It seems like a lifetime ago now, but Week 31 marked the beginning of our family holiday back in August. It was such a wonderful time. No commitments. No deadlines. Nowhere we had to be. Just the five of us, and fourteen fun-filled days of being together.
Unlike most of our family holidays, we opted to stay at home this time – partly to save money and partly because I couldn’t be bothered to pack for two adults and three small children, if you must know the truth. It worked out really well though: we had the beaches within five minutes drive; we treated the boys to a train trip; we had everything we needed around the house; I could do scrapbooking whenever I wanted; we made multiple road trips down to the Southern Highlands; and best of all, Rick had fun setting up tents and hoochies for the boys in our backyard.
For those two entire weeks (and the two weeks that followed), I didn’t work on our Project Life at all. Mainly because I hadn’t quite worked out how best to document our holiday. And so I procrastinated. And procrastinated some more. (I’m good at that.) In the end, after endless cups of coffee, I decided that I would use my normal weekly format, with additional inserts where appropriate and possibly even two spreads per week if I couldn’t fit it all onto one spread. I was really happy with this decision, and will probably stick to this for future holidays, at least for similar ‘staycations’ anyway.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll probably recognise lots of photos from the golden hour series. We simply had so much time in the holidays to just hang around at home as a family. It was so lovely. In fact, I had so many photos from one particular afternoon that I decided to turn them into an 8×8 insert (remember you can click on the image for a larger version)…
This is a large part of the reason why I love Project Life so much. It is so flexible. You can add inserts like crazy. There’s no limit to what you can or can’t do. Anyway, this was the first time I’d used an 8×8 insert. In the past, I’d only used 6×12 inserts (see Week 15 for example). The reason I chose 8×8 this time was because I wanted to be able to have bigger images than the 6×12 collage format allowed. I also liked how the sixteen images in the collage together formed a square, which I felt gave the images even bigger emphasis. I love how the final result is almost like a storyboard.
On the other side of the insert, I simply chose three of my favourite photos of the boys that I’d taken on the Canon EOS, framed them with white space and added a single line of text underneath. My constant motto: Keep things as simple as can be.
My next Project Life post, Week 32, will continue the holiday documentation so stay tuned. Meanwhile, just wanted to say that I’m thinking of everyone on the East Coast of the States. My thoughts are with you guys. I can’t imagine how scary it must be over there right now. I’ll be checking Twitter constantly to see how you’re all going. Stay safe, friends.
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Materials used: Becky Higgins Design A page protector; American Craft 8×8 page protector; Kodak 170gsm glossy photo paper. All photos printed on the Canon MP630 Pixma.
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