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TBT Project Life 2014 Halloween Pt. 02 | Feat. MH After Dark!

Hi guys, this is part 2 continuing from yesterday’s layout about our Halloween adventures in my 2014 Project Life album! These are photos of each child individually highlighting their costumes that year.

I am having so much fun working with these photos and sharing these layouts with you! Have a look at the completed project:

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My photography strategy for Halloween is much the same each year: try to get a few of us in the neighborhood early on before it gets too dark, get a few of the whole loot, and also do a mini session before we ever go out into the neighborhood. I try to keep that session short and sweet because they are obviously off the walls excited (!) but my main goal is to get an overall shot of each child in their costume and one close-up head shot of each one.

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Addison was dressed up as Rocket Raccoon this particular year. I think he was the cutest raccoon ever. One of my favorite cards from the After Dark collection was this one that allowed me to add some fun facts from the night. That definitely goes in the “need more of that” category for next year!

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Nick was a Star Wars character named Ethan Adare. He looks like such a cute little imp in this photo below!

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Emberlynn chose to be a mermaid this year, and particularly a red mermaid. I did go back and look up who our source was for these tutus – an Etsy seller named BloomsNBugs. Her shop shows she is taking a break, but I will include a link here. I highly recommend her work, the tutus were GORGEOUS!

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She made the cutest mermaid, didn’t she?!

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Last but certainly not least is Natalie as Elsa. 2014 was the year every little girl was Elsa from Frozen. Gah, the cuteness. I loved including my own excitement in the journaling card – I really did have fun planning out their costumes that year. Normally in the interest of time and money, they purchase pre-made costumes from the store. But this year I wanted to do something special for them. I am so glad I did that. Just once, to splurge and allow them to feel like princesses!

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I absolutely loved how both of these layouts turned out! Every year the Halloween layouts bring me such joy to create and look at in the future. I hope they mean as much to the kiddos as well!

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Thank you so much for joining me the last two days! I hope you have gained some strategies for photo-documenting and scrapbooking your own Halloween memories. See you soon!

~Theresa

TBT Project Life 2014 Halloween Part 01 | Feat. Maggie Holmes After Dark

Hi guys! Ok I know it’s not Thursday but this is part 1 in a 2-part series I am sharing from my 2014 Project Life album! The layouts I am sharing feature our Halloween adventures and I decided to create two layouts and share these layouts with you in two parts!

You guys, these Halloween layouts slay me every single year! The kids take such happy photos and the layouts always turn out stellar!

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So once I placed my photos I pulled from my fall and Halloween products to fill in pockets and then embellish. Oh what fun! Much of my product choices are from Maggie Holmes After Dark, and then I added in some Gossamer Blue, Elle’s Studio, and Simple Stories.

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I absolutely love using pocket pages to document specific events, don’t you? Everything about this layout makes me incredibly happy. Look how happy the kids are!

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I talked a bit in the process video about my habit of using a “tic-tac-toe” strategy to decide where to place photos and journal cards. I typically try to arrange them alternating light and dark, to keep the layout balanced and from becoming too visually heavy in one place or the other. Try it and see what you think!

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My primary goal in this layout was to tell the overall story of our Halloween adventures that night. In my next layout I will share individual photos of each of the kids so their adorable costumes will be documented in our albums.

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Notice how simply I embellished each card or photo – literally just one or two very simple embellishments on each one. So quick to complete and not much obsessing required that way!

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No Halloween layout is complete without a photo of the loot, and this is my favorite perspective. When we return home from our fun night in the neighborhood, we bring in all the treat bags and buckets and dump everything out on the floor. There is no denying that with four kids, we receive way too much candy! We go through and keep what we like and then give the rest away. But it must be like Christmas for the kids, seeing all that candy there on the floor and knowing they can have whatever they want! How fun for them!

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Last photo from this layout, a close-up of all of them together. These truly are the most special moments, you guys, and I hope with all my heart that they look back on these days and remember how happy life was. Even though it’s hard every day, and every single one of our children carries pain in their hearts, I pray they know that they had some amazing times too.

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Thank you for following along with me today! I will see you back here tomorrow with part two!

~Theresa

 

Project Life 2016 Week 39 | Simple Stories Posh Collection!!!

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:

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 39 | Simple Stories Posh Collection!

