Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Project Life 2012: Week 3 Layout

{Supplies: Letter stickers - American Crafts (green), Cosmo Cricket (black tiny type on cloud), October Afternoon (kraft & black and cream & blue tiny type), Pink Paislee (text-print), Martha Stewart (brown capital letters); Patterned Papers - Pink Paislee (large gray dots), Studio Calico (pinks, grids, strawberry, notebook stripe), Studio Calico April 2011 kit papers, Cosmo Cricket (gray grid); Tags - The Girls Paperie (blue outlined shipping tag, 3); Stamp - Studio Calico (bookshelf, exclusive stamp in January 2011 kit); Ink - The Paper Studio for Hobby Lobby; Circle punch - Paper Studio for Hobby Lobby; Kraft butterfly sticker - Studio Calico; Corner Rounder - Fiskars Squeeze Punch; Chipboard cloud - Maya Road}

Notes on this week:
  • Between the rainy days, the strawberries, and the bright yellows and greens that popped up in some of these photos, I instantly knew which kit I wanted to use for this week - Studio Calico's April 2011 Singin' in the Rain. It was perfect for these photos!
  • I really love using the large, single letter to label the journaling cards - and it will be a good way to help use up some of the leftover letters on some of my letter sticker sheets.
  • Even though I said in the last post that I hate stamping the titles on the journaling cards, I love the way the pink row of books turned out on Friday's card! 
  • I was shocked how well the screen on my Nook Color photographed. The screen isn't non-glare, so I thought it might not work very well to photograph it, but it did! I think it was because the screen provides enough light of its own so I didn't need to use my flash.
I'm off from school all this week due to winter break, and it appears my travel plans might have fallen through, so I'm going to use this week for getting caught up on Project Life - both doing the pages and posting the photos/pages here. I have a few other projects I'm going to be working on, too. I wanted to paint our house during this time off, but since we have issues with nail pops all over our house, we can't paint until the dry wall guys come to fix that on Friday. 

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Project Life 2012: Week 2 Layout

{Supplies: Patterned Paper - October Afternoon, Studio Calico, Simple Stories; Letter Stickers - Sassafras (cream), American Crafts (large brown), Cosmo Cricket (small brown), Basic Grey (red); Airplane punch - EK Success; Circle punch - Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby; Kraft star sticker - Studio Calico}

Notes on this week's layout:
  • I ended up with a pair of vertical photos, so I used Google's Picasa software to create a 4x6 collage, creating a pair of 4x3 prints. I loved that it gave me an extra 4x6 slot because that gave me space to write about one of the benefits of Trevor's job (I'm able to fly at a steeply discounted rate if there are open seats just before they close the doors on the plane). 
  • I discovered in the course of putting together week 2 that I don't really enjoy stamping titles as I go. I found myself pulling out stickers to create the titles.
  • It was hard to come up with unique photo ideas even though I went along on one of Trevor's overnights -- it was pouring rain the whole time we were there!
  • Sorry about the first blurry picture! I'll try to check the photos better before I post them in the future.
The official Project Life product line was partially re-stocked at yesterday. I picked up the Big Variety Pack #1, Design G page protectors, the Big Envelope pack, and two packs of the 3x4 grid cards. I'm really excited about this purchase - I had been using side-loading page protectors, and they really are a huge pain! The PL protectors are top-loading, which means I won't have to pull anything out to put anything new in the protectors. I think I'll be re-doing the first few weeks that were in the protectors I had on hand. Before Project Life, I used these page protectors for holding photos from special events - most notably, my wedding. I could put the photos in these pages and pop them in the album so they were ready to be seen even if they hadn't been scrapbooked yet. 

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Project Life 2012: Week 1 Layout

{Supplies: Paper: Simple Stories, Heidi Swapp (teal), Cosmo Cricket (blue, grid), Making Memories (Monday's card), Studio Calico (blue paper strip on Monday's card, woodgrain strip, orange paper), Letter stickers: Cosmo Cricket (tiny type), Simple Stories (title card); Washi tape: Pink Paislee; Stickers: Studio Calico and Simple Stories; Border punches: Fiskars; Stamps: Scenic Route; Number card: Sassafras}

Notes on this week's layout:
  • I was surprised how long it took me to put the layout together. It probably took about two hours, but I know it would take less time if I was using a coordinated kit instead of pulling exclusively from my stash.
  • I am so, so in love with the little kraft stickers from Studio Calico. They are a perfect extra touch for this project.
  • I don't enjoy stamping on the cards. Dealing with ink adds a lot more time to any project. I might consider pre-stamping some cards in the future, but since I think I'll be picking a bit different scheme each week, that might not work so well, either. I also like having each card be a bit different, which I would lose by stamping ahead of time, too.
  • I printed these photos at the CVS down the road from us. My drive to and from CVS took significantly longer than CVS took to print the photos, and I was very happy with the quality.
  • It's hard to come up with something unique to photograph each day when you're home alone half of the week!
  • I'm not sure what happened to the second page's image, but I'm not concerned enough to redo the whole post. You can see it well enough in the overview photo, I think.
Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Project Life 2012: Title Page

