Project Life 2012 | Week 11

Welcome to Week 11 of Project Life!

Week 11, and I just realized that I didn’t even make eleven 12×12 layouts in the whole of 2011. Yah, I’m a Project Life advocate. And that is why.

This week, I decided to keep running with last week’s challenge of not using an insert. And, like last week, I still got in almost 30 photos. I’ve had to cut way back on the patterned paper and embellishing, but I’m not missing it. I figure I’ll save the inserts for big holidays/ events or moments with lots of journaling. Otherwise, I’m going to end up with three albums for PL 2012.

*As always, click on the photos to get a bigger view.*

Project Life 2012 | Week 11

This week included a bit of everyday stuff, the Matthew Naquin art show, St. Patrick’s Day, a photo shoot, and Eliza’s hand bound book. I just realized that I didn’t put anything about the new blog launch, which is crazy because it took up so much of the week. I’ll have to fit something in later. That’s the danger of starting with photos; you forget to include the stuff that’s not captured by the lens.

Project Life 2012 | Week 11

The left page is all of the non-St.Patricks day stuff. Jake and Jonas snuggling, an awesome photo of our beautiful friend Tiffany, Jonas reading books to himself in his cosy little chair, Eliza showing off her book, the dates for the week, me, Jonas running around at the market, 4 photos of us at the coffeeshop, and Matthew Naquin with his posters.

I decided to only use kraft paper this week and cut out the patterned paper altogether. The orange grid “paper” in the center is Amy Tangerine packaging. I also challenged myself to finish up a package of rub-ons I’ve had since about 2008. And I used every last image (rub-ons sourced at the bottom of the post).

Project Life 2012 | Week 11

I love Eliza’s handmade book! I added a few little strips with a rounded edge to three of the photos so I could add a little journaling. It’s good to repeat things in threes and spread them around the page; it makes the eye of the viewer travel around the whole layout.

Project Life 2012 | Week 11

This photo of Jonas isn’t great–it’s over exposed in some places and dark in others. I used it anyway because it’s so him right now: wanting to run around all the time. That was a problem at the St. Patty’s Day parade, let me tell you.

Project Life 2012 | Week 11

Using arrows or symbols that “point” puts emphasis on certain photos. This is a good technique if pretty much everything else is the same size. Other things that will make a photo stand out against a lot of other photos: making one photo a different color than the other photos (i.e. in black and white when everything else is in color, or vice versa), object distance (you’ll see the photo cropped in close before a full body shot, usually), and frames.

Project Life 2012 | Week 11

The right page is all St. Patty’s Day. I opted out of using any themed embellishments: the green in the photos makes the point. I made sure the rub-ons were green, though.

Notice on the left that two of the three 4×6 spots are the same. I always try to put the differently designed element in the middle if I’m working in threes. This helps with balance.

Project Life 2012 | Week 11

Must be the luck of the Irish that we found each other.

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Project Life 2012 | Week 9 Supplies

Click on the images to link to the products used this week. Some products are not included, as they are discontinued.



Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins.