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March 30, 2015

Make A Page Monday | Week 7

This weeks Make A Page Monday layout was created with the March Subscription kit at Pixels and Company using one of the Sketchbook Saturday sketches at Write.Click.Scrapbook:
 

As soon as I saw the hexagon shapes in this months subscription kit, I knew I had to use them some way on a layout! They were perfect to use with this simple sketch. It was a fun way to add a little bit more dimension to the layout without taking away from the photos!
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March 29, 2015

Project Life February 2015

Here is a gathering of my 4 Project Life layouts for February 2015.

Week 6 using the project 52 edition:
Week 7 using the kiwi edition:
Week 8 using the jade edition:
Week 9 using the kraft edition:
All of the layouts were created completely on my iphone, using the Collect Photo App, The Project Life App and The Rhonna Designs App! Simple snapshots of our everyday life, I love the simplicity and how easily it records our lives as they are right here and now!
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March 9, 2015

Make A Page Monday | Week 6

This weeks layout is a simple grid based layout. I love the clean graphic look of grid based layouts, if you haven't noticed ;) I use them a lot to gather multiple photos taken at different periods of time, that may not go together cohesively. The grid and a simple frame helps tie the design together, even when the photos don't exactly match each other!



This particular layout was created for Scotty Girl Designs Old Dog New Tricks Blog Feature. I wanted to scrapbook all of the family photos we took together in 2014, and these two camera kits (F-stop kit & Snapshots kit) were just perfect to work with! I repeated the polaroid card 12 times and cropped 10 different photo on top of the cards. I also cropped a journaling card to fit on top of the last polaroid, to add a little bit more variation and color to the layout. A few simple embellishments and this one was done and in the books!
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March 1, 2015

Make A Page Monday | Week 5

Hello and welcome to week 5 of my make a page Monday feature here on the blog :)


This weeks layout was created with the March Pixels and Company Subscription kit: Celebrate
 

It is such an awesome collection! I will definitely be making a lot of layouts this month using it, beware ;) My boys birthdays are within 5 weeks of each other, so I tend to get behind on all of the birthday photos/scrapbook pages I want to create. This kit will give me a chance to get caught up on a few of them! 

This weeks Make a page Monday layout is a scraplift of this layout by Kelly Noel:

http://www.studiocalico.com/galleries/95873-happy-baby-sc-storytime

I just love her clean design and the way the photos take center stage! Pretty much everything Kelly creates is stunning :)

The March Freebie Template is also based on this wonderful layout!  You can click on the photo below or download it here!

http://www.mediafire.com/download/h7snxiys7yn3yta/TLW_March+2015.zip

Enjoy and Happy Scrapbooking :D
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February 23, 2015

Make A Page Monday | Week 4

This weeks Make a Page Monday Layout is a two page spread using DDE new Mad Crush Bundle. This kit was perfect to document our weekend getaway up north last winter. I used one of Gennifer Bursett's Pocket Pages : Back to Basics v1 to pull together all the photos I wanted to use. I took a lot of photos on this trip and will hopefully make a mini book of our trip soon. For now these pages showcase the highlights of the trip. The Mighty Mac, hiking to the Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls, snowshoeing to White Fish Point and out onto a very frozen Lake Superior. It was an awesome trip, an item checked off my MI bucket list (seeing the UP in the winter), and a breathtaking winter wonderland. I can't wait to go back :)
 
and a close up of each page:



Thanks for taking a peek! Until next time, Happy Scrapping :D
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February 16, 2015

Make a page Monday | Week 3

Today I am sharing a page I created this week with Scotty Girl Designs This Life Papers | Elements | Brushes all of which are a part of the month long Pennysaver sale at The Digital Press! This year I plan to do more to record bits and pieces of my boys and who they are right now. They are all growing up so quickly and the things they are into changes on a day to day basis. I hope by doing more of these "you right now" pages will help to capture who they really are! This week I created a page of my oldest, who is now a teenager and 100% pure boy!


 I am also sharing a link to a free template based on this layout!I hope you enjoy it and maybe create a "you right now" page of your very own!

http://www.mediafire.com/download/z0vti2hm0cgbzm9/TLW_feb+2015+freebie.zip

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February 15, 2015

New in the Shop: This Month

I have a new item in the shop today! A set of Currently cards very similar to last months set. These cards are perfect for documenting the little things of life,currently, one month at a glance.


http://jenniferhignitedesigns.bigcartel.com/product/currently-this-month

Included in this set I also added 6x8 size, which I know a lot more people are using as their planners. Print them out add them in each month and fill them out to record life as it is currently!


