Well, it’s happened. I was able to craft a decent amount and write quite a few posts at the beginning of my maternity leave because Brandon had 6 weeks off with me. It definitely helped get me through the toughest part of having a newborn to be able to get away a little bit and do something I enjoy.
However, I’ve now reached the point where I no longer have the free time to craft since he is back to work, and is starting to travel. I’m quite bummed I need to put this wonderful outlet of mine on hold, but I keep trying to tell myself that it’s temporary, and I’ll be back to my crafty self in no time. So, I’m taking everything in with my little ones and enjoying our time together while they’re little.
In the meantime, I wanted to share my first digital scrapbook layout from a few years ago. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the designers of the elements any longer. I really enjoyed digital scrapbooking but I went away from it when I started working from home, because I was spending way too much time on the computer during the day to also be doing hobby stuff at night.
Now that I’m not working from home it’ll be less strain for me to start doing it again so I’d like to get back into it eventually. I still have my love for cardmaking (this was pre-cardmaking) and my newfound love for Project Life scrapbooking so I think I’ll just complete my wedding album digitally since I have a few layouts done already. After that, we’ll have to see! It’ll be awhile before I need to worry about it. 😉
Hi friends! As I’ve mentioned, I’ve really been getting into using some of the basic concepts for Project Life in my scrapbooking. Since I’m currently on maternity leave, I spend a lot of time at my computer while snuggling or feeding my little one so I’ve had a chance to watch a lot of process videos and read a lot of blogs.
After learning more strategies and tips from other crafters, I decided to go back and rework some of the Project Life cards I created on my own almost as year ago, which you’ll see below.
Something about the original version of this card bothered me. I’ve never been good at figuring out how to put a tag in a layout, the font for the title seemed off, and everything felt a little too random. I’m much happier with the updated version with the font mixes, the use of the papers, and the simpler design. The sewing is a little crooked because I’m still learning how to use my sewing machine, but I think it works.
I’ve taken some time off from cardmaking the past few weeks and have been digging more into scrapbooking. While I’m not documenting my life on a weekly basis as what’s intended for Project Life, I’ve been using Project Life basics to do my scrapbooking.
I use the page protector layouts, design filler cards, and embellish my layouts just as you do with Project Life. The biggest difference is that I’m scrapbooking events… or a certain day… or a few days… or a few weeks… or a certain holiday rather than detailing each week for every layout. I’ve really been loving it and have come across many inspirational YouTube videos and blogs to help with my process.
Something I’m most excited about is I found a way to print my journaling on my filler cards so I don’t need to worry about my terrible handwriting on my layouts. I will hopefully be posting about how to do that in the next couple weeks.
For now, here is a peek at a layout I went back and redid after printing off my journaling and fine-tuning some of my embellishing. I’m so in trouble! This style of scrapbooking is very addicting, and I have SO many photos to catch up on. 😉
What the heck have I been up to?? Well, besides starting a new job, putting the house up for sale, and expecting our second child, I’ve stepped away from card making for a short period of time. However, I didn’t give up crafting altogether!
Sometime in December, I ended up developing every photo I had of my daughter. I had intended on just putting them in photo albums and calling it a day, but once I had them in-hand, I had the strongest itch to get them organized and scrapbooked. I’ve gotten away from scrapbooking in the past decade because I couldn’t keep up with my photos, and 12×12 page designs overwhelmed me. WELL, to scrapbook my daughter’s first year, I decided to try combining traditional scrapbooking with Project Life!
By utilizing the Project Life pages and designing the small inserts within each pocket, it was a lot less overwhelming, because I didn’t need to come up with 12×12 designs for each page. Now I think of the small, individual elements as a card design that I need to design with the rest of the page. It makes the process much more manageable.
I had a crafting weekend the first weekend in January, and was able to get through about 50 PAGES! I’ve been going back and tweaking them slightly, but I’m really happy with how everything is turning out. This also allows me to use stamps, dies, and stickers that I didn’t see useful for card making! I’m very excited I decided to expand my craftiness, and look forward to completing her first year scrapbook.
Here’s a sneak peak at one of the first 2-page layouts I did. Since they’re in the page inserts, they didn’t photograph the greatest, but hopefully you can get the point.