One of my favorite weeks so far, welcome to Week Four!
What we were up to this week:
It was so bitterly cold here in Minnesota this past week that we stayed indoors a lot. This meant we broke out crafts and games and had fun with any and all dramatic play scenarios Holly could come up with. (This is her forte. She is constantly acting out movies, books, and songs. She has enough medical supplies to be the chief of staff somewhere and an entire play kitchen that acts as our restaurant, hotel, or cafeteria.) The picture of us on the lower left of the left side page was taken with the self-timer on the camera as we played hospital. Be sure to read my journaling card above it for the whole story! One of my favorite photos of the week is the b/w in the upper right of the right-side page. I walked into the living room and found both girls on their computers…..can’t believe how Marie is trying to mimic us already! She actually types with her fingers, in the correct position, on the keys. TOO FUNNY. The weekend ended with a mini-reunion of some of Holly’s preschool friends from her old school and sledding thanks to a picturesque snowfall late Sunday afternoon.
Techniques used this week:
Nothing too exciting this week. Brushes again of course, and I tried my best to embrace a few elements here and there. (Still obsessed with recoloring everything to match. Not sure how to do that? Be sure to check out my tutorial here.) Still not confident on how to use elements, but hopefully I am getting better. I did incorporate a screenshot from my iphone. Not sure how to do that either? This will show you how. Do you ever wonder how we answered questions before google and the internet? I sure do….
Supplies used this week:
I just had to go back and use the Seen and Noted Collection again. LOVE that kit! Still loving the calendar brush, the week in review card, and this week I think I finally completed a collage with Cathy Zielske’s Tiny Templates that I like. I also incorporated two of my journaling card templates, one is available for free download here and the other will be releasing as soon as I finish up designing the rest of the collection. I love how they turned out, it finally feels like my instagrams have a spot now! I also discovered that Studio Calico has a digital shop, so the Friday stamp and the awesome flag are from the free cut files and brushes provided by the Day by Day class. Loved the inspiration and tips in that class! Even though a lot of the digital elements say cut files, they are just .png files on a transparent background so I recolor them and add them to my layout. Their stuff is just too cute! The love journaling card is from this collection and the happy memories arrow if from here. The remember brush is from the digital Clementine edition. Has anyone else wondered why the digital kits didn’t have extra elements this time around? I keep meaning to ask if it’s going to be a later add-on, or if they are not designing them all together. I must say it made me sad–I loved the elements with my other kits!
I really like when I have both the week number and the calendar with the dates on a spread. I received Volume One of last year’s album in the mail from Shutterfly on Friday and when I was looking through it I found that if a spread didn’t have both I was confused as to what I was looking at. So, definitely, this is going to be a constant. And honestly? I like them right where they are. (Combine those two spots with the week in review card and I have three spaces already pre-determined….makes everything come together so much quicker!)
One of the goals I had this year, although I haven’t mentioned it yet, is to be in the layout each week. Too often last year I was not–so I made it my goal to get out in front of the camera this year. So far, so good. This week I was even in there twice!!
I think the main thing I learned this week is love what your doing. I started with a completely different kit and I just wasn’t feeling it. When I changed over to Seen and Noted–BAM. The whole thing came together in a snap. It also helped that I really loved the photos this week….I think I got some adorable captures if I do say so myself!
And that wraps up another week my friends! I am linking up at The Mom Creative–be sure to head on over there for more Project Life inspiration.
I will be back tomorrow with a short video on how to use the calendar brush that keeps popping up in my Project Life spreads. Next week I will be doing a post on workflow. I have been writing down for the past week when and for how long I sit down to work on my spreads…and what I complete each time. Two words for you–WILLY NILLY. But…it might be interesting…for someone!
Also, loads of inserts to share–hopefully by the end of the week. If I stay true to my goal I should be sending photos off to Persnickety by Wednesday:)
Project Life is a product and a system created by Becky Higgins. It can be anything you want it to be. To learn more about Project Life check out Becky’s Website. The pieces used in my album are available through acdigitals here. If you live outside the US check Becky’s site for more information on sources. View all my posts about Project Life here.