How to Put Together a Project Life: Hello December 2016 Album

Hello December

Each year I take a few minutes to document December: the cool weather, Christmas lights, family traditions, favorite recipes, and how we remember Christmas.  Luckily, Stampin’ Up! makes this awesome set of Project Life cards (called Hello December) as well as a mini 6″ x 8″ album to put it all in one place.  I love this year’s colors and theme: Emerald Envy and Real Red are the highlighted colors and it has a light, fun wintery theme.  I am so excited to share this year’s project!

First, I want to give you some tips on how to get on board with Documenting December.  Then I’ll show you my album and notes on how I will to complete it.

Documenting December:

  1. Prepare the album ahead of time.  I prep mine in early November.  I place all of the cards in the order I want, as well as the photo pocket pages.
  2. Leave room to write down feelings, traditions, memories, and thoughts.
  3. Pick a theme for each day.  You can follow along with a photo a day challenge or come up with your own list of things to document.
  4. Put post it notes in the album to remind yourself what you will document.
  5. Take pictures throughout December and at the end of the month, print them out and pop them into the album.
  6. Share the album with family and friends and enjoy for years to come!!

Alright, are you ready to see my 2016 Hello December Album? [I’m going to leave some commentary in between the photos – mostly because you won’t be able to read my handwriting, but also to give you ideas of how to make your own.]

Page 1: Title Page

I like to use a 6 x 8″ title page. I will add this card to a White background with a red border and embellish the page. I am planning on snapping a photo of a wreath, or stamping one onto the white page as well.

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Page 1: Calendar

I like to start the December album with a calendar.  I will remember what days of the week things occurred and it helps me plan the album.

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Page 1 & 2 Spread

Part of my documenting December experience is reflecting on the year, the close of 2016 and the start of 2017.  I want to share a quick blurb on my 2016/2017 journaling.  I have chosen “In Love” to be my focus for 2017 because:

Matthew 22:37 says, “Jesus replied“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  

With tensions being high in our Country, with this election season, within the Christian community, and with those around us, I have strong biblical convictions rooted in this verse that we must love our neighbors as ourselves.  We must first love God, but then we love our neighbors and if our focus shifts outwards from ourselves to Christ and those around us we can impact the communities around us in an amazing way.

I have journaled about this on my opening page for December.  I am also printing this passage out and placing it where I will see it every day in 2017 so that I will be intentional and prayerful about doing all things ‘In Love’.

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Page 3 & 4 spread

I haven’t decided what I will say on day 2, but I have room to write about things we do together as a family.  I want to add a photo of our weekly bonfire and my favorite Target shopping decor.

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Page 5 & 6 spread

Decorations!!  I’ll add a photo of our tree and tree skirt, the stockings hung from my newish stocking holders and the christmas lights on the house.  I’ll journal about my favorite Christmas decoration, my German Windmill (nativity pyramid).  I plan to finish off the bottom of the page with glitter and sequins.

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Page 7 & 8 spread

Baking.  Most of the year we eat clean, paleo, but I do love to bake Christmas cookies and make paleo truffles.  I will add a photo of me and the little one baking and the recipe for my favorite Buckeye Brownie Cookies will go into the full page sleeve.

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Page 9 & 10 I somehow missed.  Page 10 & 11:

Every Friday night we have family movie night.  I am sure we will watch a Christmas movie.  Also, mom and me like to knit so I would like to document that on day 10.

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Page 12 & 13 spread

By now the tree will be up (we put it up around Thanksgiving) and I’ll add photos of ornaments and journal about sentimental ones and traditions surrounding the ornaments we buy and give.

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Page 14 & 15 spread

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Page 16 & 17 spread

Starbucks.  Starbucks plays a huge role in my life.  I love coffee and I love the atmosphere of Starbucks.  It is my relaxing place.  So, I’ll document this year’s cup, the coffee sleeve and my favorite drink.

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Page 18 & 19 spread

In December we go to the local park and see a drive through light display.  I can’t wait to add a picture of this year’s lights.  Good wine and food are going on day 18 & 19.

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Page 20 & 21 spread

These two boxed cards are going to be great for making lists.  I can’t wait to list my favorite things & traditions for December.

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Page 22 & 23 spread

This week in December is Christmas Eve dinner prep.  I clean, make a menu, shop and decorate the dining room.  That will all go here on page 22 & 23.

