I bet I'm further behind than anyone who's putting a Project Life album together. I've just finished January.
But it's all good. I'm not doing this week by week, I'm taking a month at a time and I have a whole day ahead of me to get February done. I'm saving March and April for when I go to the lovely Alexa's for a scrapbooking weekend in a couple of weeks time.
I'm dividing this up between 12x12 layouts of memorable moments and smaller instagrams and ephemera. I really missed making big scrapbook pages so I wanted to introduce that into this album. Half of my January pages are dedicated to the Berlin trip I took with Adam. Most memorable: Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, walking around Museum Island (and finding some awesome graffiti) and Adam's 'Pizza Bag' aka calzone.
So, first up, Sachsenhausen. How do you scrapbook something awful? I try not to shy away from difficult topics if they're worth documenting but this was so tricky. I didn't take many photos while I was there as it felt macabre, but I thought the Andrzej Szczypiorski quote and the memorial statue summed the experience up poignantly.
I wanted this page to look messy yet confined. And it seemed only right to keep the embellishment pared down to only paper flowers as a wreath. I stitched around the patterned paper and left an opening on the right-hand side for the visitor guide to go inside. I'm not entirely sure this page works but I'm glad I've documented this part of the trip.
Me and Berlin. A great photo op and a summing up of our time there, with bagel shop bag and train tickets thrown in:
And the infamous 'Pizza Bag'. We laughed a lot that night. The restaurant, the menu, the spirited waiting staff and the company was spot-on:
So, there you have it. Three very different sides to a fascinating city.