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SHARE | My most beautiful Project Life page + What I was doing wrong

Posted on Monday, April 20, 2015

This is my most beautiful Project Life page ever! And I am so happy with it!



Things I like on this page:

  • It is simple.
  • The colours match.
  • It is clear.
  • There are few embellishments.
  • There is a brush by Karla Dudley (I love her brushes!).
  • The journaling is typed.
  • The photos in the 3×4 pockets are 3×3 – big enough to see the details.


But I am going to share with you how long it took for me to really like one of my pages and what I was doing wrong.



I am from a country in which everything scrapbooking is very expensive, so I used to play with my photos on my computer and to make some scrapbook pages online. I started to make digital Project Life pages around the beginning of 2012.

As soon as I arrived in Canada at the end of 2012, I decided to start buying scrapbooking stuff to create physical albums. I was not able to buy everything at once, so I bought a few scrapbooking 12×12 patterned paper in December 2012. [Note: There are no scrapbook stores here, only one (very expensive) Michaels.]

In January of 2013 I felt in love with the Seafoam Project Life Core Kit, and I ordered it at Scrapbooker’s Inner Circle online store. Even though I knew I could not start making my pages, I didn’t want to lose the opportunity to have this amazing kit.

In February of 2013, I bought two binders and pocket pages design A. I was studying English here in Canada, and I did not have free time to play with my new stuff.

I kept buying things here and there: stickers, embellishments, more papers, alphabets, etc.

Because I am the kind of person who likes to start things in January, or at number one, I decided to start my first Project Life album in January of 2014.




Without noticing, I turned my passion for keeping memories to passion to buy scrapbook stuff. I don’t have so many things as some scrapbookers I see on Internet, but I certainly have more things than I need.

Thankfully, I realized that I was only buying and not creating, so I started to organize my stuff: I printed and cut my digital tags (otherwise I will not use them), I cancelled my SC subscription and decided to buy ONLY kits that I really like (I buy few things once in a while now), I organized my digital brushes because I never knew where they were, I had some digital cards printed at Staples (I have a folder in my computer only for those cards I really want to have printed), I made my lovely drawer and sorted all my embellishments by colour (the best thing I did!), I cut some plain colored papers and made a few PL cards, and I made a (big) plan for my hobby two days before the new year started.

Lots of accomplishments, but things were still not happening around here.




Some weeks ago, I realized that I have lots of things to play with, the majority of them are organized, but I was not making Project Life pages.

Why not?


These is what I was doing wrong:


Mistake #1

My photo printer was in the box.

Sometimes I have a few minutes (or I am spending my precious time doing nothing useful on Internet), and it is an opportunity to print some photos. However, because my printer was in the box and the box was in the closet, I was not printing my photos and consequently I was not scraping.


Mistake #2

I didn’t know how to use my printer, and I didn’t want to put ink and paper into the garbage bin.

The printer is now on the table beside my computer. Good. However, I was not satisfied with the colours of the photos after printed.

I had to have courage to spend some ink and some expensive paper to find the best configuration for the results I was expecting.

Seriously, I have around thirty 4×6 photos printed that won’t go to my photo album. (Keep those photos – I will tell you why in a moment!)


Mistake #3

I thought I knew what I like.

I think we spend so much time looking for other scrapbookers’ pages instead of trying to make our own pages.

I printed some 4×6 photos with borders, but I realized that I really love borders on photos if they are not in my PL pages. Because I like to round the corners of my PL cards, if I want consistency I can’t have borders, so I can round the corners of the photos too. (You can notice on this PL page that I have some photos with rounded corners and others without.)

For my 3×4 pockets, I printed 2.5×2.5 photos with large borders and a space at the bottom to write something, but I realized that I prefer 3×3 images without borders and some space for notes. I reprinted some of the photos after I realized my preference.

Here is the thing: I had 1/3 of January photos printed when I tried to use them in my PL pockets. Hopefully, it was not too much, so I could reprint some of them. However, if I hadn’t printed them, I would never know what I like or dislike.


Mistake #4

If I want to stamp on my photos, I just need to do it.

This was the most disappointing thing for me! I have a few clear stamps, the acrylic block, and two ink pads (white and black by StazOn).

My first attempt to stamp in white on a photo was a disaster. I didn’t know that there are different kinds of ink pads for different purposes. I din’t know if you don’t clean the StazOn white ink quickly it can stay on your stamp forever.j

However, if I hadn’t tried to stamp, I would never know that I had some wrong supplies for my needs.


Mistake #5

I love my handwriting, so I will not have problems journaling on my cards as lots of scrapbookers do.

Did you hear my loud laugh? Yep, I just don’t like to have my handwriting on my cards even though I do love my handwriting. Because I was an elementary teacher, I always did something to improve my handwriting and many people praise me because of that. However, I prefer the cleanliness of typed journaling.

