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Friday Faves – July 5, 2013

Hey everyone! It’s Friday! So what things am I going to share with you today? Well, first off, let me say, I’m late writing this post today because I was busy playing with my littlest bug! The kids are visiting with family for most of the next few days but my little guy is too small to play in the ocean so he’s back home for awhile today. My point is that I usually don’t have a great deal of free time but when I do, I enjoy scrapbooking (I’m pretty sure that’s not a surprise to any of you by this point). With so little time and such a passion for scrapbooking, what does one use to capture and record all those wonderful memories?

I bet you know where I’m going with this! Yes, Project Life and all the other pocket page style scrapbook products out there! As you know, I also love to work both digitally and physically with paper, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone when I tell you that I have almost all of the “official” Project Life kits digitally and five (yes, FIVE) paper Project Life core kits! Why? Well, partly because I love the designs and I have a scrapbook hoarder personality! Mostly though it’s because I love the idea that if I’m pressed for time, I can drop my photos, a few cards and a little writing onto a page and it looks wonderful! Sometimes just doing that looks better then when I keep playing around with a page for days!

I really love that this way of scrapbooking has taken off. With any great idea you run into true copy cats but I think that many designers (both paper and digital) have really expanded on this concept and given us so many options! I’ve also got some SN@P products in my paper stash, I have other designers’ P365/Journal Card products in my digital files, and I’m excited to use it all! So today’s post is all about how much I love these products! Did you get through all that text? Okay, lets look at some fun pictures!

Here is a picture of my current “official” Project Life stash:

Albums, pocket pages and Project Life Core Kits
How I store my Project Life Kits

And there’s a picture of some of my SN@P products, these are for my oldest son’s Disney album that I hope to work on with him this summer:

SN@P! album and products

Lastly, here are some of my favorite digital products I like to use with my Project Life albums, I’m not including all of the “official” Project Life kits (which you can find at AC Digitals) because I really want to share some of the OTHER great products I use to supplement my “official” stash:

I’m pretty sure you knew I’d include M&M Designs’ Project Life Journal Card line! Since I’m on her Creative Team, I’m lucky enough to get to work with these great templates, this one was just released today! Take a look at the layout on the top right, that’s the one I made using this template and Inspiredbydominic’s “A New Day” kit and Corky V1 styles:

Project Life V7 by M&M Designs

Another product that I love, and a designer who’s team I’m not on, is Scrapping with Liz’s “Time Table Templates”. They are set up to record “Day in the Life” layouts but are flexible enough to be used for weekly layouts too:

Time Table Templates by Scrapping with Liz

I also love how some designers are creating 4″x6″ templates. It’s nice to have a template for one of my pictures pockets especially if I want to add multiple pictures to that spot. Scrapping with Liz also has some 4″x6″ templates but the ones I just saw from ChrissyW Digital (who’s team I’m also on) really gets me excited!

Something to Brag About – 4″x6″ Template by ChrissyW Digital

So, in honor of today’s Friday Fave, I’m going to enjoy my day, and most likely the weekend, working on my Project Life pages! I’ll make sure to share them with you all next week! Enjoy your weekend dear readers and as always…

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Project Life Wednesday – July 3, 2013

Welcome to “Project Life Wednesday”, today I’m sharing part two of my new Project Life Dear Lizzy Mini Album! If you missed part one you can see it here. Onward! Today I worked on a page that incorporates using one photo over many spots. I saw this post and new I had to do something similar in my mini album. I love this idea so much I’m going to be using it in my large album for our Disney trip! Do you want to see my pages?

