Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Family Vacation 2012 (Yes, I said 2012)

We went on our first family vacation in June, last year. We went to Kentucky for my cousin's wedding and headed to Florida afterward to take Keilani to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando. She has waited so long to experience it; almost as long as she has been waiting for Mommy to finally finish putting those memories in a book so she can enjoy looking through them!

I finally did, last week.

While we were shopping in the Wizarding World, I purchased a cute Harry Potter themed luggage tag album. It measured 4x6, held 102 photos, and boy, did I fill it up! I didn't think I forgot that I even had that many photos! I thought I would have to remove some of the pockets. The finished product is pretty chunky.

If I put the Marauder's Map in one of the pockets, it would be a pain to take it out every time we wanted to see it, so I adhered it to the inside cover for easy access. I wasn't sure if my small Zots would be strong enough on the material but it worked great!

Here is a peek inside. 

I bought Harry Potter theme scrapbooking paper and embellishments for the album. Nothing fancy, every page is simple. The photos alone were very decorative. The Paper just gave it a little more pop. 

You can't tell unless you look VERY closely, but I spelled Myrtle's name wrong. I cut a matching piece from the same paper I cut to make the journaling card, stuck it on top of the mistake and wrote her name correctly.'ll do.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Week 15 and 16

I can't believe it's already May! Sharing my weeks 15 and 16, along with a little project I made for my cousin's baby shower. My nephew is due in June and I'm over-the-moon excited!

I decided to document these photos with no embellishments. Purely Project Life. Although I like to dress it up once in a while, the simplicity and crisp clean look makes me smile. Can you believe I got all this done in about 20 minutes? And that's only because I had to think of what I wanted to write on my journaling cards. Ahh, the beauty of Project Life. You have saved me so much time and I always get the same beautiful result on my layout, as I would with embellishments.

I love happening upon photos that have space for me to add my favorite quote. They add more to the story of my photo and my daughter will end up with a collection of great quotes to read when she needs some inspiration. I use my iPhone photo apps to add the text. Some of my favorite photo apps (for adding text to a photo) are: Phonto, TitleFx, Typic, Phoster, and the newest addition to my app collection (introduced to me by my daughter) is PicLab.

In Week 16, I added an extra layout for my cousin's baby shower. I was going to TRY to have all of 2013 in ONE ALBUM. Doubtful. At the rate I'm going with all of our life events, I can just hear my Magic 8 Ball saying: Ask again Later.

My favorite things about the Baby Shower
1.  The adorable jungle- themed dessert table my cousin, Shelley (the mommy-to-be's sister) made. 
2.  The Onesie Table:  Guests got to make their own onesie for the baby by tracing + cutting templates with a fabric piece of their choice. Then my daughter iron it on for them. She was in charge of the station to make sure the iron was being used properly by the kiddos; probably by the adults as well!
3.  The "Pin The Uterus" Game. Everyone wrote their name on a "sperm" cut out. After everyone was done placing them on the Uterus, The Mommy-to-be was blind folded to pin her "egg" (cutout) onto the Uterus. Closest sperm won! That's the first time I've even seen that game at a baby shower. 

I used the Project Life Mini Album to make a guest book. The guests could pick any journaling card to write well wishes or parental advice on and slip it right back into the pocket for the parents-to-be to enjoy reading later. I also placed photos from their pregnancy photo shoot in random spots throughout the album, so guests could enjoy looking at those while they write on their journaling cards. 

I must give credit to my husband for this adorable idea. He thought of it at the VERY last minute; Like 10-minutes-away-from-the-party-kind-of-last-minute (hence, the makeshift sign). He knows the Daddy-to-be is a huge football fan. He bought the baby his first football for all of the men to sign as they came in. Everyone loved it and the women ended up signing it too.

Well that's about it for April. Hello, May! Bring it.

Tips + Tricks From The Creative Team

Hi there!

Here is a video that Becky Higgins put together of our creative team, sharing tips + photo ideas, as well as their favorite layouts with you in honor of National Scrapbooking Day (this Saturday May 4th). There are some great ideas in the video. I hope you find these ideas helpful and add them to your way of documenting for Projec Life!

Click here to check it out!