For those of you chronicling your year with Project Life or a similar system, sometimes it may seems like you’re always working with those rectangles and pockets. After a while (like hitting the six month mark right about now)…YAWN…HO HUM…It’s the same old, same old BUT wait! We have solutions to that feeling.
dwsewbiz, Heather Prins, LindyShay, Namaste, scrap-genie, and Tanderson are gals who regularly rock the Project 365 gallery. Uber-talented designer Anna Aspnes and others also pop in to share their project pages. So, let’s explore a bit and see what inspiration you can gain from those creative pages!
Who is to say that a project page can’t have a big photo? dwsebiz’s Week 23+ Beach 1 and Week 23+Beach 2 layouts are stunning with a full page photo as the background for their other project photos. So, don’t get stuck in a rectangle rut. If the photo really captures your experience or you just plain love it, go big.
Heather Prins’ Project 365/Life Week 27 page 1 has all sorts of visual goodies: Bold numbers (love that vellum/faded look), scripty word art on photos, a variety of photo types (action, implied action, portrait/posed, scenery, etc) and bits of paint, lace and fun elements.
And if you’re tired of rectangles and squares, why not grab a geometric template and give your project page a different look? LindyShay does that masterfully in her FotoInspired Project Life Week 28B layout. Love all the touches she added (string, blending, etc) to make it her own.
Namaste has added paint, stitches and a fun date strip at the bottom of her PL 2014: Week 25 but it’s those internet screenshots pieces that really add impact for me. I love that she is incorporating not only meaningful photos but bits of messages to chronicle her week.
I love how scrap-genie placed the photos on her 2014 Week 27 layout. It draws my eye down the page and yet has a very natural feel to it. Plus, her text placement is spot-on and gives visual interest. Did you notice how she even changed the color of one block of text? Yet another way to jazz up a page.
Tanderson is a master at jazzing up the standard Project Life look as you can see in her FotoInspired Project Life 2014. Week 26. Left Side. Check out how she uses stitching, strong color and a larger font on a photo and a combo of color and black & white photos to create impact and interest. Fabulous!
And, of course, we must include this great project page from designer Anna Aspnes herself: fun, quirky and authentic with a fab blend of photos and design. It’s a keeper!
Have you thought about drawing inspiration from layouts that are not necessarily intended as project pages? The two layouts below seem perfect for that.
Love how clean and linear this is! What made this Beach Days layout by Mielz stand out to me is the larger text on the photos and the emphasis on the photos. While not technically a project page, you can certain take away some great ideas to jazz up your pages.
Love how sberkan’s Honolulu Zoo p1 layout goes bold with a strong background and lots of creative elements. See all the texture she’s added with the different papers and elements? Tucking the elements behind and in front of the pics can also draw attention to just the spots you want on your project page.