I have two double spreads of PL pages with my handwriting, but I reprinted some photos with typed journaling on them.

I also noticed that not all my pens are good for writing on my photo papers. Because of that, I am keeping the printed photos I don’t want to make tests for writing and stamping before doing it on the good photos.




The biggest lesson? If I haven’t started to print photos, and stamp, write, and play on/with them I would never know what I like and what I dislike.

It is April already, but because I am happy to discover my own way to make Project Life I am sure that I can deal with it.


My advice for those people that are buying stuff and not creating: (first) stop buying because you think that you will love those things in your pockets but maybe you won’t, and (second) start playing with what you already have because it is the only way to find out your own way of keeping memories.


I still have lots of things to learn, but I know that the only way to have an album that I am really proud of is making progress one step at a time.


PLAN | Project Life 2015 + cover page!

Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2014

It was around October when I realized what I want for Project Life 2015.

I always have to convince myself that it is better to use my time to (write any task here such as organize my photographs, do project life, etc.) from today on than to try to put the lasts months/years in order and to make them work for me as I planned but got behind.

In other words, in October I realized that I won’t be able to print and organize all my 2014 photos into my Project Life album. It will be one more year for a photo book. Simple as that. I have to accept it and put a period here.




I started buying physical products for Project Life for the first time in 2013 because they are very expensive in my home country (and now I am living in Canada!!!). I made a few pages in 2013, and a few more pages in 2014.

Since I am a Master’s Degree student, I don’t have much time for my hobbies. I’d love to meet other students like myself, because I really feel alone in the memory keeping world. I love memory keeping, but memory keeping is not my job, nor my priority at the moment. I simply can’t choose what to do with my time when I have lots of assignments to write and books to read. I am not complaining; don’t get me wrong. I really love studying! However, I had to find a way to keep photos and stories that can possibly work for me.




Things I learned about my memory keeping process:

  1. I need all things ready for use.
  2. I need a clean space to just open my album and insert memorabilia and photos in it.
  3. I have to keep it simple – sometimes, much more simple than I’d like to.




For 2015, I plan (and I hope to be able to do):


>>>>> Chronological spreads. Since 2014, I decided to just print my best photos (the photos I really want to see again and again) and insert them as life happens. Sometimes I will have one page per week, sometimes 3, or more.


>>>>> Albums. I don’t care about how many albums I will need for the year. I will use a 12×12 album. Because I want to buy WRMK leather albums for my Project Life, and I will do it only when I really have real albums filled with photos and not just a few pages, I am going to use a cheaper album I bought on sale some months ago. It is an album that I did not like, but since it was cheaper I decided to use it while I fill it all, then I will move all my pages to the new album.


>>>>> Page protectors. I just love design A, and I have lots of design A page protectors. So I don’t plan to switch the design. Maybe I will insert some envelopes for extras.




>>>>> Cards. I have two complete core kits: Seafoam and Kiwi, and a few cards from a few other core kits that I bought on Instagram a long time ago. I also have six months of Studio Calico kits for Project Life. However, I realized that I LOVE CREATING MY OWN CARDS! I am collecting images and quotes, so I can print and own only things I really like. I also have a few of digital cards. Once in a while I print some cards at Staples (digital, images, and my own creation) and add them to my whole collection of cards.


>>>>> Embellishments. Some of my embellishments are from the SC kits, others I bought in small packs, and others I printed at home. When I realized that SC are not my style at all, I started saving the money to buy embellishments I really love. Because I have a drawer full of embellishments, I think I just need to use what I have in 2015! Also, I really want to play with stamps, watercolors, stitches, and embossing.


>>>>> Journaling. I love my handwriting, I just need to stop worrying when I make a mistake. By the way, I am still working on this motto. In addition to adding my handwriting, I am planning to use a lot the new (to me) antique typewriter I bought from Thrift Store last month.




>>>>> Sharing the pages here on my blog. Ok, lets be realistic: it is a dream, and if I can accomplish it, it will be a bonus!


>>>>> Printing the photos. I have an Epson Picture Mate because I can’t rely on the printer stores of my city. For me, the price of printing at home is the same or cheaper. I am just not 100% happy with its paper size: the paper is not 4×6, it is a little smaller (and I don’t like that).


>>>>> Notes. Actually, I don’t take notes about things that happen in our lives. And I think that with the way I will approach Project Life next year I will not need them. When I have cards and photos ready to use, I simply write on them things I currently remember.




>>>>> Memorabilia. Ah, these are my favourites! I just LOVE adding memorabilia to my Project Life. The reason is because I always collected papers of all kinds but did not have a place to store them properly. Now I have: my PL pages!


>>>>> Borders and corners. Here is something I still have to decide how to do or just accept how it already is. I prefer white borders on photos, but because I also like rounded corners, they don’t match. And because I am a little bit perfectionist and the cards from core kits and SC kits have rounded borders, I round the borders of everything.


