Sunday, February 3, 2013

The beginnings of my 2010-2011 Project Life Album

In August 2010 our family of six moved to a tiny island in the Dutch Caribbean. We spent 17 months living there and made some incredible family memories during that time! It's a period in our lives that I've wanted to document since we returned home over a year ago and I'm so thankful to finally be recording some of our island adventures thanks to project life

I've just started my album and here's a quick peek at the pages I've created so far. I'm using the Olive Edition Core Kit + binder + a few of my own creations and miscellaneous supplies. It's not going to be anything fancy - I plan to keep it simple and just focus on the photos + the stories. You can scroll down to the bottom of this post for a set of FREE beach themed project life printables that coordinate with the Olive edition.


I wanted to add a bunch of journaling about our little beach baby - Alivia was just 8 months old when we moved to the island - but I just didn't love the way it looked in the page layout and I also had too many photos I wanted to include. To get around this I tucked a 3X4 journaling card in behind one of the photos, filled it front and back with journaling + stapled a couple loops of ribbon to it so it could easily be pulled out to read.


Here is the other page I've created so far. I used a 4X6 card from the Olive Edition core kit + some printables that I created and that are available for FREE download below.

supplies | Photo Pocket Pages Design C | fashion engraved font | orator | olive edition core kit | zurich font


This FREE project life download includes 1- 4X6 card, 4 different colored 3X4 journaling cards + beach themed + blank arrows that all coordinate with the Olive edition. Just save to your computer, print + cut out to use them in your own PL album! 

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Download Project Life freebies HERE.
I still plan to put together an album for 2013, but will be playing catchup on a couple of other projects first. In the mean time, I'm busy recording the everyday details I want to remember in my Project Life Notebook. I carry it everywhere with me in my planner so that I can make notes + jot down ideas at home or while waiting in the car to pick up kids, etc. You can read more about what I plan to do with my 2013 Project Life album in this post.

One other thing I'm doing right now with my 2013 photos, is arranging some of them into a photo collage that highlights the events of each month. I'll be printing out these collages + including them in my 2013 album. I've been doing this for a few years now and just love the collection of monthly photo collages that I'm left with at the end of the year. You can see my very first collage for 2013 pictured above. Download your own FREE collage template {along with templates from previous years} HERE.

Other resources you might find useful if you're working
on a Project Life album this year:

Photographing everyday life presents a unique set of challenges and in my eBook Real. Life. Photography. I discuss my tried and true tips and tricks to overcoming these obstacles and capturing magic in the everyday.

Real.Life.Photography eBook - how to take amazing photos in real-life situations

Looking for ideas of everyday moments to capture for your PL album? Download my FREE Everyday Photos Checklist filled with 50 photo ideas. Find more of my photo checklists here.



Thanks so much for stopping by! Pop by later this week for some sweet + simple Valentine's ideas, more images from Alivia's 3rd birthday party + another free printable! 
Don't forget our Simple things Sunday photo link party is also going on right now. Link up your photos now through Wednesday night and YOU could be featured here on Simple as That next Sunday! Not sure what Simple things Sunday is all about? Basically, we're celebrating the simple, everyday moments through photos! If something made you smile this week and you snapped a photo, come share it with us, we'd love to have you join the fun!! :)




Rebecca Cooper

Rebecca is a mom of four. She enjoys crafting with her kiddos, taking photos, and afternoon naps. Rebecca is a professional photographer and author. Connect with Rebecca on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+. Sign up via email for the latest updates from Simple As That.

17 comments:

  1. I ADORE your idea of the ribbons stapled to show the hidden journaling card! Such a cool idea and thanks for the coordinating cards :-)

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  2. So happy to see you doing Project Life. You are rocking this kit!

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  3. What an amazing opportunity to live on that Island. Wow! I love what you are doing with the pictures. I may just have to jump on the Project Life bandwagon. More printables please. :)

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  4. Wow! I am totally inspired by your pages. I LOVE the ribbon idea. clever. clever. Thank you so much for sharing

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  5. Love your Project Life pages! Hey, what kind of corner punch do you have? I have one but it doesn't cut very well.

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  6. Breathtakingly beautiful! :) And I adore that doily card! Thanks so much for sharing this, it's gorgeous.

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  7. I love the simplicity of your pages. Gorgeous! Really like hidden journaling, too.
    What kind of planner do you use to jot down ideas? Right now, I'm using a sketchbook to plan my PL layouts, and I am using the Catch App on my phone to record ides on the go. :)

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  8. You can find all the details about my Project Life notebook in this post Dianne: http://www.simpleasthatblog.com/2013/01/getting-organized-with-project-life.html

    I keep it tucked into my 2013 Life Planner by Crystal Wilkerson so I have it with me everywhere I go! :)
    http://www.simpleasthatblog.com/2013/01/inside-my-2013-life-planner-by-crystal.html

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  9. The Olive kit is PERFECT for your tropical album! Love your pages, and next I'm going to look at your ebook entitled Real.Life.Photography.

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  10. Rebecca, Thank you for reaching out to me on my blog today...it meant a lot. Losing a granddaughter is heartbreaking and your words of encouragement was lovely.

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  11. It looks sooooo cute, Rebecca! How exciting to be getting those pictures in an album!!

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  12. Awww, she looks so adorable and cute. The pictures were great and I wish you to have a much better 2013.

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  13. I love your album & am inspired to do one for my son!

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  14. Your photos are phantastic and so is your blog! Thank you so much for the nice month templates! I just started to use them to do collages of my favourite photos and moments each month.

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  15. I was excited to hear you were on the creative team for PL so I can see your awesome stuff. Love the ribbon pull!!!

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  16. Anonymous10:57 AM

    Hi! I hope I could show you your free printables which I printed and had laminated, they're really helpful!

    Is there any chance that you have a "camping photo checklist" as well? Thank you :)

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  17. 12 months later and just what I was looking for!!!! Thanks you so much for sharing and inspiring :)

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