First Double Spread
New page – Right side

This week I decided to keep my focus on the picture so I didn’t add any embellishments… yet, I really have a hard time not using Thickers and extra elements! I decided to only round the outer corners of the large picture to keep it looking like one large photo instead of two 4″x6″ photos. Here are some highlights:

I had a good time working on this, there’s no pressure to keep up to date as the album focuses on one object, not a chronological documentation! I can’t tell you how fun it is to really have no rules! One last thing, tomorrow is “New Release Thursday” so come back and check what’s new tomorrow, but if you need your digital fix right now, check out this post from Monday that’s full of sales, freebies and more! As always…

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Project Life Wednesday – June 26, 2013

It’s Project Life Wednesday and I’m excited to show you the PAPER (yes, paper) mini album I’m working on. I received my Dear Lizzy Mini Kit from HSN last Saturday and absolutely loved it! There was one problem though, the patterns are so girly that I knew I’d never be able to use them with pictures of my boys… that means this kits mine kids! After realizing I would get to use this mini for anything I wanted, I had no idea what I wanted to put in it! I was already pondering what to use the kit for since I wanted to post about it and inspiration struck! I decided to create an album with pictures showing off Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World. Every time we were in the Magic Kingdom, I’d inevitably take at least three or four pictures of the castle. I’m not sure what it’s draw is (maybe it’s the architecture, the details, or just that it’s in the center of everything) but the Imagineers knew what they were doing when they designed that icon!

I’m not going to do a full walk through of my steps but I wanted to share some of the pictures. As my album is a work in progress, some pages won’t be complete when I share them but as I work on things, I want to share them. You’ll get a look at the process I use, the products I’m using (which I do not get any compensation for using), and the pictures I think capture my favorite parts of Cinderella’s Castle. In an effort to keep from overloading you with too many pictures, I’ve created numbered collages. First is a collage of my photo printing/cutting and applying the title on the page:

Here’s a look at my title page and page one:

Here are some close ups with products listed:

Remember, I’ll be posting about this and other Project Life related projects Wednesdays so don’t forget to stop by if you found this interesting! I love when you share YOUR projects with us too so feel free to leave us a link to your Project Life (or Project Life style) projects in the comments! As always…

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Miscellaneous Monday – June 24, 2013

Welcome to Miscellaneous Monday! Now, re-read that in your best announcers voice… makes a great introduction right? I’m sharing one of the funnest scrapbook kits I’ve seen recently! It was made by one of the fabulous designers I create for and the only people who have seen this kit so far is our team. You, lovely reader, get to see what’s in it before anyone else! Also, I get to share a new template release by another one of my designers! Have you noticed all the exclamation marks? I’m really excited to share today’s layout with you! Okay, before I burst, let’s get to it!

First, there is a new template releasing from M&M Designs at her Gotta Pixel Store. Today’s release is another pocket page style template “Project Life Journal Card V6“. As always, you can check out her gallery at Gotta Pixel or on Facebook for inspiration!

Project Life Journal Card V6 by M&M Designs

The kit I used with this template is from Inspiredbydominic Designs and releases this Thursday June 27th over at Scrapbook Bytes. Here’s the sneak peek:

Super Kid by Inspiredbydominic

Can you guess the theme? I have two little boys who love superheros so this kit is bound to get pulled out often! Want to see the page I made this awesome kit? Really… Are you sure? Okay, here it is:

“Space Ranger”
Template: Project Life Journal Card V6 by M&M Designs
Kit: Super Kid by Inspiredbydominic Designs

Anyone else excited to use this kit now? Remember, you saw it in action here first! Go by Inspiredbydominic’s Facebook page and leave her some love on her sneak peek picture!

I also want to remind you that M&M Designs is holding a “Summer Guest CT Call” So if you’re interested in working with some great templates (both pocket page and traditional) head over to her blog or Facebook post for details on how to submit an application!

Guess who got their Dear Lizzy Project Life mini kit this weekend! That’s right folks, I did! I love all the soft, pastel colors but I have no idea what to use it for… I put cards into the mini album though. Look for pictures on Project Life Wednesday! Here’s a look at the promotional picture from Becky Higgins’ blog:

Dear Lizzy Mini through HSN

Lastly, don’t forget tomorrow is Template Tuesday! If anyone has any question or requests (on anything paper or digital scrapbook related, not just about templates) that I might be able to help with, leave me a comment and I will work them into my Tuesday posts!

I think that about wraps up Miscellaneous Monday for this week! As always…

BeeTreeSig-webPS. I’m linked up at Plucky’s Second Thought for her #7 Blog Hop!

