I can't believe it's already well into August, seriously. I know it's such a cliche but honestly, where has this year gone? Over the last few days I've been planning ahead to how I'm going to complete a couple of projects this year. Learn Something New in September, Journal your Christmas and also how I'm going to display the photos for are upcoming trip to Longleat for a VIP Safari.
And the answer? Simple and planning ahead is the way forward! So first projects first, I'm just about ready for Learn Something New now. I made a little album from scratch that takes 6x6 AC Page Protectors and then covered it in woodgrain sticky back plastic. I saw this in a previous issue of SI where Shimelle had used it for covers on a mini book and loved how it looked. I love woodgrain at the moment. I then added a pretty Hambly rub on and voila - album finished!
Then for the internal pages, I've gone for Kraft cardstock as you can never go wrong with kraft. I thought about making my own page templates in photoshop but then I got looking at the ones you can download and for the price, it really wasn't worth my time in making my own! I've gone for these by Ali Edwards which have the days of the week on them and are only $3.99 from Designer Digitals. I've then added a date to each of them using a free typewriter font I downloaded a while back. Cheap, cheerful and very very simple!
And so how am I actually going to do the project? Well, having done it last year I know what to expect so I do have a slight heads up. I'm going to use a small 4x2.5" photo on each page, a little bit of PP and some journalling and that's it. No embellishments... eeek! Simple I know, but it needs to simple and super fast to do otherwise I won't have time to keep up.
I can also feel pretty smug as this whole project has cost zero. The woodgrain sticky back plastic was off cuts of a bigger project I've done (pictures soon!), and I already had all the cardstock and rub ons. Plus, I've been "shopping in my own stash" for the PP and have picked out a load of beautiful Hambly overlays and PP that I've been stroking and not using for far too long. A little bit of a beautiful pp or overlay goes a long way and that's the theory I'm working with on this. Oh, and some dotted swiss cardstock too.... because every project needs some dotted swiss goodness!