AAAGH there’s so much I want to say, so many photos I want to include, so many stories I want to tell. But I can’t even keep up with one PL spread a week, much less extras. It’s been my intention to have a simple round-up collage page at the end of each month with all the extra photos from that month. But a) I haven’t had time to do it for any of the past months and b) I keep wanting the stories of those photos to be told as well.
Anyways, on to the layout I actually did get done. The whole chalkboard trend hadn’t particularly caught my fancy up until now, but somehow things just evolved for this spread and I found myself chalking away. This chalk-effect tutorial was a helpful starting point. I discovered that the Function Subtle Grunge brush “Soft Concrete Texture” does a great chalk imitation.This was the first time the loose style of my MLE Card Days of the Week stamps worked with my theme, and it’s always fun to use up-til-now neglected supplies. I also think this is the one time when my blurred-out-for-posting-online text kind of matches the theme, like a partly erased chalkboard. Kinda cool. What do you think?The birds on the second page don’t really go with the rest, but I wanted to include something to symbolize that I spent the weekend working on designs for the PixelScrapper blog train; the collage birds are some of the things I made to give away.
I am constantly evaluating my PL process to try to figure out where the holdups are. One thing that seems to take a tremendous amount of time is, ironically, the reason I switched from paper to digital: having a mix of vertical and horizontal photos. Back in 2011, when I switched midway through the year, it was becoming too constraining trying to get my pics to fit into the premade plastic pocket pages when I had a different mix of horizontal and vertical photos each week. But now I see the same issue brings different challenges in digi. I am basically making a new layout design every single week. So the potential time savings from templates? Gone. The time I could save by using the Wendyzine Pocket Page actions I bought a couple of weeks ago and haven’t used yet? Gone.
I wonder if I can speed things up if I either devote myself to taking only horizontals (so tough!) or only square Hipstamatic or Instagram pics. I know I can always do horizontal pages with my verticals in the 3×4 pockets, but in this layout, I loved that pic of my friend in front of the street art heart, and the one of my mom’s boyfriend looking all French café. I wouldn’t have wanted to make those tiny when aesthetically they’re the most interesting in the spread.
Well, it’s a continuing process. I am at this point nearly 50% behind. I still fantasize, however, that I will find the magic formula that will make this the quick and easy process it was invented to be, and after that, everything will be a breeze. 😉
I’ll be adding this to the big Project Life Tuesday roundup at The Mom Creative. I love checking out what everyone is up to. On busy weeks (and when isn’t a busy week?) I mostly just look at the digital spreads and the spreads of paper PLers who comment here. I get too angsty about techniques and ideas I can’t implement when I look at too many paper pages!