Monday, January 13, 2014

Project Life 2014 {the book}

I still haven't finish Project Life 2013,
but an unfinished project has never stopped me from moving on to the next one before,
so here I go.
I decided this year I would change things up a bit.
I'm still using my own handmade journal without the pockets/page protectors,
but this time instead of a PL core kit I will be receiving Studio Calico's monthly Project Life kit.
I'm interested to see if it makes a difference with time management.
As I said, I'm housing 2014 in a book I put together.
This is a yearbook I picked up, I think early last fall, at an antique mall.
{I've gone back to the yearbook plan after all.}
First I set about making the signatures and sewing them in.
That took some brain power.
The plan was to used the diamond x binding stitch Mary Ann taught in her Ticket to Venice class.
I quickly realized that it wasn't going to work, because I had five signatures and my spine just didn't have the width to handle that many holes in one line and create a good looking stitch.
So with some finagling, and a whole lot of juggling, I came up with this.
When I got to the cover I found myself flabbergasted.
It's orange.
Not a coral,
{oh, how I love the color coral}
but tomato orange.  Wait...  I picked that out??  I don't do orange.
What was I going to do with that??
Well once again my need to buy things solely because they are pretty and not because I have an actual need for them came in handy.
I cut the cover off a Rifle Paper Co. journal, glued it down and added some letter stickers to it.
Perfect.  And evidently I can do tomato orange.
Inside for the intro page I used a combination of Kaisercraft, Studio Calico and My Mind's Eye from my paper stash, a bit of washi tape and a photo of the #noblesthree.
Now to get myself on a printing schedule, because setting aside a chunk of time to print out photos is what slows me down the most.
Are you documenting 2014?


Leanne said...

Your spine is magnificent! Wow :) I had to really look at it to find the five signatures. So that's a double X as per Mary Ann, with two extra signatures in between? said...

OooOOooo very, very the stitching on the spine and I am not an orange person either but I like it....

Photocat said...

Your stitching is a miracle. Or so it seems. I love it to death. Have been studying for an hour or so to see how you did it. Mahvellous Dahling!
I wonder if it will be thick enough for a whole year or do you split it up?
Yes, for the first time I am doing a year project, because it's our last year in England. Will blog about it today...
Your project looks cute and well thought off, I challenge you to keep up. I will let you know if I will keep up... Grin

Cindy Paper CRown said...

I love it! How about you come up and see your good buddy Robin and share your many, many talents with the girls at Paper Crown. I would love to have you teach a class. Think about it- PLEASE! It is beautiful! Cindy

Jillayne said...

I'm thinking you do orange very well! Don't you love it when you surprise yourself like that??
I decided to document my creative journey this year, in a fairly loose way - I have a large planner kind of book that has weekly pages. When it's opened flat, the top page is blank and the bottom one has the sections for each day... I'll write appointments and things on the bottom and on the top I'll put samples and notes of whatever creative thing I did that week that affected me most - and hopefully I'll keep up with it all year!

Unknown said...

Ah, you are a brave woman. I used to do yearbooks too. All photographs though, no art work, this was before blogging.
And then I started a blogging and that tradition went up in smokes. I have been planning to get back on that horse but time is elusive and my perfectionism gets in the way.
Good luck with your book! I know it is going to be beautiful.

Cody Doll said...

This is amazing. I don't think that I could stitch a book together like you did.

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