Friday, April 18, 2014

Project Life | Week Fifteen

Week Fifteen. The week in which I turned old. OK, that's a bit dramatic, but 40 sounds old. At least it did to me all my life until this week. I'm entering 40 in a good place. Working out more, happy child, awesome husband. 40 ain't so bad so far. 
For week 15, I used Stephanie Adams "Downpour" collection from her newly launch shop. I was given this kit as a RAK from The Pocket Source. I fell in love with the colors and coordinating flair. Everything is perfection. I can see using this kit over and over again (and have saved a few Easter cards for next week!). The "Downpour" bundle is on sale right now for just $8.75 (normally $17.50). I mean... look how cute!

For the gold "40" I used the Silhouette brand printable Gold Foil that I purchased last year to use in my December Daily album. Honestly, I can't even remember if I did end up using any of it then. But, this stuff is fun! As the name suggests, you can print on it, too! I just did a straight cut out on the Cameo though. I used a few of the cork embellishments from Studio Calico's March Kit "Office Hours". 

And another QR code. I love to include these things. And now Matilda thinks every QR code we see out in the world is a link to a video of her. She's so vain. ;) And with that I'm done! Love being caught up!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Project Life | Week Fourteen


Week 14
How to Cram 36 Photos into a One Week Layout

Week 14 was pretty eventful for us. The first half of the week was dominated by a sick kiddo. Super high fever for 3+ days. This was stressful enough of its own. But especially more stressful as Chris and I were planning our first kid-free getaway since Tilly was born. 
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I used Midnight Edition exclusively for this week. I liked sticking with this more neutral core kit for this week. This is a favorite kit of mine that I really don't use enough. I whittled down my core kits the past few weeks and there are two kits that I refused to sell any cards from. Deena Rutter's Coral Edition and this beautiful Midnight Edition
With Matilda's fever mostly staying away on Friday we stuck with our plans and flew out of town to Healdsburg (our former home!) in Sonoma County California. So fun to visit with friends we hadn't seen for 2 years, drink great wine, eat great food and laugh and laugh and laugh.
For the watercolor photo I used the iPhone app Waterlogue. Such a fun way to edit photos for Project Life! This is a photo of us on a bike ride checking out our old house in the vineyard. You may be seeing more of these watercolor photos in future layouts. I was OK with the teeny tiny photos for the trip since I am planning on using one of the little Instagram photo albums to include all of the photos in. More on that later.

So, that's a wrap! A little late for me... but now I can roll right in to Week 15! Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Enter to win a RAK (Random Act of Kindness)

Have you considered getting into Project Life and pocket scrapbooking? 
Are you intimidated about how to start Project Life?
Are you already a die-hard Project Life Fan Girl and want more stuff?
Do you like FREE stuff?

If you you answered YES to any of these questions 
then I have a GIVEAWAY for you! 

The Project Life/Pocket Scrapbooking community is generous bunch. On all of the Facebook groups, message boards, etc there is always a thread going on about someone wanting to do a RAK (random act of kindness). This means they want to give away scrapbook goodies to some lucky soul! Whether it means they are just clearing out items they won't use, making room for new goodies or just spreading the wealth this means good things for everyone! It creates such a nice vibe among the community. 

Well, now you have a chance to enter to win a RAK from me and many others on The Pocket Source. They have launched a new Groups feature and and RAK Group, too! If you haven't already started an account at The Pocket Source, do so now. It's a fantastic way to get inspiration for pocket scrapbooking layouts and new products from designers (like the fabulous Deena Rutter).

Once you have enrolled friend me! No, really! I want to see what you do, too! Then, join the RAK Group. You may then browse all of the photos to see what everyone is offering up as a RAK. You may comment on up to 3 items for a chance to win. Winners will be randomly selected on April 7th, 2014 shipped that same week! 

Here is what I am offering. I went a little nuts clearing out some of my stash. Tons of 3x4 and 4x6 cards, goodies from Studio Calico kits and Gossamer Blue, wood veneer cards, a handmade sequin pocket, stickers, cork frames, labels and more!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Project Life | Week Thirteen

Wow! This week's layout practically assembled itself! I used Colie's amazing April Take Ten Kit. People are going nuts over this startup monthly kit club. For $10 you get an awesome array of goodies. 4x6 cards, 3x4 cards, glittery alphas, cute geotag thingamabobs and more. If you're interested in seeing what the buzz is about this monthly kit, join the Take Ten Facebook group. Here is the full kit reveal.

So, on to my layout using this awesome kit:
I just love the springy colors in this kit. I also pulled in a few cards from the Project Life Jade Edition and a couple little cards from the Just Add Color Edition.

