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Project Life – weeks 28-29


And with that, I take you back to the first week (or so) of July. Looking at this layout, I am again reminded how much I love the Honey core kit and bright colors (although, I did use a card from the Seafoam kit, too).

left side

left side

right side

right side

I wanted to keep the title card for this week simple, so that it didn’t take away from the pretty clouds, but I didn’t want it “plain”. I ended up lightly painting on some Stickles (yes, I use a paintbrush when it’s a larger area). In keeping with the soft feel, I pulled out my Amy Tangerine letter stickers (the set with multiple colors). I was so happy to find something I could use these on – Natalie keeps taking them for her school scrapbook and I’m afraid she’s going to use up all of the vowels before I get a chance to use them myself!


One of my favorite “things” to photograph are hands. Hands are one of those things that as a kid you take for granted, but as an adult, you realize how important they are. When I was little, I used to take my father’s hand and turn it palm up and then lay my face down on it when I was tired. It was something I just did, without even thinking about it. Now I would give anything to have a good photo of his hands … Anyway, I’m getting off point. I also think kid hands can be really cute, so instead of getting Sydney’s whole face/body, I focused on her little hands.


We went to a birthday/pool party this week. I am glad I got one good shot of the two girls together since the friend doesn’t go to the same school with my girls anymore. This was also a good chance to have Natalie journal.


This was also the week I got my last mail order from Two Peas. I think my journaling about sums it up. Even my girls were sad to hear they were closing.



And now, on to …


The full spread:


This was the first week in a long time that the colors on each half of the layout didn’t all “go” together. On the left side, that purple was the dominant color.


I pulled the purple from Sydney’s shirt in that bottom left photo (at her birthday dinner). I also pulled the colors for the right side from her shirt – this time from the bottom right photo.


In case it wasn’t obvious, this was the week of Sydney’s birthday.

I used Heidi Swapp Gold color shine on the 8

I used Heidi Swapp Gold color shine on the 8

I’ve mentioned in previous posts how we are working on Sydney’s self esteem. I really think that she has come a long way over this summer and (to me) it was easy to see when I was taking her yearly portraits. This was my favorite one from the day.



Well, that wraps up weeks 28-29. I’ve had these photographed for a while and just needed to sit down and finally share them. Now that school has started and we’re finally figuring out our routine, I’ve had a bit more time to work on catching up. I’m excited to get back to the point where I am working on the week previous and not the month previous. There are classes and projects that I am hoping to do over the next few months, so this is the first step towards doing that.

Thank you for stopping by!


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Project Life – week 27





This week I am just keeping it simple with one layout. I finally finished my girls’ school albums for the previous year and then school started, so this past weekend is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and work on PL. While this is my only complete layout, every layout from this one up to current has photos and journaling cards in the page protectors. I just need the time to sit and journal about it all and put the finishing touches on.IMG_8143




We saw a lot of movies over the summer. We took advantage of Cinemark’s Summer Kids movies, so we were at the theater once a week. This week we also happened to go see a movie as a family on the weekend. I’ve been adding the ticket stubs right on to the journaling card. As someone that used to work at a movie theater for several years, it’s pretty cool when I find my stubbs for movies like “Forrest Gump” or “Twister” and remember what it was like seeing those movies on the big screen.

Project Life

My husband found an online game that he can play with both of our girls. It’s funny to walk around the house with them all in their favorite spots playing the same game. That “Plugged In” card from Take 10 was perfect for that spot!



I put off starting work on the girls’ school albums thru the entire month of June – when July rolled around I told myself that I couldn’t blow it off any more. I was having a hard time getting started. I found this card that was a cut apart and thought it was perfect – it was the “advice” that I needed to get started.


I am handling their school albums much differently this year, but that’s for another day 🙂 Thank you for stopping by to read. I will be linking up with The Mom Creative for her monthly Project Life link up. Now that we’ve made it thru the first week of school and I am starting to get back into a routine, I hope to have more content here on my blog. If you have been reading along I want to thank you for sticking with me!

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Project Life Catch Up- weeks 21 thru 25

I’m going to jump right in. Here is week 21:



It was getting toward the of May and I realized that I needed to use this card before it was too late. It is so pretty, but I’ll admit that it doesn’t “flow” with the look of the rest of the layout as well as I’d like. This was one of those weeks where I just wanted to get it done – I wasn’t worried about “perfect”.





