December Daily Album and Cover Page

For the past two years I’ve followed along with Ali Edwards and created a December Daily album which celebrates the holiday season by documenting one story a day through the month of December. I only document until Christmas day though. These have turned out to be my favorite scrapbooks ever! They are pure magic.

In the past I’ve used WeRMemoryKeepers 8 1/2×11 albums and Ali’s digital overlays and it worked well, but this year I decided to change it up and work with a smaller album. I picked up a red Simple Stories 6×8 album at Archiver’s. I’m so excited to work with the smaller size. I think it will make completing the album that much easier and I’ll definitely be using less ink to print my photos since I print everything for the album at home.

Here is a look at my album and the cover page. I plan to use Ali’s daily overlays again too, but haven’t had the chance to print them out yet.

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For my cover page, I used the Allison Kreft Designs star overlay. I’m obsessed. I bought two of them to use throughout my album. I also used a glittered star that I purchased from Etsy.com awhile back. I’m not sure of the store. The “merry & bright” is a Tis the Season sticker from Echo Park. I’ll be using a bunch of those throughout my album as well.DSC_0843

Here is a look at the back of the cover page. I simply cut out a star to hide the back of the glittered star because the back of it was really ugly. I think it was made with a cereal box or something of the sort, so it needed to be covered. Then I added another work sticker to back the other. You can see the stars of the overlay so much clearer in this photo.DSC_0849

Just behind the cover page I added a page that holds four, 3×4 photos and I put a D (which I attached to an extra piece of cut up pocket page) for our last name in the top pocket and then used some scrapbook paper and number stickers to add the year to the album. I plan to remove the other two pockets, as I do want it to hide the first day.DSC_0851

I’ve only added a few other pieces to the book so far. I still need to buy some buttons and other embellishments, so I don’t want to do too much until I get those.

I plan to blog my pages daily this year in hopes that it will keep me on track, so look for that to start December 1st.

I love this project and am so excited to be doing it again this year!

If you would like to learn more about December Daily click here.

Project Life-Weeks Seventeen and Eighteen

As I mentioned last week, I did a lot of Project Life catch up last week and am feeling pretty good about my progress. I’m still a little behind, but I’m getting there!

Week Seventeen

This was Hudson’s birthday week so there is a lot going on.

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Here I used my a piece of scrapbook paper cut to 4×6 and added a Project Life Midnight Edition digital card on top and then added the glitter letter stickers to spell his name.DSC_0005

To document his actual birthday, I used a 6×12 insert and sewed the 4×6 pockets once I had the photos inserted. There are photos in both the front and back sides.DSC_0006

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Behind the 6×12 insert I added a Design D insert to document his birthday party.  I cut off the outer row of 6×4 pockets.DSC_0009

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For the back page of the spread I added his invitation and a few photos from the rest of the weekend.DSC_0013

I put this photo collage together in Photoshop so that I could include more from that outing that I didn’t have the space for if I had added the full photos. That’s a great trick if you run out of space and can shrink your photos into a collage.DSC_0014

Week Eighteen

Not much to report this week. We were home and just hanging out. The kids did get to celebrate their first May Day. I had never done it before because I was waiting until they got a little older. All I did was make them little May baskets with popcorn and M&M’s. I even had to make sure Harper’s popcorn didn’t have any kernal shells because kids aren’t really supposed to have it until they’re four. She didn’t like it anyway and I ended up eating it for her! Exciting stuff. I know.

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It snowed AGAIN this week, so I took a photo and added some text to it in Photoshop.DSC_0017

Here is took one of the 3×4 journaling cards and added a little extra text making it say “this never happen”. Simple.DSC_0019

 

Catching up feels good! I’m in the process of working on my projects, so I’ll be back tomorrow with some of that!

And as always, if you would like to know more about what products I used, please leave a comment.

Project Life-Weeks Fourteen, Fifteen & Sixteen

I’m back with another Project Life update. I’ve been having a hard time catching up with everything else I’ve been working on lately. Not to mention that I ran out of printer ink again while finishing up my December Daily from this past Christmas. Yes, you read that correctly. I’ve been finishing up a Christmas project for the past few weeks. I really wanted to get it finished so I could pack it away and be able to pull it with all our Christmas stuff this Winter. It’s been haunting me…but it’s finally done.

Anyway, I digress. On to my Project Life album. There’s not really anything special about these three weeks of layouts. Simple, but awesome as always.

