Project Life – September 2019

It’s time to share my Project Life pages from September! I only had a few spreads to put together this time as I didn’t take a lot of photos. This month I used a lot of white in my journal cards and focused on picking out accent colours that tied the pages together.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - September

I love my title page for this month – all those yellows and blues!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - September

This spread includes a little insert – the order of service from our friends’ wedding. I love adding in bits of ephemera like that to my pages!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - September

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - September

I find documenting weddings in my Project Life album pretty tricky, because I don’t usually take a lot of photos at my friends’ weddings, and the actual wedding photos are usually not available for a few months. For this page, I included the one semi-decent photo I managed to take of the happy couple, and added in bits and pieces from the wedding stationery to round out the story.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - September

I played around with coloured journal cards for a while before realising that the best way forward was to use primarily white journal cards to give the eye a bit of a rest from all the saturated colours! Sometimes the simplest solution is the best.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - September

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - September

I combined cards from one Becky Higgins kit with a card and some cardstock from the Maggie Holmes ‘Open Book’ collection for this page, because the warm neutral tones really matched well together!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - September

This is one of my favourite pages of the month, which is funny because the main story it tells is of a pretty rubbish week when I was home sick. I used the daffodil photo as the inspiration for the colour palette here – I love how bright and cheerful this page looks, despite the less-than-cheerful story it’s telling!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - September

I bookended my September pages with all my ‘niblings’, including my lovely little nephew-dog! Dannii and I have been walking Roscoe every weekend, and I’ve really loved getting to spend a little bit of quality time with him each week. I kept things pretty simple for this page – just a few phrase stickers, and red heart accents (which conveniently match with my red cardigan in the centre photo)!

And that’s it for September! I hope you enjoyed this look into my 2019 Project Life album – stay tuned next month for the October spreads!

Project Life – August 2019

Today I’m sharing my Project Life pages for August – lots of family moments to document from this month! I had fun with stamping, stickers and washi tape when putting these pages together – the easiest ways to add a little pizzazz to journal and filler cards!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - August

I love featuring my niece and nephew on my title pages every month! It’s a fun way of capturing how they’re growing throughout the year.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - August

We went to see Snow Patrol live in August – definitely an event that deserved its own spread! I included a list of the songs they played during the night using a couple of cards from a core kit that I’ve had in my stash for a while. I like adding details in list format when I’m documenting a particular event – it’s an easy way of adding some words to a page without having to spend a lot of time thinking about what to write!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - August

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - August

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - August

This spread is about time we spent with my family – a few dinners/parties, and lots of time walking my nephew-dog!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - August

I added in some small details using stickers and a ‘family’ stamp – there was a lot going on in the photos, with a mix of black and white and colour photos, so I figured it would be best not to over-embellish!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - August

Symmetry makes me happy, so rather than insert 5 different journal cards, I cut down a couple of 4×6 cards. I like the way the eye is drawn in from the corners to that centre heart (it says “love this” – hard to see in this pic!).

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - August

This was probably my favourite spread to make from this month! These two pages document a mini-staycation that I had during August to celebrate Dannii’s birthday. I played around with stamping, using some of my favourite sets from Studio Calico – I love how the circles and icons tie both pages together!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - August

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - August

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - August

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - August

I did a fair bit of shopping last month, but I loved my new purchases so much I wanted to document them as well! I love how all the colours work together in this page – I can’t believe I found two different rolls of washi tape in my stash that matched the palette so perfectly!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - August

I don’t think I’ve done a red and blue page in my Project Life album before, and I have no idea why – the colour combo is so bold and fun! I don’t have a lot of darker blue journal/filler cards left in my stash at the moment – I think I will need to stock up in the future!

And that’s it for August! I hope you enjoyed this look into my 2019 Project Life album – stay tuned next month for the September spreads!

Project Life – July 2019

Today I’m sharing my Project Life pages for July! July was a bit of a low-key month in terms of events to document, and my approach to putting these spreads together was pretty low-key as well. I didn’t end up adding a lot of embellishments to my pages, but that’s what I love about pocket scrapbooking – you can make it as simple or as complicated as you want!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - July

The calendar journal cards came in an old Studio Calico documenter kit, and they were the perfect way to jot down an overview of the month, especially in combination with my ‘Here & Now’ card!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - July

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - July

I used the triangles on this washi tape as arrows to point towards the photo each journal card was describing – a nice, simple way to show which story when with each photo.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - July

