Tag: Project Life

Project life – a week of firsts

imageSo, I sat down to put together Week 17 – and realized I didn’t have a single photo. Not one! What could I have been doing all week that would have stopped me from snapping a few photos is beyond me. But there it was: an empty week.


i happen to be taking a fabulous class over at Studio Calico called Beyond Digital basics …. So I took the opportunity to create a layout using digital papers and okay with some of the techniques in class. It was a fun challenge for me.

I also used a letterpress card I made (from the first batch of letterpress I tried!) super fun plates came with my press – just my style. Added a bit of doodling and watercolor and journaling…love it!


I grabbed a few other photos of things I love and added some journal spots of current things I do, listen to, eat and places I go most frequently. Not the best project life layout I’ve ever done – but I’m actually happy with how it all came out, considering.


This 4×6 card came in a recent PL kit from studio calico. I added the white “always” I drew and cut out of the cameo with a little stitching. You can download that freebie here.imageThis little Happy Camper card I made with some StayzOn ink, my neocolors and a super cute stamp set from Close to My Heart.


Thanks so much for stopping by!


Organization aka what to do with your empty Project Life kit boxes from Studio Calico

I’ve mentioned this a few times, but wanted to actually share an up-cycle idea you can use to organize your print and and cut files. I’m addicted to the digital files at Studio Calico and about a month ago I decided to organize them by color.


imageI also have 2 boxes for printable journal cards and my cuts. I cut several travel themed cuts from a kraft paper a while ago but never used any if them. I just love how pretty it looks when you peek inside. And the best part? I’ve got lots of bits and pieces at the ready already sorted by color.

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One thing I realized though, when I did this: I didn’t have any purple bits…so I created this sheet – feel free for download it here and add to your collection! I’ve set the .pdf to be imported into the Silhouette software and use the print + cut feature.

purple-labels-01Thanks for stopping by!




PL – Week 6

I was so excited to sit down and work on this week’s layout. My order for Close to My Heart came in early this week and I was so inspired by the new Hopscotch Alphabet…LOVE it! I’ve linked to my dear friend Amy’s wesbite if you’re as crazy about the set as I am and want to get your hands on it…

So here’s what I did with it — I used both the upper and lower case with Stayz On ink so I could use my NeoColor crayons to add a little water color effect.

week6I adored this photo of Emily playing the guitar. She really wanted to take lessons so she could play at summer camp this year. We got the small size — and it still looks to big on her. I can’t help but wonder how she will grow and someday, maybe, this instrument will seem small. Time goes by so quickly…

So I decided to enlarge this photo and focus on why it pulled so much on my heartstrings: I love how big the guitar looks, how you can see her little toes (and she does have very little toes!), how she will sing as she plays – when she doesn’t think we can hear, and that tiny little smile on her face. I mostly just love her with all my heart…true statement.

week6-deet5 week6-deet6 week6-deet8 week6-deet3 week6-deet4On the right side, I just used one photo from each day of the rest of the week. While I absolutely LOVE the 9 square page protector — it’s hard to create those cards, right? All the cards in the kits I have – both from Becky Higgins and the monthly kit from Studio Calico (I used a few of the cards from Copper Mountain and Double Scoop) are either 4×6 or 3×4. So these awesome 4×4 squares take a bit more time to prepare. Which is OK — just a little different.

So, I created 3 using the hopscotch alpha again, the staz on, neocolors and a little bit of stitching. I like how using both the upper and lower cases on the left and the right sides make the whole layout cohesive. week6-deet2 week6-deet1I know this layout focuses quite a bit on what I love…and yet: it’s NOT the week of Valentine’s! Guess I’m going to have to come up with a different strategy for next week’s layout. 🙂 Hope you enjoyed this spread and get inspired to pull out some stamps, grab some paints and make some of insert cards of your own.

Have a happy week!


