Project Life – June 2020

Sharing my June Project life pages today! I was feeling a little physically/creatively burnt out when I put these spreads together, but the nice thing about pocket page scrapbooking is that it can be as simple or complex as you want to make it. Over time I’ve found a few different techniques for embellishing/making journal cards that work for me when I’m not feeling particularly inspired, and I relied on them pretty heavily for this month’s pages!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - June

I love starting off with this monthly title pages, and having a basic formula for them makes it easier! I chose a pink and blue colour scheme based off the colours in the photos – and how cute are those little faces all lined up in row?!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - June

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - June

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - June

This spread was all about the first family lunch we’ve been able to have in a few months, and it was such a joyful time! I picked out the centre grey cards first, and then got a bit stuck with what else to do with the spread… That is, until I came across the house and tree die-cuts in my stash! I picked up on those copper foil accents with a couple of copper foil chipboard hearts and used two matching 3×4 cards to bring some cohesion to the whole spread. I’m happy with how it turned out!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - June

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - June

Here’s an example of exactly how simple pocket page scrapbooking can get – a page of nothing but photos and journal cards! I like going back to the very basics every now and then.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - June

This page is similar, but I added just a few embellishments in the form of number stickers and a chipboard circle. Still super basic, but with a little something extra.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - June

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - June

One of my favourite ways to add a bit of flair to otherwise plain cards is to add some washi tape. I wasn’t feeling particular creative or adventurous, so I just went with some simple stripes of patterned tape and phrase stickers as titles. Easy!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - June

The card on the right is actually a flip-up, with some hidden journalling underneath. I used washi tape to make the flip card, and then decided to add some to the left journal card for a bit of symmetry, and I like how it adds a pop of colour to the page!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - June

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - June

We cooked a lot of new recipes this month, and I thought it would be fun to document them! All of the journal and filler cards came from the same Becky Higgins mini kit, and I added just a few embellishments using the ‘Eat’ story stamp from Ali Edwards and some chipboard words from an old Studio Calico kit. Using cards from the same kit is probably the easiest way to make a page look cohesive, since the designs are all made to look good together – it’s what I tend to default to when I’m stuck on what colour scheme to use!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - June

My last page for the month features pictures we took on our walks together throughout June. I picked out the centre card first and wasn’t sure what to do on either side… and then I found this 4×6 card from a Studio Calico paper pad and decided it was perfect to convey our increasingly windy, chilly afternoon walks!

That’s it for June! I hope you enjoyed this look into my 2020 Project Life album. Stay tuned next month for my July pages!

Project Life – Week in the Life 2020 – my birthday week!

As I mentioned back in my post about my 30th birthday, I’ve never actively participated in Ali Edwards’ Week in the Life project before, but since the official WITL week kicked off on my birthday I did do some more detailed daily documenting! Today I’m sharing the pocket page layouts I made for Week in the Life this year, which I’ve included as part of my May Project Life pages.

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

Monday was my actual birthday, so I kept this spread bright and fun with lots of happy colours, gold foil and hearts! The rubber days of the week shapes are from an old Studio Calico documenter kit, as is that lovely gold foil heart card. The rest of the gold foil elements on these pages are a mix of washi tape and stickers from old Studio Calico kits, Maggie Holmes collections, and an old Kikki.K sticker book.

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

Tuesday got its own spread as well – I didn’t take a lot of actual photos of what I got up to, but I did take some screenshots of the podcasts I watched/listened to! It was a fun way to add a bit of interest to my Tuesday pages, which would otherwise have consisted of just a few photos, some journalling, and a long list of podcast names!

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

Another whole spread for Wednesday, because I had lots of lovely photos to pop into these pockets! I leaned into the soft pink, mustard and black colour palette – the patterned cards on the second page were cute from a big leftover piece of a 12×12 patterned paper from Studio Calico that I’d been hoarding for a while, and I love how it looks with the photos!

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

I only took one photo on Thursday, because we spent the entire day watching movies! I found images of the movie posters online to add to the page, which is my favourite way of documenting a movie in my pocket pages. The journal cards are actually just the backs of the patterned cards from the Wednesday page – love being able to use double-sided papers and cards like this!

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

Kept things pretty simple for the Friday page, which had a mix of photos and screenshots. The pictures were pretty busy so I used plain white cardstock for the journalling, embellished lightly with skinny washi tape and a tiny bit of stamping.

