my desk monday | an e-course

we are all busy and our days are filled with giant to-do lists of things that we could never possibly get done in one day – or even one week. we shared the everyday photos of our life on social media and it is easy to assume that from these strategically cropped photos that other people lead perfect lives, live in perfectly clean houses and are able to do it all. this leads us to start beating ourselves up for not being perfect too.

i am going to start sharing a photo of my desk at the beginning of the week (on mondays) to show how real life is not really picture perfect.

my desk is the center for me in my house. it is like my external brain. if my desk is organized then usually my head is calm and clear. if my desk is a mess, the usually my head is overwhelmed and chaotic. my desk is where i edit photos, create my project life pages, blog, write my to do lists, brainstorm design ideas, deal with household paperwork, coupons and lots of other things that it takes to run a house and organize a family. it is also the place where my crafty kids go to cut, tape and draw – and then leave their mess behind as they take their creations into another room. my desk is where i am usually sitting when my kids are in school and my house is quiet. this silence only happens for a few hours each day and as much as i love my boys and my husband, i am learning to let go of the guilt associated with wanting a few hours of quiet time.

because my husband works on the weekends, i tend to spend some time cleaning and organizing the house in the hopes that i will have a clear space and a clear head to get things done when the boys are in school during the week. sometimes i’m successful at getting things organized, but i promise you i am never perfect! there are times when my desk, and therefore my head, are a complete disaster. but occasionally i can enjoy a neat space. then there are times that our weekends are filled with parties, errands and family time. that leads to a full life, but a disorganized house. it is a balancing act and it is never an equal balance. the scales tend to tip one way or another. see, real life.

so with this weekly project, i will take a photo of my desk as it is on monday mornings. i won’t change anything. this is my real life…

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i am ready for this week. i spent lots of time organizing the chaos in the house this weekend and that included my desk. this is the least amount of clutter that has been on my desk in a really long time. this make me take a deep breath and relax knowing i can focus on one thing at a time this morning. i am currently working on a really great e-course on personal branding that i must finish by the end of the week, so i am dedicating some time to it over the next few days. i have my printables ready and my pencil sharpened. i’m sure this clean space won’t last long, but i’m going to enjoy the few hours that i have it in front of me.

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project life 2015 | week 1

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hello first completed week of the year!

this year i am focusing on keeping my pages simple and not spending too much time putting them together. i can seriously spend hours second guessing my photo choices and page layouts. i want to let it all go and just get my pages put together with our stories. i don’t want to over think things. this is going to be a process, but i’m going to do it so i can keep up with our story each week this year. i am changing my week in review cards to a 3×4 format. i’m using my soon-to-be released set of circle numbers to make these simple journaling cards. i just really like the way the actual number looks on the page so that is what i’m going with this year.

i’m going to continue to document our project life® pages on a weekly basis. this is how i have been doing it for the past three years and i really like it this way.

i am going to include more clean + simple design elements into my pages with some new word art and 3×4 and 4×6 cards that i’m designing this year. (did you see my first set, the good things {word art} brushes, that are in my shop now?) i will also have some new 12×12 simply white life pages templates out soon. and for those of you who are trying out a different size book this year, i have the simply white life pages in 6×8, 8×10 and 8.5×11 sizes too. your memories documented your way!

week 1

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i like to keep my years and weeks documented from monday to sunday so i don’t break up the weekend. i wanted to start my project life® book on january 1st, so my week 1 only included four days – thursday, friday, saturday and sunday.

this week’s pages include a photo i took with my iphone macro lens (like this one – i love it so much!) of a blue sparkly ornament and the “twenty fifteen” free word art that i shared in my latest newsletter. (you can sign up for it here.) i am keeping me week in review cards simple this year. i wanted to include the week number and the date, so i used my new circle number brushes (being released soon…) to create this 3×4 week in review card. i stamped the number 1 on the top, wrote in a few things about our week and put the date on the bottom. i made the number 1 circle number and the “twenty fifteen” word art into gold foil using this awesome video tutorial. there are so many great uses for gold foil these days…

i also used the gold foil january 2015 calendar 3×4 card from my 2015 calendar card set.

this week was all about football with the seminoles playing the oregon ducks in one of the college play-off games. we had friends over for the game and had a great time. there is a photo of a drawing quinn made for the game and a special football dip we made. there were also some shopping cart photos of the boys, mark working on a house project and tate’s new q&a a day for kid’s book that we just started to do with him every night before bed. (quinn already has this book.) of course there are little cards with things the boys say. i always include these.  i took photos of the 2015 numbers that the boys colored. notice how they both turned them into seminole football number pictures? see, i said it was all about football this week!

i like how there was a gold theme this week. it very nicely coordinated with the garnet and gold in our fsu football pictures. the circle “a brand new year” card and the gold dot card are from my 2015 new year card set that i just released.

