September 10, 2012

Project Life Week 27, 2012....July 4th & Josey's Birthday

I'm back today along with the Project Life Creative Team to share another week of Project Life. This is Week 27, which includes the 4th of July and that also happens to be Josey's birthday. I'll have some inserts to add into this weekly spread which show more of our July 4th celebration and Josey's big swim party.

This week's spread definitely depicts the holiday week with it's red, white and blue color scheme. I used colors and regular patterned papers to set the patriotic them instead of purchasing any new specific holiday papers.
This week in July always brings back familiar memories each year around this time. It's hotter than heck and dry but there's always a celebration....actually a double celebration with Josey's July 4th birthday thrown into the mix.
Love that I'm capturing this time in the girls' lives. Year to year it will be so fun to look back at the little July 4th outfits we dressed the girls in and now we get to see them nearly all grown up. Plus now we have Charlie in our holiday photos.
For the 4 x 6 inserts, I used an Instagram of some wild flowers and a flag that set the mood for this week. Torn Washi tape under the photo, an Elle's Studio card and stitched on letters complete this little mini layout.
I think this was the week for Elle's Studio in my Project Life. I had just received a new batch of the latest release items and the colors and stamps just worked perfectly. On this pie photo I added a punched out image stamped with Elle's True Happiness stamp. I also stamped a Grid Paper Label with Studio Calico stamps and then typed my journaling with my typewriter. Josey insisted on making the vent marks on the pie...hence the big "J". Hee.
Here's some of Jordan with her friends hanging out at the pool. I love capturing these photos of the girls as I remember those teenage photos were some of my favorites. I wish I had more. I typed on Starburst Grid Paper Labels and added a Studio Calico stamp.
Good ol' Charlie. I often find him with his head hanging over the top stair. He knows I'm downstairs and I'm sure he wonders what the heck I do down there for so long. Here I used another Starburst Label + some Washi tape + a Studio Calico weed veneer heart.
This week was all about reorganizing the craft department. I had brought in my new/old tables from the school house auction and was in major purge mode. An Elle's Studio card was used for the base 4 x 6 piece. A Small White Parcel Tag was used for journaling.
Here I used another Elle's Studio 4 x 6 card for the base insert. I have 2 scaled down Instagrams of Charlie with an added wood veneer arrow, a stamped Rectangle Hang Tag and a typed Grid Paper Label.
On to the 3 x 4 inserts. I made a Week in Review insert using a plain Project Life grid card layered with a cut out Elle's Studio stamp and stamped pieces of patterned paper. A screen shot from my iPhone of the hot weather is always an easy filler piece.
Jordan shot the photo of the cloud with silver lining on the way home from a shopping trip. I'm always pestering the girls to take photos and send them to me to use for Project Life. So when they actually do I try to be sure to add them into my albums. I really should note on the photo when it's the girls that captured the shots. They like to see that. On the right is a hilarious photo of Jordan. Her red, thick hair can do the darnedest things. She has a nickname of "The Fire" from her friends so this hair do is just perfect for that.
On these (2) 3 x 4 inserts I used an Elle's Studio 4 x 6 card which I cut into 2 pieces. I wrote the journaling about Charlie and his new kiddie pool on one and put the photo on the other.
For these 2 inserts I used a then and now theme, showing a photo of Josey from when she was about 4 years old on her birthday and one from the present. I absolutely love that with Project Life you can add in whatever you want and that it can be confined to (2) small 3 x 4 inserts.....but yet tell a story in itself. I used a striped sack to hold journaling about how Josey found this tiny baby onesie while shopping. It says "Mommy's Little Firecracker" and she knows that she got one similar to this from the hospital on the day she was born.
Oh how I love when I can post a new Project Life layout. Currently about 8 weeks behind and I really, really want to get caught up. I like to work in chronological order but I'm really missing adding in the journaling and the stories while it's fresh in my mind. I think that is the beauty of Project Life, capturing the moments in a timely manner before they all get tucked away in a photo box.

So how are guys doing with Project Life? What are you loving? What have you tried that is new? I would like to start adding in the insert pages and stories right while I'm working on a particular week. I seem to make a sticky note of what inserts I want to add and then I just don't get back to them. Those inserts are some of the best highlights, like extra photos of birthday parties, great photos that I want to make larger, big events like the girls winning State and the World Championship this summer. So that's one of my goals. How about you?

Thank you for stopping by today. Be sure to visit Becky's blog where she will have links to the other Project Life Creative Team blogs. You're sure to be inspired.


shellm said...

Will you post how you print out screen shots from your phone please? I can't wrap my thoughts around how to accomplish this.
Thank you! Shelly

Melanie said...

Love your PL layouts Mish!
They have really inspired me to make sure I capture the everyday moments that pass us by so quickly :)
I apologise if you've mentioned this before, but are these spreads filed in a general Family album?
Please keep them up next year, too.
Cheers, Melanie (Down Under)

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