project life: february

February was my first month not putting together weekly spreads and I LOVE it. I ended up with quite a few pages, even though my only real goal is to get one spread. What I liked was being able to look at my pictures towards the end of the month and make stories of them. I also enjoyed scoping out what others are doing (via blogs) and having ideas in the back of mind for taking specific pictures throughout the month. I’ve accepted that I’m just not creative and “borrowing” ideas from others is by far the easiest way for me to make pages I love.

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(You can click on any of the pictures to open them larger in a new window.)

To start, I needed to fill the front side of a 12 picture grid. January ended on the left hand side of the book which gave me a page in no-man’s land. In looking through my pictures I had quite a few of the beautiful skies we’ve been having during the abnormally cold and dry winter. I picked my favorites and in they went.

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Next up is a summary of the month. I got this grid idea from Elise and it’s great. 24 pockets – fill 12 with pictures and 12 with black and white journal cards, alternating the photos and cards. I added a little red for Valentine’s Day. It’s the prefect way to do a month in review and a great way to use all the black & white I had been saving for this year.

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I’m spending a lot of my free time working on the house so I used the back of my month in review spread for a few pictures of what got done this month.

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We had a decent amount of snow one Sunday (about 2.5″) and Alfred was SO happy. The idea for the quilted layout was also from Elise’s January pages.

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I finished the month with our second annual winter getaway to Phoenix. Going into the trip, I knew I needed to fill the back of my “quilted” snow day page. I decided I was going to change it up by using pictures up top and documenting the best of from the trip in the rectangles below. I kept this in mind as I snapped scenery pictures (iPhone only).

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I wanted a big picture of Greg and I on our trip to end the month (which technically was in March but who cares). I saw Ali’s post with a fun 6×12″ portrait and loved it. Yes, Greg is such a good sport and almost always willing to do what I ask for sake of the remembrance album, as he calls it. It’s not a picture of us together per say, but I love.

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This is nothing like what I thought I’d be doing this year. But it’s working and I am having a lot of fun with it.

I really think Project Life is such a great way to document your everyday life. I went a little big in February, but I’ll share my March spread soon. It’s just two pages and took me about ninety minutes on a Sunday evening. In 18 hours over the course of the year you can have a little book of 2014 memories. And while I have gone a little big on supplies, you could easily do small album for the year for $50 total.

Supplies Used: Project Life kits Seafoam Edition, Midnight Edition, Sunshine Edition; various past Studio Calico Project Life kits.

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