Friday Faves- June 21, 2013

It’s nice to see everyone here today! I’m glad your back for “Friday Faves”, today I’m sharing some of my favorite designers! Now, I’ve tried to make sure it’s not a secret that I’m on Creative Teams for some wonderful designers. Obviously I love their products, but today I’m purposely NOT including them in my Friday Faves list! What I am trying to include are designers of different styles and products that might interest you. I don’t get any kind of compensation from any of the designers I’m listing today and these opinions are completely mine! So, if you’re ready, let jump on in!

I have so many favorite designers so it was difficult to narrow it down to just a few designers! In no particular order, here are some of my favorite designers:

Bella Gypsy:
I love their kits so much, the quality is spot on which is incredibly important to me. When I scrap, I normally use more “realistic” elements. I started scrapping in paper so my tastes typically run along those lines. The other thing that I really enjoy about Bella Gypsy is their wide variety of kit themes! Need a summer kit? They have one:

Hello Summer Collection by Bella Gypsy

Need a kit to scrap the men in your life? They’ve got that too!

Glad You’re My Dad Collection by Bella Gypsy

Love the “You Only Live Once” idea? They have a kit for that!

YOLO Bundle

Can you believe these kits? I love how they create elements for “traditional” scrap pages as well as journal cards for those of us who scrap in the pocket page style! Awesome!

Sahlin Studio:
Now, Sahlin Studio creates wonderful digital kits, the quality is great and the variety is amazing but, can I tell you how much I love their “Project Mouse” line of products?! My family loves visiting Disney World and “Project Mouse” is all about Disney and every aspect of your trip! Take a look at some of the “Project Mouse” kits:

Project Mouse Bundle no. 1
Project Mouse Bundle no. 3
Project Mouse (Princess Edition) Bundle

Can you believe the variety? That’s only three of the many bundles they have! If you have any Disney pictures at all, THESE are the kits you want to use! I just can’t tell you how much I love these products!

Scrapping with Liz:
Scrapping with Liz makes some of my favorite templates! Her templates have clean lines, and appealing layouts. There are pocket page/week in review style as well as more “traditional” style templates. When I look at one of her templates I smile because I know that regardless of the kit I choose to use, my layout will end up looking fantastic! Here are a few of the different styles of templates she creates:

Artsy Journal Templates 2
Great Fortune Awaits – The Templates
Weekly Project Templates 7
More Doubles – Templates

Do you see a pattern to my choices yet? Great quality and flexible kits/templates! Scrapping with Liz embodies those traits! You will probably see me use her templates many, many times with my layouts!

Mommyish:
I think you can tell by now why I would love this designer (hint: quality and variety!) but guess what this designer also creates? Commercial Use (CU) products! That’s the type of things you buy to use in making your own kits! Take a look at her Personal Use (PU) kits first:

Be Spring Already: Collection
Project: Live, Laugh, Love

Now, take a look at a few Commercial Use (CU) products Mommyish has in her store:

Oldies but Goodies
Back to School Bits

If you are interested in designing at all, you really need to check out Mommyish’s store! You really will be amazed, I promise!

I cheated a little bit here. My last designer is actually a set of wonderful designers! These are the designers behind Becky Higgins’ Project Life: Lori Whitlock, American Craft, Keri Bradford, Lili Niclass, Tiffani Smith, Liz Tamanaha, Heather Bailey, Nisa Fiin, Elise Joy Blaha Cripe, and Kimberly Church. I’m not going to share every single Project Life here but I did want to share three of may favorites, two of which I actually picked up at Michael’s the other day! The pictures are linked to the digital kits on AC Digitals but you can also find the paper versions on Amazon (Honey, Kraft, Midnight).

Honey Edition by Lori Whitlock
Project Life Kraft Edition by Tiffani Smith
Project Life Midnight Edition by Liz Tamanaha

I hope that you enjoyed this long comprehensive list of designers who’s products I love to work with! If there’s a designer who you’ve never heard of, why don’t you go check out their website or store! I shared just a small amount of what each of these designers have to offer! And as always…

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Project Life Wednesday – June 19, 2013

Welcome to the new Project Life Wednesday! I’ve got some fun pictures to share with you today! I finally started Project Life this year after periodically considering the system since the beginning of 2012… no rash decisions here! When I first looked into the system, they only had physical paper products but now they have expanded into digital products as well. I’ve been scrapbooking on and off for years and have amassed a bit of a collection of paper and embellishments, I have a problem with paper. I love wandering though any store that sells paper. Crafts store? I’m there! Office supply store? Don’t come with me if you aren’t prepared to spend an hour there! A book store? I won’t be back until dinner time! So it might surprise you that I started my Project Life journey with digital kits!

The first kit I ever purchased was Amber Edition (which I believe is retiring soon!) from ACDigitals. After that I couldn’t stop! I now have almost all the digital core and mini editions! Then Becky Higgins had her HSN sale for the new paper Blush and Jade Editions. I now have both of those paper editions (plus I’m waiting on my first Mini Kit through HSN’s auto-ship!) so what’s a digital scrapper to do with paper products? Scrap with them of course! I decided to go through my old, physical photos and get them scrapped! What I love about Project Life is that it’s so flexible. Of course all of my old photos were NOT in a 4″x6″ format, that would be waaaay to easy! So I was glad I ordered the coordinating cardstocks for Blush and Jade in 3″x 4″ and 4″x6″. It made it so simple to crop and add my odd sized photos. Anyway, I’m done boring you with all my words, on to the pictures!

Here is my album, I used the Blush kit for this one since I loved all the pinks (and I have two boys so I really doubt I’d use many pink cards for their pictures). The page looked great without all of the “extras” but my reasoning for buying MORE paper products  was that I needed to use up my paper scrapbooking stash! Makes sense right?!

“My Life in Review” Title Page
Title Page close up

Please don’t ask me all of what I used, some of this stuff I’ve had for eight years (did I mention I have a problem with paper?!) So I know most of the alphas are from American Crafts and the washi tape I picked up at Michael’s but other then that, I have no idea!

Next is a page I really love, I ended up choosing to go with a blue scheme. The pictures are from when one of my cousin’s was born. He’s a boy so I thought blue was quite appropriate as well as matching some of the tones in the photos! I do know the camera sticker is a SN@P product! I do have a small obsession with alphas and Thickers!

“Family” page
Alphas on the picture

The last page I’m going to share in this post is one toward the end (when my pictures were standard 4″x”6″ size). This page doesn’t have much embellishments, I really wanted the photos to stand out! See what I mean about flexibility? Pages look great with a lot of embellishments, or with almost none!

“Euro Trip”

I did round all my corners because I like uniformity, and I enjoy making my life difficult!

Photo close up

I plan on sharing more from this album, and some of my digital pages, over the next few weeks. If you can’t wait that long, you can take a look at my Photobucket album! Along with this post here, I’ll be over on my Facebook Page sharing a little bit about myself. I was going to do this the other day in relation to being nominated for the Sunshine Award (you can see that post here) but I think it relates better to this post… and I might have totally forgotten about it the other day too! So head on over! As always…

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Miscellaneous Monday – June 17, 2013

Welcome to Miscellaneous Monday! Boy have I got a lot to share with you today! There’s a new release, a guest CT call for one of my designers, an online photo class, a new mini kit I’m excited about, an award acceptance and nominations, a few post line up changes, a link up and THREE amazing announcements to share… this might be a long post, you have been warned! But I hope you stick around for all of it!

First up I want to share my announcements with you, I’m proud to announce that I am now working on Polka Dot Pixels’ Creative Team, you can find her over at TheDigiChick. Do you remember the layout from this post where I used the school themed kit from Polka Dot Pixels? Aren’t her designs so unique? I just love the vintage feel of her kits, I don’t see great quality, vintage kits like that very often!

