Yam’s Project Life: Then and Now

PL_Tuesdays copyFor this week’s Project Life Tuesday, I wasn’t sure which spreads to feature. I decided to take my cue from Christine’s post last week, then looked back at my 2013 albums in addition to my current album. I chose two spreads that featured cards from the same Project Life edition to see how I used it then and now.

Here’s the first half of my Week 13 spread this 2014:

THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM FOR SQUARES! IF YOU’RE WORKING WITH A 6X8 ALBUM, THERE ARE NEW PLASTIC PAGE PROTECTOR CONFIGURATIONS WITH SQUARE POCKETS, TOO. GOOD FOR THOSE INSTA-SQUARES! alternatively, you can cut up your extra papers into squares.

 

And here’s the first half of my Week 28 spread in 2013:

any of you still doing variations of throwback thursday/flashback friday posts on instagram? why not incorporate THOSE PHOTOS IN YOUR PROJECT LIFE, IF YOU’RE DOING A WEEKLY OR MONTHLY TYPE OF DOCUMENTATION?

 

If you noticed, I used the Blush edition of Project Life on both spreads. I remember trying to stay away from pink when I transitioned from my tween to teen years. My first room had lavender walls, then it became a lovely shade of pink when my parents had our house painted. “Yecchhh,” I thought. I was delighted when my room transitioned to having light green walls. I later realized that I really did love pink, and now it shows when I choose paper products. The Blush edition is one of my favorites because it has a lot of pink, but the other colors in the kit complements it so well! This edition is definitely not just for girls.

Here’s the other half of my Week 28 spread from 2013:

As you can see, I loved to layer different things: photos, stickers, tabs, labels…

I didn’t have other pockets available, so here’s one way I incorporated ticket stubs from our museum visit:

if you want to hide a photo or private text/journaling, you can do the same thing.

 

Moving on to 2014, here’s the other half of my Week 13 spread:

ON THE 4X6 JOURNAL CARD IN THE TOP LEFT POCKET, I SIMPLY LISTED memorable events and moments from the week. i MADE SURE TO WRITE ABOUT AN OVERDUE DINNER WITH A GOOD FRIEND — WE TALKED SO MUCH THAT WE DIDN’T EVEN REMEMBER TO TAKE PHOTOS!

 

The weekly documentation style still works for me, since my brain has compartmentalized time and date that way. What works for me during weeks where nothing much happens in my life is to include external events and things such as: photos of artists I like, a quote, what’s happening in the news, etc. I find that these are also important parts of telling my story; it’s nice things to see and read about what’s happening in the world I live in. 10-20 years from now, who knows how relevant these things will be?

What I’m still doing this month are:

Writing directly on photos. This was a small error on my part. I printed the photo first, then I later realized I wanted the text to be printed on the photo using a nice font I found. Not wanting to waste ink and photo paper, I just grabbed a trusty pen and scribbled my thoughts on the photo.

Stamping. I’ve amassed quite a number of stamps (most of which I share during our LDM Beginner’s Workshop) and this time, I’m not just stamping on plain journal cards, but on filler cards as well!

THE CARD I USED IS FROM THE JADE EDITION, BTW.

 

Writing on filler cards. Yes, filler cards! This is something I’ve embraced recently. I used to think that filler cards were just there to fill empty pockets, or to serve as a nice background I can use to mat small photos or Instax photos.

IF YOU’RE SCARED TO WRITE WITHOUT LINES, USE A PENCIL TO MARK YOUR JOURNAL LINES THEN ERASE LATER OR JUST DRAW THIN LINES AND WRITE AWAY! DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE TEXT ABOVE. YOU’LL SEE IN THE FULL PHOTO OF THE SPREAD THAT MY TEXT LEANED UPWARDS TO THE RIGHT SIDE.

 

SEE WHAT I DID HERE? THE PHOTO I GRABBED ONLINE WAS NOT EXACTLY HI-RES, SO I PRINTED IT SMALLER (2.5 X 2.5 INCHES) THEN ADHERED TO A FILLER CARD. I WROTE MY CAPTION DIRECTLY ON THE FILLER CARD BECAUSE I DIDN’T WANT TO COVER UP THE HEARTS.

 

Use mini alphas/alphabet stickers. You’ll see that I used the black mini alphas liberally in this spread. I stuck with it because I wanted a uniform look throughout the spread. I’m happy I had *almost* enough letters and numbers from one sheet of stickers!

 

Lastly, I know that I mentioned wanting to try scaling down to the smaller 6×8 format, but I still have my 12×12 album and a bunch of 12×12 plastic page protectors to use up. I wondered what spread I would end up with for Week 13 if I used the smaller format:

Not bad, eh?

 

If you want to try making an album using the Project Life system, I hope to see you at one of our future workshops. The next workshop won’t be until the end of May, so please make sure to like our Facebook page so you won’t miss the announcement when we open registration.

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