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  • Project Life 2012 Week #3

    After nearly 8 months of recording my family’s stories through using Project Life I have discovered my favorite part. Perhaps you would think it’s the various sizes of page protectors, the coordinated papers, or the endless inspiration of the #projectlife community on Twitter. Nope.

    I love the “Life” part of Project Life. Yes, the “Project” itself is fun and let’s me create with my hands. But it’s the celebration of life that is my favorite. I have said it before and I will repeat myself because it’s worth repeating… anything that makes you feel more grateful as a person has great value. Anything that helps you focus on the blessings of life during difficult times is a treasure.

    I can’t help finishing my project every week and just grinning. And now I must admit, I look at other’s albums very differently. At first it was all about ideas and sparking my imagination. It was about who was coming out with the next download. {Don’t get me wrong, I love the downloads :) }

    Now, it’s about looking at other’s lives and celebrating with them. I love looking at relationships between siblings, friends, parents and children, and husbands and wives. I love seeing dinner tables, games, lived in homes, messy spaghetti faces, legos, fish kisses, and all the glorious Instagram food and shoes pictures.

    I love seeing people capture ordinary life with their cameras and then adding their stories. What a timeless treasure. I feel a bond with people who are willing to take the time to record their stories of themselves and their families. But just know that I now spend more time celebrating your gift of living life to the fullest than your final pages themselves.

    This has taken the pressure off of myself to keep up. It has relieved me to once again, just focus on my own style and most importantly, celebrate life. And I have an amazing, amazing life. That is what Project Life means to me.

    Here are the pages to week #3:

    This week I was limited on time with preparing for our 1st annual cupcake and lemonade stand this week. I’ve been baking dozens of cupcakes.

    So I sewed but didn’t have time to add digital elements. Loved just stitching journaling lines on a plain piece of cardstock so I could journal.

    Still loving my arrows, office supplies, and bits of life.

    I included my weekly card to my kids. Love them. I also tore 2 pages out of my smash album. On the first side, I included a page with a quote that I wanted my kids to see.

    On the other side, I wrote down my values, excitables, and things that inspire me as part of my exercise for my Writing Your Own Life List Series that started yesterday.

    Here is the downloadable Life List Worksheet #1 again.

     

     

    Hope you enjoyed week #3. Cupcake #23 is a winner (think Girl Scout cookies) and will be posted tomorrow.

    Blessings 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 at The Mom Creative. Come check out the amazing inspiration here.

    Products I used: Design A and Design B page protectors, Project Life Core Kit – Clementine Edition, Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Photo Printer, sharpie pen, smash journal pages, Kikkerland Arrow Sticky Notes, American Crafts Thickers Chipboard Letter Stickers, Hardcover Black, Heidi Swapp acrylic letter, Idea-Ology Numberals-11 Numerals, 22 Fasteners, Bella Blvd – Sophisticates Collection – Cardstock Stickers – Miniatures – Family (Happy Family banner sticker), & card and badge from Baers Garten Designs, Martha Stewart Home Office Avery Labels 


    13 Comments

    Comments

    Katrina

    Sharing your arrow love. :) Adore the stitched journaling lines!

    24 January 2012 at 9:24 am Reply
    dawn

    I loved reading your thoughts on Project Life and feel the exact same way. This is my fourth year doing it and I’ve met so many wonderful friends along the way. Even though we haven’t met they feel like family to me and I celebrate and feel sadness for all their “LIFE HAPPENINGS”. That is the coolest thing about this album, it is around the world and we all approach it different.
    For me it’s mostly about the photos and the story but I do like to add in a little extras on some weeks.
    I am thankful every week when I sit down to do this and every week I tell my hubby and my mom how happy it makes me feel. The only wish I have was that this could have been around for my mom to use when I was growing up. She would have loved it.
    I enjoyed seeing your letters for the kids, retiring from nursing to blog, CUPCAKES and other fun. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to coming back to read more.
    Have a wonderful week.

    24 January 2012 at 9:52 am Reply
    Jessica B

    Tuesdays are fastly becoming my favorite day to read everyone’s project life posts! I too love sharing in everyone’s joys and excitements and even the occasional sorrow.

    24 January 2012 at 10:07 am Reply
    Katie

    I enjoyed reading what PL means to you. I find that seeing the stories behind the bloggers from the blogs I read is also very fun and makes me more likely to continue reading. Projects and inspiration are always great but finding out about someone and the reasons behind why they might do something has always been the best part for me. PS: Love that you added the smashbook page!

    24 January 2012 at 10:18 am Reply
    Catherine

    Very nice! I love how you hole punched that card-hadn’t thought about sticking something in like that loose. Thanks for the tip!

    24 January 2012 at 1:01 pm Reply
    Cami

    My favorite part of you layout is the stitched lines that you journal on. Love, love, love it!
    Beautiful pages. Love how everyone’s personalities show up so clearly on their pages!

    24 January 2012 at 1:28 pm Reply
    Nicole

    You are so right about the inspiration overload. At the end of last year, right when EVERYONE was getting ready to start their PL for 2012, I was obsessed with looking at everyone else’s layouts. Everyone! I had to learn to turn that off and look more at what stories they were telling and what moments they were capturing each week. It’s been such a fun way to get to know people and not just to see who is using what products, techniques etc. Thanks for sharing Jenny. Love your layouts!! XO

    24 January 2012 at 1:47 pm Reply
    Heather Johnson

    Love your post…so well said, and so right on the money with how I am feeling. Love your pages!

    24 January 2012 at 2:51 pm Reply
    sharon71

    Great post Jenny, I did feel a bit of pressure about the ‘look’ of my PL but now that is secondary to making sure I document the everyday things that make up our life – what we do, what we eat, who said what…

    PS: you have very nice handwriting.

    24 January 2012 at 4:43 pm Reply
    Nathalie Hardy

    YES!!!

    Just Yes.

    Also, love the stitched lines for journaling.

    24 January 2012 at 4:59 pm Reply
    sarabeth burke

    i just adore your pages girl! i started it for the first week and then it just fell apart. i guess i was looking more at the project part instead of the life part. thanks for the inspiration and for putting things back into perspective. maybe i’ll pull it together for mini version…project 52. :)

    24 January 2012 at 5:21 pm Reply
    Angie

    Your stitching details are so beautiful!

    25 January 2012 at 3:48 pm Reply
    April

    Ohhh, I like the idea of sewing on lines like a notebook page to write on…looks great!!!!

    http://aprilbest1981.blogspot.com/2012/01/pl-week-three.html

    30 January 2012 at 12:34 pm Reply

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