Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Spencer's : Project Life Weeks 8-11

Spencer's is now live for subscribers at Studio Calico.

Please note : at the time of this posting, these links will only work for Studio Calico subscribers. The kits will be available to the general public at 12 midnight EST tonight, the evening of March 27th.

Week 8 : with Spencer's Project Life kit only *click the photos to see larger images and close-ups in my gallery*
Week 9 : with the Project Life add-on, Latte, only :
Week 10 : Project Life kit + Latte Project Life add-on + Daily Grind scrapbook add-on
Week 11 : Project Life kit + Latte Project Life add-on + Daily Grind scrapbook add-on. Mark + I spent the last half of this week in Jamaica so I highlighted the right side with a couple panoramic photos I took with my iPhone - one of our suite and one of the beach. A pretty simple spread.
I use the Scrapbook Dividers from Becky Higgins to mark out each month in my albums but since I have a few extra, I used one for Week 11 to notate when we took our trip to Jamaica.
I added the anchor washi + black Thickers from Daily Grind to the top tab (MBJ is the airport code) and stamped the dates we were gone on the Cosmo Cricket heart tag on the front. On the back I added a few more embellishments - including a badge from the Project Life kit and fabric tag from Daily Grind, wrapped front to back.
I did take more than two photos while we were in Jamaica. :) I have plans to make a mini book with Jamaica's red love album (lol, that was seriously a total coincidence).

Thanks so much for looking + I hope you are able to snag everything you want this month! One more little reminder, if you want to join in on Lexi's class, This is Me, next month - you only have a few more days to sign up. I cannot wait to do something, just for me!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Project Life : Week 8 Insert

Celeste, Gayatri and I have a post up on the Studio Calico blog featuring how we each used the vellum die cut frames from the Sundrifter line.
I decided to make a Project Life insert for Week 8 highlighting a date weekend my husband and I had back in February. I used the Design G page protector and filled the slots with photos, journaling and a little memorabilia.

Here is the front :
This weekend was a sort of trial run at being away because Mark and I were taking our first vacation alone without the kids in March. Believe it or not, in our almost 5 years of being parents, this was our first overnight together away from Morgan and Parker. And everything went great, of course.

We did a lot of shopping, eating and even fit in a museum tour. It was really awesome and long overdue. Back to the layout...
I used a vellum frame here as a journaling block. I added a little patterned paper strip to the bottom along with a leftover scrap of a die cut banner and an R sticker and then layered and sewed on the vellum frame. Journal inside the square and done.

And the back :
I used another vellum frame as a faux pocket to hold our hotel key and stitched it onto a piece of patterned paper :
And then one more over a photo. Love how that zigzag stitch hops over the edges of the frame :
Hope you come over to the blog and see what the other ladies did with the vellum frames. You can see the post here, along with a full supply list.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Spencer's sneaks

Four kits into 2013 and I hate to call favorites, but I think Studio Calico's April kit, Spencer's, is mine. So far. :) I am really loving that they threw a Project Life add-on to the mix. Perfect if you want some more coordinating journaling cards + embellishments. 

It's just about sneak time so I thought I'd do a quick post of what I got and a few peeks at some Project Life layouts. Even with our vacation mid-month, I got 4 weeks complete - Weeks 8 - 11. You can see the sneaks slideshow of all of the April kits here

Week 8 with the Project Life kit only :
Week 9 with the Project Life add-on, Latte, only :
Week 10 was a little bit of everything, including the scrapbook add-on 2, Daily Grind :
Week 11 :
Stay tuned for the full reveal on the 27th!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Project Life Childhood Album : Morgan : Preschool Part 1

