Weeks 32 and 33 continued the documentation of our family holiday back in August. For the first time since I started Project Life back in May, I actually did a double spread for a single week. Talk about living dangerously, right? I’m glad I did it though: despite the fact that we didn’t go anywhere, our holiday was nonetheless full of precious memories which I’m glad to have recorded in our Project Life album. In addition to the double spread, there were also a few extra inserts which I’ll also show you today (you can click on each image for a larger version).
Most of the photos I include in our family Project Life album are the ones taken on my iPhone. However, I made an exception here because we were spending so much time with the boys in the holidays, so I decided to include a few portrait shots that I took using our Canon EOS (and yes, most portrait shots take place at the meals table because that’s when they’re all sitting down properly!). That smaller black and white photo in the middle, with the boys in the foreground and the buildings in the background, is one of my favourite photos as it has such a dramatic feel to it (whereas in reality they were just running around hysterically, wanting Rick to pick them up and swing them around).
Yup, drinking fruit smoothies, driving into the bush and watching the sunset down at the beach pretty much sums up a large portion of our holiday! I also adore that picture of Angus and Pete in the top right – it’s a lovely little snapshot of their friendship. Oh, and I’m giving myself extra brownie points for including not one but two photos of myself on this page – even if one of them is simply of my shadow…
Those sweet little moments between Angus and Pete continue on this page, along with snapshots of our various expeditions to cafes and yum cha restaurants. And of course, the sea. Always the sea.
As you can, I loved the 8×8 insert format from Week 31 so much that I decided to make it an ongoing staple. In this instance, it was the perfect way to showcase our trip to the Sturt gardens and cafe in Mittagong. Looking at a storyboard like this makes me so happy.
Week 33 was the first spread in which I used more black and white photos than colour ones, and I quite liked the effect of it. As a matter of practice, I don’t often convert photos to black and white. However, here I felt that the colours in the original images of the beach were too stark and distracting. By stripping them away, and leaving only black and white, it adds drama and interest and draws the eye to what Rick and the boys are actually doing inside the photo. (You’ll also notice that I moved ‘Week 33′ up from the bottom of the photo, to make it work with the image that I had chosen.)
In contrast to the previous page, I do love the different shades of blue here. This was the week we discovered Freshwater for the first time (it only took us eight months). I remember how fun it was to explore a new beach. Not only was it small, cosy and generally empty, there was even a small playground nearby and a kiosk near the car park that sold great coffee. That was a good day, that one.
Rick and I were very fortunate that week to be able to sneak away for one night to one of our favourite places in the south: the Acacia House in Milton. I wrote a post about it here, and I wanted to include the post in the album as a more detailed record of our ‘romantic getaway.’ I simply used the 6×12 template that I had already designed for past weeks.
And because I took so many photos at the gorgeous bed & breakfast, I simply had to include them in yet another 8×8 insert…
And that’s it! Our 2012 family holiday recorded for us to look back on in years to come. I love that I didn’t need to do anything separate for the holiday – it just fit right into the rest of our Project Life album, simply with extra inserts and one cunning double spread.
I would love to know – how do you guys record or document your holidays?
You can read my other Project Life posts here.
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.
(Linking up with The Mom Creative and Kootoyoo.)