Project Life/Project 52 2016 Week 4 Layout! (And a Sad Goodbye/Thank You To Basic Grey)

Hi there, today I am sharing with you a Project Life layout I created for Week 4 of 2016. This was the week of the giant snow storm that hit the east coast, so I chose all my photos from that event, placed them in a layout in the Project Life App, and then embellished them on the printed layout. Here is my process video showing how I embellished:


Here are the layouts as I created them within the Project Life App, using Project 52 journal cards:

Project Life 2016 Week 4
Project Life 2016 Week 4

These layouts both came together so quickly, and I absolutely love how the App allows me to select and place a variety of photos, quick and simple, onto a cohesive layout. When I printed them out, they looked fantastic as well - great quality on my photos thanks to the iPhone 6 and great quality journal cards thanks to the App. I couldn't wait to add a few embellishments and the journaling.

Project Life 2016 Week 4

 

I chose to use Pink Paislee's brand new C'est La Vie collection to embellish this layout. The background color was the perfect match for this gorgeous transparency, don't you think?

Project Life 2016 Week 4

 

The puffy stickers and washi tape made it easy to add just a little accent to the photos.

Project Life 2016 Week 4

 

I am a huge fan of using Sharpie markers directly on photos. Yes, I am aware that Sharpies are not acid free, but these are all digital photos, backed up on our hard drive, and I am comfortable journaling on these layouts directly. It really is ok.

Project Life 2016 Week 4

 

For my title card I chose these American Crafts Thickers that actually are not part of the C'est La Vie collection. The C'est La Vie collection has two sets of great alphas, but they did not quite give the look (or the numbers!) that I needed.

Project Life 2016 Week 4

 

I repeated the alpha at the bottom with the title Snowed In, just because I wanted to use that asterisk as a snow flake. 

Project Life 2016 Week 4

 

I am in love with the bullets on this journal card. Some of the points are snarky - we stocked up on our groceries right before the storm arrived, at 5PM, and the store was insane. So many people, lined up in every single register! 

Project Life 2016 Week 4

 

This was really a great, fun layout to create and I was actually surprised at how easy it was to put together with just the washi tape, puffy stickers, and alphabet! If you are limited on supply space or funds, this would be a great way to create scrapbook layouts with minimal supplies!

Project Life 2016 Week 4

A note about the scrapbook industry:  This week the scrapbook industry said goodbye to one of the most iconical manufacturers we have had, Basic Grey. My eyes may have leaked a bit when I opened my email announcing that they will send their last collections out mid-February, and then that is it for them.

It is so incredibly sad to see another scrapbook company, especially a favorite like BG, step out of the industry. Far too many great companies have come and gone since the economy crashed, and I understand why that is. In the past few years it has become increasingly more and more difficult to get hands on great products and scrapbook products, while still being designed and produced and promoted, are not as easily accessible to the every day scrapbooker like you and me. For the average person it takes quite a bit of savvy to get the latest and greatest before they sell out, plus a willingness to purchase sight unseen.

I realize even when I am creating these blog posts, that by the time I post layouts some of the products I show will be sold out. This leads to frustration, especially for newer scrapbookers who aren't as savvy or don't know which brands they will like. I get it. I really do get it.

People always ask, when these things happen, what is going to happen to the scrapbooking industry? And in reality, the industry will never completely go away but we do have to evolve with it and work with what we have. If you have never ordered scrapbooking products online, now is the time to do so (you can follow my links at the bottom of my posts to find all that Amazon has to offer!) If you have never photographed and posted your scrapbook layouts online, now is the time to do that. If you have never Tweeted and Facebooked and Periscoped with manufacturers, now is the time to do so.

We are the scrapbooking industry, and in order for it to survive, we must continue to make it thrive by our participation and our involvement. We have to show up. We can do without Basic Grey, but we need to continue bringing in new scrapbookers and new talent and new designers and new entrepreneurs  in order to keep moving the industry forward. You and I are a part of that, too, because you help me move this industry forward as well, with every Read, Subscribe, Like, and Comment. Thank you for showing up and thank you for supporting this industry. I am really glad you are a part of it.

See you soon!

~Theresa