Project Life: Week 40

I was clearing out Drafts folder and found this post. Not sure why I never published it, but here’s Week 40.

This was the week after I hurt my knee.

I didn’t have a whole lot to do during the week except sleep and take pictures of the cat and my crutches in various rooms of the house. Jason was super awesome this week, cooking dinner and taking care of the house. I also wrote about winning one of Megan’s mini books from Document Your Life Workshop, a fun conversation I had with my friend Melissa, and my Halloween socks.

The second page was made up of photos Jason took on his commute and the tech we bought that weekend. I also added in a little text exchange between me and my sister. It’s really important to me that I add in bits of the Little Man into Project Life. I’ve slacked off on that and I definitely want to keep that up. I also really like that I have a photo of Jason and me. It’s been awhile since we’ve taken one together and I miss seeing those in my PL.

Credits:
Template by Becky Higgins
Lost and Taken freebie by Z Pearn
Fonts- Arial, American Typewriter, Architect’s Daughter

Project Life was created by Becky Higgins. You can learn more by clicking here. More of my Project Life posts can be found here.

A few layouts…

Okay, this is a real mixed bag of layouts. So be prepared for Christmas, vintage, big emo pages, a trip to the fire station, and our friendly neighborhood prostitute. Just sayin’.

First, a couple of CT LO’s

Night Before Christmas web

Credits:
Dark Holidays kit by Inspired by Dominic
Card template by Danimoy
Tiffany Dotted font

And another one with one of Tiff’s kits

Susanweb

Credits:
A New Day Bundle by Inspired By Dominic

And I did a couple of LO’s just for fun! I haven’t done that in months, I think.

License to Wed web

Credits:
Project 2012 January by Connie Prince
Project 2012 November date tags by Connie Prince
New Beginning template by Jellebelleke
Contrary Mary font

BK-Crewweb

Credits:
525600 Minutes kit by Connie Prince
Contrary Mary font

New Beginnings web

Credits:
Life Ain’t Always Beautiful kit by Connie Prince
Facebook freebie template by Seatrout Scraps

And my very first Art Journaling page. Light on the art, heavy on the journaling 😛

I want web

Credits:
A New Day Cardstocks and brushes by Inspired by Dominic
Travelling Typewriter font

Annnnd one more…..
Navy Fire Station web

Credits:
Project 2012 January kit and January Mega Alpha
Project 2012 December Templates by Connie Prince
Traveling Typewriter font

Grand Opening of Mandy King’s store at Gotta Pixel

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I’m excited to announce that Mandy will be joining Gotta Pixel as of today!

I was really worried about the fate of our designers when SDD closed. But it’s great to see that so many of them have found new homes at other stores. And it was extremely nice of Mandy to invite several of the SDD Creative Team to join her CT. I’ve been a fan of hers for years, so it was a great opportunity to work with her kits. I will also be doing some blogging for her in the future, so that will be exciting!

Here is a LO I made with the Christmassing kit.

Christmasing kit by Mandy King<br /> Apple Cider Doughnuts font

Credits:
Christmasing kit by Mandy King http://www.gottapixel.net/store/prod…t=0&page=2
Apple Cider Doughnuts font

Also in other good news, two more SDD designers have opened up stores at Gotta Pixel today, Jolanda of Jellenelleke’s Designs and Theresa of Simple Girl Scraps. And I know of at least one more SDD alumni who will be opening up at GP next month… oooh suspense!

So congrats to them, and thanks for looking! 🙂

*I am a Creative Team Member. This means that I receive free products in exchange for making and advertising layouts for designers. However, the opinions expressed here are my own. The enthusiasm expressed here is definitely my own. See more of my CT layouts here.

Project Life- Week 48

Still So Excited about this printing thing. Seriously, Santa had better put some ink in my stocking, because I will surely fall into a pit of despair if I lose the ability to print out my Project Life pages. I know Jason must be sick of me attacking him at the front door with my album to look at when he comes home. Not that he needs to look at them, because I’ve already sent picture texts with the entire process.

Anyway.

I didn’t bother taking pictures of the album itself. That part just does not excite me. And I think it’s redundant, really. So unless I have some awesome inserts, I’ll probably just throw up my digital pages and be done.

