mobile apps, Project Life | Kelly

2018 Project Life | Week Three + A Giveaway

It’s been a hot minute since I shared a Project Life spread. It’s not that I don’t have any done, because I do! However, when I’m developing new online classes, I get tunnel vision. It is all I can focus on. But that’s ok, because I. Love. It. It’s my passion. My only complaint is that I wish creating content for memory keeping was my full-time 9-5 job instead of having to go into an office everyday! Ha!

While we are on the subject on new classes, registration for Art of the Apps Monthly Membership will open on Monday, April 23. You can find all of the information by clicking here. But I want to give you a chance to win an Art of the Apps v. 1 Scholarship before registration opens! The Giveaway is actually running on my @pixelstopages Instagram account. To enter the Giveaway go to my @pixelstopages Instagram account and do the following:

1. “Like” the Art of the Apps Monthly Membership Giveaway Post.

2. Leave a comment on that post, telling me what your favorite mobile scrapbooking app is.

3. Share the Art of the Apps Monthly Membership Giveaway Post.

Giveaway ends Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 8:59 PM EST. Winner will be announced here on the blog and on the Instagram account Monday Morning at 10 am!

Now on to Project Life. Below is the double-page spread for Week Three.

Have you tried those Coconut Clusters or Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Snappers you see in the layout below? Don’t. Just don’t even tempt yourself, because there is no turning back.

What I like about this layout is the pop of yellow used in the cards and stickers. None of the photos have yellow in them. But the first card I chose to place in the layout was the journal card with the yellow diamond border because I thought it worked well with the Letterfolk Letterboard with Jack Sparrow’s quote. That card was the catalyst in choosing the other cards and elements for the spread. That yellow sticker I placed on my computer screen in the lower left corner was actually blue. I changed the color in Affinity Photo.

Any text added to the Photos was done in Affinity. Now these pages were done well before Free Form Text was a paid addition to the Project Life App. Even though I love the ability to add text to photos directly in the PL App, in some situations I will probably still add text to photos in Affinity because I like to use my own fonts. What about you? Will you still use other apps to add text to your photos? Or will you stick with Project Life only?

Education, Launch, mobile apps

Introducing Art of the Apps Membership

There’s a good reason why the blog has been a little quiet lately! A brand new format of app-scrapping classes has been in development at and today I finally get to share the details!

I’m going to keep this short and sweet as there will be a link at the end of this post to the workshop information page at Scrapaneers. But I wanted to quickly address how this Art of the Apps Monthly Membership v.1 will differ from the those AotA workshops in the past.

In previous workshops several apps were covered in a 3-day period. With the exception of AotA 3.0, the classes were taught through live webinars which were recorded and posted in the classroom for students to watch at their convenience. The classes were very successful (and are now self-paced at Scrapaneers), but some of the feedback received was there was too much information presented in a short amount of time.

I totally get it.

So after a lot of thought, it was decided to try something new.

The Art of the App Monthly Membership v.1 will focus on one app or theme a month. Focusing on a single app will allow you to really explore the app and digest the information you receive over several weeks, instead of just a few days, before moving on to a new app.

You may be wondering if I will be revisiting apps covered in previous workshops. Yes. Some, not all. Apps are constantly updating. I guarantee those apps I do revisit in the monthly memebership will have fresh material. Covering only one app a month is allowing me to develop material that is more detailed and I am able to share with you more of my process and workflow.

I hope you are excited about this new format as I am! For even more information click on the this link to the workshop page

To celebrate this new membership, Scrapaneers is giving away one full scholarship to Art of the Apps Monthly Membership v.1! You can find all of the information on how to enter on the Scrapaneers blog here. Good luck!

And guess what? will be giving away one a seat in Art of the Apps Membership v.1 here on my blog very soon! Stay tuned!


Project Life 2018 | Week Two

Random photos of everyday life. That’s what I love about this layout!

Project Life2018 Week 2

When it comes to my page-building process, I insert my photos first, and then I choose my filler and journal cards. This allows me to look at the spread as a whole to see if there are any repetitive elements within the photos such as color, shapes, themes, etc., that may tie the two pages together.

So the main color(s) I see in a few of the photos have orange in them such as the sunset and tomato soup, a little bit of blue/gray/neutral in the photos that show my floors, Zoe (my Yorkie) and Chris painting the guest room.

I then browse the Project 52 Rad Kit to choose the cards for my layout. When it comes to using journal or filler cards in a double-page spread, I am not afraid to use the same card twice or even three times. The repetition is something that brings cohesiveness to the layout. On each page I used a journal card with orange arrows. I also used journal cards with the same style word art on them (Oh Yes and Yipee) and fit perfectly with the orange and neutral-colored color scheme.

Other things I wanted to point out on the left hand page are:

  • The scripted text added to the sunset photo was done in Affinity Photo. This font, Baker Script, is the one used in our community logo. I use it quite often whenever I scrapbook photos of community events.
  • I found a png for the logo of my shoes online and added it in Affinity Photo as well.
  • The 4×6 picture in the lower right corner is actually a 4×6 collage that I made in the PL App, exported it to my camera roll and then placed it in my layout.

On the right hand page:

  • The text on the photos was done, once again, in Affinity Photo. The font used is Archer Pro. This is a format I will be using throughout my album whenever I want to add a few words to photos.

Thanks for reading! Leave any questions or comments below!

Business, Launch

Hello, it’s me!

Oh blogosphere, I have missed you so!

But I am back and I promise to never leave you again.

Wait, “Never leave you again?” Some of you reading that text may be wondering, “What the heck is she talking about, ‘leave you again’? This is a new blog!”

Truth be told, it’s been two years since my last blog post. No, not here at this brand spankin’ new sweet piece of cyber real estate. But at my former blog, September Blue. Whether you were a follower then or a brand new friend, I want to welcome you from the bottom of my heart to my new home here on the net, Kelly Sill Design.

A lot has changed over the past two years, Chris and I finally settled into new jobs, our youngest son, Ryley, left Tampa and moved to San Francisco, my fun convertible died (but I love my new car, Roxy the ROGUE Runner), we’ve done several home improvements, and I have completely embraced documenting our photos and stories using mobile apps.

I have truly missed blogging over the past two years. Serving the memory-keeping community with with tutorials, design tips and tricks, and freebies is my passion. You know that rush of endorphins you get after a run or exercise class? That’s the feeling I get when I serve up these nuggets of creativity with you. I can’t wait to feel that “high” again! I love sharing my pages and projects in hopes that it inspires others to tell their own stories.

The running list of topics and information I look forward to sharing here is a long one. Not only will I be sharing all things mobile scrapbooking, but I’ll share recipes, personal projects, and a few of my favorite things. BUT I also want to know what kind of content YOU want to see here at Kelly Sill Design. What are some of the obstacles do you find yourself faced with when it comes to mobile scrapbooking? Is there an app(s) you want to learn more about and master? Are you confused about cloud storage? Are you wondering how to transition from physical/digital scrapbooking to app-scrapping? Talk to me, friends! I’m here to help you! Feel free to leave me a comment below!

As times goes on, this blog will have more and more content, tutorials, and visual inspiration. But if you are need of some creative spark ASAP, you can always follow my Instagram account, @pixelstopages. And don’t forget about my Facebook Page, Kelly Sill Design. Come follow me and show me some love!

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