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TBT Project Life 2015 Final Layout! Weeks 27- 30

Alright, guys, I am so ready to finish up this album and I have literally smashed four weeks into two pages. Have a look at my process video for these last two pages in the 2015 album!

Ok, so these layouts are back to back, and I placed them into the same photo to show you the layouts to start:

TBT Project Life 2015 | Weeks 27-30

And these are the layouts completed:

TBT Project Life 2015 | Weeks 27-30

So for both of these layouts I didn’t have a lot of photos, and the dates on the photos span a total of about four weeks. And you know what? That really is ok. At this point in the album, it is safe to say that I have documented the year of 2015 rather well, and so smashing these weeks together really is ok. For the first layout, Weeks 27 & 28, I chose some of Shimelle’s products to bring the layout together.

TBT Project Life 2015 | Weeks 27-30

These products are from Shimelle’s True Stories collection, and I chose it because of the bright, happy colors and the fun elements. The transparency is an older one from Allison Kreft/Webster’s Pages from several years ago.

TBT Project Life 2015 | Weeks 27-30

I have used that transparency across the page and then I like to staple elements to the top of the page protector on this side.

TBT Project Life 2015 | Weeks 27-30

One of my favorites embellishments from this collection are the wooden buttons! They are a little thick for the small pockets, but I used them anyway. They are too much fun to not use. Here is a look at this layout inside the album:

TBT Project Life 2015 | Weeks 27-30

For the next layout I still used the same collection, and now I chose one of Shimelle’s journaling cards for the date card.

TBT Project Life 2015 | Weeks 27-30

For the transparencies on this side, I simply used red line tape to adhere the elements on top of the page protector. I also love the look of the vellum word strips on top of this red flower. So pretty!

TBT Project Life 2015 | Weeks 27-30

In the spirit of simplicity and getting things done, I left the yellow card just as it was. Notice how I have used the floral embellishments in the corners so they don’t take over.

TBT Project Life 2015 | Weeks 27-30

I used another flower in the bottom corner, this one is blue. These colors are a lot of fun to work with and they seem to flow seamlessly in with the rest of the album.

TBT Project Life 2015 | Weeks 27-30

Here is a look at this page in the album:

TBT Project Life 2015 | Weeks 27-30

Part of me finds it hard to believe that this project is done, but the rest of me is incredibly excited. I will post a video tomorrow to celebrate completing this and to announce what is coming up next in the TBT series! I will see you then!

~Theresa

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 20 | Using Older Kits!

Hi there, today I am working on a layout in my 2015 Project Life album for week 20, using an older Gossamer Blue kit from May 2015. Here is my process video:

So I completely forgot to take a photo before I started the layout, but here is the layout completed:

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 20

The Gossamer Blue kit for May of last year was designed to coordinate with Jen Hadfield’s Cottage Living and Heidi Swapp’s Wanderlust collections, so I used those along with the kit.

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 20
TBT Project Life 2015 Week 20

In the interest of getting this done, I tried not to fuss with this layout too much. Simple puffy stickers, easy journaling, makes quick finishing.

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 20

I even left two journal cards plain. Can you believe it? Yep, just to get it done. I am so ready to be done with 2015! Almost there.

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 20

Here is a look at the layout in the album. Yes, the left side of the layout is simply patterned paper, as I transitioned from the previous layout in a different style of page protector!

TBT Project Life 2015 Week 20

Thanks so much for following along with my catching up for 2015! I’ll see you back here again soon.

~Theresa

Project Life 2016 Week 5 | A Photo Documentary Layout Using the Project Life App

Hi there, the project I want to show you today is a fun photo documentation of Week 5, in which my husband was out of town for the whole week. So we sent photos and Facetimes and selfies back and forth, and then I compiled them into this three-page layout. Have a look!

Alright, so I created the base layouts in the Project Life app. This is what they looked like after printing:

Project Life 2016 Week 5
Project Life 2016 Week 5
Project Life 2016 Week 5

Here is how they looked once embellished:

Project Life 2016 Week 5
Project Life 2016 Week 5

I selected Heidi Swapp’s Wanderlust collection to embellish these pages with. I didn’t want to add too much, but it did need a little something to pull everything together.

