Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Project Life, I've missed you so...

I fell (hard) off the Project Life train earlier this year.  Life just got in the way, and I was having a hard time keeping up with it weekly. I decided to start doing it monthly, and even that got too hard. Now that the kids are back at school, I'm finding that I can squeeze it back in. That, and the fact that I am being more true to my graphic tendencies, has me super excited to get caught up.

I knew I wanted to do PL in paper form even though I've been a digi scrapper since 2007. I'm not sure why, but I never considered doing it digitally. Maybe it's the fact that 99% of my digital pages have yet to be printed. And that's not what I wanted for this project.

When I first started PL, I decided against buying a core kit. There wasn't one that really called my name. I didn't really worry about that since there were so many designers creating digital cards that worked with the divided page protectors. I purchased a few sets and got started.

But something still wasn't right. I wanted to print my photos on photo paper and the cards on card stock. So I had to have a card open in PS, resize my photos to make sure they'd fit my card and then journal on the card around the photo.  Then I had to hide my photo layer while I printed my card on its own, and add my photo to a separate file to print on photo paper.

Too. Much. Work.

I decided to try some paper scrapbooking supplies. To make a long story short, I got a subscription to a scrapbooking kit. I got totally neurotic about all the new product and started spending way too much money on supplies that I just "HAD to have". Instead of reducing the amount of time I was spending on PL it INCREASED it. Now I had to get all crafty and cut out shapes/tags/stickers and use adhesive/ink/washi tape for each of my pockets. Don't get me wrong - I LOVE washi tape and am thrilled to have so much of it. But it was all becoming too much! I was reminded of why I went digital in the first place.


I'm a very clean & simple scrapper. Photos + words are my meat and potatoes. Over the last couple years, I've gravitated towards an even cleaner style. I've discovered a true love of fonts/typography and have moved away from trying to make my digital pages look like paper pages. So using all the patterned paper and embellishments was starting to feel less and less like me.

Luckily, I came across Catherine Davis's blog. She. Is. AWESOME! I totally want to be her when I grow up. She has a weekly post about fonts (love it) AND she does PL. She manages to beautifully marry two of my most favorite things: memory keeping and graphic design. Looking through her PL pages had me drooling. I knew I was home.

Even though I am so far behind, I worked on a spread for the current month.  And I did it in the graphic style that I love.



Things I love about it:
  • my cute kiddos (obviously)
  • it's photo-focused
  • my main photo spans three pockets
  • I used one of my favorite fonts
  • it came together in a flash
I'm so fulfilled. This is exactly what I wanted from my PL. Thank you, Catherine, for showing me the way!!

P.S. I'm linking up with The Mom Creative's Project Life Tuesday.

16 comments:

  1. Wendy, this looks awesome! I love those three pieces for that larger photo. I don't scrapbook but have always been intrigued by Project Life and think it would be wonderful to look back on. I always struggle with consistently journaling or regularly picking up my "good" camera to take photos to document life.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! I've always struggled with the whole "how to display/show" my personal pics. I found that digital scrapbooking worked for me for a while. Now, doing PL is perfect. It captures the everyday stuff, which is what I love :) And I tend to use my iPhone for about 99% of my pics. The images are totally good enough for it.

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  2. Your bike page looks awesome!! What size do you print to fit in the three slots or do you just start out bigger and cut down to what you need?

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    1. Thank you! I printed my photo as a 6x8. I then cut it in half so I had two 4 x6's (top half and bottom half). Then I cut the bottom half in half again to get two 3x4's. It was perfect!

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  3. I recently fell Really behind on the PL. With lots of hard work, I am just about caught up. It's hard to keep up with sometimes, but even harder to try to dig out of a hole once you do.

    I think super simple is a great way to go, and I love the way this page looks. What a great thing for your kids to have when they're grown and old pros at bike riding!

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    1. Thank you Shelly! Good for you for catching up. I try to remember the big picture when i feel overwhelmed by how behind I am. Knowing that this will be amazing to look back on in the future totally motivates me :)

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  4. Fabulous. I love your clean approach. I hope you have a great time getting caught up! :)

    Marla @ www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

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  5. What a fabulous page. Especially when tackling a huge project like PL, the words and photos are all you really need! Great photos :)

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  6. Your page looks awesome. Really great photos. I feel like I could have written this entry myself. Last week I posted about how overwhelmed I was feeling about Project Life. The need to be creative and use so many products in every spread. It was killing me. This week I went simple, and used the kit with just a few extras for creativity, and it was quicker and I am feeling so much better about it. Project Life shouldn't be stressful! But I think a lot of us fall into the same mental state you wrote about.

    Great post :)

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    1. I'll need to check out your post, Melissa. I think so many people are in the same, overwhelmed boat. And that's the opposite of what PL should be! Glad you're feeling better about it...off to check out your blog!

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  7. Wendy, that means so much to me! Thank you. Love this page!

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    1. You're so welcome! I just love the freedom you've given me to do it how I want...so thank YOU!

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  8. Your page looks fantastic! If it makes you feel any better, I'm on week 4 now...of this year. Love Catherine. Her pages are so beautiful and she really inspires me to keep up with Project Life!

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  9. This is wonderful Wendy. It really is lovely when you work out your own style and what works for you. Thanks for sharing this with us!
    Ronnie xo

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  10. This is a wonderful spread! I love how you spread one big photo over several pockets. So cute!

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