This week’s challenge at Document Life Workshop is Allie’s October Sketch, and it just happened to be a pocketed page / Project Life sketch this time around! Instead of going with a weekly spread for this sketch (I already had all of those pages sketched out), I went with a themed double page spread. I’m loving documenting 2010 right now, because it was one of the milestonest in my adult life (graduated college, bought a house, Jonas was born) and is probably the least documented.
I’m planning on doing pages and pages about the house buying process, but I decided to jump straight to the end with a “Wahoo, we’re finally home!” page after browsing through my already-printed photos and finding these that just happened to fit the sketch like a dream.
The sketch focused on doing a mirror image on the two pages, which is a great way to unify two spreads without things getting too boring.
Speaking of unity, I mostly used the Studio Calico Double Scoop Kit (though I used a few cards from previous kits too), and when I first got the kit I was a little overwhelmed with the range of the color scheme. I liked the way they looked together, but didn’t seem using them together without overwhelming the spread. Luckily, the cute family photos featured colorful clothing (which makes family photos look way more fun, trust me) and I found this Amy Tangerine House Paper in my stash that just happened to tie the colorful SC cards together. Score.
(The awkward blurring is to scribble out my house number. Because, you know, thieves and stalkers.)
I didn’t quite have the right amount of photos for the sketch, so I cropped down a vertical 4×6 photo to go in a 3×4 pocket and chose a frame card with flair in the center to mimic the square photo on the opposite side. Sketches can just be jumping off points, don’t worry if you can’t follow them exactly.
Random tip: You can change the color of white foam stickers by daubing an ink pad directly on them. I love that the resulting speckled look mimicked the misty looking cards.
The family photos are super special, because they’re the last with just the three of us (or, at least the last posed ones). And yep, we moved in when I was 8 months pregnant. The crazy house hunting was totally due to nesting impulses.
In case you were wondering, this white gel pen is the only one of tons and tons I’ve tried that really works on darker backgrounds. It’s smooth and awesome.
I didn’t have as much journaling for this page (that will be on other pages n the album), so I went decorative with a journaling spot. I thought that stamping houses in the frames was a cute touch.
Stash bust alert: used up a pack of Dear Lizzy keys and locks from like 2010 or 2011! Mix the old and the new!
It was so nice to just settle in after all of that stress, so that’s what the journaling focuses on.
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Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins. It can be anything you want it to be.
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