Originally published on December 16th, 2013
I've only been at this for a few weeks, but I've already learned so much about what to do and what not to do. My main realization is that I need to make PL work for me and just me. I've looked at so many different examples of styles and usage and they all look amazing. But, I can't get too wrapped up in copying some other's design. I need to make PL work just for me. It comes down the fact that I like simplicity. I don't like a lot of clutter, a lot of layering, a lot of embellishment. While it can be very pretty, that's just not my style. My simplistic uncluttered style is evident in my pages so far. I like clean photos and relatively clean inserts. Although I am experimenting with adding some washi tape accents in the coming weeks.
Secondly, I really loving taking a bit of time each Sunday or Monday to do my layouts. I figure out what pictures I want, where to put them, and which inserts to use. Then, I journal and put the inserts in the pages. The photos will be printed later, but I've already got each spread 90% done by Monday night. As an extra bonus, working on my pages is a nice break from mommy duties. I can focus just on me for 30-60 minutes.
Thirdly, while I would love to have my pictures printed instantly, I have accepted the plan of printing monthly instead. I just don't know if home printing is worth the money and hassle at this point. I save up my pictures until Walgreens or Snapfish or Shutterfly have a good deal and then print them. So far, so good.
Fourth, I have added a ton of PL related products to my Amazon wishlist. While I love everything I see, I have limited my list to my favorites. I just need to remember to not get too stash buying happy that I over supply myself.
Fifth, taking pictures of my pages while in their plastic sleeves is tricky. To get better pictures, I've resorted to taking the pieces out, laying them on the desk, and then photographing them... Much better looking on the blog.
Finally, I joined a Studio Calico class starting in January for extra motivation and inspiration. I've heard about so many people losing momentum at some point in the year. I want to make it all the way. And having a bit of extra help will certainly be a great idea.
Nov. 4 - 10
Highlights: This week was all about hanging out near the house... As for the design, I stuck with my basic design of 4x6 prints and 3x4 inserts. I added the day of the week stickers to my weekly highlights for the family album. I'm trying to add more embellishments to my pages, but haven't quite figured that out yet.
Nov. 11 - 17
Highlights: Arthur turned one month old this week. I made sure to add the special 1 month inserts to his pages to highlight the occasion. For the family album, I stuck more toward the pictures speaking for themselves. A little bit of embellishment on these pages.
Nov. 18 - 24
Highlights: A couple of trips outdoors this week. Arthur and I went to two new parks. I love discovering new places around here... The holes you see were pictures that somehow didn't get printed by Walgreens. I have about 10 different photos that didn't print, but were clearly on my order. I had to call, complain, and get them to reprint my photos. I just haven't stuck them back into the albums yet. I added a few word stickers to the family album. I don't want to over embellish my pages. I like the cleaner look.
Nov. 25 - Dec. 1
Highlights: Arthur and I started our weekly walks at Shoreline with the mom's group. Shoreline is a gorgeous park with gorgeous views. We are really loving the walk, socializing with other moms and babies, and lunch at the cafe afterwards. I caught some great Arthur expressions in this week's photos. For the family album, I started including my photo-a-day challenge photos. When they don't easily fit into the spreads, I have collecting them into their own inset page for the end of the month.
Extra bonus: I added in a Thanksgiving insert for Arthur's photo shoot with the turkey hat. I didn't want to lose out on including other photos just to get these adorable ones in... An insert seemed like the perfect way to go. I plan on doing another insert for Christmas photos.
Dec. 2 - 8
Highlights: A pretty quiet week at home. For my photo-a-day pics, I added each day's theme on washi tape. I love the look and it utilizes more of my craft stash. The cut out heart was a random chip board piece that was lying around. I love how it stands out against the dark background in that picture. Plus, lots of regular day-by-day style journaling.
Dec. 9 - 15
Highlights: Arthur turned 2 months old this week! I had to include his 2 month photo shoot pictures. If you look closely, the monthly stats insert isn't filled out. I finished doing that yesterday. I wanted to get his stats from the doctor's appointment. Since we didn't do much this week, I condensed my day-by-day journaling inserts into one weekly highlights insert. This allowed me to include more Arthur and photo-a-day pictures.