It’s been a bit of a Project Life whirlwind around here at the moment.
Now I am in the swing of things, I am eager to catch up and stay on top of this project. I am almost there. Weeks 2 + 3 are done. And Week 4 is almost finished.
I’ll be honest – I was starting to wonder WHY I was doing this. It was time consuming. I had TOO many photos to try and fit into the two pages and I couldn’t get weeks 2+3 to look balanced! And it was driving me nuts as each spread was taking so long..
And then we went to my parents place for Australia Day celebrations. I took my album to share with mum. My dad (who NEVER looks at anything scrapbook related!) peeked over mums shoulder and then asked to have a look! I thought he would just glance casually through..but he took his time and READ ALL THE JOURNALING!
All of it.
And I knew then that this IS worthwhile. Capturing all these little tidbits in this very simple process IS worth it. It’s current. It means I can capture photos, little stories, memorabilia – all in the one place. Right here. Right now.
So. Here’s my week 2 spread. January is always photo heavy. It’s school holidays, work isn’t as hectic so I tend to use my camera more and we have a couple of birthdays. I added in a little extra insert for this week – to fit in some extra photos. (click through to see the photos more closely).
I cut down a 6x12inch page protector to make my insert. I used an Instagram photo and added it to a 6x8inch digital template from Paislee Press.
I then printed the image as a 6x8inch image at BigW on matte paper. After I got my print home, I added the label. Its from Studio Calico and I printed it onto white card stock after adding my journaling using courier new font. I then added a few machine stitches to add it to my photo. The black circle is just a very old verb sticker from Heidi Swapp – several years ago now – that I had hanging around in my scrapbooking stash.
The other side of the insert houses a collage of photos, again on a 6x8inch canvas, of J and his brand new mini motorbike purchase. And again I’ve used a Studio Calico printable label and added a few hand stitches this time, to keep it in place.
So here’s my Week 2 spread without the insert.
and a closeup of my Week In Review card.
And here’s a closeup of each page – the left hand side.
and a closeup of the right hand side..
I used Cathy Zielske’s free Instagram template to add this photo and printed it out as a 3x4inch. But needed a 4x6inch for the top pocket – so I printed out a 3x4inch journaling card and then added washi tape to hold the two cards together and machines stitched the centre. I created the journaling in Photoshop using Courier New font and a digital card from the Seafoam PL collection and printed it onto white cardstock from Officeworks.
I find that my embellishing tends to be a few machine stitches plus journaling labels.
and I do like to add a little badge here and there. I bought a beautiful bunch of stuff from Evalicious ..
And now Week 2 is done. And looking all nice and finished in my little growing Project Life album.