February 26, 2012

Project Life Week 6....fun with inserts

Hi there, hope your weekend is going great! I'm back today with my Project Life Week 6 layouts. It took me a while to finish up this week because I had several inserts. I'll try to keep the chit chat short since this post is so photo heavy. For products, I used papers and stamps from My Mind's Eye, Awesome & Epic Studio Calico stamps, various cardstock stickers from October Afternoon, Project Life journaling cards and folded journaling cards and a few items from my shop. Please leave comments with any product ?'s and I'll be happy to help.

First up are my basic PL layouts without the inserts. I really loved the buttery yellow tone of the MME paper + I knew that I wanted to use the teal color here and there to tie in with my insert pages.
Just everyday photos from this week including a little country ride, Jordan's messy room, photos with Charlie......
Several photos from a walk in the country and a night at the basketball game....
Here are my 3 x 4 journaling card inserts. I started off with a calendar card from Marcy Penner's shop. I cut paper from the MME collection + used a Studio Calico stamp that I punched out and I added some Hero Arts letters for the "week of" words. I found that a pencil with a missing eraser worked perfectly for stamping tiny circles around the calendar dates that marked this week. On the right is a text from Josey with a supporting story on the inside of the embellished PL folded journaling card. I used a sticker label with a stamped "pull" & staples to make a pull out tab. I also used Studio Calico stamps and Washi tape.
Here I've got a name badge sticker from a school event Jordan attended this week + another folded journaling card with stamps, stickers and a pull out label tab.
Here you can see the two folded journaling cards. Perfect for adding additional stories without having to create a full page layout.
Here I had lots of inserts that were used for photos of a walk that Charlie and I took down the country road. At first I wanted to create a separate insert but since I already knew I would have 2 extra pages this week, I opted to just fill several slots with photos. I tied all the inserts together by using coordinating papers from the MME collection + I cut out a honeycomb grouping of the hexagons then cut it into 4 pieces to spread out on the journaling cards. I love that look and how it ties 4 inserts together.
And here are some of the 4 x 6 inserts that I've embellished. On this insert I used Washi tape + a stamped circle + a small white tag from my shop that I typed on with my vintage typewriter.
More Washi tape here + a vellum circle that was from a recent kit in my shop. I typed on it with my vintage typewriter and adhered it with my tiny stapler.
On these two inserts that feature photos from the basketball games I used a long Scrappy Words stamp that Stamping Bella sent to me. The stamp is really long so I spread it across two photos.
Here are my pages with the inserts shown. For all of my inserts, I like to keep them smaller than a 12 x 12 size. This way you can see the main pages and know that the smaller pages are supporting inserts that tell more stories. This week I used an 8.5" x 11" insert + a smaller insert with a chevron sack.
Here's the back side of the 8.5 x 11 insert page.
For this insert page I used a ton of small Instagram photos that I took on Josey's big Winter Ball day. It was a Day in the Life of sorts, inspired by Ali Edwards. These photos show our happenings before the dance itself....getting her nails done, picking up the corsage, eating lunch, getting her hair done, etc. The small Instagrams are such a fun way to incorporate lots of photos. You'll also notice the chevron sack on the left. I recently updated my shop with lots of color and styles of sacks. The small sacks fit just right in the 3 x 4 page protector slots and the larger sacks are great for small inserts. You can see a sample of a smaller sack in a 3 x 4 journaling slot here.
For this sack, I fit it into a Project Life 6 x 12 page protector that was cut down to size and stitched with my sewing machine. I'll use this sack to hold extra photos that I took of Josey in her formal dress. I embellished the front of the sack with a PL journaling card that has stitched on patterned paper + stickers + a grid label from my shop.
On the back side of that sack, I added a piece of printed journaling + some stamped pieces from Studio Calico + a doily.
Here's the second page of the insert, a few of my favorite photos just before the kids left for the dance. I'm so happy that I captured Josey's first high school dance. Such fun memories.
I printed the 4 photos off on one sheet of photo paper and trimmed off the excess. I used stickers from my stash + a fun plastic flower from Jenni Bowlin with a brad.
Whew, what a week. I've got about the same scenario for the next coming week because Jordan had a formal junior high dance too that I took lots of photos of. Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by.

Shop news:
Thank you so much for all of your orders from my little shop. Once I get the current orders packaged and mailed off, I'll be taking inventory and re-stocking a few more items such as the sacks, tags and grid labels by late Monday or Tuesday. I'll also be stocking lots more fun tags soon.


kamart said...

Michelle.....was wondering..when you trim down a photo protector...and you sew on it, do you use a special thread?? Nylon, clear, white????
Love your PL pages.....you are so inspiring!

Marty said...

Hi Michelle:
I know you use the diptic app for phone photos, but how do you do the larger collages? Love the white borders.
Thanks for the great posts!

lam said...

I alway love looking at your PL pages.
You are so inspiring and I love seeing your beautiful girls. My daughter are about same age and it´s so fun to see the differences because we are living in another continent. I can see that mess in the rooms is the same no matter where you live ;O)

Sarabeth aka Sarita said...

i just love the inserts, what a great idea and they came out amazing!!! thanks for the inspiration for PL!

happy scrappin'!


Carole said...

wow I had no idea this could be so creative. Great blog. Just happened on it when I was checking my sister’s blog. She is another Michelle. I am from New Zealand and blog on art amongst other things. You might be interested in this post about a New Zealand artist Ralph Hotere http://caroleschatter.blogspot.co.nz/2011/12/ralph-hotere-was-awarded-order-of-new.html Will enjoy following your blog.

libbywilko said...

Oh Michelle I ADORE what you did with the honeycomb over lapping the four photos! Love your creativity.

Thanks for the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

WOW!!! - How adorable your Josey is in her Winter Ball formal - Glorious red hair and her gown was the perfect compliment to her crowning glory!!!

Barbara in Bellflower

F.T said...

Very creative Idea. I like this activity doing in summer season when I am going for vocations.

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Cele Schaffer said...

I too have a teenage daughter and just loved seeing Josey's first formal dance "experience". I know after the dress,"THE DO",the nails the accessories, I wondered if mine was actually getting married-HA! I can't even imagine that!! She looks just beautiful and I love how you used the bag and insert in PL to display it all. I too thought your use of the honeycomb paper and other of the paper accessories to tie the two layouts all together. You are genious!

Michelle said...

This is probably one of my all time favs of yours! I would love to know where you found the perfectly matching yellow floral washi.

crazymom said...

LOVE the yellow and teal. You are an amazing inspiration and the reason I have started PL myself!

Nancy Wyatt said...

Love, Love, Love your pages! I am using the same line too :) Thanks for all your inspiration!! Hugs from Conroe, TX

Unknown said...

Love the bag! Definitely going to use mine in my PL. Great inspiration :)

karen brandt said...

I love the pages you have shared with us in this post, Charlie is getting so big, and Josey is so pretty! How much fun you must have at your house! I absolutely love the papers you used, have tracked some down and I can't wait until they arrive. Thanks so much for sharing!

Unknown said...

Your pages never cease to inspire! I love how the chevron bag was used for an insert page and the pics of josey were priceless to include. It makes me think of my first dance!

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