I started Project Life Tuesday in 2010 because:
- I needed to keep myself accountable and on top of my photos each week.
- My family loved being able to count on a weekly post with pics of the kids.
- I thought others might want to keep themselves accountable too.
It was a huge blessing and so I am excited to be kicking off my third year of this series.
Each Tuesday, I will share my spread from the previous week, as well as host a linky for readers to link up their pictures/layouts. This year, Epson is sponsoring Project Life Tuesday, and they provided me with their Epson Stylus R2880 Large Format Photo Printer (C11CA16201) for many of my album's photos. Printing photos at home is hopefully going to help keep me on track!
If you link up, please be sure to include the Project Life Tuesday button or a link to The Mom Creative in your post.
Notes about my album: Before showing my layouts, I want to share a few details about my album:
- I am using the colbalt kit this year.
- I stamped all my weekly 6×4 cards and have placed them in my album. It just seemed easiest to get this done all at once. I used a date stamp from a past Project Life kit. If you don't have on, Amazon has date stamps
for less than $5. You can also find them at office supply stores.
- I printed my photos at home using my new Epson printer. I loved how convenient it was. I plan to print most of my pictures at home this year, especially large format images, using the Epson Stylus R2880 Large Format Photo Printer (C11CA16201)
- For a complete list of the products I am using, and more about my approach this year, click here.
Today I am sharing weeks 8 and 9, since I was at Blissdom last week and needed to catch up. I am glad that I don't have plans for the next few weeks – doing two weeks at once can be challenging. I did keep things pretty simple though – especially for week 9.
In addition to my regular pages, I inserted an instagram insert and a 6×12 insert.
For the left page, I relied on journaling stickers on my photos because I had SO many photos and I didn't want to cut any of them and make room for journaling cards. If you haven't heard, Staples just started carrying the Martha Stewart office supply line and the label stickers are PERFECT for Project Life. PLUS, they are only $2.99 for about 160 of them. Definitely worth making a trip to Staples for.
A few elements I especially like on this page:
- I used thickers for the 8 mos. on Adeline's monthly photo.
- I like the stacked photo of Elias and Adeline. They are each 3×2 and printed out to 3×4 to fit in the journaling slot.
- The use of two stacked Martha Stewart labels to fit all my journaling on the BW picture.
I got a few great shots of Adeline in the photo areas at Blissdom, so I just had to print them on a big 6×12 sheet. I embellished the large photo with some stickers at the bottom.
I took a lot of Instagrams during Blissdom, so I used a coin collector insert (trimmed) to include all my photos, plus some bits from my Blissdom program. I like the lightbulb sticker, which I stuck over two slots (on the outside) to tie everything together. For more on using Instagram in Project Life, check out my tutorial.
Because I had so many Blissdom photos, I used a large cardstock journaling block to write about the conference. I simply punched holes in it and stuck it in the album.
I kept things VERY simple for week 9 – just the regular inserts + an instagram insert. I didn't take a ton of photos and it was a pretty ordinary week for us. Since I journaled on a lot of the photos, I also had room to add some of Elias's coloring. He did a space unit at school the past two weeks and I LOVE all the rocket/space elements. I'm so thankful he has a teacher that takes lots of pictures. It is such a gift.
On the right page, I love the bottom left collage of Adeline in her grey dress + pictures of RoseAnne Coleman speaking. RoseAnne is an incredible mentor in my life. If your church or minstry is ever looking for an incredible, Godly woman to speak, I can't recommend her enough. I also LOVE listening to her Miss Helen CDs.
Here is a close-up of my instagram page. I love these tiny photos all put together. I pulled from Matthew's and my stream of images.
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Oh, those Martha Stewart labels are gorgeous – so perfect for PL. Wish they were available in the UK! Love the coin collector insert for your Blissdom photos!
Your weekly spreads are amazing as always, lovely!! Especially your intagram inserts are way to cool, I have to keep this in mind to get it done for my album from time to time. Thank you so much for the inspiration! I´m always looking forward to read your posts!
No, YOURS are amazing. Seriously. Your pages blow me away every week. And you are 38 weeks pregnant? My Project Life album from last year is pretty much empty because I was pregnant.
Happiness is Project Life Tuesday…xoxoxoxo
You’ll be featured in just a couple weeks. YAY! xo
Boy you sure have been busy! Love the Martha Stewart, I stopped by Staples the other day and picked some up too, but then for I had them, lol. I will get them and put them with my project life stuff now
I definitely would lose track of things if I didn’t have a Project Life bin!
Sarah K says
Yup, definitely going to have to find where my nearest Staples is.
I love how even your “simple” week is amazing. The Instagram collections are amazing!
You are too sweet. Yes, go to staples!
Rene' Sharp says
I am so impressed with your last 2 weeks, your album is coming together SO nicely, very inspiring!
Awww… thanks! I think I might do a video soon flipping through the album. It is so neat to look at. 🙂
where else would I be today! Love all the add pages my friend. the instagram inserts are awesome, especially when you can pull from hubby’s phone too 🙂 Happy PL day!
The instagram inserts are quickly becoming a favorite of mine.
jennifer h says
So excited – I have several of those large cardstock journaling blocks and now know how i am going to use them!! Thanks for sharing your project life and all the wonderful inspiration!!
It’s always a good feeling to use stuff from your stash. I have had those journaling cards for 2-3 years!
Emily @ The Pilot's Wife says
Love your Blissdom week (and I spotted myself a couple of times. 😉
I’m going to try to publish my Week 9 post sometime today. Whenever jet lag gives me a break.
Am I supposed to feel sorry for you that you are in HAWAII with jet lag?? 🙂
Emily @ The Pilot's Wife says
Okay, so NO. No you shouldn’t feel sorry for me. 😉
Danielle Curtis says
This is just what I needed to get inspired to catch up on my own Project Life. I am trying to catch up on 10 weeks while caring for my 10 week old 🙂 The Instagram pages are a great way to include my husband’s days more. Thanks!
Girl, I hear you! I REALLY have big intentions of going back to 2011, which was a fog during my pregnancy.
Another great post. Your pages are lovely Jessica. I like the stacked photos in the 3×4 pocket – I hadn’t thought about that.
Thanks for sharing.
Great use of the journaling stickers! I often fill up a page with photos and add a journaling block on the next page, but I will be checking out Staples soon! Nice little touches to your weeks – photos and all.
Thanks for hosting, Jessica!
What great pages!!! I love all the picture variations!!! Great stuff. I’m new to PL – linked up my 1st pages today!
Ellie A. says
M y past 2 weeks I’ve “tried” to keep it simple but I so do love your shares! I love all the happy faces & its just so much inspiration LOVE IT!!
I love your pages…even the simplest PL layout looks amazing when you do it!! I am going to have to run to Staples to get those labels! I really wish I knew where I can print 6X12 pictures because I sure love the way yours turn out! Great two weeks so glad you share your PL with us:)
Nicole Reaves says
Thank you for doing this link up each week Jessica. I love looking at everyone’s layouts and your pages are awesome! I LOVE all of those little instagram pictures. Yeah for being caught up!! 🙂
Great pages, as always.
Thanks for hosting again. Love being able to link up and see the fabulous stuff everyone is doing, even when I’m late getting my pages done.
Congratulations on the nominations. Of course I already voted for you!