Sunday, February 05, 2012

February 5 Project Life Blog Hop

Welcome to the Project Life February Blog Hop! If you have just come to visit my blog but would like to view all the other participants, feel free to start at Jill's blog ( and follow along. We're a small group this month so it shouldn't take too long to visit everyone and say hi!

(otherwise known as How I Am Able to Appreciate the Everyday While Still Having Time to Live It!)

That's right, instead of spending every waking hour living it, I'm now in a daily habit of pausing and realizing just how good life is all around me. I also don't get so hung up on recording and "appreciating" life that I forget to live it! How do I find that balance? It's all thanks to Becky Higgins' Project Life creations! For years (since 2000), I scrapbooked traditional layouts, and I still do. I did not take the plunge into Becky's products for a good while, or lightly when I did. After all, how could ALL of our stories get told with just a spread a week? And that's when I realized that this captures the every day but it doesn't mean this is ALL I have to do! Project Life is not very time consuming, and it's helping me tell the stories that otherwise get pushed off into "some other day." These aren't the big stories, but rather the little moments that I would forget about from one week to the next. Project Life is also helping me remember to collect and USE everyday memorabilia. Things like drawings or napkins from restaurants; or a photo of the mess of toys on the end table. Signs that we are living a chaotic and full life, of images that would otherwise not be put onto a layout right away and instead, likely get put into my category drawers for waiting for connections to be made some time down the road.

Some of you may be asking, "Well, April, if you're using this, are you still following Stacy's Library of Memories system too?" My answer is absolutely, 100% YES! There is most definitely a place in my library for Project Life. They work together beautifully.

What I'm Using:
  • Cobalt Core Kit and Album
  • Clementine cardstock
  • Design A Big Pack Page Protectors
  • Design B, D, F (and soon to be G) alternative options for Page Protectors
  • various 4x3 journaling blocks found around the web (many for free)
  • journaling spots from October Afternoon, Jillibean Soup, Studio Calico to name a few.

How I'm Organized:
  • I have my album and journaling cards on a hall table near our kitchen (pictured below, though journaling cards are under table on a shelf)
  • Also with my album are Post-it Notes and a pen (I jot down photos I take throughout the week and quotes that are said)
  • I have all other supplies in my studio
Next month, I'll delve into how I work on each weekly spread of my Project Life pages so I hope you'll join us for the March Blog Hop. For now, feel free to enjoy this slideshow of my 2012 Project Life so far. You can click on the tab above to see my 2011 Project Life as well, or click on any slideshow images to be taken to my Flickr gallery.


If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away! I love to reply personally to each comment but you have to be sure you have your email turned on in your profile (or leave it in the comments section).

Your next stop is Brooke's blog. If you come across a broken link or get lost, feel free to come right back here and browse the other participants below!





April   <----- You Are Here!

Brooke  <----- Go Here Next!



Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, February 03, 2012

Sustaining Creativity . . .

I'm working on sustaining creativity this year in regards to my scrapbooking hobby. I would often particiapte in Layout A Day Challenges with Lain Ehmann, but I've come to realize that after each of those months, I was burnt-out. I had no juice left to create the other 9-10 months of the year. It was sad, and when those LOAD months were falling during already hectic times and I wasn't completing half of the days, it really put a damper on my creative flow. This year, I'm participating in Twelve  at Big Picture Classes and having a ball so far. The goal is 12 layouts a month for the entire year . . . I accomplished a total of 7 in January. We are including Project Life layouts since it's creative, time consuming and scrapbooking . . . so that was 4 spreads that I've already shared, plus the following.

My daughter and many of her core group of friends. I LOVE that she took her camera and took pictures!! This layout was created using a Basic Grey kit of the month kit from a few years back. I followed the directions pretty closely.


I loved this series of photos. This boy is now 9 1/2 and every bit of energetic as he always was. He still has yet to ever fall asleep anywhere but in his bed (or car on a long drive) and he is able to stay up WAY later than most of us. In fact, he was left with his big sister babysitting overnight and he NEVER went to sleep. She fell asleep at 2:30 and woke back up at 7 and he was STILL up. He later took a nap for a few hours that day. What is it with kids?? They love to sleep in on school days, and stay up all night on weekends . . . and they seeem to be almost afraid that they're going to miss something good. Then we grow up and we LOVE to sleep in!

I think you can read the journaling pretty well. This was part of my childhood room in the house I lived in from the time I was 2-17 years old. And yes, it's a Poison poster on the wall and a Great White poster on the door. I'm VERY glad that THIS memory is now recorded, from the dreadful lavendar walls to the piles of clothes.

How do you work on sustaining creativity in your world - whether you're a scrapbooker or not? Have you ever experienced that burn out after a big push like I did in LOAD or do you find a way to just keep going?