Project Life 2014 – Week 20

Here is my two-page spread for Week 20 of my Project Life/pocket page album:

digital kit used – Pocket Life: May Collection by Traci Reed:
Each of Traci’s Pocket Life Collections is huge!

Here is a closer look at the left side of Week 20:

Top row, left pocket:
“week” stamp: Ali Edwards; “twenty” stamp: Ali Edwards; date stamps: Digital Design Essentials (Gina Cabrera)

Top row, right pocket:
“HAPPY birthday” is by Rhonna Farrer. You MUST have her two apps – Rhonna Designs and Rhonna Magic. 

Middle row, first & second pockets:
(These are unrelated, but I’m posting them together to save space.)

Of course, when Ellie Mae tripped me, we had an audience. I hate it when she does that. I posted this photo on Instagram, complete with the conversation bubble and my haiku. It was all done in the Rhonna Designs app. (The yellow frame is from the May Pocket Life kit.)

Middle row, third & fourth pockets:

The photo of Ellie Mae and the mess she made was also posted on Instagram, and it was also made with the Rhonna Designs app. The app has a ton of fonts, like the one I used for "Look what... ." (The base card is from the May Pocket Life kit.)

In a perfect world I would have a constant view of water. My ideal choice of a view would be the Gulf of Mexico from the Florida Panhandle. But I would settle for the Mississippi River from Downtown Memphis or Mud Island or a view of Jacksonville’s St. Johns River. Of course, I wouldn’t get anything done, because I would be staring at the water.

Bottom row, left pocket:

Here is where I learned NOT to crop food in a circle. It just looks strange. However, the food in person did not look strange, and it tasted fabulous! 

Bottom row, right pocket:

For the record, Conrad does not usually look like Waldo. He was dressed for a race. Since it occurred many months ago in real life, I forgot which one it was.

Funniest photo on this page: Ellie Mae bouncing across the front yard like a kangaroo.

Here is a closer look at the right side of Week 20:

Top row, left pocket:

Top row, right pocket:

Middle row, first & second pockets:

Conrad is the only person I personally know who has passed or even attended the US Army Air Assault School. In real life he’s gone from Air Assault School to employment with Yahoo (with a few stops in between).

Middle row, third & fourth pockets:
Here is a link to the video on YouTube video, if you don’t have a QR Reader.

Bottom row, left pocket:

Elisabeth found Peter reading this Spot book in their Florida room. We are a family of readers. My two toddler grandkids love books, making them the third generation of book lovers in our family.

Bottom row, right pocket:

I had a very nice Mother’s Day, with FaceTime, phone calls, and lots of gifts. The lower left photo shows some of my gifts on the mantel in our family room. That’s where we stack gifts in our family.

The photo of me wearing Graham explains why I have lousy posture. The photo of me at age four is proof that I’ve always had bangs. I think I was born with them.

Last thing about these two pages . . . I often add a stroke (what looks like a frame) around the photos on my Project Life pages, so they’ll stand out from the background. I add the stroke using Photoshop. But the white “frames” you see on some of the photos on these pages were made with a Photoshop action.

I bought a kit called Ninety-two Arrows by Valorie Wibbens at The Lilypad, because I love arrows, and because this kit includes a sticker action for Photoshop. Highlight the photo or element you want a stroke (or frame) around, click on the Sticker Maker action, and voilĂ ! You have a frame or stroke or sticker effect – whatever you want to call it.

On this page I used the sticker action on the two photos of my grandson (top right corner) and on the photo of my granddaughter (last one on the middle row). I also used it on the arrow on the bottom right corner. The arrow is from Ninety-two Arrows also.
Thanks for visiting! I’ll be back soon with some thoughts about constructing these two pages. And constructing and constructing and constructing . . ..


Project Life 2014 – Week 19

Here is my two-page spread for Week 19 of my Project Life/pocket page album:

digital kit used – Rain Edition by Nisa Fiin:

Nisa also designs under the name Splendid Fiins. She's taking a break from designing for a while, and for a brief time you can get all her products for 45% off here.

What I like about Rain Edition: the colors – blues, greens, and purples. That’s it. Sometimes I like using a limited number of colors.

What I don’t like about Rain Edition: It just has cards and papers, no elements. Some of the cards have elements already on them, but I like to add them myself. It takes longer to make my pages that way.