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

I used more white cardstock for the Saturday page – all of these journal cards are from past Studio Calico kits, and I love how they’re all different yet look really good together!

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

I made the top journal card a flip-up with some washi tape so that I could also include our score cards from 7 Wonders. I don’t use this technique very often because I always forget that it’s an option – will try to remember it for future Project Life spreads!

all the little happy things - Project Life - Week in the Life 2020 - my birthday week

For my last page, I started with the centre card and picked out colours and elements to match it. The journal cards are two 4×6 cards from a Studio Calico pad cut to size – a nice easy way to make sure there’s a bit of symmetry/cohesiveness in the page! I also love how the hexagon sticker picks up on that mustard yellow in the centre card.

I had a lot of fun putting together these spreads for Week in the Life. It ended up being a pretty quick process, since I’d already done pretty much all of my journalling for my 30th birthday blog post! I don’t know that I’ll keep doing Week in the Life in this way every year, but I’m really glad that I took the time and effort to do this extra documenting for a fairly significant milestone week!

Project Life – May 2020

Today I’m sharing my May Project life pages! May was a pretty big month as restrictions in Queensland began to ease and we were able to see our friends and family in person a little more, so I was able to document a few more get-togethers and social things than the last couple of months!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

I went with lots of soft pinks, cork and hearts for this month’s title page – absolutely love having my nephew and nieces’ smiling faces all lined up like that!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

This spread was mostly about some of the socialising we did with friends during the month – and as you can see from the photos, I often forget to take pictures of the people but I do remember to take photos of the food!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

I like making journal cards by layering plain or grid cardstock over patterned or coloured filler cards – for these ones, I also outlined the journal space with a metallic gold Sharpie and added a bit of stamping for interest.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

Washi tape is my other favourite way to turn plain cardstock into pretty journal cards! I have a lot of patterned and plain tapes and sometimes I forget to use them – I’m glad I went through the stash to make these cards this time!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

These pages are about the time we spent with my brother’s family during the month. I’m really happy with how cohesive this spread looks as a whole – all those greys, pinks and greens, with the circle embellishments to tie everything together! Very pleased to have put my circle punch to good use for these pages.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

This spread is a bit of a mishmash of things that happened through the month!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

I made a fair few new garments in May, and also watched a few new-to-me movies, so this page is about all those new things! The journal cards are from an old Becky Higgins mini-kit and they were just perfect for documenting my makes and my thoughts on these movies.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

Documented some meals and family get-togethers in this page – I love that little speech bubble tag (it’s a sticky note that came in an old Studio Calico documenter kit!). The bottom left journal card was printed with the title ‘Count on me’ which didn’t really fit with the stories I was telling on this page, so I covered it over with a label sticker and stamped in a sentiment that made more sense with the page.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

I watched a lot of livestreams in May and took some screenshots, so this spread is all about those! I made the filler cards out of patterned paper from my stash and strips of plain white cardstock.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

This page is all about my friend Christy’s wonderful 30th birthday celebration – so many of my friends have been unable to celebrate their 30th birthdays this year the way they wanted to, but Christy’s original plan was actually able to work out, and it was such a special evening! The photos turned out lovely so I didn’t add too much – just a bit of gold foil washi tape, a label sticker and a bit of stamping, and a lovely gold foil journal card that I’d been saving for something special.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - May

This page was about my semi-regular walks with Dannii – it’s a nice little habit that we’ve picked up since I started working from home, and I love the extra bit of quality time we get to spend together outdoors!

And that’s it for my May Project Life pages! I did also put together some spreads for my Week in the Life, which happened to be my birthday week, but I’ve decided to share those separately in a few weeks, so stay tuned for that!

