Sunday, December 29, 2013

Project Life: Gone Digital

I really can't believe that I am even posting this, but I have decided to add Project Life Digital to my repertoire. Just for my 2011 album. I haphazardly scrapped that year in traditional style. However, the pages are still stacked in boxes. Many, many boxes. Out of order. And they have been that way for over two years now. I just don't have the space for the number of albums that it would take to put them away. And I have zero motivation to put them in order and actually put them in sleeves. What I do have the motivation to do, however, is create a digital album. It is SO easy! Here's what I've done thus far.

Hello Twenty-Eleven

This page was created with the Becky Higgins Cobalt Digital Kit. Oh, except for the title card.  That was a free download from Cathy Zielske. Originally, it read Hello Twenty-Thirteen. I erased the second in Photoshop Elements 10 and added the year Twenty-Eleven. The fonts aren't the same, but that's ok.

January 01, 2011

Another one using the Becky Higgins Cobalt Digital Kit. I added text and that was it. How super simple, right? This blog post took me longer than this layout.

What I am still deciding is whether to print the pages, in 12x12 or 8x8 format, or wait and publish them in a book at the end of the year. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Any ideas?
I'd love to know your thoughts.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Project Disney: Tree of Life

As promised, I have one last Project Disney layout to share this month.  Ya know, just in time for Christmas.  Ha ha!  This one if about the Tree of Life, one of my favorite parts of Animal Kingdom.  We stood and admired the tree for as long as possible before the rain came down and then we went inside (or is under?) to see the 3D It's a Bug's Life show. 

Project Disney: Tree of Life

 This page is a combination of Becky Higgins' Honey Edition Cards and some Adornit Cute As A Bug paper.  For the embellishments, I cut out some of the bugs on the paper and also cut a large leaf with my Silhouette Cameo.  Simple, simple.

 Thanks for sticking with me these past two weeks as I have shared my newest Project Disney layouts.  I have some more finished, but I need to photograph them and upload them.  I'm thinking that'll have to wait until after the first of the year.  Until then, I hope that you have a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Project Disney: Lion King

The first time that we went to Disney World in August of 2011, it was so hot that I walked around red and misty the entire time.  If it weren't for the misting fan that I paid $25 for, I might not have made it.  When we decided to take a second trip, I insisted that we pick a cooler time of year.  We went the last week of May, first week of June 2012.  It rained almost every day.  So I was still misty, but not very hot.  LOL!  We went to every indoor event that we could find to escape the rain.  My favorite was The Festival of the Lion King.

Project Disney: Lion King

Since I have been using up stash for my Project Disney album, I didn't have many African themed paper and embellishments.  The Bo Bunny Zoology collection was a good match.  Since the pictures were so dark, I decided to run a set of kraft cardstock filler cards across the center and then cut my title with a rust colored pattern paper.  For my journal card, I used a couple of strips of the striped paper.  The pattern reminded me of the dancers costumes.  I cut the letters with my Silhouette Cameo.  So easy!

Are you getting tired of Project Disney pages in December?  LOL  Well, I only have one more to share.  See you soon!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Project Disney: Animal Kingdom Parade

Right here in the midst of Christmas with all its cold weather and reds and greens, I decided to scrapbook some Disney World pictures.  These are from Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade.  The colors are so vibrant and happy.  They make me long for summer.  And another trip to Disney.

Project Disney:  Animal Kingdom Parade

For this layout, I used a combination of Creative Press and Doodlebug papers and border stickers.  The embellishments that I had didn't work with the theme of this page, so I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut a couple of jungle leaves and the name of the park.

I think that the green Mickey button in the middle of that brown circle is my favorite part of this layout.  When I first bought that pack of buttons, I hesitated because I didn't think all the colors would work on my pages.  Green Mickey head?  Who knew?  I might need a second set of them.  LOL!

