I’m going strong with Project Life 2014 and am working on catching up sharing here. Today I present the spreads for the first two weeks of February!
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In this spread I used Kelly Purkey’s Mon Ami line (I used the 6×6 paper pad and stickers) as a jumping off point. Journaling cards make slipping things into pockets easy, but I’m willing to cut down a 6×6 pad to get to play with a line I like or to get just the right color scheme.
Tip: Project Life cards are a bit smaller than three inches wide, so I put a mark at 2.875 on my paper trimmer so I don’t have to re-measure the funky width every time. I just line up to the mark to cut!
Even though I’m working on cutting back on my insert habit this year (just so that I can add in a bunch of extra full pages), I added in a 6×12 insert, which was perfect for the memorabilia I wanted to include.
Also, because I’m putting extra spreads in between months, this week has an extra day to accommodate the break.
Going on here: Lots of iPhone photos for the week. A coffee date with Jake, grocery shopping in preparation for a mountain of snow, Eliza’s art project, a funny cheese story, brunch with the kids, kid led yoga, Jake getting all of the snuggles, and everyone on their phones waiting for dinner to be ready.
Tip: There weren’t any numbers in the Studio Calico Thickers pack I used for the title, so I had to cut an “8” out of a “B”! A little creative cutting can really help stretch your alphas.
Tip: Look for light, solid colors in big shapes on patterned paper that can hold your journaling. The shapes in this hexagon paper were perfect for holding journaling bits, but patterns with circles or ANY shape will work too! Just make sure that your pen shows up well on the background color.
Tip: I’ve found that Project Life cards are the easiest way to add in journaling cards to a layout, but when looking to use other products, look for papers with light backgrounds, lines, or stripes to use for journaling. For full sized patterned papers, “B sides” often are more suited for journaling than the often busier, eye catching fronts of double sided papers.
Going on here: A bit of blurring for E’s friend’s privacy. I took Eliza and her friend T. to the Impressionist France exhibit at the Nelson. Then we picked up the rest of the nest and had dinner with her friend’s family.
Tip: I wanted the memorabilia to float in the middle of the page without being attached, so we can still remove the exhibit guide to look at it. As a solution, I stapled a label into place and tucked the guide under the label. If you want to try the same thing, but have memorabilia smaller than the width of your page, you’ll need to add another stapled label to the other bottom corner to keep the memorabilia in place.
Tip: Non-permanent attachments are the way to go when working with memorabilia! Cute shaped clips are a widely available embellishment now, and they are great for attaching photos to pages with memorabilia. I used one to connect the photo at the top of the page, so it will float over the guide book. No-adhesive solutions are perfect for these sorts of pages!
Going on here: All about our snow days! I used that journaling to jump start the journaling with pictures of how we spent our snow-induced hermitage.
The back of the 6×12 insert was a perfect place to add 3 journaling cards so I could fit in more story.
Tip: Some difficult things went on this week, so I added private journaling on the back of this card, designed by Elise Blaha Cripe and included in a past Studio Calico Kit. The look of a bi-fold card or an added tab usually tips readers off to extra journaling, but this one doesn’t have those clues, so no one will really know it’s there but me. I like that the sentiment on the card lets on that not everything is sunny without giving away personal details on the surface. This is one way to tackle difficult topics in Project Life albums.
Tip: When light letter stickers need a little bit of extra pop, I trace them in a .01 tip Project Life pen.
*Kelly Purkey White Letter Stickers take the cake as my favorite letter stickers ever. I’m glad I stocked up with about 12 more sheets (not kidding), because they’re gone now! There are still cream ones and a few other colors available if you love them too.
Tip: Add a 3×4 journaling card on a 4×6 card to get in your words with a little bit of extra room for embellishing.
Tip: In non-camera friendly weather, like rain or snow, have someone take a picture from under a covered space or even through a clean window! Jake took this photo of Jonas and I from the dry safety of our covered front porch.
Even though we’re not big on celebrating Valentine’s Day around here, I still jumped on the chance to use the holiday as a jumping off point for the color scheme.
Also, because Day in the Life is up next, this spread really only goes through the 14th. But I forgot that when I circled the card, and the Project Life police have not yet showed up at my door. So I’m probably fine.
Tip: You can spread one cut-up 3×4 card pretty far! I cut the label from a card to use in the negative space of one photo, then rounded two corners on the leftover pattern from the card to create a space for a sticker on the next photo. This is a great way to create unity and use scraps!
Tip: Center a row of 3×3 photos onto 3×4 cards. This helped bring a few much needed pops of color to my page, especially considering the photos were so dark.
Tip: To create and ombre / fade out effect, ink a stamp once and continue stamping it in a row until you’ve completely run out of ink. This house stamp is from Kelly Purkey’s no longer available Hello World kit, but you can still grab the digital stamp files.
Going on here: A much needed play-in-the-snow / misadventure sort of date.
Tip: Have Jake take all of your photos. Hah! But seriously, you can get some pretty cool captures using a micro olloclip phone lens as Jake did to take that awesome snowflake picture. He is also apparently magic at taking selfies, because we look gooood. Maybe my arm just isn’t long enough. Long people, do you have better selfie luck?
Tip: Mix close up and far away shots to add visual interest on the page.
Thanks for letting me share my early February pages with you! I’d love to hear how Project Life is going so far with you this year.
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Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins. It can be anything you want it to be.