I keep a very simple Project Life scrapbook, where I pretty much just record each week in 4x6 photos and unembellished journaling cards, but every once in a while something out of the ordinary comes along that demands special treatment. I recently went to Philadelphia for three days, and even though it was a short trip it was a pretty big deal for me. For one thing, I worked so much this last summer that I didn't even get a weekend away to go visit my parents, much less a summer vacation. This fall has continued the working-harder-than-ever-before trend, so these three days were a serious departure from what has become the norm around here. For another thing, this was definitely not my usual kind of travel. I like to travel alone, a mode that lets me arrange things according to my own fussy preferences and low risk tolerances. In this case, I was traveling with a group of fifteen with all that that implies. Finally, my trip was to see Pope Francis on his first visit to the United States! Not only is that a big deal in itself, it also meant traveling to a place where millions of other people are also going on purpose. I usually try to avoid anything that could be described as hoopla, and here I was aiming right at it.
|The waffle picture gets the monumental treatment it deserves|
I didn't photograph every part of the layout because there are lots of pictures of my friends in there and I wanted to respect their privacy, so here is an artist's rendition of the format of the whole layout so you get a sense of it. Pages 1 and 8 would be the left and right of my usual spread; so all the rest are "inserts"!
One of the things I'm most in love with on these pages are the Popemoji! I put a pathetic amount of effort getting those on my pages but it was totally worth it.
These were from an app released to promote the papal visit, and they're pretty adorable. The app allows you to use the emoji (they're actually more like stickers) in two ways: when you open the menu in a messaging app you can either copy the emoji of your choice and paste it into your text field, or, for some apps, you have to save the emoji to your camera roll and post it like a photo. When I saw this latter path I knew I had a way to convert these little dudes into papercrafting bits.
I saved twelve of my favorite emoji (just to give myself options) to the camera roll and used the PicFrame app to set up a photo mosaic on a 4x6 canvas with six picture slots. I made two emoji collages this way and then transferred them to my laptop via Dropbox. Then I opened them in Word and put them on a blank document so I could print them onto cardstock. I actually then decided to size the 4x6 collages down a little to get the emoji smaller and printed them again. Finally I set about them with my craft knife and cut them out! This is just me using the tools I'm familiar with to get the job done, so maybe if you have digital stickers you want to get into paperspace you'll find a more direct method. I had actually worked on this before I left on the trip, so when I came back I was all ready to use them on pages.
The day headings are from a free download I found at Digital Design Essentials. I love days of the week journaling cards so I already had these sitting on my table completely randomly when I had the brainwave to turn them into little strips. The strips then made the perfect setting for the Popemoji and helped me organize the pages too.
Let's see, what else is there to say? The two "oddball" page projectors with the big pockets are from a WRMK variety pack I got on clearance at Joann's. I printed the two 6x12 photos on a 12x12 through the Becky Higgins app -- again, just me using what I already knew how to use; I know there are plenty of other places to order 12x12 prints. The filmstrip letters on the title page are from Basic Grey, and the filler cards are from the Forever Young Project Life edition. I bought a little sample pack from Reset Girl and they were just perfect for this! Since I have the longer narrative written out elsewhere I just added captions to my photos with stickers, stamps, and washi: I don't normally put things directly on my pictures so it was a little nerve-wracking, and there is plenty of evidence on these pages that I am incapable of putting things down straight. My bigger concern was that things would end up looking cluttered and/or incohesive. But I just added a little bit here and there (at breakfast or while making dinner over several days) and I think it looks pretty good. Not all of the photos have captions but I think the captions all make a contribution as far as storytelling..
|Actually page 7 layered over page 5, if you're wondering|
The 6x8 pocket in the other "oddball" page was just the right size for my fancy Festival of Families ticket. I used some gold star vellum from Webster's Pages to back it, and filled the other side of the pocket with a cut down portion of the security map that was distributed for all the visitors. It's busy but I like it. We spent a lot of time studying that map, so I was glad I could include it. The quote on the card in the center above is from the pope's talk on Saturday night: I picked it because I remembered this part of his speech but mostly because it was something I could spell out with the word stickers I had. The layout of the words is entirely dictated by the need to cover up the little phrase that was printed on the card. Very lofty artistic process there ;)
Philadelphia was awesome but also exhausting in every possible way. These pages were so fun and easy to do though that it was really a fun and relaxing thing to play with when I got home rather than yet another chore like laundry or unpacking. (Oh right, laundry.) I can see myself using tactics like this for the next big trip I take: keeping a travel journal so the scrapbook pages can have minimal journaling.