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.
Hi guys! Today I am embellishing my digital layout I created yesterday for Week 08 in my 2017 Project Life album! I kept this very simple with only the printables from the MPM Renew kit and a couple of hearts and arrows. Seriously, that simple.
Here is the completed layout:
Notice how my embellishments tie the whole layout together. In one quick instant the date stands out from the page and leads your eye across the layout.
To keep the embellishing very simple, I used the printables from the Renew MPM kit and just a few hearts and arrows.
The right hand side features this hilarious confession of a little girl’s indiscretion at school. Her father sent me this photo and I am so happy he did!
Alan had a business trip to Boston that week, just a short one. In the past I have documented heavily when he was gone, but this was a short trip so not many photos were taken. I love the little wooden arrows just for another texture on the layout.
The stamped sentiments were created using older Gossamer Blue stamp sets from last year added to printed labels from the Renew collection. One little trick: when you download a digital kit that includes labels, print them in duplicates on a 4×6 sheet, cut them out, and then keep them on your desk so you always have labels that you need!
Thank you for following along today! See you back here again soon!
Hi guys, today I am sharing how I embellish my Project Life pages once they have been created and printed! This layout was created in Photoshop using the Lynn Grieveson Lots of Pockets templates and A Love Story collection from Paislee Press.
Our stories for this week included Valentine’s Day, unseasonably warm wonderful weather, and wonderful days together as a family. Most of the photos I included were taken while we romped in the sunshine, enjoying the warmth while it lasted. Then there are a few supporting photos from Valentines, plus a weather capture from my phone.
I absolutely adore the collage feel this template gives the layout overall. There were so many awesome photos this week that it was hard to narrow it down. In the end this layout holds thirteen and I love every single one!
I began with the focal point, the place your eye travels to first, and it is a photo looking up the street from our garage. Typically I leave lots of sky showing in these photos, but this time I left the pavement so it could be the base for the week and date.
The word art I added in Photoshop made me really happy as well. They just add another easy layer!
The right hand side centers around a secondary focal point created by this photo of Alan and me.
The other photos on this side tell so many micro stories (a term coined by Ali Edwards to describe the smaller stories that make up the whole of a Project Life layout).
Even though I had several typed journal spots in the layout, plus a few labels here and there, I still wanted to include hand-written journaling around the border of both pages. I love how it turned out and I especially love that I just captured some of my thoughts in process, some overall feelings about these photos and these days.
Thanks so much for being here and for following along on these layouts! See you soon!