Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Project Life 2015 | Week 10

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Can you believe that we're in the double digits? Week 10? March? Spring? Where does the time go?

This week may seem like the usual.. Black and white. That pop of color. Design A. But, I didn't take a single photo in this spread. I've decided that if you want to capture your true day-to-day, you should hand the camera over to a ten year old.

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On Sunday morning, Trevor's best friend, Loren, sent a text asking if we could keep his three girls while he took his wife on their first date in five years. Five years, you guys. Of course we said yes but truth be told, we'd say yes every week.

The girls love nothing more than playing with my DSLR, taking over my computer(s), eating all the chocolate they can find, and snuggling into our bed and begging to stay the night.

And I'm glad that Ginger captured it all for me.

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Left: I knew that I wanted to use purple in this layout since the color seemed to show up in all of the photos. Beba's dress. My sweatshirt. The glow of the laptop on Serena's face.

The first design to come to mind was this purple chevron card from Big City Quiet's In the Moment digital journal card set. I paired it with a filler card from the Plus One mini-kit and snuck a quote onto one of my favorite journal cards from the Seafoam edition. (As of this moment, there are only a few of these retired kits on Amazon so get to it.) Yes,it does say, "you would make a great grandma." It was too funny not to include.

As for the title card, I knew that I wanted to include two things - the purple from the card below and one of the word's from Paislee Press. I chose to use a digital title card from the Plus One Mini Kit - that matched the filler card used on this page - and altered it in Photoshop.

I'm loving rotating out different titles from this set to keep a consistent title card throughout my album without having the same title card throughout the album.

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Right: On the right side, I used two other filler cards from the Plus One Mini Kit. I always tossed out the camera designs, thinking they wouldn't fit into my album. This week, the pattern seemed like a perfect fit.

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To journal, I included a numerical list to summarize our evening, tying in the purple color again in Bebas Neue font. These types of lists are one of my favorite ways to document a day, a trip..  Have you seen Barbara's most recent mini-album on Instagram? So. Good.

I also typed up a quick story, and some other funny quotes from the night to create some extra white space in the layout.

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Project Life is a system created by Becky Higgins that is designed to simply your efforts to document life + get your photos into a book. This year, I am creating spreads as part of the 2015 Creative Team and you can view all of my Project Life posts here. To learn more about the product + how to get started, visit BeckyHiggins.com.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Project Life 2015 | Week 09

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At first, I struggled with this layout. Looking back at my week, I had four photos of my feet to use and not much else. Oops? Still, I had stories to tell from a frustrating neurology visit to an even more frustrating drive home when Albuquerque finally got a bit of snow.

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I knew that Rachel's "It's a Bad Day" set would be perfect for documenting my health journey. I don't include a lot of this in my album as someday I would like to forget all the appointments, the blood work, the MRIs but at the same time, my album has proved helpful in this area. While its therapeutic to document parts of my journey, it's also been helpful to my doctors because I can look back at my dated layouts and remember when I started a new therapy or a new medication, and even when a new symptom started. Who would've thought?

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Left: The Starbucks photo with my mustard tights seemed bright admidst the other photos I chose for this week but using the yellow cards from the Midnight Edition tied things together. 

My favorite part of this page is the "it's a bad day, not a bad life" card because I feel like I could use this reminder daily.

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Right: On this side, I used two cards from the Midnight Edition. I love the "right now" card because of the extra white space it adds. 

That "better days are coming" card? A sneak peek from the Big City Quiet Designs April releases. It felt like the perfect match to our horrible Friday night commute.

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I had just picked up the Project Life Date Stamp as part of the Blowout Sale and thought I would try it out on this layout, too. And, the sale is still going on! In addition to the date stamp, I grabbed lots of inserts, as well as 5x7 and 8x10 page protectors.

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Products Used: Design AMidnight Edition,  It's a Man's World themed cards, Project Life Date Stamp, It's a Bad Day and Weekenders from Big City Quiet Designs, Pictures + Words No. 9 from Paislee Press
 


Project Life is a system created by Becky Higgins that is designed to simply your efforts to document life + get your photos into a book. This year, I am creating spreads as part of the 2015 Creative Team and you can view all of my Project Life posts here. To learn more about the product + how to get started, visit BeckyHiggins.com.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Project Life 2015 | Week 08

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You know the biggest perk of being on the Project Life Creative Team? All of the incentive to stay caught up on my album. I may only be up to September in my 2014 album but as of yesterday, I am up to date for 2015.

I think my motivation to do my weekly spreads will only go up from here, though. Last week I received news that I was chosen to part of the Kellie Stamps Design Team and the Big City Quiet Designs Creative Team. I can't lie, Kellie & Rachel are some of my favorites, and I'm thrilled to be working with them both. (As well as with the other ladies on the team. So much talent, you guys.)

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For weeks eight through ten, I went back to Design A page protectors. While I love branching out, using one design as the "core" of my album helps me to get designs done quicker. Plus, I tend to take mostly landscape photographs.

I printed these photos last weekend and by the time I had gotten around to finishing the layout this week, my subconscious had evidently done the work for me. (It didn't hurt that there was red in all four of the colored photo.)

In less than fifteen minutes, cards were chosen, journaling was printed, and my title card was made. My favorite thing about scrapbooking with pocket pages is that it is so much quicker than traditional scrapbooking.

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Left: For this side, I used cards from the Midnight and Seafoam Editions. My style tends to be, well, black and white with a pop of color.. so, these two cards tend to pop up often in my album.

The red "steamy" card is from a past Studio Calico kit, though I couldn't tell you which. This type of card is normally not my style but the color matched perfectly with the journaling card I used on the right. And.. I was holding a chai latte, after all.

I also snuck in a "loving right now" stamp from Studio Calico. With my photos printed at a local big box store, I could never seem to stamp directly onto the photos. But, I've had no issues using Staz-On ink on my Persnickety Prints or my prints from home.

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Right: On the right, I used two cards from Midnight Edition, alongside another card from Studio Calico. I had planned to include our movie tickets inside the layout but couldn't find them. Thankfully we had snapped a #fromwherejenstands photo of our date night.

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Project Life is a system created by Becky Higgins that is designed to simply your efforts to document life + get your photos into a book. This year, I am creating spreads as part of the 2015 Creative Team and you can view all of my Project Life posts here. To learn more about the product + how to get started, visit BeckyHiggins.com.

Friday, March 13, 2015

In the Desert



As a photographer, it's hard to step in front of the camera sometimes. So when my friend Mary mentioned that she would be in town on a cross-country trip, and that she wanted to photograph Trevor and I? You can bet I said yes.

We obviously can't wait to see the photos from our hours in the desert.. But, for now, we're going to keep giggling about kissing in front of restaurant windows in Nob Hill (and the lady who snapped a photo of that scene with her cell phone) and fake running down the Sandia. Oh, and at that moment when Trevor meant to romantically pull me toward him and instead pulled out my low back. I still can't walk.

But really, it's still funny to me how you can "meet" someone online and then, you're drinking beers at your favorite brewery and wishing they weren't catching a flight back East an hour later.