This is by far the most epic PL spread I’ve done yet. I know I talk every week about simplicity, streamlining, trying to find ways to have my project not take forever while I get further and further behind. But things took a different turn this week…
It all started with these super fun, elaborate journal card templates from Scrapping with Liz. I got a fantastic deal on them (2 for 1, I think? There are 4 different packs) so I snapped them up, but then never used them. Part of the reason was my constant austerity measures driving me towards simplicity, and part of it was that I always end up making everything myself from scratch. But there they were in my “Journal Card Templates” folder, week after week. I don’t have a lot of money to spend on scrapbooking, so I don’t buy many things, and having four unused packs of journal card templates was starting to make me doubt the wisdom of the purchase.
So I decided to go for it. Just go all out and, still using the Rain kit, see what I could do with these templates. It was so much fun! I’m not a traditional scrapper, and I haven’t made many regular, non-PL layouts, so making essentially 12 different mini-layouts was a blast. Overall I’m really pleased with how it came out. The templates allowed me to have so much variety and detail with very little effort. My shadowing definitely has room for improvement – as someone who hasn’t done a lot of traditional scrapping I haven’t had much practice – but yet another nice feature of using a template is that most of the shadowing was already taken care of in advance.
This week’s layout adventure also provided me with tons of opportunities to use my new favorite styles. They are SO amazing! I got them during iNSD when SugarHillco (a store that sells only commercial use products) had a big sale. There are two sets that I relied on heavily this week, both by Mommyish – Journal Card Styles and Glitter Styles. The journal card styles add a paper texture to anything with the click of a button, and there are many variations to choose from. I’ve been leaving the Rain papers as they came, without texture, but because of all the layering on these templates there were times when I wanted a little more contrast or realism (the envelope on the right page is a good example). I think you can’t really tell in the web photos, but it makes a big difference in person. The glitter styles are phenomenal as well – just click and ANY color or pattern is immediately turned into glitter. I’ve never seen a style or action before that will do that and I had a great time adding little hints of sparkle here and there.
Working on this week also provided some interesting food for thought in terms of what and how much I share online. My Project Life is, as I’ve written about before, essentially my journal, so I try to record my feeling states and what happens in my relationships as much as possible. I’m usually pretty open here, too, and don’t blur out much – I appreciate reading other people’s journaling about depression and other struggles, and I want to provide that kind of candor in the hopes that it will support others. But this week I had some quandaries around the topic of sex. The majority of my friends are youngish gay men and they talk a lot about sex (a classic example being the quote I used in my layout this week). Sex is also a part of my life, and while I am not explicit in my PL (my mom is going to be reading this at some point) I do still mention or make reference to it as part of my mission to journal about my real life, and my entire life. But then I come here to post online, and I worry about alienating or offending people. It’s not something I see people write about in memory keeping online, but I don’t know if that’s because it’s taboo or because folks just want to keep that part of their lives private. I would love to hear any of you weigh in on this subject, since after all, it’s you who I’m wondering if I’ll alienate!
As always, I will be joining up this week with the fantastic Project Life Tuesday roundup over The Mom Creative. Check it out to see a ton of other wonderful takes on Project Life!