It has taken me a bit to settle into a new Project Life® routine, but I think I'm finally there. I'm excited to tackle the monthly approach - I think it's just a better fit as my boys get older. Since our family of five spends most days at school or work, I've found it takes a bit more thought and intention to get all of our stories into my album. As I started brainstorming ideas to include every month, I asked Marcy Penner if she'd be up to adding a monthly recap sheet to her awesome planner sets. This gives me a great place to consolidate all the random notes of what we're watching, reading, learning and loving - which makes me more likely to include those details in my album.
My second change for 2014 is that I'll be mixing up my album. After 3 years of using design A with an insert now and then, this is a big switch for me! I'll be using page protectors cut down to 10x12in to bookend each month. In between, there will be a mix of different sized pocket protectors, and maybe even a layout now and then. One of my favorite things about making Handbooks and minibooks has always been the way mixed up sizes of pages look layered together - it really invites you to keep flipping through the album. Being able to bring that look to a larger scale has me really excited about all of the possibilities.
I do still have one problem - where to put these pages. For the moment, they're in a 8.5x11in binder I found at Target. It's cute (stripes!) and they *almost* fit. I'd like to try Marcy's custom sized album idea, but I haven't had a chance. This will work in the meantime.
I started my 2014 album with the Studio Calico Office Hours Project Life® kit. That'd be the left side of this spread. The right side is a layout made with the Office Hours Scrapbook kit, and some embellishments from add-ons. Once I knew I wanted to include layouts in my book, I decided that these weren't going to be important moments that I'd want in one of our other books (I currently have albums for family | each boy | Matthew & I | holiday | Travel). These were going to be total everyday moments that I just wanted to feature a BIT more. Or even just an excuse to play with paper. These pages will be either 6x8in or 8.5x11. They'll likely be backed with memorabilia rather than a second layout, so the smaller sizes give me more flexibility.
I had lofty goals of finishing January by the end of February, but didn't quite get there. I DO have all of my photos printed - and for me, that's the hardest part. Now I'll be able to work on this in bits and pieces as I have free time. I wanted to share some in progress pics to give you a better idea of how these spreads will work together. I'll be primarily using my Studio Calico kits - I think it will work really well to have each month's spreads be coordinated but each month of the year to have a different feel. Even with just the photos in place, flipping through this makes me really, REALLY happy. PS : You can see the monthly calendar cards make an appearance here - as I mentioned in my title page post, I'll be adding one each month!
I'm planning to put a little Instagram video together showing me flipping through these pages so you can get a better sense of it, but I'm having trouble keeping my phone steady enough so I don't make you all motion sick. ;) I've got a breakfast date with two of my boys, so I'll give that a try again later and add it here when it works!
Before I head out, I wanted to share a quick tip for trimming down 12x12 page protectors to a smaller size. I was having a lot of trouble getting a clean cut with my rotary trimmer. I have a Fiskars Procision and LOVE IT - but it was shredding the sides of the page protector as I cut. I realized it was pushing the page protector down as the rotary blade went across it. I grabbed some cardstock and layered that under the page protector, and it cut perfectly.
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And now I'm really out of here. Have an awesome Friday!!