2019 Project Life Plans + Modern Printable Journal Cards

Azzari Jarrett | Project Life 2019 Title Page | 6x12 layout

A new year brings a fresh start in many ways. After going strong with project life from 2013 - 2015, my albums from 2016 - 2018 are still left unfinished. I am determined not to quit, and starting fresh in 2019 is just what I need.

I will be using a 6x12 inch album this year. I’ve had this black We R Memory Keepers album for a few years now, and I can’t seem to find this exact one online anymore, it looks to be discontinued. Here is an aqua version, and it looks like Studio Calico has 6x12 inch cloth options.

Here is a look at my 2019 title page:

Azzari Jarrett | 2019 Project Life Title Page | 6x12 layout

I used Design H page protectors for this layout. I’m finding that 6x12 inch pocket pages will be a little hard to find, but I think I will use my fuse tool to create custom page pockets based on what I already have.

I first designed and used these title card designs in 2017, and I love all of the cohesiveness it gives my albums. The “and now let’s begin again” journal card is from Ali Edwards’ January Stories by the Month subscription.

I’m looking at this project as more of a creative mindset. Adjusting and bending, and making this project work for me instead of the other way around. I’m really excited about this year, this new format is just what I need to get me motivated!

If you’d to use these title cards in your layout, you can find them in my shop. Definitely let me know if you decide to use them.

And just for fun, my title pages from 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015.

Introducing the Anemone Collection

I'm happy to introduce the Anemone Collection today! This collection includes fine art prints, printable journal cards, and printable traveler's notebook inserts.

Three fine art anemone prints, all carefully printed on bright white, 100% cotton rag paper with archival inks.

A set of 10 printable journal cards  (8 - 3x4 inch journal cards, 2 - 4x6 inch journal cards) perfect for documenting. Included in the set are 2 high resolution PDF files, and 2 high resolution JPG files, all sized at 8.5 x 11 inches for easy printing.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I've recently started documenting in a traveler's notebook, and I love the new format! If you document in this format as well, I have also included a set of 10 printable traveler's notebook inserts, sized at 4.33 x 8.25 inches.

I hope you enjoy this collection, it is a work of love combining all the things I love - photography, design, and documenting.

Please do tag me (@azzarijarrett) if you decide to use this collection, I would love to see it!

Adventure Story Theme

It's been a while since I've shared a story theme layout using Ali Edwards's story kits. Here is the latest layout I completed, this one is called "Adventure".

Azzari Jarrett | Adventure Story Theme

I decided to document our family's spring break RV camping trip to Asheville, North Carolina. My husband took this photo and I love how it captures the RV with the mountains in the background. It was a pretty epic trip! 

Azzari Jarrett | Adventure Story Theme

I used one of three sticky patches, "Adventure" at the top of the layout. I also used phrases from the sticker sheet to describe our trip.

Azzari Jarrett | Adventure Story Theme

I adhered the acrylic "adventure" directly over my photo to emphasis. Rounding out the layout was a chipboard sticker and journaling. I also like to stamp the date I complete the layout, regardless of how long it has been!

You can check out more of my other story theme layouts: UpGoLittle ThingsClickMagicFirstsGatherAM/PM, and Numbers.

A Few Thoughts on the Polaroid One Step 2

Azzari Jarrett | Polaroid One Step 2 Camera

Every time I post a polaroid from my Polaroid One Step 2 camera on Instagram, I'm always asked what I think about the camera. It seems like a lot of people are on the fence, and I completely understand because film is not cheap!

Here are a few of my thoughts. 

If you'd like to get into instant film photography, this camera is a great place to start. It's extremely easy to use, and has a simple, one button operation.  Pressing that red button is all you need capture your image. It's a little bulky to pack with you for the day, I usually have to carry a larger bag with me, but it is extremely light, so it's not a huge burden on your shoulders.

You can increase or decrease your exposure using the yellow switch on the front of the camera, or keep it in the middle to let the camera automatically control the exposure.

