Sunday, August 25, 2013

How to get caught up with Project Life!

Hi My Friends,

I have been taking a long break from scrapbooking to take care of some major life changes! I've been dealing with everything from my husband taking a job across the country, to renting out my house, to the death of my 99 year old grandmother Essie. My DD and I are staying in Los Angeles for the new school year while my DH moved to Washington D.C. to start an exciting new job.

So while I have been busy living life I have fallen horribly behind with project what do I do with a Five month gap? Unfortunately there are many long stretches without picture or much to say. So I have decided to be very flexible and do one page at a time filing in the gaps in any way that fits my recollection of events.  The first thing I wanted to tackle was my daughter's summer camp experience this summer.

Luckily I have trained my DD to take lots of pictures with her cellphone. it almost makes the bill worthwhile!

Here are my suggestions for jumping back in:
1. Start with whatever is in the front of your mind.
2. Be flexible, fill in with online photos of places you went or old photos.
3. There will be gaps and inaccuracies (I don't have a perfect memory), enlist others help to remember specifics.
4. Check your calendar or check book register to peace together chronology.
Relax and enjoy the process no one is judging you!!!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Project Life: Documenting a Week When You're Sick.

Every March around the first my daughter gets sick, I don't know why, but here we go again. My DD was home for 4 days with a fever so there wasn't much going on. So what do you document when your home sick with your child?

So here are some suggestions. 
1. Home remedies, do you have a special tea you brew or some other special foods. For my daughter when she's sick the only thing she wants to eat are grilled cheese sandwiches and my special smoothies, especially if she has a sore throat. 
2. Trips to the doctor. 
3. Things that bring comfort. Even my 13 year old reaches for one of her old stuffed animals when she isn't feeling fell.
4. Entertainment. My daughter loves to watch movies and play crazy eights when she starts to feel a bit better.
5. Memories of a previous illness. I remember when my DD got Croup and we had to call an ambulance because it got so bad. No fun but if you haven't documented a story from the past you can tell the story now.
6. Tell a story about when you were little and what your Mom did or didn't do for you. It's a great opportunity to pass down a story or tell how a ritual got started.
7. Take photos of the stacks of Kleenex tissues or bottle of cold medicines. 
8. Remember to take a picture when the cold or flu passes, capture the healthy glow coming back!

So here is week 9 the sick week.

That I used this week:
From Designer Digitals

KPertiet_SunPorch Collection
KPertiet_BerksLane Collection
KP Stitched Grid

Digi Kits that will help document those weeks when someone is not feeling their best.

Sick Day by Traci Reed
Sick Day by Traci Reed

9 Out Of 10 Doctors Agree by Libby Pritchett
9 Out Of 10 Doctors Agree by Libby Pritchett

Sickies collab
Sickies Journaling Cards

Do you have a ritual when you or your kids are sick, I'd love to hear about it! Leave a comment.
Have a healthy week.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Project Life Documenting your Feelings

Some weeks aren't about what I do, but how I feel. Having a child is a long goodbye, and I don't like it. So 

I'm happy to be able to share how I feel with my daughter in a way that she'll appreciate more when she's 

older. Right now she really is too busy to worry about it, and that's the way it should be. 

Motherhood is letting go, even when you can't

Journaling reads:

Some weeks feel like a quantum leap, I sense the push and pull of your evolution. Your growing inside, so

quickly and I’m both in awe and devastated by the trajectory I see you on, leaps and bounds. At the

same time you call me Mommy and curl up beside me, you come back to the safety of being my baby.

But we see it coming, your future, high school and beyond. I’m mourning, wondering how I’ll let you go.

As you reject the symbols of your childhood, your new wings push against me. I hold my breath because

I’m not ready, but this isn't my choice. This is your journey, all I can do is stand back and watch you soar.

 Now that I'm finishing my second month of Project Life I feel like I'm making it my own. In the beginning couple of weeks I had no idea what I wanted to say or how I wanted things to look, but now this is starting to feel really good. And I look forward to doing the week.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Lori Whitlock Blog Hop Giveaway!