Next up I wanted to also share that I’m also working on InspiredByDominic Designs Creative Team (also known as the Inspiration Team and you can find her at Scrapbook Bytes)! InspiredByDominic Designs has some AMAZING styles that I absolutely adore! I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on with her GAB (Grab-A-Byte) “Summer Play” kit so come back Saturday to check that out!

My other exciting news is that I’m participating in Stuff To Scrap’s “This Scrapper’s Got Talent” contest! I’ve never participated in this type of contest before so I’m incredibly excited and extremely nervous about sharing my pages in this challenge! I will be sharing my layouts for that each Saturday of the contest, even if I get eliminated, I’m going to continue to play along!

Another change up that I’m working on implementing is Project Life Wednesdays. I’m going to start doing a post series dedicated to Project Life and his Wednesday I’ll be sharing my paper album. I used the new Blush kit and created a “My Life in Review” type of album so you’ll want to keep an eye out for those posts if you do Project Life or are interested in starting!

Lets get to a new release shall we? Today, M&M Designs released “Project Life Journal Cards V5” template. I created a layout documenting one of Disney’s Animal Kingdom “Lion King” shows we saw. At the beginning of the show, each section of the audience is taught an animal sound to “welcome” Simba and his friends into the theater. At this show we sat in the “Lion Section” and my oldest son was picked to show our group how to roar like a lion! He was over the moon and I think this layout really shows that! Take a look at the template pack (which is on sale for $2 for the set of 4, over at Gotta Pixel):

Project Life Journal Cards V5

“Lion King”
Template: Project Life Journal Cards V5 by M&M Designs
Kit: That’s Life (iNSD Collaboration Kit) by TheDigiChick

I also wanted to mention that M&M Designs is having a summer “Guest Creative Team” call. If you’re interested you can find all the information on Facebook or (hopefully soon) on her blog. It’s a great team to work with and she creates both pocket page and “traditional” templates that are so fun to work with!


Next on my “housecleaning” list is a new Photoshop class, Photo editing: Frame Ups and Effects 1, from Jessica Sprague. I’ve taken some of her other classes and I just love them (and I’m not compensated in any way for sharing this class or my thoughts about it!) I have some experience with Photoshop elements but even with the beginner classes, I learned a ton! It’s so easy to follow along with her videos and she repeats the steps, in a way that isn’t annoying, so that you really understand what to do and how to do it! She’s offering another free class. It’s a one week class but, if there are 10k sign ups, she will teach an additional week of classes for free! It’s all free so what could you lose by signing up and trying it out?


I’m also linking up this week over at “Plucky’s Second Thought”. This week is a link up of posts about DIY/Craft, tips, tricks, reviews, pretty much anything that’s not a giveaway or another link up! So if you have a blog, head over there and check out the link up, I always find new, interesting blogs to follow there!


Last, but by no mean least, I want to share that I was given the “Sunshine Award” by DaDivaDeals! This award has circulated around as a bit of a “digital high five” letting a blogger know their posts brighten your day! I’m so honored to receive this award especially since I’ve only been posting this blog for about two weeks! I can’t believe so many of you enjoy stopping by my little corner of the internet already! I really do appreciate all of you!

Here are the rules for accepting the nomination:
-Include award logo in a post or on your blog (see above)
-Link to the person who nominated you – DaDivaDeals
-Answer 10 questions about yourself (see below!)
-Nominate 10 bloggers (Check out the fun card I created for my nominations)

YAMSAwardPicture-web
Made with “When Sky’s are Gray” by Polka Dot Pixels

-Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs letting them know they’ve been nominated Check out these great blogs:
The Road to Domestication
A Homeschool Mom
Writing of a Mrs. Mommy
Maxine Renee Designs
I am Meg & so can you
Make Cents Blogging
Paisley and Painted
My Purple Beginnings
Revolutionary Mom
Little Lamb & Co

I wasn’t asked any so I won’t make you answer any either, I will be posting some about me tid-bits on my Facebook Page today so if you’re interested, stop by and “like” my page so you get updates when I post there!

