Annnnnnnnd, we're off.
(click to enlarge & it will be a [somewhat] clearer image)
Lots of pressure this first week, no? I feel like I wanted to set a bunch of "rules" for how I would complete this album. And that's totally lame and not going to work because undoubtedly it will stress me out when I break MY OWN rules. What I am trying to remember with this project is that the whole is going to be much greater than the sum of its parts. I have to just take it a week at a time.
The blurred out photo on the right page is a picture of our new house number. I'll be sharing the recipe for that bread in the photo tomorrow.
I do like the idea of doing a simple "round-up" of the week's details. I doubt they will always fit onto a 4x3 card and I think I'll run out of those arrow stickers (part of the Clementine kit) before the end of the year. But part of the "no-rules" theme is it doesn't have to match exactly from week to week.
I painted stripes on a piece of kraft cardstock and added some more personal journaling in addition to the list of details. I know some weeks I'll have more text and others I'll have more photos, or more paper or more stuff and that's okay too. I included that photo of Paul (which he was sweet to email me). It's actually from December, but it had to go in the book. I know I'll love having much more than I will care that it's not from 2012. I added the journaling right onto the photo in PSE. The "P" is a letter sticker from Office Depot.
I wanted to include fabric scraps from our built-couch cushions and it made me awkwardly happy that there was a "12" on one of the scraps. Total luck. I think I'll be using the smaller pockets for all sorts of scraps - collecting them is probably going to be my favorite part of putting together this album. I also love that the 3x4 pockets hold a vertical iPhone photo without any cropping.
I included that Jack Kerouac quote because I heard it this week and ties into the theme of the album and "matches" the quote on the title page. It would be awesome if I kept up with the quote collecting and continued to add them. I printed out my January goals photo from last week and stuck that into a pocket. It would rad to have that each month too. But again, I am staying relaxed on the rule setting and trying to focus on the big picture.
Overall, successful week one! I was so excited to get started on this project and played around with it all week. I am always like this at the beginning of something new. The challenge is going to come the first week of February and every week after that. I am so committed to making this work for me though. I already love it.
supplies / Hambly transparency, Paper Source ribbon & labels, American Crafts Amy Tangerine chevron paper, Design A page protectors (which I hear will be restocked in Feb), Clementine core kit, that quote font is Bebas. Confused by Project Life? Start here.
ps / a great drinking game : drink every time you see the word "week" in this post. but not really, because it's 8am Sunday morning. ;)