>>>>> Everyday snaps. I want to add more about our favourite food of the moment, the books we are reading, my cat’s favourite games, objects we buy, etc.




>>>>> Inspiration. Michelle Stinson. I just LOVE her process for Project Life. I am sad that she decided to stop sharing her pages and videos, but I always get lots of inspiration when I watch her old videos – and I do it on a frequent basis!


>>>>> Primary memory keeping approach. Yes, I already started making my photo books (I will share here my 2006 photo book when I have time for it), and they will be from 2006 to 2014 (9 years of photos in photo books). From 2015 on, I am planning to be able to make Project Life albums with all my photos, except Instagram photos (I started last year putting them all in small photo books).




>>>>> So, when I will play with my Project Life albums?

This is the most important part of my 2015 approach. Just because I feel that I am not the boss of my time due to my Master’s Degree commitments, I want to print photos, add them to the pockets, and then add cards, embellishments and text at any time during my day and my week. I will not have a specific day for Project Life (I already try it in 2014). I want to pick my stuff up and put them on the table when I am tired studying, when I finished an assignment, when I am waiting for my husband come back from work, or before going to bed.

Because I want to play with photos and PL stuff at any time I need my printer ready to just push the button and print photos, my album, cards, and embellishments available at any time in the reach of my arms. I don’t have time to do a weekly or monthly basis approach. Also, I am not talking about a daily approach! If I have 15 minutes, I can print some photos AND ADD THEM INTO THE POCKETS right away. Then, I will have half an hour during an evening, so I will add some cards and journaling. Minutes after eating something different, I will crop and add the memorabilia in the empty pocket. SIMPLE AS THAT look like! I want to live and do Project Life almost at the same time. Let’s see if I am being realistic or not. Fingers crossed!


I will end this post with an illustrated summary of my 2015 plan for PL: I decided to take some photos to illustrate this post, and, minutes later, I finished the page cover without intent on that – the intention was to take some pictures with some of my PL stuff and, maybe, create the first page, not the cover page.

It is this, friends! Do I have time? Do I have my PL stuff? So, let’s play RIGHT NOW!

Below, you can see more pictures about how I came up with the cover for my 2015 Project Life album: (PS. The third photo, below, shows my husband handwriting his One Little Word® for 2015 and its definition. Is that awesome, isn’t it? It was a last minute idea, and I just love it!)


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PROJECT LIFE is a memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins.

ORGANIZE | Digital brushes are organized. Now what?

Posted on Sunday, August 10, 2014

Now I have all my digital brushes printed! 


Yes, I am happy; so happy that I want to take a look on my old digital scrapbooking kits to find more brushes!


Yesterday, I organized all the brushes into categories. Today, 2 more hours, and I can see all the brushes I have because they are  p r i n t e d.

I resized each brush and stamped it on a paper, using Photoshop. Then, I printed all pages and organized them in my binder (the same one I started organizing my clear stamps – more soon!).

They are 21 pages in total full of digital stamps!


So easy now: when I will be selecting my photos to print, I will take a look if I want to use one of the brushes on them. I will “stamp” on the photo. Then, I will print the photo. So easy. So fun!

Oh, yes! My favourite brushes are Karla Dudley’s! Ever!


Here is how my binder looks like now:


ORGANIZE | How I have organized my digital brushes for Project Life

Posted on Saturday, August 9, 2014

I noticed that I don’t use what I don’t know I have. Yes, I know I have some (or many) brushes, but I never know where they are or which ones I do have.

Following the example of my embellishments, I have no doubts that I will use my brushes if I can find them when I need. So, today I will share how I have organized my brushes to use on my Project Life pages.




After playing a little loading and deleting brushes, I felt confident to take the steps below to organize my brushes on Photoshop. Yes, I was afraid of deleting them all and then not finding them again. I just deleted them after making sure I still have the “.abr” files to load the brushes as many times as I want. Basically, I followed these steps to organize my brushes. It looks difficult, but it is super easy. I spent less than two hours to organize around 50 “.abr” files, and it was worth it!

Here is how I have organized my brushes (+ these steps – I will not attempt to explain the main steps because the video is very well done):

  1. I deleted all brushes that were already installed on my Photoshop CS6.
  2. I found the brushes on my computer (search for “.abr”).
  3. I opened one file at a time to know its content and to decide if I want to keep them or not. (Some time ago, I found some free brushes that have no designer’s name. These I deleted from my computer. Now I only have those I bought from scrapbook designers.)
  4. Then, I organized them alphabetically by designer.

Now, I will print the brushes as I started doing three months ago. My intention is to look the printed brushes while I am selecting the photos to print, so I know if I need to add a brush on the photo before to print it.


PS.: I did not reinstall the basic brushes that came with Photoshop, but I saved the files just in case I need them.


How do you organize your digital brushes? Any different idea?