Hello Lovelies, today I am sharing this hybrid layout featuring the Sahlin Studio The Everyday Routine digital kit. This is my layout for Week 16 in my 2018 Project Life album. If you’d like to see all my layouts and videos for 2018 Project Life, check it out here.
In our Hybrid Scrappers Facebook group this week we talked about one of my favorite tips for getting layouts done and using up supplies: use your favorites first. I talk about this a whole lot in both In My Pocket classes and pretty much any time I talk about supplies. For this week’s challenge we were to grab the most recent kit, collection, or product that arrived and use it in a layout. For me, the digital kit from Sahlin Studio called The Everyday Routine arrived so I was able to use it for this layout here.
Whenever I receive a digital kit, I always open the kit on my computer and just look at all the files that are included in the kit. I take a few minutes to get a feel for the kit, think about what layout I want to use it with, and select my favorites. I open my favorites in Photoshop and print them out right away! If I already know what layout I am putting it with then of course I already know how many journal cards I need. I keep 4×6 matte card stock next to my printer so this part of the process goes quickly. For printable elements I place my favorites onto a 4×6 canvas in Photoshop and also print, then cut with scissors. Typically I will print any kind of labels, word strips, circles, and florals from a digital kit!
Once the kit is printed, and the photos are printed, then I pull just a few simple embellishments to add to my layout. For the embellishments I choose based on color, so for this layout I pulled navy and orange/yellow. This keeps the selection process fairly quick and simple and makes the actual creative process so very easy. Notice how for this layout, I added my dates using an alphabet stamp from Dear Lizzy and a roller date stamp.
Our stories for this week were mostly about preparing the yard for summer. We rented the giant aerator you see in the photo above so we could aerate and fertilize our grass. This was a monumental task but we did it like champs! We also did plant shopping so we could plant a few things and we got those put in the ground as well. The photo below is a tongue in cheek spoof on the Grant Wood painting called American Gothic. We were in the Home Depot and needed a rake, and I totally set up the camera in the middle of the rack so we could take the shot. I printed it in black and white so it would be more authentic. Ha. I love our sense of humor!
We also did a little shopping at the mall. While we were in the Charming Charlie’s I turned around to see the kids all piled up on this bench together, playing their games and chatting and just being so cool. I love these guys so much!
When printing digital products I also like to just print a patterned paper, but if I am working in pocket pages I don’t print the entire 12×12 paper. You can open up the paper in Photoshop and tell it to print just a 4×6 piece of that paper, to conserve your ink.
I also filmed my process, which can be viewed here.
Thank you so much for joining me today! See you again soon!
Hi everyone, today I am sharing a lovely layout from my 2017 Project Life album for Week 36. I am using a kit from Sahlin Studio called You & Me and I just adore how it turned out. Follow my process here.
This is my completed layout for Week 36 in my 2017 Project Life. Our stories include welcoming fall, with cooler weather and a big clean-up around the house. We put down new pine straw in the flower beds. The boys played lots of video games, although that isn’t anything unusual (ha!)
The title card for this layout was so much fun to put together. I’ve used my favorite card from the Me & You kit and a set of alphabet stickers from Freckled Fawn to mark our transition into fall. I’ve also created a confetti pocket with confetti from an older Dear Lizzy collection. The pocket is sealed with the Fuse tool.
There were some really awesome round elements in the Me & You kit, which I printed on vellum and punched out so they could be layered on top of photos. To print on vellum I just look for a printable vellum at any local office supply store and print on Draft setting.
I love documenting what we do around the house and yard each year, and love that this album becomes a great home for these photos. This week we were getting the flower beds ready for winter, mainly just cleaning out and cutting back and putting down new pine straw. It’s something that Alan and I enjoy doing together, and for that I am so thankful!
We also undertook a major cleaning project inside – cleaning the floors and rugs. This photo is an awesome capture. Notice how I took the journaling card from Me & You and added my handwriting + a few stamps. The stamps are from the Felicity Jane Autumn kit, and they are perfect for this layout.
My date card was so easy to pull together, with the calendar card and a simple date stamp. This is the Heidi Swapp roller date stamp and I’ve also added a simple puffy heart from Elle’s Studio.
Hello lovelies! Today Creative Team member Hannah Lemieux is on the blog with her 2018 Project Life album. You can learn more about Hannah and follow her on all her social media here: Hannah Lemieux.
Aloha! It’s Hannah with you today!! I am just loving playing with the Larkindesign January release called Out With The Old. I’ve used many of the digital pieces in multiple ways. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Youtube to see all the projects I make with Theresa’s designs. Today I want to share with you my Project life set for 2018.
I started off with an intro page. I used pictures I took in December. I decided to just picture my kids because they are the ones who are mainly in our Project Life. I really love Project Life because this is the best way for our family to see the change over the years. As a military family each year can look so different. Definitely on years where we move and changes physical locations. Seeing these changes through a yearly album is really cool. I really hope that my kids can use our Project Life album to remember and see how their lives were like in every new experience they have.
