Travel 4: Using Printable Products


Hi! I’d like to share with you one of my processes in making a Project Life spread. My process is different for each project, sometimes I start printing photos with no layout or color theme in mind. Or I choose the products first and then decide later on an event that goes with the card designs, like with this featured project. This spread is part of my Travel-Highlights album (you may view the other pages here)

project life travel

Left page:

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Right side:




STARTING POINT – One Little Bird Designs Printables

• My starting point was the “Let’s Go On An Adventure” 3×4 card from the Trailblazer kit by One Little Bird Designs.

(to learn more about choosing Starting Points, read my previous blog post, tip #1)


• At first, I had no idea which trip to feature so I looked through my “Places to Scrap about” list and chose a vacation that was adventure-filled

• Our Mui Ne, Vietnam trip was the perfect choice. We did a lot of fun activities there – rode an ATV in the sand dunes, tried sand slide, swam in the beach/pool, ate Vietnamese food, etc.  The sand photos coordinate well with the muted colors of the One Little Bird Designs cards, too!





I laid out the cards on a 9×12 sheet on Photoshop.

• The cards came from the One Little Bird Designs add-on kits: TrailBlazer, Hello Friend, Pedal Pusher, and Tuesday Morning . I love the simple and clean look of her designs!

• I made 6×4″ and 3×4″ cards out of the 12×12″ papers.

• I didn’t want to waste paper so I squeezed some text embellishments on the bottom part. I also cut out text from the other journaling cards.

• I had these printed at a shop that offers digital printing services. Type of paper is Bevania White, 270gsm


  Here’s an important tip for every memory keeper: Organize your travel photos. Selecting 20 out of 1000+ photos to print is easier when your files are organized by folders. Every time I come home from a trip, I gather all of the pics from my/family/friend’s cameras, group by date, and then by place. For organizing photos, I use Adobe Bridge because of its interface – you can enlarge the thumbnails for better viewing & the files load faster. (I should write a separate blogpost about this!)

• I created a new folder for the photos that I’d like to print. I went through my library in Adobe Bridge, chose 1-2 pics per activity/place/event by hitting Right click>Copy To>(Pics to print Folder)



• I slipped the cards into the page protectors first in order to determine the number of photos that I need to print


• Sometimes I use Photoshop for planning pages. It’s much easier to visualize how the spread will look like, and I know right away which spaces I need to fill with photos.

• The size of my template is 12×24″ / 300 dpi, the actual size of a spread. I placed ruler guides (same measurements as the pockets) so it’ll be easy to slice them later for printing.


• I resized my chosen photos to 6×4″, 3×4″, 2×2″, 3×2.5″ (300 dpi) and placed them on the template.

I don’t necessarily follow this layout, this isn’t final yet. Sometimes I switch my cards and photos after I’ve printed everything.




Brighten photos first. A fast way to brighten a photo on Photoshop is to duplicate the layer of the photo and then change the blending mode from Normal to Screen on the Layers palette. You can reduce the opacity of the layer to adjust its brightness. My default opacity value usually ranges from 25-50%.


• I cropped each photo using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (followed the ruler guides) and then transferred them to a 12×18″ document. Since the paper had free space, I inserted other small printables like labels and words embellishments

• Like my cards, I had my photos digitally printed on Bevania White paper, 270gsm.




• After printing, I cut my photos using the Making Memories Paper Trimmer

• I slipped the photos into the pockets, rearranged until I’m satisfied with how the spread looks


• I used my Kokuyo Dot Liner glue tape (love that it’s mess-free!) for sticking embellishments.


1. Title card: I cut the 12×12 bike pattern from the  Pedal Pusher kit to 6×4″ . I used the Simple Stories DIY alpha stickers for the title.

2. This RIDE embellishment is my favorite! I also got it from the Pedal Pusher add-on kit.

3. The mint green card (from the TrailBlazer kit) is supposed to be a journal card, I didn’t have much to say so I just used it as a background for my photo. The photo size is 3 x 2.5″.

4.  I cut out the “Live Life Fully” text from the TrailBlazer journal card and used it as a photo embellishment

5. “<3 to RIDE” is from the Pedal Pusher kit. This set’s really perfect for my ATV photos!

