Rain, Rain, Go Away

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Welcome to mini-kit day at Counterfeit Kit Challenge!

This month in North Carolina we have had amazing amounts of rainfall. So I was very intrigued by this month’s inspiration kit from Gossamer Blue. The blues in the kit reflect the rainy weather I have been experiencing lately.

So when I came up with my mini-kit for this month, I started with a patterned paper in blue with raindrops. I added a darker yellow paper, white foam words, wood veneer pieces, word stickers, and enamel dots—all inspired by the original kit.

I decided to use this mini-kit to make a layout for my Project Life album, documenting a particularly rainy week in April. I love the cool tones and simplicity of this spread—perfect for telling the story of this week.

Don’t forget to check out the mini-kits from the rest of the Master Forgers—just head on back to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog.

Now go create!


Goals and A Door

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Already this month, due to cold weather and snow forcing me inside, I have already made two layouts from my Coming Home kit at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog.

The first layout documents my scrappy goals for 2017. (See the original blog post here.) I thought it would be a great idea to have an official record of my goals in my scrapbook album. I may even add the page to my Project Life album for 2017 so I can look back on it at the end of the year!

Along with my January kit, I used a sketch from the Ready, Sketch, Go class.

The second layout takes inspiration from this month’s first challenge at CKC: Use a door on your layout.

I recently cleaned out my entire pantry from top to bottom. After I was done with this Herculean task, I took a photograph of the door, peeking in at the newly-reorganized space. So for this first challenge, I used that picture on my page.

I purposely created “shelves” with my patterned paper to mimic the inside of my pantry. I also cut a tab from patterned paper and adhered it to the side of my photograph with enamel dots to look like a door hinge.

Check back later on in the month and I will post more layouts made with my January CKC kit, Coming Home.

Now go create!


Documenting June

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I never thought that I would do Project Life. Back in 2012, I was perfectly happy with the scrapbooking I was doing, even though Becky Higgins’ new system was sweeping the cropping world. Then I happened to win an entire Project Life set and album from a contest on Ali Edward’s site. Was I surprised? You bet!

The set arrived in late April, and I almost waited until the next year to get started. In the end I went ahead and started my project with May 2012. Not long afterwards, I was hooked on the Project Life format! I now have albums for 2012, 2013, and 2014—all in a weekly 12×12 format.

This year, however, I changed up my Project Life scrapbooking. I am using a 9×12 album from Studio Calico and going with a monthly format. I am currently using Gossamer Blue’s life pages kit. These are my spreads from June.

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The opening spread is a pocket page along side a 9×12 layout. (The back page to the 9×12 layout and the front page to the 12-square page is featured in this post.)

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This month’s Gossamer Blue kit features lots of heart embellishments and brightly colored journaling cards–perfect for summer photos!

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Each month I seem to have extra 4×6 photos that I want to include in my album. I have been using the 6×8 Design 2 page protectors from Becky Higgins for these pictures.

I am halfway through the year with this format and so far I have enjoyed the change. I do miss making weekly spreads, and I will probably go back to that schedule and a 12×12 size next year. But for now I am having fun exploring this new way of doing Project Life.

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Project Life in 2013

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This past year marks the second year I have completed a Project Life album. It seems like just yesterday that I was placing the first photos in my album!

pl_1I chose the Amber Edition of Project Life this year.

pl_2As I have been doing Project Life, I have been more careful to save ephemera to include in my album. I hope my kids will get a kick out of seeing receipts and tags from when they were young!

pl_3I take a lot of photos during the week, but there are some days on which I don’t pick up my camera at all. So I don’t have a photo from every day of the week. Some days–like when we go to the pool with friends–get more than one photo.

pl_4During this week, my family and I went to a family reunion. It was the first time I had seen many of my relatives in a very long time. I used photos from that day only on this spread.

pl_5In August I discovered Studio Calico’s Project Life monthly kit. I was instantly hooked! I loved getting fun embellishments to use in my album.

pl_6I don’t really plan my spreads beforehand. I print out the photos that I like, place them in the pockets, then fill in when necessary. I always (well, almost always) leave at least one pocket for journaling. There have been a few weeks that I had too many photos and I ran out of space! In those cases I have added extra pocket pages or placed my journaling on the outside of the pockets.

pl_7This spread is one of my favorites. I had several photos from Thanksgiving Day. I converted them all to black & white and used just a touch of color on the spread.

pl_8The End! I enjoy doing a Project Life album along with my traditional scrapbook layouts. This year, my goals are to plan my pages a little more and have more fun with embellishments. Now I just have to wait for the UPS man to bring my new album for the year!