Project Life 2017 : September Pages

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One of the memory keeping projects I want to accomplish in 2020 is to complete my 2017 Family Yearbook. Just like I am doing in 2020, I was documenting 2017 in a monthly format. Looking back at what I had already completed that year, I was further along than I thought–I had finished all the way through August. Since I am “caught up” on my 2020 album (I won’t begin my July Pages until August), I thought now was a good time to dive back into September 2017, and I want to share those pages with you today.

My 2017 photos are not stored in my camera roll/Photos App on my computer. I have them in a separate Photos Library on an EHD (which is backed up to BackBlaze). So in order for me to get the pictures I wanted, I opened up that 2017 Photos Library, did a search for “September” and all the photos from that month popped up. I then selected the ones I wanted to use and exported them to a folder on my iCloud Drive. Easy-peasy!

Memory keepers ask me all the time if I have a hard time journaling when I comes to documenting photos from a few years back. Honestly, I don’t have a problem with it. Recalling those moments really isn’t an issue. But what I found myself struggling with was trying to keep with the same style (for lack of a better word) for the second half of 2017 as I had with the first. There are many new techniques I learned and new features introduced to the app since then (hello Editorial Templates) and I was trying really hard to refrain from using them. I have this thing for “consistency” throughout my album and I didn’t want the first half of the album to look different than the second. Believe me, it was a struggle! But in the end I figured that if I kept the majority of design elements the same as in the previous months, things shouldn’t look that different. So let’s take a look at September 2017:

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As mentioned earlier, 2017 is being documented in a monthly format. I like to look at the months as “chapters” in a book. So each month in this album has a chapter title spread. The page on the right is a piece of digital paper from a Project Life Digital Kit. I cannot remember which one it is from! So sorry! When I first started this album, the page on the right was created in LetterGlow. Now with FFT, I am creating this directly in the PL App by placing a piece of white digital paper in the 12x12 full page Editorial Template and adding the text with FFT. 

If you have been following me on my Pixels to Pages Facebook Page or Instagram account, you probably have already seen the next 4 spreads I am posting below. But keep just keep reading because I am sharing a "self-inflicted struggle" I was having when creating the spreads and there are other layouts for September that I haven't shared yet on social media. I was struggling with these not because they were hard to do, but because they are created with the Editorial Templates, which as you know, were not around back in 2017. I really didn’t want them to look out of place in the album since I obviously didn’t use them in any of the spreads I previously did in 2017. But given the subject matter of the photos, the Editorial Templates were going to be the easiest way for me to get them documented (BTW-I am not sure why the backgrounds of the first three spreads are gray-ish. They are bright white in my camera roll. It may be an upload issue).

These photos are from a long weekend trip Chris and I took to San Francisco. I am planning on doing a separate travel album for this trip that will have MANY more photos, but I did want to include them here, because who knows how long it will take me to get that travel album done! 😂. The journaling was very easy for me to do. I documented these photos in Adobe Spark Page back in 2018  and just copied/pasted the journaling from that web story to these pages. Not sure what Adobe Spark Page is? You can take a look at it here! (It’s soooo cool!).

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The next two spreads cover the remaining photos and stories for September. I like to stick with one kit for the year, and in 2017, it was the Project 52 Rad Kit (and it’s add-on). Sticking with one kit helps with that consistency issue I have! 

Pink seems to be the color that ruled several of the photos in the first spread below, but that isn’t the reason I selected the pink journal and filler card! The subject matter of the photos on the left is all about Hurricane Irma. That “Are You Ready For This” filler card couldn’t have been more perfect, don’t you think? I made sure to select a journal card that had the same color pink for the other page to tie the two together. 

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The second spread is a mish-mash of photos. The Rad Kit has a filler card that looks as though the stripes of color were made by brush strokes. This was fitting because some of the photos were of the interior of our house being painted. Using brushstrokes as a design element, I wanted to carry this through both sides of the spread. When it came time to select journal cards, you can see that the borders on the top or bottom of those cards look like brushstrokes. And notice the stroke behind “hello” on the journal card and the painted edge of the circle on the “right now” filler card. It’s little details like this that can help bring a sense of cohesiveness to your layout!

