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project life 2013: week 2 and documenting big events


So Week 2 was a big one. It was the week of the CHA trade show. I have over 400+ photos from that weekend, some from my camera but many of them were from other people’s camera. There were so many moments I wanted documented it was challenging trying to figure out how to fit it all in.  I ended up including 2 additional inserts this week.

The first half of the week was easy. Lots of everyday routine things, getting the girls ready for school in the morning, a quick trip to the doctor, lots of work and getting ready for CHA. I finally got business cards printed so I included one in this week’s layout.

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I’m happy with the way this week in review card turned out. I’ve been using this same format since 2011 and I haven’t gotten tired of it yet. If you find something that works, stick with it. It’s an easy way to maintain continuity throughout your album. I did add one new thing though – the grey no. 2 at the top right to signify the week number. The number 2 is actually the same color (black) as the rest of the text on the card but the opacity is lowered all the way down to 9%. It’s subtle but still visible. It didn’t photograph well though. I promise it’s visible in person.

Now onto the CHA related layouts. Friday night we had dinner at PF Chang’s with designers from The LilyPad, Scrap Orcard, Steph and Katie from The Daily Digi and Katrina Kennedy. The most challenging thing about putting together this page was getting all the photos (taken with different cameras) to have somewhat of a consistent tone.  To do this, I chose one photo (the one in the middle with the hot pink circle and titlework) and tried my best to match the other photos to it by first adjusting the temperature and tint in Lightroom and then applying an action in RadLab.


This photo is blurry but I chose to include it because I loved this moment right before dinner when we were getting situated at the table. Everyone was talking, many of us introducing ourselves to each other in person for the first time.  It was so awesome to finally meet this group of amazing women after all these years of exchanging emails and chatting on message boards.

The next morning I attended a breakfast hosted by The Daily Digi. Again, it was awesome to be in the presence of so much talent.

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Then it was on to the trade show. Walking the floor, visiting the project life booth, seeing the midnight edition in person for the first time (Becky Higgins almost made me cry), lots of “finally meeting you in person” moments and lots of hugs.



There were so many photos to choose from but once I decided to keep it to the photos that I (or someone else) instagrammed, it was a breeze to put together. I went with a polaroid-ish type frame to maintain the square photo format on instagram. The text at the bottom of the photos are the actual text that posted with the photo on instagram, along with the person’s instagram name (in pink).



Here’s what the pages look like in the album.




products used: Design A page protectors, Design G page protectors, 3×4 white cards, 2013 Calendar journal cards, woodgrain journaling card templates, 4×6 photo templates


Project Life is a memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins. Read more about it HERE. All of my project life entries can be found HERE. Photos edited using either RadLab by Get Totally Rad! or VSCO

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  • Geralyn February 8, 2013, 1:34 am

    This is awesome! I love the inserts you included and the consistency of the ‘polaroid’ look 🙂

  • Pink Ronnie February 8, 2013, 2:04 am

    So very awesome Liz. And it all ties together so well!
    This is going to be such a precious spread to look back on in years to come…
    Ronnie xo

  • Marie February 8, 2013, 4:43 am

    I totally love your layout and I’m a real fan of the way you put everything together. This is awesome! Thanks a lot for sharing and thank you so much for the inspiration… Looking again at these pictures of CHA make me even more look forward to having the Midnight edition in my hands! 🙂

  • Stephanie Howell February 8, 2013, 8:34 am

    Liz-I LOVE this. I see me!! HEE! I have to tell you that it’s because of YOU that I’m trying PL again. I am keeping it simple (doilies+printables) and then will be purchasing your PL version when it comes out. Thanks for always inspiring.xoxo

  • Donna February 8, 2013, 10:43 am

    Love the way you always get the perfect balance, even when using such a variety of photo sources.

  • sue.falstaff February 8, 2013, 12:07 pm

    What an absolute gem of a project week … LOVE these pages, Liz!

  • Kim Howard February 8, 2013, 12:57 pm

    Great pages, I often have more inserts with events like that. Love your pages!

  • Mindy February 8, 2013, 11:13 pm


  • ChrisyC February 9, 2013, 5:39 pm

    Really nice stuff Liz.
    Great example of how you can use colour photos, but still have continuiy and harmony in your layout.
    The Polaroid idea turned out great 🙂

  • amy tangerine February 10, 2013, 7:22 pm

    SO fun meeting you and seeing this spread!!

  • Jessica February 11, 2013, 3:47 pm

    This is great! Looks like you have a very fulfilling and loving life! 🙂

  • Christine N February 13, 2013, 12:00 pm

    I see me and you doing the Asian tourist sign! Yeeeaaaaay! 😀

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