Project Life: Week 5

The fact that it’s February already is sort of blowing my mind.  I’m still waiting for winter to show up here in Florida but it looks like we’ve been skipped all together this year.  The skies do get amazing with this type of weather, though, so I can’t complain much.

 

1Again, a simple title card and lots of Martha Stewart labels wrapped around edges.  I’ve started stamping on cardstock then cutting out the shape to add a bit more embellishments to my photos.  On the bottom, I let the pinwheel card show through from the week prior and used a 3×4 card for some journaling.  The bottom right is a photo of a million and one freaky little birds that were swarming outside my office window. It was straight out of a Hitchcock movie.

2The second page was pretty much devoted to our Third Annual Friendsgiving a.k.a. “we are too busy to see each other during the holidays so let’s do something in February when the thought of Thanksgiving food sounds good again and we aren’t so busy.”

3I couldn’t resist adding some bakers twine to this cute little card…

4I’m really loving the look of photos cropped down and layered over a background card.  These are cropped to 2.5” square.  A little washi holds them in place and helps me justify the rolls and rolls of tape I’ve accumulated.

5I took a screen clip of the evite we used for our dinner and cut it to fit the four 3×4 slots across the middle (throwing a snapshot in for good measure).

6Why did I include three pictures of the same turkey? Well, you see, every gathering we have turns into an instagram challenge.  I’m not sure how this got started but two of my friends in particular are pretty competitive so these were the three “entries.”  I love that I caught one friend in the act, lining up a shot!

7 How is your February shaping up?  Freezing off your tail feather?  Pull the flip flops back out?

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Project Life: Week 4

Four weeks into the new year and I’m totally into this project.  So far I’ve realized that it’s helping me to remember all this little moments.  This week was low on the photo front but I still managed to snap a few of my favorite things: good coffee, knitting, cocktails, hibiscus and drives in the country with my window down.

 

 

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I’ve taken to keeping the week’s “title” card fairly simple with a little embellishment and  the date range stamped out.  The “today is good card is the backside of a card I used in the prior week.  Love that they are two sided!2Again, just keeping it simple, a few shots from a weekend drive and a bit of journaling.  The “drive on” was just me doodling but I decided to cut it down to fit across the 3x4s.

3Knitting, washi tape AND my favorite stamp?  This was easily my favorite part of this spread.

4  and I really liked how this turned out with the rest of the Martha Stewart label wrapped around the side (I wrote on the label on the reverse of this card last week).  I just did a simple mat under the 3×3 photo to make is stand out a bit more.  I love how the flower matches the paper.  6

These pinwheel cards are so fun!  I decided to include a bit of journaling as well.

5 So there you have it!  Week 4 in Project Life!

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Project Life: Week 3

So I’m behind on my posting of Project Life but at least I’m true to my procrastinating nature.  The last few weeks of word have been go-go-go.  So much so that I make it to the weekend realizing that I haven’t taken many, if any, pictures.  At least the weekends make up for it…

 

 

 

1 This particular weekend was full of time spent with my cousin, Sharayah…

2 I couldn’t help but put a flower in her hair, especially since she is notorious for picking flowers and passing them out to anyone who will have them.  We played the mandolin and ukulele, built blanket forts and made cupcakes.  Blue ones, of course!

3 Have I mentioned that I am LOVING the papers and cards from the Seafoam Collection?  The fact that they are double sided seems to make the following week a little easier to put together because there is something already showing through if I want to use it.

4 Rayah was so patient with this one as I played with my new phone’s panorama function.  “Move to the left a little more… hold!  Hold!  Okay, move again…”  You get the picture.

5 While I’m a little behind on posting, I have kept up with the pages so I’m calling this new “memory keeping” habit a winner!  What do you do to with your photos?

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Habits: February

January was a good month for habits… I managed to be consistent with my stretching routine and quiet times.  Water, not so much, but it’s a work in progress, right?

February has been a little up in the air but I’m determined to get it back on track and add some new habits.  What is that saying?  “Motivation gets you started; habits keep you going.”  I’m hard up on the motivation for the moment, if I’m honest, but I’m UNSTOPPABLE so not to worry!

