The world must be ending

because I actually SCRAPBOOKED yesterday.  The first time in, oh, I don’t know how many years.  And I enjoyed it. Immensely.

I have fallen off of the memory keeping bandwagon for some time – I got busy with work and life and scrapbooking took time I didn’t have.  And then I got so far behind that the thought of starting and trying to catch up just was overwhelming.  My poor scrapbook table sat dusty and unused, becoming a place for the family to pile things that they didn’t want to deal with at the moment. My scrapbooking software has been unopened, and while I have been saving photos, no archiving has been done. No organization or anything.

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However, ever since we got back from our Disney trip I have been wanting to do something with those photos. I didn’t want them to sit unenjoyed on my hard drive.  We had a great trip and I wanted to preserve those memories. To be able to look back on the stories and relive the fun.

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So, I have been toying with the idea of a pocket-style scrapbook. I even purchased a 6×8 album and inserts and Disney-themed décor.  And then I looked at how many photos I had.  Over 1,000! Between the photos we took and the ones that we had taken by cast members, we have a LOT of photos.  I wasn’t sure my little 6×8 album could hold all of that.  And I wasn’t going to print that many pictures only to discard about half or more that wouldn’t make the cut into the album.  That’s wasteful and expensive.

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So then I thought about doing a simple Shutterfly album.  I uploaded the photos and then started looking at the options online. I realized that I would not be happy or content with the products they had because I was used to being able to customize my pages with my digital scrapbooking.

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So yesterday, while we watched movies as a family, I set up my laptop in the living room, downloaded some Disney themed digital kits and got to work.  I managed to make it as far as our first “official” day in the park.  I’m planning to do more this weekend, so hopefully I will make good progress.  I have a lot of pictures to go through, but I’m having FUN and enjoying it again.  And that’s a pretty big thing.

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Who knows? I may actually scrapbook again.

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Scrapbook kit: Simple Stories Digital collections (Say Cheese & Say Cheese 2)

Project Life Tuesday ~ 14 May 13

Happy Tuesday, y’all!

Hope your week is treating you well – so far so good for us here. It’s time for another update on my Project Life pages…

A little background

The Mom CreativeThis year, I’m doing my Project Life album digitally. I’m using Creative Memories’ Storybook Creator software and Becky Higgins’ Turquoise Edition (for the most part)  I’ve also purchased these nifty little overlays that allow my pages to look like true pocket pages (I’m loving them).

I’m planning to print my pages as a book – hopefully, it will all fit in one volume and take up less space on the shelf than the 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 versions which are 2 volumes (2 3” binders) each!

This week’s pages

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The journaling reads:

Spring is springing and one of the ways we can tell is that, for the first time ever, the farmer has transformed the hay bales into bunny rabbits! We are so excited. * One of our new traditions is homemade pizzas on Friday nights * My latest snack obsession are these “protein bites” that are made from oatmeal, honey, peanut butter and coconut. They are SO good. * My latest crochet project is this beautiful afghan I’m hoping to make for the living room.

And the right side page:

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Top journaling:

Taking advantage of his time off of work, Rob decided to paint for me. He spent the better part of the week painting the foyer, kitchen, stairs and landing. My SuperMan!

Bottom journaling:

Very interesting fortune cookie at dinner and even funnier text with my boss the next day ~ hee hee!

Love my little one’s Visitor’s Day at dance – one of the highlights of the year. I love to see how much progress she’s made since the beginning of the year – and then again between Visitor’s Day and recital day two months later.

What about you?

How are your Project Life pages coming along?

 

Project Life Tuesday ~ 6 May 13

Happy Tuesday, y’all!

Hope your week is treating you well – so far so good for us here. It’s time for another update on my Project Life pages…

A little background

The Mom CreativeThis year, I’m doing my Project Life album digitally. I’m using Creative Memories’ Storybook Creator software and Becky Higgins’ Turquoise Edition (for the most part)  I’ve also purchased these nifty little overlays that allow my pages to look like true pocket pages (I’m loving them).

I’m planning to print my pages as a book – hopefully, it will all fit in one volume and take up less space on the shelf than the 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 versions which are 2 volumes (2 3” binders) each!

This week’s pages

I had hoped to get more pages done over the past weekend because of International Scrapbook Day, but I was sick over the weekend and really didn’t feel like doing much more than just sitting still.  Sigh.

But I DID get some pages done – continuing to work my way through 2013 and hopefully get caught up soon.

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The journal cards are from Juli Fish: You Make Me Happy ~ I can’t find the download link anymore.

The other bits and bobs were from another kit  that came from The Daily Digi as part of the monthly kit. I love it.  Happy, happy stuff.