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So that is it for September! Any of you have consistency issues like I do? How do you remedy them? Let me know in the comments below!

One more thing before I close out this post! I have a new digital release that will be going live in the shop this weekend! I have been posting hints on my social media outlets for the past few weeks giving clues as to what it might be. This Friday, July 24th at 1pm EST, I will be hosting a Facebook Live on the Pixels to Pages Facebook Page and reveal what it is! I think you guys are going to love it!!! So mark you calendar, bring a lunch, tune in and hang out with me!

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Family Yearbook : June Pages

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What’s this? My June pages are done on the 2nd of July??? Even though I have two double-page spreads for June, it turns out I didn’t have a whole lot of photos for the month. Compared to the three or four spread I’ve been doing each month this year, it’s no wonder I got these done in record speed-not that this is a race or anything (because it’s totally not!). I know July is going to be a busy month, so I didn’t want to waste any time in documenting June! 

If you are a first-time reader, all digital embellishments are by Ali Edwards. However the 6x12 Monthly Journal Card is one I created and is available in my shop! The apps used to create these pages are the Project Life App, Affinity Photo, and Adobe Spark Post.

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My favorite story this month is of the kissing manatees! These gentle giants pay visits to our canals often (as do dolphins) and I never get tired of seeing them.

Just a little non-scrapbook related product plug...Replica Surfaces. Have you ever heard of them? I’ve become obsessed with these photo-realistic surfaces and have quite the collection growing. If you are a crafter who likes to share photos of your works on social media, or you have an on-line shop, or enjoy food photography, check these things out! Each surface is 23”x23” and you can combine them together to create an amazing, portable photo studio, or use them individually for flat lay photography. Here is a link if you are interested (no affiliation at all!).

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The Project Life 3.0 Update is so great! One of my favorite new features are the Editorial Pages. These pages feature place holders for 0-3 photos and large text boxes to tell your story. There seems to be a trend lately in really getting into the nitty-gritty details of the story behind your photos and these minimalistic Editorial Pages are a great way to do just that. I will be sharing a blog post in the near future of how you can incorporate these pages into your albums!

Garden tower update! Things are growing! I love going out there to pick fresh herbs and what few veggies I planted! The tomatoes and mesclun have been yummy and I’ve enjoyed the process of letting herbs dry on my countertops and crunching them for later use. The parsley has been really good and very fragrant when cut!

So that’s about it for June pages! Thanks for taking a peek! But before I close this post, I have two little Pixels to Pages announcements.

  1. Beginning tomorrow morning at 10am EST and lasting through Monday morning 8am EST, I will have a Journal Block Party Summer Collection Super Bundle available for $40! This bundle contains all 8 Journal Block Party Kits released over the past few weeks. Not sure what these are? Read this post, and be sure to check out the shop tomorrow at 10!

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  2. Mark your calendars for July 25th! It’s Christmas in July and I am planning to release something super special in the shop! There will be a Facebook Live as well (time has yet to be determined). Keep following my Pixels to Pages Instagram feed and Facebook Page where I will share some clues throughout the month as to what it might be!
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Family Yearbook : May Pages

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2020 is moving right along, although probably in not a way that we planned. Am I right? I mention in my journaling on the Monthly Journal Block for this month that as the days go by, they feel like Groundhog's Day. Not much changes from one day to the next during the week. Sometimes I find it a little difficult to take photos of the same old, same old. Especially since I don't have littles in the house. But this month I used several pics that my sister in Ohio had texted to me and some from my niece. I even got in some of the photos that my husband and son took of me while I wasn't looking! I love that they know I would appreciate them taking a few of me helping build the garden tower and filling it with herbs. 

