Studio Calico Cirque Reveal / Project Life

Oh Project Life.  I sure do love you!!  As you've probably read and seen, I'm taking a different route for my Project Life this year.  I love the new approach.  But I'm still a big fan of the 12x12 spreads as well.  Design A is my all time favorite, so I plan on adding in a few more photos to our 2014 book (using the larger page protectors this year).  It is kind of helping me ease into my new approach and size!!

I used the Studio Calico Cirque Project Life kit for both spreads seen here.  One is a traditional Design A spread, and one is a mini Project Life spread (note: be prepared to see more of a mini Project Life album with February....I'm so excited!!).

The Project Life kit this month is hands down awesome.  The cards are definitely perfect for February, but they are super versatile and are easily adapted to any spread!  I actually used them to fill in some of my 12 on the 12th photos from August!!  

This spread was inspired by a journaling card that said "happiness is..." (it's the trimmed card you see sewn onto the photo of my son in the bathtub).  I decided to use this saying to help focus my journaling for these photos.  Since these pictures were taken a few months ago, having a journaling focus really helps me with my words.  It kind of takes all the pressure off of having to remember exactly what happened on that exact day!

I used tags, alpha and banners on my photos to add my journaling using the "happiness is..." prompt!

I was actually super surprised at how quickly the journaling came together.  I usually work on recent photos, so I wasn't sure if I would have anything to say about this pictures.  A prompt is a great way to get those words flowing!

I used my typewriter to add journaling directly to my photos and cards.  It's a little messier than adding journaling digitally, but I love the look!

This next Project Life spread was inspired by the 2x2 transparent cards in the Cirque Project Life kit! They are phenomenal and it took all my will power to not hoard them (so instead of hoarding, I just bought another kit).  I thought they would be perfect for a week at a glance spread, so I printed out photos from our week, slipped them into the WRMK 4x4 page protectors, added some journaling and small embellishments and called it done!!  I will definitely be doing a spread like this again!  I love how graphic it looks and how it gives a glimpse of our week!  It actually got me thinking about photos and our everyday, so I'm thinking of picking one week each month to document (not a week in  the life type of project...more of a photo a day project).  Sound interesting to anyone else??

These cute little mini pages came together so super quickly! I created a collage of my photos using my all time favorite, Picmonkey and printed them out six photos to a 4x6 piece of photo paper!  The white border isn't perfect around the photos like I would like, but it is too fast to complain!!  I just love the mini size!!

It's always fun to play around with the "oldie but goodie", but it's also fun to experiment with something new and different!!  Don't you think??

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!  I hope these spreads have inspired you to think outside of the box with Project Life!!!  Happy crafting!!