I will freely admit that the design for this week was heavily inspired (i.e. blatantly copied from) this one by Elise Blaha Cripe. That’s the one good thing about being slightly behind, you can get ideas from other people who are doing the same thing. Elise and I, and a ton of other people, have committed to running a mile a day every day from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day. I see the raised eyebrows out there. No I’m not actually running. I’m walking, sometimes along with my Leslie Sansone videos, sometimes with Jason around the complex, sometimes (okay once) by myself in the gym. Out of the 27 days so far, I’ve only missed about three days. I forget to take pictures some days, so I don’t know exactly. But I’m pretty freakin proud of myself. I’m setting myself up for great habits to come in 2013.

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I think I could take 500 pictures of MK under the tree and never get sick of it. I had a ton of little things that didn’t have pictures to talk about this week (Thank you Momento app!) So I wrote up a little This Week card. The rest of the first page is taken up with mile a day feet pics, silly quote, me trying to get more protein in my breakfasts, what I’m listening to, and the weather, which is still really warm.

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The second page is a few more feet pictures, plus Excedrin after a really hard fast walk the day before. Random kitty pic, a visit with friends, finally getting pictures of our family into the family tree frames. (We enjoyed looking at the stock photos for a week or two before I got ours printed. A long arduous process and I’m SO happy it’s finished). I put in a text that Jason sent me about his morning. I don’t know what half of it means, but he might enjoy looking at it one day. On the bottom there’s a collage of random Instagrams. Making soup and cornbread, My first meat pastry in months, our first Christmas card from Jason’s mom, putting up lights, and my fantastically awesome heart that my sister gave me when we were in Nashville. It has one of our inside jokes engraved on it. The last card lists out our big errand day that week.

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I did print out our Three Times Twelve photo to put in between the pages this week. Not sure what I want to do with the other side of the insert yet. Maybe a collage of pictures that didn’t make it into the album. I’m really thinking of getting these dividers for the months next year. Does anybody have them? What do you think? I’ll have to cut them down and punch new wholes to make them fit my album but I’m ok with that.

I’m so excited to start next year’s album! I am actually grateful for all the problems and issues I’ve had doing this year’s PL. It’s forced me to make changes and try new things. I’m still adapting and changing. I’m thinking of things I want to do for 2013.

The Seafoam digital kit came out this week and I’m still on the fence about whether or not to use it. This is nothing against the kit itself. I don’t like the new digital kit site that Becky’s using. It doesn’t use PayPal like Jessica Sprague’s did, and I just don’t feel comfortable putting my cc info on a brand new site like that. I did try to buy it anyway, but had technical difficulties during checkout. The AC digitals customer service is very nice and tried to help me. After two days trying to buy the kit and being unsuccessful I’ve given up. I will happily buy it if they start offering a PayPal option.

In the meantime, the search for a 2013 kit continues. If I can’t find a main kit in the next week or so, I’ll probably just use things from my stash. Goodness knows I have plenty of kits! Any suggestions of kits to use are welcome. 🙂

Project Life was created by Becky Higgins. You can learn more by clicking here. More of my Project Life posts can be found here.

Project Life- Week 47

Week 47. And the epiphanies just keep on coming.

I’ve made it no secret that I have been struggling with Project Life for a while. Struggling with products, struggling with time commitments, struggling with my process. Making things way too hard. But I keep on plugging away, tweaking things. Because I think that this is so worthwhile. To me, if nobody else.

But I finally feel like I’m turning the corner. And I’m so excited. I mean like super duper jump up and down excited.

Because I started printing my pages!!!!!

See?

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Sorry for the bad blurry iPhone pic. Now I see why all the physical PL’ers complain about glare. I promise I’ll use my big camera next time.

Before I go into the pages themselves, I wanted to briefly explain my change in format. I had always thought that I was going to print up my digital PL pages in a book. That was what I did in 2010, and what I still plan to do for 2011. I have used Artscow in the past. They weren’t the best quality, but they were super cheap. When I switched from one to two page LO’s this year, I decided to go with Blurb because they are the only ones I could find that did 150+ page books. Unfortunately this weekend was not a good time for my relationship with Blurb. (It’s a really long boring story). I won’t be using them for my 2012 book anymore.

I had already decided to do a more hybrid approach next year anyway, so why not give it a trial run for Week 47 and see how that goes? It took a lot of trial and error to get it how I wanted, but this was the perfect week to really see if I could make it work. It was the week we went to Nashville, so I knew I wanted extra inserts.

I decided to just use what I had on hand. I didn’t want to buy anything in case I ended up not liking the result. I have three old American Crafts 8×8 binders left over from when I first started scrapbooking. I now use 8.5×11 binders, so they were just sitting on the shelf empty. I found a few 8×8 page protectors to go in them, and I was ready to go.