Project Life – April 2020

Sharing my April Project Life pages today! April was a bit of a weird month for me emotionally/mentally, with #isolife well and truly the new normal. But amidst all of the weirdness, we were still able to find pockets of goodness – so there was still plenty to capture in my pocket page spreads.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - April

I kept things bright and cheerful for my title page, with favourite photos of my nieces and nephew and lots of warm colours. I’m really loving this structure for my monthly title pages!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - April

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - April

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - April

This spread was all about our Easter weekend – full of video calls with family and friends, and plenty of time for hobbies. I found it a little tricky to work out a colour palette from these photos, but I’m pretty happy with what I landed on.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - April

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - April

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - April

This spread was about some of our other together-but-separate social gatherings – lots of video calls, and a couple of socially-distant in-person hang-outs as well. I went with lots of white space on the 3×4 cards to leave room for plenty of journalling, and added in some accents in primary colours to match the main colours on the photos. It’s interesting including screenshots in my spreads now – not really something I’ve done much of before!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - April

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - April

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - April

We played a lot of online games with some of our friends, so this spread is dedicated to those virtual get-togethers and those games! Drawful 2 is especially fun to play, and I love that you’re able to view your gallery of drawings afterwards – it made documenting the specific prompts really easy!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - April

Probably my favourite spread of the month – I do love a yellow and blue colour scheme! Plus, these couple of pages features some of my fondest memories from the month.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - April

This page is about the time we were able to spend with my brother’s family during April. Since here in Queensland we’ve been able to have up to 2 visitors in our homes since the new regulations started, we were able to stick around for a little bit after our weekly walks with Roscoe, which meant a short amount of quality time with our nieces as well. Definitely the bright spots in my week!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - April

Dannii and I started going on afternoon walks – not very regularly, but just every now and then during the week, to get outside and to make sure we were keeping at least a little active. I’ve really enjoyed this extra bit of quality time with him. Keeping to my ‘use what you have’ scrapbooking mantra for the year, I finally used these couple of gold foil journalling cards that have been hanging around in my stash for a while. Time to break out the pretty supplies and stop hoarding!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - April

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - April

We were able to enjoy a lot of delicious meals at home during April – working from home has meant a bit more time in the evenings for cooking, and my mum has been dropping off meals for us since she’s been cooking a lot more, too. This page documents some of the delicious food we enjoyed throughout April – love all those vibrant colours in the photos!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - April

This page gives a bit of a glimpse to my working-from-home life, which has been the biggest adjustment for me since the restrictions came into place. By mid-April it was starting to feel almost normal, but I’m still missing being in the same room as my team, daily Zoom calls notwithstanding. I found it really hard to pick journal cards for this page, so I just went with some old ones from past Becky Higgins kits, added a whole lot of journalling and a few letter stickers, and called it done.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - April

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - April

This page features a few other random bits of everyday life – church via livestream, small group via video calling apps, pretty sunsets from the balcony, and watching some of my favourite artists and performers livestreaming on YouTube. I tied the journal cards together with die-cut washi stickers and drew on the sunset picture to inform the colours – love that purple card at the bottom in particular, and wish I had more journal cards in those hues!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - April

This page was about the sewing projects I completed this month (which will show up here on the blog eventually!). Because I document my projects on this blog, I didn’t previously include a lot of my finished projects in my spreads, but I decided that this year I’d like to be better about doing that. After all, I spend a lot of my time on this hobby, and it makes sense to include some documentation of that in these monthly pages that are all about my everyday life!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - April

My last page is just a bit of a filler page, with a few more pictures of my nephew and nieces. The cards are all from a 4×6 paper pad – I decided to go for simple symmetry and just a few silver embellishments, to keep the focus on those cute little faces!

And that’s it for April! I hope you enjoyed this look into my 2020 Project Life album. Stay tuned next month for my May pages – there will probably be a lot, as it’ll include my birthday week-in-the-life spreads, too!

Project Life – March 2020

Today I’m sharing my March Project Life pages. The main social isolation restrictions came into place about halfway through March here in Queensland, so it was interesting to revisit the photos I’d taken this month and see the way life completely changed in just the space of a couple of weeks!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - March

As always, my title page is made up of my ‘Here & Now’ card and a few favourite photos of my nieces and nephews – I also threw in a photo of my nephew-dog as well. Now more than ever I really appreciate receiving photos of my niblings from my family, since I can’t really see them in person any more!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - March

This spread features time we spent with family and friends before the restrictions started. It was a little bittersweet putting these pages together, remembering how normal it was to go out for a meal at a restaurant or gather together at someone’s house – even just giving my nieces and nephew a cuddle. I’m glad I have these memories documented, though.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - March

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - March

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - March

Here’s the start of my ‘new normal’ spreads!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - March

This first page is about COVID-19 generally and the transition to working from home. For my own sanity, I tried not to dwell too much on the bad aspects of the situation in this page. I included a couple of the coronavirus-related internet things that made me laugh in the midst of all the uncertainty, and a list card setting out the ’20 minute dance party’ playlist I created for myself to signal the end of my work days and to get me moving my body.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - March

