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  • Project Life 2012 Week #10 & Video Questions of the Week

    So 2 things on my life list are to write a letter each week to my kids and to video our weekly questions that we ask the kids during meals or outings. I have been including my letters each week as an insert with each layout. I have been burning DVDs of the video questions and including them in my Project Life album as well. The problem is that we don’t take the time to take the DVDs out of the album and load them into a computer or DVD player, so I was thrilled when I found an alternative with Scan Life thanks to Tracy. You are so rad, Tracy.

    With Scan Life I simply upload my videos to Youtube and create a unique printable QR code that I then attach to a journaling card. When I scan the code with my iphone Scan Life app it takes me directly to my video.



    Above is a picture of the QR Codes for the first 9 questions/videos from 2012. I have had many emails asking what types of questions Jeff and I ask the kids. So here is a funny video to show you some of the questions we ask. Above all else, you will see the conversations and laughter these types of questions create.



    We love comparing their answers from last year, which I have recorded in journals. It will now be even more fun to see their personalities and physical attributes change each year via video. Tomorrow I will post a list of 100 questions (including a printable pdf), that we have asked our children over the past several years. So glad to be finally getting these answers on video and having them be included in my Project Life album.


    What’s exciting is that I have found the best personal solution to capturing life in a simple and quick way. Project Life for my photos and memorabilia with QR codes and Youtube incorporated now for my videos. This combination allows me to capture memories while spending the majority of my time LIVING life. 

    Here is the rest of Week #10:



    I loved this free download from Wild Blueberry Ink that allowed me to include a funny status update from my facebook page. There are also free downloads for twitter and pinterest as well. Go here for the fun downloads.


    This week was my first piano recital after only 4 lessons. I was to put to shame by a little 6 year old August Rush but I’m really proud of myself. You can read about it here. Jeff took a 50 second video and uploaded it to my facebook page. So glad to have quick, easy access to the video. {Insert inner squeal}.

    I used some of Liz’s journaling cards that can be purchased here. I also used a flair button from Ormolu (this with the yellow arrow) that can be purchased here.



    Now I will include the weekly video question right within my layout.


    Here is my week with all the inserts. I included my piano recital program, the map from when we went and fed the giraffes, enlarged pictures printed from our first ever family photo shoot, my weekly letter to the kids, and the first 9 video question insert seen at the top of this post. Very full, blessed week.


    To see my first nine weeks of Project Life 2012 (and some from 2011), go here.

    I will be linking up with One Happy Mama here and The Mom Creative here.

    Blessings sweet friends – Jenny

    If you are new to my site, welcome! Like what you see? I would love for you follow along on this crazy adventure of mine by subscribing to my blog and joining me on facebook, twitter, and pinterest.

    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.

    Supplies: Project Life Core Kit – Clementine Edition, Photo Pocket Pages – Big Variety Pack 1 (60 Pages), Advantus Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Inkjet Photo Printer (3295B002), Marvy Square Craft Punch, a Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Permanent Marker, Heidi Swapp decorative tape (from my old stash), American Crafts Thickers Glitter Chipboard Letter Stickers, Niki Riki Sunflower, American Crafts Thickers Glitter Foam Letter Stickers, Poolside Black, American Crafts – Amy Tangerine Collection – Thickers – Printed Chipboard Alphabet Stickers – Goodness – Slate, assorted Smash Journals and pads, and Avery Office supplies.




    This post toats my goats…and I thought you should know that you are now officially known in our house as “Jenny from the Blog.”

    12 March 2012 at 9:54 pm Reply

      Best comment ever!

      12 March 2012 at 10:22 pm Reply
    Nicol (imanewbierunner)

    oh! I.love.the.video! Can’t wait for the printable! You are so amazing. Thanks for the inspiration.

    12 March 2012 at 10:05 pm Reply

      The questions have been so much fun and this video just makes me laugh. So excited to have this now in my PL albums!

      12 March 2012 at 10:26 pm Reply
    Ellie A.

    GET OUT!!! I always want to record my kids especially my little girl because I actually have a little book of “Sassyism” of things she says and think I so wish I could record her so she could hear herself in the future (she’s 5) So thank you SO much for sharing! Of course another awesome & wonderful PL share!

    13 March 2012 at 4:35 am Reply

      Exactly Ellie. I so wish I had all of those things recorded in addition to having them written down. Their personalities change so quickly. So glad I have Sam saying spaghetti in the cutest way possible.

      13 March 2012 at 6:10 am Reply
    Kerry K.

    perfect, Jenny. LOVE it. Such a lucky family – all of you.

    13 March 2012 at 4:49 am Reply

      I’m blessed indeed. XO-J

      13 March 2012 at 6:10 am Reply
    Jen Kinkade

    totally cool idea! love all of the laughter in the videos! what a great way to start my day :)

    13 March 2012 at 5:33 am Reply

      I love the laughter, too. I actually woke up and watched it right away. Rebecca has been painfully shy, so to see her come out of her shell is perhaps my favorite thing in this video.-J

      13 March 2012 at 6:11 am Reply

    Amazing…again. Thank you for the posts & the video. I am totally doing this. My kids are 15, 17, & 21 years…you think they’ll go for it? Ha Ha. BTW, your kids are soooo cute!

