I know I haven't posted the final few weeks of 2013 and rest assured, they are done and ready for viewing, but you know how the new year starts and you're just ready for, well, the new stuff?
I'm going fully digital for Project Life in 2014. No, I'm not going to become a fully digital scrapbooker. Maybe you've noticed, but when it comes to digital, aside from the technical stuff, I'm not really that savvy of a scrapbooker. I know how to put photos down. I know how to put text down. I know how to add a few digital stamps here and there. But when it comes to layering stuff and making digital magic, that's not really in my wheelhouse.
I still like my adhesive. And my X-acto knife. And my dining room/scrap room. I like seeing things printed out. I like type on cardstock. That hasn't changed for me. There's still a certain giddiness that goes all the way back to when I first started making pages back in 2001. You know the feeling, right? When you walk by the page you just finished and all you can think is, "That's freaking ADORABLE!" It's not arrogant people. It's just embracing the love you have for the craft. Period. Your page and my page my be worlds apart stylistically, but this hobby requires full blown subjectivity. If you love it, that's all that matters.
Part of what I know how to do is show people how to design stuff. I know how to show you what great typography looks like. But beyond that, I'm like you: I scrapbook because by and large it just makes me happy and it fills a need I feel in my very skin to record the life I'm living. Mostly I do this for me. Yes, I hope future generations will find it interesting that I wore a bee costume every year of my life. Yes, I hope my children see their unique stories and remember. But this hobby fills a very specific need in me.
I don't compare myself to others in this process. Where's the fun in that? I'm not whimsical. I'm not all that crafty. I can't heat emboss worth shit.
But I can save my stories in a way that makes me happy.
This year, for Project Life, the digital process will make this simpler. I have one template set (for now) and I'm going to keep it simple. Yes, I may switch up the look somewhat here and there, but by and large what I want for 2014 is simplicity.
That's my intention for this year and this project.
Here is my title page:
This year, I'm using a new template set, one with more white space and squared corners. This set comes with thin outlines on each layer mask. They can be turned off if not needed or desired. I decided to try leaving some on and some off on my title page. Part of why I wanted the outlines was so I could have pure white backgrounds on some of the cards, rather than having to put a digital paper into their respective backgrounds.
The outlines are set to the inside of the photo masks, so they line up pixel perfect with the images, even when the outlines are turned off.
But but for Week 1, I am experimenting with leaving them all on. Here are my pages for the first week of 2014:
Each week, I'm going to put a Week Circle onto the photo in the upper left slot. I'll screen back the photo to around 40%, give or take. (To change the opacity of an image, just click on its layer mask and change the number in the Opacity Slider found at the top of the Layers Palette.) I like the effect this has. This doesn't mean that each week's circle will be orange, but it gives me a way to note each week consistently.
These templates have a journal spot built into the file, so again this year I'll summarize each week in the upper right slot.
Other than that, I plan to drop simple text lines over photos as needed using my favorite free font, Bariol, which I used to design a lot of my new minimal products.
Note: the top two photos on this page are actually a panoramic shot taken on my iPhone. I just merged the two layer masks together, then clipped the panoramic into them. Just a slice of teen, plugged in life over Christmas break.
I should mention that every photo for Week 1 was taken with my iPhone 5. I have become so dependent on it for documenting the visuals. I think my DSLR camera is feeling a little neglected. To read more about all the stuff I use in this whole memory-keeping, photo process, click here.)
Here are the pages side by side:
I know it's a little tiny, but it gives you the airy feel of what these pages will look like.
Note: for any of these images, if you want to see them larger, just click on them. I'm saving most images at 800 pixels for better viewing size.
And how will I produce the final album? That remains to be seen. I still love the idea of just sending my pages to Persnickety Prints and putting the 12 x 12 prints into a traditional album, which would also let me drop a little ephemera into some Project Life envelope pages. Or, I may get a book printed, which was really my initial plan. As of today, I'm not sure where I'll do it, but I'll certainly keep you posted.
I plan to continue sharing my pages as I continue this process of documenting daily life. I have set up a system that works for me and keeps the stress out of this work. (Read this post to learn how I prepared for 2014.)
If I feel like changing colors or fonts as I go, then so be it. This project can grow, flex and change as needed.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Project Life™ is a system created by Becky Higgins. To learn more about this approach to saving your memories, click here.