Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #24

The reality of renovation... dirt, dust, and mess EVERYWHERE!  Yup... that's what my days were like was this past week & the subject of this week's Project 52 page.  On Monday during demo day, I thought I might actually lose my mind because the noise level was so bad and you could actually see a cloud of dust inside the house.  I was so thankful for the RV where we could keep the dogs in a cool place, a quiet place to get away, and use the stove/fridge for cooking meals.  We ended up eating lunch in there everyday and a few nights for dinner as well because the kitchen was so torn up.  We also set up a TV spot in our sunroom so we could chill out in the evenings.  I am so thankful this phase of our remodel is finished and we are able to start getting the house put back together.  Once everything is back in place in the rest of the house, our next project is removing the dining room wallpaper and paint.  Then replacing the carpet on the stairs and hallway & the sunroom.  Once those things are done, our first floor should be finished & we'll move to the second floor updates.

For my page this week, I documented the transformation of our flooring using the DIY kit and the Maggie Holmes Open Book kit.  I thought the cards were perfect for the subject.


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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #23

Last week was an exciting week for my kids & I'm so happy I was able to document it in my Project 52 album.  My daughter spent the last two weeks in Germany, Austria and Paris for one of her college classes.  She said it was the best 3 credit class EVER!  :)  My son started a new journey in aviation to become a pilot & he celebrated his 18th birthday!

As for me and my husband, we had a 3 day garage sale (which I will never do again) and we cleaned out the house to get ready for new flooring that started this past Monday ~ that was not nearly as exciting!  Next week's page will cover all of that madness!

For this week's page, I used the Wander Kit in the Project Life App.  I thought it was perfect for these photos of my daughter's trip and my son's flight.


Things have been super quiet here on my blog because as we work on this home renovation project, I have zero time to work on any pages other than my Project 52.  Don't worry, things will calm down soon ... I hope!

Thanks for stopping by today and hanging in there with me until I find a bit more time to work on more pages.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #22

Hi Friends!  Welcome to Wednesday & another page from my Project 52 album!  This week I used the Project Life App with the Charming Edition Kit.  Normally for the subject of these photos I would have done something a bit more amusement park themed; however, since our wedding anniversary was on June 3rd, I decided to stick with the floral theme because I really liked the title card the the "I Love You" card.



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Monday, June 5, 2017

Spring Break 2013 ~ Our Family

Hello Friends & Happy Monday!  I've been a little quiet over here on my blog lately because life has been soooooooo busy and I haven't had a chance to scrapbook in about a month!   We are currently working on a big renovation project at our home and while I'm super excited about it, it is also very time consuming.  This week I am packing up my entire first floor and moving it into other areas of the house as we get ready for new flooring.  What a job!  And everything takes 3x longer then you think it should.  But it's all good stuff & I can't wait to see how everything comes together.

Until I get back into my studio to create more pages, I do have a few left from our Spring Break 2013 Album that I haven't posted yet.  For these pages I used the Simple Stories Heart Mini Collection.  Super simple pages for sure highlighting a few of the portraits taken by the ship photographer.



and a photo of the whole crew...



Thanks for stopping by today &
for hanging in there with my spotty posts.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #21

Hello My Crafty Friends!  Sorry I've been quiet here this week, but it's been super busy around here with the end of the school year, house guests, a quick trip to Cedar Point, and house renovations. No wonder I haven't had any time to scrapbook lately!

Today I thought I'd share my latest Project 52 page for week #21.  Thank goodness I can at least stay caught up with this project since I use the Project Life App.  I used the September Skies kit for this page.

Well... I'm off to make a batch of graduation cards.  Wish me luck... I haven't made any cards since December.  YIKES!  Have a wonderful day!


Friday, May 26, 2017

One Little Word ~ {Explore} May Prompt & Pages

As we close out another week, I wanted to share my One Little Word pages for the May prompt.  This month Ali encouraged us to see our word through the lens of our camera.   I picked nine photos from 2017 that were some of my favorites and also showed how I connected my word to my life.

For my May cover page, I found this fun camera photo on Pinterest and then added the quote from the Ali Edwards Lens digital kit & printed it as a 4x6.  Each month I pick a new color to coordinate with Kraft & for May I picked Mint.  I also added the "May" button from the One Little Word Digital kit & I stamped "through the lens I see" sentiment from the Lens Story Stamp.  

The Action card is from the OLW Digital Kit & I added the text in Photoshop Elements.  Then I stamped the "This Month I Will" phrase from the OLW stamp set.  For each photo, I added the word "Explore" or "Exploring" and then one other word as well as a puffy heart sticker.


For the next page, I continued the same journaling for each photo & I also used a date stamp for each photo.  The "Love This View" card is from the Lens Story Kit.


I added just a few more photos to the last page with more favorite photos from 2017 & then found this cool quote on Pinterest & printed on 4x6. Again, I added Kraft and mint cardstock to layer the photo on the monthly divider.


