April Project Life Blog Hop + Using the Letterglow App

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Welcome Friends, thanks so much for stopping in for my first Project Life blog hop with some of my fellow 2014 Creative Team members! Today I am sharing Project Life® 2015, Week 14 and a look at how I use the Letterglow app for my journaling cards. This is the fourth of 12 Blog Hops from the 2014 Becky Higgins Project Life Creative Team. These amazing women are just what I needed to return to sharing my love of Project Life here on the blog. We are all passionate about Project Life & memory keeping and we wanted to continue to inspire each other and you as we move forward in 2015.

At the start of 2015 I really wasn’t sure the direction I would take for my Project Life pages. Right now I am loving the Project Life App. This may or may not be the route I’ll continue to go throughout the year. I’m OK with that. I love that there are options to make it what works for each of us in different seasons of our lives. I love that I can document our story in a variety of ways with this system.

The full 2 page spread of Project Life® 2015, Week 14. You can click on the photograph for a clearer image.
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The Project Life app has everything you need to complete your pages. Easy and everything is right there for you in one place. For me, I love the flexibility of using additional kits, cards and elements. Enter Letterglow. And with Letterglow, I love the precision it gives me for the text on my journaling cards. One of the main questions I get asked since I started using Letterglow is how to do it. Here’s a look at the steps I take.

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Before I open Letterglow I save the journaling cards I want to use in a separate album within my photos on my phone. You can add them to Dropbox, then save them to your camera roll from there as well. Open Letterglow, choose the photo roll option, open the card you want to use and select USE. Throughout the week I add notes in the Notes section on my phone. Once I’ve opened the card I’m using I go to the Notes, open the corresponding journaling, select and copy. Now, go back to Letterglow, double tap on the square to add your text. Side note: on a white journaling card you won’t see the prompt that says “double tap to edit text” since that text is in white. Your keyboard opens up. Tap the F button and choose your font. I almost always choose Helvetica Neue but there are lots of fun options. Go back up to your cursor, click paste and the green check mark.

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Again, the text will show up white so the first thing I’ll do is change the text color to black. The image above shows the other tools I use and what they do. You can click on it to see a larger, clearer image. Letterglow is pretty intuitive, just play around with it a bit. I usually will need to adjust the width of my text depending on the size I’ve chosen for the font and the journaling card I’m using. I tap on the text which opens it back up to the edit screen. Then I’ll do a hard return at each line to adjust the width. Once you have just like you want it, tap the little black triangle at the bottom of the screen, click DONE and then SAVE. Your card will be saved in your camera roll.

As you’re assembling your pages within the Project Life app you’ll be able to access your cards just like you would choose a photo from your camera roll. It sounds like a lot of steps, but I promise it’s easy once you’ve played with it. If you have any questions at all, please ask, I’d be happy to answer. Also, if you’re using it and have tips or ideas, please share!

Here are the individual sides of Week 14.
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week 14 R

The cards and elements I used this week are from the Plus One Collection. You can find a Project Life retailer here or find the entire line of products here. Project Life was created by Becky Higgins. You can find out all about this awesome approach to memory keeping here.

Check out more Creative Team Inspiration here: Autumn, Donya, Jess, Kris and Tara. These are fun and optional blog hops. If you don’t see your favorite former team member, please visit their individual blogs to see what they are up to. We hope you enjoyed this hop!

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project life 2014 – weeks 51 & 52

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Welcome to Project Life – Weeks 51 & 52, plus a couple extra one-page Christmas related layouts. The first spread is my regular Project Life spread, covering the last couple weeks of 2014. The next is simply snapshots around home. A few of my favorites, those things that hold extra special meaning to me. The last page is photographs that span several years. As a lot of you already know I love this kind of photo series… Lance in his Halloween costume, the first day of school or like this one, Lance and Santa. These pull at my heart strings. Photographs are such a treasure.

The last couple weeks of 2014. You can click on the photograph for a larger image.
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The single page layouts.
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lance & santa

The Project Life cards I used on all these layouts are from the Stampin’ Up! collection called Hello December. I made these pages with the Project Life App.
You can find a Project Life retailer here or find the entire line of products here. Project Life was created by Becky Higgins. You can find out all about this awesome approach to memory keeping here.

project life 2014 – weeks 49 & 50

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Welcome to Project Life – Weeks 49 &50! I love the flexibility of Project Life. I’m combining 2 weeks at a time these last few weeks of 2014. You could dedicate an entire spread to Christmas Day. You can do a month per spread. I have a dear friend who is making four Project Life Mini Album’s for a year, separating each album by season. I love that idea. (Can’t wait to see those, sweet lady! : ) ) No matter which way you choose, your memories are worth documenting. It’s all good.

The full 2 page spread. You can click on the photograph for a clearer image.
weeks 49 & 50 desktop

And each individual side.
weeks 49 & 50 L
weeks 49 & 50 R

The cards with the photos, text and date were created using the Collect Photo App. The Project Life cards I used this week are from the Stampin’ Up! collection called Hello December. I brought it all together, right on my phone, with the Project Life App.

