I took some time to finally tackle getting my August photos printed and documented in my Project Life album - it's been a busy month with December Daily® launching and back to school and all the things that go along with both those events.
I am totally loving looking back at the month as a whole. This month what I saw when I looked back at my collection of photos was this: rest + wide open sky + friends. If you were to walk up to me and ask me what was happening here in August I'd probably think of something like "end of summer" stuff but it's unlikely I would come up with "wide open sky + rest + friends" without looking back at my photos to really see those two themes jumping out at me.
Let's dive right in and see how I told my story this month:
August starts on the backside of my July stories. In addition I added four more page protectors: a 9x12 that is cut down to a 3x12, a 6x8, a 6x12, and a 9x12 that holds 9, 3x4 photos.
This year I've been using the physical Stories By The Month™ kits and I'm continuing that this month. We do have subscriptions available and you can start anytime (click here to view the current month). If you like the designs I've used here you can grab the digital version of this kit and print at home.
You might notice right away that I created my own "unifying element" for this month using one of the digital word art pieces. I created those by cutting up a 4x6 card - before printing I added my text.
I don't always have a "unifying element" that is this specific but I loved the process of looking at each of my photos, typing up a little something, printing + cutting, and then adding to each of my 3x4 photos (added to either the top or the bottom).
If you have this kit in your stash you can also make something very similar using the "august is" stamp.
I had quite a few 3x4 photos I wanted to include this time which is why I ended up with additional inserts - I printed all the ones I wanted to include and made it work. I cut one of the 9x12 page protectors down to hold more photos and then also added a 6x8 page protector that holds both photos and journaling cards.
You might also notice that I used the word/phrase stickers + chipboard pieces to add to my 3x4 photos (they got one or the other as an embellishment).
As I mentioned above I noticed that I'd taken a lot of photos of the sky in August. I decided to include four of them together on the back side of a 6x8 page protector along with two 6x12 enlargements. On top of one of the 3x4 photos I added one of the wood veneer phrases from the kit.
An easy way to create additional embellishments for your stories is to cut shapes out of the journal cards. Loved cutting out these tags from one of the journal cards and adhering them with foam squares (this tag shape was also included in the stamp set along with the text "making me happy" so you could easily create these on your own as well).
I printed a second photo enlargement and then the rest of my 3x4 photos with chipboard or word/phrase stickers on top.
On the 6x12 photo you can see another example of creating an embellishment by cutting up a journal card from the kit paired with a chipboard circle. I also journaled around the outside edge of the photo.
Here's a look at my process:
- 9x12 Album (we hope to have more of these in-stock mid-late October)
- 9x12 Page Protectors
- 6x8 Page Protector
- 6x12 Page Protector
- August 2019 Stories By The Month™ Kit (digital version available here) : details on subscribing here
- Avery Index Tabs
- Foam Adhesive Squares
- StazOn Ink
- Power Punch
- Epson PictureMate PM400 Printer (for 3x4 photos)
- Epson XP15000 (for enlargements)