Welcome to Week 5 of our Project Life! I always feel so satisfied when I finish up my layout for the week. How about you? Are you managing to keep up or are you finding it more of a challenge as the weeks move on?
This was a huge week of activities for our family. I don't think I even realized that until I sat down to put my Project Life spread together.
Although, I would prefer not to have inserts every week, I have yet to complete a week without one (except perhaps week 1?). And this week I have TWO pages of inserts. The first one is a Design A page that I am folding in half.
This insert is Design D. It will remain as a full 12x12 page. Both sides are events that involve my youngest son. This side is the process of making his birthday cake as well as photos taken after a ceremony for him at our church.
Trying out a little font fun with my letter stickers and numbers.
I was going to do a little more journaling but in the end just decided to leave both of these cards as sort of decoration. I sketched the pin and bowling ball for the fun of it. You can see residue from other things I was considering adding to the card.
Here is the final page of the week's spread. It covers a field trip I chaperoned for my middle son, journaling from my two youngest kids (my oldest son did some journaling about his weekend away on the other page) and more pictures from the weekend's big events.
I often wonder if I should include so many photos from one event or if I should just do a separate scrapbook page. I think of this as a photo album combined with a journal of sorts. When the kids were all little I kept journals for each of them where I wrote about current milestones and other things they were doing. As they got older and busier, I stopped keeping these up. I think of Project Life as our family journal with photos. A Commonplace Book, of sorts, like my oldest has to write for English class. Click on the link and check out the history. Very cool!
I added the Martha Stewart BON VOYAGE sticker to cover up the trash can eyesore. The trash can is still visible but kind of blends into the photo instead of sticking out like a sore thumb like it did before I added that sticker.
I bet you were wondering if I was going to use any of my own stamps in this week's layout. Well, I didn't want to disappoint anyone, so here is the laptop - designed by my 8-year-old. To see all 15+ stamps I made go here, to see my "HOW-TO" post, go here.
The conversation bubble is from a Basic Grey embellishment pack. I used the backside because I much prefered it plain white. Ignore that third "l" on the end of "calll!" Just a little oops I decided to ignore. Or perhaps that is how aliens spell "call"???
Ahh! And yet another stamp of mine! I used this one to make a pattern for my date/title card that I have turned into a "week in review" card.
JOURNALING for PROJECT LIFE
Thanks for stopping by! But before you go, I was wondering how others keep track of their journaling. Do you write it on journaling cards as the week goes on or do you have an app for your iPhone or do you use some other method? I've been using OhLife.com's emails for the past two years or so, but have only recently downloaded the info and printed it out to include it in my album. I've heard a lot of buzz about DAY ONE, so I am considering that option. I do not have an iPhone yet and only have an old iTouch without a camera so I wonder if it would be worthwhile for me. I do use a MacBook and I've heard it can be used on a laptop just fine. Let me know if you have any thoughts on DAY ONE or any other journaling system. I'd especially love to hear if you have any good journaling tips.
PROJECT LIFE on PINTEREST
Do you have a Project Life board on PINTEREST? If so, leave me a link to your board in the comments and I'll follow you back. I love finding more friends to share inspriation. If you'd like to check out my Project Life board, go here.
Project Life Freebies on PINTEREST
And here's a link to my PROJECT LIFE FREEBIES board as well.
I'm sure many of you Photoshop users out there already know this trick but since I only just discovered it myself (FINALLY!) yesterday, I thought I would share. In order to blur out peoples' faces or other private information, you just need to use the SMUDGE tool which can be found in the BLUR Tool (drop down menu on the side bar.
It is far easier than all the other attempts I had made in Lightroom or in Photoshop up until now. And while we are on the topic, if anyone out there uses LIGHTROOM and knows a quick fix for the same thing there, please share!
Can't wait to see your lovely pages. I always feel so inspired after Project Life Tuesday.