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2013 Project Life Week 10 | Plus a Scraptember 50% off Sale!

I am so happy you are joining me today and hope you will check out the amazing sale I am running in the shop right now! Everything is 50% off to celebrate Scraptember! You will also notice a few changes happening and I hope you will stay tuned for the preparations I am making for all the Fine Things coming in the next few months!


Today I am sharing Week 10 from my 2013 Project Life album. This will be a two part layout as I did an insert, so be sure to check back next week to see the second part! You can see more of my layouts from this project two ways: in this series here and also in my online class In My Pocket Vol 02! The video follows here.

This is the layout I have created, using the Studio Calico Golden Hour Documenter Kit for August 2018.

2013 Project Life Week 10 | ft. Studio Calico ft. Golden Hour Documenter!

For this particular week I chose to include one single event: going to the zoo together! I had quite a few photos from the day, and also had an excellent opportunity to get photos of each of our kiddos, so this layout warranted an insert. I love photographing our every day outings in this way, taking a few photos of each child individually and some photos of them together.

2013 Project Life Week 10 | ft. Studio Calico ft. Golden Hour Documenter!

I chose to use the Golden Hour kit because the title of the kit seems to fit with my overall feelings about this album and this layout. This time in our lives feels a whole lot like a golden hour, and I am so delighted to be able to document it. 

2013 Project Life Week 10 | ft. Studio Calico ft. Golden Hour Documenter!

I have a strategy for adding my journal cards that I use in almost every layout. I begin with the date card and take color cues from that card. The 3×4 cards are alternated mostly white with more colorful, every other one. Any colors that are in the date card will be found repeated again in other areas of the layout.

2013 Project Life Week 10 | ft. Studio Calico ft. Golden Hour Documenter!

I have been simplifying my embellishing lately as well, adding just a few tiny things here and there. Maybe it is just where I am in my life – busy, sometimes overwhelmed, looking for simplicity – that the cards feel complete in their own right. Allowing this process to be quick and un-complicated gets it done and in the end, makes me even happier!

2013 Project Life Week 10 | ft. Studio Calico ft. Golden Hour Documenter!

For my insert I chose two mostly white cards and found I only wanted to add some stamping to them. I also added a few flag chipboard banners to the kids’ photos. So fun!

2013 Project Life Week 10 | ft. Studio Calico ft. Golden Hour Documenter!

These smiles give me all the feels, you guys. Thank you for joining me today! See you again soon!

~Theresa

2018 Hybrid Project Life Week 14A ft. The Lilypad MPM Wander June Kit

Hello lovelies, today I am working in my 2018 Project Life album for Week 14. This layout will be split into two videos because the week had a two page spread plus an insert, so this is the left hand side and insert for you today. I am using the Memory Pocket Monthly kit from The Lilypad for June, which is called Wander. To see the full 2018 Project Life album process, you can click here. You can also learn more about my approach to this album in my pocket page memory class called In My Pocket Volume 02.

2018 Hybrid Project Life Week 14A ft. The Lilypad MPM Wander June Kit

Our photos for this week were from two main events: Easter and a short trip to Savannah, GA. Those are the starting place for this layout, so I printed the Easter photos to fill pockets on the left hand side first. Of course there were so many photos from Savannah that an insert made perfect sense here.

2018 Hybrid Project Life Week 14A ft. The Lilypad MPM Wander June Kit

I also had another starting point, the transparent hearts that were part of the previous layout. They are from Studio Calico, and since they are see through, they determine the color palette for this layout as well! The June Wander kit has these colors, plus has a travel theme, so that made the kit an easy choice here. I love when decisions come together so easily like that.

2018 Hybrid Project Life Week 14A ft. The Lilypad MPM Wander June Kit

Easter for us is typically fairly laid back, and even though our kids are getting older I still like to do Easter baskets for them. It’s always fun to find little goodies for them, and of course who doesn’t love chocolate?! I know in future years we will enjoy having documentation of what was in those baskets, and they will remember.

2018 Hybrid Project Life Week 14A ft. The Lilypad MPM Wander June Kit

These photos easily become a time capsule of what they were wearing, what kinds of candy they liked, and what they were into right now. This is also a winding down for us, since there is no more Easter bunny so their baskets are more simple and becoming more grown up. This is definitely what I want to remember from right now, and I am loving Project Life for giving the space to document this.

2018 Hybrid Project Life Week 14A ft. The Lilypad MPM Wander June Kit

Our trip to Savannah was not a long one, but I definitely took lots of photos and am excited to include our journey into this album as well. For today I am just beginning with the insert, a 6×12 with simple photos and a few journal cards. You will recognize some of the photos already, because I have been creating 12×12 layouts from this trip as well. I love how including it right here puts the trip into the entire context of our life. Easter and Spring Break were in the same week for us, and so this is how this week happened for us.

2018 Hybrid Project Life Week 14A ft. The Lilypad MPM Wander June Kit

I also love how easy it is, when doing hybrid layouts, to print digital journal cards and then incorporate simple embellishments into the layout. I typically print my journal cards on 8.5×11 matte card stock (these are Kodak brand) and then I drop a few of the digital elements onto a 4×6 card and print and cut those by hand. For this layout I have used card stock alphabet from Simple Stories, a flair button from Crate Paper, label stickers and photo polymer stamp from Studio Calico, and a few chipboard pieces from my stash.

2018 Hybrid Project Life Week 14A ft. The Lilypad MPM Wander June Kit

I also have filmed my process video for this layout, which you can view here.

Thank you so much for joining me today! Be sure to join us in the Hybrid Scrappers Facebook Group for fun chatter, inspiration, and challenges.

