Thursday, February 7, 2019

Project Life // Banff

I have the best intentions to make some sort of travel mini album or photo book after any trip I go on, but my to-do list continues to grow and the backlog of projects is getting a bit overwhelming. Since my trip to Banff last summer was just a short weekend, I decided to tackle this one first and document it directly in my Project Life album instead of making a separate mini book.

Adding this trip to my album was a fun way to change things up and I really enjoyed mixing up my page protectors and using different sizes. Since my Project Life is 12x12, I knew I wanted to use pocket page protectors that are smaller than that. That's how I ended up with 3x8, 6x12, and 9x12 inserts in my album. Here's a look at how it all came together.

I wanted to differentiate this trip from my regular Project Life spreads, so I started with a 6x12 photo for a big impact. Love how that turned out. I added an Avery index tab to the side so it would be easier to flip.

I printed another 6x12 photo for the back of the page protector, and then I added a 3x8 insert to document the general facts of the trip.
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The front of the 3x8 pocket has a 'Summer Adventure' title card from this 3x8 Summer set in my shop.

Here's a look at my pages with the 3x8 insert flipped over. On the back of the 3x8 page protector is another card for my journaling.
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This 3x8 Travelogue card is from my 3x8 Adventure set. I also added another Avery index tab to the side of this page protector.
One of the challenges I encountered for documenting a trip in my Project Life was the number of photos I wanted to include. I take a lot of pictures when traveling and I had to remind myself that I didn't need to print every picture taken. I ended up choosing just my favourite photos and since all these photos were taken outdoors, it helped make my spread cohesive.

I decided to keep my embellishing fairly minimal so that the embellishments wouldn't detract from my photos. Pictured here is a digital stamp (outdoor explorers) that I used directly on my photo from the Wilderness stamp brushes + a chipboard circle from Studio Calico. Both journaling cards are from the Wilderness cards set.

My next spread has two 9x12 page protectors.
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The 9x12 page protector on the left focuses on our morning at Moraine Lake. This was my favourite place in Banff! As you can see, I've arranged my embellishments to form a visual triangle (the stamped mountains, the yellow label sticker, and the green chipboard circle).

The 'loving this right now' card is from the Self Care set and the 'scenic route' card is from the Scenic Route set. I stamped the little mountain scene directly on the green card before writing my journaling. It's from a stamp set I designed for Feed Your Craft last year (currently sold out).

The 9x12 page protector on the right is a custom one I made for my memorabilia and instax photos and I'm so happy with how it turned out. It all started with the diecut kraft Alberta postcard I had wanted to include in my album. While it would fit horizontally in a 4x6 pocket, I wanted to position it vertically like the actual shape of the province. I decided to get crafty and alter a single pocket 9x12 page protector with a fingertip craft knife and my handy Fuse tool. It took some careful cutting and measuring but I ended up with one 6x8 pocket and five 3x4 pockets for this page protector. I really like the look of the memorabilia and photos 'floating' in the pockets with the next spread peeking through behind it. I was able to create this look by gluing everything on transparencies (both plain and patterned ones).

It's kind of hard to see in this picture, but the transparency behind the Alberta postcard has a cloud pattern on it :) It's been in my stash forever and I'm glad I found the perfect use for it. I also had two patches to include in my spread but when I placed them back to back, it got too bulky for my album (even when adhering them to the outside of the page protector) so I ended up putting them in different pockets.

Here's another look at this page protector by itself.

Here's the next double page 9x12 spread for my trip.
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On the back of my custom page protector, I added more instax photos, another patch, and some simple embellishments.

I used this cool, cork speech bubble from Ali Edwards' Stuff story kit to cover the adhesive that's showing through on the back of the postcard. The white alpha stickers are also from Ali's shop (unfortunately, they don't seem to be available anymore).

Here's a close-up of the Lake Louise patch. The instax backing behind the patch isn't really visually appealing, so I added a strip of washi tape above it to decorate it a little. You may have noticed I did the same thing on the earlier spread with the Moraine Lake patch. 

Here's a look at this page protector by itself.

This here is another 9x12 pocket page protector for the right side of the spread. I only used one slot for a journaling card because I had so many photos I loved and wanted to include, but I think the page still looks balanced enough because of the placement of the card + photos, as well as the similar colors used.

I added a digital stamp (from the Wilderness stamp brushes)  on my photo and an old chipboard geotag from Studio Calico above the phrase.

This mint colored Details card coordinated perfectly with my photos and it's from the One Day at a Time cards set. I stamped 'picture perfect' on it using the stamp that's included in the Feed Your Craft Moments Focused kit I designed. It's a great one for documenting snapshots of life.

Finally, the back side of the page protector has my last spread of the trip! More photos and one spot for journaling :)

I used the checklist stamp (from the Feed Your Craft Moments Focused kit) on a piece of scrap paper and I stitched it onto my photo. The 'documented' journaling card was originally a 3x8 one from the 3x8 Duly Noted set, but I trimmed it down to fit inside the pocket.

A quick summary of supplies used:

Hooray for trying something new and crossing this trip off my to-do list! Thank you for looking. Happy Friday! xo.


  1. Thanks for sharing your spreads! Love to see what you're working on and how you use your products. Can't wait to see more!

  2. I love your style! It has a great aesthetic! I bought my first "stamp" set from you last week - Wilderness. I can't imagine it will be my last! Your layouts are very inspiring!

  3. Amazing as always. I love to see new ways to add memorabilia to albums, and that floating postcard is genius! Thanks for the inspiration! PS: We are planning a trip to Banff this summer and these photos are breathtaking and making me really look forward to it!