Project Life 2015 | Weeks 8 and 9

Monday, March 16, 2015

I'm impressed I've made it this far with Project Life this year! Putting it together a month at a time seems to be working well. I've been trying to make an effort to take more pictures this year, which has made the whole PL process easier since I'm just slotting them into the page protector pockets. Week 8 involved an attempt to start studying for the upcoming national board exam, a hockey game, and cold weather + snow = hot chocolate and marshmallows.

To keep the focus on the photos, I've been using mainly tags and stickers as embellishments. It's also been helping to keep the spreads relatively flat which will (hopefully) save some room in my album. I'm hoping the whole year will fit in one album, but I'm not sure if that'll be realistic.

I wanted to add a full photo, but like I mentioned in this post, getting 9x12 photos printed isn't the most convenient for me. I decided to add a 6x8 photo insert instead. For the text, I used this lovely minimalistic Paislee Press photo template.

This week, I was a little low on photos so I included a screenshot of the TV show I was binge-watching with Billy (House of Cards season 3) and a red filler card from an older Studio Calico Project Life kit. I thought that the phrase was fitting for my last week at my first external practicum. I met up with a friend in my program and we went for our usual bi-monthly brunch. To add some extra journaling, I used a simple Big City Quiet journaling card. For some extra color, I added a floral Paislee Press sticker to the bottom.

Thanks for checking out my Project Life! Have a great week :)

Products Used: Big City Quiet Days of the Week Journaling Cards, Paislee Press Week in Review Card, Paislee Press Pictures and Words No. 7, Paislee Press 6x8 Minimalist Template

Project Life 2015 | Weeks 6 and 7

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

For February, I took the same approach as I did in January and waited until the end of the month to put it all together. This seems to be working since it makes it easier to just get one batch of photos printed at the end of the month. For the first week of February, I didn't end up taking too many photos so I had some room to add more journaling. I used the Paislee Press week in review card, a Big City Quiet journaling card for the weekend, and included a Big City Quiet filler card since we had a bit of a snow storm that week. I don't have a color printer at home, so I like that all of these cards come in black and white. The lovely scripted calendar card is by Pretty Organised.

One day during my practicum, I was really craving root beer and I ended up going to all of the vending machines and food shops in the hospital without finding any. One of the other students was nice enough to find me one, which is why I included a photo of the can. I'm not sure what it was about that placement, but I drank more pop there than I have in years combined.

This week's photos ended up being a bit darker. It was dark when I woke up and headed to the hospital, and then I spent most of the day in the basement before going home when it was dark again. Although I love the look of other people's Project Life spreads with soft, light colors, I like that this spread is representative of how little sunlight I was actually seeing. The "lovely evening" script was a digital stamp by Paislee Press. The photo was blurry, so I like that the stamp added a little extra detail.

That week was also Chinese New Year, and I celebrated by having dinner with Billy and his mom. I placed the "let's celebrate" word sticker by Cosmo Cricket directly on the photo of the traditional dinner. On the photo of my cat, I used a Paislee Press template to add some journaling.

Products Used: Big City Quiet Word Stamp No. 3, Big City Quiet Days of the Week Journaling Cards, Paislee Press Week in Review Card, Paislee Press Pictures and Words No. 7, Pretty Organised calendar card

Changing Project Life Sizes: 6x8 to 9x12

Monday, March 09, 2015

This year seems to be all about the 9x12 Project Life size. Studio Calico and A Beautiful Mess both have new 9x12 albums and page protectors out, and I jumped on the bandwagon to make the change this year. Previously, I've worked with the smaller 6x8 size, but the older Studio Calico album and page protectors I used are now phased out. I wanted to share a few things I've noticed while working with the 9x12 size so far. These are just my thoughts and opinions about moving from the 6x8 to 9x12 size.

PROS: What I like about 9x12

  • Including more 6x4 photos: When I used the 6x8 Project Life size, I typically picked the page protector that had 4 3x4 slots. Since the whole album is smaller, I liked that this page protector gave you more options to add things. I ended up taking mainly portrait oriented photos since the 6x4 photos would either have to be cut in half or cropped to fit the 3x4 orientation. With the 9x12 size, I can add more 6x4 landscape oriented photos without worrying about how to crop them.
  • Taking up less space in an album: With the 6x8 album, I would usually work on a full spread (both sides) at a time, which ended up being 8 3x4 slots. My album got filled up pretty quickly, especially since I added a few custom inserts to hold birthday cards and extra pictures. I tried to make the year fit into one album, but it's a tight fit. I'm still filling in the latter parts of the year, and I'm finding that I'm limiting what I put in to ensure that it fits in one album. Rather than doing a full spread, I'm working with one side at a time with the 9x12 album. This works out to 9 3x4 slots, which isn't too different than the amount I filled in my 6x8 album with two sides. I'm also making an effort to keep embellishing flatter in hopes of reducing the amount of albums needed in a year.
  • Extra space for journalling: As previously mentioned, I have 9 3x4 slots to work with compared to 8 3x4 slots. With this extra space, I have room to add more journalling or filler cards. I usually limited this with the 6x8 album since there was less space available.
  • Page protector styles: There are four main types of page protectors available for both the Studio Calico and A Beautiful Mess 9x12 albums:
      1) full 9x12 (1 slot)
      2) 5 3x4's and 2 6x4's (7 slots)
      3) 3x4 grid (9 slots)
      4) 3x3 grid (12 slots)
  • I like that they have a few different options to try out, and you won't need to buy a different brand of page protectors that will need to be re-punched. The older style of 4-ring 6x8 album didn't have a square grid page protector, and I ended up having to buy another brand and punch in new holes. It's probably not a huge deal to most people, but I wasn't a fan of all of the extra holes I'd end up with.

