I typically place photos into sleeves as I print them. Then, as I find time, I go back and add the journaling and embellishing. As I sat down to work on Week 8, I noticed I hadn’t placed any photos on the left side. Not a single one. I immediately considered the week a wash; however, I had a few stacks of the boys’ school work and artwork sitting behind me and I decided to use the scanning app on my phone. I scanned the pieces of work, printed them on 4×6 matte paper, and LOVE the result. In fact, it might just be one of my most favorite Project Life layouts to date. Kid-made art makes my heart happy…
I loved the frame journal card and knew I wanted to work with it, but the pink background didn’t match my color scheme. I cut out the frame, printed this scanned picture as 1 x 1.5-ish, and it turned out super cute. I plan to do something like this monthly to help alleviate the stacks and stacks of kid work I keep (and have no idea what to do with).
I like to color coordinate my boys’ activities each week/month. I love the ease of removable label stickers: makes it easier in case something is canceled or rescheduled. I don’t lose my mind over crossing something out or peeling paper off. To keep up with the number of activities, I started to use washi tape as the color label system. I trimmed the label stickers down to fit each square, ran the washi tape down the side, and then cut out each label. Fast, easy, and endless color/pattern possibilities. Absolutely love the me & my BIG ideas The Happy Planner!! Only a few more short weeks until you all can get your hands on these planner paper pretties!!
Oh how I love this planner system by me & my BIG ideas!! Cute stickers, home planning extension packets, blank monthly extension packets to extend the life of your planner or use it immediately…so many fun new things coming SOON!! I thought I would share how I am currently using the planner. I set up the blank monthly pages for a March start and took out the 2016 months to make it a 2015 planner. I laminated a little note Ty left me as a bookmark. I also laminated one of my favorite pieces of mambi paper to use as a bookmark as well. Washi tape helps denotes events that last multiple days: homework assignments, Marks travels, early dismissals at school, conference week, etc. The blank monthly extension packet comes with everything you need to set up your calendar: circle number stickers and monthly label stickers:
Each little arc circle has a sweet little heart cut out. Such a fun detail:
For the first year, Tyson very much had an opinion about what he wanted to get his teachers and how he wanted to present the gifts. I found these black chalkboard bags at Hobby Lobby and they were the perfect backdrop for Ty’s personalized artwork. I added some me & my BIG ideas tags (found in the All That Glitters paper pad) at the top with a glitter letter sticker to finish them off. They earned his stamp of approval, as did the Bux gift cards.
I fell in love with the black and gold me & my BIG ideas Christmas paper pad the minute I saw it. Glittery accents, gorgeous fonts, gold foil…swoon. And then I came across this kraft colored blank calendar sheet at Hobby Lobby. Done. Having never completed my keepsaking of December 2013, I finally got it done:
Moment 11: Not sure what I’ll put here, but it will go inside or on top of the bag…loving the blue/gold/wood veneer combination.
Moment 12: will likely put cards/notes from my students in the bag or possibly a photo/journal card for a separate moment…lots of flexibility within the album.
Moment 19: will likely use for the boys’ schoolwork and/or Santa Letter. You can also see the backside of the confetti pocket. I found it a lot easier to use an Exacto knife, slice along the top border, place the goodies inside, and use washi tape to close. Half the time it takes to hand stitch a pocket closed and almost the same final look.
I thought I would take some time to share my December Daily foundation pages. For the most part, beyond the placement of the numbers and pocket pages, I have no real plan set in stone. Instead of daily moments, I will focus on overall moments throughout the month: if one day produces three moments, awesome, if another produces zero, that is okay as well.
My opening pages focus on my WHY of the project:
As you will see throughout the album, I am using a mixture of pre-made journal cards, the ones that came with the Ali Edwards December Daily Kit and handwritten, list/journal type pages. For the opening WHY page, I loosely made lines with a pencil. Journaled my why, erased the pencil lines, and added embellishments. Simple but love the outcome.
I started to list all of the items/photos/moments I hope to capture in December. As I was doing so, I decided to turn the list into a filler page. A fun, colorful, alphabet page followed…
Moment 1: will focus on our tree. Ty’s drawing will serve as a reminder to take a black and white photo of our set up. I will use the drawing in the album elsewhere in the end.
Moment 2: will focus on the boys’ multiple lists and letters to Santa. I will place them in the bag…
Moment 3: undecided. Will be receipts or tags maybe? They will go in the bag with possible journaling outside…
Moment 4: love how the boys’ wrap each other’s gifts. I plan to incorporate photos of their wrap jobs here.
Moment 6: undecided, but this year’s December Daily inspired me to finally use up some of my washi tape stash…
Moments 8 and 9 will focus on the boys’ basketball. The 9 is adhered to a clear Project Life page divider. Loved the hint of green it offered to keep with the blue/green/red color scheme of the double page layout.
Moment 10: another list, this time our favorite family holiday books.