Yada, yada, yada, week 10 and I still love this project.
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It was a big week because we were vacationing which meant my camera was burning a hole in my pocket at all times. I took probably 600-700 photos between my iPhone and my camera. (The phone photos are about 100x more relevant and exciting.)
So obviously this week is super photo heavy.
I wanted to work a lot of those instagram/camera photos into the book through a grid page protector, but I didn't want to worry about cropping and arranging them before printing. I used a trick that I have used many times before and uploaded them all into iPhoto. Then I selected 40 at once and printed them at home as a contact sheet.
Out of the printer, they looked like this. I've embedded a video from last summer that walks you through the process of printing a contact sheet in iPhoto. I am not sure how you can accomplish the same thing without iPhoto or on a PC but I am sure there is a way.
Please check out the video if you have questions about this printing method. I printed my instagram photos so they were three across which meant they just needed a tiny bit of cropping to fit into the square pocket page protector I picked up from Amazon.
I love how they look in grid form. And with both sides of the pocket page full, it's a pretty great collage of the trip.
Added a second insert this week to hold photos and text about the Seabee Ball. A few weeks ago I purchased a ton of 8.5x11 page protectors to add different inserts into this album. This one looks looks like this and when it's full sized has six 5.5x2.5 pockets. I trimmed mine down so it had space for just four photos and papers on the back and front. I am enjoying playing with the different pocket sizes.
On the left page, I liked the repetion of the e&p photos. Those were all taken on my phone (and not processed through an app) and there is one from each place - the start of the roadtrip in the car, then Napa, SF and finally Big Sur.
I've had those Making Memories travel word stickers forever and I'm glad I could use some of them this week. The herringbone patterned paper is American Crafts and the ribbon is Paper Source.
I collected a ton of business cards while on the trip. Not all made it into the book but a small collage of the wineries and the resturant we ate at in Napa fit well into a 4x6 pocket. I layered an Elle's Studio circle tag on top with text.
Usual suspects on the right page with the quote and arrow journaling.
While we were in San Francisco, I realized how different Paul and I are when it comes to choosing a restuarant. I used E & P stickers from Office Depot and Martha Stewart labels to talk about the difference. I stuck them to a drink menu I grabbed from one of the bars we went to.
Handwrote some text about Big Sur onto American Crafts patterned paper and clipped an extra photo into the pocket as well.
Originally, I thought I would do a minibook in addition to the weekly update to document the trip. But after putting the spread together, I don't think I'll do something separate. My time can be better spent elsewhere - like decorating our place, working on the 27 materials project and another giant work project I have on my plate.
This isn't to say I am done with minibooks for the rest of time, but I can tell that my focus has shifted. If this Project Life album (and what gets written here on the blog) is the only way I document 2012 - it will still be much more than I have done the past few years and I'll still be thrilled.
supplies / Paper Source circle label & ribbon, Martha Stewart and Avery labels, Making Memories word-fetti stickers, American Crafts patterned papers, Ormolu "you and me" tag and "this" button, Elle's Studio circle tag and flag tag, Design A page protectors (which are available in this variety pack), Clementine core kit, six pocket page protector, square pocket page protector, 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.