For this post, I want to share a few pages from the beginnings of my 6 x 8 Project Life album. When I started researching this hobby, it became very clear to me that every crafter has their own take on pocket journaling. Most people tend to include journaling cards and follow a chronological order.
I decided that instead of documenting the weeks, months, or years, I wanted to approach my album as a mood book.
Although I adore art journaling as well, my artistic style is a bit too orderly to fully enjoy keeping a messy/wrinkled conglomerate of pages. (As my mother would joke- its probably OCD.) I find it much more enjoyable (and convenient) to create a small work of art and cut it down to fit into a pocket. I chose the 6×8 size to not feel overwhelmed as a beginner. I like to include my own creations, personal photos, scrapbook paper, and simple embellishments to create my pages.
My other rule?- I don’t buy pre-made cards or journaling kits.
Not that they aren’t wonderful, (I often eye them while perusing the craft store isles…) but I find the process more cathartic when I create each piece myself. It also encourages me to use my collection of crafting materials. (Repeat after me: not even ONE more paper pad….no more room…)
These pages were inspired by my happy place– the soft, white sand beaches in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
My family and I have vacationed there many times, and it just so happened to be the location of our destination wedding a few years ago. <3 I included a few of my own beach shots from various trips, a selfie (of course), some patterned card stock (with speckled gold foil) and a couple of hand painted beach watercolor squares. I cut the sentiments and shapes with my Silhouette Cameo, and also used some dollar stamps from Michael’s.
Thanks for taking a look! I will be sharing my pages regularly, so check back for more of my Project Life Mood Book. Check out my Artspiration board on Pinterest for a peek into what inspires me and my pages! Leave a comment and let me know what you think!