Arthur’s Birthday Pages

Arthur’s first project life album ends with his first birthday.  While the family album is done by calendar year, I feel that marking each year of his life with a new scrapbook made more sense to me…

As I finally printed the photos from his party, it was time to finish his first PL album! The last official page before the ending inserts features his 12 month photos.  I ended up going very simple with four photos, his month card, the stats card, and two filler cards. I wanted the pictures to stand alone with no embellishment.  Clean and Simple.

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At his party, I put out some PL journaling cards and asked friends to write him a birthday message.  Most people did leaving me with a stack of cards.  Instead of sprinkling them in, I decided to have one page dedicated to the cards.  I love how they look all lined up in the sheet.

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The last page in his album is the once a month photos I took over the course of the first year.  I just slide them into pockets without embellishment.  Simple, yet very striking.

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And now it’s on to Arthur’s second PL album.

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Project Life 2014 W28-29

Week 28

Week 28 was a huge week for photographs.  I had taken over 200 photos and somehow had to narrow those down to ~20.  I had to include a insert to get all the essential photos for the week.  Because of the colorful nature of the photos included, I limited the embellishments.  In fact, I didn’t include any for the pictures of the summer social.

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Supplies:

  • PL Americana
  • PL Seasons
  • Enamel dots

Week 29

Another huge picture taking week.  Plus, it was Arthur’s 9 month birthday.  So I had to include his 9 month photos.  The rest of the photos are typical shots of our weekly events.  I did add more embellishments for this week, but pulled them from my random stash.  I love the little “Happy Birthday” stickers added to our friend’s party.  Very cute!  I even finally used a button on a card.

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Supplies:

  • PL Seasons
  • PL Baby Neutral
  • Enamel dots
  • Random embellishments

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Project Life 2014 W25-27

I’m finally catching back up with my weekly spreads.  While I’m still chugging away, once this year is over I’m going to month sections with however many pages I need instead of weekly spreads.  The pressure might just be getting to me…

Week 25

This week I went with the basic Design A layouts with few embellishments.  The pictures basically speak for themselves.  They didn’t need much.  I love the little epoxy stickers that I added to some of the pictures (hearts, houses, arrows).  They look so much cuter in person.  As for the week, I highlighted Arthur’s 8 month pictures one day late and trips to the park, pool, and arcade.  Definitely a typical week during the summer.

Supplies:

  • PL Kraft
  • PL Baby Neutral (stat card)
  • Amy Tangerine Thickers
  • Epoxy stickers
  • Washi tape
  • Random other stickers
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Week 26

This week was so full of events that I had to add an insert (Design G).  I went with some nautical themed cards for our visit to San Francisco Bay and animal themed cards for our visit to the Oakland Zoo.  Other than the cards, I added some Basic Grey alphas to label some of the pictures.  I kept the embellishments extremely sparse because the pictures were so busy.  Including the insert allowed me to highlight some great pool pics and some around-the-house shots.  The pic with Arthur eating paper features some graphics from the Little Moments App.  I liked how it turned out, but know I don’t have time to edit each one of my pictures.

Supplies:

  • PL Nautical Theme Pack
  • PL Animal Theme Pack
  • Glitter alphas
  • Basic Grey alphas
  • Washi tape
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Insert

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Insert

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Right side

Week 27

For the week of the Fourth of July, I used the Americana Theme Pack, but made sure to pick cards that would coordinate with beach pictures as well.  I love how it turned out.  Thankfully I had enough vertical pictures to fill the Design D page from last week.  I then added some gold sequins throughout the spread to help tie in the firework theme.  Even the sun wood veneer looks a bit like an exploding firework. I like the random nature of the embellishments for this week.

  • PL Americana Theme Pack
  • Random wood veneers
  • Epoxy stickers
  • Studio Calico gold sequins
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Right side

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Project Life 2014 W15-16

Week 15

This week was huge!  We flew back from Indiana and had our mom’s group’s Easter social.  We had so many great pictures that I had to include an insert page (design H).

In terms of my design, I went simple yet colorful.  I pulled out a ton of spring themed cards from the Seasons Mini Kit to accent our colorful pictures.  I grabbed the kit on clearance thinking I would like a few cards.  I found that I love the entire kit.  A great investment. The embellishments stayed on the cards.  I didn’t want to alter the pictures.  My favorite added feature is the plane and heart stamp on the first page.  I’ve used that stamp at least 5 times already and love love love it!  Overall, this spread is a great example of my style: clean and simple.

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Supplies:

  • PL Seasons Mini Kit
  • PL Days of the Week stickers
  • SU Travel Themed Stamp Set (retired)
  • Stickabilitiies alphas
  • Recollections stamp set
  • My Mind’s Eye die cuts
  • Michael’s camera stamp
  • WRMK Dreamy Kit

Week 16

Week 16 is all about Arthur turning 6 months old and fun Easter pics.  We didn’t do much, but I still managed to get some pics from our week.

