Still back in January for my itty bitty Project Life – documenting the second half of my trip to Anaheim which was the Disneyland portion.
I found myself bogged down with indecisiveness on these pages. I think the fact that these weren’t ”everyday events” raised the stakes for me a bit. Plus I had so many photos and stories from this trip which made narrowing the field difficult. I had to remind myself that these Project Life pages aren’t meant to replace my scrapbook pages, that I could just aim for the the high notes and let the melody play out in individual layouts down the road.
I made heavy use of my Silhouette on the left side, on the title card especially. I did some circular scribbling in Illustrator then cut out on the Silhouette using trace & cut. It took quite a while to cut out. Our orange tabby, Mo, is not a fan of the sound the Silhouette makes while it’s cutting and he stayed clear of my office for half a day after this one. It really did a number on my cutting mat, and it was a bit of a process to remove it from the mat without tearing it in a dozen different places, but totally worth it.
Also on the left side, food photography. We ate some amazing food at Disneyland and I’m all about the food. These items still appear in my dreams on a regular basis.
Right side, the nighttime Disney photos on the bottom are my absolute favorites from the entire trip, both taken on my Galaxy S3 and printed out “instax style” for this purpose. The group photo was taken by Katrina Kennedy, whom I adore and miss immensely. Sometimes it feels as though certain people just “get you” and Katrina was one of those people for me. She left a day earlier than I did, and when I stopped by her hotel room on Monday morning to say goodbye to her I got all fidgety and awkward trying not to cry. If she noticed she didn’t mention it.
Fidgety and awkward is sort of my wheelhouse anyway.
I must have spent a couple of days trying to narrow my photos down to a 2-page spread before finally deciding to carry over onto 4. In the interim I sent a bunch of Instagram photos into Persnickety Prints to be made into 3×4 Instagram Polaroids.
Hello, amazing. These rock my face off.
I sent in some of the 3×4 cards from my shop to be printed at Persnickety Prints, too. They’ll even round the corners for you before shipping them out, but I prefer square corners. This is the full set of How It Began Journaling Cards available in my shop.
I used the navy card for my journaling. The font is The Short Caps by Heather Joyce – I’m utterly smitten with it. I write in all caps a lot, but not nearly as neatly as this.
I had a couple of large Disneyland buttons from the trip but the yellow one told the best story. I stuck it on the outside of the pocket using a ton of foam adhesive dots. Time will tell whether they’ll hold that button for all eternity – it’s alarmingly heavy. I used a large glue dot for the Evalicious badge on the top – that one seems pretty firmly cemented. It has a flat back so it was much easier to work with.
The pocket is made from a mini kraft bag, just folded it under and taped it. I had a few bits I wanted to tuck in there – my park hopper pass, the receipt for our dinner at Carthay Circle and my Fast Pass for the Hollywood Tower of Terror (which I didn’t get to ride because we ran out of time).
On the right is where I used some of my Instagram Polaroids. I ran them through my printer to add the journaling, being careful to let them sit and dry for a couple of minutes because they have a slightly glossy finish. I smeared the top one a little bit then learned my lesson.
I painted the wood veneers (Studio Calico, courtesy of Christine’s paper supply addiction) with some silvery gold glitter nail polish from Essie – which is as close to real glitter as I’ll ever get. When it’s suspended in nail lacquer it doesn’t completely freak me out. The color is Beyond Cozy and it looks just as great on fingernails as it does on wood veneers. And the Highlights stamp is from my In Review Elements.
The photo of Katie, Steph and me makes me feel a bit emotional every time I look at it – but in a happy, bittersweet sort of way. It was our last photo together before we said our goodbyes – all bundled up and exhausted because we just happened to be there during one of the biggest cold snaps on record and we had probably walked fifty miles together over those couple of days between CHA and Disneyland. Yet, if the park hadn’t been closing and if I didn’t have an early morning flight the next day, I would have tried to find a few more excuses to delay this goodbye.
I’m hoping to pick up momentum now that I’m past this big event. My plan right now is to skip ahead and start completing some of my March pages while photos and everyday moments are fresh on my mind. Then I can also squeeze in a few details from Jan/Feb each time I sit down to work. It takes a lot of extra time to go back through my photos, my calendar and my daily OhLife entries to refresh my memory, so my fear is that I will just find myself further and further away from the present day if I maintain that pace. I’ll have to see how it works!
For this project I’m using a 6×8 Snap Album and a variety of pocket pages, all made by Simple Stories. Photos edited using RadLab by Totally Rad and printed at home on Epson Ultra Premium Glossy Photo Paper on a Canon Pixma printer – with the exception of the Instagram Polaroids I mentioned in this post, which are available through Persnickety Prints.