{Supplies: Washi tape - American Crafts Dear Lizzie Enchanted, Letter stickers: Sassafras for Studio Calico, American Crafts (&), Cosmo Cricket (tiny type), and Studio Calico; Paper: Studio Calico's Boardwalk kit (8/2011), My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose 6x6 pad; Cardstock: Bazzill (gray) and The Paper Studio; Pen: American Crafts; Die cutting: Slice (2012) and Cuttlebug ("potty people")}

Notes on this page:
  •  I knew I wanted to stick with cool blues and greens on this page, so I immediately turned to my Boardwalk kit. 
  • The photo of Trevor & me isn't the one that will be there permanently. I want a black and white photo from 2012 for that spot. I just popped that one in for now because the back sides of week 1 were showing through.
  • The "At the Start" card was inspired by Elise Blaha Cripe. You can see all her Project Life posts here. I loved the idea of explaining who we are at the start. Things can change a lot in a year, so I think it's important to reflect on that. Trevor could be a captain by December. I could be teaching full-time again. We could have a new addition by the end of the year (most likely a puppy, since I have little interest in children under a year and a half!).
  • I am totally in love with any sort of tiny type for this project. You'll see a lot of that in future posts. Cosmo Cricket, Making Memories, and October Afternoon all make some great tiny type stickers. 
I'll be back tomorrow with my Week 1 layout. Have a great weekend!
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Luke is 2!

{Supplies: Making Memories Big Kids project pad, Paper Studio blank card, airplane from Hobby Lobby, wrapping paper from Target}

On Monday night, we saw our little friend Luke. I asked him if he knew what tomorrow was. He smiled shyly, raised up a peace sign, and said, "Two!" Yesterday, little Luke turned two. We've known his family about six months, and it is truly amazing how much this little guy has grown up! We're looking forward to celebrating his birthday at "Farmer Luke's" on Saturday. 

This card is pretty simple -- striped paper, a coordinating box, a chipboard piece, and matching stickers. Luke loves trucks, so that's why I chose the firetruck for his card, even though there was a tractor that fit with his party theme. The little airplane is something we found for him when we realized there wasn't an airplane in his collection. Trevor had to fix that, of course!

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Project Life 2012 Week 5: January 29 - February 4, 2012

I have officially keep up with this for more than a month! There have certainly been days that I have "fudged" photos by taking one the next day to represent the previous day, but I have kept with the spirit of this project, so I feel like that's okay. I'm definitely behind with putting these into the album, though! I have a full week off from work at the end of this month, so if I'm not caught up by then, that will be my chance to do so! Without further ado, here are my week 5 photos.

Saturday, February 4: A Fannie May Mint Meltaway! When the store in Bismarck closed years ago, I thought I'd never get one of these again. However, I happened to find them at a Jewel-Osco store in Crystal Lake, Illinois while visiting our friends, Dave and Erin. Apparently, these delicious treats are still available around Chicago!

Friday, February 3: While waiting for our flight to ORD, we were next to the gate for a flight to Steamboat Springs. The gate agent kept making calls for boarding, but no one got on the plane! It turns out that it's a small town in Colorado, so it was possible that no one had purchased tickets on this flight -- but it still had to go in order to position aircraft for a flight out of Steamboat Springs.

Thursday, February 2: Becca and Rachel were here for dinner with Trevor and me. Rachel had her jet break down, leaving her in Atlanta for an extra 24 hours, while Becca wanted to make some Valentines for her nieces and nephews -- she had 17 cards to make this year! Rachel bought us all cupcakes from Gigi's for dessert that night, and we got to use my favorite Crate & Barrel plates for the very first time!

Wednesday, February 1: Becca and her intern, Sarah, Allison, Elizabeth, and I made Valentines for a JOY FM promotion -- they're collecting these cards for children in foster care in the Atlanta area. We made 30 cards together that night.

Tuesday, January 31: Prior to our bible study meeting at Books-A-Million in PTC, I stopped by Gigi's for the first time. OMG! These are the Lemon Drop and the Canadian Maple cupcakes. Yes, that's bacon on the latter! It's also in the maple-flavored cake batter, too. It was certainly my favorite of the three Gigi's cupcakes I've had so far. The maple frosting & cake aren't too sweet to begin with, and the bacon balances it nicely.

Monday, January 30: We have Legos everywhere in our house. This is one of Trevor's latest kits, displayed on his dresser. I "ordered" him to use his Christmas money to buy Legos over the weekend because I knew if I didn't, he'd probably end up putting it towards practical things -- and I know my family members well enough to know they'd want to see him spend it on fun stuff!

Sunday, January 29: I LOVED the outfit I wore on Sunday. Absolutely loved it. I had to take a photo to remind myself to wear it again. It was super comfortable. I felt like I wasn't too hot or too cold at all that day, and I just felt very "put together." You can't see it, but I was also wearing jeans that fit very well and grey plaid Roxy loafers that felt like slippers.

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