My goodness! Everyone still here with me? I know this was a long post without many exciting pictures but as this is “Miscellaneous Monday” and I never know how long or short my posts will be Mondays! Thanks for sticking with me and as always…

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Friday Faves – June 14, 2013

Hey! You’re back in time for Friday Faves! This week I’m sharing (in no particular order) five of my current favorite templates. I know that I shared a template with you on Tuesday for Template Tuesday but that was mostly as a how-to of my creative process, today I’m focusing on the templates but I will show you a layout I made with each one to give you some ideas for using each template.

Now, you know I am on a few Creative Teams, there is one template here from a designer I CT for but I didn’t choose it to promote my designer (this time at least!), I chose it because, well, it would be one of my current favorites even if someone else had designed it! Lets jump right in!

I have a special space in my design spot for Sahlin Studio products. If you hadn’t noticed, many of the photos in my layouts are from Disney World. I just got back from a month trip there! Needless to say, I have a TON of photos to scrap! Sahlin Studios has a whole line devoted to Disney called “Project Mouse” that’s absolutely to-die-for! This template has nothing to do with that line other then it was created by the same designer, I just wanted to share…

Anyway, this template was a freebie from April off the Sahlin Studios’ blog (it’s still avalible today but I can’t guarantee how long it will be there). I like that this template continues off the page. It was a challenge sometimes to place pictures and elements because of this though. It challenged me a bit and I appreciate that! One thing that some people might find challenging is the lack of shadows on the template. Sometimes I enjoy having shadows already done but sometimes I end up changing all the shadows anyway so without any shadows, I can start fresh! Here is a picture of the template and the layout I made with it:

April 2013 Blog Freebie from Sahlin Studio


“Magical Mouse House”
Template: April 2013 Blog Freebie by Sahlin Studios
Kit: Various kits were used, all by Sahlin Studios

Next on my list is Template Revisited 11 by Scrapping with Liz. This template is all circles. I do squares, do you know how long it took me to complete this layout? Almost the entire month, I did a little bit here and there. I love how it turned out but it was certainly a challenge! I ended up choosing some beach photos, the Scrap Orchard iNSD Techno Geek kit and Down by the Shore by Scraps by Missy to complete this layout. I really like the uniqueness of having a template filled with circle layers! Here’s the template and the layout I ended up making with it:


“Beach Bum”
Template: Template Revisited 11 by Scrapping with Liz
Kit: iNSD TechnoGeek by Scrap Orchard Designers
Kit: Down by the Shore by Scraps By Missy

The third template that I want to share is from ChrissyW Digital’s Sample Pack 8. I originally created this as a CT layout but I’m sharing it because of what I did with the template. This template has a collection of squares, typically they would be used to clip paper and small photos to. I decided to go a different route and combine some of the square spaces to hold one larger picture. This put a creative spin on the layout and it came out looking great:

“Princess Birthday Kisses”
Template: Sample Pack 8 by ChrissyW Digital
Kit: Summer Meadow by ChrissyW Digital

This next template is very popular and very basic but it’s flexibility is what I love. This is Template A from Becky Higgins’ Project Life. I see this template used everywhere but what makes layouts made with this standout is how people adapt and change it to meet their layout needs. In this layout I combined card slots to place a larger picture while keeping the overall lines of the template. It’s an easy way to make a template your own. Take a look at the template and the changes I made to use it for my layout:

“Fort Wilderness”
Template: Template A by Becky Higgins Project Life
Kit: Various kits from Sahlin Studios

This last template is the new June freebie template from Angie Kovacs called Just Journal. I love the square collage area in the center. I think I gravitated toward this template because of it’s funky yet simple feel. I really enjoy templates with clean lines and open space. This template has both of those qualities, I was even able to use a paper that had a large graphic and it actually shows in the layout, I sometimes find that hard to accomplish with the other templates I use. I used Polka Dot Pixels kit “School Day” with a photo from our Disney World trip last month. Even though I took a lot of pictures, I’m glad there’s a large variety, there always seems to be a picture to use with whatever kit I choose! This template and kit go so well together:

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“The World”
Template: June Freebie Template by Angie Kovacs
Kit: School Day by Polka Dot Pixels

I hope you enjoyed the selection of templates and some ideas on how to use them. Just remember, a template is a starting point, don’t forget you can change them up to suit your needs! If you use any of these templates, leave me a link so that I can see what you created!

