I’m well into 2014 with Project Life, but I still have a few weeks from 2013 to share! I’m doing two Project Life posts a week until I have you all caught up, and they’re going to be beefy. Today I’m sharing two weeks from mid-December. Some of this stuff overlaps with what’s in my holiday album, but that’s just fine with me. Also, there’s a lot of blurring of other people’s kids going on in these spreads, if you’re wondering what the heck is going on with that.
Week 50: December 8-14
Going on here: decorating cookies at my aunt’s with, playing video games with friends, going to see a preview of the Hobbit with Paul, Eliza’s school holiday music concert, and my sister-in-law Savannah with her cute puppy.
Tip: Taking photos straight-on isn’t the only way to capture groups! Try positioning yourself to the side of your subjects so they are staggered diagonally across the photo space. Also, I turn my phone on silent when I want to capture natural shots, otherwise everyone looks at me when they hear the first click and I don’t have a chance to try for a second picture.
Tip: Hold-out-the-arm selfies are all fine and dandy, but sometimes you just can’t get far away enough to capture everything that way. I’m a big fan of the Timer Cam app for times like these… though sometimes you have to get a little bit creative about where you set your phone. To capture the picture of Paul and I in front of the movie poster, I set the camera on a bar coming out of the wall opposite us and leaned it against the wall. I got it in one take, but usually it takes a bit of trial and error. I’m so thankful to have friends who are willing to look super goofy so I can take pictures.
Tip: Use clear stamps when stamping on lines to ensure you get the placement just right. If you want to learn more about stamping, my friend Kristin just wrote a fantastic Stamping 101 post. Also, I really love these metallic inks.
Going on here: After decorating the Christmas tree, Jake took some impromptu shots of the kids.
Tip: One thing I love about mixing phone and DSLR photos is the opportunity to capture photos being taken. I am so excited to have a pic of Jake taking a photo right next to that photo. That might seem silly, but photography is such a big part of our lives that not showing it happening would be a missing piece. Mirror selfies are another way to get photos of photos in your books.
Tip: If you have the extra space, try leaving two pockets in a row empty save a few floating embellishments. It’s neat to have the floating embellishments in two layers! When I have loose items in pockets, I seal the top with decorative tape (or, less often, a sewing machine, but I’m often too lazy for that). I love that this gold glitter tape is sliver on the other side, so it looks great on the front and back.
Look out for how the next layers look on the next spread.
Tip: I usually reserve flair for the center of 3×4 cards in Project Life, but they can look great in the negative space of a photo, too!
Week 51: December 15-21
This whole spread was made with Studio Calico kits.
Going on here: Watching comedies together, Eliza at her friend’s birthday party, Eliza playing Loco Roco on PSP, and a FACEFACE concert.
Tip: When taking pictures at concerts, try to pay attention to the lighting and get a snap in when the lights are at their brightest (or, if possible, whitest). It was too dark to get a photo of anyone’s face this time, so I focused on Ryan’s & Paul’s shirts, which together spell out the name of their group. I also try to stand at an angle that gets all members in!
Tip: Another win for the Timer Cam. If you’re watching something, try to set the phone up under the TV so you can catch your subjects’ expressions. We happened to be watching a comedy this time, and Paul’s reaction is photo gold.
Going on here: I needed extra space for this busy week, so I added a Design J protector to highlight a few Instagrams. This side features Jake pretending to be Dr. Claw, the kids snuggling with their grandpa, and our friend Jessie’s band The Sexy Accident.
Tip: Sometimes photos taken in the dark come out with wonky colors and a lot of noise (that grainy look). Turning a photo black and white can improve the way it looks considerably.
Going on here: the back of the insert is all about Eliza’s class holiday party. I love getting to be a room parent so I can help out with these things.
Tip: Sometimes there just isn’t a page protector design that will fit all of your photo orientations well. In this case, I just cut a photo to spread over two pockets. I always make sure that I’m not cutting in the middle of someone’s face first!
Going on here: the Anderson family Christmas party.
Tip: I make a lot of Instagram collages with photoshop, but an alternative is a strip of Instagrams for a cleaner look. I used the Diptic app to make a collage of photos on my phone, printed the square photo on 4×6 paper, and trimmed the collage into strips. I love that I can choose to add or remove the white borders in the app.
Tip: Candid photos are my very favorite, but at big gatherings it’s pretty much impossible to capture a photo of everyone. Group photos are great in this case! Jake set up the camera on a tripod to get a photo of his grandparents, dad, and aunts and uncles.
In your Project Life, do you just focus on holidays near the ones you celebrate or do you mix holiday stuff with everyday stuff?
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Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins. It can be anything you want it to be.