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Kids Albums Project | Natalie’s Baby and Toddler Albums

Hi guys! Today I am sharing what I have for our daughter Natalie so far for her scrapbook albums! Alan and I are working together to organize and create albums for each of our four kids that they will then take with them when they have homes of their own. The albums in this video are for Natalie and are layouts I made from around 2007 (the year she was born) until 2010. I hope you enjoy seeing what I have created for her up to this point!

To follow along with the rest of this series, click this link here.

BYOK (Build Your Own Kit) Bermuda Edition!!!!

Hi guys! Today I am shopping my stash so I can use all the fun products I have been saving for the Bermuda Honeymoon album! This is an important part for me to inspire me to use my products and I hope you will find some good tips too!

Just a little programming note: Next week is Spring Break for our kiddos and so I will be taking the week off to spend time and love on them a bit! You will still hear from me and I have something fun planned while I am away. See you back here again soon!

~Theresa

Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes Bloom

Hi guys, today I am sharing another layout in my Things I Need to Hear Series. In this layout I am journaling a bit about carrying other people’s anger and how to move forward from that. I used one of my favorite mixed media techniques – creating patterns using floral stencils and modeling paste, and then painting with acrylics. I then embellished using some of the glorious Bloom collection by Maggie Holmes.

I find that every week when I complete these layouts I cannot wait to share them with you. I am loving this artistic process and combining mixed media with photos and journaling.

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My journaling for this layout was, quite frankly, brutally honest and painful, but so much worth it to write it out and get it out of my brain. These are the kinds of journaling that absolutely can be covered up and be made into a portion of the artwork itself, which is what I did here. I layered modeling paste right over top of the words in a symbolic move to remind myself not to park in the negative spaces.

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I then layered distress paints and acrylics over top, and a layer of gesso over top of that as well. Underneath my photos I layered some cut files I picked up from the Silhouette store: Totally Jamie floral cluster and leafy branches.

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes BloomLarkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes Bloom

After that I layered my photos with patterned papers and my title. At the end of my journaling I left the invitation for myself to take charge and only own emotions that are mine to own. I admit I don’t really know what this looks like but I am already doing it and I am already working hard to make important changes in my life and self-awareness, so I wanted my title to be a reassurance to me that I do, indeed, have this. Change is always scary, but this is a very good thing. Disclaimer: as a survivor of trauma anger often becomes a coping mechanism for dealing with the reality of what happened to that person, and often trauma arises from the projection of other people’s anger onto the victim. This means that victims carry the anger of their perpetrator, often in the form of visible scars and always in the form of invisible, emotional scars. In prolonged trauma, the survivor is groomed to hold that anger and accept that anger because the perpetrator leads them to believe they deserve it. An important part of healing from trauma is identifying misplaced anger, and it is this type of anger that I am referring to in my video and layout.

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes BloomLarkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes Bloom

Look at all those yummy layers! 

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes BloomLarkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes Bloom

And yes, I absolutely did use this adorable deer with the glitter hooves and gingham fur.

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes BloomLarkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes Bloom

Thanks so much for following along with my process today, I hope you are inspired to create your own magic today. See you back here again soon!

~Theresa

 

{Traditional Layout} Things I Need to Hear | Take Time To Recharge

Hi guys! Today I am continuing my Things I Need to Hear series with a traditional layout called Take Time to Recharge.

Thank you so very much to each and every person who has encouraged me along this series. These layouts are a joy to create and I am loving the affirming reminders every week, along with creative process. These feed my soul, and I hope you are gaining inspiration too. This is my completed layout for this week.

Larkindesign {Traditional Layout} Things I Need to Hear | Take Time To Recharge

My layout began with a photo of me and my gold polka dot tea mug. I recently found a vanilla tea that reminds me of my childhood in Germany and so I have been taking time throughout the week to just sit down and enjoy a cup. Photo credit: Alan.

Larkindesign {Traditional Layout} Things I Need to Hear | Take Time To Recharge

I took a little time to add a mist background using the Rosey Posey cut file available at The Cut Shoppe, link here. After that I added stitching using my sewing machine, in concentric circles around the floral designs. This became the basis for all my embellishments.

Larkindesign {Traditional Layout} Things I Need to Hear | Take Time To Recharge

My embellishment clusters each center around a round ephemera or chipboard circle. To each of those I added a shaped paper clip, a floral embellishment, or a chipboard phrase.

