Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Project Life Tuesday - Week Four

The Mom Creative

Hello and welcome to Project Life Tuesday! This is my third year of doing Project Life and I have found it to be so beneficial to have this post planned every Tuesday because then I have a standing deadline to get my photos done!  I'm doing things a little different this year and instead of the Photo a Day approach I've done for the last 2 years, I am approaching this year on more of a Layout Per Week basis.  This means that some weeks might have more photos than others, some weeks will be missing days, but the goal remains the same: To provide a glimpse of our life and preserve it. 

If you're taking on Project Life this year, good for you!  I am so happy I decided to accept the challenge back in 2010!  Welcome aboard and be sure to enjoy.  This isn't meant to be stressful.  It's a wonderful way to simplify scrapbooking and memory keeping.  If you're looking for inspiration on what others are doing with their Project Life, you can check out my board on Pinterest and be sure to link up on The Mom Creative!

I ended up with a LOT of photos this week.  I'm still struggling to incorporate those "bits of life" that so many are including in their albums this year - things like movie stubs, packaging, programs & fliers, etc.  Perhaps it's because we don't really get out much?  We're kind of hermit-like.  I need to work on that. 

On with the layout!

I used two additional inserts this week - an 8.5 x 11 page protector I had lying around and another Design G.  I didn't have a "scrapbook" 8.5 x 11, so I had to throw in a cheap-o office supply one.  Hey, it works for now.  Anywho, here's how the whole thing looks when you first open up to this week. 

Left side:
I've really liked mixing up the little tid-bits I add right to the photo.  For example, the "I'm a VIKING!" on the top photo really complements the journaling about how the boys like to act along with their favorite movies.

I used that fabulous Tweet card (that you can download for FREE here) to include a little moment from our day that really represents every day when I can't find the specific particular car from the specific particular movie that one child or another wants to play with at that specific moment.  Pandemonium ensues when that one little 3 inch long car cannot be found and I find myself grabbing my phone to call 911 my husband for assistance. 

First side of the 8.5 x 11 insert.  I basically copied and pasted a blog post I wrote that day about Thomas becoming attached to his blanket and put the text on top of some digital paper for the Cobalt collection.  I printed it as a 8x10 photo and voila!  Here's what's on the other side:

I couldn't choose my favorite photo of Thomas and his blankee, so I made a collage of six of them and had it printed as one 8x10 photo.  Paid a little more moolah to have this one done, but it was worth it.

And next to the lovey collage, I have the Design G page.  My in-laws came over Saturday night for a visit and I got way too many good photos.  I love love love how Design G lets you get a great mix of horizontal and vertical photos.

Here is the flip side of the Design G across from the last page of this week's photos. 

This is probably my favorite page of this week's layout.  I just lucked out and got so many wonderful shots with my kids.  The one in the bottom left spot is my favorite.  I was just messing around with my new tripod and caught that one.  Melts my heart!

This was also the first time I included one of the 3x4 accent cards included in the Cobalt kit.  So far, I had used all photos or journaling cards, but this one just went so well with the overall theme of the page that I just had to make room for it.  I'm really pleased with the final result.

Again, I really need to make it a priority to try to include more stuff.  More pieces from our world, more tidbits, paraphernalia, you get the picture.  In the meantime, keep snapping and keep it simple, right?


Here's a few more of the photos if you're interested.  See you next week for Week Five!

Micah with his finger up his nose, Thomas in his new owl hat, and Isaiah with a weird smirk on his face.  And Grandma in the middle of it all!

 Micah looks 14 here.  Freaks. Me. Out.

Anyone else have kids who just love "How to Train Your Dragon?"

 Playing "Flush the Toilet" with Grandpa and Grandma.

First time I've ever bathed one of my kids in the kitchen sink.  Really not sure why I didn't try it sooner!

Isaiah is usually pretty willing to jump in any photo you want to take....as long as you intended to be taking it of someone else.  In the middle of Thomas's little "lovey photoshoot," Isaiah hopped up there and wanted to be in the picture too.  After I saw this one, I can't say I minded very much.

Sometimes playing around with the tripod brings some pleasant surprises.

What a big brother, huh?

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