2020 Project Life Favorites

Hey friends! Over the next week or so I’m going to be sharing a few of my favorite Project Life spreads from my 12×12 2020 Project Life Album.

12x12 Project Life spread using the Studio Calico Documenter Kit.

I’m subscribed to a few different kits (Studio Calico Documenter Kit, Elle’s Studio & Citrus Twist Kits) so I’m receiving fresh new product each month. This spread uses mainly Studio Calico. I find that the kit companies tend to stick with a similar color palette month-to-month,  so when I receive a new kit I always mix it in with older kits.

12x12 Project Life spread using the Studio Calico Documenter Kit.

I try to stick with a color scheme of two to three colors per spread. It give the spread cohesiveness and makes it easy to create visual triangles. I also prefer to use my We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter to add journaling to all of my spreads.

12x12 Project Life spread using the Studio Calico Documenter Kit.

I also like to include dimensional elements in my spread (puffy stickers, chipboard, etc). Kit clubs that are designed for pocket pages make it easy, because those dimensional elements are usually designed to fit within the pockets without creating too much bulk.

12x12 Project Life spread using the Studio Calico Documenter Kit.

I’ll be sharing more still shots throughout the week, but if you’d like to take a look at a flip through of my 2020 album (January-May) check out the video below. I have two versions; one longer chatty version where I talk about the products and stories and another where it’s just a quick [non-chatty] flip through.

Thank you so much for spending part of your day with me! I hope you have a great start to the week!

12×12 Cool Kid + PicMonkey Tutorial

Hey friends! It’s been a good, long minute since I’ve posted any new content. To be honest, the pandemic zonked a lot of my mojo and I was struggling to be creative. Thankfully Project Life is a pretty simple process, so I have been able to keep up on my weekly documenting, but anything other than that has been slow going.

12x12 boy layout using the Crate Paper Cool Kid and Boys Rule Collection.

When it comes to documenting, I tend to have a one size fits all mentality. By that I mean that I don’t like to document my memories in multiple formats. I was struggling to fit 12×12 layouts into my memory keeping since I started Memory Planning and Project Life. This is a rule that I completely impose on myself and doesn’t apply to most people. I’m not sure why I find it to be such a struggle?! Because Project Life comes together so quickly, I was finding myself bored on the weekends. I can get my weekly spread done in just a few hours and then I’m left with nothing to do. <<<How many scrapbookers do you hear say that?! HA! I decided that I have YEARS of memories that still need documenting and there’s no reason why I can’t create 12×12 layouts for those photos.

Face swap tutorial using PicMonkey.

I came across these photos from 2011 of when we took our son to his first movie in the theater. [I’m so impressed with how far photo quality has come in just these past few years! These pics were so washed out from my camera, but photo quality is always greatly improved by a simple switch to black and white.] One dilemma I faced with these pics was I didn’t have one where my both of my subjects [my husband and son] were looking at the camera. I used PicMonkey to do a bit of face swapping with my photos. [A full tutorial is shown in the video below.] 

12x12 boy layout using the Crate Paper Cool Kid and Boys Rule Collection.

After my photo editing was complete, I used the Super Star Alpha Cut File from The Cut Shoppe. I cut my title on kraft cardstock and backed the cut file with numerous 6×6 patterned papers from the Crate Paper Cool Kid and Boys Rule scrapbook collections.

12x12 boy layout using the Crate Paper Cool Kid and Boys Rule Collection.

12x12 boy layout using the Crate Paper Cool Kid and Boys Rule Collection.

I used my sewing machine to add a bit of texture to the letters before adhering fun foam behind each of the letters. I then grabbed numerous embellishments from the Crate Paper Cool Kid collection including cardstock stickers, vinyl/epoxy stickers and chipboard stickers.

12x12 boy layout using the Crate Paper Cool Kid and Boys Rule Collection.

Before I adhered anything to the layout I used my We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter to add journaling directly to my patterned paper background. After everything was adhered I added black splatters to add a bit of a messy, mixed media touch the layout.

Now you can take a look at my process video that includes the face swap PicMonkey tutorial.

Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me!

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