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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.

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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 – Back to School

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a weekly Project Life layout and even longer since I’ve actually done one. I haven’t quit, I’ve just been busy with other scrappy type projects. One of those was both of my daughters’ school scrapbooks for the previous school year. Each year, I promise myself that I am going to work on them as we go thru the year and each year June rolls around and I don’t have a damn thing accomplished. I was doing them in an 8.5×11 format, but realized that doing it with pocket page protectors would make my life so much easier. Here are some photos of my youngest daughter and her first grade year:

as you can see, I made the title page before deciding to change the format

as you can see, I made the title page before deciding to change the format


I found a back to school interview a few years back and print it off each year for the girls to fill out. I like to include a little bit of the activities before school starts as well. We help out at the school each year and start back the week before school when the teachers do. I started doing that because I wanted the girls to understand how hard their teachers work to get things ready for school. Now it’s something the girls look forward to each year.


The photo in the bottom left hand corner is a photo I have taken every year since my oldest started kindergarten – I always snap a photo of the girls walking in with daddy the first morning.


I do Becky Higgins’ Personal Yearbook with my girls’ classes (and some others) each year at school – this means that I photograph each student in their class. This usually gives me the opportunity to make my own class photo of the kids on the second day of school, but this teacher takes her own (I love working with a teacher that photographs everything, too!) .  The page on the right is something her teacher did with the students on the first day, too.

I thought the easiest way to do their albums was to make monthly spreads – some months will only have one page or one 2-page layout, others have multiple pages.  It all depends on what was happening that month. With our family album, I usually fill most of the layout with photos or journaling and just a little bit of the “pretty stuff”. I decided to use more filler cards in their albums and make the layouts a little “lighter”( for lack of a better term). My reasoning being that these are elementary school albums and they are only going to remember the fun things here and there – we don’t need to detail every single day. I know *I* don’t want to remember that much detail from my school years 🙂


the bottom left photo was not from school, but was something that I wanted her to remember

the bottom left photo was not from school, but was something that I wanted her to remember


Around this time, she was working hard at recess every day to master the monkey bars, so much so that she ended up with bad blisters on her hands. Since it was so important to her, I knew it was something I needed to document for her.

a piece of her writing was chosen to be put on display by the front office

a piece of her writing was chosen to be put on display by the front office




a few of her art pieces are scattered thru the layouts, the rest are at the end of the album

a few of her art pieces are scattered thru the layouts, the rest are at the end of the album

fall portrait

fall portrait


field trip

field trip


The above layout is not something that was school related, but something special we did over Christmas break from school (spending some time with their grandmother). Another big thing that happened in January was her eye exams that ended in her getting glasses.

due to the way the layouts were done, the photo of her glasses was a layout on top of the exam photos

due to the way the layouts were done, the photo of her glasses was an insert on top of the exam photos




baseball card pages are the perfect size for kids' Valentine cards

baseball card pages are the perfect size for kids’ Valentine cards


these were of her Valentine flowers, but also made a good "before" photo for hair cut

these were of her Valentine flowers, but also made a good “before” photo for hair cut


author visit to the school

author visit to the school



…. and well, you get the point. I did want to show you what I did with her artwork. I’ve seen a few different people do this and realized this method worked much better than trying to put the actual work in page protectors in the album.





So, that was a sampling of my younger daughter’s album. My older daughter was in third grade last year. I put her album together in a similiar way with a few differences. The first one being that I did not do the journaling for her – I draw the layout on post-its with notes and then go over what I had in mind when she is in the mood to write:

neon colored Post-Its make them harder to miss :)

neon colored Post-Its make them harder to miss 🙂

The second thing I do differently is that I leave some blank areas and let her choose the journaling cards (for my younger daughter, I pick everything out) or give the option to just be decorative with stickers.

colored cardstock squares and stickers/drawing were all her idea

colored cardstock squares and stickers/drawing were all her idea


What I’ve posted is just a small fraction of what is in their albums, so now you can see why weekly layouts have been pushed aside for now. And if you’ve made it to this point, then thank you for looking thru all the photos of some stranger’s kids 🙂 Every year since Natalie started kindergarten, I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to do school albums for my girls. This, by far, has been the least effort (with much better results) and was a lot more fun… and it helped me not feel so guilty about all those PL cards that I’ve got! I let each girl pick one of the childhood editions and then we split up a Blush edition (again, letting them choose the cards they like) and then we store them in the Studio Calico PL boxes.

I hope this helps someone out there trying to figure out how best to document school years for your children/yourself. I will be linking up with The Mom Creative this week (finally – I’ve missed quite a few weeks) and hope to get back to posting weekly layouts real soon.

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Week Nineteen

I mentioned in my previous post about May being a crazy month. This week was no exception – I felt like I was being pulled in all different directions, hence my arrow stamps on the week card:


And here is the full spread …



(left side)

(left side)


(right side)

(right side)

I finally got around to ordering two of the Childhood Editions for my girls (let them each choose the edition they liked the best) and they were delivered this week. I think they were actually just as excited as I was, especially once they took a look at the cards. We plan on using them for their school albums. I actually just started working on their albums from the school year that ended in May. Maybe I’ll do a separate post on how I have done their school albums and how I’m changing it up. Anyway, I photographed them with their editions.


As you may have noticed in the above photo, the card for Tuesday talks about Teacher Appreciation Week. The school sends home a letter with themes for each day with gift ideas for the teacher. This year they did something a little different and suggested that parents take over lunch or recess duty for their child’s teacher. I did that for both of my girls’ teachers. I used to sometimes go out to recess with Natalie (oldest) when she was younger, but haven’t gotten much chance to do so for Sydney. I’m glad I did – it was fun to watch how she acts at recess.


Something else I mentioned in the previous week was my older daughter’s QUEST project. This week was the QUEST fair. It’s a very big deal and ended up being half of the second page of the layout. My favorite photo is this one with her proud smile. She chose Thailand because one of her classmates (who has a little brother in my youngest daughter’s class) is from Thailand. Once I told Natalie that my mother and step-father went on a trip there a few years back, she decided it would be a perfect subject for her project. She got input from her classmate and photos/bits and pieces from my mother. We even used a PL mini album to display the photos my mother had of the trip.


May is also a crazy month because I am wrapping up the school scrapbooks I do (using Becky Higgins’ free “Personal Scrapbook” template)with classes ranging from kinder thru 4th grade. I got a little overzealous this past school year and did it with fifteen (yes, 15) classes. It was overwhelming, but there were little moments here and there that made it all worth it. The top picture was totally one of those – the theme for the month was “friends” and one of the 1st graders asked if it was okay if he wrote about me. I literally got choked up. His journaling said ” Mrs. Ware is my friend. She is nice to me. I like to stamp with her.” (melting again as I think about it again)


The bottom picture is a group of first graders from my daughter’s class and was taken by my daughter’s teacher who also happens to be a wonderful friend.

I had a small 7×5 insert for this week talking about some medical issues I was dealing with that week. On the back I wanted something to fill the space and finally got to use some of those cute Smash pads I’ve picked up. Natalie is addicted to those and loves them, but has yet to actually use one herself (I’ve only bought her one for that very reason).


Well, that’s it for week nineteen. Today I finally ordered the rest of the photos I need to get caught up thru week thirty!!! Yay me!! So now I leave you with this so I can go put my layouts together. Maybe I’ll get wild and crazy and post more layouts this week so I can be even closer to being “up to date” by next week. As always, I will be linking up with The Mom Creative. I would love to read any comments you have! Thanks for reading 🙂