Today I'm sharing my 2014 Project Life title page with you. I've found that there are a few groups on Facebook for Project Life and Digital Project Life that provide an amazing level of support and inspiration. In our little digital Project Life group, we decided to create a blog circle to show off our layouts. I'm excited to work with this group of talented Project Lifers, and today we are all introducing ourselves. Please make sure to visit everyone in the circle and get to know us!
You should be visiting me from Lyn's blog, Robot Days. If you are new to my blog, you can find out a little about me here. If you're new to Project Life, check out my past posts here. I've been a Project Lifer for almost 3 years now. Totally love this style of scrapbooking, but last year grew a little overwhelmed with keeping up with the paper format. I don't like to do things completely simple (even though that is the whole goal of Project Life), so I found myself in a struggle with getting my pages perfect. That's why I chose the digital Project Life route for 2014. With digital, I can keep my page as a layered file until it's done, without having to leave out an album and supplies. I can also create or buy elements as I want them, which gives me a lot more flexibility.
I am also not sticking to a strict weekly or monthly format for 2014. My plan is to add photos and journaling in chronological order, not worrying about what dates fall within each layout. I will keep each double page layout coordinated though, but that really is personal preference. So whether two pages span a day or two and a half weeks, I'm not going to worry about that!
On to my 2014 title page:
I used cards from the Polka Dot Party digital mini kit, mixed with photos of our family. The card in the upper left features a little dog along the side, so I just enlarged the card enough to remove him from the page.
I added some text over on the bottom right saying "start here", and some arrows from Deena Rutter's Count On Me brush set from Pixels & Company.
On the bottom left, I took a cut file from the Silhouette online store and turned it into a wood veneer element. Here's how I did that, but please note, when you buy files from the Silhouette store they are for personal use. Do NOT under any circumstances take the cut files, change them, and try to sell them. I am not advocating this. I am using this only for my own personal book. But I will tell you how I did it:
- Open the cut file in Silhouette Studio. Fill it and the cut lines with black. Zoom in so you get the image on your screen as large as it can be where you can still see the entire image.
- Take a screenshot. On my Mac, I use command, shift, and the 4 key all at the same time. Then you get a little cross mark and you can select the area you want to capture. It automatically saves it to your desktop.
- Bring the image into Photoshop/Elements, and use the background eraser to erase the background.
- Now you can save it as a PNG file, and use it as you like. I applied a layer style to make it appear like a wood veneer element. Then I added a very slight shadow to it.
After adding the veneer element, I added the '14' with a layer style applied so it appears a bit distressed, similar to the hearts on the card. Finally, I typed in our last name at the top of the page and "Our life this year. Documented" at the bottom.
I am using templates from Cathy Zielske which you can find here on Designer Digitals. I love the subtle rounded corners and shadows.
So there you have it, the start of my 2014 Digital Project Life album. I'd love it if you'd hop on over to Anika's blog next and check out her own introduction to 2014 Project Life.
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. In 2014 I switched to digital Project Life, which you can find products for here.