Some big changes are happening for me creatively.
Earlier this month, I quit all my digital creative teams for individual designers. I'm still very involved in the Project Life creative team, but I also did work for about a half dozen digital designers at Sweet Shoppe Designs. I was really struggling with the layouts I was doing for them, especially after finding my clean and simple creative groove with Digital Project Life. I felt what I was doing for those designers was not a good representative of their products and that I was forcing myself to do layouts I didn't love. Heck, I didn't even like what I was doing and felt that my usefulness as a team member who created layouts to use in advertising was gone. I didn't want to take products when I felt I wasn't able to create layouts the designers could use for promotion. So I took a huge deep breath and very sadly resigned from all of them. It was difficult because the ladies had become my friends, but when it's not working for them, sometimes the best thing to do is leave so that they can find someone whose layouts will work for them.
Letting go of my former style of pocket scrapbooking has allowed me to slip back into my old, treasured clean and simple style of Project Life. I'm having so much fun with it. Selecting the cards that will really let my own style shine through.
And maybe, just maybe, I'm starting to collect a few paper supplies as well. I thought I'd try doing my 2015 Vacation Album using paper. The plan is to take white grid journal cards on the trip with me and at the end of each day, write the stories of the day right on the journal cards.
When I get home, I'll order prints from Persnickety Prints (I have a lot of 4x6 print credits to use) and maybe use some of Tracy Larsen's Simply White collection to make photo collages and add words to pictures. In the end, I plan to let photos and words tell the story, with a few accents.
Here's what I've got for those accents:
These are the Glitter and Gold Foil value kits. I want to go with glitter and gold for my basic themes to tie the book together. Any other suggestions for what I should pick up to go with these kits? I am so far out of the paper world that I have no idea where to start. Except in the Project Life store. I always start there. Can't wait for the March releases so I can see what more I want to pick up.
My travel pages will go into one of these two albums:
These are the Black and White Stripes Designer Album and Midnight Dots 12x12 Designer Cloth Album. I got Midnight Dots on clearance from Amazon and paid full price for the stripe album because it is so yummy. And I have no idea why I have two 12x12 albums... except they're so pretty and I wanted them.
And then, just two nights ago, I was browsing the internet and thinking that now that I have a little more time in my life to be creative, I really wanted to make an album of stories. Maybe something to go in the extra album. So I once again browsed Ali Edwards website, specifically looking at her Story Kits.
My scrapbook loves are pretty much Becky Higgins, Cathy Zielske and Ali Edwards (in the order I fell for them). I love Ali's idea of a story each month. I love the idea of choosing/taking photos that tell the story of the month, slipping them in an album, and doing it again in another month. I'd been debating back and forth for a month, and kind of regret at this point that I didn't grab it in January, but I'm not just in, I'm totally in. My first kit has already shipped. And I'm a super happy gal thinking about getting my hands messy again.
And who knows? Maybe I'll go back to paper for Project Life again next year.