So, here is the first spread for April in my Project Life album.
The left side looks like this...
I have been keeping an art journal for Lent this year and so I documented one of my pages.
While on Spring Break I used my Canon film camera and was very excited to have the photos developed when I returned home.
Here I was just practicing some calligraphy. And I love the calendar cards by One Little Bird that I am using this year to mark a new month.
As part of my OLW (Less) this year, I did a complete overhaul in my closet this week. Several bags went to a thrift store, a few to friends and this one to a consignment store (for which I earned $75!)
Here is an overhead shot of my mess while working on my Details mini album to document our Spring Break.
This is the right side...
We sent our daughter off to visit my cousin in the U.S. for a month. She is in that 'just finished high school and not sure what to do' mode right now, so we thought this would help jump start something.
Honestly, I wish I could have bottled the smell of my hyacinths. Definitely going to do these bulbs again next year.
And here is our Easter dinner at my parent's house. We talked to Ashley via Skype since she wasn't with us.
Here I tried propagating succulents, but unfortunately they didn't take.
Here is a look at the entire spread...
And that is another couple of days documented!
So, here is a Project Life spread for March 20-29.
Here is the left side of the spread...
My daughter and I visited the Farmer's Market where we bought Fratello drinks and macarons. I saved the drink sleeve to add into my album. Often I save things like this but because I am always working several weeks behind, by the time I get to documenting that week I forget that I had ephemera to add! This is motivation for me to try to document on time, so that I don't miss these types of things. They just add to my pages and my stories.
Every so often I get a chance to have a scrapbooking day with my mom. This was one of those days. I added my journaling digitally.
And since I had just returned from Spring Break, I was working on my mini album from that little vacation.
Here is the right side of the spread...
This pocket is filled with a piece of the wrapping paper that I am currently using for every gift as well as the glittery 'memories' word from Maggie Holmes.
Sometimes the shots in the restaurant are way too dark to use, so I am getting in the habit of just taking a shot of the outside of the building instead.
I am loving these types of overhead shots but because they tend to be busy, I try to surround these photos with more simple pockets.
Here I had created a little pocket from some gold wrapping paper left over from Christmas. I adhered a heart cut file from a long ago class with Ali Edwards and inserted some typed journaling about our Easter dinner.
I already had a busy photo of our dinner table, but I wanted to document the people as well, so this photo I converted to B&W so that it didn't appear so busy and compete with the other busy photo.
And here is a look as the entire spread...
Well, that pretty much takes care of March. Now I am moving on to April...
What a fun mini album! I love that some of the pages are simply decorative and have no photos or journaling at all.
Today I am sharing the foundation pages of my little album (without the photos or journaling but which I will share later) so that you can see how I created some of the pages. Sometimes once the photos are added it is difficult to see what it is really made of, so today is just a peek at the empty album.
Here is a tag that I made entirely from scratch and I kinda love how it turned out.
In Maggie's class she uses the new Fuse tool to create a few altered pocket pages. I do not have the tool, so I used my good ole sewing machine to create this page. In the top pocket I have a mini glassine envelope with a mini tag (from Maggie Holmes collection) tucked inside. In the bottom pocket I have a piece of woodgrain paper waiting for a photo.
Here is another tag, done on black card stock, that I made with papers from Maggie Holmes.
This page is a larger glassine envelope that I embellished. The top pink flower is adhered to the flap of the envelope, so it lifts and opens to the right. I sewed on the claim ticket and used the existing hole to string on the binder ring (which I spray painted gold). I will probably be adding more to this page but I am holding off until I know how I am going to use it or which photos will go inside of it.
I have been into spray painting my tags gold for a while now, so I used this one that I already had painted. I also bought a package of hole reinforcements and love the look of them watercolored, which I then layer over the existing reinforcement. The pink seemed a good choice here. The flower is a rub-on from Maggie Holmes' Open Book collection. Because of the gold paint, the surface of the tag is rather glossy and the rub-on did not want to adhere properly, so I tried to protect it by sewing a square of transparency over the top.
Here is a vellum pocket that I made by hand, adhered an ampersand and already slipped in a flower photo!
Now this is my favourite page of the entire class. This on is a little mini book within the mini book!
The left side is a little diagonal pocket and I lined the edge with striped washi tape. The right side is a few pockets cut from a full pocket page, sewn together and attached to the right side of the tag.
There are four pages in my little mini tag booklet.
So fun right?
I believe that you can still sign up for this class on Studio Calico and I highly recommend doing so...
So, I have been playing with my Polaroid SX70.
I was fortunate enough to find an SX70 at a local antique shop about a month ago. It came with 3 packs of film that had long since expired, but I was hopeful that perhaps the battery packs were still viable. Sadly, they were not.
Eager to get my hands on film as soon as possible, I went to a local shop that I had heard carried Polaroid film, but they did not have the film for an SX70. So, my next best option was to order film online from Impossible Project, which proved extremely expensive since I had to pay both the Canadian exchange and shipping (which came out to $30 more)!
All that aside, my film arrived last week and I have been playing ever since.
My first shot was of the peonies cut from my garden...
I was ecstatic about how this came out. Absolute perfection in my opinion.
Since then, it has been trial and error as I figure out the right lighting and focus for each shot I take.
Since the film is so crazy expensive, I am taking each shot cautiously, not wanting to waste a single shot.
These two turned out too overexposed for my liking, but I am embracing them rather than tossing them.
I actually made some adjustments after these two shots and took a chance at a third...
I was much more pleased with this shot (on the right). The colouring was quite a bit better even though the flowers themselves don't show the detail I was hoping for.
