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Pieces Of Me 2021 | Project In Progress

In this week's Craft The Story (Episode 14) video I'm sharing a look at my Pieces Of Me project in progress. 

Many of you have been joining me this week in this self-portrait adventure where we are getting ourselves in our stories. I have absolutely loved seeing your images - most especially your faces. Beautiful, brave, resilient women + men who are showing up and having fun both in front of + behind your cameras. 

Each day this week I've set aside some time to print my photo(s) and add them into my Pieces Of Me notebook along with some journaling. I filmed myself working on this project each day and have brought that together for today's video. I'll share the other three pages in the coming week.

If you are reading that post at another time or you missed our community documenting time it's totally not too late to embark on this project for yourself. More details can be found via the Pieces Of Us archives.  

Let's dive in to the video: 

Here's a closer look at my notebook spreads: 

NOTEBOOK IDEA : Fill that longer page with a photo. In addition to my smaller photo (cropped to 4.25 inches x 4 inches wide) I printed a second larger foot photo (cropped to 4.25 inches x 8.25 inches) for the first page of the spread. I'm using Scotch Rolling Adhesive to adhere these photos into the notebook. On top of the photo I added a pleather embellishment from the Ups + Downs collection release. 

For my journaling I used the "these feet" stamp from the Pieces Of Me stamp set. 

NOTEBOOK IDEA : Fill that longer page with pattern paper or painted paper or scrap paper. I ended up using some deli sheets that were leftover from a previous gelli plate printing adventure. I love when the left over pieces (or in this case the deli sheets that I rolled my brayer off onto) can be just as cool and functional as the original prints. 

NOTEBOOK IDEA : Stamp on top of your pattern paper (or scrap paper).

NOTEBOOK IDEA : Another way to use that longer page in the spread is to print out your journaling. I took what I wrote in my Instagram post and then copied + pasted it into photoshop and printed it on Epson Matte Presentation Paper. Loved having a home for that longer journaling. Below my photo I added a piece of pattern paper from the Heart Scrapbook Kit and a chipboard piece from the Ups + Downs collection. 

Check out how I approached documenting this project in 2020 here.

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8 thoughts

  1. Kegger says…
    04/09/2021

    Hey Ali,

    What will you do with the left over pages in the notebook once all seven spreads have been created? :) Or is the notebook exactly right to the number of prompts?

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      04/09/2021

      Hi! I'm not sure just yet. This notebook has the seven prompts and then a few extra pages at the end in case you want to add something.

  2. JinOK says…
    04/09/2021

    Ali,
    I used my "extra" pages to add my photos from last year. I had kept the photos but never did anything with them. That was before lock down, so a lot of new information and new type of living since last year. I'm using them to reflect on the year. Thinking about what is the same and what is different...

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      04/09/2021

      Love that.

  3. achaffin39 says…
    04/09/2021

    LOVE the Ups and Downs kit. I have the digital version but was not following the site last year when the physical version was released. Any plans to release that kit again (or any extras on hand)? I look forward to these videos every Friday. It's a great way to start the weekend! Thanks!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      04/09/2021

      Hi! No plans to re-release that at this time but we may consider it for the future (or an updated version). I loved that one too!

  4. kybarb says…
    04/09/2021

    Loving this project Ali! Will you talk anymore about the deli papers you used in this project? Do you remember what previous class or project you made them for? I just ordered a gelliplate and am looking forward to playing with it but I’m wondering how you made the big heart (or are they circles?)shapes on the deli paper. If you will be talking more about that in the Hello Story class 3 —I’m signed up so will see then.

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    1. justtraceau says…
      04/16/2021

      Hi kybarb :-) Ali does some really cool playing with gelli plates/stamps/acrylics in the stamp week series that you can access on YouTube or here on the blog - I’m pretty sure that these papers are the ones she created then. Hope this helps!