Week 13: April 1-7
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Another great sort of crazy week around here! I worked in a few traditional layouts and a bunch of inserts, as is becoming usual.
Left Side: I put most of the usual, everyday stuff in on this side. There’s a lot of chilling at home (and at Jake’s parents’), going out to First Fridays, snuggling our cat Charcoal and my sister’s on-loan cat Lily at once (this was the first time they were willing to be that close together), Jonas hiding in a laundry basket, and loads of Instagrams, mostly showing that we totally took advantage of the nice weather of the week in our “garden” and at parks.
Design-wise, coral was the name of the game this week. I knew I was going to work it in because of a card that I wanted in my Project Real Life insert, so I used mostly non-PL supplies to pull the color in. I mixed cards from a Studio Calico grab bag, a 4×6 journaling card cut from Lucky Coin by Dear Lizzy (look out for 12×12 papers meant to be cut down to journaling card size), and one of the last bits from the American Crafts Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go Collection Pack I’ve been hanging onto. Love those arrow stickers from the Dear Lizzy Charm Bits Sticker Book, I used that arrow motif a bunch this week. The gray washi behind the arrows sticker is from the Yellow & Gray Decorative Tape Set by My Mind’s Eye, which is my new favorite set. Used that throughout the spread, too.
And I’m still loving using the Amy Tangerine Yes, Please Calendar Stamp to mark off the dates of the week (and it’s 25% off right now!). I wanted to squeeze in more photos and words this week, so I added the calendar on a card and fit it into the negative space on a photo collage.
Insert 1, Back: Usually I like telling stories along with photos, but I wanted to highlight that photo of Jake and Eliza, because I love it. I really like that the focus is all on the photo here!
Insert 2, Front: This insert is for Week 1 of Project Real Life REDO (read all of the journaling there). The “begin with the end in mind” card is from the class (as is the quote card on the back), and was the jumping off point for the color scheme this week.
I cut 3 inches off of a Project Life Design A page protector and kept the cards from falling out with my favorite washi tape, from the Pictures Indie Chic Decorative Tape Set by My Minds Eye. For the cards, I mixed the Seafoam Project Life Core Kit, the Jade kit, and cut down Glimmers paper by Amy Tangerine. I love mixing and matching.
Insert 2, Back:
More Project Real Life Week 1 stuff. Loving that the prompts are getting me to include stuff I’d probably not put in here otherwise. Loving that the journaling is already done in blog posts, waiting for transfer.
This side has a mix of Project Life journaling cards and more bits cut from Lucky Charm paper. For 3×4 card titles, I’m obsessed with those Basic Grey Micro Monogram Stickers. I just bought my second set because I’m running out of vowels. Now that I know I’ll use the heck out of little letter stickers, I stocked up on some Kelly Purkey stickers too. Can’t wait for those to get here.
Insert 3, Front: I included some traditional pages this week, because I wanted to highlight some awesome stuff! This page is all about Eliza’s First Soccer Game. I lifted the journaling right from that post. I love using the blog as a journaling tool. In fact, it’s one of the reasons I tell personal stories on here. Blogging is a great motivation to get those stories down right away while the memories are fresh.
The background paper is from the Seafoam Project Life Designer Paper Pack, the grey paper is the “b side” of Amy Tangerine Remember Paper, and the yellow flowers paper is from the Maggie Holmes 6×6 Paper Pad. I cut the label and punched a circle from cards in the Seafoam Project Life Core Kit to make the title a little more interesting. And the bit of paper behind the date is a tiny scrap left over from the left side of this spread.
I really love the simple design of this page and can see me scraplifting myself a lot in the future. Big awesome photo + little supporting photos seems to be my go-to lately for traditional pages.
Saving the best for last: Planet Comicon!!!
Insert 3, Back: Meeting Nicholas Brendon gets its own page because obviously this is a big event for giant Buffy nerds like us. I pulled all of the journaling from the blog and typed it with my handy dandy cursive typewriter before adding anything else on.
I might have to make another one to frame.
The background is Echo Park Note to Self Paper and the lion’s share of the embellishments came from Rukristin’s Fold it in Mini-Kit (which I’m so in love with). Arrows because there’s a lot of crossbow action in Buffy. Also because of the love.
I forgot to upload this photo to Persnickety when I put in my order (I always go through them if I have big stuff to print), so I did it at home. And it’s a little dark. So I’m thinking about replacing it. Because scrapbooking makes me crazy.
Right Side: I made a traditional page for our Planet Comicon adventures.
I wanted a ton of photos, so I made a big photo collage and printed it as a 12×12 at Persnickety, along with some other weirdly sized photos. So all of those photos are in one piece. I left space in between them for the ribbon. Sometimes a bit of planning pays off: in this case, it paid off with an awesome 9 photo layout that I wouldn’t have been able to pull off if I’d printed first and asked questions later.
I had a lot of words to fit in, so I went with the typewriter over my handwriting. I used three cards from the Jade Project Life kit for the journaling, which I pulled from the blog post on the event.
Confession: the stars sticker (from the Dear Lizzy Charm Bits Sticker Book) is covering up a mistake. I wanted a little vertical row of brads right there, but the lines in the background made them look like they weren’t straight, even though they were. So I did a hole covering operation.
I pulled the color scheme out of the sign, and I’m so glad I’ve hung onto this old KI Memoires paper for so long because it is perfect! And it’s hard to find good purples. The ribbon is old too: it’s Love, Elsie.
I’ll be sharing a bunch of spreads over the next week, as my second binder of the year came in and everything is back to being organized!
Supplies Used: Paper: Lucky Coin by Dear Lizzy, Glimmers by Amy Tangerine, Remember by Amy Tangerine, American Crafts Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go Collection Pack, Seafoam Project Life Designer Paper, Echo Park Note to Self Paper, Maggie Holmes 6×6 Paper Pad, Studio Calico Project Life Grab Bag, Seafoam Project Life Core Kit , Project Life Jade Kit, Becky Higgins Project Real Life cards, Basic Grey, KI Memories; Embellishments: Freckled Fawn Arrow Clips, Basic Grey Micro Monogram Stickers, Dear Lizzy Charm Bits Sticker Book, Darling Dear Hearts and Arrows Stickers by Studio Calico, Yellow & Gray Decorative Tape Set by My Mind’s Eye, Pictures Indie Chic Decorative Tape by My Minds Eye, Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm Flair, Basic Grey Letter Stickers, American Crafts Thickers, Making Memories Tiny Alphas, Basic Grey Jewels, Basic Grey Brads, American Crafts Brads, Crate Brads, KI Memories Ribbon, Sassafrass Lass Stickers; Stamp: Amy Tangerine Yes, Please Calendar Stamp; Ink: ColorBox Black; Pen: EK Success Zig Memory System Millennium 0.8-mm Marker, K & Company Smash Stick; 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, Tonic Studios Guillotine Paper Trimmer, sewing machine, typewriter.
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