Project Life Week 8

One of the best things about this Project Life adventure of mine is that there aren’t any rules. I get to try something different every week. This week I decided to keep it to B+W with splashes of yellow, pink, and grey (and then that rogue brown heart card.)

I think it helped a LOT with keeping the spread more cohesive, and me more happy. In future weeks, I might try something similar. Either picking a color to add in with B+W, or just a color theme to try and keep throughout the week. It would make for a great photography challenge, and hopefully make me think more outside the box!

Here it is:

Left Side:

Project Life Week 8 spread, right side


Right Side:

Project Life week 8 spread, left side


The Whole Shebang:

Project Life week 8 full spread


And some closeups:

Project life 4x6 card, yellow polka dots with "You make me smile" in gray

Project Life 4x6 card, pink with black ampersand

Project Life 4x6 card, picture of sand with "You will forever be my always" written on it

Project Life filler cards

Project life filler cards, midnight edition



I loved taking the pictures of Chris, Zoe, and I. Chris held a treat above Zoe’s head to get her to look up like that🙂
I actually tried my hand at designing some of my own filler cards this week. The yellow polka dot “you make me smile” card was one I whipped up on PSE 10 this morning. It took about 2 minutes, and I like it. The ampersand card is pink card stock that I had on hand, and then I stamped it. I also changed up my week card this week because Chris and I realized that my previous design would absolutely not hold “Week twenty seven”. This new design gives me a little more flexibility with the longer lettered weeks.

The “You will forever be my always” card is a picture I took of the sand at the beach this weekend, and then added the text overlay in picmonkey.

The February month card was found over at here at I resized it to fit a 3×4 card. It’s so cute, and I have a feeling I’ll be using all of the other months in my album this year!

The “Love” card was found over here at She has some amazing freebies for her FB fans, make sure to stop by and check it out!

The yellow and grey heart card, and the black and white (and gray) heart card were both found over here at Lemon and Honey.

The rest of my cards were from the Project Life Midnight Edition Core Kit.

How is your Project Life 2014 coming along? Let me know in the comments and leave a link, I’d love to see them!


One of The Greatest Things I’ve Ever Done

This past fall, my husband and I drove cross country from Boston to LA. We had an amazing trip – it’s something that we will never forget. I remember looking at him in the car and saying “Hands down this is one of the coolest things we will ever do!” and I’m pretty sure I’m right. It was unbelievable.

Fast forward to 4 months after pulling in to our parking spot here in sunny SoCal. I am just now starting to pull those pictures together and get them in to an album. Granted, this is warp speed considering I haven’t gotten our wedding album, or honeymoon album done yet (almost 2.5 years later…)

I’ve decided to share my progress on our Cross Country album here on the blog as it is happening, rather than when it is all finished. Many of the blogs I follow show gorgeous albums (that I unabashedly swoon over) all perfectly finished, but rarely do you see the trial and error and time that went in to making it look so lovely.

I started working on it last night, and because my neighbors upstairs were having an absurdly loud dinner party at 11:45pm on a Tuesday night I couldn’t sleep, I spent a LOT of time on Pinterest finding quotes and filler cards. Chris had already mentioned that the spreads are a bit of a visual assault (he put it much nicer, promise!), so I think I’m going to be adding in more filler cards and spreading out the layouts more.

Ok, time to get my thoughts in order.
-Project Life 12×12 camera album
-Design A  pocket protectors
-Project Life Midnight Core Kit
-Project Life Seafoam Core Kit
-Pictures (LOTS of them!)
-Photoshop Elements 10

Here is the first round of layouts.

