I have been saving this October Afternoon collection since it came out. I still love these retro looking office ladies. This line was released well into my 4 year adventure in unemployment. While I could have used it for other things, I really wanted to save it to create a layout about my job. Only I didn’t have one at the time. You can see the dilemma.
Not long before I was laid off, I started working on an album called “15 Years of Jobs”. It gave me a place to gather up all of the things I saved from my various positions over the years. I had done a few layouts related to my job but never one about what I did for a living or my office or where I worked, etc…
So now that I am working again and it’s all going really well, it was time to break out 9 to5.
For the first time in my career, I have snapped some photos of the office environment where I work. The photos aren’t that exciting, but this office is unlike any place I have ever worked. It would be hard to understand without photos. I also asked one of my co-workers to snap a photo of me. She was gracious enough to take three, I just wish one of them had been a bit more flattering. Sigh. I was tempted to leave it off but don’t think the layout would have been quite the same. So there it is.
It’s important to me to document this particular job – not only because it’s the job that got me back into real estate transactions, but also because the office environment is unlike anything I have ever experienced. That’s where the title came from. It’s an open office and everyone has a laptop. There are no assigned seats, no offices, no cubicles, just open seating. It takes some getting used to.
Because there was a lot to say, I typed my journaling and inserted the large block under the photos. I’m not sharing all of my journaling because it is about the place that I work and it’s best to keep that private. I added a paper clip with a bit of ribbon to the edge of the journaling block so that I would remember it’s there.
I used a Scrapbook Generation sketch for this 2-pager. I’m not sure I could create a 2 page layout without one of their sketches any more. I didn’t have any embellishments from the 9 to 5 collection, but I had the Collecting Moments ephemera pack on my desk and it included that adorable phone and the clocks. Exactly what I needed for an office layout. I stamped a few office related words to help build out the embellishment clusters, added some buttons, more ribbon and finished it off with a few enamel dots.
Have you ever created a layout about your daily work? Be it in an office, at home, in a creative studio or in the field. It’s all part of our larger story so I hope this inspires you to think about it.
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