6. “This is New” embellishment is from the Tuesday Morning kit. Love that I got to try a lot of new things on this vacation!

Download free maps:  I downloaded an eps file of Vietnam from , opened the file on Illustrator, and then copy-pasted the graphic to Photoshop. I copied the mint green shade of the Trailblazer cards by using the Eyedropper Tool. The pretty glitter background came from the Hello Friend kit.

• I cut  out the “This Happened” text from one of the Trailblazer journal cards and transferred it on another card.


Thanks for reading! Hope this post will inspire you to start your Project Life page now 😀

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Travel: Project Life Polka Dot Party


Fell in love with the Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party mini kit when I first saw it at the local scrapbook store! I bought this kit without seeing the complete preview of the cards. I usually download the card reference PDFs at Digital Project Life before making kit purchases 😀

The triangle-patterned card (below) and the camera cards had me sold, it reminded me of the washi tape from Typo that has always been on my wishlist. Love the color combination too. I wasn’t planning to buy a new set of cards because I still had 2 full core kits then (hoarder!). Didn’t have any buyer’s remorse when I unboxed the kit!



Love this kit so much that I’m saving the cards for my Bohol trip album and highlights spread. The pink shade matches the logo of the resort that we stayed in:


Left side:


(I had to include a photo of Amorita Resort‘s signature dish, Crispy Sinigang na Baboy. Best sinigang I’ve ever tasted! )


Right side:



Love this wood-textured card! Wish I had more copies of this. I used the American Crafts Doll fabric Thickers for my title card.



See, the 3×4  floral graphic looks a bit similar to Amorita Resort’s icon



I often use journal cards as backgrounds for my square photos



For journaling, I used the Typo mint green pen that I got from Malaysia



I will make a full album about my Bohol trip, will post more photos when I’m done.:)

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Travel 3: San Francisco ’06

wrmk jet set travel

We R Memory Keepers’ Jet Set is my favorite travel-themed kit so far!! Love the colors, fonts and illustrations. I love the kit too much that I used almost all of the 4×4 designs on one spread:


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1. If you want to save time, use page protectors with pockets that have the same size.

It’s much easier to move the cards and photos around (especially if you’re not happy with your first layout). I didn’t take a lot of time to make this compared to the other travel spreads. Didn’t have to decide if I should this print this pic at 4×6 or 3×4.. I just printed them all in one size.. 4×4! 🙂



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travel project life right



2. Print travel posters from Pinterest and use them as title cards.

Just search “travel posters” or “san francisco travel poster” and you’ll find a lot of pretty illustrations!

san francisco album


3. Print your old photos!

You wouldn’t remember your trips if the photos are just stored on your hard drive. (Note: These photos were taken 8 years ago!)


amy tangerine stickers

2006 Number stickers: Amy Tangerine Remarks


4. Use Instagram filters / Photoshop actions

I didn’t have a nice camera then so I applied a Photoshop action on my images. For this set of photos, I used the Valencia effect (my favorite Instagram filter!), which is downloadable from Photoshop Tutorials for FREE. Visit this site

wrmk jet set


5. If you hate your handwriting, try writing in capital letters. It appears much neater!



Check out my previous posts for more tips! 🙂

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Travel 2: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Hi everyone! This time I’ll be sharing pages about our recent trip to Malaysia. For this project, I used mostly cards from the Me & My Big Ideas Travel Themed pack that I got from our local scrapbook store last year. (Last year!! Yey I’m finally using my supplies now)



  (Note to self: fill in the missing N on the Explore The Unkown card, hehe)

Left Page:



Right Page:


Tip#1- Have a starting point

In every project, the hardest part is getting started 🙂 If you have a lot of cards and can’t decide which color scheme to use, look around you – your memorabilia stash, magazines, scrapbook products, patterned paper, bedsheet etc. — you’ll find something that will inspire you, for sure. In this spread, my “starting point” was this cute postcard that I got from the The Arch Kuala Lumpur Gift Shop @ The City Gallery. I looked through my travel cards and found designs that coordinate with it 🙂

Tip#2- Don’t forget to buy postcards!

