Thursday, January 2, 2014

My Project Life 2014 Blog Circle

   I've never done a blog circle before, so this will be my first time :)
  I've been a scrapbooker feels like forever, but with more intention it's been since I got married in 2001. I have a bad habit of keeping up with it for a few months and then getting behind. I keep all my mementos and pictures all organized and ready to scrap, but then life happens and I fall behind again.
  I started doing digital scrapbooking when my son came along in 2003. It was just easier that way so I didn't have to wrangle all the supplies and make sure the scissors were kept away from little fingers, glue, and whatnot.  I did well with that the first year or so and then as I focused on being a new mommy (and then dealing with the autism diagnosis) I scrapbooked hit and skip and just wasn't consistent.
   Last year I discovered Project Life and fell in love with it's simplicity. You can be as simple or as elaborate as you want, you can use pre-bought cards or download some from the internet, or (if you're a computer graphics junkie like me), you can make your own.  I kept up with 2013 Project Life from January through April when life got busy with surgeries for both my son and my husband and just everything happening at once).  I became a serious (not quite extreme, but I'm getting there...) couponer and took over a small Facebook group for couponers and built it up to over 13,000 members and then added another of the same size.  Then I started my own coupon blog and that took up a big chunk of time till I didn't get back to my Project Life.
   In 2014 I realized I need accountability if I wanted to start Project Life 2014 (and hopefully backtrack and catch up with 2013!).  I discovered a great group of supportive, creative Project Lifers on Facebook and we created a little digital project life group where we have a little blog circle for 2014 to share our layouts and ideas with each other.  This page is my contribution.  Please make sure to click around the circle and check out all the amazing pages!
    You've never heard of Project Life? Check out my blog post at CalvaryCouponers about it!
   When you're finishing  here, please remember to take a look at Melissa’s blog to see how she’s doing with her Project Life challenge!

Title Page for 2014

The 2014 card was a printable as was the "we're all in this together" (sorry, I forgot to take note of where I got those). The Celebrate card is from We R Memory Keepers "Captured" journaling cards set, and the yellow "photography and stories by" is from Becky Higgins Project Life's Amber Core kit (I need to fill the info in there in the real paper version). Thanks for looking!  Oh,  the boy on the top is my son, Evan (10 years old and autistic, so I have to take about 100 pictures to get a really good ONE)  , middle row is my husband Greg and our dog Rudy. Bottom row is myself and Evan.


Here is the picture of the real album pages with the week card made:

Middle row:   January calendar card:  printable from,  journaling cards from Becky Higgins Project Life Amber Core Kit, Keep Calm card is a printable (sorry, I've had it a while and didn't take note of where I got it at the time).  Screenshot from my Fox8 news app about the weather, and another Becky Higgins Amber set journaling card.  
Bottom row:  Filler card on left: image saved from Facebook, weather image from Google (I added the "Winter Storm Hercules" and snowflakes to it), and far right is three screenshots from my Weatherbug phone app with some snowmen added at the bottom.


I plan my pages out on my computer, and as I've shared them, I realize that you can view them better in the planning version but you can see the, journaled, finished result in the real picture, so I'll start sharing them both together:

All the journaling cards but the "Snow day" card are from Becky Higgins core kit, Blush. the "Snow Day" card is a printable from the internet.  I made the "week 2" card with my Silhouette Cameo and Big Kick embossing machine.  I got the weather graphics from the internet and personalized them in my graphics program.  The cartoon was from my Facebook news feed.


When you're finishing  here, please remember to take a look at Melissa’s blog to see how she’s doing with her Project Life challenge!

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