There are four double-page spreads documenting May's photos and stories. The Monthly Journal Block is one I created and is available in my shop. Digital elements are from Ali Edwards. Apps used to create these pages include:

Project Life (the 3.0 update is AMAZING)

Adobe Spark Post

Affinity Photo App

Let's take a look:

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One of the things I LOVE about these pages this month are the filler cards I created using digital word art and stickers from my growing stash of Ali's products. The "These are my people" filler card was created in Affinity. How simple is that? And do any of you use a foam roller? It's my hip's best friend! Oh, and check out that red hair on my nephew Jonas!!! It's. so. red. My sister kept saying he's been wanting red hair for a while. Well he got it! I remember Ryley going through a colored hair phase at the same age. Except he had a bunch of colored gels I got from my hair stylist in Virginia. It would wash out daily. My boys hair wasn't something I got hung up on a lot when they were younger. I'd let them express their individuality. There were other battles to be won at that age. Hair wasn't one of them. BUT NOW? As seen in the photo right next to Jonas, that long hair drives me crazy!!!! Hahaha!!!

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Just look at that tower of happiness!!! This is my favorite story of the month. I've wanted a garden tower for several years. We first saw one while visiting The Food and Wine Festival at Epcot. I took photos of it and would mention to Chris how much I wanted one. It took awhile (like I said, several years) for him to make it, but it was so worth it! We found some plans online. The instructions weren't the best, but he got it done (I helped a little bit otherwise to help keep his sanity). Filler card was done in Affinity!

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Are you digging the filler cards? I really like how they turned out. Again they are so simple. By layering various digital word art and digital stamps, and playing around with the opacity, you can create something really fun! The food photos are ones I took for a friend who is in the process of opening a permanent pizza food truck. It's going to be amazing!!!! They hope to open by July 1st. Check out those sprouts in my garden!!! Those are Mesclun (mixed greens) and they popped up in a matter of days of me planting the seeds!

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I think this is my favorite spread this month. The "yes to" word art was actually part of word art that read "yes to this." In Affinity, I used the eraser tool and got rid of "this" so I can add my own text. 

Any questions or comments? Leave them down below! 

Wait...one more thing...I wanted to share a few pages from my customers who purchased a few of the Journal Block Party Kits!!! These kits include large, decorated journal cards that are meant to fit in the oversized placeholders in the Big Shot templates. I have 8 kits in the shop that are geared toward summertime holidays and activities! Check them out by clicking the link to the shop in the link at the top of the page!

This first one is from Jen Morrison. She used cards from the Lake Life kit. She actually gave me the idea for this themed kit! Thank you Jen!

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This second one is from Meagan Johnson (The Practical Scrapper). She used the Amusement Park kit. Notice how she used the journal block for both a photo and journaling. She said she did this in the Over app!

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Thank you both so much for sharing your pages! 

As a reminder, whenever you use my kits on your pages, be sure to tag me on my Instagram account @pixelstopages or @ mention me on Facebook!!!! I want to see your creations!!!

 


2020 Family Yearbook : April Pages

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Finally got around to documenting my April photos and stories! Let's just dive right in, shall we? And feel free to click on any of the spread for a larger view!

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I am continuing to use the 6x12 Monthly Journal Blocks I created back in January. You can purchase these Journal Blocks in my shop. I love being able to tell several stories in one space and save the rest of the placeholders in the templates for photos. This month, however, I seemed to have a lot to say! As large as these blocks are, I still ran out of room! You will see several 3x4 and 4x6 journal cards on my pages this month. I also did a lot of writing on the white space in the "Polaroid-like" photos I created in Adobe Spark Post. All of the journal cards and digital embellishments are by Ali Edwards. 

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It was not intentional, but the left side of the page turned out to be a few stories where the subject matter revolved around the words "make" or "made." And I had several digital goodies from Ali that would help to emphasize that. I just love her products. They really can make you look at your photos in a different way and dig deeper to tell the stories behind them. She has a digital product for everything you can think of! The "play" filler card on the right is originally a light green color. It was in one of the 2019 Story Kits I subscribed to through Ali's shop. When I placed it in my template I used the PicTapGo editor to change the color to black. I can't remember what filter I used, but changing the color just made the spread look a little more cohesive.

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The "Finding Beauty" filler card is one I created in Affinity Photo on my iPad Pro. The word art is from Ali's 2020 Week In The Life digitals. The flower stamps behind the words are from her as well, but I am not sure what collection. I've had them for quiet some time. I added the word phrase sticker to the 4x6 journal card on the right in Affinity and then dropped it into the template. That diagonal journal card is a good "base" for adding a variety of digital embellishments to! This is also my favorite story of this month. 