Welcome Blog Hoppers!
I'm so happy to share with you some of the new two page layout I have created for Lori using her amazing templates  Lori has recently released some double page layouts in both SVG and layered Digital Scrapbooking PSD format.
The SVG files are designed to be used with Silhouette machines and can be found here in Lori’s shop.
For the digi scrappers these files also come as layered digital scrapbooking kits, and are found at here at Jessica Sprague . They have been created as layered PSD file which means you can use the pieces as clipping masks in Photoshop Elements and Photoshop. These are ready for you to add your favorite pattern papers, digital embellishments, and photos. Remeber you can mix and match any collections!

PSD FILES in the Jessica Sprague Store

The great thing about using a templete is it can be just a starting point and you can do whatever you like with it!

"Life is Good" layout by Lisa Barrie
"Sunshine in the Rain" by Lisa Barrie

"A Perfect Summer Party" by Lisa Barrie

and "Sunday Picnic" by Lisa Barrie

Without further ado, please let me show you the order of our blog hop today. These ladies are truly amazing and have shown you different ways to use these layouts, both digital format and SVG’s.  When you are done be sure to come back here and leave a comment so you can be entered in our drawing for a $20 gift card to Lori’s shop. She has amazing shapes there and more coming each week.
Don’t forgot to leave a comment here and on Lori's Blog about your favorite project for a chance to win a $20 gift card to Lori’s shop!
Here are my Projects: Life is Good, Sunshine in the Rain, A Perfect Summer Party and Sunday Picnic! So after you visit Roelien it's back to Lori Whitlock blog to comment!

Thank you so much for visiting and you can sign up to follow my blog to see more of Lori's new products and design inspiration!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Project Life meets Pinterest!

This page was created as a filler page for my Project Life book I'm doing for my DD, a filler page can fill in the gaps between one and two pager weeks. I love this neutral colors on this which is very contrary to usual bright colors, but I did manage to add a few little pops of color. I think this layout style is great for a week when you don't have as much going on too. It's only 6 cards instead of 9 or more, and instead of add the little elements I could have used the space to journal. I've had this page in my head all week and then I saw a layout in the DD gallery that pushed me to get it done. I like the fabric theme to this page and it inspired me to use a linen matte with pearl push pins and stitching.

So here's what I used
Available at Jessica Sprague
Echo Park_t&t christmas
Echo Park Tailored
Echo Park t&t graceful

Designer Digitals
KP Stitched Grid
Pocket Page Layered Templete

other stuff

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Digital Project Life Step by Step

I'm doing two posts today, so I don't fall behind.
This week I started with designing the journal cards first. So then I start to build them I designed the stacked circles, the next step is choosing a background paper, I really like something textured. After I added the accents and journaling spots. The last thing I add is the text and the journaling.

Here is week eight.
From Designer Digitals
KP Stitched Grid
KP Elastic Ribbon recolored
KP From My Bookshelf
KP All You Need Wordart
KP Memorable Spot
KP Taped Together Stack

Digital Project Life for Teens

I'm late posting this but, I promised to get this up including all the credit of where everything came from.
from Designer Digitals:
KP Stitched Grid
The rest is Jady Day at Sweet Shoppe Designs School Memories for Big Kids.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Am I Too Boring to do Project Life?

Am I too Boring for Project life?

The simple answer is heck no. Part of doing Project Life for me is recording all of the everyday things in my teenager daughter's life, and for my teenager that means what she is listening to, shopping for and planning. So this week is a look at just that. I don't feel any pressure if there's a week were I either don't spend a lot of time with her because she's busy at school or spending her free time with her friends. I still get involved and I listen carefully whenever she's ready to share. Often I will go back after the layout is done and add more journaling that I don't post because that stuff is boring to you all but it's an important step for me to add my thoughts.

