I am honored and thrilled to share with you today that I designed the 2013 Seafoam kit for Project Life!
This is my big secret project that I have been keeping since early February. I have so much to say about this kit, including how we got from step #1: a phone call from Becky Higgins to step #751: writing this blog post.
And there will be time for that before the kit, album and paper (!!) release in November.
But today, I would love to share just three things :
One / I am so passionate about this kit and the whole concept of Project Life. Truly, I was hooked from that first day when I built my title page and felt the thrill of playing around with pockets. It has been overwhelmingly fun and very humbling to design something that I (and hopefully many, many others!) will be excited to play with every week of next year. 2013 is going to be a great time to start or continue Project Life, I can already tell.
Two / I have to thank Meredith Tilton, my friend and right-hand woman throughout this adventure. When we started, I had no Illustrator design experience. Meredith, on the other hand, went to four years of school for design and could pull the pieces together. She was an absolute gem to work with and able to turn my pencil sketches (which I can't wait to share!) and Photoshop Elements mock-ups into something beautiful and awesome. Can't say enough good stuff about her as a person and graphic designer.
Three / When Becky called and asked me if I was interested in this opportunity, Paul was still deployed. It was a Thursday morning and I remember walking in circles in our undecorated bedroom pinching myself to be sure it was real. When we hung up the phone, I called my parents (separately, as they were both at work) and relayed the story. My end of both conversations went something like this,
"Hey! So, you know Project Life?"
"Yes, that thing I have been sharing on the blog on Sundays?"
"Yes, the one with the pockets."
"Yes, there are photos."
"Well I just got off the phone with Becky Higgins... she's the lady who created Project Life."
"Yes, it's a thing that many people do."
"Yes, it's sold on amazon."
"You buy a journalling card kit and album and those pocket pages."
"I know cool, right? Anyway, SHE WANTS ME TO DESIGN THE KIT!!"
"No, I don't think you understand...this is huge."
"THANK YOU!! I KNOW! I am so excited!!"
Seriously, I had that conversation twice. Then again with Paul when he woke up to start his day in Afghanistan. And then about 40 more times over the past six months.
But the best part, of the whole adventure, really, was about a hour after my dad and I hung up the phone that first day and I got a text from him,
"Leesee. I googled this "Becky Higgins" and it seems like she's legit."
What an absolute pleasure. And seriously, the fun is just beginning. Next, we all get to use the kit. The photos throughout this post show samples of the Seafoam kit (I hope you like the name!) in action. We will be sharing the full kit in the next few months (you can see more samples on Becky's blog now) and I'll have more photos of last week's spread up soon, but wow - it was surreal (and awesome!) to finally put them to use.