Project life 2013 // Week 1

 Week one was a pretty mellow week. Pretty much full of packing. Not so exciting. I did manage to capture some snuggle time with my favorite little guy. It’s my favorite part of the cooler weather. Typically he stands arms length away and wants to be pet. So much for the lap dog I wanted.
One good thing about packing is you discover things you forgot you had. Like that hot pink highlighter tape I used over the January 2013…score!

Project life 2013 // cover page

Grey + Pink + Gold is my favorite color combo right now. I decided to start off my project life album this way to represent my current obsession.
I’m not sold on staying with that picture of Jeff and I, hopefully I’ll be able to take a better one soon. But for now I can call it done and move on with my life.

Using my Silhouette I cut out our little family and backed it with gold glitter. It was the perfect touch! That machine is still my favorite thing. It is so much easier to use than my Cricut and I find myself using it much more because of it.
How is your project life coming so far this year?

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Playing project life catch up (oops!)

Loving these words

Watching this little guy enjoy his new yard
(our last yard was almost all concrete since we had a pool)
Anything fun or exciting happening in your life right now?

OLW 2013: refresh

As I thought about my OLW this year I decided I wanted to have it on something I could wear. Like a little reminder that travels with me throughout the day. On Etsy I came across this shop and fell in love. One thing I really liked was the fact it was a locket. So that way only I knew what was in there. Plus after the year is over I could still wear it as a pretty piece of jewelery and even add a little picture or something. Did you choose a word this year?

let’s talk project life

Hello friends! I’m taking a little break from packing to talk about the wonderful-ness that is Project Life.

Ok, so Project Life is totally taking the scrapbooking world by storm! Last year was my first year of actually doing it. And let me tell you I love it!  It is a great way to document all those little moments without having to create a full 12X12 layout each or forgetting them. Now don’t get me wrong I still had a heard time staying ‘caught up’ but I’m ok with that. At this point I have done everyday of 2012 through the middle of September. For the rest I need to finish I have printed the pictures, added them to the apporpriate slot and added post-its on each day with notes of what I wanted to document for that day.

Here are a few of my favorite weeks/days:
Last year I did each week as a two page spread working sun-sat. This year I will be changing it up because, let’s face it, my life’s not that exciting and I can only add so many cute pictures on Poncho before it turns into his Project Life book 🙂

For 2013 I plan to do a each week on one page, Monday – Sunday, that way the weekends are kept together. Then if I have extra pictures or special days I’ll document those in add on pages. Here’s a sneak of my card incerts for my 2013 cover page.


Staying on track 
Some people work on their week as it’s happening, some have a designated day they work on it and some (like me) work on it when time allows. One thing I do that really helps me remember what I want to document is keep a planner on my night stand. Every night when I get in bed I jot down notes and anything that happened that day I want to document. As I print the pictures I put them right in the pockets (in my album).That way I always know where my photos are and I’m not sitting there scratching my head wondering what day that picture was taken. Especially since sometimes it has been 2 months and I’m finally sitting down to write about it.
One thing I’m going to do is stick a few 3X4 cards in my purse so if I have some down time while I’m out and about I can write things down directly on them. Then when I get home they can go straight into my album.

Keeping your supplies organized is a huge part on staying on top of a project like this! I created this storage box for my desk that holds all my supplies. It’s SO handy having everything in one space!
When I first decided to do this project in 2011 I bought the kit Becky Higgins had on Amazon. It was great, everything came together (cards, album, page protectors, roller date stamp and arrow stickers). It was a great deal but after working with it for a while I grew tired of looking at the same cards over and over. So I started cutting down my own paper and keeping an eye out for other things to use.
One of my favorite things to use when I need to fill an empty spot are things I have pinned. I just print them out to fit the space I need. There are all these amazing quotes and funny things on Pinterest why not utilize them (On the back of each one I write the website it was from in case I ever need to look it up for some reason).

This year I’ll be in full-on Project Life mode. Between the two kits on Amazon, the amazing ones being released at CHA, the Studio Calico monthly kit and all the other random PL geared products out there will be SO many options. I can’t wait!
I’m looking forward to getting settled in our new home so I can jump right in! And I promise this year I’ll be better about blogging my progress 🙂

Happy Project Life-ing!!!

One Little Word 2013

This year is all about new beginnings. There are many things I hope to accomplish this year. Lots of change…all for the good. I’m looking at it like a fresh start.
One major change happening now is we are moving. Downsizing by half, which means a lot of purging. It’s a great feeling yet also very hard to let go of some things. I know once we get settled in our new place I’ll be happy but for now it’s stressful! So over the next month there will be little blogging. Once we’re settled I’ll be back in action with lots of new projects to share!
Happy 2013 everyone! 

12 favorite moments of 2012

1) A wild and crazy night out on the town 2) Kona Kai scrapbook retreat 3) Spending lazy summer days in our pool 4) Taking an unexpected road trip with my Daddy 5) My scrap space getting published on two different sites 6) Having sleep overs with my favorite little lady 7) Exploring Park City in the summer 8) Celebrating our eight year wedding anniversary in Palm Springs 9) Diving into Project life and Loving it 10) Getting to see ten concerts 11) Growing CherieBee 12) Seeing Toby Keith sing Red Solo Cup in person

Wishing everyone a safe & fun New Years! May 2013 be your best year yet!

My new project

 Or maybe I should say my big project!
I have been wanting a vintage trailer for years. Actually when I first signed up for Pinterst it was because I was looking for trailer ideas ( I clearly had no idea what Pinterest had to offer!)
So when a family member was just going to take this bad boy to the dump I freaked out and picked it up immediately! So now we get the fun of bringing it back to life. I’m sure it will be a slow process but I will show you guys updates. I’m so excited!!! Now off to research….

Thanksgiving + Turning 29

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your feasts out there today. Soon I’ll be heading over to my Moms for an evening full of food, fun and maybe just a little chaos. That’s what the holidays are for right?

Well today is not only Thanksgiving but it also my birthday. Today I turn 29…eek! How can I possibly be twenty nine already?!?!? As I was thinking about turning another year older and only one year away from thirty I started freaking out a little. When I was younger I would think ‘oh by the time I’m thirty I’ll have it all figured out’ no this is not the case. And I’m sure over the next year that will not happen either. However I did realize one thing, instead of being sad about getting older and not accomplishing everything I thought I should have done by this time. I should be thankful to be having another birthday. Not everyone gets the chance to turn twenty nine. So today I am feeling blessed. Blessed to be a year older, blessed to have such a supportive husband and family, and blessed for this great life I have.

May God bless each one of you this Thanksgiving!