Things to make notes of

Music around the house.....
Any sentence that starts with mom I need......
Planning for summer, spring break or a family outing...
How she spends free time....
After school activities....
Emails form school....
Projects at school...

It's all part of the story, so I'm not afraid that it not important because it's our story. And if you like to share you're pages, don't worry about your privacy you can add the journaling afterwards or shut off the layer in Photoshop. 
Just don't skip it!

I'm still using my Day One app, it really helps because everyday blends into the next.
Have a great Monday and don't forget to leave me a comment. How do you document your week?

Saturday, February 9, 2013

My Project Life Pinterest Board

Well it been a hell of a week and not in a good way. There were so many fire to put out, I exhausted myself and afterwards I slept for about thirteen hours. Oh, the joys for being a Wife and Mother. But back to the important thinks like scrapping! So, I have a couple of things to share with you. first of all a quickie update, I received a couple of comments about not finding things that I mentioned or listed in a post. The first one being Pixlr-o-matic which I mistakenly called Pixelomatic or something like that, it's available for both the iphone and android and you can find it in the respective stores. In addition, I generally posted everything on my Pinterest board and I've added a button to my blog to make it easy to find. The other missing information was regarding some of the PL (project life) digital products I use and again, if I forget to but a link on my blog you can generally find it on my Pinterest board. Every week (sometimes daily) I shop for new products and post them to my board so I can find it later when I need it.

Speaking of PL shopping on my my favorite places to shop (besides is Studio DD it's part of Designer Digitals and I generally feel compelled to buy anything designed my her. And although digital product is very reasonably priced sometimes I exceed my monthly budget and I can't buy anymore. So I wanted to try my hand at designing/scraplifting some of the designs Kayleigh has done for Studio DD and I'm really happy with the results I used the new Templates from Lori Whitlock and her new basics line and here is the results. This looks so simple why oh why did it take like 8 hours to do!!!
I added the photos for Lori's blog post but I designed these for a two page project life layout. Thank you Kayleigh for all the inspiration. 
Here's what I used:
Lori Whitlock Flair buttons available soon.
DD Messy Stitches , digital date No.9, twill definitions, Clean Stitched Circles White No1
If it's not listed here I probably made it.

Thanks so much for stopping my and if you have anymore questions just leave me a comment and I will try my best to get them answered right away.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Digital Project Life Week Four

 This Month is flying by and I'm so much more aware of how we spend our time. I love that we make an effort to spend time with friends and my DD and I love for go for coffee. The is my DD's last year of middle school and I'm starting to get so excited for her. This week we got her packet with class electives and the curriculum guide. Middle school has come and gone in the blink of an eye, so I can only imagine what the next four years are going to be like. I'm so glad I'm doing PL to capture every detail!

Here's what I used this week:

Friday, January 25, 2013

Project Life Basics by Lori Whitlock

It's Friday and I get to share the new project I made for Lori Whitlock, she has released this new collection of basics and I LOVE, love them. They work with everything boy or girl from toddlers to teens. I had so much fun working with these. My DD loves them because see thinks they are totally preppy (her words).

I created another looking back page, this page showcases many of the trips we've made to one of our favorite vacation spots over the years.  I used the new Basics Collection from Lori Whitlock available at Jessica Sprague and Hello Summer. They blend perfectly together!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Starting Project Life

I don't think I've ever redone a scrapbook page after it was finished. But now that I've done a few pages and I have more of a process, I went back and redid my first page of this Christmas  I really didn't like that page and I would of never included it, that's the reason for the redo. I'm going to include it at the end as a look back page. I'm much happier with this version you can see the old one here

The main difference in my process is placing all the journaling cards first. I like to spread them out around the pages and use them to separate the photos so I have a place to talk about each picture, if I need to. Next I filled in the photos, that's works much better for me. That way I have a definite color scheme working, since this is my teenage daughters book I'm using lots of brights.
Do you ever redo any pages? How do you start your layouts, do you follow any particular process? I'd love to hear what you do. Thanks for stopping by!