Project Life: the first two weeks

Hello Friends! I am so excited to finally be at a point in my #projectLife project to be able to share something with you.  I have been busy with my daily photos and posting them on the blog daily and just finally had a chance to get some prints and get started.  I am using the Clementine Kit, Becky’s Page Protectors (assorted) and my vast stash of digi and traditional products. I am planning for two american crafts binders to house this project so I included part one on this title page.

Project Life Title Page Part 1

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JCutchensPL25 I have included an extra Christmas card in the top right corner. The picture for the Christmas card as well as the bikes and the converse picture are all from our family photo shoot with the fabulous Marina Miller of Red Heart Photography (used with permission). I cut the flags on my silhouette (new blades are #1) and used Paper Trey Ink Kraft Cardstock. Studio Calico wooden houses (two stacked) and circle graph paper and brown arrow sticky notes.  The red numbers are some I scored from a snack bar menu board (and i have a ton!) I trimmed the top off one everyday life journaling card and cut the edges to match my other flags. Red and blue washi tapes from Hambly. American Crafts Thickers (blue glitter). I used my sewing machine to stitch with black thread and my typewriter to type on some flags. some close ups, click any for a larger view:  

week 1 January 1-7

Week One January 1-7 (left)

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The circle numbers and little days are stickers from the Clementine kit.  I am pretty impressed with the white stickers, they seem to disappear enough that they look like they were added before printing the pictures.

some close ups, click any for a larger view:

Week One January 1-7 (right)

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because I had several portrait oriented photos (read * i didn’t plan well when I ordered prints at Target*) I added this page protector for the right side of week 1.  I used the bottom half of the Red everyday life journaling card to form a sort of pocket for the take out menu. I also added a strip of zigzag stitching for interest. Red Speech bubble sticky note is from Studio Calico. White 3 is vinyl thickers (really old) I added journaling on these grid cards from my Clementine Kit because they were the only landscape oriented journaling cards. I copied and pasted information on the photos from my blog and printed using this template from Paislee Press. You should get these templates too. FREE! I added a number sticker to each card and date stamped each card as well.  I also had extra spaces so I added some other photos. close ups, click to view larger:

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Week Two (left)

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I have to tell you, my ocd brain was not happy that I had to use this shape of page protector at the beginning of this week because chronologically my first picture was landscape AND it was already printed at full size. but I’m getting over it.  I had extra spaces for ephemera (fancy word for crap  memorabilia I hoarded in the name of this project) and truthfully, the kfc bag was actually from the first week, but you know what? I’m okay with that. AND it felt good to be guilt free in throwing out the other receipts that I had saved but ended up not using. win-win. When I was ready to add journaling, I figured that since I hadn’t added anything bulky to the grid journaling cards, I was able to run them through the printer again and use both sides. even more win. I use a strip of washi tape to hold the cards in place, it peels off nicely. If you don’t want to use washi tape, you can also use blue painters tape.

January 12 on 12

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these pages were printed on 6 x 12 and placed in a 6 x 12 page protector in the middle of week 2 spread.  This picture is obviously a composite picture of the front and back of the page.

Week Two (right)

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I stitched a little napkin roll paper from CPK onto my journaling card. I also stitched the number from the barber shop right on top of the picture. I added date stamps on everything. For the bottom right side I printed the journaling onto one card with a space in the middle so I could cut and paste appropriately. I also had a little space fora few extra photos and i just used my mini stapler from tim holtz for that.

whew! and that’s it for my first two weeks.  I have to tell you, I picked up some photo paper in both 4×6 and 8.5 x 11 to print at home.  I have an HP Photosmart printer. It’s not the best ever, but it’s good enough for me.  I realized that I have to think about what sizes I want to layout in my book before I make prints to minimize waste.  I am pretty happy with the results so far.  If you’re on the fence, I am glad I have started it.  I think I should have just ordered grid cards, page protectors in A and D and 6×12. I do like the number and day of the week stickers and the papers/journaling cards are cute.

Please feel free to leave any questions in the comments and I’ll get to them as I can.  I also plan to space out the future project life posts once a week or so.
Thanks for stopping by!

Love Love and Blog you Later,

Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)

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12 thoughts on “Project Life: the first two weeks

  1. Your two weeks look awesome! I like the different variety of it all. I have to agree with you and the page protectors, when I started my second week, I have an odd shaped page protector as well. I’m actually having a little difficulty with it and I printed out the wrong sizes, so I am printing those out again. I’m doing the same type of thing you are doing… adding bits and pieces of extras into my 365. Anyway, yours looks awesome. And I love the map of Hawaii with the little houses and arrow showing where you live. Pretty neat.

  2. I love your Project Life pages! I love all the extra touches you’ve added; tape, flags, sewing, etc. I’ve been saving items for my project, but haven’t put it together yet. I’m hoping to work on it (and at least 12 other things) this weekend.
    P.S. Have you ever used PhotoSheet to make your smaller photos? I use it all the time and love it.

  3. Your pages look great, Joscie! I can really appreciate the stitching and the little details that you’ve included in your book. I’m still on the POTD plan, and have been putting them in a seperate folder on my computer as well as documenting the journaling in my 2012 calendar. It’s not ideal, but I don’t have any page protectors yet. I can’t wait to start my PL album, but I have to say, I’m already feeling overwhelmed that I’m going to be “behind” once I get the page protectors. I should have ordered them earlier! GRRRR!

    Quick question – where are you getting your 6×12 pages printed and did you use a premade layered template or did you make your own template? I’m thinking of getting the ones that Ali Edwards just put out.

  4. Your pages look great so far. Love the title page especially! And you managed to take great photos of the pages in the protectors with no photo glare – I’ve been having real trouble trying to do that!

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