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my first project life spread

Don’t know what Project Life is? Visit Becky Higgins’ website or view the following video:

What is Project Life? from Becky Higgins LLC on Vimeo.

So here is my first project life spread using Echo Park’s Today’s Story PhotoFreedom Kit.

I really love the pinks and the aquas, they really match the photos I took on my trip to Brisbane during Christmas last year.

A closer look at the left page:

I’m still trying to figure out a more elegant way of adding journaling to my layout. Perhaps it’s time to increase my journaling card stash?

Right page:

Echo Park’s PhotoFreedom kit includes their own divided page protectors; some of them are the same as Becky Higgins’ but some are quite different, like the one above.

The 6×12 partition on this page is perfect for multi-shot photos, or perhaps for long pieces of journaling. I chose the former in the above layout.

The problem with divided page protectors is that the sewn lines create partitions that aren’t true 6×4 – or in the case of Becky Higgins’ page protectors, the 3×4 partitions are slightly narrow.

To avoid this issue, Echo Park’s page protectors aren’t true 12×12, instead the left hand page is slightly wider, and the right hand page is taller.

In the right hand page, although the three 6×4 inserts fit perfectly in the protector, the vertical piece is higher than 12 inches. This means that any 12×12 patterned paper would be a tad too short.

Being the OCD that I am, I couldn’t stand having a 6×12 layout rattling around. Instead I extended the length of the 6×12 layout by overlapping it with another 6×4 card. I’ll have to do something similar on the other side, but that shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

Have anyone else tried out different brands that offer divided page protectors? What are your experiences with them? Leave a comment below.

three scrapbooking classes… at the same time!

Omg, I don’t even know how it started, but I’ve been bitten by the scrapbooking bug.

Okay, rephrase, I’ve been bitten by the purchasing-loads-of-scrapbooking-stuff bug.

I already have loads of 6×6 paper pads from my art journaling – which I haven’t been doing much since meeting my SO – but I’ve recently discovered Studio Calico and Amy Tangerine.

Amy Tangerine Daybooks and a Smash pen

Next thing I find, I’ve purchased three of Amy Tangerine’s Daybooks, stickers and wood veneers (I haven’t purchased anything from Studio Calico because I missed their subscription date, I’m on their Project Life Kit waiting list – oh don’t get me started on Project Life!).

My SO didn’t help the matter much either; he whole heartedly encouraged me to purchase a scrapbooking album and full kit from a KaiserCraft store we happened to walk by.

With all this gear, I’ve also signed onto a couple of classes… ok, so it’s three – I’m so broke now…

The first one is The Curious Scrapbooker’s Field Guide by May Flaum over at Big Picture Classes. I heard this on the PaperClipping Roundtable podcast (yes, I’ve gotten into podcasts too).

It’s very much about techniques and using your existing stash of craft supplies, and not necessarily traditional scrapbooking supplies. In the current week’s lesson, we’re looking at using paint on scrapbook layouts.

Problem is, I’ve never scrapbook before, so I find that there’s some big gaping holes in my scrapbooking basics. And my pictures… they’re are a mess (organisation-wise).

Which is where the second class comes in, Stacy Julian’s Finding Photo Freedom also hosted at Big Picture Classes.

Finding Photo Freedom (previously known as Library of Memories) is an organisation system for your photos (both printed and digital) with scrapbookers in mind.

Neither classes have gone on for very long, so I can’t really write much of a review, but trying to get through two classes worth of material can be a bit mind boggling (especially if I try to do all their recommended homework as well!).

But I’m not finished yet. I also registered for {mo}tography, another class that I heard about on the PaperClipping podcast (that show is so bad for my wallet!).

This class teaches you to use your instagram photos in your scrapbooking.

Unfortunately, I thought there would be more information on the printing of photos from your phone and using them in scrapbook layouts. Instead it mainly introducing students to smart phone apps which could help you edit your photos in preparation for printing.

However for $19 I got a bit of my money’s worth from the digital fonts and templates that they give away as part of the class.

So now I have to juggle three classes’ worth of material as I navigate the treacherous waters of scrapbooking (not to mention trying to watch all the CHA 2013 videos that PaperClipping has put up – there’s 50 of them!) 

PS. In the process of writing this, I’ve also joined up as a premium member of – my justification, I need to mend those gaping holes in my knowledge! I know, I’m just bad at spending money (or not spending it).