Project Life 2019 | Letting Photos Tell the Story

Sometimes I love combining words + photos in my project life layouts, and other times I like the photos to tell the story.

Azzari Jarrett | Project Life 2019 | Letting the Photos Tell the Story | 6x12 Layout

I included only two journal cards from the Fresh Start Documenter Kit by Studio Calico. And if you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I love to include film in my layouts. For this spread, I printed out three 4x6 inch prints of my favorite film images from my most recent 35mm roll.

Azzari Jarrett | Project Life 2019 | Letting the Photos Tell the Story | 6x12 Layout

I combined them with two photos from my week and I love the simplicity. No fancy embellishments, just the photos.

Azzari Jarrett | Project Life 2019 | Letting the Photos Tell the Story | 6x12 Layout
Azzari Jarrett | Project Life 2019 | Letting the Photos Tell the Story | 6x12 Layout

Sometimes simple is best.

If you find yourself at a loss for words, allow your photos to tell the story.

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Details:

All photos printed on my Epson Picturemate PM-400 using Epson Semi Gloss photo paper. I’m also using a black 6x12 Album by We R Memory Keepers I purchased a while back, similar option here. Page Protectors are Design H and 6x12 protectors, 4x6 inch pockets. Journal cards are from the Fresh Start Documenter Kit by Studio Calico.

January Layouts with Kelly Purkey Shop

Excited to share that I am on the 2019 Kelly Purkey Shop Creative Team! I absolutely love Kelly’s products, and I am looking forward to combining the beautiful stamps and paper with my images each month.

The January shop update is available today!

Here is a pocket page layout I created with the January kit called “Birthday Wishes”, perfect since January is also my birthday month.

Azzari Jarrett | January Project Life Layouts | 6 x 12 layout

My husband and I spent the week of my birthday is Paris this year. It was a magical trip, and I can’t wait to share more images soon! I chose a few of my favorite photos to pair with the journal cards, stickers, and stamps. I love the baby blue alphas in this kit, and how they pair so nicely with the pinks and corals.

Azzari Jarrett | January Project Life Layouts | 6 x 12 layout
Azzari Jarrett | January Project Life Layouts | 6 x 12 layout

I’m just a couple of weeks in, but the 6x12 format is working nicely for me. I am using this album, but in black, and Design H page protectors.

The Traveler’s Notebook this month is “Full Heart”. I used it to create this spread in my traveler’s notebook:

Azzari Jarrett | Traveler’s Notebook | Paris

I also included “the future is bright” 3x8 pattern paper from the “This Year” mini kit, also in this month’s release.

My polaroids from this trip came out so dark and moody. Not the best, but combining film in my layouts will always be my love language.

Azzari Jarrett | Traveler’s Notebook | Paris

And the stamps! Love how this “oui”, included in the True Love stamp set, was perfect for adding a little bit of French in my layout.

Azzari Jarrett | Traveler’s Notebook | Paris

I used the Brooklyn Heights alpha stamp for “Paris”.

Azzari Jarrett | Traveler’s Notebook | Paris

I’m looking forward to sharing my projects with Kelly Purkey Shop with you this year!

Life on Film

Last year, I started a project which I affectionately called 2018 on Film. My goal was to take one photograph a day to document the simple, quiet moments. Around May, as things go, life got in the way and I didn’t finish out the year. I did pick up my camera periodically, taking a photograph here and there, but I didn’t complete the roll until this month.

These film images span from May 2018 - January 2019. I lost a few images in the middle of roll because I opened the back of my camera prematurely. My favorites from the roll:

Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film | Peonies
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film | Fiddle Fig | Light Leak
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film | Peonies
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film | Anemones
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film | Anemones
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film | Beach
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film | Babaa
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film | Studio
Azzari Jarrett | January 2019 | Film | Wrightsville Beach, NC

As film goes, I was surprised to get back these little treasures of my life, moments I completely forgot about. So glad that I did!

Needless to say, my film camera is loaded once again. No hard and fast rules, but it feels really good to see my life through film.

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!