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The layout above is a style that I would not normally have in my Project Life albums. Even though I am creating my pages on a digital device, this is a style that I would consider a "true" digital scrapbook page. There are no "pockets," no Project Life template was used, and all of the elements can be moved around freely in Affinity Photo (where I created it) or in Photoshop. I made this page back in April and posted it on a few of my social media platforms. I don't think I shared it here on the blog. My youngest was diagnosed with Covid 19 and the majority of the text on this spread are her words from her Facebook post. This virus is so unpredictable and symptoms seem to vary from person to person. It was only about 3 weeks ago that she tested negative for it. HOWEVER, she has several lasting effects from it that the doctors are still trying to figure out. And after two months, she is STILL running a fever and has pain in her chest when breathing. Her energy levels seem to be returning back to normal. The health department (Ohio) will not release her to go back to work until she is given a different diagnosis. It's just a maddening situation. The digital word art in the spread is by Ali. The virus graphic I found as a freebie on the interwebs somewhere.

That's it for April. Now I have to get to work on May! Oh! But one more thing before I close out this post! Today (June 19, 2020) is the last day you can purchase the Journal Block Party Summer Collection as a bundle for $30. At 12:01am tomorrow, the bundle goes away, but you can still purchase the kits individually for $5.99. When you purchase the bundle, it's like getting one of the kits for practically free! Happy shopping! Click here go to the shop!

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Freebie : Bad Day Cards

So over the weekend I was reorganizing some files on my external hard drives and came across a bunch of kits I created when I had my other blog/shop September Blue. I thought these 3x4 Bad Day Filler Cards would be a fun freebie for a Monday! I hope you are not having a bad start to your week, but if you are, these may put a little smile on your face. They may not be for everyone, but I'm sure many can find a card they can relate to. For the free download, click on the photo below:

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Hope you have fun with these!

On another note...

...I just wanted to give a big hug to everyone for such all of you support on the release of my Journal Block Party kits! They are a HUGE hit! I have already started making lists of what future collections will hold for Fall, Winter, and Spring of 2021, thanks to a lot of suggestions from you! I will have a few kits released in between seasons, so keep watching for more information on those! Click the link to the shop in the nav bar at the top to view and/or purchase! Save a few buck and purchase all of the kits as a bundle (that deal goes away this Saturday morning at 12:01am EST!)

Have a great Monday!

 

 


New Product : Journal Block Parties!

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Journal Block Party summer collections are now available in the shop!!! Whoop! Whoop! So, so excited about these! Not sure what they are? Let me explain:

Those of you who are familiar with the Big Shot Templates in the Project Life App, or even the PSD version of the templates, know they feature an extra-large placeholder meant to draw attention to and show off an extra special photo. These are some of my favorite templates to use in our family yearbooks. But wouldn't it be nice to have an extra-large journal card to use in these extra-large placeholders in order to tell an extra-long story? I think so! This is where the Journal Block Party collections come in!

These collections have journal cards specifically designed to fit in the Big Shot templates with 6x8, 6x12, and 4x12 placeholders. Each kit includes 10 cards:

Two each 6x8, 6x12, and 4x12 cards in both horizontal and vertical orientation AND because your layout wouldn't be complete with out coordinating filler cards two each 3x4 and 4x6 filler cards in horizontal and vertical orientation are also included!

Today's release has 6 different collections, all designing around the summer season. Fall, Winter, and Spring collections will be released as each season approaches and I may throw in a few kits in between seasons as well. 

Each individual kit is $5.99. But for a limited time, you can also purchase the entire collection for $30. This bundled offer will end Saturday, June 20, and 12:01am.

The summer releases include the following:

Memorial Day

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Summertime

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Waterworks

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Camping

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Which is your favorite?

And check this out! You don't have to use them just for journaling! Look at the sample below! If you are familiar with Affinity Photo for iPad or Photoshop on your desktop, feel free to add photos to these cards as well as text! Super fun, right?

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Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks for reading and for all of your support! 

