Project Life 2014: Weeks 29, 30, and 31

Week 29

One of my favorite kits: the Plus One Mini Kit combined with Simple Stories stickers. One color scheme, a couple different embellishments = a faster, more streamlined approach.

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I don’t use a lot of alpha stickers, but the “DECLUTTER” card opened the alpha sticker food gates. You will be seeing a lot of them in the next few weeks.

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Keeping it simple, letting the pictures tell the story, and trying to journal more…

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Week 30

If you know me well, you know that using pink, in this quantity, is a huge step outside of my comfort zone. I loved the bright colors in this kit…and embraced the presence of the pink.

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Week 31

In an effort to catch up, I have started to place journal cards in pockets along with the photos in two week chunks. Allows me to keep the embellishments consistent and work across two spreads v changing up the whole routine each week. I may go back to my weekly change up next year, but for now, this process is working well for me…

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Sometimes everything just comes together…capturing our happy place and sharing one of my favorite childhood memories with the boys. Love that our days at the Lake are becoming one of their favorite summer traditions:

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Project Life 2014: Week 28 With me & my BIG ideas

plw28-3This week’s Project Life layout was inspired by one of my favorite me & my BIG ideas paper pads. Combined with simple thick handwritten lines and journaling, it was a quick, fun layout to make.

plw28Sometimes a weekly layout highlights one or two main events from the week. This week, both boys attended basketball camp: Tyson’s second year and Jake’s first. I wanted to capture both of their experiences and tell two different stories.

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Carrying over a similar square + journal line theme to make the whole layout cohesive:

plw28right  Love, love, love this paper pad…inspired to make more of my own pocket cards.plw282


Project Life 2014 Week 27: Using Project Life to Document Our NYC Trip

NYCPLDuring our week in NYC this past summer, I carried a large envelope in my travel bag. I used it to collect ticket stubs, flyers, receipts: anything that I thought would help make my Project Life layout more interesting. When I got home, I uploaded photos, took out all the collected goodies and went to work…I ended up with a regular weekly layout + 2 inserts.

PLNYClayoutI purposefully used a calendar as my weekly title card to help summarize/document our week. In trying to keep the inserts to a minimum, I knew I’d lose some photo space and all our activities may not make the final cut. However, the calendar card allowed me to capture everything in one spot.

plnycleftRight side with inserts. A yellow pocket houses our game tickets and receipts from the boys’ souvenirs.

nycplrightRight side without inserts. I tried to find one photo per day to capture our adventure. Lots of ticket stubs. I love ticket stubs: they tell a story all their own.

plnycright1A close up of the calendar card. The preview photos from my Costco order were the perfect size:

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Project Life 2014: Weeks 24, 25, and 26

Week 24

Used the new Heidi Swapp Project Life core kit this week. Loved the bright colors and fun fonts:
plw22_edited-1Tyson’s last week of school, Jake’s first week of summer break, and my last few days of the school year:

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Keep those movie ticket stubs. One of my favorite non-photo additions to Project Life:

plw23rightWeek 25

Another Heidi Swapp Project Life kit, this time the gold and blue mini kit. Swoon. Love the colors and font so much. Our first official week of summer break: gym time, craft time, and lazy mornings…

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Prepping for our NYC trip, new chucks for me, ninja training for the boys…

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A Grateful November with me & my BIG ideas

mambithanksboardIn the past, the boys and I have done Thankful Turkeys and Grateful Trees for the month of November. This year, I wanted to do something different and something with the whole family. I LOVED the me & my BIG ideas leaves the second I saw them. I also knew I wanted to something where each of us could write down a daily gratitude. We have used popsicle sticks and mason jar before with our Boredom Buster Jar, but I wanted to incorporate them into this project as well. I decided to use mini bags as the focal point, with the intention of trimming them down and transferring to my project life or making them into a gratitude mini album. One bag per person:

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And a jar of popsicle sticks and Sharpie waiting for November 1. I love capturing the boys’ handwriting and look forward to having various pieces of their daily moments to keepsake…it can be one sentence, one word, one doodle. Ultimately, I am looking for one memory or gratitude a day from all of us.

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Halloween Fun with me & my BIG ideas

 Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, even more so since I have had the boys. Seeing the magic of Halloween through their eyes inspires me each year to come up with something fun and new. This year, I was inspired the second I saw the me & my BIG ideas Haunted Mambi Sheets paper pad. I have had this black tray sitting around the garage for months waiting for such an occasion:

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This was such a fun way to use up old embellishments and pieces I have had lying around the house. All the paper in the background came from the me & my BIG ideas paper pad. Little jewels helped snazzy up the owl. I have had the spider jewel for years, with no idea what to do with him…until now. The little files each house black glitter. Pop dots were used on nearly all sticker elements to add extra depth. This project was so much fun.

halloweentrayRibbon + stickers = a pumpkin that will likely last us until the Christmas decor goes up. I used foam pop dot stickers under each sticker to add a little extra dimension.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!


me & my BIG ideas: Perfectly Imperfect

perfectlyimperfectA layout about growth and courage. A story that has been in the making all my life: chapters have been written and rewritten, some harder to express than others. Ultimately, the journey has led me to who I am today: happy, healthy, and strong. I have tae-bo’d, Zumba’d, bootcamp’d, run 13.1 miles, swam-biked-run, but nothing has been able to strengthen my soul like Crossfit. Initially, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. The images rendered upon a Google search were intimidating to say the least. However, the reality, as I would come to learn, has been a priceless, life changing experience. One that has surrounded me with inspiring, strong women who focus on the numbers on the bar instead of a piece of clothing. A gym full of encouragement, support, and stories.  I have long been moved by the thought that each of us carries a burden, a challenge, a unique tell that is part of our story. Crossfit has been no different: one workout, a myriad of individuals, multiple scales if necessary, but everyone is essentially doing the same thing, together, as one. There are good days, and bad days, and absolute soul crushing days; however, just as in life, I have the power of choice. Giving up has been and will never be one of those choices.

Running taught me to think of the bigger picture. How to train for something months away, yet keep the finish line in sight. The triathlon took me out of my comfort zone and forced me to do something scary: run, in a tri-suit in public and swim in a seaweed filled lake. I learned that biking is not my jam. The tri-suit still gives me nightmares. My thighs were not meant to be contained in such a way. Crossfit, however, has taught me about limits, and how our true limits lie far beyond that which we think is possible. Sometimes it takes many failures for us to finally see a glimpse of what others see. That glimpse alone is enough to keep going. I am doing things I never thought possible. My shirts fit funny, my booty struggles to fit within the confines of most pants, but my heart is where it should be. It is full, and happy, and strong. And I am perfectly okay being perfectly imperfect. A true work in progress. Here’s to the beginning of a new chapter in my story: one in which happiness and self acceptance prevails.


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