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project life: week 19 – trying out smaller photos

This week I tried something different. Instead of printing out 4×6 photos, I decided to print smaller photos, nothing larger than 3×4.

This gave me a little bit more room to play with paper, in this case, the Maggie Holmes’ Crate Paper Collection. I love the 6×6 paper pad that came in Citrus Twist’s April PL Kit.

Each of the 4×6 pockets then became mini layouts in themselves – although I tried to keep the embellishment to a minimum.

I don’t really know what to do with ribbon, so I asked on 2Peas and I was given multitudes of suggestions. The above picture was one suggestion.

If I had a sewing machine, I would sew right down the middle of it…

This was also the week I discovered geocaching, so there’s plenty of photos of the caches I found during the week.

A little sparse on the words today, but I tried to take more photos to make up for it.

Today I’m linking up with The Mom Creative’s Project Life Tuesday. Click on the link for more PL inspiration.

project life: week 18 – revisiting NSD

Week 18 is the week of the National Scrapbooking Day, a day in which I actually talked about in length here. So please bear with me for the repeated photos.

My left hand page is mainly talking about NSD and scrapbooking related news…

Like how my April Project Life kit from Citrus Twist has arrived. I just love the colours in this month’s kit – and I’ve been wanting to get my hands on the Maggie Holmes paper for sooo long!

And my haul from the Better Homes and Garden expo. All that American Crafts paper… I’ve been wanting them for longer than I wanted the Maggie Homes collection. The paper trimmer is new too, I’m really loving that wire cutting guide!

In the corner of that photo you can see a snippet of the layout I talked about here.

Then there were the photos from the expo itself.

I also immediately used Amy Tangerine’s embroidery stencil kit for the week’s title card. It was quite a lot of fun to use.

I didn’t buy the stencil kit with the letters though, so I had to just puncture my own holes for the words “WK 18”.

One problem with joining kit clubs from America is that by the time the kit arrives, some of the products aren’t relevant anymore (I’m not even mentioning the whole Spring/Autumn differences here).

Take the card above for instance. By the time the April kit arrived, May has officially started. Unless I was woefully behind in my Project Life, the card was pretty much useless.

The same thing happened with my March kit, and that March card is still sitting in the box wondering what it’s fate would be.

For April I decided to get a little creative, and just changed the message on the card a little instead of throwing it out.

Perhaps kit clubs could consider sending products with next month’s date on them instead?

The right hand page is a completely different colour scheme. I realised that all my photos were so dark that all the bright pinks and yellows from the left hand page didn’t really match. So apart from a little bit of embellishment from the Amy Tangerine stash I purchased, I had turned back to the March Project Life Kit from Citrus Twist.

I guess at this point I really should explain that picture with the half naked man in the top left pocket. The whole right hand page is actually all photos revolving around my best friend’s birthday. However she had two parties, one was a general one (where most of the photos came from) and one was a girl’s only night – where the naked man came in.

Her explanation was that she was going to a maid of honor later this year and she was using her birthday as an excuse to check out a possible hens night venue. Hahaha, regardless, it was an entertaining night overall.

This was on the card talking about the girl’s only party – I thought it was appropriate ;P

As per usual, I’ll be linking to The Mom Creative’s Project Life Tuesday (yes, I know, I’m really late).

project life: week 17

Another one pager for week 17, and a fairly simple layout (kind of reflects the new blog background – entirely coincidental, I assure you). Not much to say with regards to the papers used apart from the fact that they were from the Midnight Core digital edition.

All the cards in the photo are crooked because I took them out of their pockets to take this photo. I just wasn’t able to take a photo without glare.

I watched two movies that I’ve been looking forward to for a while, Iron Man 3 and Warm Bodies. Robert Downey Jr was as enjoyable to watch as always, though the bad guy was a little less than impressive. Warm Bodies was surprisingly sweet and definitely worth watching. I’m a little tempted to buy the DVD when it comes out.

The photo in the top right pocket is of my best friend. I’d sent her a Postagram and she whatsapp‘ed me a photo of her receiving it.

I think even in this digital age, we still get a lot of joy at receiving something tangible in the mail. If you haven’t heard of or tried Postagram yet, I really recommend that you give it a go. Next time, instead of sending out an Instagram, try mailing it to a friend or family member as a Postagram.

Just had to take a picture of the best cookie and cream ice cream ever! I was so close to eating the whole tub by myself.

This is a pretty blurry shot, but I had to include it. Once the weather gets cold and the heater is brought out, my cat would be found glued right next to it. Sometimes she sits with her face between the grills. I sometimes think I can smell singed hair.

I have to remember to take a better shot of that next time. With Winter coming, there would be plenty of chances for that.

ANZAC day was also this week. We didn’t do much, but I took a picture of a paper poppy I made from a printable found here.

A fairly simple layout means a fairly simple entry. Just a note before signing off; as per usual, I’m linking to the Mom Creative’s Project Life Tuesday.

project life: week 16 – way to use up scraps

I apologise in advanced for the lack of photos in this post. With the hours I keep, I’m finding it harder and harder to get nice natural lighting to take layout photos. I really must look into alternatives…


This week I finally remembered to try overlaying some digital text and banners on the photos before printing them out.

I drew a banner in Photoshop and created my first brush file, which wasn’t as hard as I thought.

“Stamping” the brush file on a separate layer to the image allowed me to move the banner around until I got it positioned just where I wanted it. Then I just typed my text inside the banner. Easy.

To be honest, finding an appropriate font was the hardest part in the whole process!

I also tried something a little different this week.

Last week I adhered journaling blocks over my patterened paper to create my 3×4 cards. This week I did the opposite and cut up my patterned paper to create borders for my journaling cards.

I downloaded and printed out Becky Higgin’s free grid journaling cards. Then I just cut strips of patterned paper (around 1cm/.5inch) to adhere to the top and bottom (or sides) of the card. Corner punch the card and voila, you’re done.

I’m surprised at how much more I prefer this over last week’s method. It just looks neater somehow. And without thinking about it, I had found a way to use up my scraps!

Although I am no where near using up my March CT PL Kit (I can’t believe how much product I still have), my April kit has arrived and I’m looking forward to playing with those.

This week, I’m again joining in with the Mom Creative for Project Life Tuesday (although it’s Wednesday for me), please visit her blog for other PL inspirations!

PS: I just realised I didn’t mention a single event from this week’s layout! I’ll probably write some follow up blog posts – hopefully with more close ups and better lighting!

project life: week 15

Wow, week 15.

I went to two different gigs this week so half the spread is totally about that.

Again I used Citrus Twist’s March Project Life Kits for this layout, and again I’ve used the red and purples in the paper pad for the journaling cards. However the patterns were too bold to write over, so I typed out my journaling on normal white cardstock and stuck it over the top of the pattern paper.

My SO and I were out shopping at Coles late one night – we love midnight grocery runs, don’t ask me why – and as we walked by the magazine section he picked up a scrapbooking magazine he’s seen me purchase before. He waves it in front of me, “Isn’t this the one you got the other day?”

I love that he remembers little things like that.

I got him to pose with the magazine so I could take a photo.

I’ve recently been reading Crossed by Allie Condie. In the book, Ky’s mother paints with water as she didn’t have access to paints. Then the other night I see these street artists creating this painting with water on the sidewalk. Isn’t it impressive?

I finally took the leap and wrote on my photos. As you can see from the pic above, I was still getting used to the flow of the white pen on the glossy photo paper.

I think I can grow to love it.

The top two photos plus the two food photos from the LHS were from the same night when friends and I went to Lee Hom’s concert here in Melbourne.

Lee Hom is a Taiwanese singer that we were all into (back in Uni). Upon hearing (last year) that he was coming to the Down Under for the first time, we all grabbed tickets.

Of course we weren’t those hardcore fans that paid heaps of money to sit up the front. You can see from the top right photo how far from the stage we were.

The photo of us were heavily edited by my friend, Y, on her phone. The concert was on a week night and we were all so tired after work, we all had bags under our eyes. Only after some heavy iPhoneography magic were our photo Facebook-able, lol.

On Saturday, a friend’s band was playing the “finals” at the Epsy Artist Showdown in St Kilda. In case it wasn’t obvious, the band’s name is Hushfire. ;P

My friend’s actually the drummer, but I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to take photos at a gig, but the drummer is never well lit. This was the best I could do with my iPhone.

project life: week 14 / and a little question for my readers

Whew, I’m catching up.

I’m writing this post while the layout for week 15 sits at my desk waiting for me to add the last bits of journaling and embellishments.

I’m actually a little bit afraid of what I would write about after I’m all caught up. Would I fall back into my old routine of MIA for 6 months… or more? I do hope not. This was actually quite fun.

The only hard part is getting the photos of the layouts taken. With Winter approaching here in the Down Under, there’s less and less daylight and it’s usually full dark by the time I get home from work.

This means I either have to get up way earlier to take the photos before work (not happening), or do it all during the weekend.

I’ve been doing the latter, and that’s been working fine for me in multiple ways.