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February 9, 2015

Make a page Monday | Week 2

This year I really want to focus on telling the stories of our lives. The stories of today, yesterday and tomorrow. To capture a snapshot of what my boys are into right now and what makes up their personalities as it is here and now, before they get even bigger. This past week I spent some time organizing our scrapbook albums and looking through the boys scrapbooks. Yes there is a lot recorded, but there still remains so many gaps from the past few years as life has gotten busier. Since I started recording our life via project life, my scrapbook layouts became few and far between (especially for the older two boys). The more I looked through the albums, the more I realized that I missed out on so much. There are so many stories I still want to tell. I truly wish I would have focused on recorded the little things more often. Of course, I am so thankful for each and every page I have created for them throughout the years, and for the years I have recorded with Project Life. Lots of those little details are forever saved in those albums. As time has passed (and it is doing so at an alarming rate) so have those little moments and pieces of what life is like right now. It is easy to forget all the little things that made up life at any given time. It is my hope to focus on the stories of life a little bit more this year :)

This page was created the night I came to this realization. I pulled out a few recent photos of Aiden and his new stuffed BFF. Right now he loves all his "stuffies" as he calls them. He loves to give them names and have them share his daily routines with him. This one is a new favorite thanks to a recent trip and I wanted to record the story of them, before it is no more.


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February 3, 2015

Project Life 2015 | The Beginning

This year for my Project Life album I am going to keep it super simple thanks to scrapbooking on the go, and my iphone! I have decided to stick with the same format that I wrapped up 2014 with: The project life app, the collect photo app and the rhonna designs app!

Here is my 2015 title page:

Week 1 (using the kiwi edition):
 Week 2 (using the kiwi edition):
 Week 3 (using the kiwi edition):
and an "currently" insert page for this week
 (using get it recorded, currently the bundle, daily life templates)
 My goal for 2015 is to add one of these pages each month for each member of our family!


Week 4 (using the Project 52 Edition):
Week 5 (using the Project 52 Edition):
and with that the first month of January is complete. Pages are done and ready to be printed! 
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February 2, 2015

Make a Page Monday | week 1

Welcome to a new weekly post here on the blog. Make a page Monday is a place where I will be sharing all about the Digital Scrapbooking page(s) I have been working on and creating!

Today I put together this fun page, showcasing just a few of the selfies I took in late 2014. Selfies, selfies with Shaun, selfies with my boys and Selfies with Starbucks! Those are the 4 things I find myself taking photos of the most, to add to our project life pages and scrapbooks. So why not collect them all together and put them on one fun, heart filled page! For this layout I used the new Pixels and Company February Subscription kit: Loverly. (every time I see this kit name I think of My Fair Lady!) I also used a template from the lots of love wall templates 2 by Meredith Cardall.


Last week I used one of  Merediths templates from her lots of love wall templates 1 to create this page for our 4 year Anniversary! It is a super simple layout showcasing some of the photos of us together over the past 4 years. One of my favorite ways to scrapbook is to create collective pages like this, with years of photos all together on one page. It is always so much fun to see the changes as time goes on, different hairstyles, different vacations and precious memories in our hearts.

This page uses word art from Jen Allyson Winter Wish Elements, Winter Wish Solids by Jen Allyson, and Deena Rutters Winter Wish Papers:
 
Thanks for stopping by, I hope to see you again next week :)
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January 18, 2015

New in the shop!

I am super excited about the most recent NEW RELEASE in the These Little Wonders Shop!
 

A set of printables and journaling cards to document life currently.  Print these out and keep them handy to journal a few notes to add to your project life pages. Give them to your kids to record what they are currently into and add it to your album! However you use them it will make recording life as it currently is, much easier! These cards coordinate perfectly with the Currently: Bundle 1 and Currently: Bundle 2 journaling cards (already available in the shop!)

Here is a page I put together documenting my life right now. It was super simple to do, using one of the Currently: get it recorded journaling cards and the Currently: Bundle 1 journaling cards:


I printed out a bunch of the printables and have them in my planner to fill out through the week, as I document and record our life. I created these to use as a reminder to snap photos of the little things that make up the everyday! I will also be using these quite often with my boys to document what their lives are like at different points through the year. It will be a fun way to see how their interests change and get to know a little bit more about them in a fun way, rather than always just asking ;)

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Hello 2015: Focus!

Every year as the new year is upon us I set pretty much the same goals. Read more books, spend more time with family, exercise more, take more photos...the usual ;) For the past three years I have also been selecting one little word to follow me along throughout the year to inspire, push me to change and encourage growth. This year my word is Focus.

http://tattly.com/collections/all/products/just-focus 

I want to FOCUS more on the important things in life by cutting out distractions. I want to FOCUS and set small attainable goals to complete, one day at a time! I will FOCUS on a healthier lifestyle, to be more active and go on more adventures outside. I want to FOCUS on completing what I have started, to finish a project before I take on a new one (hello...all you scrapbook/project life albums). I will FOCUS on recording the everyday as my boys grow older. I will FOCUS on real quality time with those I love. In the end I want to FOCUS on welcoming change in 2015 and all the new adventures it may bring.

