week 28

july has been a crazy rainy month in south carolina and it's driving us all a little batty.  

i captured a lot of great memories this week, although they are not all roses and sunshine and i wish they could be but this is real life. as a parent, i am learning more and more about what i want to teach my children. i think it's important for them to know, i'm not prefect, i will make mistakes, i will say i am sorry, i will love them unconditionally forever.  for me, project life is about real life, the everyday, and i hope that somewhere down the road my boys will cherish the fact that i documented these things.

i used the ali edwards's edge sentiments for the picture of the boys going through the catalog of tractors.  the journal cards for the week card as well as the hearts and the here & now, are all from studio calico's project life kits. i have really been enjoying those kits and i find (sadly) that i am not using my seafoam edition project life actual kit that often. the little wooden camera is also studio calico. on the image of denton and his ice cream is another ali creation. on the image of the rainbow, i used illustrator and photoshop to write "somewhere over the rainbow."

this week i changed up the plastic for this side, i used the becky higgins's design G for the layout, i like to see variety in the layouts. in the small 3 x4 areas, i cut down a 4 x 6 image, rounded the corners, i like the way the split pictures look. i used a white gel pen to write directly on the picture of the "intense" game of memory. on the image of lil' bit's 1st birthday party i used ali edwards's birthday hand drawn. the large journal card came for the studio calico project life kit, i then stamped ali's super fantastic stamps that i ordered from technique tuesday. over the stamping i then wrote on the journaling card with a precision pen from american craft. the time with you die cut is also from ali, its part of the 3 x4 time sentiment boxes, i scaled this to fit inside a 4 x 6 box. i scaled and cut it out on my silhouette.

i can honestly say this year has been the most on top of project life i have been, usually i am a month of more behind. for me, the changes i made this week, working on a weekly story rather than an everyday story has helped me greatly. i think i am more excited in general with all the new ways there are to customize the look. no two people will have the same layouts. hope you are still enjoying your journey too! 

week 26 + day in the life

happy week 26! 

lots of fun stuff this week and the day in the life, an ali edwards prompt to document your daily day, what happens when, what you eat etc. it's a great way to document the "everyday life." 

hello giant child on the t-ball team, far right, yeah... that's one of mine. my week 26 card is made from some paper i ordered from studio calico. added on some thickers and a piece of washi tape.  the wooden hello, i put some white ink on let it dry and attached in to the week card. it is also from studio calico. the i "heart" you card is from ali edwards's remember the story set and i ordered that from technique tuesday. the "this is summer" die cut is also from ali edwards and available at designerdigitals.

this month's day in the life, is 10 x 8 from becky higgins. some months i am really great about keeping track of the time of day and other months i just wing it and document more of the overall day and less of the specifics. today i was about to get a lot. yep... that's the boys peeing of the deck, one of their most favorite things to do, what's that all about? 

tucked into the back of the day in the life, is the program from denton's award ceremony, more on that in a bit. on the back, i used some pictures i took throughout the day. i created this layout in photoshop as i did for the front as well. i then send them to shutterfly to be printed. 

 

i used ali's edge sentiments on the top picture of denton pushing james in the grocery cart. d also wrote a note to the tooth fairy this week, he lost his second tooth but accidentally swallowed it while eating corn on the cob. the two journal cards are from studio calico project life kits. i also used small alphabet sticks from basic grey on the images of james with his undies on his head and denton receiving his bronze star! lastly, i wrote in illustrator "mollie girl" on the picture of mollie and that is then placed directly on the image before printing. that's this week!

week 23

hello, welcome to project life week 23. 

this was a bittersweet week. the last day of denton being in pre-school, although he will still be in the same classroom with the same fabulous teacher and my BFF next year. his montessori program has them pre-k 3 to kindergarten. james said good-bye to our private sitter, an amazing woman, who has been taking care of the boys part time since d was 6 months. i cried dropping him off and picking him up all week. she will be deeply missed on a daily basis.  

james is the creative one of the two boys. he loves to cook and craft, if i have something out he wants a piece of the action. i used part of a studio calico project life kit card for the first image's journaling. stickers also from studio calico to document tropical storm andrea's arrival to the carolinas. i wrote on that image with the precision pens too. the two journaling cards are also from studio calico. i used ali edwards's technique two's summer rocks stamp series for the pink card.

the one thing i love the most about living here is that its just a day trip to the beach if you want to go. so on our first official day of summer vacation, we packed up a bunch of friends and kids and went to the beach. no beach trip is complete without ice cream.

for the week title card, again i used a studio calico project life card with thickers and a summer rocks stamp. on the picture of the boys with our homemade popsicles i used the totally rad actions in photoshop. they also have an app for your phone and i HIGHLY recommend it. the other images i used the precision pens to write directly on the photos.

all and all, a busy week, a fun week, the start of summer week.