When Studio Calico asked me if I would be interested in doing a feature on the Handbooks, I jumped at the chance. I have been wanting to get one but had not had the chance- this was the perfect opportunity! I honestly didn't have a project in mind to start, but as I started flipping through the pages I realized this would be the perfect solution for Project Life. I have been wanting to move away from the 12x12 size and to something smaller, easier for the kids to handle, allows for travel, etc. Handbook was my answer. What really sold me was the spine. It's as thick as my regular scrapbooking albums so I knew it would last me a while into the year.
For the opening page I wanted to do something different from last year. I decided to make it one large image instead of doing the pocket pages. I loved the idea of using the sequins from the Pioneer Drive add-on along with the "hello 2013" card from the Project Life kit. I wasn't exactly sure how I was going to create the "floating" effect until it hit me - laminate them! I put the sequins and card inside the laminating pocket and ran it through.
A couple of my spreads went up in my Jan. gallery but I wanted to show you how they looked in the Handbook albums.
I used the laminating idea again in the album. Using the Handbook for my Project Life I need to come up with ways to add a little extra where needed. I love using the laminated pockets because they are very sturdy when you punch the holes to add them to the album. I can't wait to use this idea throughout the year.
Since I was using my album for PL I wasn't really sure I would use the album inserts, but I quickly fell in love with them. I like the idea of taking a moment to highlight a special event, award or just something we are excited about.
One of the things I really liked (as I mentioned) about the smaller size for PL is I now have the ability to travel with it when I want to. We are in and out of town a lot, so this was a HUGE plus for me. As you can imagine over the holidays we traveled a lot, so I just packed up a small tote with some basic supplies, added my handbook and my little Canon Selphy and I had PL- to go.
To add a little hidden journaling and extra "real estate" to my spread I created this flip pocket journaling. Inside there is journaling that is more in detailed, things that not everyone would be interested in reading.
(supplies- Journal Cards & Wood Veneer Label Stickers: Studio Calico PL Kit, Pattern Paper: Studio Calico, Classic Calico V3 6x6 Pad, Embelishments: Sequins: SC Pioneer Drive, Polka Dot Pocket: SC Woodbrooke Road, Diecut Frames, Long Hexagon Stickers, number paper clips, wood veneer speech bubbles: Studio Calico Yearbook Collection, Speech Bubble Chipboard Sticker: Studio Calico Darling Dear, BG Alpha: Studio Calico 34th Street , Arrow Veneer: Studio Calico Block Party, Album, Studio Calico Handbook , Page Protectors, Studio Calico 6x8 Page Protectors Adhesive: Tiny Attacher; Glue Glider Pro; Glue Pen Digital Supplies: Studio Calico Block Party Digital Stamps, Studio Calico Hop Digital Stamps ,Cut Files from Day by Day Class. Stamping: White Zing; Versamark Watermark Pad Other: Washi Tape & Brad from October Afternoon, Binder Clip)