Originally I had planed to do a couple of 4×8 inserts. I made up a few templates for myself, and I was going to cut down my page protectors to make them fit.  But I came across a couple of old 4×6 sleeves from a photo album I wasn’t using. Lo and behold, they were a perfect fit! I was so excited over this discovery that I decided to go in a different simpler direction, and just do a photo collage for each day of our trip. I made up a little quickie template for that, schlepped in the pictures, et voila, instant inserts!

So to make a long story even longer, here is my Week 47…

Page one-
P3652012Week47aInsert page 1 with pictures from our trip up to Nashville.

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Insert pages 2 and 3 from Thanksgiving. They face each other.

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Insert page 4 from Black Friday.

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And here’s the second regular-sized page with pictures from our trip home, which I just realized I haven’t blogged about yet.

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I have to say, I really love how they turned out. That was such an eventful week and I was able to cram almost 60 pictures in! Yay!

I’m more excited and hopeful abut PL than I have been in a long time, and I can’t wait to get started on the next week 🙂

Project Life was created by Becky Higgins. You can learn more by clicking here. More of my Project Life posts can be found here.

Twelve layouts for November

Here are my layouts for the Twelve Class this month.

Me: Walk On
Credits:
Momentos kit by Lisete http://www.scrappity-doo-dah.com/sto…amp;amp;page=1
Easy Blends mask by Inspired by Dominic http://www.scrappity-doo-dah.com/sto…amp;amp;page=1
Tiffany Writing font http://www.scrappity-doo-dah.com/sto…amp;amp;page=1

People: Thank You Nanny
Credits:
Autumn Memories kit by Partners In Crime http://www.scrappity-doo-dah.com/sto…amp;amp;page=1
Home Sweet Home template by Kaymee Designs http://www.scrappity-doo-dah.com/sto…amp;amp;page=1
Thankful WA by Artful Musings
Text path action by Wendy Zine
Lucinda Caligraphy font

Places: Cinderella Castle
Beautiful You Collection by Partners In Crime http://www.scrappity-doo-dah.com/sto…amp;amp;cat=98
Filler Up template by Lilacs in Bloom http://www.scrappity-doo-dah.com/sto…amp;amp;page=1
Fonts- Architect’s Daughter, Mom’s Typewriter, Walt Disney Script

Things: Autumn Sunrise
Credits:
Blustery Day by Michelle Godin
Color Me Frosty template by Dagi’s Temp-Tations http://www.scrappity-doo-dah.com/sto…amp;amp;page=1
Fonts- Apple Chancery and Tiffany Writing http://www.scrappity-doo-dah.com/sto…amp;amp;page=1

Personality: You Make Me Smile
Credits:
Picture Perfect by Alegna (DSD FWP @ SDD)
Tiffany Writing font http://www.scrappity-doo-dah.com/sto…amp;amp;page=1
Tiffany Dotted font blog freebie

Everyday: What Today Looks Like
Credits:
Make A List Papers http://www.scrappity-doo-dah.com/sto…amp;amp;page=1
Make A list Highlights http://www.scrappity-doo-dah.com/sto…amp;amp;page=1
Make A List Brushes http://www.scrappity-doo-dah.com/sto…amp;amp;page=1
Tiffany Writing font http://www.scrappity-doo-dah.com/sto…amp;amp;page=1
All by Inspired by Dominic

Fun: A Day With You
Credits:
A Day With You by Keep In Touch Designs http://www.scrappity-doo-dah.com/sto…amp;amp;page=1
Color Me Pretty Set 4 by Dagi’s Temp-Tations http://www.scrappity-doo-dah.com/sto…amp;amp;page=1
Apple Chancery font

I didn’t get to all of them. And again, most of these were for CT assignments. I wonder sometimes if I would scrap much at all if I didn’t CT. But I’m happy for what I did accomplish.

And SUPER happy that Finding Photo Freedom registration is coming soon! I can’t wait to take another class from Stacey. Twelve has been so fantastic, and has really changed my thought process on the kinds of pages I want to make. So definitely looking forward to FPF. Because my photo library currently has 28,156 photos in it and it would be great to get a better handle on them!

Project Life- Week 46

First off, I’d like to say hi to the new people who found my blog through my Sausage Ball recipe on Pinterest. Apparently everyone was looking for a good sausage ball recipe around Thanksgiving. 🙂

For this week, I just wanted to get it done. Mostly photos, very few words. The only real story I wanted to tell was our Date Day, so the rest was super simple.

