And so Project Life Begins…

I’m getting really excited about my Project Life album for this next year.  I really love the idea, and the concept of how to be able to incorporate a little bit of memory keeping in a little bit of time, in order to have a beautiful album without a ton of work.  Time and space has really been what has kept me from doing much scrapping over the past 4 years (since my oldest was born) and so this system seems to be something that will work for me.

Some people I have seen do a strict week by week approach.  And while that is awesome, I just can’t quite make that kind of commitment just yet.  For me, I will use the Project Life system to easily be able to get all those photos that I take printed and into an album and write at least a little bit of something to help tell the story.

One thing you should know about me and any kind of scrapbooking, I have been notoriously BAD at journaling.  I never feel like I really have much to say, and so most of my older layouts (older, because I haven’t done any in so long) just have a date and event on it… possibly names of people in the photos.  For me, it was more of a pretty way to showcase a photo.

Lately though, I seem to have come out of my rut with journaling, even if it’s only a little bit.  I’m happy to say that I have been better about getting a real story down on paper and telling what actually happened.  I’m not going to feel bad though if I don’t have a huge story for EVERY photo though.  It’s just not going to happen.

So, I bet you really want to see all the goodies I have been working with/on though… huh?

Well, for Christmas the hubby’s Aunt got me the Project Life Amber Kit.  I originally was going to wait for Seafoam, but this one was on my Amazon wish list so this is what I will use.

Project Life Amber KitWhen I first added it to my wish list, it was just “so, so” but now that I have it in my hands, it’s freakin’ Awesome!  So much better in real life rather than on the screen!  I’m really happy with using this kit now.

Of course, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t purchase a few other items to go with this kit.  I got the blank white cards, as well as the blank grid cards (both in 3×4).  Also, I ordered the 4×6 colored cardstock that coordinates with the kit.  I figure I can use these full size or even cut them in half if I want to use the solids in the 3×4 slots.

I’ve also picked up a few new stamp sets, including Ready Set Go – Clear Acrylic Stamps – Hey There, from the Amy Tangerine collection from American Crafts.

American Crafts - Amy Tangerine Collection - Ready Set Go - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Hey ThereLOVE THEM!

So today, I worked on a few embellishments for some of the 3×4 cards.  I figure I’ll want a little something added on them – so I might as well make up some as I have time.  That way I can just write what I want or add a photo and insert – adding to the ease of assembling this album.  What do you think?

A few PL cards I made...

Cute huh?

  • I’m liking the Charlie Brown effect of the yellow card – I cut it from some double sided cardstock, then cut the chevron from the kraft cardstock, and used my pen to draw in the other chevron lines.  Although, as I look at it now, it’s more of an actual zig-zag rather than a chevron.  Oh well.
  • The “Hello 2013” card is from the kit – I just stuck on some Thickers and stamped my Hello (using the stamp set from above).
  • The “Today” card is also from the kit.  I simply added a little cork ATC card to the front and stamped “TODAY” on a scrap and stapled it together.
  • The red glitter is probably the easiest as well as my favorite!  I have a 6×6 pad of brightly colored glitter paper which I cut to 3×4 and rounded the edges.  I took craft paper and cut the heart and simply stapled it together in the middle.

I plan to start putting my intro/cover page together this weekend so I can be ready to start filling with photos next week.  Since we have a New Years party for work on Monday night, I will likely start there.

Malea

Better Late than Never!

I LOVE sending out Christmas Cards, it’s one of the few times each year that I get to send real mail. This year I’ve actually had my cards in hand since before Thanksgiving but they are only now getting out in the mail. Bad me.

Here’s this year’s card, courtesy Tiny Prints and Caught You on Camera.

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If you are on my Christmas Card list, be looking for your card soon… Even though it might not make it till after Christmas.

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The Too Big Hat

So that hat I was making awhile back.. the one that was supposed to be really awesome with cables in the ribbing and everything?  Yeah, well that didn’t work out so well.  I followed the pattern and it looked beautiful.  All until I had my husband try it on.

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Nice huh?

I LOVE the way it turned out, other than the fact that it’s way too big.  Normally, I’d just say that you could fold the brim up and it would still be wearable, however since it has cables in the ribbing, the underside looks a little weird.  Not a good solution.

Anyone know someone with a really big head that needs a hat?

