Friday, 16 August 2013

Interactive Pieces in Project Life Albums

As a teacher, I have had my students work with "lap books" for several years. Essentially, a lap book is a file folder with several interactive flaps and pockets. So when I required my "real estate" for my project life spreads, I transferred some of those techniques.  Here are a few examples:
1) Day in the Life Spreads
Instead of creating a collage insert, I place my photos onto "flip-ups". A flip-up is a 3 x 6 piece of cardstock folded in half and inserted into a pocket or adhered to another insert. 

I included 15 photos on this one 12x12 pocket page.

My mini (6 x 8 )Project Life example:

2) Accordion pieces in a pocket: 
Take a 6 x 12 piece of cardstock and fold at 4 inch intervals.

3) Using mini folders just for their design:
These mini folders from Authentique were so delightful so I used them up in my mini Project Life. 

I hope these examples inspire you to add some interactive pieces to your Project Life or any memory keeping project.


Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Love Shimelle's sketches

Now I don't even remember when I first found Shimelle's site or videos, I just remember it was a sketch and a page about "the boy" surfing. I have always found her sketches and starting points very intuitive to my own "style".  Here are my most recent renderings of Shimelle's sketches:
No. 16 and a bit of no.27
No. 29 ? Using 3x4 cards.

Using photos on the banner. No. 8  

And no real no sketch just "Shimelle - ness" 

💕Keep posting Shimelle! (

Monday, 25 March 2013

I Love Mason Jars

A certain Canadian brand of mason jar seals became unavailable - Gem - and my grandmother decided she could part with them. I immediately put them to work as tealight holders on a shelf above my bed. Extremely sweet and romantic when all lit, but dust bunny central every other moment. Disassembled. When mason jars became an embellishment for scrapbooking,  I was delighted. I couldn't really find a symbolic meaning online, but to me they represent
home-made love and nostalgia.

I try to use the stash I have of them regularly and use my digital stamp version when I remember it.

Used the digital stamp and mists to create Project Life albums insets.


Used the chipboard jars back to back to create a "peek a boo" space within my Project Life album.
Of course my favorite way I have used the mason jars is for a title page for my extended family album. I used the jars in a banner by wrapping some fine string around the tops. 

Love the mason jar? Used it as a fabulous embellishment? Let me know :)

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Pages and Projects

New supplies always means lovely new pages and projects to share:

Fun projects:

and pages:

Portfolio Album

After the arrival of  Heidi Swapp products to Michaels , I switched my Project Life pages into the Heidi Swapp Portfolio album. It's a fun 6x9 size. At this point I know I will need three albums to house the year, even using the flattest of embellishments. 



Heidi Swapp Love

There is something about Heidi Swapp which makes her so endearing. Therefore, I am sincerely loyal to buying and adoring her scrapbook products. So when her products became available at Michaels, I was all over it. 


A Year of Sundays

I came across the notion of Phenology: The study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena, esp. in relation to climate and plant and animal life, or in my case, my family. 
I translated this notion into " A Year of Sundays". I record the happenings of every Sunday to see the breadth of our year and  be able to track changes that occur in our schedule and family life. This is the first 3 cards into my Project Life album:

Project Life Update

Project life is one of those ideas that are simple and easily sustained. But I chose to make my albums a smaller size. I started out in a  Snap album: