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Project Life | 2012 – We’re still in January

Regarding the title of this post: we’re still in January in sharing the album on the blog, that is. As promised, I’ve been doing my best to work on the album at home but since I have very little time afforded to do anything project life related, I chose to use that time to on the album instead of updating the blog. Im now working on budgeting my time to do both since I realized the value in having an online record in case anything should ever happen to our books AND because it has really touched me how much the few spreads I did share on here has inspired other people to do their own. And that is a HUGE reward. (I plan to chat a little more about that very soon)

So in the effort to update the blog with all of the spreads leading up to now, I will share two spreads and I will continue posting until we are all caught up. so stay tuned because that means frequent updates, I might even do a little video

This is the 4th week of 2012:

This is the 5th week of 2012:

Do you share your album anywhere online? If not, consider the option of having an online record of all your hardwork in case something unmentionable should occur. I shudder at the thought.
If so, share a link in the comments!

Our Project Life Album so far…
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Tap, tap…is this thing on?

Yeah. SO how about them 10 months? Ha! Yes, you read that right, its beeen 10 months (though Im still in disbelief that it’s December) since my last entry here. If you dont believe me you can check for yourself. but I know you believe me because you’re cool like that. Needless to say, its been a busy year and busy enough that this poor blog took the back burner. poor blog.

BUT. Lately, I’ve been doing some heavy reflecting on my life and what I want out of it. including that fact that I can’t remember half of it. I do this “reflecting” thing a lot, but not enough, if that makes sense. This time, it was due to the impending death of my 26th year and the fact that I’m about to be only 3 short years away from  the BIG 3-0. well, that birthday came and went this past Tuesday and the lists of change were made. (Ill be sharing those soon)

One of the things on my list was the blog. Updating it and keeping it up like I used to do with my old one from around 2007. I also remember having a blog when I was in high school. (Though it was called a livejournal or something like that back then.) But just like this year, and 2007, I became too busy and instead focused my attention on other priorities. like I said, poor blog. It wasnt a priority at the time. It was a “leisure activity.”  But everytime I rediscovered it, I found SO much joy in rediscovering details of life that I had forgotten.

You know that excitement you feel when you discover an old planner or journal from years ago and you flip through the pages reading over the entries as if it were someone else’s life because you can’t remember ANY of it? No? Is that just me then? Well I do that. And I do the same thing when I discover old entries in an online blog. I never realized what I was doing when I was just talking about our life. It reminds me of a quote I love, “You dont realize the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” I wasnt realizing the value of keeping a blog. Now I do. So I’m going to fix that in my 27th year.

Here we go. You can come back and visit and read about the brilliantly mundane life of two people who met in middle school, watch how I document said life in an album and hopefully be inspired enough to do your own, see what new recipes Im using/creating, learn about my destination wedding plans and how Im going to attempt to plan a destination wedding, learn about what Im doing to improve myself at 27 and observe what ever else I decide to lock up in this time capsule of a blog. If not, that’s okay too, because I’m going to do it all anyway. ; )

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Krystyn - I, for one, am glad that you are back. I really loved your PL pages you posted way back in January & immediately added you to my Google Reader feed…but then was sad when there were no more posts. I’ve stuck with PL all year and am excited to see your pages. Welcome back!!

Project Life | 2012 – Week 3

Yea, there was a little bit of a hiatus there. I cant promise I will keep this blog updated but I can promise I am doing my best to keep up with our Project life album. And that is the conclusion I came to – Id rather be using the time that would be spent updating the blog on actually working on our album instead. Besides, that means when I do have the time to update here…Ill have plenty to share!;)There’s always a mountain where there lies a valley.

But first…I wanted to give a little shout out to all of the wonderful people who have been leaving lovely comments here – it truly means so much that you let me know that you stopped by! I also wanted to thank Jamaica and Leena who were so sweet to mention me on their blogs and link back here. I am thrilled that this blog is doing its job at inspiring others in addition to allowing me to share our life with my Nana. who has been like my mom and just moved away from me for the first time in my entire life. She’s in Biloxi, MS…I’m in Florida. its been tough.

But I digress.

SO, here it is…week 3 of our brilliantly mundane life:)

Gym routines, Filing sales taxes, installing a new pur filter (which we’ve relied on heavily for over 5 years), modern love notes, #1000, rainy day love, movie watching class at USF, one of our isms as a couple and Mom’s birthday! A normal week for us…might be boring to most but I love it. I simply ADORE documenting our everyday life – this will never get old.

If you havent noticed yet, I am missing the dates on most of these. I am loving the clear day of the week stickers that came with the core kit but I am waiting on a date stamp that just came out. It isnt available for purchase yet but I will be going back to add date stamps to the past weeks once I get it in.

I LOVE that I was able to document one of my sweet texts that Nick sent me and the fact that he does this often. I would melt instantly if I saw something like this from my great grandparents when they were our age. The fact that its written down and kept in a safe place just gives me joy. That, paired with simple details about what we enjoy and what we do…accidentally documenting how different things will be compared to 20, 40, 60 years from now. This is our legacy.

I am unbelievably grateful to have found this project and that I have chosen to invest the time to do it. There’s no question I will be thanking my past self for keeping it up.

Our Project Life so far: Week 1, Week 2

I’m linking up with The Mom Creative and her Project Life Tuesday. Check it out for more inspiration…TONS of people are doing this insanely awesome project.
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Helen - Love your pages. The photos of your Mum laughing are sooooo wonderful. Love the screenshots of your phone – will have to do this too. Thanks for the inspiration.

Nirupama - Love the time-versary thing, that is so sweet. My in-laws had something like that for a certain time too. If I had PL back then, maybe I would remember it! All of your bits are great actually. Can’t wait to see more.

Theresa Marie - @Helen – Thank you! Im glad you like them, they will be cherished for years! Yes, I find myself taking screenshots pretty often. Its the perfect display of our current technology. Thanks for stopping by!
@Nirupama – Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! Yes, I certainly find myself saying the same thing – I wish I would have found project life a long time ago! I definitely have more to share so feel free to visit anytime!

Sarah Wilkinson - Your pages are fabulous. It is great to see handwriting when so many people have gone totally digital now. I am doing a mixture and think it will be cool for my kids (and maybe their kids) to look back and see handwriting.

Amanda - This week looks great! I can’t thank you enough for encouraging me to get on board and become a project lifer! My favorite photos has to be of N looking for intently on the PUR directions!

Project Life | 2012 – Week 2

Here we go with week 2 of our project life album!
Up to here it has been easy keeping up. This week I actually had a lot to include and almost had another insert. I managed to work it out without the insert, which Is my goal for the year. I don’t want the album filling up too fast and needing three volumes for the day to day of this year. I know I will have a full album of just our personal photos and ephemera from our wedding and honeymoon in Italy and that will be something to factor in for albums to look at for one year. (one awesome year)

Here is the whole spread:

This was a fun week! A new semester at USF, capturing the sweet relationship of a man and his little girl, a random act of kindness, Beauty and the Beast in 3D with the girl I grew up with, and purging/selling at a yard sale.

I love that I was able to include the parking permit that is on Nick’s car for the semester. I love even more that he wrote about starting a new semester.
The moustache card I made and may be offering it as a freebie download in the near future. Also, those who are familiar with Project Life products can tell that I am loving the cobalt edition cards very very much. : )

I took a close up photo of my weekly calendar spots so you could see it a little better. I made the calendar in Photoshop so I could have it start from Monday to Sunday, then added a grid background and Ali Edwards days + months digital brushes. I just printed it out on copy paper then cut and stapled it to Kraft Cardstock. I did 6 months in advance so they are ready to go each week! I really do love being able to see on a calendar which week’s story is being told. Date ranges and “week 25″ does nothing for me in this case.

This week I added an extra photo to that calendar card that I didnt have room for and I love how it fits perfectly there in its little home. I just stuck it on with Washi tape so it is easily removable if we need to borrow it for something else. (my mentality on all of my photos in this project, I try not to adhere any of them down so that they may be removed.)

This was a little something new and fun that I did. I ran out of space and like I said before, I wanted to avoid the need for an insert. So I just cut a pocket from a baseball card sleeve and sewed it onto the spread with clear thread. It created a little flap and allowed me to include journaling for the photo underneath as well as including another photo behind the flap! It takes very little time and I think I will pre sew a few on ahead of time so they are ready to go if I should ever need to do this again.

That adorable little heart is a a foam cut out and is adhered on top of the page protector. I LOVE the layered texture and again, Im not in the business of making any alterations to our photographs. I definitely think this is something I will continue doing throughout our book. I am just tickled by the fact that you can run your finger over it and feel the love. ha! yes I am aware that I am a dork.

I was looking forward to Friday and Saturday and that is basically the whole right side (below). This is where including a photo a day doesnt always work, I would have needed that insert I was talking about and the stories can be told another time since they were daily happenings.

