Friday, June 29, 2012

One Little Word : LESS : June

The creative prompt this month gave me time to think and reflect. If you are following Ali's guidelines, our assignment was to make small baseball-card-sized canvases to paint and get crafty on. (You can see my June prompt from last year here if you have no idea what I'm talking about.) Because I'm documenting my word in a mini book, I had to paint my 'canvases' a little differently. I did make one really simple one inside my mini, but also used a 12 x 12 canvas I bought earlier this year. I didn't know how it would turn out, but now that I've let it sit (and displayed it), I'm okay with it.
Starting with less, I began thinking about what I wanted less of. Why did I choose less as my word? As I was stamping along, I wasn't sure if I was completely happy with what I was doing. But I kept going anyway. In the end, I know it's the words that are the reminder - not the uneven stamping job, the imperfect colors, the fact that 'distraction' didn't fit (ironic, huh?). It is what it is.
I don't have a ton of wall space in my scrap room so I put the canvas up on a shelf above where I keep some of my stamps, inks + mists. It's where I've been displaying my other less related prints and although it's partially concealed, it's there nonetheless.
And now a peek into what I did in my mini for June. This is where I left off in May :
Loved that saying on the left side that a friend retweeted a few weeks ago. I need to look back and add a source to it.
One of the pages in the mini is a Hambly transparency. I used the negative from a Silhouette word bubble cut to frame "Now what?" in Thickers. On the next page, I journaled a bit but because of the pattern on the transparency, you can't completely read it until you turn the page :
While I enjoyed this artsy / get messy prompt for June, I see my mini turning more into a journal to collect thoughts and quotes. With life in general, I've been craving more reading + writing. More reflection. I like to go back and read that stuff - one week, one month, one year later. To see what's changed and what's stayed the same. What was easy? What was hard (or is still hard?) What was wishful thinking? What do I need to just let go of? I looked at last year's album this week and remember October being an awesome writing month too. Looking forward to that. Perhaps I need to go in search of some writing prompts to use. Your suggestions are always welcome. 

We're half-way through 2012. How has your word be treating you?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Project Life : Week 25

Week 25 : June 18-24

This week : more summertime fun. Lots of cold beverages, braids, happy mail, visitors and adventures. We camped in our tent in the backyard and went to the Ann Arbor Summer Festival this weekend.

Full spread :
Left side :
I love a lot of the details of the pockets this week. Lots of Silhouette cuts, Ormolu flair buttons and little labels + Elle's Studio Summer Lovin' tidbits.
Lots of fun going on here. Washi, stamps, clips, another Elle's Studio tidbit + Ormolu tags :
I doubled my washi tape collection this week (mind you, I only had 7-8 to begin with) at Freckled Fawn, so I used a lot of my new tape in this spread. 'Learn' is another Silhouette cut (the font is soymilk), as is the little potty boy. Loving to group a bunch of little embellies together here :
Right side. I love love love this side. Maybe it's the colors, I dunno. I love :
Favorite moments tidbit from Elle's Studio. The number 2 is from the Studio Calico Stepping Stone Numbers stamp set :
Recorded a little private journaling in this chevron bag and used an arrow clip to attach the 'note to self' circle. I Gave. Happiness. is a sticker we got for donating to a local free festival we attended over the weekend :
My Today Was stamp fit perfectly here. I almost started writing it out when I did a forehead slap because I made a stamp for this kind of prompt :
I used a white Sharpie to do a little journaling about our first backyard camping adventure. I knew I wanted to write on the photo, somewhere, but I didn't really have room to add a sticker or label. I love adding text to blank/negative space and in this photo, Parker's pj shirt seemed like a perfect spot. I am in love with the Ormolu Bungalow Little Labels and Analog Clock flair buttons :
Behind the photo of my kids + nephews I added a tab (from October Afternoon's new 9 to 5 line) to a core kit journaling card so I could write a little more about our morning at the splash pad :
Thank you so much for looking! This week I'm linked up to The Mom Creative. Check out Jessica's post for more inspiration! I'm experimenting this week and not adding the product links below. So, if I forgot something, just ask. :)

If you are not familiar with Project Life, click here. All of my 2012 Project Life posts can be found here.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Project Life : Week 24

Week 24 : June 11-June 17

Nothing out of the ordinary this week. The kids had their annual checkups and Parker is testing us with his tantrums. Welcome terrible twos. A really nice weekend and Father's Day.

Full spread : click on any image to enlarge
 Left side :
Love my little man on his new balance bike :)
Right side. I really loved adding Cathy Zielske's free gratitude card this week (link below) :
Three of our tomato plants from last year sprouted back up and I found almost a dozen little cherry tomatoes on them last week! 
Part of a 6 pack case from one of Mark's summer favorites + a little (nasty) sippy cup randomness :
and my favorite shot of my three favorite people - from Father's Day :
Thank you so much for looking! This week I'm linked up to The Mom Creative. Check out Jessica's post for more inspiration! And if I forgot something, just ask. :)

If you are not familiar with Project Life, click here. All of my 2012 Project Life posts can be found here.

Products I used this week : click the photos for more info