Archive for the ‘Project 365 2014-2015’ Category

I’m coming down the home stretch for my son’s photo-a-day baby album!  I have a few inserts to finish and I need to add weekly date cards, but it’s almost finished, and I am so happy about that.

The other day, I sat down to work on this insert, which documents our trip as a family with my parents to the National Zoo.



I wasn’t sure what supplies I would use at first, but I wanted to challenge myself to use something out of my stash.  I recently re-organized some of my patterned paper from a portable portfolio into an organizer on my studio shelves, which made it super easy to start thumbing through what I have on hand.  I pulled out a small stack of papers that a friend recently handed down to me, and as soon as I saw them, I knew they’d be perfect.


I didn’t let myself stop and think and worry whether there was something else that could work, I just got to work finding embellishments that would coordinate!  I pulled out my box and collected a few things that caught my eye right away: some wooden flower pieces leftover from my daughter’s princess mini album, small flag-shaped plastic clips from the old Studio Calico kit I used for my January 2019 pocket pages, and some lime green and orange paper flowers from the September 2011 Lucky Girls kit!


The paper flowers are pretty bulky, so I intentionally smashed them down a bit before adding them to my pockets so that they would be a bit flatter…


I printed out some labels onto cream cardstock to add my journaling throughout the pockets.


It was so satisfying how quickly this insert came together.  The colors are just perfect for the zoo atmosphere.  It was also satisfying to use some products that I really liked that were just languishing in my stash!


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For this set of inserts in B’s album, I challenged myself to use a very old BasicGrey collection called Kioshi, which I got years ago in a class at a CK Convention!  I’d also acquired coordinating rub-ons in a bag of hand-me-down scrapbook supplies from a friend, and I particularly wanted to see how many of them I could use!

I started this layout at the very end of May, and due to a very busy June and a trip at the beginning of July, it took me until July 10 to finish this set of inserts!


the front of the first insert page



The inserts tell several stories: an egg hunt we attended, dyeing eggs at home, and our Easter celebration at home after church (a small egg hunt for each child).  I wanted everything to coordinate, but I also wanted to distinguish the stories, so I added titles using the letter stickers from the collection.  I used up almost all of the rub ons in the packet I had– I even cut apart a frame shape and pieced the sides together to create borders in a couple different places.


the back of the first insert page


The final page of the insert has a shaker pocket.  I used my Cameo to cut out tiny flowers from scraps of the pattern paper, and I also added some sequins, some rub-ons added back-to-back on a punched circle of white cardstock, and some green glitter.  I think I put in too much glitter, but there’s no going back now!


the front of the second insert page



the back of the second insert page


Finally, I created a coordinating card for the Easter pocket in the weekly spread– again, using a rub-on from the collection.  I simply added it to a yellow card from the Project Life Baby Edition.



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I started putting together this big 200-print order from Persnickety Prints in January, and I worked on it through mid-May (album planning sometimes takes me a while).  I placed this order on May 16 and received it within a couple of days!  (Persnickety is awesome.)

When I got the order in the mail, I had the idea that I could do a super-sped up video of how I separate out my photos into my different album projects.  You see, for about every project I do, I start with an enormous amount of pre-planning.  I like to know where my photos are going to go and what sizes I plan to use.  That way, when I get to the paper cutting and gluing and making things pretty part of the process, the photo part is already finished.

It’s taken me a while to get this video completed (my very first voiceover ever!).  But now it’s ready to share!

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With this order, I have photos for 5 specific projects, in addition to some that I intend to frame or to use on a few scrapbook layouts that aren’t part of a particular album project:

Husband helped me rig up my tripod with my camera so that I could put together this video.  I increased the speed to 20x… and just because I’m a nerd, I did keep track of the actual time it took for each stage:

  • unboxing+sort = about 10 minutes
  • appendicitis mini album = about 15 minutes
  • mommy book = about 5 minutes
  • baby album = approximately 31 minutes
  • Disney album = approximately 22 minutes
  • 2019 Jan and Feb = approximately 39 minutes

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Here’s the video!

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In my last post, I shared the “at home” part of Christmas 2014, and that section of the inserts ended on the front side of a Design G page.  We went to visit my parents for a few days, and this section documents that time, starting on the back side of the Design G page.


I was on a mission to use my Christmas embellishments, so I added border stickers (Crate Paper Peppermint), Christmas ribbon (My Mind’s Eye??), and brads (BasicGrey Nordic Holiday) along with some cute little holly stickers.



The visit continues onto another Design G page, where I added more of the same embellishments to tie everything together.




This card was made using a One Little Bird cut file (and digital kit) I’d purchased a long time ago– I was excited to finally put it to good use!


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Baby’s first Christmas is kind of a big deal!  Of course, it took me several inserts to document B’s first Christmas, and I’ll share the first part in this post: our Christmas celebration at home.

I used the front side of this Design I page protector to highlight photos from Christmas Eve.