The Sunday that started this week, my husband and one of my daughters competed in a Spartan Race (the other daughter competed the day before). I wasn’t able to make it that second day, so I put Natalie in charge of taking pictures and she did a great job. More importantly, she was so excited about the fact that she could “tell a story by taking pictures the right way” – that made me smile big time!



Sydney had to do a timeline project for class. Trying to get her to figure out what things to put on the timeline was getting to be a little bit difficult, so I finally pulled out our family scrapbooks (starting with the year she was born) and had her flip thru them. That helped the decision process out quite a bit.



WEEK 22:




It had been a while since I had my girls journal for the album, but this week was perfect for having them each contribute something.





WEEK 23:


This week felt like it came together much better than some of the others I’ve done recently. I was able to find aquas/blues/greens in the journaling cards that looked like they belong together.




For this week, I used mostly the Midnight kit and stuck with a monochromatic palette.



This was our first official week of summer vacation. We are going to see older kid’s movies once a week at the theater closest to our house. I’ve been adding the stubs to each week’s layout.



WEEK 25:



I was excited about how this layout came together – I love all of the bright colors, it really says summer!




I love the “June” wood veneer piece from Studio Calico. I covered it with HA Neon Blue ink and it looked much better than leaving it plain.



… and THAT is as far as I’ve gotten in completed layouts. I should getting Natalie and Sydney’s school albums finished within the week and then I will back to keeping up with my weekly layouts. Thank you for reading along!

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Throwback Thursday #2

I missed last week – it just came and went before I had a chance to breathe. We have hit the crazy time of year at school … projects are due, all the final events are happening and I’ve got to wrap up the school scrapbook project (more on that to come soon).  I just happen to be able to be “working” at home today and get some time to link this up to The Mom Creative.


Our girls have been watching the Disney show “Kickin’ It” pretty much non-stop lately. It is not one of the ones my husband or I are particularly fond of. My personal feeling is as long as it is appropriate and not spawning bad behavior from our youngest, then fine (as long as I don’t have to watch it). My husband, however, has taken to trying to convince them to watch something/anything else which has made for some interesting back and forth conversations in our house 🙂 Last night he mentioned to me that he didn’t like the theme song to the show either (he may have been tired and a wee bit crabby). This video jumped back into my memory and I showed it to him – of our girls singing a different theme song.

Girls Singing Hannah Montana (2009)

(This is my first time trying to figure out how to post a video to view, so you have to click the above link – it will take you away from this page)

Everytime I watch this video, I’m smiling wide the whole time … my favorite part is the “best of both worlds” lyric where you can tell Sydney finally knew more than one or two words in a row. Makes me laugh every time! I’m so glad that I remember to take short videos of them every once in a while. There are just some memories that a photo can’t fully capture. Plus, I figure when they become well know performers as adults, they’ll need footage for their ” this is how it all began” montage, right? 🙂

How about you? Any photos/video of your budding performers or athletes?

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Blues on the Green (2013 family album layout)

So one of my goals for this year was to include more than just my Project Life spreads on this blog, so I guess it’s time I actually do that!

IMG_2321I got the idea for this layout after looking at that Amy Tan cityscape patterned paper. I’d used it before on another layout, but had a 2nd one because I loved it so much.  I only had two decent-enough-to-use photos for this layout, so I wanted to make the layout itself spectacular. I started with the black paper at the top and heat embossed several different star stamps in gold, silver and opaque white.


I also added some gold star sequins from Studio Calico for some variety and interest. Beneath that I added two layers of torn dark blue paper (night sky fading into the black) and then sat and cut along one of the cityscape lines (while watching a show) for the next layer and then finished the bottom with green (along with a few torn edges of green).

IMG_2324I wanted to add more detail and stumbled upon these cute lawn chairs on the Silhouette website. And a cute picnic basket for the bottom next to the journaling … (with some Lawn Fawn apple stamps)

IMG_2326I had so much fun doing this layout – I was actually giddy about it. Best of all? When I showed my husband, his response was “Wow!” Again, here is the full layout:

IMG_2321Short and simple 🙂





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2013 Project Life – Finishing on Fast Forward

Just yesterday I finished up our 2013 PL album. Well, if you want to get technical, I’m waiting for a journaling card from my husband and THEN I’ll be done. I wanted to be able to get these layouts posted, but didn’t want to drag it out with long posts, so I thought I would just do a quick overview… kind of like pushing the fast forward button. I came up with this idea and didn’t have much time to photograph all the layouts, so this is not my best, Nichol Magourik-type layout photography (seriously, have you seen her blog photos? Amazing!!!) Okay, are you ready?