It feels great to be caught up on this project ~ now I wait for the June Prompt ;)

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #20

It's Wednesday & that means it's time to share my weekly page from my Project 52 Album.  Wow ~ the weeks leading up to the end of the school year are just crazy busy!  Thrown into regular school stuff, we are working on renovations at our house and we have lots of year-end concerts for various bands/orchestras.  I also managed to get some time in with my BFF for a girls night out to see Mamma Mia at the local theater ~ What a Blast!!!  It's all great stuff, but makes for lots of extra things on the schedule.  Tomorrow is the last day of school, but I anticipate another very busy summer as well and I plan on enjoying every second of it with both kids home this year!

My page today uses the Favorite Things kit from the Project Life App.  This week we spent tons of time preparing and having the Jazz Cafe event at the school, so half of the page is about that event.  SO MUCH FUN!!!  



Have a Great Day!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

One Little Word ~ {Explore} April Prompt & Pages

Good Morning!!  Today I wanted to share with you my One Little Word pages from the April Prompt.  The prompt this month was to put Post-Its up around your house to make your word {and questions about your word} visible.  

Below is the cover page for my April pages.  It's a photo I found on Pinterest and the "apr" button is from the OLW digital kit. 


For my Post-It questions, I decided to rewrite them on 3x4 cards and use an Ali Edwards travel stamp set and stamped "Let's Explore" in light aqua ink as the title of each card.  Then I used the OLW stamp set to add the subtitles.  I just hand wrote my questions, which is normally something I don't like doing, but I guess my WITL project helped me get over some of that dislike for my own handwriting.  I also included my Actions card with a stamp from the OLW stamp set for the subtitle.


For the last few pages, I included another "Post-It" question on the 3x4 card, a photo from Spring Break 2017 and my reflection card for the month.  The pattern card is from Studio Calico with a OLW Messy Circle stamp and the Explore arrow from an older Ali Edwards set.


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Friday, May 19, 2017

Week in the Life ~ Day #7 Saturday

Well I've made it through WITL & today is the last post for this project!  This turned out to be a pretty involved project, but I really enjoyed it.  However, once a year is good enough for me.  I enjoyed looking at & documenting my daily life more in depth ~ and it really does open your eyes to new things.

I used the Ali Edwards Week in the Life Kit {WITL}along with products from the monthly Ali Edwards Story Kits & Story Sets, additional Ali Edwards stamp setsAli Edwards WITL digital templates, and stamps & project life cards from Studio Calico.  My Friday pages once again I begin with one of the layered templates that I put over my 6x8 photograph.  I used this year's Ali Edwards template package and used Photoshop Elements to add the text under the date.

Note: if you contemplate doing this project {which I highly recommend}, come up with a daily format for your pages and stick to it.  It makes the project much more manageable.


Transparent divider with the day embellishments.


Here is my journaling page in the 3x8 protector.



And the opposite side.


I wanted to make sure to take a picture of our home for the book and date night!



Lots of pictures of my son and his beautiful prom date.



A bunch of great band kids & a photo of me with Matt.



 A few more favorite prom pictures using one of the layered templates.



and the final page of Saturday's pages and the end of my album.


If you missed any days of this album, check out this link!
I hope you enjoyed seeing a Week in My Life.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Project 52 ~ Week #19

Some projects are long and more time-consuming... like my WITL album.  And then some are quick and easy to make and post... like Project 52 using the Project Life App!  I know I've said this before, but this project would never be done, let alone caught up, if it wasn't for the App.

For the cards this week, I used the September Skies kit in the project life App and I also added some photo overlays from the Currently kit.



Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Week in the Life ~ Day #6 Friday

Hi Friends!  Just a few more days of WITL posts.  I used the Ali Edwards Week in the Life Kit {WITL}along with products from the monthly Ali Edwards Story Kits & Story Sets, additional Ali Edwards stamp setsAli Edwards WITL digital templates, and stamps & project life cards from Studio Calico.  
Today I have Thursday's pages to share and I begin with one of the layered templates that I put over my 6x8 photograph.  
I used this year's Ali Edwards template package and used Photoshop Elements to add the text under the date.



My set up is the same for each day ~ the transparent divider.



My 3x8 journaling page protector



My daily summary card and big chipboard letter.
I also used one of the layered templates for my morning photo story page.



This is another layered template.


Cards from the WITL Kit & Studio Calico





Sometimes Friday's call for a sweet treat... just because.



Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Week in the Life ~ Day #5 Thursday

Welcome to a new week and more pages from my WITL project.  As I mentioned on previous days, I purchased the Ali Edwards Week in the Life Kit {WITL}.  In addition to the kit, I also used supplies from the monthly Ali Edwards Story Kits & Story Sets, additional Ali Edwards stamp setsAli Edwards WITL digital templates, and stamps & project life cards from Studio Calico.  

Today I have Thursday's pages to share and I begin with one of the layered templates that I put over my 6x8 photograph.  I used this year's Ali Edwards template package and used Photoshop Elements to add the text under the date.


