AE Digital Creative Team | November Update

Saturday, December 6, 2014

During November, the Ali Edwards Digital Creative Team set sail and I'm so excited to share my first mini album and layout with some of her most recent products.

For the past several years, I've participated in "30 Days of Thanks" for the month of November. Some years I've only posted updates on Facebook and some years I've made time to get a little more crafty. This year I decided to simply grab a We R Memory Keepers 4x4 Coral Instagram Album and print a photo to go along with what I was most thankful for that day. I'm not completely finished with the album (and I'm OK with that), but the photos + words are ready when I can carve out a few more hours in the day! I'll share more as soon as it's done.

For today, here's a sampling of a few pages from the album using Ali's "Just Thankful" digital brushes.






And just in time for a new round of Santa love next weekend, I've finally put these photos together from an impromptu visit last year at the Philbrook Museum using Ali's new December Stories 3x4 Cards and Merry & Bright Text Overlays. I love how her products make layouts come together so effortlessly.

 
Thanks for stopping by to visit. I hope your December is starting off on the right foot and you're making some time to get your crafty fix on in the midst of the hustle bustle and document the season. I'm looking forward to a low-key weekend as one of my girls gets to feeling better. Crossing my fingers this involves a sliver of "me" time to write and edit photos. Wishing the same for you!


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Ready for a Revival: AE Digital Creative Team!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Hey there, fellow memory keepers. Thanks for stopping by. I am SO amazingly excited to be a part of this journey with Ali Edwards' new Digital Creative Team. I can't wait to begin using this space on a regular basis again to share my love of scrapbooking with you! I've been a digital scrapbooker for the past 10 years, but also have a soft spot for paper and hybrid projects now and then. I found Project Life during its pilot year as Project 365, but didn't get serious about it until 2013 as part of Becky Higgins' team. It's safe to say there's absolutely no going back! Here are a few pages I'd like to share with you before diving headfirst into Ali's inspiring designs over the next few weeks. Looking forward to a wonderful year ahead with all of you who love Ali's memory keeping genius! :) 
 






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December Project Life | Merry & Bright

Monday, December 9, 2013

While thinking about how I'd like to document the holiday season this year, I looked back through my Christmas photos for the past several seasons and pulled out several themes that seem to repeat each year. We attend a holiday parade, bake sugar cookies, receive nightly visits from a mischievous little elf named Chippy, decorate the tree together, sip hot chocolate with marshmallows, bring out our favorite ornaments and knick-knacks and when we're very lucky (as we are this year), we build a snowman in the backyard. Some of my favorite memories always happen on the night before Christmas. There is an unmistakable excitement in the air as we venture out as a family to celebrate at a nice restaurant, open new Christmas pajamas under the twinkle lights, and try to get two little girls to sleep as they insist on trying to see Santa arrive at our house.

As part of my last post as a member of the 2013 Project Life Creative Team, I thought it was only fitting to highlight a few of my favorite parts of the end of the year. It's very hard to believe that a full year has passed since that incredible invitation from Becky Higgins to join the team arrived in my inbox last December. This experience has been amazing in so many ways. I've had the opportunity to work with both digital and physical products (including a complete wedding album!) and share these pages and projects that are so dear to me with all of you in a way I never thought would be possible. I hope that you've found something you enjoy here, but I hope even more that you've found your groove with this way of documenting your everyday life in whatever way works best for you. Thank you for being a part of the journey with me this year!

For my shared pages this month, I've used the digital Design A page protectors and the Merry & Bright Mini Kit.

Full layout:


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Right side:


You can click here to find the final installment of the creative team inspiration posts on Becky's blog for 2013. The 2014 creative team will be announced later this week and I can't wait to meet them!

