Hi friends, today's layout is for Week 7 in my Project Life 2016 album. This week really turned out to feature some seemingly random photos from my phone and Instagram, but the Ali Edwards Craft story kit brought these photos together to tell a story - a story of some of the things we MADE this week. Take a look at my process video:
I created the layout first using the Project Life App plus the Project 52 cards and the new Inspire edition cards. This was the layout as I printed it on my home printer:
And here is the layout once I added journaling and embellishments!
The main photo is of our children gathered around the dinner table. One thing we have been doing lately to help them become more independent, help them learn how to make healthy choices (and to give ourselves a little break!) is make your own dinner night. They love it! I took the photo with my iPhone 6Plus, and then edited it in A Color Story app. The heart bokeh are one of the in-app purchases, but well worth it and I love how it connects the photo with the Inspire edition journal cards.
I added several fun embellishments on top of the photo. I used the handmade and MAKE stamps from Ali Edwards Craft Story kit, plus the banner is also from that kit. The word stickers and bird are from Maggie Holmes Bloom, and memories is my handwriting in broad Sharpie. Now, your eyes are not playing tricks on you - every one of these elements is slightly off, meaning not quite straight, and that is on purpose. The perspective in this photo is off, also not quite straight, and while I did edit that a little in the Color Story app, not all of the lines are straight - those cabinets are a lot of lines and my position as photographer was not completely centered either. So I placed those elements slightly un-straight to add a sort of whimsical feel. This is totally appropriate with the whimsical feel of the journal cards.
I love how this journal card provided a great space for telling the story of make your own dinner nights. I used the MAKE stamp in several places, as you will see as we go across the layout.
This little gingham deer adds another sweet touch of whimsy, and there are actually two gold elements on this layout - the alphabet date here and a tiny gold flower on the other side of the page.
The top two spaces on the right side are place to tell the story of a major overhaul I did in my studio that week. In the past I kept all of my patterned papers in one place, journal cards in another place, stickers in yet another place, and over the last two years or so my shopping habits have evolved for scrapbooking, so my storage needed to evolve as well. I now store my products according to their collection. I should probably do a whole blog post about it. Nonetheless, when my husband came home that day this is what he found and it made us both die laughing. And lest you panic, it is all cleaned up now and organized (and has since been overhauled again! Ha!)
The scissor embellishment shown here is a rubber piece from the Story kit, and I used it here to embellish this photo taken from my Instagram. I know, I know, I took a picture of Gossamer Blue kits, and then used an Ali Edwards kit to embellish said photo! This is ok, friends. These are two great companies owned my amazing women who inspire me every day to create, and it is totally ok to tribute both on the same layout. To Ali Edwards and Lori Gentile, know that your products are inspiring to me and to so many, and for that I am incredibly thankful!
I didn't really journal about the cat, Zoe, but I found her like this three days that week, waiting for me after I dropped off the girls, just being curious up there on the landing. She actually sat there long enough for me to CLICK the photo, so the wood word fit there. The journal card goes with the photo below it, of me and my husband working on our taxes together.
I loved using the MAKE words across this layout - that word appeared several times as in Make Dinner, Make A Mess, Making it Happen, and Make Memories. Definitely love the repetition in that, joining elements and memories together through common themes. Ah, Story kits, this is how you help us do this.
Here is one more look at this side of the layout:
I hope you enjoyed this week's Project Life layout and story! See you again soon!
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