Week 28:

the week my youngest had her 7th b'day party

the week my youngest had her 7th b’day party


Week 29:


front of insert

front of insert

back of insert

back of insert


Week 30:



That pink journaling card flips out for more journaling:



Week 31:

For the weeks that had inserts, I just photographed one side at a time. I don’t know about you, but my album was hitting that point where if I open the D-rings, I had to put like 10 page protectors back on right because it was so full!





The insert was photos of my girls playing Iron Chef: Playdough in the front yard. We figured out that the front yard is cooler in the morning than the backyard during the summer, so we were under the trees.

my oldest and her "offering"

my oldest and her “offering”


the journaling and my youngest with her creation

the journaling and my youngest with her creation

Week 32:

Two back to school shopping trips and Natalie’s first curling iron

IMG_0497Week 33:



Even though her birthday was in July, we didn’t get around to doing Sydney’s birthday portraits until this week. She actually asked me out of the blue. We did one round that first night and then the next day I curled her hair and we did some more.

orange is her favorite color

orange is her favorite color


a new school shirt that she was desperate to wear

a new school shirt that she was desperate to wear

Week 34:

The week before school starts, we head up to school to help the teachers get ready. Poor Sydney hates sharpening pencils now 🙂


front of insert - girls with their new teachers

front of insert – girls with their new teachers

back of insert - we took the girls to the circus for the first time

back of insert – we took the girls to the circus for the first time

Week 35:



Week 36:



Week 37:

Grandparents’ Lunch @ school (my mother came) and pet sitting for one of our teacher friends



Week 38:

Played around with printing my instagram shots for the week and Natalie turned 10/had her party





Week 39:

I was light on photos this week, so I did some playing around with those pretty filler cards that I never have the space to use



Week 40:

Natalie’s birthday portraits, Sydney got her class shirt and we partied all Saturday



10 going on 16

10 going on 16

Week 41


I’ve seen message board questions and people on FB discussing whether or not they should include the “bad” with the good in their PL or scrapbook albums. When I first started out doing our family albums (we got married in Dec. and January I started our family album of us and our dog) I used to only talk about the good stuff or just be vague in my journaling about the not-so-good stuff. In the last few years I’ve come to the realization that life is not all rainbows and sunshine, so why am I trying to show it that way? Not only that, when my girls are adults and they are (hopefully) looking thru these albums, I want them to see that we had crappy days and hard things to deal with and we were able to keep going. Does that make sense? Anyway, here is an example of such:



Week 42: (one of my least favorite spreads)



Week 43: (was struggling with the creative juices with this layout)

left side

left side

right side

right side

Insert for this week:

front - Sydney's 2nd grade field trip

front – Sydney’s 2nd grade field trip

back of insert

back of insert

Week 44:



weekly card designed by Sydney:

stickers from one of her Pinkalicious books

stickers from one of her Pinkalicious books

Week 46:


cut up a magazine and then had the girls grab all the Junie B books with stickers

cut up a magazine and then had the girls grab all the Junie B books with stickers


week 47:

I had fun with the colors on this one

I had fun with the colors on this one


love that little Lawn Fawn stamp - inspired by the below photo

love that little Lawn Fawn stamp – inspired by the below photo

a project the girls and I did for our front door

a project the girls and I did for our front door

week 49:



I had a 5×7 insert this week. The front was a picture of the flowers my husband brought me home for our 13th anniversary on the 3rd:


the girls know Santa isn't real - we got the elves this year more as just a fun thing

the girls know Santa isn’t real – we got the elves this year more as just a fun thing

week 50:


(update: he actually just gave me the journaling about 10 mins ago)

(update: he actually just gave me the journaling about 10 mins ago)

week 51:


week 52:

only non-Seafoam kit weekly card in the album ... just had to use that card from SC

only non-Seafoam kit weekly card in the album … just had to use that card from SC


I’ve also seen some people discuss whether or not to start their 2014 album with the whole week (including the last few days of 2013) or asking how other people handle that. I personally prefer to have all the days of the calendar year together. I’ve gotten pretty good at creatively working the layouts when there isn’t a full week (i.e I only need one half of the spread, but it doesn’t work out that way). Here are the last three days of the year:


Each year for the last few, I’ve taken portraits of the four of us towards the end of December. I started taking them for the title page of the next year, but then ended up also using them as a comparison for the end of the album. That is what I did for the second half of this 2 page spread. In other words, each photo shows the person from December 2012 on the left and one year later, December 2013 on the right. It’s a great way to see how much the girls have grown and how my husband and I have changed:


And finally, the back and final page:

the end

the end

If you made it thru all of that – wow! Oh, and thank you 🙂 I have had so much fun looking at everyone’s title pages for the new year and can’t wait to sit down and get started on mine. I’ve had full on tunnel vision as far as only thinking about finishing 2013’s album that I haven’t given much thought to 2014’s and the changes I’m going to make vs. what will stay the same. I guess only time will tell!

Thanks for reading and I’d love to hear from you.




Project Life – Week 26 (Summer Love)








The fact that it is now December made me realize that I need to get my butt in gear and not only get caught up on my pages (I’m about a month behind) but that I also want to try to get all of the weeks posted by the end of the year, if possible.  Come January, I am starting fresh, so here goes …




When I start putting a layout together, I use the week card as a starting point and try to draw the colors from the photos. This was one of those weeks where the colors were just all over the place. I had a few brightly colored filler cards that I wanted to use, so I decided to go with bright, summery colors.



I wasn't sure if this red would clash with the "I love summer" pink card, but I think it works

I wasn’t sure if this red would clash with the “I love summer” pink card, but I think it works

I think it helps to have something with multiple bright colors in it that incorporate the colors on the page to “tie it all together” and this was the one I used

circle note is from Sydney

circle note is from Sydney

This week I finally got a good picture of Keet. Sometime in May, my husband and some of his coworkers found a lone parakeet searching for food in their office parking lot. There were talks of making him the office mascot (they are very pet-friendly, on any given day, there will be at least 1-2 dogs in the office), but someone needed to take care of him over the weekend. Well, my husband was the last person to leave, so guess who brought the bird home? He now lives with us. Keet (as in para-) is very shy around people and so just being able to get a picture of him has been difficult. This was a big achievement for me.

this is the original - the one from the layout had a glare on it

this is the original – the one from the layout had a glare on it

With my health issues becoming more and more of a presence in our daily life, I’ve decided to not try to gloss over/hide it like I usually do and just add it in as a factual part of our daily life. My hair has always been one of the few things on my body I was proud of. As a kid, I had the longest, thickest blonde hair. I literally did not have it cut until I was twelve years old. It went from being just past my butt to chin length in the matter of 30 minutes. When I was 16, I watched my cousin with such jealousy about her natural curls … until I tried to do what she did and realized my hair is also naturally curly (it had always just been too long/thick for the curls). A few years back, I got tired of the dumb blonde jokes and the “are you a natural blonde?” questions and colored my hair red. Most people I “work” with at school assume the red is my real color and ask where my girls get their blonde hair from 🙂 ANYWAY … just thought a little backstory was important.


Something very cool happened this week – my mother decided to try Project Life! She is not a scrapbooker. My mother’s version of what most of us do was to make photo collage frames of events or groups of family/friends, but she is running out of wall space quickly! I’ve shown her my albums a couple times and explained to her how easy it is to do and that it doesn’t have to be an album of your daily life. She is doing hers with events in her home – starting with finding the house as it was finishing up being built. It was nice to have something common for us to share/talk about.



My husband started about a year and a half to two years ago getting into shape and learning to eat better. It all started because he wanted to do one of those obstacle course races like Tough Mudder, but knew he needed to get into shape first. Now he has lost over 40lbs and is in better shape than he was in high school (excuse me sticking my tongue out at him). He wanted to be able to practice wall climbing, so I suggested we take down a part of our multilevel deck that we rarely use and reuse the wood to start building the wall in it’s place. So he did.


Finally, this week I started chore charts with the girls. They have their “chores” that they do around the house, but had been slacking off. We had a sit down talk with them about needing them to step up and help out more since I’m able to do less and less. I made the charts with stickers because (1) Sydney will do just about anything for a sticker and (2) Natalie (like her mom) likes to be able to check things off a list. Win – win, right?




I figured those chore charts will be something they will get a kick out of seeing later on in life (“Remember when we only had to remember to feed the dogs? And not worry about making enough money to feed ourselves and our family?”)

Okay, I’m off to link up to The Mom Creative for Project Life Tuesday. I would love to hear from you in the comments!