Project Life 2016: Week 4 and 6

SZayas_Sparks.Cheer.Celeb.Gratitude_FullLayoutHello, friends!

Both Project Life layouts I’m sharing today were created using mainly digital releases from Ali Edwards’ shop.

I love how some of the main themes in the March releases had to do with celebrating and being thankful.  These themes are great for any week, but it was especially perfect for documenting the week that my favorite guy turned 30!


Left Page: The ‘celebrate’ filler card on top comes from the Celebrate Journal Cards set. I love using busy cards like this as backgrounds for embellishments/photos.  I find that adding journaling on top of busy cards can be a bit too much, but adding a single embellishment or sentiment is usually the perfect mix.  For this card I printed the ‘Crazy Good’ sentiment onto white cardstock and hand cut it out.  Underneath my sentiment I tucked a couple of Kelly Purkey sticky note flags to stamp my date on.

For the journaling card in the middle of my layout I used the gray and white striped card from the same Celebrate card set and (digitally) stamped the ‘awesome’ sentiment from this set at the top. I had originally typed my journaling onto the card, but found that I liked the look of handwriting more so I went that route.  I actually find myself doing this a lot.  I’ll start by typing my journaling, but it eventually ends up serving as a rough draft for writing it out with my own handwriting.


For my bottom card I stamped ‘Shine On’ on top of the yellow and white striped journaling card in that same ‘Celebrate’ card set. The cork numbers come from an old Studio Calico document kit.

Right Page: I didn’t have a 4×6 photo to use in my top pocket, so instead of using my fuse tool to make it into 2- 3×4 pockets I simply left extra white cardstock to the right of my ‘Thankful, Thankful, Thankful’ card when I was cutting it down and adhered my photo right on top of that blank space.  I used the same grey and white striped card as I had on the left layout in that middle pocket, however, this time I stamped ‘CHEER’ three times on the bottom of my card.


And in case you noticed in the photo above, yes, that’s a Homer doll hanging in our kitchen . . . and no, I have nothing else to say about it, ha!

Next up is a layout I put together using the February digital releases.  SZayas_EncouragementCards&MessyLove_FullLayout

This layout documented one day out of the week when I went on a hike in the Hollywood Hills with some good friends.

Left Page: For the top pocket I used a 4×6 Studio Calico card as my background and used half of another 4×6 card on top of that as a background for the “I love this” digital stamp that I printed and cut out.  I kept everything else on this page very simple with photos and the “Your Got This” filler card.

Right Page: Again, very simple here using photos and a card from this Ecouragement Journal card set.  For the bottom pocket I used the “Yes” portion 0f the “So totally proud of you, YES” card from the same set and pasted it directly on top of the bottom portion of this city landscape card that came in an old Studio Calico kit.


Again, totally sharing my pages out of order, but I figure that’s better than not sharing them at all, right?!  :)

Opposites Attract (Layout)

SZayas_Black&White_FullLayoutHello, friends!  Today I’m excited to be sharing an 8.5 x 11 layout I created using some of the March digital releases by Ali Edwards.  In particular, I used the Black and White digital stamps.

Anyone that knows me and my husband well knows that our personalities are quite different.  He is very much an extroverted, outgoing person and I am very much an introverted, quiet person.  I’m very much a planner and like to be on time to everything while he is much more spontaneous and will never become a stress case over being a few minutes late.  We do not question this balance of opposites- it just seems to work really well for us 99% of the time.

This was the story that I had in mind as I was putting this layout together.


I started by laying everything out on a 8.5 x 11 canvas in Photoshop.  This is always my first step when I know I’ll be printing my journaling directly on my main page.  I like to get a feel for where everything will sit before printing so I can be sure that my journaling placement will be where I want it to be once I start adhering things down.  Once my journaling and all of the digital stamps had been printed on my white cardstock I went in with some patterned paper to add color under my black and white photos.  I LOVE the contrast between the mint green and bright red!

The ampersand in the middle of the page is from the same black and white digital stamp set.  I (digitally) stamped this in the bright red, printed it on cardstock, and then hand cut it after printing.


The bottom of my page felt a little colorless so I went in with some “confetti” after hole punching some patterned paper and adhered the little dots right inside the bullet point bubbles.

Simple and colorful, just how I like it! :)

Project Life 2016: Week 8

IMG_6257.JPGOne day I might get back to sharing Project Life spreads in order, but for now I hope you’ll bear with me and I share these layouts in a pretty random fashion!!

Today I’m sharing the week of February 22.