Project Life Cross country album, Boston spread

Project Life Cross country album, Boston spread

Project Life Cross country album, NY spread

Project Life Cross country album, NY spread

Project Life Cross country album, OH spread

Project Life Cross country album, IN spread

Project Life Cross country album, IL spread

Project Life Cross country album, MO spread

Project Life Cross country album, Last page


Funny story: Chris and I were looking at my first Boston page last night, and both knew something was wrong, but couldn’t quite figure out what. Then all of the sudden (as we both have our heads sideways) he goes “There’s water in the middle of the buildings!”. Ooooopsss.. Guess who measured and cut wrong.. I’ll be fixing that thankyouverymuch!

I have MA – MO printed and in the book, as well as the final page (the lifeguard stand on the beach). I like having the license plates from each state in the book, it helps to set up which state we’re looking at, and reminds me of playing the license plate game on the trip (the only one we didn’t get was Hawaii).

I definitely want to add in more filler cards to attempt to make each state at least a 2 page spread. I also have to add in the coasters I grabbed from some of the places we stopped to eat (cross country pub crawl for the win!) and I think I have hotel keycards from some of the places we stayed. I need to go digging!

In the meantime, I created a board on pinterest full of quotes and things I want to add to the pages. I also decided that I want to learn hand lettering, so I’m going to use this book as an excuse to practice. I’m thinking I might re-write all of the quotes by hand that I want to use as filler cards.. This might be a long project!🙂

Wooo! Alright, round one, done and done.

Have a great day!

Project Life Week 7

Let’s just jump right on in to it! Week 7 coming at ya!


Left Side:

Project Life week 7 spread, left side


Right Side:

Project Life week 7, right side


The whole shebang:

Full project Life week 7 spread


And some closeups:

Project Life valentine's day freebie

Project Life filler card that says "week at a glance"

Photo taken under a pier, processed in HDR

picture of a man standing on the beach at sunset

Project Life cards

project life cards

picture of barnacles


This week I tried something new. I did a photo-a-day, and placed an overlay on each one. I found the overlays at one of my favorite Project Life blogs to follow – Caylee Grey. You can find the link to her day of the week overlays here. She always has fun and inspiring Project Life layouts – definitely worth taking a look around, and adding her to your Bloglovin’ feed!

I’m still not 100% thrilled with the lack of cohesiveness (is that a word?!) with my spreads. From what I’ve seen in my intense Pinterest stalking, it seems to take people a few YEARS to figure out how they like their spreads. I’m just not in to waiting that long! 

I found a free printable planner over at Hello Forever that I want to test out this week. I’m also thinking maybe I’ll find the filler cards that I want to use, and place those in at the start of the week. That way I can decide on a theme or a look, and then plan pictures around that. Maybe I’m thinking too much about this – I know the whole idea is to just get pictures off the computer and in to a physical book – but I want it to be something I enjoy looking back at that makes me smile.

By the end of this year, I WILL have a spread that I  love!🙂

Hope you have a great day!


Valentine’s Day Round-Up

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I love that such a sweet holiday snuck into this awful time of year. Everyone needs a little pick-me-up in February – the holidays are over, and it’s not spring yet, so Valentine’s day is the perfect thing!

I decided to hunt down a bunch of freebies to share with you. I know I’ll be using some of them in my Project Life spread this Sunday, and thought you might like to as well!

Let’s get this party started!

First up, a lovely 4×6 filler card from Little Musings. This link will actually bring you to a BUNCH of free cards, all of which are super cute! This one happened to be my favorite, so I splashed it on here, but make sure to take a look, there are a lot more!

Project Life 4x6 card with pink heart on a brown background




Next up, this cute 8×10 from the Persnickety Prints Blog. You can find it living over here.8x10 Printable that says "Love you" with a heart for the O in Love




Up next is this pastel perfection from Pixel Paper Designs. I am slightly obsessed with the camera one! You can find this great set here, as well as a bunch more freebies on the blog which is here8 free printable Project Life filler cards with a Valentine's Day theme





Moving right along, Ashley over at Mommy By Day, Crafter By Night had this really sweet idea to write a note a day from Feb. 1 – Feb 14 to her husband and kids. Then she put all of the notes in their Project Life album. I’m sure they will all love looking back on those notes! She created this freebie to write her notes on, and shared it with all of us. Make sure to take a peek around her blog, there’s a lot of great stuff there!

