Hi guys, short and sweet today because I am doing my album share for 2016. You will find two videos walking through each Project Life album that I created for 2016. So grab a cuppa something and settle in!
Here is the video for the second album:
It has been a complete joy to create this album and share it with you over the past year. I am incredibly proud to have these albums completed and absolutely and so thankful for each and every memory contained in them. I am also thankful for you and for your support! It’s been quite a journey! Thanks for following along!
Hi guys, today I am sharing my layout for the month of November in my 2016 Project Life album. This is the final layout for 2016 and so next week I will share full walk-through videos of those albums. I created this layout in the Project Life app, printed at home and then embellished on top.
Here is a look at the completed layout!
This layout represents the entire month of November and so it just includes a few random photos from throughout the month. November is typically a month I take off from Project Life in order to prepare for December Daily. At this time I have two full albums from 2016, which is fantastic documenting.
I used this photo of our Thanksgiving table as a focal point on the layout. I love capturing the dinnerware and check out the already-consumed cheese ball! This dinnerware has special significance as it belonged to my Mom many years ago. I have added a few pieces myself over the years via Etsy and always love using it on this holiday.
I used the Beginnings collection from Project Mouse for this layout. Even though it is not specifically fall-themed, it works beautifully alongside the Maggie Holmes Gather ephemera. And just look at the girls on their ride-ons – they look so small and I just know that these images of them playing in our neighborhood will invoke such wonderful memories over the years. I will miss them being this little and this close.
I love the light that fall gives us – the photo of Alan and I captures that light and it makes me so happy every year. Notice how I used the tiny touches of gold from the Gather collection to carry the gold throughout the layout.
One of the things I love most about Project Life is being able to carry forward proof and hope of a good life. Especially as our country bombed another country last night, I am pretty sure we all wonder what the future holds. You guys, I don’t want to get political but I do want us to remember there is hope. There is hope that good will over come and we must continue.
Some days it feels overwhelming, watching news and seeing so much pain in the world. Several years ago Alan and I were each living separately, rebuilding our lives and struggling to keep hope. We had no idea what the future held for us. For some the struggles of today might be shocking because maybe it’s the first time reality has hit so hard, I don’t know. But I do know that years ago Alan and I cried some really hard tears and our children cried tears that no children should ever have to cry. Today I am able to share photos and reminders of how we each came through that, found each other, and rebuilt our families. Look at these smiles.
I am so thankful to be able to share our family stories with you all. I am so incredibly grateful for our life today, even though it is far from perfect we are doing so well. No matter what the future holds, always remember there is hope. We will come through.
Hi guys, today I am sharing my Halloween layout in our 2016 Project Life album! As always, one of my favorite layouts every single year, and this year is no different. I created the layout using the Project Life app and then embellished on top.
I began with the title card that simply says the date and event. No date card here, no week number.
I made a point to document the names of the characters they were each dressed up as. Nick’s character is noted on the photo template and for Addison I stamped his character on his photo. They are so cute!
I used several of the journal cards for journaling, and then others for fun filler cards. I love the opportunities to add tiny embellishments and pops of color and dimension!
The right hand side features the girls with their costumes. For Emberlynn I added my journaling to the template in Photoshop, which suits her character perfectly. She is more austere than the others and carries off her costume perfectly! So cute!!!
Natalie saw these layouts as I was creating them and insisted that I type What a Cute Little Foxy on her photo template. Ha!
Thanks for following along today! See you back here again soon!
Hi guys, today I am sharing my layout for Week 43 in my 2016 Project Life album! I created the layout in the Project Life App, printed it off at home, and then embellished on top using Maggie Holmes Gather.
My stories for this week included a robotics competition for our daughter Emberlynn and a wonderful afternoon spent with some dear friends from seminary. I had a combination of vertical + horizontal photos for this layout, so I used Design G in the Project Life App.
When you use the Design G layout in the App, it gives you a layout that is 10″x12″, rather than the usual 12″x12″. Of course you can leave them that size, but I decided to add strips of patterned paper on each side, just to experiment and see how it looks!
The strips on each side gave a fantastic home for additional embellishment clusters, and the leaves from the Maggie Holmes Gather collection are perfect. I particularly love how even though we did not have any photos from the robotics competition itself, Alan took these two quick snaps when he dropped her off. Just look at the excitement he captured on her face!
The colors in the Project 52 core kit in the App were perfect for these photos, and the Gather collection carried those colors through as well – the navy, coral, and yellows are warm and happy!