Over the last few weeks I've been organizing Morgan's preschool photos and stuff so I could get her childhood / school album started. I'm excited to have it caught up to current and finally share it here!
Some items to note before I start on this photo heavy post.
  1. I'm keeping this album very simple and for the 2012-13 school year I'm using the Mayfield Childhood Mini Kit and almost nothing else. I'm embracing this super cute kit and using it as it was meant to be. I can't tell you how wonderfully stress-free and enjoyable it's been! You know I really enjoy being creative with the Studio Calico Project Life kits, but this has been a rather refreshing twist on putting together an album quickly (and it still looks great). In these pages I did use a little washi, a small paper clip to keep a few cards/photos together, as well as a veneer heart.
  2. The majority of the pages are Design A format but I'm also using a variety of other styles which I'll note as I go along.
  3. The 8 1/2 x 11 pages will eventually be replaced with the Becky Higgins page protectors for uniformity. Right now I'm in 'use what I have' mode and slipped a few things in some letter size page protectors from the office supply store.
  4. I don't have these pages in an album yet but plan to purchase a few of the Classic Blush (pink) albums when they are available this spring.
  5. I normally don't print when I hand journal but I'm trying to do that in this album and stay consistent so that it's easy for Morgan to read, when she's able to.
  6. I filled in the pages chronologically but some have several topics/events in one layout.
  7. Not every photo has a matching journaling card and vice versa.
  8. This album could be a lot more heavy on preschool projects and artwork (I have included some) but her teachers have been keeping 90% of what the kids make for a book that they make and give the parents at the end of the year.
Opening page : includes photos from her first day of school and her 'meet the teacher' event the week before. I stitched the name tag she wore the first couple weeks of school to a 4x6 journaling card.
Getting into the school routine, including eating lunch at school. The 'Mommy loves Morgan' card is one of the notes I put in her lunch at the beginning of the year. Conveniently, on a 3x4 grid journaling card. :) This spread also holds her official school photo inside a 5x7 page protector and a bit about their first fundraiser.
Closeup of the left side :
On the back of her school picture is a trimmed down drawing from last fall. The opposite side is a copy of their daily schedule the teachers gave us at the beginning of the year.
One of the first big events this year was the Fall, Friends and Family Pumpkin Hunt. The entire right side below is dedicated to that. The yellow page was the kids scavenger hunt sheet that I cut down to fit in the pockets.
Closeup of the right side :
The next spread is about Halloween, their class party and a magic show at school last fall. The letter sized page was from Morgan's conferences :
Closeup of left side :
November + Thanksgiving here. I needed photos to fill in the pages and chose to use ones taken here at home. The only school event was her first field trip and the backside of the letter sized insert was a handprint turkey she made. LOVE her description of how to cook a turkey. :)
Closeup of right side :
December + all things Christmas. Includes their winter concert and gingerbread decorating event.
Closeup of left side. I needed an extra 3x4 card here and asked Morgan to draw something on a grid journaling card to go with this spread. She made music notes - perfect, yes?
The inserts here include the invitation to their concert, a gingerbread book they made in class and program from the concert. The small booklets on the left (below) are actually slipped into a 6x12 page protector and I trimmed off a few inches from the top :
The lyrics to Frosty the Snowman were included with the concert program so I slipped them in the backside here. She was the star of the show (and quite proud of it) with that song. :)
Closeup of the right side. This is a Design A page protector cut in half vertically (although I know they make this style to purchase, Design H - again, just using what I have) and is all about the gingerbread cookie decorating party in her classroom after the concert. Morgan drew a cookie for me on a 4x6 grid card for this insert :
And the back :
Here it is in context :
Next page - more drawings and photos. She loves to write her name on everything and I'm so happy to have a lot of that throughout. This spread is about her love of dancing and dressing up, and the "Beach Day" they had at school in January :  
Closeup of right side. Aren't the prompt journaling cards perfect?
Next spread is pretty general about her daily school routine, a couple drawings and some photos. This was also around Inauguration Day when they learned about the President, American flag and talked about patterns. I included her flag painting as an insert :
Closeup of the left side :
The back of the flag painting is a black + white copy of her letter to President Obama. Each child was asked to fill in a question to ask him (with the help of the teacher) and draw a picture to match.
On the right is the first envelope (a tall envelope page) I've included for this year. It holds the Valentine's Morgan received from her teachers and classmates. I asked her to fill in the blank journaling card (with a little spelling help from Mommy) :
This last page takes us just about up to present time, Valentines Day and winter activities. She's been all about reading and learning new words so I used the appropriate prompt cards from the kit here as well.
Closeup of the right side. Curious about her costume in the top right photo? She's wearing her Snow White dress with a black skirt on her head (as black hair) and a headband "like the real Snow White." Fancy, right?
That's it for now. I'll do another update after school is out in June with the rest of the year. You can read part two here. I haven't counted the cards that are remaining but just by looking at the box, I've put a big dent in the mini kit, using close to half of the cards. It's been a simply perfect way to document Morgan's year in preschool.

