Friday, 28 February 2014

Project life organisation

This evening I've finally finished organising my prohect life 3x4 cards. 

I've got this divider from muji which fits them perfectly and allows me to see all the cards. 

There was a recent post in a Facebook group I'm in (Project Lifers) that suggested turning 1/2 the cards over so it's easier to see the other side. 

I've done this and organised it into categories. Other than my old kit (Amber) I have 5 categories in every collection. 

The only cards I haven't put into this organiser are the seasons mini kit and the holidays mini kit. I intend to keep those together so I can see them easier. 

Il leave you with some more photos. 

The dividers were made from some old scrapbook paper that I'm either not a massive fan of or have a lot of the same. And the Martha Stewart sticky tabs. 
Written on each is the kit name and a word about what's behind them. 

Monday, 24 February 2014

Engagement gift - Project Life

I'm sure like all you guys you love talking about and sharing project life. 

One of my closest friends has just got engaged. I knew straight away I'd love to get her the wedding mini kit from Becky Higgins. 

This wasn't the most exciting gift I could think of, so I started thinking outside the box. 

I'm really lucky to have some amazing colleagues at work and some awesome equipment to use a laser cutter and supporting equipment to design and make these special cards.

She's planning on getting married on the Disney Dream ship so thought the bottom card was absolutely perfect. 

What do you think?? I'm sooo happy and I hope she is to.  Congratulations Gemma. Xx

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Week 8 - A busy Week

Wow!!! This week has been pretty non stop. 
I'm proud to say on Sunday night I have finished the week. No doubt there will be a few minor tweaks as time goes on (including cutting my week 8 title) but I'm super happy with this one.

I decided fairly early on that I would highly embellish this week as it's a holiday for me and this week my Freckled Fawn embellishment kit arrived (I'd love to say I used most of the elements before the next one arrives)

Although the bottom left looks dark in this photo there is actually a photograph there. 
Due to being busy I've ended up doing a fair bit of journaling onto the photographs using dies to cut some project life cards up. 

Front of insert. The top row has all been cut using my cricut and matches the card I made my parents for their anniversary. 

A big surprise for me this week visiting the Cath Kidston outlet store near my parents took up an entire side of the insert (with a couple of filler cards) 

It took me ages to work out how to journal on the top right card! I didn't want a plain card journaled on so I ended up die cutting this banner from amber project life cards and journaling onto that. 

I'm so pleased how this weeks turned out. And I super proud that I'm keeping up to date because I know this week is going to be a really tough week and I won't have time to complete it. I fell behind last week and only completed that yesterday, I didn't enjoy that and don't want it to happen again. 

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Project life - Week 7

Decided I must try harder at project life some weeks. Knowing I'd be putting this spread together during my holiday I decided I needed to embellish more. (It's also a little late because of the holiday) 

I love how this spread has turned out (and I am happy it's a double page, think I'm going to run with that more often) 

This week has used my new blush core kit (the title card was from the jade kit)

You can see my title card has my cricut cut week stamp. 
Although this side is a little plain it highlights the week perfectly. 
The weather card was from the seasons mini kit (Britian has had some dramatic winds in the week) 

Using my phone and my canon selphy I made the photo collage bottom right. Perfectly portrays the organisation and movement from the evening (in the pub)
This week was valentines week so there's little hints of that around. 
Really happy to use more of my embellishments. Think you'll see more decoration as the weeks go on. 

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Titles for Project Life 2014

Well I did it. I got my cricut out. Blew all the dust and cobwebs away and got playing.

I'm not going to lie. It didn't take me long to decide on this.

I wanted something simple that I could cut every single week. To be identical and fit with all my colour options. 

Naturally I went for black because at one point I was considering white. But worried about those pages that are already white. Maybe 2015 will be the year of the white title. 

I feel this black works really well as the binder is the black American Crafts with cameras on that Amy Tangerine designs. 

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Project Life Week 6

What initially started off to be a really boring week turned out to have so many photos (mostly from the weekend) that I've ended up having a few inserts in the week as well.

The weathers been a bit iffy recently so I decided to do a quick outfit of the day for the week. Really enjoyed doing this, I'm considering doing this 4 times throughout this year. It was interesting that I thought about what to put on because I knew it would be recorded. 

I had a day out in London on Saturday which actually supported most of the photos from this entire week. 

M&M world 

I loved that the bag was 12 x 12 so slipped it straight in a page protector. Sad that it rained so much the bottom was soggy and fell off. 😞

Thankfully the otherside is doubled sided scrapbook paper and I think the green works pretty well. 

This next page is work in progress. I wanted to include a traditional scrapbook page and knew I want to include these photos. So for now I've just tucked them inside and will work on them later. 

Below is my traditional project life lay out. 
I've pushed myself a little bit by working with lots of bold colours. 
Inspired by the Olympic Rings I chose the colours and the shapings. 

I would normally put something like my tax disc in my project life except the UK have recently learnt that in September they will stop issuing these. 
I decided this was something I wanted to keep as part of the memories. 

You'll possibly notice I haven't stamped the weeks or dates on yet. This is something I've still not decided on from previous weeks and am currently considering using my cricut to cut some pretty numbers. 

As a fairly naive project lifer. I'd love to know what you guys think. 

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Project life Week 1 - 5

I gave project life a miss in 2013, through out the year I kept looking at other peoples instagrams and blog posts showing their amazing love of their album. So decided 2014 was the year for me to log my life again. 

I started recording my life on the 1st of January using a smashbook, Initially feeling this would allow me to keep hold of memorabilia as well as photographs. 

Five weeks in and I had a totally sleepless night thinking about my original project life. Grabbed my 2012 project life album and fell in love with it all over again reminding me of all the small things that I'd forgotten about. The little things that make me smile. 

 I had the majority of things I needed to start 2014 so got straight on with transferring the first 5 weeks from my smashbook into a new project life album. 

Here is my cover page. Kept simple. But I'm sure as the year goes on it will become developed and much more detailed. 

I've been forcing myself to not follow any specific rules, after all rules have been made to be broken. 

My first week, very boring. The week after new year before returning to work. Small 3x4 card explaining all the photos. And a card I love - packaging, washi tape and a paper clip. Simple but ... Perfect. 
I spent a few hours pondering this particular card. How to get the best from the light bulb paperclip. In the end I settled on sewing it on. I'm sooo pleased with it. Every time I see it I smile. 

My second week gave a large disaster; washing machine soaking my carpet. A final Christmas present (with an amazing gift tag that I just had to keep) and a new coffee product I've fallen in love with. 

An empty space and unsure what to do I resorted to some sparkles. Sequins in a pocket. I love the excitement of seeing the next week between the sequins. 

Little stories this week including screen grabs from my phone. I felt its important to keep the little details that are important to me, they make me who I am but may be boring to other people. 

All my thoughts this week were based around one particular event. I was given some paperwork at this event that I needed to keep. Who knew normal page protectors would fit in my scrapbook album?
I made no alterations to this document I just tucked it in. 

I loves my zentangle I'd created for my smashbook so much that I had to cut it out and keep it for my project life. I've seen several people on Pinterest cut photos and memorabilia between pockets, I LOVE how this turned out. 

Long of stories this week and next resulted in bifolded cards for the bigger picture. 

Mini stories in week 5 of 2014 and I discovered an app on my phone to print small Instagram photos  to tell more of my stories. 

I hope you enjoyed my small viewing. I'm in love and feel il keep this up for a long time. I've subscribed to freckled fawns embellishment kit and can't wait for it to arrive.

Massive thanks and love to Cat (decision inspired) who continues to inspire me every day.