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  • 2012 Project Life Week #8

    “A life recorded is twice precious, first the experience itself and then the memory of it, full and sweet when we read it again later.”

    {unknown author}

    Thank you Heather for this quote. This is precisely why I love Project Life. This past week stunk, yet when I looked back on pictures I took, I saw nothing but the blessings from the week. It’s all a matter of perspective. As I said in my 2011 Project Life Overview post, I’m a more grateful person when I do Project Life.

    So here’s Week #8! I used the backside of the page protector design F and another design A page. I typically use a type A & B every week but I really am sort of partial to design F right now.

    Included my weekly card to my kids. My message was about disappointment and learning how to overcome it and not allowing anything or anyone to destroy your dreams, even if the dreams are postponed. It was directly related to this post. It was a tough week and I’m thankful it’s in the past. That is where it will stay.



    Loved connecting the top 2 pictures (baby yoga in preschool) together with an acrylic arrow and a journaling tag attached on the outside of the page protector – it’s difficult to see in this photo.

    Loved including the movie posters & ticket stubs from our mother/son weekend together.

    The pink insert on the bottom is the box from a blood pressure medication I administer a lot at work. I thought I needed to include something to represent the 24 hours that I spent working as a nurse in the ED. Taking pictures of patients is sort of frowned upon. Actually it’s illegal.

    Enjoyed the instagrams with the white photo borders.

    My love affair continued with stitching, letter stickers, office supplies, and library cards.



    Just love when I sit down at my sewing machine. I’m not a seamstress, but sure would love to be. Sewing on paper and through pictures is just plain fun.

    Loved including Rebecca’s text message and her current obsession with funny symbols.

    Oh paperclips, I love you so.



    Love everything about this.



    The Clementine core kit cards are just awesome. Really love all the journaling cards. The colors, designs, and versatility make me happy.



    This picture measures 3″ x 5″, with a small white border trimmed around the edges.



    That’s it. Love it. Really looking forward to adding some digital elements that are free or I have purchased {or will be} through Design Editor, One Happy Mama, Wild Blueberry Ink, Ormolu, The Tiny Twig, and Banana Fish Studios. I had some computer issues earlier today, so I was thankful to have a stash to use at my fingertips. I find having my supplies organized and having a printer at home extremely useful for my process.

    What do you find that helps you the most with getting your Project Life pages finished each week?

    Blessings sweet friends – Jenny

    To see my first seven weeks of Project Life (and some from 2011), go here.
    My favorite overview of project life is found here.
    My latest organizational finds for project life are found here.

    Project Life is a simple scrapbooking solution to preserve your memories and document your stories. It was designed by Becky Higgins and you can find more information here.

    I’m linking up today with The Mom Creative and One Happy Mama.

    If you are new to this site, welcome! If you like what you see, I would love for you follow along on this crazy adventure of mine by subscribing to my blog above and joining me on facebook, twitter, and pinterest. I’m working hard to complete my life list of 1300+ items after surviving a battle with cancer.



    Stacey K

    I too love the perspective (my OLW) project life gives me. I document the ups & downs with the focus on the ups & the downs hidden away on the back of the journal cards…like real life, it’s there but I don’t need to display or dwell on it.
    I print my photos on a Sunday afternoon at my local print shop, before I print I plan what stories I want to tell as apposed to printing all the best pictures for the week. This year I am trying to journal more that the who what when & taking notes at the end of the week is helping me with this. I get to work on my album in bits & pieces through the week. I found myself getting short with my girls for interrupting my creativity yesterday so I stocked up on stickers & coloured paper for them to get creative with me.
    I love your week, so bright & full of memories .

    28 February 2012 at 2:30 am Reply

      Thanks Stacey for sharing your process. I learn so much from others and I love the idea of including your girls in the creative process. I could definitely stand to improve in this area. Still just loving the idea of PL and feeling caught up on writing my family story. Thankful for this project and community. – J

      29 February 2012 at 1:39 pm Reply
    deb duty

    Your pages look so great! I love the way you used design f! The stitching adds a lot too. Maybe I should run over to my mom’s every now and then to play with her sewing machine!

    28 February 2012 at 5:55 am Reply

      Thanks Deb. I think I’ve become a tad addicted to the design F. Just so many options with miniature vertical pictures and all the hundreds of vertical journaling cards that I have stocked up.
      I started sewing with my December Daily album, and I’ve become a tad hooked. Really enjoying that creative outlet, despite the fact that I’m really not a paper or fabric guru/artist. Allows me just to play art class with no rules. -J

      29 February 2012 at 1:42 pm Reply

    Looks great! Love the pic of Sam’s butt in the air during yoga.

    28 February 2012 at 6:01 am Reply

      I love her preschool yoga class. Seeing all those little kids trying different poses and saying Namaste at the end just makes me smile. -J

      29 February 2012 at 2:10 pm Reply

    Does anyone NOT love library cards? Oh wait, maybe I’m revealing the bookworm in me. Love the bakers’ twine picture side by side with the sweet treat. Love all the natural circles you used on your page.

    28 February 2012 at 6:37 am Reply

      You were far more observant than I was. I didn’t realize how many circular elements I had (pictures, embellishments) until I read your comment. I was circle happy!
      And the library cards just make me smile sitting on my craft desk, so I’m excited that I have PL to use them in. I laugh at how library cards and paint strips are used so much for other crafty reasons now! Thanks Cami – Jenny

      29 February 2012 at 2:14 pm Reply

    I adore how your pages are always filled with a variety of techniques and ‘stuff’. Your pages always strike me as like life itself – no two days are ever exactly the same but there’s always something good in there. Totally love the stitching and the labels!