Project Life journal card that says "Just one of the many reasons I love you so much" with journal space below.




And last, but certainly not least – this great chalkboard freebie from The Diary Of Dave’s Wife. I love the style of this one! You can find the download link over here.

Chalkboard style printable that says "love was made for me and you"




I hope you all have a wonderful Friday, and a lovely Valentine’s Day! Make sure to check back on Monday to see this week’s PL spread!


Amazing Wall Art in 3 Easy Steps

Welcome back!

It’s time for that DIY magic that I alluded to yesterday! If you were paying close attention to my Project Life pictures, you may have noticed the “Before” and “After” cards, and the pictures next to them. There’s today’s DIY🙂

I really wanted to do something – anything – with the wall over our desk. There is just so much blank wall that it’s getting a little depressing in here!

DIY Wall Art-2

I had seen this great post over at The New Domestic that really sparked my interest, and wanted to re-create something like it, so off to the craft store we went (yup. Dragged Chris with me)

I had this vision of breaking it up into 3 pieces. We easily found the canvases I wanted, and then Chris picked out a color blue that he liked. We stopped at Staples on the way home and picked up some tape to tape off the sections. I was SO excited – and convinced this was going to go exactly as planned. Chris started placing the canvases on the floor while I got the tape open and ready to go:

Measuring the spacing of art canvases

art canvases laid out on floor

This, of course, was right about the time that we discovered the tape we had bought didn’t even remotely stick to the canvases. At all.


So, I came up with plan B. Real fast.

I decided that we were going to ombre the 3 canvases. Fully spray painted, to barely there. And it was gonna look awesome, dammit!

Chris likes graffiti and all things spray paint, so he took over.

Spray painting the canvas

Zoe wanted to help, but I figured I’d be less annoyed if we didn’t have blue paw prints all over the apartment.

dog watching person spray paint a canvas

She wasn’t so thrilled that we didn’t let her in on the action.

boxer dog with 1 ear flipped over

Chris did an awesome job painting the canvases. They were pretty much perfect.

Man spray painting canvas

Man spray painting a canvas

Once they were dry he hung them on the wall.

man hanging blue canvas on wall

Ta Da! All done!

DIY Wall Art-16

Before and after of wall with art added

So, DIY wall art in 3 easy steps:

3 steps for wall art    Measure                                     Paint                                           Hang

In reality it took a few more steps than that, but honestly it wasn’t very hard – granted I was only taking pictures. From start (going to the craft store) to finish (hanging on the wall) the whole project took 6 hours. The paint dried really fast, and was water based (KEY!) so clean up was a breeze.

I’m really happy with how it turned out. It makes the room SO much more interesting, and gives me room to grow if I want (I’m thinking some portrait oriented canvases in gray on either side.) The total cost wasn’t terrible either – $35. We bought the canvases and paint at Michael’s – do yourself a favor and go to their website. They almost always have a 40-50% off coupon. We split up the purchases so that we each had an expensive item to use the coupon on. It saved us a bundle!

Hope you enjoyed this! Have a great hump day, and I’ll see you back here on Friday!

Project Life – Weeks 5 & 6

It has been a looonnggg week – let me tell you!

Last week my computer decided to take an emotional time out. I afforded it this luxury, but I’d be all set if this never happened again! It ended up making me a week behind on Project Life, as well as keeping me from having pictures to work with…. what’s a girl supposed to do?

Anyway, we’re back in action, and along with my Project Life update, I’ve got a couple of great posts for you this week! Some DIY love is magically sprinkled in there, so hold on to your hats!

