Thursday, July 24, 2014

Road Trip 2014: Travel Journal Prep Part I

 STUFF WE BOUGHT...

Clara and I are starting a brand new project for us... travel journals/smash books.  Later this summer we'll be going on the Great American Road Trip (Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, the badlands, etc.) and we wanted a way to document it all.  We each have our own motivation for this project.  For me, I wanted a way to keep on top of the details so I can include them in my project life spreads and a bigger trip photo book when we get back.  We'll be gone 2-3 weeks, so that's a lot of stuff to remember!  For Clara, it's a way to keep all of the scraps of paper she loves to save corralled in one place, and a project to keep her entertained.  She's my crafty girl and loves projects.  We did a trial book for just her on our trip to South Carolina and it went pretty well.  We learned a few things, but in the end she has a nice little journal full of memories and it was a project that kept her entertained during the 2 hours our plane was delayed on the way home!

So here are the main things we bought for this project...

After much deliberation, we ended up with Michael's brand Recollections Creative Chaos Travel Journals.  I picked this out from the beginning.  Clara had originally purchased an official Smash Book for hers (she ended up using it for our Myrtle Beach trip instead).  After looking through mine, she decided that she wanted a book just like mine.  What drew me to this one primarily was that it was a three ring binder.  I wanted to be able to add stuff to my book... not just glue things to the pages.  I have visions of punching holes in postcards, brochures, etc. and adding them.  We'll see what actually happens though!
The cover is a nice hard cover and the pages are really thick card stock.  The pages are nicely decorated and have some pages that I really like (like the travel log above, I plan on using it as a run down of all of the places we go).

The other big purchase...
Dollar-wise, this was a MUCH bigger purchase.  It's an Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1.  It was my Mother's Day present.  I love it!  We used it during our trial run in SC.  It works really well.  It prints polaroid type photos from your phone.  Is the quality spectacular?  No, but it's great for what it is.  This is not to print every photo we took that day, it's just to print one or two each day to help tell the story in our journals.  It is super tiny (one of the main reason I wanted it) and easy to use.  Clara has the little Instax camera (in pink!) that she will be using as well.  They both use the same film, so I should probably order some more before we leave!

We've acquired some other stuff along the way...
This isn't all that we have that we might take.... and we're not necessarily going to take all of this.  It's just a pretty good pile of stuff to represent what we might take.  Still working on what we're packing and how we're packing it.  But that will be another post closer to go time!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 25, Clara's Saturday

So, here's where things start to get a little out of control (but in a good way!).  Part of my new philosophy regarding project life this year is embracing making as many pages as needed to get the story told.  Spring Break was the start of that (I think that week ended up with 6 pages!).  Starting on Saturday of this week, our family was split (Clara and I in Myrtle Beach and Jeff and Alex here).  Each set had some really cool things going on that needed some decent space to get it documented properly.  Since I had the one pager for week 25, I decided to do Clara's Saturday as it's own page to go opposite it.  There was enough going on that day to make it it's own page, so I think it worked out okay.

Week 25, Clara's Saturday....

Supplies (links on pinterest):

Monday, July 21, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 25

So, week 25 marks my first ever one page layout for a week.  I don't know what happened that week... but when I sat down to do my page I realized that I only had three photos to use!  I was able to take another that had to do with that week (Alex's folder) and take a screen shot from a video I took to beef things up, but it was still a little sparse.  I just couldn't stretch it into a two page spread... so a one-pager it is!  It's also the week where I decided to give up on lining up my journaling with the lines on the card.  It absolutely makes me crazy to look at it.... but it was also making me crazy trying to line it up.  I'm not sure I made the right choice.... time will tell!

Week 25...


Supplies (links on pinterest):


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 24

I'm still here!!  I've hit a couple of rough patches with PL where I got behind due to travel and then this layout couldn't be posted until the kit was released (yesterday), so instead of jumping around, I decided to just wait it out.  I'll have a bit of a posting frenzy while I get caught up and then I'll probably disappear again while I sort things out after our next trip.  :-)

This is from Clara's last week of school (and now we're almost halfway through summer break... sigh!)...




Supplies (links on pinterest):




Friday, June 13, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 23

I was actually AHEAD of the game this week and finished week 23 Saturday night before the week even officially ended.  The downside of that is that I had nothing to work on all week.  Oh, the price one pays be caught up!  :-)

Week 23...


Jeff had a class/work thing that week that he was particularly excited about.  Thankfully they posted photos to facebook everyday that they could download.  It was like having a kid at camp again!  I got to search for a glimpse of Jeff each day!  :-)

Here's Jeff's week 23...



Supplies (links on pinterest)...




Thursday, June 12, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 22

Week 22 turned out to be another one of my favorite weeks so far this year!  The week itself was great... but I really like how the pages came together.  This was my first time in FOREVER to actually buy a kit to go with my photos.  I usually just use stuff from my stash and/or products from the designers that I work with.  But this time I fell in love with Just Jaimee's June Storyteller kit and since it matched so well, I had to buy it!

Week 22...






The supplies (links on pinterest)...



Friday, June 06, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 21

I struggled with this week for a while, but once it came together, I think it's one of my favorite weeks!  Who says that patriotic kits can only be used for the 4th of July??  :-)  I was first drawn to this kit because of the Wrigley Field pic, but I eventually was able to tie it in well enough with the rest of my photos as well.  It doesn't scream Independence Day too much, does it?

Week 21...




Supplies (links on pinterest)...