Week four and I still love this project.
(click to enlarge & it will be a [somewhat] clearer image)
It's addicting. Over the top addicting. When I look back at the past four weeks I have a happy reminder that even though I am practically pulling my hair out with the waiting for Paul, I am living too. I am staying busy. I am staying creative.
I have been surprised that my old love of scrapbooking is coming back with this project. I know that the "point" of Project Life is to simplify the scrapbooking process. I think it's awesome that it does that for some people. But for someone like me, who takes a lot of photos and writes a ton, but doesn't really put them all together that often anymore, this project feels like a new creative adventure. The last thing on my mind is simplifying. Instead, it's re-figuring out my style and becoming creative with memory keeping again. It's awesome.
The usual suspects are filling this album again this week. I downloaded the Mumford & Sons album and it's been on repeat the past few days. The "awake my soul" script was painted while video chatting with Paul. I learned how to paint thanks to Kal Barteski's script school.
And the quote is of course from a song of theirs too. I have been getting lots of questions about the quotes. Here's the skinny : I find them. Usually on pinterest. I jot them down and tack them on my bulletin board. Then when one really shouts at me, I type it up in PSE on a 3x4 canvas. I use Bebas font. I leave out one or two of the words and then after printing and cropping, I hand write it in. I am considering making some of these quotes a free download, but they will never be for sale. I don't own these quotes and Bebas is a free non-commercial use font.
The blurred out image is a hilarious email Paul sent to a group of our friends about his homecoming. I copied it into PSE and printed it super tiny so it would fit. It had to be blurred because of dates.
I worked on a project this week where I used a lot of those Amy Tangerine chipboard letter stickers. I love how they look together in a full sentence on top of a photo. Oh, and that image looks odd because my printer started to run out of ink in the middle of it. I decided to roll with it anyway.
The glitter "E" is c/o Design Editor. I added it to my photo before printing. I am kind of obsessed with these letters and can already tell they will be making lots of appearances in my album this year.
I ordered miniprints from Printstagram awhile ago and they arrived this week. I purposely chose "generic" non-week specific images so I can use them all sorts of ways. I anticipate more of them will make appearances in this album throughout the year. Above is a photo of some of them. I then wrote on one, cropped it a bit and stapled it to the photo.
I also wanted to share what I added to the front of the album this week. (See my full title page here.) The Project Life albums come with a plastic protector thing. I wanted to keep it in the album to protect the pages, but I also wanted it fancied up a bit.
So when I took down the January page from my big wall calendar, I trimmed around the "2012" section and adhered it right to the plastic. I'll probably do the same thing to the back of it when I take down February.
So yes! That's it. Wonderful adventure, this project. I am headed up to Sacramento this week and will be bringing the whole album plus a paper trimmer and supplies with me. That's a little obsessive, I know. But "Obsessive" is my middle name.
supplies / Paper Source circle label, Martha Stewart & Avery labels, digital glitter E c/o Design Editor, circle accents c/o Scrapbook Circle, American Crafts patterned paper & letter stickers, Design A page protectors, Clementine core kit, washi tape from SMASH & happytape.com, Bebas quote font. I use a Fiskars corner rounder (it's not amazing, but it's lasted the longest of any corner rounder I've ever had). I am using a Zig Millennium 0.1 pen and Recollections glossy marker throughout this album.