1) If I have all the photos I need for a week’s worth of blog posts photographed and ready to go, it makes it much easier for me to just write snippets of posts while I’m on the go. I’m kind of a visual person and I need my photos to tell me what to blog about.

2) Also, batch photographing (is that even a word?) means I get to do all my editing in one lot.

As you know, I’ve been listening to the Paperclipping Roundtable, and on more than one occasion, they’ve advocated batch processing to improve effectiveness, whether it’s editing photos in batches, printing in batches, or journaling in batches. I’ve found that to resonate with my non-creative processes as well.

Of course, batch processing worked when I had a pile of completed layouts for me to photograph and a week’s worth of blog posts all planned out. Now that I’m kinda caught up, I’m gonna have to get cracking with the scrapbooking so I have more stuff to write about.

Anyway, onto the actual project life layout (thank you, to all the readers who are still with me after that rant):


This week’s layout was created with the March Project Life Kit from Citrus Twists (look at all those caps) which arrived earlier in the month. I choose to use the blues and greens, along with some neutrals from the kit for this layout.

My cat decided she wanted to sit inside the oven after we left it open to cool. She was actually sitting inside the oven when I went to get the camera, but a black cat inside a dark oven doesn’t photograph well. So I had to wait until she was partially out to snap this shot.

That’s the problem with owning a black cat, they blend in so well (especially when the owner loves black furnishings).

During the week, I went over to my Bestie’s house and she made me dinner. She’s a fantastic cook, so I just had to add pictures of her creations in my layout. I also used some of the brushes I got from Jessica Sprague’s Motography class as overlays for the photos.

I love how photos look with words typed over it – it’s just a matter of figuring out the right font for each photo. Oh, and actually pre-planning what to write before printing the photos – which I’m actually quite bad at.

As I mentioned before, my Studio Calico subscription was activated at the same time as my Citrus Twist kit arrived in the mail, and I just couldn’t help adding in a screenshot of the activation notification email – yes, I am a little ticked about the whole situation. It would be interesting to compare the two kits when the SC kit arrives.

Question for my readers

One last thing before you all gallivant off to the next blog. I’m currently seeing an average of 70 hits on my blog per day, and although that may be very little for some people, it’s quite a lot to me. And I’m curious to know where you guys come from, and what brings you to my blog.

Dry statistics from Blogger doesn’t tell me anything. I want to know what interests you in my blog, what do you enjoy reading. Where did you find me? What things have you enjoyed reading and wish that I would write more about? What improvements do you want to see in future posts?

Please feel free to comment below so that I could improve this blog.


project life: week 13 – kind of?

I think I like this layout the best out of all the ones I’ve done so far. I’d purchase and used the Midnight Core Kit, digital edition when it was on sale at AC Digital.

The thing with using core kit cards as opposed to patterned paper is that there are just so much more journaling space! And the midnight kit has basically just black, white and yellow, making it very easy to match with photos.

In the top right 4×6 card, I’d cut around the “Hello There” banner that was actually a part of the card design and had slipped the photo partially under it. I think I first saw this technique in a Two Peas in a Bucket video, but I can’t remember which one (if you know, just let me know in the comments so I can’t link back, thanks).

The core kit didn’t have 3×4 title cards, so I added the words “Project Life” on one of the 3×4 journaling cards instead. I can’t remember what font I’d used off the top of my head, but let me know if you’re really interested and I’ll look into it for you.

The little camera above the date is a Studio Calico camera wood veneer, I thought the page was a bit flat compared to previous layouts, so I decided a little bit of dimension won’t hurt.

I didn’t put a week number in the title, only because my weeks start on a Monday and this spread was a strange Saturday to Friday layout. I’ve said before that I wouldn’t be too fussed; as long as the documentation is there.

On the 31st, I attended a high school friend’s wedding. I didn’t manage to capture any nice photos of the ceremony, so all the photos in the layout were from the reception. The venue was so pretty, and newly weds were so lovely, there were plenty of photos to put into my layout.

Photo booths also seem to be the thing for weddings now, I’ve been to a couple of weddings already where that’s what they used instead of disposable cameras. I’m guessing it would produce much better shots!

The cool thing about this photo booth was that it printed two copies of each photo. One is for you to stick into the wedding book along with a message to the newlyweds, and one is for you to keep. I remember we all took two of every photo in a previous wedding we went to, just so we can keep one of the copies.

Of course even with two copies, with group shots like these, who gets to keep them?

playing catch up (part 3 – final)

So here’s March, and the end of my “catching up” series. I know we’re into April now, but all the following layouts were completed on a week by week basis and I should (hopefully) have them all up by the end of the week.