In this case, I guess I need to learn to embrace the mysteriousness of instant film.
I am learning...
And I am loving...
So, today I thought I would offer this calligraphy quote as a free download.
I am still very much refining my hand lettering and even as I look at this quote now, I am seeing several things I wish I had fixed before putting it out there, but...
I have never offered a downloadable link on my blog before (ok, once I did, but it was so long ago that I didn't remember how and had to research it all over again) so I hope that it works for you.
When you click on the link below, it will open the zip file and send it to your Downloads (I hope). There, you can click on the folder and see that there are 4 PNG files. I created the quote in both 3x4 and 4x6 and in both blue and black. So the choice is yours!
If you do happen to use this quote in your Project Life, or elsewhere, please let me know as I would love to see what you did.
So, here is Part 2 of my Project Life spread from March.
For our Spring Break, we decided to head out to our condo in the mountains. It was a wonderful time of hiking, eating and being together. Our eldest was able to join us for a few days on the weekend, but our youngest was able to be with us the entire week. We are so blessed.
Because I documented many of the details of our Spring Break in a mini album (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4) I wanted my Project Life spread to reflect the beauty of the mountains. This is where I chose to put many of the scenic photos that did not otherwise show up in my mini album. I wanted this spread to bring back those feelings of gratitude for being in such a wonderful place. And looking at it now, I believe that I accomplished just that.
I chose to use consistent journaling cards across the entire spread. These grey speech bubble cards came from the Midnight Edition kit and I added the copper embossed letters and journaling with my typewriter.
I really just wanted the photos to speak for themselves.
And to remember time spent together outdoors.
Over this photo I placed a transparent circle to declare it my 'happy place'.
I also used a variety of formats for my photos: some full page, some with borders, and some with extra white space on the bottom or on the side. I love me some white space.
We were blessed with such beautiful blue skies. The air was crisp, but we were still able to be outdoors.
I used the cards and numbers to map out the three main hikes that we did that week.
And I love that they have a subtle 'happy thoughts' message at the bottom.
On this photo I placed a transparent 'love' word from Heidi Swapp.
And here is a look at the entire spread...
It was such a beautiful week and looking at these photos makes my heart happy.
So, here is my second spread for Project Life in March.
The colour combo turned out so pretty on this side of the spread and I'm liking it!
I'm also liking my 'long' hair here because shortly after this photo I cut it much shorter.
I found these fun little cork speech bubbles at Michaels and the white jelly roller pen worked just fine to write on it!
This week was the Details mini book class with Tina Aszmus over at Studio Calico. I absolutely fell in love with this class. It was timely too, as I was able to create the base of my album before heading off on vacation for Spring Break.
Our Spring Break was spent out in our favourite mountain town called Canmore.
The first day was just Hubby and I and the weather was just gorgeous.
We hiked and ate good food and pondered the mountains and went for ice cream.
See what I mean?
And here is the entire spread at once...
Part 2 of this week in the mountains is coming up next...
So, I am still plugging along with my Project Life album.
I apologize for not posting for such long periods of time. In no way am I lacking in a desire to work on my Project Life, but I have very little desire to blog lately. However, I did prepare this post to share with you today and I hope to have more to share soon.
As you can see, I am still working through March, which clearly means that I am working a couple of months behind. This bothers me, I have to say. I had really hoped to keep up with this project this year but it seems that if I fall even a week behind I have broken my routine and I quickly let it slide. Since being away for Spring Break back in March, I have been playing catch up. So be it.
Since I am not following a weekly format this year, I am simply inserting one of these calendar cards by One Little Bird Designs.
These are my girls and we call our selves the Fab4. We all showed up to support one of our group as she put on her first art exhibition and critique. So proud. And this is why I push through to do Project Life...to document and remember moments like these with good friends.
Here I tried out a different style of page protector with vertical 4x6s and horizontal 3x4s. I have to say that it was tricky since I am not used to thinking in this orientation, so it was a challenge.
I am still knitting. Here I had finished my fourth rectangle out of 12 for a blanket that will go on my bed. This piece measures 20x60in.
And we celebrated my dear mother's birthday so I absolutely had to document that event!
Here is a look at the entire spread all at one time...
Off I go to do more catch up...!
So, I am enjoying the cut peonies from my garden.
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably noticed that I have been posting several flower pics.
They just make my heart sing.
Last week I visited a local garden centre and chose 32 new plants to liven up my yard. The peonies above are one of the choices I made. These flowers have come from a greenhouse and therefore are ahead of the blooms that are currently in my garden. Typically my peonies do not bloom until the beginning of July, so I am going to enjoy these ones for now.
Then, last weekend, we met some friends for lunch at a Saskatoon Berry Farm. We had a lovely visit and a fantastic meal, including saskatoon pie with ice cream! But the entire place is a wonder to experience. There are all sorts of trees and flowers to purchase. Hubby and I are trying to populate our yard this year, so we made a few choices in trees and have to go back to pick them up. This lilac tree was one that is part of their natural surrounds, but I love me some purple lilacs.
Back a few years, I planted this bleeding heart bush beside the front steps leading to my house. Every year it gets bigger and bigger. Last year I split it and created a new bush on the other side of my steps and that one is taking off this year too. Bleeding hearts remind me of my grandmother, so every spring, these lovely flowers make me smile.
Before all of the plants started blooming in my yard, I stopped at the display in my local grocery store and chose this bouquet. Roses and lilies. Just breathtaking. Since this photo, the other lilies have bloomed and just make this little display so exotic.
I hope your spring is full of flowers too!