Week 22: May 27 – June 2
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Left Side: I started out with a traditional layout about a playdate in the park with Eliza’s friend and his Jonas-aged brother. We took pictures of the kids playing, and Jake went off to take pretty park pictures too. There’s some blurring because I try not to post info about other people’s kids without their parents’ permission. Also, there’s a super cute story to go with this (the friend has a crush on Eliza), but I don’t figure I’d appreciate my crush’s mom telling the world my story if I were a 7 year old. So that’s why the journaling is blurred too. (In case you’re wondering, Eliza feel’s she’s not old enough to have a crush on anyone yet. We lucked out there.)
I made an 8×8 photo collage in Photoshop so I could fit in the max amount of cool photos. To keep it visually interesting, I mixed far away and close up shots.
The background paper is several years old, from Crate Paper, and smaller patterned papers are from a Dear Lizzy 6×6 Paper Pad. The papers from the pad pulled out colors from the photos and worked with colors I was going to use in the rest of the spread. I didn’t have a plan for how I was going to use them (I thought that I’d use the papers throughout the whole spread), but I fanned them out to make sure I had a good color and patterned balance and loved the way they looked spared out. I decided to just plop my photo collage on a white mat and put the photos, the background paper, and the fanned 6×6 papers all together. For the parts of the fanned paper that overlapped the 12×12 background paper, I just flipped the layout over and trimmed them off.
The page was feeling a little flat, so I used pops of yellow to draw the eye around the page (if you look and connect the dots in your mind, the yellow papers and embellishments make sort of a hexagon pattern). I adhered a few yellow dots from the Studio Calico Valley High Project Life Kit confetti individually, and used a card from the kit with bright yellow for the journaling (Project Life cards are great for traditional pages too!).
Also, the Kelly Purkey White Letter Stickers are maybe my favorite product ever. I have not used them on exactly one scrapbooking project since I bought them. They’re my little black dress of memory keeping products. They pop so nicely on that pink Dear Lizzy Enchanted Washi.
Insert 1, Back: I made a quick collage of strips of photos for the rest of Day in the Life. I love how much I can really pack into a 6×12 space.
I wanted to get a bunch in, so some of the photos are really tiny. They are still easy to see in the album, so I’m cool with it. I decided I’m insert crazy enough without having to make extra Day in the Life pages.
Insert 2, Front: Documenting a date and Week 9 of Project Real Life.
Jake and I were bickering, so my sister came over to watch the kids so we could go on a quick date at a tea shop down the street. It worked. I like to put that sort of real life stuff in Project Life, but I tend to focus on the “this is how we turned it around” stuff rather than the “this is the sucky part.” Not everything can be looked at in a positive way, but I usually look on the bright side without thinking about it when documenting.
Also, those jewels are on there to cover up a pen mark I made on accident. I put one on there to cover up the mark, then decided it needed more.
I made a flip up card to contain all of the journaling. It’s just attached with washi tape.
Insert 2, Back: We missed Eliza’s last soccer game of the season because we got trapped in a marathon with all of the roads blocked off (oh no!) and then went to her end of season party. Se loved it and was so proud of that medal!
I used confetti on the title there because the card looked off balance. There was too much space at the top, so I just rolled on some adhesive and smooshed some confetti on there so it would stay, then added bit more that’s loose at the bottom of the pocket. I taped the pocket to the card with Kelly Purkey white washi so the confetti won’t fall out.
Right: My by now signature Instagram collages from the week and card descriptions of what’s going on in them.
This page is all photos and journaling, so I made sure to add in some of the colors and elements from the other pages in the spread to make sure that it all felt balanced and tied together.
I love using color to tie multiple pages together in Project Life albums! How to you keep things cohesive? Do you work for cohesion for your whole album, for specific spreads, or do you not really worry about it at all? What works for you?
Kit: Studio Calico Valley High Project Life Kit, Jade Project Life Kit; Paper: Dear Lizzy 6×6 Paper Pad, Studio Calico Moments Cards, cards from Becky Higgins‘s Project Life Lessons, Studio Calico Grab Bag, Crate Paper, Amy Tangerine, Dear Lizzy; Digital Products: Ali Edwards Day in the Life Template; Embellishments: Kelly Purkey White Letter Stickers, Yellow & Gray Decorative Tape Set by My Mind’s Eye, Up and Up washi, Kelly Purkey white washi, Dear Lizzy Enchanted Washi, October Afternoon sticker, K and Company jewels, Bacic Grey yellow letter stickers; Pen: EK Success Zig Memory System Millennium 0.1-Millimeter Marker, EK Success Zig Memory System Millennium 0.8-mm Marker; Page Protectors: Project Life Design A, Becky Higgins 12×12, American Crafts 6×12 Page Protectors; Adhesive: Scor-Tape, Scotch Dot Roller; Printing Service: Persnickety Prints; Tools: We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper, EK Success Paper Shapers 1-1/2-Inch Circle Nesting Punch, EK Success Honey Bee Non-Stick Craft Scissors, Tonic Studios Guillotine Paper Trimmer, stapler.
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