deciding on photos
Like many others, I made a quick sketch of my page design to determine where the photos would go. Because I was working with a month's worth of photos - it was easy to choose my favorites. I forced myself to use only the best photos from each day I wanted to document.
I edited and uploaded them to Sam's Club (one mile from my house). I don't like their processing as much as some of the online guys but it is close, quick and cheap! They always print a bit dark so I actually re-edited a couple and sent them again and picked them up the next day. It was well worth the 28 cents to have a photo I was happy with.
As soon as I had my photos in hand - I cut them to the right size and punched all the corners. I COULD NOT WAIT to stick them in the pockets! I was like a kid on Christmas morning. (My face was like Ralphie with his BB gun.) In PL videos, I watch as people build their photos and journaling with embellishments, laying everything on top of the protector but I couldn't do it. I had to go ahead and get them in. I did have to take them out several times to add things so I might change that.
telling the story
One of the utmost important aspects of any scrapbooking I do is making sure I tell my story. I don't always do it perfectly. Sometimes it's too fluffy and seems disingenuous. I kept telling myself, "Say something meaningful." This month, I was more excited about the process than the story but I'm going to make an effort to put it first. For instance, I actually had a funny conversation with Caroline I wanted to include and I didn't so I might go back and add that in a pull-out card. I am open to tweaking this here and there until I do my next one.
Several people inspired me to use my 6x6 pads for PL so I pulled out the entire stack...
I wanted to use a piece of green polka dot for the main journaling block but it was too dark so I ended up using an old piece of Sassafras paper that was a watercolor look like the Amy Tangerine line:
These cards will come in handy when I want a quick blank card but I plan to mostly use my stash. At this point, I don't plan to buy a core kit from Becky Higgins. I might like to buy PART of a core kit so I might ask a friend if she wants to share one.
I've told this before on my blog but if you're new to it - to print on the lined journaling cards, I printed them one line at a time. It was a bit of trouble but I've done it enough that it doesn't take me that long. I did completely screw up one card I loved by putting the same words twice in a row but I moved on and chose a different one. I came up with a way to prevent that again. I can talk about that process more if anyone wants to hear (let me know).
I've decided that every month I'm going to keep the month title card in the same place and have at least one 4x6 section entirely comprised of journaling. I am not going to make myself keep the title the same. I might use letter stickers some months - maybe some embellishment with the name of the month - we'll see. This month I used patterned paper and my Cameo and I love how it turned out. It seemed bare at the top so I took out some really old rub-ons and made a little artistic spot in the top right corner. I like how it balances the flowers at the bottom and a little messy artsy look helps to make my really clean style more interesting.
So to wrap up - here are my priorities when it comes to my Project Life....
- tell my stories
- get my 2013 photos off the computer and onto the page
- use the thousands of embellishments I own
- use a good portion of my 6x6 pads
- have a ton of fun!!!
I have no plans to do previous years or any other PL project. In fact, since I have been good at getting my photos printed - I think it would be MORE trouble for me to do previous years in this format. I'm thinking that through. I might try the design that geared toward vertical 4x6 but that's only 8 to a two-page spread and it would have to be event based because I don't have my printed photos organized by date. I have them organized by theme. I do need to do something with them so we'll see how this goes for a while first.
I still love mini albums. In fact, I have one I'm finishing up to share with you that's my favorite ever. One of my goals for 2013 is to get back to telling my story so that's how I'm using Project Life. But it's gotta be fun, y'all! I'm keepin' it light and breezy!
Hope you enjoyed hearing about my process! I know this was detailed but as I looked online for inspiration, I really wanted to hear how people walked through the process and I saw that a bit in videos but not much in writing.
Check ya later gator!