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Page 24 & 25 spread

Christmas Eve Dinner!  My favorite meal of the year. We host this every year and I can’t wait to fill the next three pages with photos of family, food and fun from our Eve festivities.

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December 25

Ive devoted 3 pages to the 25th to journal, add photos and make lists of favorite things from this 2016 December.

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I hope you found these notes helpful and encouraging for creating your very own December Album.  I really enjoy making this album each year and preparing it ahead of time relives the stress of putting it together during a busy season and it ensures I’ll actually get things finished and it won’t be another unfinished project.

You can see the list of supplies here.

 

Quick Project Life: Keeping Up with Your Memories

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Last week I told you how I was being intentional about sending out cards, mail, packages and to help with that I needed an address book. I checked my normal spots- Target, B&N, and etsy. I couldn’t find one hat had enough room for my large handwriting and enough pages to add things like return labels (I cut them out to keep addresses and paste them in the book) and additional info like birthdates.

Then I remembered, I ordered an Erin Condren planner last year and loved it so why not check for an EC address book and wow was I impressed! Now the price tag is around $45 which may sounds crazy, but in reality I will only ever need one address book in my lifetime and this one has more than enough pages to handle that. {backstory:  A long ago I learned that quality trumps price on most things that will last a lifetime. I needed a pair of cooking tongs but the silicon handle, stainless steel tongs were $15 which was basically what I was making an hour on a really tight after college budget. A good friend reminded me that the quality ones would last better than the cheapo tongs and I would spend more replacing them. True story. I saved and splurged on the quality tongs and would you guess 5 years later I use them alsmost every meal, 3 times a day, 365 days a year and they are still in great condition. Not to mention that I tell everyone how awesome they are and how much they help me in the kitchen.}

Erin Condren Address Book with $10 off coupon

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So you get it, this is an instance where quality will benefit me in the long run. An address book isn’t something you should have to replace (otherwise you’ve lost your addresses!). They had the perfect print for me- leopard. I’m on a huge leopard kick right now. It’s wild, but neutral colors. It’s perfect. And now I am adding addresses that were scattered around the house and getting on track for keep the mail going out. If you love this address book and are thinking about buying one, use this link and you’ll save yourself $10.

In addition to my new address book, I am in the middle of an office/craft studio makeover. I saw a Threshold cube organizer at Target and knew it would be perfect for my Project Life albums. The 13″ cubes were on sale and so was the cube system, so I bought two and started organizing.


I like a lot of white space in my Project Life albums so that the photos speak for themselves and the journaling cards stand out. I’ve been using the Collect iPhone app to record the dates and a quick message about each photo. I then use the bulk export feature to export the month’s photos and use them in the Project Life app to a) do a quick digital layout and print it or b) combine two 3×4 photos and print as 4×6 to cut to 3×4 for my PL layouts.

Here I added a photo of my coffee and a few simple cards and printed 8×8 to add to the 2016 album I’m working on.

Then I added a few photos of my renovation to the PL App and printed it to add to the album. Don’t judge my office “before” pictures. I’m a disorganized wreck and this is our catch all room. I quickly purged bags of scraps, old projects, unfinished ideas and put all of my craft supplies back in their place.  

Because the App is so easy to use, I have an easy time keeping up with weekly layouts. I’m not super strict on the days or when it gets done, but when I have a few minutes I add photos and my favorite Moments Like These- Stampin’ Up! Cards to the layouts and export them as 12 x 12 layouts.  Here’s a peek at the last few weeks.

You can see they are simple and clean. But that’s what I like. And I like that I can actually keep up with it because it doesn’t require a lot of time. They are also consistent. I use Snapseed, another iPhone app, to edit photos. I make sure they have good natural lighting and brighten them up a bit more with the photo editing app so that the layouts are light and the photos are visible.

   



Alright, that’s all I have for your today but tags a lot of layouts! And when I think about the amount of time it took me to create them, I’m thrilled. It’s encouraging.

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Hello December & Project Life: Documenting December Daily Guide

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Hello December & Project Life: Documenting December Daily Guide

Hello December!  It’s here, it has arrived.  December is upon us.  Are you ready for Christmas?  This year we will be documenting our December favorites with a December Daily photo album using the Project Life Hello December 2015 kit of journaling cards & accessories.

To help you get started I came up with a list of 31 ideas for things you can document each day to share how you celebrate December. You can deviate from this list by all means, but it is a great starting point if this is your first round of December Daily.  I’ll give you the down low really quickly so that you know what it’s all about.

