This is happening…

The Package Tour
Yes, this is happening. Silly me bought tickets yesterday for a friend and myself to go. I think it’s silly, and it will be lots of fun!

We are going to take a day or so off work to go to Nashville… go to the concert then stay the night. Which means that the next morning we can sleep in, and maybe do a little shopping on our way back home.

I’m super excited! Li and I haven’t been on a trip together since my 18th birthday, so this should be lots of fun!

My Little Crafter

The other day, my oldest daughter, NK, (she’s 4) came to me and asked if she could help me work on my book.  My book being my Project Life album.  “Well, of course!” I told her.  We didn’t get around to working on it that night (it was already almost bedtime) but we did finally get around to it today.

She likes to help with the corner punch on the photos and to put everything in the page protectors.

This morning when I was getting my photos printed out, I handed the girls each one of the blank 3×4 cards that I had and told them to draw something and it could go in my book this week.  Sadly, they did not take this opportunity to do one of their really creative drawings (maybe next time), but they did both want to add some glitter to their drawings, so I finally let them get out the messy glitter and sparkle up their drawings.  (Look for close ups of this when I finally get my project life layouts posted in the next day or so)

Of course, after we got a little bit done on my book, NK wanted to be creative and make something new for her walls.  I’ve got some stickers that I don’t mind her using, as well as lots of stamps so I let her have at it.  She’s surprisingly good with the stamps, and even tries to clean the ink off when she’s done (I’m teaching her well).

Me being me, couldn’t pass up this opportunity to snap a few photos of her working.

my little crafter
choosing her stamp, I believe she went with the crown shape

my little crafter
inking the stamp, a beautiful “lellow” of course – it is a crown

my little crafter
and stamping her paper

Here’s her finished artwork…
my little crafter
some random letters, chosen simply because she liked the colors, and she wanted some sparkle 🙂 LOVE it!

I absolutely LOVE how she’s enjoying getting crafty with me.  And as long as I can get her to understand how to take care of my supplies then I’ll happily share with her.  So far, so good.

Wonder what little sis was up to while all of this was going on?

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I plan to be back tomorrow with an update of my Project Life pages.


And Project Life Begins… my first few pages

I’ve done it!  I got my title page and first week’s spread completed – well, nearly… it’s waiting on a photo or two that is being picked up tomorrow.

Wanna see?  Of course you do…



Cover page above needs a quote or something on that dark block on the edge, just not sure what yet…


That top 4×6 block will be home to a group photo from NYE and the blank pink spot on the other page will have a small photo as well.


The little “This Week” journaling card is one of the folded cards where inside I wrote all about the week.  Not everything I document will be public knowledge, so I like having these little folded cards for the “secret” stuff I want to remember.




Nice huh?  I started realizing that I was printing too many photos and didn’t have a lot of space left over for writing.  I’ll probably NOT quit taking so many photos to include, but instead just not necessarily do only a week on a two page spread.  Or  I might add smaller pages (5×7, 8.5×11) in between the larger spread.  Either way, there is no way I will cut out all the photos – I will make room for them somehow.  They are what really makes the book for me.

I just want to be sure I make the space for the little notes as well, that is the part of the story that is often missing for me because I just don’t feel like writing – or wait too long and can’t remember.

Anyway, I’m totally loving this album so far (yeah, I know I only started).  I think it will be a lot of fun to keep up with, and my girls are already wanting to get involved, and they love looking at the photos and helping slide them into the pockets.  I really enjoy that they are enjoying it.  Now, It’s just up to me to keep it up.

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.


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.


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


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.

too big hat

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.