#30Lists September 2014 (part 1)

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I’ve been doing 30 Days of Lists for a couple of years now. I love doing the lists, but I’m terrible at the follow through, that is actually making something with my lists. Should I do a mini book? Add them to Project Life? Make layouts, or just show them in blog posts? The “finishing” has always been my stumbling block.

Enter the Project Life app.

I really liked the neutral look of Megan’s lists from awhile back using the physical Midnight kit, so I went with that one, which comes free in the PL app. I picked a few journaling cards and added my lists, which I’d written in August and September. (Except the first one, which I rewrote to reflect the day I made the LO). As with every page I’ve made with the app, it was super quick and easy.

So the next question is, where am I going to put it? It doesn’t really fit in with my no-product Project Life this year, so I’m going to print it out and stick it into my All About Jen album. I think I’m going to do that with my 30 Lists from now on. I might even go back and redo some of my other lists and add them in there too.

I’ll share the rest of September’s lists probably next month. I’m not 100% sold on the font I used, so I want to get it printed and make sure I can read it before I use it for any more other pages. (Not the font’s fault, I just have a harder time reading thin fonts)

Curious about 30 Lists? Learn more here. You can see more of my lists here.

Project Life 2014- Weeks 31 through 34

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Now we are entering the era of my Project Life pages where I was not taking many photos. I was sad and uninspired. Then I got The Plague. It was all downhill from there. That’s why I wasn’t too worried about falling farther and farther behind. I knew the catching up process would be much faster with less photos, and less to say in general. I combined weeks 33 and 34 into two pages because week 33 wouldn’t have made a whole page.

While I’m much happier now, I still don’t feel like I have my photo mojo back yet. I’m looking forward to Week in the Life next week to give me a little spark. I’m sure I’ll get it back eventually :)

*Project Life was invented by Becky Higgins. You can learn more about it here. My Project Life pages can be found here.

Project 52: Week 36

Project 2013 October by Connie Prince Template by Fiddle Dee Dee

For this week, I told the story of my first Blurb book. I had mixed feelings about it initially, but Jason’s enthusiasm for it has won me over.

Journaling reads- This week I got my first Blurb book in the mail. I’ve decided to do PL in three volumes for 2014, and this was the first book. It was pretty exciting because I hadn’t gotten a book printed in years. I was a little disappointed in the size and quality of the paper. But surprisingly Jason really likd it! He likes that it’s easier to flip through than my regular scrapbooks. I’ve seen him look through it a few times on his own, which he doesn’t do with my other books. That makes me pretty happy :)

Credits: Project 2013 October by Connie Prince
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Library of Memories album: All About Jen

*Project 52 is my attempt to do one page every week about a “current event”. These LO’s will tell longer stories about an event or theme, and be placed in my Library of Memories system. They are separate from my Project Life pages, which are more of an overview of our week. Here are more of my P52 pages.

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Visiting the pumpkin patch, finding it way too crowded, and deciding to try again in November.

Putting in applications for creative jobs and jobs that pay actual money.

Feeling incredibly anxious.

Doing it anyway.

Walking in the park.

Loving that the weather is down in the 70’s!

Closing doors so others can open.

Watching new episodes of Once Upon A Time and Sleepy Hollow.

Waiting for a fun delivery today or tomorrow.

Talking my sister through setting up her first iPad.

Squirting a naughty Miss Kitty with the water bottle.

Having nightmares regularly.

Pinning iPhone accessories.

Looking for more Halloween themed mysteries.

Eating homemade mac and cheese.

Worrying about family drama, always.

Planning a strategy for Week in the Life.

Signing up for our second 5k.

Feeling sad for three friends who’ve lost loved ones this week.

Project Life 2014 Summer Stories- May 30 Part Two

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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted about our summer in PL. Here is the second part of May 30th.

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Some of the pages from North Dakota will have privacy blurs for C’s home, school, etc.

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Around Fargo, and our first 3×100 photo of the year.

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Check-in at the hotel and yummy dinner.

That first day was a beast to scrap. It was a long day and we took over 200 pictures. It has taken me over two months to finish up the pages for one day, which is a little discouraging. Hopefully the rest of the summer won’t be as challenging! Still very glad that I have Momento to refer back to though. It’s been a huge help.

*Project Life was invented by Becky Higgins. You can learn more about it here. My Project Life pages can be found here.

Project 52: Week 35

January 2013 collection by Connie Prince

Last month, I participated in the Project 365/52 challenge at Gingerscraps. Project 52 is similar to Project Life and P365, only you’re scrapping one event each week. (That’s my interpretation of it, but everyone does it a little differently)

Even though I do my own simplified version of Project Life, I thought it might be fun to make pages for longer, more current stories as they’re happening. It’s my way of dipping my toe into chronological scrapping. I love my Library of Memories albums though, and these pages will fit nicely into that system.

Here’s Week 35- Fort Lauderdale

I love all the blues in this page! I’ve noticed that blue is becoming a prominent color in my Coral Springs/ Boca/ Ft. Lauderdale area book. I’m pretty happy about that. I’m also happy to have all these details written down. I’m sure they’ll get fuzzy over time.

