Happy 2013, my friends! I’m so excited for this new year; know why? I can just feel good things are going to happen! So I jumped right in, and got my first project underway (and it’s a big one!) for the year: I got my 2013 Project Life album all ready for my Picture-A-Day album where I will capture in photos and journaling all the little things about my “real” life; not just the pretty “smile for the camera” images. Becky Higgins is the creator of this magical idea, along with all her products that you can find on Amazon. Her blog is amazing, and if you’ve never heard about her and her genius system, Project Life, check out her About Project Life page; it explains it all perfectly! Or, watch Becky’s video: I started out by taking out my Amber Edition Core Kit and loading all the inserts into the photo pocket pages I chose, Design A: Second, I got all the pages into their new home, the 12×12 Doodlebug Album Storybook. Third, I used my Cricut machine with the Type Candy Font cartridge to make all the numbers I need to number the weeks 1-52: I adhered all my numbers to their corresponding pocket inserts: And lastly, I got them all back into their pockets: (… and on & on, ’til Day 365 of 2013!) Now, I’m ready for a picture and journaling every day, to document the crazy thing I call My Life!
OK, cards are all caught up for the time being (birthdays, Mother’s Day, Graduation), so it’s finally time to return to the photos that have been sitting for a few weeks – yay! So remember that Project Life kit I received and showed you (Cobalt edition)? Well, I took it out this morning and eagerly opened it all up again, took out my pictures, and started Project Life-ing away; and guess what, I love it! I knew I would, and I can’t wait to show you my results. The kit is great because on the backs of the first cards, they tell you where to place them (a total no-brainer, which sometimes is fine with me). Now, you can change the layout, OF COURSE, but I chose to just stick with it. I’m going to show you the first pages, knowing that they will get better with time and experience. Ideas will start flowing, and my imagination will come up with some great stuff. I’m still “adapting” to this system (sort of hard to do after almost a decade of traditional scrapping), but for now I already like what I see. This is the first page with all the cards in their places, and journaling all thought out and done (oh yah, just a little note: this is NOT Nathan’s album anymore; this is now Derek’s album [one of my 10 year old twins]): hybrid scrapbooking soon; I’d have to be prepared to go through more ink in the printer, but I love the effect of it.
So my supplies for Project Life finally came yesterday, and I waited until today to open it up so I could take you through the exciting new journey “with me”! Here we go!… Becky Higgins (the creator of this amazing system) has come out with tons of different page layouts. This is her original layout, and I decided to start with just one set of these. Maybe I’ll branch out to the others, but for now, I really like these:
Project Simple: Life Stories – DAY 10 – Wow! 2011 is All Done! Yes, Christmas is a wonderful holiday, of course, but how many times can we scrapbook the holiday?! Fellow scrapbooking moms out there will know exactly what I’m sayin’: year after year we take the same pictures, and then scrapping-them time comes, and we go, “ugh, Christmas pics again”. This is yet another great reason for these Simple Stories pages! I got our Christmas morning pics, and the family holiday party at my brother’s, all done this morning. Seasons Greetings Collection Kit (Echo Park) . The next 2 pages are for my family’s big Christmas Day Holiday get-together at my brother’s house; it was a fabulous day with family, and me & my aunt took a ton of pics; it was hard to not pick them all! Here are the pages, but let me quickly mention I blurred out the names on the black strips, just in case anyone in them doesn’t want their names out on the world-wide web 😉 These papers came from stuff I had last year for Christmas cards; I love the collection, and really wanted to use up what I had. It all came from Teresa Collins’s Christmas Home 6 x 6 Designer paper pad and the matching sticker sheet . I labeled all my wonderful family members (I believe in doing that for future generations – there’s nothing more frustrating than looking at my ancestor’s beautiful pictures and not knowing who anyone was!) with my Smash Label Maker by K & Co. .
Project Simple: Life Stories – DAY 9 – A Magazine in a Pocket Page? Well, here’s a little predicament: I used the pocket page on the first side, then got to the other side, but I needed it for a magazine (I keep the what-I-consider-important Scholastic News magazines for the kids’ albums to look back on, to remember what was important news during their school days). So “what to do now?” I said. Obviously I’m not going to cut up the magazine, so I hummed & hawed for a few minutes, and came up with a solution: Decorate the pockets with one pretty 12 x 12 piece of paper, cut up into the sections, then add an 8 1/2 x 11 page protector on top of that. It came out perfect! http://www.archiversannex.com/Zots-Clear-Adhesive-Dots-37/default.aspx?PageID=21&CategoryID=42&ProductID=14990 http://www.archiversannex.com/Simple-Stories-Life-Documented-Kit-Plus–Z6082777/default.aspx?PageID=21&CategoryID=67&ProductID=37598&ItemID=76760&RootCatCode=11350 And as I’m sure you know by now, this only took me about 45 minutes for both sides. Now, on to cook dinner for my crew; have a great weekend!
