Project Life Tuesday 15 May 12 (or the best laid plans)

I have had my blog writer program open for three days – three days in which I’ve been PLANNING to write a post. And, somehow, life got in the way.The Mom Creative

Which seems to be happening a lot lately.

Like with my Project Life album.

I sat down to work on it and realized I was THREE WEEKS behind.

Talk about overwhelming. and confusing. and daunting.

I don’t want that to happen again. It was not much fun trying to sort everything out and figure out what happened when.  Thankfully, I have everything written down in the family calendar so it was a little easier.  And, I finally decided that it really didn’t matter if the pictures from one week were on a page with pictures from another. Twenty years from now I doubt we will care which week we went to the eye doctor.  Right?

Anyway, sit back and get comfy – I have a LOT to share this week:

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Lots of inserts – samples of schoolwork, smaller pocket pages for the extra pictures…

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new car shopping!

And a closeup of the text messages with my brother:

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another close up – I grabbed the logo from the web because I forgot to get a business card to add to the page.

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Moving on to the next week:

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Love the cartoon – so true about life Smile

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another insert:

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Field Day – I may go back and do a digital page on these pictures after things calm down around here – not sure yet.

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And,finally, Mother’s Day weekend!

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If you made it this far, thanks for stopping by!

I have made a vow to myself I won’t get that far behind again – too hard to get motivated to catch up. It would’ve been so easy to just quit, but I’m glad I made myself sit down and do the pages – I feel so much better being caught up!

Project Life Tuesday ~ 24 April 12

Hello and welcome to Project Life Tuesday!

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I’m using the Clementine Edition of the Project Life kit offered by Becky Higgins, supplemented by some digital extras and using up the random bits I have from twelve-plus years of scrapbooking. Some weeks are more digital than others and some weeks are full of frills and furbelows. It just depends on my mood.

This week is a little more digital – with the exception of some old Creative Memories’ Black & White paper and some red ribbon for a punch of color. Since it was a rainy, gloomy week last week, I went with black & white for the major color scheme.img_1471

(remember to click on any image to see it larger)

Here are a few close ups:img_1472

This was the back of the page from last week and it had six 6×4 pockets. I realized this only after I’d cut my 3×4 pictures and rounded the corners, but I think it looks OK. It matches the other page, at least.

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I thought the red ribbon tied in nicely to the red on the radar and the red tail lights from the rainy day picture.img_1474

a close-up of the journaling. Loving the Cathy Zielske journaling cards. I made the border dark grey to go with my color scheme.

Right side page: (sorry for the glare)

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My favorite cookies – SuperMan brought some home for me. Love to nibble on some with some green tea at night while we watch TV.img_1476

And the cat has moved back in the house because the doggies have taken over her garage – at least until the back yard is de-flea-ed and the rain lets up.

and then there is my dismay over gas prices. I figured it was worthy of documenting – img_1477

and my current magazine loves & Big Girl’s multi-tasking…

Moving on to Saturday when the pups tried (vainly) to get into the house for a visit.

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That’s it from around here. I’m not participating in the Week in the Life project (maybe one day) but I have been taking lots of pictures and it’s only Tuesday! Yay, me!

Thanks for stopping by!

Project Life Tuesday ~ 17 April 12

The Mom CreativeHello and welcome to Project Life Tuesday!

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Back to the grindstone last week – the girls were back to school and we had all sorts of unplanned doctor visits and other challenges throughout the week. I didn’t have a lot of pictures except for Little Bit’s visitor’s day at her dance class, but the pages turned out pretty well, I think.

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imgp4269I used some rub-ons and clear stickers for embellishments and Cathy Z’s tutorial to capture my FB post on my work laptop crashing. I like how that turned out. Will be doing it again.  “Wednesday” and “Friday” I pulled from the Ali Edwards digital kit like I did last week. I like how it shows up so I did it again. Sticker on the group shot is one of those Martha Stewart labels cut in half.

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Also played around with Hipstamatic – that is the picture of Big Girl in the doctor’s office – and still trying to figure when to use that little app on my phone. I’m quite spoiled with Camera+ these days.

It was a really, really stressful week for me – I finished the week with a well-deserved margarita…

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And here’s the right side page – pictures of my little dancer:

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She is so stinkin’ cute…

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Thanks for stopping by!

Project Life Tuesday ~ 10 April 12

The Mom CreativeHello and welcome to Project Life Tuesday!

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This past week was Spring Break for the girls – I had thought I’d have a ton of pictures for this week, but the girls and I ended up staying home and we had a relatively quiet week. I worked, they relaxed and played outside and we just enjoyed ourselves as best we can – and I didn’t worry about taking lots of pictures. I just enjoyed my kids.

