With that, here's my PIP photo of Week 5. This is what my work table looks like while working on my pages. I am most comfortable working with my entire PL album right on the table with me. All of my supplies + goodies that I want to add get nestled right in there. The photos are all laid out on top of my page protectors. This way I'm ready to add the layers and embellishments without having to fish the photos out of the pockets.
I've noticed that I've had lots and lots of photos these past weeks. This week I have 19 photos!! I think it's a combination of just lots of fun stuff going on, the ease of having my iPhone handy at all times....and I just don't want to miss a thing. Some weeks will go back to having fewer photos so I'll just go with the flow. I have a ton of photos of Charlie that just won't fit into each week. I'm saving those up for an Instagram collage insert that I'll get around to one of these days.
This week I tweeted this photo that shows my Project Life layout in progress. I like to think of these little sketches as floor plans since I have a design background. Half the fun is just sketching and going through the process. Someone asked, "Doesn't this take up a lot of time? Would it be easier to just wing it?" Very interesting questions indeed. For me, the biggest challenge about taking so many photos & then wanting to get scrappy with my pages is where to fit it all within my weekly layout. If I were to wing it and just start printing photos, I would have no idea of what sizes of photos I wanted to print. Most likely the photos would not all fit into my 2 page spread either. I also would probably waste a lot of ink and printer paper due to mistakes. Since I print at home I only print exactly what photos I need...no extra photos sitting around for me.
You'll also see my calendar in the background. I use my calendar system each week to record what photos I took and I also jot down little blurbs about the event. When the week is over I start plopping those photos down into the slots via my sketch. I also jot down what size the photo should be. Then I take my sketch and calendar with me to my printer desk and I start printing. Yep, these steps take more time....but since this is about the only scrapbooking I do aside from a few inserts, the extra time is definitely worth it to me. Note: If I only used a photo a day, I could leave out some of these steps. I could simply print and insert the photos into the slots.
Lots of new goodies came this week including a big ol' stash of new My Mind's Eye product. I have been a big fan of MME from their very first years. Oh how I love their goodies. From the newest release I am quite smitten with the Miss Caroline lines. Fruity tooty colors....lots of flowers...in a vintage sort of way. Just my style. I think I also ordered about every new item from Elle's Studio. Lots of buttery yellow journaling tags are coordinating perfectly with my new MME papers. I've also pulled some Clementine journaling cards from Project Life. Oh, and stamps. I got a MME stamp + both the Epic and Awesome stamps from Studio Calico.
My inspiration this week comes from lots of Project Life bloggers. Each and every Project Life page that I see makes me stop, zoom in and really absorb the process. I get so, so inspired by others that documenting the everyday tidbits of life. Leena Loh's blog is a definite stop. Her Project Life pages are so fun to study. Like me, she gets scrappy and treats each little insert as a mini scrapbook age. I love that her pages have a lot of white space. Lots of embellishing but put together so nicely. Also love Kelly Purkey's Week 4 of PL. I have to try using that 6 x6 type of pages soon. And there's Nichol Harper's pages. She's choosing to do one page week. So many fun details but again so clean looking. Jenni Hufford always has such detailed stories tucked into the tiny spaces. Love her use of Elle's Studio products too. Susan Weinroth's pages were very inspiring this week. Her photography skills are out of this world as each one of her photos look like a senior picture. I also love her 6 x 6 photos and Instagram piece. Definitely going to add this to my PL to do list.
Finishing up Project Life Week 5 tomorrow or Friday as the weekend will be busy. Josey has her first high school formal dance. We've got a nail appointment, hair appointment, flowers to pick up, etc, etc, etc. I think I'll do Ali's Day in the Life for this special event. I'm thinking an Instagram collage insert page. Similar to the Instagram insert page from this blog post, except with more room on the side bar for the timeline of daily events.
Okay, I'm outta here for tonight. American Idol Hollywood week is on!! Tell me about your Project Life.....how's it going? are you staying inspired? are you up to date?