This page is about the way our interactions with my family have changed as a result of the restrictions – video chats and picking up takeaway food. It’s all very different, but I’m glad we can all still connect and enjoy a meal together somehow!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - March

Our catch-ups with friends are still continuing, but have just moved online, so this spread is about a few of the video hangouts we had with our friends this month. We’ve been playing a lot of Drawful 2, so I’ve been including everyone’s drawings in my spreads. I’ve never really known what to do with these list cards from an old Becky Higgins core kit, but they’re just perfect for listing out our drawings!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - March

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - March

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - March

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - March

Our friends’ monthly dinner has now moved online – I love that we can continue this little tradition, complete with nearly all the things that make these dinners so much fun. I made sure to take a photo of our little video call set-up – we’re having to move things around to make sure we’re comfortable while participating in these kinds of things!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - March

This page is about how our church has adapted to the crisis. The transition from meeting in person to meeting online has actually been pretty smooth. Since there was a lot going on in these photos (screenshots of big Zoom meetings will do that!), I just kept things simple with journal cards from the one kit so it all looked cohesive.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - March

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - March

Dannii and I have been going on regular walks to get fresh air and a bit of exercise, so I made sure to document those, too. I love all the primary colours on this page – kind of unintentional, but it really works!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - March

This page is about the online shopping I did during March – I bought a fair few things from a bunch of Aussie small businesses I really like, and getting the packages in the mail was definitely a highlight!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - March

My last page for the month just features a few more photos of my nieces and nephew, because I’m missing them and I wanted to see their faces in more of my pages! The top left card is actually a postcard I picked up at the last Finders Keepers market – the colours coordinated with the photos so well, and I just love the colour palette of this entire page.

And that’s it for March! Definitely a strange month, and a strange month to go back and document afterwards. I hope you enjoyed this peek into my 2020 album – stay tuned next month for April’s pages, which will be documenting more of the new normal of my daily life!

Project Life – February 2020

It’s been a very strange past four weeks, hasn’t it? I hope you’ve all been kind to yourselves and the people around you in these trying times.

One good thing about all the time indoors is that there’s plenty of opportunities to work on my hobbies. I’m planning to keep up my monthly Project Life pages, but I expect the next couple of months’ worth of spreads will document very different things to what was in my 2019 album!

Today, I’m sharing my February pages – and it was kind of nice to go back and document these memories from back when meeting up in person with my friends and family was a normal occurrence!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - February

I’m really pleased with my title page for this month – it just so happened that my favourite photos of my nieces and nephew lent themselves really easily to a cohesive colour palette! I love it when things work out like that.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - February

For this spread, I played around with white space and circles, and I like how each page is quite different but still look good together.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - February

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - February

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - February

This spread was all about Maddy’s 4th birthday party, which was a very fun afternoon! Because there was so much going on the pictures, I kept the journalling and filler cards fairly simple, and recorded some favourite memories in dot points.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - February

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - February

The centre card is covered in the little gems and stickers that Maddy used on my ‘manicure’ – I kept them on until I got home, and then stuck them down on a 3×4 index card to include in the spread. I’m glad I was able to incorporate some of that ephemera!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - February

We’re still taking Roscoe for weekly walks, and I documented them in this spread. Roscoe walks often turn into quality time with my nieces, which I love. February was a particularly special month as Maddy was very keen to do my make-up, and she also decided to come walk with us alone for the first time!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - February

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - February

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - February

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - February

Maddy started school in February! We weren’t there for the big first day, but I had to include a whole page documenting the momentous occasion anyway. I had a few school-related embellishments and stickers from old Messy Box and Studio Calico kits, which I finally was able to put to good use!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - February

This page features some fun times we had with friends over the month, largely revolving around food! To bring the page together, I used the same skinny washi tapes to accent both the journal cards. Love a simple stripe accent!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - February

My last page for the month is all about the sewing projects I completed in February: two lovely Bellbird blouses! I often forget to document my sewing projects in my Project Life album because I document them separately on this blog, but this time I decided to make a feature of it in my pages. I will definitely try to make this a regular thing from now on!

