Friday, February 28, 2014

..:: project life : week 5 ::..

Do you document the not-so-good moments in your Project Life album? This week I felt like I had to because it was a large part of the week!  So, here is what I did...
Week 5 right

I grabbed this piece of art off the internet. The artist is Brian Andreas, and you can purchase his stuff here.  I love his stuff.  I have several of his prints in my house, and have given even more as gifts! This is one of my favorites. It's about death, which was so much of what this week was about, unfortunately.  I love how the hearts are connected…those on Earth and in Heaven.  Love. I put this on the front of the card, with a tab indicating that there was more to this than just the front. I used a cloud as my tab, because it was an emotionally cloudy day.
When you take out this card and open it up, you get the story. It's not well written, but it's honest and it tells the facts. I couldn't do PL this week without including the stories of this day, even though it was a horrible day.
week 5 left
Also documented this week: super bowl, me home sick (also not so fun), the start of LOAD214 (fun!) and Bea's art.  I've decided that I will include 3-4 photos of my "LOAD" layouts in collage form each week of February! (more about LOAD here) And last but not least, I added a pretty awesome insert. :-) You can see the front of the insert in the photo below.
week 5 spread with front of insert

I used a coin protector, (something like these) a few cards from the Just Add Color kit (perfect fit), and a few cards from the Seafoam kit (that I cut to fit the windows). The whole front of the insert includes parts of photos that my One True Love took a uploaded to Facebook.  Have you noticed that when you look at an album on FB, it shows a bunch of little, square photos, even if your photos aren't square?  Well, that's how I got the idea for this insert.  When I went to the FB album, I saw all these parts of the guitar…in little squares. So, I copied that! I also used my Soul Mate's words on this insert. First, on the front, most of the text you see is from his FB post -- the captions on the photos. Then I did even more on the back (see below).
week 5 spread with back of insert
On the back of the insert, I used more Seafoam and JAC. I also used more little parts of photos. I took one photo that showed the whole guitar, printed it 4x6, and then cut it to fit the little windows. Then, the text on the bottom is what my Soul Mate wrote about the guitar (I took it right off Facebook, printed it out, and then cut it up)!  Love getting his words in there.

I used a mishmash of kits this week -- most probably came from the Studio Calico January kit.  If you have a question about a specific card -- let me know in the comments and I will try to get that info to you ASAP!

Would you like to see more of my PL spreads (just the photos of them)?  Click here.
Would you like to read about my PL spreads & see the photos? Click here.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

:: i want to remember ::


I want to remember how much Bea enjoys her cousins!

I want to remember how very alike her and L. are, and how well they play together.

I want to remember the times C. and I get to have date nights. 

I want to remember the silly. The fun. The love.

I want to remember how I love spending time with him at home, too.  

Every. Single. Night.

I want to remember the way Bea and Brycen interact and enjoy each other.

I want to remember the excitement of watching Bea begin to navigate the world of letters, sounds, reading, writing and rhyming.

I want to remember how quickly this happened, so I don't forget to stop. Remember. Enjoy. Appreciate. Document. Participate.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

:: LOAD214 share ::

This month I have been participating in LOAD214 (LayOut A Day Feb. 2014).  What's that? Well, each day I get a prompt from the great Lain Ehmann, and that day (before midnight) I do the layout and upload it to a flicker gallery.  Yep, a layout, in one day, twenty eight days in a row!  I participated in my first LOAD last May and I made it quite far into the month before missing a day.  So far this month (and it's almost half over) I haven't missed.  Yes, this means that in 12 days I have completed at least 12 layouts (I have used two Project Life layouts for this fun game as well). I thought I would share a few with you now, and a few more later!  Here we go…

LOAD1 :: imperfect photo

LOAD3 :: no title

LOAD5 :: use something old (one itty bitty piece of paper is old)

LOAD10 :: Black and White (no color)

LOAD4 :: 30 minutes or less
There's a taste of what I have made this month!  Many of the other completed layouts are from projects that I am working on.  I will share those in another post when the projects are completed.  If you have any questions, ask in the comments and I'd be happy to respond! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

..:: project life : week 4 ::..

 Keeping it really simple this week!
 I used mostly the Studio Calico January PL kit this week.
 Lots of white grid cards (cut up) for journaling on photos.
One of my goals for this year is to include more than just my point of view.  I want to include the voices of other family members as often as I can.  This week I had My Soul Mate journal a bit about a recent purchase of his. I included it and a few items from this purchase, on an insert (this week's insert is just a BH "G" pocket page with the two spots for vertical 4x6s cut off, and then I sewed the side shut).
I'm super busy completing layouts during this month of LOAD214!  I expect to share a few soon here!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

..:: project life weeks 2 & 3 ::..

Holy catch up Batman, I haven't shared Project life in weeks -- so you get two today.
This week I tried out my new kit -- a Home Shopping Network exclusive -- Just Add Color (I bought it because I love the little squares)! So, I have design A on the left and the new one on the right (I have no idea what that one is called, sorry)!
We had all kinds of happy mail this week -- new stamps from Elise Blaha Cripe, and our new iPhones arrived!  It was also our first day back at school after an extra long break due to the weather -- so I snapped a photo there as well! This week I also included some memorabilia -- one of Elise's business cards behind the photo of the stamps, a tag showing my awesome new pajamas -- and the clearance price -- and I also included a list.  Wine really stands out, doesn't it?  And beer is on there twice! Oh my! (We thought it was funny, so I included it)
Our bird lost a few tail feathers (the first since we got him in November), Charlie had oral surgery, and we played a lot of UNO! :-)  I also have a bit of hidden journaling (some funny, but personal, remarks that Bea shared with us this week).  

I used a mixture of the January Studio Calico PL kit and the Just Add Color Core kit. Fun!

Moving on…..
Week 3 has an insert -- there was a birthday in the family! Above is the two page spread with the front of the insert captured. The insert is all about Lucius turning 6!
Snack day is a big deal in the life of a four year old -- especially because you also get to be the star for the day -- so I included it. C. took Bea to the birthday party for our nephew (I couldn't go because I am allergic to their cats), so I went to a crop in Central City with my friend, Bridget. Fun!
We got to babysit Brycen one day -- and C. showed Bea how to fold her laundry. There was also a bit of weather -- imagine that -- but it didn't stop C. from grilling! Pssstt…wanna know a secret? On this two page spread many of the stamped circles and words are stamped onto a studio calico card that is not really a "card".  Wha???????? you say! It's one of those cards that come in the PL kit, and say Studio Calico in the middle (may have even said the moth of the kit or something).  It has an orange pattern. It worked for the week, so I went with it.
Above is the week 3 spread, with the back of the insert showing.

I have week four (Jan. 22-28) nearly finished, just an insert to take care of (and I need a little bit of help from my One True Love to complete it)!  My plan is to share it with you next Sunday!

For the month of February I am participating in LOAD214. (LOAD = LayOut A Day). Our prompt for today was to scrap the everyday. My project life is all about the everyday, so this was an easy one for me!