I completed the lay out of our trip to Paris and I'm rather proud to haveDesign A
that part finished for me to share pictures of my layouts.
Sorting through pictures we've discovered Mom got triple prints
of all the pictures that she and my dad took while visiting us in Europe.
Some of them I'll be using to make a collage cover page to start the Paris
section, as for the rest, I've given myself permission to release them.
Here is a mixture of pictures my parents took and pictures I took
from our quick trip to Paris in the Summer of 2001.
This section of the Project Past Life is titled
We'll Always have Paris
in loving memory of Wayne and Jeanine Ruff
I've said it before but it bears repeating
I absolutely adore the simplicity of this
The hardest part for me was trying to decide if I wanted all the cards on the page to match or if I could live with them being spread willy nilly since all the designs coordinate with each other.
This page is design A which you can get as a huge set of 60 pages or
you can get as a sample with several of the other designs which is what I got.
Going through the pictures to corner round them,
I decided to crop them down to the 3x4 size to bring more
focus to what was happening.
The pictures on the bottom of the page was actually one picture
I cut to fit into 2 pockets. Mom and I both had those cameras with
the size select for regular, large or panoramic shots.
Nothing was lost in the pictures I chose to do this to and I really
like the effect.
Design A & 6x12
In the center on this page I had way more journaling but I didn't want to give up the larger size of the pictures. You'll see here a piece from a picture I trimmed to fit the 4x6 slot ended up being almost 3x4 so in to the album it went.
I bought several post cards so I trimmed them down to fit
the pockets and sprinkled them throughout my layouts.
On the right I decided to keep this picture of the Eiffel Tower in tact.
I used a 6x12 sleeve and cut some red cardstock to fit.
I have some SMASH journal tabs so I put one on there for easy turning of the page.
6x12 and Design A
On the back of the Eiffel Tower I have another picture I wanted to leave longer and you can see I just used some washi tape to decorate the blank space. My husband said he has a story to share about that picture so when he gets it written down, I'll add it to this page.
On the left top is the back of a postcard I sent to myself
describing what we did that day and things I wanted to remember.
The concierge was happy to mail it for me so I could have a french post mark.
This has turned into a great souvenir of my time in France and what my address
was when we lived in Germany!
In the center of the previous page and this page, you can see I took one of those panoramic pictures
and cut it down to fit all the 3x4 slots on the page.
Because Mom had extra copies I tested this before I did it to the other pictures. Kind of impressed with myself and digging the effect.
We had bunches of pictures of the Eiffel Tower but not a whole lot that could fit in here. And I couldn't wrap my brain around just using the cards sideways or just using the undecorated grid cards so I purchased the horizontal cards from Jessica Sprague that matched my core kit. I'm kind of matchy matchy like that.
The last card on the center bottom is my favorite.
My mom saved the business card from the hotel we stayed at.
Since the card has info on the front and back, I took some cardstock
and washi tape to make a little window for it to fit snug in the 3x4 pocket.
Here again is a case of not wanting to trim the picture down too small Mom had some pictures in an 8x8 album so I just repurposed those in to my PL album. I did have to hole punch a new hole to I like
how this adds another layer to the album.
I also have to brag on myself a little bit...this is not a post card...its a picture I took while standing and looking up at the Arc de Triomphe! One of the best pictures EVER! **HAPPY DANCE**
There were some pictures that I took in sequence as we watched the French Military and government officials honor the tomb of the unknown soldier. I did put some journaling at the beginning of the lay out then let the rest of the pictures speak for themselves.
And finally, I had 2 pictures and a post card left without a lot to say about them that hadn't already been said. But I didn't want to use up the extra place
holder cards (like the 3x4 one in the center) so I took my card stock and cut out 3x4 in the colors of the French flag.
I still need to get some 12x12 paper to do the same to the back of this page as well.
With the pictures of our weekend trip to Paris *DONE* it's on to the pictures from London, Pisa and Livorno (Italy) as well as the pictures of Germany which will take the longest since we lived there for 3.5 years.
I've loved this process so much I am seriously considering taking the plunge and doing
a full year Project Life book. But for now I have decided to participate in Ali Edwards' Week In the Life
If you've made it this far, thanks so much for taking a look at what I've done so far.
I'm Dionne, a Natural Rhythms Creation Coach and Elemental Forces of Creation Oracle Reader. I teach people how to tune into to the power of the elements and rhythms of nature to design a life they love