The Houston Project

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Seems I can’t get enough of the colors in the December Studio Calico kit! What can I say, they’re my faves: yellow, gray, and turquoise. I was instantly attracted to that piece of patterned paper by Basic Grey, the cityscape one. And I thought it’d be the most perfect cover for a mini book I’ve wanted to make.

Here’s what I’ve been mulling around in my head for a bit: The Houston Project. I’ve been living in Houston for oh...5 months now. And I still haven’t seen very much of it. Heck, I still don’t really like it. It’s large and a bit pretentious. The people aren’t that great and I largely feel out of place. But, it’s where I’m going to be for at least another year or two. I have to get to like it, if only for my own sanity! Hating where you live just breeds bad juju and I need all the good vibes I can get!
In an effort to embrace my new city, I really want to get out and explore. To see new parts of the city, to meet new people even. To just get out of the little (and I do mean little) rut I’ve carved out for myself, in this metropolis.
And also, an underlying goal here is to work on my photography skills. If I can find beauty and culture and architecture (dubious) here in Houston, then when I’m out and about in London and Istanbul, I won’t have to play catch up. If that makes any sense!
I created this mini using only the Metropolitan Kit + Mass Transit add-on. It was made entirely from scratch and was binded using the accordion fold method (thanks Jessica Bree for introducing me to this!).

I love that in one night, during a sitting as long as the movie Avatar (it was on HBO) I was able to create something from literally nothing. There aren’t a lot of pages, but I’m ok with that. I added a couple of envelopes to hide extra photos away in, if need be. It’s a sweet little mini that I’m excited to put photos into. I’ll be sure to post when it’s all complete!


  1. I Like it!! Super Great idea, hope you meet some wonderful people and can come to feel comfortable in your new place!

  2. what a fab idea for a mini :) and its ADORABLE to boot! youre ROCKING the Metropolitan kit. my FAVORITE part is the cover, woth the label + Thickers + the ticket + handwriting.