project life : week 2

January 25th, 2012 by nicole

Hello! And Happy Wednesday. 🙂

Today I have pictures from my Week 2 spread to share with you. I am just loving this project more and more! The more organized I get, the easier it is. And the more I do it, the better I feel at it. By the end of Week 4, I think I’ll be in a cozy groove.

It’s still a challenge to get good pictures. I’m working on the best room in the house to get the best lighting and I don’t feel like I’ve found it yet.

Here is everything altogether:

Can you tell that this was the first week I took detailed notes? Look at all the journaling cards!

Side 1:

Side 2:

A lot of the journaling also came from posts I wrote here on the blog and at Tell Your Story Every Day. The more I journal, the easier this project is, too.

I’m pretty sure that there is some stitching on every. single. card. this week. It’s my favorite technique, for sure!

I made the front page of 2peas, not once—but twice, last week:

Once with my Week 1 spread and twice with my Joy & Laughter layout! (So, should I say that is two or three times? LOL!) Later in the day, my PL pages were at the top of all three categories (Views, Liked and Bookmarked). Wow! That was exciting! I guess other people liked my pages!

I’m off to Weight Watchers tonight for the first time in two weeks. I haven’t been able to keep up with meetings since November. First it was the holidays. Then the temptations. Then all the illnesses. But I’ve reached a point now where I’m sick of eating the wrong kinds of things and I want to keep moving forward with my weight loss. So… time to get back to the basics and get some encouragement!

Until next time…

what you now have.

January 23rd, 2012 by nicole

Pinterest is SUCH a wonderful place for finding quotes. I found this one there:

Such a great reminder to me, as a person who’s always drooling over something new… and forgetting about the things I had hoped—and even prayed—for that I now have. It makes me sad, that I am such an ungrateful person. This quote helps me to pause, reflect and give thanks to God for all the gifts He’s given me.

Here is my tag for my Project 52 tag album:

My one little word is NOW and this quote encompasses part of what that means to me.

Katie, who is 8 1/2, has been enjoying painting in her own art journal. This past week, she seemed to be dragging right about the time that school typically starts. So I thought to myself “Let’s not start with math. Let’s start with art!” That woke her right up. (Just another of the 1,001 things I love about homeschooling!)

Once Katie was done and she went off to do her math, these two showed up.

Penny had actually been trying to crawl up on the step-stool with Katie while she finished up her painting. Now that sister was gone, she turned to me and said “A-me paint?” I said yes… and the next thing I knew, there was Joshua saying “Oh! Mommy, can I paint?”

So, I gave them some new tags to paint. I let them decorate the back and do whatever they wanted.

It’s so freeing to be doing a craft project like this that I can let my kids join me in. So many other crafts are about perfection, but this one is all about having fun! I love that I can include my kids in this… from age 8 1/2 to age 2 1/2. It’s all fun!

Here are their finished masterpieces (Penny’s is in front. Joshua painted a sunset):

I love them! And I love that I could say yes to this. It was a wonderful morning…

project life : week 1.

January 17th, 2012 by nicole

I finished with Week 1 of my Project Life album! I am seriously in love.

I can already tell that this is going to be an exercise in creative photography to share pictures of my album here on the blog!

Without further ado, here is my Week 1 spread:

The first side:

The second side:

I used a ton of stuff that I had on hand. Some of the things I used included: K&Co. papers, Teresa Collins 6×6 pad, doilies, grid notebook paper, Crate Paper stickers and my sewing machine. (Man, I love to stitch on layouts.)

I ran most cards through the printer but I also worked in some of my handwriting. I was really happy with this—things are both legible and personal. Yay!

I just kept smiling the whole time I was working on this. Nothing has ever been so easy for me! Maybe part of the magic is that if I make a card that I’m not totally in love with, there are other cards to support it. So, everything looks great as a whole and it works together.

Photos for Week 2 are already all printed out. But I’ve been sick… so hopefully I will get some time to play more soon.

look beyond.

January 16th, 2012 by nicole

I am trying to work weekly rhythms in to my life and into my crafting. Trying to have a consistent blog schedule is one way I’m trying to help myself do this.

Today I wanted to share this page. I love the quote! It was just what I needed… because I really need to internalize this:

I just LOVE that the letter Y got messed up when I was stamping it. 😀

I also started work on a tag album for my one little word:

I plan to make one a week with a quote on each page… and then bind it all in the end. Bite-sized goals!


Travis and I have been teaching Sunday School for the past three weeks. Last week, I spotted a snotty kid, pulling his sleeve across his nose.

::cue the Music of Impending Doom::

By Friday, all my kids were seriously sick with fevers and the Massive Crankies.

Saturday night was worse. Benji was miserable and wouldn’t sleep.

I went by myself to teach on Sunday with only a few hours of sleep. Praise the Lord—He made it a sweet day for me.

But now that it’s all over, I am most certainly sick myself. Boo. It’s not terrible—just annoying!

But if I may rant for just a moment:

Friends, we are under Grace, not The Law.

There is no commandment to be at church every Sunday.

If your kids are sick, have compassion on them and stay home. Have mercy on the rest of the class and the families of those class members and stay home.

Yeah, it stinks. Yeah, you want to go. You feel like you need to go. But we aren’t commended to be there. We are, however, told in Scripture what the greatest commandment of all is: Love.

So, please—show love to those around you the next time your family is sick and don’t drag them to church!

/endrant

::cough, sniffle, cough::

the friday five.