    13 March 2012 at 7:19 am Reply

      I would love to have video from when I was 15-21. What a difference my opinions were almost daily when I was between those years! I think if you make it fun and quick, they will totally do it. I can’t wait to hear about it.-J

      13 March 2012 at 7:28 am Reply

    The QR codes this week seems to be the rage. Love the idea. If was good about getting videos of the kids I would totally get on the bandwagon. Love the idea.

    13 March 2012 at 7:28 am Reply

      It is currently the rage, but tomorrow I’m going to talk about at length how this needs to be made more specifically for memory keeping. There is a huge problem currently with Scan Life that I will talk about tomorrow.-J

      13 March 2012 at 7:30 am Reply

        Looking forward to coming back and finding out more! Thanks!

        13 March 2012 at 7:35 am Reply

    Can you do a tutorial on how you upload to you tube and how to create a QR code for scan life? Also do you know if it works for Vimeo?

    13 March 2012 at 7:55 am Reply

      Yes- we will do a screenflow video that will be up tomorrow!

      13 March 2012 at 9:24 am Reply

    Wow – what a fab idea- to ask questions of the children and record their answers. I’m definitely going to be doing that with my one – she’s 14, but I think her 30 year old self will totally love looking back at the teen version of her! Thanks for the inspiration, as always.
    Can I just say your older daughter is FUNNY. She rocks!

    13 March 2012 at 8:45 am Reply

      I so wish I had a video of my 13 year old self with those horrible 80s bangs. And yes, Rebecca keeps us laughing. She’s really blossomed over the past year. -J

      13 March 2012 at 12:58 pm Reply

    fab pages, great idea about the QR system!

    13 March 2012 at 10:28 am Reply

      Thanks Helen – I just love the idea of making my pages come alive with video.

      13 March 2012 at 12:59 pm Reply

    you are now the third post I’ve read about these scanning things…I love finding out about new things…and the asking your kids questions will be such a gift to them later…looks great!


    13 March 2012 at 2:01 pm Reply

      Thanks April. I so wish I had videos of my answers as a child, teen, and young adult. So glad I’m getting this captured. Thanks for stopping by.-J

      14 March 2012 at 7:39 am Reply

    A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!! Love love love the idea of recording your children answering questions.. Do you ask the same questions to each child? What age would you start? My oldest is 2.5 but I love the things she says it’s too adorable! Your children will adore these memories for a lifetime!
    Thank you for this awesome post & I can’t wait to download your PDF file tomorrow :)

    13 March 2012 at 4:41 pm Reply

      We do initially ask the same questions, but with our 2 year old, we sometimes have to ask a couple of simple questions to get her engaged in the conversation. I find the older kids ask her about her favorite food, book, color or who she met at preschool, etc.
      And when the older kids laugh at each other’s responses, she giggles right along even though she probably doesn’t understand. Hope you enjoy the questions – they make us laugh.

      14 March 2012 at 7:41 am Reply

    This is an awesome layout Jenny!!
    I love how you have included all the videos – I too watched the QR code/Disney clip last week, and have so many plans for adding QR codes into my album from now on :)

    13 March 2012 at 6:18 pm Reply

      Scan Life appears to have limits and be expensive if you use multiple scans, but try Kaywa which is a free option. Talked about it in today’s post (3/14) after a reader suggested it. Thanks Tamara!

      14 March 2012 at 7:43 am Reply
    kate Adderley

    love all the bits your’ve added, it looks fab

    14 March 2012 at 1:40 am Reply

      Thanks Kate – I actually told someone last week that Project Life was a place for me to put all those little bits. So I smiled when I saw your comment. Thanks for stopping by.-Jenny

      14 March 2012 at 7:44 am Reply

    Amazing PL layout and genius video idea, I love it! Especially as their little voices and gestures change so fast…must do!

    14 March 2012 at 6:16 pm Reply

      Exactly April. Our little ones voice and vocabulary has changed just since the video from our Disneyland trip from only 6 weeks ago. Adding the ability to see these videos quickly has been such a blessing for us. Let me know how the QR codes work for you. -Jenny

      21 March 2012 at 7:08 am Reply

    Um, Jenny … you are FREAKING AMAZING. :) I just LOVE the video idea! How cool! I loved the video you shared of you asking your kids questions! I was smiling and laughing along with you guys and I know those are going to be so cherished in the years ahead! I’ve gotta start doing something like that! LOVE your pages, too! You have definitely inspired me A LOT today! Thank you for finding my blog and linking up! You’ve made my day! Keep up that awesomeness, ok? ;) Hugs!

    16 March 2012 at 11:08 am Reply

      Thanks Kristina. I’m loving incorporating these videos. Have lots of great plans for the future. BTW- totally am loving your site. It is so light and cheery. Completely refreshing as I always tell people that I’ve never met a color I didn’t like.
      Thanks for stopping by!-Jenny

      21 March 2012 at 7:10 am Reply

    Jenny, Did you see that Ali Edward’s mentioned your post on QR codes here?

    19 March 2012 at 4:05 pm Reply

      Thanks Jane. I did see that, probably right about the same time you left this comment. I really love her stuff and am always inspired, so I was blushing a bit. Thanks for thinking of me!-J

      21 March 2012 at 7:11 am Reply

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