Welcome to Project Life – Week 1! Since I wanted to start our 2014 album on January 1 this first week is a short week. We had a fun weekend adventure to Spokane with my dad. Most of the photos on the layout came from our weekend.
I had my journaling from those couple days written out on a piece of scratch paper. I knew I wouldn’t be able to handwrite it to fit on two 3×4 journaling cards. I initially thought about condensing it and cutting out some of the excess chatter but that didn’t feel authentic to what I wrote in the moment.
So, a couple ideas for when you’ve got more to say than what you can fit on a 3×4 journaling card. You could write your thoughts on a bi-fold journaling card, fold it and slip it into the 3×4 pocket. I like to take a bi-fold card, keep it open, add my journaling and slide it into a 4×6 slot. All the journaling can be seen easily and I like the look of it.
Sometimes though you don’t want to use up precious 4×6 real estate with a journaling card when you’ve got a photo for that spot! : ) On occasion I’ll take a digital journaling card file, open it in Photoshop Elements, add my text to the card and print it out like I did on the two cards this week. And on one card here.
You can also run a physical card through the printer. There are tutorials online like this fantastic one from paislee press on how-to print on journaling cards.
And each individual side.
The kit I used this week is the Sunshine Edition. You can find a Project Life retailer here or find the entire line of products here. Project Life was created by Becky Higgins. You can find out all about this awesome approach to memory keeping here.
I’m planning on sharing my Project Life spreads here weekly. My weeks run Monday through Sunday. I usually complete last week on the Monday or Tuesday right after. The trick is getting it photographed to share. I’ve tried several different methods and the best, for me, is on our back patio. We’ve got yellow walls (yes, yellow!) in the house and they cast an off color to the photos of the layouts. Taking them outside means that it can’t be too cloudy, too rainy, too much of an inversion, too bright or in a case like today the wind can’t be blowing at 60-70 mph! This gives me about a week to hope for decent weather (a little tougher this time of the year) and hope that I’m home at the time to take advantage of it and photograph the layout. So my hope is weekly but I know life and other goodness will interfere with that on occasion. I’ll look forward to sharing with you throughout the year! As always, if you have any questions at all, please ask.