How is it possible that this project is more fun week after week?
I am going to take a page out of fellow creative team member Elise Blaha Cripe‘s book, and break my Project Life posts up into a few narrative categories. I think it will help those of you wondering about products, those of you curious about techniques used, and those of you (like my mom) who want to know what we have been up to this week!
What we were up to this week:
Our big event of the week was a trip to the Children’s Museum. We invited friends along, which was wonderful for Holly. She is definitely at the age where the more social she can be the better. Personally I LOVED watching Marie’s reaction in the toddler room–she was excited about everything and I can’t wait to take her back. Other than that outing, however, we stayed pretty close to home and had a lot of routine going on. I enjoyed documenting Holly’s newest drawing obsession (from week to week it varies, but when she is into something it becomes the ONLY thing she draws for days) and capturing Marie’s smiles. She really lights up a room. I have an insert in the works regarding this, but because it involves me printing photos and figuring a lot of stuff out before hand (something this digi girl does not have lots of experience with) it might take until the end of the week to reveal.
Techniques used this week:
Lots and lots of brushes. Perhaps my most favorite thing to put on my photos, and definitely one of the most popular items in my stash of supplies. Don’t know how to put brushes on photos? Ali’s video will walk you through it.
Supplies used this week:
Project Life Design A Templates and In Review Papers from One Little Bird Designs. All elements are from the In Review Element Collection except the key , the polaroid collage (banana fish studios), the word arrows, and the doodled arrow. All the brushes are from designerdigitals.com (99% of the time by Ali Edwards) and the Week in Review card is Cathy Zielske’s. Many of you have asked about the double matting–particularly where to find the stitched inner mat. It’s a free download at Jessica Sprague. The version available now is just one layer, my version was two, which enables me to separate the stitched layer from the background. This will get you started if you like the look and hopefully I can teach myself how to create rounded edges in photoshop and I can provide an inner mat for you in the not so distant future. I just learned how to create scallops–so the sky is the limit if the baby cooperates and naps! I double mat mainly so I can have more pattern in my background AND to avoid any accidental cutting off when printing into a Shutterfly book.
All in all, not my favorite week but that happens. I really love how my week one and week two came out, this one unfortunately seems a little subdued in comparison. If there is one thing you know about me is that I like my patterns and my bright colors!
I have a scrapbooking night scheduled with a friend tomorrow so let’s keep our fingers crossed I will make huge strides in Holly’s baby book AND childhood book. I have been holding onto her preschool stuff since 2009 and I am FINALLY going to do something with it. WOO HOOO!
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.