But first, I’ll show you my December Album and the first page.

 

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For the cover, I stamped Flurry of Wishes in Versamark ink and heat embossed with White powder.  I added wood cut stars and framed a Journaling Card from Hello December Project Life cards.  I used the trio corner punch for detail.  After adding a few sequins, both gold and silver, I finished the album off with a gold cording bow and Red pom pom trim.  Love it!

For the inside cover, I used my Heidi Swapp Minc to gold foil a border around the 6×8 page and our name and date.

December Daily 2015 first page at StampinFool.com

December Daily 2015 first page at StampinFool.com

December Daily 2015 first page at StampinFool.com

WHO?  You!  Document what YOU and your kids, grandkids, family, friends, & neighbors do throughout December.

WHAT?  What are your favorite things, what traditions do you have, what is your favorite Christmas movie, wrapping paper, Xmas eve routine, gift, decoration, coffee flavor?  Document it.  You will love looking back  and remembering the special things December holds.  And, the even bigger bonus is that your children and grandchildren will love looking at it too. My little is only 3 and he LOVES looking at my Project Life albums with photos of our family, vacations we took, his birthday, newborn photos- it’s so sweet to see the joy it brings!

WHERE & WHEN?  In a simple 6 x 8″ Project Life Album, right now.  Ok, I have to admit, we are really busy, so I don’t always document each day on that particular day, but each day I take time to check off a photo from the LIST I have made for what I will document.  Then when I get a chance (usually on the weekend), I can print the photo, journal on the card and slip it into the album.

WHY?  Why not! I absolutely love documenting our life.  The little things that mean so much will bring JOY for years to come.  Each time we look back we see how things have changed, how some things have stayed the same and become tradition.  For us, it is decorating the tree and house, cooking a Christmas Eve ham, and drinking fake sparking champagne. I want to remember that. I want to see it in color.  I want my little one to see it.  I want it to be a legacy after I am gone.

HOW?  It is so incredibly easy to document December.  Grab a Project Life album, journaling pens, page protectors & cards and you’re half way done. The other half is taking photos as you go and jotting down your thoughts, ideas, memories, funny quotes, favorites things and the things that make you smile.  You can follow along here for ideas.  My list of 31 things is a great place to start if you don’t know what specifically to document.  It may seem insignificant, but are memories insignificant?  No, they are priceless.

 

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Here is your free December Daily 31 Prompts for 2015 printable.  To download it, right click and hit save.
This is an 8.5 x 11″ download which you can use to follow along and document December. Enjoy!
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One more printable for you:
Here is the 2015 December Daily printable that you can add to your Project Life album behind the title page so that you have a record of your daily prompts.  It is 6 x 8″ and fits perfectly into the 6×8 album for December Daily and color coordinates with the Hello December journaling cards.
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I hope you enjoyed todays post & I can’t wait to see what you make.  Tell me what you think- post a comment below and let me know if you are loving the Project Life blogs as much as I am!
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Quick & Easy Reindeer Tags for All

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It’s the end of November.  Christmas is coming.  Are you ready to shop till you drop, wrap a million presents, cook and clean for weeks on end, and then veg out for a few days after the rush?  I am certainly NOT looking forward to ALL that work!  Whew.  This year we are keeping it simple.  Quiet time with family, no mad dash shopping, and cooking a few manageable meals that will provide leftovers for days. We are lucky to be able to have down time this Holiday and not feel the rush.

So for those of you hosting Thanksgiving, Christmas and more, I have an adorable quick and easy craft to make your Holiday handmade without the hassle.  These cuties can be made within a few minutes, and you can quickly assembly line a bunch of them for all of your needs.

In addition to making adorable tags, these Reindeer can be added to just about anything to decorate it up.  I call this #partystyling- making everything look like amazing party decor.  I’ll even give you a list of all the ways you can use these Reindeer Tags:

  • place cards
  • on paper napkin rings
  • water bottle labels
  • tags around the neck of bottles of wine
  • add them to neighbor gifts
  • treat bag toppers (cookies, candy, pretzels, reindeer food- oatmeal bags)
  • hot chocolate stirrer toppers
  • ornaments for all the kids to add to the tree in their favorite color
  • & so many more