Larkindesign {Traditional Layout} Things I Need to Hear | Take Time To Recharge

My title is stamped using the Oasis alphabet set and stickers from Simple Stories. Not complicated at all, and most definitely a gentle reminder to be good to ourselves.

Larkindesign {Traditional Layout} Things I Need to Hear | Take Time To Recharge

I think what has motivated this whole series is the fact that I miss my mom and I miss her words of wisdom and I miss her reminders to me to take care of myself. I miss the days she came to visit when I was sick, and in one quick afternoon she would have the whole house cleaned, dinner made, and the kids taken care of. So my journaling are what I wish her words would be to me, if I could talk to her on the phone.

Larkindesign {Traditional Layout} Things I Need to Hear | Take Time To Recharge

Products used include: Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills embellishments and ephemera; The Cut Shoppe cut file; Heidi Swapp Shine spray mist in coral; Ali Edwards Me and Tough story kits stamp set and chipboard pieces; American Crafts Hazelwood shaped paper clip; Freckled Fawn shaped clip and wood veneer coffee cup; Maggie Holmes Confetti wood hearts; Tim Holtz epoxy flower. 

 

 

 

 

Traditional Scrapbook Layout | You Are Beautiful feat. Crate Paper Oasis & Jane Davenport

Hi guys, today I am sharing another layout about myself about “Things I Need to Hear.” This is a traditional, mixed media layout using Crate Paper Oasis collection and Jane Davenport watercolors and stencil.

So last week I shared a layout about myself and some of the affirmations that I need to hear in my life right now. So many of you told me how much you really liked that layout and the concept of the layout, and I enjoyed making the layout too. So I decided I would definitely try to do more of that. Yay for 12×12 traditional layouts!

Larkindesign Traditional Scrapbook Layout | You Are Beautiful feat. Crate Paper Oasis %26 Jane DavenportLarkindesign Traditional Scrapbook Layout | You Are Beautiful feat. Crate Paper Oasis %26 Jane Davenport

I started this layout with the wood grain patterned paper from the Oasis collection. Oh you guys, it is gorgeous and while my first instinct is to hide it away and never use it, I promise I didn’t ruin it and I am sooo happy I used it. First I ran the patterned paper through my printer to get this really big title.

Larkindesign Traditional Scrapbook Layout | You Are Beautiful feat. Crate Paper Oasis %26 Jane DavenportLarkindesign Traditional Scrapbook Layout | You Are Beautiful feat. Crate Paper Oasis %26 Jane Davenport

Then I really wanted these florals from the Jane Davenport stencil around the title itself, so I used my modeling paste to achieve that.

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Then, because I love color and wanted to play with the Jane Davenport watercolors, I painted and swirled and dripped those beautiful colors all around the flowers themselves. Ah so pretty.

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And then I began to layer my photos and ephemera in the opposite corner of my title.

Larkindesign Traditional Scrapbook Layout | You Are Beautiful feat. Crate Paper Oasis %26 Jane DavenportLarkindesign Traditional Scrapbook Layout | You Are Beautiful feat. Crate Paper Oasis %26 Jane Davenport

My journaling reads as follows:

I know lots of people tried to tell you different, and that makes it hard to hear the truth. So here are a few reminders. Yes, you are beautiful.

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Thanks so much for following along today! See you back here again soon!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

Traditional Layout | Dreams Feat. Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams

Hi guys!!!! So I just can’t seem to put this Maggie Holmes collection down! I decided to create a traditional layout to share with you today. Woot woot!

Ah that was so much fun to create and I could not wait to share this layout with you today. Here is a look at the completed layout:

Larkindesign Traditional Layout | Dreams Feat. Maggie Holmes Chasing DreamsLarkindesign Traditional Layout | Dreams Feat. Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams

My jumping off point for the layout was my photo and a few thoughts about what I needed to hear that day. This is a combination of art journaling and scrapbooking, isn’t it? I began the layout by printing my journaling directly onto my cardstock, knowing that I wanted my photo to be above. I had not decided for sure about what collection I wanted to use, or how I wanted to embellish, and that will always come when it is time.

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I knew that I wanted this beautiful pink floral to show and I also knew I wanted to use my favorite stencil to create some florals of my own. The stencil I used is an older one from Dear Lizzy, and I chose Tim Holtz Distress Paints to create the florals. I wanted them to be alongside the journaling, but leaving enough white space to give your eye a place to rest on the layout.

Larkindesign Traditional Layout | Dreams Feat. Maggie Holmes Chasing DreamsLarkindesign Traditional Layout | Dreams Feat. Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams

Just a few embellishments, some pink paint splatters, and this layout is complete.