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The first page is mostly photos from the phone, and a few Instagrams. My Green Market flowers were still going strong. I got new “grownup” pots and pans. (I can’t find a link to them anywhere, they seem to be an in-store only thing). Obligatory cute MK pic, snuggling under a blanket, new holiday screen savers, and some nice warm weather. The bottom left pocket  is my favorite. It’s two pictures of mine and Jason’s bathroom products. He always sets his stuff out so neatly every night, and I had no idea I used so much stuff until I put it all out on the sink like that. The last picture on the page is our football grub. We were all over some Triscuits and white cheddar that week.

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The second page is all about the food. I was excited for my new cookware and made a bunch of food. Tortellini soup, Chicken and pepper stir-fry, my favorite Shrimp Salad, my new favorite Beefy Pumpkin and Mushroom Soup, a fantastic Chocolate Lava cake recipe I got from Tammy, and Fish Tacos. Super tasty week. And it was fun using a different template to change things up a little.

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I also made an insert about our Date Day. I took the words directly from this post, not even bothering to change anything. I was lazy this week.

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Credits: Becky Higgins Project Life Templates (insert template altered by me).

And one last insert page, a LO that I made for a Speed Scrap a few weeks ago.

Walk On web

So that wraps up Week 46! Thanks for looking 🙂

Project Life was created by Becky Higgins. You can learn more by clicking here. More of my Project Life posts can be found here.

Project Life- Week 45

Another week down. Still struggling a bit, but the Project Dig Deep ebook and the chats over at BPC were super inspirational. I’m mulling over a couple of additional pages based on some of the things I read, so will probably work on those this week.

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Credits:
Template and Cobalt kit by Becky Higgins
Date label by AH Designs
American Typewriter and Architect’s Daughter fonts

Lots of instagram pics this week. I think one of my goals next year will be to use my big camera more. Still using the Cobalt kit primarily. I think I like the plain grey background to the pages instead of adding in a BG paper, so this is probably the last week I’ll do that, except maybe for holidays.

This week was pretty normal, mostly stuff around the house, and going to Rorabeck’s, one of our favorite places to get plants and produce.

It was also Election Day this week. I want to do an insert about that eventually, even if it’s just copying and pasting from my blog post.

I did do an insert about our experience voting, where I just copied and pasted that post into the journaling. I’ll probably also print out copies to go into my Library of Memories-Seasons scrapbook.

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Credits:
Rock the Vote kit by Chelle’s Creations
The Fourth by Simple Girl Scraps
Template by Jellebelleke (I took a single page LO and made it a double)
Tiffany Writing font KG Mercy in the Morning

Another week dow. Not many to go before the end of the year!

Project Life was created by Becky Higgins. You can learn more by clicking here. More of my Project Life posts can be found here.

Project Life Week 44 (and a partial resolution to my PL crisis)

So last week I went on a rant about Project life and it’s frustrations for me. I’m the kind of person that needs a plan. If I don’t have a plan it stresses me out. So I’ve come to the realization that it wasn’t really PL that was causing me sleepless nights. It was my own inability to change and make some decisions. (And this was not all Project Life related, by the way. Turns out, I’m awesome at projecting). So after a few days of talking, whining, and eventually writing it all out, I think I finally have a plan of attack. And once I figured out what was really bothering me, I finally got some good sleep again. Yay!

Here are my conclusions-

I need something tangible. I need to print things, or have things printed, on a regular basis. I have fallen into the trap that I think a lot of digital scrapbookers find themselves in, which is printing procrastination.

I want to dabble in hybrid. A little. I will never be a paper scrapper. But I would like to at least explore other ways of doing it.

I need to simplify. I have too many products that are uninspiring to me or that I don’t have time to use. I need a fallback plan.

To catch up or not to catch up? That is the million dollar question.

I still really really love this project and I want to make it work for me.

So here’s the plan-

I need to print something on a monthly basis. Whether it’s layouts or a blurb book, or photos to hang on the wall. I need to get in that habit. I know it will make me feel better to have something in my hands. And once I’m finished with my printing backlog, if I need to, I’m going to print out my Project Life books quarterly.

I will get my hybrid fix by attempting December Daily for the first time this year. In a very relaxed non-stressful way. Which I will talk about probably next week sometime. Depending on how that goes, I have a fun plan for next summer when the Little Man is here. It will be a sort of Summer Daily using the physical PL products. (I told you we start planning for the summers 10 months in advance :P) Hopefully those two things will help me get rid of my Hybrid Rabies.