Project Life – week 5

Week 5 was fun to dive into. I brought out my sewing machine and went to town – creating a vellum pocket to hold some tags with journaling, and to create a little line for my banner. week5-deet6 week5-deet3I also did quite a bit of stamping on this layout — using a multi-generation technique (basically, loading up the stamp with ink, and then stamping it 2-3 more times to get a lighter color or “generation” with each pass. And then, I splattered the cards with Mr. Huey’s Inky black.

week5-deet2 week5-deet7For my title card – I cut out the 05 on plain white paper as I’ve done in the last few weeks, but this week, I decided to trace the cut onto this adorable insert card from the Copper Mountain kit, and again dripped a little Mr. Huey’s on top. Using the alpha/numeric stamp from Pebbles, I added the date. I think I kept to the spirit of the weekly title cards, if not the exact same format.

week5-deet1Here’s the whole week put together from left to right:


week5-right I’ve already got week 6 sketched out and am hoping it’ll come together rather quickly. I’d like to get it posted by the end of the week and “catch up” a little bit! Hope you have a great week.

Week 4: PL 2014

week4Week 4 was pretty chilly here in the ‘Ville. Even so, I spent some time outside – but the snow wasn’t packing snow, so the only snowman we made was this one for the insert card:

week4-deet4I dug out a reaaallly old Close to My Heart stamp set to construct this cute little guy. I added a few stickles in light blue – (although in the photo it looks gold)…to finish it off. The background paper I made using white crayons as a mask and then watercolored some gelatos on top. While the background was still wet, I added some Mr. Hueys in hot pink.

Overall, I used craft paper and teal as my color scheme with some blue and pink as accents. I pulled in bits and pieces from my Studio Calico kits – Copper Mountain, Cuppa, Double Scoop and Neverland. Additionally, I used some of the bits from the project kit: Jubilee. The craft paper mostly comes from Amy Tangerine and Echo Park (I’ve had that cloud paper for a year…waiting for just the right layout!)

I’m pleased this week, with the Collect app photos – I added some printables, labels and tags to them (all from SC), and I think that really helped with the flatness I struggled with last week. I also really like mixing the prints with traditional photos I print with my Selphy. I plan to incorporate these prints moving forward. Besides, I just really love the app: it reminds me every day to take photos – how cool is that?

Have a super week! Stop back by later this week to catch up with me and my One Little Word journey. I’ve photographed my work so far, but need to get the blog post done. Enjoy!


Project Life – Week 3 – 2014

week3Week 3 came together quickly using the Collect App. However…I’m really not used to how flat the spread ends up being. Either I need to figure out how to add dimension to those prints, get used the how flat it is…or go back to printing the photos and layering it on the cards individually. I used the app in week 4 + 5 too, so so I’ll give it a few more weeks before I decide. I will say – I loved how fast it came together…I’m guessing it will be a balance.

week3-1This card is from the January PL kit from Studio Calico – and the cut file is from the Sugar Rush Love You from Hello Forever. The photo was taken at the photo booth at the movie theatre – love that my family humors me – and does these silly little things on a whim.

week3-4This final shot is of my week card –  I still like this format — again, it’s pretty easy to put it together, cutting it out on my Cameo and using my date stamp, a few stickers and my Sharpie pen.

Enjoy your week – and thanks for stopping by.

2014 Project Life Title Page

Project Life Title PageWhat is it about embarking on something new? I’ve been doing Project Life now for a full year! I am first: AMAZED that I stuck with it and (mostly) kept up — I still have 10 weeks of 2013 to scrap, but all but 3 weeks have edited and printed photos – I just need to carve some time out to get them done. And I will. Because it’s a really cool thing…looking over an entire year and seeing what we do on a daily basis. We do some cool stuff. And some boring stuff. And some crazy stuff. And stuff I just simply wouldn’t remember if I didn’t scrap it. So, I will get those last few weeks done.

But, this post is about the NEW year. There’s something positively giddy about making a title page. It’s the first page people will see then they open my book. It’s fresh and new and exciting. And, we may take a little extra time to create those sweet little cards that get packed in. In fact, I created 3 more that didn’t make the cut LOL. But, I’ll use them next week!

