I’m Kristin and this is my story.
I love documenting my everyday life; here’s how I’m doing it.
I’ve always loved scrapbooking. Taking pictures and then telling the stories behind them with pretty paper has always been one of my favorite things. Recently I’ve felt a strong desire to really make documenting my life a priority. I love the everyday adventures and the no-so-everyday adventures and taking the time to tell my stories makes me a very happy person. Right now, I’m telling my everyday stories with the Project Life pocket page style of scrapbooking and Liz’s digital printables make this project look amazing and makes it so easy to put together a spread.
Date: September 9-15th
This week I participated in Ali Edwards’ Week in the Life documentation project, so I was playing with a lot of photographs. I separated out my photos into two categories: ‘moments’ and ‘objects’. On the full 12×12 spread I used the ‘moments’ photos (in color) to tell the story of the week: what we did, places we went, the things that were important to me. With the rest of the photos, I created an insert with a coin size (2×2) divided page protector.
Putting together each of the spreads is a part of the story itself. If someone looks back on this book in 20 or 30 years, the products and supplies that were used will be just as much a part of the story as the photos and the words themselves. I love this project because it’s incredibly versatile and it lets me have a more fluid style and try out new techniques each week.
This week, with all of the photos from Week in the Life, I wanted to focus in on the photos themselves. I left each of my ‘moments’ photos full size and printed them out in color to insert into the pockets. To fill in the remaining pockets, I used printable journaling cards from the On My Desk and Dayplanner collections. The woodgrain and neutral colors with the pops of red worked perfectly with this week’s photo colors.
One of my newest techniques is grabbing screenshots from my phone to help me document what happened. This week I added two screenshots from my phone — the first was a text message convo and the second was an instagram picture from a soccer match that was a big part of my week. At first I was a little hesitant to add them, but I argued to myself that those screenshots are just as much a part of my life as other things, and if it helps to tell my story from my perspective then its totally fair game.
A quick step-by-step for the insert:
1. I used the press plate no.38 template (in Photoshop Elements) and dragged my photos in to create the photo collage.
2. I opted to not write any text on the photos (by hiding the text layers), just letting the pictures and numbers tell the story.
3. I saved the file as a .jpg and scaled it down so that each of the photos would be 2×2″
4. I printed the photos, cut them out, and inserted them into the coin-sized page protectors.
5. I added some patterned paper to the center row so that I could write photo descriptions.
Products Used: Press Plate No. 38, On My Desk journaling cards, Dayplanner journaling cards
Thank you so much for taking the time to take a look at my project and read through my story, you can follow along with the rest of my story on my blog or get to know me a bit better on instagram or twitter. I like to encourage everyone to be the author of your own adventure and make your story be heard. Take the time to tell your story today.
I am a storyteller and an adventurer and a girl that loves a boy.
Design Motto: In the Moment. I like to use what I have around the house to help me document my ‘right now’ stories.