Week Fourteen

I love this photo of Harper, so I decided to make it bigger. That’s a great trick to take up space if you didn’t take very many photos during the week. DSC_0237DSC_0238DSC_0240

Week Fifteen

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Here I added my concert stub from the Bon Jovi concert into the small pocket. And I love adding the see, hear, taste, touch, smell cards. I sewed this one onto a 4×6 piece of cardstock.DSC_0247 

I also love to write directly onto the photos whenever possible. Love this look with the text following the shape of the bowl.DSC_0246DSC_0244

Another little tip if you have more photos and not enough room for all your journaling, is to do the journaling for two photos on one card and include arrows to show which goes with what. Simple.DSC_0248

Week Sixteen

This week I included the news story about the Boston bombing because it was pretty much all that was on TV and the radio throughout the week. Sometimes I like to include news stories and sometimes I don’t. I guess it sort of depends on what else I have to add to the album, but since I watched a ton of the coverage, I decided to add it.DSC_0250DSC_0251

On the True Story card, I added a quote from Hudson. I’ve been doing this a lot in this album. He is constantly saying things to crack us up and I want to be able to go back and read them when he gets older. Plus, it’s so hard to remember everything. It’s amazing how fast you forget that stuff when you’re a parent because your brain is always on overload!DSC_0252

I ordered a bunch of photos from Persnickety Prints to help me get truly caught up, so once I get those I’ll be able to work, work, work. I love sitting down for a couple of hours at a time and working away. It’s awesome when my creative juices really get flowing!

My goal is to get completely up to date so that I can post my layouts in real-time.

If you have any questions about Project Life or anything I used in my layouts feel free to leave a comments.

Project Life-Weeks Six & Seven

Today it’s weeks six and seven of Project Life. I’m starting to get into the groove of it again and I’m loving it!

Week Six

For some reason the picture of the first page is missing, so you can only see half of it on the left hand side. But you get the gist.

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This is one of my favorite photos of Harper. It’s exactly how she looks most of the time because she’s still growing out her bangs and they never stay out of her face no matter how hard I try!

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I also included a photo of The Walking Dead cast that I printed out because the season started up again and we were so excited. I like to include elements like this so that some day down the road we can look back and remember the things that we were loving at the time.DSC_0167

I used some of Ali Edwards digital elements this week as always.DSC_0168

Week Seven

This was the week of Valentine’s Day, so I used more hearts and pink than usual. We also took a trip up to Sioux Falls to visit my parents and see my sister’s family. The kids love trips to Grandma and Grandpa’s house.

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I used Ali’s digital elements here and another technique that I love to incorporate is writing on the actual photos. I used an American Crafts slick writer in black.DSC_0171

I added some photos that I took with my Instax mini while we were at the zoo. I love these little pictures and try to remember to use that camera.DSC_0172

The picture of Jeremy and I is actually a post from Facebook that he posted and I simply took a screen shot of it on my phone and then printed out as a 4×6. I added a couple of strips of washi tape to embellish it and used my slick writer to write around the photo.DSC_0173

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I’m basically all caught up now. I have a little bit of journaling to do for weeks eight and nine and then I’ll get those posted later this week. From then on, it will be real-time updates! Yay! I hate getting caught up, but am glad that I’m not too far behind.

As always, if you have questions about Project Life or would like to learn more about it, check out http://www.beckyhiggins.com/.

 

Project Life-Weeks Three & Four

I’m back to share my Project Life weeks three and four. As I get further into the project, I tend to like my page designs more and more. I slowly start to get into the swing of things again and really find my style.

Week Three
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I blurred out the photo of Harper on the potty. I try to be careful about what I share on the internet since I know it will be there forever.

All of the sqaure photos are from my Instagram feed and then I printed them on 4×6 photo paper. Sometimes I cut them down to 4×4 to attach them to patterned card stock and other times I leave them and add embellishments like washi tape.
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I try to photograph some of the everyday things around our house to include them into the album like this photo of Harper’s favorite baby doll.
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The “heart this” photo overlay is from Ali Edwards and is available at Designer Digitals.
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Week Four

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I included a photo I took of the tv during the Inauguration. Love adding current events.
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This was Harper’s first time finger painting, so I trimmed down one of her paintings to 4×6 to include that in the week.
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Here I took a 4×6 photo and cut it in half and placed it in two of the 3×4 slots. I love this look and do it often. It’s especially great when you don’t have many photos for the week and need to take up some space.
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As always, if you have any questions about Project Life or any of the other products used in these spreads, please feel free to email me or leave a comment.