I managed to fill my pages, though. They are simple with mostly digital embellishments this week. I like the on-again/off-again decorating trend I have. The simpler pages balance out the more elaborate pages of other weeks. And I don’t feel so pressured to make everything fancy-schmancy if I don’t want to. Which is one of the things that I love so much about Project Life.

My pictures were printed at home and I forgot to turn off the borders on my print job. I wasn’t going to waste more ink to reprint them, so this batch has borders. Not sure I like it, but it’s not a big enough deal to go back and reprint – at least not yet. I may order prints next week and if I do I’ll reprint them then.

Anyway…

Here are this week’s pages: (remember to click on any picture to see it larger)

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Left side page:

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That’s an Ali Edwards freebie for the page title – and I added a little brad that I dug up in my stash. The journal card has some buttons from my stash that I stuck on for a little color. I used Ali Edwards’ days from Designer Digitals. I just cut the words out of the frames and added them to the photos.

Some close-ups:imgp4185

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I love the little swirls I added to the picture of Little Bit riding her bike. I have no idea where they came from (they were in my “freebie” folder) but I think that it adds a great touch to the picture.

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One more close-up that I love.

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Moving over to the Right side:imgp4182

Close ups:

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And the journaling for the week is a Cathy Zielske journaling card:

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That’s it for me this week!

Thanks for stopping by!

I hope I have some more craftiness to share with you later in the week.

Project Life Tuesday ~ 4.3.12

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It’s APRIL, people!

APRIL!

WOW. Just wow. The year is flying by. Earlier this week, I was afraid I wasn’t going to have enough pictures to fill the week in the album. Boy, was I wrong! I ended up with two inserts in addition to the usual weekly pages.  Part of that is because I devoted an entire page + to Little Bit’s newest attempt to ride a bike without training wheels. Big Girl took pictures (I was at the grocery store and I have trained her well – SuperMan said she told him “Mom will kill you if we don’t get pictures of this.”) I think she likes that her photos are featured in the family album and I love the help!

Add to that the beautiful weather and some silly critters and I had a lot of stuff to share. So, get comfy, you’ve got a lot of stuff to look at here.

(and remember to click on any picture you want to see larger)

The first two-page spread: (you can see the other insert peeking through) I used a smaller insert (on the right) with 3 4×6 photos – it was just enough to capture the rest of the bike pictures.

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Next, a close up of those photos:imgp4149

I am having fun  using up my “stash” and finding things to go together that weren’t meant to go together – like the Creative Memories’ pink die-cut and stickers to go with another scrap-pad paper and the PL grid journaling card cut down and stuck on top.

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And then the back of the smaller insert and the front of the second insert: (Silly puppy shots)

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And let’s all sing “Hallelujah!” for my new dishwasher! (hee hee)

Close ups:

The stickers on the puppy pictures were from a sheet from Jillibean Soup. imgp4148

I made the journal card on the bottom right using my PL Digital papers from Jessica Sprague. Sticker on the picture of Little Bit reading was a circle I cut in half from October Afternoon and the label on the yummy dinner picture is a Martha Stewart label from the Staples collection.

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Back of the second insert and the final page:imgp4152

Close ups:

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The polka dot paper is from My Mind’s Eye (I think I got the pad of paper at Michael’s) and the words on vellum are from an old Creative Memories pack I had.  More Martha Stewart labels on the other pictures and a picture of the book I’m reading right now.

And close up of the last page:

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The journal card is from Kate Teague (This Life collection) and I added the “This Story” to the top from another file in the same kit and dropped it on there. The paper flowers were more Creative Memories stuff I uncovered.  The Happy Spring page I used as my week indicator came from Ali Edwards and I edited it to change the background color to match the journal card and then added the week, the paper flower and some glitter poka dots with a Gelly Roll glitter pen. The “Hello Spring” came from Sprik Space. I just found that blog and love the designs! imgp4151_close up1

Because I thought I wasn’t going to have a lot of pictures for the week, I did a screen print of the audio book I’m listening to, the Daily Mile page to show my walks this week (yay, me!) and the poster of the movie SuperMan and I went to see Friday night. I like it, though. Bits of ephemera about our life.imgp4151_close up2

Well, that’s it for this week – hope you liked it and thanks for stopping by!

Project Life Tuesday 3.27.12

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Can you believe March is almost over?

It feels strange.

Especially so since we never really had a winter here. We went from fall to a pseudo-spring-winter-type season and then spring/summer has begun. Crazy.

Of course, the kids and I can’t wait for school to be out and we’re looking forward to spring break next week – no early mornings and a much easier schedule. I’ll still be working, but I’m sure we’ll fit some fun adventures in during the week.

Here are my pages for the past week. Somewhat simple, but I like them. I stuck with a color scheme of peaches, light blue, and pinks… in keeping with my Project Life journal cards I had chosen. It was fun to find other things to add to the mix that complemented those colors.

