Thursday, January 31, 2013


I'm finally up to date with Project Life. We're in week 5 right now and I usually wait until Sunday of each week to review my pictures and start laying out. I made some changes to my week 3 because my Seafoam Core Kit came in. So I ditched the printable journaling cards that I printed out on regular copy paper and put fresh, new ones in their place. (For some reason, my printer wouldn't take my cardstock, although it used to....anyone know how to fix that)?

The beauty of Project Life is that you don't have to cut and adhere (sometimes I do, but not always, depending on how busy I am.) It's just me, my pictures, my Core Kit, and my thoughts. When life gets busy, it is comforting to know I can just pick up these title and journaling cards and get it done instead of staring at my stock in my scrap closet, wondering which paper goes with what stickers, etc.

I just added a couple of things to my layout: Letter stickers from the Studio Calico Project Life Kit and numbers from Lilybee design; wood veneer camera from Studio Calico that I colored orange with a Paper Mate flair marker. You never need to add anything to the Core Kits since they add so much "pop"by themselves, but I wanted to place the title Week 2 somewhere on the layout. 

Of course, CHA had to have its own extra insert! 

Week 3, adjusted. 

Week 4

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Week 3: Project Reality Check!

Before I share the reality check I had this past weekend, here's my Project Life layout for week 3. We had our normal busy week, with my best friend's birthday celebration and a flu shot added to the mix. I printed out cards since I haven't gotten my Core Kit in yet. This kit is the Project Life Seafoam Core Kit. I love the color scheme of this whole collection. 

Okay, this is something I learned this weekend: 

Club Sports parents, you probably can relate to this insight. This week, we had a normal schedule. School, homework, choir, soccer training, celebrating my best friend's birthday...Then the weekend came upon us; one of our daughter's many Club Soccer tournaments. She's on a great team and they are all a talented group of players. This weekend, the team was just off their game. They didn't play as well as they usually do. I suppose that may happen from time to time. I mean, we have had other games where they didn't play their best, but this weekend was just a whole new level. You could feel the tension and stress among the parents on the sidelines, the Dads not being able to sit down, gathered by a tree further away to share the suspense with one another. All of us thinking: What in the world is going on? What will motivate them? Our children can feel our vibe, feed off of it and bring it onto the field. What can happen from that? The game is no longer fun for them. Healthy competition becomes too much pressure. 

With that being said, here is what I realized I need to remember (I, along with my husband and the rest of the parents on our team)! They are 10 & 11 years old. They are still in the process of learning and growing and mastering skill & technique. Consistency comes with experience. We as parents need to remember to sit back and enjoy- I mean REALLY ENJOY watching our children play the game. They are blessed to be able to do what they love. Play soccer. It's the Coach's job to coach. It's his job to give constructive criticism and development. What is our job? Support. Encouragement. Positivity. Sit on the sidelines and be their biggest fans, win or lose. Always. We are more worried about wins, loses and what people think than our girls are. Of course they care about winning and how well they play, but most of all they just want to PLAY the game. The fun of it and the support from us is what inspires them to care about all that in the first place. To start off with, they had to try out for their team. Out of hundreds of girls that tried out with only a few being accepted, they made it. That says something about their skill and talent. Trust that fact, as you watch them grow and improve. Ease up! It's not the World Cup!

Reality check...All up in yo' face! I mean look at us, watching her. I'm glad I got this shot of us as I looked around and realized how ridiculous we were all being. You know that heated saying, "If you could only hear/see yourself right now..." Well, here's a glimpse of us and I say we should look a little less tense and a lot more relaxed while watching our daughter and her team play on that field. Shame on us! Every sport parent is guilty of this at one time or another (or two or three...) but let's try to keep things in perspective for 2013, okay? 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Keeping Up With Project Life, My Way.

Everyone has their own way of keeping track of Project Life on a weekly basis so they don't lose track of what happened on which day. Thank goodness for my MAC. It's Chronologically lovely in every way. 

My iPhoto library automatically keeps my photos organized by "Events" and date when I upload them onto my computer. Once I have documented my month in Project Life, I just drag each date (from the current month) into one "Event." When January is done, I will drag every day into January 1st to make an "Event" renamed 'January 2013'. That way, I won't have an album for every day of 2013; Just an album for every month.

As for planning my layouts; I've seen some cool printable templates out there that I want to use, but I am kind of greedy when it comes to my ink. I like to save every bit of it toward printing my Instagram & 3x4 Project Life photos. So I pretty much draw up my own Design A on the plethora of scratch paper I have from memo's and announcements my daughter brings home from school. The drawings are not to scale and it's a rather sloppy drawing, but it gets the job done. They'll be thrown in the recycle bin afterward anyway. 

