Final steps to get Project Life 2017 done in 6 steps – let’s go!

Hello crafty friends, I thought I’d share this quick blog post with you as I am preparing to complete my 2017 Project Life album.

I was pondering about why it has taken me so long to finish this album – honestly, it seemed too overwhelming and it was easier to work on other projects that seem to come together with less effort.

I had printed all my photos some time ago and had two 8.5×11 inch albums set aside for the project. I had even started to lay out most of my photos in the pockets.

The album is being scrapped by the month so I had organised my photos by the month and had begun to sort them out in chronological order.

So here’s some insight in to my process which you may find helpful for starting or even finishing a big project of your own. My hope is that this will help you feel less overwhelmed with such a large project, particularly if you are going back and working on retrospectively.

Now I have some time off work, my creative juices have been flowing and I can even picture this album finished…almost anyway!

1. Print and sort your photos. Once I have chosen my photos for the project, I print them. I print monthly through Snapfish. I then go through and sort them according to month, date of occurrence.

I group them in chronological order where ever possible, using my iPhone camera roll and Facebook history as a reference point for when the photos were taken and what happened at the time.

2. Use sticky notes. As I am sorting through the photos, I use sticky notes to remind me of events, dates and journalling points that I may want to include. These can be stuck to your album pages as you go so you don’t forget details.

3. Determine which page protectors you want to use for the project. I am using We R Memory Keepers page protectors in an 8.5×11 inch size. You may like to include a variety of pocket protector sizes in the one album. For example, in a 12×12 album, you could include 6×8 or even 9×12 page protectors. I love the look of the mixed and matched pages.

4. Find your photos a home. Allocate your photos to a page protector based on the stories you want to tell. You may like to trim them and sit them in the page protectors ready for compilation.

Some larger photos will have their own layout on an 8.5×11 inch page in my album. These are usually photos I want to particularly highlight or have a special story to tell about.

5. Temporarily fill your pockets. Now it’s time to determine how you may like to fill the rest of the pockets on your pages. My album is quite photos heavy and that fine. You may also like to use Project Life cards, patterned paper etc for the other pockets within the album. I am using the Vicki Boutin Mixed Media collection to fill the pockets along side my photos.

I cut the papers to fit the pockets, ready for embellishing, journalling etc. Some of these pieces will be to be a backdrop to the photos and others will fill the pockets in their own right. I just love the look of this mixed media paper and it’s nice and sturdy.

6. Compilation – this is the next step…to adhere your photos and embellish each of your pockets. For this album, I plan to keep it simple, using some stamping, die cuts and word stickers.

Stay tuned for more posts as I complete the pages over on my Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/My-Scrapping-Space-889521414463296/ or my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk-lT7h0ehkTy5EYK0CLG6Q

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope this will help you get moving with some of your projects.

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Playing = Learning in my Junque Journal

Hello crafty friends, you may have seen my recent Junque Journal background for The Travelers Notebook using the gorgeous Harmony Inks by Spectrum Noir.

I created the background of both pages of this double page journal spread using the set of three Spectrum Noir inks. I applied the ink with a round blending tool.

On the left page I stamped this gorgeous Art by Marlene stamp in black ink to compliment the right hand side of the same stamp that was white embossed.

To build some further colour across both pages, I adhered some of the painted sticker sheets I had created previously. These used a variety of acrylic paints, stencils, stamps and bubble wrap.

I backed the photos with black cardstock and added some additional black stamping using the Ali Edwards ‘Learn’ collection.

I am just loving my Vicki Boutin Junque Journal from The Travelers Notebook. Check out the range online at www.thetravelersnotebookonline.com and use my code DTSARAH for a 10% discount at checkout.

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to follow my blog so you don’t miss any of my upcoming projects.

Holidays breed creativity…

I don’t know about you but the excitement of having some holiday time always gets my creative juices going!

I’ve got a couple of weeks off work and today I thought I’d share some of the products I’ve got recently that I plan to use in my upcoming projects.

Products are from online stores Sassy Scrapper and The Travelers Notebook. You can of course use my Design Team code DTSARAH for a 10% discount at www.thetravelersnotebookonline.com

Take a look at this clip on my YouTube channel, like the clip and consider subscribing too! Id love it if you’d let me know what your favourite might be and what’s inspiring you at the moment! 🙂

https://youtu.be/DjPZ2Ji1MZY

Happy creating!!

Junque Journal layout for The Travelers Notebook

Hello crafty friends, I am so pleased to share my first Vicki Boutin Junque Journal layout from The Travelers Notebook.