The 4×6 Beauty and the beast card was given to us when we purchased our ticket. It is a “commemorative lithograph.” I think it really was just an excuse to advertise to us but I don’t care, I was as giddy as a 10 year old when I saw it and knew that I had the perfect place to keep it safe! Project life for the win.

I forgot to take a photo of it but the journaling for the Beauty and the beast movie is a folded card that can be pulled out. Love it. And I still cant get over how incredible it is to have a place for all of our ticket stubs and a story to go with it. I also kept the flap from my movie snack from that day and then the other two things are a parking garage stub and the business card from the scrapbook store in St. Pete that hosted the yard sale.

Stay tuned for week 3…Ill try to get that up by the end of this week.
I am absolutely LOVING all of your comments! Make sure to say hi and let me know how you are doing on your Project life or ask me any questions you have. I’ve been doing pretty good at responding so ask away!

I’m linking up with The Mom Creative and her Project Life Tuesday. If you are looking for more inspiration check out the people who link up their project life pages with her there. Its really fun to see how other people are using project life and it really helps me to see the basic ones to remind myself to keep it simple.
Not Familiar with Project Life? Learn more here.



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kelli - love the add on photo such a great idea, haven’t figured out how to add some hidden journaling this week so I’m getting some good ideas on what that may look like. great b&ws too :) fun layouts.

admin - Kelli – Thanks. I also plan on doing 4x6s as an alternative to using those flip up protectors. Im trying to add journaling without it being hidden like week 1 so its not easy to miss. Thanks for saying hi! Off to look at your blog : )

Kimberlee - I always love your pages because you have such a great mix of things you capture. You have a good balance with photos and journaling and fun stuff too. LOVE it!

Sammy G. - i LOVE the picture of the dog in his hoodie. is it just the two of you and the dog?

admin - Kimberlee- Thanks SO much!
Sammy- Yep, just me, my fiancee Nick and our little baby girl Aly. I really love that we are capturing what our life is like before we have kids.

Chantel - Another great week! I love that mustache card, it is so awesome! P.S. I’ve posted a little bit of PL on my site. Weeks 1-3 are fairly boring, I feel like I’ve just been getting into it now with week 4.

Sabrina - Hi. Your pages are wonderful!! I love the Iphone captures you included and how you stitched on the extra pocket!!

julie k - love how you did your calendar! smart!! :) great pages.

Katie - Great idea to add the calendar, one thing I love most about PL is how each of us can adapt it to make it our own. I also love the idea for the little flip out and that cheesy “feel the love” is so cute. Darling picture that’s just right for it, right under. So nice to see tender moments between a guy and his dog! I also love how PL gives me somewhere to put all the bits of life, I want to hang onto that kind of stuff but without a home for it…it can become clutter.

Sounds like a very exciting year coming up for you, congrats on the upcoming wedding and honeymoon!

Julie - Love your pages. I bought some Smash stuff this week & I’m looking forward to using it this week. Love your Mustache journal card.

Ellie A. - OH my GOSH I SUPER love you pages!! INSANELY awesome. I already jotted down some of your ideas to try out this week! Thanks for the inspiration.

jamaica - Adding the extra pocket is brilliant! I had to try it for myself and the clear thread worked perfectly, it’s almost invisible (which is key for me and my perfectionist tendencies). Thank you, thank you for the fantastic idea! Keep up the good work over there.

xo, jamaica

Therese - Oh my! We almost share the same name, except I’m Therese Marie…lol.

I really like what you are doing here, finding inspiration to capture those special moments for my family!

Krystyn - I love how you added that extra flap/page….gonna have to try that myself!! Great PL stuff here!!

Project Life | 2012 – Week 1

Hello 2012!!

I am in denial that its the middle of the month already. This is going to be an incredible year and I am BEYOND excited to document all of the little moments along with the big, life changing ones. such as our wedding abroad!

I am still continuing to work on our 2011 album but Id like to stay caught up on 2012 first. Im going to do my best to update with the weekly spreads for 2012, to keep myself held accountable and make sure I am making time to DO them.  We will just see what happens as far as the 2011 album updates go.

I am pleased as punch with this album already and it’s only the first week! Here is the whole spread with an insert. The insert is one of the design D pages cut to fit what I needed. I will almost always cut my inserts, for some reason I don’t like them to be the same size as the rest of the week. If I don’t cut it then I fold it.

I learned from our 2011 album that my weeks just flow better with the date range card on the right side rather than on the left like the traditional project life layout. I am trying to make this as easy as possible so that I can get the weeks finished in the least amount of time so I can keep up with this project. Somehow there is just something lovely about being able to see which week this is at a glance. And that is why I chose to do the calendars with the current week circled like I did for 2011. These, however are more basic than my 2011 ones and were much faster to do. I had to create my own though, because most calendars go Sunday to Saturday. I just see my weeks as starting on Monday with the weekend together. I pre-made the first four months and went ahead and put them in each spread so that I’m all set.