 

 

 


Week In The Life 2020

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This year I participated in Ali Edwards' 7-day documentary project, Week in the Life. While I try to capture details of everyday life in my Project Life family yearbooks, this Week in the Life project is more of a deeper dive. More photos, deeper, meaningful stories. Although Ali and many of her followers have been taking on this project each year since 2005, this is the first year I decided to participate. Today I am sharing the photos and stories of this year's Week In The Life project which took place May 11-17, 2020.

I created a 6x8 album using Affinity Photo on my iPad Pro. All digital products shown are by Ali Edwards.

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I went with a super simple cover–a piece of digital graph paper and label. I believe the paper is from one of Ali's December Daily Collection from a few years ago. The label is from the Week In The Life 2020 Digital Collection.

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Throughout the album you will notice that the day of the week will fall on the right hand side of the spread and will basically have the same layout. I wish I could say this layout was my idea, but I actually scrap lifted it from Instagrammer LindaLovesCreating. She had a photo of what she was doing but using physical product. I wanted to see how duplicating it in digital form would look and I am super happy with the results!

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Since this was my very first time participating in this project, I wanted to simplify things as much as I could. I used many of the WITL 2020 Digital templates, and added a few of my own personal touches. For instance, with the exception of Friday, you will see a collage page on the left and a page of text on the right for the first double-page spread for each day. I also used Ali's "lenses" (story prompts) for each day as well. This was super helpful in trying to tell my stories throughout the week. It's amazing how easily stories can unfold by simply using a word or a phrase. The journal page on the right is one that I created myself. I took color cues from the day of the week sticker on the graph paper "number" page and paired it with the color of the circle day of the week sticker you see below. I did this for each day. I thought it was a great way to organize each day. When flipping through the book, and you see a new color, you know you are on a new day!


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Again–the same color treatment for the journal card.


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The last page for each day is opposite the intro page to the next. I really wanted to use this circle template for each of day of the week, but I found I didn't have enough left over photos to do so. So, I was only able to use this template on Days 1 and 2. But no worries. Read on and you'll see what I used instead.


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New day, new color scheme. The 4x6 journal card was one I created myself. I used it a few times in the album and just changed out the colors and story lens. word art.

 

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Even though the Tuesday circle sticker isn't that peachy color I used in on the journal card, there was a little heart sticker in the WITL Digital sticker book that paired the yellow with the peach, so that is how I came up with the color scheme for Tuesday.


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I am LOVING my new range and microwave!!!


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Currently my tower herb garden is sooo out of control! 


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You can see here how there are less photos on the "pieces of life" below than there were in the Monday section. 

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Now even though I used a red and pink color scheme for Monday, I am using the same here (again following the cues of the "day of the the week" sticker in the spread above, and the "Wednesday" circle sticker on the second spread below). However, this time the colors are reversed on the journal cards. Subtle difference, I know, but I'm not going to overthink it (Yeah-famous last words. You'll see why come the Thursday section).


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I think some of my favorite spreads are those where one side has the photos bleed off the page and the other side has a white border around them, like you see below.


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I LOVE the photo below of Zoe blurred out in the background and the focus is on her squeaky toy.


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Lots of pics in on the left in the spread below. I like placing the word phrases to describe the photos a bit.


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So here is where I had to change things up a bit from the "pieces of life" template. I ended up using Ali's Transparency Phrases from the WITL 2020 Digital Collection as an end page to each day.


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Now I started to overthink my color-schemes in the album (hahaha)! Because there was so much blue and green in the various day of the week stickers towards the end of the week, I didn't want the end of my album totally bombarded with blue. So on Thursday I went with green (like the day of the week sticker in the photo above) and used a lighter shade of green as a compliment to it. 

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The "facts & feeling" story lens, I felt, was the most difficult to work with. It really challenged me to take a deeper look at the story behind my photos. 


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While I do like the 6x8 collage layouts, I think when I do this project again (and even December Daily), I will be adjusting the templates so there is a gutter between the photos. I feel like they need some air. 


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The photos in this spread aren't that great, but it is what it is. I do like to change pictures to black and white when the lighting was low or it's just a bad pic in general. The black and white seems to hide the flaws!


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So here's the thing. I only took one photo on Friday. Just one. I just didn't feel like snapping pictures. And that is okay. I thought my lack of photos was a perfect {short} story to tell with the story prompt for today–some days + most days. Oh, and just like I did on Thursday, I used two shade of blue this time for the color scheme for Friday.

