Let’s continue with monthly Project Life scrapbook for the first 12 months of my boy. Today I’d like to share the first month and talk about pros and cons of layouts design. I have never showed off these digital spreads before.
Pros and сons of the spreads
➖ I still used classic pocket sizes instead of dividing them into smaller ones.
➕ I started to experiment with the composition of pages. I used a lot of thin white frames around my photos as well. I was a bit obsessed with them trying to frame almost every photo )) Now I’m not stick with that.
➖ There are very few papers and cards on the first spread. Almost every pocket is filled with photo. That approach doesn’t work for me anymore. Currently I like to make more distance between groups of photos by adding more paper or color cohesion.
For example, compare then&now spreads. The first one is filled with 11 photos (plus a picture from the book), and the second spread contains 16 photos and 7 screenshots. Do you notice changes in the scale and layout composition?
➕ I still actively use round stickers-numbers from the Turquoise Edition Extra Elements Add-on Kit to reference to my stories in journaling cards. Such approach was widely promoted since Project Life has been released. Since then many Project Lifers discarded that concept in favor of direct captions under | over the photo.
I’m not going to do the same, I still stick with that approach. It works very well for my memory-keeping needs. Only stickers look different now ))
Color scheme solution
➖ The first thing that catches your eye is the abundance of hues in the photos on the first spread. If I would like to design the pages once again I would rather convert even more photos into black and white. I would like to regroup the photos other away as well.
The color scheme on second spread is OK.
It should be noted that my approach in choosing the right colors has changed. I’ve always loved bright and saturated colors. Earlier, I used to pick paper colors that are brighter than the photos. But now I pick the paper hues that matches photos exactly or I prefer to «calm down» bright photo colors with muted and neutral papers.
➕ There is another way to accommodate to all photo colors. You may use a colorful paper, which print includes many hues. There’s an example of such a paper from A Boy’s Life kit by Echo Park paper. That set is out of stock now but there’s one with similar colors in stock: That’s My Boy Paper Pack #2
Details and embellishments
➕ I’ve started to design brushes from memorabilia. Previously, I had to keep a whole bunch of tags, tickets, instructions, package scraps, kids’ drawings, planner sheets… But now there is no need to keep all that stuff physically. I take pictures of memorabilia (or scan it) and throw it away with no regrets. Oh, what a miracle ))
I create a digital brush from scanned memorabilia and «stamp» a photo or a card with it. This photo is marked with gym ball instruction.
There is the drawing of our new robot vacuum cleaner placed on the card.
➖ Another minus is a usage of large captions on the entire card. I also added texture to them. Probably, such cards look good in a physical project. Especially if they made of interesting cardstock with embossed or foil details on them. But I don’t like how those digital captions look in the printed photobook. They look unnaturally.
At the beginning of my Project Life process I was trying to embellish my pages with some art techniques, such as watercolor paint spots or texture effects. Now I have moved away from these experiments, and my design has become simpler. Although, I’m still far away from the real simplicity ))
➖ There is one more minus. The usage of Ali Edwards brushes which designed as an imitation of calligraphic pen. Ali designed them a long time ago, then she changed her design manner. I have bought several kits with that kind of brushes but I don’t use them anymore. They are too thin for me and have a poor match with Ali’s current designs.
👎🏻 I don’t recommend those pen brushes.
➕ On the second spread you can find a good example of Ali’s brushes. The captions «happiness» and «smile» from the Happiness Handdrawn kit are made with marker or something that leaves a trace of the even thickness.
👍🏻 I use that kind of brushes almost in every spread. They perfectly match with each other and with her current designs.
➕ I like the book illustrations as memorable details. We were reading those books when Mary was five years old.
➕ I still use flags, date stickers and caption tabs from the Clementine Edition Extra Elements Add-on Kit. It’s my must-have ))
Supplies used regularly in Project Life:
Have a great week!