Tashia

Project Life-Weeks One & Two

I’m finally all caught up with my Project Life album. It seemed to take forever, which is weird because we’re just at the beginning of the year. Anyway, today I’m sharing weeks one and two with you and will share weeks three and four tomorrow.

The first couple weeks of the year were pretty low key and slow for us. I had a hard time figuring out how to fill those pages with relevant information, but I’m satisfied with how they turned out.

As previously mentioned, I’m using the Sea Foam kit this year, and I plan on using a 12×12 vanilla colored WeRMemoryKeepers binder as my album, but haven’t had a chance to pick it up yet.

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Week Two
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I added a 6×12 insert to document Jeremy’s birthday this year. You can see that in the photo below.

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Below you can see the back of the 6×12 insert and the rest of the page that was hidden behind it in the previous photo.

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I love this project more and more every day! It’s such a great way to document the everyday ahppenings around here. I wish it wouldn’ve exsisted back before I was married, because I would love to be able to go back and see what I was really doing every day and not just the “big” moments.

*If you would like to know more about Project Life visit www.beckyhiggins.com.

**And if you have any questions about the other products or embellishments I used or anything else Project Life related, don’t be afraid to ask in the comments section!

I’ll be back tomorrow to share weeks three and four.

Tashia

Project Life Cover Page

I finally completed my Project Life cover page. I wanted to post it yesterday, but couldn’t figure out what to do with the last 4×6 slot. I’m still not sure if I’m really happy with it but it will do for now. So, without futher ado…

I’m sorry about the color. For some reason all the pictures look bluish. I’m using the Seafoam core kit as my base and plan to add to it along the way. The silver letters are from Target and I simply stitched through them with my sewing machine.

The date button is from Ormalou. They also do custom buttons and I’ve ordered a few of those as well.

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Here is the 4×6 slot that I had trouble with filling. I didn’t want it to be too busy, but it’s feeling a little plain to me right now. Maybe I’ll keep working on it, but this will do in the mean time. The silver star is from etsy.com.

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I’m catching up on all the weeks up until now and still trying to figure out the whole wordpress thing. It’s not as user friendly has I had hoped. Whomp. Whomp.

Enjoy your day!

Tashia

One Little Word 2013

Just like I did last year, I’m taking Ali Edwards One Little Word class through Big Picture Classes. I loved, loved, loved the class last year. I got so much out of it by the end of the year. It really seemed to guide me in a positive direction, which felt so good.

If you haven’t heard about the class before, it’s basically a way to set some monthly goals for yourself based on one word instead of coming up with a New Year’s resolution or resolution(s) that you don’t end up keeping even through the month of December, let alone the entire year. I highly recommend it!

Last year my word was nourish. It was perfect! I focused on my mind, body and soul all year long. I started a regular exercise routine. I made better food choices. I started to learn meditation. I made time for myself. I could go on and on. I tried my best to keep my word in the front of my mind as much as possible. I completed the album and was so satisfied with the outcome. Although making a book is part of the class, I definitely think you could take part and not create a book. Keeping a journal would be just as gratifying.

This year I picked open as my word. I want to be open to new possibilities and to have an open mind and an open heart. I want this to be my best year yet because I’m open to anything! I started my book with the January prompt, but haven’t yet. When I do, I’ll be sure to update my post.

If you’re interested in learning more, check out Big Picture Classes website here.

It’s not too late to start, and it’s a great way to do something positive for yourself.

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Tashia

Mini Album-Big Sur Trip

I didn’t always like the concept of a mini book. I thought they would be hard to store on display because  and I wasn’t sure how they would hold up over time due to the fact that they don’t typically have page protectors and are not usually housed in binders. However, after seeing Elise Cripe’s summer mini book, I decided to give it a try. I am really happy with the finished project and wanted to share it with you.

So here is the mini album that I put together to document our trip to Big Sur this past summer. It was my first time making a mini book ever, so I wasn’t really sure where to start, but I quickly got in a groove and it turned out to be one of my favorites. I don’t think it’s something I will do often, but I enjoyed putting it together and will definitely make more in the future.

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All the photographs were taken with my Nikon D3100with just the standard lens or with my iPhone.

I still have a few small finishing touches I need to add, but it’s pretty much done. Love it!

Tashia