DecDaily12: Days 6-15

I’ve been home sick the past two days, which has given me some time to continue the progress on my December Daily album.  Here are my new pages.  Some still need photos, but they have been ordered so that’s at least something.  Plus, I’ve added photos that I did receive to my previous pages.  When it’s all said and done I will do a re-cap with all new photos of the completed pages.  I just didn’t see much of the point in taking 3 photos of each page.

December Daily 2012: 6 & 7

December Daily 2012: 8
December Daily 2012: 8

December Daily 2012: 9

December Daily 2012: 11

December Daily 2012: 12

December Daily 2012: 13 & 14

December Daily 2012: 15

As you can see, there was a day I didn’t really have anything, so I skipped it – no big deal.  There are other days were a lot was happening, so I’ve left plenty of space to add lots of photos.  Day 15 has a LOT of photos, it was great to be able to document all of this.

More later, So far I just have 3 days to catch up with – and honestly, there hasn’t been much to say for those either.  We’re getting closer to the end of the month though and time to wrap up this whole project.  I’m loving that this year I am actually completing this whole album.

I’m thinking Project Life

I’ve watched various bloggers/crafters work on their Project Life albums this year and I’m seriously thinking about it for this next year. Actually, I’ve already bought my album and it was delivered today. I’m to the point where I’m trying to decide which kit to buy – the two new ones that I really like are yet to be released so I’ve still got time to decide.

I haven’t really done much in the way of scrapbooking for awhile now and so of course, I’m pretty far behind. I want to make this something that I can actually keep up with and document all those little moments. I’ve got photos for most everything over the past years, but they are all still on the computer. I really need to go back and do something with them.

But if I can keep up with the future memories then I think I’ll be doing better. 🙂

The thing about Project Life is that it’s supposed to make keeping up with the memories really easy and less time consuming. Just print a photo and stick it in the slot, pull out an awesome journaling card and write a few notes about what happened. That’s it!

Others have done a full week spread for each week of the year. I’m not entirely sure I’ll do that. I may be more meaningful if I just fill it as real things happen rather than trying to force myself to come up with something on even the most routine weeks -especially the things we do over and over. Not that routine things aren’t important, but it can get to be too much if I try to document them over and over with not much new to say.

There are two new kits this year and they are equally as awesome.  I’m currently undecided which one I’d like to go with. There’s Seafoam,

Seafoam Project Life Core Kit

or there is Olive.

Olive Edition Project Life Core Kit

You can see now why it’s a hard decision to make, right?

Anyway, I have a bit of a plan so as soon as the new kits are released then I will order and get started. I really just need to figure out the best plan for printing photos, we’ll see how that goes.

Cookie Day part 2

After 6 years of marriage, I was invited to join in on cookie making day with the women of my husband’s family.  To be fair, they did invite me last year but I couldn’t go.

Anyway, we had a full day and it was lots of fun!

SQ and I left the house early and stopped by the grocery store to pick up the last bit of our ingredients that we needed.  Then picked up Grandma and Aunt Sam.  Next, we stopped to pick up donuts and coffee then found Cousin Anna’s house and picked her up too.  Finally we made it all the way out to Aunt Debbie’s house (it’s kinda far away).

We got everything unloaded and set up then got to work mixing up our cookies.

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I was one of the only ones who did not carry my Kitchenaid mixer from home, so I did a lot of mixing by hand.  It was tough with the Oatmeal Butterscotch cookies, but not impossible.  Plus, they turned out really well… so it worked out.

SQ did really good behaving herself.  She kinda helped with the pretzel/Hershey Kiss/M&M things… that top right photo is where she got bored.  She got Aunt Debbie to put in a movie for her and cozied right up on the couch – of course that didn’t last too long either.  I think her favorite part about the movies was that she got to climb the stairs to go pick out a new one (we don’t have stairs at our house).

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SQ also very much enjoyed Aunt Debbie’s little Christmas Village.  Even though she wasn’t supposed to touch, she could hardly stand to keep her hands off it.

We had a large variety of cookies made, lost of new recipes rather than just the usual favorites.

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SQ even got curious again, and came back in to help.  She rolled dough for the Mexican Wedding Cookies that Uncle Alan had requested and had a lot of fun with it.  It was to the point that it was like playing with PlayDough and she really enjoys that 🙂

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At the end of the day, we were all very tired and just ready to go home.  SQ was asleep by the time we were out of Aunt Debbie’s neighborhood so that gave her plenty of time to rest on the way back home.

As the girls get older each year, I hope to be able to include them both more and more.  I think it’s definitely something they will both look forward to each year.  Hopefully I’ll have a bigger house one day and I might even be able to host the whole thing.

