This week’s Project Life contains 60 photos. 60! And there’s tons of text too – about 6 pages of 12 point font in a Word document. If you have been wondering why I’m such an advocate for Project Life, there’s your answer.
This week’s spread took me a little longer to make because I included “A Day in the Life” too (read Part 1 and Part 2). To fit all that in, the week includes the usual two 12×12 base layouts, two 6×12 inserts, and one 8.5×11 insert. Even with all that, I kept it simple and it was done in just a few hours.
The first spread has the beginning of the week on the left, which focuses on our friend Paul’s comedy show and our new school desk and chairs. Then the first 6×12 insert starts the Day in the Life documentation in the middle.
I didn’t want to reserve a whole page protector slot for journaling, so I snuck it next to the smaller photos. I like the look of the words squeezed into the white spaces on the checkered paper.
The first 6×12 insert starts off the Project Life journaling. I pulled the words straight from the blog posts and was surprised at just how much there was. I originally intended to just include one 6×12 insert, but there was way too much journaling! I printed the words off on my normal printer by setting a custom paper size, making sure to leave room for my title photo.
I love that using different sizes of inserts gives a peak into the next few pages. The layering is fun to play with.
Next, Day in the Life journaling Part 2 with Day in the Life photo collage Part 1.
Again, words taken directly from blog post and printed onto patterned paper directly from my printer. I changed the times to purple to make them stand out from the rest of the text to give a visual break.
Day in the Life photo collage one. I created this 8.5×11 collage in Photoshop. I worked chronologically, starting at the beginning of the day int he top left and working down to the afternoon at the bottom right. Creating custom collages is a great way to squeeze in tons of photos.
Day in the Life photo collage Part 2 and Day in the Life journaling Part 3.
Again, tons of photos. I made sure to vary sizes to create interest and to give more visual weight to my favorite photos.
The third insert with journaling. When you do big blocks of text like this, make sure to choose a super legible font. It’s important that the words are easy to read, especially if you’re working with a smaller font size. This also produces a cleaner look.
The forth Day in the Life journaling page and the photos from the second half of our week.
Because I didn’t end up with enough words to fill the whole page, I included a big artsy Day in the Life photo that didn’t make it into the posts. I took this photo of myself reading by setting the camera on Jake’s nightstand and setting the self-timer. I was trying to figure out what angle would include my whole torso. So this was actually a test shot, and kind of a mistake, but I still think it’s beautiful.
The last page starts with everyday photos of Jake, Jonas, and Eliza watching Return of the Jedi. We’ve been on a long-term Star Wars marathon since New Year’s. It took us this long to watch all six movies – we’d watch half or a third of one after dinner a few times a week.
The rest of the photos are from a work party at Jake’s boss’s house on Saturday. They have one every quarter. The people Jake works with are awesome (more nerds!) and there are oodles of kids. There are tenish people on Jake’s team, but there are six babies! And seven or so kids (not all of them were at the party). Needless to say, Eliza and Jonas had a blast running around with like-sized people. There’s nothing better than a baby overload (though maybe the single guys on Jake’s team don’t think so!).
Cool tip from this page: stretch your stickers! I used one journaling block sticker in five places on this page: the blue strip on the top left photo, the journaling block on the top right photo, the journaling block on the middle left photo, the blue strip on the middle right photo, and the little blue block in the bottom right photo. Don’t be afraid to start hacking away to make things work for you!
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Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins.