Happy New Year everyone! Today I awoke with 5 teenage girls sawing logs & scattered about our basement. Some of them stayed up to nearly 4am and I think they just dropped and fell asleep at some point. I stumbled into a disaster of a kitchen with 5 gooey crock pots, cups everywhere and lots of dishes. I spent an hour cleaning that up just so that we could fix a triple batch of pancakes, sausage and juice for the little sleeping beauties when they awoke. Then it was clean up time again in the kitchen & off to basketball practice. They'll all be back here this afternoon to gather up their things and then I'm kicking them all out. Ha! Josey made sure to clean up everywhere else so I'm looking forward to an evening snuggled in by the fire. Life is so good. I'm looking forward to another year of good times with my little family.
My online shop has re-opened today and I'll be adding in new items very soon. Until then I'm sharing more of my 2012 Project Life spreads. Today it's Week 39, a favorite of mine for many reasons. There's many things in this spread that I want to continue for 2013.
First I love the colors I used this week. My photos were fairly neutral so I just chose papers and embellishments in my favorite colors of robin's egg blue, a yellowish Chartreuse and a few bits of orange.
Third, I like that I used what I wanted this week as far as product picks. I particularly remember taking time to select a few favorite patterned papers, tags and just a few embellishments for this week's spread. I was Project Life-ing just for me. No assignments, no specific products that I had to use....I just sifted through my stash of products, looking for just the right creative touches. I'm looking forward to a lot more of this in 2013 and will be posting some new ideas on getting creative with PL pages.
Lastly, I like how clean, fairly simple and straight lined my spread looks this week with the full intention of keeping the focus on the photos. I like to try to keep my photos as large as I can if space allows, keeping the full 4 x 6 and 3 x 4 sizes if possible. I always want to keep this goal in mind of keeping the photos as the focus of my albums. I want my family to remember the events, not that I crammed as much product onto my pages as I could. They don't really care about all the products, I really feel that that part of the creative process is just for me.
The photo below starts my 4 x 6 inserts. Love this one which uses some favorite patterned paper, a pre-cut embellishment and a doily from my shop. I typed the Week 39 using my typewriter and added some stitching. I'll be changing this insert up a bit for 2013 and will post more on that soon.
manila parcel tags for pocket inserts. Just trim them down and they nestle right in. Some washi tape, a sticker and a wood veneer asterisk finish off this pocket.
A simple 5 x 7 photo of Jordan and her three best friends. I kept it simple because that's all that was necessary. Four best friends, no makeup, mis-matched Sunday afternoon clothes and none of them probably brushed their teeth. And all of them are beautiful in their own way. Who could ask for more? My eyes are getting all moist at the message this photo conveys.....true friendship, no strings attached. Oh, the power of scrapbooking.
The back side of the above 5 x 7 insert features a mini layout with journaling that goes with the insert below this photo. Jordan and her friends love to take the buggy (Gator) down this old lane with antique cars. They found a what must have been a dumping spot because they find treasures each time they go there. They have designated a spot in my old locker bin for a new treasure each visit. On this day, they found the motherload. I snapped a photo and them told them to pick a few items cuz not all of this
crap treasures was coming back to my lockers.
What I love about this small 5 x 7 insert is that it packs a punch. It floats my boat. It rings my bell as far as creativity goes. I was able to create a mini layout using a photo, some journaling and some creative accents like the stitched patterned paper, the washi tape and sticker arrows & stamps. I've found that I don't need to create a 12 x 12 collaged layout with one photo to fulfill my scrapbooking desires. I can do it all within my Project Life pages and that's like icing on the cake for me. Wrap it up, I'll take it!~
Thanks for visiting today. I'm looking forward to sharing more of my Project Life with you in 2013. More of the good stuff about scrapbooking....not just my layouts....but the guts of why we scrapbook and finding ways to make it more fun and interesting. Ways to really capture life in between the pages. Ways of keeping it real. I hope you'll join me!
Hey, what about One Little Word? I've found my word. Not sure what I'm gonna do with it but it might just find it's way into my blog posts this year. What about you, do you have One Little Word?