Better late than never, right? I started off the year so excited to begin creating a Project Life® album. For those of you that don’t know what Project Life® is check it out here. For me it’s a quicker way to scrapbook multiple events and daily life. Where one 12×12 layout would document one memory, each pocket in a Project Life® spread can document one event. The idea is to fill the pockets with photos, memorabilia, and journaling weekly, resulting in 52 spreads. This is my cover page for 2014.
My approach to creating a Project Life® layout is the same as when I design – simple, graphic, and straightforward with a spattering of vintage inspiration. I always try to keep design sensibilities in mind when I’m scrapbooking as it challenges me to create within limits. I can’t always increase the size of something, I can’t press command-z if something doesn’t look right, and don’t have a wide array of typefaces to choose from. What I really love about scrapbooking is getting off the computer and using physical paper and elements to create. I love rearranging embellishments, mixing patterns and finding just the right die cut or stamp to finish off the page.
For Christmas I received the Sunshine Edition Core Kit designed by Elise and Emma of A Beautiful Mess. I knew right away that I wanted to use some of the gorgeous floral prints on the cover. I also used some sheets from Studio Calico’s Sundrifter collection. A few of the other sheets, like the white floral and the woodgrain, I picked up from Hobby Lobby and Michael’s. Thicker’s and wood veneers are always a must for me.
And here is the final product! I tried sewing to make a grid, but my sewing skills are less than par. BUT I do like the sort of texture and imperfection they bring to the layout. I don’t think I’ll be sewing anymore pages myself. I might have to enlist in the help of my sister for that.
I’m off to catch up on more weeks of Project Life®.