A Halloween Story Layout

My plans for documenting has changed many times over throughout the years. But I think after almost three years of indecision, I finally have something solid to work with.

My plan is for 9×12 Project Life based pocket pages, layouts, and inserts that are more time specific or just photo features and everyday life based. My more story focused layouts will go into my 6×8 albums. I have one for me, one for my son, and one for the family.

Although that’s my overall plan, there are times where they may cross over. And this was one of those moments. I knew I wanted to tell the story of this moment my son ran with arms wide open toward his dad, full of giggles of excitement. It could have gone in my son’s album or the family album, but I was really motivated to make this a full 9×12 layout, so into Project Life as a time based layout it goes!

Here is the layout using elements from the October 2018 Digital Stories by The Month kit by Ali Edwards and printed digital papers from the Wicked kit by Little Lamm Paper Co.

thosemissingpieces Halloween Layout

My plan is for this to back up a full page photo of my son in his costume and the full insert to be placed in between the two page pocket spread for October. I am enjoying the ease of using pocket pages while also still getting my creative fix with full layouts in between! I foresee this full size photo/layout insert becoming a regular pattern in my album making future!

Hello 9×12

I started Project Life in 2012 with weekly 12×12 pocket page spreads. This was the first year of my son’s life so I am incredibly happy to have that documentation through his first year. But weekly was definitely overwhelming, especially with an infant, so for 2013-2015, I switched to monthly 12×12 spreads with an occasional insert. I switched back to weekly in 2016 with my introduction to the Project Life app, but again got so overwhelmed, I completely burned out.

In 2018, I thought I would try again with 6×8, but learned rather quickly, that just was not the size for this project. While I still love 6×8 for my individual story based albums and for special projects, it just did not fit my everyday life photos framework.

After over two years of no Project Life, I definitely missed it, and decided for 2019 that I would give monthly layouts in 9×12 format a try. I created this layout for February and was quickly hooked!

thosemissingpieces Feb 2019 PL Layout

This one was put together using the Jaimee kit by Felicity Jane

I knew I wanted to try some more and play catch up on the years I had missed. So I printed all of my photos from 2017 that I wanted to include and created a couple more layouts.


thosemissingpieces Apr 2017 PL Layout

This layout uses the Megan Kit by Felicity Jane

thosemissingpieces Jun 2017 PL Layout

And finally – this one is using the Sarah Kit by Felicity Jane

I have now printed all of 2018 and through June of 2019 and have all the photos in my album. I also added cards for about 10 more months and have some final embellishing to do on a few before I call those done. I am a bit sad I didn’t take better notes to add as journaling at the time and it will be more retrospective for prior years, but I am still glad I will have this project continuing with what I can remember.

I have taken a look back at my past Project Life albums, and although in the moment, it seems like a lot of work and I am not always super motivated to work on it, I am incredibly thankful to have the albums I have already completed and it reminds me how important it is for me to continue this documentation of my family’s everyday life.



Felicity Jane Creative Team Layout – Hip Hip Hooray Birthday!

One of my projects for the Felicity Jane Creative team was a birthday layout that I plan to insert into my 9×12 Project Life album. You can read the full blog post about my process here

What I loved most about this layout is the hidden journaling! It’s not something I do often, but I love how it turned out.

Hip Hip Hooray Birthday Layout 2Hip Hip Hooray Birthday Layout 3

But most of all, I love that I have documented this story about my son and his best friend.

Here is the full layout where the journaling is hidden behind the photo.

Hip Hip Hooray Birthday Layout 5

I had a lot of fun making this one and feel the bug to start making more 8.5×11 and 9×12 layouts now.

Felicity Jane Creative Team Member – Woot Woot!

I am super excited to announce that I have been selected to join the Felicity Jane Creative Team for March – August 2019. As you can tell from my previous blog posts, I use FJ products a heck of a lot, so to be chosen to represent their brand was a great honor. I am joining some fabulous artists that I have admired for a very long time and I cannot wait to get creating and sharing inspiration with them!

You can read more of the announcement on the Felicity Jane Blog HERE.

FJ Creative Team

52 Favorites

I have been admiring all the traveler’s notebook inspiration I have seen lately. I have a few in my stash but was never really quite sure what project I might want to do in them. I have also been a little burnt out on Project Life but still wanted a way to capture some of our normal, everyday stories.

Then came the 52 Favorites Project by Paper Issues and the light bulb moment dawned on me! Where has this project been all year and why was I just hearing about it in October? I immediately picked out one favorite photo from each week from January through October and printed them all small enough for a travelers notebook. I also printed journaling for about half of those weeks with no rhyme or reason, other than the size would fit in a TN. This is so unlike me to NOT start with a sketch or some sort of plan in mind. I am just going with the flow, using what I have, and totally loving it!  I got five weeks worth of photos and journaling in my TN within a few days!  Here are my first few spreads.

These first two are using Felicity Jane kits


This next one was using the new Freckled Fawn November 2018 Traveler’s Notebook kit


This one was Elle’s Studio papers and elements


And back to Felicity Jane kits with this two week spread


I’m using my stash. I’m finally using my stamps! I’m using my TN’s. This project is awesome!