project life · scrapbooking

project life, week 1

Now that the title page is firmly under my belt, I’ve completed week one! I used a bunch of stuff to pull it all together. Mainly the Studio Calico Roman Holiday documenter kit, Ali Edward’s January 2017 digital kit and Read and Craft story kits, and Hip Kit Club’s December main kit.

It was a low key week around here, after the hustle and bustle of the holidays and it felt good getting back into some kind of normal routine. The stories I included (in case you can’t read them and are curious) are:

  • setting up my albums for a year’s worth of Project Life
  • receiving some Star Wars art we bought when we were in Disney World in December
  • finally printing my favorite photo from the wedding, framing it, and putting it on my desk at work
  • selling the house Tracy bought before we got together
  • wonderful meal of roasted vegetable paella lovingly made by Tracy
  • the fact that we still see fall leaves around here in January
  • the third Game of Thrones book that has been taunting me to finish since April of last year
  • Tracy getting back into canning after ankle surgery she had in October

From a design perspective, I usually don’t use a lot of pinks in my layouts. I’m not really a pink kinda girl. But with the addition of the coral color, I found it more palatable and added more than I usually do — and I like the result! I still like mixing typed journaling and handwritten journaling, based on the kind of story I want to tell.

I once heard the great storyteller Stephen King say that he doesn’t choose the format for his stories; the stories demanded being told in a certain format, whether that be a short story, a novel, or a screenplay. I’ve always remembered that and I often think about that when I’m telling stories in my Project Life or traditional layout albums. Without sounding too insane, I try to “listen” to the story waiting to be told and the best way for it to come out. That may mean that some stories get told twice or one photo telling multiple stories in different formats.

Here, without further digression, is my collection of little stories from the first week of 2017.


On the back of the “N” and “T” from the title page, I covered the back of the exposed chipboard with patterned paper from the Roman Holiday scrapbook kit and trimmed with my exacto knife.



I’m obsessed with these One Little Bird die cuts in the Roman Holiday documenter and scrapbook kit. Love. Them. The striped paper is from Hip Kit Club December kit.


Page 2!


Here’s a close up of another one of those die cuts. Printed my journaling onto paper and cut it out. Cut out the “Start Here” and adhered to a journaling card with pop dots.


The “delicious” circle is Food Messy Circles from Ali’s digital shop. Journaling card is from her January digital kit.


And here’s the whole thing together. It’s a little unbalanced, given the whole row of see-through 3×4 pockets from the title page, but I wasn’t smart enough to figure out how to fix that. I tried to balance it by using a photo with a lot of white space (book photo), a simple card with a circle and a little journaling, and a “filler” 3×4 card. Would love to hear your thoughts!

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