Project Life Dubai | Photo Tutorial

Written by ingrid lim

Hi all…

Welcome to a new challenge for this month of May, “old is gold”. Easy-peasy, you just have to go through our blog archives, pick a project and make something inspired by that. You have until the end of May to participate and get a chance at winning a prize pack worth AED50.

For this month, let me share with you my February 2017 Project Life pages. I am going for “Black, White & a Splash of Color” from our July 2016 monthly theme as my inspiration.

My February DT kit.

Title Card
My minimalism title card with a little touch of pink and wood veneer embellishment. The “February” word art was from my personal stash which I have been storing for a long time already. Added a stamped sentiment “embrace imperfection” from my DT kit. A beautiful description of about life, right. Life is never perfect and we just have to embrace it every single day, grateful for whatever comes our way.

Not so many photos in February compared to January but they are the photos I chose to document and keep on remembering every time I flip through my album.

I edited my photos and added journaling using Photoshop. After which, I printed them using my Canon Selphy photo printer. I thought of editing my photos differently for a change, but I always end up using the Paislee Press minimalist photo templates I slightly modified according to my personal preference. I feel that sooner or later, I am going to change the way I edit my photos and journaling, but for the meantime, I will have to stick with this method which really suits me well.

Below are my photos and already inserted inside the pockets, according to how I sketched them out.

Journal/Filler Cards and Embellishment
And these are the papers which I cut into 6×4 and 3×4 as journal cards and/or filler cards and some of the embellishments from my DT kit that I planned to use. Maybe add more or discard some along the process.

So, here’s what it looked like just before I started with adding journal or filler cards and embellishments. These are the “basics” for me plus scissors or paper trimmer (in lieu of the glue tape, I usually use double-sided and/or mounting tape).

And at the end of sorting which journal or fller cards and embellishment go where, now, I am ready to finalize my pages. Again, I can opt to add or reduce my embellishment.

After flipping back and forth until I am satisfied with my pages, here’s our February Project Life Pages

As for my theme inspiration, I had all my journal/filler cards, some embellishments, and some of my photos in black and white. Colored and gold foiled embellishments were added as the splash of colors.

Spread One.
A nice way of documenting an event or celebration is by creating a whole or half spread of the Project Life. Just like this one on the right page, I created a half spread layout of Pretty Paper Studio’s workshop on Project Life Chat with Mel (@more_organised).

Spread Two.
Because I’m a little sucker for memorabilia/ephemera and I love including them to my Project Life pages, I added the packaging of the watercolor pencil K gifted me on Valentines Day (with his handwritten note) instead of the photo I took of it. It’s also a great way of keeping or storing them. Times like this seldom happens. So, when it happens, I try my best to document it by keeping something that would remind me of it. Like for this one, the packaging and the note.

Spread Three.

Spread Four.
Left page was another event that deserves a half spread, K joined the UAP Basketball Cup Dubai and for the first time (with so many teams he’s been a part of) their team won the championship. Epic…

Spread Five.
Even if we are miles apart with our kids (Dubai and Philippines), we try our best to talk to them through phone calls and through chat or video call  inspite of their snail-slow internet connection. My left layout was about a happy video call day with them. It was memorable because we had a long video call and my little kid was non-stop talking about his drawings and reading some of his journal pages. It was another half spread worthy memory, right.

There goes my February.

These were my filler cards from spread three (4×6) and spread five (3×4). I used Amy Tangerine’s Oh Happy Life cardstock. Using the Kuretake Hikkei brush pen, I drew more doodles just to fill the flowers a bit more.

Hope you enjoyed reading through my post for this month.
Enjoy the remaining week.

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To enter this month’s challenge, here are the guidelines:
1. Create a project with the theme ‘Old is Gold’.
2. Upload your entry at our Member Gallery and link us up in this thread in the forum May 2017 – Old is God.
3. All entries are due by May 31, 2017.
4. Challenge winner will receive a prize pack worth AED50.

1. A winner will be announced only if we have THREE new submissions.
2. All projects submitted for the challenge must be NEW and created AFTER the challenge went live.

Products Required

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Amy Tan Oh Happy Life Double-Sided Cardstock 12″X12″ Weekend

AED 4.50


Amy Tangerine Plus One 12×12″ Patterned Paper Duet

AED 4.50


Archival Ink Pad – Jet Black

AED 30.00


Fiskars SureCut Card Making Paper Trimmer 9″

AED 75.00


Kuretake Hikkei! Brush Pen

AED 15.00


Paige Evans Oh My Heart Foiled Cardstock 12″X12″ | W/Rose Gold

AED 9.00


Pink Paislee Paige Evans Take Me Away Wood Veneer Shapes 18/Pkg

AED 19.00


Project Life Ephemera and Die Cuts | Project 52 Fresh Edition

AED 25.00


Tombow Mono Adhesive Dispenser Permanent .33″X39′

AED 30.00


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