Ali Edwards

December Daily 2019 Ali Edwards Release | My Personal Favorites!

December Daily 2019 Ali Edwards Release | My Personal Favorites!

Hello Lovelies and welcome back to my 2019 December Daily series! This project is a yearly project created and marketed by Ali Edwards, who released a STUNNING collection of products this year! It was so hard to choose products this year, and it was even harder to figure out how to share my own excitement about these fun kits and embellishments. So I decided I would share my personal favorites from the product offering with you. Follow along in the video below!

Isn’t that fun? So many pretty things and I cannot wait to share the pages throughout the month of December with you. In the upcoming videos I will be sharing Foundation Pages with you, so I hope you will stay tuned for those!

~Theresa

December Daily 2019 | Organization and Desk Preparation!!!!

Larkindesign December Daily 2019 | Organization and Desk Preparation!!!!

Hello Lovelies!!! Today I am continuing with December Daily 2019 preparations by sharing with you how I have organized my desk. Having my favorite Christmas supplies on my desk and at my fingertips helps me stay put together and simplifies this process so much. Have a look at my desk tour in this video.

I kept my desk organization pretty simple this year, although I admit there is a lot! I plan to work on more than just my December Daily, so stay tuned for more about that soon. I have a few photos to share with you so can get a feel for where things are.

Larkindesign December Daily 2019 | Organization and Desk Preparation!!!!

This is an overall view of my desk, positioned directly under my favorite window that looks out over our front yard and into the neighborhood. I get a good amount of light from this window, but since I film videos here I also have studio lighting and you can also see my iPad stand. I have already decided on my color scheme for this year: teal, red, black and white. So I pulled embellishments from my stash of older products that only have those colors and then placed them into this wood tray below. I have used divided containers from Target and the Dollar Tree to keep them separated by color.

Larkindesign December Daily 2019 | Organization and Desk Preparation!!!!

These opaque desk organizers are from Target and are great for storing embellishments! I have these two on the right side of my desk, which house stamps and stickers. All my alphabets and labels are so easy to grab right here.

Larkindesign December Daily 2019 | Organization and Desk Preparation!!!!

On the other side of my desk I have patterned papers and vellums and transparencies, and then I also have this divided wood container to keep journal cards right up front. I have tags, a few punches, and a few note pads as well.

Larkindesign December Daily 2019 | Organization and Desk Preparation!!!!

So simple, and ready to go! See you soon with more December Daily fun!

~Theresa

Welcome To December Daily 2019!!!

Larkindesign Welcome To December Daily 2019!!!

Welcome Lovelies! It is that most magical time of the year and I am so excited to join in with December Daily 2019! Ok, I promise I will stop using exclamation points, but for real, this project is the best project all year and the best part is, I get to share it with you. Today I wanted to start out with a fun little welcome back chat, and a challenge for you as we enter the holiday season.

Every year we set about to document our holiday memories, and for many of us December Daily has become a favorite way to do just that. One story, per day, for the month, in a beautiful little album keepsake to have forever. December Daily was of course designed and marketed by Ali Edwards, who encourages us to find our Reason Why. The idea behind our Reason Why is so we can get really clear on why we are doing this project and why we are choosing to include the activities we do in the month of December. She is a proponent of intentional living, and I am on board with that.

Larkindesign Welcome To December Daily 2019!!!

This year has been all about going deeper for me. Going deeper with my projects, with my business, with my family. And this year December Daily is no different. I want to go deeper, and I want to go deeper with my Reason Why as well. The best thing about December Daily is no doubt the ability to pause and reflect on the moments, events, feelings, and experiences of the season that are most meaningful to us. It is also incredibly easy to say yes to all the things and then midway through we find ourselves completely overwhelmed, in tears, and disconnected from this project altogether. This year can be different though, and I invite you to think about your five senses: your hearing, your sense of taste, your eyes, your sense of touch, and your sense of smell.

