It’s time for another TLP Facebook Hop! My contribution to the Hop is a set of 4×6 wordart/photo templates, Pictures + Words No. 11. This set is available as free download only for a limited time, from April 21 – 27, 2014. Visit my facebook fanpage and click on FB Hop Tab to download!
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Happy Friday friends! I’ve got two new products in this shop today, a new digital kit and coordinating journaling cards. Both are 20% off thru April 20, 2014.
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inspiration from the creative team
hello again! i can’t believe it’s been a month since i last posted. feels like yesterday!
the end of march was all about adjusting to some life changes… which means COFFEE. somehow i ended up at three different bouji coffee spots in one week. (lakkris latte, anyone?). the third row down has a photo from the shop, the cup holder from a different (but equally pricey) shop, and an actual cut down cup from yet another fancy place to commemorate the week of excess. i shrunk down the march title to fit in a 2×2 square and once again used my beloved alphabet card, but on kraft to coordinate with the woodgrain card. a vellum girls quote and the matthew wilder quote (text from a friend about chloe) on the xo paper are some more moments from the week that just needed some documenting! i also finally went to the brooklyn art library to see some of the sketchbook project journals, so i used a tag from there as well.
(products used: xo)
my favorite moment from the spread above is the xo sprinkles. i cropped the xoxo to just one xo, then copied it, changed the sizes and the orientations. so cute!!! i also included documentation from recent shopping trips (because after you drink all the coffee, you shop to deal with change, right? don’t worry, i returned everything i bought at anthropologie. their prices are ludacris, even on sale). i did however, include a piece of an old anthropologie catalogue that i’ve been saving since at least 2005. the see through square in the center was left empty intentionally, so i could add some of my favorite aqua rhinestones and wood veneer stars.
here i used the month stamp at it’s full size, which i just love. it’s nestled in between some quotes from a friend, which i deemed “the voice of reason”, because she always just says things that are true when i am lost in my own insane thoughts. i love the way my printed out version of the hey button was the exact same size of the glass of dark and stormy slushies (highly recommend, if you ever find yourself in greenpoint!!!) so i had to paste it on top.
i used the april stamp again here, but as an additional layer to a test print. i love the way the variation of inks allows different hues to shine through. super fun!! i made my own cards for the cut up magazine pocket and the kraft paper pocket, and the DYI is done on purpose, as a friend absolutely refuses to get the letters right and now she just says DYI anyway and it makes me laugh. stubborn, on purpose things always make me laugh. two quotes from a friend and an envelope window cut to show the back of a card featured on the previous spread finish up last week and just like that april is almost over and i’m paying may’s rent. where is this year going!?
You can find all of my hybrid project posts here.
Last year we drove up north to spend a weekend in San Francisco. Day One of the trip was shared here. Since that post, I’ve made some changes to the spread and also finally finished Day Two.
Originally, this was the spread for day one, a printed digital layout paired with a collage of 12 photos.
Here’s Day One (redone). I swapped out the layout for an almost full photo spread. I like the flow of this better. The white space in the large scenic photo is a nice contrast to the grouping of smaller square photos.
Minimal embellishments here. Both the interstate tag and the “travel” definition are from my Road Trip Kit. I might come back to this page to add journaling to the bottom left photo.
Day 2 follows the same collage + large photo formula.
The collages were created in photoshop using press plate no. 37 and sent to Persnickety Prints for printing.
Do you have a go to formula for documenting vacations?
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
Last month my girlfriend brought her family for a visit over their spring break. To make it extra fun for her 3 boys we did lots of adventuring and spent lots of time at the beach. Which means lots of good photo opportunities and lots of photos for my scrapbook. Here’s how I tackled a week worth of fun…
As an introduction to their visit, I printed one of my favorite images on vellum (again, loving the vellum) and added a title with the dates. I like how you can see thru it to the photos below.
This was the perfect opportunity to use press plate no. 39. I can’t tell you how long I’ve been waiting to use this template. The hairlines, the italic font and the white space… so lovely. It’s perfect for a vacation where you’ve got a lot of photos but don’t want to add a lot of pages to your scrapbook.
The fact that you can use 9 photos on one page and it doesn’t look too busy, makes it an instant fav.
