Project Life – January 2019

Today I’m sharing the first pages in my Project Life album for 2019! As with last year, I’m documenting the year with monthly pages in a 9×12 album. My goals for this year’s Project Life are to focus on adding more thoughtful journalling and making more of my own journal and filler cards using the supplies in my stash – stamps, washi tape, and stickers.

So without further ado – here’s my title page for my 2019 album!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - January

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - January

I went with a few of my favourite things for my title page – wood veneer, a 4×6 patterned card I’d been hoarding for a couple of years, gold foil embellishments, and pretty pastel colours!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - January

My first January page features photos of our family New Years Day lunch and the story of how Dannii and I rang in the new year. I also added in a journal card with a little list of things I was doing in January – I’m planning to incorporate a similar list into each month of documenting this year, as a fun little record of what was occupying my mind and my time throughout the year.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - January

This spread features two of my favourite stories from the month – the day we spent hanging out with my brother and his family, and Dannii’s and my fifth wedding anniversary!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - January

I’ve not done this style of time-based journalling before, but it worked really well to tell the story of this day! There was so much to record and remember, so breaking the day up into three separate chunks made it easier to jot down the memories. I also included the score sheet for our game of Munchkin – I’m hoping to incorporate a bit more random life ephemera in my pages this year, so this was a good start!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - January

On January 18, Dannii and I celebrated 10 years together, and 5 years married, so of course I made one whole page to record it! The journalling in the bottom left is taken from the post I made on Facebook commemorating the occasion – our anniversary is the one time each year that I get super sappy on social media!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - January

We spent a lot of time with friends this month, and it was fun to document some of those meals and events in this spread! The journalling is all on cards that I made myself using washi tape and my trusty date stamp.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - January

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - January

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - January

This last page just features a few of my favourite photos of my niece from this month, which my brother shared on our family WhatsApp group. Since I wasn’t there for these moments, I didn’t really have much of a story to tell – aside from what my brother relayed to me! I included a couple of choice quotes taken from his recounts, and I’m glad I added a tiny bit more context to these photos to remind me of what a character my niece is!

And that’s it for January! I was really excited to start my 2019 album, and I’m super keen to work on Project Life for the rest of the year, especially with these new goals that I’ve set myself for this year’s documenting! I hope you enjoyed that little peek at my album – see you next month for my February pages!

Scrapbook layout: This is my squad

We display a lot of photos of family and friends in our house, and because I switch these photos up every few months, I end up with steady supply of photos to use for scrapbook layouts. This is one of my favourites, featuring my best friends, and I knew I had to make a layout all about my ‘squad’!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - this is my squad

I followed this old sketch from the Studio Calico blog, based on this gorgeous layout by Tracy Armstrong. I just love the simplicity of it – just a few strips of patterned paper, a bold title, and a couple of extra embellishments. Gorgeous!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - this is my squad

I added a few accents to the journalling using the ‘Heart’ story stamp from Ali Edwards – it had the perfect sentiments to accent my own words.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - this is my squad

I really love this layout, and I love that it gave me an excuse to use up a few of my paper scraps!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - this is my squad

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Scrapbook layout: Come on, let’s play

If you’ve been following on for a while, you know I love making layouts featuring my gorgeous little niece. Most of the time, those layouts tend to be full of soft, pastel colours… but for this photo, I knew I had to go with something big, bright and bold!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - come on, let's play

I picked out papers and embellishments that reminded me of video games – a gem in the top corner, lots of hexagon stickers (they made me think of pixels a bit, even though they’re not square!), and a sweet little puffy sticker that says “123 go!”

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - come on, let's play

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - come on, let's play

I love how colourful and fun this page is, and I’m glad I stepped outside of my comfort zone a little with my colour palette!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - come on, let's play

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Scrapbook layout: Never grow up

I couldn’t resist turning this adorable photo of my brother and my niece into a layout! I went with another simple grid layout (my fave!) using lovely soft pinks and greys, with a bit of gold for sparkle.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - never grow up

I had the title in mind before I started this layout, and was so pleased that I had this 3×4 card to use on the page. I highlighted the title with a plastic circle that was perfect for my colour palette – to adhere it to the card without the adhesive showing, I used craft glue behind the more opaque colourful spots on the plastic circle.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - never grow up

I used fairly simple, sweet embellishments – a bit of pink trim, some wood veneer and a sprinkle of heart motifs. I placed some dot-printed vellum and pink cardstock behind the heart cut-out in the wood veneer tag to echo the heart die-cut. To separate the sections of the grid, I cut down some gold foil washi tape to get a skinnier line, and covered up the centre with a sweet little chipboard sticker.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - never grow up

I love how sweet and soft this page looks – the perfect expression of the way the photo feels!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - never grow up

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