The holidays are definitely a sensory experience, with all the sights and sounds, the lights, the flavors, and we want to take it all in! But the question becomes: what are your personal needs and how can you meet those needs, at this time, throughout the holiday season? How can we fill our precious days with activities and events and moments that fill our cup and then allow us to document that cup filled? That means really sitting down and thinking about what your needs are at this time in your life, what do you need from the season, what do you need from your craft, what do you need from this project so that you are satisfied and cared for, rather than feeling anxious, depressed and overwhelmed?

Larkindesign Welcome To December Daily 2019!!!

So as you write your Reason Why this year, think about what you need to bring into your life this season, what vibe, what energy, what experiences, what scents, what tastes, what sights, what music, what smells you need in your life right now and go out and make it happen. I look forward to see how you live your holiday this year and hope you will share your pages, albums, and projects in our community as well! I will be sharing my process for December Daily 2019 from here on out until the New Year, stay tuned!

~Theresa

 

 

Scrapbook and Project Life Page Protector Comparison and Review | Seven Brands!!!!

Larkindesign Scrapbook and Project Life Page Protector Comparison and Review | Seven Brands!!!!

Hello Lovelies and welcome back to Finish It September! I thought it would be a good opportunity to do a product review of scrapbook Page Protectors, so that is what we are going to do today! You can watch my video here.

 

As I was working through the details of this product review I wanted to be clear about the features that were important to me when choosing which page protectors to use in my scrapbook albums. I have used so many over the years and on the surface it might seem like all are just the same, but there are distinguishing features that, once you are aware of them, might sway you. These are the features I have compared:

  1.  Size of the pockets. Some brands use 3×4 pockets that are true to size. Other brands make those pockets just a bit smaller, at 2.97″, in order to accommodate the seams of the page protector. Most brand name pocket page cards are also cut down to the 2.97″ width, and many digital designers size their digital cards the same. So it is important to know what your favorite brands do in this regard. Any card can be cut down a bit, although I know some people get frustrated by that. Others might feel frustrated by having cards that are too small, or fit loosely in the pocket.
  2. Strength of seams. This is something that is a concern if you use lots of dimensional products on your pages, or if you have small children. It definitely can be frustrating to purchase a pack of page protectors and have them rip as you are sliding your cards in and out of the pockets!
  3. How they look. How they look in your albums, how they look when used with other brands, and also how clear are the page protectors. I have a set of protectors from We R Memory Keepers from several years ago that are blue tinged! They may also be different sized depending on how each brand accommodates the seams, which means some might be wider than others.

These are the things I have taken into consideration in this product review, so let’s take a closer look at each brand I have reviewed. This is by no means comprehensive, I am sure there are many I have missed. These were just the brands I am most familiar with and have access to.

Scrapbook.com (link to purchase)

This brand is relatively new to the page protector and album side of our industry, and promises to be a welcome source for this product. I ordered a new pack of page protectors from Scrapbook.com just to see how they are, because I had never tried them before. My opinion of these is that they probably need a bit more reinforcing on the pocket seams but they are a good product. Here is what I found:

  • Nice page weight, feel pretty good in your hand, fairly clear.
  • Pocket tore a bit when I pulled on it.
  • Consistent pocket page sizes, sized for 2.97″ cards
  • A bit larger than Project Life page protectors.
  • All design styles available.
  • Reasonably priced at $0.39 each on sale.

Larkindesign Scrapbook and Project Life Page Protector Comparison and Review | Becky Higgins Project Life Design A

Becky Higgins Project Life (link to purchase)

Obviously, we don’t really know what the future holds for this brand, however they are the page protectors I am most familiar with and offer a good comparison point. They are an excellent option and are still available so here is what I know about them, having used them for so many years:

  • Nice page weight, they feel great in your hand, and are clear pages.
  • I have never had pages tear from Project Life, I know this is something she has worked hard on.
  • Pocket sizes are fairly consistent but there is always one 3×4 pocket that is a tiny bit smaller.
  • All design styles available for a limited time.
  • Reasonably priced at #0.49 each, when you buy the Big Pack.

Simple Stories  (link to purchase)

I have used these off an on for years and love that they have a slightly different variation of the traditional Design A. They also have a page protector with the 6×8 photo which is great for when you want to use a larger photo for emphasis. Overall I love using this brand!