Here is a closer look at the left side of Week 19:

Top row, left pocket:
week stamp: Ali Edwards; eighteenstamp: Ali Edwards; date stamps: Digital Design Essentials (Gina Cabrera)

Notice that below “week nineteen” I put “plus some.” I took a trip that overlapped part of Weeks 17 & 18, causing three weeks to be adjusted, as in, not a one of them covers exactly seven days.

Top row, right pocket:
I think most likely Peter enjoys going to the ranch. (I’m perceptive like that.)

Middle row, third pocket :
This explains the photos of Peter above and the photos of Peter below.

Sweet” stamp: Penny Springmann

Bottom row, right pocket:
See the purple arrow thing on top of this photo? I made it with the shape tool in Photoshop and filled it with the dark purple used in this kit. (When you make a shape, always make a new layer first for the shape so you can move the shape around.)

Middle row, first pocket:
I made this blue arrow and the green triangle on the playbill in the next pocket with the shape tool, too. See why I like kits with elements? I like to overuse elements, but I'd rather not make them. 

Helpful tip: In my Project Life folder in ACDSee, I have a subfolder for commonly used elements, like arrows and words, so I don’t have to look all over the place when I need such an item.

Ali Edwards has her own subfile under commonly used elements, because I use her words all the time. Good news for her - she has a new shop, and it’s here. Bad news for me – soon all the links I’ve given for her stuff at Designer Digitals won’t work.

Bottom row, left pocket:
Cinco de Mayo, the Kentucky Derby, . . . regardless of the occasion, in our family we make it all about food. Question: Why didn’t Conrad discover his extraordinary cookie-making skills when he lived in Memphis??

Cinco de Mayo stamp: freebie from Kerri Bradford; go here to download her freebies.

Here is a closer look at the right side of Week 19:

Top row, right pocket:
I don’t have nearly enough photos of Carter and Kate. I need to lay a guilt trip on them, so they’ll send more. (Mothers excel at guilt trips.)

Top row, left pocket:
the LITTLE moments” stamp: Penny Springmann

I despise FaceTime and Skype. They remind me of the olden days when phones were attached to the wall, so when we talked on the phone, we were stuck in one spot. But FaceTime and Skype cause a new problem – now I have to have make-up on to talk. BUT I put myself out to talk to my kids and grandkids.

Okay, I don’t have to have make-up on, but, well, yes, I do. I’m all about full make-up every day.

Middle row, first & second pockets:

Bottom row, left pocket:
Since Ellie Mae’s meet & greet, we’ve been to Destin and back. Ellie Mae loved her visit with these dogs and their family! She even learned to use the doggie door. Every evening each of the dogs got raw chicken legs. We’ll leave that tradition back with the boarder. 

Bottom row, right pocket – the continuing adventures of Graham in nursing school:

Questions or comments? Leave them below. Thanks for stopping by!


Project Life 2014 – Week 18 | insert pages

Since I had soooo many photos for Week 18, I added an 8.5” x 11” insert, with photos on both sides.

Here is what the two sides of the insert look like together:

digital kit used - Just Add Color by Kerri Bradford:

I searched my template stash for an 8.5” x 11” template that would hold a lot of photos. I thought I found the one I used for the insert for Week 10 and started with that.

Basically I wanted a template with four places across and six down for a total of 24 places to put photos, journaling, and filler stuff. Most of the photos I used did not fit well in the template spaces, so I dragged various blocks over other blocks to make bigger horizontal and vertical rectangles, as well as some square spaces.

After I completely finished both sides, I realized the template was 8” x 11”. What?! That meant I’d have larger margins on the sides than on the tops and bottoms of each page. I had spent a lot of time using the wrong template.

My inner OCD voice said, “Do the pages over! They will annoy the stew out of you every time you see them in the future.”

For once I ignored my inner OCD. These two pages will not have equal margins on all sides, and the world will not fall off its axis. All is well! (More or less. I did hyperventilate a bit and eat some candy corn.)

Here is a closer look at the front of the Week 18 insert:

Below are close-ups of some of the photos and fillers on the insert front.

Her eyes and his attire . . . Love!

Somewhere I read that each scrapbook page needs at least a bit of black. I forgot why. And I forgot the whole thing until I was working on these pages. I like black, so here’s my black on this page:

The black on the back page is the card that says “MEMORIES” over and over.

