Capture Life- Project Life Days 8-13
If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen all the layouts I’m about to share. I thought I would share them on my blog which gives me the opportunity to also give you more details about the layouts.
Since Heidi Swapp put the challenge out to Capture Life I jumped for it. Literally, capturing every day moments and putting them into my Project Life album.
I’m only on Day 13 and this challenge has brought crazy joy to myself and my family. Alexis who has an Instagram account loves to see what mama posts when she wakes up. You’ll notice these layouts do not get posted until the wee hours. I’ll explain more on that later…
I love that she “looks” for the layouts each day and laugh because I’m sure she is looking for herself in them. Brandon just asks what ridiculous I posted of him. HA HA HA.
While this challenge has brought much joy I’ll admit that it’s been emotional too. When you are capturing that picture you might not think to much about the story behind it AT that moment. It’s when you go to preserve the memory that you give more thought to the story telling. This week as I captured life and sat down to preserve the great memories, many made me stop dead in my tracks to savor a few of the moments like:
- my kids enjoying each others company. C’mon… they are teenagers. Doesn’t happen often!
- a rare moment I caught my daughter crafting on her own. This brought sweet tears of joy to my eyes.
- the kids reading books instead of playing on some type of device. Can you say MIRACLE???
- the quiet still moment at the beach… they are the BEST.
Each memory has a story. I want to share how I preserved some of these memories.
I love this page because of the colors. The soft blue and gold polka dots make me happy just like the beach. At the top left you can see where I stamped “Beach Life” this used Stampin’ Up!’s Alphabet Rotary Stamp. LOVE this rotary stamp once I learned how to use it properly.
Tip: Line up your letters that you want and ink using your favorite Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink. Rotate the letters that you are NOT using. Now stamp your image. For a quick clean of this Rotary stamp, have baby wipes handy. If you don’t have this awesome tool, order your’s today HERE.
The rest of this layout uses Heidi Swapp’s Project Life collection.
From soft blues to soft yellows, this was the perfect color to get the “moth” to pop in the picture. Seriously, this moth was HUGE.
I added a few embellishments to the bottom left pocket. You can never go wrong with ribbon, lace and a doily. I added a quick stitch across the layers to keep this in place. The cards were from a Project Life collection. (I have many…)
To capture this rare moment of my kids reading together I thought it would be fun to capture the actual books they were reading too. This will be a fun memory for them to have later in life too. I wish I could remember all the books I read. Even better… did I read books? Ha ha ha.
The other elements from this layout were used from Ali Edwards Story Kits. I love her kits and especially for her handwritten elements.
Another moment caught that makes me belly laugh. Just looking at Alexis’ mouth as she teaches Brandon to play the flute cracks me UP! For this layout I decided to get fancy and opened up Photoshop Elements. I have many digital files so I’m using those as well as doing some digital journaling. This process is super easy and then I just print from my Canon (MG5220) Printer. I’ve also been using this printer to print my photos daily right from my home. I use Whisper White cardstock to print and it’s a beautiful smooth finish after it’s printed. I love it.
For the 4 x 6 pocket page I used an old music sheet taped over the PL card. The card said something else but I wanted to save the small writing “This has my heart.” I added a doily and some ribbon and sewed this in place.
Day 12 couldn’t be any sillier and that’s the way I like it. Remember, when capturing life we need to collect the good, bad and the ugly. The pocket cards are from Ali Edwards Story Kits.
Day 13 once again uses PSE to print the journaling. The Project Life cards are by Stampin’ Up!- This is the Life. This is a great collection of Pocket Cards and the colors are nice and bright. I decided to use a wooden element from Heidi Swapp over the layout and used Stampin’ Up!’s new Fine Tip Glue pen to adhere to the page. You might also have noticed the different size pockets on the last two pages. These are Stampin’ Up!’s pocket sleeves but I have altered them using the Fuse Tool. AMAZING tool that is perfect to create YOUR own size pockets. I love that I could create a 2 x 4 strip or 2 (2 x 2) photos like the previous layout. This is a must have tool for a Project Lifer.
If you want to see up to date Project Life pages make sure to follow me on Instagram. I don’t post my pages until really late as it’s the last thing I do before I go to bed. These layouts usually take 10 minutes to complete. They are THAT simple.
Are you ready to create using Project Life?
If you haven’t started there is NO reason not too. Embark on this journey with 1000’s of others and I would love for you to share your projects with me.
Enjoy your Sunday afternoon. It’s dark, dreary and raining here. Perfect day to stay inside.