Today was the last day of school for the kids and before I picked them up I made out our summer "map" or "list" Because Summer is so short, Because we don't need a reason but a reminder of all the great things summer has in store for us ... here is our 2016 Manifesto. Cheers!! Have a great Summer!!
June 13th -19th - Hi Friends, Today I am sharing Week 24 of PL 2016 Album. As mentioned I am using a 6x8 size this year and like the size, but I also liked the 9x12 I did last year ... and 12x12 the many years past that, So no true fave size but enjoy changing it up this year to be more flexible and able to take it anywhere I need to. OK, This week we had a few things go right and a few did not, That is life and well we just keep on going ... I am really trying to LISTEN to the stuff around me, to pause to take the time to address each need - it's hard sometimes, no one talks about this stuff but man days can just plain suck sometimes. I know that for me If I feel like I did my absolute best then - that's all I can do. I love how all that plays into the week GOOD and BAD.
This Week - Off to the beach, Top story, Top fave day of this entire week. But we also did ... school, work, soccer, ball hockey, thunderstorms, sun, bike rides, rollerblades, fights, hugs, laughs, tears, traffic, grocery shopping, banking, walking, emergency room visit, sunrise, sunsets, gardening, yard clean up, laundry, movies, showers, baths, books, homework, mess making, spills, more tears, forts, more laughs, fancy work dinner with the hospital, dog walking, texting, facetime, netflix, and man so much more. Here is our Week in photo's.
After a long break here on the blog and with creating PL pages all together ... I finally have a weekly spread ... Finally. I am not upset that I let PL go I am not putting pressure like that on myself the truth is life is busy like all of you , B U S Y , no excuses just the truth. In the busy mess I found that I so very much missed making these memories that keep telling our story. Our Story is not perfect our story is unfolding every day. But I don't ever want to miss parts of our story. This hit me really hard when Ethan (my 11 yr. old) was looking through all my albums from the start and said to me "Mom you need to keep going" "don't stop you are doing good" and just like that it was all the inspiration I needed to remember all the WORK I put into these albums and most important the stories - all those stories! So with that here is WEEK 23.
This week Running from June 6th - June12th. This week we tried a new adventure ... the kiddos were given RollerBlades from their Grandparents as a end of school gift & they LOVE it!! Ava was a little shaky to start but with the hockey season passed us she was able to remember skills taught there, much the same here. I am still using the 6x8 size album and still continue using my large numbers as the date stamps.
This week I also created some of my own cards - this top ten of the week is one of them. I also used the month brush set by Liz found here, I printed mine out on to vellum paper.
I am loving that it is now June, I am loving that it is SUMMER weather and with that more time outside,more time on the rollerblades. Thanks for checking in.
Supplies used : Becky Higgins Album 6x8 + Page protector. Kelly Purkey Stamp. Wood Veneers. Stazon Ink. AE Brush set. PL pen. Liz monthly brush printed on vellum. HP photo paper. Martha stewart glue pen.Trimmer. Canon Pixma printer.
Hello friends, I am feeling like myself again after a horrible sinus infection and flu. It really kicked my butt and knocked me out for a few days you know the drill ... fever, chills, aches and the worst of it sinus pressure! Honestly this one took a toll on me. I need Spring now more than ever, and this weekend with the good weather we got a glimpse of it & I am very happy about that. Here is hoping I am "out of the woods" with this flu business.
With that said I am a tad backed up with the weeks for my PL album being sick and both our kiddos in Hockey playoffs and tournaments (so exciting and LOVE it) it's no wonder I haven't cracked open my album - no worries, I am going to get at that all soon & so here my friends here is Week Five!
Above I started this "month mark" with a vellum 6x8 print out I made with Paislee Press brushes, you can find that here. I then added the "F" that is a chipboard from ABM kit found here. I adhered the letter with my adhesive roller (e-z runner). So we are into the 2nd month already here in my Album and I know I am loving the 6x8 STILL and pages are flowing.
That's it for Week Five, I Totally need to remember how to be present in these albums (on going lesson). I recently found a hidden treasure, our family camcorder and there it held multiple tapes of us and the kiddos some going as far back as me showing off my 1st baby bump pregnant with Ethan 12 years ago, whoa 12 years! Then we found some of both kiddos Ava was now born and already three ... we laughed at the moments on tape, I cried as I know how fast they are growing up that's normal feeling to get when you are reminded how we once looked ... but it was so hard for me to process all that has changed both good and bad in between the years. I am BLESSED !