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Most of those are pretty self-explanatory but the “get my derriere in the chair” is all about sitting down to work at home.  I have a million and one projects just waiting to be done, posts ready to be written and a final draft of the novel to bang out.  The hardest part has always been sitting down to start… so here’s to getting my derriere in the chair!

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Project Life: Week 2

I’ve got to say, I’m loving Project Life… I know this is only the second week I’ve posted but I’m having so much fun collecting little “memory bits” to add each week.  This week I received my Project Life Sea Foam Core Kit and it is more awesome than I expected.  Also, I couldn’t resist the Sea Foam Paper Pack and finally committed to this binder.

 

So, here’s week 2…

I did a 360 degree panorama of my cube because, let’s face it, I spend the majority of my time here.  I used chip letters to write out “my work life” across the spread of 3×4 pics and stamped on a “you are here” on the first photo.

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I used a card from the Sea Foam Core Kit as my title card, included the text from this post about my annual goals/habits, used another sea foam card for a little explanation of my cubicle panorama and embellished with cut outs of the stamped “this” arrow.  The bottom right is a card from Katie Bower from Bower Power which I was beyond stoked to receive!

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Did I mention I LOOOOOOOOOOVE these cards?  Cause i do!  I just added a star embellishment, free-handed the “week 2” and used my date stamp to mark out the start and end dates for the week.

pg3 The second page hold the continuation of the panorama and a diagonal kit card that I used for journaling on the top right.   4 This week my battery died and my tire went flat so I ended up eating dinner at Sam’s Club while waiting for the work to be done. I snapped a pic of my Icee and hot dog then used a clean Nathan’s wrapper as the background, folded over the edge and secured the photo and the edge with washi tape. the hexagon pattern backing was a great place for a little writing. 5   I think this was my favorite addition… I received this Pantone mug from my friend Lynn (from CaraBella Creative) for Christmas and she wrapped it in brown paper, secured with washi and baker’s twine… LOVE!  I used the wrapping as the background, attached the pic with some mounting squared and wrapped the twine around it several times, securing with tape on the back.  A little hand lettering and ta-da!.

 

You’ll have to excuse the terrible photos… I’m still trying to work out the best light set up but I’ll get there!  I can’t wait to have a huge binder FULL of these pages!!!!

The stuff: “This” and “You are here” stamps are by Elise Blaha Cripe, “Oh My” stamp was from Michaels, label by Martha Stewart, and again, the Sea Foam Core Kit, Paper and Project Life Binder can all be found on Amazon.

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Project Life: Week 1

Over the last year in the blogiverse, I discovered Project Life and fell in love.  Project life, created by Becky Higgins, is the perfect combination of journaling and scrapbooking.  After watching one of my favorite bloggers, Elise Blaha Cripe, power through 2012, I was hooked.  THEN, Elise created the Seafoam Core Kit and I couldn’t stop myself.

 

 

Nearly every New Years morning, I watch the sunrise at the beach. It just seemed fitting to fill the title page with my first glimpse of the new year.

Then I filled up my “Week 1” spread…

I added Martha Stewart labels for a little journaling on some of the photos.  That my aunt Mille and my cousin Sharayah… it was her first time for a New Year sunrise!  I saved the cup from my first Starbucks of the year, washed it out and cropped it down and slid it into the bottom right slot with some washi tape to create lines for a bit of writing.  On the bottom left is the inside of a sweet card from a friend.  The quote card was a free download from Elise’s site.

From left to right, top to bottom: the first meal I cooked in the new year – Curry turkey breast and broccoli, I used the scraps from the cupcake invite project to make a fun graphic card, a snapshot of my first freebie calendar wallpaper design offered on my blog, “finter” skies, a new knitting project, the final product in the cupcake design project for my besties baby girls first birthday, I made a diagonal stripe card for some journaling and that is the turkey soup that swallowed my phone a split second after I snapped this shot.

I’m so excited about this project (and the arrival of my core kit) that keeping it up will be a fun habit to keep!

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