~Theresa

2017 Project Life Album B Introduction Layout Using Studio Calico Documenter!!

Hi lovelies, today I am sharing the Introduction Layout in my 2017 Album B. I chose to use the Studio Calico Gypsy Moon Documenter kit and there may also be pieces from the Scrapbook kit as well. Studio Calico very generously sent me the scrapbook kit several months ago and I have so much enjoyed using it and sharing those layouts with you!

I think I have reached for this kit several times and love each layout! For the opening layout in this album I chose two fall photos – one serious and one quite silly – and the fall feel of the kit fit perfectly.

2017 Project Life Album B Introduction Layout Using Studio Calico Documenter!!

The title card is so very simple, just the actual title, a word strip, and a few leaves. I also placed a few very deliberate paint splatters, just to tie all the separate elements together.

2017 Project Life Album B Introduction Layout Using Studio Calico Documenter!!

For my introduction layouts I like including our family initial and here it is found on our silly photo, just the tiniest M along with a little cluster. I love this so much!

2017 Project Life Album B Introduction Layout Using Studio Calico Documenter!!

I wanted to repeat those fabulous leaves so I layered them along with the phrase die cut and a fun cork arrow for the filler card. I’ve also repeated arrows around the page as well. Notice how I used one card that has all the colors of the layout, two neutral cards, and then other cards that pull out colors from the title card. This is a simple, repeatable formula for cohesive layouts!

2017 Project Life Album B Introduction Layout Using Studio Calico Documenter!!

For the main photo I punched one of the word elements that was part of a journaling card in the kit. I’ve used one of the We R Memory Keepers tab punches and layered it with another cork arrow. 

2017 Project Life Album B Introduction Layout Using Studio Calico Documenter!!

If you want to see more of my 2017 album and learn more about my approach to the album, I invite you to join me in the In My Pocket Memory Keeping Volume 2 classroom. Pre-orders will be starting soon and you can add your name to the list to be notified below!

See you soon!

~Theresa

Project Life 2017 Week 14 Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!!

Hi guys! Today I have my digital layout printed out from my 2017 Project Life album week 14, and now we are going to add just a few tiny embellishments and hand written journaling! I adore this part – feeling the textures in my hand and cutting and pasting all the pretty things.

Here is a look at the completed layout! I am so excited about how it turned out!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 14 Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!!

I began my process with the date card, simply adding the week number and two printed digital elements. I added the dates using a roller date stamp. All the digital elements are from On A Whimsical Adventure, the alphabet is from Amy Tangerine, and the roller stamp is from Target a few years ago.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 14 Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!!

In the beginning of the year, when I was starting my 2017 album, I was thinking that I really wanted to use patterned papers as the backgrounds on my layouts. But using the white background this week is particularly appealing to me! The layout turned out so crisp and clean, uncluttered even though there is a lot going on.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 14 Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!!

One of my favorite things about this week’s layout was definitely being able to use photos from Addison that he took on his trip to Washington DC! The two 3×4 photos are his, and the large photo of the whole class is from the school’s Twitter account.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 14 Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!!

To continue the uncluttered look, I really kept embellishing to a minimum. Just one tiny element per photo across the layout. I know, I know, we have such a tendency to want to use ALL THE THINGS (!!!!!) but resist that temptation sometimes. You will love the result!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 14 Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!!

Another favorite element in this layout is this stunning sunset over our house. The colors in the sky are so pretty, and I definitely repeated those colors in the embellishments as well. Wood embellishments are all from Gossamer Blue, and puffy hearts are Elle’s Studio.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 14 Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!!

This was most definitely a fun layout to create, from the process in Photoshop of layering photos plus digital elements, and then adding just the simplest embellishments to the printed layout! So much fun!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 14 Embellishing the Hybrid Layout!!!!

See you back here again soon!

~Theresa

Bermuda Layout No. 07 | Destiny ft. Studio Calico Written in the Stars!!!!!

Hi guys! Today I am sharing my process for Layout 07 in our Bermuda Honeymoon album, called Destiny! I am using the April Documenter kit from Studio Calico called Written in the Stars, and you guys, it is lovely.

Here is a look at the full layout:

Larkindesign Bermuda Layout No. 07 | Destiny ft. Studio Calico Written in the Stars!!!!!Larkindesign Bermuda Layout No. 07 | Destiny ft. Studio Calico Written in the Stars!!!!!

I have to admit that the Documenter kit really helped me develop more of the story on this layout, and for that I am so happy! I ran with the theme of Destiny, as in it was our destiny to find each other and begin a new life together, and it was our destiny to be in Bermuda for our honeymoon. Love it!

Larkindesign Bermuda Layout No. 07 | Destiny ft. Studio Calico Written in the Stars!!!!!Larkindesign Bermuda Layout No. 07 | Destiny ft. Studio Calico Written in the Stars!!!!!

Continuing my design concept for this album: using soft, muted colors and simple embellishing to allow the beauty of the photos to shine.

Larkindesign Bermuda Layout No. 07 | Destiny ft. Studio Calico Written in the Stars!!!!!Larkindesign Bermuda Layout No. 07 | Destiny ft. Studio Calico Written in the Stars!!!!!

These are photos from the inside of the hotel lobby, and I am so glad I took these!

Larkindesign Bermuda Layout No. 07 | Destiny ft. Studio Calico Written in the Stars!!!!!Larkindesign Bermuda Layout No. 07 | Destiny ft. Studio Calico Written in the Stars!!!!!

These are the last of the photos from around the hotel, so in my next video we will begin exploring the island! I can’t wait for you to join me for that!

Larkindesign Bermuda Layout No. 07 | Destiny ft. Studio Calico Written in the Stars!!!!!Larkindesign Bermuda Layout No. 07 | Destiny ft. Studio Calico Written in the Stars!!!!!

Thanks so much for joining me today! See you back here again soon!

~Theresa