Hi guys, I had a special request from a viewer to do a tutorial on how I cut my word art using the Silhouette! Word art is from Paislee Press and the April Memory Pockets Monthly available at The Lilypad!
Hi guys, today I am sharing my hybrid process for Week 10 in my 2017 Project Life album! I have combined my digital and physical process, and if you wish to skip past the digital part you can click to the 12-minute mark to get to the physical embellishing. This week I am working with Sahlin Studio Clean Lined Pockets, the April MPM Renew kit from The Lilypad, and physical embellishments from Elle’s Studio and the Freckled Fawn April kit.
Our stories for this week included SPRING! Lots and lots of flowers beginning to pop after so much rain and the girls are already playing in the sprinklers, so that means bathing suit purchases. We added two trees to our front flower bed and it always makes me to happy to include photos from our humble front yard. Also, there are always happy cats just being, well, cats.
My date card ended up a little different than planned on this week’s layout. My original thought was to use the top journal card as the date card, but then I wanted more room for journaling.
I couldn’t resist the April releases at Elle’s Studio so I ordered a few of their acrylic shapes, wood veneer pieces, and a stamp set. Their embellishments really are fun!
We had been talking about adding a taller tree to the corner of the house for quite a long time, and this week we did it. We had to expand the flower bed and the stone border a bit, and we also added more pine straw and freshened everything up a bit. I love the fact that we built these original flower beds ourselves as part of the Sweat Equity program, and we have filled them a little bit more each year with plants and flowers that bring us joy every day. It’s so awesome!
To Alan’s credit, our yard would not be what it is without him. He does so much of the heavy lifting and the planting and he is actually the green thumb between us! I love capturing this part of our relationship.
The date card ended up being on the bottom right hand side this week, and I love using the large photo as the home base for the date. Notice I did not add the actual dates to this layout, only the week number!
The photo of me and Natalie is a quick selfie we took on our way to Pastries with Parents at her school, and I am realizing now that I did not really caption that. I really am working on that this year – I am finding that including more photos creates more opportunities to journal more but I am overlooking some of those opportunities! And that is ok, no judgment there but something that I want to continue to be aware of and take a little more time each week to include captions for each photo in some way.
Of course, not all photos need a caption and I don’t always remember the context of each photo as well, and that is ok too. I think what I am finding is that sometimes I do my journaling in Photoshop and purposely leave some of the journaling to be done by hand, and then I forget when I go back. Ah the joys of being all over the place in my head! Again, this is not a criticism but simply an assessment that is constantly part of my process – looking back over the layout and seeing what is working and what isn’t, and then making an effort next time.
All in all this is a really fun layout and I loved pulling it together, and I am so happy to share my process with you here. I would love to hear your thoughts about journaling in hybrid layouts, how do you try to include both digital journaling and hand-written journaling on your layouts?
Hi guys! Today I am sharing my process for completing my hybrid layout for Week 09 in my 2017 Project Life album! Yesterday you saw my process for creating the digital layout using Paislee Press templates and kits, and today I will add embellishments plus journaling to the printed pages.
Digital products are by Paislee Press and are available at The Lilypad by clicking the following links:
Our stories for this week included lots of rain, which was perfect for the Paislee Press Rainy Days collection! We also had Spirit Week at Natalie’s school, and some of the spring flowers began to pop all around us!
I began with the date card using this Love card and then stamping the dates directly to the layout. The stamp set is by One Little Bird, available at Studio Calico and it is a staple in my collection these days!
Many years ago I attended a small private college called Meredith College, where I got my design degree. Natalie wanted to wear something for Spirit Week and so I let her wear this sweatshirt that I have held onto forever. So much fun!
The theme for the week was most definitely rain, rain and more rain. Sometimes you just gotta make the best of it, and there were several days we actually walked in the rain. Silly photos are a must in those cases!
I loved this photo of the street leading into our neighborhood, with blue sky just beginning to peek out but the ground is still wet. I have been holding onto this cloud wood veneer forever, so it is perfect right there!
You may have noticed a slight boo-boo when I printed this layout: the grey frame in the center of this layout still had the template text on it! No worries at all, it is now hidden underneath the label and the little stamped house. The stamps used on this side of the page are older sets from Gossamer Blue last fall.
That is all for today, thank you for following along! See you again soon!
Hi guys!!!! Today is back to normal schedule after a really fun Spring Break – hooray!!!!! You guys, I have received sooo many wonderful responses from the survey I posted last week!!!!!! Thank you soooo much for your response and if you haven’t had a chance to fill out that survey there is still time so go do it!
Today I am sharing my process for creating the digital layout for Week 09 in my 2017 Project Life album. This will be the last separate tutorial I will do. Next week this part of the layout will be combined with the embellishing on Tuesdays.
See you back here tomorrow for the completion of this layout!
Hi guys, today I am sharing my layout for the month of November in my 2016 Project Life album. This is the final layout for 2016 and so next week I will share full walk-through videos of those albums. I created this layout in the Project Life app, printed at home and then embellished on top.
Here is a look at the completed layout!
This layout represents the entire month of November and so it just includes a few random photos from throughout the month. November is typically a month I take off from Project Life in order to prepare for December Daily. At this time I have two full albums from 2016, which is fantastic documenting.
I used this photo of our Thanksgiving table as a focal point on the layout. I love capturing the dinnerware and check out the already-consumed cheese ball! This dinnerware has special significance as it belonged to my Mom many years ago. I have added a few pieces myself over the years via Etsy and always love using it on this holiday.
I used the Beginnings collection from Project Mouse for this layout. Even though it is not specifically fall-themed, it works beautifully alongside the Maggie Holmes Gather ephemera. And just look at the girls on their ride-ons – they look so small and I just know that these images of them playing in our neighborhood will invoke such wonderful memories over the years. I will miss them being this little and this close.
I love the light that fall gives us – the photo of Alan and I captures that light and it makes me so happy every year. Notice how I used the tiny touches of gold from the Gather collection to carry the gold throughout the layout.
One of the things I love most about Project Life is being able to carry forward proof and hope of a good life. Especially as our country bombed another country last night, I am pretty sure we all wonder what the future holds. You guys, I don’t want to get political but I do want us to remember there is hope. There is hope that good will over come and we must continue.
Some days it feels overwhelming, watching news and seeing so much pain in the world. Several years ago Alan and I were each living separately, rebuilding our lives and struggling to keep hope. We had no idea what the future held for us. For some the struggles of today might be shocking because maybe it’s the first time reality has hit so hard, I don’t know. But I do know that years ago Alan and I cried some really hard tears and our children cried tears that no children should ever have to cry. Today I am able to share photos and reminders of how we each came through that, found each other, and rebuilt our families. Look at these smiles.
I am so thankful to be able to share our family stories with you all. I am so incredibly grateful for our life today, even though it is far from perfect we are doing so well. No matter what the future holds, always remember there is hope. We will come through.