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  • Project Life 2012 Week #2

    I’m really starting to love my Monday evenings. After I get the kids down to sleep, the house is quiet, and it’s time for me to assemble last week’s Project Life album. So Harry Potter and I had a date as I put this together. It was lovely.

    I was curious if I would start getting bored with this project. That thought crept in my mind in November. I’m finding though that I get more excited as time goes on. I am more aware of my surroundings, relationships, and having an attitude of appreciation. So I don’t see Project Life not being a part of my life in the future. That is quite a statement for someone like me who likes variety in her life. I feel Project Life provides me with the variety I need as I can make it how I want it.

    Here’s the layout for week #2. I took it out of the page protector in hopes that you can see it a little better and not see the glare.


    Here are the things I’ve noticed that I continued with:

    Clementine core kit, movie stubs, food wrappers, using fabric, weekly cupcake, a weekly review of the happenings of our week, labels, using my tiny attacher, my grouping of 3s.

    I didn’t notice until after I was done, my use of 3s- 3 digital brushes, 3 Martha Stewart office labels, 3 pops of orange with fabric/ribbon.

    I used another 6 x 12 journaler from Ali to include all the memories my sister recalled about my childhood. You can read her guest post here. 

    I also continued my weekly letters to my children. Emily asked me yesterday, “Have you bought the card you are going to use for our letter?” Love that. 




    What’s new: I used 3 of Ali’s digital brushes. Now that I used them several times during my December Daily, I found they took me on average 45 seconds to 1 minute from start to finish. That shows that practice does help as I used to insert them while watching her video tutorials and pausing the video as I went through each step. I love learning and seeing myself progress. You can purchase the brush sets here from Designers Digitals:Life in Pictures Brushes and Embracing Everyday Brushes.



    I also used a quote on the top of a fold out journaling card. I kept it open and attached a piece of ribbon. I had come across that quote several times over the past couple of months. I read it again last night in doing my homework for my Mondo Beyondo Dreams class {which I’m loving so far}. I felt a push to write it down. What better place to put it then in our album where the whole family will read it!

    The quote: “Tell me what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Mary Oliver. Powerful.



    I also included 2 of my polaroid magnets into my album. They were so much fun. You can find a tutorial here on how to make them.


    What I need to change: I don’t see myself this week. What’s interesting was this was a great week. I spent a lot of time with the family and had plenty of opportunities to set up the self timer on my camera or have Jeff capture the pictures.

    It will be different this week. I must be intentional about that this week. My kids could care less that I’m struggling with my weight. {Note to self: Repeat daily and take the darn pictures.}

    Products I used:

    Project Life Core Kit – Clementine Edition

    Photo Pocket Pages – Design B {I also used Design A and 6 x 12 protectors for my insert and they should be back in stock within the next several weeks}.

    Advantus Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Tiny Attacher

    Martha Stewart File Folder Labels (Exclusively from Staples)

    American Crafts Bits Tags (You Make My Day Decorative Tag)


    Have a blessed day sweet friends – Jenny


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

    I’m linking up today with Jessica of The Mom Creative. You can see that here. 



    Ellie A.

    Oh super love your week! I really love the idea of writing to your kids I had notes scattered about last year but to write a letter a week.. hmm I think I might have to look into that. Love all the labels & I also use lots of Ali’s kits they just are what I need each week to complete what I want to be put in my album. I plan to get Ali’s 6×12 this week!

    17 January 2012 at 10:52 am Reply

      Ellie- You will love the 6 x 12 journaler. I’m hooked. And I’m loving how I have stuck with the letter each week to my kids. I treasure them.

      19 January 2012 at 9:28 am Reply
    kayla aimee

    love your pages! really love the beg/end with the stitching!

    17 January 2012 at 11:14 am Reply

      Thanks Kayla! I’m loving using fabric and my sewing machine. I’m just learning how to sew and feel more and more comfortable the more I use it.

      19 January 2012 at 9:29 am Reply

    Love your pages!! We saw MI4 also this past Sunday in IMAX! MMMmmmmm Tom Cruise sure looks good on and IMAX screen! :0) Thanks for sharing.