Here’s the two page spread with and without the insert: (you can click on the image to make it larger)

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The Left page:

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Close ups:

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And the Right page:

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and a close up:

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LOVE using my chats and capturing the little things – also loving this picture of Big Girl and Superman from Saturday.

Like I said; sweet and simple this week. But I like it.

Thanks for stopping by!

I knew I should’ve taken that left turn at Albequerque

I’m back!

Did you miss me??

Just in case you don’t get the reference in the title:

(I love Bugs Bunny)

I did manage to get my Project Life pages finished and thought I’d share with you, even if I am a couple days later than my usual Tuesday posts.The Mom Creative

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This week I have an insert – at the beginning of the week I was worried I wouldn’t have enough pictures – then we went to Mom’s for the weekend and I ended up printing 20+ pictures to fit into the week! Happily so, though.
So, I will share the pages along with some close-ups of them.
It is gloomy here so I hope they are not too dark for you.
The Left page:img_1416
Close ups: (a couple custom journal cards. one downloaded, one I “made” from a blank grid card and some leftover stickers)
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The insert page (front)
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Close ups:
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Back of the insert page:
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Close up (can you tell I love the Martha Stewart labels?)
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The Right page:
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I used a couple Smash journal cards here in addition to the Project Life ones. The heart card came from here.
Close ups:
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And I’ve already started on this week’s pages! – more on that next week.img_1427

Project Life Tuesday 3.13.12

3.13.12 what a weird number combination.

Don’t know why that struck me strange, but it did…

Anyway…

Hello and welcome to Project Life Tuesday!
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The pages are simpler this week and no inserts to share – I have been so busy with work and sick kiddos that the fact that the pages are complete is a major accomplishment for me this week. Still loving the project and being able to stay current with what’s going on in our lives with just a small time investment on Saturday afternoons. I’m guarding that creative time very carefully as it has become a little oasis for me in the midst of a lot of busy-ness in our lives.

Without any further chatter – here are the pages:

(sorry for the shadow – didn’t know it was there when I took the pictures!)

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(remember, you can click on the picture to see it larger)

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Using my creative license and filled a journal slot with a little cut piece of the box of muffin mix the girls love and request at least once a week. I also included a picture of my brother and his family that they sent me. They are big skiers and go almost every weekend. So it is only fitting to include that here, I think.

I also made my own journaling card (yay, me!) and thought it turned out pretty well (This week) if I do say so myself.

I am loving using the smaller slots for the cell phone pictures and being able to capture all the little bitty bits of life that way – not being confined to only seven photos a week. I think I am averaging closer to 15 pictures that way.

I also used a nifty new program I discovered for my iPhone – PicFrame – that allows you to fit multiple photos into little bitty frames – which gives you even more options! (eek!)

Here’s one I did on Friday night:img_1126

I love how it turned out – and the program was very easy to figure out. This was my very first attempt.

I just stuck it into a 4×6 picture and added some journaling and another photo beside it… so I got four pictures and journaling all in one 4×6 photo! Pretty cool. (I did that part in PSE, not on the phone)

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The rest of the right side page was devoted to our Saturday adventures with our friends – a few stickers on the pictures for embellishments and that was about it – I kept it simple. The story is over on the left side page.

The quote card is from Design House Digital – 2012 Life Blocks by Audrey Neal. Love those.

The little starburst on my journal card is from there, too. Kate Teague – This Life

I can’t recall where the other things are from – mostly freebies, I think.

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a new favorite recipe with you. Smile

Project Life Tuesday ~ 3.6.12

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I have a very photo-heavy post today –  lots of close-ups of the pages – things didn’t seem to show up in the larger pictures as well as I wanted, so I did some close-ups.

I also have a lot of inserts. I included some of the girls’ school work, my monthly calendar for February (from the front of the fridge) and the “formal” picture from the Father-Daughter dance.

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Left side ^ with the weekly summary and highlights from the first part of the week.

Some close-ups:img_1369

And here is the page with the other side showing:img_1358

the insert:

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I think I’m getting the hang of using Photoshop Elements for my journaling and to make 2 3×4 pictures on a 4×6 paper so I can print them easily at home.

The back of the insert:

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A close up of my card:

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The calendar page insert:

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The other inserts:

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Big Girl’s “chore” list –

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And the right side page:

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With some close ups:

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I’ll be back on Thursday with some digital pages that I did last week.

Project Life Thursday ~ 3.1.12

Playing catch up here – this is last week’s set of pages – I ended up doing two weeks at one time over the weekend as I didn’t have any time to work on the pages the weekend before.

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The left side page with the 8×11 insert – holding Big Girl’s poem for her Social Studies project and some random things on the back.

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the right side page ^

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Being able to add some journaling on the photos themselves (now that I’m figuring out PSE) makes more room for more pictures, which is nice.

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I’ll be back next Tuesday with the next installment. Smile