The next page is the Thursday divider.


I used a 3"x 8" page protector for my daily journaling.  The box at the top is from the Digital kit called Daily Story Boxes.  Once printed and trimmed, I took a Stampin' Up marker (Poppy) and added some color to the box.


The "T" is from the 2015 December Daily Kit & the little piece of pizza is from the Eat Story Kit.


I mixed in several cards from various Story Kits and Studio Calico kits throughout my album.



I did a done of handwriting in this project... which isn't usually my thing.



I love this story about watching Jeopardy with Matt.



A final page using one of the AE digital layered templates.  
This was my view walking up the stairs one afternoon.



Thanks for stopping by today!


Friday, May 12, 2017

Week in the Life ~ Day #4 Wednesday

Welcome back to my blog and more pages from my WITL project.  As I mentioned on previous days, I purchased the Ali Edwards Week in the Life Kit {WITL}.  In addition to the kit, I also used supplies from the monthly Ali Edwards Story Kits & Story Sets, additional Ali Edwards stamp setsAli Edwards WITL digital templates, and stamps & project life cards from Studio Calico.  

Today I have Wednesday's pages to share and I begin with one of the layered templates that I put over my 6x8 photograph.  I used this year's Ali Edwards template package and used Photoshop Elements to add the text under the date.



Here is the Wednesday divider decorated.



I purchased the 3"x 8" page protectors and used them for my daily journaling.  I added the box at the top for each day along with the date using the Digital kit called Daily Story Boxes.  Once printed and cut, I took a Stampin' Up marker (Baja Breeze) and added some color to the box.


Today's journaling was longer, so I shifted the summary card to the full page.  The "W" at the bottom of the 3 x 8 page is from the 2015 December Daily kit this year.  The "W" from the WITL kit was too wide for the page protector.   I also used the Ali Edwards Lens Story Set stamps for the This Life card.


I asked my kids and husband to send me a photo of their view and each of them did.  So I added those photos and descriptions to each photo.  The opposite page just has little bits and pieces from my day.


More stories from my day.



Everyday stuff... the Bring on the Routine stamp is from the Ali Edwards stamp set called What Today Looked Like



For the last page I used another Ali Edwards layered template.



Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Week in the Life ~ Day #3 Tuesday

Welcome back to my blog today for the next set of Week in the Life pages.  Today I'm sharing my Day #3 ~ Tuesday.  I purchased the Ali Edwards Week in the Life Kit {WITL} and I also used supplies from the monthly Ali Edwards Story Kits & Story Sets, additional Ali Edwards stamp setsAli Edwards WITL digital templates, and stamps & project life cards from Studio Calico.

Each day for the cover page, I used this year's Ali Edwards template package and used Photoshop Elements to add the text under the date.


Here I decorated the transparent divider that was an early bird special with the kit purchase.

I purchased the 3"x 8" page protectors and used them for my daily journaling.  I added the box at the top for each day along with the date using the Digital kit called Daily Story Boxes.  Once printed and cut, I took a Stampin' Up marker (More Mustard) and added some color to the box.


Today's journaling was longer, so I shifted the summary card to the full page.  The "T" at the bottom of the 3 x 8 page is from the WITL kit this year.  I used the Ali Edwards stamp set called What Today Looked Like and stamped tone on tone with More Mustard cardstock & ink from Stampin' Up!  I love that stamp set and used it often in this project.


For my next page, I printed several of my 3x4 photos with two landscape photos so they would fit into the pocket correctly.  This is a great tip if you have more photos you want to use and have too many taken in a certain direction.  You could do the same thing with adding two 3x4 portrait photos on a 4x6 pocket.  I have the Canon Easy PhotoPrint software on my computer (it's a free download on the Canon USA website).  There are a bunch of different print options available with or without borders.  I saw another WITL scrapbooker do this in her book & thought it was the perfect way to add more photos without adding a bunch more pages.

The Cost of Goods Right Now card is from the Ali Edwards Review Story Kit.  I went online and looked up some of the prices and then added some of my favorite products at the bottom.


Each day that week, I did screenshots of the weather & my Fitbit stats & I really wanted to include them for each day.  I managed to add them all in various ways.  This week's weather happened to be amazing, so I spent lots of time outside with the dogs.  Yes - you probably noticed that I took a lot of pictures of my dogs this week.  For many of the days, with my husband traveling part of that week, it was just us during the day while my son was at school.


A fun night with old friends... and another selfie that I really don't like.  Oh well!
That's one thing I learned with this project... Just Go With It!



This photo could be titled "This is our Life" ;)
This isn't the normal time of year for Marching Band; however, Matt was
working on audition tapes to be in the US Army High School Honor Band
next January, so we hit the practice field to make some videos.

One more year... 
I'm going to miss this view.



So that wraps up day #3 ~ I hope you've enjoyed my pages so far.  I'll be back tomorrow with another set of pages.

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