The chocolate muffins are totally random and just happened somewhere in the week, and I love that Project Life provides a home for those random but good memories! I also tried something different with my date card – I used the gold numbers from Gather and drew lines to designate the dates. I don’t know if it works or not, but it was fun to try and I love the pop of gold.
I had the pleasure of sharing lunch with two very dear friends of mine, Dr. Dora Mbuwayesango affectionately known as Dr. Dora (center below), and Andi Shores (right below). We shared classes and experiences and world views in seminary and getting to see them was fantastic!
My friend Andi is now serving as the Executive Director of the Center for Faith and the Arts in Salisbury, NC, and I was so excited to get to visit the Center that day! You can find out more about her organization and the work they are doing in Salisbury here: Faith and the Arts.
What a great week, thank you for following along with me! See you again soon!
Hi guys, today I am sharing with you a layout from my 2016 Project Life album for Week 42! This was created in the Project Life App, printed, and embellished on top!
This was the week of my birthday, October 19th, so most of my photos are from that day. Our children were so proud to help Alan make dinner for me while I relaxed on the sofa! My heart is filled with gratitude and I love bringing that gratitude into these layouts!
My layout for this week was created in the Project Life App using the Stampin’ Up Hello Lovely Edition! I print my layouts here at home using a Canon Pixma wide format printer on Staples brand matte photo paper, and then I embellish on top.
The left hand side of my layout features an enlarged photo of my view from the sofa as my family lovingly prepared dinner for me on my birthday. This photo invokes lots of happy memories and feelings for me, some of which I’m not even sure I have words for. But that is totally ok. Include the photo anyway, and use your ephemera to help invoke some of those unwritten feelings. I have used my One Little Bird stamp set to add the week number and dates, and a few simple 3-dimensional embellishments from Freckled Fawn.
I loved using this polka dot card as a background for simple embellishing. All it needed was a strip of washi tape from Pink Paislee, a stamped sentiment, and just a few tiny ephemera pieces.
My right hand side features supporting photos from by birthday and a few other miscellaneous photos from the week.
Now, when I placed the little flag clip here, it stands above the page and when I slid it into the page protector in my album, it stood up too tall to fit in my shelf. So I laid that flag down flat and it layers nicely over the other banners. Ha!
This filler card was fun to embellish! I used the stamp set from Gossamer Blue and numbers from Pinkfresh Studio to create my list. Also, did you catch what all is underneath the puffy house sticker? It took three tries for me to get the house right – don’t be afraid to cover things up that you don’t absolutely love!
Just a few more embellishments and this layout is done. Notice how I carried the colors from the Hello Lovely kit right through in my embellishments to keep everything cohesive. Ah, love it!
Thanks so much for visiting today! See you back here soon!
Hi guys, today I am sharing with you Week 39 from my 2016 Project Life album! I created this layout in the Project Life App using the Simple Stories Posh digital elements, printed it at home using my Canon wide format printer, and then embellished on top also using the Simple Stories Posh collection. Have a look at my process!
This is my completed layout for Week 39:
The digital card I chose as the background for this frame proved to be perfect for adding the date. I grabbed some white foam alphabet Thickers and the Posh cardstock stickers to make the dates.
When I began filming I realized I did not have a really good place to include journaling on this layout, so I added this lined journal card from the Posh physical products to be able to add some journaling. I also cut out some of the labels on the journaling cards to add to photos.
For the right hand side I began with this adorable bicycle card and simply added a label plus a chipboard butterfly. So simple and easy, and done.
In the interest of getting this project done, I really did keep my embellishing to a minimum this week! Some of the cards are left just as they are printed, and I love it.
Even though the embellishing is minimal this week, what is most important are the photos and the journaling. I love using collections that offer digital elements as well as physical products so very much. Thanks for following along this week! See you soon!
Hello! I have a Project Life layout to share with you today, continuing in Week 37 of 2016. I am using Ali Edwards’ ME Story kit, have a look at my process:
What I love most about the ME Story Kit are the colors – such really pretty pinks and yellows and greys. I added touches of blue and navy across the layout by bringing in the Simple Stories Posh and Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills collections to embellish.
One of the things I have completely resolved in my scrapbooking process is the idea that I am telling my story and that my albums, while they contain lots of stories about lots of different people, all those stories are told through my own lens. These albums are the story of my life, and my husband’s life as it relates to me.
