Friday, December 19, 2014

Project Life 2015

Ok. Confession. I'm not done my 2014 album yet and this will be the first year that I will be starting my 2015 album while still trying to finish my 2014 one. I know there are many Project Lifers out there that have this same problem and some that will never be "caught up". But I must confess that I have a hard time with it. I am proud of the fact that I have every year, month, and most days of our lives documented from the birth of Austin until now. I have 10 albums from the past 6 years.  The first 6 albums are filled with traditional layouts (3 for Austin, 1 for Paige, and 2 for general family life), and the last 4 albums are all Project Life, 2 albums per year for the past 2 years. Did you get all that? AND I WAS COMPLETELY UP TO DATE UNTIL SEPTEMBER. And then I signed up for two craft fairs and didn't touch my scrap desk in 3 months. Towards the end of November I did complete all my foundation pages for my December Daily album, so I was excited to be able to quickly fill that up with words and pictures right after the holidays.

But, back to my PL dilemma. I am scared about being so far behind. I haven't even uploaded my photos from the past four months. I AM SO BEHIND. I'm working on being ok with it.

Until that moment hits, I am making plans for 2015. My thoughts right now are:

  • continue documenting our life weekly
  • continue using a 12x12 album (I will be using this album this year)
  • continue using the Midnight Edition of Project Life that I purchased last year
  • continue using the monthly Studio Calico PL kits
  • continue using a mix of page protectors 

These next two weeks I will be ordering my albums (I always buy 2 at a time to ensure I have 2 that match for the year), stocking up on blank 3x4 journaling cards, ordering new pens, and setting up my filing system. For a quick refresher: I have a basket with 52 file folders beside my desk. I label each folder with the week number and date, for example: week 1 Jan. 1-4, week 2 Jan. 5-11, and so on. This allows me to quickly put school papers, art work, post its with funny things my kids say, printed photos, etc. right into the folders for each week until I get around to completing my layout. This has worked really well for me for the past two years so I am sticking with it. I also have a wire document basket in our kitchen where I place items to be filed in the folders when I make it to the studio. I ALWAYS date times right away before putting them into the basket. When I go to the studio, I take the basket and file the items.

SO those are my thoughts for now. I plan to get my 2015 intro page done soon and will post some photos for you. I'm so excited to start another year with this TRULY AWESOME project. If you still haven't tried Project Life, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??!! Try it. You will be hooked. I promise you. And if you do happen to get behind, it really is ok. It's better to have some done than none.

Who's joining me in 2015?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

snow dough

After posting a pic on Instagram a few days ago, I have had many requests for our snow dough recipe. My faithful play dough recipe is the same one I posted here years ago. I just like to shake things up a bit and add in glitter. I'm nutty like that.


1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 T veg. oil
1 1/2 T cream of tartar
peppermint oil

**I would make one batch per child, and would recommend only cooking 2 batched at a time (double the recipe). If you do it too big you can't stir it.**

In a pot, mix the flour, salt and cream of tartar. Stir in the water and oil and cook on med-high heat until well blended. STIR IT CONSTANTLY. Once the play dough begins to stiffen and forms a slight crust on the bottom and edges, its done. Remove from the heat, form it into a ball, and knead it with some flour until it cools slightly and is no longer sticky. DO NOT USE TOO MUCH FLOUR.

Last, punch a hole in the center, pour 10-20 drops of peppermint oil (use as much as you want) and continue to knead to work in the oil. Repeat the hole punch in center, pour in a pile of glitter and knead until all mixed in.

Store snow dough in an air tight container or ziplock bag. It will last for months if you are good about putting it away once the kids are done playing with it.

I set up bowls of buttons, nuts + bolts, wooden sticks, and google eyes, and the kids made snowmen for hours! The next day I gave them mini muffin tins, mini loaf pans, and a bowl of candles, and they made cake and cupcakes for hours! Seriously…best winter activity. And the peppermint smells good, so you don't have to clean the house :)

I even made a few batches and we delivered them to the neighbors along with some cookies for Christmas. It makes an awesome gift.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Maine mini

I thought I'd share my mini album from our camping trip in Maine this summer. You seemed like perfect timing since I'm now working on my December Daily album. Here are my favorite pages. 

I used a 6x8 Simple Stories album, with adde page protectors. I used my typewriter for most of the journaling. I'm really loving typing right onto my photos. I use Project Life pens to write on my photos. You can also use American Crafts brand, as they make the PL ones. You also saw a lot of stitching. I'm still loving sewing on my chipboard letters. For those of you wondering, I use a regular needle. Sometimes it breaks, but you'd be surprised what that little guy can sew through :)

Tis the season

Hi friends! I'm having a Flash Sale over on Instagram on Dec. 5th! Follow me to join in on the fun! 

I'll be selling: camera strap covers, pillow covers, teething necklaces, and banners. 

Once you see all the pretties I have been o busy making you will totally get why I have been so MIA around here lately. I have really good intentions of blogging regularly...really I do. I have tons of post ideas, lovely photos waiting to be shared,  Project Life pages waiting to be edited. But you see...sometimes I'd rather be creating than writing. And sometimes I'd just rather be eating cookies and watching Netflix while snuggled in my heated bed. can see the problem. I hope you understand.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

right now...

Right now I am still in my pajamas.

Right now I am trying to take things slow.

Right now I am still finding the balance in our new routine.

Right now I am loving the warm days.

Right now I am loving honey crisp apples with peanut butter and honey.

Right now I am reading Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan. It's good.

Right now I am still making new friends. It's hard.

Right now I am watching Call the Midwife on Netflix.

Right now I am proud of Austin for having two weeks with no bad days at school.

Right now I am looking forward to our trip to Maryland.

Right now I am trying my best to love good.

Right now I am dreaming of what this house could be.

Right now I am tired.

Right now I am not getting it all done.

Right now I am trying my best.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Paige in numbers

2 doggy's

6 blankies

16 Minnie's

18 dresses

2 headbands

4 bathing suits

10 pairs of shoes

5 tutu's

3 dolls

31 hair bows

Monday, July 14, 2014

PL inspiration

Hello friends.

I thought I would share with you today my favorite sources for Project Life inspiration. 

Stephanie Makes

Ali Edwards

Gluestick Girl

You can also find TONS of inspiration in the Studio Calico Design Team Gallery and on my Pinterest Board.

Do you do Project Life yet? What are you waiting for?