Wishing you happy and scrappy holidays,
Teresa

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Project Life Halloween Themed Cards

Monday, October 7, 2013

A little over a month ago, my girls and I were watching one of their favorite movies- Barbie and the Popstar (the only Barbie movie I can reasonably stand enjoy). The girls were pretending to change the color of their hair with a magic brush and singing loudly into their glitzy star wands that doubled as microphones when Ella got very excited about her sudden stroke of genius. She and Lily would be Tori and Keira for Halloween this year! So for the past 4+ weeks and the next few weeks, I'll continue to be asked 1) Is it Halloween yet? and 2) When are our Tori and Keira costumes going to be here!? Finally, I can say tell her that they are both on their way soon. I came *this* close to purchasing handmade costumes on Etsy (unlucky for me, Barbie and the Popstar was "so last year" in the costume department and has been replaced by Barbie Mariposa). But then Zulily saved the day with a much friendlier price tag and equally beautiful costumes that I'm sure will be added to the dress-up closet and get plenty of love in our house. They will be perfect and I can't wait for them to arrive in a few weeks, right on time for our Halloween Mini Session with the fabulous Meredith of 519 Photography. Yay! It's the first year I've asked someone else to take pictures of the girls in their costumes and I'm really looking forward to the pressure being off me that night and solely focused on trick-or-treating and a fun night with friends.

Last year, the girls wanted to be Rapunzel for Halloween, so we compromised a little and they both dressed up as their favorite Disney Princess (of the Month). Ella proudly posed in her wedding gown, complete with veil, diamond ring and bouquet of flowers. And Lily happily twirled around in her traditional purple gown exclaiming "Mommy, I pretty!".

Today I stopped by Hobby Lobby and was excited to see the brand new line of Project Life theme cards lining the wall. As much as I wanted to put each one into my cart, I decided on just one to complete my next project- a mini Halloween project that will include Ella's first Halloween, Lily joining us the following year, through now and beyond. I'll be using a midnight Project Life mini album + the new theme cards. Pictures of the first few pages will be posted later this month. But for now, I'm sharing my latest digital pages using the very same set. I love how this two-page spread turned out. The neutral Halloween colors are perfect for any pictures, even ones filled with pretty princesses!

Credits: Becky Higgins Project Life Halloween Theme Cards, Templates A and G at www.digitalprojectlife.com

Two-page layout:


Left side: Design A



 Right side: Design G


Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful week.






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New Project Life Themed Cards- Tennis

Friday, October 4, 2013

Up until my freshman year of high school, basketball was my favorite sport. As one of the tallest kids in my class, I was expected to be good at playing basketball (and I was...in grade school!). So the summer before my sophomore year, I picked up a tennis racket and started playing just for fun with a friend on the single court in the Ford Addition park that turned into our neighborhood ice rink each winter. I was hooked from my first ace. Instantly I knew my days of running endless sprints to the whistle of an unforgiving coach and then sitting on the bench during the games were finally over. I joined the JV tennis team my sophomore year, met some of my very closest friends and teammates and in my junior and senior years played varsity doubles with one of the most successful tennis teams in our high school's history- U.P. State Champions! I loved tennis. Loved it. And one day I'll go back into the "archives" of my newspaper clippings and team photos and scrapbook about those years and memories. They were nothing short of amazing.

And a few weeks ago, Ella and I were walking through Target (and because I can never only keep my cart full of things officially "on the list"), we were wandering through the games and toys and she spotted a yellow tennis racket. Yes, finally! After I dusted off my racket and determined the strings wouldn't immediately snap on impact with the ball, we hit back and forth in the kitchen for a few days before deciding to take it to the courts.

If you've ever been the middle/south of the U.S. in the summer, you'll know it is H-O-T. But nothing deters the mind and determination of a four-year old, until Disney princesses are involved. Ella brought the princess magnets from Grandma's place to the court and after about 10 minutes of interest in attempting to hit the balls I threw to her and play singles against Grandma and I, she had a one-track mind for the princesses. We still had a great time and I had been anxious to get back out on the court. There is nothing quite like the refreshing smell of opening a new can of tennis balls!

When Becky Higgins announced that the new themed packs would include a tennis set, I knew right away I'd have to document these tennis stories that were such a huge of my young life. And, I couldn't be more excited to be finally share my passion for this sport with my littles. Maybe one day they'll find as much love for this sport as I did when I was younger (and I hope they find it even sooner than I did!).

