One of the things I like the most about Project Life is that it frees me to document the common, everyday happenings in our lives. Since I started Project Life, I've been able to capture moments like my son helping his sister with her homework, my children playing a video game without arguing, and seeing a package of cookies that took me back 40 years to when I was a little girl in my grandmother's store. These are the things that I want to remember, and that I want my family to remember as well. But what about the big events, such as birthdays, weddings, and holidays?
Like many other scrapbookers who are doing Project Life, I still scrapbook single events and holidays in separate albums; however, I do want to include some photos in my monthly Project Life layouts as well. That can present a challenge for some of us, and here is how I've decided to handle this challenge.
The first thing I did was decide which pictures I would include. Since I had already made the Christmas layout in our holiday album, I wanted to use some of the ones that I didn't use for that layout. Then I chose some of the everyday photos that I had taken during December. After trimming them down to (or printing them in) the sizes that I wanted to use in my layout, I moved on to selecting my papers.
I decided on the Season's Greetings collection by Echo Park, and I added cardstock in matching colors. Although the turquoise cardstock isn't in the patterned papers, I thought that adding a pop of blue would add a wintry touch to the layout without it being overwhelmingly "Christmas." I love the contrast that it adds.
For my title, I used white cardstock and stamped "December" in a matching blue ink. I used the same white cardstock, plus a scrap of vellum, for my journaling. I added some of the stickers from the Season's Greetings collection, a few flowers from my stash, and a couple of strips of washi tape.
So there you have it: my solution to the challenge of how to include the holidays in your Project Life layouts. Combining both seasonal and non-seasonal supplies makes it easy to mix holiday and everyday photos smoothly, so that they complement each other and result in a balanced spread that is fun to look at.