This is my first spread for 2014. I do have photos for January, but up until this point I have either lacked inspiration, or the attention span to put them together. I do intend to go back and fill in the blanks, it’s just a matter of time. This was the first week of photos I was really itching to scrap.

It’s pretty rare that I have inserts, but this week I had put a lot of time designing Pa’s birthday invites and I really wanted to include it, but more about that in a future post. Here’s what it looks like with the insert on the other side.

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This was an extremely heavy week for photos, so it made sense to me to enhance my photos by adding journaling at the digital editing stage. This also enabled me to cut back on embellishments.

This year, I have decided not to give my week number the 6×4 real estate. It was a pretty easy decision, given that photos are more integral to our story. I painted the freckled fawn veneer from December’s kit with white acrylic paint and glued it onto a scrap of Basic Grey Mint Julip paper I had lying around.

The only memorabilia I had to include came from the packaging on a recent stamp order.  Ann-Marie has great style, right down to the packing.

A sample of the journaling with my vintage typewriter. I really love the distressed Glitz paper too. It’s from the uncharted waters collection. I added the Basic Grey transparency to tie the card together. 

The insert was a little more of a challenge. Both the photo and the invitation would have fit inside a 6×4 pocket, but I didn’t have one on hand. I could have sewn down the 5×7 plastic, but lets face it – that would have involved getting out the sewing machine (and I live in fear of having to thread the bobbin). Good thing I’m an expert at getting out of things I don’t like to do. In this case, I cut down a glassine bag and stapled all three items together. Without any embellishment though, it looked very bare so I concocted a way to make the embellishments back one another and use the same paperclip. What’s that old saying? Necessity is the mother of invention? Yes, well, I REALLY didn’t want to get out the sewing machine.

I hope you have enjoyed this look inside my project life album. Feel free to leave any questions or observations below in the comments.

Aimee xx