Project Life 2012

Event Based Layout | 2012 Project Life February and March

 

Hello Lovelies! Today I am sharing a layout from my 2012 Project Life album. My 2012 album really is a transition album, going from traditional scrapbooking and moving into pocket page, weekly documenting. This means that some of my layouts don’t have weekly photos, and in those cases I simply create an event-based layout. Have a peek at my process for these events in February and March of 2012. This layout was previously a part of In My Pocket Memory Keeping class, Volume 01. If you’d like to join us in the classroom, and see BRAND NEW process videos, check it out here.

There were two main stories for this spread: karate testing for Addison, and also I took the four kiddos to the zoo for the first time by myself. At this time they were still quite little – Natalie was five and Addison was nine, so it was a bit unnerving for me at the beginning. I love having these beautiful photos to document how we began blending our families and some of the challenges we tackled along the way.


Larkindesign An Event Based Layout | 2012 Project Life February

For this layout I chose a Gossamer Blue Life Pages kit, this is the one from May 2017. Again I wanted neutrals on the left, and bright happy colors on the right. Pink is one of Addison’s favorite colors, so you will find that fun bright pink across the page!

I am absolutely in love with how this title card turned out! This was so simple: stamped title and date + two stars! On the 3×4 card underneath I also did a similar format: stamped sentiment and a tiny strip of washi tape. So simple and pretty.

Larkindesign An Event Based Layout | 2012 Project Life February

For some reason or another, I think these are the only two times we photographed Addison’s karate experiences in the year 2012. So I felt it was super important to include these two layouts so he has memories of his classes. Notice how the photos really help tell these stories – the close up of his belt, the photo of him with his instructor, and the environment he was in. All of this was very important to us and to him at the time and I am so happy to record this!

Larkindesign An Event Based Layout | 2012 Project Life February

For the right hand side, I am telling the story of the first time I took all four kids to the zoo by myself. I was definitely outnumbered, and in these early days it was a tiny bit overwhelming to try to take them somewhere alone. But on this day I did it and it was a success. We all had so much fun together!

Larkindesign An Event Based Layout | 2012 Project Life FebruaryOne concern with putting two events on the same spread is how to tie them together, especially if the colors of the photos don’t necessarily match? I have always had the approach that your products can tie seeming unrelated photos together, and this layout is a great example of that.

Larkindesign An Event Based Layout | 2012 Project Life February

Because I had already used these happy colors on the other side, this side flows really well into a more feminine layout. I still included some of the black and white elements, too, to tie it all together. Notice on most of the cards I added one very simple element. This keeps the layout simple and easy to complete. No hard decisions, no over-complicated embellishing here, but the end result is still a very pretty layout with a really great story!

Larkindesign An Event Based Layout | 2012 Project Life February

I had one more opportunity for a 4×6 card at the bottom of this layout, and I made it quite monochromatic. The card itself featured a very simple yellow star wreath and I added text inside it using a puffy alphabet from Freckled Fawn. Then a simple date stamp and the card is complete.

Larkindesign An Event Based Layout | 2012 Project Life February

I hope these layouts inspire you to try a more simple approach to your own layouts, especially in the name of not overwhelming yourself. Embellishing can be so much fun, and our pretty layers are so tempting to either hold onto them (read: hoarding) or over-use them. But you can see in this layout how a simple approach still allowed me to use my favorite things and actually get the layout done without feeling panicked. And most importantly, this keeps the emphasis on the important part: the story + the photo!

See you again soon!

An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

Hello Lovelies! Today I am sharing a layout that was previously part of the In My Pocket Memory Keeping class, Volume 01. All of the content related to this class, plus my BRAND NEW process videos, can be seen in that class. Click here to join us!

The layout I am sharing today is an event based layout from January of 2012. There were two stories for this layout: Addison’s testing in karate and a Valentine’s Day Father/Daughter dance.

An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

You will notice my photo placement in these layouts: the upper left hand and lower right hand corner pockets are available for journal cards, and the rest are filled with my 4×6 photos. Where I have 3×4 photos I alternate photo/journal card, so the layout is balanced. I almost always follow this formula in my pocket pages.

An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

I decided to work with a Studio Calico kit in this layout, this is the Documenter kit from January 2017, Roman Holiday. I wanted a combination of boy-ish products for the karate photos plus girl-ish products for the dance layouts.

Larkindesign Project Life 2012 An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

For the 3×4 cards I chose a good balance of journal cards and filler cards. Each of them is layered with all the good stuff – journaling, stamps, and ephemera. The Roman Holiday kit had some great ephemera and they were so easy to layer on top of the journal cards.

Larkindesign Project Life 2012 An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

For the right hand side I began with a fun title card. I just had to use this floral card and then I layered one of the journal cards over top to provide a home base for the title itself. I also added just a few tiny stamps and a touch of washi tape.

Larkindesign Project Life 2012 An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

Look how tiny the girls were! I think Natalie was just five and Emberlynn seven. They had the most adorable dresses from a now-out-of-business company called Naartjie and they were so excited to wear them. They definitely felt like princesses that night!

Larkindesign Project Life 2012 An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

I kept the embellishing to a minimum on this layout, just adding a few ephemera to the photos. The gold foiled journal card stands beautifully on its own.

An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

Lastly a journal card that sums up my personal feelings about their evening together at the dance. Journaling the past can feel like a challenge sometimes, but I always encourage my students in my classroom to journal about their feelings today, whether today is right after the event or years after the event.

An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

Thank you for joining me today! See you again soon!