A collaboration with Rhonda Mason.
Scenes from the twelfth hour…pretty much a continuation of the eleventh hour. A pile of laundry waiting to be folded, projects in progress, learning in progress (right now I’m taking a calligraphy class and figuring out how to use my silhouette). Sometimes I’ll take a short break at this hour. Lately I’ve started taking short 10 minute breaks out to the backyard. It’s peaceful and calming to walk a bit and stretch and it’s a nice change of scenery.
Now, over to Ronnie’s blog to see how she captured the twelfth hour.
Photos taken with IPhone 4S or Nikon D300.
Happy Friday everyone, it’s Carly here again to share my project life process with you this month. I have been doing a version of project life for about 2 years now and my approach to it has definitely evolved over time. For me, the process has got to be as easy and stress-free as possible, and at this time taking a monthly approach to it fits into my life better than weekly.
Over a period of a month I document what I can, when I can. I take as many photos as I am able, some months I have piles of pictures and other months I don’t. I also use my day-timer, or even just a post-it-note, to jot down any notes or things I want to remember. At the end of the month I will compile the photos I want to use, edit them, write notes directly on them in Photoshop, print and add them to my project life binder. In addition to the photos I include a month in review journal card documenting the highlights. As of lately I’ve been using the week in review journal cards and just removing the “week” part and adding the name of the month – I love how the highlights card recaptures everything that happened in a glance.
Overall my layouts are pretty simple so I am able to keep the process as quick and easy as possible. Ali Edwards has this great quote which I remind myself of often, “There is no right or wrong way to preserve your memories.” – so simple, but yet so true! I figure documenting anything is better than nothing and most importantly the process has to work for you.
September was a pretty busy month for our family so I only have four project life pages in total. Some months I may have less and other months I may have way more, but either way I don’t stress about it, I’m just happy to have something!
For anyone out there that’s still a little unsure about taking up your own project life because you feel it might be too daunting or too much of a time commitment, I hope my post today has shown that it doesn’t have to be. It truly is such a wonderful way to document the everyday and your approach to it can be uniquely yours!
Super excited to share with you a collaboration project that the Designers at The LilyPad have been busy working on called Capturing Fall. It’s a mega kit packed with fall-themed papers and elements. I had so much fun working with these colors and hope you’ll enjoy creating with it! For a limited time ou can pick up my contribution to the kit for FREE by visiting by my facebook page and clicking on the FB HOP Freebie Tab (you have to be a fan to see the download link):
inspiration from the creative team
Be sure to stop by each TLP Designer’s facebook page to pick up all the pieces of Capturing Fall. This is what all entire kit looks like. Click HERE to start at the beginning of the TLP Facebook Hop. But hurry, this limited time offer runs through October 27, 2013.
Hi! My name is Jennifer and I am guest blogging about my project life album for the month of October! Last year I used a traditional 12×12 album but this year I downsized to 6×8. Here it is!
On the left, I included some embellishment from a diptych no. 2 journaling card by cutting out the “morning scenes” circle and adhering it to the plastic sleeve with a foam dimensional. On the right, an element from pictures+words vol. 3.
I had a landscape photo from brunch that I really wanted to include but I didn’t want to take up an entire 4×6 slot so I used a card from pictures+words no.6 to accommodate it into my page. On the right I used an element from pictures+words no.7 and instead of adding the date like I had originally planned, I typed in a few words in photoshop.
Some quick journaling on the left and another element from pictures+words no. 7 that I recolored on the right.
In the photo above, I did something new for my album by overlaying a journaling card onto my photo. I wanted to incorporate the “magic” journaling card from the magic hour so I played around with it in photoshop to find a way to include it. I placed it over my photo but left a small margin around the sides (so it would look like a border) and decreased the opacity of the card until the photo underneath showed through. I did the same on the right with the “evening scenes” journaling card from diptych no. 2.
For the mint chocolate chip ice cream photo, I added an element from pictures+words no. 7 to make the picture more interesting. On the right I used the “Tuesday” label from writer’s block vol. 2. I had a blank space so I went with a diptych journaling card that I used as a filler card.
