#projectlife

Hybrid Scrapbooking 2018 Project Life Week 22&23

Hello Lovelies, today I am sharing a Project Life process video from my 2018 album for Weeks 22 and 23! This is a hybrid layout using the Sahlin Studio You Are Here digital collection. You can see my process video here.

 This layout was part of a two page spread with an insert, and I found there actually weren’t so many photos for this week. So in the end it all worked out great. 

The Sahlin Studio collections always allow lots of room for journaling, and that means there is also space for some fun filler cards along the way. I created a title card with the Here & There card and made it a summer edition with a wood veneer piece from Crate Paper. 

Nick’s birthday was the 4th of June. He is now 14 years old, so his birthday celebrations aren’t big parties like it used to be. He simply wanted to play video games, have cake and presents, and have his girlfriend present. I kept the layout simple as well, with just a fun photo of him with his girlfriend playing video games. These two have been best of friends for a really long time, three years now, and it’s fun to see them hang out together.

I have always talked about how products can help us tell our stories, and the Routine Photorounds do an excellent job. Summer days are quiet for us when all the kids are gone, so we spend a lot of time working on those days. Simple word art helps me tell that story here.

Typed journaling is so much fun, even if you aren’t the best at using a vintage typewriter! I love mixing fonts with handwriting and typewritten words and it all tells a story of a quiet but meaningful summer time.

Thanks so much for joining me today! See you again soon!

~Theresa

Hybrid Project Life | 2013 Week 12 ft. Sahlin Studio Flashback!

Hello Lovelies! Today I am sharing this awesome and fun layout in my 2013 Project Life album! I have used the Sahlin Studio Flashback digital collection. You can view my process video here.

Our stories for this week included a sick day for two kids, a fun trip to the Lego outlet, and of course playing with the new Lego kits they got. Simple, but such special memories!

As always, I began  my layout with the title card. For this card I stamped the date and used alphabet stickers for the week number. 

I have had some questions about how I am remembering what to journal for this album, since it is five years ago. Full disclosure: I have short term memory loss so I actually don’t remember what happens from day to day. I absolutely accept this about myself, and so I have chosen to make my journaling manageable for me.

Tip One: Use your photos as your jumping off point.

Photos have an amazing power and always serve as the starting point for Project Life layouts! So use your photos to help you remember stories about that week. You would be amazed at how many stories one photo can bring to your mind. Practice this at home: Take a random photo and write down the first five memories that one photo makes you think of. 

Tip Two: Write about your feelings.

Remember how writing can be about Facts and Feelings? This is a great place to talk about the feelings those photos evoke for you. You can write about your feelings today, or your feelings back when it happened. You can write about how your feelings have changed, if that is the case. 

Let me share details about the right hand side of the page with you.

Tip Three: Write about what you know and remember from that time.

For example, 2013 for us was a particularly busy year because I know we were doing sports and all four kids in elementary school and life was hectic. But the kids had new Lego sets this week and it inspired me to pause a moment and take photos of them playing together. That became the focus of my journaling on this layout. 

Tip Four: Use product to help tell your story.

Always remember that scrapbooking products are fantastic ways to help us journal. The wooden heart veneer card with puffy heart stickers tells us how much I love these children, these photos, and this time in our lives. Stickers and stamps with word art can help us convey feelings about our layout and our photos, and they do the work for us. Titles and word strips help tell the stories we want to tell and help us share what we are trying to say.

Tip Five: Always remember that the sum = more than the parts.

All of the written words, plus the beautiful products and the layout all together adds up to tell the entire story about the week. Sometimes we put this expectation on ourselves that if it isn’t a long story, then maybe it’s not good enough. But when you look at your layout overall, you can see how everything all together adds up to tell the beautiful stories we want to tell, and to convey the feelings we want to convey.

I hope all of these tips are helpful to you! Remember to keep journaling simple and from the heart. I promise every word, no matter how short or lengthy, is important and amazing! See you again soon!

~Theresa

Project Life 2018 Week 26 | ft. Sahlin Studio Snapshot Photo Templates

Hello Lovelies! Today I am sharing a layout from my 2018 Project Life album for Week 26. This is a hybrid scrapbooking layout using the Sahlin Studio Shine Bright digital kit and Snapshots Photo Templates. You can view the process video here.

