Hi friends! I won't apologise for the lack of posting again (....but I am sorry...lol..), I just can't get into the routine/habit of posting. I do OK for a couple weeks and then I get off the wagon again. Hopeless ;)
I am excited to say that I'm back giving Project Life another shot! I've been toying with the idea for a while (because I love Diane's PL pages!) and I happen to do a little bit of cleaning the other week and we ended up flipping through some of my older folders. It was just so awesome to read the random stories and look through all the photo's. SO AWESOME. We sat down and pointed at photo's and commented/laughed/remembered that moment and it was just so good. So I'm starting it back up again! I'm not sure I can commit to the 12x12 double-page weekly spreads that I used to do (even as awesome as they are to look back on) so I'm going to start with my loved 6x8 format. Well I partly because I love it and partly because I have dozens of random 6x8 pockets to use up ;)
I've picked up a couple Studio Calico 6x8 black leather binders which I'm hoping will be enough for the year. I don't plan on doing weekly spreads as such; just going to make pages as the mood strikes but I'd guess there will be 2-3 double-page spreads per month. So yeah, 2 albums may not be enough but I'll worry about that later, ha!
I'll be using the CTK Pocket Life kit; I love the PL kits every month and I'm always using it on my scapbooking layouts but now I'll be saving it for PL! The July Pocket Life kit is gorgeous; love the colouring and all those embellishments (the exclusive die-cuts just keep getting better every month!).
OK enough blabber, here are the first couple spreads I've put together. I'm actually a bit nervous about sharing because they're really quite plain (feel like such a newbie, lol). I still have a long way to go until I've found my "style" but I've got to start somewhere, right? ;)
First up I'm going to apologise for all the Snapchat photo's that are going to appear throughout my PL album. We LOVE taking photo's using the silly filters in our house. Gives us lots of giggles.
My first week is bright and happy, and even though it's simple; I'm super happy how it finished up. The journal cards are so fun and have awesome prompts to get you started. I'm using the computer/printer to print my journaling directly onto the cards (I just stick them to cardstock using d/s tape and run through the 6x4 tray on my Pixma).
At this stage I'm trying to keep the embellishing to a minimum AND keep it flat! Mostly because I really do want to try and only use 2 albums for the year. ;)
My second week isn't quite as bright; I went with the yellow/mustard/tan toned cards and embellished with same/neutrals to match. I used a couple pieces from the Grace, Sprinkles & Embellishment on this week (literally maybe one or two die-cuts from each lol).
For the "for the record" card (LHS spread) to ensure the text lined up I just took a photo of the card on my phone, dropped the image into Photoshop then typed my journaling into each space. Then I printed it onto scrap cardstock (I have heaps of 6x4 white cardstock leftover after cutting 12x12 cardstock down to 6x8 pages) and lined the actual PL card up with what had printed on the scrap cardstock. Before I printed it again, I just hid the photo layer. Little time consuming I guess but works easy enough :)
I'm still doing a little machine stitching (because I love the look) but I'm reaching for the tiny attacher mostly. I like the look and it's flat!
Both spreads came together so quickly too! I figured I'd end up spending ages to get them done but they took half the time of what I usually spend doing a layout! WIN! Let's hope it continues to keep coming together that way ;)
And that's it. First couple weeks of PL done and my first project using the CTK July kits shared, wohoo! I've got a couple layouts done too so I'll do my best to share those in the next week.
Thank you so much for sticking around and checking in when I do post, I really appreciate you taking the time to visit :)
Take care, Em xo