I really think for me using a collection like the one Theresa designed helps me keep a look throughout the pages that makes me happy. It really helps me document Project life much quicker. I love to document our lives in many different forms so I really don’t like to take too much extra thought into Project Life. I really loved using the January Larkindesign collection Out With The Old. The colors are different for the new year and I loved the cards. They matched really well with the Ali Edwards’ Story Kits I have and used in my pages.
I love layering bits and pieces from my stash on my pages. I stayed close to the color palette in the January collection and found a few products that I knew matched the color and tone as the Out with the Old collection. I really wanted this starting fresh and the moving forward feeling you have when you start a new year. I knew when I close the cards from the January collection that I needed cards that reflected that tone.
I knew that making my January Project Life pages beforehand I needed to be thoughtful and follow through with a theme. This new beginnings and moving forward would really motivated me to start fresh and new in Project Life. It really is something I struggle with as the year gets busy. I know that January is a time when I can start fresh again and I wanted my January pages to reflect that. I hope you scrapbookers know that no matter what your old albums look like you can always start from this time forward to try to change the way you document to make it successful for you and your lifestyle. If that means changing from a weekly to a monthly spread, do it. I love this community and this hobby because there really are no rules and you get to decide how you want to document your life. You get to choose the perspective in which you share.
I used many of the same elements throughout the month of January. I am using lots of acrylic stars from Color Cast and lots of words strips from the Bohemian Dreams collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I also used lots of pieces from past Ali Edwards Story Kits.
This year I am switching to weekly Project Life, before I was doing it monthly. I found though I was still using a ton of pictures. I am hoping by doing it weekly I can count my pictures done a bit but always be a bit more organized with my pictures. I know I still want to do lots of journaling, so if you look at my spread I have left lots of room for pictures and journaling. The weekly cards in the Larkindesign 2018 Calendar Cards kit are perfect here.
To this page I added a few touches like some stitching to the week card. I also added branding strip from Dear Lizzy to the striped 4×6 card, I loved how the colors played off of each other. On one of the Ali Edward Story Kit cards I layered a few stickers and die cuts with Color Cast stars. I added some word strips to the New Year Card from the Out with the Old Collection. This 3×4 card is perfect for a filler card in my page.
On page Two of week One I counted to use similar elements as the previous page like the Color Cast Stars, the colors matched so well with the January Collection. I also used a similar rubber charm banner as I did on the intro page. I decided to use another branding strip but added it across the the two bottom 4×6 cards.
I really love how this yellow branding strip brings your eye across the whole bottom of the page. I also love how it brings out the yellow from the speech bubble 3×4 card in the Out with the Old collection. I added chipboard numbers in the bubbles so I an add some facts about our week.
For this top right card I cut the top and bottom cluster flowers from the whole card. I then tucked a 3×4 card from Ali Edwards’ Story Kit into the flower clusters. I made sure to lay some of the flowers on top of the 3×4 striped yellow card. This pattern will allow me to journal on.
On the top cluster I layered some thread, a Wilna I heart Studio cut file with some chipboard and die cuts and a Color Cast star. I love using smaller pieces that work together to draw interest.
I also mirrored the types of embellishments and die cuts on the bottom as I did on the top. I had the worded element be in a circle die cut and I used a gold Maggie Holmes bow over the gold thread. Under all the thread and chipboard I added a purple banner. I love the way it brings out the purple tones in the flowers.
Here is a full look at my page two of week one. I love how it all blends together and I can’t wait to add all my week’s pictures to it and add all the stories from our week.
Be sure to keep an eye out for my process video on my Youtube Channel. You can see me putting together this whole spread.
Also Look out for the rest of my January spread where I will be doing more of the January Out with the Old Collection for the other three weeks. I am using sharing many other projects on my Youtube Channel using this January collection in other forms as well. I can’t wait to see you stop by and be inspired. Also you can check out my About Me page to follow me on all your favorite social media platforms.
Until next time I hope you are inspired to try out Theresa’s collection and don’t forget that In My Pocket Class Volume 2 will be resuming soon. Get your spot in her class, you won’t be disappointed at all. I took her first volume and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
***To learn more about this album and my setup look out for my upcoming class, In My Pocket Memory Keeping Volume 2!! Coming soon!!!***
Hi guys, today I am sharing the Introduction layout in my 2018 Project Life album! I am so thrilled to begin another year of memory keeping in a weekly format. I am using my own brand new digital collection called Out With The Old, along with Crate Paper’s Good Vibes physical collection!
I am so excited to start this project again this year! This is my seventh year doing Project Life, and I love this format. I am especially excited that this year I will be creating my own products to use in these albums. I hope this layout is inspirational for you!