Postcards make perfect title cards for a travel-themed layout.




Tip#3 – List down your itinerary

Since my layout is limited to only one spread per country/place, I can’t print every photo of all of the places that we went to… I just wrote a list so I won’t forget the details.




Tip#4- Collect lots of travel memorabilia 

Always bring a journal/notebook with you, it can serve as temporary storage for the stickers that you got from each tour. Also, if you’re traveling to a different country, don’t forget to bring home foreign currency!  I always save bills (with the lowest denomination) for my scrapbook, hehe.

Tip#5 – Cut regular 12×12 paper! 

You can still use traditional scrapbook supplies for PL! I got this travel-themed 12×12 paper from October Afternoon’s Travel Girl series. At first I thought that the labels were just dummy text, until a friend of mine pointed out that it’s a map of France (totally unrelated haha!)




Tip # 6 – Bring home 2 or more copies of brochures and maps 

I think I have about 10+ map illustrations of Malaysia (cut from brochures, guides, magazines), good thing there’s an Orange one that matches my layout!

Tip # 7 – If you don’t have enough 4×6 cards, make your own card with washi tape and a blank index card

I got this tip from Life Documented Manila. I never knew that blank index cards existed til I read their post! I was only familiar with the lined ones that we used in school.


(The FLY card was a freebie — again, I can’t remember where I downloaded it (I download way too much freebies) and I’m not sure if the link has not expired yet. Will get back to you. )


Tip # 8: For Manila-based scrapbookers, buy your materials at the following stores:


Lasting Impression (Facebook , website)

– Me & My Big Ideas (Themed cards – travel)

– WRMK Albums Made Easy Photo Sleeves

– WRMK 12×12 Classic Leather Album (Black)

– Travel Girl paper (map)


National Bookstore

– Corona White Blank index cards (4×6)



– Colored gel pens



Travel 1: Baguio, Philippines

Hi everyone! Sharing the first spread that I made for my travel album. This album will consist of layouts of the places that I’ve been to..from childhood to present, one trip per spread.




My original plan was to make a Project Life album for our Christmas vacation in Baguio… but I felt so overwhelmed as I was selecting photos for printing. I wanted to include almost everything! We brought two cameras with us so it made it even more difficult to choose among the photos (even if they look almost the same, hehe) I stopped in the middle of the project and remembered my sister telling me that it would be great to have a Project Life album dedicated to her trips, one page per place, if only she hadn’t started on a traditional scrapbook. So I kind of copied her idea haha (Thanks, Ate)

Here are some tips on making your travel album:


Tip#1: Print only the highlights of your vacation – one photo per place.






Tip#2: Use alpha stickers for your titles

I never used my American Crafts Thickers on my traditional scrapbook layouts, these chipboard stickers were only meant for tracing on scrap paper so I could create my own alphas without spending too much money (I was always thinking…”What if I run out of vowels? What will I do with the rest of the letters?”)  A lot of Project Lifers use this technique so I gave it a try – it definitely added more “oomph” to my layout! I ended up buying more Thickers for my travel album, haha. After all, I consider these trips as special occasions so it wouldn’t hurt to spend, right? Hehe



Tip#3: Include a list of places that you went to

Scrapbook journaling is not my cup of tea so I usually record memories in list/bullet forms.




Tip#4: For Manila-based scrapbookers, buy your materials at the following stores:

(I’m only featuring the items that I used for this layout. Will mention more stores on my future posts)


Lasting Impression (Facebook , website)

– Simple Stories Christmas Sn@P! card set – 4×6 and 3×4

– American Crafts Thickers (Hardcover)

– Becky Higgins Project Life Design A Photo Sleeves

– WRMK 12×12 Classic Leather Album (Black)


National Bookstore

– All About Scrapbooking 6×6 paper (green polka dots)



– Lime Gel pen


Tip#5: Download freebies to save money

I used a card freebie (the 3×4 tree card on the left page) I forgot where I downloaded it, will give credit once I find it in my files 🙂 You may check my Pinterest board for links to other freebies.


That ends my first post. Will post more ideas soon! I currently have 5 finished spreads. 🙂