August 5, 2014

Texas | One Week

We have officially been in Texas one week and I wanted to document my thoughts and feelings thus far.

  • I knew it would be different from living in Idaho, but the concentration of people and buildings is something I'm struggling to get used to. Driving into Fort Worth, my anxiety was super high, there were just so many people, I'm not quite used to it yet.
  • It is not nearly as hot as I thought it would be. According to the locals, it has been unseasonably cool, ranging in the 80's this first week. I was assured I would be suffering soon.
  • The amount of restaurants within 5 miles of here is bound to make me gain 20 lbs. Several of my old favorites like Taco Bueno and Schlotzky's are nearby, and there are a few new ones on our list to try. Also, there is a restaurant where there whole menu is chicken fingers, that's it. I'm thinking these chicken fingers must be magic to sustain an entire restaurant chain.
  • I'm so grateful for Google Maps on my iPhone. I use it to get anywhere. I'm hoping someday soon, I'll be able to find Target without it, for now though, it is my best friend. 
  • U-turns are the norm here. There are lots of unprotected left hand turns and making u-turns is part of driving around here.
  • There is a serious biscuit aisle here. Like serious. Like this isn't even the whole thing. 
  • People are so friendly. I've missed southern hospitality.  
  • I miss Idaho. I didn't think I would miss it so much, but I do. I miss my friends, Zoe's friends, and my routine. I even miss getting to bring Ryan his lunch during the day. But once school starts in a few weeks, I think things will really start to feel normal again.
  • So far I haven't picked up an accent. This I'm guessing will not be the case in a few more weeks.
I plan on reporting back in one month and one year. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

XOXO,
Holly & Co. 
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August 4, 2014

Embroidered Map Tutorial


I came up with the project just a few weeks before we were planning to move. Not a great time to start a time intensive project, however, most of it was completed while sitting at the splash park while Zoe played, or on the long drive to California for a wedding reception.

Materials:
I re-sized the map to 11x17 in Photoshop, and printed it on two sheets of paper. I taped them up to my window and then taped the towel on top of it, pulling it taught, but not enough to distort the image. I used a graphite pencil to trace because I knew this project was going to take more than a couple days and sometimes the water soluble markers fade.

Tracing took about an hour. I did not trace all the fun accents for this project because I wanted to be able to clearly read the states and I was worried about the small spaces. I was right in this assumption and I'm glad I didn't add them, even though they are awesome!
I started stitching with Kansas. I started in the middle so that I could make sure I had a good color spread. Six colors was enough to make sure there were never two colors touching, but it did take some planning. If you are worried, I would add in one or two more colors.

I used a back stitch for this project. If you are not sure how to do a back stitch or need a reminder, there is a great tutorial here. Small stitches make the cleanest lines, they take longer, but look better.


The stitching took about 40 hours. It sounds like a lot, and it was. Texas took over an hour to stitch, but the finished project is so worth it! Once I finished the stitching, I ironed it out. I starched it quite a bit to get it nice and stiff, before mounting it on my canvas.

I centered the map on my canvas and then tightly folded the edges and stapled. You could also use hot glue, but I would wait until you are sure each side is cool and dry before moving onto the next one. 

The back of my canvas. My trimming was not very neat.
Finished Project
Having it mounted on the canvas makes for easing hanging. This bad boy will be on our gallery wall with some other pieces of art I've collected. For now, it's sitting on top of my bookshelf.

I hope this project encourages you to make use of your digital stamps. Digital stamps have so many uses and are great items to invest in. This is one of my favorite projects to date. 

XOXO,
Holly & Co.
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July 31, 2014

#humbertfamilyroadtrip

Day 1: Idaho to Utah

Our first day of driving was from Rexburg, ID to my parent's house in Utah. We spent the night and got to say our final goodbyes

Day 2: Utah to Arches National Park

Even though I've been to Utah, probably hundreds of times, I've never explored many of it's natural beauties. We decided to stop at Arches National Park, and we weren't disappointed. The red rocks were amazing and we were so glad we decided to stop.

                       
                       
                                               
We arrived in the late afternoon and took the short hike to the Delicate Arch viewpoint. We were all wearing flip flops, not the footwear I would recommend for hiking, even a short hike like this one, so it took a little longer than usual, but the view was great and we were glad for the few minutes out of the car.