Next up:  The Festival of the Lion King.  See ya soon!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Project Disney: Meeting Stitch

Now that I am finished with my 2012 album, I am working on finishing up our 2012 vacation to Disney.  It is so much fun scrapping these photos.  Even though it was just a year and a half ago, my youngest fella looks so small.  My favorite part about scrapping Disney, though, is digging through my stash.  I love getting to use up supplies that I have had for years.  No lie, years!

Project Disney: Meeting Stitch


These papers and embellishments are from Bo Bunny, the Blast Off papers and chipboard.  Even though most Stitch layouts are done with Hawaiin papers, I decided to use an outer space theme since the character is an alien and because I just love this collection.

Be back soon with my Jammin' Jungle Parade layout.  It's another stash buster.  LOL!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Project Life: New Year's Eve and Reflections

Today I thought I'd share the last page of my Project Life 2012 album.  I used a variety of elements from The ScrapRoom's December kits.  Basically, anything that fit the grey and green color scheme went down.

Hello 2013

Now that I have finished (Yayyy!!!  SO excited about that!) my first Project Life album, I wanted to share with you some reflections or things that I've learned as well as my plans for 2013.

1.  Week at a Glance:  Although I stuck with this format for most of the layouts in the album, I found it difficult sometime.  Some weeks I had more photos than I could fit on a spread and other weeks I barely had enough.  Because I was working on last year's photos, I would also have a hard time keeping up with the week numbers.  I think I used the same number for a couple of the spreads.  Oops!  My plan for 2013 is to create event layouts for each month.  In other words, I will create however many page spreads that I need for each month.  The title card for each spread will contain a title, the same type of title I would have used on a scrapbook page.  The large journaling card will contain the date.

2.  Process:  When I first started my album, I did a lot of prepping and planning the pages.  For instance, I sketched out pages in a notebook and listed which photos went on the page. 

What I quickly discovered is that the planning was taking up way too much time.  I started printing out all my photos, one month at a time, and learning to just make them fit.  When my kits arrived, the photos were already printer, corners rounded, and inserted into the page protectors just waiting for cards and journaling.  This system also enabled me to work on my spreads over the course of two weekends, usually not back to back either.  I was able to continue this routine for the entire year, despite my full time job, my kids' activities, and my husband being gone half the time. 

3.  Page Protectors:  When I first started this project, I bought the Becky Higgins Big Variety Pack of Page Protectors.  What I found is that I had to force myself to use ones other than Design A and Design F.  Those are my two favorites.  When it was time to buy refills, I bought a pack of all Design A's.  In my 2013 album, I am going to use only Design A.  And the occasional insert.

4.  Memorabilia:  One thing that I didn't do well in 2012 was include memorabilia in my album.  You know, things like kids' artwork, ticket stubs, report cards, cards, etc.  I hope to do better in 2013, but it all depends on how much "stuff" I saved this past year.  However, I am going to be more mindful of keeping and organizing artifacts for 2014.  I am going to use this system for saving everything.

Toni at A Bowl Full of Lemons uses this magazine holder and file folders labeled for the 52 weeks of the year to house all the paper stuff she wants to include in her album.  I am going to simplify her system a bit by having a folder for each month.  Hopefully, having a place for all that paper will make it easier to save.

5.  Corner Rounding:  I rounded all corners in 2012 and was debating whether I wanted to continue doing so in my next album.  After my EK Success corner rounder broke and I couldn't a replacement for it, I was thinking of giving up on the corners.  Having matching arc's is important to me, but finding a suitable tool was not happening.  Until . . . I found this baby.

I found this at Michael's and bought two of them for less than $15.  Yep, I'll be rounding corners again this year.

6.  Backwards and Forwards:  I have enjoyed this system of documenting life SO much that this year I plan to work on my 2013 and 2014 photos simultaneously.  Now that I have one year of photos under my belt, I think I can do it.  Especially since I plan to organize my spreads by months, not weeks.  I'll keep you posted!