I went with a yellow, blue, and gray color scheme for the week.  Seafoam was the first kit I purchased and yet it gets pushed to the side in favor of others.  I need to remind myself to use it more often.  I do like the simple geometric card design.  I accented the pictures with a few stickers.  Another clean and simple layout.

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Supplies:

  • PL Seafoam Kit
  • PL Days of the Week Stickers
  • Studio Calico Alphas
  • Basic Grey Enamel dots
  • Heidi Swapp stickers
  • PL Baby Neutral Kit
  • Recollections I Love You stickers

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Archives: Project Life 2014 — Weeks 11 and 12

Originally published on March 29th, 2014

Week 11

Family Album: This week I chose to go back to using one of my “older” kits — WRMK Tangerine.  My idea is to rotate my various kits to get a different color/design scheme each week.  I like the little pops of design with the Tangerine kit.  I added some cute labeling tags to help highlight a few of the pictures.

As to the pictures and events, this week is very Arthur heavy.  Oh wait… It’s always Arthur heavy.  Anyway, I chose to include some adorable candid shots and eating shots.  I love the face he makes while eating.  It always looks like he hates it, but he eats everything.  The right hand page has a few random shots and his 5 month pictures.  I always have to include the stats insert.  My favorite shot of the week is the one where he’s crawling towards me (left side, bottom left picture).

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Right side

Supplies:

  • WRMK Tangerine
  • Labels from Studio Calico kit
  • Random stamps
  • PL Neutral Baby (monthly stat insert)

Arthur’s Album:  This week I added in some of the new cards from the Baby for Him kit.  I love the cool blues and greens of this spread. The left side is a wrap-up of our week.  The right side is all about his 5 month pictures and milestones.

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Right Side

Supplies:

  • PL Neutral Baby Kit
  • PL Baby Boy Kit
  • Random stamps
  • Labels from Studio Calico Kit
  • Recollections stickers

Week 12

Family Album: I changed up my kits yet again and went with some of the random cards from my Studio Calico kits (Sept. and Oct. 2013).  I kept the cards a cool blue and gray with pops of pink.  I especially love my pink enamel dots and my new camera stamp (thank you Michael’s $2 bin).

The pictures from this week came from two big events.  The left side highlights our morning at Washington Park.  Arthur had a great time crawling around.  And I had a great time taking some pics and reading in the sunshine.  The right side highlights Arthur’s first official playdate.  I grabbed a few cute pics and stole a few from the other moms.  My favorite is the pic of Arthur and his friend Luke and their dueling grump faces (right side, top left).

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Right side

Supplies:

  • Studio Calico Kits — Sept and Oct 2013
  • Michael’s stamps
  • Basic Grey enamel dots
  • Random stamps and alphabet stickers

Arthur’s Album: Arthur’s spread focused on lots of pictures.  I decided to use the back side of the inserts from the previous week.  Those were reddish so I picked two more reddish inserts for the right side.  I’ve realized that most of Arthur’s spreads are light on embellishments and heavy on pictures.  And I’m okay with that!

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Right side

Supplies:

  • PL Baby Boy Kit
  • Random stamps

Archives: Project Life 2014 — Weeks 9 and 10

Originally published on March 15th, 2014

Week 9

Family Album: This week I decided to change up my color scheme.  I put away the Seafoam and Sunshine kits in favor of the Seasons Mini Kit.  I took a look at all the cards for spring and choose the pink and yellow ones.  I then added some great stickers from the My Mind’s Eye giant embellishment pack for some flair.  Lastly I rediscovered these cute gold rimmed tags.  Love the inclusion!

As for the weekly events, Arthur started solids so I had to include a ton of pics and some journaling.  I love the middle eating picture.  He looks so proud of himself after eating the entire bowl of rice cereal.  The right hand page is all about the Arthur’s first official playdate.  Lots of pictures from that event plus some nice journaling to remember the day.  Lastly, I added “the weather today” insert to highlight our unusual (rainy and chilly) weather on playdate day.

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Supplies:

  • PL Seasons Mini Kit
  • My Mind’s Eye die cut and sticker pack
  • Random embellishments from Studio Calico kit

Arthur’s Album:

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Supplies:

  • PL Baby Neutral Kit

Week 10

Family Album: I again turned to the Seasons Mini Kit for inserts.  This time I used a variety of colors, designs, and sizes.  I love the way the layout turned out!  I added more of those gold tags, some alphabet stickers, a birthday sticker (for my birthday!), enamel dots, and a cute word bubble.  This week’s layout is busier than usual, but I’m loving it!  I imagine that I will end up using the rest of the spring cards within the month.