Journaling reads- We made our first trip to Fort Lauderdale in years on a blazing hot August afternoon. We walked through the streets around Las Olas, holding hands and window shopping. We found a little coffee shop and ducked inside for drinks and some much needed shade. We continued our walk, pausing to take pictures. Jason was in love with the little river that flows through town. It was neat to see boats of all sizes floating by. The rainstorm that had been threatening all afternoon finally caught up with us and we took refuge in an Irish bar. They had a live band playing and we thought about staying for a bit, but the rain stopped and we went on our way. We walked back to the car, but we weren’t ready for the afternoon to end just yet, so we drove to the beach. It was very cool, reminding us of Santa Monica. People were playing basketball and skating. We stayed long enough to get our feet wet  in the ocean and walk along the “bridge to nowhere”, then headed for home. Not too bad for a recon mission. We made mental notes of a few places we wanted to see next time. We definitely knew there would be a next time.

(And spoiler alert- there has already been a “next time”)

Credits: January 2013 collection by Connie Prince

Library of Memories album: Places- Coral Springs

I’m excited about this whole Project 52 thing. I’ve never remotely been tempted to scrap chronologically, but I see the appeal in getting things scrapped while they’re still fresh. I am, of course, tempted to go back and scrap the previous 34 weeks. But I think I’ll worry about staying current right now. I’m not sure if this is something I’ll be able to keep up, but it’ll be fun trying :)

In Search of Hollywood using Chore Monster by Mandy King

Chore Monster collection by Mandy King

This page is quite different from the one I shared yesterday. But I wanted to show the diversity of a themed collection like Chore Monster. There are plenty of neutral themed products to play with. (I did manage to re-use those cute house edgers again though!)

My California kick is still going strong. The blues and oranges in this collection will blend in well with the rest of my album. I’m excited to keep making these pages!

Journaling reads- We decided that before we headed to Bakersfield, we’d make a quick trip to see the Hollywood sign. I mean, how hard could it be to get to such a large iconic landmark? Well turns out, it’s pretty hard! We drove around and around these hilly neignorhoods, but power lines were blocking every view. We kept getting lost and turned around, not sure if our rented Mustang would make it through the narrow streets. We kept having to pull in people’s driveways to turn the car around, and we were sure someone was going to call the police because we were driving so eratically. We finally gave up getting a good view and settled for pulling over on the side of the road so we could get a few pictures.

Division of Labor using Chore Monster by Mandy King

Chore Monsters collection by Mandy King

Mandy’s new collection is a fun departure from her usual kit style. This one is all about chores!

I decided to make a LO about the “division of labor” in our house. I did a similar page back in 2011, but it’s always interesting to revisit themes like this to see changes through time.

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Here’s my older page. It’s funny, I didn’t look at the page from 2011 before I made this one, but they’re very similar. No photos, turquoise, and neutral colors. I think I’ll put them next to each other in my Home album.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a totally different way to use the kit, which doesn’t involve cleaning at all :)

Good reads- vol. 8

I’ve been plowing through books at breakneck speed recently. I still might not make 100 books this year, but I think I’ll come close.

The Mayfair Witches books by Anne Rice

As soon as we started talking about going to Louisiana this year, I knew I was going to reread the Mayfair Witches books. It’s one of those series I feel compelled to read every few years.

I’ve read The Witching Hour four times, though at this point I know which parts to skip, (like the gross incest chapters), and the parts not to read around mealtime (descriptions of things found in the attic) Other than those bits, I love the book. I am nerdily obsessed with plotting out the Mayfair Family Tree. I love the detailed descriptions of the Garden District. I love reading about the house renovations. I love love love the historical chapters, and the feeling you get like you’re peeling away the layers of an onion as you go deeper into the family’s past.

Lasher, on the other hand, is my least favorite in the series. So much rape and torture and horrible miscarriages. But you get to find out the real story behind the ghost that has haunted the Mayfair family for generations.

Taltos was okay. I’ve just always been a lot more interested in the witchy parts of these books, as opposed to the Taltos.

All three of these were re-reads for me. I didn’t realize that there are a few more Mayfair books out there, but they all have tie-ins with Anne Rice’s Vampire series, which I’ve never read. I was left wondering whether to continue on with this series, or to start the Vampire series first. I’m still on the fence, so any advice on that is welcome!

After I finished those, I needed a break from supes. So for “lighter reading” I picked up a book about the Boxer rebellion. Like you do. Thus started my newest history obsession, which I think deserves it’s own post. So I’ll continue with my regular reading here and save that book for later.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

I’ve been hearing buzz about Bernadette for awhile now. I was getting a little burnt out on series and ready for a stand-alone book. I really loved the first 3/4 of the book, which is told in the form of emails, receipts, and other electronic correspondence. It felt very clever and fresh. I enjoyed trying to piece together the puzzle that was Bernadette’s disappearance. In some places it reminded me of my beloved P.G. Wodehouse. But towards the end I kind of got tired of Genius Bernadette and her Genius Husband and their Genius Offspring. Yes, I get it- they’re all smarter, more talented, and richer than us. Let’s move on. There were really hilarious parts though, it was a fun satirical look at the lifestyles of the upper middle class (or slightly lower upper class?)

Hiss and Hers (Agatha Raisin #23) by M.C. Beaton

Not my favorite Agatha book. Agatha is in love again (of course), with someone completely unsuitable (as always). He ends up dead and she investigates. This has been the plot for several other Agatha books. I know a lot of fans are getting tired of recycled plots, but I’ll keep reading as long as she keeps churning them out. Because the author always throws in little tidbits that keep me wanting more, in this case clues to how Charles really feels about Agatha. And I’m always hoping she’ll find a good man in the end…

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