Project Life — Week 9 {2013}

Highlight of my week: I got an unsolicited “mama, lub you” from Jackson for the first time. I absolute adore this kid, and he reminds me on a daily basis why I’m doing project life. Moments like that “mama, lub you” are worth documenting whether I’ve got photos or videos or just words.

I’ve decided I want to go back and put together a baby album for him — project life style of course but I’m torn on digital vs paper. I’ll have to save that as a summer project when work slows down though so I’ve got some time to mull it over.

Eventually, I need to get busy catching up on my unfinished 2012 album too!

The whole spread:

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The left side:

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The right side:

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Oh and I’m linking up to The Mom Creative’s Project Life Tuesday — its a great spot for some weekly Project Life inspiration!

The supplies: Project Life Seafoam Core Kit | Project Life Bridgeport Mini Kit (recolored) | Weekly Word Art Title Elements from september blue | Ali Edwards Days + Months Hand Drawn Brushes | Ali Edwards Hello Heart 4×6 Sentiment Boxes Brushes and Stamps | Ali Edwards Arrow Sentiments Outline Brushes & Stamps |  Quote card from Miss Tiina’s Everyday Collection Freebie (resized) | A Vegas Girl at Heart: Washi Tape Freebie | Fonts used: American Typewriter, Halo Handwriter & Bebas

Project Life — Week 8 {2013}

I use my iPhone way too much for taking pictures! I love how handy it is, but another week flew by where I didn’t get a real camera out! I really want to get an iPhone 5 since I’m so dependent on it for photos but there really isn’t anything wrong with my 4 so I’m holding out. Maybe I’ll get lucky and they’ll come out with another new fantastic one soon 🙂

I don’t love this spread mainly cause the photos I have didn’t do a whole lot for me, but it came together pretty well for a week of low quality photos!

The whole spread:

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The left side:

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The right side:

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Supplies: Project Life Seafoam Core Kit | Project Life Bridgeport Mini Kit (recolored) | Weekly Word Art Title Elements from september blue | Ali Edwards Days + Months Hand Drawn Brushes | Ali Edwards Hello Heart 4×6 Sentiment Boxes Brushes and Stamps | Ali Edwards Hello Life Boxes Brushes and Stamps No. 03 | Ali Edwards So Totally Happy Brushes and Stampsgg digital designs calendar cards | Miss Tiina’s Everyday Collection Freebie | Design Editor 3×4 Instagram PSD Template | Fonts used: American Typewriter, Halo Handwriter & Bebas

Project Life — Week 7 {2013}

Another week done! I’m seriously loving the digital format of project life. For my life, its working so much better to keep current!

I kept this week simple. I used only the seafoam kit and some freebie cards from Miss Tiina for Valentine’s day along with photos and elements from this week. Simple and quick. And I got to use pink… something you don’t usually see alongside photos of my baby boy! 🙂

The whole spread:

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The left side:

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The right side:

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Supplies: Project Life Seafoam Core Kit | Weekly Word Art Title Elements from september blue | Miss Tiina Valentine’s Freebie | Fonts used: American Typewriter, Halo Handletter & Bebas

Project Life — Week 6 {2013}

This week took me what felt like forever to finish. I’m still not happy with the “final” outcome but I’m so tired of messing with it. I just couldn’t get images/cards/fillers quite right. I’m sure I’ll end up fiddling with this one a bit more before it actually goes to print, but it feels done enough for me to move onto Week 7 now!

The whole spread:
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The left side:

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Supplies: Project Life Seafoam Core Kit | Project Life Bridgeport Mini Kit |  Project Life Clementine Edition Core Kit | Weekly Word Art Title Elements from september blue | Quote card from Miss Tiina’s Everyday Collection Freebie (recolored) |  Ali Edwards So Totally Happy Brushes & Stamps | Ali Edwards Heart Today Brushes & Stamps | Crystal Wilkerson Color Combo #4 Digital Elements (recolored) | rukristin paperkrafts currently card | gg digital designs calendar cards | Fonts used: American Typewriter, Halo Handletter & Bebas