I also "Power Journal" on my iPhone. In my Notes, I type in the date and quickly jot down what tid bits I want to include in my layouts, comments my daughter says that I want to remember, or things I don't want to forget to write about in my journaling.

This little system worked out pretty well since I started Project Life, so I'll stick with this for now. How do you keep up with your Project Life? 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The CHA Experience

Okay, so I'm finally able to sit down and tell you all about my exciting CHA experience. This past weekend, was incredible. I felt privileged to have an up close and personal, sneak peek at all of the new lines coming out soon. Everything was so aesthetically pleasing to the eye! Connecting with women (and men!) who are just as enthused as I am with everything relating to creatively documenting through photography and scrapbooking was a great feeling.

I finally got to meet Becky Higgins, her husband, David and Creative Team members, Kari Holt and Lori Whitlock (designer of the Honey Project Life Core Kit). They are such wonderful and sweet people. The new products are absolutely adorable! I don't think there's any way I can choose. It's like a bag of chips; you can't have just one. Click here for the full catalog of the new Core Kits and products. I also met Amy Tan. Her new collection, 'YES, PLEASE.' is delicious! Her embroidery templates are to die for. Getting a signed 'Yes, Please.' tote bag was an awesome bonus!
Left to Right: Kari Holt, Me and Becky Higgins. 
Elle's Studio
Amy Tan and her new line, Yes, Please.
Jasmine from Lawn Fawn. Such a sweet girl....and a Project Lifer!
My make and take mini from Heidi Swapp.
One of my favorite make and takes from Amytangerine. I got a chance to use her new embroidery templates. So fun! 

The highlight of my weekend? Finding out that there are people who have read my bio, already recognize me as a Project Life Creative Team member, and asked to take a picture with me. Apparently, I've got admirable handwriting and they love my sample pages from the Project life childhood mini kit, Wellington. WOW. I am overwhelmed, flattered and grateful. I inspire the people who inspire me! I love the way the world comes around in full circle. Life is good. I'd say this is a pretty amazing way to start 2013. 

Monday, January 7, 2013


Who says no one likes left overs? I disagree...

In the beginning of 2012, I couldn't decide on which Projec Life Core kit I wanted, so I bought both!  Now, wrapping up 2012 has me trying to figure out what I want to do with the abundance of left over Project Life journaling and filler cards I have. I thought of a couple fast and easy ways to use them:

I don't really do any gratitude or I-am-grateful-for journals during the year, so I figured I would make a layout of what I feel truly blessed to have in 2012. 

This quick flip book was inspired by a Christmas present I bought my daughter from Image3D, a website that makes reels for your very own View Finder (Check it out; It would make an awesome present for anyone)! I made her a reel of the Cool Things that happened in 2012. I decided that I wanted her to write about what she thought were the coolest things that she did in 2012. I let her pick the pictures she wanted, adhered them to journaling cards, secured them with a cute brad and let her journal away! She had a lot of fun doing it. Of course, I always have fun reading what she wrote.

Her coolest things of 2012:
  1. 10th birthday party was Harry Potter themed, at an indoor soccer arena, where she played Quidditch with her party guests and enjoyed the themed candy buffet.
  2. Tried out for a better Soccer Club, Legends FC and made it on to a great team. 
  3. Watched a friendly; US Women's U20 Soccer Team Vs. China, met the team and got their autographs.
  4. Mustache Duct Tape. Enough said.
  5. We went on our very first family Vacation to Orlando, Florid, where she FINALLY got to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 
  6. This little girl gets so lucky with the celebrity sitings. She spotted Zayn Malik, from One Direction in one of the Universal Studio stores, purchasing Berty Bott's Every Flavoured Beans. She took a picture with him.
  7. Her Soccer Team was OC Premier Tournament Champions, taking away the returning champion's title.
  8. She met Hope Solo! 
  9. Met Abby Wambach, Heather O'Reily, and Megan Rapinoe from the US Women's National team!
  10. For Halloween, she was Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games. 
  11. She participated for the first time, in The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk with her Best buds; in memory of our Aunt that passed away from Breast Cancer, just a month before.
  12. She and her best buds made a new pre-game tradition together: Dads clean their cleats, listen to their "Pump it Up" music, have blue Gatorade, and PRAY.
I would say she picked some great memories for "The Coolest of 2012."

I got lucky on this last one. My daughter wants to start a Project Life of her own, so I was happy to give her the rest of my cards. I am really excited that she will be doing this and I can't wait to see how she documents her year. I inspired my daughter....That's definitely another amazing blessing.

I completed my 2012 Project Life at last! I kept my final page simple. I love the "THE END, but not really" card from the Cobalt Edition Core Kit. I can't wait to get my new Core Kit in, so that I can start 2013. I've got pictures just waiting for their story to be told. Bring it on, 2013!