You can find a Project Life retailer here or find the entire line of products here. Project Life was created by Becky Higgins. You can find out all about this awesome approach to memory keeping here.

project life 2014 – weeks 47 & 48

weeks 47 & 48 sneak

Welcome to Project Life – Weeks 47 & 48! I’ve not been taking loads of photographs the last several weeks. I’m certain it has to do with the overall crazy busyness of life plus a weather inversion and lack of sunshine. I’m good with combining a couple weeks into one spread. And that looks like it may be the trend for the next few weeks. We had the best few days in celebration of Thanksgiving. So very thankful for our family and the time we were able to spend together.

The full 2 page spread. You can click on the photograph for a clearer image.
weeks 47 & 48 desktop

As promised, here is the recipe I am using for our amazing weekend morning pancakes. Fluffy Pancakes from allrecipes.com.

INGREDIENTS:
3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
2 tablespoons butter, melted
cooking spray

DIRECTIONS:
1. Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to “sour”.
2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg and butter into “soured” milk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.
3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.

Seriously delicious! You won’t be disappointed! : )

And each individual side.
weeks 47 & 48 L
weeks 47 & 48 R

The kit I used this week is the Seafoam Edition, along with the Project Life App. You can find a Project Life retailer here or find the entire line of products here. Project Life was created by Becky Higgins. You can find out all about this awesome approach to memory keeping here.

project life 2014 – week 44

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Welcome to Project Life – Week 44! I knew when I initially made and used these days of week cards that I would use them again. I love the script, the colors, the simplicity. And I love how they encourage me to document a little something from every day. You can see that Project Life spread plus a step by step of how I made the cards here. For this week’s spread I made the weekday cards the same way with the exception of using a blank canvas for the cards instead of using the 3×4 Grid Cards.

The full 2 page spread. You can click on the photograph for a clearer image.
week 44 desktop

And each individual side.
week 44 L
week 44 R

I used Amy Tangerine’s Plus One Element Pack 1 from AC digitals along with her Plus One Kit in the Project Life App. You can find a Project Life retailer here or find the entire line of products here. Project Life was created by Becky Higgins. You can find out all about this awesome approach to memory keeping here.

project life 2014 – week 42

week 42 sneak
Welcome to Project Life – Week 42! Simple for the win this week. For the left side, I paired a few snapshots with the Collect Photo App and a little text for some of the cards and added cards from the digital version of the Sunshine Edition. I filled the right side with photographs of Lance and his teammates from our soccer game.

The full 2 page spread. You can click on the photograph for a larger, clearer image.
week 42 desktop

And each individual side.
week 42 L
week 42 R

The kit I used this week is the digital version of the Sunshine Edition. You can purchase digital Project Life products here. You can find a Project Life retailer here or find the entire line of products here. Project Life was created by Becky Higgins. You can find out all about this awesome approach to memory keeping here.

project life 2014 – disney week

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Welcome to Project Life – Disney Week! You know I’ve been using my phone and the Project Life App for about a month. I seriously had no idea I’d get this hooked on it. And practically documenting an entire trip on the plane ride home? Yes, please! : ) Using the app on the trip home was made way easier possible since I didn’t take my DSLR with me on this trip. I used photos from my iPhone along with photos Randy and my dad had taken with their iPhones. Some of the quality isn’t as good, for sure, as it might have been with my camera but I’m OK with that. Sometimes it’s good to let go of capturing the perfect photo, enjoy the moment instead and capture the memory. And though I’m not great at photos with my phone (Randy is!) yay for the technology and ease we have at our fingertips.

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On a side note, this trip. This was a dream trip. We had the best time. We took advantage of the mornings into early afternoon hitting the rides. And I do mean lots of rides. We’d break for lunch and then maybe another ride or two. We stayed on the Disney property so mid afternoon we’d go back to the hotel and to the pools. My dad and I would sit and relax in the shade (cheers!) while Lance and Randy would swim. Then dinner and wander around and enjoy one of the parks in the evening. So good. It was action packed yet relaxing, and just so fun.

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Another side note. I’m throwing out a recommendation that was given to me just before our trip. It’s a website called Ride Max. It’s not an app but their web site has a mobile version and is super mobile friendly. There’s a fee to subscribe (less than $15.00 for 90 days) but honest to goodness, it’s worth every penny. It’s essentially a planning tool. You enter the park you’re going to, the hours you’ll be there, your breaks, the attractions you want ride and it sets up a custom plan. With minimal wait time! With the mobile version you can change your plan as you’re going about your day and it revises it for you right then. Plus there are tons of extra little tips specific to certain rides. Like for X ride when the line splits to the right and to the left, take the right line, it’s shorter and doesn’t wrap around the building. You get the idea. Oh, and another tip. The corn dogs at the Little Red Wagon in Disneyland. Ohmygosh. I’m not usually a huge corn dog lover but let’s just say I may have been there more than once. : )

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The kit I used within the app this week was the Plus One Edition along with some of the Plus One Collection at AC Digitals. You can find a Project Life retailer here or find the entire line of products here. Project Life was created by Becky Higgins. You can find out all about this awesome approach to memory keeping here.