It's official - the first week of Project Life is in the books! And I'm a little bit giddy about it (so prepare for overuse of exclamation points!!!!) Since I'm usually working with kits or assigned product, it's been a long time since I've actually dug through my stash to find items to use on the page. And I've forgotten what fun it is. It really was a joy to create a page with absolutely no limitations or parameters. Here's how it turned out:
While I've planned to have most weeks take up a two-page spread, I'm giving myself permission to do a single pagers these first two weeks. I think the smaller canvas will make it less intimidating and get me rolling, at which point I'll move to the larger format.
Besides the photos (which I've already determined I need to take more of!), I've included journaling layered over my large photo on vellum (rockin' it old school!), movie tickets, and a sweet note I found in one of Riely's papers:
I ended up adhering a few of the embellishments on the exterior of the pockets because I liked the tactile element they added. Having everything behind the plastic protectors seemed a bit sterile to me. The stitching on this heart was kind of difficult as I didn't want to go through the other side of the page protector, so I had to maneuver my needle inside the tight space of the pocket and it ended up a bit wonky. Plus it's really hard to do straight stitching after a few glasses of Pinot Grigio.
One of the challenges I foresee with this project is letting go of my OCD tendencies to have everything in the album perfectly coordinate and match. I am planning to keep the date die cuts consistent (though I may cut them out of different colored cardstock) but everything else will be a hodge podge of whatever strikes my fancy that particular week. I figure it will be a more accurate reflection of our lives if everything is just a bit mis-matched. Er, kind of like my socks today.
I'm also not sure I will always include this much journaling. I have a feeling some weeks will require a quicker format like lists or simple labels - and I think that's OK. Like I said, I hate to put too many constraints on the project as its completion is more important to me than the actual aesthetics.
So how did your first week go? Any challenges or roadblocks you encountered? Do you have pages to share? And am I the only one wearing mismatched socks??