    28 February 2012 at 6:40 am Reply

      I love that all my pages are kind of different. I’m so busy, but this setup of simple, no rules scrapbooking is wonderful for me. It’s ok to be creative one week and extremely simple the next. And I don’t have to worry if anything matches, etc. It’s very liberating! Thanks Jules and I’m enjoying checking in with you each week! – J

      29 February 2012 at 2:16 pm Reply

    Awesome week! The photo of Sam painting is so sweet. I really need to get brave and bust out the sewing machine. I love that look and you do it so well!

    28 February 2012 at 7:30 am Reply

      Sam was painting with shaving cream and then they sprinkled colored sand and powdered tempera paints so they could feel different textures and mix different colors. I’m totally going to do this again at home.
      And since December Daily, I just love using my sewing machine for 20 minutes a week. It’s just enough to make me think I’m a seamstress. -J

      29 February 2012 at 2:19 pm Reply

    really lovely. love all the stitching and all the colors. fabulous. thanks for the inspiration ;)

    28 February 2012 at 9:12 am Reply

      Thanks Helen – I think my current favorites are stitching, colors, and office supplies. And Design F. Can’t forget that one either. Really enjoying this PL community. Fabulous people living life – lots to celebrate even in the ordinary, everyday. -Jenny

      29 February 2012 at 2:21 pm Reply

    I love all the inspiration that I get from others during the week, then I sit down on Saturday night or Sunday and print out the photos I want to use. I cut out the things that need to be cut and then let it sit. I like to do this in fits and starts when I have a few minutes. I round all the edges and then let it sit. I usually then gather a few things I forgot and add those back in. Then I figure out when pages I want to use (usually it is 4 pages for each week with an insert or two. After that I start telling stories. Almost always the stories relate to the photos, but not always. I do very little extra stuff -trying to keep it really really simple. I am usually done by Wednesday or Thursday, but don’t beat myself up if I am not.

    Love following you Jenny and watching your lovely family experience life.

    28 February 2012 at 10:31 am Reply

      Oh thank you Betsy. That’s so nice! I love hearing your process and how much story you are including in your albums. That’s terrific. I am finding that the weeks that I have more journaling and story tend to be my favorites, so I’m hoping to carve out more time to include my blog posts and journal entries into my PL books.
      So glad you are enjoying PL too! Such a great product and community of people documenting and living great lives. Thanks again Betsy – J

      29 February 2012 at 2:23 pm Reply
    Catherine at Design Editor

    Thanks for the nice shoutout, Jenny!

    Your album is looking fab, you make me want to dust off my sewing machine.

    28 February 2012 at 11:00 am Reply

      Love how I have continued to learn something new each week. Since December Daily, I have started learning how to sew and using digital elements. I was a sewing/digital virgin. I still have tons to learn, but I’m really enjoying my 2-3 weekly creative outlet.
      Just love your blog and have been really enjoying exploring through all the fonts. I’ve found lots to play with in the near future. Thanks again Catherine!-J

      29 February 2012 at 2:39 pm Reply
    Jessica B

    Love Tuesdays!!

    28 February 2012 at 12:15 pm Reply

      Me too Jessica! Tuesdays are now my new Friday! I just love all the internet inspiration and fun with the Project Life community. So much fun. Thanks -J

      29 February 2012 at 2:40 pm Reply
    Wendy T.

    Wonderful pages, Jenny. I’ve been a lurker for a while, but just wanted to say I love your stuff and find you so inspiring!

    P.S. Any word from Ellen???

    28 February 2012 at 12:29 pm Reply

      Thanks Wendy and I love your profile picture – it’s so much fun and makes me smile! Now that you have “exposed” yourself you can’t be a lurker anymore. :)
      I haven’t heard from Ellen yet, but I stress the word Yet. If I have to dance for her on some more videos to let her know how serious I am, I will. I think she’s daring me. And I’m up for the challenge. -J

      29 February 2012 at 2:45 pm Reply
    Sarabeth Burke

    i just adore your PL book so far. i know i’ve told you this before but i can’t tell you enough. i love the fact that you leave letters to your children, i think that is awesome. i don’t have any, yet…i’m thinking i should start writing letters any way.
    how do you like working in the ED, i’m a nursing assistant/emt student and am thinking of doing nursing school or paramedic school this fall…i eventually want to be an rn but am not sure what type…i would love your input :)


    28 February 2012 at 11:57 pm Reply

      I really do love my weekly letters to the kids. Most of the time they are lighthearted and just funny little things I want them to remember from their weeks. I would love to have something now with my mom’s handwriting.
      I am so glad that I became a nurse. It has provided financial stability during this economic crisis, even though we haven’t had a raise in 4 years.
      But I’m thinking that my future is just taking a different path right now and that I’m possibly going to parent/blog full time rather than nurse, but I don’t regret my career choice one bit. Also I would highly suggest an ICU over an ED as a new grad. The ICU will teach you more and then you can transition over to the ED after a couple of years. I’d be happy to talk to you more about it. -J

      29 February 2012 at 2:52 pm Reply

    I find the most helpful thing is definitley having a printer at home. I couldnt’ do it this well with out it, in fact I’m missing a lot from last year because I don’t have the printer….going back soon to complete it. love your pages, love the stitching I haven’t taken the time to do that yet…maybe that’ll be my challenge for myself this week! oooh yes, maybe I’ll do that :) thank you :) Keep Calm and Project Life on

    5 March 2012 at 4:13 am Reply

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