Project Life 2015 - Jan 1 - 15


Today I'm sharing the first half of January in my 2015 Project Life book. The date range wasn't planned to be exactly 1/2 of the month, rather, I just felt like working on a spread. So I printed out all my pictures...and then I was stumped.

It was like I'd forgotten how to pocket scrap with physical product. I didn't understand it. I'd done fine with my cover page. I pulled out some of my Project Life cards and put them in the spots they should be in, but I didn't know what to do then. I knew I didn't want to just do cards and photos. I wanted something creative on the page. So I walked away from the layout for a couple of days.

And then along comes Wonderful You, a new collection (including papers and elements, pocket cards, and number tiles) from Amber LaBau. The colors in the kit are just so...me.


So, like my cover page, I decided to do a hybrid layout. And I loved it. I got to combine my love for touching product with my love for digital scrapping. Will every layout be hybrid? Probably not. But it definitely gave me that burst of creativity I needed to complete this spread.

Here's a look at the entire spread:


And a closeup look at the left page:


For my title card, I took one of Amber's Monthly Frames and layered it over one of the Wonderful You Papers. After printing, I added the number tiles to mark the start of 2015.


Here's a look at the right page:


The card on the bottom right was made with one of the Wonderful You papers, and a "right now" element from the kit. I just cropped the paper 4x6, and added the element as a stamp. 

I needed a journaling spot on the 4x6 card with the weather screenshot, so I used a stamp I had ("School Paper" from River City Rubber Works) to create lines, and wrote write over the pretty pink splotches.


It felt really nice to have a completed physical pocket page again. And I really loved mixing in the digital designs to create it.

Project Life is an amazing and simple scrapbooking system designed by Becky Higgins. While I often use products created by other designers, I attribute my love of pocket style scrapbooking to Becky and Project Life, which is why I always refer to my pocket pages as Project Life. For more information, please check out Becky's website. If you're new to the blog and you'd like to scroll back through my past few years doing Project Life, you can find all of my Project Life related posts here.  In 2014 I used the digital Project Life format, which you can find products for here. Or you can design a page using the brand new Project Life iOS app.

Shaker Birthday Card

Everyone's been making gorgeous fun shaker cards lately, so I thought I'd give it a shot. Well, after two failed attempts, I finally had a shaker card. It only took me two and a half hours to create.

I don't think I'll be making many shaker cards in the future.

But here you are, my first shaker card:


I do love how it turned out. I just don't love how long it took me to get it right.


I stamped, colored, and die cut the strawberries, and then added some different colors of sequins between transparency sheets to make the shaker part.

Here's a quick iPhone video of the card in action.


Have any of you tried a shaker card? Have you found it as hard as I did?

Supply List:

Lawn Fawn Summertime Charm stamp set and coordinating dies
Jillibean Soup Birthday Bisque stamp set
Stamps of Life Banners #2 die set
Impression Obsession bow die
My Mind's Eye Happy Day 6x6 paper pad
Stampin' Up! Pool Party card stock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Hero Arts Pale Tomato shadow ink
Copic markers R27, R29, G17
Martha Stewart score board
Big Shot
Fiskars SureCut trimmer
Foam tape
Transparency sheets
Tombox Xtreme Adhesive

2014 Digital Project Life - December

I'm almost done, guys! I just have to do the pages for our Disney trip. I seriously can't believe I haven't scrapbooked the Disney trip yet. I haven't even shared it on the blog yet! I think the volume of photos is overwhelming me, but I'll get it done! I mean, at least before our trips this year. :)

Anyway, here are my 5 layouts for December:


I did all of these pages with the Hello December kit in the Project Life app, on my iPad. The extra text was added with the Rhonna Designs app. (I'm eagerly awaiting the moment when the Project Life app can do it all - text on photos and little stamps and stickers).


I kept my journaling to a minimum and just highlighted the important parts of our December.


Below, I added a 25 photo collage of each night of our "25 Days of Books" tradition. I made the collage on my iPad with the Pixlr Express app. (It's the only one I found that could do 25 photos). I could have done it in Photoshop Elements, of course, but the goal was to bust out these pages as quickly as possible, and I was too lazy to go over to my iMac.


I do love the ability to scrap right from your couch, or while waiting for an appointment, without having to transfer photos to your laptop. I like that you can start a layout and work on it in chunks if you want to take more time. I love that the text is easily centered or lined up how you'd like on the journaling cards. The app is fairly powerful, even if it's missing a few key options. 


It feels nice to get the year completed...beyond the Disney vacation. I feel good even without that part being finished, because I have all the daily stuff documented. Hopefully I can get off my butt and get that trip completed and share it with you soon. :)

Project Life is an amazing and simple scrapbooking system designed by Becky Higgins. While I often use products created by other designers, I attribute my love of pocket style scrapbooking to Becky and Project Life, which is why I always refer to my pocket pages as Project Life. For more information, please check out Becky's website. If you're new to the blog and you'd like to scroll back through my past few years doing Project Life, you can find all of my Project Life related posts here.  In 2014 I used the digital Project Life format, which you can find products for here. Or you can design a page using the brand new Project Life iOS app

This Year I Will - New Release From Bee Tree Studios

Today I'm sharing a page I made that documents one of my goals for 2015, to read more. I noticed last year I barely read anything (well, besides the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy several times over). We're halfway through January and I'm on my 5th book, so I'm hoping to maintain this momentum.