Before we go crazy with spray paint, let’s head back in time 2 weeks to my week 5 spread –

Left Side:

Project Life week 5 spread with title card, 5 pictures and week review

Right Side:

Pictures of white tulips, a panorama of Los Angeles, and a E.B. White quote

The Whole Shebang:

2 page Project life spread

And some close ups:

Project life cards that say before, and after

picture of a close up of white tulips

Close up of EB white quote

I used picmonkey to make the before and after cards, as well as the cards with the quote from E.B. White. It was such a perfect quote for that spot!

I’m happy with how the right side turned out – the pictures don’t really do it justice. The left side is more of smush of things that happened. I’m still working on how to take all of the random colors and big camera vs. iphone pictures and make it look cohesive. I took the time to tell myself that it doesn’t have to look perfect – a few years down the road I’ll just be happy that it was done at all!

And now for this past week:

Left Side:

Project Life spread week 6, 5 pictures, a week review, and a title card

Right Side:

Project life week 6 page 2, 6 pictures

The Whole Shebang

Full project life week 6 spread

And some close ups:

PL week 5&6-12

PL week 5&6-8

close ups of project life week 6 spread

Chris’ parents came to visit us this week. We went to the Griffith Observatory, attempted to see the Batman Cave, did the Walk of Fame, saw the Chinese Theater, walked on the Venice Boardwalk, and went to Cirque Du Soleil (which was AMAZING, and can now be crossed off of my 101 in 1001 list!). The biggest problem is that there were too many pictures! This week was the first time I used an insert – and I really like how it came out.

We went to dinner at a place called Tinga. The bathrooms had some really fun art on the walls. Chris took a bunch of pictures of the mens bathroom walls, and I decided they deserved their own insert:

Project life insert, pictures of taco cartoons

Project life insert, pictures of taco cartoons

Project life insert, picture of taco cartoon saying "looking good"

Project life insert, picture of cartoon taco playing the guitar

Project life insert, picture of cartoon taco parachuteing

My favorite is the “looking good” taco. Apparently he was drawn in where there should have been a mirror!

I tried something a little different with this week’s spread. I used a template from the blog “My Passion Is…”. It made the 3×4’s in my spread look like Polaroids. I really liked the additional white space that it provided – I’m convinced the spread would have just been overwhelming otherwise! The template was really easy to download, and she provides step by step instructions on how to use it. I did it in Photoshop Elements 10 with no problems whatsoever. You can find the template here. Also, you should just check out her blog in general, since she has some really great PL spreads! I’ve been hanging out over there gathering inspiration all afternoon!🙂 Thanks Linda Anne for the great template and ideas!

Slowly but surely I’m catching back up with this little blog of mine! Thank you to everyone for your patience! I’ll be back tomorrow with a DIY project, and from there I’ll FINALLY be back on schedule! Have a great evening!

I’m Still Here!

My computer had an emotional breakdown. It stopped loving me. But I never stopped loving it.

After a wild adventure at the Apple Store (which, if you’ve never had the chance to go and just sit at the Genius Bar and listen to the people around you for 2 hours, I HIGHLY suggest you go. Like, now. You won’t regret it!) that included a girl with an excessive amount of grape juice in a paper bag, and me getting a model airplane, my computer is now back in love with me.

Or at least in like with me.

So, on that note, I don’t have anything amazing prepared for you today, and had nothing all week. My computer needed a little TLC (and about 200GB in pictures deleted from the hard drive….) but I will be back and ready to rock and roll on Tuesday!

Here’s a great DIY story about a soon-to-be-dad, you should really check it out. It’ll make you smiiillleeeee🙂

I hope you all had a great week, and have an even better weekend! I can’t wait to get back into my usual routine next week!

Dining Area Facelift for $8? Challenge Accepted!

I’ve been feeling a little blah lately. Ya know the feeling? You just feel kind of – gray?

That’s how I’ve been feeling. Just meh.

I decided to make 1 small change in my house that would make me feel better. There’s no point in sitting around being grumpy and not doing anything to fix it – might as well be productive!