Long story short, I am now more than ever reminded to keep recording, documenting this life of ours - we only get to do this once and even if we think we are not doing such a good job sometimes - keep the camera on ... don't miss the years. Thanks for reading!
Project Life is a Memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins you can find more info here, never too late to start documenting your story!
Project Life 2016 | Week four. Back at it another week of Hockey and school and Work. Another week of gathered stories and making plans and being right here.
So I am keeping on with the 6x8 size my thoughts on that are this ... LOVING. although I still adore 9x12 and that was a great gradual switch to make as I went smaller. I am also loving the Kelly Purkey Stamp set I bought that's the "we loved this" on the 3x4 of Ethan's hockey game.
"We were here" stamp is also Kelly Purkey stamp. I first stamped on scrap paper then used my tiny attacher to adhere it. I also used a flip pocket this week it's under the "right now" card from paislee press.
I am a big fan of flip pockets - they are so handy to have if you need extra space in a pinch. In this week's case I wanted to add a few words of "right now" without giving up the other cards.
There it is Week four, That ends January ... so far so good 2016!
December 3rd | Hey guy's today I am sharing my DD again and we are starting here with Day 3. The main story of today was that I purchased our Starwars tickets online pre-ordered for a later date in December for me and Ethan. The excitement once I picked him up and told him that we are going to STARWARS - He was more than thrilled to know I bought our tickets.
I used The number three card from the AE DD kit. Attached a stamped strip and wood veneer that I stamped on with Staz-on ink.
I used the back of that 3x4 card adhered back to back + punched holes in again, I like the loose cards out of pockets. This "Ah Yeah" Card is also from AE DD kits. Date stamped and journaled with sharpie pen.
December 4th | Full view of these day's together and to the right I went straight into day four's story again using a kit card as the divider + wood tree veneer but also included a metal rim tag that I adhered pattern paper and a cork number four to it made the top hole a little bigger and placed in the album rings.
The flip side of the 3x4 pattern card I adhered this Paislee press card from DD past kit's Stamped + journaled + gold heart stapled on.
Story of today hanging out with Ava.
Flip side of the 4x6 photo of Ava I adhered this photo I took of the Ornaments I was looking through to see which ones we were going to out on the tree and which ones that Ava wanted to put on her tree. I used a pattern paper trimmed up into 3x4 and journaled our story in pencil.
December fifth | Flip to the pink pattern paper I adhered this LLP freebie and a veneer # 5. on the 3x4 card.
I Love this day, The hunt for our Family Christmas tree. I added this 4x6 one of Ava running down the rows of trees looking for the right one.
Flip side of the 4x6 is the photo I always take at this tree lot, and always love it in the albums. To the right I took the receipt of our tree and stapled it to the vellum paper underneath it and used another LLP paper card journaled with pencil again.
You can see here that I made that vellum 3x4 card with the receipt on it as a divider almost then placed a photo of Ava by the huge snowman in the left side 3x4 page protector pocket.
December sixth | Our story today was us going to our annual holiday Skate at the MTS centre. We all look forward to this event every December!
Using the number card from the AE DD kit again.
The flip side of that 3x4 number card I wanted to tell more story here so I typed it up in PS and then printed it out on cardstock.
Flip side of the 4x6 photo of me and kiddos is the kiddos and the official NHL mascot Micky Moose. Ava was pretty pleased that we got another photo with him this year.
This wraps up 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 of the book and honestly I am more into this book than past years maybe it was the approach? Maybe I am just really more aware of how fast these years are going and how different things will look again in a few years. Thanks for reading again.
For more info on DD go check out Ali Edwards. Thanks again and Happy Thursday!!
Hi Guy's I am finished my December daily 2015 Album, and although it's now February ... it feels so good to have waited, to take a slower approach, and to really enjoy these days as they were gathering all the stories and then making this album. I also welcomed this approach after two days of documenting and sharing here, I stoped on day 3 as I had a change of heart with my album size ... out of no where.
Go with the flow, I didn't want to "forget" this project as it sat on my work table but I didn't want to put day to day on the back burner either, I wanted to be present, as these days came and to be honest my working on this book long after December was surprisingly very enjoyable. Remembering your stories either as they are in present or later on as long as they are told. Here is our story of December 2015 ...
Opening page here I used a large wood veneer about 3 x 3.5 in size from Michaels craft store during their holiday ornaments display. I Adhered it to the transparent pattern page from one of my Beautiful mess kits (cut down from larger size). I love how this starts the album off with a great reminder.
Here is the next page I took that "cheers" clear embelishment and adhered it to another clear circle transparent page & adding in another round photo at the bottom.
