Christine’s Project Life: Portland Weekend

Project Life Tuesday

So happy to report that I’ve been working on my Project Life album, slowly but surely.

Up this week is a spread (!) I did for two weekends ago (the end of Feb), when I went to Portland with a couple of my good friends. Short trips are always my favorite to document: you get just the right amount of fun photos, ephemera, and things to record. 😉

Feb 23 – Mar 1, 2015


Yes, that is two whole pages of my 9×12 album. I’m still using my 9×12 Studio Calico Handbook. Why is the inside yellow, you ask? Well, I saw these new albums by A Beautiful Mess, totally wanted it, then realized I could do it myself… so I grabbed some yellow paint and painted the inside of my album. Voila!

But anyway! It was an eventful week! 🙂 A few highlights —


I finally got my pair of Hobes, since they were on sale from this site in Australia. While I never spend that much on shoes, I couldn’t resist. And omg, they’re super comfy. Except they’re suede, so I’m not sure how to wear them out in public without the fear of them getting dirty/scratched. Eeep. Also, I got the prettiest San Francisco Starbucks card. It was all shiny, too!

A highlight, of course, was my Portland trip. I decided to take the 17-hour (yup, you read it right) Amtrak train. The view from the window was surreal – it was snowing, ala Polar Express! I was lucky to get a super pleasant (and cute, heehee) seatmate to chat with. We talked about solo travel and work and relationships and food. Gotta love making new friends while traveling — isn’t that the best?


Of course, Portland also means the photobooth at the Ace Hotel, which my friends and I went aaaabsolutely crazy over. Boys can be so much more vain than girls, I swear — I thought the guys wouldn’t be game, but they ended up wanting to take solos, too! My friend Luis snuck in the last shot of my solo photo strip, ha!

One thing I love about these spreads is that the same teal color shows up several times, and I tried to match it with embellishments. Mini design lesson: repetition works. Especially if you want your pages to look more cohesive. Also, notice that I split them up throughout the spread. To make things more visually appealing, try to split them up to form a triangle (second mini design lesson!)

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Here are those elements above — I purposely used this card from Kelly Purkey’s latest kit, and this from a set of embellishments from Ali Edwards. (This could be a nice 6×8 layout too, actually!) and ugh, that’s supposed to say, “Oh hello” on top of #PDXCARPET but I used the wrong pen — smudge alert.

Want to get started with Project Life? Join our next workshop on March 28! 🙂

Thanks for reading!

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