This is a day that I didn't think I'd see anytime soon!! I actually completed a project life spread. Let me tell you something, though. It WAS NOT FUN! Why? Because I failed to do what everyone tells you not to do...acquire too much stuff. I have partials of more than 75% of the core kits out there (full sets of several), mini kits, AND subscriptions to choose from and that much product makes finding a place to start VERY difficult. After pulling cards (and in some instances cutting down 6x6 papers) for at least an hour and still finding holes to fill, I decided that I really didn't like the look. I had so many colors that there was almost no cohesion to it. I removed one color (orange) that I had used as a background because of it's presence in another card and later on removed that card and that color (yellow) as well. Once I got to that point, I found myself really liking the color scheme: red, navy, teal, and neutrals (mostly grey, but there is a little bit of a light brown in spots). I think my favorite discovery, though, was finding some Sn@p label stickers that I've had for a while and never removed from the packaging. The issue I found myself having with these was that the first image is multi colored and therefore hard to match. Having it out of the package should have been a no brainer, but I never thought to do that. I only used a few stickers from the set but really loved the pop they provided. One thing I love in project life that I see others do is add in labels and tags, neither of which I have much of (I have spend thousands on supplies over the years but *gasp* I actually still have gaps in certain supplies) so it was great to stumble on them. Now onto my layout:
I'll start off by apologizing again for the bad lighting. I just couldn't get it (or photoshop) to cooperate with me. The card on the top left is the card I mentioned above that I just had to use with this layout. As you can see, I didn't so much to the outside cards in the middle and very minimally embellished everything else. I actually added a Sn@p label under the arrow sticker in the top photo after photographing this because it bothered me. I wasn't going to add anything to it, but when it was printing out, my husband's shirt somehow wound up with a very odd purple glowing spot on it that I didn't want to be distracting. The bottom two photos are probably my favorites from this week and I may end up printing more for a 12x12 layout, who knows. I really love that my youngest is starting to jump on in and get involved in activities that he couldn't really enjoy before and my oldest is accepting his participation very well most of the time.
I will warn you all about the second card in the middle row. This is something new for Cocoa Daisy. I think they changed printers or something because even the cardstock from the main kit this month was different. These cards are super thick, but the ink comes off of them VERY easily. I tried a paperclip and the ink on the right edge came off very easily. I then tried to cover it up with washi and barely touched the edge with it and pulled the tape off to line it up and a ton of the blue came off with my tape. Another problem was that as I tried to put it into the pocket, the card was a true 3x4 and even though I use MAMBI page protectors, it was too snug of a fit and I had to trim the cards down a bit on the sides. While trying to stick them in originally, the washi started to curl and...you guessed it...more of the blue started to pull away from the card. Also a side note, I subscribe to their scrapbook kit (and only buy the Day In The Life kit or cards when I really like them) and noticed that they may have changed printers there, too. The paper is glossier than it has been (I've loved the quality since they stopped collaborating with Simple Stories many months ago) and is much thinner than usual which is a big disappointment considering how amazing their prints were for April.
That's it for now. Thanks for stopping by!!