Project Life week 30, July 22-July 28, 2013. And, I cheated a little on the dates.
This is the week my husband, son, and I flew to meet our daughter who had been studying in Spain. Our trip wasn't really July 22-July 28, but I figure, who cares? Not me.
I liked the idea of having one spread documenting our Spain trip, (for this Project Life weekly format), so went with that vs. the true week 30 calendar dates.
I got the idea of including a big trip like this in Project Life from the way Ali Edwards documented her trip to Paris. Love hers. You can see how mine is heavily influenced by her concept (one spread, large photos, minimal text), but I wanted to include a few more photos, so came up with a way to do that.
A lot more photos is more accurate. I was sure I wanted oversized photographs to be a major element. I ended up printing 2 sheets of 6x12 photographs using my awesome large format printer that I have for making art prints. (I used this paper.)
It took me quite a bit to figure it all out, but once I did, I was thrilled with the result!
I'm not sure I can capture the size here in a photo- that paper is 13x19, the book, with it's two 12" sides is shown above, that might help with scale.
Since I had a lot of photos to include, and becuase I wanted them all encapsulated in this one spread, I decided to add on flaps to both of the 12x12 page protector sheets. I simply trimmed the edges of the page protectors (close to, but not cutting into the opening):
And then I sewed the the flap page protector (a 6x12) to the 12x12 page protector using a zig zag stitch on my sewing machine.
Here's a close up of the left spread sewn together:
Totally works like a charm! I slipped the 6x12 photos I printed in there and still had a few extra that were cut up and put in either the regular spread, or another 6x12 insert in the middle of the spread.
This is the left side of the spread with the flap open.
I included very little writing in this photo heavy week. One bit seen above.
What this week lacks for in text is made up for in inserts- there are 3! (the back of first insert on left, the front of second insert seen above on right) So, for those of you that are counting, that's two added on flaps, and three inserts...I told you, I had a lot of photos I wanted to include! It was a big, meaningful trip for our family.
This is the front of the third insert. The only other written documentation I did for the week, as many other thoughts are included in the Spain travel journal I made.
I just painted my own geo-tag and used it to explain this insert about our unexpected time in Brussels.
And the back of that 3rd insert about Brussels, above.
Here's the right side of the spread when the flap is open and all the inserts are turned to the other side of the book.
It was a challenge for me to figure out how I wanted to best incorporate this trip in the Project Life binder format, but a fun one. I'm sure you can imagine that this is actually a very small portion of the photos taken on the trip, but enough to really tell the story to my thinking. Pretty sure I'll make a Blurb book about it too. I can put lots more photos in that way. And of course, there are more in the Spain travel journal as well. It's been a fun little puzzle deciding what goes where, and I'm sure proud of myself for learning how to print good photos at home this year! Not sure why, buy I had a big mental block about all of it before.
Okay...off to work on the ecourse some more ;) ....
p.s. I'm pleased to report I'm totally caught up with project life! a post to come on what I changed to get those 17 weeks done and in the book!