Project Life® 2019 | October

It's been a busy project month around here and I finally made time to get my  October Project Life® stories told. 

When I sat down to look back through my photos from October I made the decision to focus on the ones I shared on Instagram. Each of those photos included a little story that was shared when I shared the photo. I copied and pasted the text of each of those stories from Instagram onto a 3x3 inch square (using Photoshop) and printed them out on photo paper. 

It's a great reminder that Instagram can be used as a holding place for your stories as you are living them. 

You'll also notice I did super light embellishing this month. I simply added chipboard asterisks, rubber pennants, and chipboard words (all were past Add Ons to my kit subscriptions) to the outside of the page protectors after I got all the words and the photos into the pockets. 

Here's a look at how I brought it all together: 

For October I included two inserts: (1) a 9x12 that holds 3x3 inch squares - I cut off the outside column of squares to fit the number of photos + words I included. 

I printed out a full page 9x12 photo and included text on top in Photoshop before printing. This was a chance to write a little overview of the month before adding the individual stories that went along with each photo. I went for "bigger picture" feelings for that piece of the story. 

The second insert I added was a 6x8 page protector. That holds a photo I took of myself on our front porch at the very beginning of the month. On top of the page protector I added a "gratitude" plastic word and an "everyday" rubber piece (from a past Week In The Life™ kit). 

The back of the 6x8 page protector includes a longer story I posted on Instagram. Again I copied and pasted the story onto the photo before printing. 

As always, I encourage you to remember that this project (as with so many others) is the sum of all the stories. Some months will be more crafty, some more photo heavy, others more story heavy. The beauty is found in all those stories coming together to tell the bigger story of your year. 

Here's a look at how this came together at my table: 

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11 thoughts

  1. belleacropper says…
    11/26/2019

    love this Ali, wish I could make my photos that bright without losing the quality.... :)

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  2. barefootscrapbooker says…
    11/26/2019

    Love the pairing of stories and photos you did here. I'm intrigued by the adding of embellishments on the protectors as opposed to the photos themselves. What are your thoughts behind this approach? Thanks!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      11/26/2019

      In the video I think I say that I was honestly just lazy - ha! I didn't want to pull all the photos back out again.

    2. SFK14 says…
      11/26/2019

      I sometimes put them on the outside when I want some texture under my fingers, or when I feel like putting them inside makes the pockets too bumpy.

  3. SFK14 says…
    11/26/2019

    Love the combination of solid colour squares with the variety of patterns in the photos!

    What do you do in Photoshop to create the black strips with white text (like on the big pumpkin photo)?

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      11/26/2019

      Hi! I do the text first and then use the shape tool to draw boxes behind the text.

    2. SFK14 says…
      11/26/2019

      Ahhhh- mystery solved! Thank you, Ali!

  4. smultringunn says…
    11/26/2019

    This! This is what I want my memorykeeping to look like next year. A 6x8 collection of stories and a 9x12 monthly Project Life to satisfy my chronological needs. I really love how this album has turned out.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      11/26/2019

      Me too! I have LOVED doing it monthly.

  5. carri says…
    11/27/2019

    I really love the coloured journaling spots! I need to try this!

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  6. carrieowens says…
    12/02/2019

    Your project life pages are amazing...makes me miss scrapbooking so much. So simple and clean and concise. Ugh. I miss it so much. Love your work as always.

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