Since this is the introduction layout, this is a good time to include who the album is about. This is a snapshot of who we are right at this moment in time. I began with two photos we took back around Thanksgiving last year, so fairly recent. I then just filled in with my favorite journaling cards from the Out With The Old collection.
For my title card I really liked this word art from the Crate Paper Good Vibes collection. We can all use some good vibes this year, can’t we?! I layered embellishments onto the black and white Marks card for fun, and I added our intitial plus our names and ages. The line stamp is from the 2017 Paislee Press December Daily product offerings, available at Ali Edwards’ website.
I added just the tiniest of embellishments to our photo. A good formula is a label, a word sticker, and a chipboard piece!
Some of the cards need no embellishing at all, and for the start here card I only added the tiniest glitter asterisk. Those are some of my favorite cards in the collection! Same for the year card – it needed only a little more glitter and a word stamp. That roller stamp is from Becky Higgins Project Life and still remains one of my most used products I own!
Hi guys! Today I am sharing my layout for Week 24 in my 2017 Project Life album. I chose the June MPM kit from The Lilypad called Curious, along with Paislee Press Pocket Guide No 03 as my template.
Have a look at the completed layout here:
This kit was so much fun to work with! I really love bright, happy colors in my Project Life albums, and this kit provides all that.
I loved the circle elements in the Pocket Guide template, so I made sure to repeat that element across the layout. It was so easy to notate the week number in this half circle!
With summer officially beginning, we took time to clean out backpacks from school. I also took a moment to photograph this really awesome roller coaster that Emberlynn built as part of her Maker Space club she participated in at school. It is made of paper and a little marble made its way down, down down. We decided that since it was paper, it probably wouldn’t survive, so photographs were in order.
Pool photos also made their way into this week’s layout. I also used some of the left over digital elements I have printed out from previous kits. I keep those in a little bucket on my workspace so they are easy to grab. All the labels and little elements I have added are from my little stash!
On the right hand side I included some cute cat photos, because cats, of course.
I love the graphic elements in The Lilypad monthly kits! The intersecting lines on this page give it a punch of color and visual interest, plus a clever little place to include just a sentences of journaling. My journaling on this layout, like most of my Project Life spreads, always includes little bits and sentences here and there as part of the overall writing. Each sentence makes up the whole.
Word art is always fun to include and they always layer so nicely right on top of journaling cards, don’t they? I loved repeating the half circle here again, as well.
My secret is out: I love Pusheen the cat and she has appeared yet again on my layout. I also just die laughing at this photo of Mickey the dog, and Zoe the cat. These two have the funniest love/hate relationship. They sit here beside each other in a rare show of solidarity, but turn their backs to each other just so, you know, you don’t think they are friends or something.
Hi guys! Today I am sharing my Week 25 layout in our 2017 Project Life album with you! I am using the Sahlin Studio Composition collection, which is the featured collection on the Sahlin Studio blog this month.
Have a look at the completed layout here:
I began my layout with the featured digital collection at Sahlin Studio this month, called Composition. I had a great selection of photos from the week and the colors from the kit go well with my colorful photos.
Our stories this week included making the most of the time left before Addison and Emberlynn go to Florida for the summer. They have lots of grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins who lovingly host them every summer and they truly have the best time when they go. But we take a little extra time to enjoy hanging out together. I had a few photos from our flower beds this week as well!
I chose some very simple embellishments from Elle’s Studio and Gossamer Blue for this layout. I am always a fan of navy and I love the navy included in the kit, so the navy embellishments repeat that color across the page.
This kraft-color card provided a great neutral space for journaling, and I added the awesome stamped word to the cut line just to give it a little kick. Also notice the pile of stuffed animals on the bed? Natalie left those there for me several nights in a row – first it was just one or two and that night it was all of them. Too funny!
On the left hand side I used the navy stripe patterned paper as the background, which contrasts so nicely with the mint on the left side. This photo shows my white pitchers that I collect and showcase in the kitchen above the cabinets. I found a new one that week, so we took them all down, washed them, and put them back up all fresh and sparkly. I loved seeing them all there on the counter, waiting to go back up!
I love the graphics in the Sahlin Studio collections, every one. These yellow and red cards are so simple yet bold, and I am trying my hand at clipping photos to the cards as well. I really like the photo of that giant croissant there. (FYI it was delicious!)
This mint card is such a simple filler card, and its purpose here is to balance the mint green on the left hand side of the layout. I love the simplicity of this.
This last photo is enlarged and shows the kids all together hanging out at the mall. These really are the wonder years, and I am so thankful to have these photos of all of them together every so often. I am even more thankful to have these albums filled with all these photos and stories.