Our apartment doesn’t really get any direct sunlight, so it’s always a battle to make the room look bright and airy. Our kitchen table doesn’t help this problem – at all.

It’s a gorgeous dark wood table, but it’s just that. Dark. I wanted to brighten it up without breaking the budget. And I managed to do it. For $8!

Now, don’t get me wrong. This isn’t a massive overhaul by any means, but it makes me feel so much better about the space!

So here we go —->


Kitchen area before

And After:

Kitchen area before

Doesn’t it just feel better? I got all the crap off of the table (it tends to be my “landing spot” – I’m working on fixing that!), moved the 2 extra chairs to random corners in my living room, and created a gorgeous, but simple, centerpiece with stuff I had around the house. Then I went to the grocery store and picked up the LAST bunch of white tulips (that’s where I spent the $8). I knew it was meant to be!

The centerpiece is a schmodge (made that word up. Love it) of things I had around. I used a khaki placemat, 2 snack plates, and a carafe. All things we got for our wedding, and never touched again! I am super in love with the carafe, but have never had an occasion to use it, so I broke it out and repurposed it as a vase. The snack plates I stacked off-set from each other.

Since it’s kinda my thang, here are a bunch of up-close shots.

white tulips in vase

kitchen do over-9

Tulips up close

kitchen do over-7

inside of tulip

kitchen do over-9

tulip stems in vase

tulips in vase

And there you have it! A quick, budget friendly way to really perk up a blah looking area! I hope you have an amazing weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday for some Project Life love!

Stationery Roundup – Part 1


I’m a cup of coffee in, and ready to rock and roll! Woo!

{Mental note to self – no need for second cup this morning…}

Anyway, I have a self-proclaimed love of all things paper and lovely. I am also attempting to single-handedly save the United States Post Office, which means I send a LOT of mail and use a ton of stationery. I’ve been perusing Etsy for some new paper goods, and I thought I’d show you a few stationary sets that I’ve been drooling over lately.


4 different stationary sets


Serious swooning going on here!

Now, for the details:

1. This is a simple, yet super eye-catching, set from DahliaPressShop. Everything in this shop is gorgeous, and makes you want to sit down and write all day long! This particular set is handmade on 100% cotton paper and is sold in quantities of 4 for $13.50.  You can find this set here. I honestly can’t stop looking at everything in this shop. It all looks so light and airy, and makes me feel like I’m sitting in the sunshine!

2. This chic set is personalized with your monogram. Ok, monogram AND pink – I’m sold! This shop is bubbling over with all things pink and pretty – like a lovely glass of champagne. It’s hanging out over here at Simply Jessica Marie. The set is 10 flat cards with pink envelopes for $20. You can find it here. To be perfectly honest, I would love to buy a set just to see her packaging – apparently it’s tied with a pink and gold bow!

3. Here is another personalized set, this time from Silhouette Blue. I love everything about this one. The color, the bright, matching envelope, and the font for the name. This shop has a great mix of both elegant and whimsical sets, all personalized. This particular set starts in quantities of 8  folded cards for $15 and can be purchased in as many as 30. You can find it here. *Hint, if you scroll to the bottom, you can have your return address added to the back flap of the envelope!*

4. I love this one – it instantly makes you smile! It can be found at TheSweetUnfolding. I adore the owner, Sarah’s, story about how she ended up where she is today. It’s open, honest, and sincere. Make sure to read it here. This shop has a few different cards that I’m loving. Make sure to check out this one, and this one as well. The Hello. set is printed on “velvety cotton cardstock”. I just want to hold one. I can only imagine how nice it must feel! You can purchase either a set of 4 for $10, or 8 for $16. There are a variety of colors to choose from as well. This lovely set is right here.


There you have it, my current wish list in all of its glory! Let me know what you think of my choices, and if you have any suggestions, feel free to share in the comment section!


Have a great day!