Project Life — Week 5 {2013}

Week 5 down! I’m loving the switch to the digital format. I’m staying on top of my year SO much better. It’s easy to open up Photoshop in the evening and go ahead and type in my journal card for the day, or plop in a photo I know I love and want to make sure I use. I’m finding myself working on the spread during the week and I have a concept going into the weekend of how much/little I documented that week which helps me manage what I’m documenting on the weekends. I’ve been using Sunday evenings to finish up my spreads and really work on the design/etc but I’ve been limiting myself to Sunday night so I don’t drag out each spread. They’re not perfect and I love how some come together better than others, but I want to make sure that I stay on top of documenting life and not getting too caught up in making my designs perfect. I hate the inconsistent photo editing on this spread, but I’m not that good with photo editing anyway and didn’t want to spend another edit fiddling with this spread so I called it done 🙂

Last night, I placed my first order with Persnickety Prints. I’ve read some great reviews and I’m excited to see my digital designs come to life on PAPER! Persnickety also has some really great freebies if you’re looking for some!

The whole spread:

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We had a rather uneventful, quiet week in our household!

I’m also linking up this week to The Mom Creative’s Project Life Tuesday. It’s a great place for Project Life enthusiasts to link up and share their spreads. Go check it out for some Project Life inspiration!

Supplies: Project Life Seafoam Core Kit | Weekly Word Art Title Elements from september blue | Design Editor 3×4 Instagram PSD Template | Quote card from Miss Tiina’s Everyday Collection Freebie (recolored) | Paislee Press 4×6 Photo Template | Fonts used: American Typewriter, Halo Handwriter & Bebas

Project Life — Week 4 {2013}

Month 1 of my 2013 project life edition is almost done!

The highlights of our week included starting to regularly say sentences. He’s been saying sentences on occasion but a switch went off this week and just about everything is turning into sentences instead of just words. I can’t believe how quickly my baby is growing up!! We also had a weekend visit from Nana which Jackson of course loved!

I had a lot of iPhone pictures this week (as usual) to use but also a few from the real camera. I need to be better about picking it up instead of just depending upon my phone. This is the first time I’ve used a template other than Design A! I’m happy with how this spread came out!

The whole spread:

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The left side:

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The right side:

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I’m also linking up this week to The Mom Creative’s Project Life Tuesday. It’s a great place for Project Life enthusiasts to link up and share their spreads. Go check it out for some Project Life inspiration!

Supplies: Project Life Seafoam Core Kit | Project Life Bridgeport Mini Kit | Project Life Clementine Edition Core Kit | Weekly Word Art Title Elements from september blue | Ali Edwards So Totally Happy Brushes & Stamps  | Crystal Wilkerson Spring/Summer 2011 – Labels (recolored) | Freebie Quoted Journal Cards from My Sister’s Suitcase (recolored) | Fonts used: American Typewriter & Bebas

2013 Project Life

I started project life last year, but I didn’t finish. I fell in love with the concept of project life the first time i saw a pin on pinterest a year ago — its scrapbooking made easy. I’ve tried scrapbooking on several occasions in my life and never stuck with it. I like the idea of documenting life but I’ve struggled with how to do that… until Project Life. Despite the fact that I haven’t finished my 2012 album, I still love Project Life and how its changing how I document and record our life. I wish I’d started when Jackson was born and spent more time documenting the details and the everyday.

Before I go any further, if you’re not sure what project life is, then take a look at this video from Becky Higgins about Project Life because she can explain it far better than I can.

I didn’t even get half way through my 2012 album. But I haven’t given up. I’m going to finish it, even if part of the year isn’t as full or complete as some other parts. In the end, I will have documented something which is more than I can say about past years. And that is a success.

With a year (or really a half a year?) behind me, I wanted to share some things I’ve learned in the last year:

  • Do what works for you. When my core kit first arrived, I was so overwhelmed by all the inspiration on pinterest; there are some truly gorgeous project life albums. But those albums? They were created by serious scrapbookers; not something I’ve had success with and NOT the reason I wanted to do project life in the first place. I had to recalibrate my expectations for my own project life half way through the year. It’s not going to be perfect. It’s not going to be exactly what I envision in my head. But that’s okay, because the point is to document in our life, and I’m doing that. 
  • It may take awhile to find a groove. Honestly, I think it took me a whole year, which included basically giving up and not taking much of any photos or making notes of anything for 3ish months over the summer. I’ll blame it on the Texas heat 🙂 But I think I finally have and it took a shift in moving to digital project life. Figuring out what process works best for you may take awhile, but don’t give up — the end product is worth it. I know our family will cherish these albums for years and years.
  • Document. Even if you’re behind by months, even if its 100% with a cell phone camera. In a few year’s you’ll cherish what you’ve documented. And at some point, you can find time to get all those notes into your Project Life album. I personally use the Memento app on my iPhone to make notes about what’s going on. I love that it also pulls in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds which makes documenting the daily life much much easier. It’s been a lifesaver.
  • Consistent design. Each spread doesn’t need to be identical but having consistent elements saves a lot of time. I select a couple of fonts and stick to those. I don’t even look at other fonts. It gets distracting. I’ve chosen an element for my title card that ties them all together and also means I don’t have to put a lot of thought into what my title card should look like. Its a great foundation that keeps me from getting to distracted.

I’ll do another post soon on the details of my process and what I’ve found really works for me but I think that’s enough for one day!

I’m really loving Project Life. Thanks Becky for developing such a wonderful system for documenting life. I hope I continue to feel inspired for years to come!

Project Life — Week 3 {2013}

I’m seriously *loving* doing the digital format of project life. I’m staying on top of my weekly spreads and enjoying being able to document life from the comfort of my couch in the evenings while catching up on tv (i’ll have to remember to document that sometime)!

I know I’m only three weeks in, but I seriously LOVE this spread. my favorite one yet 🙂

The whole spread:

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The left side:

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The right side:

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Highlight of this week was the weekend away with Hopie. Great friends are truly blessing! I only wish they lived closer!

Supplies: Project Life Seafoam Core Kit | Project Life Bridgeport Mini Kit | Ali Edwards Arrow Sentiments Outline Brushes & Stamps | Ali Edwards Heart Today Brushes & Stamps | Ali Edwards This Time Brushes & StampsWeekly Word Art Title Elements from september blue | Fonts used: American Typewriter, Halo Handletter, & Bebas

Project Life — Week 2 {2013}

Another spread down! I’m loving doing digital spread for project life. It’s much easier for me to stay on top of designing the pages this way. I hope that my pace keeps up throughout the year. I can’t wait to see them actually printed!

The whole spread:

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The right side:

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It was an ordinary week in our house!

Supplies: Project Life Seafoam Core Kit | Project Life Bridgeport Mini Kit | Ali Edwards This Time Brushes & Stamps | Ali Edwards One Little Week FreebieWeekly Word Art Title Elements from september blue | Carefree Washi Tape by Robin Meierotto | Crystal Wilkerson Spring/Summer 2011 – Labels | Hello Weekend Card Journal Card from Paislee Press (Recolored) | Fonts used: American Typewriter & Halo Handletter

Project Life — Week 1 {2013}

I’m excited to start fresh with my 2013 Project Life album even though I’m *really* behind on my 2012. I wanted to start the new off right so I decided to dive in and make sure to stay caught up with 2013 and work on catching up on 2012 at the same time. Last year, I did a hybrid version of Project Life using a physical kit. This year, I decided to switch to digital scrapbooking which I’m loving already. I’m using the seafoam kit as the foundation of my 2013 Project Life book, but I’ll be using cards from other kits as well as freebies and other stuff I find on the web. I loved how clean the seafoam design is as well as the colors!

The whole spread:

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Highlights of our week included getting to meet Jackson’s cousin, Elise (technically she’s a second cousin)! Loved getting a chance to get some baby snuggles! Another highlight of the week: celebrating 7 years of marriage complete with a cake made by Ethan & Jack. I’m truly blessed.

Looking forward to 2013 and everything it will bring!

Supplies: Project Life Seafoam Core Kit | Project Life Bridgeport Mini Kit | Project Life Clementine Edition Core KitWeekly Word Art Title Elements from september blue | Crystal Wilkerson Spring/Summer 2011 – Labels | Crystal Wilkerson Hodge-Podge Elements Collection No. 1 Elements | Crystal Wilkerson Color Combo #4 Digital ElementsSunshine Sticker Alpha Freebie by Sahlin Studio | Ali Edwards So Totally Happy Brushes & Stamps | Happy 2013 SN@P Printables (recolored) | 2012 Creative Team Life Quote Freebie Cards | Fonts used: American Typewriter, Halo Handletter & Bebas