Project Life 2016 Week 5

 

Project Life 2016 Week 5
Project Life 2016 Week 5
Project Life 2016 Week 5
Project Life 2016 Week 5
Project Life 2016 Week 5

At the end of the video I placed the layouts in the album – since there were three pages I left the first page on its own and then placed the second and third facing each other. This was a lot of fun to put together and I feel like I was able to document more of the trip than just oh he was gone and then he came back. Of course, I am lucky that Alan was willing to play along and was more than happy to take photos and send them to me! Most importantly, I am thankful that this layout gave me the chance to tell more of the story. In a few years we might never remember that that area of Portland had so much traffic, or that for one day at our school drop-off there was so much traffic. This is what Project Life is able to bring to our scrapbooks, my friends, and it is so very important to me. I am glad you share that with me!

See you again soon,

~Theresa

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Hello Love | February Love Mini Album

Hi friends! So I have not been filming much this week but I did want to show a really sweet little mini album I created for Valentine’s Day. A few weeks ago I went on a pinning spree (at 1AM – do you ever do that?!?) and I came across all these really sweet couples poses and photog sessions. I decided I wanted to do a mini session with my husband and then create a little mini from that. Take a look!

So for this album I decided to print all my photos the same size and orientation, since they were all from the same photo shoot. These photos are a favorite size of mine and I have used this size before. What I do is in my Print screen in Photoshop I tell the printer to print vertical orientation so the photo is across the page. Then I tell it to print the size in a custom measurement, which is 4″ x 2.75″ horizontal. 

February Love Mini Album

Of course Crate Paper knocked themselves out with this year’s Valentines theme collection, called Hello Love. I used the glitter acetate as the cover for my mini, and sewed the pages in place using a really old (like so totally old!) binding tape from 7 Gypsies. It was the last little bit of it that I had! 

February Love Mini Album

I did not use many papers or embellishments for this album. Overall the album measures 6×6, and I cut the patterned papers randomly to fit.

February Love Mini Album

I kept this album feeling very light. Some of the layouts do not have a photo and that is ok!

February Love Mini Album

Each one of the photos I cropped purposely, leaving room on one side or the other to allow for embellishments.

February Love Mini Album

I absolutely love how the pages peek out with every page turn. This adds visual interest and fun layering without being too bulky!

February Love Mini Album

I wasn’t exactly sure how I felt about this green marble paper, but seeing it completed with photo, I’m glad I included it. I think including the pink ombre tag provides a nice contrast. Again, more visual interest.

February Love Mini Album

This was actually the first layout I started with. I wasn’t sure what direction I was going in when I started adding photos and embellishments, but these stripes made it easy to dig right in. Sometimes that is ok too – start where you feel inspired and then work from there!

February Love Mini Album

I did add two embellishments that are not part of the Crate Paper collection – the Hello clip is American Crafts DIY Shop, and the red heart paper clip came from Michael’s. That tag makes me so happy.

February Love Mini Album

Another fun layering technique – I used some of the puffy hearts to echo the hearts on the patterned paper, and some of them overlap onto the photo itself. Also notice how I wrote my journaling on the diagonal on the facing page. I admit I was so very hesitant to cut that paper up! But this makes me glad I did. Always remember, your papers look so much better used and in your albums, than hiding inside your stash.

February Love Mini Album

I realize how lucky I am, to have a husband/partner/spouse who is willing to stand with me in the cold snow and take photos. Not only that, but he is willing to capture our relationship in this way, and he had a really fun time doing it with me. 

February Love Mini Album

This patterned paper is such great fun and provides lots of opportunities for a focal point, even if you aren’t quite sure which focal point to choose. The I LOVE YOU box was seriously perfect even though I did not plan it that way, I just cut the paper and it landed that way. I call this scrapbooking serendipity.

February Love Mini Album

Last photo, and then here is the back cover.

February Love Mini Album

I hope you have a great Valentine’s Day and a love-filled weekend. I hope to get back onto a sort of normal posting schedule next week because I have been working on some fun stuff this week and can’t wait to share with you! See you back here soon!

~Theresa

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Traditional Scrapbook Layout Week 4

Hi friends, I had one more layout for Week 4 that I wanted to create because it was our daughter’s birthday. I decided to use up some of my January Gossamer Blue Main and Life Pages Kit so this one is a traditional layout. Here is my process video:

Here is a look at the layout overall.