This page was all about a day that we spent with both of our families, and since there were a lot of people and colours in the photos, I went very minimal with the journal cards. The only thing I added was a date stamp, using black Staz-On ink – the best ink for stamping on slippery gold foil!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - July

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - July

I had similar issues with this page, where the top photos were very different in colour from the bottom photos… I decided to pick out a colour that was in both sets of photos, blue, to use for the centre card, and kept the other journal cards mostly white to prevent the page from looking too busy.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - July

This page was all about one of our team members finishing up with us – she wrote us a lovely card, and I took the envelope to incorporate into my spreads. I actually used the envelope for both sides of this pocket, too, as you’ll see in the photos below!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - July

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - July

I had a few health issues in July, and while I wanted to tell that story, I also wanted to keep it hidden as it was a bit more personal. I wrote my journalling down on a 3×4 card, and placed it in the envelope from the previous page. Since the envelope didn’t quite fill up the 4×6 pocket, I was a bit worried about it slipping out – so my solution was to attach the top of the envelope (under the flap) to the pocket using a couple of pieces of double-sided tape, with the flap on the outside of the pocket, secured down with a bit of gold washi tape. This way, the envelope won’t slide out, but I can still open it up really easily to read the hidden journalling inside!

And that’s it for July! I hope you enjoyed this look into my 2019 Project Life album – stay tuned next month for the August spreads!

Project Life – June 2019

Today I’m sharing my Project Life pages for June! There were lots of stories to tell from this month, both big and small, and I really enjoyed the process of putting these spreads together.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

I’m continuing my tradition of including a couple of favourite photos of my niece and nephew on my title page! I didn’t have a lot of other things or stories to include on this page, though, so I made a couple of filler cards with washi tape and stickers from a Maggie Holmes sticker book.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

We started off the month with a long weekend in Melbourne, so the next couple of spreads are all about that trip!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

I recently bought a Fiskars Lia Griffith 1.5 inch circle punch, and I punched a little too close to the edge when I was testing it out – but I decided to roll with it and include it as an embellishment anyway!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

One of our favourite things about Melbourne is the food culture, so this page celebrates all the tasty things we ate on one of the days during the trip!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

This page was all about the celebration of my husband’s grandparents’ diamond wedding anniversary – 60 years married! I used silver elements and jewel icons to echo that ‘diamond’ theme, and included the invitation as a 4×6 card.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

I love including bits of ephemera in my pages, so this page features a tag from a little dinosaur toy we bought, and the business card of the restaurant we ate at with my cousin. I also relied on one of my favourite little techniques – using enamel dots as the bullets in a list!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

We had a few lovely nights in with friends this month, which I documented in this page. Since there was so much going on in the photos, I went for simplicity and consistency with the journal cards – some patterned paper, grid cards cut to size, and a bit of washi tape for a pop of colour.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

This page was all about various work stories – and also a bit of an exercise in stepping outside my design comfort zone with a lot of green! Green isn’t a colour that I reach for automatically when I’m crafting, so I pushed myself a bit to flick through the cards in my stash and pull out the ones I would normally avoid!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

I did a lot of shopping in June! First there was the Finders Keeper market, and then there was a lot of internet shopping (so many sales!) and the Lifeline bookfest. Pretty much everything was from local makers and Australian-owned stores and things that I really, really loved, so I decided to document it all in this spread! I included shop and product tags all throughout this spread – I love that some of the store cards fit so perfectly in the 4×6 pockets!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

We had a few lovely get-togethers with family and our best friends, which I documented in this spread with plenty of colour and sparkle!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

I recently started coming over to my brother’s place about once a week to take their dog Roscoe for a walk – both in an effort to help out his family, and also to satisfy my cluckiness for dogs! We can’t have pets in our apartments, so I’m just trying to spend as much time as possible with my nephew-dog. That became the main story for this page, and I pulled the colour scheme for the journal cards from the photos of Roscoe.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

This page is all about the fun we had with Maddy one afternoon and with our best friends one evening, so I made it bright and bold and colourful! I balanced it out with more plain cards for the journalling, accented with just a bit of fun washi tape. It’s a busy page, but I like the story that it tells!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - June

I had some extra photos of my niece and nephew, and a whole extra page to fill, so I threw them into the pockets with some pretty patterned paper and a fun journal card. I love how this page looks, despite its simplicity!

And that’s it for June! I hope you enjoyed this look into my 2019 Project Life album – stay tuned next month for the July spreads!

