And yet more scrapbooking…

A few weeks ago, I read this blog post by Becky Higgins, in which she outlines how she documented 2015 and is planning to document 2016.  As I read it, I thought, “I could DO this. It sounds manageable.” 

You see, I’ve been feeling the urge to scrapbook again – to capture my family’s memories as I’m counting the days (and minutes) as they tick by and I know that my girls will soon be off on their own pursuits and not as interested in spending time with their mom and dad.  I want to capture the days we’ve got together – what life is like, not just the special events – and record them for posterity.

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But I have been overwhelmed at the thought of choosing pictures, printing them out, laying out paper and embellishments.  And doing the same thing digitally seemed overwhelming, too.

I think it is because it’s been SO LONG since I’ve done any scrapbooking and the thought of the backlog of pictures seems overwhelming.

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But, to overcome that I’ve decided to take Becky’s approach.  I’m starting with CURRENT pictures and focusing on those only. Literally the last week’s worth of pictures.  Each night I’ll glance at my phone and pick a picture or two from the day if I have any.  Then, on Sunday night, I’ll add those all to a page – one page, that’s do-able, right? – and add some quick journaling about the week and the weekly card from the Project Life – Project 52 card set.  I’m doing it all on the Project Life app on my phone.

What could be easier?

Honestly, I’m not sure anything could.  I did my first week’s page in less than 10 minutes.  And then, because I felt like I was on a roll, I did a few from December, just for fun.  (somebody stop me, I’m going crazy here)

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So we will see how this goes. But quite honestly, this seems so EASY. I’m not sure how I could NOT do it. And even if I missed a week it wouldn’t be that bad to catch up.

Project life Tuesday

I managed to get a little scrapbooking done over the weekend and I thought I’d share some of the pages I made with you –

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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!

Here’s what I have done so far – I’m terribly behind. I keep hoping to do 2-3 weeks worth of pages per week, but that has not happened yet. BUT, the beauty of Project Life is that I’m not stressing about it. I knocked out these pages in less time than it took to watch a movie on Saturday night (Thor, in case you were wondering – love that Chris Hemsworth!)

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More, hopefully, to share next week!

August Roundup

I started earlier this year doing a monthly round up like Katie the Scrapbook Lady does. I loved the idea of a recap of what I did during the month – something that would make it easy to look back and see a highlight of the month all on one page.

It’s September, so it’s time for the August Roundup.

So, here we go!

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What reading/learning did I do this month? (books, blogs, magazines, ebooks, podcasts, classes, etc.)

  • The Inn at Rose Harbor, by Debbie Macomber
  • Death of a Cozy Writer, by G.M. Malliet
  • various magazines

What entertainment did I watch/listen to this month?(movies, tv shows, plays, music, concerts, etc.)

What fun things did I do with my family and/or friends?

  • The girls started school.
  • Cup of Joy started – my neighbor is going with me this year!
  • The girls and I (and our friend C) went to the Georgia Aquarium
  • made pesto with my friends

What gifts did I give and/or receive?

  • nothing this month

What special or unusual purchases did I make?

  • school supplies!
  • Fall clothes
  • more wheat and supplies for my homemade bread making

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?

  • Overall, a healthy month. Trying to get back on track with my eating and exercise.
  • We’re all battling allergies now that the goldenrod is starting to bloom (Achoo!)

What were my accomplishments this month?

  • More healthy eating
  • Back on my menu planning and more eating at home

What were my disappointments this month?

  • work-related, but they’re temporary.

Overall, a busy but productive month!

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!

 

Project Life Tuesday ~ 10 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.

Still catching up on my Project Life pages. These are from June. I think I will be completely caught up this weekend, but it will depend on what activities we have going on as I’m about two weeks behind as of right now. I’m not worried, though; I feel like I have a good handle on things.

Without further chatter, here are the pages. Simple and sweet, but most importantly – DONE!  Or mostly done, anyway. I have a few slots to fill with some journaling or extras, but they are 90% done.

Week of June 10:

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Left Page:

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I still need to do something on that ruled card, but not sure what I want to do there yet and that “Live Love Laugh” is the back of the card in the previous page, but I liked it so I left it, even though the end letters are cut off.

Right page:

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I made my own title card from some paper I had (I think Storyology?) and my journaling card was a take-off of Cathy Z’s card, but I split my journaling into two 4×3 cards in the smaller pockets.

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Week of June 18:

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Still have some filling-in to do here – I think the flowered paper is good, but not sure yet if I’m happy with it, but I don’t have a better idea and it looks better than nothing!

Left Page:

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Right Page:

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Again, made my own journal card – used some PL digital papers as the border at the bottom. I liked using the oranges to tie into the card from the play we went to.