Here is a look at my full layout for this week. Our stories included seeing Addison and Emberlynn off to Florida for a few weeks, a fun game of Putt-Putt, and getting nails and toes done.

For the right hand side I have lots of journaling and a few really fun, sunny photos. The bright photos inspired me to use the Shine Bright kit so my colors are turquoise with happy pops of yellow!

I love this photo of Natalie and myself sticking our tongues out and just overall being silly. I have added a few tiny embellishments from Freckled Fawn. Notice how I split the tag and used it to embellish a journal card above.

Addison and Emberlynn visit their relatives in Florida for the summer, so I had to capture one more photo before they left. These photos in front of the front door are so iconic and capture their growth throughout the year!

The right hand side of the layout begins with the date card for the week, which is from the Sahlin Studio Week cards. And yes, there is a second, more silly photo of the kids on the front porch!

The Snapshots photo templates are a great way to tie these two photos together. I added two tiny enamel hearts as well.

I had less journaling on this side, so I have used a few filler cards with just a couple of tiny embellishments added. The word strips below are digital elements in the Shine Bright kit that were printed and cut.

Thank you for joining me today! See you again soon!

~Theresa

Project Life 2013 Week 10B | ft. Studio Calico Golden Hour Documenter Kit

Hello Lovelies! Today I am sharing a layout in my 2013 Project Life album for Week 10B. A few weeks ago I shared the first part of this layout and here is the conclusion. This layout was created using the Studio Calico Golden Hour Documenter Kit. You can view my process video here.

This layout has an insert, and I shared the first half of the layout several weeks ago. This is what that part of the layout looked like.

Here is today’s half of the layout.

I began the layout using the Golden Hour kit, and so it seemed simple to continue the layout using this kit. These colors are beautiful, and even though this kit is designed for more fall-like colors, it goes perfect with our spring day at the zoo.

On the back side of the insert I included this photo of the four kids together, looking out a window. The color of this photo is primarily turquoise, so I have repeated this color throughout the layout. Look how little they are.

Adding an insert means you have a little more flexibility and you can play a bit more, so I created a filler card here. In addition to the hand-written journaling, the text on this journal card also tells some of the story.

When we went to the zoo on this particular day, they had opened up a new area to educate us about bees, and this structure was built to resemble the inside of a beehive! It was so cute! I took color cues once again from the photos and on this side used the pinks and yellows.

I cut out the floral element from the black 4×6 journal card and layered it onto this ombre effect card to create a title card. These colors are just amazing! Thank you for joining me today! See you again soon!

~Theresa

Project Life 2013 Week 09 | ft. Sahlin Studio Simplify

Hello Lovelies! Today I have a layout from my 2013 Project Life album to share with you. I created this layout using the Sahlin Studio Simplify digital collection, which is an easy favorite of mine! Have a look at my process video here.

Here is a look at the full layout.

This particular week was all about karate for the boys, who had testing, and the girls, who had a Father/Daughter dance at our church. I pulled the teal, red and black from the kit and repeated those in my embellishments.

I always begin with the date card, because I already know what will go on it. The 3×4 cards in this kit offer lots of opportunities for journaling, so I only added my dates and a word strip to this card.

I had some older heart shaped puffy stickers in my stash, from Seven Paper Company, and I loved using those up here. The transparency floral is from Freckled Fawn.

The girls are so adorable, and they were so excited to go dance with Alan! The word strips are from the Simplify kit.

The second page came together so easily, as they always do when using the Sahlin Studio kits!

Notice how I grouped the karate photos together, and then balanced out the non-karate photos by placing those on the edges of the layout. This is cohesive design that helps bring together seemingly unrelated things.

I still love including everyday moments in this album. Our cooking looks different now as we are in a different home with different stove and we eat different foods now. Love having this documented.

Sometimes when working with years old photos, it can be challenging to remember specifics about the week, so I love pulling out an element in the photo and journaling about how that element makes me feel. In the photo of Nick he is smiling so big and you can see his connection to his karate instructor. He is excited to kick his board and earn his next belt! So my journaling is about precisely how that photo makes me feel.

Thank you so much for joining me today! See you again soon!

~Theresa