Sunday, March 15, 2015

Challenge Layout for Digital Design Essentials

I'm a big fan of Digital Design Essentials kits so when Gena started a new blog devoted to challenges, I jumped in. To play along, you simply subscribe to her email newsletter, download and use the free templates she sends out, and post your completed layout.

Here is my layout using one of the two templates she offered for free.

Kit: Morning Story by Digital Design Essentials (also available for free!)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Start Fresh {Simple Scrapper}

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This week I am participating in the Simple Scrapper "Start Fresh" event. The event itself is short but the preparation it brings should carry me through the year. This class was kinda meant for me as I get easily distracted, overwhelmed with new ideas, and have trouble following through.

Our first assignments was to identify your core intention for the year then go to Pinterest and look for an inspirational image to go along with the intention. I picked "just finish" as my intention and couldn't find exactly what I wanted on Pinterest so I made my own.

So here is my Nike-Just-Do-It inspired image. (It's purple because I bought a purse and a travel cup in this grayish purple color--completely coincidentally--so I decided it was my color for 2015.)

To me, the idea of "just finish it" means to set aside perfection and get it done. A victory this past year was getting the first half of my 2014 Project Life album printed. And getting that in my hands became motivation to finish my PL year.

So what would I like to finish in 2015?

  • Project Life 2014 (digital)
  • December Daily 2014 (paper)
  • Before Your Story (digital)
  • Project Life 2015 (digital)

This year I will also incorporate more traditional layouts into my Project Life album. I love how a big layout next to a PL page really highlights a specific event or story.

Note: I was about to retake a photo of the PL album because it's not a great photo. But in the interest of FINISHING, even just this blog post, I left it as-is. Victory!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Layout: Who Are You? and 2014 PL #40

The other day I was reading a new post on the Scotty Girl Designs blog and was really moved by her willingness to talk about her struggles with depression. I'm not sure if it was sympathy, admiration or a connection but I was drawn to creating a page using her kits. I suppose the melancholy mood remained as I started. I choose a childhood photo of myself, the question "Who are you?" as the title and lyrics from a Natalie Merchant song as the journaling.

KITS: 2014 Fall by Scotty Girl Designs, plus a few items from We Are Family and Hello Life, both also by Scotty Girl Designs.

TEMPLATE: From the Simple Scrapper January 2014 membership.

And I'm up to Week #40 in my 2014 Project Life album. I really want to get this album done but I'm also thinking I should start 2015 so I'm not living in the 11th circle of PL...always getting further and further behind.

In my personal layout the plain red card has a small photo and some journaling that I didn't want to share on the 'net. Not a big deal, just an ill child who rebounded quickly.

I reused the 2014 Fall kit by Scotty Girl Designs for this week's layout. Pretty versatile kit, eh?

KIT: 2014 Fall by Scotty Girl Designs and some elements from Go Places by Amanda Yi Designs (the map marker and the "now boarding" word art)