I have again returned to Teresa Collins’ “She Said” collection for this layout, and I think I was a bit more successful in making the colours work with each other this time around.

Of course it helped that I attended an engagement party where the colour theme was “Pink”, so that matched up very well with the patterned paper.

By the way, in case anyone was wondering (or worried), the left-most 3×4 photo is of a shaved green-tea ice cream dessert from Dessert Story in Chinatown, Melbourne. It’s actually really good, despite the dodgy photo. Those less adventurous could try the peanut shaved ice-cream. Yummy!

Still trying to figure a cleaner way to add journaling onto cards. Perhaps actual journaling cards cropped and put over patterned paper?

The SO actually went with me to the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo (top right card) and sat through an entire scrapbooking class. It’s so sweet! Although it could also be payment for the entire night spent playing Talisman (boardgame) the night before…

I really love the glitter foam thickers by American Crafts, big enough to create a proper title, without overwhelming the card. They are really quite shiny and glittery, unfortunately the camera doesn’t do it justice.

I really got into The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, like, really really into it. Watched like 80+ episodes in about two weeks. So I couldn’t not put a screen cap of “Dizzy Day” (Darcy+Lizzy) in my project life. Actually, this has made me want to re-watch that episode right now…*submit*

P.S. I’m linking up today with The Mom Creative.

playing catch up (part 2)

For February’s spread, I used Teresa Collins’ “She Said” 12×12 Collection Packs.

The journaling cards are from the “Notecards” cut apart sheet from the collection and I used Amy Tangerine’s “Today” roller stamp to partially stamp on them.

I found that the letter stickers from Echo Park’s “Today’s Story” worked pretty well with the “Flowers” patterned paper. A couple of rub-ons from Kaiser Craft completed the title card.

The SO and I went to watch quite a few movies this month, so to incorporate those into the spread, I took screenshots of the movie posters and added those in.

Because we watched “Beautiful Creatures” at a Beanbag cinema, I had some photo-booth like photos that I took from my iPhone to stick into my spread as well.

The top left 4×6 was actually a tiny spread I made for our Valentine’s Day dinner. Since V-day was a weekday we didn’t do much celebration and there weren’t many photos.

Because of all the “white space” on the card I experimented with layering Amy Tangerine’s Pigment Remarks Fabric Stickers. On it’s own I think the 4×6 card looks pretty good. Unfortunately the rest of the page was quite dark and so it didn’t quite mesh.

All the photos on the right side of the right hand page are from a trip we took through the Dandenong Ranges on the Puffing Billy steam train. It was someplace we’d wanted to go but never had the time.

I mainly used my iPhone’s Hipstamatic app (which I love, love, love) but perhaps I should have chosen another “film” than was less red…?

I like using kits on my spread, it saves a lot of time not having to find coordinating products. But for this spread, I think I might have relied too heavily on these papers being from the same collection and didn’t really think about whether individual cards matched each other. In the end this layout felt a little bit jumbled to me.

But I did read somewhere (though I can’t, for the life of me, remember where) that we create so many layouts with Project Life, there are bound to be some that we’re not too keen on.

And that’s completely okay. Instead of getting hung up on it, it’s best to just learn from what we didn’t like about the spread and move on.

playing catch up

When I say catch up, I’m actually talking about catching up on my blog posts. I’ve had a very productive week and have completed a few Project Life spreads. So over the next week I will be posting quite frequently about the pages that I made.

Rather than trying to create weekly spreads in retrospect (and this is before I started taking notes for Project Life), I made month-in-review spreads instead. I’d already decided that I’m not going to worry too much about keeping things “one week per two-page spread”. Although it would be the general format I’d follow (if only to making page planning easier), if things goes over or under, I won’t be too fussed.

January is the perfect example. I couldn’t actually remember what else I’ve done during that month (and I didn’t seem to have taken many photos), so the one-page spread is mainly about my trip to the Aquarium. As I said, not too fussed.

I know the photos are less than stellar. We were at Aquarium After Dark, an after hours event staged at the Melbourne Aquarium. Since it was a night time event, all the lights had been dimmed to accommodate the aquatic animals. This made for quite dismal shots, but the event was interesting enough that I didn’t want to miss out on recording it.

I just love how well the papers from Today’s Story worked with all the blues in the photos. I didn’t think I should add any more colour to the spread, so I used Crate Paper’s Newsprint Sleigh Ride Thickers for the year. The month was then created from the alphas on “Photo Freedom: Volume 1” sticker sheet.