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!



Project Life Week 4

Better late than never!

This week was pretty low key. I got a few good long runs in (10 and 17 miles) as well as a few shorter ones (4,4 & 3 miles). Chris was really busy all week at work. Saturday we decided to adventure up to Malibu to a dog-friendly beach. Zoe has never been in the ocean, and basically hates all things water. {Why we thought this would be such a great idea is still beyond me} She loves, loves, LOVES the sand, and was super pumped to be on the actual beach part. Chris took her in to the water, and she did pretty well. Not too nervous to start with.

Then, the inevitable.

A wave hit her. You would have thought I had just lit her little nub on fire! She jumped about a million miles and was like “oh, HELL NO!” As soon as the wave pulled back out, she tentatively stepped into the shallow water again. After that, we learned that it wasn’t the wave hitting her that she didn’t like, it was the pulling feeling of the wave going back out to sea that made her grumpy. Chris got her running in the shallow water and the two of them had a blast!

I finally got my act together this afternoon and got my PL spread put together.  Here it is:

Left Side:

Left side of PL spread


Right Side:

Right side PL Spread


The Whole Shebang:



And some close-ups:

Picture of boxer dog




picture of chris and dog on beach

Chris and Zoe running through the shallow water. She loved it 🙂


picture of dog in waves, sequence of 4 picturesThis was the first wave she encountered. I luckily had my camera on continuous mode and fired off a ton of shots to get this sequence!


picture of chris looking at a surferHere is Chris watching one of the surfers. There were TONS of them out there!


picture of sunrise over pierThis is Chris’ photo contribution for the week 🙂


picture of week review typed up



picture of leaf and a quote



picture of cactus
This week was VERY photo heavy! The only things I added were the Week 4 card, the weekly review, the A day at the beach card, and the quote card. The weekly review, and A day at the beach were made on PicMonkey. I made the weekly card on Photoshop Elements 10. The quote is from the uber talented and creative Elise over at enJOY it. You can find the post with the freebies (thanks Elise!) here.


Annnnnd just for fun, here are 2 pictures of Zoe “helping” me get the photos for this post ready – wait till you see her hidden talent….

Zoe the boxer


Zoe the boxer licking her nose


Talented girl, huh? 🙂


Have a great evening!

Grab a Hardhat and Bring Some Wine.

So I spent last night putting together my first week of Project Life, and I have to say – it went WAY better than I was expecting. I was thinking it was going to end up a little more – me on the floor, surrounded by paper scraps, no idea of what I was doing, and wine. Lots of wine. And probably a few screeches of frustration followed by tears. I desperately wanted it to look perfect like some of the ones I’ve seen on Pinterest, but I made myself kick back, relax, and enjoy the process.  It ended up being me sitting on the couch, watching TV with Chris, a few paper scraps on the coffee table, and a beer. Better than expected – except for the wine part. I forgot to buy it at the store.

While it may not be perfect, it ended up being perfect for us, and I’m pretty darn happy with it.

Left Side:


Right Side:


And the whole shebang:


I made the “Week one” card in PSE 10. I’m planning to do the same card, in the same spot every week. We walked down to the beach on New Years Day – it was Chris’ first time actually at the water (which is INSANE. We live a block away!!) so we took a picture (or 3) to commemorate.


My “hello twentyfourteen” card was made using this freebie from the amazingly talented Caylee Grey. I pretty much stalk her blog. I downloaded the freebie, and then layered it on top of one of my own photos in PSE. Then I changed the font color to white, and decreased the opacity to make it seem more see-through. I LOVE how it turned out – huge thanks to Caylee for the freebie! The bottom right picture is Chris’ “pic of the week”. You should have seen him chasing the seagull down the beach to get this shot.. it was…. something. Yeah. That’s it. It was something 🙂


And just a few more closeups of the spread:




So a successful completion of Week 1. No frustrated screeches, no tears. (and no wine… I’ll have to fix that for next week.)


Nexxxtttt up on the docket:
I’m under construction! I’ve decided to change things up on the blog to make it more my own, and less standard WordPress Theme. Things are gonna be bumpy for a while – so grab a hardhat and some eye protection – but please hang in there! I’m not really sure where this is going to end up, or how long it’s going to take, which is completely typical for me. I appreciate you hanging out with me during construction though! (and if you have any hints, links, or videos on how to do just about anything web design, leave some love in the comment section!)

Ah! one last announcement: I just added a Bloglovin’ button over on the left side of my blog.
Give it a click, and you can get every absurd, coffee fueled update that I decided to throw up on here!

Have a great day!