My heart is with the people of Texas who are finding their way back to the remains of their homes. I am seeing so many stories of photos and albums and scrapbooks that are damaged and hoping to be restored in some way. This is an important reminder to back up your hard drives, host your photos on outside websites, and digitize digitize digitize. Love to you all.
Hello lovelies! Today I am sharing a hybrid Project Life layout from our 2017 album for Week 31. The layout was created in Photoshop CC using On A Whimsical Adventure Catching Waves collection, printed and then embellished using Elle’s Studio embellishments!
Here is a look at the completed layout:
Our stories for Week 31 included birthday celebrations for Natalie, who wanted cupcakes. We also spent some time at the pool and a local amusement park called Celebration Station. We took the kids to a midnight go-cart adventure and it was so much fun!
I created this layout for the On A Whimsical Adventure creative team. I took some of the digital papers, transfers, and elements to create my own journal cards in Photoshop. I particularly love the colors in this collection – the turquoise and corals printed beautifully!
Once my layout was printed of course I wanted to add hand written journaling and a few tiny embellishments. My favorite part – adding the textural details. I used some of my acrylic pieces from Elle’s Studio here in colors repeated from the digital collection. Yellows, blues, and greens, and a few touches of wood grains!
Hi guys! Today I am sharing Week 22 in my 2017 Project Life album, which I have created using Sahlin Studio Like A Boss collection plus Clean Lined Templates No. 02. This is a hybrid layout created in Photoshop and printed, and this video shares the embellishing of the layout.
Take a look at the completed layout here:
Our stories this week included the opening of the pool, Addison learning how to use the ATM, my brand new Felicity Jane subscription, and Donut Day as illustrated by Pusheen!
I created my date card using some of the digital elements in the Like A Boss kit, plus the wooden alphabet from Felicity Jane. I shopped my stash for some of my physical embellishments just looking for things that were mint, navy, orange, and tiny bit of wood grain. The alphabet adds a perfect bit of texture to the layout, don’t you think?
Some of the physical embellishments are from Freckled Fawn, and I also grabbed a stamp set designed by Traci Reed for Gossamer Blue. The stamp set was part of the July Life Pages kit.
I am sticking to my promise this year to include more journaling on my layouts by combining typed and hand-written journaling. I love both methods – the typed journaling for the ease of it and the hand-written for the genuine parts of me included on each page. It’s a win-win!
I created a traveler’s notebook layout about our strawberry bundt dessert from heaven, and I also included a photo of it here. It was sooo good ya’ll! The tag was actually a journal card in the Like A Boss kit, but I cut it like a tag and added the mint scallop to the bottom.
The dining room table, you guys. In my class I will be talking about photographing our relationship to the world around us – have you checked out my class yet? The link is at the top of the page! Our relationship to that dining room table is one of the most iconic in our family, where all the good conversations happen and where all the messes are made. That is totally a layout by itself, isn’t it?
My secret is out – I LOVE love love Pusheen and follow their Instagram account. Photo credit to them for the Donut Day image, isn’t it adorable! I added nothing to these two journal cards and it feels good! Simple and classic.
You know how I was talking about our relationship to the dining room table? (that sounds crazy, but come on, we all share meals around the table together, and we all watch each other grow and evolve around the table. It’s good stuff!) Here is a photo of the kids at the table at McDonald’s. Do you guys have a favorite table that you always seem to gravitate towards? We do too, and this is ours.
Thank you for following along today! See you soon!
Hi guys! Today I am sharing a little bit of my process for working with our kids’ albums and how we are organizing all their photos, memorabilia, and ultimately the albums they will each take with them when they have their own home one day! This will be an on-going project with lots of steps and hopefully lots of helpful videos for you so I hope you will stay tuned!!!
In today’s video I am working with Nick and Natalie’s albums that I created years ago. I began scrapbooking in 2003 and these are the layouts and albums I created up until about 2012 specifically for Nick and Natalie. These were created before I began Project Life and before pocket pages, back when I had a whole different way of memory keeping! The layouts were in various order, in different albums and not really organized well at all, so I pulled them all out. In this video I share some of my thoughts during that process.
As we are just beginning this gigantic project, a few things begin to jump out at me, and for today I just wanted to share one thing in particular. You heard me mention this in the video and I think it bears repeating. One of my main strategies to help us get through this project for four kids is to always remember that we each experience life differently and even when we share the same experiences, every person’s memory of that time may be different. What does that mean and how does that impact our children’s albums?
This means that every child will have their own unique collection of albums! Every album is different and every kiddo is so unique and that means trying to create the same layouts or the same albums for all four, or even for two, would be impossible. I hope this strategy will free us up to include the memories for each child that are truly relevant and meaningful to them, not just random collections of the same photos and layouts.
These albums are our love letters to each of them, and I hope they feel the love when they look through them years from now. I hope you will enjoy following along with us on this journey. I anticipate it will be a long journey, and this is only the beginning!