Project Life 2017 Week 35 | Using Sahlin Studio Monthly Cards & Like A Boss!!!

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing this lovely layout from my 2017 Project Life album for Week 35. I am using the Sahlin Studio Monthly calendar cards and the Like A Boss kit. Have a look at my entire process here.

Our stories for this particular week included a heavy travel week for Alan, so preparations for that, taking care of the kids via solo parenting for me, and some awesome photos that Alan took while he was in Texas!

Project Life 2017 Week 35 | Using Sahlin Studio Monthly Cards & Like A Boss!!!
Project Life 2017 Week 35 | Using Sahlin Studio Monthly Cards & Like A Boss!!!
Project Life 2017 Week 35 | Using Sahlin Studio Monthly Cards & Like A Boss!!!

I am loving the beautiful colors on the Monthly calendar cards from Sahlin Studio! In our creative world it can be difficult sometimes to choose a kit or product to use in our layouts, but I've used this calendar card as a jumping off point for the whole layout. I looked in the Sahlin Studio shop to see what other collections feature this color, and Like A Boss was an immediate winner! Yay for easy decision-making!

Project Life 2017 Week 35 | Using Sahlin Studio Monthly Cards & Like A Boss!!!

I've printed only the journaling cards I needed to complete my layout, and my formula for selecting those is also pretty straightforward: print your favorites. Print the ones you LOVE. I was listening to another scrapbooker a few days ago who repeated this sentiment. Instead of saving the ones you love, go ahead and USE the ones you love. You'll be so glad you did!

Project Life 2017 Week 35 | Using Sahlin Studio Monthly Cards & Like A Boss!!!

I've added just a few tiny embellishments to some of the cards, the leaves here are from Felicity Jane, as is the rubber Home Sweet Home piece. The wood 2017 veneer is from a Gossamer Blue kit several years back.

Project Life 2017 Week 35 | Using Sahlin Studio Monthly Cards & Like A Boss!!!

I have also used a few tiny embellishments from Freckled Fawn. I have to tell you guys, the embellishment kits are always near my desk and I reach for them on almost every layout I make! Here the labels, the chipboard word sticker, and the washi tape add simple touches.

Project Life 2017 Week 35 | Using Sahlin Studio Monthly Cards & Like A Boss!!!
Project Life 2017 Week 35 | Using Sahlin Studio Monthly Cards & Like A Boss!!!

For the second page I've included a photo of the kids while we were having dinner. The story is about Addison trying to tell us all about some things that they were going over in class, but it was pretty far over my head so I know it was over the others' heads too! He forgets he is the oldest (and no doubt the smartest too!). But I am in awe of him, even when I have to remind him that what happens in his classes needs to stay in his classes, and how bright he is. He has a very acute memory! 

Project Life 2017 Week 35 | Using Sahlin Studio Monthly Cards & Like A Boss!!!
Project Life 2017 Week 35 | Using Sahlin Studio Monthly Cards & Like A Boss!!!

Since I had most of my journaling complete, and the title card done, this 4x6 card with the fun squares becomes a filler card and just a place to have fun. So I added just the tiniest embellishments that would fit inside those squares! They of course repeat the colors and textures across the page and give an awesome opportunity to use them up!

Project Life 2017 Week 35 | Using Sahlin Studio Monthly Cards & Like A Boss!!!

What a fun layout, thank you for following along today! See you again soon!

~Theresa

The digital products used in these pages are available at The Lilypad via the following links:
Monthly cards
Like A Boss

Larkindesign Creative Team Neftali Zambrano | My Goals & Preparations for Project Life 2018

Hello lovelies! Today Creative Team member Neftali Zambrano is on the blog to talk about her plans for 2018 Project Life! You can learn more about Neftali and follow her on all her social media here: Neftali Zambrano.

Larkindesign Creative Team Neftali Zambrano | My Goals & Preparations for Project Life 2018

Hello there everyone! It's Neftali here, and I am happy to be back today to share with you some very special goals I have set for myself for 2018 involving Project Life.

But first, can I tell you a secret? I have never done Project Life! I know what you might be thinking, what is she gonna do with all of the awesome designs by Theresa, then? Well, I have realized that now would be the most perfect time for me to take on this goal of mine, that I've actually had since I first heard of pocket page memory keeping, about 6 years ago! I have absolutely everything I need to do it, and so my goal this year is to take on my very first year of Project Life memory keeping.