  • Great selection of page protectors and different varieties that other brands don’t have.
  • The 6×8 slides in sideways, just for your information.
  • Clear pockets, excellent page weight.
  • Strong seams, appear to hold up well.
  • Slightly larger than the Project Life page protectors.
  • Page styles available are slightly different than Project Life branded.
  • Downside: Simple Stories it seems is retiring their 12×12 page protectors so these will not be available for much longer.

Larkindesign Scrapbook and Project Life Page Protector Comparison and Review | Simple Stories

We R Memory Keepers (link to see availability)

These have long been favorites for me, and are probably ones I buy most often because I purchase their albums most often. Here is what I find:

  • Trusted brand, not going anywhere.
  • Great quality with strong seams and clear pages.
  • I have one batch that is blue but that seems to be a one-off.
  • Good variety of options.
  •  Limited page styles are available, standard Project Life Design A is not.
  • Affordable at $0.32 each for 12×12 pages.

Echo Park (link to purchase)

This is also a brand I am not particularly familiar with but have used in a pinch. They call their divided page protectors Photo Freedom and have limited options but it is a brand that is available. Here is what I found:

  • Great quality, trusted brand.
  • Clear pages, feel good in the hand.
  • Three styles available, full 12×12, all 3×4 pockets, and the Design A style.
  • A bit more expensive at $0.54 each for divided page style.

Larkindesign Scrapbook and Project Life Page Protector Comparison and Review | Echo Park With Hybrid Layout

Hobby Lobby / Paper Studio (link to purchase)

I discussed in my video my reluctance to share this brand because of some of their business practices, but they are a readily available brand in many states and can be a reasonable option for many. Here is what I found:

  • Page protectors are light and thin overall.
  • Fairly good clarity.
  • Full 3×4 pockets so Studio Calico cards, for example, will float a bit.
  • Larger than Project Life pages.
  • Standard 12×12 and divided Design A style available.
  • Expensive at $0.60 each, although you can use your coupon for 40% off, which would make them $0.36 each.

Larkindesign Scrapbook and Project Life Page Protector Comparison and Review | Studio Calico | Bermuda Honeymoon Album

Studio Calico (link to purchase)

This brand is sort of the industry standard for page protectors and they have come quite a long way over the years! I love using this brand and always find their quality to be above average. Of course they have gone to the 9×12 size which means making a decision to go smaller. Here is what I found:

  • Great quality page protectors that hold up over time.
  • Look great in albums and have a great clarity.
  • Sized for Studio Calico cards (and of course, Ali Edwards as well).
  • Consistent pocket sizes.
  • Options available are in 3×8, 6×8, 6×12, and 9×12. The 9×12 protectors are available in four different styles, a full page, a modified Design A, (9) 3×4, and (9) 4×4.
  • Expensive at $1.05 each.

Larkindesign Scrapbook and Project Life Page Protector Comparison and Review | 2018 Project Life

I hope this has been a helpful resource to you as you navigate different page protector options that are available. Of course none of this is designed to be comprehensive, there are brands such as Creative Memories and Close To My Heart that I have not reviewed but I encourage you to try any and every brand and find your own favorites. My main purpose in writing this post is to show that there are other options out there, and while it is a bit sad to see Project Life not offer physical products for the foreseeable future, we wish Becky Higgins all the best in the future and are incredibly thankful for her contributions to this craft. As a long-time Project Lifer, I am incredibly thankful to have a way of memory keeping that helps me document my own family life in very powerful and meaningful ways!

Chat soon!

~Theresa

 

December Daily 2018 Final Album Flip Through (Narrated)

Larkindesign December Daily 2018 Album Walk Through

Hello Lovelies, it is time for the final video of this series, the December Daily 2018 Final Flip Through! If you’ve missed any part of this series, I invite you to check this link here to get all caught up: Larkindesign December Daily 2018.

Thank you so much for joining me on this amazing journey! It is always such a joy to create and share these albums with you each and every year. See you back again soon!

 

Larkindesign December Daily 2018 Album Walk Through