Sunday, January 08, 2012

13 project life | week one

Gosh guys...I can't tell you or explain to you how excited I am for Project Life. I had so much fun putting my first week together, I can't even tell you! I'm going on my 5th year of p365...and I've never gotten my books printed! So I'm just so excited to know that I'm working on my album as we go through the year and it will be complete when the year is! It's so exciting!

So let me tell you a little about my process in getting this week ready for Project Life. I knew this week was going to be one full of pictures...my husband and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary and our daughter turned 7 and had her birthday party...all this week! I haven't come up with a super great system yet (I'm sure that will come as the weeks go on)...but this week I decided to just jot down everything on paper to get an idea of where I would put everything. Here's my sketch:


I wrote down what pictures I had and wanted to use and then I wrote down some of the extra inserts I could put in. I didn't end up putting in my daughters birthday cards because she won't let go of them. :) Maybe as the weeks pass she'll let me put them in! 

Then I just sketched out where I wanted what...I looked through my stash as I went so I could get an idea of what papers and extras to use. Hopefully my process will improve, but for now...this works.

Here's a picture of the whole week spread, when you open up the binder. You can see the two page spread with the extra little inserts in the middle...
                                       

Here's a picture of the 2 page spread without the inserts...

Here's a close-up of the first page...

..and the second page, which is mostly about my daughters birthday and her party...

The middle inserts are first, a 5x7 with my One Little Word...and on the back is why I chose it.

The next extra insert is a 6x12 cut into 3 different 4x6's...they were perfect for my kids' 2012 goals and favorites.

On the back of that is a birthday interview I did with my daughter. I designed it as a 6x12, then cut it into three to fit into the protector.

At the start of each week will be one of these cards that I designed. It will have the highlights of our week written on it. They'll be in my shoppe at the end of the week! :) 

One of the pictures we took outside this week...I drew a border and the words "love you" in Illustrator and printed it directly on the picture. Love the little detail it adds!
                                       

This is probably one of my very favorite cards. It was definitely my least favorite picture of the week, but putting a frame around it and printing words directly over the photo makes it pop in my album now! :)

The other side is about my daughter's birthday. She got to go to another friends party and got that cute little magenta extension in her hair. For her birthday she received a new piano book and Scentsy stuff and that's where the quote originated from. :) Also included is the birthday invitation she sent to her friends. 

At the bottom of that page, I added a little quote by Dr. Suess...it's the quote her party was based on. :)

I'm already excited to start on next week...how about you? :)


PRODUCTS I USED:
Corner Round Punch (EK Success), Clementine Core Kit (Becky Higgins/Lili Niclass),  Binder (Pioneer 12x12 Faux Suede), Black Dot Washi Tape, Like This Smash Tape + Date Smash Stamp (K&Company), Page Protectors (Becky Higgins Design A), Highlight of the Week Week Cards (coming soon!) + These are the Days Date Cards by Emily Merritt, Today Journal Cards + The Everyday by Valorie Wibbens, Doodled Journalers by Kate Hadfield,



13 comments:

Crystal said...

oh wow Em your week spread is AWESOME!!!

Tiff said...

I love how creative you are!!! Week on rocks:) I can't wait to finish up mine now.

Michelle Godin said...

You are so rocking at this Emily! Your spread is amazing!

Family Pictures said...

I am so glad you are doing PL because I just love you work!!!! And I know you will inspire me! LOL Wait,... Its not all about me is it?! LOL ;)
-Shanna

Kate Hadfield said...

Wow Em, this is fabulous! I love how your style shines through and the kids' favourites are SUCH a great little memory to add in too!

Jennifer Woodbury said...

Your Project Life looks awesome so far!! Can't wait to see more!

Cristina said...

I love the inserts with the goals for the year and the interview! So cool! Your week 1 looks fabulous!!

Nana said...

Great job Emily! You really are so talented! I love you!

Tara Sobie said...

First of all ... SO glad to see someone post their sketches ... I didn't do that because I wasnt sure if this would be lame and now that I see it on yours: Not Lame. Thanks!

Your ages are beautiful .. full of color! I adore the 3 fold picture of the three kids - GREAT pics.

I also noticed that you have been sewing around the edges of your pictures - SO nice. A goal of mine is to get my sewing machine involved more ;) Happy 2012!

camilla said...

Laundry is definitely NOT my favorite either.

Claire said...

Awwwe!! This is so cute. I love your laundry picture and all the personal touches.

sharon71 said...

Beautiful PL. Such a light and airy look.

Looks like you all had a lovely week.I'll look forward to seeing your future layouts.

Brenda Roggeveen said...

Love this first week! I am going to follow you during this year! You have such a great style... Thanks for the inspiration.

 

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