Azzari Jarrett | Polaroid One Step 2

A key feature is the ability to turn off the flash. I prefer to shoot with natural light, so I always suppress the flash. I feel like I get a more natural image this way. You can simply hold down the flash suppression button while pressing the shutter to turn off the flash.

Azzari Jarrett | Polaroid One Step 2
Azzari Jarrett | Polaroid One Step 2

My absolute favorite feature of this camera is the self timer. This key feature is worth the price to me.You have 8 seconds to jump into your photo - I love the ability to get into my own photos.  I used the self timer for the photo above.

Azzari Jarrett | Polaroid One Step 2

One thing I don't like about the Polaroid One Step 2 is the battery. You have to charge this little guy using the provided USB cable. There have been many times when I have grabbed the camera on my way out of the door, only to find that the battery is dead and I can't take any photos. Such a disappointment!

Azzari Jarrett | Polaroid One Step 2

The Polaroid One Step 2 uses special i-type film, which I find to be a little inconsistent. It's roughly about $2 per photograph, which adds up after a while. But I still love having a tangible photo in my hand moments after I press the shutter.

Overall, I love the Polaroid One Step 2 and I am excited that it has revived a love of instant film. My favorite feature is the ability to take selfies with this camera.  While I don't love the fact that I have to charge the battery, I will definitely continue to use this little guy for years to come.

Floral Printable Journal Cards

Azzari Jarrett | Floral Printable Journal Cards

New set of Floral Printable Journal Cards in the shop today. 

For these designs, I used my favorite mediums - watercolor, ink, and gouache.

Azzari Jarrett | Floral Printable Journal Cards

Each painting inspired by Archer and Olive's 5 day painting party on Instagram last week.

Take a peek at the originals of each design in my sketchbook.

Azzari Jarrett | Watercolor Leaves

Monday: Leaves

Azzari Jarrett | Ink and Watercolor Botanical - Begin

Tuesday: Word

Azzari Jarrett | Rainbow Watercolor Florals

Wednesday: Rainbow

Azzari Jarrett | Gouache Butterfly

Thursday: Large shape made of smaller shapes

Azzari Jarrett | Gouache Floral

Friday: Florals

Enjoy the  journal card set!

Viewfinders - The Untouchables

Azzari Jarrett | Polaroid Film

I'm over on Viewfinders today, sharing a bit about the photos I call the "untouchables". The ones that I deem imperfect in some way - out of focus, too light, too dark, etc. 

I'm taking a closer look at them and realizing that they make me who I am today as a photographer. 

Read more

And if you are interested, more of my posts on Viewfinders.

April 2018 on Film, Part 2

The second half of April 2018 images captured on 35mm film. I wrote a bit more about my personal photography project for this year here. You can also view the first half of my film images in this post.

April brings the awakening of flowers in our yard. Also in April, my husband and daughter built a small garden in our backyard. Trips to the beach are a must as the weather warms up, one out of focus image and other quiet moments around the house documented.

Once again, I used my Pentax K1000 and Kodak UltraMax 400 35mm film for capturing these images.

May film images currently underway. I will share them in June.

April 2018 on Film, Part 1

I have had these images developed for over two weeks now, and I am just now getting the chance to post them! May is proving to be quite a busy month with end of the year activities for my girls, and of course, Week In The Life, which I participated in last week.

Nevertheless, I am still committed to this personal project and excited to share my quiet moments of April 2018, photographed on 35mm film. You can read more about my photography project for this year here.

A few of my favorite people are captured this in the first half of this month - my parents and my youngest daughter. My parents were in town for a week at the beginning of April, visiting for Easter.  So happy that I captured the portrait of my mom.  You'll also see her famous gumbo, captures from a dinner party, walks around town, paintings, afternoon baths, and simple corners of my home.  I also love how you can tell the weather is getting warmer from these photos.

Once again, I used my Pentax K1000 and Kodak UltraMax 400 35mm film for these images.

Second half of April on film coming soon.