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.

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 39 | Simple Stories Posh Collection!

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.

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 39 | Simple Stories Posh Collection!

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.

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 39 | Simple Stories Posh Collection!

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.

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 39 | Simple Stories Posh Collection!

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!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

{Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit!

Hello! I have a Project Life layout to share with you today, continuing in Week 37 of 2016. I am using Ali Edwards’ ME Story kit, have a look at my process:

What I love most about the ME Story Kit are the colors – such really pretty pinks and yellows and greys. I added touches of blue and navy across the layout by bringing in the Simple Stories Posh and Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills collections to embellish.

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One of the things I have completely resolved in my scrapbooking process is the idea that I am telling my story and that my albums, while they contain lots of stories about lots of different people, all those stories are told through my own lens. These albums are the story of my life, and my husband’s life as it relates to me.

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

Have a look at the details on the left hand side.

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

For me, these weekly layouts become a place for me to photograph and document my favorite memories, people, things, and events. It was fun having a kit that captured this – my stories, my memories, my life.

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I particularly love that my layouts provide a space for including these random photos of the kids sprawled out on the floor behind the sofa. We keep all the electronics there (read: battery chargers!) so they spend a lot of time back there huddled up around the outlet. If it weren’t for this project, these moments would totally get missed.

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

The Pieces of my Life element is one of the digital PNG’s included in the digital kit. I placed a white card in that space in the Project Life App, and then brought this element directly on top. It does not allow you to adjust the size, which is why it is oversized, but I decided to leave it that way! It pops on the page!

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

This photo captures an event that occurs regularly in our house: bringing home the groceries and putting away the cat food. This is Zoe helping Emberlynn organize the canned food! They are so cute!

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Right hand side:

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We had a date night at The Loop pizza and the place was empty, so I set up this shot on the table across from us.

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

I felt like I had enough Journaling spaces on this layout, so I used the journaling lines on this pink card for stamps and word stickers.

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

Lately I have been experimenting with the list-type journal cards because I am not much of a lister on my Project Life layouts! I am trying, however, to incorporate more lists, or to use the list format somewhat in the way it was intended. I do love how this one turned out.

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

This week marked the week that we were able to announce who was going to be on the Sahlin Studio design team. I cannot even begin to tell how special it was to be asked to be on this team! It has been an honor to be chosen, and has been a truly wonderful experience working with Krista Sahlin and all of the incredibly talented artists here.

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

Notice how I took the embellishments across the boundaries of the filler card and the photo. I know it’s easy to restrain ourselves to the edges of the cards and photos, but it is ok to ignore those borders too, and allow the embellishments to spill over. Have fun with that!

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

This Currently card tied all the colors of the layout together for me, and look – I created another list using the Me stamp set! I also used the roller stamp from Paige Evans’ Take Me Away collection for Pink Paislee to separate the lines more emphatically.

Larkindesign {Project Life 2016} Week 37 | Using Ali Edwards ME Story Kit

This is my last Project Life layout that I will be sharing this year, although I do still have a tutorial that I am hoping to share with you later on this week. I am now officially transitioning into December Daily and will share that project with you throughout the month of December. In January I will pick back up in my 2016 Project Life album until it is complete! See you soon!

~Theresa

 

 

Project Life 2016 Week 29 | Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness!

Hi guys!!!! I am working my way through the summer in my 2016 Project Life album, and today is Week 29. Have a look at my process:

 

Here is the layout as I created it in the Project Life App, using the Girl Themed cards.

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Here is the layout completed:

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For the left hand side I began with the date card and added my dates using these super awesome puffy alphas from Dear Lizzy.

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I decided to use some of my Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness products, as you can see here. I adore this iconic girl!

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This was the week that Pokémon Go! was released, so I made sure to include some of our screen shots the we grabbed.

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When my Ali Edwards kit arrived this week, Natalie spied it and went through all the contents with me, then she decided she just had to have the envelope it came in. I can’t blame her one bit, they are really cool. I think she keeps her iPod in it sometimes now!

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I just really like this floral journaling card from Simple Stories. The chipboard embellishments layer perfectly on top.

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There is no embellishment on this photo, but it is too cute to leave out. There were several nights in a row that Zoe did this – she climbed up in Alan’s lap and took over his tablet. Silly kitty.