Credits:
Tennis Theme Pack at www.digitalprojectlife.com (some cards modified)
Template D at www.digitalprojectlife.com


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Project Life | Seattle Travel Layouts: Rain Edition

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Welcome back, friends. Today I'd like to share with you several travel layouts I recently created as sample pages using the Rain Edition Core Kit for Becky Higgins' TV segment at the Craft ‘n Create trade show in Las Vegas (CHA Summer) last month. Unfortunately, I was at work during the show and don't know if any of the pages were shown in the segment, but regardless, I couldn't be happier with the end result from this amazing trip. Travel pages are so much fun to create with Project Life products and I have big plans for a Europe album using the new Vintage Travel Core Kit (exclusive to Michaels stores). The project below only took a few hours from start to finish. Here we go!

I originally created paper versions of these layouts for the trade show, but decided to recreate them digitally to keep for myself (I may redo the paper ones eventually, but I was craving some digital design time). In June, I traveled to Seattle for the annual Human Brain Mapping conference and while I did actually spend a lot of time at the oral and poster presentations (including my own), my best photos were taken during the few sightseeing adventures I was able to enjoy that week. I traveled on my own, took only my phone and P&S camera and was blessed with the most awesome weather and beautiful skies Seattle has seen in some time. I found the city to be one of my most favorites in the U.S. and would happily travel there again anytime!

Featured Products: Becky Higgins Rain Edition Core Kit (paper) and www.digitalprojectlife.com (digital) designed by Nisa Fiin and Design A Page Protectors (for original paper pages, digital are shown below). Page protector template shown is from Digital Design Essentials (download free here).

Page 1 (Cover Page): Includes the most awesome (iPhone!) panoramic photo from the Seattle Waterfront Harbor Sightseeing Cruise on Elliott Bay, The Great Wheel and a favorite skyline view


Pages 2-3: Pike Place Market, Seattle Aquarium, Space Needle, Cruise Line and a list of top places I visited during the trip
 
Page 2 (Left side):

Page 3 (Right side):

Pages 4-5: Seattle Aquarium, Chihuly Garden and Glass

Page 4 (Left side):
 
Page 5 (Right side):

Page 6 (Back cover): Convention Center, view from my hotel room, Polish Pottery Place and a few quick snapshots at my poster session before I talked about my research non-stop for several hours...

I hope you've enjoyed this mini tour of Seattle through the eyes of a first-time visitor. I would be more than happy to make my way over to the NW Coast again very soon.

Have you traveled to Seattle? Have you lived or do you live there? I'd love to see your travel pages using Project Life too. And if you have any recommendations for future sight-seeing activities, I'd love to hear those as well.

Until next time,
Teresa

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Update & Project Life | Week 6: Honey Edition

Monday, August 12, 2013

Hello. It's been awhile, friends. I've visited here many times over the past several months, decided it was time to write a new story, pick up where I left off, just keep swimming, move on, etc. But the honest truth is, our summer has been full of more downswings than upswings and I haven't been inspired to share in this space for some time. Please accept my apologies if you have stopped by only to see the same post again and again. Today is a new day. Today I'm inviting you to "hit the reset" button with me and simply get this show on the road, because if you're here, it's likely you enjoy a little Project Life inspiration and I sincerely hope to share something that sparks your creativity. Without further ado...

First up on the agenda for a quick catch-up series of posts is a Week 6 layout from back in February using the Becky Higgins Project Life Honey Edition Core Kit. I love how the colors of this kit fit a wide range of bold and bright colors. I prefer to include photos that are processed in a "clean" way rather than using actions/presets that change the original colors to unify the photos. The Honey Edition lets me keep a wide variety of colors in my photos, yet still bring them all together on a two-page spread by pulling out similar shades from the kit designs.

This layout includes 14 photos and lots and lots of text, which is usually one of my goals for a weekly spread. While many times photos speak for themselves, I really love using Project Life as a way to sort of "unlock" the stories in my photos by thinking of what my children and future grandchildren (I pray to be so lucky) may want to know about our lives at this point in time. It's as much about jogging my own memory years from now as it is about sharing our lives with other people through my voice (and sometimes that of my husband/kids, but usually mine).