At the start of each new month, I use an entire side of a 6×8 page to include a photo representing that month with the corresponding month tag from the 2013 calendar kit. See how I also used it here for June. I always look forward to doing these!
Thanks for reading and letting me share my project with you!
I am a list maker, prospective occupational therapy student, lover of science, and Chicago native.
Design Motto: Clean and colorful with thoughtful and intentional typography. Embrace trial & error and always go with what works for you.
One day I’d like to: open a popsicle or ice cream shop.
I bought this poster print with the intentions of finally starting a wall of art + photos in our bedroom. Fast forward a few months and it’s still leaning against the wall, not hung. As it turns out, some of my favorite photos this year were taken in front of this wall. The lighting in the room is pretty decent and the blank white wall makes a great backdrop for photos.
Also, it’s the only blank white wall we have in the house and I’m reluctant to give up this photo-op spot. So it’s on to Plan B: Find a different wall and keep scouring pinterest for inspiration.
Happy Weekending friends!
Hello Paislee Press fans! Let me introduce myself. I’m Melanie Bauer and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to be guesting for Liz this month. I’ve been a fan of hers for so long and absolutely love her products.
I’m all about making things as easy as possible when it comes to putting together my weekly Project Life spreads. I’ve finally figured out that by working with a set number of coordinating products, I can complete a layout quickly and easily. Definitely something that needs to happen as a mama to three small children!
For this layout, I started by doing a bit of shopping for Paislee Press products by adding everything I liked to my cart. I then narrowed my selection to products that coordinated with the colors in my photos and that worked well with each other. I chose to work with only these products with only the addition of a date stamp and a two stickers.
This week from August documents the week before my daughters started school. I was all about trying to be a fun mama as well as getting weekly tasks taken care of as well. A definite balancing act!
I love to incorporate memorabilia into each week’s layout and included four pieces into this week’s layout, including two on this half of my spread. These three journaling cards were the perfect spot to hold these pieces as well as my journaling.
The card on the right holds a ticket stub from an amusement park. The ticket covers the part of the card that was intended for journaling. The middle card I further embellished by cutting a piece from a different card and adding to the top. I love the combined look and how it pulls another color onto the card itself. The right card was designed with a journaling spot at the top center which I covered with a snipped curl from my daughter’s first hair cut. The label in the lower right corner was trimmed from a different card and added so that I could note the date and other details.
I used the same approach on the right hand side of my layout to created what I hope is a unified spread.
I find it difficult not to label or embellish every photo. I like to jot a quick line of what was happening so that I’m able to jog my memory at a later time of what was happening. Here I created my own banner labels from the background prints of two Paislee Press journaling cards.
I adore this chevron card! I typically don’t use patterned cards as fillers in my layouts as I usually have a large number of photos that I want to include each week. This one happened to work well as a both a journaling card and design element as I journaled directly on the chevron design. I also love how the colors of the card coordinate with the piece of memorabilia I trimmed to use as a card on the right.
More examples of making journaling cards work for me and not the other way around. Thinking outside of the box and creating my own labels and embellishments makes for a one of a kind end result and perfect opportunities to label my photos.
I’ve had my eye on these circle tags for a while and loved being able to put them to use. On the three photos in my layout that didn’t necessarily need any additional journaling, they were the perfect embellishment.
Thanks again to Liz for this amazing opportunity – I can’t thank you enough!
I am a wife to my complete opposite, mama to three children, caretaker of two cats and a turtle and when it’s not in use, carry my iPhone in my back pocket so that it’s always nearby.
Design Motto: There is no right or wrong. Go with what you think looks great as I’m sure your children (or other intended audience) will ever criticize the way you’ve designed a layout.
Morning person or night owl? Night owl. After my children are in bed I’m most productive and tend to stay up a bit too late getting things accomplished.
New kit in the shop tonight! My daughters look forward to Halloween and in fact, they talk about it all year long. It’s fast become a favorite holiday in our household. Spellbound is a tribute to all of the things we love about Halloween. Both the digital kit and the coordinating journaling cards are 30% OFF during the LilyPad’s Halloween Bash this weekend.
inspiration from the creative team and pollys
1. New kit coming to the shop tomorrow.
Halloween is a favorite holiday in our household. Well, at least with me and the girls. My husband is not so big on dressing up though he does help himself to the stash of chocolates we collect while trick-or-treating!
