Documenting School

March 19, 2015 |  by  |  liz project life  |  10 Comments


A few years ago, I started collecting my daughters’ homework and other school-related memorabilia (school portraits, artwork, certificates, etc.) in a 8.5×11 binder – a separate one for each of them. Everything was placed in chronological order but that’s about the only semblance of order it had. Photos were added in randomly. Most of the photos were just floating in the pocket pages because that’s what happens when you’re using plain 8.5×11 page protectors and don’t use tape to stick things down because you’re not fully committed to the format.

You know those instances when you’re stuck on a project because something is missing, but you don’t quite know what that it is? In the case of the school binder project, the missing pieces were these 8.5×11 Pocket Pages by We R Memory Keepers: the baseball card sized pockets and my personal fave, this one with the 2 4×6 pockets and a wide panoramic pocket (perfect for including lots of photos). An easy and aesthetically pleasing way to include photos? Yes please! I don’t know why I didn’t think to apply the pocket-page scrapbooking approach to this project earlier!

The baseball card sized pockets are ideal for storing wallet sized formal school portraits. This page is currently the “working” title page for Madeline’s school album. I might change things up as the pockets get filled, maybe add a journaling card for each year. For now, it’s just the photos. I think it will be neat to see all of her school photos side by side. She already looks like a baby in her pre-school photo!


This is the intro page for Madeline’s Kindergarten Year. The 4×6 photo slots will be the same for every school year – a close up of her taken on the first day of school and a photo of her and Audrey together. The top slot is a collage of events from the first half of her school year. (Both the collage template and the 4×6 templates will be available in the shop tomorrow).



The back side is dedicated to a school field trip. I was a parent chaperone at that event so I had more than enough photos to fill the entire page. The right side includes photos of her teachers and a few random shots taken throughout the year. Couldn’t resist including a few Halloween photos. Elsa was definitely the most popular costume of the year, I think almost everyone in her Kinder class dressed up as Elsa!



My overall goal with this school binder project is to have a few inserts documenting each school year.  So ideally, by the time they graduate from high school, their school memories will all fit in one (ok, maybe two) binder(s). On that note,  in the interest of saving space, I opted to scan in some of her school and art work and printed them to fit in the baseball card sized pockets (the template I used for this will be available in the shop tomorrow!).



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The first half of Madeline’s Kindergarten year is documented with 3 page inserts. I suspect that I will only need one or two more inserts to complete the latter half, including her spring field trip and the big event – her Kindergarten Graduation. Now that I have a formula down, I’m excited to go back and tackle their earlier school years!


Photo Templates (available in the shop March 20th!)

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jamaica | love cards

March 10, 2015 |  by  |  hybrid projects  |  4 Comments


Hi, it’s Jamaica. The other day I had the urge to do something I haven’t done in a very long time… make some cards. I used to love making cards. In fact, it’s what got me into scrapbooking. I started buying scrapbooking supplies for card-making and before I knew it, I was making more than just cards!

Anyways, I thought it would be nice to send homemade cards to my family after their visit earlier this month. Not only would it be a great way to say thanks for helping celebrate my birthday but it would also be a fun way to send out the family photo we took.

In order to fit a photo on the front of the card and end up with a nice border around the outside, I set my card up to be roughly 5″ x 7″ (technically, it’s an A7). A7 envelopes are 5.125″ x 7″ so I made the card slightly smaller at 4.75″ x 6.75″. I decided to have the pattern appear only on the front so that I could write on the back too, if my note ran long. Setting it up was pretty easy—open your favorite patterned paper (mine is from diptych) and change the canvas size to 4.75″ x 6.75″. That will crop it to the size of the front of the card. Then, change the canvas size once more to 9.5″ x 7.75″, making sure to anchor the patterned paper to the bottom of the canvas so that the extra space appears above it. Once you’ve done that, print it onto cardstock with the corner crop marks turned on. Easy peasy.


To fancy the cards up, I decided to add a vellum overlay using the love script from pictures & words no. 18. This is the perfect place to use vellum—the black script looks gorgeous printed on the soft white vellum and it obscures the photo just enough to layer the love over the photo without the writing getting lost in the dark areas of the photo.

