Today I thought I would share with you my plans for documenting our stories and photos in 2015. I'll break it down for you like this:
Album size: 12x12
Format: Digital. This is the first year I am going all digital. Why? Basically it's less mess! After 20+ years of memory keeping, I'm really trying to pare down all of my physical supplies and simplify my process.
Corners: Squared. I'm a little tired of the rounded corners. I think the squared corners are clean and modern and I like that. I've been slowly added layers of photo place holders with squared corners to my Becky Higgins templates and saving them in groups within the template. That way I don't have to reinvent the wheel each time I open the template.
Page background: White. I've done some digital pages in the past with a soft, neutral background and they were nice. But this year I am going with all white. Again it's clean and modern.
Weekly or Monthly: Monthly. I've done weekly for several years and it's just too much to keep up with.
Templates being used: I am using Becky's templates, trying to stick with Design A for my layouts and Design H for my monthly "title pages" (see below). My Month in Review page is Design L (see below). Because I have been taking a lot more square photos, I'm sure I will use templates from Becky's Squared Away collection as well.
Kits being used: Project Life Coral and Jade Core Kits with elements from other kits from Project Life as needed. I am also subscribing to the digital version Ali Edwards' Story Kits, so there may be a few pieces from those kits sprinkled throughout the album as well.
Printing: At home. Even though I am ready to go digital, I am not ready to have my pages printed into a hard-bound book yet. I will print them at home and slip them into traditional page protectors. That way it will allow me to add a piece flair or wood veneer to the page if I feel I need something touch-feely on it!
If you follow me on Instagram or are a friend of mine on FB, you may have caught a glimpse of my 2015 Title page (Design W) over the weekend:
I created the little element in the upper left-hand corner myself, as well as the other 4x6 cards. The 3x4 cards are from the Coral Kit.
Because I am going from weekly to monthly, I wanted to have a something like a title page for each month, but didn't want to designate an entire 12x12 page to it. So I came up with this:
I did this "half page" using Template H. The title card is from my 2015 Montly Title Card collection that is available for purchase in my shop. The paper is from the Jade Core Kit and the filler card is from the Coral Core Kit. The "fresh start" circle is from Ali's December Story Kit. This will be printed and slipped into a 6x12 page protector.
I do not have any layouts done yet for January, however, each month will end with a page like this:
One of my goals with Project Life this year is to include more stories that are going on in the world. To help me do this, I created a set of 6 "Current Events In Review" cards to include in my album. You can see 5 of them above. The paper I used in the title of this page matches that of the January "title Page." I think it will add a cohesive feel to the album.
And guess what? The cards are now available in my shop:
The set comes with six 3x4 cards AND six 4x6 cards. Each card has space for the Top Ten news stories, songs, movies and books. Use them every week, every month or even at the end of the year. You can purchase them by clicking here.
So that's is so far. I plan to share my pages a few times a month, in digital format as well as what they look like printed.
Thanks for stopping by!