Project Life – May 2019

It’s Project Life time again! May was my birthday month, and for the past couple of years I’ve done a kind of ‘Week in the Life’ project for the week of my birthday – which meant there were a lot more stories and photos to fit into this month’s pages!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - May

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - May

I made a flip-up card with washi tape to fit in my ‘Here and Now’ list for this month on the title page! Actually, all of the cards on this page were made very simply by cutting down cardstock and adding some patterned washi. This is one of my favourite techniques for making journal cards, because it’s so fast and easy!

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Project Life – April 2019

It’s Project Life time again! April was a big month for public holidays, so there were quite a lot of fun events to document. As with previous months in my 2019 album, I tried to include a good mix of DIY and printed journal cards to accent my pages – I’m really enjoying the process of digging through my stash of crafty supplies to see what will work!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - April

I’m enjoying including random photos of my nephew and niece on my monthly title pages, along with my ‘Here and now’ card! The centre card is also actually a flip-up, concealing some more personal journalling. I haven’t done flip-up cards very much before, but I like the idea of being able to include extra photos or more private stories this way!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - April

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - April

I wasn’t sure how to tie the photos together on this page at first… I ended up going with purple and green journal cards, two colours I don’t use very often!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - April

It felt like our Easter weekend festivities deserved some bright rainbow colours, especially with that photo of my niece and her haul from the Easter egg hunt!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - April

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - April

Most of this page is about The Book of Mormon! I cut down one of the advertising flyers to include a review quote that summed up my own feelings about the show. I also raided my stash for stickers that said ‘hello’, the title of one of my favourite songs from the musical.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - April

I’ve found that I often document outings by taking photos of meals, so the Ali Edwards ‘Eat’ stamp really comes in handy for those stories! I used Color Theory ink and accented the titles with a skinny washi strip from an old Studio Calico kit – a super easy way to make a couple of different but cohesive journal cards!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - April

My last page is all about the sewing projects I tackled in April – most of them over a single long weekend. I was particularly proud of my crafty efforts this past month, so I figured it would be good to celebrate them in my Project Life album. The 4×6 card is actually a little postcard that came with some patterns I ordered from Tilly and the Buttons – it had the perfect sentiment for how I felt during April!

And that’s it for April! I hope you enjoyed this peek into my 2019 album – see you next month for my May pages!

Project Life – March 2019

Time to share my March 2019 Project Life pages! I recently picked up the Project Life ‘Stories’ value kit when it was on sale at Spotlight, and incorporated some of those journal cards in this month’s pages.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - March

As with last month, my title page includes a couple of favourite photos of my niece and nephew, and my ‘Here and now’ list. I used a lot of red and blue in my title page and a few of my other March pages – they’re colours I don’t use very often (mostly because I don’t have a lot of red or blue journal cards in my stash!), but I really liked incorporating them into my spreads this month!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - March

We spent the first half of March on a family cruise around New Zealand. I’m going to make a whole separate album to tell all of those holiday stories, but I wanted to include a little bit about the cruise in my Project Life pages, so I just picked out one photo from each day of the holiday and added journal cards to list out the dates and where we were. It makes a nice little ‘snapshot’ of the trip!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - March

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - March

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - March

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - March

For this page, I cut down some 4×6 papers and used washi tape to make journal cards. The ‘eating my feelings’ sentiment was a 3×4 card that I cut down and adhered to another card with a washi tape border – an easy technique to use when you like just one element from a journal card!

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - March

This page was all about Dannii’s Masters graduation! I included some ephemera to help tell this story – the physical invitation to the ceremony in the 4×6 pocket, the tag from the graduation gift I got for Dannii, and I even included the program from the ceremony itself as an insert (not pictured). I love including these bits and pieces as well as photos – they’re like reminders that all of these events and moments happened in ‘real life’, with little details and memories aren’t captured by pictures.

all the little happy things - Project Life 2019 - March

The last page for March were all about our catch-ups with friends. The 4×6 bicycle card has a bit of a funny story – we had a couple of friends over, and were telling them about an exhibit at the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart where the artist had asked hundreds of people to draw a bicycle from memory. Our friend Thomas asked for some paper to give it a go himself, so I handed him a blank 4×6 journal card! Incorporating that card into this page was a great way to tell the story of that dinner with our friends, but it also just looks really cool – Thomas is a talented guy!

And that’s it for March! Not a lot of stories to tell from last month, because most of them will be going into my separate travel album, but it was still fun to spend a couple of days looking back and recording those memories. I hope you enjoyed this peek into my 2019 album – see you next month for my April pages!