Template by Little Green Frog Designs

I made this page using Bee Tree Studios' This Year I Will kit. This kit is free with a purchase of $10 at Scraps N Pieces through the end of the month, so pick out some of your favorite items, load up your cart and get this free!

This kit is filled with papers and elements, two sets of alphas and several different versions of date embellishments, perfect for documenting all year long.

Have a great weekend everyone! Enjoy some crafty time, if you can!

Birthday Card & New Custom Stamp

Today I have a birthday card to share with you. 


I recently ordered the Altenew Painted Butterflies stamp set and couldn't wait to play with it. As soon as it arrived I tested it out and made a fun butterfly. Later, I cut it out (by hand, which is like, the most annoying thing ever for me), and used it on this card, which is for my stepmom for her birthday.

This set is so neat. You have several different layers to the butterflies, so you stamp them in different colors of inks to get this look. On my butterflies I did put a little bit of glitter over the darker shaded areas (just because I love sparkle). 


I also got to use my new personalized stamp for the back of my cards. Jennifer McGuire talked about Twig & Linen during her My Favorite Craft Things 2014, and I fell in love with their stamps. I had to order one for myself, and oh my gosh, so cute. It shipped out super fast too! I love the little extra touch it adds to the card.


Supply List:

Recollections super heavy weight card stock
Polka Dot Party 6x6 paper pad
Recollections shimmer card stock
Stampin' Up! Project Life dies
Avery Elle So Happy stamp set
Altenew Painted Butterflies stamp set
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Versamark
Heidi Swapp pink ink
Hero Arts Pale Tomato shadow ink
Just Glitter silver pen
Martha Stewart heat tool
Stampin' Up! white embossing powder
Embossing powder bag
Big Shot
Martha Stewart score board
Scotch ATG
Foam tape

Project Life Kiwi Edition Partial Kits

Just wanted to give a head's up - I have a couple of partial Kiwi kits available if anyone is looking for a split of this one (shipping to US only).

I have two partials containing 130 cards, $9 + shipping:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/216835183/project-life-becky-higgins-kiwi-edition?

 And one partial containing 100 (just the 3x4) cards, $6.50 + shipping:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/216831266/project-life-becky-higgins-kiwi-edition?

Thank You Card

Today I have a thank you card to share with you.


I recently had some friends over for a get-together, and I wanted to make and send a note to thank them for coming and having such a nice day with us.

I knew I wanted to use some new Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies that I received for Christmas, and I am currently in love with the Avery Elle Oh Happy Day stamp set, so I pulled those out and went to work. I first stamped and embossed the 'thank you' sentiment, and then die cut out the rectangle shape around it. This is just basic white card stock. I used the largest die to cut out the patterned paper panel.

Once I had my sentiment panel die cut, I used the flower images from the stamp set to stamp some flowers in ink colors that coordinated with the patterned paper. I love how it looks like they were meant to go together!


I just attached the white panel to the patterned one with some wide foam tape (I wanted some stability since I was going to mail it), and then attached the patterned panel to a white card front. I can't get over how much I love that silver embossing.

Supply List:

Recollections super heavy weight white card stock
Pebbles Garden Party 6x6 paper pad
Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle dies
Avery Elle Oh Happy Day stamp set
Heidi Swapp pink ink
Stampin' Up! Baja Breeze and Gumball Green ink
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Versamark
Martha Stewart heat tool
Embossing powder bag
Stampendous Sterling Silver embossing powder
Big Shot
Martha Stewart score board
Scotch ATG
Foam tape

2014 Digital Project Life - Nov 10 - 30

Working on finishing up my 2014 Project Life book.

I can honestly say that I'm not at all as happy with this half of the year as I was with the first half. My book for the first half looked amazing. I thought I wanted to stay simple for the second half and as it turned out, I missed the creativity and pretty pages. I think that's why I fell a bit behind - I just didn't feel motivated to finish. This is much of the reason I'm jumping back over to the paper products for 2015. (But again, I'm not leaving the digi world either - I love creating digi layouts!). Part of me even wants to go back and re-do the last half of 2014...but that project can be left for another day.

Do you guys ever go back and re-do layouts because you're not happy with them? I'd love for you to answer in the comments.

Anyway, here is the rest of November:


For the layout above, I used a few cards from the DIY Shop Value Kit in the Project Life App. I added text over some of the photos in the Rhonna Designs app.

For the layout below, I used the Midnight kit in the Project Life App.  I had a larger journaling card for Thanksgiving because I had a few more things to say about the day.

You really can tell that I fell behind by the lack of journaling, I think. I just didn't take notes or anything, so I relied entirely on my memory as I looked through photos to write something. Next year I'm going to use my Project Life planner pages to keep better track. I want to make a point to write SOMETHING every day.