To add continuity, I used the same font/type style from the press plate on my cover page, just pulled the text layers onto my photo, changed the type to white and added a thin line to mimic the template.
On the back side of the press plate, I added two group shots and a label from about us elements stapled right on top. The white border around the photos is intended to mirror the separation between photos on the right side. I’ve never done anything like this before—my hope was that it would trick your eye into thinking they were two separate images rather than 1 large one. At a glance, I think it’s working.
The Right Here card is from the from where I stand journaling cards set (I keep coming back to that one, it’s so good). Before printing it out, I changed the black text to red to match the solo cups and the label on the opposite page. The half-circle punched from the top revels a basic journaling card tucked into the pocket behind it that lists everything we did. That way, I’ve got the details down but didn’t have to clutter up the page with them.
I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. Fitting 15 pictures into 2.5 page protectors feels like a win, especially since I’m using a small album. I think we can consider it high-density scrapbooking…
If you haven’t had your Spring Break yet, hope it’s a good one!
A while back I mentioned that I was trying a new size for Project life. I was debating between 6×8 and 8.5×11. Both appeal to me for different reasons. The 6×8 format lends itself easily to full photo spreads. Pairing a full photo spread with a collage of smaller photos is my favorite. That’s the formula I used to put together my December Daily album and photobooks so it feels most natural for me. But I imagine I can easily fill at least four 6×8 albums to complete a years worth of photos and space is also a concern for me so I decided to give 8.5×11 a try.
Events Based Pages. The first few layouts came together so easily, in part because of the newness of it. But mostly, I think it’s because I’m doing spreads based on events/themes vs. the “what happened this week” approach I used in previous years. I find it much easier to work with a group of photos that have a common theme (they often have the same colors, tone, mood, etc.) so the photos naturally have a cohesiveness to them. That was one of my biggest struggles with the weekly format – trying to get an eclectic mix of photos to look good together.
Event: A Saturday In February 2014. Not an official event per se, it was just one of those I-love-every-single-photo-we-took kind of days.
Event: A day spent at Disneyland.
Theme Based Pages. One of the advantages of working with a wider time frame (month vs. week) is the ability to group photos that share a common theme. I suppose it can be done with the weekly time frame too, but I find it’s much easier to identify themes over a longer span of time.
The theme here is Madeline’s playdates in January. I like that these photos are together vs. spread out over the weeks. I think it does a better job of conveying how their friendship is such a huge part of her life right now.
Month In Review Spreads. So far I’ve been making several in-review pages for each month. These are great for “catching” the photos that don’t make it on the events pages and for slipping in random/miscellaneous moments.
January 2014 via Instagram. I use Instagram to share my favorite photos so it just makes sense to have this documented in PL. These square coin pockets are perfect for Instagram photos. I used this Month At A Glance template to arrange and print out the photos.
Bonus: Two big January events (the CHA show and Disneyland w/Peppermint) were well documented via instagram so I didn’t feel the need to make additional layouts.
Another Month In Review page for January. This is where I placed random photos taken throughout the month.
So this is where I’m at with Project Life 2014. To be honest, I’m not 100% certain that I’ll stick to this size. I keep wavering. When I get the pages right I love the letter size format. When it’s not coming together, I find myself thinking maybe I should have stuck with 12×12.
How is your Project Life album coming along?
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 or browse the entire project life gallery HERE. Photos edited using PicTapGo, RadLab by Get Totally Rad! or VSCO
Hello, hello! Two new products in the shop today!
Pictures + Words No. 10 New set of 4×6 photo templates featuring hand drawn months. Use them to create custom title cards for your weekly/monthly pocket page spreads or to embellish photos on digital layouts. Templates include an optional white border and customizable text spots. The month stamps are in its own layer so you can easily change the color, adjust the opacity, etc.
Month at a Glance A layered template + wordart set, ideal for documenting events with lots of photos and month-in-review pages.
The 8.5×11 template features 20 photo spots sized perfectly for coin page protector inserts. (I got mine here).
Or leave the print as is and simply slip the entire page into a letter sized page protector.
The set also includes mini month stamp labels. There’s a 2014 set, 2015 set and a month only set that you can use to add your own year.