Left Page: The photo on top here is from a coffee date that I had with my husband after work.  Life right now is all about finding little pockets of time to spend together.  Sometimes that looks like a conversation while folding laundry, but other times it’s as good as sharing a coffee while we watch the sun set :)

In the middle of the page I used a journaling card from this In a Creative Bubble digital set to write about my new favorite accessory, my Fitbit Charge HR.  Anyone else out there focused on reaching that magical number of 10,000 steps??


The bottom card incorporates two cards from Studio Calico.  I cut out the ‘Collect Moments’ sentiment from a 3×4 journaling card and adhered it on top of that gold foil hearts card.  I keep hoping one day Studio Calico will make their journaling cards sans rounded corners, but for now we just get teasers every once in awhile when they pack a straight edge card into the subscription box.


Right Page: This top photo corresponds with the coffee date photo on the left.  Instead of adding a label to the photo for journaling I just wrote directly onto the photo.  I always like this option when it seem like there’s already a lot of busyness going on in the rest of the layout.  This “Good Friends + Good Food” card was designed by Christine Herrin, and was sent as a freebie after I signed up for her newsletter.


This bottom right photo is from a dinner date with friends.  I stamped “Big Bite” and “Smile” onto white cardstock and adhered them onto my photo.  Both stamps are by Kelly Purkey.

And that’s a wrap for week 8! Lots of great memories to tuck into my album.  How is your album coming along?

Embrace the Mess!

SZayas_Craft_FullLayoutToday I’m excited to be sharing the most recent layout I created using the February Craft Digital Story kit by Ali Edwards.

I absolutely love the idea behind this story kit.  The colors are beautiful and the sentiments are spot on!  I’ll admit, though, once I actually sat down to brainstorm project ideas I had this big realization that I’d never scrapbooked about scrapbooking.  Sure, I’ve added a few “action” shots into my project life, but I’ve never told in-depth stories (through scrapbooking) about what, or why, or how, I craft.  I’m constantly crafting about my other passions like reading, traveling, eating lol, but when it comes to making stuff I . . . well, make stuff! Ha!

I was so grateful for this month’s prompt so I could finally tell some stories about this passion that is super special to me.


I started with a photo of my desk that I originally took last year when I was working on Week in the Life.  It’s not as messy as it can sometimes get, but this shot shows a pretty typical setup of my workspace.  My journaling ended up being a letter to my desk (please tell me I’m not the only person that finds it easier to write something out when it can be formatted as a letter/note to someone or something . . . even an inanimate object)!

SZayas_Craft_Detail2Once I had my photo placed on my layout, I started to build around it using journaling card pieces and embellishments from the Craft digital story kit that I downloaded, printed, and cut to fit into the project.  I’m about to sound like a broken record right now, but one of my favorite things about using digital files is that you can resize things to make them work for whatever project you’re putting together.


 The idea of adding borders was a bit of an afterthought, which is why I chose to do them with washi tape.  If you’ve never used washi as a border I’d totally recommend it.  It’s super easy to add in, and easy to tuck under embellishments that you may have already adhered to your page ;-)

I have a list of about 9 other projects I want to create with this kit, but this is the start!

XO, Sarah

Project Life 2016: Week 3


Hello, there! Today I’m going to take us all the way back to the week of January 11!  This layout has been hanging out in my album for quite some time now, but I’m happy to finally be sharing it today!


This was the first week that I started to use my Get to Work Book, so I wanted to be sure it made an appearance in my album.  I’m planning to share a detailed look on how I’ve been using this as my daily planner in the near future, but for now let’s just admire the fun “Just Start” graphic :)  Under that photo I have some documentation of a family movie night using a Studio Calico journaling card.  I love that constellation illustration!

In the bottom left pocket I stashed our lottery ticket from the billion dollar jackpot that had everyone excited that week. I also added in a tiny illustration that I cut out from my “Happiness is . . .” daily calendar.


On the top right I created my own 4×6 journaling card using the Ali Edwards One Little Word digital brush set.  If I remember correctly, I think the digital brushes were included when signing up for the class, but if they are available for sale and I can find them, I’ll link them up!

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Couldn’t finish off this page without a good food photo.  This burger is making me hungry!  That little “best meal ever” circle was from a Christine Herrin digital card set, which was emailed to me for free when I signed up for her awesome newsletter. :)  One of my favorite things about digital designs is that I have the freedom to resize them!  That circle appears much larger on the actual card (which is sized to 3×4), but since I could open it in Photoshop I was able to crop it down and adjust the size.

Thanks for stopping by!

XO, Sarah