February 27, 2014

Pep Talk, Project Life, and Sue Heck

If you are the memory keeper in your family, I'm sure you are familiar with the paralyzing feeling of being behind.  We have all been there (or present tense...there) and it stinks.  That is why I busted tail late 2013, and cranked out four months of digital layouts so I could feel "caught up" going into the new year.   
I actually did it.  I caught up. I felt it.  It was nice.  Then it was gone.

Cut to February 17 when I sat down with my computer to upload and organize my photos and realized that again, I was six weeks behind.  Now I KNOW what some of you are saying..."six weeks?  That's all?  I'm six months behind."  or maybe "six years behind".   So here's some good news.  It's not the end of the world!  Capturing memories and documenting them is an ongoing adventure.  There will always be work to do, but doing anything is better than doing nothing!  (wow, this post is not going in the direction I thought it would.  I'm starting to sound like Sue Heck.) 

Anyway, if you are feeling behind, or maybe haven't even started, I want to be your personal cheerleader in a rainbow sweater and tell you to keep going.  You can do it!  (insert cheese and thumbs up)  Would you like some inspirational reading?  Check out this post and then this one  and don't let the title of this one fool you, because it is a great perspective! 

I feel so blessed that I have had the ability to stay (mostly) on top of my scrapbooks each year.  It is important to me, so makes me so happy to see my kids look through these albums and light up when remembering all the little moments from the year. 
It really makes it seem worth all the work that was put into.  Time flies, so it is nice to be able to grab one of these albums off a shelf and see what happened in the blur. 

No go print your pictures and get moving.  You will be glad you did.

January 23, 2014

2013 Project Life Pages...I'm done!

I didn't realize when I started 2013 that the entire album would be done digitally.  I did lots of digital layouts in 2012 to "catch up" quickly after falling several weeks behind, and I kind of liked it. I realized that I could work on little bits here and there and not be stuck with my supplies in another room.   I still print everything out as a 4x6 and 3x4 photo and slip it into the Project Life Template A style page protector.  That way, I can still add inserts or anything else I want to include.  I got into the habit of bringing everything together in a digital layout each week so I could share on Instagram or my blog, so that is what you are seeing below.

I started out with the Seafoam Kit, but as the new digital kits became available throughout the year, I was completely seduced and kept buying new ones. I've built up quite the stash this year, and I honestly don't know what my approach will be to 2014.  I'm sort of winging it.

Here are my 2013 pages: (my apologies...I saved the layouts at a small resolution, and they aren't the best quality.)
Week 1: Seafoam Kit
 Week 2: Seafoam Kit
Week 3: Seafoam Kit
Week 4: Seafoam Kit
 Week 5: Seafoam Kit
Week 6: Seafoam Kit
 Week 7: Seafoam Kit (and some random free printables)
 Week 8: Seafoam Kit
Week 9: Seafoam Kit
Week 10: Seafoam Kit
 Week 11: Kraft Kit
 Week 12: Kraft Kit
Week 13:
Inserts: 5x7 and 6x12
 Week 14: Kraft Kit
 Week 15: Honey Kit
Week 16: Honey Kit

Week 17: Honey Kit
Week 17 Insert:
Week 18: Some Kraft, Honey, Seafoam (with recoloring)
 Week 19: Kraft Kit
Week 20: Jade Kit
 Week 21: Honey Kit
 Week 22: Jade Kit
 Week 23: Kraft Kit
Week 24: Honey Kit
 Week 25: Rad Dad Kit
 Week 26: Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Mini Kit
Week 27: Honey Kit
 Week 27 Insert:
 Week 29: Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Mini Kit
 Week 30: Summer Theme Pack
 Week 31: Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste Mini Kit
 Week 32: Jade Kit
 Week 33: The Great Outdoors Theme Pack
 Week 34: Summer Theme Pack
Week 35: Honey Kit
 Week 36: School Theme Pack
 Week 37: Football Theme Pack
 Week 38: Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste Mini Kit
 Week 39: Coral Edition
 Week 40: Jade Kit
 Week 41: Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Mini Kit
 Week 42: Just Add Color Kit
 Week 43: Personal Yearbook Mini Kit
 Week 44: Halloween Theme Pack
 Week 45: Seafoam Kit
 Week 47: Kraft Kit
 Week 48: Road Trip Theme Pack
Week 49: Honey Kit
 Week 51: Jade Kit
 Week 52: Just Add Color Kit
Also, I have been asked a few times on Instagram which fonts I use.  There were three different fonts that I stuck with for titles and journaling.
Museo Slab, Bebas, Amelie fonts can be found by clicking here.
This was a fun year.  I really felt like I got in a groove with my process of collecting photos, storing them, uploading, etc.  I'm totally drawing a blank about how I will approach 2014.  We are now 3 weeks into the new year and I haven't uploaded a thing yet.  So.....there we are. 
Thanks for reading.  Hope you didn't fall asleep.  Let me know if I can answer any questions about these layouts!