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Template Tuesday – June 11, 2013

Welcome to Template Tuesday! Today we’re going to look at one of the templates that I wrote about yesterday, “Project Life Journal Cards V4” by M&M Designs. You can pick it up on sale for only $2 at Gotta Pixel!

Project Life Journal Card V4

I used the template on the bottom right for the layout I’m sharing today. I’m going to show you the process I typically use when making my Project Life style layouts. Kind of a “how to” if you will. Actually, this is pretty much my process for most pages I create regardless of format! Without further ado, here is my layout for the day:
“Tom Sawyer Island”
Template: Project Life Journal Card V4 by M&M Designs
Kit: Kraft by Becky Higgins
Elements: Cache Ya Later by ChrissyW Digital

Okay, the first step that I start with is picking my pictures. Sometimes that’s easy because I already know what I want to use in my layout. This was one of those times! It was out last night in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and I was trying to take my very last photos! I ended up using the “Sunset” setting on my camera and I love how these turned out, the only adjustment I made was “Unsharp Mask” to take the fog out. The pictures below haven’t been altered so you can compare them to the final layout photos that used this one adjustment.

Large photo, unaltered
For small square photo, unaltered
Second small square photo, unaltered

Then I take my photos, clip them into my layout and re-size as needed. I added a second, rounded corner background below the cards but above the original background. I re-sized the card spaces and the additional background so I had a double mat. I did this because I wanted more of the patterned paper to show around the cards. Here’s what I’m talking about:

Layout step one, pictures and re-seized template

Next I choose what papers or kit I want to use. This time I decided to use the Kraft Project Life kit by Becky Higgins. I chose the papers from this one because they were a similar tone and feel. I played around with which ones I wanted were and what cards I wanted to use. There are so many great choices in this kit that it was hard to choose just four cards and four papers!

Layout step 2, papers and cards placed

Next I decided that I wanted to add more then just some text. I wanted some elements, do-dads if you will. I chose to use “Cache Ya Later” by ChrissyW Digital. I typically pull all the elements into Photoshop Elements. This lets me see them in my photo bin and I don’t have to keep opening things! It might be lazy, but it helps me work quickly when I can see all my options at one time. I also add the title now. Right now I’m really liking outlined/matted titles. I decided to match the kit’s text on my title. I think it flows better that way, plus I love the text the kit had! Here is the layout with elements and title:

Layout step 3, elements and title

I realized that my far right card was very plain. I wasn’t sure what to use there and then inspiration struck! I duplicated my card, extracted out just the white and red circles and decided to make them “card flaps” to hold in a journaling card! I created a square shape and clipped on the same graph paper I used for the background. I added the rest of my text and voila! The very. very last thing that I do is make sure things are shadowed properly, especially if I change the shadow angles on a template. I also check that everything is placed where it should be and my text is spelled correctly. I am a terrible speller so the fact that PSE does NOT have a spell checker makes me super nervous sometimes! Here is a close up of my right 3×4 card:

Right 3×4 card close-up

That’s pretty much my work flow. At this point I make sure everything is saved and create my web sized image. I upload wherever I want then. I used to save my full resolution JPGs at the same time but I’m not printing them right now so I’ve decided to wait on creating those files until I decide to print a large batch.

This is also the same workflow I use when I create my paper Project Life pages. If you want to check those out, you can click over to my Photobucket album of those pages! If you have any questions leave me a comment or hop over to my Facebook page and you can leave a comment there too! I hope you enjoyed this post and that it might help you with your own layouts!

One last bit of housekeeping, this is the last day to get Gotta Pixel’s GGI packs. M&M Designs’ GGI packs are only $1 for each four template pack! How could you go wrong? Here are the links for “Walking on Sunshine 1” and “Walking on Sunshine 2“.

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