Welcome to Project 12 in 2013! January is finished! I hope you took time to tell your story this month in a meaningful way.
January flew by at our house. I noticed that I had a lot of cell phone photos and not as many from my Canon this month. I think that is going to be the way of things in my life going forward so have decided to embrace it. It helps that I got a new phone for Christmas with a better camera. And it seems that most of those little life events I want to remember happen when I wasn’t planning for them, so the big camera was safely in her bag at home.
Morgan turned 9 this month so a lot of my photos come from celebrating her. I did take a lot of photos of her with my big camera, but a challenge in using them for this layout this month was that they were mostly portrait shots. I plan to make a layout with some of them and that is how I will include them in my photo albums.
There are a lot of documenting systems out there using page protectors, some in small books, many using a weekly format, so I thought I’d share my process in design for putting this together.
I wish I could say it took just a few minutes, but that isn’t true. I am very methodical in how I use things and that means I spend a lot of time staring at my page protectors and my photo files first.
The first thing I did was go through my camera roll on my phone and pick out the photos I wanted to use. I print at home so I just emailed myself all the photos I wanted to use. I’m pretty generic in my photo taking. I really like the look of the Earlybird wash, so all of my photos look the same. The school photo hadn’t been uploaded to IG yet, so I put my phone on Airplane Mode, applied the photo treatment, and then emailed it to myself. It shows an X on Instagram because you aren’t online, but it saves the edited photo in your camera roll. This is a great option if you have a lot of photos you want to edit but don’t want them all online for people to view.
I print all of my Instagram photos at 2.5 inches square. I just prefer that size. It allows you to view the photo but also the paper it’s mounted on in your page protector.
After printing these photos, I arranged them on my page protectors. I wanted it to look chronological, I didn’t want all of them bunched together, and I wanted the story to make sense. After I was satisfied with that look, I went through my digital files to pick out other photos to use. If I had taken a lot of digital photos this month, I may have done this first, but knowing my photos in January were light and a lot of them happened on the same weekend, I knew I would just be picking out a few.
I’m going to keep the date in the upper left corner every month, so I left that space blank.
I found three photos I wanted to use. One of Morgan on her birthday, and another photo of each girl that showed their sweet faces and highlighted the month. I wanted everything to go with my IG photos, so I opened a new image that was 8.5 x 11 in Photoshop, put all three photos on it after resizing them, and then applied the free Pioneer Woman “soft faded” action. It worked really well and made all the photos blend together perfectly.
After the photos were mapped out it was a matter of choosing paper. I used leftover bits from my January Gossamer Blue kit, but I also shopped in my stash. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have a stash full of supplies they can shop from. What’s the point in hoarding if you are never going to use it, right? I think of it as a way to let future generations know what was popular in design and color in 2013. I am trying to be mindful of that and use more of my favorite things so they can be seen. I have been using those little chevron arrows on everything, and still have leftover bits, so of course I had to use them on this layout too. You’ll notice they are spread out though. They form a bit of a visual triangle. That is purposeful.
I also layered my IG photos in a mindful way. When I used two in the same pocket I kept them together and mounted one on a patterned paper to set it off from the other photo.
These are just little things I do to make things more visually pleasing. I like my layouts better when I have a subtle visual triangle, and there is balance.
I created the date card and the quote card in Photoshop. I am going to use the same format all year. I have a great Pinterest album called “words” that I often refer to. I love tagging quotes I come across. That will be another consistent element to this album for 2013.
And, I’m excited to share them with you. These are free downloads for you this month. You can download these free cards HERE. They are in .pdf format, so you just print and cut.
I hope that I offered some insight into the process! Check out Michiko’s layout too! She played along with me this month as well.
Here is what Michiko has to say about her spread:
If you aren’t already following Gossamer Blue on Pinterest and want to participate in Project 12, please check out the rules HERE. I have enjoyed checking out your work and leaving comments and “liking” posts there. It has been a fun way to view a Project 12 gallery of work. PLUS, if you participate you can be entered for a prize, and Lori has been very generous about that!
Post your January Project 12 Spread to our Project 12 Pinterest board by February 17th and we will pick a winner at random to receive at $20 gift code to the store.
Have a great month! Check out February’s kit! I have already tucked the Bits and Pieces add-on for use with February and I’m very excited about it!