Project Life 2014: Week 32

Project Life Idea: Keep a journal to remind you of stories without corresponding photos.
Project Life Idea: Keep a journal to remind you of stories without corresponding photos.

Today I've got another week split into two spreads.  It's normal for me to have a lot of photos to choose from each week, but the biggest reason my recent weeks are spilling over into additional spreads is due to my new journaling habit.

I've journaled off and on for years, but never very consistently.  Since starting Project Life, I have relied heavily on photos to remind me of stories as I put weeks together, but the stories without corresponding photos have been going untold for a very long time.  To rectify that I've started journaling just small bits about our days.  I keep a notebook near my computer so that I can jot notes down daily.  Most days I wake up early, before my kids are up, so I can have some time to myself and drink a cup of coffee.  This has been the perfect time to take 5 minutes and remember what happened the day before.  Super helpful when it comes to adding journaling to my spreads.

So onto Week 32's stories and photos.

Project Life Idea: Keep a journal to remind you of stories without corresponding photos.
Project Life Idea: Keep a journal to remind you of stories without corresponding photos.

This week we had a friend visiting and the boys loooove him.  I had quite a few stories to tell about that, plus the every day cute stuff that just happens with little boys.

If you're anything like me, switching between pocket page designs is tough.  I stuck primarily to Design A for the first half of the year, but I have so many designs on hand and am forcing myself to get creative with them.  For this spread I added a Design C pocket page to the right hand side, full of 4x6 slots.  I balanced it with a few extra vertical 3x4s in the Design A pocket page on the left side.  To keep them from moving around in their 4x6 pockets, I used the Tiny Attacher vs. adhering them to the photo behind them, and it seems to be working out just fine.

Project Life Idea: Use a stapler (or tiny attacher) to prevent two 3x4 cards from slipping around in a 4x6 pocket.
Project Life Idea: Use a stapler (or tiny attacher) to prevent two 3x4 cards from slipping around in a 4x6 pocket.

On the right side I played around with two 4x6 cards and added 3x4 journaling cards to create story space.

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For the second spread I embraced the grid and alternated journaling cards and photos throughout.  Using Design C and U exclusively throughout an album would be really fun I think.

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donyaluana-2014-wk33-01

In order to add more color to the left side, I used a circle punch on two 3x4 cards and placed them on 4x6 cards.  The "You are Here" stamp is from an old Studio Calico kit and I love that it's about the same size as the circle punches.  I look for any excuse to use that awesome stamp.

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donyaluana-2014-wk33-03

I found myself loving all of the simple black and white journaling cards I had on hand this week and wishing I had duplicates.  This one is from Ali's Summer Journaling Card set and I might just have to pick up a second set.  Love the simplicity of them.

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donyaluana-2014-wk33-04

Follow my 2014 album progress here and see the cover page for this album here.

Supplies Used: Project Life Heidi Swapp Favorite ThingsStudio Calico monthly kit embellishments and stamps, Ali Edwards Summer Journaling Card set, Fiskars Circle Punch, Project Life Journaling PensDesign A Pocket Pages, Design C Pocket Page, Design U Pocket Page, and Becky Higgins Corner Rounder.