The paper in this journal is fantastic for mixed media and despite it taking me some time to find my mojo with this layout, as soon as it was done, I wanted to make more!

I have a number of extra photos of my youngest son from kinder last year and wanted to capture these in an album he could enjoy.

I created the background using a number of distress inks in the mini pads. I then used a few Aall and Create stamps from my stash to create some background texture.

I mounted the two little photos on Cocoa Vanilla midnight paper from the 6×8 paper pack (also from The Travelers Notebook at https://thetravelersnotebookonline.com/search?q=Cocoa+vanilla).

I used my white posca pen to add some marks on the background.

To finish off the layout, I used Elle’s Studio puffy stickers for the title and embellishments. I just love how the blues complimented the photos and background. Added a few enamel dots and the layout was done!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to follow my blog for more upcoming crafty projects. You can also follow me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/SARAHSSCRAPPINGSPACE

The 100 Day Project

Hello crafty friends, so today was the official kick off of The 100 Day Project!

I hadn’t planned on doing it but I’m always on the look out for how I can improve the current practices in my life and this was a good opportunity to do so.

Last year I participated for the first time and did 100 days of selfies. I named this the ‘Love thy Selfie Project. Whilst I can’t guarantee a selfie won’t make an appearance this year, this time it’s a much more passive challenge.

I was going to journal in my Wellness Planner for 100 days but then I came across the #100DaysallAboutMe or 100 questions by Kristin Tweedale of The Awesome Ladies Project.

What a better way to focus my journalling and also give it meaning. Today kicks off with question number 1 – What’s your name? There is also 3 sub questions that can help you answer this question.

You can find out more about this challenge at www.theawesomeladiesproject.com/100q

To find out more about the 100 Day Project, check it out at www.the100dayproject.org

I hope you will consider giving this a go – it really is open to any crafty or creative idea you have….or anything really…just do it for 100 days!!

The hashtags I’ll be using should you wish to follow along on Instagram will be #the100dayproject #100daysallaboutme #100daysofjournalling

Junque Journal for The Travelers Notebook

Good morning crafty friends and Happy Sunday to you!

This morning I opened this delight from The Travelers Notebook…Vicki Boutin’s Junque Journal and I must say, I was very impressed.

Stay tuned for some projects coming up using this journal but I was excited to give you a peek at it.

The journal itself is a sturdy, quality binder with plenty of room to hold your creations. It comes with four tabbed dividers and 12 mixed media pages.

The binder is wide enough to hold your art pouch inside – this is a great and portable way to carry your art supplies, brushes etc with you on the move.

Online at https://thetravelersnotebookonline.com/ you can also get refill pages in Kraft and watercolour paper.

Be sure to check out Vicki Boutin’s Youtube channel for some great project ideas from her and her design team. Here’s a link to a few of my favs;

https://youtu.be/16O_Sjv1V6I

https://youtu.be/sB6QfkV2M7E

https://youtu.be/ctxQeKbu26o

Order your today at https://thetravelersnotebookonline.com/ and use my code DTSARAH for a 10% discount at checkout.

Hope to bring you some of my creations really soon!!

Did you inherit your creativity? An ode to my Grandma…

The first memories I have of ‘Scrapbooking’ when I was a child was my grandma collecting the labels of plants in her garden. Today I found two books of these with her precious handwriting (dust and all on the covers!) as I was searching for something else in the cupboards of my spare bedroom.

To me, they truly are scrapbooks in a sense that there are literally scraps or plant labels with a few notes staples in to a binder.

My grandma passed away 15 years ago now and these are treasures for me. I am so grateful to have these as a record of her life, of her passion for gardening. What I wouldn’t give to have some journaling or photos of her garden to accompany them.

I like to think that the memories I keep for my children surely have meaning for them one day…right?!?

That’s why I am trying to use my handwriting where ever possible in my planners or layouts. It really is a piece of history frozen in time!

I’m sure my craftiness started from my grandmother’s genes…or maybe before her, I don’t know. I remember every Friday when she went shopping with my mum she would almost always have photos to pick up from the supermarket photo booth.

My grandma has many photo albums and would often write dates alongside the photos. Again, the beginning of what we know as Scrapbooking today.

This is one of my favourite photos of my grandma. It’s captures her silliness and fun for life. You can also see some of her plate collection on the back wall here. I miss her so much but remember her like yesterday. Photos like this help me hold on to those memories for a little longer.

My grandma used to be an avid gardener, loved to cross stitch, crochet, knit, hobby tex, collect stamps, spoons and plates. Do you think creativity is the veins or something that everyone has within them?

Leave me a comment below to share your thoughts.