Day 3: Arches to Four Corners to Grand Canyon

Thanks to my dad, we realized on our drive we were just an hour out of the way from visiting Four Corners monument. Four Corners is the place where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah intersect. It's in the middle of nowhere, but it was fun to visit.



From Four Corners, we drove to the Grand Canyon. This was my favorite stop of the trip. It was so incredible. I was worried we would drive all the way there and it would be unimpressive. I was very wrong. It's hard to comprehend how massive the canyon is, but it is so amazing, it almost looks fake. 



Day 4: Arizona to Texas

This was our longest day of driving. Over 12 hours. The only good part of this day was that we finally got word about Ryan's top secret security clearance and he was granted the clearance!


Day 5: Texas to Fort Worth

We woke up really early, mostly out of anxiety about getting to our place, but we made it before noon.

It was a long trip but we definitely made some great memories. I'm glad we decided to make a trip out of it, I think it made most of the days more enjoyable, having something to look forward to.

We are now in Fort Worth and getting moved in before Ryan and I start work next week. It is definitely different than Idaho, and we are working on getting adjusted from small town living to city life. This is a big change for our family, not only in location but also routine. This is the first time in our marriage Ryan will not be in school and we are excited to take advantage of more family time together.

XOXO,
Holly & CO.
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Graduation

Just over a week ago, Ryan graduated college. It was a fantastic event, we were able to have my parents and grandparents attend, as well as Ryan's brother and his brand new wife.

Ryan didn't really want to walk at graduation, but after all the work he put into earning his degree, I couldn't let him skip this momentous occasion. I also forced him to pose for pictures, his favorite thing ever.
































After his years of hard work, I'm happy to say that he graduated Cum Laude, the top 10% of his class. We actually weren't informed of this until we read the program which had his honor listed. 

The convocation was short and sweet, one of Ryan's friends spoke. We enjoyed some Italian ice and custard, and then headed to bed.

I couldn't be more proud of Ryan and all his hard work. Maintaining his GPA, working and still spending time with his family, is a lot to keep up with year after year, while securing internships and job in between. I am so blessed to have married a man like him.

The next two days we spent packing and cleaning, and then we said good-bye to Rexburg, ID, our home (on and off) for the last 3.5 years. We were sad to leave our friends there and the comfort of a small town, but excited for the adventures that lie ahead.

Tomorrow I'll be sharing about our 5 day trip from Idaho to Texas...

XOXO,
Holly & Co.
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June 23, 2014

Like Riding a Bike...

After a very long hiatus, I've been slowly getting back into crafting. I miss it so much. I remembered to take pictures on Mother's Day, something I usually forget. (Like Father's Day, I totally forgot....I was suffering from strep throat )

I cleaned my desk and found a bunch of pretty, unused items from earlier this year, that were just begging to be used. Ever since getting back to an iPhone, I've been using it almost exclusively to take pictures. Zoe and I have a lot of selfies from this summer already. 


In just a few short weeks, we are packing up everything and moving 2,000 miles to Texas! We decided, rather than try to drive the whole thing in 2 days, we are going to break up the trip, visit family and explore some sights on our way down. It's going to be a several day trip, but we are excited! 

XOXO,
Holly & CO.
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June 4, 2014

Six


This little one turned six today.

There are no words to really communicate her impact on my life. 
She is my best friend. 
That sounds strange to say, but she is my angel that brings me up and helps me focus on the things that really matter in life.
She sees beauty in everything and sings her way through her days. 

I recently said to a friend, regarding my miscarriage and our future family,

 If God only ever gives me one child, I couldn't be happier that it's Zoe.

She truly is a joy and has been the best surprise anyone could ever ask for. Watching her grow from baby, to toddler, to girl has been such a rewarding experience. 

This spring, I finally put her singing talent to some use and enrolled her in Singer's Company.
Here is a video of her recent performance where she performed a solo. 
#proudmamamoment



XOXO,
Holly & Co.
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May 25, 2014

The Tough Stuff


Across from my desk, this is the view. 

A poster in a frame, but because we are moving soon, it hasn't been hung up. 
A pair on converse shoes for Zoe's show choir performance next week.
Clean, folded, mismatched towels that have been sitting there for days, not yet put away. 

Right now, I'm at a stand still. 

Last week, was a week for the record books. So many ups and downs, ultimately downs. 
Just a few days after Mother's Day, I discovered, I was again pregnant.
Again, a miracle. An unexpected and most happy miracle. 

And just like last time, the magic was short lived. 
I had another miscarriage.
That makes two in a row now. 

For someone who has been trying 34 months to get pregnant, devastating hardly covers the emotions.
I'm working through the stages of grief. But I'm still a work in progress.

I'm sharing this experience for a few reasons. 
1. It sucks, and it makes me feel better to write about it.
2. I know so many other women experience this, and I want them to know they aren't alone.
3. To remind myself that I survived this once before, and I am strong enough to pull through it again.

My family and friends have definitely shown their love the last several days. Between cards, meals, texts, babysitting, etc....I find myself overwhelmed with gratitude that although my circle is small, it is mighty.

For now, I'm working on the "No Frowning" part of life. Trying to find the silver lining and the lesson to be learned in this mess. 

XOXO,
Holly & Co.
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May 11, 2014

Walking the Line: My thoughts on Motherhood

I am one of the lucky ones. I have had the blessing on conceiving and giving birth to a wonderful child.
While in the worldly sense, having Zoe made me a mother, in the spiritual sense,

I have always been one.

In Genesis 3:20, Eve's name is given to her because she is mother of all living. 
She was a mother before ever having given birth. She had a divine nature, and so do I. 


The past three years, I've struggled on Mother's day. Not because I don't have a child, but because I thought my main role in life was going to be mothering a house full of children. I expected my days full of laundry, nap times, car pools, and all the other tasks that go into raising a large family. My expectations for myself and my family have been forced to shift, because although the things I had planned, were great - they are not, and most likely will not ever by my reality. 

Only recently have I realized that my infertility has really changed me for the better. It has allowed me to walk the line between the mothers of several children, and those who long so desperately to be a mother. It has given me greater appreciation for my family, both individual and extended. It has opened my eyes to the work and love outside of our home, that goes into raising our child. It has fostered special friendships and connections with other women and children. It has allowed me to be filled with empathy and joy, such as I have never known. 

I am part of a small online infertility support group. There are only a few of us. I have never met these women in person. But they get me. Most of them are dealing with more difficult things than I am, and most of them don't have any children. I feel selfish being there most of the time, because I already have a child. But they let me in anyway. They have comforted me and built me up, and for these women, I will be forever grateful. Through them, I have really learned what it is to bear someone else's burden.

.....And isn't that what mother's do? They teach, love, comfort. 

Motherhood doesn't begin at the birth of a child, 
it is part of who you are and what you do.

I really think Mother is a word to sum up all the things that womanhood encompasses. All the divine qualities women possess and share with those around them. My goal with this post today is to help all the women I know, understand that child or not, you have a divine role. One that reaches beyond the sphere of influence that you can see. 

I love the women in my life, who have made me a better person. I am grateful for the women in Zoe's sphere of influence, who have helped shape her into the girl she is and woman she will be. 

XOXO,
Holly & Co. 

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May 2, 2014

Where I've Been


Dear Blog Readers,

I wish I had some exciting news, an amazing tale to tell of where I've been 
and why the blog has been so empty. 

Sadly, I don't.

Life has been busy as it always has, but lately we've had a few additions to busy, 
which are putting creative ventures completely on hold.

I've been suffering some health issues, which may or may not be related to the gall bladder removal last year. For now I think we've isolated the culprit and are taking measure to keep the side effects away. 

Ryan is in his last semester. You read that right THE-VERY-LAST-ONE! (Unless he decides to pursue a graduate degree, however I don't think either of us is ready for that) After 7 years of school, part-time and full-time, he will be done. I'm also in school, taking a full course load. Which is way more difficult than last semester, although the course hours are the same.

Ryan and I are both working. He's had some great opportunities to work with some professors on campus and is enjoying that work. I'm still at Melaleuca, although I've reduced my hours, I still somehow end up picking up shifts, so I end up working about as many hours as I was before.

Zoe is almost done with kindergarten. She went on her first field trip and wrote her first book report. She is still growing however the exponential rate seems to have slowed. Only two teeth lost so far. She is loving the warmer weather and can't wait for summer. She has a new found fascination with dandelions and I think we might just have enough in the field behind our house to make a crown soon.

Well folks, that's our update. Not anything super, but our lovely little life. I look forward to the fall when we will be all settled into our new home in Texas and I will have time to put towards the hobbies that fulfill me.

XOXO,
Holly & CO.

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March 26, 2014

Growing Older

Last weekend, Zoe and I took a quick trip out to Utah. We hit like 4 birds with one stone and were able to see lots of friends and family in the span of just a few days. 

One of the highlights of the trip was getting to celebrate my Grandma's 88th birthday!
I'm so glad we've been close the last few years, and Zoe has been able to get to know her great-grandparents, that is a privilege denied to so many. 


As if Zoe didn't already look like she was getting older, here is the proof. She looks WAY older than almost 6 to me. I catch glimpses of how she might look in another six or ten years, and it both makes me smile and want to cry.

She's lost two teeth already (although the new ones have quickly grown in, so she didn't have much of a chance to be toothless) and she's reading like a champ. This age definitely has it's perks.
I finally got a chance to do some scrapbooking. With school and work, my scrapbooking has taken a back seat, but when I do have a few minutes to create, I'm loving that I have these fun milestones to document.


We are getting excited for the summer.
Yesterday it was almost 70°, and we spent hours outside at the park. However, it's supposed to snow tomorrow so our mini heat wave was short lived. Still....we have stocked up on shorts and bathing suits, just waiting to break them out when the time is right.

Finals are coming up soon, and life seems to be bursting at the seams with things on the to-do list, but we are trying to hold it all together for the last 18 weeks of student life!

XOXO,
Holly &Co.



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February 21, 2014

Lily's Baby Book

As a gift for my sister, I started the foundations of a baby book for her. Right now it only includes these three pages, but I will passing over the album and supplies for her to complete the rest of it. 

Title Page
It's a little crazy to think that my little sister in now a mother, but becoming a mother is such a special thing. My favorite part about the page is the Cosmo Cricket sticker that says,
 " Dear Self, I know you can do this." 
I included this because those first few months of motherhood can be awfully daunting. I wanted her to know, that I know, she can do this!

 Also, a fun thing that my sisters and I now share, is that we all have daughters. I'm excited for future female based gatherings, involving, but not limited to, chocolate, lots of laughing, and some nail polish.


I finally got to use my favorite stamp set ever, by the fantastic, Lindsay Letters for Studio Calico. Could there ever be a more special delivery? I doubt it!


For the rest of the album, I included a 6x6 paper pad, Project Life divided page protectors, Simple Stories journaling cards, and a few other embellishments! 
I'm excited to kind of have another scrapbooker in the family.


XOXO,
Holly & Co.
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February 18, 2014

Baby Lily

My little sister is now a mama! We went down to Utah a couple weeks ago, for Lily's baby blessing. Zoe was in heaven with her tiny little cousin. She spent a lot of time just sitting next to her. Lily was a good sport and even gave us a couple smiles while we were there.


Natalie asked me to take a few pictures for her while we were there. I haven't really been focusing on photography the last year or so, and have only done a couple photo shoots. but I agreed anyway.

Thankfully, the light in my parent's room is beautiful, and definitely made up for my shortcomings as a photographer. My beautiful sister and her sweet little babe. The blessing dress she is wearing was Natalie's blessing dress, made by my Grandmother. It was hard to capture all the exquisite details of the dress, but I did the best I could. Such a wonderful day, for such a sweet little girl.

 

Welcome to the family, Lily!

XOXO,
Holly & Co.
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February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

I had a chance to work with this sweet collection, Yours Truly, from Pebbles, INC. I love the hand drawn element's and the graphic simple embellishments. I always love a good blue thrown into a Valentine collection. 
(The pictures are of my sweet friend Aly and her family that I took in December)



This page is one of my new favorites. Since Zoe has starting reading and writing, she leaves Ryan and I sweet little notes all the time, and I've needed some place to put them. It gives me a good chance to use up my stock of decorative envelopes.


We started our Valentine's Day with pancakes, hugs and kisses all around! I'm off work today and Zoe is off school today, and it's snowing outside, so we are planning on enjoying a nice day together inside!

Happy Valentine's Day!

XOXO,
Holly & Co.

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February 4, 2014

Valentine Favorites



1 Emily McDowell Card - This is the card Ryan is getting for Valentine's day. I bought another card of Emily's too. I love the honest sentiments and her hard lettering and illustration.

2. Godiva strawberry milk chocolate truffles  - These truffles are amazing! I bought them to save for Valentine's Day, they didn't make it more than a few hours in our house.

3. Julep Betty - I got this as a treat for meeting a health goal, and it's such a beautiful glitter nail polish.

4. Lindsay Letters - I have dreams about owning lots of Lindsay Letters canvases, and hopefully one day I will. I having been eyeing this one for a while now. So sweet for Valentine's day, or anytime of the year.

5. Socks - My mom started the tradition long ago of giving us cute socks for Valentine's Day and now I do the same for Zoe. These cute socks will be a big hit with Zoe.

What are your valentine favorites? Anything you are hoping for?

XOXO,
Holly & Co. Pin It Now!

January 29, 2014

Longing for Fall

As I've been catching up on my scrapbooking from 2013, I'm missing fall. Fall in Idaho is so fun. I'm going to miss all the seasons here when we move. I took these pictures right outside our apartment, just before they cleared away all the leaves.  These pictures are probably some of my favorite from the year.

The nostalgia is also increased by the negative temperatures and several inches of snow as of today.


I actually used a bunch of items from my stash for this page, and I feel like I'm starting to get better at incorporating things that are in boxes, not just what is on my desk.

I loved using pink in a fall colors page. I typically wouldn't do that, but the pink from the October Afternoon leaf paper was just too pretty not to include. I've been looking at colors schemes a lot lately, not just for scrapbooking but for home coordinating.

This has been a new favorite palette of mine. I'm thinking of doing Zoe's future bathroom in this color scheme.
Photo Credit 


XOXO,
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January 28, 2014

Crafting with Kids: Pipe Cleaner Flowers



Crafting with Kids will be a new series on the blog. If you have any kid craft ideas and would be interested in guest posting, please send me an e-mail at holly.humbert@gmail.com. I would love to feature other crafters and bloggers.

My goal for this series is to create projects for kindergarten aged kids, that can be done mostly on their own. Supplies will vary from project to project, but I put together a good basic kit for under $10 that we will be using in a lot of the projects.

Supplies
- pipe cleaners
- pom-poms
- glue

The process is pretty easy, and below are step by step pictures. I found the best way to have Zoe make them, is have her watch me make one, start to finish and then let her go to town. 


These easy flowers make a great decoration or gift for teacher. The supplies are inexpensive and provide lots of entertainment. Hope you and your little ones enjoy this craft as much as we did.

XOXO,
Holly & Co.
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January 26, 2014

Playing Catch Up

I really haven't scrapbooked much the last six months.
Not sure why. 
I did a lot of creating and other things, but scrapbooking just kind of fell down the to do list. I use to crank out about a page every day or every other day.

So for the first time in a long time, I'm behind.
I've started pulling out pictures from last fall to work on and the creative flow is starting to come back and it's been really nice. It was also probably because I placed a large order at Paper Issues for some items I've been eyeing for months. 

(If' you've never ordered from Cassie at Paper Issues, I would highly recommend it! She always has coupon codes floating around and her shipping is lightening fast!)

For Zoe's first day of Kindergarten, I was with Ryan in the hospital having his back surgery. My mom was with Zoe for her first day. Before I left, I gave her a 30 second lesson on how to use my SLR camera. I was happy that she was able to be with Zoe and capture these for me.

I have been loving the new October Afternoon mini lines, and the Milk Money collection I knew would be perfect for these school pictures. Most of the items on this page are from that collection, with a few other bits from my stash.

In addition to using up new supplies, I've also been working on using bits and pieces from my stash. I try to use at least one item from my stash on each project. At that rate it won't really make a dent in anything, but it at least gets me digging through my stash so I can remember all the beautiful things I already have. 

Before I sign off, I've been working on a budget scrapbooking post and I would love to hear your thoughts or any tip or tricks that you have or use to keep yourself on track.

XOXO,
Holly & Co.
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January 23, 2014

#newyearnewyou

I've decided to start posting on my other blog about my weight loss journey. 
This blog will remain my crafty sanctuary.




XOXO,
Holly & Co.
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January 18, 2014

Not So Little


I took this picture back in November, on Thanksgiving day. It doesn't completely show how tall she is or how grown up she acts. As my sisters and friends continue to have babies, I think how fast the time goes. I'm afraid I'll blink and she'll be in middle school.

Right now she has wiggly teeth and she likes laying in bed listening to music - Really. The baby years are definitely over. But this age is bringing some pretty fun things. She is reading and we are enjoying lots of time at the library because of it. She loves to do crafts and art projects, even photography. I love that I'm getting to share my passions with her.

