We Believe Blog Train – March

Happy Easter to you, all. He is risen! This month’s We Believe Blog Train is themed “Garden of Gethsemane” and the colors are beautiful. I had a bit of trouble making elements this month, but I went crazy on papers. Hope you enjoy!


Download available here.

Here is the rest of the blog train:
A-M Designs
Dreamn4ever Designs
Nellie Bell
Jemimas Digital Boutique

Project Life album 2015 to date

I probably don’t do my Project Life album “the right way,” if such a way exists.  When I first discovered PL, every week or so or after every event, I’d print out pictures, do my layout, and wait eagerly for the next time I had something to put in the album.  And like it always does, life got in the way of keeping up!

I’m about a month behind on pictures, and the last month I believe I have completed is April.  Since April, I got married, started working at home and learning all the parts of that job, started a free online digital scrapbooking class, started this blog, and was diagnosed diabetic during the week from family hospital drama hell, so I’ve been busy.

Here are some of the highlights of my pages this year so far:

Amazon had some flash sales around Christmas time last year, so Scott bought me 5 core kits @ $12/each!  I don’t always stick to one kit or color scheme, as long as I like the way the page looks.

This layout was made with cards I downloaded online and cards from the Cobalt edition.

I’ve been dabbling in making some scrapbooking things myself, and the “outdoors” sticker is one of the first things I made.  I love words on pictures!

Sometimes I have a whole page I need to fill and no idea what to put there.  In this case, since Scott is always taking pictures of the cat, I made him his own page, even though it doesn’t go with the chronological format I usually use.

“Thankful for you” is one of the first cards I made myself.

I still hand-write my journal cards.  It makes the experience more hand-made when flipping through the album.

The bridal shower pages are all themed, using black and white, because it worked with most of the pictures.  I don’t always theme my pages using one kit or one color scheme, but I like this one a lot.

Starting with May, I have pictures in the book in layouts where I want them, waiting for me to add cards and stickers when life slows down a bit.

And if you don’t use these envelopes, I highly recommend them!  I use them to hold extra pictures that wouldn’t fit in my layouts, greeting cards, programs, love notes, etc.

One thing I notice I don’t do a lot of is embelish on top of my photos.  This is something I definitely will work on in the future, now that I’ve noticed how it’s lacking.

Should I post some of my pages from 2014, back when I had more time?  Happy scrapping!

Playing with the Project Life App

I have always been a bit crafty, and I’ve dabbled in one art form or another over the years.  I was the kid who always collected markers, crayons, construction paper, etc, but then had no idea what to do with them.  I was fascinated by crafty things, but lacking in inspiration.

Let’s see, I can cross stitch and I’ve tried to crochet. No matter how hard I try, I can only crochet a straight line and I can’t keep my tension consistent, so I never tried to learn knitting.  I’ve quilted by machine and by hand, but it’s time consuming and by the time I’m done making the sandwich, I’m usually ready to move onto something else.  I love picking out the pattern, cutting it out, and sewing it back together, but then I lose interest and either have to send it out to be quilted or let it languish in a box somewhere.  I’ve been working on a beautiful rail fence baby quilt that I sewed on machine and have been hand quilting for ten years now.  I know, shame on me.  When I made my last big move in 2012, I got into making beaded bracelets and giving them to all the people I was close to and the people I worked with so they could look at them and remember me.  I barely picked up my bead box after I moved.

Scrapbooking was always hard for me because I didn’t know how to make a 12×12 page look interesting. I felt like I kept doing the same thing with every page I made, so I just threw everything into photo albums and left them alone.  Last July I found Project Life, and I have been hooked ever since!

Here are a few pages I made with the Project Life App for iPhone.   First, my family at my wedding, starring me, Scott, Mom, Dad, Papa, my sister, Stacy, and my niece, Scarlet.

This one is a page featuring my best friend’s family.  I’ve known Joy since we were in kindergarten, and she’s amazing.  Thad is her husband, and the goofy girls are Emily, Taylor, and Lauren.  Actually, in the first pic it goes Taylor, Lauren, Joy, Emily 🙂    I made a spread with Scott’s best friend’s family, also.  David was Scott’s best man, Candace was a jr. bridesmaid, and Bennett was our ringbearer.  David’s wife, Ashlie, had to carry Bennett down the aisle cause he fell asleep 🙂  I cleaned the porch about a month ago, and decided we needed some flowers around this place.  I bought all the ones you see here with the exception of the rose and the daisies.  The rose has been in front of the house for years and I found the lovely field of daisies in an abandoned parking lot, believe it or not. Emily is a patient ambassador at Shriner’s in Erie, so when the hospital decided to participate in the Highmark Walk, Emily formed a team centered around her business, Beads 4 Needs.  Yes, I said her business.  Her idea, start to finish, has raised almost $50,000 for Shriner’s over the past three years!  Using one of Becky Higgins’s cards for a different variation on the flower page.  A day in the life.  My friend Bill turned 90, so we went out after church to celebrate his birthday, then my mom and I stopped to see her friend, who manages a local ice cream place.  Great day.  See, Mom, I told you I wouldn’t share this on Facebook 🙂  Some fun Joy and the kids had with a prop from our wedding photo booth!  Taylor Swift @ Heinz Field with my honey, one of the few brave men in the stadium 🙂  Hope you’ve enjoyed my layouts.  I watched Becky Higgins on Periscope yesterday and she said hopefully if we keep sending our feedback, we can get some of the things we want integrated into the app, like the ability to make text boxes on the photos and add elements.  Can’t wait to see that enhancement!