Digital Project Life 2013 : Week Three

How is it possible that this project is more fun week after week?

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I am going to take a page out of fellow creative team member Elise Blaha Cripe‘s book, and break my Project Life posts up into a few narrative categories. I think it will help those of you wondering about products, those of you curious about techniques used, and those of you (like my mom) who want to know what we have been up to this week!

What we were up to this week:
Our big event of the week was a trip to the Children’s Museum. We invited friends along, which was wonderful for Holly. She is definitely at the age where the more social she can be the better. Personally I LOVED watching Marie’s reaction in the toddler room–she was excited about everything and I can’t wait to take her back. Other than that outing, however, we stayed pretty close to home and had a lot of routine going on. I enjoyed documenting Holly’s newest drawing obsession (from week to week it varies, but when she is into something it becomes the ONLY thing she draws for days) and capturing Marie’s smiles. She really lights up a room. I have an insert in the works regarding this, but because it involves me printing photos and figuring a lot of stuff out before hand (something this digi girl does not have lots of experience with) it might take until the end of the week to reveal.

Techniques used this week:
Lots and lots of brushes. Perhaps my most favorite thing to put on my photos, and definitely one of the most popular items in my stash of supplies. Don’t know how to put brushes on photos? Ali’s video will walk you through it.

Supplies used this week:
Project Life Design A Templates and In Review Papers from One Little Bird Designs. All elements are from the In Review Element Collection except the key , the polaroid collage (banana fish studios), the word arrows, and the doodled arrow. All the brushes are from (99% of the time by Ali Edwards) and the Week in Review card is Cathy Zielske’s. Many of you have asked about the double matting–particularly where to find the stitched inner mat. It’s a free download at Jessica Sprague. The version available now is just one layer, my version was two, which enables me to separate the stitched layer from the background. This will get you started if you like the look and hopefully I can teach myself how to create rounded edges in photoshop and I can provide an inner mat for you in the not so distant future. I just learned how to create scallops–so the sky is the limit if the baby cooperates and naps! I double mat mainly so I can have more pattern in my background AND to avoid any accidental cutting off when printing into a Shutterfly book.

Other Thoughts:
All in all, not my favorite week but that happens. I really love how my week one and week two came out, this one unfortunately seems a little subdued in comparison. If there is one thing you know about me is that I like my patterns and my bright colors!

I have a scrapbooking night scheduled with a friend tomorrow so let’s keep our fingers crossed I will make huge strides in Holly’s baby book AND childhood book. I have been holding onto her preschool stuff since 2009 and I am FINALLY going to do something with it. WOO HOOO!


Project Life is a product and a system created by Becky HigginsIt can be anything you want it to be. To learn more about Project Life check out Becky’s Website. The pieces used in my album are available through acdigitals here. If you live outside the US check Becky’s site for more information on sources. View all my posts about Project Life here.

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  • Kelli - Wow, I am loving your PL style! Just starting my first PL album, I’ll definitely be back here for inspiration 🙂ReplyCancel

    • admin - Thanks Kelli! Good luck on your first album, last year was my first and I am positively addicted now. It gets easier with time until you think nothing of grabbing the camera and taking a picture of just about anything. (Just this weekend I took a picture of my husband fixing our leaking sink!) I try to post every week, hope to “see” you again!ReplyCancel

  • Tristina - Heather – your pages are beautiful! I just started DPL this year and you are providing me with so much inspiration!

    The download and tutorial are available on here:

    But I believe the background is all one image, not the two, but maybe some people would still be interested in it. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • admin - Thank you sooo much for this link–I will update the blogpost now. I had tried to go back into her blog last week to link it up for someone, but could not find it anywhere. So glad it’s still out there, a lot of people ask me about it. My version is two layers, one of these days I will figure out how to round corners in photoshop and I can create my own…but until then I use hers, most of the time clipping something over the shape, but twice this year just left it as is! Thanks again:)ReplyCancel

  • Donna G. - Heather, I think these pages are GREAT! In fact, they inspired me to go buy the In Review Elements. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sue - I have just added your blog to my reader so I don’t miss your layouts! Love your digi style so much 🙂 I am all about the bright colours too – lol. I keep thinking I need to use my brushes more I keep collecting them but they mostly sit unused – eek!ReplyCancel

    • admin - Hi Sue! Glad to have a new reader:) Start using those brushes–they are so fun!!! Once you start, I guarantee you it will be hard to stop. I am the exact opposite, I use hardly anything else BUT my brushes. I am trying to get better though, I just have a hard time trying to figure out what to do with all of the elements.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Johnson - I ♥ ♥ ♥ your layout this week.
    That background paper is so fun!
    I like that idea of highlighting the days you’re including in the spread on that little January calendar.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Wilkinson - Documenting Chaos - So beautiful Heather! If anything was going to persuade me to go digital it would be your work. Just lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Cerise - Beautiful layouts. The good laugh quote is so sweet and so true. :o)
    The Children’s museum looks like so much fun.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie C. - Maybe you’ve answered this somewhere – so I’m sorry if this is redundant. How do you print your pages? Do you print them and put them in a 12×12 sheet protector or do you do it in a bound book? I’m contemplating doing a digital project life album but am unsure how people get the physical hard copy. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • admin - Last year I uploaded all of the 12×12 pages to Shutterfly and had them bound into a book. It’s on the way and hasn’t arrived yetso I can’t speak to how it all looks in there…but based on past experience with Shutterfly I think I am going to like it. However, I am so captivated by how inserts look sandwiched between the weeks (I am a sucker for all of those smaller sized page protectors) that this year I have decided I will get them printed out and put into page protectors and a 3-ring binder. I did some test 12×12 prints with Persnickety Prints and they, hands down, have the best quality of any printer I have used. That’s where I would recommend getting them printed if you decided to go that route.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn L. - Love your layouts! The colors are so vibrant! Thanks for sharing all your tips and tricks!!ReplyCancel

  • Dunia - I’m so in love with you photos and how you make Project Life, you are such an inspiration!ReplyCancel

    • admin - Thank you Dunia! You have just made me have a great start to my Friday:)ReplyCancel

  • Linda - Your pages are amazing!! I love all the little details 🙂ReplyCancel

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