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 last two and a half weeks of April.
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For this spread, I used Natalie Elphinstone’s tip from Big Picture Classes’s free NSD 10K event (sign up through May 31!) to use more digital printables. I challenged myself to use ALL printables for this spread. They’re all linked at the bottom of this post and a lot of them were free. Wahoo!
I tend to forget about digital files because they aren’t right in front of me, so I’m glad for the encouragement.
Going on here: brunch at Happy Gillis, pretty purple tree buds, and a walk with my sister and her boyfriend (which wouldn’t be complete without some tree climbing and people swinging from Jonas).
Tip: Switch up where you typically include things. I almost always add a title / date card to the top left of my layout, but for this spread the brunch photos looked better on the top because everyone was looking down. So I added my title card to the bottom left instead. Don’t be afraid to break your patterns!
Tip: Break through the grid by adding embellishments to the outside of your pages. I always use a strong dry adhesive. For this butterfly, I wanted a bit of dimension, so I used a foam pop dot.
Going on here: Watching the rain on our front porch, checking out the cool archways in our neighborhood on a walk with Jonas, a visit from Jake’s sister and her boyfriend, Eliza’s spelling word practice, lunch with Jonas, the kids’ crazy Lego creation, trying out Tom’s coffee, and a late walk + outdoor dinner with the kids to Thai Place.
Tip: Take two similar photos and include them both to create cohesion through repetition.
Tip: Jazz up the labels you add to photos by layering another label or die cut shape underneath.
Going on here: This side was all about our Easter festivities: baskets in the morning, dying eggs, a hunt at my grandpa’s with my side of the family, and hanging out at Jake’s dad’s afterwards.
Tip: I run out of 4×6 cards much quicker than 3×4 cards, so I love supplementing my Project Life kits with 6×6 paper pads. For this spread I used the Basic Grey Capture pad, which coordinated well with my Studio Calico kit selections.
Going on here: Jonas hanging out with baby Ava, Eliza’s sleepover / game night with a friend, an iris from our garden, painting with the kids, a visit from Jake’s brother Nick and our niece Avery, Eliza’s built-all-by-herself big Lego creation, and breaking out the grill for the first time this year.
Tip: A Uniball Signo white gel pen is my go-to for writing visible journaling on darker backgrounds. Just make sure to let it dry a bit before you slip the card into a pocket; it’ll smear!
Tip: Journal around a title or large word to add a bit more fun to your journaling block.
That’s the last two full weeks of April! I have to say, I’m having a lot more fun with this now that there’s much more light and color out in the world. How are you getting on with your Project Life?
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Project Life is a memory keeping concept created by Becky Higgins.