January 12th, 2012 by nicole

#1: I am very happy this week because I have stuck to my cleaning schedule! Monday we cleaned the kitchen. Tuesday I cleaned the bathrooms. Wednesday we went to Target and skipped doing the bedrooms—but Thursday was vacuuming day, so we did them then. Today is laundry day. MAN—this feels goooooood. It’s also taking me less time to clean everything for two reasons: I did it last week (so everything isn’t that dirty or backlogged) and I’m going to do it again next week (I can go fast and not feel like I need to be a perfectionist). Ah, peace of mind. Priceless!

#2: Wednesday we took Travis in to work (so that we could go to Target). We all had breakfast at Panera. At Target, we found this guy for Benji:

His name is Tigee (the kids said “Until Benji is old enough to name him”). He’s a miniature Hobbes. I hope that doesn’t mean that Benjamin is going to be a Calvin!

#3: I was so excited to slip my first photos into my Project Life binder:

I also had an epiphany this week. I’m going to borrow what I wrote and posted on the forums and bring it here:

I wanted to tell you guys something funny… I think I have come up with One Little Word for my scrapbooking! Okay, TWO little words: WHO CARES?!

(I know–I’m acting a little crazy over the whole OLW thing, huh?!)

Anyway, I’m starting to see how I get so hung up on the art and the sharing and the wanting praise that I stop myself from even starting until I know I have the time to “do it right.” I was writing this morning on my blog, posting two pages I made last year (here) and I started to ramble on about my handwriting:

I’m still working on learning to love my own handwriting. Sigh. That is a work in progress.

I’m using my daily journals for Project Life and Writing Motherhood to practice my style and hoping for the best. But I started to also run papers through the printer and I think I will be experimenting more with that. My goal is to record our memories—not worry about my art or even having my handwriting on a page. I need to stop letting these things hold me back from doing what I love and what I think is most important with this hobby. It’s not about impressing other people… it’s about recording life. Of course I want to be happy with my work, too. And scraplifting is one way to get there!

And then, I was just thinking about this:

Over the holidays, I had to use my flash to get some photos for my Dec. Daily album (trimming the tree, Christmas Eve). I was preparing the photos for printing Tuesday and I was like “Ah, man. I wish I had better pictures without a flash. Oh, well… I’ll just use these.”

Yesterday, I went to the store to print them out. And you know what? When I looked at them, they didn’t scream “YOU USED A FLASH!!!” at me. They look normal! They look great! They look like captured memories! Now I’m thinking that they look worse on a monitor than they do in real life. Anyway–lesson learned: “Girl, get out your camera and stop worrying so much!”

So… Take that, Inner Critic! No one cares what you think!

What’s most important here? HAVING the pictures and TELLING the story.

I just wanted to share these ramblings with you, in case you needed to tell your own Little Miss Perfectionist to go jump in a lake.

It’s freeing to be in this place. I want to record memories more than anything else. It’s time to relax, have fun… and get it scrapped!

#4: Last night, coming home from a night out with Travis and the kids, we turned on to our street… and saw smoke. The closer we got to our house, the more it looked like the smoke was coming from our house. I started to enter that surreal, dream-like state where everything is going wrong, yet you can keep on functioning. Once we pulled up closer, we could make out that it was actually a car on the main road, about 50 feet from the back our house, that was on fire. We couldn’t get into our neighborhood at that point. There is only one way in and the police were blocking it. So we took the kids out for ice cream… at 9:00 at night! After that, we were able to get back in to our neighborhood. Several neighbors were hanging out in the side yard so we stopped to talk and got to see a picture of the car engulfed in flames! So weird. No one was hurt. And I went to bed extremely thankful that it was not worse.

#5: I’ve decided on a project for my One Little Word. I’m going to make some sort of tag journal mini album! Thank you, Dearest Erika Martin, for the idea. I will be making one a week. (I’m actually wondering if I have an old deck of cards on hand!) I want it to start off as loose papers/tags and end up bound together. Thanks to my friend, Donna, I now have a Bind-it-All… so this part should be a piece of cake! Since this is my NOW journal, I’m going to go and start that—right NOW!

emerging style.

January 12th, 2012 by nicole

Over the last four years, I have barely scrapped a paper page, even though it is my most favorite hobby.

I have resolved that this year will be 100% different.

This year, along with my Project Life book, I plan to go back and record as much as I can with the photos I have from the last… 9 1/2 years of my marriage! Yikes. Obviously, I need to streamline my artistic process to make a dent in this goal.

I have two pages that I did make in 2011 that I wanted to share, because I think that they are closer to what I’ve always wanted then ever before. Yay!

This one was totally inspired by the work of karenika (her 2peas gallery). I wanted to try her journaling block style and make a long title out of the stickers and alphas I had on hand:

I will certainly try this minimal style out on other pages, because it’s fast and pretty. Also, if I want to I can make clusters of paper, stickers and stitches and save them for just the right page!

Here is another page I tried, inspired by the work of Jen Jockisch (her 2peas gallery). I love the “quilty” look of her pages and I wanted to mix and match pretty patterns:

I know I will be repeating this layered look—a lot. 😀

I’m still working on learning to love my own handwriting. Sigh. That is a work in progress.

I’m using my daily journals for Project Life and Writing Motherhood to practice my style and hoping for the best. But I started to also run papers through the printer and I think I will be experimenting more with that. My goal is to record our memories—not worry about my art or even having my handwriting on a page. I need to stop letting these things hold me back from doing what I love and what I think is most important with this hobby. It’s not about impressing other people… it’s about recording life. Of course I want to be happy with my work, too. And scraplifting is one way to get there!

Sigh. Now, back to work! Deadlines, deadlines. They are keeping me from playing more! 😛