I just wanted to take a minute to let everyone know that my latest project is up over at rukristin.com/blog. This project is a Project Life spread, so head on over and check it out for a bit of inspiration (or procrastination, haha!).
This was another slow week for me, so lots of pictures of Cheeto, and even a few cell phone screencaps…that’s how little I did this week, LOL. I did include a picture of a few of my cousins on their vacation; I don’t really like to include pictures that I didn’t take or wasn’t involved in, but this vacation was a big deal for them, and the picture was just too good not to include.
I know you can’t really see the little label on the “8” card in the above picture, so I zoomed in a bit here:
It’s one of the adorable phrase strips that were included in Ali Edwards’ Week in the Life kit, which is one of my favorite purchases ever. I don’t do Week in the Life (or at least I haven’t yet), but I absolutely loved the kit. I love her style, and have been using pieces of that kit on everything, LOL.
Here is my extremely-pastel week 34 spread (LOL):
I always feel weird including pictures of/from other people’s activities in my books. Kind of like I’m cheating, I guess. But in this case, it was something I really did feel involved in, even if I couldn’t be there…so I figured it’d be okay!
Oh man, I got to use my mega date stamp from Studio Calico on this spread, and…that thing is mega. I don’t honestly know how often I’ll be using it, but I couldn’t resist such an odd purchase. And I saw others do cute things with it, which always inspires me.
I just could not get the pictures of the left side to turn out, so here’s one-half of my week 29 layout, LOL:
It was a pretty full week. We saw the Foo Fighters in concert at Citi Field, which was highly entertaining. Dave Grohl sure knows how to rock…obviously. On the “D is for…” card, I used the Kelly Purkey outline stamp set, which is one of my most intelligent purchases ever. It is the perfect size for Project Life cards, and comes with adorable little “filler” patterns. I also bought the matching filler alphabet (called Damen), and feel equally strongly about how perfect it is.
I also got to use a self-made flair here, and I love it. Nothing could be more appropriate, and I am so glad it found its rightful home, LOL.
This was actually a busy week! It was Easter, which always means a big get-together for my boyfriend’s family, and we had a mid-week concert (OK Go).
I love the content of this layout; it captures some really happy times. Easter is always a fantastic time. The family is so hilarious and caring, and we got the best “family selfie” ever. The OK Go concert was amazingly well-done, and one of my top-five favorite concerts ever. I managed to snag one of each color of confetti they had, and stapled them onto a card for posterity! That’s the kind of thing I love to include in my albums: bits. Bits I find on the ground outside, bits I get from tours, etc. Ephemera is what makes my books so fat, but is also something that I never regret keeping.
I chose a 9×12 album this year because I found that 12×12 was just too much for me; I don’t have kids, am not married, work at home, etc. It was just too much pressure! But last year’s 6×8 was too small, even with a “spread” per week. I do have an adorable dog, travel somewhat regularly, and live in NYC, so….I do too much for 6×8. There were too many photos I couldn’t fit in, and I wasn’t using any of my pretty cards.
A two-page 9×12 spread per week has ended up being perfect. There’s enough room for lots of pictures on busy weeks, while still allowing me to use my (literally thousands) of Project Life cards so that each spread looks put-together and pretty, and isn’t just a mish-mash of a bunch of photos. I have absolutely loved the 9×12 format, and plan to stick with it for 2016.
Week 3 in my album is a great example of a slow week wherein I got to use a lot of cards to make a cohesive spread. I got a Studio Calico package, some flowers from my boss, but…not much else was going on, LOL.
Weeks like this really capture why I love 9×12: It doesn’t have a lot of pictures, but it’s still pretty. I’m able to create a layout that I like to look at, rather than simply a layout that helps me reflect on what I was doing that week.
I actually tried not to have two books this year…it’s part of the reason I went with 9×12 this year rather than 6×8, but…I’ve already had such a busy year, and I am such a die-hard ephemera-collector. So, two (fat) books it is, and here is the title page of the first one:
Now, any of you who actually know me know that I hate the color navy. But I also listen to my heart when it speaks, LOL, and it just looooved the way that these cards and pictures looked together. Plus, who can pass up using a couple adorable Kelly Purkey cards, no matter how navy they are?
That “this year” card on the left is an ongoing list of things I will and won’t do this year. So far, I have kept true to the list, and just writing this post reminded me of a few “dos and don’ts” that I need to add to it!
I know it’s that time of year. I know it’s a popular flavor. But I have never, never been into pumpkin spice…anything. Not lattes, not cake, not candles. And since I couldn’t find a card that accurately represented my distaste for the pumpkin-spiced things of the world, I made my own!
But for the many….many of you who DO love PSL, etc….I made you one, too!
You should be able to click on the images, then right-click and “Save Image” or “Save As…” from there. But if you can’t, I made some buttons below, too:
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A clean and simple week. With a lot of green! I’m not really a fan of green, but hey…Central Park is green. What can ya do, lol?
I am still loving my typewriter. It gives layouts such a “clean” look, and I can fit more text on journaling cards than my over-sized and illegible handwriting would allow.
I do truly love this system of scrapbooking. It makes even MY life seem worthy of documenting, when you can just slap four pictures and one journaling card into some sleeves, LOL. And there’s always a little bit of room for creativity…if I’m in the mood, haha!
Yes, I may be one of the worst bloggers ever, lol. But hey, I only do one Project Life layout per week, so I usually only have one real “craft” project to post per week! However, I am working on creating more…it always makes me feel relaxed and productive at the same time, which is a rare combination for me.
I am still running strong on this vellum kick. The “today is” section is some stamped vellum, embossed in white, and I loooove it.
For those who care, the job search is going…oddly, haha. I don’t have much else to say about that, but everyone wish me luck! Hopefully, whatever job I get doesn’t detract too much from my crafting time (which is mostly nights and weekends anyway).