A Bookcase Full of Memories

One night a few summers ago, my husband and I were down visiting his parents in New York. We were all enjoying a relaxing evening sitting around in the living room talking and sharing stories. His parents started re-telling a story about a botched attempt to bring a couch to the basement – which ended up with the couch going through the basement wall at the bottom of the stairs, of course – and she had a picture of it that she wanted to show me (because everyone should take a picture of a couch stuck in a wall. True story). She took me over to a bookcase, and I would be lying if I said that no one in the room heard my jaw hit the floor.

On the shelves of that bookcase were over 25 YEARS worth of photo albums. We spent the rest of the evening thumbing through page after page of memories, everything from when my in-laws starting dating, to my sister-in-law as an infant, all the way up to my husband and my wedding.  Every major life event was carefully, and lovingly, curated in these albums. It was then that I decided that I wanted to have my own bookcase full of memories some day.

The only teeeeenny tiny little problem? I’m pretty notorious for deciding to start a project, and then never, ever, ever finishing it.

Like last year, for example. I decided I was going to start Project Life on January 1st – I was finally going to stop being lazy, and get all those pictures off of my computer (where they tend to go to die – seriously, once I upload them, that’s usually the end of the road), and into a Project Life binder. I wanted to use the Seafoam Edition from Elise Blaha Cripe. It was gorgeous, and I was super obsessed, so, clearly, that meant it was out of stock on Amazon. And everywhere else for that matter. I had gotten a few gift cards from Amazon that Christmas and was determined to use them for Project Life, and Project Life only. I started to stalk Amazon. At least twice a day I would log on to the Becky Higgins website and see if it was available yet. When it FINALLY came back in stock, I immediately bought the core kit, and the binder and warp speed. It arrived on my doorstep and I opened every single package, and sat looking through all of the cards in the core kit for hours – imagining how I was going to create this amazing work of art.

Fast forward a week, and then a month, and now a YEAR later, and that binder has been sitting empty.

Like ghost town empty, complete with tumbleweeds.

I re-committed this year to starting – and finishing – Project Life. I broke out my Seafoam edition binder and Core Kit, and I can assure you – they are still as perfect as when I sat stalking Amazon for all those hours last winter!

PL set up-1

PL set up-3

PL set up a-1

I set the title page up the way the kit suggested – for now. I wanted to have a starting page to make me excited enough to want to continue, but I’m not forcing myself to keep it. Chris and I decided (he’s actually being really helpful about this – more on that in a bit) that I should wait and see which pictures really describe our year, and then use those for the title page. No need to tattoo it on my rear-end yet, I’m open to change!

PL set up-4

I took the bottom right corner card and added “2014” in the white stripes. Just wanted to jaazzzz it up a little!

PL set up-5

I also decided to add an insert that covered our first Christmas here in California. We stayed here, and were alone on Christmas day. I felt like it should have been sad because our family was all back on the East Coast, but we had an amazing day, and started some fun traditions that we want to keep going for years to come (cough-cookiesforbreakfast-cough)

Here’s the front of our Holiday Insert page:

PL set up-6

I included our Christmas card, a picture of Chris taking Zoe out for her morning walk in his Christmas PJ pants, our “family photo” Christmas morning, and a picture of our Christmas dinner. I also used this printable, and this one.

And the back side.

PL set up-12

I added a picture of a flower I took while we were out walking on Christmas Eve, our “Christmas breakfast” a few days later, a really pretty Christmas card, and a picture of Zoe and her new Zombie toy. I also used 2 of the cards from these printables to make a 4×6, and used one half of it as a journaling card to write down everything.

My plan for Project Life 2014 (because it’s always great to have a  plan – failing to plan is planning to fail!) is to keep it as simple as humanly possible. Knowing my track record, I feel like it’s best if this lazy bones over here doesn’t get overwhelmed.
I’m aiming for weekly spreads, mainly since I feel like too much happens in a month to only have monthly spreads.
I’m planning on VERY simple layouts – I refuse to go crazy with embellishments, both for cost factor and my sanity.
I’m going to maintain my journaling of daily and weekly happenings in my planner – picture to come later
And last but not least, I’m having Chris take 1 picture a week. I want to see things from his point of view as well – if for no other reason than he’s taller than me 🙂

My only supplies for this project so far is my Project Life Seafoam Core Kit and binder, the Design A pocket pages, a small variety pack of pocket pages, and my Pinterest board of free Project Life printables.

I’ve also been checking out the Creative Team’s blogs for inspiration – meet the team here.

Anyone else do Project Life and have any tips for a beginner? Leave some love in the comments section, and if you having a blog, leave the link, I’d love to see how you tackled your Project Life!