Week 12 of Project Life was a little bit difficult for me. I knew I wanted to document some of my trip to the Pacific Northwest but not all. I didn't want my PL layout to be more like a scrapbook page. I just wanted a summary from my trip. The basics. Cliff's notes. The top five. You get the idea.
I also wanted to make sure that I didn't forget to document the important life events from the week prior to leaving on my adventure.
It was tough. Don't do too much but don't leave anything important out. This is the baby bear spread. :) [momma bear chair, papa bear chair, and the just right chair...the baby bear.]
So here it is.
I ended up deciding that I would have 2 pictures for each day (pic) on the top and bottom of the layout and 1 picture that I would use to journal my top five from the day (in the middle). That picture would have the day of the week on it in large text.
I like having a pattern, meaning, each day of the week is in the middle of the spread. I think it gives it some flow.
Here's an example of Tuesday's 3x4 card (p.s. this is from next week's layout.)
I chose a picture that had a lot of white space, not literal white space but an area that was blurred or was all one similar color that I could put journalling on.
This tulip picture was perfect for that. The background was blurred enough so that you can see the writing very well.
On each card I did the same pattern.
1. Large 3-letter Day of the Week. (Ali Edwards Brushes)
2. The actual date underneath the Day. (Rockwell font)
3. A banner with Top 5 underneath the Date. (Rockwell font)
4. Numbers 1-5 using the same brush (Ali Edwards from Little Things story kit)
5. A description of my top 5 favorite things (Rockwell font).
I like the repetition of each day being the same. It helps give the layout a bit of flow being.
Here is the left-side of the layout.
I made sure that I added my own card for the start of the trip. Just to separate the week between real life and vacation life.
The PNW is a bold Rockwell font.
The Road Trip is a bold Bebas font.
I designed the road using lines and spaced lines in Photoshop Elements.
The car is a .png download.
The Adventure circle is from the Galileo Studio Calico Kit.
I also did a story card that gave the summary of the why's of my trip.
I was digging through my stash of stamps and ended up using a bunch of Ali Edwards stamps from her Story Stamp Kits. The phrases fit absolutely perfectly. I love when that happens. It doesn't always happen so when it does I say a small thanks that I didn't have to pore over my stash for obscene amounts of time looking for just the right thing. Please tell me I'm not the only one who has done this?
Second half of the layout.
After I had chosen all the pictures and written down all of the Top 5's I decided that I needed to add some titles to each picture and a small amount of embellishment.
All I did was set up a blank file in Photoshop and add text boxes with my titles in them. I spaced them a part evenly so that I could cut them easily. I then printed this on a piece of cardstock, cut them out and glued them down on my pictures.
I used a gold heart to repeat the gold in the "Adventure" circle on the PNW Road Trip card.
p.s. these two pictures are a couple of my absolute favorite. I had over 3,000 pictures to choose from so trying to narrow it down to 3 for each day was tough. I went with my gut instinct though. I went through my pictures, wrote down my 5 favorite things. The 5 things that I was absolutely floored by and then made sure I had pictures of those top 3.
Doing it in that order really helped me to narrow down what I wanted to put in my PL layout. One step at a time instead of trying to think about all of it at once.
I hope you enjoyed this layout. If you'd like to see more of my Project Life posts please click here.
Have a great day!