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The right hand side of the layout is about my BFF’s visit while on their way to vacation! We met up for dinner since they were only here overnight.

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Pictured from left to right are: Diedre (Dalia’s daughter), Shelby (Diedre’s best friend), Jonas (Dalia’s son), Natalie and Nick (my two), Alan and me, and Dalia and Kevin!

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I love how Project Life gives me a place to document these moments in our lives that otherwise might go in a “scrap someday” pile. I also am particularly fond of our yearly visit and am so happy the tradition is holding!!!

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One more look at the layout as a whole:

Larkindesign Project Life 2016 Week 29

That is it for today, come back tomorrow for Disney! This week is sort of strange and I don’t know how things are going to go down just yet because I have jury duty on Wednesday! I do hope to have a project up on Friday (the one I promised last Friday!) and then next week will hopefully be back to normal (unless I get chosen for a really long trial or something like that). I will keep you guys posted.

~Theresa

 

 

Traveler’s Notebook Charleston Edition: Visiting the Gibbes Museum of Art

Hi guys!!!! Remember my traveler’s notebook? Yeah, I remember it too and I am still committed to completing it, so today I have two layouts to show you! Have a look at my process here:

 

So in these layouts I wanted to be sure to document our experience going to visit the Gibbes Museum of Art. It was important to me on this trip to participate in the Charleston art community and to gather visual inspiration for my creative spirit.

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I pulled out my July Gossamer Blue kits, namely the Main scrapbooking kit and the Life Pages kit. I wanted to use the Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness products and Fancy Pants Life is Beautiful for these bright and happy photos.

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I layered my photo collage on top of the patterned paper and then added embellishments and stamps around the photo.

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This side of the layout was mostly completed while we were on our trip. I had already done the journaling and added some of the ephemera, so all was left to do was to add a stamped sentiment and the clouds.

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Turning the page and we are at the museum itself. Again I created photo collages and used those as the base for the page design.

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I layered the left hand side on top of a kraft bag so I could include some of the paper ephemera we got at the museum.

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Inside the museum was this fun little architectural alcove with the bench and really pretty windows, so my husband and I took a few photos of each other on that bench. That was a lot of fun!

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The ephemera in this kit are so much fun to work with. I tried not to overthink things, just use the ones I like and that make me happy.

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I already had used a piece of this paper fan they gave us at the door, and here again I added a piece of it as the base for my journaling. On this side I only added a simple chipboard piece and the washi tape to hold it in place.

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Turn the paper fan and you will find my photo collage from various elements of the museum displays themselves. Always check the museum’s photography policy before you go: in the case of Gibbes, they encourage photography and even had a hashtag you are welcome to use! Many museums forbid photography, however, so be aware of that.

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I really tried to keep this layout simple because I wanted the emphasis to be on the photo collage itself. On the back of the paper fan I wrote my journaling, which is written on one of the journaling cards from the Life Pages kit.

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On the right hand side just a layer of patterned paper, another little corner of the paper fan, and a puffy sticker!

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Ok, I hope you really liked these two layouts! They were a ton of fun to make and I totally need to keep going on this so I can get it done. See you on Monday!

~Theresa

 

 

 

Enjoy Life | A Traditional Scrapbook Layout Using Gossamer Blue July 2016 Kits!

Hi guys! Happy end of the week to you! I am switching up from the norm today and showing you my process for creating a traditional layout. I know, I know, it has been a while! So have a look-see:

So my jumping off point for this layout was the photo and the cut file that was part of the Gossamer Blue July kit. This photo definitely goes down as one of my favorites ever (!!!). You may see it again even.

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The first thing I did as soon as I opened my cut files from Gossamer Blue, was run some white cardstock through my Silhouette! I also offset the cut lines in the Silhouette and cut those out of some of the patterned papers included in the kit.

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I knew I wanted the photo on the upper left hand corner, so I grabbed some of the other patterned papers and cut those down as layers.

Enjoy Life Traditional Scrapbook Layout

I could not resist using these acrylic alphas. I wish there was a whole set of these! Of course I added other embellishments and stamped images around the photo as well. 

Enjoy Life Traditional Scrapbook Layout

As one little bit of extra to complete the layout, I also added a cluster of embellishments here on the lower corner of the page too. 

