Hello Lovelies! Today I have a digital process video to share with you from Weeks 12 and 13 in my 2019 Project Life album. Watch below to see how I use the Print To Pocket Action No. 01 to design and print this layout.
I am loving using this Action every single week to help me get these pages designed and printed. For this particular layout I included digital journal cards, and this is how the layout looked prior to printing. You can purchase this lovely digital kit called Spring Stories, over at the Sahlin Studio blog.
Thank you for joining me today! I will be sharing my full process video with you tomorrow for this layout. See you then!
Hello Lovelies! Today I am sharing my Days 05 & 06 in my December Travelers Notebook! I will be sharing Days 03 & 04 very soon with you, as they are part of design team work I am submitting, so look for those days very soon. Of course you can find all of my videos from this project in the December Daily 2018 category. Check out my process video for today’s layouts here.
Day 05 was a somewhat frustrating day where nothing seemed to go right and it would have been easy to beat myself up and quite honestly hate on myself for not being perfect. And then my son missed his bus to get to his match for Academic League and I had the opportunity to show him extra love and compassion. I was reminded how we all need to show ourselves that same compassion when we mess up, and when things happen that are beyond our control. I began this page with one of the Larkindesign Travelers Notebook Photo Templates, which you are welcome to download here for your own projects for free!
These templates make it so easy to type in your story, add a quick photo, and print. I actually used a photo from a few weeks ago, because the day was so crazy there was not much opportunity to take any photos. This is part of making the project work for you, right? Focus on the story and find a photo that supports your story well.
This layout had the star vellum transparency, which I believe is available at Michael’s or AC Moore. I love the back side which is white on white, so I added the number 5 in white on top. That number is from the Ali Edwards 2017 December Daily product offerings. I also added a tiny gold puffy star from Crate Paper Merry Days. The branch and tiny stars at the top of the photo repeat a tiny bit of gold on the layout. When you turn the vellum to the next page, the stars are gold, and the patterned paper is black on white from Merry Days as well. I have layered a Santa on top of the snowglobe/cloche puffy sticker. I love him so much!
Day 06 was super quick and super simple. This is the center of my notebook so I used a full page photo and added a few digital elements before printing. One of the things in our family that brings me incredible joy is the relationship our two boys have. Nick and Addison are the best of friends and thin the world of each other. It always makes my heart skip a bit when I see them walking into their school together, chatting about all the things teenage boys chat about. So I snapped this photo quickly before leaving the drop off lane. I added my text in Photoshop along with the number six from the Sahlin Studio December Days No 04. The word strips are from Home For The Holidays. Once I adhered the layout into the notebook, I remembered I had some white stars from Ali Edwards, so I added those and the layout was complete.
Thank you so much for following along with me today! See you again soon!
Hello Lovelies!!!! Today the real fun begins in the world of December Daily! I am so excited to begin filling the pages of my December Traveler’s Notebook, and today I am sharing my pages for Days 01 and 02! You can watch the process video here.
One of my favorite things about this project is that you just never know, year to year, what stories will be told and what experiences will be had. This year Alan wanted to go see some hockey so that is what we did on the very first day of December! I used to go to hockey games a long time ago, so it wasn’t too foreign to me, but our kids had never been. I think everyone had a great time!
I added this into my notebook much like I would have added any other event. I decided to print a full page photo of the hockey arena itself, and then I printed photos of the kids and of Alan and me.
I added one of the Ali Edwards transparencies here using washi tape to both seal the transparency into place and also to hide the punched holes. This transparency reminded me of hockey pucks with the white/gold circles, and I layered the number circle on top. For the photos of us, I simply stacked them on the left side and added a chipboard word strip between the two.
I added my journaling for this page at the bottom and added another chipboard sticker in the corner. For the large photo on the right side, I simply stamped Cheers onto a red label and placed that at the top of my photo. This is such a very simple approach and it works beautifully!
For Day 02, our story was all about going to pick out our Christmas tree. Now this year in NC it has been so rainy, and while I am not one bit complaining, it made this a somewhat muddy adventure. We waited until rain subsided and braved the mud pits to find the perfect one! Also Alan found the one this year, so all of this makes our story all together.
I selected several photos again to help tell this story and have used a Photo Template to lay out the photos on the right side of the layout. These are templates I released earlier this year, and if you are interested in having them, you can download them here for free! Simply click on the image and it will ask you to check out, then you will receive a link to download the templates.
You can see how I used the template to create a photo collage of three photos below. The main photo in the collage is of our kiddos and the smaller, supporting photos are of some of the muddy situation we were in. Ha! I also added text using Photoshop, and printed the entire page out. I left a bit of room for a stamped sentiment at the top and added a tiny little pink star.
This is such a great way to include more photos!
This particular layout had a transparency already sewn in, so I added my number tag and a tiny branch. The number tag is from Dear Lizzy and the branch is Crate Paper. I used my Tiny Attacher to adhere them to the page.
If you watched the process video then you saw how this side of the layout became my most indecisive moment of scrapbooking EVER! Ha! I must have pulled that photo up 31 times to get it where it needed to be. In the end I love it. This is Alan telling me this is the one, pointing at it and grinning. I added the gold banner and then did a cluster of embellishments below the photo.
Thank you for joining me today! I hope you will take advantage of the free photo templates and let me know if you use them in your own projects! I would love to see!
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!
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!