Primarily, I dug into my Studio Calico Project Life stash for the cards. I also made lots of cuts with my Cameo. Here’s a closer look:

  1. For the title card – the base is from the Valley High kit – I used some scrap sheet music to cover up the red bar at the top and tone it down a bit. Next, I added the tag and the “Hello” cut file from Kal Barteski for the SC August kit. The cut star is from the SC class “Cutting Edge.” The alpha stickers are from Dear Lizzy.
  2. I’ve always wanted to try to sew the page protectors…Except for a slight bobbin fiasco, it was surprisingly easy! The W is a Luxe sticker on top of some Karen Foster paper that came in the Outer Banks SC card add-on kit. The sequins are also from Studio Calico.
  3. I chose the word “Do” for my 2014 One Little Word – so I dug out this cut file from last year’s Day by Day class – the perfect fit. The stars (both kinds) are also SC. (Are you seeing a pattern here? I subscribe to their Project Life kit – and I just can’t brag on them enough – it’s an exceptional value – and I. Love. It.
  4. This card has quite a bit of stamping – also from the Cutting Edge class – and the stars are from the Blue Note card kit from, you guessed it, SC. That fabulous Start flair came from the January kit – and it was the final touch I needed to complete my page.
  5. I had a jar of WOW microbeads lying around and thought I’d add them to a cardstock heart I cut out by hand! You can do this too, by covering your shape with gesso – or ModPodge – and while wet, pouring the beads on top. Be patient! And let it dry completely before touching – you really can’t fix mistakes! The circles around it is a cut file from Cutting Edge – and the background card is one of my all-time favorites (I’m a sucker for navy) – from the Planetarium kit.

I truly enjoyed putting this page together. There were so many fun elements to work with. I am so excited to begin another year on this journey.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Project Life Journal – freebie

Sample pages from my 2014 Project Life Journal/Calendar/Planner

Download file: 2014 PL Workbook printable

Hey there and welcome!

With 2014 rapidly coming to an end, I’m looking to next year and thinking about what I’d do differently with my Project Life. One thing is my weekly journaling/calendar keeping.

I started Project Life last  year and created my own version of a calendar/journal to help keep me on track. While I loved what I created, I didn’t have the experience to make ALL the right choices. So, with a year under my belt, I redesigned my workbook. I have a few girlfriends who saw it at the last crop I went to – and they went crazy for it.  Feel free to download for personal use – and share the link to my page with others you may think might enjoy this .pdf!

Here’s what you’ll find inside:

  1. A monthly calendar view – starting on Monday
    So, let me just say that last year, I designed my calendar to start on Sundays – even though I knew was going to do PL starting on Mondays. Looking at my week on a calendar and seeing Sunday at the start – ALWAYS threw me for a loop – LOL – call me a dork, but I couldn’t wrap my head around where that day was supposed to go! So, this year, I just designed my calendar to start on a Monday.
  2. The week listed on the calendar
    Another “duh” moment – I didn’t include the week on my calendar last year and ALL YEAR LONG I wondered “What week is it??” I’d find a photo on my husband’s Facebook page or my daughter’s Instagram and have to count weeks to figure out where it should go…NO MORE! Hopefully I counted the weeks correctly 🙂 – and all the time I will save not counting on my fingers can be better spent playing with my kits!
  3. Blank weekly worksheets with spots for journaling, design notes and a blank sketch of your 12×12 pages help you plan your layout.
    Last year, I put Design A on every page – and realized after the fact, that I wish I had just left it blank, as I enjoyed mixing it up a little with the page protectors. In 2014, I can easily draw in the grid for whichever page protector I’m using. Last year, I also gave each week a 2-page spread in my planner – which ended up being HUGE :). This year, I condensed each week to 1 page – and am confident that will be enough space.

You can print this file and 3-hole punch it – which I did last year – or you can spiral bind it – which think I may do this year to make it a bit smaller.

Hope you ENJOY this journal/planner/workbook- and good luck in 2014.