Project Life 2017 | Week 8


I rocked out on Project Life Week 8. While the 2-page spread took some time to put together...I worked on it over two, however, went together smoothly, easily with the help of some great digital products by Ali Edwards and Paislee Press, two of my go-to digital designers. February products by both designers rocked the pink shades and with the help of a couple of my photos for the week everything coordinated nicely.


I used a Messy Week for the title card with one of my amazing morning skies photos. The Love Simple Joys is Ali Edwards, the journal cards are a mix of Ali and Paislee Press as well as the templates.

I've been reading quite a bit, we had our monthly family movie and pizza night this week (unfortunately Jarrod had to work. But, John was present and accounted for). We saw Hacksaw Ridge. Fabulous movie. Tears flowed; it wasn't pretty. But, it was a really good movie and the pizza was excellent.

How about that front door wreath? Jeff and I went on our weekly date Friday night and we picked out a Spring wreath from Kirklands. They didn't have a wide selection but I love the one we picked so it's all good. The best part is, I had been looking at wreaths online and they were all at least double or triple in price from what we paid. 


The crazy warm temperatures are bringing the dandelions out. Jeff tackled the living room ceiling with a fashioned wand brush/broom/duster and the shop vac. Worked like a charm! He went back to work this week on limited/light duty. He helped out some job sites with deliveries and was rewarded to lunch on the company with a great view of the Hilton Head lighthouse.

Project Life 2017 | Week 7


Today I'm sharing my Project Life 2-page spread for Week 7. This is little stories within our lives that as a whole tell a much bigger picture over the course of a year. I'm pretty pleased with how these pages came together.

Digitally: I began with a Cathy Zielske template but re-sized it from a 1/2 inch border to 1/8 inch border. While I like white space on some things I wanted more room for more photo - journal than white space. For the journal cards I used an Ali Edwards 12 x 12 Days of the Week overlays, resized them way down to cover just the top of each card, re-colored the overlay and then finally, gave them a beveled appearance so they would stand out. I used a handwriting font and a handdrawn underline.

Across each of the photos I layered a word art/brush/stamp all by Ali Edwards. The title card is Paislee Press but the Give Love chipboard is Ali Edwards.


Overall it was a good week with a rough patch for Jeff and I but resolved after much forgiveness. And so, we move onward. I'm reading the Sacred Marriage and from it I was encouraged to make amends. Because I really didn't want to be specific I used an Ali Edwards brush/stamp 'Some Days Are Just Hard'. It is fitting! But, then the Love Wins chipboard on the next page (below) shows whose boss:)


Because I work in digital I took a photo of our movie tickets to add to this weeks pages. We hit the afternoon matinee after a late lunch at Carabba's (which was just okay). Both of those were for our weekly date 'night'; in this case, mostly afternoon.

Project Life 2017 | Week 6


I'm not sure I can describe the happy feeling I experienced when I completed this past week of Project Life. The clean and simplistic style made me smile. I used six photos from our week and six templates from either Sahlin Studio or Cathy Zielske , included a bit of documentation directly onto the photo [as part of the templates] and I'm calling this week so good!

I have such good intentions of journaling our day plus taking photos and then, bam, the next week rounds around and I've capture just a little of our week. But, I'm finding I am forgiving myself and moving on. I'm calling those bits and pieces of life documented as good enough. Because it is better than not recording anything.

It offers at a minimum a peek at our life.

And, this is good.

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Project Life 2017 | Week 5


I'm keeping up.

Can you believe it?

Surprised me, too.

Now, that I've said it I'll probably get behind (insert snarky chuckle). But, let's hope not. I kinda' like having a record of our year so far.

Biggest thing for me right now: don't stress over a 2-page versus 1-page.

If I only have enough for a 1-page than that's what I'm doing.

So, this week is 1-page only. That is so okay! I love the 'blues' I used for cohesiveness. Utilized a Paislee Press 12 x 12 template plus smaller templates and brushes, and pieces from various Ali Edwards' Story kits and a Sahlin Studio Design journal card.

Feelings shared, books read, food we devoured, and surgery. Tough week but we came through it.

Project Life 2017 | Week 4


Project Life 2017 Week 4. Yes! I was able to put together a two-page spread because I was purposeful about getting a few more photos - although not great, just a teensy bit better. I also fell back on some around here, watching, reading, eating and what's in my bag prompts. All of those are still apart of our everyday life and I do not mind telling those stories too.

Jeff and I finished the last season of The West Wing. We'd never seen the show before. Amazing!

We watched Hidden Figures on a date night - wonderful story, awesome movie!

I made some new dishes: a Chili Lime Chicken Fajita Salad (yummy) and an Angel Hair pasta with Roasted Red Pepper sauce (plus andouille sausage).

Included some books I read this week. 

Family Pizza night. We watched Jason Bourne, an okay movie.

Jeff and John worked on the drainage trench at the side of the house to reduce water pooling in front of our house under the not-yet-built porch. Jeff also finished my shelves but they haven't been hung yet. They're beautifully stained and will sure look pretty when they eventually get put up.

Digitally: Used Paislee Press templates, One Little Bird Design journal cards and embellishments, Ali Edwards brushes and journal card

Project Life 2017 | Week 3


Continuing with Project Life 2017, a weekly scrapbooking endeavor using the pocket scrapbooking technique made famous by Becky Higgins Project Life. I am finding I am cozying up to this project more each day. A project that I used to do but took a lengthy break from and now have returned.