    17 January 2012 at 11:25 am Reply

      Thanks Sandy. I’ve seen the movie twice and I thought it was fantastic. Loved the time with my hubby and kids too!

      19 January 2012 at 9:30 am Reply

    Your pages are wonderful Jenny! You have a great eclectic mix of texture, colour and content – I also LOVE PL for it’s flexibility and ability to just document the ordinary. Oh the letters to your kids? Awesome!

    17 January 2012 at 12:28 pm Reply

      Thanks Cynthia. I’m most definitely a texture person. I love pulling out the felt and fabric and touching it! The letters to my kids have become one of my favorite weekly rituals.

      19 January 2012 at 9:31 am Reply
    Stephanie Hackney

    Thanks for sharing your pages and thoughts. I also love that quote!

    Keep up the great work…and get in the shots! :)

    17 January 2012 at 12:46 pm Reply

      Absolutely Stephanie- already setting up that timer and had Jeff take some of me swimming.

      19 January 2012 at 9:33 am Reply
    Wendy T.

    Really great pages! I love Ali’s brushes and hope to use some on my stuff, too. And I so get it about being in the pictures. I want to make sure and include at least one image of me each week. The one of me that ended up in my spread this week is painful to look at, but I tell myself the same thing you do: my kids could care less. maybe seeing myself more will inspire me to make positive changes in that regard…

    17 January 2012 at 2:56 pm Reply

      Completely get that Wendy. But it’s time for us to get healthy for ourselves first. And my goal is the same, I will be in at least one picture a week with Project Life. Good luck to you in your journey towards health as well! I’m rooting for you.

      19 January 2012 at 9:34 am Reply

    Love your Mary Oliver quote, one of my favorites!

    17 January 2012 at 4:19 pm Reply

      Me too! I’m thinking about having it printed or painted onto a canvas. I love it so.

      19 January 2012 at 9:35 am Reply

    Great pages. Inspiring. Love the stitching.

    17 January 2012 at 5:04 pm Reply

      Thanks Julie. Just simple straight or zig zag stitching. Try it, you will probably get hooked!

      19 January 2012 at 9:38 am Reply

    Love your use of fabric. I am doing digital, but also doing traditional so I can use fabric because I just think it is so much fun! :D Love your pages.

    17 January 2012 at 7:01 pm Reply

      So glad to hear you are using fabric and digital. Can’t wait to see your pages. Doesn’t it just feel wonderful? Love, love the dimension without being too bulky.

      19 January 2012 at 9:36 am Reply

    Lovely pages, I love the fabric and I don’t think I’ve seen that done before. Granted I haven’t seen very many Project Life pages I do love that! Also like the idea for the letter to your children.

    17 January 2012 at 8:16 pm Reply

      Thanks Katie. Started fabric with my december daily journal and wanted to keep it up. Do try the letters to your kids. I don’t think you will regret it!

      19 January 2012 at 9:38 am Reply

    Truer words could not be spoken. My son doesn’t look at me and say to himself, “Wow, my mom is fat. She sure could lose a few pounds”. No. He looks at me and just sees me. His Mom. Even at 13, I know he loves me because he tells me every day. And even when he overhears me saying, “I’m fat” he quickly refutes me and says, “No you’re not, Mom, you’re beautiful”. And yet, I refuse to let myself be inserted into any of the photos I take daily/weekly. The last photograph taken of me, that I allowed to be printed and displayed anywhere in the house was taken in October last year. And I was outside with a heavy coat on, but I cropped the photo down to my shoulders (and up). WHY do we never think we are as BEAUTIFUL as other people see us?

    17 January 2012 at 8:29 pm Reply

      I’m not sure Melissa, but I’m starting to realize and believe deeply that we owe it to ourselves and our children to be healthy and confident and be in pictures, despite our weight. So I am now committed to being in at least one picture every week despite my weight. So if that helps to motivate me to get healthy, great!
      Best of luck to you- get healthy and get in those darn pictures!

      19 January 2012 at 9:43 am Reply

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