I haven’t decided how I want to do the dates yet, I’m still stuck in whether or not I’ll use a date stamp.

I really love that Nicholas isnt putting up much of a fight with participating in our album. He actually took that photo of the ice on his car and I absolutely adore his handwritten stories in our book! His handwriting is something I already cherish so much, always have.

On the right, there are pull tabs for additional photos and journaling. I was trying not to over think how to fit it all into the spread and I really love things that are interactive. I’m trying to keep the inserts to a minimum so that I only have two volumes for the year since we’ll have our wedding book. Not our heirloom wedding photo album just the extra stuff and our honeymoon in a project life format. I figure that extras stuffed in the outside pockets will be okay since the albums are always big from the middle/inside.

So there it is, it’s not perfect but it’s done. I’m trying to keep my perfectionist habits locked up and far away from this album. I just want to get it done because anything I do is better than not doing anything at all. The ONLY reason why Im even using stuff other than the basic kit is because I have so much of it left from when I used to make scrapbooks. After its all gone – Ill most likely be using just the basic Project Life Kit.

I’ll be sharing my title page here soon and why its only temporary plus I’ll be talking a little bit about my plan for keeping up with the project and how Im organizing everything, etc. so stay tuned! : )
Are you doing project life? Tell me what your goals are for your album and show me yours, I’d love to see it!

Base supplies: project life clementine core kit, design A page protectorsdesign D page protectors, smash products, other misc stash.
If you have a question about anything I used, leave a comment and Ill reply! 

Not Familiar with Project Life? Learn more here.

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Sonya - I love your layout! I love that you cut down one of the sizes as an insert. I may be doing that at some point because I bought the big variety pack and while I love some of the designs a lot, I’m not using a few of the others. Cutting them down might give me new options.

admin - Thanks Sonya! I love cutting them down, I keep the scrap and just punch new holes in them to use those as well. I think it’ll be a great solution for the extra ones you wouldn’t use! : ) p.s. I added your blog to my google reader!

Chantel - Your week two looks so awesome, I love how you have the dates on the right hand side, that just seems right to me too.
I want to get started on 2012 asap so I don’t get behind, but I don’t have the page protectors yet, so my question is, for design a are the middle spaces sizes as 3*4 or 2.75*3.75? I don’t want to try to get ahead and then have to end up redoing it all.

sharon71 - Wow, what a great week, you have so much going on.

I like that your partner is participating too.

micayla - I just love what you have done here, so sweet.

admin - Chantel, The sizes are different, I think, in the new protectors that you’ll be able to order in February. The ones that I have I got last June and in those I cut my cards to be 2 7/8 by 3 7/8. For my new design D protectors, they are exactly 3×4 so that is what you’ll end up having. I think its GREAT that you are starting now without the protectors, its very doable, that is what I did last year while I was waiting for mine to arrive! : )

Wendy T. - Oooh, I love that calendar on your title card…great spread!!

Chantel - Awesome, thanks so much for your help Theresa!

jendcnguyen - Awesome PL! Love how you got your hubby involved in it. Mine keeps asking why I’m taking so many pictures of everything. LOL.

admin - Thanks Wendy and Jen! You’re welcome, Chantel! Jen, you made me lol! Thats funny. I think he got into it after days and days of me talking about how awesome this project will be for us in 20 years and even 5 years from now! He is sold on it and this week he has taken a photo each day so far! The journaling has been a little tougher to get him to do but Im just thankful he’s taking photos on his own initiative.

Theresa G. - Hi. I wandered over to your blog from Studio Calico. I’m late to the party, but I’m starting project life. Looking for ideas.
I did P365 back in 09, but I’m taking a different angle this year and not worrying too much about a picture a day. More about documenting the week. I’m doing Take 12 on the 12th as well.
I love how you are mixing up the photo sizes.

Chelsea - I absolutely love this! I want to start one ASAP. I quit scrapbookig because it was so much work so I like the simplicity of this! I had a question about how you do a couple things.. You said you made the little calendars.. Did you just design those on your computer and print them? Also, I saw that you use some Instagram photos and iPhone screenshots (which I love that idea to document the weather or a sweet text message). Since those are smaller than a normal 4×6, did you print those out yourself also? They look really great quality so I’m assuming you use more than just an ink jet printer for it.

Thanks for your help and inspiration!!