[For most, if not all, of the other pocket inserts I’ve shared here, I’ve taken the photos out of the pockets and laid them on top of the page protector to minimize glare.  However, on this insert, I used Heidi Swapp gold Color Shine to sprinkle some splatters, and I guess I didn’t let them dry long enough before putting them in the pockets– those pieces are solidly glued inside with that gold!  Sorry about the glare on the top pocket here and on the next side…]


I don’t have a huge amount of Christmas-themed product, so most of my Christmassy paper projects use similar lines: here, there’s a little bit of Crate Paper’s Peppermint collection mixed with little other bits and pieces.



On the back of this insert, we begin Christmas morning at our house.  On each “title” card, the word “Christmas” is a rub on from an old Lily Bee collection (Christmas Town)–this continuity was accidental at first, but I like how it all ties together.  The other alpha stickers are BasicGrey Nordic Holiday (originally purchased for my daughter’s baby album/December Daily project)


I also embellished this top card with some vellum snowflakes I’d cut with my Silhouette (a long time ago!) and some clear rhinestones.  These plus the gold Color Shine (which is keeping this card firmly in its pocket!) make for a sparkly, fresh-morning feeling, I think.


I added some punched circles, brads, and labels to decorate the two photos on this side.



The next insert is a Design G, and it is all about opening gifts at our house.  Our little man was so intent on getting that wrapping paper into his mouth!


I had one more photo than would fit on this side, so I made a little flap with patterned paper.  Underneath, I added a bit more of the story.


The other side of this page is about our time at my parents’ for Christmas, so that will be in the next post!

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Sometimes, simple is best.

That’s what I was thinking when I made this insert about a fun time my kids and I had at the mall playground.  I used to go to the mall quite a bit in the early mornings to walk with the kids in the stroller, and this was the first day that my son played in the little play area– and he was absolutely delighted with it.

I’d written a long daily card for the 365 album, but I had so many great photos and memories that I wanted to highlight this seemingly small event in an insert.  I took the journaling out of the daily slot and substituted a simple coordinating filler card with an arrow that ends up pointing right to this insert in the album.  The journaling is on a folded card that slips out of the insert to tell the whole story.



I hemmed and hawed over embellishments, and in the end, I kept them super simple.  I added tiny word stickers (I’ve been watching a lot of Inkie Quill!) and stapled on a few little stars punched from coordinating patterned paper.


Another sweet memory documented in my son’s 1-year album!


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This is a bit of a throwback in this post: I made these pages a looooong time ago, and I came across them as I was going through B’s album.  So here they are!

First up, a little 4″x12″ insert about a visit that we made as a family to a local pick-your-own pumpkin/apple/etc. farm.  We didn’t actually pick our own anything, but we enjoyed the atmosphere and the made-to-order apple fritters!

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I’m pretty sure I made these pages as I was doing the big go-through-the-album-and-plan-out-all-the-missing-inserts-for-photo-printing (spoiler alert, I still haven’t finished that process, although I did get through Easter of 2015).  I actually had these photos on hand, so I went right ahead and made the insert right then.  It was a fun diversion from plain old photo planning/editing.  I used bits and pieces from my stash: old Cosmo Cricket and old Studio Calico papers, October afternoon alphas and stickers, and print-and-cut labels I made myself.

Around that time, I also made this Design G insert about our Halloween costume that year: the Lego Movie family costume!


The text on this insert is essentially the text from my blog post about the costumes, and I used some even older Little Yellow Bicycle Halloween products here, in combination with Jade edition Project Life cards.


The title card is a combination of old glitter letters that I think are from Making Memories and old (are you catching the theme here?–old!) “spooky” alphas from American Crafts Remarks.

This was the first year that our kids went trick-or-treating, and so I used the other side of the insert to document the fun we had with friends that night.


I used more Little Yellow Bicycle Halloween embellishments here, “updated” slightly with some washi tape



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About 6 weeks after B was born, we made a cross-country drive to attend my brother’s wedding.  Of course I was not going to miss his wedding, and I was a bridesmaid (P.S. The tailor worked wonders to be able to fit me in a dress that I bought when I was pregnant and wore after I’d had my baby…).  Quite honestly, the whole weekend is a blur in my memory, but this was B’s very first trip ever, and it was a momentous occasion on top of that!  It definitely had to be included in the album in a stand-out way.

The inserts ended up being two Design-H style pages, front-and-back.  The front of the first page is all about the ceremony.  The photographer, who had gorgeous photos of the bride and groom and our family, also took some beautiful shots of my kids, and I was thrilled to be able to include them here.


In fact, there were so many that I needed some flaps!


The family photo under the bridal party photo flap is actually included as my photo-of-the-day in the “regular” album pages, but I liked it so much that I wanted it in there twice.

As you can see from the photos, my sister-in-law’s color scheme was a rich purple with sunflowers (so, so pretty). It was an easy decision to go with that same scheme for these pages, and I had some sunflower die cuts that were perfect for embellishing.

Since purple scrapbook supplies (especially this royal purple color) are few-and-far-between, I made my own background by layering a lacy floral cut file over a slightly different shade of violet.