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One photo. One journal page. One double-page spread for Friday. 
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Ahhhhh...the weekend! Loved the prompt for today! We were super busy so I made sure to take lots of photos to make up for not taking any on Friday!


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Changed up the color scheme to blue and peachy-pink for Saturday. Didn't like it at first, still not my fave, but it's growing on me.
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And how about that baby tomato! That pic was taken almost a month ago. I have many more tomatoes on the vine!


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Last day of this project! Finally getting away from the blue and green. Three cheers for pink and yellow!

 

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I really like the prompt for today–"I want to remember." I feel like it made me just want to write and write! And I did. I think this whole project made me want to reflect more on the stories that are hiding behind the photos.


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Who's husbands ended up with a "Covid Coif" during this pandemic! This is the longest Chris's hair has been in 30+years!!!


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It's seashell season!!!


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Nothing like curling up on the couch, after a day at the beach, and watching a Disney movie!


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The last page of the album is below. It's just a plain white page with a piece of word art and a cute little heart sticker placed below it. 

This project was so much fun to do. It is one I will definitely do year after year. Like I just mentioned above, all of these story lenses (story prompts) really made me take a deeper look at the details hiding behind each photo. I am so grateful for this project Ali had created and how she encourages those participating to take a more detailed look at our photos and stories!

Thank you for taking the time to read this post! Let me know if you have any questions!!!
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Hybrid Album : National Parks

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Earlier in the spring Chris and I watched The National Parks: America's Best Idea by Ken Burns on PBS. This was around the time he planned a weekend road trip to Everglades National Park. As we were watching this documentary, I realized that this will be the second National Park located in Florida we would have visited in five months (the first being Dry Tortugas National Park back in November 2019). Being a mobile memory keeper, I don't purchase a whole lot of physical scrapbook products anymore. Honestly the only physical products I do purchase nowadays are the December Daily and Travel Collections by Ali Edwards. I have a pretty big stash of Ali's Travel products that I've never used. Creating a small, 3x8 National Parks Album would be the perfect opportunity to use some of it up (and to make room for the 2020 Travel Collection)!

This is actually a "hybrid album," meaning I used my computer (and mobile device)–in conjunction with physical products–to create this album. Here is a breakdown of how I went about making it:

Mobile Device/Apps: Any 3x8 templates you see in the album were created in Affinity Photo on my iPad Pro. I created a whole series of templates specifically for this project and just reused them throughout the album. Even the 3x4 photos with the white border is a template. All of the photos were edited in either using the editing tools in the native Photos (camera roll) or in Adobe's Mobile Lightroom using presets from Light and Airy Photography. Once I placed photos into the templates, I would export them to my camera roll. Just so you know, I use iCloud Photos to sync my photos to all of my devices. I have it set to "download and keep originals" so I have access to my high-resolution pictures at all times. This makes it easy for me to access these pictures from my desktop (iMac). 

iMac Desktop: I used Adobe Photoshop and my Epson Stylus Photo R2000 printer to print my photos. The photo paper I used is Espon's Ultra Premium Photo Paper Glossy. I would place two 3x8 photos or six 3x4 photos on an 8.5x11 document in Photoshop and then print. For those 3x4 photos with the white borders, I would add a very light stroke around the photo that would act as my cut lines (I'm old school and use an x-acto knife and metal ruler to trim!). The pages that are fold-outs, were also printed on the same 8.5x11 paper, trimmed to the correct size and then scored to make the folds (again, I created templates for those fold-outs in Affinity). 

Enough writing. There are photos to look at!

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I wanted to follow some sort of pattern with each park. So you will see this layout as an introduction to each National Park.

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This fold-out is something else that you will see as part of the intro to each park.

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Another thing I did was include a "fun facts" page at the end of each National Park section. I just Googled "interesting facts" for each park and it was easy to copy and paste them into a template. The template is one I created in Adobe Illustrator. 

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I'm so happy this fold out!

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Below is the backside of the fold-out.

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Another fun fold-out!

