A Disney Layout with Feed Your Craft

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For the month of March I was given the privilege of being the Special Guest for the Feed Your Craft Creative Team! March’s kit is called Grow Wild and it’s absolutely gorgeous! For my first spread with this kit, I decided to make a page for my Disney album. This documents times in Frontierland from our last day in the parks. I love the colors in the kit and they worked really well with my photos. I used the die-cuts a lot in this layout, which is kind of unusual for me, but again they worked really well with my photos.

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Project Life 2018 Plans

I’m currently in the process of wrapping up my 2017 Project Life album and my December Daily so I thought this would be a great time to share my 2018 plans (its also the beginning of the year, so obvious, yeah…).

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9×12 again: I really loved this size album. My first year (2016), I did 12×12 which felt pretty overwhelming to me a lot of times. 9×12 was more comfortable for me, I like that there are lots of options for using 3×4 photos and journaling cards, and I just like the look of the page.

Bright, bright, bright!: I think this was my original plan last year but that sort of immediately got away from me. I love bright colors, bright journaling cards and papers, and my favorite layouts last year were the really colorful ones. So expect a lot of color in 2018!

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A Disney Album: I know I’m going to take 8000 photos when I go to Walt Disney World (next month!!) so its definitely going to need its own album. I’ll be using 9×12 for this too. I’ll also include a spread in my regular Project Life album of my favorite photos from the trip.

More curated photos: Seeing as this is my third year doing Project Life, and frankly my life hasn’t changed a ton over those 3 years, I don’t feel the need to document every little thing. So that means throwing out the idea of weekly or monthly spreads and more just documenting what I have to document. I’m going to focus on taking better photos and things that are different, and of course, any big events will still get documented.

Probably no December Daily: I had fun taking all of the photos for my December Daily, and I loved my supplies, but putting the album together is another story, well a story I’m still working on. I almost feel like I came to resent having to work on this album and I just wanted to get it done! Because of that, I don’t feel like I’m able to create my best work. With already knowing I’m going to have two large albums going this year, I don’t know if I want to put that extra pressure on myself. December is 12 months away, though, so we’ll see!

How are you documenting 2018? Are you doing Project Life or something else? Let me know!

 

xo,

Emily

What to document when you don’t know what to document

Hi everyone! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas if you celebrate! While working on my December Daily album, I figured I was going to have some days that were pretty average, ordinary days with not much to document. I had to get a bit creative on what to highlight on these days, so I thought I would share some tips on what to document when you’re not sure what to document.

In my case, I’m working in a December Daily album, but I think this can work for any documenting challenge (like day or week in the life) or even just a regular Project Life spread if its a slower time for you.

Music

I decided to document when I really got into listening to holiday music this year and some of what I was listening to. I really rediscovered the N’sync Christmas album (which is 19 years old! How?!) so I chose to include a photo of the album cover. I’ve also taken screenshots of my phone in the past when I’ve been listening to my favorite song or album of the time. If you don’t have photos, you can also achieve this type of documenting by adding your favorite song lyrics onto your layout.

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Weather

This works especially well when there is a bit of a weather change. In my December Daily I recorded a day that was rather cold, and the coldest it had been so far this season. This could also work well for documenting the first day of summer or winter or documenting the first snow fall.

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Movies

I tend to take picture when I go to the movies. I like to take a picture of my ticket sub in front of the movie poster or a display for the movie. You can also keep the sub and add it into your documenting, which I’ve done as well. But I think its fun to also document a low key movie night at home. I’ve taken pictures of my tv or computer screen as I’ve watched a movie or used a picture of the movie poster to show what I watched.

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Hope this gives you some ideas for documenting if you’re feeling a bit stuck. What do you document during less busy or ordinary times? Let me know in the comments!

 

xo,

Emily

December Daily Days 2, 3, and 4

Hi everyone! Today I have a few pages in my December Daily to share. Let’s start with Day 2.

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On this day I had taken several photos and done various things. I worked on this album, watched Brave for the first time, and went shopping in the evening with my mom. I decided the best way to use these photos was to use a grid page. Because I wanted to journal about everything I did this day, I used one of the cut-aparts from Crate Paper and added my journaling on the back.

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As for my supplies, I used a variety of Crate Paper papers from Falala, Carousel, and even going all the way back to Bloom. I embellished with bits from Felicity Jane (the Sparkle chipboard), Feed Your Craft (the snowman die-cut), and the Target Dollar Spot (the little stars).

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For day 3 I did a double page spread. This day I decorated the tree so I had a lot of photos again. I really didn’t journal at all, except for adding the “tree decorating” title, because I feel like the photos speak for themselves.

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This page again used Crate Paper papers (they’re just the best!) and I embellished with Feed Your Craft puffy stickers and a mini flair button.

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I took an Instax photo of the tree (which is terrible by the way, my film is old) and I decided to make it into its own little layout. This one has very similar supplies again: Crate Paper papers and Feed Your Craft die-cuts.

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For Day 4 I used the back side of the layout from the 3rd. I documented a haircut, and commented on how every time I cut my hair there is so little difference that no one can ever tell its been cut.