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And if you made it this far, thank you!

More to come next week!

June Roundup

I started earlier this year doing a monthly round up like Katie the Scrapook Lady does. I loved the idea of a recap of what I did during the month – something that would would make it easy to look back and see a highlight of the month all on one page.

I did great the first few months of the year and then sort of fell off the wagon as the last month or two of school rolled around. Life got crazy and this was not high on the priority list.

Now I am sad because I lost those months, but I am determined to get back on track and start again for June.

So, here is my round up!

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  1. What reading/learning did I do this month? (books, blogs, magazines, ebooks, podcasts, classes, etc.)
  • The Yard, by Alex Grecian (you can read my review here)
  • Untraceable, Unspeakable & Unforgiveable (books 1-3 of the Tracers series by Laura Griffin)
  • I also caught up on a lot of my blog reading and began a Bible study with the ladies from She Reads Truth
  1. What entertainment did I watch/listen to this month?(movies, tv shows, plays, music, concerts, etc.)
    • My beautiful Little Bit had her dance recitals
    • SuperMan and I went to see two plays – Illyria and Much Ado About Nothing at the Georgia Shakespeare summer repBrave poster
    • The girls went to see Brave and SuperMan saw Prometheus in the movie theater
  2. What fun things did I do with my family and/or friends?
  • I made my annual pilgrimage to HQ and got to see my California work friends and spend an evening hanging out with my brother.
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  • Big Girl had her first-ever massage (her 5th Grade Graduation present)
  • The girls went to art camp with their art teacher
  1. What gifts did I give and/or receive?
  • For Father’s Day, we gave SuperMan lots of love, rest, and special cooking
  1. What special or unusual purchases did I make?
  • Bought the girls SFO t-shirts on my trip and one for SuperMan from Johnny Garlic’s (Guy Fieri’s restaurant)
  1. What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
  • Overall, a healthy month. Trying to get back on track with my eating and exercise.
  • We all battled a little bit of allergies when the crepe myrtles bloomed but we’ve weathered that storm (metaphorically speaking) and we’re back to the bloom of health. (sorry, I couldn’t resist)
  1. What were my accomplishments this month?
  • Losing four pounds
  • Back on more healthy eating
  • Back to exercising daily
  • Caught up on my Project Life pages
  • making time every day to spend a little me-focused time – recharging the battery
  1. What were my disappointments this month?
  • a few of the new dinners I tried were not so successful – but that’s a pretty small thing in the overall scheme of things
  1. How did I do on my goals for the month? (Or any current short or long term goals)
  • back on track with exercise & diet

Overall, a busy but productive month!

Project Life Tuesday ~ 26 June

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 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.

I haven’t posted in a while (3 weeks!) because I got behind on my album – have been so busy catching up on other things since my work trip that scrapbooking took a backseat to, well, life.

I did get to spend some time this past weekend getting a little bit caught up. Still have two weeks to do, but I feel much less panicked about how much I have to do. I was quickly reaching that critical juncture of “do I even continue?” and I really didn’t want to go there. So, I feel rather proud of myself for jumping back on the wagon.

I finished my January – June album this weekend. I had decided that I needed to split it up into two volumes way back in March or April when I saw how thick the album already was. Thankfully, I had two of the same type of album already so there was no additional expenditure necessary and everything ties in nicely.

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I made a cute little card to put in the last pocket so that folks would know to continue on –

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I used some of the digital Project Life paper and just added my text on top. Isn’t it cute?

So, since I am catching up, the pages I have to share are from Memorial Day week –

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Sorry that one is so blurry. I could not get it focused for the life of me. I don’t know why. The good news is that the rest are clear and crisp. I decided to use a red and teal theme this week and the inserts and photos seemed to fit nicely with that little idea.

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and some close ups of the left page:

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I made a pennant with some scraps of paper and some twine that I had from a Studio Calico kit.

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The Memorial Day insert was a freebie I downloaded.

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I also used some washi tape (with little teal hearts) and one scrap of paper that had a pinkish tinge to it and red grid lines. I cut that sucker up and used every single scrap – decorated plain grid journal cards and made a journal card (with washi tape on it) as well. I love that about this project – that I can use even the smallest bits of scraps – makes me feel frugal. (wink wink)

The right page:

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Washi tape on the picture to add journaling:

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LOVE the picture of Big Girl with the water hose. She looks so ferocious!

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My last little scrap of grid paper being put to good use –

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And as soon as I finished taking pictures, the girls grabbed the album and went through every.single.page again – from January to June. I love that. I love that they love to look back and remember and that I’m capturing those memories for them.img_1668

That’s why we do this, isn’t it?

I’ll be back with more as soon as I find time to do another week’s worth of pages!

Thanks for stopping by!