Monday, September 10, 2018

2018 Project Life: Week 28

Week 28 happened in the middle of what I've taken to calling my "dark time," the period of several weeks right after I got some bad news when I basically spent all of my time wallowing in self-pity. It wasn't pretty.

But somehow I did manage to take a few photos... even if nearly all of them are of alcohol. So I'm rolling with that theme for this week's spread.

Luckily the Citrus Twist Kits Traveler's Notebook Stamp for the month of August has some perfect phrases for this kind of spread. This real life, people. It's not always sunshine and rainbows.

And for any of you who may be concerned for my mental and physical health based on these photos, don't worry. I'm fine. It was a bad time, and I sometimes self-medicate with wine, but I'm good.

Here's a look at my process:

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Traveler's Notebook: April 2018

Today I'm back working in my 2018 traveler's notebook. This is an insert I'm using to document one highlight from each month of this year, one that is particularly relevant to me personally.

For April, I'm using a picture of the passport I received this month. Even though we don't have plans to go anywhere just yet, I didn't want the fact that I didn't have a passport to keep us from making some, so I decided to just get one. And I was SUPER excited about it. I felt like a real grown-up. :)

The insert is from Freckled Fawn. Most of the rest of the supplies I've used are from Citrus Twist, including bits from the March Pocket Life Kit, the June Pocket Life Kit, and the July Stamp Set.

I'm pretty happy with the way this one turned out. Those travel stamps on the Crate Paper Here + There paper are just gorgeous!

Here's a look at my process:

Happy Crafting!

Friday, August 31, 2018

2018 Project Life: Week 26

Hey guys! I'm back with week 26 in my 2018 Project Life album.

I finally felt like I was starting to get my groove back with this spread. After the break I took over the summer, I definitely felt out of practice.

I'm pretty happy with the way this spread turned out. I used the Citrus Twist Kits July Skyland Pocket Life Kit, which is gorgeous, and the July Stamp Set as well.

I'm really loving the soft rainbow colors of this spread. There have been a lot of rainbow pages out there lately, and I've been dying to make of for myself. I'm not sure this qualifies, so you may expect more in the future!

You can watch my full process below.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Traveler's Notebook Walkthrough: 30 Days of Lists from March 2018

Hey there! With September drawing ever near and along with it the next round of 30 Days of Lists, I thought it would be a good time to finally share my completed album from March's round of listing.

To be honest, I'm surprised by how much I loved doing this project. The lists were fun to make, and the pages were a great random creative outlet. You know, the kind of project where anything goes and there are no rules, and you're free to be as creative as you want. Yeah, it was a fun project.

So I have to upfront and say that I did NOT complete this album in the 30 days. I did make my lists on the appropriate days, but I just kept them on a sheet of notepaper in my planner until I had time to play with supplies and make the daily pages. There's no way I could complete something like this in real time!

So if you're curious to see my finished work, here's a quick flip through:

Happy Crafting!

Monday, August 27, 2018

2018 Project Life: Week 25

I gotta say, Week 25 may be my favorite so far this year. I used the July Pocket Life Kit from Citrus Twist, and I love the colors in this kit!

For this spread I stuck with the reds and blues from the kit, and amazingly, it didn't look too patriotic.

I'm also in love with the stamp set from this month. It's perfect!

And those puffy heart stickers?! Oh my goodness. I will never have enough of those. I must have all the puffy heart stickers!

Here's a look at my process:

Happy Crafting!

Friday, August 24, 2018

Catching Up with Project Life

A while back I wrote a series of posts about my Project Life process (you can see them here and here), and I'm surprised to say that my process hasn't changed all that much. I still use the PicTapGo app and iPhoto, although I now print mostly from home instead of sending my photos off to a printer. I still prefer to work with kits, although most of my kits these days are ones that I've purchased rather than ones I made myself. And I still go through the same general steps when putting my spreads together, although it definitely doesn't take me as much time as it used to.

But today I wanted to talk to you specifically about catching up when you're behind on Project Life. I wish that I had some magic answer that made this process easy and painless, but I don't. Really it comes down to setting aside time and doing the work. But since I am habitually behind on my Project Life spreads, I have found a few things that help me get this done.

