A few weeks ago, on National Scrapbook Day, I watched Cathy Zeiske's video on Big Picture Classes. Her message was simple but so good: Comparison is the thief of joy. While there are SO many fabulous scrapbookers out there, you shouldn't compare yourself. Find a style that fits you! Do what you do best. This is a fantastic message, but I also believe that trying out different styles, different techniques, can help create your own style. It's good to play & try & experiment! When I look back at my first year of Project Life, I am so happy I did it, but there are pages I'm definitely not in love with. I hadn't found my style yet. But I tried a lot of things, and through experimentation I created my own style.
As I was thinking about all of this, I realized it may be helpful to walk through how I make a spread. Not to compare your method to mine, but to give you a peek at something to try, modify, experiment with, take what works for you, and create your own method or style. So here's how I recently put together Week 18 in my Project Life album.
Step 1 : Selecting photos.
I do this using a digital template (like this one) and drag and drop the photos from that week's folder, but the photo below shows what I ended up printing. I had 36 to select from, which is more than average for me, but a majority weren't very significant. I started with the top left photo and bottom right because both contained quite a bit of green and both were photos I loved this week. The second thing that caught my eye were two photos that were important to the week & contained a similar bright blue color. I placed them on opposite pages, to space the color out. The last color I drew from was the aqua from the pool. I had two photos taken from the pool that week (& the pool opening was a pretty big event for us) so that was an easy pick.
Two photos I wanted to use were already black and white and the photo of Ephram on the bike was fairly muted already, so I switched it black and white as well. I tend to always have 3 or 4 black and whites in a spread because it spaces out the color. I love color, but too much can be overwhelming to the eye. I still wanted to include the photo of the seedlings popping up, and felt there wasn't as much green on the right side, so I added it to a 3x4 slot.
Lastly, I didn't love how busy the photo of the boys at the pool was so I put it inside of a circle to give some white space. And from there decided I'd likely play off of circles in this spread once I printed everything, so I created a circle mask for the seedling photo as well.
Step 2 : Choosing cards.
Once I have all the photos placed in the spread, I begin looking at my card stash. I knew I wanted to add some green to the center of the spread and play off the blues/aquas. I also knew I wanted to put the date on the top left photo since the majority of it is out of focus and the main focus is on on leaf. I choose the tan calendar card to display the date and then selected a few similar tan/light orange 3x4 journaling cards to balance it out.
Adding the "In Review" card in place of a photo was a late decision since I wasn't in love with the palm tree photo and wanted to add a few more details about the week through journaling instead. I didn't have a solid plan at first for the green card on the bottom, but I knew I needed something green down there (card or embellishment) to balance the page a bit.
Step 3 : Putting it together.
I ended up switching out the far left 3x4 journaling card for a deeper blue, and then added two more bits of blue (one by cutting down a photo and placing it on a journaling card, and one by adding just a slice of a filler card to a black and white photo).
And just for fun, I added a few aqua sequins to the circle pool photo, and a few phrase stickers from the new Studio Calico South of Market collection since the color worked well (& they're adorable).
I'd love to hear about your process! What steps do you take?
Supplies Used: Project Life Design A photo pocket pages, Project Life Kiwi Kit (exclusive to JoAnns), Project Life Strawberry Kit, Project Life Journaling Pens, Studio Calico Phrase Stickers, and Becky Higgins Corner Rounder.