Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Project Life, Weeks 17-19

I can't believe how fast we're approaching the halfway point! I'm also a teensy bit surprised that I've stuck with the project. My life, with three little boys at home, gets pretty crazy and it can be hard to find time to scrap. So I got thinking about some of the reasons I've made it to this point:
  1. Fresh, fun supplies every month. Subscribing to Studio Calico's Project Life kit club was the best decision ever. I love getting a coordinated set of trendy products every month without the hassle and time of shopping around. Who doesn't love playing with new goodies?! 
  2. Digital supplies to add variety and fill in the gaps. Another great investment was a pack of Epson Premium Matte Presentation paper - it prints digital journal cards and elements beautifully. 
  3. Printing at home or Walgreens 1-hour. Sure, I would have better quality photos if I ordered through Persnickety Prints, but I know myself. Instant gratification = actually doing the project. 
  4. Having a dedicated craft room. I can leave a spread in progress, leave supplies out, and not worry (well, not too much anyway!) about the boys destroying it. It's a place I can escape to, and recharge my mental/emotional batteries while watching TV on my laptop and scrapping. SO therapeutic!
  5. Keeping the end goal and overall "reason" in mind - so my family has photos and stories to look at and remember. I chose to do Project Life in a paper format primarily so my family would have something tangible to look at. Toddlers and preschoolers are quite narcissistic, after all, and they love looking at pictures of themselves!
If you're a Project Lifer too, what are some of the reasons you've made it this far? 

Week 17

 I especially enjoyed creating this week's spread. I printed off some fun bits from Michelle Godin's Snarky Snippets: Books, and I masked, spritzed, and stamped a few cards. And, of course, there's that gloriously hilarious big photo! It totally deserved three full spots, right? The rest of the cards are either Studio Calico or Project Life: Jade kit, except for the blue striped one and the speech bubble one - those I received in a PL card swap. I have some pretty artistic fellow crafters.

Week 18

More fun with digital products this week. I printed out cards from Splendid Fiins' Love It and Washi Brights sets, and Traci Reed/Jenn Barrette's Get Artsy cards. Cathy Zielske generously gave away the iNSD card on her blog. (Speaking of Cathy Zielske, she has an amazing and poignant blog post about her personal view of the value of Project Life. Go read it.) Since it's one of my favorite holidays, I felt interNational Scrapbooking Day deserved not only its own card, but a whole insert! I took a bunch of Instagram photos for various photo challenges on iNSD.

Week 19

I'll be including lots of Traci Reed goodies on my spreads from now on, because (drum roll please) I'm on her newly created Project Life team as a hybrid artist!!! I am super excited and honored to join the illustrious Hawt Mamas, and incorporate her artsy, trendy, fun designs into my Project Life album. I may be doing a few digital inserts, too.
So this week I have cards from Traci's Get Artsy set and a previous Facebook freebie, Hashtag cards. The Epic Awesomeness word art is by Karla Dudley, from her Life cards, and the Silly Goofy Mine word art is from her Walter photo frames.
Paper cards from Studio Calico and Jade Project Life kit. Embellishments, as usual, from everywhere - Studio Calico, Freckled Fawn, Paper Issues, Two Peas in a Bucket.

Thanks for sharing in my life!

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