Thursday, July 23, 2015

Project Life: Documenting Maui

The other day, I shared two Project Life spreads I made to summarize my Hawaii trip in my PL album and today, I'm talking a little bit about how my Maui spread came together. Project Life has become my primary method of memory keeping these days, and I love putting together these spreads to record snippets of my life. Though I save my travels for separate mini-books of their own, I always include some summary spreads in my Project Life too, so as not to have any time-period gaps in my album and to remember when a trip happened in the context of a given year. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to share my process of putting together a spread that summarizes our days in Maui! Here we go.

I always start with choosing my photos, keeping the design A page protector in mind (it's my go-to page protector for my Project Life spreads). We took tons of photos during the trip, but I just picked a couple of my favorites since this is simply an overview of the time we spent in Maui. I printed these at home using an Epson workforce printer. Here, I also used a few of my Hawaii digital stamps on my 4x6 beach photo before printing it out.

Once I had my photos printed and cut out, I laid them out on a design A page protector to get a feel for how the spread was starting to look.

My next step was choosing journaling cards to go with my photos. This part was pretty simple since I used my new Hawaii printable cards and Wander printable cards and the colors already coordinated with each other. I laid a couple of the cards out and rearranged a few of the photos so that the spread would be more balanced. I also picked one of my instax photos I took during the trip and adhered it to a journaling card with washi tape for the top right pocket.

I like to keep my Project Life spreads relatively flat, so little tabs and die-cuts are the perfect way to embellish to my spreads a little. I had printed and cut out my Wander Elements no.2 printables and chose some of the tabs to add to my photos and journaling cards. I used my favorite Muji pen to write some quick notes.

I wanted to add some stamping to my Project Life spread as well. I pulled out some Kelly Purkey stamps and stamped on my journaling card and directly on my photo (I print my photos on Epson Premium Glossy photo paper and have no problems stamping directly on it with Versafine onyx black ink).

My last step is always journaling. I jotted down some highlights about Maui on the 'aloha state' printable card and then called this done!

Here's a look at my spread again. My process is quite straightforward; to sum it up: (1) print photos, (2) choose journaling cards, (3) stamp & embellish, and (4) add journaling. Thanks for coming by :)

Supplies - Page Protector: Becky Higgins Design A; Printables - Hawaii Journaling Cards no.1, Hawaii Journaling Cards no.2, Wander Journaling Cards no.1, Wander Elements no.2; Digital Stamps - Hawaii Digital Stamps; Stamps - Kelly Purkey; Ink - Versafine; Washi Tape - MT; Pen - Muji


  1. Hi, I am a newbie to project life spreads and love your project life spreads on the countries that you had visited! Are there certain applications or grid that you use when printing out your photos? Did you print it out using Microsoft Powerpoint or something?

    1. Hi! I just print my photos out on 4x6 paper. I size two 3x4 photos on a 4x6 canvas in Photoshop, but it doesn't have to be complicated. I hear a lot of people use apps to resize their photos such as PicFrame or even the Project Life app. Hope that helps!

  2. When you use two 3x4 cards in the 4x6 slots, how do you keep them from sliding behind one another?

  3. I can't find the Hawaii collection in the shop. Will you be bringing it back for sale sometime soon or is there another shop I can buy it from that you might be selling it at
    Thank you, Jennifer

    1. Hi Jennifer! Sorry I'm just seeing this now. The Hawaii sets have since been retired from my shop. I do have new tropical vacation themed designs here:

      If you are still interested in the Hawaii collection, just shoot me an email at inacreativebubble(AT)gmail(DOT)com with your paypal email and I can send you an invoice + manual download link. Thank you!