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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