Hi guys!!!! So yesterday I completed my 2015 Project Life album and I decided to just make a quick video talking about that album being completed and also to announce what I plan to do in the future in my TBT series! So take a look!
That was all I wanted to post today, so I will see you guys back here on Monday! Have a great scrappy weekend, ok?!
Alright, guys, I am so ready to finish up this album and I have literally smashed four weeks into two pages. Have a look at my process video for these last two pages in the 2015 album!
Ok, so these layouts are back to back, and I placed them into the same photo to show you the layouts to start:
And these are the layouts completed:
So for both of these layouts I didn’t have a lot of photos, and the dates on the photos span a total of about four weeks. And you know what? That really is ok. At this point in the album, it is safe to say that I have documented the year of 2015 rather well, and so smashing these weeks together really is ok. For the first layout, Weeks 27 & 28, I chose some of Shimelle’s products to bring the layout together.
These products are from Shimelle’s True Stories collection, and I chose it because of the bright, happy colors and the fun elements. The transparency is an older one from Allison Kreft/Webster’s Pages from several years ago.
I have used that transparency across the page and then I like to staple elements to the top of the page protector on this side.
One of my favorites embellishments from this collection are the wooden buttons! They are a little thick for the small pockets, but I used them anyway. They are too much fun to not use. Here is a look at this layout inside the album:
For the next layout I still used the same collection, and now I chose one of Shimelle’s journaling cards for the date card.
For the transparencies on this side, I simply used red line tape to adhere the elements on top of the page protector. I also love the look of the vellum word strips on top of this red flower. So pretty!
In the spirit of simplicity and getting things done, I left the yellow card just as it was. Notice how I have used the floral embellishments in the corners so they don’t take over.
I used another flower in the bottom corner, this one is blue. These colors are a lot of fun to work with and they seem to flow seamlessly in with the rest of the album.
Here is a look at this page in the album:
Part of me finds it hard to believe that this project is done, but the rest of me is incredibly excited. I will post a video tomorrow to celebrate completing this and to announce what is coming up next in the TBT series! I will see you then!
Hi guys, it’s another TBT layout and I am working with a layout from my Project Life 2015 album, Week 25, using Pink Paislee’s Citrus Bliss collection. I am also still using Gossamer Blue’s June 2015 kit. Here is a look at the process:
I decided since this was about the last day of school, to include an insert. The layout itself shows our elementary school children with their respective teachers, and the insert shows the one who graduated from elementary.
Here is Side B of the insert, and the layout that will be part of next week’s process:
Here is the layout plus Side A, completed:
And this is insert Side B:
If you are wondering why only three children are shown here, keep in mind that middle school children no longer invite parents for the last day of school! So last days become extra important in elementary school, because they are truly numbered. I think it is important, when possible, to capture our children with their teachers. I haven’t been able to do that every year, but this year I was able to and the children were each excited to have their photo taken with their teachers.
I included a tiny bit of journaling about who each teacher was and how the school year had been for each child. For me, it is important to document these small details because these actually become the spark for our children’s memories themselves. In future years, I hope that our children will be able to reference these photos and be able to actually remember for themselves what it was like being in Mrs. Flynt’s classroom. That is hard to do if we can’t even remember her name, or what year it was. The information gathered on these cards becomes more than just a hobby, it becomes an active portion of memory recall.
I am so thankful that Project Life provides space to tell these smaller details that might get lost on a traditional layout.
And even as I do Project Life more and more, for longer periods of time and over several years, the telling of these stories gets easier and more obvious. And even though this story is filled with smaller stories, it is also an overall telling of the story of the last day of school. But notice I didn’t even have to spell out in big title letters, “Hey ya’ll, this is the last day of school!”
It is actually the journaling that tells us this is the last day of school, and it tells us a bit more than that. For Nick, this was the end of something he had been doing for six years – getting on the same bus, walking the same halls, eating at the same lunch tables……and again, this becomes part of his memory bank.
