Hi everyone & Happy Super Bowl Sunday! For those of you doing a little blog hopping today I thought I'd share my 2013 Project Life Week 1 + a few of my ideas for mixing my Project Life up a bit this year. You might want to read through to catch everything. This is my 2 page spread which you may have seen in my last post which uses the February Gossamer Blue kits.
This year I've decided to just take clues from my photos and see what happens with my pages. Since Project Life is my main form of scrapbooking, with just a few traditional pages added in here and there, I am choosing to get more creative with my 2 page weekly spreads.
One thing that you'll be noticing is that I'm treating my 2 page spread more like a traditional 2 page scrapbook layout. My patterned papers are more coordinated and everything kind of flows together. I've been making more of my own journaling cards but using purchased products here and there also. There will be some weeks that I know I will maybe need to just reach for purchased products too & that will be totally fine. No rules this year, just having fun with it all.
A big change that I'm making this year is that I'm not taking up two slots for a weekly dated card + a Week in Review card. I'm combining the two into one 4 x6 slot which I'm going to call my Calendar Card. Here I will note the week number, the dates that this particular week covers (like Jan 1 through Jan 6) and I'll include an additional piece that has a list of week in review items. If space allows, like for my Week 1, I'll add in another small photo, a quote, some stamping, etc. My Calendar Card will always be placed in the upper left hand corner of my 2 page spread.
Large Manila Parcel Tags from my shop fit onto a 3 x4 journaling card with some space. The XL Manila Parcel Tags can be made into 3 x 4 inserts by simply trimming them down to 4" and they're already 3" wide. The insert on the right uses a Rectangle Hang Tag with a stamped image, stitching and stapling.
Now a close up of this 3 x 4 insert. This card has been placed where I would normally leave a slot open for my Week in Review card. But now I'm leaving a slot for what I'm calling the Wild Card. My Wild Card will be used for anything I choose. I may need the spot for an additional photo or story but if space allows, I'm hoping to include an off the wall item I found for this week....maybe a little piece of artwork that I did for an Art Card.....a fun photo I took like this mini Instagram of a sketch I did while making some notes.....maybe I'll experiment with some mists, paints or other art supplies....maybe I'll create a fun collage with leftover supplies.....maybe I'll include a fun quote. The sky is the limit hence the name Wild Card.
Grid Paper Label. I've added 4 new label types to the shop this week, you can see them all here.
Another item that I'll be utilizing this year for Project Life is stitched pockets. I like using vellum for the pocket portion because you can tuck in items like this used gift card + punched hearts and still see them. The vellum helps to hide bright colors or items that may not coordinate with your spread. I've got some Tag Pockets up in my shop that I'm looking forward to using too. Nice to have on hand. The right card is from Evalicious with stamping, punched heart & sticker number. Oh and those wonderful enamel dots.