Monday, March 04, 2013

Project Life 2013: No More Pink

In December I bought a bunch of paper and stickers from Studio Calico's Darling Dear collection.  I fell in love with the colors and patterns - bold, mod-retro, and dark. No pink. I knew I wanted to us it for a Project Life layout.

After the last spread in all its pink, glittery, girly glory, I needed something to cleanse my creative palate. Darling Dear was perfect. Never mind that this is the 2 week period that contains Valentine's Day! Since there's a bit of orangey-red in the designs, I figure I'm ok.  (Click each photo for a larger version.)

Feb 11-24: V-Day cupcakes, Di's visit, trip to the park

Feb 11-24: Valentine's Day, photography, surprised bear (top photo by Jenn)

The obligatory close-up - vellum journaling overlay

As always, I started this layout with the photos I wanted to include - I nearly always print them to fill the 4x6 or 3x4 slots since they're the focus of the album. I got a little enthusiastic with my wood veneer embellishments - I love those little things and have a ridiculous collection, so I'm glad to have used some.

I had a brainwave to print some journaling on vellum and lay it over the M & T slots. I thought about writing directly on the & card, but it's pretty dark, so the vellum softens it and makes it easier to read.  I'm torn about whether to adhere the vellum to the outside of the pocket to make it a "flip-up" interactive element, so you can see the elements below, so I'm just going to leave it as one for a while and see if it bugs me enough to change it.

I LOVE the look of computer-printed journaling but fear that it makes things look too impersonal. Also, I hate having to fire up the computer while I'm assembling the crafty bits - it interrupts my flow and the sheer joy of the paper and glue process.  But I used Microsoft Publisher and my trusty Canon Pixma Pro 9000 Mark II glorious printer and it came together pretty quickly.  I'll definitely use this trick again.

Here's a slide show of my 2013 pages, including close-ups.  If you can't see it, click here to view my entire 2013 Project Life gallery.

Project Life @ The Mom Creative


  1. Anandi, your children are darling!! Love all of your PL pages. I'm getting ready to start in April. Mine is going to be for my mom.
    Thank you so much for your kind comments on my post!

  2. Love your captured memories, Anandi! :) I really like the journaling on the vellum and the perfect amount of elements to draw you in to the photos.

  3. Love the colors! Very fun PL pages!

  4. Your photographs are really coming along. I love your shots. You are really capturing the story in your photos.

  5. How did I miss this post? I love this spread! I would see keep the vellum in the pocket, it is very easy to tear otherwise. I agree with you about computer journaling. So easy, but I hate to break up my work flow. I even feel that way about adding text to photos, I like it but it makes me twitchy. I love your photos too, you did an excellent job of pairing them with Darling Dear, never knew this line could look so good.


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