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I used my absolute favorite Thickers from Amy Tangerine and my favorite tiny alphas from Tim Holtz.

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Finally I embellished with a few Crate Paper stickers.

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And that’s it! How is December memory keeping going for you?

 

xo,

 

Emily

December Daily Set Up and Day 1

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Warning: photo heavy post ahead! To be quite honest I’ve been a bit anxious about starting my December Daily album. Perfectionism has set in, especially with seeing all the beautiful albums people have made in the past. But I made myself get started and my album will be what it will be. I don’t print my photos at home so unfortunately I’m not able to complete an entire spread each day.  I’m probably going to stop my album at the 25th so I’ll have the last part of December to finish everything up (and because I have the whole last week of the month off, it shouldn’t be a problem). I’m continuing my Project Life through December, so if anything exciting happens during that last week I’ll record it there. I’m going to make my December Daily more detailed, and my Project Life will be more of a “highlights reel”, which is pretty much how it is anyway.

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I’ve been loving using the Crate Paper Falala collection, and I’ve already used a lot of the paper, stickers, and ephemera. The front of my title page uses all of the colors I plan to incorporate into the album.

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For the back I did more of a black and white theme and added a bit of green because I liked how the plaids looked together.

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This page is my “reason why” page. I pretty much detailed my reason in my last December Daily post, so check that out if you haven’t yet! And, yes, I haven’t completed the December Bucket List card; that’ll get done eventually.

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And here is December 1st! Its a pretty simple spread, but I’m loving the lighter shade of green with the pops of red.

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If you’re doing December Daily, how is it going so far? Let me know in the comments!

 

xo,

 

Emily

December Daily 2017 Plans

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If you hang around the scrapbooking area of instagram or facebook, you probably know that December Daily is big. Like HUGE. If you’re unfamiliar, generally the idea of this album is to share a story from each day in December. Some people choose to do the days leading up to Christmas and stop at the 25th, while others choose to document the entire month. I’ve also heard lately more and more of people planning to do more of a December Memories album and not force themselves to be so committed to the day by day documenting.

I’ve never done a December Daily. Really I’ve never done a mini album (except for making travelers notebook spreads here and there). Last year I gave the idea a chance, but ultimately decided because it was my first year doing Project Life, and usually I don’t have a very exciting December, that I wasn’t going to do a separate album for the month. This year, however, I’m up for the challenge! I haven’t completely decided if I’m going to document the whole month or just until the 25th, but I figure I can kind of decide that as I go.

I’m choosing to do this album for two reasons: first, the challenge, and second, to bring joy back to December to me. I think the first reason is pretty self-explanatory, so let’s go over the second. December has always been tough for me. My father passed away in early December when I was quite young. When I was younger, I would still get excited about Christmas, decorating, seeing lights, and Christmas songs on the radio. My large extended families from both my mom and dad’s side got together, usually  both on Christmas Eve. It was a long, but very fun, night. But the older I’ve gotten, the more things have dwindled down. My extended families don’t really get together anymore so typically Christmas is just my mom and me. Christmas time just doesn’t feel as magical. So this year I’m hoping that by setting the intention to make this album, and with that having the intention to try to find something joyful in everyday, that my December and Christmas season is a happier time for me.

So let’s talk about supplies. I’m going to be using bits and pieces from a few different December lines: Crate Paper Falala, Feed Your Craft Comfort and Joy, and Felicity Jane Joy. The cut apart sheet from the Crate Paper collection has really been my main inspiration for the colors and feel I want to the album and I’ve coordinated everything else with it.

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The inspiration piece for this album.
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How adorable are the die-cuts from Feed Your Craft?!
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Lovely Felicity Jane cards. 

 

So let’s get started with December! I’m excited to see how this goes!

xo,

Emily

October 2017 – The First Week

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Hey everyone and happy October (its halfway through the month but whatever). I started collecting photos from the first part of this month and realized I could make a true “weekly” spread for the first week of the month, as typically I just focus on keeping each month together and not really doing the traditional weekly Project Life spreads. This spread documents the last St. Louis Cardinals game of the season, some everyday things, and, of course, October 3rd, aka Mean Girls Day.

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I loved the simplicity  of the “start where you are” card from the September “Starlight” Studio Calico kit, but I felt like it needed a little something. I added some die cuts from Felicity Jane, and a bit of the gorgeous washi tape from the October “Gypsy Moon” Studio Calico kit. The alphas that I used are also from Felicity Jane.

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I had three pictures from the baseball game that I wanted to use, so I displayed the picture of my friend and me and used the other two (that were long distance of players) for a flip pocket.

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I don’t typically document sad events in my Project Life album. I know a lot of people do because it is meant to be documenting your life, the good and the bad, but I tend to be naturally a bit more on the pessimistic side so I try to keep my album as cheery and fun as possible. Still there have been events that I didn’t want to ignore so I’ve documented them in more subtle ways. I feel like this card from Feed Your Craft with the quote from J.K. Rowling is a good representation of the tragic events that have been occurring in the United States with the hurricanes and shooting in Las Vegas. I feel like it represents these hard times but also how we can grow together.

 

How are you documenting October so far? Do you document the good and the bad or keep your album focused on happy memories?