To set up the overlay, I changed the canvas size of the love file to 8.5″ x 11″ (you want to change the canvas size, as opposed to the image size so that the script stays the same size) and moved the artwork down to about 2″ up from the bottom. That leaves enough to wrap about the back of the card slightly and puts the script in the bottom third of the photo.


After adhering the photo to the front of your trimmed and folded card, cut the vellum to the same width as the card and wrap it around the card gently until the love is where you want it. Then crease the edges and add a bit of washi tape to the back, where the edges come together to hold it closed.





The vellum can now be slipped on and off, making a fun “reveal” for the photo on the front. To finish them off, I tied a silky, colored ribbon around each one and tucked them into a kraft envelope for mailing.


All in all, it was a very gratifying craft project. The cards didn’t take too long to make and I got to send something special to my family. I forget how much people love a handmade card. I need to do more of that…

xo, jamaica

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more or less

March 6, 2015 |  by  |  SHOP NEWS  |  No Comments


More of this..less of that. I’m in full blown “edit my life” mode and I’m finding myself saying this a lot as take stock of what should go and what stays. Less clutter and more sleep are at the top of the list.

Three new products in the shop today, inspired by things on my More Or Less list. First, a set of 12×12 Papers.


Second, set of 3×4 and 4×6 journaling cards.

Third, a set of tags, labels, wordart and photo templates.

Elements are also provided as ready-to-print & cut sets:

  • Print + Cut Set 1 includes tags and 3×4 journal cards with cutout phrases (cut with your Silhouette using the “trace” setting)
  • Print + Cut Set 2 includes labels and wordstrips (cut with your Silhouette using the “trace with outer edge” setting)
  • 1 High Resolution Ready-To-Print 8.5×11 PDF. Just print and cut by hand.






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the minimalist projects

March 5, 2015 |  by  |  creative inspiration  |  No Comments

Hey there, it’s Kelly here! Today we’re sharing more creative team projects featuring templates from the Minimalist Series.



This Project Life spread by Leena features another series of stunning photos!  I love how they really pop out against the white look of her spread. Templates used: 4×6 and 3×4


Love the simplicity here, and I especially love how Leontien layered the piece of vellum under her photo. It adds an layer of dimension and depth to the page. Template used: 3×4


Ok, I seriously love how Vanessa placed her alpha right over the photos! She used the 6×8 photo template to create the journaling page on the left. Instead of clipping a large photo to the template, she went with a white background. I love the crispness of it and it contrasts nicely with the collage of photos on the right. Template used: 6×8


Oh, I love how Laura’s layout is all about the photo and the story behind it. Clean, simple and story focused with just the right amount of embellishment. Template used: 4×6 Portrait


Catherine used the 6×8 collage templates to document her week.  I love how she uses a mixture of color and black and white photos. That adds such great visual interest that pairs so nicely with the white look of her spreads. Read more about her approach to mixing black & white with color in HERE. Template used: 6×8 Collage


KerriAnne’s PL spread just makes me happy. Love all the bright colors and the repeated use of the journal cards (press cards 24) on each side to add a nice cohesive look to her spread. Templates used: 4×6 and 3×4

caylee grey | you are my fave mini book

March 3, 2015 |  by  |  hybrid projects  |  No Comments

You Are My Fave Mini Book by Caylee Grey on Paislee Press

If I have a German nickname for you, then you’re probably high on the list of my favourite people. While Schwester isn’t the most original of nicknames for my sister, since it means… uhm… sister… it is filled with the most amount of love. During our trip to Costa Brava, we had a pretty amazing time hanging out. The cover picture is my absolute favourite from the trip, but with shocking quality. Sometimes I think that transparencies and DIY overlays were made for these kind of photos.

You Are My Fave Mini Book by Caylee Grey on Paislee Press

You Are My Fave Mini Book by Caylee Grey on Paislee Press

I wanted to keep the focus on her, so I used mainly photos of just her that I had taken.

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Printing photos and digital paper on vellum is, quite simply, the very best.

You Are My Fave Mini Book by Caylee Grey on Paislee Press

Printed. Bound with twine. Given to my Schwester.

Products: We Were Here

♥ Caylee

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