Here is why I buy scrapbooking kits made by others instead of making my own papers and elements:
I lack the artistic gene. Don’t laugh. This is really the best horse I’m capable of drawing. Peter thought it was an elephant.

This game is harder than it looks:

This photo was made with the Rhonna Design app and then I posted it on Instagram. Rhonna’s designs are also available in her shop in several formats, such as brushes, pngs, printables, and fonts.

Here is a closer look at the back of the Week 18 insert:

I love photos like this one that show everyday moments:
Look at our little chubby legs stacked up.

By the way, if you want to put text on a photo and have it stand out, it’s easier to make a text block than to look for a label to put under the text. To make one of these blocks….
  • Open a new layer above the photo.
  • Make sure white (or whatever color you want the block to be) is the front color tile on your tool bar.
  • Use the paint bucket tool to fill the rectangle with white.
  • Add text on top of the rectangle.
  • (optional) Reduce the opacity of the rectangle a bit so that the photo below it shows through slightly, but not so much that the text is hard to read.  

More photos from the back of the insert:

Yes! April is officially history!! Oh, I know it ended months ago for most of you. But I got to enjoy spring longer than you did.

Thank you for visiting my blog!

NO, inner OCD voice! I’m still not going to redo the insert!!


Project Life 2014 – Week 18

Here is my two-page spread for Week 18 of my Project Life/pocket page album:

digital kit used - Just Add Color by Kerri Bradford:

I chose this kit because it has lots of little elements, and I knew in advance I was going to need lots of little fillers, because I had lots of photos for Week 18. In fact, I had nearly 700 photos!! That’s what happens when I go to see my family in Jacksonville and come back with photos from my phone, Blake’s phone, Elisabeth’s phone, Elisabeth’s camera, and Sarah’s camera.

I needed bigger pages. Instead I made two insert pages:
These will be printed by Persnickety Prints* individually as 8.5" x 11" pages. I’ll put them back to back in an 8.5" x 11" page protector, and stick that between the two main pages of Week 18.

I like to make inserts that are smaller than 12" x 12" (the size of my weekly pages), because they tuck nicely between the regular week pages. My inserts are usually 6" x 12" or 8.5" x 11" because those are the easiest-to-find smaller sizes of page protectors.

Here is a closer look at the left side of Week 18:

Top pocket, left side:
“week” stamp: Ali Edwards; “eighteen” stamp: Ali Edwards; date stamps: Digital Design Essentials (Gina Cabrera)

Notice above “week eighteen” I put “(most of).” My trip started on a Saturday and went through the next Thursday. My album weeks run from Sunday to Saturday. I adjusted Weeks 17, 18, and 19 to keep my trip photos all together.

Top pocket, right side:
Look at how much stuff I got in one place! Oh how I love the Project Life system that allows me to cover loosely related, random moments that I want to remember, but ones which aren’t worthy of a whole page.

Bottom pocket, left side:
The Frozen craze is phenomenal. I have a PL friend in Brazil who recently posted a video of her young daughters loudly singing the theme song. I asked her if they knew what they were singing. She said they didn’t have a clue. =)

Bottom pocket, right side:
Peter is not yet three years old, but he already knows a cell phone is good for talking, playing games, watching videos, and taking photos.

Here is a closer look at the right side of Week 18:
For this page I used the Squared Away Template 12 (modified, really modified)

The left page of Week 18 was about the first day of my trip. This page is about the last day of my trip, when Elisabeth’s sister Sarah did a photo shoot with Peter and Evie.

Here’s my favorite photo of Peter on this page:

Well, I can’t pick a favorite of Evie. It’s one of these two:
It's okay to brag about grandchildren, right? Good, because I'll just say these are two GORGEOUS kids!

Check this out:
I finally made it to May! It's a miracle!!

One minute I’m holding my grandbabies; the next minute I’m high in the sky, flying home:
Such is life!

For the record, this is THE least embellished page I’ve ever made in my life. I only added two stamps ("HEY MAY" and "REMEMBER every little THING”) by Ali Edwards and the date, which I dragged over from the first page.

Stay tuned for the Week 18 insert, coming next. See you soon!

* Persnickety Prints is having their semi-annual sale on printing. Prepay for pages now at the lowest prices of the year, and use the credits whenever you're ready to print your pages. The sale ends on Monday, September 29th. No company prints better than Persnickety. Their prices are reasonable, too.