So I thought I would come to share with you all the first steps I have taken to try out my own little version for my memory keeping adventures using what I've learned from Theresa's In My Pocket Memory Keeping Class Vol. 1 and the very beautiful January "Out With The Old" collection.

Larkindesign Creative Team Neftali Zambrano | My Goals & Preparations for Project Life 2018

So one of the biggest takeaways I had from the first few lessons in the In My Pocket Memory Keeping class was that the first thing that needs to happen before you take on your first Project Life journey, is to have a plan. In that plan you need to include the type of format you want to have for your pocket pages, the album size, and finally the way you'll keep track of photos and how you'll go about printing them. 

Larkindesign Creative Team Neftali Zambrano | My Goals & Preparations for Project Life 2018

Well, if you're a newbie to pocket page memory keeping like me, you can imagine how this can leave you feeling quite overwhelmed, since these are pretty big choices! However, it's normal, just like starting anything new is a bit nerve racking at first. But the choices can still be made and it can all be done with your personal style and preference in mind. The important thing is that you start taking your first steps, then the rest will fall in place.

So after the first lesson in mind I decided on a few key points that I think will help keep me focused on this year long project and I wanted to share these with you. I have decided that:

1. I want to have at least 12 6x8 albums (or similar size) by the end of the year, with each book specific to one month of photos and documenting. I will work in an 6x8 Album format, but I am also giving myself the freedom to change up the sizes of albums each month. Although 12x12 is a more common format for Project Life, I still feel a little more intimidated to work on such large spreads. So I will stick with what makes me feel most comfortable. If 12x12 works for you, go for it!

2. I will print my photos on a weekly basis, at the end of the week, each week! I don't have the luxury of printing at home, and that's okay. However, it's a bit more difficult to print and get crafty when I have to send out my photos to print. Luckily, I have found that my local drug store can have my photos ready within an hour if I am in a rush to get crafty. But, most importantly, I feel that if I keep to my weekly printing schedule I will keep a very steady pace in my books. 

3. I am giving myself the freedom to create both in-pocket and out of pocket elements in each book, if I wish to do so. One of my biggest fears is that I will feel a little restrained by working in divided sections since I'm so used to splashing my pages freely with whatever comes my way. But who said I can't do the same in my Project Life? It's my book and my own project and I can do whatever I wish to make it feel my own and to keep me inspired to keep going. So can you!

Larkindesign Creative Team Neftali Zambrano | My Goals & Preparations for Project Life 2018

So now that you guys know my basic foundation and ideas for my books, how about I show you inside my first few entries! That's all there's left to do, really. The scary part is over.  I know what goals I have set for myself, and now the best part is that I can get started right away!

So, I took my 6x8 Album and filled it with a few page protectors and the first thing I created was my cover page. I used the beautiful 3x4 black and white brush strokes card and sized it in a word document to 6x8 and printed that out on cardstock to use as the background. I also took the 3x4 card that has the floral element and sized and printed the same way, but then fussy cut the flower to layer atop the black and white card with some foam dots. I just added my title "Hello 2018" with some wood veneer alphas and at the bottom right corner I added the cute quote from one of the 4x6 journaling cards from the collection. I did also add just a little bit of stitching around the edges of the flower and around my page to give it a more finished look. That's it for my cover page:

Larkindesign Creative Team Neftali Zambrano | My Goals & Preparations for Project Life 2018

Then I had this brilliant idea to use up the 3x4 Monthly Calendar cards that Theresa designed to add behind my cover page. I plan to include these cards in each one of my books this year and that way we've got the monthly calendar in each book to let me know what month the book pertains to. I used a bit of a mix of my own supplies to decorate it a bit, and I gotta say that it dressed up really cute!

I chose my embellishments based on the colors of the large number "1" and also added a bit of a border with some patterned paper to the left hand side to fill in the 6x8 gap that was missing since I cut the card a bit too narrow. The tag and die cuts with the word "begin" and "fresh start" are from the Citrus Twist Kit's January cut apart sheet, and don't they just go perfect? Now I've got my January calendar card ready to go into it's pocket.