As I continue through the rest of the year, my plan is to print photos and fill out journaling cards "as it happens." I print my photos for my family Project Life album every week, so if I see that I've taken a picture that will also fit well in Morgan's school album, I will just print it with that batch rather than going back several months like I did here to start her album. Although it didn't take that long to get these spreads done, just a few hours total, I think this will be a simpler process for me since I print so often anyways. It will also make it easier for me to see where I need to find "filler" material, like drawings and artwork, where appropriate, and match the photos with the journaling or prompt cards if I want.

Thanks so much for looking and feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments below!

Friday, March 8, 2013

This is Me

I am a major mini album lover. I love condensing everything from new traditions to our vacations in small bound books and albums, so it's no surprise that I'm very excited about Lexi Bridges class, This is Me, that will begin on April 1st over at Studio Calico.
What is it about? Documenting your story. Yup, you. Imagine that! It's a goal of mine every month, every week, to get a little more me in my Project Life albums but sometimes that doesn't always happen. Or sometimes what I want to share or write about it is a little too personal for our family album.

I started putting together a Handbook at the beginning of the year as a way to simply document two other classes that I'm chipping my way through this year - Elise's I Choose self paced class and Cathy's Move More Eat Well 2.0, both over at Big Picture Classes. Following a very loose format of filling in those little pockets I love so much with topics I feel are all about me - my goals + wishes, my struggles + fears, my loves + loathes (is that a word?) - I think Lexi's class and the content (and that awesome class kit, the printables and diecuts) are going to be a perfect way to round out my album. Here's a peek at the class kit, which is available while supplies last and ships for free anywhere :
And this week I started pulling together some of my own supplies to supplement my album.
The awesome little wood box was a find in Target's dollar spot ($3 to be exact). I've included Tina's currents stamp, Natalia's prompt cards, pretty papers + Hambly transparencies, veneers + badges and a lot of the one-of-a-kind journaling cards from my Project Life kits that I'm hoarding. I think this album will be a perfect home for them.
I've also started printing the printables (which will be available for students when class starts April 1st) and labels on Silhouette sticker paper. I'm pretty much obsessed with that print + cut feature!

As if April wasn't already going to be an awesome month. This class is just going to be the icing on the birthday cake. ;)

Today : I am in the midst of making 100 lists - packing, vacation prep, things to do, things to buy - plus a much needed haircut and fresh highlights. Hooray for sunshine blasting through our windows + the motivation to get stuff done today. Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

By the Numbers

One day last month I started keeping track of how often I was performing ordinary tasks around the house that day - how many loads of laundry I washed, how many diapers I changed, how many books I read to my kids - just to name a few.
intended on making it a part of my Project Life spread for that week but decided to dedicate a full layout to it instead. I lightly drew pencil lines below the photo strip for journaling as guidelines for my text and number stickers. Then I just machine stitched over the the pencil to add a little interest.
I love those sheets of Studio Calico alpha stickers and this is a great way to use up the numbers too!

patterned paper - Snippets Wow ; chipboard - Snippets Chipboard Speech BubblesSnippets Chipboard Stars ; brads - Snippets Epoxy Brads ; stickers - Sundrifter Tiny Brown AlphaSnippets 12x12 Sticker Sheet ; date stamp - Calico V.3 roller date stamp ; ink - Hero Arts Mid-Tone Tide Pool ; pen - Micron .03