Project Life 2013: Week 25

Welcome to Project Life 2013, week 25. Nearly halfway through 2013!

This week I did something a little different when preparing my spread. I've been watching the Project Life videos on Two Peas in a Bucket, and I specifically like how Amy Tan does her layouts. I love that she pulls out a "kit" of sorts prior to preparing her layout with the products she wants to use. Normally, I just go hunting around my craft room as I fill the layout. I don't pull out a bunch of supplies to start with.

So this week I first pulled out my photos:

I noticed that there were several photos with a teal color in them, as well as yellow and a pinkish red. So I found a set of brads in my supplies that seemed to be the perfect starting point.

These are by Leeza Gibbons and I found them at CKC Manchester in April. I then pulled out all the other supplies I had that I thought I could use that matched my color theme.

Finally, I went through some of my Project Life core kits and found cards I wanted to use.

And then I just went pocket by pocket, adding embellishments and journaling until the layout was complete.

Here's a closer look at the left page:

On Monday Austin and I went to visit my dad and just as we arrived there was a huge thunderstorm, so we sat out in the car until the rain died down enough that we could get out without getting drenched. I punched some clouds out of vellum and used the October Afternoon Midway letters to add "Rain, rain go away."

Brad and I had a little date night out while Austin was visiting my mom at her cottage at the lake. I used a Snap pocket and a bifold journaling card from the Jade edition (which I cut down a bit) to write about our date. I added my photo on top of the pocket, and some washi and letter stickers. The tab that says "fun & games" is also from October Afternoon's Midway collection.

Here's a look at the right side:

In the top right pocket, I used a couple of 4x6 cards from Pebbles, along with one of their 3x4 cards to record a text and photo message I received from Brad. I took a screenshot of the text, printed it, and then cut around the bubble. I like how that looks compared to the full screenshot of the text. I used a Stampin' Up! paper piercing template and tool to punch holes and then hand stitched across the top. (This seriously took less time than trying to figure out how to thread my sewing machine for the zillionth time. I don't understand. My mom and grandmother sew professionally, for a living. I can figure out any computer or device you put in front of me. But I cannot understand how to operate my sewing machine).

I read online that you can use Viva pens to make enamel dots. Since this is much cheaper than buying packages of dots I thought I'd try it. I bought a gold and an ice white color (because I can color those with my Copics to any color I need). It does work. They take a long time to dry (like at least an hour here, but this could be due to our crazy humidity right now), and it'll take me some practice to get them perfectly round. But it works! I just did them on wax paper. Once they are dry they pop right off the paper.

I made a video on my iPhone to kind of talk through the layout, but realized after the fact that a) I say "um" a ridiculous amount of times, and b) I took the whole thing in portrait orientation. So, the video is awful. But if you really, really want to watch it, just click here to see it on YouTube. Really, though, don't watch it. I am NOT good on camera.

That's my week 25! Next week I should have week 26 and the last page of album #1. 

Supplies Used:
Pebbles 4x6 and 3x4 cards
October Afternoon Midway collection
Blush & Jade core kits
Stampin' Up! sticker & arrow clip
Heidi Swapp stamps
Leeza Gibbons decorative brads
My Minds Eye letter stickers
BasicGrey letter stickers
Studio Calico geotag chipboard stickers
Cosmo Cricket chipboard tags
Viva Pearl Pen Gold
Memento Tuxedo Black
Staz-On Teal Blue
My stamp set
Simple Stories Snap pocket

Project Life is an amazing and simple scrapbooking system designed by Becky Higgins. 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


  1. This spread is gorgeous! You really did play off the common colors really well!

  2. I totally love your layout and how you exoplain your process. I sometimes do exactly this but other times I have in idea even before I start the week and work to it. I once again used your little calender - thanks so much - I love it.

    1. Thank you so much!

      This coming week I wanted to work based on the Jade edition since I love it so much, so I am doing what you said, about knowing the idea before you start :)