Here is what it looks like on the flip side.
I wanted to add in some thoughts before starting off this book, I added an AE "stories matter to me because" brush at the top page then typed out my December thoughts. Wood veneer added.
December 1st | Here we go day one of this month and today was spent with coffee (like all good days do) & putting up the kiddos trees in their rooms. I took a Instax photo of Ava's tree in her room and paper clipped it to the 3x4 card.
Here you can see the other side of that 3x4 on the left showing the date, on the right is a 4x6 of Ava's tree in her room. Adding in tag and AE stamp on side, stapled with tiny attacher.
On the other side of Ava's tree photo is the 4x6 of our Advent Santa and a 3x4 photo of Ava's drawing of Santa. She made this drawing I scanned it into my computer and in PS made it into 3x4 printed on photo paper.
On the other side of Ava's drawing I adhered this calendar from the DD kit. adding a wood veneer tree. Then I added in another 4x6 transparent circle paper with this tag (I found this designer on pinterest will look up the link). Added the baker's twine black and white and tiny attacher staple.
This page leads us into Day Two.
On the flip side of that tag page I added another tag on the back .
December 2nd | I used the 3x4 number card and punched holes in the cards stitching it to another 3x4 card first. AE stamp tag on the side.
On the flip side of the 3x4 card I adhered Ethan's photo from the shoot I did with the kiddos for our family cards, They were good sports about it. Adhered with my tape runner found here & again punched the holes right in the photo. In between these photo's I put another transparent page with wood veneer tree ( spoiler - you will see a lot of these ).
LOVING all the LAYERS that this album is building.
Same thing here for Ava taking her 3x4 photo and punching holes right through the photo paper. Tag on the side.
On the flip side of Ava's photo I wanted to add in some space for journaling - the story of today. To the right is a 4x6 of how my custom cards turned out made with AE brushes in PS and ran through my printer at home.
So far that wraps up December 1 & 2. I will be sharing more tomorrow. thanks for reading! For more info on December Daily you can check out Ali Edwards (AE) here.
Hello friends today I am sharing my Project Life 2016 | Week three. Above is the view of the spread of my 6x8 album. On the left page is a collage of 2x2's of the weeks IG + my camera roll photo's I made and printed them all on the 6x8 photo paper - at home.
Here is the collage close up. I like that I did this week a little differently then past by cutting up the 2x2's to put into the page pockets - I still like that method but keeping this all as one page and then I used my adhesive roller on the back and adhered to the previous weeks back, Which was a 4 (3x4) pocket page.
This Week - I made a list of this weeks highlights with Midnight Edition card digital kit so I was able to go into PS and add text to the card it reads ... This Week
Worked Tuesday & Thursday this week at the Hospital
Made wild berry Pie
Worked on my knitting projects
Took kiddos to their Doctor appointments on Monday
Filled the van with gas $54.00 vs $85.00 reg. to fill
Took some film photo's this week
YOGA YOGA YOGA keep going!
Hit with a chest cold and working through that.
Lunch with a friend
Went with Ethan to his University program on Saturday for family day & love that he wanted to take photo's of downtown buildings. So much fun.
Enjoying so much
watching "The good wife" on Netflix
Oranges, all the oranges I can eat
Took Ava to her follow up appt. for her cast & good news was her cast came off, she laughed as they cut it off but she is to still wear it - off only for bathing, and hand exercise.
Planning the week ahead
Bubble baths with lot's of bubble and candles.
Listening to Adele's cd Loudly
Planning Spring Break.
That wraps up week three, Loving the flexibility of trying new things and that adding text on the cards to allow for more story to be told is one way, another is adding in little weekly treasures like that parking receipt. Here is to another week + another week ahead.
Week two of 2016 and It feels so good to be weekly devoted into this project again. As mentioned in my post Project Life |2016 Prep found hereI am using Becky Higgins 6x8 binder in Black leather and page protectors. It's early but I am so loving this size and the "down size" of it all.
This week I used Studio Calico's Arendal kit in digital format found here, I love that they are offering digital kits this way I can slim down the incoming supplies ... I still have tons of SC cards from monthly kits over the years and not all I will use so I love the Digital option!
Keeping with things that I love all the same - the numbers, the large full numbers that mark the weeks I am sticking with here above is the card with week 2 I created in PS + printed at home and then date stamped.
"This will be my year" card is part of the Arendal kit I added the text underneath in Remington noiseless font & digital circle brush script used found here.
That wraps up Week two PL. Happy to get back at it and happy to be sharing here once again. Cheers.