Week 26 which means ... we are halfway through the year.
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And good news... I still LOVE this project.
When I decided to embark on this paper adventure I really didn't know if I would make it work throughout the whole year. And let's get serious, I haven't yet...we've got 26 more weeks to go. For the most part, I am still working a bit on the album each day. For me, it's (happily) become a habit. Obviously some weeks the photos and the stuff are better than others, but when I page through the albums, that doesn't bother me.
I have printed more photos in 2012 than I have in the past five years combined. I have re-discovered my love of memory-keeping and re-developed a style that works for me. And that style is SIMPLE. Simple, simple. If you look at my last 26 spreads, you'll see me repeating the same techniques over and over again. 4x6 photos in the big pockets with a little label or tab wrapped around the edge. Papers or photos trimmed down to 3x4 for the little pockets. Lots of handwriten journaling. Lots of blog posts pulled into PSE and printed out to include larger stories. Simple and graphic shapes. No frills. This is a style that works for me and one that I use to really let my photos pull focus.
It's been a really enjoyable project to work on, but I know the real pleasure will be in five years when my life looks completely different and I am able to look back (and marvel at all the free time I used to have). And then, of course, 30 years from now when my kids are considering having kids, I'll love sharing this record of what life was like for us.
Except for the goals blog post I printed and folded into a pocket, there is nothing too remarkable this week. Just photos & words, photos & words. Get 'er done.
supplies / Paper Source circle label, Martha Stewart & Avery labels, Recollections patterned paper, Studio Calico patterned paper, Crate Paper patterned paper & unknown wood paper (c/o Scrapbook Circle), American Crafts letter sticker, Design A page protectors (which are available in this variety pack), 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.