School's almost out for us (Ella has just 3.5 days of first grade left) and it seems like everybody has summer break on the brain, so I figured this was a good time to share my Project Life pages from our spring break vacation back in April.
Week 15 started with Easter and ended with the first two days of our trip:
The left side focused almost exclusively on Easter. I really didn't want to add an extra insert for my Easter pictures, so as you can see I used these photo templates to fit 8 photos in the space of two 4x6 slots. The grid on the left focused on Easter baskets, and the one on the right focused on the egg hunt:
The right side of my layout focused on travel preparations (the packing photo in the top left) and the first full day of our trip:
I did add a couple of extra inserts this week: a 6x12 page protector that holds six 4x6 photos, and a standard 8.5x11 page protector with a piece of writing that Ella brought home from school about how excited she was for our vacation. You will see that on one of the extra photos below I included a QR code:
If you take your smartphone and scan the code, it will automatically take you to this video, which directly correlates to the photo:
I originally saw this idea here (go to 7:53 in the video to see the part I am talking about) and thought it was a brilliant way to easily include videos into a Project Life album. I am so excited about this concept; my only concern is how long the QR codes I generated (at this website) will last. I'm not sure if QR codes in general were intended for an indefinite life span. But really, I'm just happy to have something to do with the videos that normally just languish in a folder on my hard drive. And if for some reason several years down the road those codes don't work anymore, I'll just cross that bridge when I get there. Better to use a great solution now than to wait for a "perfect" solution that may never exist.
Week 16 contains the remainder of our vacation:
I don't mind the fact that our trip is broken up between two weeks. I actually think it sort of helps to curb photo overload within one particular week, although I did still include three extra inserts in Week 16: (1) a 6x12 insert that includes the text from this blog post, (2) another 6x12 page protector for 4x6 photos, and (3) one of the Project Life Design G photo pocket pages.
On the back of the 6x12 insert is this photo collage I created using a template by Cathy Zielske. This is such a great way to include a bunch of extra shots:
Here is a closer view of the right side of Week 16. Ella's birthday fell on the last day of our trip, so I included a little bit about that as well.
In the photo below I tried out using a ghosted background in order to include text directly onto my picture. I'm always looking for creative ways to incorporate extra text in my Project Life pages and I really like how this turned out.
Now that I've shared these layouts, I'm ready for another vacation. Anyone else?