I’m sharing a fabulous site I really enjoy following; her name is Tina, and her blog is called Loving Life’s Little Moments. Tina seems just like me – an avid picture taker trying to preserve all of our family’s little and big moments, in pictures. But, just like me, she’s gotten busier and busier, and just does not have the time to do those beautiful, intricate, time-consuming page layouts ANYMORE! So, she did a lot of research, and jumped on the Project Life Train. And guess what, she was skeptical at first, just like me, but now she is LOVING it, just like me! So, since I don’t have a video camera set-up, I would like to share with you, Tina’s blog; she is posting videos showing her Project Life journey, step-by-step. My reason for directing you to another site, for now, is so you can get the basic concept, through video, of Becky Higgin’s Project Life. Tina’s videos are great, and I think you’ll enjoy them, too. This is her website: http://twochicsandacricut.blogspot.com/p/skype-to-scrap.html And here’s her first Project Life video on You Tube (there are 3 or 4 more after this one, too): Loving Life’s Little Moments: Project Life video I do want to point out that Tina is using Project Life pages and dividers only, for now. She has decided to cut up her existing papers and use those along with existing embellishments. This is very similar to what I’m doing, which is using existing supplies, along with products from Simple Stories. Enjoy!
Project Simple: Life Stories – DAY 8 – Cutting It Up Happy Thursday, bloggers! Sorry it’s been a few days, but Life has really kept me a true BusyBee these past few days! Today is about doing the Unthinkable: cutting up a piece of memorabilia. Whoa! you say; I could never do that! Aah, but you CAN, my friends. Here was my predicament: one side of the pockets page was all done (with Linda’s Halloween party); the other side was, of course, more pockets. I have a document/chart for this page, but it’s all pockets, so what do I do now? Well, I decided to just jump in with the cutter, and MAKE it work. And guess what, it did! And here’s another kicker for my old scrapbooking ways: there was this sweet letter from Great Grandma Van, that had no home yet, but needed to fit in this timeline, too. So why not, let’s just add it to the page, also, along with the ribbon that doesn’t call for using an entire page either:
Project Simple: Life Stories – DAY 7 – Halloween! How fun is it to scrapbook Halloween pictures? VERY! That’s why I was happy to get to this set of pictures – a Halloween Party at my friend Linda’s, and my doggies all dress up, too (of course!). Because my kids are into the scariness of Halloween, finally (no more “cutsie” in this house!), I chose this creepy-fun collection by Echo Park, The Apothecary Emporium http://echoparkpaper.com/collections/apothecary/ ; it’s such a fun set, with lots of embellishments and letters. I have 2 shih-tzu’s (silly little things!), and I dress them up every year and, of course, take pictures (and as you probably guessed, they go trick-or-treating with us, too); Molly (the white one) loves getting her picture taken, so she’s always a good girl when I take her pics. Now, Milo, on the other hand, hates it, so he always looks MAD – hee hee! Anyway, here are the two pages, both done semi-quickly (dog page took a tad longer than usual getting the pics in the right arrangement) and successfully, which is my goal here, right?
Project Simple: Life Stories – DAY 6 – Quick ‘n Easy! I managed to get 4 pages done today, working quickly after chores & laundry were done, errands run, and before kids piled in the door after school; phew! I went back to my Project Simple: Life Stories system because I had spent too much time on the previous pages; I really want to get through these piles of photos! For these photos, I remembered I had bought a piece of 12×12 camping paper by Creative Imaginations called At The Cabin a long time ago. So I dug it out, and cut the top piece to fit across the top. I mounted a piece of green patterned paper behind it. The pictures got added to the sleeves, but it was “missing something”. So I added stitching to the perimeter of two of the pictures. This page took about 35 minutes (punching the holes and sewing took awhile).
I stumbled on a great idea… a Slides Protector Page with 2″ x 2″ slots; I saw it on http://blessedtobstressed.blogspot.com this morning. What Miriam is showing on this Post is how she incorporated a Slide Protector page into her Project Life pages. And I especially like how it’s smaller – 9 1/2″ x 11″.
Project Simple: Life Stories – DAY 5 – Awesome Summer Activities Nathan’s 2011 Picture Pile is gong down – hooray! Yesterday (Sunday) was a very busy, fun, & productive (and I’ll add exhausting, while I’m at it) day for me: had so much fun with the kids outside and chatting with neighbors, got more of Nathan’s pages done, then worked ’til after midnight at the store doing inventory (did I ever mention how many stickers and embellishments Archiver’s has?! Well, they have more than you realize, especially when you’re counting them!). So, I’m pretty pooped today, but I still want to share something new in the pages I thought of yesterday (when I snuck away for a little bit from the kids to make a few quick pages), and absolutely love. http://aliedwards.com/2012/04/week-in-the-life-2012-supplies-design-plan.html ):
Project Simple: Life Stories – DAY 4 – A Really Fun Boy line by Doodlebug I took a little longer on this page, because I really wanted to play with these embellishments & bling. Today I’m using the Boys Only line by Doodlebug; it’s not a Simple Stories set, but I turned it into it! Another little tidbit about this page is that the bling and embellishments are all on the outside of the plastic sleeve; I didn’t like how they looked under the sleeves because they were making it “bulge”. So, I added them to the outside, and it looks even better!
Project Simple: Life Stories – DAY 2 – It’s Summertime!! OK, I am gettin’ this thing now! Really, this is one of the best things that’s happened to me in scrapbooking since I fell in love with Creative Memories Digital (digital is great, but sometimes it “lacks personality”, know what I mean?) And, of course, I’ll always be a traditional scrapper, but this new system has given me a way to still enjoy hands-on scrapbooking with the paper, the tape, and ALL the same old goodies, but in a much quicker & more efficient manner. These next 4 pages were done in 75 minutes (spent about 20 minutes on each); that would have taken me at least 4 hours my “old” way: http://www.archiversannex.com/Awesome-Collection-Kit-12X12–AWE2200/default.aspxPageID=21&CategoryID=50&ProductID=52680&ItemID=102574&RootCatCode=11150 http://www.archiversannex.com and pick up a couple of packs, and some pages, and wa-la, you’re all set! Also, take some pictures and leave a comment on my blog, and I’ll send you my contact info so you can send me some pics of your pages; then I’ll post them on my site to show off how YOU are doing! Can’t wait to see!!
I could definitely get used to this, guys; my first page took 10 minutes to put together, and 5 minutes for the journaling card. Total Time: 15 minutes! I usually spend at least an hour on a page, so I am really liking this system! With the little amount of time I have to play with, this is the perfect solution. Check it out… http://simplestories.typepad.com/simple_stories/2012/01/cha-reveal-3-awesome-collection.html I will definitely be catching up on my 2011 pics pretty darn quickly – woot woot! A note of Thanks goes on this Post, too – Jack’s mom, Denise, took the boys to this, and Nathan was in sheer Heaven! His buddy, Jack, is a repeat chess tournament champion in Chess, so he was just thrilled to play with him. And to WIN! THAT was the icing on the cake. Thanks for the pics, Denise!
I have loved scrapbooking ever since my friend, Stacy, brought me to a Creative Memories crop night so many years ago. I never could have imagined how many different kinds of doors would open for me when I started this journey: I’m able to use my creativity that I was blessed with, I’m enjoying & preserving the precious photos of my children and their lives, I have a wonderful little job in a scrapbooking store (http://www.archiversonline.com/), I’ve learned many new mediums, and I have met so many new people and made wonderful friends because of my hobby. One of the things, though, that has happened, is I am completely back-logged on getting my photos into albums! As so many of us do, I have an incredibly busy life, and the thought of sitting down and spending 2 hours on a scrapbook page with 2-4 pictures on it is completely overwhelming, especially seeing that each of my 4 kids has over 100 pictures from 2011 alone (and let’s not even mention the 2010 pics, the family history album, MY album, the Disney album that’s half-done, my “little” brother’s Life album I started 2 years ago, etc!!)! So, I started hearing, little-by-little, about this thing called Project Life (http://www.beckyhiggins.com/). And then I really started taking a closer look at the Simple Stories section at work (http://simplestories.typepad.com/simple_stories/scrapbookingsimplified.html). Both of these lines/products focus on helping you get those piles of pictures (AND memorabilia such as school music programs, ribbons & medals, cards, & letters) into photo albums in a fun and quick manner, with a result that is just as beautiful as the “traditional method”. Here are my 400 photos, and file folders bursting with “stuff” that I want in the albums, too: