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Project Life – Week 3 – 2014

week3Week 3 came together quickly using the Collect App. However…I’m really not used to how flat the spread ends up being. Either I need to figure out how to add dimension to those prints, get used the how flat it is…or go back to printing the photos and layering it on the cards individually. I used the app in week 4 + 5 too, so so I’ll give it a few more weeks before I decide. I will say – I loved how fast it came together…I’m guessing it will be a balance.

week3-1This card is from the January PL kit from Studio Calico – and the cut file is from the Sugar Rush Love You from Hello Forever. The photo was taken at the photo booth at the movie theatre – love that my family humors me – and does these silly little things on a whim.

week3-4This final shot is of my week card –  I still like this format — again, it’s pretty easy to put it together, cutting it out on my Cameo and using my date stamp, a few stickers and my Sharpie pen.

Enjoy your week – and thanks for stopping by.

Project Life – 2014 – Weeks 1 + 2

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Where did January go? Oh my goodness. We had some home improvement projects going on which pretty much consumed our weekends and nights for about 3 weeks – moving everything out of our first floor living space so the new floors could be put in, moving everything back. But, moving things ended up including purging/cleaning and reorganizing along the way. Whew. I’m tired just thinking about it again. I also moved to a Work at Home environment. I’m so blessed to be able to do what I love – now in my workout pants, in the comfort of my own home. While I DO get up and shower every morning, I don’t have to put on heels or makeup – and those are two good things, in my book. Juggling all of these changes has been a challenge – so my goal of weekly posts here on my blog is off to a slow start. But, life is settling back into a nice routine: so here I am.

Welcome to my first two weeks of Project Life. For those of you who stop by regularly: y’all know I subscribe to the Studio Calico Project Life kit – and I just LOVE it. I used the Blue Note and Copper Mountain kits here, plus a few cards I made my own.

I’m trying to simplify and unify a little more this year. It’s taking some getting used to. Not alot of embellishments. Really simple details. It’s going to be a learning curve, but I’m going to try if for the first few weeks and see how I do. Here are a few little details: I just love the transparent elements that came in the Blue Note kit. And the cork tags from the Jubilee project kit.

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For the weekly cards…last year, I cut out Week 1, Week 2 in my handwriting and Century Gothic – with a border around it. Always in black. And it always went in the first slot – no matter what page protector I used. This year, I thought I’d try to be a little more flexible…so I made weekly cards that I can print and cut – or just cut…and use whatever paper I want. I can use the positive or negative cuts. I can add paper behind it (as I did here) – and stitch it.

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Or, as you’ll see in week 2: I painted it, stamped it and added some sequins. And…don’t tell: but I put the card at the bottom of the page! I broke that “first slot” rule. Such a rebel, I know! Here’s week 2:

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Here’s the weekly card: I cut out 02 and placed some paper from Jubliee behind the card, then lightly outlined the letters with my pencil before swiping a bit of pink neocolor across the bottom. Taking the stamp set from Jubliee, I added the triangles. I finished it up with some Mr. Huey’s, star sequins and a date stamp.

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I had quite a bit of fun creating my own cards using Neocolor watercolor crayons (LOVE), stamps (from the Jubilee kit) and grey ink from Close to My Heart. PL14-2c PL14-EF

Finally – this little card was made using a cut file (you can find the freebie here). Again, I used my Neocolors, and then stitched the circle on the grey card.

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2014 Project Life Title Page

Project Life Title PageWhat is it about embarking on something new? I’ve been doing Project Life now for a full year! I am first: AMAZED that I stuck with it and (mostly) kept up — I still have 10 weeks of 2013 to scrap, but all but 3 weeks have edited and printed photos – I just need to carve some time out to get them done. And I will. Because it’s a really cool thing…looking over an entire year and seeing what we do on a daily basis. We do some cool stuff. And some boring stuff. And some crazy stuff. And stuff I just simply wouldn’t remember if I didn’t scrap it. So, I will get those last few weeks done.

But, this post is about the NEW year. There’s something positively giddy about making a title page. It’s the first page people will see then they open my book. It’s fresh and new and exciting. And, we may take a little extra time to create those sweet little cards that get packed in. In fact, I created 3 more that didn’t make the cut LOL. But, I’ll use them next week!

