Project Life 2012: Weeks 19 & 20 + Video + a Freebie!

Welcome to Project Life 2012, weeks nineteen and twenty.

We were on vacation last week, so I had a lot of extra time to be a little creative. The result is that I used a ton of different products. I'm linking them all in the supply list at the bottom of my post, and I also did a video (be nice to me, I get nervous on camera and I am just not talented in the video editing department).

I also have a little freebie for all of you since I missed posting on Friday.

Let's roll right into it with week 19's full layout (including insert):

And week 19 without the insert:

Here's week 20 (with insert):

And week 20 without the insert:

Onward, to the closeups! Week 19, pages 1 and 2, and some shots of my insert:

I had three inserts this week to showcase all of the photos I took on our trip to Rockport. Here's a collage of the fronts and backs of all of them. (You can click to view larger). 

Here's a closeup of the front and back of the first insert:

This was a Design A protector that I cut in half. I added text in PSE to the photo at the top prior to printing. The middle section is a mix of paper from Jillibean Soup, an Instagram photo of Austin at the beach, and a 4x6 transparency from Making Memories that I cut in half and inserted into each smaller slot.

I love how the little feet show through on both sides. On the left side, I slipped the transparency over the paper in the slot. And on the back side of the protector insert, I used a folded journaling card to write about our day.

Week 20, pages 1 and 2, and a shot of my insert:

The insert here I made from a 12x12 page protector from a random pack I had lying around. I measured and cut it down the middle, and wrapped washi tape from Queen & Co. around the side to make a pocket. I dropped in the cards I received for Mother's Day. Julie Fei-Fan Balzer has a great tutorial on how to do this, but she mentions using a paper trimmer. I have not had success cutting page protectors with my paper trimmer, so I make a straight line with a sharpie and cut it with scissors. Do it whichever way works for you, but I'd hate for you to try your paper trimmer and have it destroy your page protector.

There were a lot of things I wanted to highlight this week. I'll point out a few of them below in photos, but I also made a video (it's about 11 minutes long) that goes through everything.

Video is here if you're having trouble watching it on my blog. 

On week 19, I made my own title card rather than using any from the kits. I used papers from Jillibean Soup and Sidewalks October Afternoon, and pulled them together with washi tape from Love My Tapes. I used a Martha Stewart tag and stamped "2012" using my Smash date stamp. The red label is also October afternoon, and the green label (the one I couldn't identify properly in my video) is from My Minds Eye.

I used Amy Tangerine thickers on the spot with Austin playing with his popper toy. The photo is actually a screen shot from a video I took on my iPhone (just play your video, pause it at a spot that looks fairly clear with no motion blur, and take a screenshot by pressing the home and top button at the same time). I added the QR code that links the video to YouTube. (I generate my QR codes at this website).

This was a card I made using paper and embellishments from The Snapshot Stack. I included movie stubs from each of the 3 movies Brad and I were able to see this week while Austin was in daycare.

Here I used my new Tiny Attacher from Tim Holtz and stapled a little vellum quote to the side of the photo. This is the first week I've used this cute little stapler and I am in love with it already!

This to do list card is also from The Snapshot Stack. It was longer but I just trimmed off the bottom. I wrote in all the things I hoped to do during this vacation, drew little boxes, and checked them all off because we did them all!

I used my Slice (the parties design card) to cut out the word "smile" and I stuck it on top of the photo. I'd seen this idea used here, by Marcy Penner previously, and really wanted to do something like this in one of my own layouts. I love the words over the photo.

And now for the freebie!

In my insert for week 19, I added some text over the photo:


Supply List:

Project Life Core Kit & Card Stock - Cobalt, and Clementine
Papers - Jillibean Soup, Sidewalks October Afternoon, The Snapshot Stack
Sharpie Pens
Labels - Martha Stewart, Sidewalks October Afternoon, K&Co. Wild Saffron, My Mind's Eye, Jillibean Soup
Amy Tangerine Goodness Thickers (white)
Colorbok Sticky Journal Stax
Colorbok Sticky Alpha Stax
My Minds Eye Dolled Up Princess Journaling Card
Washi tape - Love My Tapes and Queen & Co.
Slice Parties design card
Making Memories "baby" transparency
Ali Edwards Hello Routine stamp
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

All the Rockport photos, you can view in my previous post. Here's the shot of Brad, Summer, and Austin at the carnival:

And this one didn't make my album, but I loved it so much I wanted to at least post it here. I love how I caught them looking at each other mid-swing.

That's it! Be sure to stop by The Mom Creative on Tuesday and check out everyone else's layouts from the week!


  1. Really love the brush and how you used it ! Thank you Melissa !

  2. I Like how you used your slice for the smile cut out. I have one that I hardly ever use. I need to think about what I can do with it!

    1. I picked up around 15 design cartridges at Michaels when they were clearing them out at just 4.99 a pop - that really helped me build up my collection, so I have something for any occasion. It's not a Silhouette by any means, but it makes cute things. I think I might try some label tags soon, too!

  3. Fabulous pages and photos. Isn't that Snapshot Stack such a perfect fit for PL? I love the beach photo with Remember journaling on it - it's very evocative.

    1. Yes! I LOVE The Snapshot Stack so much! The embellishments are so great.

  4. love your pages. they are so beautiful!!

  5. I love the colors on your pages and journaling cards!! Your pages are beautiful!

    1. Thanks so much! It really helped this week to have the extra time to think more about the layout, that's for sure.

    2. All great and creative page. Looks like a fun couple of weeks.

  6. I saw your link on Jessica Turner's blog and am so happy I did! I am loving your project life. You have provided so much inspiration and I want to thank you for sharing. I love how you cut your page protector and sealed the edge with washi tape. I do not sew but loved the idea of custom sized page protectors and now (thanks to you) i finally know how to achieve it! Thank you again!

    1. Oh! Thank you! I'm so glad I can inspire people. That makes me feel really good :) Welcome!