This week's products included: Project Life-  Honey Core Kit

Extras: Bits & Bytes: 4x6 2013 Weekly Title Cards by Nettio Designs at Sweet Shoppe Designs

Double layout:

Left side:

Right side:


Many thanks to each of you for spending a little bit of your time here today. I know you have an abundance of places to find PL inspiration and I very much hope you've found something here you might use in your own memory keeping. Next up I'll be sharing some paper layouts, more digital layouts featuring alternatives to the weekly approach to Project Life (travel, special events, photo shoots, etc.) and even some stamping goodness. I hope you'll stop by again soon.

T.


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Project Life | Week 5: Honey Edition

Monday, May 13, 2013

 
The Project Life Creative Team was challenged this month to create layouts using the very basics of this awesome system- one core kit, our photos and words. Perfect. I'm still chugging along with my weekly layouts, several in progress, and totally OK with that. Believe me, that surprises me too.
 
Today I'm sharing some favorite photos and stories from the week after I returned from Sweden. Jay's Mom sadly headed back to D.C. and we saw her off by enjoying a delicious lunch at one of our favorite pizza places downtown. My colleagues at work through a lovely party for my return home and I brought chocolates back to share with them as a thank you for all of the wonderful support. This week was largely about taking a deep breath, getting back into a groove, snuggling with my babies and looking forward to life after graduate school! We also invited my Mom over for a belated birthday dinner complete with brownies filled with pink icing and chocolate hearts, a birthday cupcake Pandora charm from her bracelet and a card signed by both of the girls. I love that Ella can write her own name now. She also drew Grandma a birthday cake!
 

This week's products included: Project Life-  Honey Core Kit

Extras: Bits & Bytes: 4x6 2013 Weekly Title Cards and Bits & Bytes: 4x6 Journalers – Graphic Love by Nettio Designs at Sweet Shoppe Designs

Two-page Layout:


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Right side:

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Project Life Flashback | Easter 2009

Monday, April 8, 2013

I'm going to let you in on a little secret...I've been digging into the Victor Family Archives a bit lately to add more Project Life-style layouts to my older albums. I've started a few of these flashback pages in addition to my current weekly pages and I LOVE them, I mean really, LOVE them. Most of the pages I'm working on have a coordinating scrapbook page from years ago with just a single photo (how I scrapbooked 75% of my layouts up until Project Life came along). I can't get enough of seeing multiple photos on my pages from a single event, even just a everyday photo shoot. And while I've made lots of multi-photo pages in the past too, there's must something magical about pulling stories together in this format. I won't be making any specific plans for what to "go back" and capture, but look for more flashbacks in the near future! I had too much fun with this one to stop now.

Ella's First Easter 2009: Our first Easter with a little one in the house. Our baby girl slept for much of the day (can't remember how the night went!) and was the perfect little subject for my photo shoot (in her boppy lounger on the kitchen island in our teeny tiny townhouse). I can hardly believe this is the same girl who is now 4 years old and spent this past Easter hunting for eggs in the backyard, devouring sugary sweets and thanking the Easter bunny up and down for her new princess Squinkies toys. That Easter bunny is pretty cool. And it's amazing to see where this holiday started for us.

Project Life: Holidays Mini Kit (Easter and Valentine cards, some re-colored)

Two-page layout:


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Project Life 2013 | Week 3

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Moving right along to the 3rd week of January! As I mentioned in my last post, I'll be playing catch-up on sharing my weekly layouts and inserts over the next few weeks. Week 3 was almost completely occupied by my thesis preparations and most of us being under the weather in our house and worrying about the unforgiving flu bug invading the lives of most of our friends and loved ones. We "knock on wood" largely escaped the flu, but have had our fair share of upper respiratory infections this winter. However, we also enjoyed some unseasonably warm weather and took full advantage of it for a little photo shoot with the girls in the backyard.

What I'm loving this week: Midnight! With the recent digital release of the Midnight Core Kit, I knew I'd have to use in many of my layouts. It coordinates perfectly with just about everything and helps me keep my focus on the photos while still adding the perfect graphic touches. Liz Tamanaha is a graphic design genius.

Project Life: Midnight Core Kit and Seafoam Core Kit

Extras: Bits & Bytes: 4x6 2013 Weekly Title Cards and Bits & Bytes: 4x6 Journalers – Graphic Love by Nettio Designs at Sweet Shoppe Designs

Two-page Layout:


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Right side:

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