Archive for August 2013

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 (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,

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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.


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