Sunday, 31 March 2013

my first project life spread

Don't know what Project Life is? Visit Becky Higgins' website or view the following video:

So here is my first project life spread using Echo Park's Today's Story PhotoFreedom Kit.

I really love the pinks and the aquas, they really match the photos I took on my trip to Brisbane during Christmas last year.

A closer look at the left page:

I'm still trying to figure out a more elegant way of adding journaling to my layout. Perhaps it's time to increase my journaling card stash?

Right page:

Echo Park's PhotoFreedom kit includes their own divided page protectors; some of them are the same as Becky Higgins' but some are quite different, like the one above.

The 6x12 partition on this page is perfect for multi-shot photos, or perhaps for long pieces of journaling. I chose the former in the above layout.

The problem with divided page protectors is that the sewn lines create partitions that aren't true 6x4 - or in the case of Becky Higgins' page protectors, the 3x4 partitions are slightly narrow.

To avoid this issue, Echo Park's page protectors aren't true 12x12, instead the left hand page is slightly wider, and the right hand page is taller. 
In the right hand page, although the three 6x4 inserts fit perfectly in the protector, the vertical piece is higher than 12 inches. This means that any 12x12 patterned paper would be a tad too short.

Being the OCD that I am, I couldn't stand having a 6x12 layout rattling around. Instead I extended the length of the 6x12 layout by overlapping it with another 6x4 card. I'll have to do something similar on the other side, but that shouldn't be too much of an issue.

Have anyone else tried out different brands that offer divided page protectors? What are your experiences with them? Leave a comment below.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

amy tangerine's day book

As mentioned in my previous post, I recently purchased a few of Amy Tangerine's Daybooks.

Here's a few of my layouts so far:

We went to the Melbourne aquarium for the Aquarium After Dark event a couple of months back. As the first thing we did in the new year, I thought it was a good way to start off the daybook.

I did all the post-editing of the photos in my iPhone and then printed them out using the Polaroid PoGo and the Polaroid GL10. The PoGo was temperamental as usual, but the GL10 produced really nice 3x4 prints. May be the perfect fit for Project Life.

Valentine's Day dinner, again dim environment killed any possibility of good shots with my iPhone. You don't really expect to take a DSLR to a Valentine's Day date though, right?

We've been talking about going to Puffing Billy since we first met, and now, two years later, we finally get to go.

The only problem I find with the GL10 prints is that they are quite big in comparison to the tiny daybook. Multiple photos on a layout would completely overwhelm the page. So I decided to do a bit of photo-collaging on my phone before printing it out and that works just fine.
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