As the year comes to an end, I've been thinking about where I want to go with my Project Life in 2014. I never really expected that I'd stick with the project for the entire year of 2013... and now that I have, I see so much more potential in what I can do with it.
Two things came to my mind as I thought about this project:
1. I miss scrapbooking. Playing with paper, adding embellishments.
2. I wanted more consistency. While I felt each spread flowed really well, I did not feel my album as a whole had the same flow.
While I kicked these things around in my mind, some things became clear.
I wanted to stick to just one or two designers for the entire album. I needed to pick a handful of fonts and use them consistently throughout the book. So hard for a fontaholic like me. I wanted to add more finishing touches to each spread... flowers, washi tape, flair, word art. I wanted to use templates that have some sort of grid to delineate the "pockets."
Some things will stay the same. I will still have a weekly 6x4" week in review journal card. I will still mostly use 3x4 photos. I will still enjoy the process of documenting. It will be fun.
As I make the subtle shift from using a bunch of different designers and staying clean and graphic to limiting myself to two designers and adding "cozy" touches to my layouts, I decided to start playing around with this style. The result was this year in review layout I created one Sunday night:
A Beautiful Day by Kristin Cronin-Barrow
Plastic Stitched Grids 4 by Traci Reed
That's my supply list! Isn't that crazy? And yet, I love how this looks. I've been thinking a lot about how I'm drawn to clean and simple but my house and the things I love are not clean and simple. I love quilts and when I think of a quilt, I think of warm and cozy. That's my goal for this year... warm and cozy.
So here I go. What do you think? How are you changing your style this year?
P.S. My new blog header was also made with this kit of Kristin's. So different for me to have a scrappy blog header, but I thought I'd see how it felt.