My monthly approach to Project Life is rolling along. In February, I took 208 photos and 97 percent were taken with my iPhone. My total page count for this month’s installment? Four. At this rate, I’ll have a book under 50 pages, which is probably just about perfect. That said, it was such a pleasant experience to sit down on Monday night and make these pages. I designed a new add on pack for this series of templates and one of the designs is my new favorite because it’s just designed to house Instagrams. I know, fun, right?
Here’s a look at my February pages.
I decided to continue with my all black and white first page approach. I still like it, I think.
I used a Guassian Blur on Cole’s friend, Jim, who was having much more success flying the bird that Cole was.
This is the all Instagram template. Spots for photos. Spots for journal spots. And little Instagram logos that are optional. This new template also comes in 8.5 x 11.
Yes, I had to bust out the Gaussian Blur one more time. I love these ladies and shortly after this photo was taken, Dan’s shirt came off for about 10 seconds. No one needs to be associated with that. (What? You haven’t read the story? Oh, by all means, go here.)
Yes! I also just realized I used the Mary Tyler Moore statue photo twice. I may change that. Or not.
These last three pages are all part of the Life Basics Minimal No. 03 Add On Pack. I pulled in a title and text block from the also relatively new monthly journal set and used one of the square photo slots for my journaling. Honestly? February was a veddy interesting month from an emotional standpoint, so I didn’t really have a lot to say about it in terms of public sharing. And yet, the photos and words tell part of the story and that’s good enough for me.
One thing I didn’t do this month was to add a screened-back background graphic. I just didn’t use anything that I wanted to enlarge.
I am using digital images from my forthcoming Project Life Value Kit. Of course, I can access the files because I made them, but Becky Higgins Central will be releasing them soon. The physical set is showing up in Michael’s store’s already, so that’s a good sign!
Minimal Basics Template Set (12 x 12)
Life Basics Minimal No. 03 Add On Pack (12 x 12)
Twelve Month Sans 6 x 4 Cards
Minimal Basics sets are also available in 8.5 x 11 as well. Find them here.
Beautiful! Love these!
Debbie K says
Hi Cathy! Just wanted to say I totally look forward to your pages. I’ve been on maternity leave for a few months and I’ve finally had a chance (after baby was past 2 months :)) to organize and work on some albums. In 2011-2012, I attempted the paper PL and barely finished 2011. So I thought digital was the way to go. But it wasn’t I got a new iMac & Lightroom and had time to sit down and organize pictures that I got going. I was able to finish 2014 using the Blurb layouts in LR but for 2015 & 2013, I’ve been using your Life Basics Minimal templates. I’m so excited to finish 2013 and see the finished product. For 2013, I’m going the weekly route and for 2015, I’m doing sort of a hybrid monthly/weekly route. Thanks for always being so honest and for sharing your creativity. You definitely inspire me! 🙂 Hopefully I’ll have a system in place so that I can keep it going when I go back to work next month!
Helen High says
Soooooooooooo looking forward to seeing your Project Life stuff! I enjoy how you have simplified PL too. Overall, I love PL, but it is nice to see that it can be pared down and still be relevant.
Love your pages and am loving doing my PL this year with your templates!
Love these simple, beautiful pages. I have a mountain of paper kits that look really attractive all piled up, waiting to go in an album. Still, only about four years behind – that’s standard, right?
Always look forward to reading your blog and getting motivated to tell our everyday and event stories. Thanks for sharing your days. You are a great story teller. Thanks!
Michelle t says
Great pages. Super inspiring. Thanks. Michelle t
I keep checking my Michael’s for your PL kit. I can’t wait!!
Robyn in Idaho says
THANK YOU!!! Just thanks ….for the inspiration and creative goodies!! SOOOOO appreciate you sharing your talents and humor – so needed in life! THANK YOU!
Thank you! You seriously OWN me, CZ. Seriously.
Wonderful….and I am enjoying using the new add on set. Just wondering if you have thought much about your organization once iphoto is replaced with “photos”. I know we will still have it on our computer, but wondering if you know what “photos” is going to look like. Thanks!
Love your pages! I’m loving the black and white pics…been doing some of that myself.
Natalie Turetsky says
I purchased your twelve month sans cards and would like to know how you use them to get the look you have on your February pages for the first 4×6 slot that says February?
Cathy Zielske says
What I do is open the 12 months card I want to use, click on the OUTLINE layer and change the color to black or gray (so I can see it when I move it). Then I change the month name layer to black, too (same reason). Then I shift plus click to select both in the layers palette, and drag them both up to the tab of my Life Basics template page I’m working on…. it will come to the foreground, then I drag down and release and just the month name and box copy in. I then size them down a bit and change the colors accordingly.
That’s one way. Does that help?
Cathy Zielske says
Or… do this:
1. Open the card you are using (February in my case). Change the text and outline to the colors you like.
2. Change the image size of the card to 4.443 inches wide (whatever the corresponding height is fine.
3. Select ALL layers from the card to drag into the template and position.
Now, you could just flatten the layers once you drag them in, too, if you’re happy with the colors. So it’ll work just like bringing in any digital card, but this will be sized correctly for my minimal basics template!