Week 19 and I’ve started in on the second of three Project Life albums for 2012. I’m not quite ready to share the overview of Part 1 yet (I’m planning on doing the video; assuming Jake and I can locate all of our camcorder equipment…). I still have a few traditional layouts to make and a cover page, but it is so amazing to me that I’m only a few months in and I have an album that is as thick as the last two years combined.
I’m pretty sure I’m over trying not to use inserts. I’ve succumbed to the craziness: there was no way that I was going to get this year into 2 albums anyway. This week included my nephew Nathan’s first birthday and a special outing with Eliza that called for extra journaling, so an insert was called for.
I had fun mixing colors I wouldn’t normally use together this week. I also mixed a lot of new products (linked at the bottom of the post) with older Sassafras and K & Company products. There will be no more hoarding.
The right page has my recent thrifting scores, our locker cleaning binge, a photo of me while I was editing our family vlog post, Jonas climbing, Jake looking lovely, and a bit about Eliza this week. Click on the photos for a larger view to read the journaling.
A note about this page: I didn’t think I’d love washi tape until I bought some. I only have two sets, an old Dear Lizzy set (which doesn’t stick well) and a set from Target’s office section (both pictured). I’m going to experiment making my own (cheap) washi, but right now I’m loving the convenience of it. I like to double layer it when it is between a photo and patterned paper so that you can’t see through it.
The front of the insert is focuses on Nathan’s birthday party. It’s all phone photos, because we forgot our DSLR. It was so cute to watch him dive into his cake! I can’t believe he’s one. It seems like just yesterday that I was watching both Nathan and Jonas a few times a week, switching between diaper changing and bottle feeding literally all day. Can you believe they used to look like this?
The party was construction themed, so I grabbed some traffic cone stickers from a Jolee’s pack of Disney’s Cars themed stickers.
I like that I could use bold colors in the insert and soft colors in the pocket protectors; the banner paper on the left really ties it all together!
The back of the insert tells the story of taking Eliza to see the Avengers. We wanted to do something special with just her (Jake’s sister watched Jonas). We thought she might need some individual attention, but she surprised us by trying to convince us that Jonas should come too. She didn’t want to leave him out. More proof that Eliza is awesome.
By the way, we loved the movie. It’s a regular nerd feast, especially for Marvel fans like us. And we’ve talked about our love for Joss Whedon many times before, so it was awesome to have his humor sprinkled throughout. There was one joke about adoption that I thought was very distasteful and offensive (read about that here), but other than that, six thumbs up (two for each of us).
Oh, and the superhero themed stuff is really really old SEI rub-ons.
The right page has lots of other great everyday stuff: Jonas discovering E’s lipstick, Eliza growing out of her new shoes in a week, Jonas with the caption, “Jonas is a bird and bird is the word,” (which I sing to him all the time), Eliza playing with Jonas’s legos and making sure that her creation matches the one on the box, a walk in the neighborhood, and the story of our new washing machines.
The “get excited” part is from the envelope in which Elise Blaha sent the stamp I purchased. These We R Memory Keepers page protectors have pockets that slide in from the side instead of the top (which I really don’t like), so it was easy to overlap the journaling into another spot without having to cut anything down.
Totally loving this week and totally loving this project. I didn’t really think I’d be able to keep up when I started Project Life. I was fully expecting to miss a few weeks. So, obviously, I’m feeling a little proud. Though there’s nothing wrong with missing a bit, of course.
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Project Life 2012 | Week 19 Supplies
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