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Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

Hello Lovelies, I am so excited to share my Halloween layout from last year with you! I am so very close to finishing this album and only have a few layouts remaining because I finish up in November each year. My layout today is the layout for Halloween, which, if you know me, is a favorite layout every single year! I am using collections from Pebbles: Midnight Haunting; Pink Paislee: Spellcast; and a bit of One Canoe Two Twilight!

Here is a look at the completed layout.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

Oh goodness, this layout has my whole heart. Here are the details.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

For this week’s layout I chose one story, Halloween. This is an all-time favorite in our house, and this year I am cherishing that everyone still wanted to dress up and go out! It may be the last year they all want to, I don’t take that for granted, and it makes this layout even more special to me!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

I wanted to use the Pink Paislee Spellbound collection even though there isn’t much of it still available, and I also added a bit of Pebbles Midnight Haunting to go with it. For my date card I began with that amazing hexagon patterned paper and a banner. The week number was created with Thickers from One Canoe Two. 

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

One challenge when using traditional scrapbook collections is finding places for journaling. I always pull plain white card stock for plain white cards, and add a few lines with stamps. There was a weird cream vibe in these collections, to be sure, but the Spellcast collection also has some white in it, so I have used both in this layout! Gasp!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

This year we had a fox, a goddess, a business Narwhal, and a character from Assassin’s Creed. (Our kids do not play that game, but the costume is just that – fun dress-up!) I always love to take their photos in front of the garage on that day. We get dressed a few minutes early so that there is time to take photos and then get on with the fun!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

On the left side of the layout my photos were of all four kids together, and on this side I included each person’s photo by themselves. I have always tried, wherever possible, to give each child their moment in the camera lens so they each know how important and cared for they are. It is so much fun every year to embellish their photos!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

The spider on Addison’s photo literally did fall out of the package and scared me half to death! Ha! And that is where it landed, so I attached it right there and I love it! I also did another journal card here with plain white card stock and a lined stamp – and I added the circle sticker across the bottom. So very simple and uncomplicated!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

I have also added a few of the stars from Pinkfresh Studio The Mix. There were some black ones and orange ones that fit perfectly onto this layout and add the right little touches to my photos. They are awesome!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

Thank you for joining me on this scary adventure today! I always love sharing these layouts with you and I hope you feel inspired as well!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

Summer Scrappy Challenge | Collab with ScrapandPlanwithLea!!!!!

Hi guys! Today I am joining Lea in the Summer Scrappy Challenge! Lea asked me to send her a challenge and she would complete the challenge as part of this Saturday’s festivities! How fun is that! Be sure to check out her channel and all the awesome challenges at her You Tube channel here: ScrapandPlanwithLea.

Also check out the Crafty Channel Surf Facebook Group, where you can submit your layouts and win some AMAZING prizes!!!!

So my challenge to Lea was to take a scrapbook layout and recreate it as a traveler’s notebook layout, or flip it and take a traveler’s notebook layout and recreate it as a scrapbook layout. Check out my process for both of those layouts here!

 

I was inspired to take a scrapbook layout, a sketch actually from Paper Issues, and create both! This is the sketch I was inspired by.

Paper Issues Scrapbook Sketch | Larkindesign Theresa Moxley Summer Scrappy Challenge | Collab with ScrapandPlanwithLea!!!!!

So in my video today I am creating a scrapbook  layout AND a traveler’s notebook layout for you! I am using Pink Paislee’s Summer Lights collection and it is GORGEOUS! Let’s take a look at the scrapbook layout first.

Larkindesign Theresa Moxley Summer Scrappy Challenge | Collab with ScrapandPlanwithLea!!!!!

My photo and story are inspired by our recent trip to the NC mountains over the 4th of July weekend. We hiked to Linville Falls, and right as we were leaving to go back to our car, I turned around and saw this gorgeous view of the summer sun peeking through the foliage over the water. It was an amazing photo, and Pink Paislee’s Summer Lights collection seemed perfect for it.

