Project Life | Week 2

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.

So happy.

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11 comments on “Project Life | Week 2

  1. Leah Cameron on said:

    This looks great Kim, and I know what you mean about other people loving the PL albums. This is my fourth PL year, and there is nothing better than watching people flick back through the albums, I think more likely to happen with these kind of albums than traditional layouts.

  2. Hi Leah – thanks for popping in to say hello on my blog. Wow! FOUR years of PL – thats fantastic! I regret not having tried this Project Life gig a lot sooner..KIM

  3. Sue Brown on said:

    Hi Kim, love your layouts. This is my second year of PL and love every minute of it. My parents don’t get to see the kids often as when they come over they are usually in school. They love to go through it and read about the little things. My kids are always flipping through too a lot more than my ‘traditional’ albums.

    • Hi Sue

      Thanks heaps for popping in to say hello on my blog and for your lovely comments. Oh thats great you already have a year of PL under your belt – I bet you learned a lot about the process over the past year so this year would feel much more organised. I dithered around the first few weeks and finally have found my groove with it all! It felt a bit overwhleming but now I can see its getting easier and like your kids, mine have been flipping through these past few weeks to read over what we got up to. Even my older boys who hate having their photos taken have been more obliging and willing to be in photos and included in our “family book”!

      have a lovely weekend Sue.
      KIM

  4. Elisabeth C on said:

    This looks awesome!!! I’m committed to doing a better job of completing my Project Life this year…my OLW is accomplish:) Thanks for sharing and happy that your Dad enjoyed it too…makes it definitely worthwhile to complete.

    • Hi Elisabeth!
      Thanks for popping in to say hello on my blog and thanks for your lovely words about my PL – I am really enjoying the whole process!!

      I love your OLW for the year too!! All the best with your Project Life this year:)
      KIM

  5. What wonderful pages! You have really gotten into PL! Just awesome! I really like the pictures you have chosen as well. What a memory :)

  6. It’s looking great kim, I am still behind have all my stuff documented just need to get photos printed and get them into the album. Hopefully this weekend

  7. Ros Davidson on said:

    I love your PL progress each week. What is the font you used for the title week 2?

    • Hi Ros

      Thanks heaps for your comments..here’s the link to the font I used in my Week in review card – is this the font you mean?
      http://www.dafont.com/sketch-block.font

      KIM

  8. Thanks for your advice as to the pages that you used. I was lucky enough to visit Craft House in Wellington when I was on my NZ cruise and picked up some kits. One of the paper packs was called Wellington as apparently Becky Higgins named it in honour of the shop.
    Your pages look great, I wish I was more adept at using the digital scrapbooking side of it
    Debbie

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