Welcome to Project Life 2013, Weeks 2-4.
If you’re thinking you somehow missed Week 1, well you haven’t. Ha! The week of Dec 31st to Jan 7th, we were still out in California (we flew home on the 4th) so we did a TON of stuff in those days. And since I chose to wait to start my album until my Seafoam kit arrived mid-month, I decided to start with the most recent week and work my way back. So I will share Week 1 once it’s finished, hopefully by my next update.
But I wanted to share what I have finished today.
Project Life 2013 Week 2: Jan 7-13
Here’s a look at Week 2 spread. I mentioned in my Creative Adventure: Project Life post that I’m mixing Design A page protectors with a variety of other designs. You can see that in action here – the left page is Design D, right page is Design A.
Closer view of the left side of Week 2:
Why yes, that is me meeting John & Sherry from Young House Love (points to Jen for catching this in my peek last week!). They came to Book People in Austin for a signing so Adam and I went (even though he had no idea who they were, haha).
I admit I was really nervous – what exactly do you say to someone when you”know” all about them from their blog but they have no idea who you are? LOL! But they were super sweet though and just as fun in person as in their blog. And I have to say major points to Book People because they ran that signing like a well-oiled machine.
The photo on the left is of my signed copy of their book:
After the signing Adam and I headed to one of our fave Austin eateries Hopdoddy Burger Bar. Even though it was almost 9 on a weekday when we got there, there was still a line!
I made a little accent card using one of the 4×6 cards from the Seafoam core kit and some washi-type tape from Target:
And I also made a little foodie accent as well:
Here’s a closer look at the right side of Week 2:
I mentioned in my intro post that I’m planning to have some items that repeat every week. Well here’s an example of the two main ones: my Weekly Faves card and the Month/Week title card:
I know, the Faves are hitting Project Life, surprise, surprise right? I do love my faves, haha.
My plan is to use papers/colors from the same kit for each month so all the titles, Faves cards and any accents I make will all match. I think it’ll add some nice continuity to the album since the colors in the photos are all over the place. For January I’m using Paislee Press’ More + Less kit. You can see how the same blue & tangerine color tie the title card and Faves card together throughout all the spreads.
Project Life 2013 Week 3: Jan 14-20
Here’s my Week 3 spread:
Left side Week 3. You can see how I swapped out the paper on the title card but kept the same colors for all the text:
Orange “This is Life” card is from the Seafoam core kit. Everything else is random scrap stuff I had lying around. This week was the first time I tried adding in Instagram square photos – I have to say, I’m liking them.
And can we just pause for a moment and say, WAHOOOOO 49ERS!! SUPERBOWL HERE WE COME! WAY stressful game to watch, haha, but we were a wee bit excited about how it turned out. It’s hard to tell in the photo but I’m totally wearing my SF Giants World Series Champions shirt in the photo – figured maybe some of the SF Giants luck might rub off on them, hehe.
Another look at this week’s Faves card. I’m totally not stressing about these – I just write out 5 quick items and print them directly onto one of the blank 3×4 Project Life cards.
We went out to dinner on Friday so I included one of their cool business cards on it. Since it was too small for the pocket, I just stapled it directly to the page protector using my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.
Project Life Week 4: Jan 21-27
Left side of Week 4. Pretty simple, movie tickets, back of the restaurant business card. The mini photo book in the top right photo is an extra early sneak peek of my product for this weekend.
The Target “window shopping” photos were a total happy accident. I went to Target last night to get some frames and since I needed a bunch I knew I couldn’t buy anything else. So I snapped photos with my iPhone of a bunch of stuff I liked so I could “try” them out in our house instead. But when I saw them all together I thought they made for a fun addition to Project Life. Just imagine if you had something like this from the 70s or 80s. It’d be so fun!
For the Target card, I just googled for a logo image that had enough pixels that’d print nicely and then added some text in Photoshop and printed it onto a blank 3×4 Project Life card.
Before we went to the movies we had dinner at Chipotle so I saved one of the napkins to include and then trimmed down one of the Seafoam 3×4 cards for my journaling. We went & saw Zero Dark Thirty which I have to say, we really enjoyed. But it was a wee bit weird considering some of the places and events happened when & where Adam was in Afghanistan. So he kept saying things like, “yeah that’s totally not what that FOB is actually called” or “it doesn’t really look like that at all,” haha.
Right side of Week 4. The Eat|Drink card came from a brochure from the Yard House where we ate dinner on Saturday. Diagonal journal card from the Seafoam kit.
This week’s Faves card. Since we went to the commissary on Saturday (the grocery store on the military base) I included our receipt with a paperclip to hold it in.
Well that’s it for Project Life 2013: Week’s 2-4!
Here are my thoughts on this project so far:
- LOVE the mix of page protectors. So very glad I decided to go that route.
- Faves cards – always a winner in my book. Loving the repeating title cards & colors too.
- I was really worried about having enough content for each week, especially since some weeks I felt like I didn’t really take many photos during the week. But I’ve had to cut more than I’ve had to fill so far. That’s the hardest part for me – I want to include it all!
- Definitely need to streamline my process a bit but I think once I get in a rhythm it’ll be good. Not getting behind is going to be key though.
- Am already coming up with new product ideas, simply because they’re things I want to use. Love that.
- LOVE LOVE LOVE-ing all the little stories captured so far in this album. They’re exactly the reason I wanted to do this album this year. SO glad that I took the plunge. I’m loving the completed pages even more than I thought I would.
FAVES 3×4 Journal Card Free Download
Clearly there’s a whole lot of Project Life lovin’ going on here, hehe. And to share a little bit of the love, I’ve got a little freebie for ya!
Use the link below to download your own FREE copy of my Faves 3×4 Journal Card. All I ask in exchange is if you like it, pin it, share it & let your friends know they can find it right here at Nettio Designs.
Since the card is designed for Project Life, the actual size is a tiny bit smaller than 3×4 inches – it’s about 2.9×4 inches. File includes a layered, customizable PSD file and a solid colored PNG file.
What about you? Are you doing Project Life this year? If you are, how are things going for you so far? We’re almost a full month in, can you believe it?!