And that’s it for February! I hope you enjoyed this peek into my 2020 album – stay tuned next month for my March spreads, which I expect will look pretty different from the past two months’ pages. Stay safe and look after each other!

Project Life – January 2020

Another year, another Project Life album! I’ve been doing Project Life since 2014, and I love the process of selecting photos and journalling cards, embellishing spreads, and documenting both big and small memories. As in the past few years, I’m taking a month-by-month approach to 2020 in a 9×12 album, and today I’m sharing my cover page and January spreads!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - January

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - January

I made my cover page with 3×3 cards from old Messy Box kits, and a whole lot of different stickers and dimensional embellishments! It took a while to get the right colour combinations, but I’m really happy with the final result.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - January

This year, each of my monthly cover pages will feature these lovely cork words from Studio Calico, my favourite photos of my nieces and nephew, and a ‘Here & Now’ card covering what the main themes of the month were. The ‘Breaking News’ stamp set from Studio Calico is going to make that ‘Here & Now’ card much easier to keep consistent this year!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - January

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - January

In January we went on a couple of lovely dates and celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary, so I dedicated a page to all that together-time. The journal cards are pretty simple, but the big feature is the heart I made out of shell fragments I collected from our beach trip! I love including bits of life ephemera in my pages.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - January

Chinese New Year is a lot of fun to document – the colour palette is always the same, which makes decisions much easier, haha!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - January

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - January

More life ephemera on this page – a little ‘letter’ my niece wrote for me!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - January

I’m really pleased with the 4×6 card on this page – I don’t use them very often and it’s sometimes hard to figure out how to embellish the larger space in a way that fits in the with rest of the page. I do really like the way those enamel stickers look, though – I want to try out that technique a bit more in the future!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - January

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - January

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - January

This spread is all about the time I spent with my nieces and nephew-dog during the month, and it continues on to the next page as well. Every weekend, we head over to my brother’s place to take his dog Roscoe for a walk and spend a bit of time with the family, and it’s always a highlight of my week. I’m glad I’m able to document all of those visits in my 2020 album – there are always fun stories to tell about things my nieces did!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - January

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - January

Here’s the last page about those weekly family visits – I skipped the journalling as there weren’t any particular stories I wanted to tell about this particular day, but I had a bit of fun with stamping and colours!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - January

Lots of warm yellow and pink on this page – two of my favourite colours, and I didn’t realise they’d look so good together until I’d started matching journal cards to the photos! I will definitely be using this palette a bit more in the future.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - January

This spread is a little busier than the rest of my January pages, but I think all that black pen journalling on the white cards helps to break it up a bit!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - January

More life ephemera here – a tag from a plush toy, and the seal sticker from a gift bag. Japanese packaging is always so beautiful!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - January

One of my favourite ways to create cohesion on a page is to use repeated journal cards. I made these ones with washi tape and date stamps – I like the impact of the title phrases a lot!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2020 - January

My last page of the month is about things I purchased in January – lots of fabric and a few fun new enamel pins for my collection! I didn’t take any photos in time to get them printed with the rest of my 4×6 and 3×4 photos, but thanks to my handy Sprocket printer, I could still include them on the page. I embraced the slightly off colours in the photos by picking out matching journal cards, and I think it’s turned out pretty nicely!

So that’s it for my January pages! I hope you enjoyed this peek into my 2020 album – stay tuned next month for my February spreads!

Project Life – December 2019

I’ve finally wrapped up my 2019 Project Life album! Today I’m sharing my December pages and my 2019 wrap-up pages. I made a whole stack of spreads for December – it’s always a fun, busy month with a lot of memories to document!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - December

Still a big fan of this format for title pages! I’m going to change it up a bit for 2020, but I think I’ll continue to include favourite photos of my nieces and nephew, as I love starting up each month with their adorable faces!

