For this particular spread I used the April kit, Daydreamer (which is now sold out!), which included lots of pretty, bright items from both Heidi Swapp's newest collections and also Amy Tan's Sketchbook line with American Crafts.
Here's a closer look at the left side of my layout, where you'll find pear trees in bloom (the first blossoms of spring!), yummy lunch treats, crafty fun, and adventures at a new restaurant where Darren tried his very first cheese steak sandwich. How is it that he's been married to me for 10 years and had yet to try to a cheese steak sandwich? Obviously I have deprived the boy.
The Heidi Swapp Color Magic alphas in this month's kit made their way onto a couple of my layouts for April, including here where I colored them with Tim Holtz's Weathered Wood Distress Stain before adhering right over the top of my photo. There weren't any hyphens in the alpha set, so I cut a tiny little heart off of one of the "Like" stickers in another pack of Heidi embellishments from the kit and used it instead.
Sometimes when I look at other Project Life pages, I realize that I use a lot more 4x6 photos than some of the other artsy documenters do, but I've decided that's just my style! I like to use a big photo and then add journaling and maybe a little pop of color in some of the dead space in the image.
Documenting food and sunrises...two recurring themes in my Project Life album. I used the 6x6 Sketchbook paper pad in the April add-on this month for most of the backgrounds for these smaller photos. Punches (like the little tab I punched out and placed behind one of my photos in the picture below) are another great way to incorporate little bits of color into your pages.
On the right hand side of the layout you'll find Angry Birds, a trip to the Botanical Gardens, more stuff in bloom (this time at home), and a trip to the Korean market.
Oh, and maybe a fortune cookie sentiment, too, held in place by a tiny Heidi Swapp heart. :)
I used another punch along with the Sketchbook 6x6 pad to add a little something to the center of this photo cluster- a technique I repeated later on in this same page.
The frame for this koi photo was cut from one of the larger sheets of Amy Tangerine Sketchbook paper that was included in the main kit.
Funny story about the photo below...so once a year or so we go visit Darren's brother and his family. They're Vietnamese, and we looooove it when they cook for us, especially when they barbeque. For years they've made us a dish that they simply call "Korean BBQ," but for some reason my brain made it more complicated than that. I wanted to learn to make it at home, so I went online and learned that the actual name for it is bolgagi, and it requires a special type of sauce to marinate the meat. So one day Darren and I dropped by our local Asian market, and I prepared myself for a difficult search through bottles labeled in Korean, hoping that one of them would have the word bolgagi in English.
Turns out that some of them were labeled in English.
And you know what they said?
But it was delicious when we made it at home!
I know I keep saying it, but every week I fall more in love with Project Life- so glad that I started this album!
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