Say hello to Project Life® 2014 | Week Twelve (March 17th through March 16th). You can check out all the new kits for May (called Camelot) over at Studio Calico here: Scrapbook Kit | Project Life® Kit | Card Kit.
This month I received a suggestion to play around a bit more and include a traditional layout within Project Life®.
I gladly accepted the challenge and well, I kinda did it. Ha. I think what I ended up with is close enough and I liked the end result. I decided to go with a full size photo for the background of my “layout” as you’ll see below. In the past I’ve done 12×12 photos in Project Life but I cut them up to fit into the pockets. You can see examples of that here, here, and a tutorial on how I do it here.
Here’s what I can tell you about adding in a full page that was cut up into pockets: I liked mixing it up.
It was a little weird at first. I’m so used to sticking to a very specific formula for Project Life (which has been great for me and simplified my overall process). I had to let go of the way I’ve been thinking about Project Life to focus more on what I was going to choose to highlight from the second part of the week.
As you’ll see below I ended up adding a 6×8 divided pocket page which made a nice transition to the full 12×12 (and allowed me to include a bit more of the story + have the full page 12×12 with not a lot of extra stuff on there).
I totally loved adding in that 6×8 page protector (Becky Higgins Design 4). Did you guys know they fit right into the 12×12 albums? Awesome. I did a little testing and it looks like the Simple Stories 6×8 page protectors also fit into 12×12 albums.
Yellow and teal = happy. I really liked those wood veneer banners.
I did some repeated stamping for the date card. To do this you simply ink-up your stamp, stamp once for the full effect and then stamp multiple times around it (the ink will be less and less each time you stamp).
This week I also cut up some of the 3×4 cards to give myself more white areas for adding my stories. Most of those were stitched on with my sewing machine.
Here you can see the 6×8 page protector laying on top of the 12×12 photo as it appears in my album.
That “enjoy the adventure” card is one of those that I almost wanted to just frame instead of use. I love gold foil and I love cream cardstock. I decided to use it but not add anything to it and just let it exist on it’s own merit.
In the top left pocket I used one of the printed banners to hold two wood veneer banners together. On the back of those I used the alphabet rub ons to add “a & a” and “2014″ directly to the wood veneer (see the image below). I also added another printed banner to match the one on the other side.
Including in one of the add-on kits this month is the white printed transparency that I added to the photo of myself on the bottom.
On the back I included a photo, a sentiment card and a card with space for journaling. In the plastic tab along the edge I added one of the label stickers from the Cosmo Cricket which is also included in an Add-On Project Life kit (Lancelot) this month. You can grab them individually here.
I used my Epson R2000 printer to print out this photo here at home. On top of the photo I added a “hello” metal speech bubble that’s included with the Arthur Add-On Kit. I actually hand-stitched that in place with yellow embroidery floss.
Writing around the edge of the photo made it feel more like a layout and less like a big photo added in a pocket.
I plan to do another layout/full page photo on the back of this for the beginning of Week Thirteen.
AE IDEAS/ACTION ITEMS
- What can you try this week that’s different than you normally do? Changing up my approach was good for me creatively.
- Mix & match page sizes. I loved adding in that 6×8 page protector this week. If you already have some 6×8 page protectors at home and the holes don’t match up you could always punch new holes using a Crop-A-Dile or other hole punch.
- Add embellishments to a pocket that are smaller than the pocket size to give you a transparent view through to the next page. I did that with the wood veneer flags and stapled them in place in the pocket.
- Get out your pens (I used a Slick Writer here) and write around the outside edge of your photo.
SUPPLIES | 2014 | WEEK TWELVE
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Project Life® is a product and a system and a lifestyle created by Becky Higgins. It can be anything you want it to be. The core pieces used in my album are available here. If you live outside the US check Becky’s site for more information on sources. View all my posts about Project Life® here.