Larkindesign Theresa Moxley Summer Scrappy Challenge | Collab with ScrapandPlanwithLea!!!!!

I began the layout with white Bazzill card stock and quickly added paint splotches and splatters around the page where I knew my elements were going. On top of the paint I added my layers of papers, photos, and embellishments.

Larkindesign Theresa Moxley Summer Scrappy Challenge | Collab with ScrapandPlanwithLea!!!!!

For my title I used the word die cut and added the holographic alphabet to say Summer Lights, simply borrowing from the collection name! 

Larkindesign Theresa Moxley Summer Scrappy Challenge | Collab with ScrapandPlanwithLea!!!!!

What I particularly wanted to accomplish with this challenge was to show us how scrapbook layouts can indeed be recreated into traveler’s notebook layouts, and vice versa. These become quick and easy starting points for really awesome layouts!

Larkindesign Theresa Moxley Summer Scrappy Challenge | Collab with ScrapandPlanwithLea!!!!!

My traveler’s notebook layout was inspired by this photo of our lillies that have bloomed so gloriously by our mail box. They always bloom late, not until July, compared to other lillies, but as my journaling says, when they do bloom it is amazing!

Larkindesign Theresa Moxley Summer Scrappy Challenge | Collab with ScrapandPlanwithLea!!!!!

I feel like I channeled all things Lea of ScrapandPlanwithLea for both of these layouts – she loves using sketches for her layouts, and she also always creates more than one layout whenever she is working with a specific set of products at any given time! So just like I began my layout with white background + paints, I repeated the same here. I then layered photos, papers, and embellishments on top.

Larkindesign Theresa Moxley Summer Scrappy Challenge | Collab with ScrapandPlanwithLea!!!!!

One thing I did different than the sketch here was to add washi tape down the center of my notebook. Sketches are great jumping off points, but it is also totally ok to do something different from your original sketch too!

Larkindesign Theresa Moxley Summer Scrappy Challenge | Collab with ScrapandPlanwithLea!!!!!

My title for this layout was much more understated, simply using the Gossamer Blue stamp set to create Hello Summer. So very simple and quick. I used the embellishment cluster at the bottom to add my date, and the layout is complete!

Larkindesign Theresa Moxley Summer Scrappy Challenge | Collab with ScrapandPlanwithLea!!!!!

Thanks so much for joining me today on the Summer Scrappy Challenge! Be sure to follow along in the Facebook group and share with us what you create as well! One of the give-aways for this challenge is a place in my upcoming class, beginning July 20, called In My Pocket Memory Keeping. Be sure to check it out!

~Theres

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

Hi guys!!!! I am working on Week 31 today and am so excited to show you some of Krista Sahlin’s beautiful fun products, so take a look at my process video here!

Hopefully you have heard the wonderful news that I am now serving on Sahlin Studio’s Creative Team, and I am delighted to be able to contribute to this amazing group of inspiring designers! This is the completed layout:

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

I began by bringing all my photos for the week into a Photoshop layout. I then chose my journaling cards from the Simplify Memory Pockets Monthly subscription kit. You can also just purchase the journaling cards as an Add-on, if you wish!

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

You guys probably know by now that turquoise is my absolute all-time favorite color, and the turquoise in these cards spoke loudly to me. I made the background of the entire layout the same as the diagonal stripe in the date card just by using my color picker tool. Easy peasy. This turquoise also shows up in Paige Taylor Evans’ Fancy Free collection, so those are the Thickers I chose to create my Week title. And Absolutely, that is an *I* I used in place of a *1*.

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

Our HOA does yard of the month, and we were chosen for that in the month of August. I have included two photos of our house, one just with the sign we displayed (nothing conspicuous there, ha!) and then another photo I snapped as we were out walking one night. I have lots of photos of our home, but I don’t think I have ever taken one from this angle.

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

These photo journalers are fantastic. They are a digital file and I brought a couple of them (ok, a LOT of them) into Photoshop and simply printed them out onto a turquoise vellum. You could absolutely type your journaling on them before printing, or you could place them on your photo before you print your photo!

