Happy Friday or TGIF as the case may be around here! I'm running on fumes this week and we've got a swim meet tomorrow so if I can make it until Sunday all will be good. Ha!
I'm really excited to be sharing my first Simple Stories Life Documented (aka Project Life) page spreads over on the Simple Stories Blog today. My focus for today's blog post was on the amazing Pocket Pages offered by Simple Stories. I'm in love with that 4x4/3x4 one! Here's my pages...
Life Documented (Project Life) 2013 | Week Twenty-one:
I did something a little different for this spread in that I used a bit more color and I incorporated more custom embellishments. Those custom embellishments included lots of stamping which I layered and dressed up with Simple Stories stickers and also die cut embellishments that I created with the Silhouette Cameo and Simple Stories Patterned Papers!
I kept each of the pockets pretty monochromatic which is a really fun way to use up supplies that you may not have enough for an entire spread!
I created almost all my own 4x6, 4x4 and 3x4 inserts with patterned papers from several Simple Stories collections.
I was able to create my own faux chipboard slide frames by die cutting the frames from Simple Stories patterned paper first, then an additional 4 frames from kraft cardstock and layering them all together. The result is a dimensional perfectly coordinating frame! Adding additional stamping gives it that finished look.
I added layered stamped flowers inside some of the frames to add embellishment where I didn't have photos or journaling. By keeping to the monochromatic scheme I kept the focus on the photos/journaling in the other pockets while still adding those creative touches that are so fun!
I love combining custom embellishments with pre-made ones. :)
Life Documented (Project Life) 2013 | Week Twenty-two:
One of the things that helps me the most when beginning a weekly layout spread is to break down the page creation into simple steps. I print my photos first (or most of them) and lay them out on the Pocket Page where I intend for them to go. Then, I pick 1 or 2 colors to work with for that week's spread. By limiting the color choices I am able to focus on choosing coordinating product/colors to design a cohesive page that flows nicely from the left side to the right.
When working with lots of "pre-made" product, I like to add in personal touches to customize my pages to my personal style. I use lots of stamping and die-cutting (my 2 favorite techniques) to make my pages "me".
One of my favorite tips for adding dimension without bulk is to add some Glossy Accents to the Simple Stories stickers (I did this to all the heart stickers on this spread). It gives them that great glossy raised look without the bulk!
To read more about my page process be sure to check out my blog post over on the Simple Stories Blog HERE.
LINKED SUPPLIES for Week Twenty-one:
OTHER SUPPLIES FOR Week Twenty-one:
- Stampin' Up Crumb Cake Ink
- Stampin' Up Bermuda Bay Ink
- Stampin' Up Real Red Ink
LINKED SUPPLIES for Week Twenty-two:
OTHER SUPPLIES for Week Twenty-two:
- Echo Park Smile Design ID #28125 (Silhouette Online Store)
LIFE DOCUMENTED/PROJECT LIFE 2013 | FULL LISTING (with links):
- Title Page
- Bonus Page | backside of title page (coming soon)
- Week One
- Week Two
- Week Three
- Week Nine
- Week Eighteen
- Week Twenty-one
- Week Twenty-two
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THE WINNER OF THE SIMON SAYS STAMP....
...... Stephanie Rafos!
Congratulations Stephanie! Enjoy your grab bag of goodies!