Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Project Life 2016: Week 1

Aaarrrggghhhh... I still can't decide what to call my posts this year.  Isn't that crazy?  It's such a minor thing, but it's really bugging me.  I have changed the title several times now... curious to see which one I land on.  My overall project is called our Family Yearbook, but my weekly pages are the most traditional project life pages that I've done since the first year.  So, my current thought is to call my posts with my weekly spread Project Life and call all other posts relating to my book Family Yearbook.  We'll see if this sticks.

So after all of that nonsense, here is my week one...

Now, the info on the product that changed my project life world... the Pocket Template Maker Actions by Mommyish.  I'm totally in love!  So many possibilities, so easy to use and the clean look I was going for this year.  It does take a little effort to create a template from scratch each time, but I'm finding that takes no more time than trying to fit photos into a template that doesn't quite work.  Now I just open up the photos I want to use, go through them one by one and create a "pocket" in the size and orientation that I need.

Here are the rest of my supplies (links on pinterest)...

Monday, February 01, 2016

Family Yearbook 2016: Week 0

Wow!  I can't believe that I didn't post one single time during the month of January!  January is usually one of my heavier posting months, as I always start out the year with good intentions and can be a little over ambitious.  This year had a bit of a rough start on the scrapping front.  It wasn't until a couple weeks into 2016, before I really figured out my direction for this year.

Not long after my last post, I saw that Cathy Zielske had released a new set of clean and simple templates that could be used for project life.  I was drawn to them and the clean look, so I immediately bought all of the 12x12 sets and declared them my templates for 2016.  I did one set of pages and called them week one.

That was all fine and good, until week 2.  I couldn't make it work.  Just not enough choices yet (I'm assuming that she will continue to add options to this collection).  I was seriously stuck.  I lamented about it at The LilyPad and was immediately steered toward the product that would change my Project Life world!  But that information will have to wait until my next post.

Now what to do with my original week one?  I could redo it completely with the new templates, or I could figure out a way to make it work in my book.  So, since this year's book is supposed to be a mix of styles along with my project life pages, I decided to leave these pages mostly alone.  I did take out the week one card and replaced it with the "bring on 2016" one.  This was questionable as a week anyway since it was only 2 days.  The main reason for my delay in posting is because, although I have completed other spreads for this year, I just now made the adjustments to this spread this morning.  I was a little distracted this month, as I participated (and finished!) the Month of Challenges at The LilyPad... thirty one pages/projects in 31 days!  It was so much fun, but I'm looking forward to some downtime to get caught back up on a few things like posting here.

So, after all of that rambling, here is week 0 (not sure what else to call it)...

Also to add to my confusion this year... I'm not sure what to call my posts.  I had decided on Family Yearbook, but now I'm not so sure.  That's the title for my actual book, but I may title my project life page posts as project life again.  Hmmm.... I just don't know!!

Supplies (links on pinterest):