I received a large Arc notebook for Christmas and I thought it would be perfect to add my planner pages to. I love, love, love the Arc notebook system. I've been using a junior sized Arc with the printable planner from iheartorganizing.blogspot.com for months, so I'm excited to add a Project Life planner to the mix. (Here's a shot of my 2015 pages, ready to go!)


I've just got two periods of time left - our Disney trip and December. I'd like to ideally get a page overview each day of the trip into the Project Life book, so that I don't have a gap in time, but the majority of the documenting is supposed to be done in a mini album...which I haven't really made any progress on. And then December will likely be some quick pages as well, done with the Project Life app.

Hopefully I'll be able to share the rest of 2014 here next week and be done!

Project Life is an amazing and simple scrapbooking system designed by Becky Higgins. While I often use products created by other designers, I attribute my love of pocket style scrapbooking to Becky and Project Life, which is why I always refer to my pocket pages as Project Life. For more information, please check out Becky's website. If you're new to the blog and you'd like to scroll back through my past few years doing Project Life, you can find all of my Project Life related posts here.  In 2014 I switched to the digital Project Life format, which you can find products for here. Or you can design a page like this one using the brand new Project Life iOS app.

From Our Family To Yours - Holiday Card

I'm a little late sharing this one, but I love it so much I couldn't not post it! So, one last holiday card from this past season to show you guys today:


This card was totally inspired by the glittery gold embossing powder I used (Stampendous Jeweled Gold). I really wanted to try stamping with this powder over vellum, and the Stamps of Life trees4Christmas set worked perfectly.

I stamped the stamps on sheet of vellum with Versamark, and then used the embossing powder. When this stuff heats up, it looks just like glittered card stock.


I cut out some patterned squares and punched a circle in the center, and then attached the embossed vellum underneath. I raised everything up with foam squares so that you could see the words easier.

I used a blank white card stock panel underneath, and stamped my sentiment in the bottom corner. Then I tied some twine around the panel, and attached that over another piece of patterned paper, and then put all of that over a panel of glittered gold card stock. A simple white card base finished off the card, because the front is so busy and pretty!

I love glitter and sparkle and layers, so this card was so fun to make.

Supply List:

American Crafts Jolly 6x6 paper pad
American Crafts glitter card stock
The Stamps of Life Christmas2build set
The Stamps of Life trees4Christmas set
Stampin' Up! Early Espresso ink
Versamark
Stampendous Jeweled Gold embossing powder
Vellum
Natural twine (found at Target)
McGill 1.25" circle punch
Martha Stewart heat tool
Martha Stewart mini score board
ATG Gun
Foam adhesive

2015 Project Life - Title Page


I decided to go back to a physical album for 2015. I will be doing a more monthly approach, but I haven't really figured out the structure. (As in, how many pages per month). I will do a clear "month" title card and a "best moment" photo each month, but other than that, I'm going to let the album take me where it wants to.

Here's a look at my title page for this year:


My title page was inspired by a recent digital page I made:


This page was made using Amber LaBau's add-ons (papers and elements) from the January Memory Pockets Monthly over at The Lilypad. I absolutely loved the color scheme, but I wanted to change it up a little with my album. I ended up mixing Amber's add-ons and the January Folio kit. I subscribe to this kit, which you can do here. You'll get a big discount on the kits, discounts and early access to the add-ons, a private forum and more.

Back to my cover page and how I used the digital cards and elements. I used Becky Higgins' Design A page protector. (Which usually makes up the majority of my albums - it's a classic design and it's much easier to stick with one than to mix and match every week). Three of the cards I printed directly from the kit (I adore that 2015 calendar card), and two I did a little digital work before printing.


For this card, I cropped one of the papers from Amber's add-on, and added one of her element stamps (re-colored to white), and flattened it. I printed it on some basic white card stock, and then I added alpha stickers from October Afternoon's Daily Flash collection to spell out our last name.


For the 2015 card, I took one of the cards included in the kit. The upper left hand corner had some text in it, so to remove it, I simply made a selection from the white area of the card, copied and pasted it over the text, and flattened it. Then I dragged in the '2015' element from Amber's add-on and aligned it where I wanted it. Flattened, and printed. Once printed I added alpha stickers from Authentique.


For this card, I printed it as it came in the kit, and then used a super thin glue dot to adhere a Studio Calico wood 'life is good' embellishment from the Sundrifter collection.

That's all I did to my cover page besides adding my photos. Simple and a nice clean way to start off the new year. This was fun. I really enjoyed working with the pockets and papers and embellishments again, but still keeping some of my love for digital products alive by doing this hybrid.

Project Life is an amazing and simple scrapbooking system designed by Becky Higgins. While I often use products created by other designers, I attribute my love of pocket style scrapbooking to Becky and Project Life, which is why I always refer to my pocket pages as Project Life. For more information, please check out Becky's website. If you're new to the blog and you'd like to scroll back through my past few years doing Project Life, you can find all of my Project Life related posts here.  In 2014 I used the digital Project Life format, which you can find products for here. Or you can design a page using the brand new Project Life iOS app.