Last week I mentioned that I am giving myself permission to finish some projects. It sounds dumb when I write it out like that, but when it comes to Project Life, it means that I’m giving myself permission to just finish. I was holding myself back with unrealistic expectations on keeping up with the 2 page spreads for each week…let’s be honest, some weeks are just too boring or too hectic for me to remember to pick up my phone and snap a photo (and in both portrait and landscape because you don’t want to have too few of either kind for a layout!).
So on Friday night I sat down, shuffled my layouts (while watching Call the Midwife on Netflix), did a bit of journaling, added in some decorative bits and pieces, and ended up finishing 13 weeks worth of layouts. THIRTEEN WEEKS OF PROJECT LIFE DONE IN A FEW HOURS. Yes, it’s all caps excitement here. I am allowing my layouts to be more flexible and I am thrilled with how they look and how it makes me feel to finish those 13 weeks so quickly. I only stopped because that “Are you still watching this??” message on Netflix popped up and instead of yelling at the screen that I am a grown-ass woman and I will watch 5 hours of Call the Midwife if I want, I headed to bed.
Of course, the layouts I’m sharing today don’t reflect the flexibility I’m allowing myself…
Project Life (Year 28) Weeks 8 – 11
Week 8: April 28 – May 4, 2014
This week was all about a mini-heat wave, Star Wars, working on my NYC mini-album, and National Scrapbook Weekend. I included 3 cards that Wild Olive had available for a free download, a screenshot from my Nike+ app, and a Currently List card from rukristin papercrafts. I had to be creative with my 4×6 pockets this week because I didn’t have many photos that would fit. I backed two photos on the left side of the layout with some cardstock and used the extra space for some journaling and taped two 3×4 photos together to fill another pocket.
Story Tip: Don’t be afraid to mix up the photo sizes to fit your needs…just because you don’t have a 4×6 photo to include in your layout doesn’t mean you can’t use the pocket!
Week 9: May 5 – May 11, 2014
This was a simple week that was made even better by the launch of the Spark ecourse and going to one of the newest breweries in Orange County with some of our friends. I included three postcards from the brewery in the pockets to help fill up some space and to show the overall branding of the brewery.
Story Tip: Grab business cards, stickers, or coasters from new places you visit to include in your layouts. They make for a great addition and give a cohesive look to your pages.
Week 10: May 12 – May 18, 2014
For big trips, I normally have many layers of inserts filling this layout. I decided to go for a simple approach this time and focus on creating a mini-album of our weekend in Portland for a wedding. In an effort to keep things looking cohesive, I used four cards from the Seafoam Project Life kit (affiliate link for Amazon) matched with a map card from a Studio Calico kit. I used circle labels directly on the photos for some journaling.
Story Tip: Include ticket stubs in your layouts, especially if they include dates and locations! This will help further the story of your travels.
Week 11: May 19 – May 25, 2014
This week is a little all over the place, but I think it shows the most “every day life” of the layouts shared in this post. It was a week of trying new things, binge-watching American Horror Story, spending time with friends, eating out too much…and what I think is Rintu’s first visit to the magical world known as “outside”. I used a the May calendar from Elise Blaha Cripe to fill in a square and made sure to save the coffee sleeves from two shops to include in the layout.
Story Tip: Save the coffee sleeves from your favorite shops to include in your layouts. It is fun to include seasonal or special edition sleeves, too.
I’m living Week 30 of my Project Life year, so I’ll be cranking out layouts like nobody’s business over the next few weeks in order to get some layouts done and to give other projects in my queue the attention they deserve.