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chrystal - Thanks for sharing about the Q&A book. I’m going to start it with my 3-year-old. :) Love your pages, as usual! Thanks for the inspiration!

tracy - Thanks Chrystal! We love the Q&A book! My 5 year old brings it to me if I forget… Enjoy! :)

Jocelyn - I love your blog and your simply white collections! So inspirational! I just visited the tutorial on using the gold foil – absolutely love this! I am having fun playing with the gold foil now! Thanks for sharing your talent!

tracy - Thanks Jocelyn! Isn’t the gold foil great? I’d love to see what you do with it… :) Tracy

Chloe - Hi Tracy, I’m brand new to project life and already I’m searching the internet high and low to find more journaling cards. I use the PL app only, not digital on photoshop. Before I purchase your product, do you know if I can use your cards as individual files imported as photos into the PL app? I know the process of how to do this via Dropbox, but I’m unsure if it file(s) will be separated by card.

digital shop | my heart cards

just in time for valentine’s day, the my heart cards are here!

there are two different my heart card sets. each set includes 8 different 3×4 card designs in both portrait and landscape orientation. these cards are print ready so you don’t need photoshop! just print, cut and add them to your pages. the jpg and png files are also included so you can also easily add them to your digital projects and use them in the Project Life® app.

each set of the my heart cards include:

  • 8 different 3×4 card designs
  • a set of 8 jpg files in portrait orientation
  • a set of 8 jpg files in landscape orientation
  • a set of 8 png files in portrait orientation
  • a set of 8 png files in landscape orientation
  • print ready pdf files in portrait and landscape orientation

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pam - If I purchase the heart cards and download them to a PC (not mac) to use digitally, then how to I get them on my iphone to use in the project life app?

tracy - Hi Pam, I am going to write a blog post about this in more detail, but the quick answer is to save the jpg files to your phone’s camera roll (email the jpg files to yourself and save) or save them in your dropbox account. Then you can access them from the Project Life app! Hope this helps! Tracy

blog plans

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i know it has been kind of quiet here on my blog for awhile. but things are about to change. i’m in the process of quite a few blog updates and a very exciting make-over. i’ll be back soon with new blog content, new digital and printable products and lots of project life pages to share.

what do you want to read about here on my blog? what kind of products would you like to see? let me know by leaving a comment below… i’d love to hear from you!

Rachel Del Grosso - i always love little glimpses into the everyday lives of bloggers and creatives :)

KellyRae - I adore the latest brush kit – any of your brush kits are awesome, but this one seemed particularly to resonate with me. Please continue to show samples of your Simply White and Simply White Life collections – the samples help me to envision my photos in my albums :)

tracy - Thanks Rachel! :)

tracy - Thanks for the suggestion KellyRae! I will be working on some new simply white templates and will certainly show some more samples of these too! Glad you are enjoying the new brushes :) Tracy

Anne - I would love to know more about how you… make decisions for you PL pages. How do you decide how many fonts you use, if they fit together, etc. Which font sizes do you use? Which photos get text directly on the photo, which get white space beneath? How do you decide where pictures go, where text goes, and still have very balanced, clean and… calm pages?

Do you know Make a page monday, on Cathy Zielskes blog? LOVE that and learned so much from it. I think you have a few useful things to say, too. :-)

(English is not my native language, I hope you understand what I mean!)

Pedroza - I would love to read about books you are currently reading, recipes that are delicious, and anything related to photoshop elements, thanks. :)

tracy - Great suggestions Pedroza! I will share these things… :)

tracy - What great ideas Anne! I just saw Cathy’s make a page monday and it is such a great concept. I will definitely share more of my thought process that goes into my pages. Thanks! :)

Tanya - Hi Tracy,
Love your work and your blog. Your work inspires me and I love everything that you post. I would really love a post regarding minimalistic fonts and journaling techniques. I can never seem to find the right font. :(

tracy - Love that idea Tanya! I will put this on my list :)

digital shop | simply white life pages v6

the simply white life pages v6 are here with four new page designs!

the photo layers in each template have squared edges and there are three different photo border options – no border, a subtle drop shadow or a thin outline. this new set of simply white life pages v6 includes 4 layered psd 12×12 photo collage templates.

these templates can be used to document your memories in project life® format. create unique photo books for family vacations, baby books, school year photo books, a family year in review book or any special occasion. you can also make beautiful photo collages to frame and display.

you can use the simply white photo collage templates within the simply white life pages. they combine easily to tell your story in words + photos.

want to see what i’m doing with the simply white life pages templates? i’ll be posting more of my own project life® pages using my simply white life pages right here on my blog. or you can follow me on instagram (@tracylarsen) for more peeks at my pages.

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digital shop | 2015 new year cards

hello new product… the 2015 new year cards are here!

the 2015 new year cards include 8 different 3×4 card designs in both portrait and landscape orientation. these cards are print ready so you don’t need photoshop! just print, cut and add them to your pages. the jpg and png files are also included so you can also easily add them to your digital projects and use them in the Project Life® app.

the 2015 new year cards include:

  • a set of 8 jpg files in portrait orientation
  • a set of 8 jpg files in landscape orientation
  • a set of 8 png files in portrait orientation
  • a set of 8 png files in landscape orientation
  • print ready pdf files in portrait and landscape orientation

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rhonda - oh my i LOVE these Tracy!!!!

10 on Tuesday » RhondaSteed.com - […] 3. My friend Tracy just put up some really cute Project Life printables. Go check them out here. […]

Sofia - Hi Tracy, do you need a special printer to print out the gold? What’s the trick? Or should I use a professional printing service? Thanks x

tracy - That is a great question Sofia. I have not printed out anything with the gold foil designs yet since I’m doing my pages digitally, so I’m not really sure. Perhaps someone else who has printed out the gold foil design can comment about their printing experience… Tracy

good things {word art} brushes

New in the shop… good things {word art} brushes.

I’m thrilled to introduce a new set of {word art} brushes. In keeping with my clean + simple approach to memory keeping and Project Life®, I have designed the good things {word art} brushes. You can customize the good things {word art} brushes by layering them over your photos, changing the color or creating your own journaling cards. Use them digitally or print out your cards and photos to slip into your pocket scrapbooking or Project Life® pages. The good things {word art} brushes are so versatile. Let your stories reflect your own unique style.

Included in the good things {word art} brushes are 12 digital .png files and an .abr file.

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