This week was about a ton of candid shots of our family.  I love the little moments I caught of Arthur being extra cute.  I can’t believe that this is my first naked baby butt shot!  It was too cute to not include.  I had to add a card for my 32nd birthday…  Per usual, there was no party, but I did got out to eat twice this week (once with Pam and once with J).

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Supplies:

  • PL Seasons Mini Kit
  • Enamel dots
  • Birthday stickers
  • Random Embellishments from Studio Calico Kit
  • Random Alphabet stickers

Arthur’s Album: I used one card from the Baby Boy mini kit I found on clearance at Michaels.  Hoping to add more color in the coming weeks.

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Supplies:

  • PL Baby Neutral Kit
  • PL Baby Boy Mini Kit

Archives: Project Life 2014 — Weeks 7 and 8

Originally published on March 1st, 2014

Week 7

Family Album: This week was a combination of regular activities, Valentine’s Day, and Arthur turning 4 months.  I decided to split the spread.  The left side focuses on our regular activities.  I used a nice orange and turquoise palette to add visual interest.  Instead of adding another picture, I chose to use a 4×6 pocket as my weekly highlights insert.  I didn’t add much embellishment: space man stamp and piece of washi tape was all.  The right side was heavy on Arthur’s milestones.  The red is a bit overwhelming, but I still think it looks nice.

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Right side

Supplies:

  • WRMK Tangerine Journalling Kit
  • PL Holidays Mini Kit
  • PL Neutral Baby Kit
  • SU Stamp (space man)
  • Random embellishments

Arthur’s Album: Arthur’s album is split between Valentine’s Day (left side) and 4 months (right side).  I wanted to create some type of balance in the spread.  Other than the hearts, I didn’t add any embellishments.

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Right side

Supplies:

  • PL Neutral Baby Kit
  • PL Holiday Mini Kit
  • Random embellishments

Week 8

Family Album: Somehow I completely lost the right side picture of this week’s spread.  Oh well.  I’ll get it finished soon.  I kept the embellishing at a minimum.  I relied on some alphabet stickers to add some interest to the track pictures.  I love the visual interest of this week’s page.

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Left side

Supplies:

  • WRMK Tangerine Journaling Kit
  • Random stamp and alphabet stamps
  • Camera charm

Arthur’s Album: Arthur’s album is missing one picture that will have to go onto the next picture order.  No embellishments this week, but I did a huge amount of journaling.  I am getting better at storytelling; capturing those little moments.

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Supplies:

  • PL Neutral Baby Kit

Archives: Project Life 2014 — Weeks 5 and 6

Originally published on February 15th, 2014

Week 5

Family Album: This week wanted to really bring out the fun bright colors from the photographs.  Thankfully I had purchased a third of a Honey kit from an Etsy seller.  They were the perfect colors to play with.  After I looked at the pictures to choose from, I decided to do an entire page (well almost an entire page) dedicated to telling a story about Arthur and his new favorite toy.  I love the idea of doing this type of theme pages more often.

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Right side

Supplies:

  • PL Honey Kit
  • PL Sunshine Kit
  • Studio Calico Alphabet stickers

Arthur’s Album: For his album, I stuck with the yellows and grays with some fun inserts.  I love the right side with the corresponding pictures splitting the page.  It gives a nice mirror effect.

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Right side

Supplies:

  • PL Baby Neutral Kit

Week 6

Family Album: Week six was all about pink and turquoise.  I had the repeating camera insert already in place from last week (other side of the flowered journaling card).  it was so cute, I had to use it and ended up designing the entire spread to correspond.  The left side was highlighting some pictures from our usual routine (baby playing with Sophie, Shoreline walk, crafting time).  I even used a journal card to highlight my week in crafting.  Nice to see a spread not completely focused on Arthur even though he is just so adorable.  The right side is dedicated to pictures and journaling of the mom’s group Valentine’s Party.  I even remembered to snap a few photos of the event.  (It was gray and gloomy out, so the pics are pretty dark.  And this is after lightening them up on the computer.)  I forgot to add in the February calendar card at the beginning of the month.  The party turned out to be the perfect occasion to use it as a Who, What, Where, When, and Why type journaling card.  I then used a red design card from the Holiday mini kit to list all the attendees for the party.  It’s a nice way to remember who was there since I didn’t get pictures of everyone.  Overall, I absolutely love this layout!

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Left side

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Right side

Supplies:

  • PL Honey Kit
  • PL Seasons Mini Kit
  • Random embellishments from Studio Calico

Arthur’s Album:  Arthur’s weekly spread included more pictures of him and some highlighting of our party.  I stuck with the usual color scheme, but changed up the design with the 4×6 journaling card and alternating 3×4 inserts and photos.

