Like so many scrapbookers, I am constantly tempted by the shiny and new. With so many options within just a click of a mouse, it's not hard to find products that I love.
However, that doesn't mean I need to acquire more supplies for my memory keeping. In fact, I recently went on a purchasing freeze after suspending my Studio Calico subscriptions.
So when Ali Edwards announced the dates, along with a companion kit, for this year's Week in the Life project I knew it would be best to hold back.
I have participated in this project since 2010 and at first assumed I would simply continue my tradition of creating a photo collage to reflect what our life is like right now.
I will do that, for sure, but I feel called to do even more this year.
My daughter will have just turned 4 during this year's Week in the Life event (August 17-23, 2015) and will be entering her second year of preschool. Life is full and fun right now; I can't think of a better way to kick of the year!
Plus, I also have a generous stash of Project Life supplies that I'd love to make a dent in. As it turns out, all those supplies that are designed for weekly documentation of your everyday life... they totally work for Week in the Life too.
Genius, I know. 😉
I started browsing through my stash of embellishments and backlog of Studio Calico Project Life kits. One of the first things I noticed was how the Poet Society and Office Hours kits shared tones of blues and greens with pops of warmer colors.
I grabbed the 3x4 cards and 4x6 pads from both of those kits, along with a healthy selection of embellishments. Since I do my pocket pages monthly, I had quite the arsenal of days of the week stickers collected.
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In fact, I was a little shocked at how easy it was to compile a coordinated kit from my stash - and in under 30 minutes. It includes:
- 2 - 4x6 paper pads
- 40 - 3x4 journaling cards
- 2 sheets alphabet stickers, in white* and grey
- days of the week stickers - 2 flat, 2 puffy
- star embellishments - 1 acetate, 1 chipboard, 1 enamel
- 1 chipboard sticker sheet
- 1 booklet of white phrase stickers*
- 1 roller stamp
- 1 stamp set
- 1 watercolor die cut piece*
All items, except those marked with a *, were from previous Studio Calico Project Life kits. The white alphabet is Ali Edwards, the phrase stickers are Tim Holtz, and the white die cut "today" is Dear Lizzy.
I wanted to have cohesiveness of colors (white, black, blues, and greens) and motifs (stars), while keeping it simple overall. My photos and stories will play the starring roles. I won't use all of this, but it gives me a nice set of options from which to choose (without having to venture into my stash).
All that said, you'll notice that I haven't shown an album. I am obviously using a pocket page approach, but I'm not sure what size or style of page protectors feels best for this project. I'm all-ears!