Enjoy Life Traditional Scrapbook Layout

Alright, have a great weekend and thanks for joining me today! I will be back on Tuesday for Project Life 2016 next week, as I am doing some work to the Etsy shop right now and trying to carve a little time to get that ready!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

Traveler’s Notebook AKA Gardener’s Notebook Entry 03!!!!

Hi guys! I thought I would show you another layout I created in my Gardener’s Notebook today! I am creating this notebook to keep track of plants that I have worked with in our yard, some successful and some not. Here is my process video for today’s layout:

The traveler’s notebook I am using is one that came in my Webster’s Pages Color Crush notebook. This is what my cover looks like:

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Here is the layout I created today:

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This shows the flower tag turned:

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My formula in this notebook is simple: one photo layered on top of gelatos and embellished with items from my Gossamer Blue kit on the right hand side. On the left hand side patterned paper to reinforce the paper from the layout before, and embellishments on top. Also the tags from the flower shop are adhered into the center of each layout to help me remember what they were.

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A fun way to use up some word stickers is to create a border around your layout with them, and this works especially well on a solid color paper here. The banner and the tag add visual interest to the page, and the stamps are a fun addition!

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Washi tape became an easy grounding for the journaling on this side, and the Hello Awesome might have just been a little scrapbooking serendipity.

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I struggled a bit with adhering this little wooden hello to the page, and in the end it is both stapled and glued. The little puffy heart from Pink Paislee covers a little boo and adds a fun embellishment layer. All the good things here! Happy Friday to you! See you soon!

~Theresa

 

 

 

Traveler’s Notebook: Gardener’s Notebook Entry No. 02

Hi guys! Back again today with my Gardener’s Notebook, to show you two more layouts that I have created. Take a look!

Ok so let’s dive right in! On Tuesday I showed you my cover and the inside layout, and today I will show you the first two full layouts in the notebook.

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On the left hand side I adhered a sheet of patterned paper, this floral from Simple Stories, to add stability to the page. The front side of this page has gelatos and water, so it had buckled a bit. The floral paper makes a great background for the strips of washi tape and the banner.

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I had saved the tags from the plants we had bought, so I included those in each layout. They are taped into the notebook using washi tape.

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On the right side I again created two fields of color using my Gelatos, as a home for the photo and embellishments. These flowers were definitely a success for us!

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That is my entry today! Have a great weekend and I will return full speed on Monday with an art journaling layout. See you then!

~Theresa

 

 

Traveler’s Notebook: Gardener’s Notebook Entry No. 01

Hi guys! Here’s hoping you had a refreshing long weekend and are ready to get some creative stuff done! I am on vacation this week but promised to bring you two videos from my Traveler’s Notebook, so have a look!

So if you were able to watch on Friday, you learned that I have just begun my scrapbooking journey with Traveler’s Notebooks! So to get my feet wet I though I would start with the insert that came in my Webster’s Pages Color Crush Notebook.

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I gathered the products that were in my May Gossamer Blue kits and dove right in. First up was to embellish the cover somehow, so I chose some Gelatos and the flowers from My Mind’s Eye Hello Gorgeous! I also stapled two of the word strips from Simple Stories on top.

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So the first set of pictures I want to work with in my Gardener’s Notebook are from 2015, which is the first year I really did anything in our flower beds since creating them in 2014. Our house was built in 2014 and we participated in Sweat Equity, which is a program designed to allow home owners to do some of the work in the construction of their home. For us, that meant doing all the painting and landscaping. So we got to decide where our flower beds and the tree in the front yard would be. In 2015 I began adding some blooming flowers and some perennials to fill in. My first photo in the notebook needed to be of the house itself.

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I began with a little bit of color using my Gelatos, and then layered photo + embellishments on top.

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My hope is to include both 2015 and 2016 in this notebook, so I added a tab to identify 2015 in this portion. The book is starting to get thick, so I may only be able to include 2015 in this one (!) and if that is the case then I will just add a similar tab to each one that I create over the years.

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My goal is for these notebooks to become a reference tool of sorts, to help me remember which flowers I have tried and have had success with. I’ve never been a gardener before so I admit I don’t know what I am doing, but I love doing this and I am excited about documenting this journey in these books!

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Ok, I will see you back here on Thursday for more in this notebook!

~Theresa