The second side had so many photos that I simply added a few labels and simple embellishments.


I had some great photos with my brother and sister-in-law to showcase on the next page–it was nice to have this next to the previous page as a little spread about the reception.  I included another filler card with more of the lacy purple cut file, a sunflower, and a piece of vintage doily.



The last side was the behind-the-scenes story of the weekend: my husband’s parents met us at the wedding hotel to help take care of our kids while we were busy with wedding-related things.  His sister also came so that she could meet B for the first time.

Since this was related to the wedding but not specifically about it, I adjusted the color scheme slightly: I focused on a lighter yellow using Project Life Baby Edition cards and used accents of dark purple from that lacy cut file to link everything together.




By cutting out some shapes from the Baby Edition cards, I was able to make more little journaling spots to tell the stories I wanted to include. I also cut out pieces of the cards to use as patterned paper.


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I’m going to jump out of chronological** order (both in the event date and the actual creating of these pages) to show the inserts I just made earlier this week to document our Game Weekend with friends.


In a discussion of using up stash in the Use-It-Or-Lose-It FB group, I mentioned that I was finally cutting into this older collection pack that I’d received in a giveaway.

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This one is not really my typical style– I usually prefer clearer colors and a less antique/distressed look (I really don’t like brown, unless it’s wood! :)).  So this was a bit of a challenge that I set myself: I want to actually USE what I have!  When I got to this set of photos, I realized that this collection pack could work, so I pulled it out.

The first insert is about the actual game weekend itself: Husband and I traveled to the Midwest to get together with friends–friends of his since childhood!–to spend the whole weekend diving deep into the game that we usually play once-per-week via Skype and an online gameboard.  It was a really great time!  (And it was the beginning of an annual tradition that we’ve continued!)



Since I wanted to really get into the papers and stickers in this collection pack, I tried to make quick decisions about what sheets I should cut into, and what stickers I could use.


I used some washi tape to set off my title from the group photo.


And I added black enamel dots to this insert to give some contrast and texture.  Paper and stickers are so flat together without some help!  On this 4×6 spot, I used a Jillibean Soup kraft tag for journaling and popped it up with some foam adhesive.

The second insert is about what was happening with the kids while Husband and I played games 🙂  Husband’s parents had a great time taking care of them at their house!  Since this insert is in my son’s 1st year album, I wanted to make sure to specifically highlight photos of him.


The second side of this insert is fairly simple: I wanted the posed photos to stand alone, and I used a card from the cut-apart sheet, simply embellished with a couple of white enamel dots.


I made sure to use more stickers to embellish on the front.  I didn’t know when I would ever use the peacock, so I decided to hide most of him behind the camera sticker, and he looks similar to some of the doily motifs elsewhere in the collection.


The text on the black label sticker had nothing to do with the topic of my layout (or any layout I plan to make, really…), so I decided to layer it behind one of the tag stickers.  It felt good to use stickers in this way– they aren’t getting wasted, and they are adding layers and interest to the page.


Finally, I made a coordinating 4″x6″ card to go in my “daily” slot for the album, and I used a few more bits from the collection pack: I layered a doily from my stash with the rest of that black label sticker onto some patterned paper, and added a piece of border sticker.  I topped it all off with the “you & me” pointer sticker from the sticker sheet–popped up on some foam.


I’m curious to see if I’ll use more of this collection pack now that I’ve “broken into” it.  I’m glad that I gave it a try, and now I’m more familiar with its contents for future projects.


**In general, I do NOT scrapbook chronologically.  However, it makes sense with the way my brain works that all of my scrapbooks are organized chronologically.


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Part of having a baby is having family come and visit!  I made a series of Design H inserts to document my family and my husband’s parents coming to visit after B was born.

First up is when my parents stayed with us, and my brother also came for a visit.


I used the Bella Blvd. “Cute Baby Boy” die cuts to embellish this layout, as well as print-and-cut navy labels for journaling.  I added tiny stars that I punched, and hearts that I cut with my Silhouette– some from extra Baby Edition journaling cards.


On the back, I continued the theme of blue and yellow– the blue cards on both sides are from the Jade Edition, and the yellows are from the Baby Edition.



In between the two grandparent-visit pages, I added an insert that has my baby boy in each of their arms.  On the reverse of the layout, I have a card upon which each grandma wrote a special note to him.  I included a shaker pocket in the middle– filled with sequins, glitter, and some hearts.  I stitched a few of the larger navy hearts in place deliberately, so that some of the shaker filling would get caught on them (so it’s not just all pooled at the bottom all the time).  I adhered the pocket closed, and I covered the adhesive with some washi tape.


My in-laws came and visited us, too.  For these pages, I continued with the yellows from the Baby kit, but I added in some light green to coordinate with the colors in the photos.



The green embellishments are a combination of a very old My Mind’s Eye sticker sheet, print-and-cut labels via my Silhouette, and some coordinating cardstock that I punched into tiny stars.  The kraft “Love” tag is from Jillibean Soup.









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