So that is all for today and all for this week. I have a wedding show coming up on Saturday that I cannot wait to tell you all about on Monday!!! So I will be preparing for that and then on Monday I hope to share some photos of how that went and how I set up my booth! I’ll see you then!
Hi there, so I had split this week’s layout into two and last week I showed you the left side, now it’s time for the right side. Take a look at my process video:
You might not recall what it had looked like, so here is how this layout had started:
And here is what I changed:
I decided that the events of this week and the following week really weren’t told in the best way using the Collect photos. I went back in my archived photos from last year and found some really fun photos – some of them taken with my DSLR and some taken with my iPhone. The story of this week was about Nick’s 11th birthday, so I chose and printed a few more. I also changed the page protector to Design A, in order to accommodate those larger photos.
Here is how the layout turned out:
I realized I had a bit of the Sophia transparency left over (this is from the Rise & Shine collection), and even though it was a bit short, I left the manufacturer strip at the bottom. I added a stamped sentiment and my title. And yes, the silver key is upside down just because.
Inevitably, whenever I ask all four kids to pull together for a joint photo, many outtakes result because it takes them a minute to calm themselves down enough for the shot. These photos actually are important, because their true personalities show through, so I included several of them here. While these smaller ones are not created in Collect, I did create a border around them so that this side would be tied into the other side. And since I added the white border around those, all of the photos in this layout have a white border.
I think one of my memory keeping strategies has long involved a concern for being fair to each of the children when photographing them and when including them in my scrapbook layouts. This is sometimes a challenge, when one child does not wish to have their photo taken on that particular day. And sometimes, I fail miserably at being fair and I just scrap the photos I want to. But it is important to note that while this is Nick’s birthday, all of the photos show him with others. Birthdays are family events for us, and that is one thing I wanted to convey in this layout.
And then I have to be honest and tell you that this is one of the reasons I scrapbook. This photo right here. I know that I am focusing heavily on Nick right now, and that is ok because he and I went through some trauma together! He is the kid who made me a Mom, and he and I share a unique bond because of that. This photo makes me so very happy.
This photo might not be the most perfect photo in the world (and trust me, it’s not!). It’s got some technical challenges and my hair is plastered to my head and my mouth is open way too wide. But this photo encapsulates a feeling I want to remember long after all the children move out.
And this is the photo of all four of them, celebrating, having a great time, and being together on this day.
It felt really good to get these photos and story told and it felt really awesome to do some work with Design A page protectors again. I think if I were to recommend using the Collect app, or were to go back to using it, it would be similar to this layout. The end result of a combination of smaller photos + larger photos, the white borders, and the physical products, all come together for a really fun layout. Alright, I’ll see you again soon!
So today I have a process video from my 2015 Project Life album to show you. In this series, I am throwing back to catch up in an old album using older products. Here is my process video!
I started with the collection of photos I had taken using the Collect app, and then pulled my Gossamer Blue kits from May 2015. I looked back to see what collections Gossamer Blue were designed to coordinate with, and I have to admit one collection was included that I had entirely forgotten even existed – Amy Tangerine’s Rise & Shine!!
So if you are following closely, yes, there is a week missing. I am really not sure how Week 23 went missing or where it went, but anyway, we are moving on! Here is the layout completed:
I started with the date card, and figured out that the white alpha I used was just a tad too big. So I made it kinda wonky, and kept on going. Noticing a trend here? I am so ready to finish this album!
This photo of me and my daughter gave me an opportunity to use some of the pinks, and I’m really happy about that.
These wooden tags from the Rise & Shine collection are really cute and I can’t believe I forgot I had them. This is one of the reasons I love this series – it forces me to pull products I forgot I had. Basing these layouts off older kits really helps with that too!
This was a really fun layout and really fun colors to work with. The clear stickers from Rise & Shine are so cool. I’m not normally a feather kind of person, but these were too cute to leave in the package.
This was not a very complicated layout, and that is pretty much it for today. Stay tuned to see the opposite side – while working on this layout I realized the next page needs to be a bit different and I am excited to get that side done. So I’ll see you soon!