Thursday, May 17, 2018

WITL 2018

I had been looking forward to participating in my fourth Week in the Life, and not only designed supplies, but had a vision for how my album would come together. Then sadness struck when we unexpectedly lost our Pound Cake a few days before documenting was to begin. I found myself conflicted with capturing a week that had a cloud of grief hanging overhead.

The previous year during my WITL documenting, I had captured one of my favorite photos of Pound Cake and me that I wouldn't have had otherwise. Because things can change in an instant, the act of documenting an ordinary moment now holds even more meaning and I became stubbornly determined to create my album this year.

As the week wore on though, I found myself taking very few photos and had stopped altogether by Thursday. My plans for how I would assemble my album went out the window, but I didn't want to give up. So I made a new plan.

I decided instead of detailing each day, I would categorize the moments by topic. From work, to food, to purchases, I created a simple 4x6 mini album and made the handful of photos I did take work for me.

I like to photograph the same things each day to see their progression through the week, but again, since I stopped taking pictures, I didn't have the state of my office each day. I did have one from Monday and snapped another on Sunday and was able to show the change over the course of the week.

On the backside of the dividers I added my journaling regarding each topic. Using a 3x8 card from In A Creative Bubble, I resized it to 3x6 to match the size of my photos. Everything was done on the computer and then it was simply a matter of printing, cutting, and adhering them into place.

Sometimes I had space where there wasn't a picture, so I added some of the embellishments that I had previously prepared.

I had made some cards when I first started to put my album together, but when I realized I had to change everything, I decided to reprint them on transparency so that they would stand out more.

Nothing about my project came together as I had planned, but I'm really happy that I stuck with it. It's not at all as detailed as I intended, but it's a symbol of a week lived. At a time when my heart was filled with sadness, there were plenty of good moments, mundane moments, and spontaneous moments and I'm grateful that they're recorded for future me to look back on.

If you're overwhelmed with too many photos or feel like you didn't record enough, I hope you'll see this project through by making it work for you. There is no right or wrong way to preserve your memories.

(I'm not sure I'll put together a proper walk through video, but I've got quick flip through of the entire book on my Instagram if you didn't happen to come from that post.)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Can't Stop, Won't Stop with May's Releases

It's an awesome and exciting release in the shop today and it's been so hard to keep everything under wraps! But once the news came out, I couldn't stop sharing projects I'd been making using the brand new stamps designed by In A Creative Bubble.

I've been working on (and have now finished) my Traveler's Notebook from our trip to Toronto and for once I'm glad that it took as long as it did because that meant that I could work with all the new items available now.

Using the Seek Adventure stamp, I stamped directly onto my page and also made embellishments and placed them loosely around my photo.

For these pages, I inked up the Let's Eat stamp, again making some embellishments with them and then adding very accurate statements about the dinner we enjoyed.

The new kit, Here and There, has a coordinating stamp set called Mapped Out and I've used both on this layout. Since I had a full page photo and two others that I wanted to include, simple stamped elements were perfect to bring it all together.

For my last page in order to complete my notebook, I used the Here and There kit to add various layers underneath my photo. I have a process video showing how it all came together that you can watch here. There's also a quick walk through of the new items shown above so that you can get a full look at everything.

But before you go, there's one more project that I made with the Let's Eat stamps. I've gone back to 6x8 for my everyday memory keeping and had to document a fun brunch outing!

Thank you so much for the support you show and allowing our products a place among your memories! Happy shopping!