I created this page tonight as an opening page for my OLW album for 2015. For the past few years I have picked out a word I haven't really done much with them, they were just there throughout the year pushing me along. This year I want to at least create one page a month to put together an album and track my progress:


I also started an inspiration board on Pinterest, with quotes and word art to keep me motivated to FOCUS!


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January 11, 2015

Tutorial: Creating my 2014 Project Life Title Cards

finally finished up my 2014 Project Life album & am super inspired to get started on 2015!! Thanks to the ease and look of the Collect Photo App, the Project Life App and the Rhonna Designs App!! I have been sharing my pages along the way on my Instagram account and have gotten quite a few requests to share how I create my title cards each week! I would love to be able to record a video showing how I create them, but I can't figure out how to do that...so, here is a step by step tutorial with some screenshots :)

I use the Rhonna Designs App to create my title cards for each weekly spread. 


To start I select a patterned paper or journaling card pattern I want to use on the top 1/2 of my title card. I use the project life app to create the 4x6. 

To create a 4x6 card select the orange pie piece (on the apps main screen) and select the 4x6 card. 


Select the patterned paper or card you want to use (I used a paper from the seafoam edition for my card here, imported to the project life app via Dropbox!) and save your card to your camera roll. 

The next step is the open the 4x6 in the Rhonna Designs App


Select the first box (the roll of film) and open the 4x6 card


Select the 4x6 3:2 box to make the card the correct dimensions to work in the Project Life App. 

To give yourself 1/2 of the card to type your month, months & week of,      

    
 move the 4x6 card to the top 1/2 and leave the bottom half open white space.



To add the words select the text tool (the T in the top left corner and the font packs menu will be displayed. For the date you want to choose the first font pack: Rhonnas Favorites, and use the first font that is displayed on the font reel along the bottom of the app:


Double tap the text box to change the text to the month that corresponds with your project life page.


To resize the word place your finger on the circle in the bottom right corner of the word and stretch it to the size you want. (Eyeball this and you can always go back and change it if it is too small/large) you can select the color you want to word to be at this time in the color pallet that pops up on the bottom, once your word is typed. 

 
    

The next step is similar to the first. You will want to create another text box for the "week of: may 26- June 1" portion. To add additional text boxes in the app, you have to select the plus sign (+) in the top left corner. The font menu selection will pop up and let you pick a font to use for the second text box. (the font I have been using is in the Rhonna Faves 2, the second font on the bottom menu). Type in the words, size, recolor & place it on the bottom of the card. 

For the last part of the title card, create another text box (select the + in the top left corner) and type in the abbreviations for the months of the year. (I use the same font for this text box, as I did for the month/first text box). Size, move, recolor and place in between the two text boxes already on the card. 


The card is now complete! You can move items and change colors to your liking. (I always try to coordinate my font colors to those in the paper I use or the photos in my weekly spread!)
  
Once the card is to your liking you will want to save it to your camera roll. To do that select the turquoise box with three lines and hit the share button. 


  Save the card (I select high resolution) 
      
    
And select save image:


The finished 4x6 card will now be in your camera roll. You can now add it to a 4x6 spot in the Project Life App:


Continue to add photos, journaling cards or anything else you want to make your page complete!!


Feel free to leave me a comment here or on my Instagram page if you have any questions and I would be more than happy to answer them!
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January 4, 2015

Project Life 2014: The catch up...

Project Life 2014 started off with a bang!


I was super pumped for documenting our life one week at a time, digitaly with lots of new digital kits I created and sold in my shop! I was super motivated & inspired to create new items and use them on my pages each week.


I kept at it for the first three months and then spring hit, and life got real. Three boys playing each playing 2 sports kicked my butt and my project life fell onto the back burner. I documented our lives through May 19 and pretty much gave up on the project. I was unmotivated now that I was so far behind.

Fast forward 6 months and I finally find that fire rekindled thanks to my iphone and three little apps! The Project Life App has been a game changer for me. As much as I am smitten with the world of digital scrapbooking my busy life style has led me to look for ways to create my Project Life pages on the go. With this handy little app I have been able to catch up with all but 4 weeks of my 2014 project life album! (I am finishing up the last 4 weeks as I type this...) In the project life app I put together my pages. I create the polaroid looking journaling cards with the help of the Collect Photo App! I am so in love with the clean look and the simple snippets of journaling below the photos. The cards from the collect photo app are what inspired me to create my polaroid templates early on in 2014! I tried to keep the same look of my title cards, and use the Rhonna Designs App to create a different one each week (title card how-to coming soon, on another blog post!)

Here is the rest of my 2014 Project Life pages (all created on my iphone):


























I will most definitely be documenting my 2015 project life pages with this same simple style! I can keep up on the go and get our lives documented, one day at a time!!
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