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I like the pages – I think they capture the fun of that week.  And I love that everyone in the family is in the pictures.

Project Life Tuesday

Happy Tuesday, y’all!

Hope your week is treating you well – so far so good for us here.

It’s time for another update on my Project Life pages…

A little background

The Mom Creative

This year, I’m doing my Project Life album digitally. I’m using Creative Memories’ Storybook Creator software and Becky Higgins’ Turquoise Edition (for the most part)  I’ve also purchased these nifty little overlays that allow my pages to look like true pocket pages (I’m loving them).

I’m planning to print my pages as a book – hopefully, it will all fit in one volume and take up less space on the shelf than the 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 versions which are 2 volumes (2 3” binders) each!

This week’s pages

Still in catch-up mode, but I’m making progress.

These two are from the middle of February-

(click on the images to view larger size)

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Keeping it simple and getting it done. That’s the theme for these pages.

Even though they’re simple, I like them. I like the bright pops of color and the way the pictures capture the “everydayness” of those weeks in February. Nothing fancy, but it’s real life.

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What about you? Any progress in your crafty world?

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Project Life Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve been working on my Project Life pages again… so enjoying getting back into this project.

A little background

The Mom Creative

This year, I’m doing my Project Life album digitally. I’m using Creative Memories’ Storybook Creator software and Becky Higgins’ Turquoise Edition (for the most part)  I’ve also purchased these nifty little overlays that allow my pages to look like true pocket pages (I’m loving them).

I’m planning to print my pages as a book – hopefully, it will all fit in one volume and take up less space on the shelf than the 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 versions which are 2 volumes (2 3” binders) each!

This week’s pages

Still catching up from earlier this year, but making progress feels good.  These pages cover the end of January and the first part of February.

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I used the January kit from The Lilypad for most of the elements on this page. I just love the pop of color and how it coordinated with all of the other blues and greens on the photos.

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I’m also in love with the fonts – one was from Fonts for Peas from Kevin & Amanda.  (Pea Captivatingly is the bold font) And one was from the Digi Files from the Daily Digi, but I found it at The Sweet Shoppe now. I really like the handwriting script.

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The last page documented Big Girl’s retreat weekend with her friends from church. She had such a great time – they got to meet Seth Condrey on Saturday night before the evening session.

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That’s it for now – slowly but surely I’m making progress.

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Project Life Tuesday

I know, I know – It has been FOREVER since I posted any scrapbooking pictures.

Well, there’s been a good reason for that…

I haven’t been scrapbooking!!

But I fixed all that last weekend – I went out with some girlfriends and spent the evening at Archiver’s doing a little scrapbooking.  We had such a nice time together – just hanging out and relaxing and getting some crafty going.

I didn’t get a TON done, but I did manage to get a few pages completed.  I have decided that since I lost my momentum with my 2012 Project Life album last fall, I’m going to finish the year’s pages digitally.  I am determined to finish them and I figure this will be faster for me than printing and finding time to lay out the pages. I think it’s mostly mental because the digital pages aren’t necessarily faster, but it’s making me happy and that’s what counts, right?

Here are the pages I did on Saturday –

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One of the other things I really like about doing it digitally is that I can do whatever week’s pictures I’m in the mood to work on and not worry about chronology. I can put them in the right order in my scrapbook after printing, but doing it this way I can work in whatever order suits my fancy.

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I also stumbled across this really cool set of templates that I am absolutely in love with –

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There are six different “papers” with the “pockets” for the Project Life layouts. I just plop it on the page and “fill in the blanks” with my pictures and journaling.  You can flip them (rotate) and get even more configurations to use. I love the way they make it look like there are actual pockets on the digital pages. They’re from the Scrap Girls Boutique.

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I’m hoping to get a few more pages done this week – little by little I’ll catch up on 2012.

And I’m also going to go ahead and start 2013’s album, which I have decided to do completely digital this year.

How’s your Project Life project going?

 

Project Life Tuesday ~ 24 July

 

Hello and welcome to Project Life Tuesday!

If you are stopping by from The Mom Creative, welcome & thanks for clicking over! If you are not, you might want to click over there when you’re done here for some more great Project Life inspiration!The Mom Creative

I’m using the Clementine Edition of the Project Life kitoffered 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 was all about the birthday girl, so I focused most of my pictures and decorations on that theme. I used a little ribbon and washi tape to add some other elements and most of my journaling was directly on the pictures with the exception of the weekly recap, which I did on a homemade journal card (digitally).

So, without further chatter, here are the pages – (there are four of them because I had so many birthday pictures)

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remember you can click on any image to see it larger.

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close up:

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and the next two pages:

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and a close up of the cute cake that Big Girl made for her sister. I love it.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!