Thank you guys for all your nice comments on my book! Katie wrote a nice note on tumblr about how it might convince her to scrapbook again which made me realize just how amazing it is having someone to share with. It's magical when something you make makes someone else want to make stuff too. There's an energy about it that's absolutely contagious. So thank you!
Now whether that excitement is sustainable, we'll have to see. LOL. My lesson for this week(s) is about getting it done. Not every page or every pocket is going to be perfect. If I'm going to keep up, I have to let go of my compulsive tendencies to redo each piece a half-dozen times.
I've filled up three sides of the slide page protectors and I'm onto the last. That means I'll have 48 photos for the month, more or less. Am I going to end up with the same photos over and over if I do 2 full pages each month? I'm thinking about doing a Photo of the Day challenge next month and only using those images instead. I can just fill in the blank spots/page with something else.
I moved the amaryllis photos to a page of their own after realizing it's going to take more than 12 photos to get to the flower. The bigger issue now is what am I going to do when the stalk extends beyond the frame of the photo?
I redid/finished the first few pages of January (no more futzing from here on out though, I promise!). I used Ali's Hello Life Boxes No. 2 for the Jan at the top. Love those. I'm so excited she made months to match the Hello Life box I used on the cover. Now I can use them throughout my book over the course of the year as a monthly intro. I'm planning to include the Movies and Books cards each month too. (Is it wrong to deny myself the new Taylor Lautner movie because the whole world will know my shame?) // Recolored Paislee Press Photobooth patterned papers made into cards
Oops, swapped a photo here too. But in my defense, it matches the journaling better. Also moved the badge to the outside of the page protecter on Ann-Marie's advice, now everything lays much nicer. No more bulgy pockets.
Week 2: This was a short week, just the left side and the front of the half page insert. I warned you it was going to be all cats up in here. // More recolored Paislee Press cards
Week 3: This was an insane mail week. Everything I'd ordered over the last month or two all arrived in one day. It was crazy. The best part was the arrival of Howard, a surprise from Tina. Who even made me a video to show me how to open the damn thing. So awesome! I just had to wait for film to arrive to try him out.
The excitement over getting a new Polaroid motivated me to pull out my old 600 and check my last batch of film. I've been hoarding it since last Christmas—one unopened box that unfortunately, is dated 2009. So I'm feeling a little more motivated to use what I've got before it's toast. The shot above is from the old camera, in the rain. I think the diamonds along the right are water droplets on the lens. It's strangely mauve-ish.
I'm looking foward to February... we've got guests and trips and events so there'll be more than just the cats. : )
PS. Carey, I do print my instagram photos at home. I finally moved to the iCloud so now my instagram photos appear automatically in iPhoto via the Photo Stream which makes it really easy. I can fit six 2" square pictures on a 4x6 sheet in a page layout program but you could use Photoshop. And if your printer prints larger sizes, you could easily fit more on a page. This is what it looks like before I print and cut them up.