Week 27 and I feel like I’ve really hit my stride with this project. I know what I’m doing now: I have a toolbox of tips and tricks and I’m not afraid to repeat what works for me. (If you haven’t read how I include tons of photos yet, now’s the time.)
I can get a double page Project Life spread done in a single nap time (including editing and printing photos!). Including inserts is also a go-to for me, and they’ve become a way to create more traditional layouts for things that have a bigger story. Sometimes events or stories can get lost in all of the photos I cram into each divided 12×12 pocketed page, so I’m loving creating 8.5 x 11 or 6×12 smaller layouts to include in when I have something more to say. This week I included two single-page 8.5×11 layouts and one double page layout using the same size. These were quick and easy too: each took me under an hour start to finish.
When I was looking through this week’s photos, themes started to emerge. I grouped similar photos together to tell stories. Jonas has been playing in that little pool every morning, so three of those photos went into a pocket. I noticed three photos focusing on the kids and reading, so those went together. The four photos grouped together in the middle right are all from the same photo session. The Instagram collage were the random left-over photos. Some weeks I move roughly chronologically, some weeks I look for themes that tell our everyday stories. (The photo of our cat highlights this story.)
The first insert page has photos and words pulled straight from this blog post. I love pulling stories from the blog: the pages end up with much more depth than if I sit down to write specifically for a scrapbook page. And, hey, I got Jake’s words in there instead of mine! That’s cool. We’re considering sharing more everyday stories on the blog just so I can pull them for memory keeping. Not sure if that’s weird.
I printed the title (font here), photos, and journaling on 8.5×11 photo paper and used that as the base of the layout. The paper part went together very fast: I hand drew a rectangle around the whole thing to keep it grounded and added a strip of ribbon that tied in with the colors of the photo. For the patterned paper strips, which I used to spice up the white space, I adhered the first small scraps I could find that worked with the colors without really thinking about it. Cut an embellishment in half, place it so that the layout feels even, and add a tiny journaling sticker. Done. So fast.
We had tons of photos from Independence Day, so I made a double page spread insert for them.
Just like the first insert page, the base of these is photo paper. I printed all of the photos on two sheets of 8.5×11 paper in their final format (all you need is a little math!) and filled in the white space with patterned paper. I love not having to crop the photos.
We gave Jonas a mohawk. Eliza loved getting to do small-person fireworks like sparklers and smoke bombs.
As is tradition, we spent the 4th at my Dad’s. I love that portrait Jake got of him (he’s usually camera shy). Those bottom photos of crying Jonas are because he was SUPER MAD that he couldn’t be next to Eliza. He follows her around like a baby duck follows its mama. We had to hold on to him for dear life until he wore out.
The last insert was pulled from the Use Your Manners post.
For this one, I printed the journaling onto kraft cardstock and printed the photos separately to change it up. I loved making the quotes in a larger font, I think it really makes the message pop (and it adds visual interest to a word-heavy page).
*Tip: I ran out of letters, so the “A” is really a “V” and half of an “L” and the “R” is a “P” and the other half of the “L”. And the “o” in “your” was a “9”. Creative cutting can save you a bundle when it comes to letter stickers.
The last page just focused on our Kid Free Weekend. I didn’t spend any time thinking about the design. I just printed the photos in a way they would best fit, grabbed a Amy Tangerine Sketchbook 6X6 Paper Pad, and went at it.
Both kids spent two nights with their grandparents. There’s a bit about what the kids did over there (they were nice enough to e-mail us a few photos), photos from our friend Michelle’s bridal shower, a collection of Instagrams for all of the places we ate out last week (Yikes! We NEVER eat out that much!), and how Jake and I spent our two whole-house-to-ourselves days.
Which was watching all of Game of Thrones. Nonstop. Obsessively. (Thanks to Amy for the recommendation .)
We also made stuff for the shop. And, you know, married stuff.
Did I mention I love this project? Because every week I’m more obsessed with it. If you’re doing Project Life, I’d love to see it! Leave us a link in the comments section.
Don’t forget to check out my Project Life guest series on the Big Picture Classes Blog! For this week’s challenge, you can enter to win a prize from Ormolu and you’ll also be entered to win the grand prize: a big Project Life prize pack including a Core kit, Binder, Big pack of photo pocket pages, Big envelope pages, and Scrapbook dividers!
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Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins.