Project Life Title Page – 2014

Ok, you might think the blog title is a typo – why on earth would I only be posting my 2014 cover page just days before 2015? But, alas, it is the real deal. I have only just finished my 2014 cover page for this past year. It is the sad truth and a glimpse of how behind I am on this major project. But, that’s ok. I am hopeful that I will finish it one day. And, if I don’t, I have lots of good memories documented already – glass half full, right?! So, without further ado, here is the starting point for last year. Fingers crossed I will do 2015 a tiny bit sooner!

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I am really pleased with how it came out actually, so maybe it was good I waited until I had a year’s worth of photos to choose from. The colors – chartreuse greens, blues and yellows, seem to capture the mood of this past year and the words I chose to highlight do represent a feeling I am taking away from the year – things I may not have chosen at the start of 2014. Doesn’t hurt to have a whole year’s worth of new supplies to choose from either ;-)

I am hoping to stay more up to date this coming year and share my spreads more often, but I have learned from the past and I am not going to make a hard and fast promise or deadline – it just isn’t happening that way for me right now and that’s ok.

Wishing you all a great remainder of your weekend – thanks for stopping by!

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Project Life – Florida

Our computer is finally back from a little visit to the Genius Bar. What a shock to have no computer for almost a week. Luckily, it was just a battery issue and our baby is home safe. It is crazy how disconnected you feel without your computer. But, alas, all is ok and I am back today catching up on some Project Life spreads to share.

This is my final spread from our summer trip to the states – our last week of vacation, which we spent as a family in Florida. As my husband and I both live in different countries from our respective families, 99% of our vacations are to visit relatives. This is part of the deal when you live abroad and something I have come to terms with after nearly a decade of living across the Atlantic from my nearest & dearest. However, sometimes we also just want to go somewhere as our own little family of 3 and see something new. So, this time we did it and we had  a great time. It wasn’t anywhere too exotic (well, it was for my Swedish husband), but it was great all the same and we are so grateful to have the opportunity for that week.

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For this very simple spread I relied on the Poet Society Studio Calico Kit & the September Gossamer Blue kit. I also borrowed some advice from Project Life expert Celine Navarro and typed my journaling directly onto some labels and a printable card from the Poet Society printables. This saved me a lot of stress & time. Journaling is probably my least favorite part of the process and this made it much less painful!

I’ll be back with some more cards later this week! Have a great day & thanks for stopping by!

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Project Life – June

As always, I am pretty behind on my Project Life, but I’m trying. I am up to date January – March, but have neglected April & May so I could tackle our 3 week long trip to the states in June. I wanted to do the vacation pictures when it was all still fresh. I had SO many photos from the trip, I knew it would be a challenge, but I am nearly there.

These spreads are from our first week in the states – visiting my family in Ohio. I predominantly used Studio Calico kits to complete these, with some Amy Tangerine products as well. I kept the spreads super simple, but they still take me an eternity. The planning, editing & printing is by the far the most time consuming for me – still can’t quite figure out how to streamline that….

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Project Life Weeks 12 & 13

Oh, Project Life! How you torture me. Here are weeks 12 & 13 – just a tad behind still ;-)

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Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! 
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Project Life Weeks 10 & 11

Hello friends! Whew, the week got away from me – what about you? Our daycare is closed for 2 weeks and things are pretty busy around here! Yesterday we took an impromptu day trip to Lake Caumasee (about 1.5 hours from Zurich) – it was such a nice way to spend a day and felt like a real holiday – even if for only 6 hours! It was stunning.

I’m still playing MAJOR catch up on Project Life – I have yet to figure out a system to organize, edit & print my photos in a more timely manner. It literally takes me hours to sort through all the photos from my Iphone & DSLR, sort them into weeks, choose all the placements for the pockets, edit, print, cut – I can’t quite work out how to streamline it – any suggestions really appreciated. Anywho, I digress. Here are weeks 10 & 11.

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These weeks featured a day trip to the Alscace region in France & some quiet time around Zurich as I recovered from a surgery. Can’t wait to get more pages done – I love having it completed – so satisfying. 
Thanks for stopping by & have a great weekend!
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Project Life Weeks 1 & 2

Hey there!

Things have been busy around here…and I haven’t been feeling 100%, so apologies for the quiet blog lately. I wanted to share the first 2 weeks of my 2014 PL album. I am still really behind on 2013 & will be sharing those periodically, but my goal is stay on track with 2014.

I have figured out a way to make my life a little simpler with regards to this huge undertaking:
1) Print pictures at home. I don’t LOVE the quality, so good pictures I might order, but the majority of my photos are taken on my phone anyway, so it is no big deal to just print them here and be done with it.
2) Work exclusively with monthly kits. I subscribe to Studio Calico and I found this spread came together so much better when I forced myself to use the contents and not go searching through my big stash for every little embellishment.
3) Journal as I do the spread, as opposed to doing all the fun bits and leaving all the journaling blank (this is how Sept-Dec 2013 currently looks!).

I think that is it for my approach so far this year – hoping I can stick with the album as I love having it & even my 2 year old likes to look through it :-)

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Ok, thats a lot of pictures! Sorry for the poor quality on these – still can’t quite get down a knack for photographing these spreads.
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Project Life 2013 – Week 8

Hello again! I’m in the midst of a crazy week. This first week of January has to be one of the hardest of the year, right? I’m overwhelmed with all the things I’d like to do this year & desperate to get it all organized, but still feel like I’m walking in circles. Anyone with me here?! I hope so!

So, I’m still catching up on my 2013 Project Life and *trying* to be ok with it. I’m hoping to fine tune my approach this year and not get so far behind – this is already proving difficult ;-)

Anyway, here is week 8 from 2013.

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Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!
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Project Life – week 6 & 7

Hey friends. So I’m VERY behind on my Project Life. I had really big ambitions this year about doing the album & working on last years – but, still haven’t even finished this year! Oh well, I’m accepting it and moving on. I have finished most of it, apart from June – August. I am hoping to do a week here & there as I start working on 2014. I am also going to try to tweak my system a bit so I can stay more current – maybe print photos from home do less digital work, like collages & stamps/brushes. We’ll see.

Anyway, here are weeks 6 & 7 – way back in February 2012. They are small spreads  – I actually don’t take tons of usable photos! And the ones I do have I prefer to be small in collages as they aren’t so good ;-)

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The hand stamped filler card is one I featured awhile ago on A Blog Named Hero. At this point in the PL process (I think I did these pages about 6-7 months ago) I was mainly using the Seafoam kit & I had just started receiving Studio Calico PL kits. It gets a little more interesting as time goes on!
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Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit

Another weekend come & gone….so sad! I didn’t get much crafty time this weekend, but did have a chance to whip up 2 quick cards with the November Simon Says Stamp Card Kit.

I love these kits, but don’t have a chance to use up all the goodies nearly as quickly as I’d like. I’m now trying to create at least 3-4 cards from the kit before I integrate the supplies into the rest of my stash. Anyway, I digress. Onto the cards…

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Simple cards using a variety of goodies from the kit, along with some other stuff in my stash – linked up below. 
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Thats all for me tonight – busy week with a Christmas market and a workshop – probably will be a bit quiet here! Thanks, as always, for stopping by!

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A Moxie Fab Thanks

Hey and welcome to a very special day on the old blog. We are honoring Cath Edvalson, the Trends Editor of Paper Crafts Magazine and the mastermind of Moxie Fab World.

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Cath has touched the lives of so many of us bloggers. For me personally, the content and challenges on the Moxie Fab blog have pushed me as a card maker – from inspirational photos to challenges that push my comfort zone – Cath has definitely helped me on my artistic path. I remember the first time one of my cards was ‘spotted’ by Cath and featured on the Moxie Fab blog through a link in her post – I was beyond excited. To think that she even had seen my blog was so exciting! I had the opportunity to meet her – albeit briefly – at CHA in Chicago in 2011. She was walking around with Susan Opel and they both offered words of encouragement for me to continue submitting work to Paper Crafts Magazine. That conversation has stayed with me until now and serves as a reminder if I ever feel frustrated. Cath is such a kind, positive and genuine person – I am grateful to have been touched by her Moxie Fabness.

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Now, this is one huge blog hop to celebrate – I think the list is well over 200 participants. You should have arrived here from the blog of Therese Calvird and your next stop is Frances Byrne. If you get lost along the way – please stop by Moxie Fab World for the complete list or see the entire list below.

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