Week eight and this project is totally amazing.
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This was The Big Week. Paul came home! My family has two people who live in the same house again!
I knew exactly what I was going to do to document such a big moment for us the second I saw Kelly Purkey's phenomenal Project Life title page. Printing a photo large? Chopping it up to fit in the pockets? SO RAD. And I knew the homecoming would be a perfect event to capture this way.
It was easy to do - in PSE, I cropped the photo into a 12x12 square and then cropped it into smaller pieces to print at home. (Two 6x8s - that I cut down - and two 4x6s.) I decided to round the corners of each piece which sort of breaks it up - but I'm a little too OCD to let the non-rounded corners show through on the next page. Obviously there couldn't be a week without a quote and so I just left that part of the photo out. Originally I had planned on using a photo from the actual homecoming, but I LOVE that I went with the ocean photo. That quote makes even more sense now.
I had that whole left side (and most of this post) created before I picked up P on Friday. I knew I had to basically squeeze a week into just a page so I made sure it was done.
That birthday pocket is one of my favorites. I stamped my birth date on a grid card, tossed in some sequins, ran it through my sewing machine on a zig-zag stitch and then added number stickers right on top of the pocket. Turns out adding sequins is addicting. In the above photos, you can see I stuck some gold sequin stars to the coming home photo pockets too - although those are stapled into place, the birthday ones "float" around.
I also used my first scrapbook divider this week. These can be used to document months, but I decided I'll use them to mark important events this year.
I added a flair button from Ormolu right on top. On the backside I stuck a circle sticker because you could see the back of the flair button through the divider and added a "C" (our last initial) on top.
All that text from yesterday's post and the photo that I pulled from Facebook (thank you Emily!) from the homecoming needed a place and so I added an extra insert this week. That is a Project Life Photo Design D Pocket page (from the variety pack) that I chopped the right side off so it was just to vertical 4x6 photo slots. I printed the text from the post on three different 4x6 pieces of paper. I used an American Crafts file tab to highlight the insert like I have been doing throughout the album.
I printed that photo from my birthday and hand-wrote the text from my birthday post right on top with a recollections marker which is very similar to an American Crafts slickwriter. It sticks right to the photo paper and I always love my handwriting with these pens. The text on that light blue cardstock came from my "more" post.
OH BOY - this project about to get interesting. To be clear - I don't think Project Life is something that you need a family to work on. Far from it actually. I think it's an awesome documentation tool for anyone and had a blast keeping it it up for near eight weeks with just me. But my family is two people and right now, we're both living together home for the first time since the end of June. I am so excited to document what our daily life looks like together. I have never really done that on such a grand scale before. (It's difficult to tell, but I think Paul's excited too. ;) )
supplies / Paper Source circle label, rectangle label & ribbon, gold glitter paper c/o Scrapbook Circle, American Crafts letter stickers and file tab, Ormolu Thursday tag and button, Design A page protectors (which are available in this variety pack), Scrapbook Dividers, Clementine core kit, 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.
Confused by Project Life? Start here. See all my Project Life posts here. Heads up - I'll be traveling the next week and a half so the next two weeks of Project Life will not be posted until March 13th-ish.