Happy Project Life Saturday y’all!
I’m thrilled to have you here for another week of the series Project Life for Beginners. If this is your first time here with us, you’ll want to check out this page to catch up on past posts. Let’s dig right in!
I feel like I need to start this week saying this: I am loving the simplicity of Project Life. I’ve gotten more accomplished in my memory keeping in the few weeks since I’ve started with Project Life than I have in years. And I totally mean that — years. With that being said, I switched things up a smidge this week. It was time for me to add some embellishments to my layouts.
Before I go any further, I want to make sure that I reiterate something: you don’t have to add embellishments. Project Life is designed to be a system that uses your pictures, a core edition (Jade, in my case), and pocket pages to create your albums. That’s it. Adding any extra bling or fluff is completely optional.
This week I’m just dipping my toes in the embellishment pond. I’m only talking about using letters and numbers and I didn’t even use them on every layout. Easy and not-so-scary, right?
I’ve used many alphabet stickers in the past and let me tell you, Thickers are the way to go. I’ve never met a Thicker that I haven’t liked. They serve their purpose and they serve it well.
This week, in addition to using the Jade edition, I also added a journaling prompt card from Pebbles. I loved that I didn’t have to write paragraphs about her party; the prompt card did the work for me!
The majority of my layouts that I completed this week are of my daughter’s birthday party and I wanted to have colors that coordinated with her party better than some included in the Jade edition, so you’ll see that I’ve added in a few extra pieces of card stock cut to size.
With Reagan’s Cupcake Party having a color scheme of red, pink, and turquoise, I added an extra touch of pink with a small addition of some Dear Lizzy patterned card stock and painted a chipboard number three and coordinating hearts with red paint to add a pop of color.
I had a favorite picture from her party and I wanted to make it stand out as best I could. I decided to blow it up to 8×12, change the color to black and white, and trim it down to size.
The gold glittered Thickers really pop on the black and white photo. But you know what? The picture would still stand out and be amazing without the phrase “Make a Wish.” I wanted to add the embellishment but you don’t have to!
I really broke the rules on this layout by using embellishments *plus* going outside the lines! What it really boiled down to is that I really loved the glittered numbers and they scream Reagan’s personality. Could I have just written the date with my trusty Sharpie pen on the card? Absolutely. Did the Thickers add a little more punch? Sure did.
One thing that I’m really struggling with and that I really trying to get over is that not every layout will fill out an even number of pages. Reagan’s party used up two pocket pages, front and back, which left the right side of the last layout empty. Thankfully, I had the perfect set of pictures to fill it in: Valentine’s Day.
A little love in the corner on a page dedicated to love seemed fitting.
See? Nothing extra on this side and I love it. Simple is great!
Helpful Hint: If you don’t have enough words to fill up a journaling card, embellishments like alphabet stickers are a great addition to fill space. Super easy and super awesome.
So there you have my Project Life layouts for the week! How did you do with your homework for the week? Did you get three layouts finished?
Homework for this week: Complete two more layouts. If you’re up for a challenge, try embellishing at least once with some letters or numbers!
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