Traditional Layout Week 4

I really like using this horizontal grid, but there were some things I did a little different on this layout. This is one of the things I actually love about traditional scrapbooking – being able to experiment on paper with different elements and techniques. So my title card is one of the journal cards from the kit.

Traditional Scrapbook Layout Week 04

I added a few elements across the bottom of this side, which steps outside of the grid. The wood word goes off the photo to connect these elements to the rest of the block.

Traditional Scrapbook Layout Week 04

On the opposite side I wrote just a little journaling on this tag from Fancy Pants. This little pack of tags is perfect for adding simple journal spots and I used quite a few of them on this layout just to add some details.

Traditional Scrapbook Layout Week 04

I adore that patterned paper from Studio Calico and I added a few splotches to the white cardstock to repeat that pattern. It reminds me of confetti – how perfect for a party theme!

Traditional Scrapbook Layout Week 04

The two journal cards in the center of this side are fairly simple, just word strips and hearts.

Traditional Scrapbook Layout Week 04

The bottom journal card is just pure fun with diagonal stripes and glitter alphas from Heidi Swapp. 

Traditional Scrapbook Layout Week 04

Well, that’s another week in the books. I hope you have a creative weekend and I will see you soon!

~Theresa

**This blog is an affiliate with Amazon.com. Each post I try to include links to products I have used in this layout to help you with your own shopping and scrapbooking. When you click on these links, or make purchases through these links, you help to support this blog (and my family!) For that I thank you kindly.

Design Time Episode 01 | Decorating With Banners

I am so excited to present to you a new series (I know, a lot of new series this year, right?!) that I have been wanting to create for a really long time. My design background goes way back – when I was in 8th grade I was creating floorplans and reading Architectural Digest. For undergraduate I received my degree in Interior Design, and then for 8 years I worked in the Design industry prior to having kids. So design and color and pattern and texture have been part of my existence for almost my whole life. One of the reasons I took up scrapbooking was to have a creative outlet when I stayed at home with my kids, and now papercrafting is moving into the interior design world through party products, banners, gift wrap, and event planning.

It is seriously like the best of both worlds for this design-loving chick. So I decided that after making the banner I showed yesterday, I would show you a quick, fun video of me putting it up so you could see how it turned out. Have a peek.

I know there wasn’t really much to see because the banner kind of went up really easily and quickly, but this is my first foray into being in front of the camera so no pressure. Let me show you a few detail photos so you can see how awesome this word banner turned out!

Design Time 01 Banners

I picked up this metal gate at a local vintage shop in High Point, called Vintage Thrift. I absolutely love having it up on the mantel because it is something less predictable than a mirror (yawn) and it affords opportunity like this, to dress up.

Design Time 01 Banners

I just adore all the layers this banner creates – the gold letters, the chipboard pieces and the colors, the fringe and just everything about it makes you go Oooh!

Design Time 01 Banners

This bouquet was my wedding bouquet, and it remains on my mantle every day. This was a custom paper bouquet purchased from an Etsy shop called MarryMeRosie, but sadly she is no longer in business. This piece remains one of my most cherished items from our wedding! The little sailor dude is from my Dad’s collection. He was a Navy veteran and loved the sea and everything that went with it. So the sailor remains on my mantle as a reminder of him.

Design Time 01 Banners

These two vases or candleholders are just from my personal collection purchased years ago. I love decorating with random items that I already have, and you will soon learn that I refresh my collection regularly by rearranging throughout the house at various times. I believe in using what we already have, sometimes adding a few treasures here and there when something catches our breath. Yes, the clear vase is filled with turqouise wired ribbon, and the amber vase is filled with a scented filler. Nothing complicated here, nothing busy or difficult.

Design Time 01 Banners

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One Little Word 2016 Making Your Word Visible

Hi there friends! Today I am working with my One Little Word Project and I am also transitioning into another series I want to create, called Design Time! Don’t worry, One Little Word is alive and strong and I will keep going with that and will keep showing you my progress with that. I wanted to create some home decor that would remind me of my word throughout the day, so I decided to make a word banner. Here is my process video showing how this banner came together!

