Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Project Life [my way]

It wasn't until the middle of working on my December Daily, that I realized how much I did enjoy the plastic pocket system of documenting life.  I tried it before in a smashbook-style binder, and didn't enjoy it.

However, the idea of documenting your weekly life really appealed to me.  Why?  Because it would mean I would only have to really scrapbook once a week.  I would be working on the week prior's photos and journaling.  It seemed easy and doable.  Plus, the fact that I would be doing a lot of purging and downsizing of my craftroom, I knew I'd have the time & motivation to get it done.

Early January, our church did a 21 day fast to which we participated in.  You can read about it here if you are interested.  In any case, I knew I'd be behind a few weeks if I decided to start PL, but I didn't think it would be a problem.

My "Studio D" dehoardification is not yet complete, but in the photo below you can see how I store my PL cards.  I have a few partial kits that fit perfectly inside the Alex drawer units by IKEA, along with the very cool wood organizers that I found at JoAnn.com the end of last year.



The photo below shows how I used to store those white cubbies on top of my desk.
But it looked too cluttered and messy.




Project Life is meant to simplify your life by printing out 3x4 & 4x6 photos, inserting journal cards into the pockets and writing down a little something about the photos.
However, I'm a true scrapbooker / smashbooker at heart, and I love to embellish, add pops of color, use stamps, wood veneers and anything to add dimension to pages.


So for week one, I tapped into that theory a little and crated a fun page.  




Weeks 2 & 3 were more calm and generic, but I really did it up big for week 4...
which you can see below.



I used a lot of fun bright colors, mostly from an old Amy Tangerine line, and added pops of other designers like Heidi Swapp, October Afternoon & Studio Calico.  You can even find some Recollections brand touches.



Here's a close up that I shared on my instagram of how I altered the wood polaroid frames.
I purchased these at Michaels.




Since I knew I'd be using October Afternoon's "Midway" Collection for the right side of week 5, I wanted to make sure that I incorporated fun/matching colors & embellishments on the left side also.

(these photos were taken without the journaling) 



I see each PL card as it's own smashbook page.
I like to add many layers, fun shapes and focus on making at least 1 thing pop on each card.






I'm still not done with my title page, but here's a sneak at what it's looking like.
I started this about 2 weeks ago and still have not had the desire to finish it.



There's no pressure to document your life weekly, especially if all you do is work long hours and only have time for fun things on weekends, you can make it a monthly project to work on.  Whatever best suits your life.

It's adjustable, and fun!

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