Larkindesign Traditional Layout | Dreams Feat. Maggie Holmes Chasing DreamsLarkindesign Traditional Layout | Dreams Feat. Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams

My journaling reads as follows:

I’m not really sure how it happened, but suddenly I’m looking in the camera and this was what I saw. Someone who was polished, professional, knew what she was talking about. Has a goal and is working towards it. Every single day. Oh sure, the haters will hate. But this girl keeps on regardless. There are days it feels like nothing is going to work out. And what if it doesn’t work out? Well, even if it doesn’t work out, this girl still kept going and she still kept creating pretty things and she still kept doing what she loved. Even if no one ever sees it, or ever loves it, even if nobody ever cares, she still made those things that made her happy. And that, in the end, is all that mattered. That was it! So you keep going, beautiful one,. Keep creating, and keep doing what you know and love. That is all that matters. Seriously. All that matters.

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Love,

Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

{Lovely} Working with a Sketch | A Traditional Layout Featuring Pink Paislee Take Me Away!!!!

Hi there and happy weekend to you!!!!! I have a great layout to share with you today, it is a two-page layout about an afternoon we spent at the park. Have a look at my process here:

So I wanted to work with an inspiration image and develop a sketch in order to help me get this layout scrapped. Here is the image I chose from Pinterest:

Larkindesign {Lovely} Working With a Sketch | A Traditional Layout Featuring Pink Paislee Take Me Away!!!!

I know it’s an odd image, and I’m not sure why I was drawn to it, but what I liked about it was how both sides appear to mirror each other. I translated that image into a simple sketch, like this:

Larkindesign {Lovely} Working With a Sketch | A Traditional Layout Featuring Pink Paislee Take Me Away!!!!

Feel free to Pin that sketch and share it if you wish! Also, if you decide to create a layout based on this sketch, let me know and tag me on it! Use this tag: #larkindesignsketch

Here is the layout I created using this sketch:

Larkindesign {Lovely} Working With a Sketch | A Traditional Layout Featuring Pink Paislee Take Me Away!!!!

The left hand side:

Larkindesign {Lovely} Working With a Sketch | A Traditional Layout Featuring Pink Paislee Take Me Away!!!!

And the lovely right hand side here:

Larkindesign {Lovely} Working With a Sketch | A Traditional Layout Featuring Pink Paislee Take Me Away!!!!

I will share a few close-ups as well, so you can see how I layered product on top of mixed media (gesso and vintage glitter).

Larkindesign {Lovely} Working With a Sketch | A Traditional Layout Featuring Pink Paislee Take Me Away!!!!
Larkindesign {Lovely} Working With a Sketch | A Traditional Layout Featuring Pink Paislee Take Me Away!!!!
Larkindesign {Lovely} Working With a Sketch | A Traditional Layout Featuring Pink Paislee Take Me Away!!!!
Larkindesign {Lovely} Working With a Sketch | A Traditional Layout Featuring Pink Paislee Take Me Away!!!!

That is all for today! I am planning for next week to begin sharing some December Daily process videos and I cannot wait! I also have a give-away coming up for 1500 subscribers! Hooray!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

A Special Gift for a Very Special Person | Mini-Album using AE Story Kits

Hi guys! I’m going to make this short and sweet today: I have a really sweet little mini album to show you. Last month my husband had a birthday and I wanted to bring together some photos plus words to let him know how special and important he is to all of us. Here is a flip-thru video of this gem:

So I approached this little album quite simply: photos, a few journaling cards, and the tags that came in Ali Edwards’ Stuff story kit. I asked each of the children to write a little something on a journaling card for him, and I adhered everything together. If you click on any of the images, they will open in a Lightbox so you can view them larger, and you will be able to scroll through on either side of the images.

That is all for today! Have a great weekend and I will be back on Monday with a full week of inspiration for you!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

TBT Project Life 2014 Week 32

Hi guys! For my TBT I am continuing along in my 2014 Project Life album, Week 32. The construction project is now completed and we are swimming right back into normal life. Have a look at my process video:

Here is the layout with photos and journaling cards:

Larkindesign Theresa Moxley | TBT Project Life 2014 Week 32

And this is the layout completed with journaling and embellishments:

Larkindesign Theresa Moxley | TBT Project Life 2014 Week 32

This layout is about my daughter Natalie’s birthday, which happened at Chuck-E-Cheese. So bright colors, busy photos, lots to see here! I chose bright colors and bold patterns in the Sahlin Studio Celebrate Add-on kit and some patterned papers from Dear Lizzy Happy Place and My Mind’s Eye Hooray!

