Hi guys, today I am sharing the full walk-thru of my 2014 Project Life album!!!! I do hope this will inspire you to go finish up a previous year that you’ve got sitting on your shelf. I promise I have others that I need to finish too, so we will work on these together and celebrate each one that is complete.
Thank you so much for following along on this journey! See you back here soon!
Hi guys, today I am sharing the final layout in my 2014 Project Life album!!!! I am so excited to have this project completed and will share a full walk-thru with you next week.
This layout appeared on the Sahlin Studio blog last week; that post can be viewed by clicking here. The Totes Adorbs kit can be purchased at The Lilypad.
So this is my final layout in my 2014 Project Life album, you guys!!!! I am so excited to wrap this project up and I cannot tell you how satisfying it is to see the album on the shelf and know that it is finished! A few years ago I realized that it bothered me to have so many albums that I did not consider “complete” (for whatever reason), and so that has been the focus of my blog for the past two years – getting albums done.
This has been one of the most important albums because it documented in such amazing detail the story of building our house. 2014 was an exciting year. Thank you so much for following along with me on this project! I will share a full walk-thru video next week so you can see the whole thing!
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:
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.
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!
Nick was a Star Wars character named Ethan Adare. He looks like such a cute little imp in this photo below!
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!
She made the cutest mermaid, didn’t she?!
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!
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!
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!
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!