Now that I have your creative juices flowing, I will show you how simple these guys are to make and give you a quick supply list.  You’re going to be blown away.  Enjoy!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Whisper White scrap paper
  • Early Espresso card stock
  • Crumb Cake ink & cardstock
  • Real Red ink
  • Holiday Greeting Stamp of your choice
  • 1/2″ circle punch
  • 1 3/4″ circle punch
  • 2″ circle punch
  • Tree builder punch
  • Red Pompom trim
  • Gold cording
  • 1/16″ handheld punch
  • Project Life journaling pen
  • Dimensionals
  • Tombow liquid glue

Directions:

  1. Punch 2″ Circle from Crumb Cake cardstock.  Sponge edges with Crumb Cake ink.
  2. Punch two tree branches from builder punch in Early Espresso card stock.  Cut off half of tree trunk, leaving the branches.
  3. Punch two 1/2″ white circles from scrap paper.  Draw two ovals for the eyes with Project Life Journaling pens.
  4. Cut off one red Pompom from the pompom trim.  Adhere to the bottom center of the 2″ crumb cake circle with liquid glue.
  5. Adhere the eyes above the pompom nose with liquid glue.
  6. Punch 1/16″ circle at top for gold cording. Tie gold cording through the hole.
  7. Cut a dimensional into a third and adhere to the back of each tree punch. Adhere above the eyes, with the branches pointing slightly outwards.
  8. Stamp another scrap of white card stock with your greeting or To/From tag, punch with 1 3/4″ circle,  and adhere to back of tag with liquid glue.
  9. Give, Gift, & Enjoy!

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Friday Find: A Quick Project Life Mini Album

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Friday Find: PROJECT LIFE Mini Album

I have been trying to keep up my scrapbooking this year and I must say that keeping it simple with Project Life has been the key.  I have successfully documented the last 6 months of our family in a couple of mini albums, recording everything from special events (Christmas, doctor visits, playdates, mini vacations, trips to the museum, and daily activities).  Don’t underestimate the every day- you will be happy you jotted down the funny things they say or snapped a picture of a cute activity.

Last week I gave a few pointers on how to start Project Life.   I’ll recap them here and you can read the original post here:

How to Start Project Life

What you Need:

  • Album
  • Pocket Page Protectors
  • Photos
  • Project Life Cards
  • A Pen

What to do:

  • Decide where to start- Today or Past Photos
  • If starting with old photos, pick ONE subject to work with.  Pick your favorite with many fondmemories- it will make it easier.
    1. Suggestions: Holiday, Vacation trip to Disney, Graduation, Summer of 1999, Baby’s First Year, Summer spent with Grandchildren, Photos of your childhood home, a specific year that had many events.
    2. Collect the photos you have of that event or occasion/year and separate them by type of event, category or in order from January-December, whichever makes most sense for the duration you chose to work on.
    3. After you have put your photos in order, select your favorites- the ones that HAVE to make it into your album. If you are like me, you will have thousands of photos, but narrowing down the photos will help simplify the process.  *This doesn’t mean you have to leave out priceless photos of family members past, or that you don’t see, it just means, you don’t need 20 of the same exact child with 20 facial expressions, in the same outfit, on the same day, that all convey the same thing.  Keep grandma, limit the same photo of your child (I know, I love mine too, but let’s keep it simple- a few photos of that cute kiddo are enough for one day).
    4. Okay, now that you have pared down your photos, you are ready to get started.  I like to use this format for my spreads (two pages facing each other)- Photos, Title Cards, Decorative Cards, Journaling Cards.  Each spread needs a journaling card, a title or filler (just decorative) card, and photos.
    5. Start from the top of your stack of preselected photos, pick a few journaling cards, your favorite or coordinating filler card and then fill in the photos for that page.
    1. Pick Photos
    2. Cut & place photos in pockets as desired
    3. Journaling
    4. Filler Card/Title
    5. Add Embellishments

I have a new video for you today to show you how to put together an album.  I use this method when working with current photos.  You will have to have your mini album, page protectors, and Playground card kit ready to go.  I tend to prefill the pages with what I think I will use, then fill in photos and move things around as needed.

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 TELL ME ABOUT: PROJECT LIFE Mini Album

I have been working on putting old family photos into Project Life Albums.  I recently updated a Family trip album to Project Life.  It was quick and easy and looks amazing. I kept it simple, but love the outcome.  But, before I started working on it, I felt overwhelmed and did not know where to start.  I know Project Life is supposed to make memory keeping and documenting life easy, but I was struggling to get there.  I read countless articles and couldn’t find a good list to help me get started, so, I created one.  I will outline for you the things I found helpful to get started!

