In spite of my sister's line, "But how are your going to protect the photos?", I tried memory keeping outside the Project Life album this week. I used a Standard Size Traveler's Notebook for documenting the January to August happenings of this year.
For this set, I used the following supplies:
- SVG Photo Frames (see the full process post here)
- Craft Market by Crate Paper 6x6 pad & 12x12 paper by Bella Blvd (cut into strips to make tiny banners and ribbons)
- DIY Stickers (tutorial here) made using Captured by Basic Grey Elements and Sweet Routine Elements by Adrienne Looman
- washi tapes by Studio Calico & Freckled Fawn
- thickers by American Crafts
- puffy stickers by Studio Calico
- printed digital elements by One Little Bird
- Kaleidacolor & StazOn ink pads
- Stamps by Big Picture, Studio Calico & Simple Stories
- Alpha stickers by Maggie Holmes & A Beautiful Mess
- Sakura Koi watercolor & Color Theory Acrylic Paint (to highlight the photo frames edges)
Here's a gallery preview of the pages I made:
How did I find it?
My photo selection for this notebook is relatively quicker than my Project Life albums because I decided from the start to just use 2 to a maximum of 4 photos per spread and the goal isn't to showcase every activity but just to give an overall feel of the moment. I enjoyed embellishing the pages while maintaining a balance of negative spaces in each spread. I also liked handwriting my own thoughts and stuff that I recall from the events. I wrote using my "real-life" handwriting to make it more authentic but if ever I'd have the chance to do this again, I guess I'll give it more effort to use a different hand-lettered style next time, simply to make it more legible (and of course, prettier!).
Would I still make Project Life pages after trying this?
Probably yes, because though I put pics of the pages on this blog, my TN notebooks are personal in the sense that I don't let relatives read them or put them in a shelf visible to public guests of the house. For me, project Life albums to me are meant to be shared with family and friends. They are also meant to be displayed. In my spreads there, I let the pictures & visuals do the story telling instead of my journaling. I reserve my journaling to my personal notebooks.