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!

 

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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!

 

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

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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!

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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:

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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!