Week 28 had to be put off for a few days because of computer issues (things are properly backed up now). Luckily all the work was done before the computer issues happend (photos were chosen, placements were sketched) so all I had to do was print & assemble.
This week is all pretty much great everyday stuff. Those are my favorite weeks, as it turns out.
I used the week title space for random journaling–mostly little descriptions to go with the photo collages. Harvey’s birthday was this week, so the bottom two spaces are for that.
Jonas, Harvey, and I went out to lunch for Harvey’s birthday. We walked to McCoy’s and I saved a coaster to slip in. Even though I don’t drink beer, I still like the design of the coaster. And I like that McCoy’s brews thier own (and their own root beer, which is DELICIOUS).
The first side of the insert is sort of two pages smooshed into one design. The top is about the quilt my mom made for Eliza, and the bottom is Jonas helping me make banana bread. He poured in all of the ingredients. It was super cute: he was SO excited to help. Soon I’ll have a kitchen full of sous chefs taking orders.
The back of the insert is all about Eliza’s and my girl’s night out with my mom. We all went to Shakespeare in the Park’s showing of “Midsummer Night’s Dream”. I said this before, but I’m so so glad that I took Eliza to see a play that I know in and out: she wanted descriptions of what was going on at all times.
I made this page entirely out of the play program and a flier for the show. The white strip a the top was from the back cover of the program, the red and paintings were from the front (they also put on “Antony and Cleopatra” this year, so that’s why a Roman dude is hanging out next to the Midsummer themed picture). The black with the words was from the brochure, and I cut the “saves the date” out from the brochure with a circle punch. Photography wasn’t allowed, so the Instagram of Eliza looking at the stage + lawn-chairs was as close as I was getting. I love using memorabilia when the photos don’t tell the whole story. And it saves me from having to search through my stash for supplies that will work. (For more on how to incorporate memorabilia into your layouts, read this.)
For the right side of this week’s layout I made it work for me by doing a traditional 12×12 layout instead of using pocket protectors. I wanted to use large format photos (I really love that self portrait for some reason), so in this case the protectors would have made it harder instead of easier.
This is another case of throwing two stories into one layout design: the top is the self-portrait with the words, “I see through the lens of an everyday photographer.” The bottom is a collection of Insatrams from our weekend and a description of what we did. The kids spent the night at my dad’s, and he send a bunch of cute photos of them over there. So I’ll be adding those in as well later.
A bit on how that layout came together: it was made entirely out of tiny scraps on white cardstock. I keep an enamelware bowl on the shared work table in our office (which has been totally taken over by scrapbooking stuff semi-permanently, by the way). Whenever I have little bitty scraps, I throw them in that bowl. This way I don’t have to use a giant piece of paper if I just want a little strip for layering, journaling, or circle-punching. This is also where I keep a few small loose embellishments.
I used a tape runner to put a glue boarder on my layout and then just started adding scraps that seemed to coordinate with the colors going on in the photos.
Here’s what the page looked like before I trimmed the scraps down. I flipped that page over, trimmed of the excess, and threw those tiny scraps back into the bowl. I love the result.
How do you use your scraps? Do you incorporate memorabilia? Has Project Life made you more comfortable mixing multiple stories in one space?
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 American Crafts 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.