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Scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 10 and 11!!!!

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 10 and 11!!!!

Hello Lovelies and welcome back #scrappychristmasinjuly!!!!! I am so excited to be back working on my December Daily 2018 album and thank you all so much for following along with me! If you would like to see the entire 2018 December Daily series check it all out here: Larkindesign December Daily 2018. Today I have a full process video for you from my December Daily album for Days 10 and 11. Have a look!

 

So I mentioned in my video that my album had not arrived yet, but it did arrive in time for me to take photos for the blog! Woohoo! So let’s have a closer look at these layouts. I am using the Simple Stories SNAP! album with red binding, in 6×8. I think I will probably just stick with these albums in the future so they will all look beautiful lined up on the shelf together and this format is simply the best!

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 10 and 11!!!!

When you open my album you will find a simple beaded tassel and the tab cover from the Ali Edwards December Daily box as a cover sheet. I punched the holes in the tab cover using my We R Memory Keepers Planner Punch Board and have left it on these settings so it is easy to use while I am working on this project. It’s so fun to incorporate packaging from our special boxes we receive each year, isn’t it?!

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 10 and 11!!!!

I also added a Ali Edwards star transparency to the binder, which has a blue wreath and a red star attached to it. I love the see-through look inviting the reader to see what goodness lies within. In the process video I chatted a little about how all the things line up (or don’t!) between the transparency and the number + journaling underneath, and you can see how they don’t line up. And probably if I didn’t point it out you might not even notice! I am totally ok with that, it is just how things end up and it gives it charm, right?!

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 10 and 11!!!!

When you turn the transparency you find the photo for Day 10, which is of our girls hanging out at the dining room table. This is their spot many days because there is a power source there, and it always makes me happy to see them hanging out and having a good time together! I added the number from Ali Edwards and adhered an embroidered star inside the zero. The embroidered star is Felicity Jane. I then also stamped journaling lines using line stamps from Paislee Press. The journaling was added using a simple Sharpie marker, following the lines of the table in the photo. I love these simple details so much.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 10 and 11!!!!

Notice how not only are the embellishments imperfect, but the journaling and the lines in my journaling are imperfect as well. I point this out because my hope is that you will be inspired to embrace the imperfections in your own albums, if you feel they are there, as part and parcel of creativity! Your layouts, as this layout, are beautiful just as they are.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 10 and 11!!!!

For Day 10 I had a full size photo of Emberlynn decorating the tree, and Alan showing me one of our favorite ornaments. I am using a page protector that is divided into (2) 3×4 and (1) 4×6 pocket here, and love how this turned out.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 10 and 11!!!!

The full photo doesn’t need much. There is a lot you could do to this photo, but I simply added a bit of washi tape and the chipboard circle. I look at this photo now and I am wishing we were back in December now! This invokes for me the classic feeling of Christmas and this is one of the biggest reasons I participate in this project.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 10 and 11!!!!

For the 3×4 pockets I began with the 11 tag, which is from an older Ali Edwards December Daily kit. I trimmed it down a bit to fit into the pocket, and added a tag punch plus a bit of silver trim. I stamped the Oh What Fun! from Paislee Press onto the tiniest red tag, which is from Pretty Little Studio. That is layered on top of that thin silver washi tape. This tag, along with the silver, red, black, and white colors, became the jumping off point for this layout.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 10 and 11!!!!

For the second 3×4 tag I layered two different cards on top of each other. I used the lined card (Pinkfresh Studio) as the base, and then punched the Merry Happy Everything from an Ali Edwards card at the top. The circle punch was just a bit smaller than I needed, but I used it anyway. You will notice I adhered that half circle a bit lower and added another strip of washi tape on top. The rubber heart circle is from Felicity Jane and adds another touch of black to the card.

Larkindesign #scrappychristmasinjuly | December Daily 2018 Days 10 and 11!!!!

You can see I added a little grey star to the photo of Alan, and these two days are in the books! Thank you so much for joining me today, it is such a joy to share this project with you! #scrappychristmasinjuly is a fun month long Christmas scrapping event created by Tracey Fox. You can connect with her on Instagram here: Scrappylikeafox
And follow the hashtag here: #scrappychristmasinjuly

December Daily is of course an album project designed by Ali Edwards to help document the month of December, and you can find more information about the project here: Ali Edwards December Daily
See you again soon!
~Theresa

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:

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

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