru!
Hi guys! Today will be the second to last process video in my Disney Series, can you believe that?! I am both excited and a tiny bit sad. Have a look at my process video today:
So the last night we were in Florida we found ourselves right on Main Street in Hollywood Studios, in the middle of the Spectacle of Lights New Year’s Eve!!!! Here is my layout:
I couldn’t help but use this Magic card from the Project Mouse Classics collection. I have used these title cards throughout the album because they are so awesome! Even though they don’t need a bit of embellishment, I added a touch of glitter tape across the top and bottom.
These two cards make me so very happy. Simple cards with simple embellishments, but they tell the story of what the significance of this night really is. It’s New Year’s Eve, everybody, and we are loving it!
It was really hard to narrow down which photos to use in this layout, as you can imagine, so I chose two that showed the lights, one with our group, and then a couple of the kids by themselves. This one speaks for itself: lights, lights, and then even more lights.
This photo cracks me up every time I see it. These are the sillies I hung out with, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Aren’t they hilarious?!
I did not do much to either of these cards, but the Unforgettable card has been altered in Photoshop. Originally that card is black, but I changed the background to a really light grey and added a slight black drop shadow to the letters. I also added two acrylic hearts from Shimelle’s Starshine collection.
More of the lights here, and a simple chipboard piece from Maggie Holmes Gather. Very simple.
Another look at this side:
For the right hand side I began with photos of our children. One is missing, who knows why? Regardless, Emberlynn is here looking quite content and happy with the current situation. Beautiful.
More simple journaling cards here, home for the story and more fun embellishing. I originally was going to put 2013 over the date on the starburst card, but this chipboard piece fit better!
I am absolutely in love with this filler card! I wasn’t really sure if the Maggie Holmes collection would fit in with this layout, to be honest, but this card seals it for me: Maggie’s products go with anything. I can’t think of a better way to wind down this layout and this album.
This sassy girl loved her hat and I am pretty sure they wore them to bed the next few weeks. Ha! Ok but seriously, these happy faces you guys. There is only one place that brings out this kind of excitement and joy, and we had found it.
I really am having a hard time believing this is the last set of photos from our trip! We talk about this night all the time – I tell Alan he will never be able to find a better New Year’s Eve party than this one, ever!
And there is that magic again, taking it all in, absorbing it, never wanting it to end.
One more look at this side:
Have you guys heard the great news? Krista Sahlin, the Krista of our beloved Project Mouse that I have been using throughout this project, found my blog and my Disney album and has asked me to share the Disney album on her blog and also if I would be on her Creative Team! So this project is being featured on her blog every Wednesday, if you would like to revisit your favorite pages. And let me just be the first to say how wonderful Krista is! She is incredibly talented and designs beautiful products, and she has been most gracious to me! Her blog is here: Sahlin Studio.
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!