Sunday, March 4, 2012

Project Life January 2012

I mentioned back at the start of the year, that I was back on the Project Life bandwagon, after a brief hiatus during 2011.  To read more about the monthly approach I'm using go here.  Since I'm not doing a photo-a-day or even a weekly glance, I've decided to gather all of my pictures, notes and memorabilia at the end of the month to lay out and fit within the Design A pages (yes, I was one of the lucky ones that snuck in an order of these before they were quickly sold out AGAIN!).  While I didn't use any of the alternate page protector styles this month, I plan to work them in, in future months. 

Are you ready for some photos?  There are certainly quite a few, as I attempted to capture an overview of the month and details of each page.  Here's a look at the first spread in my Project Life album:

As you can see, I primarily stuck to the supplies provided in the Clementine core kit, but added some additional stickers and/or embellishments and stamping here and there.  I am loving dipping into my stash of Technique Tuesday Ali Edwards stamps for this project.  I first started off the month with hand journaling -- but the perfectionist in me was not pleased with the results.  So, I went back to the computer to type up most of my text, but plan to mix the two styles throughout my album.  This first page is pretty standard.  I did add a couple of label stickers from Jillibean Soup and My Mind's Eye, some stitching, an AE stamped phrase, and combined two photos on one 4x6 canvas in the lower right corner.

Since my birthday was this month, I decided to include multiple photos from that day.  I cut a Design A page protector in half to house and highlight these photos and memories.  Looking back, I think I will add some sort of tab on the edge of this page, so that the back side of it doesn't get lost when looking at the album.

Here is the backside of that 'half' page.  It includes a close up shot from a recent scrapbook page and also a picture of a pile of clothes that I scored for baby girl at Gymboree for just $25!!!  Who doesn't love a good deal?!  I kept the receipt for the purchase and stapled it inside the folded journaling card.  I used one of the arrow stickers, included in the core kit, to denote that journaling card could be opened to reveal more.  I also kept one of the clothing item tags, to show how deeply discounted some of my purchase were, and sewed that directly to the photo.

On this page, since I mixed up the placement of some of the photos and text, I used the round number stickers to easily match up the journaling cards with the proper photos.  Not too much 'extra' going on, on this page except for a punched and stitched heart and some stamping.

Here's a view of the next full page spread for January:

I snapped a photo of the ingredients for one of my favorite Weight Watcher's meals and typed up the recipe to include next to it.  I used a fiskars stamp set that I've had in my stash for awhile to dress up my 'recipe card' a bit.  Love that picture of Justin and his crazy bedhead -- I stamped a Technique Tuesday stamp directly on that picture and embossed it with white embossing powder.  I also included a photo from my new instax camera to this page.  I simply taped it to one of the plain 3x4 grid cards with K&Company smash tape and slipped it right into one of the small slots.  The bottom half of the page includes a random photo of the boys playing during the week (and Justin's cute little plumber crack hanging out!) and a conversation between the two boys that I had jotted down and later typed on one of the folded journaling cards.  Again, I simply added a bit of smash tape to that card and slipped it into the page protector.

Just as I did with the last spread, I cut a Design A page protector in half for the next set of photos and memories.

And here is the back side of that half page.  Since I wanted to use a small 3x4 photo in the 4x6 slot at the bottom and include the journaling on a card right next to it, I simply used a zig zag stitch to join the two so they wouldn't move around and overlap each other once they were slipped into the page protector.

Here is the final page for the month of January.  Again, I included a (hilarious!) instax photo by taping it to a blank 3x4 grid card and using a zig zag stitch to attach that to the journaling card next to it, to fill in a 4x6 slot.  I also printed some smaller 3x4 photos to fill in the middle of the page and show a progression of Tom and the boys shooting off a rocket outside.  I added a few extra stickers and punches to round out the page.

So that's a look at our January.  Now that February is over I've gathered my pile of memorabilia, notes and list of pictures to get started on the next month of our life.  I'll be back to share that soon!

1 comment:

  1. your project life is coming out great! i am really having a great time with it. i look forward to my sunday afternoons to put the week together!