Woah!! So summer happened so fast around here and my blog completely got away from me. I am still working on the whole balance thing between blogging here, running my own business (Mei Li Paperie) and working for my hubbys start up as well (Obtainium). We also have been in Europe for most of July and unexpectedly without internet for the majority of the time, so we have been scrambling since we got back to catch up on everything. I have big plans to catch up on everything here…but will be doing that gradually.
As I mentioned in my last post I was asked to be a contributor for Rukristins Find your voice workshop. I started out with the goal to really keep up and post my progress every week but life had other plans this summer. The fab thing about this workshop is that although the prompts and lessons came out very week you could really do it at your own pace, which I have done and have really fallen in love with how everything is coming out.
My goal with this project was to reflect on what my life is like now, who I am, how I feel, what I like etc and bring all these stories into an album about me. My album is really far from being done. I have realised going through the workshops that I have so many important stories that I want to document and I know I will be working on this project probably for the next few months.
When I was asked to be a contributor, I was asked to contribute to week 7, so this is where I am going to start showing you my progress and will catch you up on the rest later. For week 7 we were asked to “take it to the next level”, to go back to something we had done during the previous lessons and beef it up… push ourselves to make it stronger by using new techniques, re-writing the story or maybe adding photos that were left out. For me the obvious choice was to go back to week 1. During week 1 while I was filling out the worksheets, a story suddenly popped into my head and refused to let me concentrate on anything else until I typed it out. It surprised and confused me. Stories don’t normally come to me like that and I had no idea how to scrap it. I really have a hard time making layouts with huge bodies of text, in fact I guess thats the reason why so many of my layouts are lacking my voice. I set the story aside and didn’t give it much thought until week 7. Once I read through the lesson I knew that this story was what I needed to work with and find a way to put it in my album. I made the rule for myself to keep it simple and to remember the focus needed to be on the story not techniques and embellishments all over the page. I found an old ad from a magazine I had been saving because I liked the layout and I went from there. Here’s the ad:
A rule I have tried to stick with throughout this entire project was to really keep a simple minimalist approach. I love how pages done this way look and I really wanted to give this style a try.
This really took longer than I had hoped I kept changing things around… I couldn’t get things to look right! I have it so I like it now but I am still unsure of it. I do love that the story has been documented though and thats what this is all about right?
If you are interested in joining the Find Your Voice workshop its not too late! You can still go through the workshops or print them off to do later. Its free and we have a great community of inspiring people that really help encourage you to get your voice heard!