Presslisters – there’s also an exclusive subscriber offer! Purchase both together and enjoy a savings of 45% OFF. Look for details in the latest newsletter that went out yesterday afternoon. Offer may not be combined with other store promotions, good thru April 6, 2014.
inspiration from the creative team
Caylee here. If I were wittier I’d have thought of a funny prank for today’s post, but alas. Just the usual from me again. Have you noticed that it’s not only the photos from your layout that show that week’s mood ? I’ve started noticing that I can immediately get a feel for what life was like for me at that time based on the colours I choose, and how busy the page is. This was a crazy week in my life and my Project Life reflects that. No matter how many times I restarted, I could not get this page to be calmer. I’m letting this week go. I guess sometimes you make the pages, and sometimes the pages make you.
Left hand side:
Right hand side:
Memorabilia: I’m currently in a different town to be with my mom, so the movie ticket stub, and bakery business card will go in when I get back home.
I’ve been trying to get more journaling into my Project Life, but I don’t always like the way it looks. Then Donna let me in on a little secret – writing on the back of cards. That way you get all the memories in, without the distraction. It’s also great for keeping secrets, or private thoughts that you don’t want immediately on display. Behind this card, I wrote about why Jam’s pants were special (she was wearing our skinny friend’s pants because she laughed so much she knocked her drink all over herself – win win win situation) as well as the significance of the evening (private). I like this new little trick.
Anything special: the brush script words are great for using as photo overlays because of how gloriously thick they are. The pink ruffles that you can see peeking out on the right is my favourite digital element ever.
Yay for husbands and silly faces. I so enjoy handwriting around a tea cup, but sometimes I’m lazy and just put typed text around it.
Do you tend to create your page, or do the pages take a life of their own and end up looking how they want to look ?
Hi There, Trisha Harrison here & for my March contributor post here I would love to share my Project Life week seven. I used another favourite go to card set when documenting our family vacations or little getaways, the “Road Trip” set is a super cute set and I loved incorporating them into my albums.
It is a perfect fit into the spread above on the left of my insert. Honestly I cannot express how much I love the simplicity of the card. I love it so much I went with the title and made it on the photo with wood veneers to continue the theme.
I know that I first started using these cards in my 2013 album for our summer road trip & immediately falling in love them I knew that I would continue using them on our trips this year. I love the look of the same card but with different photo’s of our vacations or getaways that we take. I am positive it will pop up again in this album. I might make a vacay minibook all about that.
Thanks for reading.
Hello everyone, it’s Carly here today! I don’t know about you, but I am always interested in hearing about how other people approach project life, so today I thought it would be fun to share a little bit about my approach to it.
I’ve mentioned before that I do project life monthly vs weekly which really fits well with my style of stress-free documenting. Each month I document what I can, when I can and from there I build my pages.
This year I have also added more purpose and intent behind my photos. Each day I take a photo of something that I’m grateful for and by the end of the month I have at least 30+ meaningful pictures to pick from.
So what’s my plan of action for when it comes to creating and building my pages? First, I always carry a small notebook in my purse and use it to jot down things I want to remember. Maybe it’s something my girls said or maybe it’s just something that happened and I want to be sure I’ll remember it for later. Most of my notes throughout the month either end up in my month in review cards or are added directly to a photo.
When it comes to creating my project life pages I like to keep the process pretty simple. Everyday I download any iPhone photos while my phone charges in the evening. I’ve also got into the habit of deleting any pictures I don’t want to keep right after I’ve taken the shot so when it comes time for my photos to be downloaded, they are all keepers. With my SLR pictures I typically download them once a week and only when I have time to go through them, delete any non-keepers and edit the ones I want. I then put my project life pics in a folder on my desktop for printing at a later time.
Once I have all my photos collected, edited and ready to go in a folder on my computer’s desktop and all my notes in my notebook for the month, I then set aside some time for printing my pics and pulling my pages together. This entire process is usually pretty quick because all the groundwork is done and all I need to do is add my journaling to my photos and/or journal cards, and print. I then pop everything into my page pockets, add a journal card filler, or two, if needed and I’m done!
Breaking my project life process down into bite size chunks makes it so much more manageable for me to stick with. Typically by the time I’ve selected and edited my photos and combined them with my journalling, I have already a layout in mind for my pages so all that’s left to do is the printing and placing.
How about you, what’s your approach to project life documenting? And as always, if you have any questions about my post today please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to answer you back.