    CONS: What I don't like about 9x12

  • Restricted positioning of cards: Although I enjoy adding in more 6x4 photos, the structure of the page protector also ends up restricting where I place them. There are two slots for 6x4 photos, so they always end up being in the same places. When planning out my pages, I set these photos down first and then work around them to add in the journaling cards and smaller photos. With the 6x8 album, I could place my photos or journaling cards in any of the slots since they were all 3x4. It's not a big problem, but it is a bit of a change to have a positioning constraint.
  • Awkward size for full pages: Once in a while, I liked adding a full page 6x8 photo to my Project Life. It was a nice change from the usual page protector, and I especially enjoyed the look paired with a square grid page protector. With the 9x12 album, I don't think I can add full 9x12 photos. I don't have a home printer that could fit that size, and I can't justify price of a 12x12 or a 12x18 photo print (at the Canadian Costco, the price for a 12x12 or 12x18 print is $5.99). I started adding a few full sized 6x8 prints to my 9x12 album, and they make for fun inserts.
  • Lack of consistency between pages: Since I work with one side at a time rather than a full spread, sometimes I feel that the flow between pages is not very consistent. Working on a full 6x8 spread usually meant that both sides complemented each other in terms of colors and balance. When I open my 9x12 album, each side works by itself but not necessarily with the page next to it. In a way, I like that each week is a bit different, but sometimes I wish that my album was more cohesive.

  • Overall, I am enjoying the switch from 6x8 to 9x12. There are pros and cons to both, but so far I like how the 9x12 has been working for me. I've been documenting more than previous years, and I've managed to keep up so far. One of the most important thing is that I'm really enjoying working on it. Another size that I've been seeing lately is 6x12 Project Life that Kelly Purkey and Kellie Winnell are doing. I love seeing their spreads, but I'm not too sure how it'd work for me. Maybe something to look into for another year!

    Project Life 2015 | Weeks 4 and 5

    Monday, February 23, 2015

    Weeks 4 and 5 are quite simple with minimal embellishing. Week 4 actually has no embellishing, except for the addition of a gold paperclip to hold the ticket stub from The Imitation Game (great movie by the way!). Although my dates got a little mixed up from the previous weeks, I enjoy using the "week in review" card to jot down some of the highlights.

    The middle "my brain has too many tabs open" card was a picture my clinical coordinator sent our class. I thought it was nice that she still tries to keep in contact even though we're all spread out in different provinces now. I also included a screenshot of some Project Life spreads that are currently inspiring me. Sometimes I enjoy looking through everyone else's spreads, but at other times it makes me wish that my Project Life looked more like theirs.

    Week 5 is probably my favorite of my 2015 spreads so far, probably because I remembered to take photos of people. On the weekend, I got together with a friend from my program for brunch. I loved the yellow color of her sweater, so I ended up adding a similar yellow colored sticker to the bottom of the spread. I like the overall color scheme of the spread with the yellows, blues, and darks.

    I went for lunch (right after brunch) with my two good friends I hadn't seen in a while. We went to an interesting New Orleans styled diner, but I was too full at that point to really enjoy anything. It was nice to spend some time catching up with them all the same.

    Putting all of January together was quite easy, especially since it mainly involved just slotting the pictures into the page protectors and being done with it. I'm going to try to take a similar approach with February and see how it goes. Thanks for stopping by!

    Project Life 2014 | August

    Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    most of the photos in the spreads are taken by Billy Wong

    Another Project Life post! This is from my 2014 album which is 6x8. I didn't keep up with PL after about July so I'm starting to fill in some of the missing spaces here and there. This spread is from August and documents a trip taken to the mountains. Billy brought his instant camera, so we ended up with lot of polaroid shots. I wanted to include some of them in my album so I cut down a trading card page protector by Avery. The page protector is bigger than the polaroid photos, so I used some patterned paper to fill in the spaces.

    Most of the patterned papers I used were from older 6x6 paper pads. I used Atlantic and Wanderlust by Studio Calico. The blues and greens in Wanderlust were great for the outdoor photos. I always enjoy going to the mountains and I wanted to try to fit in as many photos as possible so I used a page protector with 2x2 squares. The square page protector is by Simple Stories, and required a few extra holes punched in to fit into the Handbook album.

    Thanks for taking a look :)