Larkindesign Creative Team Neftali Zambrano | My Goals & Preparations for Project Life 2018
Larkindesign Creative Team Neftali Zambrano | My Goals & Preparations for Project Life 2018

To the right of the calendar page I used the 3x4 page protector to create sort of my dashboard, including some fun cards from this month's collection and my intentions for the year. I love everything about this spread, take a closer look:

Larkindesign Creative Team Neftali Zambrano | My Goals & Preparations for Project Life 2018
Larkindesign Creative Team Neftali Zambrano | My Goals & Preparations for Project Life 2018
Larkindesign Creative Team Neftali Zambrano | My Goals & Preparations for Project Life 2018

So basically these first 3 spreads are my introduction into my January book. I am now ready to print my first weeks photos and get creative on the rest of the month's spreads. I think that this was a great start in my book, and most of those first jitters are slowly dissipating as I am finding my way through this new project! 

Larkindesign Creative Team Neftali Zambrano | My Goals & Preparations for Project Life 2018

I really hope that this blog post has been encouraging and informative for everyone, but especially those who are just getting into Project Life and are trying to find their way through it all. The best part for me has been that I have taken Theresa's course which is filled to the brim with information on how you can take this project and make it your own. She has so many ideas and tips and completely guides you in a way that you can still make this project your own. I hope you consider joining her class and then Volume 2 which is under production right now. Once you do that, you will feel so inspired to use her digital products in your own books!

So, that's it from me for today. Thanks for stopping by and reading through this lengthy blog post, I hope you've taken some good tips with you. I will be back next month with more inspiration for you all. Stay crafty!

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Larkindesign Creative Team | Hannah Lemieux 2018 Project Life

Hello lovelies! Today Creative Team member Hannah Lemieux is on the blog with her 2018 Project Life album. You can learn more about Hannah and follow her on all her social media here: Hannah Lemieux.

Aloha! It's Hannah with you today!! I am just loving playing with the Larkindesign January release called Out With The Old. I've used many of the digital pieces in multiple ways. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Youtube to see all the projects I make with Theresa's designs. Today I want to share with you my Project life set for 2018. 

Larkindesign Creative Team Hannah Lemieux | 2018 Project Life

I started off with an intro page. I used pictures I took in December. I decided to just picture my kids because they are the ones who are mainly in our Project Life. I really love Project Life because this is the best way for our family to see the change over the years. As a military family each year can look so different. Definitely on years where we move and changes physical locations. Seeing these changes through a yearly album is really cool. I really hope that my kids can use our Project Life album to remember and see how their lives were like in every new experience they have. 

I really think for me using a collection like the one Theresa designed helps me keep a look throughout the pages that makes me happy. It really helps me document Project life much quicker. I love to document our lives in many different forms so I really don't like to take too much extra thought into Project Life. I really loved using the January Larkindesign collection Out With The Old. The colors are different for the new year and I loved the cards. They matched really well with the Ali Edwards' Story Kits I have and used in my pages. 

 

I layered pieces from past Ali Edwards Story Kits with some Maggie Holmes Stickers. 

I layered pieces from past Ali Edwards Story Kits with some Maggie Holmes Stickers. 

I love layering bits and pieces from my stash on my pages. I stayed close to the color palette in the January collection and found a few products that I knew matched the color and tone as the Out with the Old collection. I really wanted this starting fresh and  the moving forward feeling you have when you start a new year. I knew when I close the cards from the January collection that I needed cards that reflected that tone. 

I knew that making my January Project Life pages beforehand I needed to be thoughtful and follow through with a theme. This new beginnings and moving forward would really motivated me to start fresh and new in Project Life. It really is something I struggle with as the year gets busy. I know that January is a time when I can start fresh again and I wanted my January pages to reflect that. I hope you scrapbookers know that no matter what your old albums look like you can always start from this time forward to try to change the way you document to make it successful for you and your lifestyle. If that means changing from a weekly to a monthly spread, do it. I love this community and this hobby because there really are no rules and you get to decide how you want to document your life. You get to choose the perspective in which you share. 

 

I love these Glitter Thickers from Dear Lizzy! I was so happy to see I had enough letters to spell out my last name. It really looks amazing on top of the floral design. 

