So far this week I've been spending my scrapbooking time sort of keeping going with my Sort Of A Project Life. And that means I'd love to thank everyone who cam up with suggestions to improve my album situation. Thank you! I did have another look through my supplies and I found some 8.5x11 page protectors in the back of a Journal Your Christmas album I made in that size; and so that's where I've sort of lodged my Project Life for now.
How I'm Working It
A few observations:
- I've never been much of a project planner before. But because I had decided on a clean "magazine-y" look, I started out by flipping through some pages in a couple of favourites and then I made some rough sketches of the look I was after. Drawing little boxes on graph paper turns out to be deeply satisfying and I can see a lot more graph paper planning in my future.
- This kind of planning speeds up what is, undeniably, a laborious process of deciding which photos need printing, which new images to include, what needs to go large. I turned myself into a batch processor, which is also a new way of working for me.
- Looking at magazine spreads gave me a chance to think about design details: maintaining margins around the edges, letting things bleed off the side of the page, when to leave some space and when to cluster things close; all useful stuff to keep in mind on any page.
- I had thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try out a photo printing service - maybe Prinstragram? - but I've had good results with my own little Selphy printer. It's not even the wireless version which prints from a phone (now that would be nifty!); but it can print two little or one big square on a 6x4 print and that's working for now.
- So that I can use my Dad's old typewriter I've had to trim a tiny sliver off the 8.5x11 card. If I don't it doesn't fit and the thought of jamming up one of my favourite possessions is too much to bear: 8.25 is just fine by me. The typewriter makes it simple to place journaling wherever I want on the page: doing this with our printer would involve some head scratching. I don't get on with our printer. It won't print on card, although it will
- print on sturdy photo paper, so at least I can do full page photos. I've considered flipping the photo paper over to see if it will print onto the other side, which would at least give me something heavier than paper for labels and the like.
- I still haven't worked out a way of photographing my pages to my complete satisfaction. They curl at the edges after being in the typewriter and I have to gently coax them back into shape.
- But it's fun! I don't often play around with so many photos and thoughts all at the same time. I'm enjoying it. (She's trying Girls Rugby, I'm trying multi photo pages. it's all change here..)
- Most of the small scraps of paper are by Gossamer Blue, Pebbles and Simple Stories, from the February Gossamer Blue Kit, as are the diecuts, which are Simple Stories Life Documented. The stamps (including the very useful typewriter in the previous post) I bought from Crafty Alchemy on Etsy
And that's it for today. I'm sort of hoping I'll have a chance to do some more pages later. Sort Of A Project Life? It's completely addictive.