Alright, so I basically just have video to show you today, and tomorrow I have a quick video showing how I put my banner up to decorate the mantle, and I will show more (gorgeous!!) photos then. So be sure to check back tomorrow to see how it goes up, ok?

See you soon,

~Theresa

#TBT Project Life 2015 Weeks 12 Thru 13

Hi there! Today I have a process video to show you using physical Project Life pocket pages! I have promised myself (and you, my readers!) that I wanted to do a variety of different layouts this year, and I have a lot of catching up from last year’s Project Life to do. So I am hoping to continue creating pocket pages in my 2015 album. Here is my process video for Weeks 12 thru 13 for you to see!

I decided to pull out the first On Trend collection from My Mind’s Eye. Here is the complete layout.

Project Life 2015 Weeks 12 13

This collection is so bright and airy, and I was happy to bring it out to use some of it up before I purchase the newer line, On Trend 2! So for this layout, I created two title cards, one for each week.

Project Life 2015 Weeks 12 13

For Week we, I used some of the journal cards that were in the MME card pack.

Project Life 2015 Weeks 12 13

Sequin pockets, of course, and vellum elements are always part of Project Life.

Project Life 2015 Weeks 12 13

For Week 13, the title card is almost the same for simplicity.

Project Life 2015 Weeks 12 13

The transparency frames from the collection are perfect on this layout. I love these elements that help keep the layout not too heavy or cluttered.

Project Life 2015 Weeks 12 13
Project Life 2015 Weeks 12 13

I love this one photo of me – I bought some new makeup the week prior and loved taking that selfie of myself. I also love the positive affirmation that this layout meant to me – yes, it is ok to include those good words for ourselves in our Project Life.

Project Life 2015 Weeks 12 13

Thank you so much for checking out my blog and video today! I love this craft and love sharing it with you. Leave me a comment and tell me what you think about this layout, or Project Life! I love hearing from you!

See you soon!

~Theresa

**This blog is an Amazon affiliate blog. Every post I create I try to include links to products that have been used in the layout that day in order to make it easier for you to source great scrapbooking products for your own layouts. When you click on these links, and make purchases through these links, you help to support this blog (and my family). For that I thank you kindly!

Project Life 2016 Week 2 Layout 1

Hi there and welcome back! I am moving into Week 2 in my Project Life album and have two layouts to show you this week. Today’s layout is a hybrid layout – remember last week when I showed you how to bring your Ali Edwards journal cards into the Project Life App so you can use them in your digital layouts? Well, this layout shows what that looks like!

I am so very happy with how this turned out. Here is the layout as I created it in the Project Life App:

Project Life 2016 Week 2

I just love how easily it came together in the App, and how lovely the journal cards look with the photos. Now time to add my journaling and some embellishments. I drew from the physical products that came in the Old + New story Kit by Ali Edwards.

Project Life 2016 Week 2

I have to admit that I love the actual working with the physical product. Any of these embellishments could have been added digitally but for me personally, I love the dimensionality (is that even a word?!) and I love moving them around on the page. I especially couldn’t wait to use those cork hearts.

Project Life 2016 Week 2

Also, those chipboard circles rock.

Project Life 2016 Week 2

The theme of this kit was Old + New, or then and now, but I focused on the now for this layout. The story of this layout is actually how my son never really was completely happy in elementary school, but now that he is in middle school he is actually loving it. I’ve talked before about how he got into the National Academic League, and on this day they won their first match. 

Project Life 2016 Week 2

I kept the journaling very simple but let the embellishments tell some of the story too. Especially the word stamps here:

Project Life 2016 Week 2

That is today’s layout! Stay tuned this week because I am working on a Planner layout and a #TBT layout that I cannot wait to show you. Have a great week and now be sure to go, do, and create!

Project Life 2016 Week 2

~Theresa

**Project Life is the creative brainchild of Becky Higgins and is a weekly memory-keeping system. The Project Life App is an app available for iPhone that allows you to plan and design Project Life layouts on your phone. To find out more about this fully awesome project, please visit her website here: Becky Higgins LLC.

**The journal cards and embellishments used on today’s layout are part of the Ali Edwards Story stamp set and kit themed Old + New. The Story Kits are subscription kits released monthly and based on theme + journaling prompt, designed to help you tell your stories. To learn more about this amazing project, and to subscribe, please visit Ali’s website here: Ali Edwards.