The first is batch processing. When I'm trying to get caught up, I always do the steps in batches. That means I'll edit photos for multiple weeks at a time before moving on to the next step with any of them. I do the same with printing, dating, and trimming. Once all of this is done, I store each week's photos together in a plastic bag. That way when I have a bit of time to be creative, I can pull out a bag, choose a kit, and get busy.

In the video below I walk you through the process I use to prepare multiple weeks at a time.

The second tip I have is to work with a kit. Having a limited number of supplies in front of you helps narrow your choices and allows you to work faster. If I spent time digging through all of my supplies for each week's spread, I would never get caught up. So I choose one kit to work with for each week and only pull other items from my stash when I need something to fill a particular need (like an alpha that still has E's).

I hope you found this helpful. Here's to all of us getting caught up on our Project Life albums!

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

2018 Project Life: Week 24

Some weeks of our lives are better than others. Some weeks are downright awful.

Week 24 was not a great week for me, and I struggled with how to document it in my album. I considered skipping it altogether, but I knew that someday when I look back at this time, I will want to know my thoughts and will wish I had taken the time to document them. So I decided my best strategy would be to stop thinking about it and just do it.

I printed the few photos I had taken that week and picked out some supplies from the June Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life kit and just started.

It didn't turn out great. I'm not really a fan of the color palette I chose or the layout of some of the cards, and the pictures are far from stellar. But it's done. It's documented and in my album. I don't think I'll ever regret that.

The video for this week is super long because I was struggling. It had been weeks since I'd done a page in my album, and my mojo was gone. Plus the subject matter was just hard to deal with. So I took my time, but I got it done in the end.

Here's a look, in case you're interested.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, August 20, 2018

2016 Michigan Mini Album Walkthrough

I actually created this album about a year and a half ago, but I had never shared it here, so I thought the easiest way to do so would be to do a quick album walkthrough. Scroll down to see the video.

I used a bunch of different supplies for this mini. The cover is cut from a plastic placemat that I bought on clearance at Target. I just cut it to slightly larger than the 6x8 page protectors, then used my Crop-A-Dile Power Punch to punch the holes for the binder rings and the Corner Chomper to round the corners so they wouldn't be sharp.

Inside there's a combination of bits from old Studio Calico documenter kits, A Beautiful Mess Messy Boxes, Pebbles Lakes collection, Pink Paislee Outfitters collection, Studio Calico Atlantic collection, and Crate Paper Open Road collection.

The page protectors are a variety of Simple Stories, Echo Park, and Becky Higgins. I used my Fuse Tool to cut and seal some of the page protectors to fit some of the pieces of ephemera I brought back with us.

Here's a look at the entire album:

Happy Crafting!

Friday, August 17, 2018

2018 Project Life: Week 23

Hi all! I'm back again with another week in my 2018 Project Life album.

For week 23, I'm still using the June Pocket Life Kit from Citrus Twist Kits. There is just so much in these kits! Seriously, they seem to last & last.

Once again I decided to use an alpha from my stash for the title card instead of the one that came in this kit. The pink alpha is so pretty, but I'm having a hard time using it on my spreads. I'll have to make an effort to use it, because I definitely don't want to hoard it.

I'm really loving all of the soft colors in this spread. That pastel plaid card just make my heart pitter-patter. I knew I had to use it with the picture of the rose I tried this week.

I'm starting to worry that my album is becoming an ode to my sleeping pets, but it's just so hard not to include their adorable little faces when I have pictures of them! :)

Here's a look at my process:

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

2018 Project Life: Week 22

I'm slowly catching up from my little project life hiatus, however, this video was one I actually filmed before things went crazy.

For Week 22, I decided to keep things pretty simple. The June Pocket Life Kit from Citrus Twist had some really cute muted rainbow elements in it, and I knew I wanted to use as many of them as I could in one spread.

I'm also in love with the floral pattern card that I used for my title. It's just so beautiful! I want an entire sheet of that pattern.

I used the filler card sentiment in the middle of my spread to set the tone for the whole page. It's kind of acting as my journaling, since all of the pictures reflect little moments from the week where I took time to enjoy the people (and animals) around me. It actually turned out to be kind of perfect.

You can see my full process in the video below.

Happy Crafting!