Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Project Life Tuesday - Week 16

The Mom CreativeWelcome to Project Life Tuesday!  Every week I share photos of a layout I've been working on, either in my family's weekly book or my son's baby book. 

I started using the Project Life system in 2010, so this will be my fourth full year!  I used to be a very traditional scrapbooker who would spend hours on a single layout to document one or two photos.  Thanks to Project Life, I have become much more practical and I'm able to record a multitude more memories.

I don't use a lot of fancy tricks or complicated techniques.  I would define my style as "hybrid scrapbooking" - a combination of simple digital and a few old school techniques that creates a unique product that reflects our eclectic life. To me, it's more important to keep the memories than it is to make them look like they came out of a magazine.  I'm totally fine with it if my layouts feature more iPhone photos than DSLR shots and Instagram is my friend.

And it's a whole lot of fun.

If you're looking for inspiration on what others are doing with their Project Life, you can check out my board on Pinterest and be sure to link up on The Mom Creative!

Week 16:  This was a week when a lot of things went horribly wrong.  Evan was gone on a business trip in China, the Boston Marathon was tragically bombed, there was a gun scare at a nearby school that sent everything into lockdown, and my son was nearly hit by a car.  When I created this layout, I tried to choose cards and colors that reflected the mood of the week without being overly depressing.

The left page is mostly photos from a birthday party we attended on the Sunday of that week, so there's lot of bright pink photos.  I journaled about the party and Grandma's visit on this page.

Title card and journal card are from the Jade Kit.

The right page covers the more difficult parts of the week.

I used a screen capture from my iPhone to create the first 3x4 card on this page.  The now famous photo paired with the headline spoke volumes.  Not pictured here is the 8.5x11 insert I also included with a printout of the news story that told the whole narrative of the bombings as well as the capture of the suspect.

Mixture of Jade and Honey kits here.

What good is this kind of memory keeping if you aren't honest?  In the photo below, I used a strip of cardstock from the Seafoam kit and just rounded the edges on the Instagram photo before adhering it to a 4x6 grid card.

So that was Week 16!

I have Weeks 17 and 18 all photographed, edited, and ready to rock and roll.  I have also completed Weeks 19 and 20 in my album and I'm currently working on Weeks 21 and 22.  Yes, I am a little behind, but not so much so that I feel overwhelmed. 

Have a great week and we'll see you back here again next Tuesday for more!

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