Week 15: April 1-7
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I’m just going to accept that packed and insert heavy is the new normal for me. I’m doing a lot more traditional scrapbooking than I was last year, I’m participating in a lot of classes c/o Big Picture Classes, and we’ve been doing a lot of stuff as a family outside of our normal routines. And I am loving this project more than ever before as I expand the kind of documentation I’m doing. Get ready for an awesome week of Project Life with three inserts. Again.
Left Side: I created this page to celebrate Eliza’s new love of soccer, document a few random bits about what games are like, and (most of all) highlight that awesome photo. I printed it large format through Persnickety on a 12×12 sheet with a bunch of other photos I cropped at home. I love the quality of the photo–you’d never know this picture was taken with my phone. You can find more about the making of this page in my Make a Scrap Collage Background challenge post.
Insert 1, Front: I made this page for the Just Words Document Life Workshop challenge. Usually I write journaling one of three ways: I grab long stories from blog posts, I use the pictures to conjure up memories and write captions, or I consult the little notes I write in my Blurb planner. But sometimes little stories still get left out (even when it feels like nothing is going on, there are SO many stories to tell!), so sometimes, reflecting on stories I want told in their own right and just writing that stuff down is the way to go.
Page protector from Becky Higgins Small Variety Pack 1.
Insert 1, Back: Acquisition of hand me down car, lovin’ up on Jake’s awesomeness, and Jonas all cute in his Turtles shirt from Uncle Harvey.
I wanted to include the whole story of Suzy Q Malibu without creating a whole extra layout, so I just slipped two of the folded journaling cards filled up with words into one pocket and secured them with a Freckled Fawn Arrow Clip, mostly so it’s obvious that there’s something more to be looked at.
Insert 2, Front: Documentation for Project Real Life REDO | Week 2.
For these inserts, I’m cutting down a Project Life Design A and keeping stuff from falling out with little bits of washi tape.
Insert 2, Back: The rest of the Project Real Life stuff.
Random tip: When I like the colors of the “filler” busy patterned Project Life cards for a layout, but I still want some journaling in that spot, I find another card that’s better suited for journaling, turn it horizontally, add it to the filler card, and cut of the excess (and save it for later so I can repeat the same process). I did this for the “Bumped Up Priority” card.
Insert 3, Front: My first layout for Cathy Zielske’s class Clean and Simple (now closed): This is What Makes Me ME. I’m ordering photos for a bunch of class projects at once, and I can’t wait to share them with you! I’m totally lovin’ the class. And this layout, BAM! It’s like a personal self declaration manifesto. I love it.
Insert 3: Back: Just a happy little layout celebrating Jonas’s joy in the open, based on a sketch by Lisa Day. (Side note: today’s the last day to register for her workshop 28 Days of Sketches: Round 2).
Right Side: Wonderful everyday stuff: lots of April showers, catching rain in our trash cans, big family dinner for my Aunt Beth’s birthday, dinner with our friends Harvey, Lisa, and baby Ava. Most of them are crummy phone photos, but I don’t care: it’s about the record for me. If it can be beautiful: bonus. If not, I still roll with it.
*I didn’t realize until after I photographed this spread that I forgot the week’s dates. I might go back and add them in, I might just leave it. (After all, readers can figure it out in the context of the previous and following week, right?)
**You’ve seen peeks of a lot of these pages in my NSD at BPC. Those 10 challenges for National Scrapbooking Day gave me tons of cool ideas in this spread!
***I thought I’d be catching up the PL weeks on the blog (it takes twice as long to blog spreads as it does to make them), but a secret project has me busy! They’re a’comin’. I promise.
Supplies Used: Paper: Lucky Coin by Dear Lizzy, Understand from Yes, Please by Amy Tangerine, Glimmers by Amy Tangerine, Remember by Amy Tangerine, American Crafts Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go Collection Pack, Maggie Holmes 6×6 Paper Pad, Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm 6×6 Paper Pad, Studio Calico Project Life Grab Bag, Project Life Jade Kit, Becky Higgins Project Real Life cards, Echo Park, Basic Grey, KI Memories; Digital Template: Clean and Simple Templates by Cathy Zielske; Embellishments: Freckled Fawn Arrow Clips, Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Brads, Dear Lizzy Charm Bits Sticker Book, Dear Lizzy Charm Flags And Labels Stickers, Basic Grey Letter Stickers, Basic Grey Brads, K & Company Brads, Birds Indie Chic Decorative Tape by My Minds Eye, Up and Up Washi Tape, K & Company Alpha Stickers, American Crafts Sticker, Washi, Thickers, and Flair, Sassafrass Lass Sticker; Stamps: K & Company Smash Date Stamp, Prima Grid Stamp; Ink: ColorBox Black, ColorBox Pigment Petal Point 8-Color Pinwheel; Pen: K & Company Smash Stick, EK Success Zig Memory System Millennium 0.8-mm Marker; Page Protectors: Project Life Design A, Project Life 8.5 x 11, Becky Higgins 12×12 Page Protectors, Becky Higgins Small Variety Pack 1; Adhesive: Scotch Dot Roller, Scor-Tape; Printing Service: Persnickety Prints; Printer: HP Photosmart 7510 All-in-One; Photo Paper: Office Max; Tools: We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper,Neon Omnigrip No Slip Ruler 6 x 12 Inches, EK Success Paper Shapers 1-1/4-Inch Circle Punch, EK Success Honey Bee Non-Stick Craft Scissors, Tonic Studios Guillotine Paper Trimmer.
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