Project Life | Week 1 Twenty12

Project Life | Week 1

Here’s a big welcome to my first week of Project Life 2012!

I’ve been feeling anxious, nervous, excited, stressed, elated, all of these mix emotions came all at once when I started taking on Project Life. I wasn’t sure if I could make this happen in the simplest way with minimum effort. I was having doubts the moment I purchased my first Project Life kit, or you could say I was feeling a little lost on how to start off once I laid my hands on the kit. But after weeks of reading Becky Higgins blog and some of the most amazing Project Lifers work and experiences, taking in all their tips and words of advice, I began to feel a little comforted and I know I could do this!

And so, after first week of January passed by, with me falling sick at the end of the week, I was held back from putting my week 1 work together. Very unfortunate indeed (I think I was secretly jumping in joy in my heart that I was delayed from starting my Project Life!! *laugh* But I was held up for good reason. Really!;))

Here are my mess while trying to put all the pieces together.

Now we’re already at the end of week 2, I’m finally ready to share my first week’s pages. I have to say I was struggling a little putting everything together from picking the photos I want them to be in the pocket pages, to editing the images, arranging the images in the pockets, journaling and also the overall finish look that I want. It took me about 4 hours to complete 2 full pages and an extra insert! Phew, that was hard work! *laugh* But I’m beginning to like the process and I know I will progress into the coming weeks effortlessly.

Here are my spread for week 1.

I started off my week 1 using Design A Photo Pocket Pages, which is one of the popular designs used by many Project Lifers. When I purchased my Clementine kit from Scraplicious, I get to choose the Big Variety Pack 1 of Photo Pocket Pages with a mix of Design A, B, C, D, E & F.

The week is pretty much about Ethan starting his new school term in Primary 2, settling into his daily lessons and homework. At the end of the week, Ethan finally took his Aikido grading test after months of attending lessons at the community centre near our place. He was actually looking forward to it very much and we’re very proud that he did well for the test (we heard the news that he passed the test and will be getting his red belt promotion! Yay!). The page also included my time spent printing my Instagram images and reading a new book.

I have also included a 8.5″ x 11″ page protector from Pink Paislee as an insert between the 2-page spread.

On one side of the protector I included Ethan’s first week of maths quiz he did in school. I adhered his maths quiz sheet onto a Kraft paper which was cut to fit the page protector and I added Japanese masking tape onto 2 corners of the sheet and finished off with American Craft Thickers and sticker letters.

On the other side, I added some of my Instagram images I took in week 1. I added AC Thickers felt alphas and sewed across the word. And I also stamped a camera stamp just below the Instagram word. The stamp is from Margaret Stamp Set which I bought from Kinokuniya bookstore last year.

I will also show you the close up shots for both spreads.

This would be from page 1 of Ethan going back to school on day 1. I added masking tapes, Jenni Bowlin border stickers, more AC Thickers alphas, Provo Craft letter stickers and label sticker from October Afternoon “5 & Dime” collection on the journal cards.

A close up look of page 2.

The first photo on the top of the hub tying the belt for Ethan is a 3.75″ x 3.75″ print which was adhered onto a 4″ x 6″ card I cut out from my old Scenic Route graphic paper collection. Added a label sticker from October Afternoon and the epoxy word “believe” from Heidi Grace. The rest of the journaling cards are from the Clementine core kit, except for mat paper (grey with white polka dots) of Ethan grinning from ear to ear photo is from Jillibean Soup.

On the top left image of Ethan’s hands on the lappie, I added the digital words “This Moment Recorded” using Photoshop before I printed the photo.

On the left journaling card, I printed a 2″ x 2.75″ size image, which was inspired by Marcy Penner on her Project Life. I did the same for the image of Ethan on the right as well. I added 2 different types of Japanese masking tapes on the left journaling card, attached a label tag above the photo, stapled on one side and sewed across the label tag. Sewing was also done on Ethan’s photo.

For this photo, I added half a label sticker from October Afternoon “Farmhouse” collection and sewed around the border of the image.

My last image for week 1. I cut a window from My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found 2 paper, added a ticket and sewed it around the paper. I added a 3″ x 3″ size photo of a book that I’m currently reading and finished off with my journaling.

Alright, that’s it for Week 1 of my Project Life.

I hope you’ve also completed your week 1 spread or some of you might even be finishing week 2 already. I know I’m a bit behind time but I’m not letting this stress me. I’m doing this at my own pace so that I can enjoy every moment of the process.

I’ve had a great time putting them up and I’m looking forward to the coming weeks!:)

Have a great week ahead and thank you once again for dropping by my blog!

  • Jackie O.January 16, 2012 - 1:08 am

    Hi Leena!Just love the way you did your PL! Your son Ethan looks alot like your hubby. I suppose that your 8.5″ x 11″ page protector is also from your Clementine PL kit? Can’t seem to get it here for the moment Leena. The europeans will have to wait till UK Amazon gets their stock of PL (which should be anytime now – hopefully!) to order.

  • FindingnanaJanuary 16, 2012 - 1:51 am

    Hi Jackie,
    My 8.5″ x 11″ page protector is from Pink Paislee which I got it 2 years ago. I’m looking to buy more as I’ve only a few pieces left. Not sure if Becky Higgins sells that size. I hope you get to order your kit soon! :)

  • Lili NiclassJanuary 16, 2012 - 9:33 am

    This is so awesome! I love all the details and little touches. Your pictures are amazing too!

  • VeraJanuary 16, 2012 - 12:01 pm

    I love all the details you packed into your week 1. I am taking really baby steps and not yet super worried that I don’t have my Week 1 completed yet. Hopefully the next time you update for PL, I can comment and link up to mine! :)

  • DanielleJanuary 16, 2012 - 12:42 pm

    Ohhh your week 1 is just so lovely! I adore that pic of the instagram photos & the journal. It takes me between 4-6 hours to complete the spreads. I started working on my 2nd week & will finish it tomorrow. Hope you had a good weekend.

  • KateJanuary 16, 2012 - 7:28 pm

    I love it!! Great job on the first week, Leena!

  • HeikeJanuary 16, 2012 - 10:21 pm

    Dear Leena, you did a wonderful job! These pages are amazing! I wished I could start as well, but it’s still a couple of weeks until all items will e available in Europe:-(

    I hope you’re feeling better, and congratulations on Ethan’s red belt!

  • Irene Ming Choo ChowJanuary 18, 2012 - 10:55 am

    Super duper cool!!! Great job!!!! Can’t wait to see more!!!!

  • Eva ScottJanuary 22, 2012 - 5:19 am

    Oh.So.Lovely. I was wondering how you print off your Instagram photos. I take a lot of those since my phone is always nearby. Thanks!

  • SweetOrange54January 23, 2012 - 8:11 am

    You’re off to a gret start – you’ll love it, and dont beat yourself if some spreads will end up having two weeks on one page … it’s still good. I hope in the future you’ll share the links to other “Lifers” blogs – it’s always helpful/inspiring/informative to read what/how others document/decorate their project life albums. I leanred a lot lot that way myself (though I dont keep a blog).
    Thanx – and enjoy the process.

  • Megan - Best of FatesJanuary 25, 2012 - 5:40 am

    I’m also behind – wooh! See, isn’t everything more exciting once a wooh is added? (I know!) And I absolutely adore your Instagram insert, I might have to steal that idea!

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