Happy New Year! So much has happened this past year, both personally and professionally, that I experienced quite the absence from the blog last year. Unintentional of course, but these things happen. I really want to focus more on this space this coming year, so look for more regular posts from me regarding digital memory keeping AND photography related stuff.
Last night I had the chance to reconnect with my “real life” Project Life sidekick and begin work on my 2015 album. Thankfully I had taken only about 12 photos the first two weeks of the year so it wasn’t hard at all to get “caught up.” Speaking of catching up, I do intend to finish 2014. I had weekly layouts done until I believe week 27…but then the wheels came off. (First time EVER that happened, I had managed to stay current up until that point from when I started in January 2012!)
Anyhow…I don’t know how I will handle the rest of the 2014 year. I might do weekly layouts, I might do monthly, or I just might do stories/events. I don’t know–I will have to go through the photos I suppose first. Everything is categorized by week taken, so thats done, but knowing what is actually in the folder “week 33” is a whole other story!!!
I have noticed that a fair amount of people are changing up how they record with Project Life this year. A lot of people are switching to a more story based approach which sounds interesting, but I know not for me. I need the reference point of a week, even monthly would cause me to let too much time pass, but I do feel the urge to do a bit more within the album itself in the story genre-just have to figure out how to incorporate that. (I am a horrible at journaling, so I signed up for Ali’s story kit plus I still have quite a few Hello Story lessons to go through. Her classes are AMAZING if you have never done one.) I did see last week a blog that had a really interesting plan, and I just might copy that! It’s a really great idea, check out Leslie’s thoughts here.
Whew. That’s a whole lot of talking–let’s get to the first two weeks shall we? Did something here I have never done before (create a single page for a week) and something I haven’t done in a long time–use a kit not in the Project Life family. (This is one little bird’s silver linings kit.) Here is a look at the whole spread:
What we were up to this week: The upper Midwest gets the brunt of this polar vortex nonsense so we are pretty housebound. Lot of games, crafts, playdates, and screen time.
New techniques/ideas used this week: See that cute little speech bubble photo? That was all done with the Little Hoot App. This app is EXACTLY what I had been searching for, and I think it will be a wonderful addition to my album this year. It’s iphone only right now I believe, and it’s free, so if you love to capture quotes or conversations you will LOVE this app!
DSLR Photos Vs Iphone Photos: all iphone
Favorite Photo of the Week: It’s actually the photo of the painting. I commissioned Holly (for $1) to paint a picture of her sister and her I could hang in her room in a frame. She BEYOND nailed it. This is such an amazing painting and I cannot WAIT to frame it!!!
Other thoughts: I am craving a more minimalist approach, it’s what I am attracted to most when I look at other’s albums, but I struggle with it as I love brushes and things like that. Hopefully I am striking a good balance. I know I am experiencing a revolt against a lot of color. I tried to use both the Aqua kit and Playful kit for these layouts and I just wasn’t feeling it. Must be this depressing weather!!!
Supplies used this week: One Little Bird’s Silver Linings kit and journal cards. A happy brush by Lori Whitlock, 4×6 templates by Paislee Press, brushes by Ali, and a card or two from different PL kits. (The polka dot is the Jade Kit I believe and the camera card??? I can’t remember. I will try and source soon!)
I am done with my December Daily album and will photograph that today to share. I LOVED doing a hybrid album this year and I really loved the 6×8 size. Learned a lot and can’t wait to share about all of it!