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

We rearranged my studio in this particular week. I find my studio is constantly in process, constantly being changed and products being purged. I probably change it around about every 2 months! This quirky little cabinet is the one that houses my December Dailies, and while we were moving it around, Nico the cat moved into it. Hehe.

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

I found some of the ephemera from Fancy Free coordinated beautifully with the Simplify cards. This puffy star and transparent piece are both from Fancy Free, and the yellow star is from Ali Edwards’ Project Life Storyteller kit.

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

I used the Lined Up Word Art here in this photo, just for fun. I made a promise to myself earlier this year, that I would begin leaving some photos and/or cards unembellished, in an effort to Simplify my layouts (and my life). I love that Word Art allows you to embellish the photo so simply, but beautifully.

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

For the right hand side of the layout, I began with this totally rad polka dot card. I needed this pattern in my life!

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

My dotted line stamp, which is my go-to roller stamp from Becky Higgins, created the perfect journaling lines, and the floral chipboard piece softens the black and white of the card a bit. My Stuff stamp set from Ali Edwards Story kit fits great in the bracket!

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

I absolutely love this plus/minus sign card but it felt a bit heavy on this layout. So I added this wooden heart with awesome turquoise glitter to break it up. I love using my embellishments to add different textures – wood, puffy stickers, stamps, and chipboard!

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

We did a little shopping, and I used another Photo Journaler here. So simple.

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

This is my cat Zoe, and she is literally rolling around in my paper bin. We all want to do that sometimes, don’t we?! Silly girl.

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

The thing I love most about using digital cards and then embellishing on top is the relationship those two elements develop in the creation of the layout. The More of This card illustrates this beautifully – the Love and Stuff words are from Ali Edwards Story kits and my sentiment could not be expressed more perfect!

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

Zoe again, giving her personal stamp of approval upon the location of the December Daily cabinet. Her little tail wrapped around the leg of the cabinet just melts hearts, doesn’t it?

Sahlin Studio Creative Team Layout | Project Life 2016 Week 31

This was so much fun! Please be sure to stop by Krista’s lovely blog and see what the designers have come up with, you will find so much inspiration: Sahlin Studio blog.

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Journal Vol. 02 Layout 04 On Being Brave | A Study in Contrast

Hi guys, so today’s art journaling layout is going to be a bit serious. This post may contain mention of sexual and intimate partner violence, although from the perspective of using art journaling to heal. Typically when I create my art journaling layouts, I try to come from a place of positivity and I try to use these layouts and the process to build myself up. Today’s is a bit different because I started with a black canvas and am studying some contrasts here. Take a look at my process video, and then I will chat more:

I have mentioned in the past that I am a survivor of intimate partner violence (domestic violence) in my previous marriage. Trauma is a very real part of my past and for several years I have been working through some of my pain related to that. I am a true believer that art has a tremendous ability to help us express some of the very complicated emotions that come with being a survivor.

Art Journal On Being Brave

Part of my urge to create art journals is to be able to tap into some of the art of color and texture and expression. Today’s layout, I will pre-qualify, is not meant to be pretty. I purposely began with a black canvas and then worked layers on top of that.

Art Journal On Being Brave

Sometimes, although not always, survivors find that their abuse they survived within their marriage is not the only abuse they have survived. Many women go on to learn about hidden abuse that lay dormant, hidden, in their past. When trauma occurs in childhood, frequently it becomes normalized, and unhealthy patterns of thought and behavior develop around them. Sometimes those unhealthy, but sub-conscious ways of seeing the world, set us up to be victims later on. 

Art Journal On Being Brave

This past week and month I have had to face the reality that indeed, my abuse was not only in my marriage but also in my childhood. That is all I am able to speak for now, but this art journal layout is an expression of the world around me. It is cloudy: some of it black and dark, some of it colorful and bright.

