Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Project Life Tuesday - Week 24


The Mom Creative

 Welcome 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 24:  This week was unique in a couple different ways.  I went 100% digital for this week using the Kraft kit and I also included a Design F to feature photos from my little Mommy Vacation where I got to take a solo break from regular life for a couple days.  I hung out with a fellow Project Life addict and we had an absolute blast!


I used a screen shot from my phone to record the route that I should have taken to drive to Grand Rapids and I also journaled about my inability to drive without getting lost.


Above is another story about how I nearly messed up my kid-free time upon my arrival in Grand Rapids.  I love how the colors of the Kraft kit look, but I'm definitely glad I didn't mix and match kits in this layout because I feel like the cream colored base might not jive well with the other kits with a white base.


On the Design F insert, I used a lot of journaling in between photos because I had some GREAT stories to tell from meeting Sara from Peterson Stories.


We smiled like dorks holding Project Life products in Hobby Lobby and squealed with delight when we found Sara's first box from Stitch Fix on her front doorstep! Very fun times.


On the next couple pages I wrap up my Mommy Vacation photos and then devote one page to the return to normal life back at home.


I used a Cathy Z template to make the little collage and my Picasa program to make the 4x6 collage.



I just love how HAPPY the colors are!


And here we go with the page that brings me back home.  I put the date card on the last page of the layout this week because it just worked out so much better with how I set this one up.




I hope you've enjoyed this brief adventure into the world of digital scrapbooking!  It was this week that really got me stoked about the fun things that are possible in the world of PSE, so I started using it more in the following weeks.  Of course, I would LOVE to learn even more techniques!

Do you have any favorite digital moves to share?  Are you an all-digital, all-paper, or a hybrid kind of person? 


3 comments:

  1. Love it!! The brown text really pulls it all together. Great job!! I also love the photos on top of the 3x4 cards. I have tried to do that, and it just never looks right to me, but I always love it on other people's pages! :)

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  2. I love your layouts! Are you printing directly onto PL cards or printing the whole digital card onto nice paper? I have thought of trying that "hybrid" method in order to use a mini album, but wasn't sure the best way to go about it.

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    1. Julia,

      For this particular layout, I printed everything on my Epson photo printer using glossy photo paper and then just trimmed them to size. I did it this way only because I knew every card was going to be 100% digital and I wanted the color to match across the board.

      The typical layouts that I do that are more "hybrid" end up using a myriad of printing methods. For the 4x6 photos that have no digital elements going on, I just send 'em to Walgreens to be printed and I pick them up. If I'm using a digital card from a PL kit and I add a photo to it, I will usually print it at home so the color is more true. Walgreens kind of stinks with color accuracy. Often, I will put a couple Instagram photos onto a single 4x6 canvas and have Walgreens print them and then just trim them up at home.

      Geez, that sounds more complicated than it really is. Happy to be of no help whatsoever! :)

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