This little LOL flair was just the thing for Matilda's Selfie Series that I found on my phone. Love how many different expressions she came up with.
So that's a wrap! Can't believe I've kept up with this for 13 weeks in a row! Feels great to be caught up. Now to tackle Tilly's baby book... more on that soon.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Project Life | Week Twelve + The Pocket Source Blog Hop

Woo hoo! Back for another round of Blog Hopping with The Pocket Source. If you're in to Project Life, have you visited The Pocket Source yet? This is a site dedicated to all this pocket-scrapbooking. None of those pesky traditional scrapbook layouts to wade through. All pockets all the time. If you take a look around there be sure to friend me, too! I may or may not be mentioning The Pocket Source next week, too. So be on the lookout!

For those of you who haven't been here before, I'm Melissa. Welcome! I'm an Etsy Shop owner, mom to an almost 4 year old daughter, camera lens addict, and obsessed with taking photos and actually PRINTING them thanks to Project Life and the pocket scrapbook style. Here's 34 More Things you should know about me.

This time around on the Blog Hop the topic is organization. I want to share with you how I organize all of my Project Life goodies and where I work. You should be coming to me from Stephanie's blog Bee Tree Studios. And the next stop on the hop is Lisa's blog Chaos Meets Creativity

But, while I've got you captive here, on to Week 12!
For week 12 I used all kinds of bit and pieces. A little bit of Studio Calico's Office Hours Project Life kit. A little bit of the new Project Life Happy Edition kit. (Yes, I'm one of those nerds that stalked the HSN page for the first sign of this kit being offered for sale and received it 3 days later. Sadly, it is sold out now.) And a little bit of the Project Life Sunshine Edition Kit
I took a panoramic on my iPhone of our house just after we had a big spring cleanup done. I printed this as a 6x12 inch print and cut it up into the pockets to fit. I like the way it fills up the awkward Design D for me (my least favorite page protector perhaps) and documents the way our house and neighborhood looks now. 
The right side is dominated by our weekend trip up to The Lake. Pretty simple stuff here. Next to no embellishing. Easy Peasy.
I tried something I've been meaning to for months now. That is using the Silhouette Sketch Pens to add journaling to a piece of 3x4 grid paper. It's not that I hate my handwriting, or that it's easier (it isn't). Just wanted to try something new and I may play with this notion more in the future.

Now, on to how I organize my Project Life work space. Although I have a nice dedicated sewing room/craft room/playroom in the house, somehow (I'm sure to my husbands dismay) the Project Life stuff is all in the dining room. I love to make my weekly spreads at the dining room table with life swirling all around me. This does mean that sometimes I have to scramble to clear the table to actually EAT at.
I have 2 of the much beloved IKEA RÃ¥skog carts. Yes, 2 of them. I love them so much. I roll one to each side of me at the dining room table and go to town! I roll them out of the dining room when we have guests over. I roll them into the living room sometimes to PL while watching TV. Love the portability of these carts. I've considered rolling them into the car to take to The Lake for crafty weekends. But, my husband would kill me... 
I use the Close To My Heart medium organizers to store almost all of my Project Life core kits. I say "almost all" because they don't actually all fit in those two containers. (Hangs head in shame.) My weekend project is to portion out a good chunk of these cards to sell partial kits. Things I will be selling: two 1/3-kit lots of Honey, Kraft, Kiwi and Strawberry, random bits and pieces from Studio Calico kits, stamps etc. If you are interested, I can post the lots for sale up on the blog once I have them organized. Or, you can leave a comment on this post if you are looking for any of the above kits.
You'd think I would have taken time to organize that hot mess of cards/stickers/photos on the top left. But, no. Project REAL Life.
So there it is. My version of organization for Project Life. It works for me for now. What works for you? I mean, besides curbing your purchases. Because we all know that isn't gonna happen.

I hope you've enjoyed this blog post. If you would like to keep up with my future Project Life posts I suggest following me on Bloglovin'. And make sure to continue on The Pocket Source's Blog Hop and leave comments on the blogs you find inspiration from. Your next stop is Lisa's Blog. Thanks for stopping by!

I've linked up with The Mom Creative and you can, too!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Project Life 2014 | Week Eleven

Week Eleven? Check! Can't believe I've kept up with this so far. This week I played with the Studio Calico March "Office Hours" kit exclusively. I love the colors and components of this kit so much! 20140318-IMG_3336.jpg 20140318-IMG_3337.jpg 20140318-IMG_3338.jpg 20140318-IMG_3339.jpg 20140318-IMG_3342.jpg 20140318-IMG_3343.jpg
Once again I was drawn to black and white photos this week. It started with the photos of Tilly jammin' with her Daddy. They just begged to be converted to B&W. Then I just pulled a few pics off of instagram that were already converted to B&W. I love that I'm not tied to specific colors for the entire spread when I use a few B&W photos.
I was pretty happy to have a few sunny days last week. My toes came out of hibernation and into Hasbeens for the first time in a long time. Ahhh!!
Love the yellow and green in this kit. It worked perfectly with the picture I took on the seed aisle and just screams Spring to me! 

Want to link up your latest Project Life spreads?? Do so below! I'd love to see what you've been up to.