Knowing that two of my nieces were coming to lunch to, belatedly, celebrate their birthdays, I was wracking my brain to think of a good gift. Then it hit hit me (the idea, not the gift!) .... what better gift for a young mother than a Project Life album, already partially completed?!
|Project Life album covered with Watermelon Wonder cardstock & Affectionately Yours DSP|
|Project Life album covered with Crumb Cake Cardstock|
& Affectionately Yours DSP
I then set about finding and printing wedding and family photographs that I particularly liked. I started each album with some photographs of the couple (a reminder of the romantic before children days!) followed by fairly randomly organised family photographs. I wasn't too concerned about time lines - it was more about which photos I liked together.
I didn't have any Project Life cards - which would have made the process even quicker and easier - so I made my own using DSP or cardstock that I trimmed to size. Some I round cornered with the Project Life Corner Punch and some I didn't and it doesn't seem to matter! I tried to find colours to go with colours in the photographs.
|Crushed Curry and Basic Black cardstock pick up the colours in the large photograph|
and the little heart sequin picks up the pop of red in the sock
|Hearts were called for here!|
I took courage from the great results that I had seen others achieving and chopped photographs to fit. The first one was the hardest one - after that I was chopping people in half (so to speak) at a rate of knots!
|I used retiring DSP on these pages, picking up patterns or colours in the images|
|For these pages, I tried to pick images with similar colours and I left journalling spaces|
|I got really courageous here and chopped the photo into four pieces! I matted it before I chopped.|
My nieces have two good hands and are capable of turning the album, so I wasn't too concerned about putting some of the photos in sideways!
By the time I'd finished the first few pages of the first album I had overcome the intimidation that I had been feeling about putting together a Project Life album. By the time I had finished, I had lost all inhibitions about chopping or placing photos and was having so much fun I'd started thinking about the next project!
|A Flirty Flamingo label and new Rouched Ribbon with|
Flirty Flamingo and Watermelon Wonder flowers.
Both nieces were thrilled with their gifts. One said that she thought it might be the best gift she'd ever received and the other immediately started looking through the images on her phone, deciding which ones she was going to add to the album.
A little while ago my computer turned up its heels and drew its last breath and I hadn't been backing up as carefully as I should. I lost several years' worth of photographs - precious mementos - that I'll never be able to get back but I'll be creating some Project Life albums for myself now with my current photographs!
'Til next time
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