torsdagen den 17:e april 2014

Project Life 2014 | My thoughts so far

As many of you know, this is my third year in making a Project Life album. The first year was just a whirlwind of new products and otherwise all about products I think. The second year I started to find my style more and more. And now a few months into my third year I feel like I have totally made this project my own. I thought I´d share a few things I love from the album so far this year!

I love that I have found ways to include snippets of who my daughter is right now. For example I have screenshot of her most played playlists, texts and things she is sharing on social media. She is also very good at send me photos from when she is on trips and so on. I know that she will treasure this as an adult!

I love that I can include stories and photos from my sisters and their families even though we live far away from each other. Social media and texts are just perfect! I also love that I always focus on our weekends in the last few pockets on each spread. Weekends are our favorite and even though we might just be home and lounge, but still it is what we love to do and I like to include that too.

I love that some weeks have lots of journaling and others might just have a few lines. Lists are always a go-to way for me to journal! It might be a simple love list or a currently card.

I love how easy it is for me to add flip pockets in my album for more photos, journaling or if I want to add something I don´t want to be super visual for everyone.

I love that I decided to add weekly cards this year. That is one thing I missed from past years. Now it is so easy to see where in the year we are in each spread. The cards I am using is from this etsy shop! They are so clean and simple and goes right in the pockets some weeks, and others I mat them with some colored patterned paper.

I love inserts! I have a lot of them already and it seems like I need to move to a new album quite soon. Other years I have only 2 albums a year and switched to second one sometime in June. I am not sweating that I might end up with more albums this year.

I love that I decided long ago that this project would really be about our life good days and bad days. If there is a really bad day, I usually slip the story behind a flip pocket so that all the info is not right there for everyone to read.

I love to use labels to add to 3x4" photos. That means that I can use larger photos (less cutting) and still be able to add my journaling. I also love that I found a cute monthly card set at the beginning of the year. I went on Pinterest and found this set and that was it!

I love that I still am at it with this project! I am usually so bad at finishing stuff :)

måndagen den 14:e april 2014

Memorykeeping | Working with diagonal pieces

As I keep creating with inspiration from my Moodboard this month I find all sorts of things that speak to me. Among other things, I am super inspired by blocking my entire background on a layout. Either having two seprerate colors or as I will show today, with more than one piece. 

I started measuring out 4 blocks on white cardstock. I wanted to work with a few different sizes and also diagonal pieces. I then cut them out and traced them on the patterned papers and photo.

When I pieced them all together it looked a bit wonky, so I added some washi tape and used my paper cutter to even out the edges. 

I added a stamped banner and painted a wood veneer heart so that it fitted more into my color scheme. 

A fun layout to make! 

Happy Monday!

torsdagen den 10:e april 2014

Memorykeeping | Me & you

On my Moodboard for April there were a few scrapbooking layouts using big shapes that I really wanted to try out. 

So I did just that! Me and my love were silly one day and took these photos (I can assure you that were were just having fun and nothing private was going on!). Since the photos were light, black and white I wanted to use some bright colors. I cut a few triangles out from a scrap paper of that cute patterned paper and added them on top of the same triangles with a glue dot to add some demension. 
My sweet friend Monika (that has the cool etsy shop called I love it all) send me a package and there was this cute sticker and I cut it out and it looks perfect on this page! 

I added my journaling that I typed out on my typewriter and also added a few stamps from the October Afternoon Phrases stamp. I love that stamp! The journaling just states that I love how much fun we have together :)

Happy Thursday!

onsdagen den 9:e april 2014

WCS | One, two, three, four or more photos

Amy Coose had a series on the Write Click Scrapbook blog last week showing simple examples of layouts with one, two, three and four photos. Since i make all kinds of layouts with different numbers of photos I had a few to contribute with. They are all ones i have shared here before, but I thought that repetition can be good :)

I most often use one photo on my pages. The size of the photo however can be different. I don´t shy away from using a smaller photo and fill out the page more with embellsihments. 

But ofcourse the usual size is either a square or 4x6"" photo. The larger the photo, the more focus it gets. If I would have a photo that I don´t have much of a story behind, but rather just want to save I will use a larger size.

Nowadays I often use photos straight from my Instagram. Then i often use 2, but size them down to about 10 cm. I also use my printers software to print either two 3x4" photos on the same 4x6" photocard or I´ll print 4 photos on one. 

To use three photos on one page doesn´t happen to often for me. But if the photos tell a story over time for example, it is good.  The rule of thirds is a "rule of thumb" or guideline which applies to the process of composing visual images such as designsfilmspaintings, and photographs and is something I like to use with either embellsihments and/or other elements on my pages.

I have found that if I am going to use 4 or more photos on a page I will mostly do two things:

- I collect my photos in a mosaic

- I use a repetiotion of the same photo for effect. 

If I use a mosaic, it is mostly on travel or event pages when I really want to record many photos without making either a minibook or multiple layouts. 

How about you? Do you have a standard or do you vary the number of photos on your pages?

tisdagen den 8:e april 2014

Moodboard Inspiration | April

Yes, hello April and hello new moodboard! You can find the links to these images here! You can see I am going with colors, lots of colors this month! I see rainbow projects and graphics and shapes. There are a few layout ideas I want to try and a few crafts too. Let´s do this!

måndagen den 7:e april 2014

Project Life 2014 | Week 12

Let´s start this week with a little Project Life inspiration, shall we! 

I used a lot of pieces from the march edition of Cocoa Daisy´s Day in the life kit for the spread. I like to include quotes on my pages since I love them and keep finding ones all over the place. I think it can show the mood of a week/period in a good way. This week my fiancé was away for training and I included a photo from home and one from the training place next to eachother to show the differences.

The right card says: I would never want to be without Swedish spring. Oh, is that true! I love the change in nature that comes with an extra hour of light, more sunshine and spring flowers!

I also have an insert continuing the march meme I did on Instagram that I called #whereistandmarch2014. I used a puffy sticker, a flair and used washi tape on the wood veneer triangles.

The second page holds mostly photos from our weekend. We had such a good one! Not many words showing here, but I have two flip pockets that holds more journaling.

I had a bit of trouble with those Studio Calico black and grey flag clips as it kept sliding of the plastic. But I just used my stapler and that fixed it!

And I am still loving the crap out of the fact that my daughter and her dad send me photos of her and her little brother, so that I can document their playdates! 

I have been looking back on the year so far in my album and it is still one of my favorite things to do. I will have a post about that up soon!

Happy Monday!