Art Journal On Being Brave

I used the tear drop stencil (from Faber Castell) to represent the tears that have been part of my whole life. Years ago a psychiatrist, based on the information I was able to give him at the time, diagnosed me with dysthymia, which is chronic depression. He asked me if I could remember a time in my life when I was ever happy, and truth is I couldn’t. Ever. Sure, there were many happy moments, and I had great parents who loved me very much, but I had always struggled with a feeling of something being wrong.

Art Journal On Being Brave

There were always people who convinced me to see the positive in life, although they now would never imagine what was happening to me in the dark. And I was able to make a good life, have beautiful children, and now have a stable marriage with a good environment.

Art Journal On Being Brave

When I look back over this layout, I find some very interesting things that happened on this page. First, notice how the girl is sparkly with her beautiful wings and her sparkly top, pretty flowered skirt, and happy brown boots. She is untouched by the darkness around her.

Art Journal On Being Brave

I added some more black as I was finishing the layout, particularly around her. She is elevated off the page, as if the darkness could not touch her. I stamped the word Brave around the page because it represents all the people who told me to be brave in my sadness, even though they had no idea what they were telling me to be brave about.

Art Journal On Being Brave

To me, as I look back over this layout, it seems as if this girl is trying to rise out of these ashes, working towards moving forward with her wings and her boots. People told me to be brave, but they never realized I already was. I already sparkled and shone, even though my wings were invisible. In this layout, they are most definitely visible. They are the brightest element on the page, and rightly so. 

Art Journal On Being Brave

I know this is not the prettiest art journal layout in the world; it is not intended to be. Sometimes what we are processing is dark and difficult, and there are no pretty colors for those times. I hope you will try something like this for yourself and see where the medium takes you. Thank you for being here today, and for watching and reading. See you tomorrow.

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOMAM (Fear of Making a Mistake) Scrapbook Layout | ATL Big City

Hi guys! Today I am showing you one of my techniques that I like to use in order to use up some of my patterned papers. Have a look at my process video today where I am creating a travel-themed layout across two pages, using NINE photos!

Ok, so I realize that it has been a long time since I have created a two-page spread and that I have never shown one here on my blog/channel! How fun! Here is a look at the completed layout in its entirety:

Traditional Layout ATL Big City

Here is a close-up of the left hand side:

Traditional Layout ATL Big City

And the right hand side:

Traditional Layout ATL Big City

To begin the layout, I laid out all of the photos and decided first how I wanted the photos to be arranged on the page. My main design principle here was balance, particularly asymmetrical balance. That means that if you place an imaginary x/y axis over the layout, each quadrant is almost mirrored, but not quite. 

Traditional Layout ATL Big City

Once I decided where the photos would go, I grabbed my watercolors and painted a few accent areas directly onto the white cardstock. I also splattered a few navy splatters. I love the visual interest that provides to the plain background.

Traditional Layout ATL Big City

After the painting, I cut into my papers. I chose a few of my favorites and a few not-so-favorites and cut them in random strips. Then I arranged them onto the white cardstock in the order I wanted them to be layered underneath the photos. Once I had that decided on, I cut them all in half so that part of the strips would be under the top and another part would be under the bottom of the photos.

Traditional Layout ATL Big City

After taping it all down, the fun begins. All of the layers now provide happy homes for stamps and embellishments!

Traditional Layout ATL Big City

I also wanted to create a knock-out title using these amazing chipboard alphas from Pink Paislee. These might be my favorite alphas all year long, I’m not sure!

Traditional Layout ATL Big City

I did not write a ton of journaling on this layout, just a who and what of the day.

Traditional Layout ATL Big City

To me, this is just what traditional scrapbooking really is all about: great photos of a fun event, layered on top of happy patterns and fun embellishments. I did not do a lot of thinking while I created, just put things down and watched it come about. 

Traditional Layout ATL Big City

Here is one more quick look at this side of the layout:

Traditional Layout ATL Big City

I hope you are able to carve out some creative time this weekend! I would love to hear from you if you would like to see more layouts like this! See you on Monday with some art journaling!

~Theresa