It's fun to look back on a month of documenting and find my favorite parts to share with you here. Some things are starting to seem like regular elements in my approach.
I've mentioned before that I love Daiso, (which I call the Japanese dollar fifty store) and find lots of art supplies there. I tried a white correction pen and found it to be a little too goopy for this project. Not so much that I would re-print the photo, but I probably won't be using it again in my PL, but I will use it in my art journals.
I want to be sure to include the regular things of life, like a grocery list, at least as much as I use the cute embellishments. In years to come, that's what I'll value the most, I'm sure.
I received some fun snail mail this week, so wanted to include bits of it here too. (And it makes me think I need to make an effort and send more snail mail.)
Love my friend Jenni Bowlin's rub on stars. Love. Unlike some rub-ons, with these you only see the star, there aren't any surrounding clear edges. (This photo is of the high school baseball family night where all the teams are introduced player by player. That's my son in the center. I love how the bottom left boy and front right boy are looking at him. It's the moment his name was called and he had to step up and tip his hat. Something I'm sure he felt slightly awkward doing. These sweet, little moments feel great to be getting documented.)
The same goes for my daughter's everyday life at school right now. I love getting to see into her life more, and also, I know I would love to see a photo of me, at that age, walking on my campus, the everyday routine, not just the typical posed photos, so I know she will too someday. I wonder how she explained to the picture taker what the heck she needed it for, ha!
I also connected two 3x4 photos with some washi tape from the Target dollar spot to make one 4x6 for the slot, vs. my usual methods of either taping to photo on back, connecting in photoshop, or sewing the pocket with my machine.
(The stamp is by Elise Blaha, but her stamp shop is closed now.)
Writing on photos is becoming a usual. (Totally influenced by seeing this, I am sure.) I find that I like these pens the best, using mostly the .05 and .08 sizes. When I can't locate those, I'll grab these, which are pretty similar.
I'm not sure why sometimes I choose to completely re-write over what's already written...I guess I like messy and imperfect? Not sure really.
This was the first time I used a Copic Sketch Marker to color on my photos, I liked it a lot, will definitely be doing more of that.
Of course, more Studio Calico PLkit stuff. Love this March card and finally found a use for those little enamel dots I've not really "gotten" how to use.
I think this is the first time that I cut up a 3x4 journal cards to use just a part of it. Just seemed appropriate for this photo ;).
Of course, a little machine stitching always makes it to my favorite's list.
I learned that you can't stitch through those little wooden letters...in case your tempted. I ran a bit of glue using an adhesive roller on the back and then carefully stiched with the machine, hand cranking it and nudging the letters when I needed to, to get out of the needle's path.
Lots of cutting off corners of pictures and sewing on replacement papers to write on this week. Surely inspired by this. I am crazy about the way she used that triangle stamp, sewing it onto the photo and using for date stamp!
An added bonus to this is that you get to crop out something that is annoying or unecessary, even though it's within the 3x4 or 4x6 crop to print.
These cut corners were all in one week. I'm liking repeating elements over the week more this year than I did last.
And that's pretty much it for my March PL highlights as I see them.
You can see my full spreads here.
I find this PL very inspiring, as well as this one, and this one too which totally makes me want to buy this...ah, but digital, that's a beast I'll begin to learn a different day, my brain just isn't ready to go there yet!