Project Life Tip | One Little Bird Blog

Hi friends! I'm sharing a Project Life spread over on the One Little Bird blog today, and a tip about creating a cohesive layout using repeating elements. Hope you'll hop on over and check it out!

Project Life Tip by Donya Gjerdingen over on the One Little Bird blog
Project Life Tip by Donya Gjerdingen over on the One Little Bird blog

Project Life : April Blog Hop

As a mom, I feel like we are constantly on the go. Cleaning up, school drop off, doctor's appointments,  cooking dinner, a little playtime... and more cleaning. Sneaking in time, or rather, MAKING the time, to go through the photos I snapped in the midst of these daily tasks allow me to take a breath, and reflect on our story. A story that is much deeper than what my planner full of appointments tells. Project Life makes it so easy for me to get these photos and stories told. And this spread from late February/early March is no exception.

Project Life Feb/March 2015
Project Life Feb/March 2015

I used several Studio Calico kit cards and a few Becky Higgins cards for this layout, adding just a bit of text to tell our story.  For instance, a funny quote from Alwyn when he was avoiding bedtime, and another quote from Ephram while visiting the aquarium.  I used the 'hello' card to mention a few of the main events during this time period: "Hello Sicknesses. Hello Age Five. Hello Grandma."

Project Life using Ali Edwards digital brushes
Project Life using Ali Edwards digital brushes

Ali Edwards' digital sentiments were another great simple addition to this spread.  If you'd like to learn more about adding digital text to your photos, I cannot recommend Pam Baldwin's Text Tricks class over at Big Picture Classes enough.  So informative!

Project Life using Ali Edwards digital brushes
Project Life using Ali Edwards digital brushes

In addition to photos and stories, I included our movie stubs in this spread.  Little scraps of life are so fun to include and are another reason I love this physical way of documenting.

Project Life | Including movie theater tickets
Project Life | Including movie theater tickets

For more inspiration, check out the other ladies of 2014 Becky Higgins Creative Team:

Annette // Autumn // Donya // Jess // Kris // Tara

Please note that these are fun and optional blog hops. If you don’t see your favourite former team member, please visit their individual blogs to see what they are up too! We hope you enjoyed this hop!

New to Project Life?  Check out BeckyHiggins.com/Project-Life to learn more about this simple memory keeping system.

Project Life & March Blog Hop

Happy Monday friends! The spread I'm sharing today is from early February.

I'm not following strict weeks with Project Life this year and am allowing myself to put together spreads as I find the time. I am loving this approach since I'm filling my spreads up with as many photos and stories as it takes, rather than selecting only from a specific time frame.

Project Life Feb 2015 | Donya Luana
Project Life Feb 2015 | Donya Luana

However, I didn't realize how long this spread had been sitting, waiting to be completed last month while 3/4 of our household battled ear infections and colds. I had printed these photos just about a week after they occurred but didn't get to adding the journaling and putting it all together until last week. As a result, I felt really stuck when I first sat down with it and needed to remember the stories I wanted to tell.

Project Life Feb 2015 | Donya Luana
Project Life Feb 2015 | Donya Luana

In the end, spending a little time rearranging the cards and photos, recalling a few journal entries in Day One, and it came back to me. But it was a good lesson in realizing how easy it is to lose steam on a spread if I have to step away from it for a few weeks.

Project Life Feb 2015 | Donya Luana
Project Life Feb 2015 | Donya Luana

Before stepping away from the spread, I snapped a photo showing my process of picking out cards. Since my February Studio Calico kit had recently arrived, I thumbed through those cards first, choosing any that matched the colors of my photos. I passed on the pinks and yellows and went with grays and blues. And after that I searched my stash of Project Life cards to add any colors I was lacking, like a little more orange and green.

Project Life Feb 2015 | Donya Luana
Project Life Feb 2015 | Donya Luana

Starting with a stash of cards that "go" with my spread always helps as I piece together the photos and journaling, so that I'm not digging through everything I have in order to create something I'm happy with.

Project Life Feb 2015 | Donya Luana
Project Life Feb 2015 | Donya Luana

That's all for today from me! How's your Project Life-ing goes lately?

And before you go, please check out my former creative teammates and see what they've been creating lately:

Autumn

Bobbi

Jess

Krista

Kris

Rachel

Tara

Trisha