Ahh. New week. New routines. Almost a new season. After being away for a week with my family and unplugging for a bit (which was wonderful!), it was nice to come back to a clean desk and some new goodies to play with. Getting back into the creative swing is often slow going for me after a break, but I have some Project Life spreads to catch up on and thought that was a good place to start. This one I'm sharing today is from mid-August - Weeks 33 + 34 :
I primarily used Kelly Purkey's new Slices of Life kit for this layout to get this spread done in a snap. I love the theme + colors of this kit, but before I printed my photos I was worried it wasn't going to match what I had going on. I always start with the photos, not the product, when I pull together my spreads - but once I laid it all out I was happy to see plenty of greens and blues with some pops of orange (my favorite!) in my pictures. It ended up looking better than I thought it would. Thumbs up for that!
Highlights from these couple weeks :
- Summer vacation was coming to an end, so we had our share of lazy time and "let's do everything we can to enjoy this" time - including Sundays at the beach, movies and more landscaping around the yard. Where I had some white space in my photos, I added my usual typed journaling, leaving room for alpha stickers, stamping or embellishments. Nothing new here.
- We saw the Minions movie and I stapled the ticket stubs to one of Tina's banana prints she sold in her shop last summer. A perfect subtle match is you are familiar with those little guys!
- I trimmed the Good Morning / Good Evening 4x6 card from Kelly's kit and used the Good Morning side to document my obsession with cold brew. I used a 2" circle punch to punch my photo and it fit perfectly inside the white circle on the card. The Documented stamp is from the kit and I typed and printed out the ingredients to my favorite summer morning beverage before cutting into strips and adhering to the card.
- I was in the midst of wrapping up my content for my first Big Picture Classes class, School Days (which I need to blog about!), so I trimmed down one of the dozens of to-do lists I had written to 3x4, and used it as the backing of the card with the stamped pie chart. For my slices, which I stamped with Color Theory inks (I have the exact ones listed at the end of this post), I recorded how I spent my time getting everything together. Those little labels, again, are typed, printed and then trimmed down into tiny strips before I attached them to the slices.
- Rather than use the full journaling cards for this spread, I cut down a lot of them and used portions as tags or labels on my photos. It's a great way to pull in color to certain parts of your layout for a cohesive spread, and to get the most mileage out of a kit.