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 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!
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 guys, today I am working in my 2016 Project Life album, Week 30. I have created my layout in the Project Life App using the Blush Edition and Blush Overlays. The layout was then printed 12×24 through Persnickety Prints, and embellished on top. Have a look at my process!
One of the things I love most about subscribing to monthly kits is having fun new products landing on my doorstep every month. Products I didn’t have to think about or shop for or stalk websites for. I love having my kit products near me as I work throughout the month because I find lots of ways to use them here and there.
This is the layout as I created it in the App, and below is the completed layout, with journaling and embellishments.
I decided last month to pull all of my Ali Edwards kit products together, and this month I pulled all of my Freckled Fawn products together as well. You saw in the video how I grabbed a wooden tray and filled it with my growing stash. Then I set about to embellishing this page.
The date card here is from the Project 52 Edition in the App, and then I added just a few embellishments plus the date stamp. Underneath is a bit of journaling about our week, and a fun filler card that I layered my embellishments on top of.
Our two kiddos who had beenin Florida returned home this week, and we were all really happy they were back. This was how our Sunday began, hugs in the kitchen.
In exciting gardening news: my hydrangea put out one tiny little hidden bloom! I had all but given up on this plant blooming this year, but it surprised me!
Above that I had another quick snap of my impatiens that are also doing so well. I love that Project Life gives me a place to include these photos as part of my whole life story! Everyone has their own goals for what they want to document their Project Life and my goal has been simply to document the events, people, places, and things that make me happy!
When Nick and Natalie left to go to their Dad’s house this week, Natalie cleaned up her room and left her bed just like this. I love it.
One more look at this side of the layout:
The right hand side of the layout is event-based: on Saturday the kids took off to Putt Putt for all you can play. I stayed behind to do a little work, and then met up with them in time for lunch!
Deciding how many photos and which photos to include can be tricky, but have a sort of formula. I’m not married to the formula, but it helps me. I think it is particularly important to include all our kiddos and to include the photos that show them doing and playing and interacting. I don’t always do posed shots, I avoid them mostly, because I want to capture their personalities.
This journaling card makesme especially happy. The words are an overlay in the App, and then of course I added a few embellishments, and then I stamped my journaling lines in between. So much fun.
Another non-posed photo, for the most part!
I am staying true to my commitment to leaving some photos and cards un-embellished. Look how different the girls hold themselves while playing the same game. I absolutely love that.
And here’s my girl. I know I could very well hear it in the future, how there are a lot of photos of Natalie in this album this year, and I will not let those comments (or the potential for those comments!) steal my joy. Natalie is really the only one who still likes having her picture taken these days. And I love that right now, she seeks me out in her every day. It won’t be like that forever, so I cherishing it.
One more look at the right hand side of the layout:
Hi there, today I am sharing with you a Project Life layout I created for Week 4 of 2016. This was the week of the giant snow storm that hit the east coast, so I chose all my photos from that event, placed them in a layout in the Project Life App, and then embellished them on the printed layout. Here is my process video showing how I embellished:
Here are the layouts as I created them within the Project Life App, using Project 52 journal cards:
These layouts both came together so quickly, and I absolutely love how the App allows me to select and place a variety of photos, quick and simple, onto a cohesive layout. When I printed them out, they looked fantastic as well – great quality on my photos thanks to the iPhone 6 and great quality journal cards thanks to the App. I couldn’t wait to add a few embellishments and the journaling.
I chose to use Pink Paislee’s brand new C’est La Vie collection to embellish this layout. The background color was the perfect match for this gorgeous transparency, don’t you think?
The puffy stickers and washi tape made it easy to add just a little accent to the photos.
I am a huge fan of using Sharpie markers directly on photos. Yes, I am aware that Sharpies are not acid free, but these are all digital photos, backed up on our hard drive, and I am comfortable journaling on these layouts directly. It really is ok.
For my title card I chose these American Crafts Thickers that actually are not part of the C’est La Vie collection. The C’est La Vie collection has two sets of great alphas, but they did not quite give the look (or the numbers!) that I needed.
I repeated the alpha at the bottom with the title Snowed In, just because I wanted to use that asterisk as a snow flake.
I am in love with the bullets on this journal card. Some of the points are snarky – we stocked up on our groceries right before the storm arrived, at 5PM, and the store was insane. So many people, lined up in every single register!
This was really a great, fun layout to create and I was actually surprised at how easy it was to put together with just the washi tape, puffy stickers, and alphabet! If you are limited on supply space or funds, this would be a great way to create scrapbook layouts with minimal supplies!
A note about the scrapbook industry: This week the scrapbook industry said goodbye to one of the most iconical manufacturers we have had, Basic Grey. My eyes may have leaked a bit when I opened my email announcing that they will send their last collections out mid-February, and then that is it for them.
It is so incredibly sad to see another scrapbook company, especially a favorite like BG, step out of the industry. Far too many great companies have come and gone since the economy crashed, and I understand why that is. In the past few years it has become increasingly more and more difficult to get hands on great products and scrapbook products, while still being designed and produced and promoted, are not as easily accessible to the every day scrapbooker like you and me. For the average person it takes quite a bit of savvy to get the latest and greatest before they sell out, plus a willingness to purchase sight unseen.
I realize even when I am creating these blog posts, that by the time I post layouts some of the products I show will be sold out. This leads to frustration, especially for newer scrapbookers who aren’t as savvy or don’t know which brands they will like. I get it. I really do get it.
People always ask, when these things happen, what is going to happen to the scrapbooking industry? And in reality, the industry will never completely go away but we do have to evolve with it and work with what we have. If you have never ordered scrapbooking products online, now is the time to do so (you can follow my links at the bottom of my posts to find all that Amazon has to offer!) If you have never photographed and posted your scrapbook layouts online, now is the time to do that. If you have never Tweeted and Facebooked and Periscoped with manufacturers, now is the time to do so.
We are the scrapbooking industry, and in order for it to survive, we must continue to make it thrive by our participation and our involvement. We have to show up. We can do without Basic Grey, but we need to continue bringing in new scrapbookers and new talent and new designers and new entrepreneurs in order to keep moving the industry forward. You and I are a part of that, too, because you help me move this industry forward as well, with every Read, Subscribe, Like, and Comment. Thank you for showing up and thank you for supporting this industry. I am really glad you are a part of it.