2. Becky Higgins’ Personal Yearbook Project
Super duper excited about this project! The personal yearbook project is something Becky Higgins has been doing with her kids for years. When she approached me to ask if I would be interested in working with her to turn her concept into Project Life form I was besides myself with excitement!
I’m thrilled to announce that the Personal Yearbook Kit is now available for purchase at the Digital Project Life shop. Right now it’s only available in digital form. There are no plans for this kit to go to print at the moment though maybe if there is enough demand for it, maybe it will!
The Personal Yearbook Mini Kit includes all the cards you need to complete a Personal Yearbook for one school year and fits perfectly with the Project Life Mini Albums. See this product listing for full contents info.
The Kit is also available as Pre-Designed 8.5×11 PDF’s. These sheets can be slipped into a 8.5 x 11 page protector and stored in any 8.5 x 11 3-ring binder.
I love that Becky wanted to offer a more economical approach to documenting the school year and really pushed for this 8.5 x 11 format! The 3 ring binder is so convenient and this format will allow other school related documents (awards, certificates, homework, drawings, essays, etc.) to all be stored in one place. And since storage space is a big concern for me, I’m hoping I can squeeze in 2 – 3 years of school in one binder.
Along the bottom of each PDF insert is a simple grid design that can be used as extra journaling space or left as is.
For more information about Becky’s Personal Yearbook Project, see this post on her blog.
Hey there, it’s jamaica.
Ever had one of those weeks where you just can’t figure out how to make all the pieces fit together? When there’s too many photos, or not enough? When they don’t all look good together? It happens to me all the time. Usually I’ll just choose different photos to use or move some to another page (I’ve given up worrying about everything being perfectly chronological. As long as it’s within the right month, it’s fine). Sometimes I’ll change a few of the photos to black and white. Or, I’ll sew on an extra pocket to hide a few extra photos behind.
This time I tried something different: I spread my photos out across more pages and used one color to tie everything together. As I started rearranging the photos I noticed quite a few had hints of peach or red in them. Magic Hour had just been released and I was inspired by the mix of navy and corals.
I started with the soft peach from Magic Hour and went on the hunt for more. The darker coral with red patterning and the Weekend Adventure paper from Up and Away look great with the peach and help balance out the darker colors in the spread.
The “weekend” in my title is from The Weekender. I used the magic wand to select just the word “weekend” from the Weekend in Review flag, copied and pasted it over the background, added my own text beneath it and made it a lovely coordinating shade of persimmon.
The back side of the first small insert is dedicated to the ladies “crafternoon” but the photos and the colors still work perfectly with the page beneath it. And, with the the menu I brought home. The orange lines from my notepad paper and little red letter stickers helping to continue the color story.
The last piece, backing the menu, is an orange and pink pattern from Downtime. Pinky-reds, orangy-pinks, and reddish-oranges… they’re all fantastic together. And great with all the various shades of blue in my photos. As I was looking for peachy-red options, I realized quickly that Liz must be a fan too because you can find more beautiful corals in More + Less, Because, On My Desk, and Road Trip, just to name a few.
Next time you’re stuck, try picking a common accent color from your photos and using several shades of it across your spread.
This is week 28. The girls watched their first movie in the theaters and there was a girlfriend’s weekend trip to Vegas. Loads of good stuff to document and I ended up using 2 Design A and 2 Design H pages.
The first half of the week.
Weekend in Vegas with girlfriends.
I printed a screenshot of a facetime conversation with the girls.
So fun. I made this trip with my girlfriends last year too and it’s something we plan to do on an annual basis. I’m already looking forward to next year’s trip! See how last year’s trip was documented:
In my Project Life Album: Week of March 4th
In a Photobook: Weekend in Vegas
Products used: Design A page protector, Design H page protector 3×4 white cards, 4×6 photo templates, Week in Review Cards, Pictures & Words No. 4 and Pictures and Words no. 6, On My Desk Journaling Cards
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