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Supplies:

  • PL Baby Neutral Kit

Archives: Project Life 2014 — Week 4

Originally published on February 1st, 2014

Family Album: I played around with some embellishments this week.  As per usual, I have the weekly highlights inserts and the weekly date insert. I added some alphabet stickers to two of the pictures for added descriptions.  I really love the font of “Sophie.”  To help doctor up the printed inserts, I added some candy dots and stamps.  A few weeks ago, I bought some partial kits (Honey and Kraft) from an Etsy seller.  I can’t justify buying an entire kit as I already have three separate kits.  But, I can get a few partials to add some extra fun to the spreads.  I really really love the bright colors from the Honey kit.

As to this week’s photos, it was another Arthur heavy week.  I managed to catch a few adorable smiles and some action shots.  My favorite picture is my artsy shadow picture.  Randomly the light from the windows created some beautiful shadows.

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As it is the end of January, I filled out my monthly wrap-up insert.  I loved embellishing the monthly title card with fun stickers (glittery stars).  I picked my favorite 8 photo a day pictures to include.  I added the each day’s theme written on washi tape.  Love the look!

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January insert

Supplies:

  • PL Sunshine kit
  • PL Honey kit (partial)
  • PL Day stickers
  • Embellishments from Studio Calico kits
  • Random stamps
  • Random stickers
  • Washi tape

Arthur’s Album: This week’s spread is very simple and photo heavy.  I made sure to include our weekly highlight inserts and a little journaling about some photos.  I really loved the photos from this week.

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Supplies:

  • PL Baby kit

Archives: Project Life 2014 — Weeks 1, 2, 3

Originally published on January 25th, 2014

I’m starting a new weekly feature highlighting my Project Life pages.  My goal is to stay on top of the weeks throughout 2014.  Making these posts a weekly feature should hold me accountable.  So here we go…

Many project lifers create a new album for each year with a title page, etc.  I started PL in October with Arthur’s birth, so mine is going to look a little different.  I am hoping to keep Oct. – Dec. 2013 and all of 2014 in one album.  We’ll see how that goes.  I decided to start my 2014 weekly spreads with the week of Dec. 30 – Jan. 5.  Yes, I included Dec. 30th and 31st in Week 1’s spread.  I think it will help me stay organized.

Week 1

Family Album: It’s another case of the missing photographs.  Darn Walgreens!  I hope to get them printed sometime this week, so I can add them in.  For the left side, I went with a winter color scheme of gray, blue, and white.  We were still in Indiana and there was almost 2 feet of snow on the ground; the colors seemed appropriate.  I went back to the day by day journaling using the PL day stickers.  For the right side, I wanted to highlight the start of 2014.  I used three inserts from the Holiday mini kit and added some silver stars.  The number chipboard stickers were from a Studio Calico kit I bought on Black Friday.  I love their silhouettes.  The “Explore” insert was a Google image that I downloaded.  I chose “Explore” as my word for 2014, so I wanted to highlight it in this first week’s spread.

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I added two different inserts in this week.  The first insert is my “State of the Blog” wrap up.  I added journaling cards from the PL Sunshine kit and a screenshot of the home page of my blog.  I love the bright colors and simplicity of the inserts.

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Insert 1: front

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Insert 1: back

The second insert highlights the rest of my Fat Mum Slim’s Photo a Day December pictures.  This was the first time I tried one of these challenges.  I finished it, but learned a few lessons along the way.  I used two PL Seafoam inserts as a title page and a journaling card.  To designate each day’s theme, I wrote on top of a washi tape swatch adhered to the photo.  They look much better in person.  Now I really need some more washi tape to use this technique more. (Side note: I’m missing the Dec. 31st picture.  I have to get that one printed and inserted.)

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Insert 2: front

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Insert 2: back

Supplies:

  • PL Seafoam kit
  • PL Sunshine kit
  • PL Holiday mini kit
  • PL Day stickers
  • Random stickers from stash
  • Random paper from stash
  • Various washi tape

Arthur’s Album

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Week 2

Family Album: Another week of photos speaking for themselves.  I wanted to get the rest of our vacation pictures into the album.  To highlight the crazy Midwest weather, I cropped a picture from The Weather Channel.

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Supplies:

  • PL Seafoam kit
  • PL Baby kit

Arthur’s Album

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Week 3

Family Album: This week I tried to incorporate some insert cards other than the Sunshine and Seafoam kits.  I bought some random sets and partial sets online over the holidays.  I love the lighter blue and orange color combinations.  I also tried to play with pattern cards instead of using just simple designs.  Finally I decided to add “Week __” to the date cards.  (Note: I only did this for the family album.)

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Left side

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Right side

Supplies:

  • PL Seafoam kit
  • WRMK Tangerine kit
  • PL Day stickers

Arthur’s Album: On the left side, I did a few journaling cards and a random insert all in yellow.  I love the clean look.  The right side is all about Arthur’s 3 month pictures and inserts.  The photo heavy right side balances the cleaner left side.

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Right side

Supplies:

  • PL Baby kit