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Project Life® 2020 | August

After wrapping up my Story Class content for this month I looked over at my 2020 Project Life album and decided to tell the story of August. 

I tried to work on this monthly spread a few times last year and I always walked away for one reason or another - usually a general lack of motivation and a feeling like I was forcing it to come together (sometimes that's just the way it goes but I knew from experience if I gave it some breathing room it would get done eventually). Today felt like a good day to jump back in and finish it up and I can tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed the process.  

A couple things to note: 

  • I'm using the 2020 August Stories By The Month™ kit (digital version available here). 
  • For this spread I went back into my Instagram posts from August and copied and pasted much of the journaling I added to the photos I shared. This continues to be such an easy way + place to hold stories. 
  • As you'll see I put the wrong date on these (2021 vs. 2020) so I'll be reprinting a couple of the journaling pieces. 

Let's dive in: 

Here's a look via images with additional descriptions: 

For my August storytelling in my 9x12 album I decided to include two 6 inch x 12 inch inserts along with my two 9 inch x 12 inch page protectors. 

On the first page of the spread I included a couple sentiment/pattern cards from the kit along with three 3 inch x 4 inch photos. On top of those photos I added labels that I cut from a 3 inch x 4 inch journal card with a bit of handwritten journaling on top. 

When I flipped back through my 2020 album I noticed that in a previous month I'd rounded up a bunch of my Instagram posts and corralled them together onto one big page of journaling and decided that made sense for August too. On the front of the 6 inch x 12 inch insert I printed out a photo enlargement using my Epson XP15000 and added a chipboard circle on top. I opened IG on my computer and went back through my August posts and copied + pasted what I had written there onto a 6x12 canvas in Photoshop and then also onto three other 4x6 canvases. I had too much journaling to fit on the 6x12 so spreading the words out onto the other cards made so much sense. 

Along the top of my 6 inch x 12 inch journaling page I added a "love August" triangle. 

My second insert held 3 inch x 4 inch photos and a sentiment card. I cut this down from a 9 inch x 12 inch page protector (I just cut off the third row). When I looked at my August photos I noticed that I took quite a few selfies in August. I printed out a bunch of them and added them all together here. This is me making myself visible in my story. 

On top of a couple of those photos I added banner stickers, a chipboard piece, and a cut section of a 3 inch x 4 inch journal card. 

The back of that insert includes additional photos that illustrate the story of our month. 

The last page of the spread holds to more of the stories I copied and pasted from Instagram. One journal card was printed with a blank circle in the middle (created using a Text Wrap feature in Illustrator) and on top I added a 1 inch circle punched photo. For the second journal card on this page I anchored my text along the bottom and added a strip of one of the pattern cards on top. The final 4 inch x 6 inch journal card is from the kit and invited me to write down five things I was loving about August. 

Words + photos for the win!

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11 thoughts

  1. Kimkd says…
    02/24/2021

    Do you use the epson matt presentation paper for printing photos or do you use it for printing your digital kits? I am trying to find matt photo paper to print photos on but all of the matt photo papers I find are just like cardstock.

    Thank you!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      02/24/2021

      I don't use it for photos (I use Epson Premium Glossy). The Matte Presentation Paper I have is pretty thin - definitely thinner than cardstock (I think there are a couple weight options available).

    2. Kimkd says…
      02/24/2021

      Thank you!

  2. Jeannew says…
    02/24/2021

    Love it, Ali. Loved seeing you come back to PL for a month and enjoy the bright colors and looking back. I’m caught up for the past few years but have some 2017 unfinished spreads. This makes me want to go back and do them!

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  3. virginiegoujon says…
    02/24/2021

    Love it Ali!!

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  4. monica281 says…
    02/24/2021

    Hi Ali ! Is the OLW Stitched Journal going to be restocked ??? If yes, when ??? Please, please say yes !!!! 😊

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      02/24/2021

      Hi! That won't be restocked for this year but we will offer it again next year.

  5. jlutherdesigns says…
    02/24/2021

    This was great! I think you were thinking of Chatbooks - that app will pull in your instagram/facebook photos and captions and set it up in a book.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      02/24/2021

      Yes! Thank you!

  6. mcbce says…
    02/24/2021

    I was on youtube watching a new video from Krystal and was so happy to see this one from you pop up and watched it right away. So enjoy watching your process videos especially for PL.

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  7. nicoleseitler says…
    02/26/2021

    I am so happy to see this video today! I've missed seeing these monthly pages, but I also totally understand about not being in to making them lately. My own motivation crashed and stalled out about mid-December, so I also have an August spread from 2020 that I'm thinking about every now and again. LOL! I just can't seem to get back into anything at the moment. So, I've trying to take the advice I would give anyone else and give myself a break--because pandemic life is the way it is. I know from experience that my creativity will come back, so I'm trying not to force it... but I miss it, too. Sigh.

    Anyway--thanks for the beautiful inspiration! Love the 4x6 with the photo and journaling. Totally going to have to do something like that.

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