Our weekends just get busier and busier and I grow even more thankful for Mondays as we get closer to summer. Don't get me wrong - the weekend busy stuff is usually fun stuff! But I always end up wanting a weekend to recover from my weekend. This past weekend was seriously fun - we needed that, honestly.
This weekend, Emily was Alice in Wonderland.
I went radical this week on Project Life. I didn't round the corners. Yes, you heard that right. I left all the corners straight, square and unrounded. Deviating from a design style at this point in the game is not something I had planned to do. Those of us who get twitchy over these things will understand why I'm jokingly but not really making a big deal out of this.
But it happened by accident and I'm too cheap to fix it. Here's what happened.
In a fit of productivity over the weekend, I sat down in my big comfy chair with my laptop and printed off the whole week's worth of pictures. (I have a wireless connection to my photo printer.) And when I went in to look at the photos, I realized that I forgot to uncheck the border option in my printer settings on all but two of the photos.
So, I had a couple of options. I could trim off the border on all of them but that would make them all a bit small for the openings. I could round the corners but that would cut off the border on the corners and would look funny. I could reprint them all but ink is expensive. Or I could just go with the flow and leave it. And that's what I did. And I kinda like it. :)
So, here's the two-week spread without inserts. This week was our spring break and Andrew's birthday so there are a lot of photos.
And here's the two-page spread with the two inserts. I had to blur out a page because it has a digital layout out it that I can't show just yet.
Here's page one up close. It includes photos of the Museum of Science & Industry, photos of Andrew reading and playing on the computer during spring break, a photo out my back window, sone of Emily's friends who came over, and one of the girls sneaking the dog up on the couch. I also included one of Ali Edwards' Journal Cards here and I will definitely be using these more - love them!
Page two includes all the movies we watched during break, a trip out for ice cream, a couple of birthday-related photos about Andrew and more snuggling photos. But my favorite part of the whole darn page is the journaling card that Andrew wrote on his birthday. LOVE it!!!
The first insert is messy but oh well. This is definitely a go-with-the-flow week for me. I meant to print the journaling much lower on the cardstock but messed it up. So, instead of reprinting, I threw on the digi layout I made about Andrew's birthday. Perfect fit on an 8.5 x 11 piece of cardstock.
The second insert is all of our museum pics in half of a Design F page protector. The top slot is the only 4 x 6 and to mimic the look of the other pockets yet still use 3 x 4 photos, I simply printed 2 3 x 4 photos on one sheet of paper with a thin border between them. I also cut up our admission tickets and stapled them on.
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Today is the first day in over two weeks that I have to myself. Ahhhhhhhh......although "have to myself" really means do the laundry, clean up the downstairs, and organize some food for the masses. But I'll take it. It has been crazy nuts around here. So I'm shutting off the phones and probably even putting away the computer. Gasp. At least until the kids get home.
Here's just a few celll phone photos of the last week or two.
Libby got contacts.
We've had friends over.
Some of us have been playing with sharp objects.
See you tomorrow!
I've gotten a lot of questions about how I digitally add my journaling to Project Life photos like I did in this photo.
In the meantime, I'm trying to work on weeks 14, 15 and 16. I went nuts on one week and did NOT round the corners. ACK!
Happy Week End!
You may have noticed a new weekly series at Scrapbook Update. It's called Gallery Highlights and it's a really fun feature! Our goal is to find layouts and cards and other paper crafts in the various online galleries that are worthy of a special highlight - those that really jumped out at us when we looked through the gallery and made us want to take a closer look. It is soooooo much fun to do!!!
And I've gotten a few questions so I thought I'd post just a couple of points here:
I gave Libby her first lesson in Photoshop tonight. As I mentioned last week, we've all become obsessed with Darren Criss' music. Not that I have a massive schoolgirl crush on him or anything but that man is hotttttttt.
So she asked for a photo of Darren Criss and then asked how to resize the image, use the text tool, and add paper. So, I showed her.
And this is what she came up with.
And she's right about one thing - Mom does think he's so pretty. ;) Not that I'm 19-years-older than him or anything.
Credits: Bound Paper Pack No. 02 by Katie Pertiet. Designer: Elizabeth Vetne, 11-years-old.
I'll bet this is one of the most original uses of Katie's paper yet. :)
Keeping up with Project Life when Real Life gets crazy - I could have written a more eloquent title for this blog post but there's really no other name for this. Real Life is crazy right now and I keep looking for more hours in the day but can't find them.
So many of you have enjoyed my postings about Project Life organization - you can read those here and here and then here when the craziness set in - so I thought I would show you what happens when Real Life gets in the way of Project Life.
It looks like this.
Sorry for the blurred part - it's part of a project for Scrapbook Update that hasn't gone live yet. So how do I handle the craziness and still not get hopelessly behind on Project Life when my desk looks like this and my to-do list is a mile long?
I have two tools that help me keep up. The first is paper-based and the second is digital.
To make sure my kids continue to journal every week, I have cards ready for them and they wander into the office whenever they want and journal about something. All I ask them to do is sign the cards and date them and they can put anything they want in Project Life.
For example, this is what my week looks like so far in the album.
And then my digital tool is an app called Day One. I'm pretty sure it's the same one Cathy Zielske uses. It's a simple app that prompts you to journal daily. Here's my screen shot of my April calendar.
Somedays my journaling reads like, "Dog groomed. Boo had bad day at school. Emily happy about (insert boy's name here - lol!), Daddy home early. Use photos of Daddy and Andrew playing football and photo of puppy shaved."
Other days, my journaling is more thought out. But either works for me. I'm still keeping up even though you can't tell my looking in my album.
So that's how I keep up with Project Life when Real Life gets crazy! How about you? I'd love to hear what you do when life gets crazy. :)
There is a paper pack and template sale going on right now at Designer Digitals!!! The sale runs from 5pm EST April 13th (that's now!!!) until 6am EST Saturday, April 21st. All paper packs and templates will be 30% off and there will be a new item at 99 cents every few days during that time.
Here's a direct link to the sale - sale link.
This week was absolutely full of photos for me! I had a ton of cell phone photos, plus a big event for Libby. I think there are 17 photos in this and two inserts. No wonder it took me an extra week to get this done. ;)
Here's the two-page spread without the inserts. Because there were so many photos and inserts, I added journaling on top of all the photos - it just helped me to make sure every story was told. The weekly journaling was then able to highlight the more day-to-day routine stuff.
Page one includes the weekly card (and I totally hate the green card but oh well - I'm not changing it now), photos from Andrew's awesome job of quarterbacking his football team to a win, and lots of day-to-day photos of our week. I'm trying to get more photos of the kids with their friends and was pleased to be able to include a few this week.
Page two includes more photos of the kids, the house, and photos of the crazy puppy. It also includes a photo of a dead frog. Don't ask. (Totally traumatic event - frog-sitting for friends while they were on vacation and one frog died. UGH.)
And here's a funny. Emily's choir concert was the week before this. But I couldn't find her concert program. I finally found it and realized I didn't have room in the previous week to include it. So, I just put it in an insert this week and added a little label about it. :)
Working on weeks 14 & soon-to-be 15 later today! And, as always, you can see the rest of my Project Life posts here.
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