Switching it up… Project Life weeks 23 and 24

I can’t believe that I’ve just finished week 24 of my Project Life 2015 which means I am two weeks away from the half-way mark of 2015. Way back in January when I was fresh with anticipation of documenting the new year I decided, after looking at 2014’s  Project Life, that I wanted a more uniform album for 2015. I thought I would achieve this goal by sticking pretty much to the same underlying colour scheme; blue featured in every layout mixed with neutrals of black, white and kraft and pops of accent colours. I felt this would make the album more coherent and make my choices more simple.

Well at Week 23, I realized that I was started to get bored with the lack of variety and that in reality, it wasn’t easier to create my layouts, in fact it was harder as I spend most of my time trying to find the perfect colour in a limited colour scheme. I was also very frustrated that all these beautiful cards I receive from my kit subscription I cannot use because they aren’t going with the theme.

So I decided to try to switch it up a bit. For week 23, I pretty much created all the blue in the layout myself through watercolour paints. Some of the cards are scans of watercolours which I then enhanced or modified in Adobe CS (like the butterfly card) then reprinted as a Project Life card. All the black and white cards are printed from the Project Life App, to which I added paint splotches or coloured in some of the elements like in the arrow title card. Definitely more minimalistic than usual but I kind of liked the watercolour elements. I finished off with a variety of enamel dots, washi tape and puffy stickers and added some stamps like the small camera at the bottom of the page.

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I switched up with week 24 by allowing myself to add more colour. June’s Gossamer Blue life pages kit I adored, but it had a lot of bright colours and I hadn’t used cards from it yet. So I decided that for my own sanity I needed to use what I wanted to use, not what I thought would match.

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Majority of the cards are from Gossamer Blue with the exception of the green love the little stuff card, from Ali Edwards, the black and white pattern papers (which I punched from regular paper) and the highlights of the week card from the Project Life App. I am happy I let go and used the colours I wanted because I really love these pages.

What inspires you in January you may not love 24 weeks later…lesson learned!

Sarah

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