There are a few more things I’d like to make this year, and am hoping to get the chance to this week.  We’ll see.

It’s Cookie Time!

It’s that time again!  Time for Christmas cookies!!  Yeah!

Tomorrow I will be getting up early, getting myself and the 3 y/o ready and heading out for a quick grocery store trip before heading to my MIL’s house.  There we will pick up MIL & SIL and head to my husband’s Aunt’s house for a day of cookie making.

The 4 y/o will be spending the day with Daddy and going to a birthday party for one of her friends.

Anyway, so I’ve spent a little time the past few days figuring out which recipes I want to make.  An absolute must are my husband’s favorite Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies.  His Mom usually uses the recipe on the back of the oatmeal, but I found a different one.  Honestly, I don’t think there’s much of a difference – but since the oats I already have do not have a recipe on them then I had to search the internet for something to go by.

Next, the kiddos like Buckeye balls – and since SIL bowed out of making those, then I suppose I will.

The next is just something that I thought looked yummy – Chocolate Dipped Toffee Cookies.  They are simply a toffee chip cookie dipped in melting chocolate.  They sound simple and tasty, which is just what I like.

I’m planning a follow up after tomorrow’s event… stay tuned for a recap and of course, photos!

DecDaily12: Days 1-5

I’m back with an update… these pages are still in-progress since they have no photos yet, but you still get the idea AND it kinda keeps me on track.

Day 1:
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The beginning of all of this – I spent the first half of the day in airports and airplanes.  Waiting to add a few photos on a grid from my traveling for the day.

Day 2:
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Jeremy’s birthday!  Journaling was typed and talks about how we picked up Dunkin’ Donuts while Daddy slept in.  And how we went out for a dinner with the family that evening.  Plan to add a large photo of the birthday boy on the left side.  Possibly a few small ones added to the right page.

Day 3:
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A kind of random Monday.  Just a few interesting notes about what happened.  Plan to fill the spaces with 2×2 photos that go with each statement.

Day 4:
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A day I had been waiting for – and one that has made these more frequent updates possible.  My new iMac was delivered!  The old laptop was on it’s death bed so I couldn’t use it much, now there are definitely no problems!

Day 5:
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Nora’s Birthday!  Even though she couldn’t quite believe it at first.  We love birthdays in our house, the girls have pretend birthdays all the time.  When it actually was real, Nora just couldn’t quite believe it.  Of course, she went all around town telling people it was her birthday the rest of the day! 🙂  Plan is to fill that box with a photo grid of a few photos from the day.

So that’s what I’ve got so far.  I’ve got lots of photos that I want to try to incorporate for day 8, so right now I’m trying to figure out exactly what needs to happen there.  Stay tuned for more to come!

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Lately, I’ve been working on quite a few more knitting projects at a time than usual.  I normally have about 3 projects going on at a time.  As of right now, my Ravelry projects page shows me with about 7.  Yep, it’s crunch time for getting those Christmas gifts finished!

My biggest project at the moment is the Arleen sweater for my sister (She’s already seen it, so I’m not going to worry about ruining the surprise).

Whitney trying on her in-progress Arleen sweater

For this cute sweater I used Lion Brand Wool Ease in Sea Spray.  I like it because it’s washable.  I know very well that she wouldn’t take the time to hand-wash a sweater so I figured I’d try and make it easy for her.  This way it can actually be worn, not stuck in the closet all the time.  As of now, I’ve got about 6ish more inches to go on the body.  The original pattern is short sleeved, but I have considered making them longer… guess time will be the deciding factor.  We’ll see.  Oh, and I’ve also got to find just the right buttons for the neck closure.  Hope to have this one finished soon!

Next, I’ve just started on a man’s hat.  I’m using the Fisher Cable Hat pattern by Lindsey Felice.  I’m really loving the cables in the ribbing!  So glad I learned how to do cables and didn’t get scared off.  They are so much fun!

The other two that are actual gifts are cowls.  I’m actually considering frogging them and changing to a different pattern, just to save a bit of time.  I’ll share more once I’ve really figured that part out.

What are you working on lately?  Any recommendations for awesome quick gifts?

I Love Photo Books!

I love making photo books, I rarely actually do them but I do love them. They are a great way to quickly save some memories for future generations. I especially like how I can print multiple copies so that my children can each have their own copy when they get older.

Here’s the most recent photo book I created on Shutterfly with our family photos from this fall. Photos were taken by my sister Whitney at Caught You on Camera.

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Start your own Shutterfly Photo Book today.