Have a look at the details on the left hand side.
For me, these weekly layouts become a place for me to photograph and document my favorite memories, people, things, and events. It was fun having a kit that captured this – my stories, my memories, my life.
I particularly love that my layouts provide a space for including these random photos of the kids sprawled out on the floor behind the sofa. We keep all the electronics there (read: battery chargers!) so they spend a lot of time back there huddled up around the outlet. If it weren’t for this project, these moments would totally get missed.
The Pieces of my Life element is one of the digital PNG’s included in the digital kit. I placed a white card in that space in the Project Life App, and then brought this element directly on top. It does not allow you to adjust the size, which is why it is oversized, but I decided to leave it that way! It pops on the page!
This photo captures an event that occurs regularly in our house: bringing home the groceries and putting away the cat food. This is Zoe helping Emberlynn organize the canned food! They are so cute!
Right hand side:
We had a date night at The Loop pizza and the place was empty, so I set up this shot on the table across from us.
I felt like I had enough Journaling spaces on this layout, so I used the journaling lines on this pink card for stamps and word stickers.
Lately I have been experimenting with the list-type journal cards because I am not much of a lister on my Project Life layouts! I am trying, however, to incorporate more lists, or to use the list format somewhat in the way it was intended. I do love how this one turned out.
This week marked the week that we were able to announce who was going to be on the Sahlin Studio design team. I cannot even begin to tell how special it was to be asked to be on this team! It has been an honor to be chosen, and has been a truly wonderful experience working with Krista Sahlin and all of the incredibly talented artists here.
Notice how I took the embellishments across the boundaries of the filler card and the photo. I know it’s easy to restrain ourselves to the edges of the cards and photos, but it is ok to ignore those borders too, and allow the embellishments to spill over. Have fun with that!
This Currently card tied all the colors of the layout together for me, and look – I created another list using the Me stamp set! I also used the roller stamp from Paige Evans’ Take Me Away collection for Pink Paislee to separate the lines more emphatically.
This is my last Project Life layout that I will be sharing this year, although I do still have a tutorial that I am hoping to share with you later on this week. I am now officially transitioning into December Daily and will share that project with you throughout the month of December. In January I will pick back up in my 2016 Project Life album until it is complete! See you soon!
Hi there! Today I have two separate layouts to share with you and I thought I would just combine them into the same process so we can get things done! I am sharing Weeks 36 and 38 in my 2016 Project Life album. Have a look at my process here:
Let’s begin with Week 36, which I created in the Project Life App using the Project 52 cards available in the app. I then embellished on top of the printed layout, using Pink Paislee Moonstruck.
I used the date card for this week and then embellished using one of the floral ephemera from the Moonstruck pack.
I had a combination of colors in my photos for this week, and a set color scheme from the Project Life cards. The Moonstruck collection pulled all of these colors together beautifully!
This bloom is one of the flowers we have planted out by our mailbox. Some days we aren’t sure if it is making it or not, but then it surprises us and gives us a pretty bloom.
One of my favorite things about my husband is that he is a great baker. He loves to make biscuits sometimes, and this was a great opportunity to include that in our album. Also, he is using a ramekin to cut the dough circles, and my mom used to use those ramekins when she made her biscuits. Definitely a full circle.
I have to say that the cork elements in the Moonstruck collection add the loveliest texture and just a sparkle of gold. I don’t use a lot of cork, and last time Pink Paislee released cork elements I did not get them. I regretted that, so this time I did buy them!
I made a traditional layout about this photo already, and then I also included it here. It is one of my favorites.
Ok, on to the right hand side, which is Week 38. Did you notice in the process video that I kept thinking it was Week 40? It is a miracle that I stamped the date correctly! Ha!
This layout was created using the Timeless Memory Pocket Monthly digital collection available at The Lilypad. I always save my digital elements in Dropbox and bring them into the Project Life App just like a photo.
I think my favorite thing about this week’s layout is how the border color coordinates to well with the Moonstruck elements and the journal cards. Lots of beautiful color here, and I love it all!
The photos I included on this layout were some quick snaps we took on one of our walks around the neighborhood. Our neighborhood is still being completed, so we have construction around us and the landscape changes sometimes. Where we are standing for these photos was the ending of a side street on that day. The next day all that was removed and a through street is being created!
For this filler card I felt like the pattern was bold and so the embellishments should be very minimal. A gold title and simple butterfly is all that is needed.