Happy New Year!  See you soon with the title page for my 2013 and 2014 albums!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Project Life: Christmas 2012

Today I have two layouts to share, both of them are from Christmas 2012.  The first one is pics of what Santa left us and the second is opening gifts with my parents.  The December Flavors of the Month and Project Life kits from The ScrapRoom are full of Christmas papers and embellishments for scrapping all of my photos.

Project Life: Dec 25

Oh. My. Christmas.  Webster's Pages Dear Santa paper and embellishments are fabulous!!!  So wonderful, in fact, that I didn't feel the need to add any embellishing.  Love that!  Oh, and I was even able to mix in another Simple Stories Snap Cut.  I just couldn't let those go to waste.

I actually had to go on Pinterest to figure out how to add that cute little bag to my Project Life pages.  For whatever reason, I had to see it popping out of other people's pocket pages to realize that it was ok.  Ha ha!  I wrote the kids' Christmas lists on the tag. 

 Project Life: Happy Memories

I used more Simple Stories December Documented for this spread, but the color scheme looks totally different from the other page.  Tammy's kits are SO full that I can use the same line twice without the pages looking identical.  Um yeah, that's pretty fabulous.  As for embellishments, I put a wood veneer sunburst on every card.  Oh, and the LOVE one, too.

 I only have ONE more Project Life 2012 page to show you.  I can't believe I finished the whole album and that all of my 2012 pictures are scrapped and already placed in the album and that it only took TWO albums to hold them all.  Plus, I have room to spare in the second album for all of our Disney pictures.  I am feverishly working on those so that I am ready to start my 2013 and 2014 albums in mid January.  Anyhoo, I'll be back soon with the last page as well as some reflections about how it went in 2012 and some changes for 2014.  See you soon!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Project Life: The House

Man, I love for my house to be all decked out for the holidays.  I don't go all out by any means, but it still takes me a lot of time to drag it all down from the attic and put it all up.  My kids just love it, and it really helps to get me feeling festive.  This layout features some of my favorite Christmas decor, and our kitty who thought it was all for her.

Project Life:  The House

This week I used Simple Stories December Documented Paper and Snap Cuts.  Such fun colors and patterns!

Man, I sure do love a poinsettia.  The bright red ones are my favorite.  And I really like the contrast between the red and the green.  This year I've added one to my foyer table so that it won't freeze and die on my like last year.  The weather here has been especially cold these last two weeks.  I'm off to sit by the fire.  See you soon! 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Project Life: The Elf Page

Well, as you can see, I gave up on week numbers with my last Project Life page.  I just couldn't be bothered looking at my 2012 calendar and then making sure all of the pictures were actually from that week.  Ha ha!

Project Life: Elf

This paper is Bella Blvd's Christmas Countdown, and it came in my December kit from The ScrapRoom.  The bright, whimsical papers and embellishments are perfect for these silly elf photos.  Very little embellishing was necessary.  The 12x12 sticker sheet is all I used. 

Thank goodness for Pinterest so that I can come up with new ideas for the Elf.  I'll definitely be sick of him by Christmas.  LOL!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Project Life: Week 48 (I think!)

Hi there!  Now that it is officially Christmas season, I thought I would start posting my December Project Life pages.  This week's spread is Week 48, I think.  Toward the end of the year, I lost count on the weeks and just started labeling each spread by month and event, which worked out so much better for me that I am going to continue that method in my next album.  Anyway, these pictures are outtakes from my Christmas card shoot with my kiddos.  Usually, the photos that I don't use are hilarious and end up being some of my favorite pictures of the year.

Project Life: Click

This paper line could not have been more perfect for these pictures.  It is Santa's List by Teresa Collins.  There's a great selection of the papers and embellishments in this month's Flavors of the Month and Project Life kits at The ScrapRoom.

Aside from what came in my kit, I added a few flat backed pearls and a couple of punched snow flakes.  Easy!  The overlay came in another one of the Flavors of the Month kits.  Not sure which one.  Sorry.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Please come back later this week for another December Project Life page.