Picking up where I left off on my (itty bitty) Project Life® album for 2014. Our 10 day trip out west was a roadblock for me since I always struggle with events. January took me a long time to complete last year thanks to an almost identical trip and I never did seem to catch up again. I was more determined this year not to let it beat me so I decided that summarizing is my friend. The left side is a 6×8″ collage of memorable booths from the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. (The flip side of this page was the 6×8″ layout of Tom and I from my previous post.)
The right side begins the Anaheim, CA leg of my trip with a photo of what has quickly become my favorite Disneyland sight (Main Street at night) and a pocket full of odds and ends from the park. I spent two full days at Disneyland this time around, each day with a different friend, each day a different set of experiences. So blessed to have had that alone time with girlfriends at such a happy place.
Documenting Disneyland is what slowed me down the most last year, so this time around I chose just a couple of photos – Paradise Pier at night (again with the night shots), Liz and I trying to get one decent photo in our matching mouse ears (harder than you’d think), and two of my favorite Disneyland treats (fried pickles and bacon wrapped asparagus). The rest of my memories from this trip can be documented in full digital pages where I have more room to tell the story.
Right side details a meal at Santouka on Saturday night with Liz, Christine (who drove up from San Diego) and Kami. Plus a lazy Sunday spent at Kami’s house watching movies and teaching her how to knit Continental Style. I needed a low-key day that felt like home at this point in my trip, and our Sundays at home are very similar – a little errand running, favorite movies, animals napping nearby. I was deep into the throes of homesickness at this point so this helped me make the final push.
The next two pages contain my One Little Word exercises from Ali Edwards for January. My OLW is focus this year, and these pages detail some initial brainstorming on what the word means to me, as well as some goals I have for the upcoming year with regards to adding more focus to my life in some areas, and less focus in others.
Since this album is a personal diary for me I decided early on that I would include these exercises inline with each month. I’m further ahead on my One Little Word exercises than I am on my Project Life so I set them aside and then drop them in the next time I work on the album. Ali had suggested that we hand write these exercises to make them a bit more personal, but I shrank the handouts down from their original sizes (8.5×11″) to include them here and found that it made space a factor for me. Going forward I will probably type them to accommodate the smaller format.
Left side is another OLW handout. Right side moves back into everyday life back at home. The “meh” card is from Wishi Washi by Valorie Wibbens – love that card, and it was perfect for documenting a bunch of back-to-back “meh” moments for me after returning home – 8″ of snow, an emergency dental appointment plus the onset of what would wind up being a 2 week battle with the flu for both Tom and I. On a happier note, we had purchased tickets to see Jerry Seinfeld at The Orpheum a few months prior and we were determined to make that show – and we did, thanks to cold medicine and pockets full of Kleenex. I’d like to say that the laughter healed us, but I’m fairly sure it set both of us back by a few days. Still worth it.
Left side is all Season 3 Sherlock – because … Sherlock. We waited years for this! Right side contains some personal thoughts of mine after one of Nick’s concerts back in January. I made a full digital page for this event as a part of my monthly layout challenge with Liz and shared it in a previous post, and that one will go into our family album. I included it from a different perspective in this album because it also marked a bit of a pivotal moment for Nick’s dad and me that I wanted to document. The “this makes me smile” card is from my So Major set of printable journaling cards.
Bottom half of the page documents the beginning of a new knitting project – the Big Herringbone Cowl from the Purl Soho site. This particular project is difficult on the hands so I’m still working on it, slowly but surely. (I’ll be happy to have it off my needles, if I’m being honest – I have much more relaxing knitting projects I’d love to get back to.)
My final page for January includes a favorite line from the new season of Girls that premiered in January, plus some pretty little bowls I found at Pier 1 to hold embellishments that I’m currently working with. They replace the ever-so-lovely plastic storage containers I had been using. The “best line” card is from my Stay Tuned set of printable journaling cards, and the “On My Desk” card is from the Busy Week set.
All of these Project Life spreads were made using a mixture of products from Gossamer Blue and Studio Calico monthly kits, plus digital supplies available at The Lilypad (where noted). Photos are all edited using RadLab or VSCO for Android.