Larkindesign Theresa Moxley | TBT Project Life 2014 Week 32

These white alphas are from Ali Edwards and are proving to be quite useful for title cards. The initial + age is also an Ali Edwards technique that she frequently uses to highlight her children’s ages at the time of the layout. Love this!

Larkindesign Theresa Moxley | TBT Project Life 2014 Week 32

When I think of the phrase Best Day Ever, I totally thing about Natalie because she uses that phrase often! This definitely was a very fun day for her. The diagonal stripe is one of the patterned papers in the Celebrate kit, and I brought that paper into a blank canvas to create this card. I then layered the phrase element on top of the patterned paper and positioned it into place in Photoshop. I did the same for the brown card next to it.

Larkindesign Theresa Moxley | TBT Project Life 2014 Week 32

This bold chevron is also included in the Celebrate kit, and it layers beautifully with dimensional gold alphabets and strips printed on vellum. The vellum pieces are all printed and cut using the Silhouette, all from the Celebrate kit.

Larkindesign Theresa Moxley | TBT Project Life 2014 Week 32

You can’t photograph a day at CEC without getting a snap of the tickets. For some reason this photo printed a bit smaller than 3×4, so I trimmed it down and layered it on top of this patterned paper that is part of the Celebrate kit. The card next to it is also from that kit: the polka dot is layered onto a white canvas and the word art on top of that.

Larkindesign Theresa Moxley | TBT Project Life 2014 Week 32

I did not embellish the photos at all, since they are already so bright and busy. On the right hand side I created this cute filler card with ephemera from Dear Lizzy Happy Place. The vellum tag and number strip are from Celebrate.

Larkindesign Theresa Moxley | TBT Project Life 2014 Week 32

Check out these expressions on Natalie’s face! She was so excited and thrilled. This is her, every day, living her life to the fullest!

Larkindesign Theresa Moxley | TBT Project Life 2014 Week 32
Larkindesign Theresa Moxley | TBT Project Life 2014 Week 32

This card represents everything I love about Project Life. Taking a simple patterned paper and layering stamps and ephemera on top just makes my heart so happy. If you are at a loss how to fill a pocket, this is a go-to technique.

Larkindesign Theresa Moxley | TBT Project Life 2014 Week 32
Larkindesign Theresa Moxley | TBT Project Life 2014 Week 32

And here is one last look at the right side:

Larkindesign Theresa Moxley | TBT Project Life 2014 Week 32

Hopefully you can see how I balanced the bright, bold colors with white space and kraft cards. This was a fun layout to create! See you tomorrow for a very special project that was a gift for a very special person!

~Theresa

 

 

TBT Project Life 2014 Weeks 29-31 | Maggie Holmes Open Book!

Hi guys! I sort of had a speed scrap session and got two layouts done in this week’s video! So have a look!

I have promised myself that I want to finish this album before the end of November, so I am hoping to double up for the next few weeks just to get it done. Today’s layouts document the landscaping we did as part of the Sweat Equity program, and then the final walk-thru of the house. Whew!

Project Life 2014 Week 28-29

This is the first layout, first with just photos and journaling cards (above), and then completed below.

Project Life 2014 Week 28-29

I think I will include the close-up photos here as a Gallery. Feel free to click on any image and it will enlarge, and it will also allow you to scroll through each one!

Here is the second layout, and it includes an insert which is a darling photo of our daughters hanging out happily together on the carpet. I love this photo – it actually sums up how we felt about having the house completed and feeling a sense of calm before the storm.

Project Life 2014 Week 30-31

This layout across the whole page was incredibly neutral because of all the empty rooms, so I selected products from the Maggie Holmes Open Book collection that are also very neutral. Her black and white patters, with just tiny touch of colors here and there, are perfect.

Project Life 2014 Week 30-31

Here again is a Gallery for layout 2:

When you flip the insert you find a little love note that Natalie drew for me, and then the rest of the completed house.

Project Life 2014 Week 30-31

The completed layout, and our finished home.

Project Life 2014 Week 30-31

One more Gallery for you to see. So many wonderful photos!

I truly hope you have enjoyed following along in this project! It has been so much fun documenting this big thing for our family, and I am so happy this is written down and photographed and able to be looked at any time we wish. It’s a great feeling. Stay tuned for next week, I will show you my plans for the rest of the album!

~Theresa