February by the numbers: 1 list, 1 late night Anthro date, 4 book covers, 1 birthday card, 1 photo of my Poppa's stapler, 3 photos of my hands, 1 chubby baby, 2 cat shots, 3 outfits and 1 amazing albacore tataki.
Year four, hello. This year's album is an amalgamation of favorite things from past books and new tricks to keep me from getting bored.
- Monthly dividers—I can't remember why I stopped using dividers last year but it's hard to find anything without them, especially when I get lazy with dates. So back they go.
- Lists of books and tv shows—circa 2013, because it's awesome to watch the list change each month.
- Continuing to use movie posters and artwork from book covers—just because I like the way it looks. It's superficial but only the pretty covers are going in.
- Numbers—I fell in love with big numbers at the end of last year, using those paislee press cards for my December album. So this year, I'm playing up the dates. No need to include the month, since I'm adding dividers. I'm working with three sizes (small, medium and large) and three styles (solid, outlined or semi-transparent). Where you see a number, that's the date.
- Focus on detail—my books have always been photo driven, but this year I'm using more detail shots. Like a photo of the record player from the yard sale vs a photo of the yard sale or the hotdogs we ate afterwards. Macro shots of meals, close-ups of my favorite old jeans, projects I'm working on... it's about the little details that make up my days.
- Highly visual—I'm also giving myself permission to forgo journaling, and journaling cards, altogether. If it doesn't look good, or make sense, I'm not going to sweat it. That includes limiting the details I add to my photo. It's likely I'll regret it later but for now I'm loving how visual my pages are.
I'm using a small gold Handbook from Ali's Week in The Life kit. And yes, it is a lot smaller than the albums I've used in the past. At this size, I'm going to need 4 albums for the year. Right now I have two, which should get me into June. I've got my fingers crossed that Studio Calico releases a small gold Handbook this summer or else I'm screwed.
The backside of the monthly divider is a quick summary of the books I've read, shows we're watching and things I'm obsessing over.
Here's where you can start to see what I'm talking about. Dates and detail shots. Minimal text. Honestly, I started with even less text but Liz cajoled me into adding more.
And then... Portland. Same deal. The journaling, Instax and papers (menus, postcards, business cards, receipts, etc) will all go into a mini. Keeping it clean and simple here. Just my favorite photos. And the "catalog of treasures" I brought home with me.
That's it, January.
Yesterday on the Paislee Press blog... fifty-fifty cards. Not the coolest name for this project, but definitely fun results. Half color, half pattern. Lots of mixing and matching. Lots of possibilities.
Still working on 2014. Seriously. I'm determined to finish. And look, I used 3... yes THREE... of my Studio Calico project life cards in one spread. It's a new record.
Ray was unbelievable. This photo was just begging to be full size. The two journaling cards are just typed on some graph paper, but the page protector is covered with magenta contact paper to fit into the color scheme better. They're a little grainy but I like the effect.
I love bringing home menus. The Scarlett Begonia menu was scanned and printed to fit. "Brunch" is layered on top of the page protector so I could peel and unpeel until I had them in just the right spot. Handsome card from Urban Outfitters last year and an upside down thank you card tucked into my last Moglea order. Such pretty colors. If you look again, you'll notice this spread is a rainbow of sorts moving from white in the bottom left corner to black in the top right with the Niko photos, green cards and blue concert photos on the diagonals.
Below is my failed Week in the Life spread. Which, next time, I will actually work on during that week. The days of the week cards behind the Instax photos are from Ali's Week in the Life kit. I'm sad I didn't take better advantage of them here. Luckily, I bought two. The first without the album and, after falling in love with it, the second kit with a gold album (that I'm using for my 2015 PL). If you didn't get it, you should go give it another look. It was hands down the best kit I bought last year.
Anyways, still going...