Happy (belated) New Year!!

Oofta, oofta, offta as my papa would say. I’m sure this may sound all scroogy like but I’m really glad the holidays have come to an end. I think the best gift was the nap I took on Christmas day in the late afternoon. The making and celebrating and shopping gets to be too much. Every year I say the same thing after it’s all over….that I will get a head start next year. I hope I’m able to stick to that this time because it would  help tremendously. Blah, I’m babbling here…..the point is I’m glad we’re here now. A fresh new year full of possibilities and ambitious goals and change. Always change, right?

I’ve got some big changes I need to make…..well, I should say I need to do some fine tuning of things. I’ll talk more about that later this week. For now, I’d like to share a free cut design I created for my own 2013 scrapbook (Project Life). I’m not going to call it that though. No, I’m not trying to reinvent PL but I’ve got to make this my own if I plan on sticking it out for the year. I’m not going to worry about consecutive days/weeks. I’ll do it when I’m inspired too. My theory is f I call it Project Life, I’ll immediately feel that burden I felt last year. This should be a fun project, not a burden.

(transparency: LifeLovePaper, patterned paper: Crate Paper, binder + page protectors: Studio Calico, cut design: LifeLovePaper)

First thing, there had to be a photo of all of us. That just wasn’t going to happen. I didn’t want a crappy photo of dad trying to hold down a crazy two year old while the mom awkwardly holds the camera to snap a photo. btw, this book will contain mostly iPhone photos simply because it’s easiest to capture everyday events and you can do some pretty awesome things with photo editing apps these days.

The solution was simple and brills I have to say. Who doesn’t like a photo booth? The imperfect reactions and haziness…it’s more than the photos. It symbolizes our little unit.

It’s easy to do too. Find a plain wall, set your subject up and shoot straight on. Take several so you have options when narrowing down your choices. Don’t forget to get some different expressions…makes if fun.

I edited these with the Afterglow app, sent them to my laptop, created a 3×4 blank file in Photoshop, resized the best 4 photos of each of us to fit in the 3×4 file and printed them on my Epson printer.

The cut design I created fits a 6×8 page as shown or a 3×4 pocket. You may want to use a new blade when cutting. It gets pretty detailed in some areas of the 3×4 file. Jennifer Kinkade mentions that calibrating her Silhouette helped her with cutting the intricate Ampersand from Studio Calico’s Block Party digital stamp set.

Please feel free to use the cut design as you wish! But please give LifeLovePaper credit. I’d really appreciate it! And I would love to see what you end up doing with it. In fact, if you use any type of LifeLovePaper product, shoot me an email at lifelovepaper@gmail.com. I’d like to start featuring some of these here on my blog and pin them to my board on Pinterest.

The other pocket was kept simple and to the point. This is us. Our lucky year.

sidenote: I’m planning a clearance sale of all LifeLovePaper shop items. It’ll be all items I have in stock…stamps will be limited. Stay tuned.


Download LifeLovePaper Lucky Thirteen Cut Design

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Adrienne Alvis - I love your approach to PL! Making it work is what matters, not all the itty bitty details of days and weeks and what not. The photos are awesome and I think your approach ROCKS! and thanks for the freebie!!!

Emma Miya - I really like your 2013 book so far! ..especially the photo-booth idea versus the group photo of everyone. it IS totally BRILLS! ;)
Happy New Year!

Shanti - I love how ya’ll faces show right through the cut design or at least 1 or 2… You almost can’t wait to turn the page… I also started my PL pages today for 2013 and I’m using the same size page protectors. I just felt the 12×12 was too large for me and I guess because I create more mini journals then large pages, this just feels right! Great page! Oh and I can’t wait to use your “All is Calm All is Bright” card on my first page because I claim this year to be just that!

Zorina - Happy New Year! Hugs to your ‘lil man from my ‘lil girl. :-)
The PL album 2012 is still behind 12 weeks, so guess I must work on it fast. Hehe! Not planning to be on the 2013 PL bandwagon, just doing more of scrapping and mini-albums. Your new 2013 book looks stunning.

ToneF - This is just awesome! I love the look of the album and the photos are so cool!
Wishing you a happy new year!

lisa truesdell - i adore this, and can’t wait to see what you do with it!! (that crate stripe is my favorite ever and i may have just ordered a few more sheets for fear of running out).

Josie Teh - Thanks for sharing! I’m your IG follower and i totally love your work :) Wishing you a great year ahead.

Sue SG - Thanks so much for the cut file! I wanted something like this for 2013 but being new to my Silhouette, I wasn’t sure how to make one.

Angela Hathikhanavala - Thank you so much for sharing the file — I love the fonts! Your PL approach seems so refreshing. Thanks again!

erica - Thank you so much for sharing (and for including the png so I can handcut ;) I’m still trying to figure out how I’m going to make PL work for me this year. Excited to see how yours goes!

celine navarro - Thank you Tina for sharing your title cut with us! LOVE it! :D

Margrethe - I really like this honest approach to PL. I didn’t manage to keep up last year either, and am not sure if I will even start this year…

Thanks for the tip on the app!

Alisa Logue - It looks as if this file is formatted for the Cameo Silhouette. Do you know if it is possible for me to resize the file so it will work on my Silhouette SD? Thanks for any info. -Alisa

Tina - Eeks…I’m not really sure. What size are you wanting the file to be?

Barb - Thanks for the file, Tina!
Wishing you nothing but luck in 2013.

Tami F. - Thank you for the file!! :D

Michelle - Thank you so much for this fabulous cut file. I just got the Cameo for Christmas and am loving it! Can’t wait to cut this cutie!

Denise - Thanks for the cut file — love it : )

Annette - looks amazing! excited to follow your PL this year. Love the smaller format. Thanks for the png file too as I’m currently Cameo-less :) (someday**sigh)

Tiffany - Thanks so much for the cut file! So awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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