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Project Life – November 2019

Today I’m sharing my Project Life pages for November! November is always an interesting month with the lead-up to the holidays, and I had quite a few fun memories to document this time.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - November

As with last month, I filled my title page with my favourite photos of my nieces and nephew – they’re all just so darn cute!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - November

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - November

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - November

For this spread all about our dog-sitting adventures, I broke out my lovely new ‘Fun Times’ stamp set from Kellie Stamps! I’ve been meaning to buy a few sets from Kellie for a while now, and when she recently had a big 50% off sale, I picked up a whole bunch. I love this set in particular – there are so many sentiments that I know I will be using over and over again in future projects!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - November

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - November

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - November

I spent a lot of time with my family this month, and this spread is all about those moments of quality time. I really like how these two pages look – those warm neutrals and wood tones all blend so nicely, and all the photos really do look like they belong together! I kept things simple in terms of embellishments, with just a few stickers and a touch of washi tape.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - November

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - November

For this page about our family trip to see Chicago, I used cards from the same Becky Higgins kit, embellished with some stamping and stickers. I used the Heywood alpha set from Kellie Stamps, which is such a lovely simple font.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - November

To label the journal cards for this page, I stamped out the border and date onto separate pieces of scrap paper, and cut them out. I often find myself rifling through my die-cut stash trying to find the right kind of labels and coming up short – I keep forgetting that I can just make my own with stamps and paper!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - November

My last page of the month was all about the markets I went to with my best friend – something of an annual tradition! I made matching journal cards by cutting down a 4×6 index card and using one of my favourite washi tapes. I love all the bright colours on this page!

And that’s it for November! Since I’m always working a month behind, this was the last Project Life post for the year – my December pages will go up in the new year. I’m looking forward to documenting all the Christmas festivities in particular! I hope you’ve enjoyed this little peek into my 2019 album, and I hope you all have a very merry Christmas!

Project Life – October 2019

Today I’m sharing my Project Life pages for October, which was a pretty big month for us in terms of family events. As a result, I have a few more spreads than normal to share!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - October

There’s a new addition to my title page this month – my gorgeous new niece, Evelyn! I love that this page is just full of cute photos of my nieces and nephew. I’m looking forward to adding Evelyn to my title pages for the rest of this year!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - October

This spread is about a couple of the big ‘everyday life’ stories from the month – becoming indoor plant parents, and looking after my nephew-dog!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - October

I had hoarded a few plant-themed journal cards from past Studio Calico documenter kits, and I’m glad I saved them! I added a few accents from a Maggie Holmes sticker book as well.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - October

We got to take care of Roscoe, my nephew-dog, for a few days this month, and I even took a bit of time off work so I could maximise the time with him! Since there were so many photos on the page, I tried to keep the journal cards fairly minimalist, with just a few bigger icons. I find it hard to incorporate plastic shapes in my pages, so I’m glad I was able to find a use for a few of them here!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - October

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - October

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - October

Of course, the most exciting story of the month was the birth of little Evelyn! We visited her in hospital the day after she was born, and I managed to get a lot of beautiful photos of her meeting the family! I went with lots of pink, hearts, gold foil and a bit of wood veneer to tie these pages together, and I love how soft and sweet the whole spread looks!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - October

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - October

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - October

Another big story from the month was unfortunately a sad one… my husband’s grandfather passed away, and we spent a couple of days in Melbourne for the funeral and to be with the family. I made a spread about this story, but decided not to include too much journalling. One of the things I like about this project is the freedom to record stories in as much or as little detail as I want – sometimes a few photos and words are all that’s needed to convey a feeling or bring back a memory.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - October

We spent a lot of time with both sides of the family this month, which is what this spread is all about.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - October

I don’t have a lot of cards or products with this shade of blue, but I’m thinking I should try and acquire some more! I love how the colours look on this page.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - October

I created the journal cards for this spread by using some cards I cut down from a Maggie Holmes paper pad, an index card, and a couple of stickers. A few simple elements can really have a big impact!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - October

This spread is features a lot of food-based stories! I find that every month there are a lot of food-based stories to document – pretty indicative of what I find important in life!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - October

I used 2 of my fall-back techniques here – a title in letter stickers, and a centred dimensional element on a patterned filler card. These are probably the most common ways I add embellishments to a pocket page, and I find that it really works for me when I’m a bit stuck on what to do with a layout.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - October

The other thing I find myself doing a lot is just keeping things as basic as it can get – journalling on some cards, with maybe a couple of stamps to add a title or dates. My stash is full of lovely journal and filler cards, and sometimes it’s best to let them speak for themselves!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - October

My last page for the month combines a few smaller, random stories. I tied it all together with a fairly cohesive colour palette, a bit of white space, and some black and white stickers.

And that’s it for October! I’m so glad that I have this project to document both the big and small events of my life. I hope you enjoyed this look into my 2019 Project Life album – stay tuned next month for the November spreads!