Friday, January 24, 2014

My Project January & My Life Adventure (Freebie)

I know people like to see the goods first, so here is the kit I will be talking about. It is the new release, My Project January from Designs by Laura Burger. Perhaps a look first might make you excited to read the rest!

Scrapbook art and paper crafting have been an important part of my life for over 18 years. For me, I have loved the artistic side to this memory-keeping process. And I will admit, I sometimes would spend days on one layout because I needed every part of it to be perfect.

After I started digital scrapbooking, I kept hearing people talk about Project Life, Life 365, Project 52...the names were many and I had no clue what they were talking about. I quietly asked a friend and when she told me what it was, I felt like I opened a big can of worms. This was not a kit or a tutorial. This was a whole new way to make layouts and it really becomes a way of life with the amount of work and awareness these projects take. If you know what I am talking about, you can skip this paragraph. If you have no clue what this all means, let me explain.

Once upon a time, a very talented and well-known scrapper trademarked Project Life. It is about getting back to the basics of memory keeping and capturing real life. Some people choose to scrapbook about every day of the year (Project 365), while others focus on weekly layouts (Project 52.) For me, it will be whatever I have time to do, but I have committed to capturing what happens throughout the month: Family adventures, special moments, mishaps and every day life.

 Designs by Laura Burger is making this process easier for me. Really, she is making this easy for anyone wanting to do a Life scrapbook. She will release a new kit each month for you to do your Life pages. It is not just for digital scrappers. If you paper scrap, print the pieces out you need. (It is quite an economical way to make pages because you print what you need and can reuse any piece you want.)

I used My Project January to create a layout for the first week of 2014. It was fun because I was acutely aware of what my family was up to! Not to mention, it made me more organized as I kept track of what I was doing. And it also forced me to get the journal out and stay on top of writing. Here is my layout.

Something I decided to do was create my own grid-like page. I wanted it to feel like I was using pocket page protectors. I started with the cards in Laura's kit. I placed those on the page along with my photos. From there, I made boxes of where I could add paper pieces or elements. Once I had it all positioned, I duplicated the page and clipped a white box onto every object. Everything is spaced at 1/4 inch.  Then I merged the whole paged together. Using my magic wand, I selected all the white boxes and deleted them. I was left with a page frame and a hole for every piece on my layout. After that, I simply placed the frame on top of my original page, added a shadow and now I had a finished look.

Every month I will share my pages and Laura's latest kit. I will keep them on their own page, which you can find on the top navigation bar. More pages will be added, but I will make sure I do a new blog post once a month to share what I did with the newest Designs by Laura Burger My Project... kit. I will also give you the template I created so you can use it for your own project. If you decide you rather not use the frame, you simply turn the layer off or don't use it if you are using the PNG files. Here is this month's template:
Download LKD My Story January

Enjoy and good luck with your Life pages. If you have questions about using the template, leave a comment or email me.

You can see the different ways Laura's creative team used the kit by visiting the Designs by Laura Burger gallery at Pickleberry Pop. You will see both Life pages, as well as how to use the kit for regular scrapbook layouts.

Keep up with Laura by visiting the Designs by Laura blog, Facebook page, Pinterest page, Scrap Stacks and most importantly her shop. And take a moment to sign up for her newsletter so you can stay up to date on product, sales and the occasional goodies from Laura.


  1. Looks awesome Melissa.. love the look of your blog!

  2. Thanks for the template! LOVE it!

  3. I love your layout and I am even grabbing your template!! Great job with all of it.

  4. SUPER...Dank je wel....heel mooi....Groet, Ada

  5. Thank you soo much, Melissa! Especially for the open frame png!! I've been searching for something like that forever!! YAY!!

  6. Love the template. Thanks a bunch!

  7. Love this! Thank you so much! I also wanted to comment on the lovely template you gave away as part of the DigiScrap Addicts blog train, but it seems like your other blog will only allow comments from a Google+ account. I'm glad I can copy the comment here instead: "I really like the Cornell-box look of your Story templates! The swirl adds a great touch. Thank you!"

  8. Love the template and your story of scrapbooking. Thank you for all and for telling how you created the template. Often for those that know how to do these things it comes as second nature and they often forget that we newbies do not know any of this. Thanks again. -Marie