This year will be a mix of 1-page and 2-page spreads I think. It'll depend if I can get my but in gear and take pictures. The more pictures generally means more stories to tell. 

This week is kind of an overview week of what's going on versus specific things that happened, events that happened this week. I imagine this will be a regular occurrence, telling our right now's, and loving these days, or currently, or I want to remember; those journal prompts I so love to do. 

Digitally speaking: One thing I love about Project Life is design. It's basically done for you. Pockets already in place for photos plus journaling. You can't go wrong. I used Paislee Press templates, Ali Edwards brushes, and Becky Higgins Project Life journal cards, and Sahlin Studio overlays.

And that die for!

Project Life 2017 | Week 2


Proceeding slowly into Project Life 2017. Those weekly pages of our life. I desperately need to become more purposeful about taking photos but life right now, for the most part, is work, eat, hang, sleep, repeat. I need to figure out another way. I have some ideas and just need to make them happen. Maybe, some around here, or around the house pages. Some currently pages. Collections: mugs, books, reading...

Today I'm sharing week two of 2017. New do! New ministry to support. Date night. New lamp. And, the Martian (a really good movie and book).

I used a Paislee Press template which I then almost completely modified by overlaying with more Paislee Press templates. Noticeably, and not surprisingly (I crack myself up!), I used Ali Edwards SURPRISE Story kit and OLD and NEW Story kit plus photos and that is as clean and simple as you can get.

Project Life 2017 | plus my scrapbooking 'goals' for the year


I truly was not sure (and I'm still not 100%) if I want to come back to Project Life for this 2017 year. But, the other day I was perusing my stash of digital products by Paislee Press and stumbled on one of her 12 x 12 Project Life (pocket page type) digital templates and thought to myself: that would be pretty easy to just add photos, maybe use some of her other 4 x 6 or 3 x 4 templates, and just begin. The design was already there. It is the reason I love pre-fashioned templates, design is done for you and as design and embellishments are not my forte - win, win. 

Thus, here is week one's page for 2017. It is, as you can see, one page. I expect one page spreads to be a normal occurrence for 2017, with 2-page thrown in occasionally, as I've been hopeless this past year (using that as a guide) about taking regular pictures. Maybe that will change this year, thus, the occasional 2-page versus 1-page spreads.  I'm certainly okay with this and it does not stress me out in the least.

So, one of my scrapbooking goals for 2017 is Project Life: weekly pages of our life with the caveat that if I miss a week here or there or only get a monthly page in, "it's all good."

I've been mulling over other potential goals and I'm positive a big one will be to use my Ali Edwards' Story Kits. I subscribe monthly to Ali's digital Story kit and I have accumulated a plethora of digital kits for telling stories. I need to tell those stories and use those kits!!! My second scrapbooking goal for 2017 is to scrap at least 2 (but preferably more) pages using product from each kit. I have in mind to even incorporate this into my blogging: receive my kit, make pages using the latest kit, and blog the kit plus the pages.

My third scrapbooking goal is to document each month What I've Been Reading lately. Last year I documented 52 New Books in 2016  with a 4 x 4 album, but finished off the last few months (because I had read my 52 New Books in September 2016) making 12 x 12 pages of what I'd read that month and also participating in Modern Mrs. Darcy's QuickLit, What I've Been Reading Lately by linking to her monthly post. My plan is to continue linking up with MMD and continue making a 12 x 12 page of what I've been reading each month by the 15th.

A fourth mini album is my 52 Weeks of Giving. This is a clean and simple album photo + giving story. It is part of my One Little Word for 2017 NOURISH a heart of giving. A fifth mini album; another clean and simple album is 52 Gratitudes 2017. I missed this exercise in 2016, tremendously. I saw a difference in my hearts contentment so I had to bring it back in 2017 and nourish a heart of gratitude.

A sixth goal is to continue making pages for the Adkinson's (who have added another set of twins to their family recently) and for the Trumps. I'm not sure how much nor how much longer I'll continue these gifts but I enjoy telling their stories, putting photos and words to pages.

This may seem like an overwhelming amount of scrapbooking but for much of it I already have a rhythm going and for others, especially the mini albums, are clean and simple, photo + words - getting the story told.

That is the overlying goal for my year as well. Clean and Simple. Use pre-made templates, scraplift, use the product I have...and definitely do not stress over pages.

Some other thoughts I've had for scrapbooking projects are 1) create a date night album. I started a 6 x 8 album but realized I have a ton of pages I've made over the years that are 12 x 12. So, my thought was to designate a 12 x 12 album for our dates, chronologically, and the 12 x 12 size will accommodate ALL sizes of pages - even 6 x 8. Plus, I love inserting varied size pages into a 12 x 12 album. Also, 2) I seriously need to finish my meteorology, memoir, cloud book, album (which DID NOT happen in 2016) and 3) document 31 Things and 31 More Things - classes by Ali Edwards that take a word, 31 different words, and document/journal with a photo + words - about that word. It is totally a self-introspection type of journaling and scrapbooking. It gets my story told through words. It, invariably, falls under that Clean and Simple umbrella.