I love these Glitter Thickers from Dear Lizzy! I was so happy to see I had enough letters to spell out my last name. It really looks amazing on top of the floral design. 

I used many of the same elements throughout the month of January. I am using lots of acrylic stars from Color Cast and lots of words strips from the Bohemian Dreams collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I also used lots of pieces from past Ali Edwards Story Kits. 

 

This is my 1st page for Week One. 

This is my 1st page for Week One. 

This year I am switching to weekly Project Life, before I was doing it monthly. I found though I was still using a ton of pictures. I am hoping by doing it weekly I can count my pictures done a bit but always be a bit more organized with my pictures. I know I still want to do lots of journaling, so if you look at my spread I have left lots of room for pictures and journaling. The weekly cards in the Larkindesign 2018 Calendar Cards kit are perfect here.

Larkindesign Creative Team Hannah Lemieux | 2018 Project Life

 

To this page I added a few touches like some stitching to the week card. I also added  branding strip from Dear Lizzy to the striped 4x6 card, I loved how the colors played off of each other. On one of the Ali Edward Story Kit cards I layered a few stickers and die cuts with Color Cast stars. I added some word strips to the New Year Card from the Out with the Old Collection. This 3x4 card is perfect for a filler card in my page. 

Repeating elements throughout a spread over multiple pages help tie them all together. 

Repeating elements throughout a spread over multiple pages help tie them all together. 

On page Two of week One I counted to use similar elements as the previous page like the Color Cast Stars, the colors matched so well with the January Collection. I also used a similar rubber charm banner as I did on the intro page. I decided to use another branding strip but added it across the the two bottom 4x6 cards. 

I like to adhere my rubber charms with staples instead of atg tape so there isn't any residue left on the back of the card or paper. 

I like to adhere my rubber charms with staples instead of atg tape so there isn't any residue left on the back of the card or paper. 

I really love how this yellow branding strip brings your eye across the whole bottom of the page. I also love how it brings out the yellow from the speech bubble 3x4 card in the Out with the Old collection. I added chipboard numbers in the bubbles so I an add some facts about our week. 

I used the same scalloped circles as on the intro page too. I love the way the look layered with the flowers from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio. 

I used the same scalloped circles as on the intro page too. I love the way the look layered with the flowers from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio. 

I backed the speech bubble 3x4 on a light woodgrain from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. 

I backed the speech bubble 3x4 on a light woodgrain from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. 

This card is my favorite card in the whole collection. 

This card is my favorite card in the whole collection. 

For this top right card I cut the top and bottom cluster flowers from the whole card. I then tucked a 3x4 card from Ali Edwards' Story Kit into the flower clusters. I made sure to lay some of the flowers on top of the 3x4 striped yellow card. This pattern will allow me to journal on. 

On the top cluster I layered some thread, a Wilna I heart Studio cut file with some chipboard and die cuts and a Color Cast star. I love using smaller pieces that work together to draw interest. 

I also mirrored the types of embellishments and die cuts on the bottom as I did on the top. I had the worded element be in a circle die cut and I used a gold Maggie Holmes bow over the gold thread. Under all the thread and chipboard I added a purple banner. I love the way it brings out the purple tones in the flowers. 

 

I know mixing metallics can be a big no no but when you do it right to bring out the colors in a patterned paper, it really looks strking. 

I know mixing metallics can be a big no no but when you do it right to bring out the colors in a patterned paper, it really looks strking. 

Larkindesign Creative Team Hannah Lemieux | 2018 Project Life

Here is a full look at my page two of week one. I love how it all blends together and I can't wait to add all my week's pictures to it and add all the stories from our week. 

Be sure to keep an eye out for my process video on my Youtube Channel. You can see me putting together this whole spread. 

 

Also Look out for the rest of my January spread where I will be doing more of the January Out with the Old Collection for the other three weeks. I am using sharing many other projects on my Youtube Channel using this January collection in other forms as well. I can't wait to see you stop by and be inspired. Also you can check out my About Me page to follow me on all your favorite social media platforms.

Until next time I hope you are inspired to try out Theresa's collection and don't forget that In My Pocket Class Volume 2 will be resuming soon. Get your spot in her class, you won't be disappointed at all. I took her first volume and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. 

See you soon!