My inspiration for the type of album I was looking for was to come from a few people. Firstly from my dear friend Lis Cassey - now Lis creates layouts about the little things that she and her family do. I have always admired her style of creating a "no fuss" layout. Believe me when I say she is a power scrapper, choosing to record the important rather than the plentiful. Lis can come up with a page in about 5 minutes (sometimes!) whereas I would spend hours (ok....days) fussing and fiddling with product and attempting to fill my page with enough product to sink a battle ship.
Secondly, I love the way Ali Edwards journals and records in her own eloquent words her memories of her own day to day events. Again without fuss. Including things like receipts, menus even cut up coffee cups.
One deciding factor in creating this vision was to attempt to use as much as I could of my papercrafting stash without purchasing very much at all. This I have managed to achieve so far!
I had an album – We Are Memory Keepers Green Corduroy 8.5”x11” purchased some time ago from Tomorrow's Memories. I haven't decided what I want in the front window yet so I have just added a little bit of pattern paper for the moment.
I had some page protectors on hand and sourced some more like these and these.
Product – I have plenty of that!
Now I must have had my head in the sand lately, but please believe me when I say I was not aware of Becky Higgins' Project Life - I know, I know....where have I been? As I said I had my head in the sand. But when I saw this project I realised my ideas weren’t that original after all. My visions were definitely on the Ali Edwards path not Becky Higgins’ but since starting the year off with lots of enthusiasm I have adopted some of Becky’s ideas like the transparent monthly dividers with chopped up Maya Road calendars stapled to the top. Like I said I need to use up what I have and these worked a treat.
I'm mixing up the page protectors to suit what photos I want to showcase and also including little tabbed pages without protectors. I like the idea of it being a little different.
I have even created a whole page dedicated to my word for 2011 - "Choose". A gentle reminder every time I open my album.