A little journaling here, and a cat photo of Nico. I love having a place for these random photos that might otherwise just get left on my hard drive.
One more photo of the two of us and this layout is complete.
I am so happy to be able to share these layouts with you, and I am so thankful that you are following along with me on the journey of 2016. See you soon!
Hi and happy November to you! Today I am working on Week 34 in my 2016 Project Life album, and sharing how to use your kit supplies! Have a look at my process video here:
This is the layout I created today. First it was created in the Project Life App using journal and filler cards that were part of the Memory Pocket Monthly available at The Lilypad.
The layout itself was printed on my wide format Epson printer here at home in 12×12, on matte photo paper from Staples. I used matte photo paper this time because I knew I wanted to use some paint with the rose image on the right hand side.
As soon as I saw this lovely rose I knew I had to use it on this layout. I absolutely did use mixed media and Tim Holtz distress paints on matte photo paper and love the results!
The embellishments on this layout are from Freckled Fawn’s October embellishment kit. The stamps are from my Gossamer Blue October Life Pages kit, designed by Bananafishstudio.
This side of the layout is about our son Addison’s 13th birthday. Close-ups of the cake are a necessity!
And also necessary: photo of him blowing out his candles. The arrow and word circle layer beautifully here.
This card only needed a simple arrow, almost pointing to the candle photo. I absolutely love the colors in this kit and love how it is subtly moving my album into a fall direction!
This is one of the most hilarious gifts ever: Addison received two of these adorable horse heads! He loves them, and we loved seeing him try them on. We were dying laughing, all together. What a great memory!
I absolutely love these photos of us around the dining room table, having our private family celebrations. These become iconic, in a way, and you guys have heard me talk about how our rooms are the backdrops for our memories. I am ever so thankful that they will have these documented memories.
The left hand side is a collection of photos from the week that I simply love. This project is, every week, the place to bring all the random photos and bits of life into context. I began with the date card here.
The journal card with the hearts is created in the Letterglow app using the glitter heart digital elements included in the MPM kit. I simply brought the hearts into a blank canvas and repeated it for the pattern.
Both of these photos of Natalie and me were taken at her Open House at school. She is a few years younger than the others and is the last one in elementary school. I am so excited for her to be on her own, in a way, and to have a few years to be her own person at school.
This card was so much fun to create! I used the puffy house from the Freckled Fawn kit and then I stamped the ink splatters from the Gossamer Blue stamp set. Awesome!
I am also in love with this wood grain card. What a lovely creamy brown that ties in beautifully with the browns in the photos and the embellishments.
And here, another iconic photo that I try to capture each year before school starts. Every year they get taller compared to the door and the siding on the house. Document your children’s growth in this way, any opportunity you can. It may feel like the photos look the same each year, but the progression will reveal itself in time and they become a treasure.
Thank you for following along today! See you back here soon!
Hi there! Today I am sharing Part 2 of my Week 35 layouts in my Project Life album, these are the pages I created for our girls. Have a look at my process!
Up first is Emberlynn, who is 11 and going into sixth grade. This is her first year in middle school and I know she is going to rock it! (And she is!)
I love these simple stars scattered across the negative space on the photo. Now, granted, you have to be careful doing this so it doesn’t look like “sticker sneeze,” but I think it’s ok with stars. A few word strips at the bottom help ground the embellishments.
Underneath is one of the title cards, with more word strips and stars.
This is a photo I took of all four of them sometime that same week. Since they leave at different times of the morning now, it’s impossible to get a photo of all four on the first day of school. And who says you have to take one on precisely that day?
For Emberlynn’s initial and number I overlapped some of the card boundaries. I love crossing those lines and allowing embellishments to go across the page sometimes! (Most of the elements used in Emberlynn’s layout are from the Ali Edwards Cheer Story kit.)
Up next is Natalie, who is now 9 and in fourth grade. She is still in elementary this year!
For Natalie’s page I used elements and cards from the Ali Edwards Read kit. I adore the colors in this kit and they coordinate perfectly with her shirt in the photos.
Underneath I added this filler card, which is a patterned card that I brought into Letterglow and then added the digital word art on top. Then I added a little bit of journaling and the date.
We totally had a dance party in the car while we were in the car line at drop-off. I adore her enthusiasm and joy!
These two filler cards only needed journaling and star stamps! Love that simplicity!
And then her title card, with initial and age. I also added a few more word strips to carry the words down the side of the letter n.