Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Project Life Tuesday - Weeks 17 and 18

The Mom Creative

Welcome to Project Life Tuesday!  Every week I share photos of a layout I've been working on, either in my family's weekly book or my son's baby book. 

I started using the Project Life system in 2010, so this will be my fourth full year!  I used to be a very traditional scrapbooker who would spend hours on a single layout to document one or two photos.  Thanks to Project Life, I have become much more practical and I'm able to record a multitude more memories.

I don't use a lot of fancy tricks or complicated techniques.  I would define my style as "hybrid scrapbooking" - a combination of simple digital and a few old school techniques that creates a unique product that reflects our eclectic life. To me, it's more important to keep the memories than it is to make them look like they came out of a magazine.  I'm totally fine with it if my layouts feature more iPhone photos than DSLR shots and Instagram is my friend.

And it's a whole lot of fun.

If you're looking for inspiration on what others are doing with their Project Life, you can check out my board on Pinterest and be sure to link up on The Mom Creative!

Week 17:  Lots of the Jade Kit going on here!  I love the bright and happy colors and I certainly needed a fun punch of color after Week 16.

Hanging out at the zoo and just playing around at home.  Pretty regular stuff, but I just love how I can use this system to turn it into something extraordinary.

I took a cue from one of my favorite Project Life aficionados, Sara Peterson, and combined all the little snippets of video I had from Vine for the week into a "Week in Review" video and put the QR code on a digital Jade card.  

This card is from the digital Honey kit, I believe.  I used it to record a conversation I had with Micah on the way home from our night at church.  That kid cracks me up!

Can we please talk about my twin TV zombies there?  Love it.

Moving along to the insert page:

I used a Design H page to record Isaiah's sleepover date with his Aunt Ashley.  He went bowling, saw a movie, ate popcorn, drank root beer, and got otherwise spoiled rotten.  He had a BLAST!!!

See?  He even had doughnuts for breakfast.  This kid has it rough ,I tell you.

Right Page:

The story of Micah falling down the basement stairs needed more than a 3x4 card, so he was upgraded to the big whopper.  This kid is going to make my hair turn gray at a rapid pace, people.  The 4x6 journal card is from the Jade kit.  I also used a digital arrow brush and some Thickers to highlight my middle son's goose-egg.

On the other side of the page, I used a screen shot from the iPad to show how we like to track Evan's plane as he comes home from China.

I shudder every time I think about being stuck on a plane for 14 hours.  Yuck.

Week 18:  

The photos of Thomas on the left page just begged to be turned to black & white, so I used minimal color on that page.  I compensated by making the rest of the week very vibrant and bright!

My baby boy (who really isn't a baby anymore so I need to stop calling him that) played with those storage containers for a solid 20 minutes.  No small feat for a little person!

He's got a very independent streak, this one.

One of the places I brought in a little pop of color was on this journal card.  The actual card black & white, but I put a strip of washi on there to pick up the little bit of red in the Instagram photo.  After this was done and photographed, I realized I still needed to add "teeth," "sock," and "shoe" to his list of words.

Design J insert:  Just a bunch of really cute and fun photos of the boys in the backyard.

It's always nice when your kid chooses clothing that matches your Project Life kit.  Helpful.

Right page:

Lots of fun stuff here - a digital filler card from the Honey kit, a Cathy Z collage template, a naked baby doing art, and a Jade journal card.

Look at that belly!!!  And the little baby tushy!!!  I die.

Ok, kids!  Up through Week 18!  We're going to get caught up yet; I can feel it!


  1. Love the black and white elements on week 18

    1. Those cute little baby shots were just dying to be black & white. :)

  2. Loving you pages, Sarah! Love your photos and how many great details you include in your album! :)

    1. You know, I'm behind by a couple weeks, but I'm glad that I am able to slow down long enough to include those details. They are what are going to be so incredibly special years down the road when we look back.

  3. Your pages are so full of love and life...and look busy with two little guys! I totally love the "Naked Art Time" photo and journaling. :)

    1. Very busy! There are THREE little guys so even busier still! :)

  4. Great pages! I'm a WI girl too.

  5. My "baby" boy is almost 3 and I still refer to him as my baby. I think it drives him a little insane ;o)
    Love your layouts. The Elephant Butt totally had me cracking up and I love the conversation about church. Cookies are very important :o)

  6. Hi Sarah! These are beautiful! Can you share more about how you used the Vine app to mesh a video together?!!?

    1. Jen - Sure, it's pretty easy! I just used the Windows Movie Maker program on my computer to add all my Vine videos together into one video. I added the captions and music with that program as well and then uploaded the whole thing to YouTube. Once I had the URL for that video, I created a QR code that linked to it and pasted that image onto the PL journal card. Does that make sense?

    2. Thanks, Sarah!!!! So appreciate that!!!!


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