At the start of the year I set myself some creative goals for 2017. These included at item no.3 – Start Scrapbooking and at no. 5 – Finish Photobooks and now that we are getting close to the end of the year it seems to be a good time to check in on how I am getting on with those!
The truth is I am SO behind with making photobooks for my family. I made a couple of my son during his first year but my daughter has none – poor second child! One of the difficulties I’ve found with photobooks is the effort and organisation required to sort through a year of photos and put the whole book together before ordering it. It can take weeks and months before you have anything in your hand to flick through. Add to this my ongoing internal debate on whether I want to be an old lady flicking through photos printed in a book or if I would prefer to be able to hold actual photos in my hand and I have kind of lost enthusiasm for photobooks, or certainly photobooks as the only way to record our family’s memories.
Happily, in the meantime I have discovered the Project Life pocket scrapbooking system which allows me to combine scrapbooking, printed photos and a photo album/book. One of my favourite features of Project Life is that it is a “do as you go along” system or “do when you have time” so you don’t have to wait till the book is full to order and have something to look through. Instead you create pages every week (if you are disciplined) or as often as you have something to record (more my style at the moment!)
I stocked up on Project Life supplies from one of my favourite local online craft shops – Pretty Paper Studio and have been having fun recording our family’s memories in a way that also allows me to add my own creative stamp to it. The best bit has been watching my childrens’ delight every time I complete a spread that features them or their activities, they love looking through the albums and we haven’t had to wait till the end of the year for it.
So imagine my delight when I was invited to be part of the Pretty Paper Studio Design Team for 2017/2018 to share Project Life layout inspiration and tutorials over on the PPS blog! I am so honoured to be part of PPS’ biggest ever design team featuring 12 creative ladies who will be sharing a wide range of projects over the next few months. You can learn more about each of the design team members by clicking here.
This month’s challenge theme was “Anything Goes” so I took the opportunity to finally start a baby album for my daughter. Featuring some super cute baby girl Project Life supplies from the PPS online shop and incorporating some brush lettering (another one of my creative goals for 2017) I am super happy with how my first lay out has turned out. You can see a sneak peak below but head over to my photo tutorial on the Pretty Paper Studio Blog to see for yourself how I used Project Life to record my baby’s first days and the process I go through when putting together a spread. I hope you like it and it can inspire you to record your own family’s memories of the year (or years gone by if you are anything like me!)
Once you have read the post and those of the other PPS Design Team members, why not join in this month’s PPS “Anything Goes” challenge, either with Project Life spreads or with any other creative project you fancy. You just need to post pictures of your project on the challenge photo album “November 2017: Anything goes” on the PPS Group Facebook page by 30 November 2017 to be in with a chance of winning a PPS prize pack worth AED50 and of course all the admiration of the PPS crafting community. If you are sharing your creations on social media don’t forget to use the hashtags #ppsuae #prettypaperstudio #madewithppsuae and tag PPSUAE.