After a lot of hemming and hawing, I finally broke down and bought the Cobalt digital core kit from Becky Higgins. I still think it’s overpriced, for several reasons. Most digital kits are not $20, even huge collaborative kits with a ton of papers and embellishments. It just does not make sense to have them at that price point, especially with the plethora of PL inspired  kits out there. And every other designer on the planet is offering journaling cards now, most of them very inexpensive or free. The real kicker is that the physical core kits are only $10 more. I’m not going to go on a rant about the cost differentials between physical and digital media and their ethical implications. Suffice it to say, and I’m sure this kills my chances for ever getting on the Project Life Creative Team, but I think the digital core kits are overpriced considering the market.

Having said that, I think a lot can be said for buying a kit for the purpose for which is was made. They are simple kits and what I want in this stage of the game is simplicity. So I broke down and bought the Cobalt kit to help me through the rest of the year. I mostly really like the kit, with two minor exceptions. The papers don’t always exactly fit the templates and require a little resizing. And the white of the journaling cards is super white. Most digital kits that have white papers or ellies have a bit of texture to break up the whiteness of the white. These are just a bit too glaringly white for my taste. But on the whole I’m pretty satisfied with the purchase, and will continue to use them until the kit I really want comes out.

The question of catching up or not is one that I haven’t completely figured out. For right now I’m just jumping in where I am now, and going from there. The documentation is all there, so I think it will be easy to come back to if I decide that’s what I want to do. I plan on making a separate area on the blog for my Project Life “album” and I’ll post any catch-up layouts there instead of cluttering things up here and causing confusion.

I think the one thing I can take away from all this is that Project Life/ Project 365 is a process. I’m not doing it the same way I did in 2010, 2011, or even the beginning of 2012. It’s an evolution. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s just a rounding up of my family’s memories and photos. It doesn’t have to be so complicated. I need to relax and enjoy it.

Now on to Week 44!

Template A by Becky Higgins
Autumn Spice Journaling Cards by Traci Reed
Cobalt collection kit by Becky Higgins
New York photo from New York Magazine cover
Atlantis photo from Nasa
Photos edited with Instagram
Fonts- Architect’s Daughter, Nightmare 5, American Typewriter, Lobster 1.4

This week included Hurricane Sandy, Halloween, a bunch of birthdays, getting a pedometer, and some decorations at Jason’s work. The second page showed me FINALLY getting the family tree collage up that I bought back in April, cooler weather hitting So Flo, a terrible example of auto incorrect, bad tech day, and DSD. There are pics from our early voting adventure and our first trip to the Green Market of the season.  I’m going to do “inserts” on both of those next week.

Speaking of inserts, I want to start including those in my PL posts. Why should physical PL’ers get all the fun of insert-y goodness? I’ll probably add them to the pages following the weekly spreads instead of putting them between though. But I definitely like the idea of putting them in there to tell longer stories, or when I just have a ton of pics with a similar theme.

Here’s one about all of our Halloween decorations around the house. A couple of the pictures are going to be repeats from earlier weeks, but that’s ok with me.

Credits:
Template F (modified)
Cobalt kit
1942 Report font

I made a second insert with photos that Jason took of his coworkers dressed up for Halloween. I love that he gets in on the fun of taking pictures. I’m not going to post it publicly because we didn’t get permission and I don’t want to bother putting all those hearts over every face.

So that wraps up Week 44. Thanks for looking 🙂

CT Layout- What Today Looks Like

I was super excited to see Tiff’s new products this week. They all immediately went into my wish list. Then I was assigned to CT her this month so I didn’t have any excuses not to use these cool new papers and brushes.

And fonts! I love that SDD has a font designer now. Woohoo!

And here’s my LO using all theses goodies. You know I love any kit that helps in my list obsession.

Credits:
Make A List Papers http://www.scrappity-doo-dah.com/sto…amp;amp;page=1
Make A list Highlights http://www.scrappity-doo-dah.com/sto…amp;amp;page=1
Make A List Brushes http://www.scrappity-doo-dah.com/sto…amp;amp;page=1
Tiffany Writing font http://www.scrappity-doo-dah.com/sto…amp;amp;page=1
All by Inspired by Dominic

Thanks for looking!

*I am a Creative Team Member for Scrappity Doo Dah. This means that I receive free products in exchange for making and advertising layouts for designers. However, the opinions expressed here are my own. The enthusiasm expressed here is definitely my own. See more of my CT layouts here.