This will be the first of two Project Life posts this week.
For those of you that have been following me for the past few months, you are aware that my printer is in the shop and for now I am creating my PL layout digitally. When my printer is fixed I will print these layouts and slide them into 12x12 page protectors and insert them into my album. But just because I am scrapping digitally, this doesn't change the fact that I still want my album to maintain the continuity that I started with at the beginning of the year. Each week, the left had side of the spread will always use Design A template (or protetor), I will always use one of my Word Art titles and the main elements I will be using will come from the traditional or digital versions of the Seafoam or Midnight Core Editions of Project Life.
This week has a TON of photos and it took 5 spreads to accommodate them all. They are all digital layouts which took some planning. I needed to make sure my photos, journal cards and filler cards were going to be placed in somewhat of a chronological order. And I wanted to be sure that the pages "mirrored" each other correctly, so that when printed, when you would turn right hand spread and the "back" of that becomes the left-hand spread, it will seem as though it was in a "real" page protector. I'll show you what I mean:
Above shows the first spread of Week 28. It is using the Digital Project Life Templates A (on the left) and G (on the right). Now, if this was in real page protectors and I turned the page, the right hand side from above now becomes the left hand side of my second spread shown below:
My second spread uses Digital Project Life Templates G and N. In order to have that feel of continuity, I had to "flip" my Design G template in Photoshop horizontally before adding my photos to it. Confused? If you have used a "real" Design G protector in your album, open it up, flip it back and forth and you'll see what I mean. An important note though!!! When you flip your template, it puts changes the angle of your drop shadow from 120 degrees to 60 degrees! Be sure to change it back to 120 so your shadows are consistent throughout your layouts!
Photo Story: Week 28 was bittersweet one for us. It was our last week in Riga. We were very sad to be leaving this country, yet excited to be moving back to the U.S. The pictures from the first two spreads of Week 28 are of a morning walk Chris and I took around Riga. It was one of our last mornings there and we wanted to meander along the streets of Old Town and take photos of our favorite buildings while it was quiet and the streets were empty.
The third layout uses Digital Project Life Templates N and H, however Design H is altered. It orginally had two 3x4 photos in the center. I duplicated one of the 4x6 photo placeholders to accomodate the photos I used.
The fourth spread uses the altered Digital Project Life Template H and G.
Photo Story: the pictures from the third and fourth spreads are of the parade celebrating the Latvian Song Fest. The 30,000+ singers and dancers that participate in the concert parade through the streets of Riga for 3+miles and end at outdoor amphitheatre where the evening concert will take place. It is such an amazing celebration of pride and tradition amongst the citizens. They come from all over the country, dressed in their regional costume to perform. I added a QR code to the evening photo at the bottom of the page. When scanned, it takes you to the performance of one of the country's most beloved songs "Pūt Vējini." 30,000+ voices on one stage. Truly an amazing sound. You can listen to it here: Pūt Vējini. I highly recommend listening to it! It will give you chills!
The fifth spread uses Digital Project Life Templates H and A.
Photo Story: This last spread records our last night in Riga. We spent the evening at one of our favorite beer gardens saying good-bye to friends. I hate good-byes. We were out late and up early to catch out flight back to the States. One of Chris' contacts at the airport arranged for us to get the VIP treatment. It was a great end to a great tour.
Digital products used in these layouts are from the Midnight Core Edition of Project Life. I altered several of the filler and journal cards to suite my needs. The circle numbers on the second spread are from Pixels & Company.