Friday, April 29, 2016

Project Life: 2015 and 2016 Title Pages (and a yearly comparison)

Hi all! 

So I am still here, still scrapping and still working on catching up on Project Life. It's a slow process for sure, but I'm loving every minute even if it's only ten minutes here and there. I finished up my title pages for 2015 and 2016 as well as 2016 Week 1 (which I will share in a later post). Today I thought it would be fun to share the two title pages as well as take a look back at my 2013 and 2014 title pages for a comparison of what my title pages look like each year.

So, here is my 2016 title page I just created...

And my newly created 2015 title page...

And my old 2014 title page...

And even older 2013 title page, the first year I did Project Life...

So, each year, I pick one Core Kit and use it for the entire year. This standard core kit, consistent weekly title cards and weekly recaps are how I maintain continuity throughout each album. 2016 is the High Five edition, 2015 it's the Coral edition, 2014 I used the Jade edition and 2013 it was the Turquoise edition. 

I also like to maintain continuity among all my project life albums by having the same elements on each title page which is obvious when you look at the four pages above. The elements I include are...
  • A recent family photo
  • The year
  • The Smith Family title card (in 2013 this was combined with the family photo)
  • At least one photo of Liam (and Jensen)
  • A quote filler card of some sort
  • One or two other filler cards 
  • One pocket that focuses on a big change that year - a new house, a cross-country move, a new baby, etc.
I like having a format to follow each year. It makes putting together these all important title pages so much easier!

Be on the lookout as I continue to post more Project Life spreads!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Throwback Thursday: A Card Share!

I know, I know. I said I'd be updating the scrappy blog and FaceBook page more regularly. Well, the truth is I haven't done a ton of scrapping. I have been slowly but surely chipping away at my 2015 December Daily and am happy to report I'm over halfway done. It's just hard finding the time so when I get ten minutes here and five minutes there to sit at my scrap desk and get a little something done, I consider it a win. I won't be sharing last year's December Daily until this upcoming November as I feel it will be more relevant to everyone then. But, once I get my December Daily done, I'm picking up my YEARS worth of Project Life to catch up on again!

In the meantime though, I've also been back to making a few cards here and there. March is a crazy busy birthday month for us so I've found myself making several birthday cards. Here is one that I really liked that I made for my Nana. It's a total "throwback Thursday" card because I used old Basic Grey June Bug papers, a super old original Heidi Swapp chipboard heart, an old sentiment sticker I've had for years and an old Studio Calico card sketch. I love digging into my stash and creating something super fun from items I've had on hand forever. And the best part? My Nana absolutely loved receiving this handmade card, along with a few photos of the boys, for her birthday. A win all around!

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Papers: Basic Grey
Sentiment sticker: Unknown
Flower: Petaloo
Chipboard: Heidi Swapp
Wood Veneers: Studio Calico

Sketch: Studio Calico

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Project Life 2014: Week 15

Today it's time to share Project Life Week 15 of 2014! To refresh everyone's memories, this was the time period when Andrew was still living in Portland and Liam and I were already living in Milwaukee. My solution to scrapping Project Life during this timeframe was to have one side of the spread for Andrew in Portland and the other side for Liam and I in Milwaukee. 

So, here is the left side of the spread which is Andrew's side this week. Now, I had a challenge this week in that I was dealing with a Design F page protector (with eleven spots) and had few photos to use, both from Andrew in Portland and myself in Milwaukee. Luckily, Andrew took an awesome panoramic shot when he was skiing up on Mt Hood that I decided to split up and span across the four middle photo slots on this page. I think it turned out great!

And here's the right (Milwaukee) side to this week. I tied the two sides together by using two filler cards from the same set I found online. The one above with all the stars on it and then the one on this side with the barcode, "today," and single star. 

Project Life Core Kit used: Jade Edition

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Project Life 2013: Week 29

Today I'm sharing another Project Life spread from 2013 and created in 2016! Here's Week 29!

Here is the left side of the spread. I've had the "Dirt" overlay in my digital arsenal for awhile, just waiting for the right photo to finally use it. I love how it worked with this photo of Liam and his buddy, Elliot.

And here is the right side. I love the first haircut block in the lower left. I put the whole 4x6 block together in Photoshop and then glued the little baggie of hair on top of the printout. I love that this kids haircut place gave me three separate baggies of his hair so I also have one for his baby book and one for my regular scrapbook. 

Project Life Core Kit used: Turquoise Edition 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Project Life 2013: Week 28

I'm starting the blog rolling again with an oldie! Yes, it was just assembled in the past couple weeks but these photos and memories are two and half years old! But, you know what? It's been SO much fun completing these old Project Life layouts now. It's especially been a treat looking at how much Liam has grown in such a short time and reminiscing on all our fun times in Portland.

Here is the left side of the spread. My favorite part of this side is the photo in the upper right. I put it together using a series of shots of Liam and photoshop. The QR code in the lower left leads to a YouTube video I uploaded of Liam having a blast at one of the Portland park's splash pads. 

And here is the right side. The photo of Andrew and Liam taken at one of our favorite Portland haunts, Breakside Brewery, is an all-time favorite of mine and got it's own dedicated traditional layout in my scrapbook. 

Project Life Core Kit used: Turquoise Edition