Wednesday, July 01, 2015
One of the reasons I wanted to transition from a weekly approach to more of a monthly/moments approach is because I haven't been taking photos consistently from week to week. This week above is a good example of that. I was lacking in photos and in documentation in general, so I had a few more filler cards than usual. I included a screenshot of a book I read recently, "Brain on Fire".
The Midnight Project Life core kit has been great for filling in blank slots. The colors and style just go with everything!
This particular weekend had a lot of eating out, so I took advantage of using this Kellie Stamps set, "Brunch" available for pre-order today. At first, I was a little hesitant of stamping directly on the photos since I'm not the best stamper, but it turned out better than I expected! I also added some stamping on vellum over a picture for a different look (on the "brunch" photo). Near the bottom, I stamped across two photos that I cut later to fit into the square slots.
One of my favorite stamping looks is gold metallic ink on a black and white photo. I used Galaxy Gold Brilliance ink over this black and white photo of my friend from a brunch adventure.
Products used: Kellie Stamps "Brunch" set, Becky Higgins Midnight Edition Project Life Core kit
Monday, June 15, 2015
It's been a while since I've worked on my Project Life album! I think that attempting a weekly approach was a bit unrealistic, and when I realized this, it took me a while to decide if I should continue to keep the album consistent or try something different. In the end, I decided to just capture things monthly and not worry about having each week separated into one page protector. I was a little bummed that only the first few months will all have a "week in review" card, but I'd rather try an approach that works better for me than making it difficult for myself.
April was my birthday month, and Billy took some instax photos that I wanted to add into my album. I ended up using a trading card page protector from Staples. The slots are a little large for the instax size, but it was the closest fit I could find without trying to make my own page protectors.
Billy picked up the Midnight Edition Project Life core kit for me, so I've been adding the cards throughout to fill in the blanks when I didn't take as many photos. I love the color scheme of the Midnight Edition, lots of black and white and pops of yellow! This spread had a lot of eating out, so I used some fun food-related stamps by Kellie Winnell and Kelly Purkey.
Here's a photo of what the spread looks like in my album. Thanks for stopping by!
Products used: Clearly Kelly "Food Coma" stamps, Kellie Stamps "Epic" set, Paislee Press Week in Review Card, Studio Calico Color Theory ink pad in "lemon zest", Becky Higgins Midnight Edition Project Life Core kit
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Week 12 and 13 were lacking in photos, so I had some extra room to play around with creating and embellishing some journaling/filler cards. Although I enjoy the ability to add more 6x4 photos with the 9x12 Project Life size, I really like how easy it is to position the photos and cards in this page protector that has only 3x4 slots.
The Clearly Kelly outline alpha stamps are probably the first alphabet stamps I've used. It can be a bit tedious to line up and align each letter, but it leaves so many possibilities for customized words and phrases. I used them with Staz-On ink to create a journaling card title. To random letters, I added pops of color with the different patterns the stamp set comes with. I also added the checkbox list stamp to note down the different books I read or was in the process of reading. At the top, I included a letterpress card that says "happy memories" in navy ink.
Week 13 wasn't a fantastic week, so I just tried to fill in the pockets and be done with it. I used a couple of 6x4 photos since I was really lacking in photos that week. I added a few filler items like the Ali Edwards digital stamp "make it happen", and created a little card with Amy Tangerine alphas.
To one of the photos, I used a Clearly Kelly stamp with Brillance ink in Galaxy Gold to add a little extra detail.
Thanks for stopping by!
Products used: Clearly Kelly "Food Coma" stamps, Clearly Kelly "Take Note" stamps, Clearly Kelly "Daily Life" stamps, Paislee Press Week in Review Card, Studio Calico Color Theory ink pad in "lemon zest", Ali Edwards Hello Goals digital stamps, We R Memory Keepers Journaling Lifestyle Letterpress Plates
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
These weeks have a bit more embellishing than weeks previous. I ordered some Clearly Kelly stamps from Paper Issues, and had some fun stamping everywhere. Week 10 was a week off in between placements, so there was some time to relax, exercise, and meet up with friends. On the top left photo, I tried to stamp "big bite" directly on the photo, but my Staz-On ink had dried out (I left it uncovered one night by accident) and I didn't get a good transfer. To cover the mess, I just stamped on a piece of cardstock and stapled it over the botched attempt.
The lines and date in the "documented" card were letterpressed with teal ink. I love the added texture the letterpress gives! On the bottom right photo, I used Brilliance ink in Galaxy Gold. The ink is great for directly stamping on photos and looks especially nice against darker backgrounds.
Week 11 ended up having a brighter color scheme than normal (for me). I noticed I had a lot of red, yellow, and blue in my photos so I used mainly those primary colors for patterned paper and embellishing. This was also the first week I decided to try a different page protector (the one with 9 3x4 slots). This page protector was easier to work with in terms of arranging photos and cards since there were restrictions with 6x4 photo slots.
Although I didn't add many embellishments, I like the extra details of the stamping and letterpressing. It also helped to fill in some slots when I didn't have enough photos. Thanks for stopping by!
Products used: Clearly Kelly "Food Coma" stamps, Clearly Kelly "Take Note" stamps, Clearly Kelly "Daily Life" stamps, Paislee Press Week in Review Card, Studio Calico Color Theory ink pad in "lemon zest", Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink pad , We R Memory Keepers Journaling Lifestyle Letterpress Plates
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