Project Life – How to Start:

What you Need:

  • Album
  • Pocket Page Protectors
  • Photos
  • Project Life Cards
  • A Pen

 What to do

  • Decide where to start- Today or Past Photos
  • If starting with old photos, pick ONE subject to work with.  Pick your favorite with many fond memories- it will make it easier.
    1. Suggestions: Holiday, Vacation trip to Disney, Graduation, Summer of 1999, Baby’s First Year, Summer spent with Grandchildren, Photos of your childhood home, a specific year that had many events.
    2. Collect the photos you have of that event or occasion/year and separate them by type of event, category or in order from January-December, whichever makes most sense for the duration you chose to work on.
    3. After you have put your photos in order, select your favorites- the ones that HAVE to make it into your album. If you are like me, you will have thousands of photos, but narrowing down the photos will help simplify the process.  *This doesn’t mean you have to leave out priceless photos of family members past, or that you don’t see, it just means, you don’t need 20 of the same exact child with 20 facial expressions, in the same outfit, on the same day, that all convey the same thing.  Keep grandma, limit the same photo of your child (I know, I love mine too, but let’s keep it simple- a few photos of that cute kiddo are enough for one day).
    4. Okay, now that you have pared down your photos, you are ready to get started.  I like to use this format for my spreads (two pages facing each other)- Photos, Title Cards, Decorative Cards, Journaling Cards.  Each spread needs a journaling card, a title or filler (just decorative) card, and photos.
    5. Start from the top of your stack of preselected photos, pick a few journaling cards, your favorite or coordinating filler card and then fill in the photos for that page.
    1. Pick Photos
    2. Cut & place photos in pockets as desired
    3. Journaling
    4. Filler Card/Title
    5. Add Embellishments

I will be giving more concrete tips and ways to utilize and get started with Project Life over the coming weeks. 

I chose the Happiness Is Project Life kit by Stampin’ Up!  It coordinated with the colors in my photos.  Here is the result as well as a list of pointers and tips below the photos of the album. Enjoy and leave a comment to let me know what you think! Project Life: How to get Started at Stampinfool.com  

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This morning I had a few extra minutes, while Silas was playing, to look through the photos on my iPhone and put them to use. I love the convenience of being able to take photos with my phone when a photo opportunity presents itself, but I know that it can be hard to do something with those pictures. I really hate to lose those moments, so I have started using the Project Life App to document the things I don’t ever want to forget.
Did you know:
– You can send your layouts to print straight from the Project Life App and have them delivered in just days.
– PL coordinates with all of my traditional Stampin’ Up! Project Life collection.
– You can cut the printed layouts and put them in photo pockets (GASP!)
– You can collage multiple photos into one 4×6 photo so that you fit more photos into one layout.
– You can use easy photo editing apps to add text to your photos (I use WordSwag & PicLab).
– You can make dark photos bright and clear with a few simple swipes of the finger (Snapseed is my fav photo editing app).
Are you starting to feel like this is something you can do? Well, it is. I promise. It’s quick and easy to learn. You won’t be disappointed. In fact, you’ll truly be grateful that you preserved memories that were stuck in the abyss of your iPhone or computer dumping.
Are you ready to see what I did?

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Project Life: Unique Uses for Project Life Cards

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Good Morning!  Did you see yesterday’s post about Making the Most of Pinterest? I hope so because it had some great tips and tricks to help your pinning.  Today, I have a little bit of Project Life inspiration for you.  I love Project Life scrapbooking.  It is easy, quick and gets my photos off of my phone and computer and into a scrapbook to share.

So what is Project Life scrapbooking? It is a pocket card system of storing photos and documenting everyday memories.  Usual scrapbooking pages come 12″ x 12″ with page protectors.  Project Life is the same concept but split up into smaller segments:

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In this example, the page has photos like a traditional scrapbook page and it has journaling as well.  I have journaled on two of the cards and the other two cards are decorative.  I documented a few of my favorite “mommy and me” photos with my sweet Silas.  There photos were taken with my iPhone and printed through a drugstore.

