Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 4

I was excited to start another week.  And then, I opened up all of the photos I had to use and there were like five.  Seriously... five.  That's when I freaked out a bit.  Filler cards aren't my thing. I'm never quite sure that I pull them off right, so I tend to avoid them and add more photos.  But this week, I had nothing else.  So, I edited one more photo from Sunday's show, took a photo of one of our purchases from Monday's shopping trip and found a photo of Jeff on facebook from the youth retreat he and Clara were on over the weekend to add.  It's crazy... but this week may be my favorite spread so far!

As usual, here are my supplies, but links to the products will be on my pinterest board...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 3

Okay... trying something very different for me... patterned background paper.  I'm not 100% sure how I feel about it yet, but I think I like it.  It started out as a page of Splendid Fiins' When Skies Are Grey.  Then I decided to see what it would look like with a stripe or two of blue.  The stripe or two turned into 10 and then I decided... what the heck... and added some yellow/gold stripes as well.

Starting this year, I was afraid that my new plan of having different templates each week would slow things down.  But so far that really hasn't been a problem.  In fact, my pages seem to come together faster than when I used the same template on every single page last year.  I think it's because my photos fit my templates better (or is it the other way around?) so that I'm not forcing something to work that really doesn't.

Again... I used lots of stuff, so previews here and links will be on my pinterest board...

Monday, January 13, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 2

Okay... I'm getting there!  I think I'm beginning to find my style for this year.  I thought I wanted lots of white space on my pages this year, but I'm finding that I just can't do it (yet).  I like photos and lots of them, so I'm focusing more on them for now and using more elements on my pages versus journaling cards and papers like I did last year.

This is week 2, but I'm wondering if my #1 stamp on the top left is confusing.  I found an idea on pinterest, to take a photo in the same place every month to show the changes in both the kids and the area where you are taking the photos.  I used the #1 to denote that it's my first of twelve photos in this series.  I think when this is done, I might make a special insert to add to the back of the book with all of the photos in order.

Anyway... nothing much else to add this week!

Oh... the downside of my new style is the shear number of different items I use. I'm posting the previews below, but probably won't get them linked up like last week.  I will be pinning them to my supply board on pinterest, if you want to check that out.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 1

Okay.... week one is done....

I know the look that I want, but I'm just not there yet.  But... it's done!


Sunday, January 05, 2014

Project Life 2014: Title Page

Here we go again!  For my 2013 book, this was the last page I did, so this year I decided it should be my first...

Last post I talked about what I liked about my 2013 plan.  This time I'm going to talk about some of the things I plan on doing differently in 2014.

1.  I plan on using different templates each week.  This actually frightens me just a bit.  My same template week after week was a bit of security blanket last year.  It didn't always fit my photos best, but it's what I had decided to work with so that's just what it was.  It made starting each week a no brainer.  This change is a little daunting.  I have to make a decision right off the bat when doing each week.  I'm excited though... I want some variety in my pages.

2.  I plan on using different background papers each week.  Another daunting change for me... the same background every week was another security blanket.  But I think I'm going to like this change.  Plus the templates I'm using this year show less background, so I think I'll be okay.

3.  I'm no longer going to have a 4x6 week card.  I like the look of it, but it took up a lot of real estate on my page with little benefit.  I would rather have that space for photos.

4.  I think I'm switching to a 3x4 calendar card for my "week" card.  I just bought a set and I'm not sure if I'm sticking with just that set this year, or if I want to pick-up another set or two for variety.

5.  I'm going to be more open with my page counts for each week.  I still plan on doing at least a two page spread for each week, but instead of trying to cram lots of photos onto two pages, I plan on spreading things out over extra pages if needed.  I liked printing two books last year and I'm totally okay with printing every quarter if needed.  I'm finding that this is more than just "project life", this is my family's scrapbook and I'm okay spreading things out a bit in order to fit more in.

6.  I'm switching from rounded corners to square. Nothing earth shattering here.  Just a new look... plus I feel the new templates I'm using are truer to the shape of 4x6 and 3x4 than the one I used last year.  

These next two are more blogging related...
7.  I'm going to try to be better about posting my supply list at the end of my posts.

8.  I'm going to TRY to post things other than project life pages on my blog.  Not sure if that'll happen or not, but I'm going to try :-)