This page was made with a mish-mash of items from a Studio Calico last call sale and the American Crafts warehouse sale. I'm really trying to use up my stash this year, since we are moving (again) and I don't want to haul everything I've got. I'm discovering some favorite items that had gotten lost in the shuffle, and I'm excited to put them on real pages.

XOXO,
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January 15, 2014

DIY Anthropologie Heart Pillow



While looking for new items for our apartment and future home in Texas, I saw a pillow on Pinterest and thought it was so cute, but then I saw the price tag....$198.00! Yikes. As I looked closer, I noticed the fabrics were linen and my quest to make my own {less expensive} version began.

I settled on some linen from Robert Kaufman, I used the colors Natural (background) and Linen (hearts). I ordered 1/2 yard each, and my total was around $8.00. I used an 18" pillow form, I already had, but you can buy pillow forms at most crafts stores for around $5-$10.


Cuts:
Natural Fabric
2 - 18.25" x 18.25" pieces

Linen Fabric
1- 4" x WOF piece
1- 3" x WOF piece
2- 2" x WOF piece


From the Linen strips, hand cut hearts of different sizes. They don't have to be perfect as the edges will get washed.

Sew hearts onto one 18.25" square Natural piece. I looked at the original pillow and then just started stitching. Start in the middle and work your way out, alternating and even overlapping some hearts. Continue to sew hearts until you have about an inch border around the edges that is not covered.


Place both Natural fabric squares RST and sew three edges. Wash and dry cover.

Insert pillow and use a ladder stitch to close the cover and finish the pillow. {great tutorial here}
























Totally worth the savings of about $190! What about you? Are you getting the spring cleaning/redecorating bug yet?

XOXO,
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January 5, 2014

A Moment Captured

My dear and amazing photographer friend, Aly, asked me to take some family pictures for her before the holidays. I haven't really taken photos of other people for the last year, so my skills and confidence were not where they have been in the past. None the less, we got a few images that I'm proud of, the one below being one of them.


This page was so fun to make, adding the pops of color to each frame, and cutting apart the tiny phrases. Rather then add embellishments to the page, which would cover the cut frames, I added them to the photo.

It's that time of year again, when lots of new scrapbooking products are coming out, but instead of looking at buying new items, I'm going to be working on the stash I already have. With moving in a few months, I need to lighten up the amount of stuff we need to move, so be looking for some giveaways, coming soon.

XOXO,
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January 2, 2014

Thoughts on Project Life

In 2011 and 2012, I attempted a weekly project life. I managed to get about 12 weeks each year, but that was it. The weekly format for me was just too much. I felt guilty, got behind, and it wasn't really turning into something I wanted to do.

For 2013, I still wanted to capture the smaller every day moments, so I moved to a monthly format. While that worked much better than previous years, I still struggled when I got behind, mostly due to lack of planning and busyness.


Things I really like about the monthly format.

  • Monthly reviews. After each month I typed up an overview of where we went, big events, small events, anything I wanted to remember. I've really liked being able to read these months later.
  •  Memorabilia. I added an 8.5x11 page protector for each month to hold drawings, cards, e-mails, etc. and it's nice to have a place to hold all those. I'm thinking the giant envelope page protectors would also work well.
  •  Less space to fill. With only one spread to fill per month, it's pretty easy to get it filled up quickly.




Things to improve for 2014.
  • Get a good camera phone. Currently I don't have a phone with a good camera, which makes taking on-the-go pictures a lot harder. I scored a great deal on a new phone and it should be here soon. Really looking forward to having a camera with me at all times.
  • Print pictures often.On the 1st of each month, spend 1 hour printing pictures. That is always the hardest part.
  • Take notes. E-mail myself notes throughout the month. I'm pretty good at writing down sweet things that Ryan said, or funny things that Zoe did throughout the month, but I could do better.
  • Simple. Sometimes I try too hard in my spreads to add the perfect embellies, etc. I think I'm going to work more on plain and simple this year.
I'm looking forward to adding a few more vacations and trips to 2014.With my OLW being Adventure, I'm planning on doing just that. I'm already making plans to visit the Grand Canyon and several fun places in Texas

I'm also looking forward to designing more cards for this year. You can see all my free downloads here. If there are any phrases or types of cards you'd like to see going forward, let me know, I'm happy to take suggestions.

XOXO,
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