Cell phone photos are all the rage these days! They’re quickly becoming one of the primary ways we record everyday photos. The only problem with this? Our phone photos often stay trapped on our phones and never make it into our regular photo collection.
One method you may not be using to get your photos off of your phone is the Bluetooth option. You’re probably aware that it’s available on your phone, but it may also be available on your computer!
I use an Android phone and a Mac computer. I turn on my Bluetooth on my phone (make sure your devices are discoverable) and then my phone scans to find my other Bluetooth devices. On my Mac I go to the top of the navigation bar and turn my Bluetooth on there, too. You can turn these on in any order, but when you turn the Bluetooth on on the second device you’ll have the chance to click on the device you want to pair it with.
From there, I go to my gallery and check mark every picture I want to load to my Mac. I then click “share” and choose the Bluetooth option. It will then send those files to my Mac. Depending on how you have your Bluetooth options set up on your computer, the files will download automatically, or you will have to approve them.
On my computer the pictures go to my Downloads folder. I grab them from the Downloads folder and move them to the directory of my choice. Bam! Done. It’s sounds complicated, but it is so quick and easy. I could have transferred my pictures in less time than it took to write this post!
- Enable bluetooth and your phone and your computer
- pair your phone and computer
- browse your gallery, select your pictures and share via bluetooth
- on your computer accept files to download
- move to the folder you want
Obsess much?! Well then you won’t be able to resist my latest collection of digital scrapbooking products.
Perfect for recording secret indulgences and full blown obsessions alike, So Major just happens to be a reflection of one of my latest color crushes – gold and mint. I adore this combination! I’ve been obsessing over this palette for weeks. I wanted to go steady with it.
This collection is just what you need to document things that are simply major. The everyday moments that, on a scale of 1 to 10, are a 10++.
Also available, the coordinating So Major Journal Cards sized for 3×4 Project Life pockets – the cards are packaged as individual PNG files and also as 8.5×11″ printable sheets (PSD or PDF).
So easy. Love them! I can’t pick a favorite. You’ll get the Journal Cards for free when you buy the kit this weekend.
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One of the trends I’ve started to notice in both paper and digital scrapbooking is really long titles. When I first noticed the trend, I pondered “Why. Why the long titles out there?” and then I said, “the heck with it,” and thought it just looked really cool. I mean, isn’t that why trends start, because they look cool?
Scrapbookers everywhere are abandoning the 1-2 word title and making their title more like a journaling piece in and of itself. Here are a few examples I found in the paper and digital world of layouts with really long titles.
Before I knew it I even made a layout with a really long title!
“We go together like paper and glue” by Kim B
I love how she used the Crazy For You elements in this layout. Aren’t the foxes stinkin’ adorable? Okay, back to long titles. She took great phrases and placed them around her layout. Not only did it help her fill up the page, but they were also supporting the story of the picture.
“Batman” by Tammy Ousnamer aka:tousnamer7
I know all of you are humming the Batman theme song in your head. Isn’t just adorable? She took what could be a plain layout about her little one dressing up and made it sing…..literally.
“She Believed” by Midwesterngirl
The paper cutout trend is all the rage right now. Combined with those cool arrows and the long title, Midwesterngirl is right on trend.
What I love about the long title trend right now is that you can apply it without any additional supplies. Simply grab your type tool and get started. Make your title the most prominent element on the page!
Paper/Hybrid scrapbookers – do you have digital cutter? Use your favorite font, type a long title, cut it out, and jump on the trend. I can see this one lasting the test of time. Long titles really do add a little punch to your layout.
Here in Missouri we’ve been snowed in the last couple of weeks, so I’ve been thinking about Spring. When I saw the bright Spring colors in the March BYOC I started thinking about how Spring is coming soon, and with every Spring comes new growth.
In just the past few years I’ve gotten married, had a baby, and started my own (tiny) business. In what ways has “growth” presented itself in your life?
This month, I challenge you the scrap a page about this topic! Are your children outgrowing their clothes? Is your garden starting to show signs of life? Are you working towards some personal goals? Make “new growth” personal to you and then document it for your album for a chance to win $15 in One Little Bird products. See the full details on how to enter, below!
LAYOUT BY KATE
LAYOUT BY AGA
Materials: Pedal Pusher by One Little Bird
LAYOUT BY SUE
HOW TO ENTER
- Create your digital or hybrid layout based on the theme above using at least 75% One Little Bird product.
- Upload it to the One Little Bird Gallery at The Lilypad.
- Post a link to your layout in the comments here by 3/31/2013.
The winner will be chosen randomly from all entries submitted and will receive a coupon code for $15 worth of One Little Bird products.
We’re so excited to see your pages!