Primarily, I dug into my Studio Calico Project Life stash for the cards. I also made lots of cuts with my Cameo. Here’s a closer look:

  1. For the title card – the base is from the Valley High kit – I used some scrap sheet music to cover up the red bar at the top and tone it down a bit. Next, I added the tag and the “Hello” cut file from Kal Barteski for the SC August kit. The cut star is from the SC class “Cutting Edge.” The alpha stickers are from Dear Lizzy.
  2. I’ve always wanted to try to sew the page protectors…Except for a slight bobbin fiasco, it was surprisingly easy! The W is a Luxe sticker on top of some Karen Foster paper that came in the Outer Banks SC card add-on kit. The sequins are also from Studio Calico.
  3. I chose the word “Do” for my 2014 One Little Word – so I dug out this cut file from last year’s Day by Day class – the perfect fit. The stars (both kinds) are also SC. (Are you seeing a pattern here? I subscribe to their Project Life kit – and I just can’t brag on them enough – it’s an exceptional value – and I. Love. It.
  4. This card has quite a bit of stamping – also from the Cutting Edge class – and the stars are from the Blue Note card kit from, you guessed it, SC. That fabulous Start flair came from the January kit – and it was the final touch I needed to complete my page.
  5. I had a jar of WOW microbeads lying around and thought I’d add them to a cardstock heart I cut out by hand! You can do this too, by covering your shape with gesso – or ModPodge – and while wet, pouring the beads on top. Be patient! And let it dry completely before touching – you really can’t fix mistakes! The circles around it is a cut file from Cutting Edge – and the background card is one of my all-time favorites (I’m a sucker for navy) – from the Planetarium kit.

I truly enjoyed putting this page together. There were so many fun elements to work with. I am so excited to begin another year on this journey.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Project Life Journal – freebie

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Sample pages from my 2014 Project Life Journal/Calendar/Planner

Download file: 2014 PL Workbook printable

Hey there and welcome!

With 2014 rapidly coming to an end, I’m looking to next year and thinking about what I’d do differently with my Project Life. One thing is my weekly journaling/calendar keeping.

I started Project Life last  year and created my own version of a calendar/journal to help keep me on track. While I loved what I created, I didn’t have the experience to make ALL the right choices. So, with a year under my belt, I redesigned my workbook. I have a few girlfriends who saw it at the last crop I went to – and they went crazy for it.  Feel free to download for personal use – and share the link to my page with others you may think might enjoy this .pdf!

Here’s what you’ll find inside:

  1. A monthly calendar view – starting on Monday
    So, let me just say that last year, I designed my calendar to start on Sundays – even though I knew was going to do PL starting on Mondays. Looking at my week on a calendar and seeing Sunday at the start – ALWAYS threw me for a loop – LOL – call me a dork, but I couldn’t wrap my head around where that day was supposed to go! So, this year, I just designed my calendar to start on a Monday.
  2. The week listed on the calendar
    Another “duh” moment – I didn’t include the week on my calendar last year and ALL YEAR LONG I wondered “What week is it??” I’d find a photo on my husband’s Facebook page or my daughter’s Instagram and have to count weeks to figure out where it should go…NO MORE! Hopefully I counted the weeks correctly 🙂 – and all the time I will save not counting on my fingers can be better spent playing with my kits!
  3. Blank weekly worksheets with spots for journaling, design notes and a blank sketch of your 12×12 pages help you plan your layout.
    Last year, I put Design A on every page – and realized after the fact, that I wish I had just left it blank, as I enjoyed mixing it up a little with the page protectors. In 2014, I can easily draw in the grid for whichever page protector I’m using. Last year, I also gave each week a 2-page spread in my planner – which ended up being HUGE :). This year, I condensed each week to 1 page – and am confident that will be enough space.

You can print this file and 3-hole punch it – which I did last year – or you can spiral bind it – which think I may do this year to make it a bit smaller.

Hope you ENJOY this journal/planner/workbook- and good luck in 2014.