Project Life Catch Up | Amy Challis

Hi everyone, Amy here sharing some Project Life layoutss I created during a catch up session this week using the June Hipkits.

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It’s only natural, when documenting our lives, that there are some memories we’re more excited to preserve than others. Parties, birthdays, birthday parties! I always find that I rush to create pages to tell my favourite stories and other photographs get stuffed in the pockets and left until the end of the month (or the end of the album!) to complete. This week I’ve caught up with a few pages from earlier on in the year.

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My first pages document some ‘highlights’ (spare photographs that didn’t fit elsewhere!) for the month of April. I backed the kitchen counter photo onto some paper from the Main Kit and embellished with a piece of Project Life Currently Ephemera and a sticker from the Sunshine & Happiness Alphabet & Word Stickers from Simple Stories. Because I was working on the back of a page that had only 3×4 pockets, I cut my 6×8 card in half down the middle to make it fit.

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My second set of pages document the first half of day we spent in London. The second part of the trip was much more exciting, hence why these pictures got left unscrapped! Again, I started with a piece of 6×8 paper which I layered with a Project Life card from the Project Life kit and some pieces from the Project Life Currently Ephemera and Simple Stories Alphabet & Word Stickers.

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To finish my pages, I used an assortment of Exclusive Hip Kit Club Puffy Stickers, Heidi Swapp Hello Chipboard Stickers and one of the lovely Maggie Holmes Bloom Rubber Shapes from the Embellishment kit. I layered words and phrases over my photos to compliment the pictures and fill the areas around my journaling, too. Although I wouldn’t want to cover up important photographs (such as those of family and friends), I felt there was something missing from these snapshots and the phrases I used really helped to tell the stories and jazz these pages up a little!  I also used a few wooden pieces from Jillibean Soup to add a little texture – and because wood veneer goes with everything!

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My top tips for catching up when you fall behind:

  1. If you’ve already written out your journaling, great! If not, keep it to a minimum. Don’t waste time wracking your brain trying to remember the names of places or things people said. Annotate your photographs instead with words and short phrases which sum up the feeling or season. Keep a planner? Check back for any notes that might jog your memory.
  2. Give yourself a small amount of cards and embellishments to choose from (such as those found in the Project Life kit or Main Kit) and stick to them! If you have tonnes of supplies out, you’re more likely to get distracted. If you’re using paper for your filler cards, cut them to the correct size before you get started – it will be easier to see what you have to work with.
  3. Set a time limit for each layout. Remember, done is better than perfect.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Amy Challis

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