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I am so happy with the way this album turned out! I wanted to get it done before Ali's 2020 Travel Collection is released (May 26) and I did it! I hope you enjoyed looking through the photos. Let me know if you have any questions about techniques or how I did things! I'd be happy to help!

 


NEW SHOP IS OPEN!

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So I did a thing. I opened a shop. Although it is small, I hope it will be mighty one day. 

I've had several inquiries lately about the 6x12 Monthly Journal Blocks I use in my 2020 Family Yearbook. Friends are wondering if I created them and if so, will I make them available for sale. Yeppers! Check out the preview below:

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And you know what? I even created a set for those who are documenting weekly:

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Each set comes with a Bonus Blank Template for you to customize any way you'd like. Oh! By the way...there are 53 6x12 Journal Blocks in the Weekly collection. I wanted to include that just in case some of you will separate those days in December that go beyond 52 weeks into their own week!

The set of Monthly Journal Blocks are $6.99 and the set of Weekly Journal Blocks are $12.99. There is a link to the shop at the top of the blog, or you can click on the images above. I have my Bon APPetit Digital Recipe Kit in the shop as well!

Thank you for your support in these products! Is there a digital product you wish existed? Let me know and I'll see what I can do!


2020 Family Yearbook : March Pages

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It's about time these pages are done, right? I think I mentioned in a social media post recently that I got my documenting mojo back. It disappeared back in April and I just didn't feel like doing anything but record tutorials for my tribe! I worked on these March pages for about 10 days. Creating pages usually doesn't take me that long, but I think it's because I loathe the month of March in the first place. It's my least favorite month of the year. It just drags on and on and on. So why shouldn't documenting it be the same? Ha!

I was surprised to see how many photos I took in March. I didn't think I was that much of a shutterbug. But when I sat down to select those I wanted to place in the album, I realized there were a ton. Of course there was a long weekend getaway to Everglades National Park, so I had to include those pics! By the time I was done, I had 4 spreads for March. Let's take a look (be sure to click on each spread for a larger view):

March 1

I am still enjoying do a large block of journaling at the beginning of each month. I use Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo to create it. All of the digital products are by Ali Edwards. The "embrace change" filler card was created in Affinity Photo using Ali's digital stamps and manipulating some of her word art. It was super fun to do. I will have a tutorial on it soon! If you haven't checked out Ali's Hybrid Product Play No. 1 class, do it! Although it is taught using Photoshop. You can adapt many of the techniques she demonstrates in Affinity! 

March 2

Even though I have a lot of journaling in the block on the first spread, I still had some stories to tell! One of my favorite things I am doing in the book this year is using Adobe Spark Post to create those collage-like 4x6 photos. I have templates set up in post and all I have to do is swap out the photos. I love these because there is white space along the bottom to add journaling or embellishments if I want. Any of you have adult children that don't live near by? Our oldest son and daughter-in-law live in Virginia. At the end of each month I go through our text messages and save any photos she may have sent me and try to include them in my album. How sweet is that photo of Dustin and their pug, Deno? Again, all filler cards, and word stamps are by Ali Edwards.

March 3

You may (or may not) have noticed that I am really not focusing on the pandemic. I decided I didn't want to do pages and pages of Corona-related material. That subject matter will be trickled throughout my pages. I will, however, do a "story of the year" spread(s) at the end of my album using the Persnickety Prints timelines!

March 4

I love this spread. The focus is totally on the photos and journaling of our weekend getaway to Everglades National Park. The journal cards and embellishments are by Ali (of course) The journal card with the photo on it was created in Affinity Photo. When I brought it into my Project Life template, I used Free Form Text (FFT) to add the journaling and would hit the return key after each line so the text would wrap around the photo. The "Spend Time In Nature" journal card was just plain. It only had the text on it. I added that piece of washi tape and the tab in Affinity Photo. Side note: I am actually creating a physical/hybrid album specifically about the National Parks we visit. I'll be sharing those pages in the upcoming weeks!

Just a little recap of apps and supplies used:

Apps: Project Life, Affinity Photo, Adobe Spark Post

Photo Edits: Photos native editing tools, PicTapGo, or A Color Story

Digital Products: Ali Edwards

Thanks for taking the time to read this post! Please don't hesitate to ask any questions in the comments below!