I am really hoping to take some time this summer and update my Project Life photos. For now, here is Week 17. I rarely use the same core kit two weeks in a row; however, this new Stampin Up Project Life kit is one of my all time favorites. I absolutely LOVE it. A week of baseball, Teacher Appreciation shenanigans, a rare date night, and more baseball ❤
Constructing our family Summer Bucket List has become one of my favorite summer traditions. This year, I went with a texture and chalkboard theme. I plan to use the clips to attach photos of our adventures. There is a small envelope in the bottom corner housing a few of our activities that didn’t fit in the clipped tagged area. Looking forward to a summer of fun, laughter and adventure. I also made a small portable version of our bucket list to carry with me in my me & my BIG ideas The Happy Planner. I love summer ❤
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).
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.
This 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.
Sometimes 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.
Carrying over a similar square + journal line theme to make the whole layout cohesive:
During 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.
I 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.
A close up of the calendar card. The preview photos from my Costco order were the perfect size:
Used the new Heidi Swapp Project Life core kit this week. Loved the bright colors and fun fonts:
Tyson’s last week of school, Jake’s first week of summer break, and my last few days of the school year:
Keep those movie ticket stubs. One of my favorite non-photo additions to Project Life:
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…
Prepping for our NYC trip, new chucks for me, ninja training for the boys…
In 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:
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.
I have received a few questions on Instagram about my Project Life organization and workspace and thought I would share a few pictures. I don’t have an office or permanent workspace, so everything is more or less portable as I work in the dining room. It overlooks the boys’ playroom so it’s perfect.
I like to have everything out and visible, or as past experience has proven, it doesn’t get used. In my immediate workspace: a bamboo silverware tray that houses my favorite core kits, roygbiv’d by kit. A black wire silverware tray that houses random cards and all my sub kit cards in roygbiv order. Next to those, a white wire tray that houses most of my washi tape, again roygbiv’d.
* Bamboo tray and white wire silverware tray are from TJ Maxx
* Black wire silverware tray and wire cupcake stand are from Cost Plus
Behind the card trays is a wire cupcake stand that I use to hold date stamps, more washi, and extra embellishments. I have all my favorite, or current, embellishments in a white muffin tin. Super simple set up, everything can be moved to the garage if need be. I also have two raskog carts: one houses all my sticker embellishments and the other all my design team goodies. Hope that helps!!
* Raskogs and antonius organizers: Ikea
* White muffin tin is actually a paint tray from Lakeshore Learning