Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Project Life 2012 Front & End Pages

I am super excited to be finishing up sharing Project Life 2012 and have been busy putting together the front and end pages of my two albums that hold all my Project Life pages.  Since I have two albums I have two sets of pages to show you today.  Unlike many Project Lifers I did not do my title page before starting the year.  These are actually the very last pages I've created because I wanted to use photos taken throughout the time the album covers. 
First Page Project Life 2012 Album 1

I've this before, but it's been awhile so I'll reiterate that I an older set of page protectors and kit from when the scrapbook magazine Creating Keepsakes was doing a Kit of the Month.  Back then it was called Project 365 and I felt pressured to take a picture every.single.day.  Which I failed miserably at multiple times.  It seemed that the kit was destined to be a big waste of money.
I am so glad the concept of Project Life came along, which relaxes things quite a bit and that can be used in a number of ways.  I've done a week at a glance it was a lot less stressful for me to keep up.  But I wanted to use the special pieces that came with my kit so I did ☺  I think I might add a little label on the title card, that says something like, "An Almost Daily Look Into Our Lives". 
I love this little filler card; knew it was going to be used for the cover.  Since this is Album 1 I wanted to make sure it was labeled with the pertinent information like the months it covers.  I also thought it would be nice to include our ages because while I know them without thinking now, I probably won't know in the years to come.
Last Page Project Life 2012 Album 1

This isn't a kit page protector, it's by We R Memory Keepers and is the backside of the last part of our week long vacation.  I planned it to be my last page because I knew how I wanted to use the eight 3X3 slots along the top and bottom.  I added a picture of each of us from the first six months of 2012 and a blank Clementine journaling card cut down to size.  On each journaling card I'm going to write highlights for each member of our family.  I haven't added the journaling yet because I knew I'd have to edit out/blur so much that it was just easier to photograph it blank.  You get the general idea, right?
In the middle section I enlarged a not so fabulous picture of us from my 35th birthday.  I didn't have many of the four of us to choose from.  I'm going to have to make a point of trying to take more of us this year.  I used some of the coordinating patterned paper that came with the KOTM that already had most of the design printed right on it.  I added a couple labels, letter stickers, and this cute "You Are Loved" one and I am really happy with how it turned out.   Album 1 done!
Album 2 for 2012 has July to December in it.  Here are the front and end pages together.
First Page Project Life 2012 Album 2

I just love, love, love the pictures I used for the first page of the second album.  They're from our session with my friend, who also happens to be a professional photographer.  She did a great job and because the kids are familiar with her, they warmed right up. 

More of the coordinating KOTM paper was used, with some cool navy blue velvet finish alphabet stickers spelling out our last name.  Unfortunately, you can see the full effect of how neat it looks, because my husband preferes I edit out our personal details, but I left the first initial so you'd get an idea.

Then I put a quote sticker onto some paper and cut out into a pendant shape.  A Martha Stewart office label slid underneath has our first names written on it and the year was added with some Jillibean Soup Alphabeans.  Those little alphas are the perfect size for PL.  I just LOVE them.

On the bottom I used a bunch of Jillibean Soup Memorable Hexies and wrote our names and our ages when the second book started.  Hexagons were really popular for awhile in scrapbooking, maybe they still are...but I never knew how to incorporate them within my style.  It was fun to play around with them here.  I usually favor primary or bright colors but I seem to love almost anything Jillibean Soup is making these days.
Some of my favorite images from the session are of the kids by themselves and this one of ER kissing LB, awww...so sweet!  The phrase stickers are Cosmo Cricket Tiny Text and the phrase filler card is from Pebbles Inc.'s Family Ties line.  It's just a wonderful line, I stocked up on a bunch of papers, really lovely coordinating cards, and stickers.  I couldn't get enough of it!  Pebbles Inc. is quickly becoming another favorite scrapbook company of mine too.
Last Page Project Life 2012 Album 2

After such a lovely first page and really loving the end page of Album 1 I'm not super in love with the last page of Album 2.  I've decided I really like how all the photos on the First Page all coordinate.  I may have to stage some photo sessions and take pictures specifically for my PL opening and closing pages in the future LOL!  Wonder how the ultra busy 19 month old will cooperate? 

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Nihao, Cupcake! by Margie said...

Looks great! Congratulations on finishing up. I remember that kit well though I missed purchasing one since I was living out of the country. I did get some free downloads from Becky's site though and I still love the designs. Too bad they can't bring the basic design of that one back. I too don't do my cover page first.

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