Since the dawn of Project Life, (wo)man has been faced with the same problem—how do you do a two page spread, when your life is boring?!?
For the first two weeks of April, I found myself in a variant of this problem. There was some big events for a long weekend between the two, but otherwise, it was a little short in the photo department. Though I am quite happy to fill both sides with pictures from one event, I got it into my head that I wanted to set the big stuff apart, with inserts. My head is very stubborn. I try not to fight with it too often.
So, I just used one page for each week. I know, I heard you gasp. The scandal of it all! Without the inserts, this is what the two pages look like together. For balance, I moved the title card to mirror the first week. This view is pretty boring, so we wont dwell on it, but I should mention that the brush is from here. The camera card is a free printable from here, that I adapted by overlaying it on Seafoam coordinating textured (digital) cardstock. I made about twelve of these cards to use throughout the year. Also, it was super exciting that my friend Antje came to visit but she was only here for like 36 hours. Thus, I don’t include her in the boring—there just wasn’t a lot of photo ops.
For the “inserts” I used an additional two design A protectors. Like most people, I am fighting the limits of the binder, but since I eliminated a full page from the rest of the two weeks, technically I only added one page. I think that made more sense in my head, but you get the drift. For the inside of the pages, I made a two page spread on the couple days I spent in Spain.
Most of the pictures are pretty random. I went by myself and was playing around with the settings on a new camera…thus the macro shot of beach pebbles. I finally got a chance to use some of the See the World collection from Laura Kate is Crafty (blogged about here). I mixed both the bright and bold collections for these pages, but if you are dying to know which is which feel free to ask. But honestly, just get both—you won’t regret it!
If you look very very closely, you will see that behind the plane tickets the card has airplane watermarks. Each collection has some super cute airplane prints (in color) but with airplanes on both the title card and the paperclip, I really liked the subtlety of the grey-scale journal cards. The paperclip I bought on ebay.
Like Project Lifers around the world, I too am totally obsessed with Project Mouse. Unlike most, however, I have neither Disney photos nor children inclined to Disney-matching type things. Never one to let a little thing like practicality get in my way, I went ahead and bought the Leading Up to the Magic bundle. Though there are a few cards too Disney-specific to really adapt, most are about planes, buses, hotels, and plans. All things that I hold dear.
The true gem of this set though is this card right here. It is the perfect scrapbook product. Subtle enough to match anything, with super cute hints of design. And the perfect set up for some “just the facts” journaling. I can see myself using this A LOT when I do my study abroad book for the mini-trips we took almost every weekend.
***I have no idea why this picture turned out yellow. Still getting the hang of this blog photography thing. Grrr***
The other half holds more random photos and more cute See The World cards. I made the card that says “travel” from the Kelly Purkey geotag freebie and an AE brush. It actually does have journaling on it, but my brush tool stopped working so I had to cut it out. Technology is clearly not my friend at the moment.
I am all kinds of in love with how this pocket turned out. I really liked the quote card, but I didn’t need another journal or filler card. I was determined to use it anyway. By simply cutting off the top and gluing three sides to a decorative pattern card (also from the See the World collection) I made an awesome pocket to hold my bus tickets. I now want to go back and make little pockets for every ticket I have ever received. So far, I have resisted the urge but you will be seeing this a lot going forward. I may have to get a sewing machine, purely because I want to stitch a border on.
For the back of the inserts page I finally got to do a 12×12 photo. I have been wanting to do this for a long time! For this page, I used photoshop to crop this into six 4×6 photos to be printed. You may notice that the exact center does not line up, by about 1/16 of an inch. I am not entirely certain the problem was my photoshop cropping or having to shave a bit off the 3×4 to fit it into the pockets. I may reorder the middle two photos and try cutting them in a different way. I am not going to redo the whole thing though—lets call it a learning experience.
And the front of the inserts, you may ask? Well, it is somewhat underwhelming at the moment. This would be for the boyfriend’s trip home. So far, it consists of a title card, his plane tickets, and two photos he sent me with funny stories.Yes, the photos he sends are often very random. I am loving the instagram freebie from Cathy Z to contain these pictures with a short caption. “Don’t forget this” is a brush from here. I have been assured that there were many family photos taken, and I will receive them in due time. Until then it sits like this.
Having made the inner pages first, and being completely smitten with the pocket card there, I decided to repeat it here. This time, I did use the colored airplanes, and a brush on digital cardstock. Because the folded up tickets are quite bulky, I only adhered the bottom of the cards together and relied on the plastic pocket to keep it all in place. I have used the same washi tape all year, to keep with the consistency of using a kit. Also, choosing one coordinating roll per kit helps me resist the urge to buy—I have too many addictions already!
As you may have noticed, I love taking pictures, Project Life, and (as it turns out) blogging. Conversely I DETEST taking pictures of Project Life for the blog. Go figure. But I am working on it, so please stick with me. I am trying to adopt the same philosophy that I use for PL itself—some weeks I will love the results; some weeks will just be done. The value of this project is definitely in the whole rather than the parts.
Some of the cards used on these pages were from the Laura Kate is Crafty Facebook freebie add-on for the See the World collection. This has recently been changed out for a new set of cards, and once they are gone they are gone. Go get the new ones now while you can, or you will kick yourself later!
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