Below is another example of the Project Life cards documenting a Saturday afternoon last April 2014 where we played outside and did yard work. It was easy to crop the photos, round the corners and journal on the cards. I added the title, “Jump to Daddy’s Arms”, as well as two decorative cards.   It has all of the elements of a traditional scrapbook page except I completed an entire season’s worth of photos in about 2 hours. Project Life gardening layout
Project Life is available in a digital format created exclusively for Stampin’ Up! as well as an App that includes Stampin’ Up! cards too.  Here’s a digital layout with a few photos that were transferred from my camera documenting our Easter family gathering. I LOVE LOVE that with the digital and App version you can type the journaling instead of write it (I hate my handwriting).  I added a few gold sequin embellishments and printed it in a 12″ x 12″ format and added it to our 2014 album. PLxSU-001

I will also share two more examples using the Project Life App.  I used the App to document a single day rather than a weekend, event or holiday. I love the variety of documenting seemingly normal everyday happenings,but I know that in the future I will be so glad that I can look back at these things. Beachtrip2014Project Life 2ndBday

 

You’ve seen what you can do with Project Life, but how does it come when purchased? Here is an example of the Holiday scrapbooking options: an album, page protectors, journaling pens, corner rounder punch, and journaling cards (100 per pack).  You would combine these elements to make the pages to your liking.  You can group like colors, themes or seasons. You can make a book for each year, or month or each child, or change as you go along.  Overall, Project Life is extremely flexible and will meet your needs regardless of what they are.

Stampin Up Project Life Seasonal Snapshot

Want more?  Not only can the journaling cards be used for scrapbooking, but you can make cards with them!  When the Love Story Project life cards came out, I fell in love.  They are black, white and gray and they look stunning.  I knew I had to have them, so I ordered them as soon as I could.  When I had them in hand, I called a few of my friends and we cracked open the box and “ooohh’d and ahhh’d” over them.  I was so excited to use them!

I decided we should all make little card pockets so that we would be able to share Project Life with others.

For these cards, I used a Smoky Slate base and embossed with a Chevron embossing folder. We added a Tea Lace doily and then lined the front with a strip of Back to Black Designer Series Paper. They are adhere only on the sides and taped the bottom with washi tape, as to create a pocket. We finished the cards off with white baker’s twine tied into a bow and added two Love Story journaling cards to the pocket.

They needed a little extra somethin something, so we added rhinestones and stamped Melon Mambo hearts from Work of Art.  Now theses cards are ready to jot down a sweet note and share with a friend!  Doesn’t it make you want to get crafty with your friends?  Email me at aprilwaltrip@gmail.com to book a Project Life girls night now!  Not local, no problem, email me and I can send you a virtual party in the mail & demonstrate the projects over skype.

Love Story Project Life cards by April Waltrip at Stampin Fool

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Project Life Back to School Bundle

Project Life Back to School Bundle

Stampin Up Project Life Seasonal Snapshot

Are you ready to start doucmenting your children’s lives?  Wouldn’t it be great to document the everyday with your children?  Project Life by Stampin’ Up is the perfect solution.  It is easy documenting  of your fun times without all of the energy draining creativity, cropping, gluing, stickers, scrapbook paper, and expensive tools.  This is your chance to let your little ones explore their favorite memories as they happen and memorialize them in a simple, quick way.

Below I have outlined a Project Life kit that will come with all of the supplies listed as well as full page layouts to copy, use for inspiration, step up your scrapbooking skills, and learn ways to document the everyday.  You will recieve a PDF via email with 12 pages (1 cover page, 5 – 2 page spreads, and 1 end page) of predone layouts that I have created specifically with kids documenting their lives in mind.  I have listed the two choices which I feel are best for this type of of Project Life: Seasonal Snapshot which includes Back to School, Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Playground, which is geared towards school days and free time, but no specific holidays.

This Project Life by Stampin’Up! Kit has the following supplies included:

  • 6″ x 8″ Album with kraft colored cover which can be decorated. [item 135293]
  • Variety Pack 6″ X 8″ Project Life Photo Pocket Pages (12 pages: 5 different designs). [item 135297]
  • Project Life Corner Rounder punch. [item 135346]
  • Seasonal Snapshot or Playground Project Life Cards. 100 cards in 3 sizes: 4: x 6″, 4″ x 4″, and 3″ x 4″. [item 135830 or 135300]
  • 2 Journaling Pens [item 135304]
  • PDF of ideas for documenting
  • PDF on Getting Started with Project Life
  • Cost: $55.00

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Want to see pictures of what the cards look like so that you can better choose your set?  Here is a sampling of the cards you will receive.

Seasonal Snapshot

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Playground

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Isn’t this sound like the perfect way to start off your school year?  It is!  Don’t miss out on the kits.  Contact me today to Order yours which is exclusive to Stampin’ Fool!

Project Life gardening layout

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