Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What I Love About You

Supplies used: February Journaling Card Kit, Very Krafty Paper (Neutral), Baker's Twine, Border Line Frame Brushes, Knockout Mask Small Chevron, Messy Stitches, @ the Office Supplies, Wishy Washi Skies are Grey - Splendid Fiins; Tabbed Dates No1A - Katie Pertiet

He may drive me crazy from time to time with his "two-ness" but this is one sweet kid. Best way to end the day is with Carter sitting in my bed, patting the spot beside him saying "Come sit with me, Mommy" then wrapping his little arms around my neck and hugging me tight....

Yeah. Best thing ever.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Project Life, Week 3 - and a freebie!

Supplies used: January Paper Kit, January Card Kit, 2013 Calendar Cards, Journal Cards Blah Blah Blah, Journaling Cards Halvsies, Just My Type Sentiments - Splendid Fiins; The Mondays Card Kit - Amy Yarrington; Pockets No. 3 - Valorie Wibbens

One of the best things about Project Life is that it gives you the opportunity and the outlet to capture memories that would not otherwise be recorded. The first part of my week is not exactly a 96-hour period I'll look back fondly on. But as always the bad times don't stick around forever. We ended the week with a beautiful snowfall and a quiet, family-filled weekend at home.

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I took inspiration from this week's "adventures" and created a freebie journaling card kit I'd like to share with you. Grab yourself a copy and save it for one of those weeks when the family has the flu, your workplace is in chaos, the car has been rear-ended, or you just can't get a good night's sleep. Use it to record any day you have a case of 'the Mondays'. Enjoy! I'd love to see how you use them!

Sun, Sand and Snow

Supplies used: Frosted Flakes Kit, Aloha Kit - Dani Mogstad; Make a Date No.1 - Katie Pertiet; DIY Acrylic Alphabet No.2 - Pattie Knox; Baker's Twine - Splendid Fiins; Layered Template No. 70 - Anna Aspnes

Journaling reads:
"Winters in North Carolina are definitely unpredictable. One day you're staring out at three inches of snow on the ground and two days later, you're outside in a short-sleeved shirt. The kids had never had a chance to play outside in the snow, so when we got the brief opportunity to do it, we were outside throwing snowballs, sledding, and...playing in the sandbox. Welcome to winter in the South!"

Saturday, January 19, 2013


Supplies used: Build Your Own Background - Giant Chevron Down, Brilliant Papers, Knockout Masks - Circle Explosion, Very Krafty Neutrals Paper - Splendid Fiins; Bottlecap Dates - Sahlin Studio; Sparkle Spills - Amy Wolff; Dialogue Collab Kit - One Little Bird/Paislee Press; Wants + Needs: Eyelets No.2 - livE.designs; Vintage Number Cards - Elles Studio; Torn Out Alpha - Sugarplum Paperie
Over Thanksgiving, we visited my husband's family in Virginia. We spent an afternoon out with my brother and sister and ended up going bowling. The bowling alley is a pretty swanky place - lots of very loungy retro-cool vibe. I tried to capture some of that feel on this page. I love how it turned out!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Project Life, Week 2

Supplies Used: January Journaling Card Kit, Jounaling Cards "Horizontal Halvsies", 2013 Calendar Cards, Look at This! Journaling Cards, Eclectic Journaling Cards No.2, Eclectic Paper Pack, Mixed Bag Sampler Kit, Border Line Journal Brushes - Splendid Fiins; For the Record Kit - One Little Bird; Hello Life Boxes Vol.3 - Ali Edwards; Make Your Own Postmarks Pack - Katie Pertiet; Project Life Templates - Becky Higgins
Overall, a pretty good week even though work was tough and I struggled with back pain most days. We were rewarded with a nice, relaxing weekend of football and family time. I plan to get back on the wagon with the workouts next week!

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Project Life, Week 1

Any week with fewer work days is a good week, right? :-)

Supplies Used: Through the Viewfinder Kit, January Journaling Cards, Horizontal Halvsies Journaling Cards, 2013 Calendar Cards - Splendid Fiins; 6x4 Journalers - Ali Edwards; Project Life Templates - Becky Higgins

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Project Life 2013

Supplies Used: January Journaling Cards, Halftone Splatters - Splendid Fiins, File it Under Everyday Life Frames , Narrative Kit - One Little Bird; Shabby Sugarland Kit, Happy Now Kit, Prairie Hill Kit - Pink Paislee; Beach House Wood Papers - Sahlin Studio; Fresh Air Kit - Lori Whitlock; Project Life Templates - Becky Higgins

I've finally decided to give Project Life a real, honest try again this year. I attempted doing my own version of it two summers ago using pocketed page protectors and my own inserts but I found it took too much time. This year I'm going all digital AND, in an attempt to keep myself honest, my Project Life album will also be closely tied to my "word of the year" and my personal goals. I'm not usually one for making resolutions, but there are too many nagging things that have needed to change. It's time to ACT.

2013 is going to be a big year for us, namely because we have our first child headed off to kindergarten in the fall. Things are going to be hopping for me at work, and given all of that plus the big changes ahead I think a little life balance is desperately needed. Here's to making promises and sticking to them and, in Becky Higgins' words, to cultivating a good life and recording it.

Want to know more about Project Life? Start here.