This year I’m using weekly spreads in my Project Life albums with breaks between each month for extra pages. Today I’m sharing the first two weeks of March.
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Going on here: A wide range of weather temperatures, Jonas with his Batman umbrella and “fishing” in a puddle on a walk, and weekend brunch.
Tip: Take cues from your products when deciding on embellishments to use. I chose this purple card from a past Studio Calico Kit because it matched the purple found in three other places in the spread—Eliza’s hat, a Play-Doh lid, and Eliza’s jacket— and it helped to brighten up the spread and make the color in those photos pop. Adding the spread’s dates to it could have been tricky with it’s busy background, but I found stickers* that mimicked the red focal word on the card, “Today,” and added them at an angle. This makes the date easy to read on the busy background and integrates my addition into the design of the card.
*My favorite white Kelly Purkey stickers are no longer available, but the Red Alphabet Stickers used here are!
Tip: Stamp directly onto photos to add phrases or patterns. I like StazOn ink for photos!
Also, this photo was taken through a window, which is a good option if you don’t want to deal with the weather. Hah!
Tip: Sometimes I forgo a squeezed together group selfie and get two photos instead. At brunch, I took a picture of Jake and Jonas, passed the camera phone across the table, and Jake took one of Eliza and I. Try spreading out “group” photos into multiple pictures to make sure YOU, the photographer, get into the picture too!
Really want to be in a photo all together? Do a hold-out-the-arm selfie, use a camera self timer (or, if you’re using a phone, an app like Timer Cam), or ask a passerby to take the photo for you. People can be really nice about that.
Tip: Labels are probably my most-used embellishment. They’re awesome not only as an extra space to add more words, but also as a way to get in a little color. This is especially useful if you’re working with a bunch of gloomy “when will Spring REALLY be here?” photos. Hah!
Going on here: The French Post-Impressionist Monuments Project I did with Eliza’s class, Jonas making stuff with Play Doh, hanging out in the backyard with our friend Paul, Eliza’s mad climbing skills, Instagrams from the week (how our friends decorated with records we gave them, kitty cat vet visit, Jonas not feeling well, going on errands selfie, Jonas learning about static electricity, working), climbing at the park, Jake cooking brunch, a visit from my grandpa, and Eliza homeworkin’.
Tip: Use patterns to tie journaling cards visually to photos: I chose a card from the Amy Tangerine Cut and Paste Mini Kit with dots around the boarder that was reminiscent of the thumb-print background of the monuments artwork. You can do the same with patterns found on clothes, walls, or in nature.
Tip: When I make photo collages, I think about where the photo “sends your eye” when deciding where to place it within a collage. For example, your eye will naturally follow a direction of a person’s gaze. So because Jonas was looking down and to the left in the photo of us snuggling, I placed the photo in the upper right corner. The same goes for the photo of me in the lower left: I’m looking up and to the right. This way the viewer’s gaze stays within the collage and doesn’t go wondering off. I like to think of it like visual pinball: You want the eye to go off in a different direction within the collage at every stop and don’t want it to drop off of the edge!
Tip: Don’t want a transparency to be transparent? Place it over a blank white card or cut-down colored cardstock. The hearts transparency card went amazingly with the crystal nail art and I wanted to make sure it showed up! Sometimes transparencies don’t show up very well when not placed on a background, but it’s cool that the background is up to you!
Also, my Project Life corner punch is not great at cutting transparencies, so I line them up with another card and hand cut the corners.
Tip: Another transparency tip: cut them up when putting them over photos so they don’t block important parts. There are many ways to attach a transparency to a photo, but my favorite is just with a simple staple.
Going on here: Me in a Spiderman mask at Jonas’s request, a visit from Jake’s brother and his family, Jonas nerding out with a microscope, a visit from baby Ava, and the beginning of a weekend visit from our out-of-town friends Megan 2 and Ryan.
Tip: For this week, I decided to try to use up some of the many 6×6 paper pads I have floating around. I love papers with lines, because it makes it so easy to add journaling. When adding a 3×4 vertical photo to a 4×6 horizontal space, I typically love to center the 3×4 card, add journaling to one side with a tiny bit of embellishing (like the circle of patterned paper here) on the other side.
Tip: When using patterned papers instead of cards to hold photos and journaling, look for patterns that already have natural spaces for words, such as in these picture frames.
Tip: To get a photo to pop on a patterned background, draw a line in white pen around the photo.
Tip: Spread your story in photos and words over multiple pockets. I like to create shapes for those stories using several adjoining pockets, like the “L” shape used for the story of Megan’s and Ryan’s visit.
I hope you liked these two spreads! Stay tuned this week, because there are TWO more Project Life posts coming up!
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Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins. It can be anything you want it to be.